Friday, October 30, 2020

It's Snowing!

 October 30, 2020

Good morning.  It's more of the same weather here.  Gray and damp and temps in the low thirties all day.  Brrr.  It just seems like it's too cold too fast.  As a matter of fact, it's snowing here.  Here's a photo that I just took  through my storm door.  Everything is covered with snow!

Except for the snow, there's not much happening here lately.  My friend Mary Ann called me yesterday and gave me a new site to follow for lots of help with Photoshop CC.  I gave it a quick peek and signed up to get their newsletters.   Everything I saw there looked really interesting.  Mary Ann, thank you.  For those of you who also use Photoshop CC, I'll share the link: .

The Blogger photo upload button is working so let me share the photos of Deanne's roses while I can.  With today's mean temps, these beauties probably won't be blooming much longer.  

In my younger days, I was so infatuated with America's darling, Marilyn Monroe.  I've always thought she was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen.  While my hubby Michael was in Korea, Marilyn was there entertaining the troops and Michael got to meet her.  How exciting!  Here's a video from You Tube of Marilyn singing a duet with Jane Russell.  Enjoy.  You know, I really miss the movies and stars of yesteryear.

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading before I go looking for some fun mischief.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

More Blogger Woes?

 October 29, 2020

Good morning.  Tis another dreary, wet and gray day here in New England.  It's not a problem though because I'm not planning to go out anywhere.  There's always a lot to do indoors.  At least for me.  

Some days I don't do much at all.  But other days, with a little energy, I accomplish quite a bit.  I suppose though that it's this way for most folks.  I do believe that the temperatures and amount of sunshine that we get plays a big part in how much energy we have.  

I did try to work on my new calendar, but I'm having a bit of a problem with the photos.  Some of them can't be sized properly.  I'm trying to use photos of all our family pets, but some of the photos are proving to be a challenge.  I will figure it out, or maybe change my mind about which type of photos to use.  We shall see.

Today I think I'll work on a bag of junk mail.  This stuff piles up faster than snow in a blizzard.  I am amazed at how much junk mail goes out every day considering the price of postage.  I wonder what will happen to all the junk mail when the Post Office finally prices themselves right out of business.  Hmmm.

How about something pretty to cheer us up on this dreary day?  I have two more photos of the roses that are blooming in Deanne's yard.  Roses always seem to put a smile on our face.

Well, I thought I was going to share these lovely photos.  But for some reason, Blogger is not letting me upload any photos.  I've tried three times now.  Hopefully this will be fixed by tomorrow and I can share the photos then.  Sighhhhhhh, it's always something!

I think I'll make a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading before I start on that bag of junk mail.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Get Out And Vote

 October 28, 2020

Good morning.  Tis gray and wet outside this morning.  And the temperature is only 44F degrees.  Today is a good day to stay indoors and do crafts and play with your pets.  My phone app says that we have a few more days like today coming right up, and a couple nights will have temps around the freezing mark.  

Next week is time to vote.  Lots of folks have been voting early, either in person or via the mail, but I like to go to the polls in person on voting day.  So that's where I'm headed next Tuesday.  I hope everyone else is also voting.  It's a privilege and a right.  

For some reason, today must be "crank call" day.  I've been getting several solicitous calls this morning.  At least three in the last hour.  I guess these folks making the calls figure they'll get more folks to answer their calls on a rainy day.  Maybe so, just not me.

I'm not making any plans for today.  Whatever comes along to get done will be.  Right now, I'm watching old game shows on TV.  Remember Block Busters?  I really like that game.  Although I must say that I don't think it's quite fair to have two players against just one player.  Still, I like the game.  I like Classic Concentration too.  Anything that keeps my mind working is fun.

I have an image to share that I borrowed from the web.  Temps are getting cold now, especially at night.  Please don't leave your pets outdoors.  Bring them in the house.  They are family and they belong indoors with you.  I will share this with you again as the temperatures get even meaner. 

I found another image to share.  This one seems made for me.  It's just what I need, a nice comfy carpet to ride instead of my broom.

On this happy note, I'll take my leave.  I'm going to do some blog reading now before getting started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Little Things Make Me Happy

October 27, 2020

Good morning.  Tis another gray day here in New England.  The temperature is 50F degrees and we may see some sunshine later this afternoon for a few hours.  That would be nice.   

When I was at WalMart the other day, I picked up some small toggle buttons to see if they would work on the purses that I made.  Last night, I put the toggles on the purses and they seem to be working just fine.  Here are a couple photos.  Pictured is the purse with a pair of fingerless gloves.

It's such a little thing, but when I finally figured out how to put the toggles on the purse and have them actually work, I was tickled pink.   It surely doesn't take much to make me happy.

Yesterday, I looked over the photos I have set aside for my new calendar, but that's about all I did.  Today I'll try to get them all sized and ready for printing.  I also want to get Laura Jean's birthday gifts wrapped and boxed up for mailing by the end of the week.  I may even box up a few Christmas gifts and have them ready for mailing.  

I'm having a yen for some spaghetti so I think I'll cook up a pot of it this afternoon.  And I want to call my cousin Anita.  I haven't spoken with her for a few days.  

A couple nights ago, I got a phone call from my sister in law Edie.  Wow, I haven't heard from her in ages.  She's been battling cancer for so many years that she sometimes withdraws from people.  This time she had some wonderful news.  She's finally free from chemo and she's now a grandma.  Edie, this is awesome news and I'm so very happy for you.  

Now I'm going to do some blog reading before starting this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lots Of Rain Coming Our Way

October 26, 2020

Good morning.  Today is cool (51F degrees) and gray.  According to my phone app, we should see the sun again by the end of the week.  Hmmm, we'll have to wait and see.  It also says we have quite a bit of rain coming this week.  Maybe even a speck of snow?

I did get a few things done yesterday.  After I washed the dishes, I scrubbed the sink.  Then I gathered up all the trash and put it outside.  Next, I sat down and paid a batch of bills to go out in the mail this morning.  I put a few rows on a couple of small Christmas projects, then it was nap time.  

I must have overdone it because this morning I can't seem to get out of my own way.  What else is new?  Life now is sort of two steps forward, three steps back.  On the plus side, at least the feet keep moving.  I had intended to work on my Christmas cards yesterday, but that never happened.  So maybe I'll try again today?

Do you realize that Halloween is this week?  How did it get here so fast?  Temperatures are getting colder now too, and Covid cases are rising.  Pogo and I may not go on the broom ride this year.  I'm trying to not catch any colds or flues or viruses.  

Here's another Crochet t-shirt that I found on the web.  Gosh, whoever designed this one must have been peeking into my house.  hahaha.

My eyes are getting tired so I think I'll have me a short nap before doing a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

A Fun Shopping Trip

October 25, 2020

Good morning.  Wow, I'm getting a late start today.  I did start much earlier, but somehow I kept getting sidelined.  Then I tried to crop a photo to share here and I couldn't get it to open in Photoshop CC.  It kept going to Photoshop Express, which I don't know how to use.  

Finally a tiny bit of my brain kicked into gear and I went to my list of programs.  I thought maybe I could get my Photoshop CC program to open from there, but I discovered a newer version of the program sitting there unopened.  Well, now where did that come from?   

Hmm, I haven't figured out the 2020 version yet and now I shall learn the 2021 version.  Life is full of surprises lately.  Yup, the mailman brought another surprise a couple of days ago.  A box, for me from my friend Kyra.  It's not my birthday yet so I'll wait till then to open it.  Thank you, Kyra.  I look over at the box and it makes my whole day smile.

SIL Eddie came by yesterday morning and took me shopping.  I was able to pick up a birthday gift for Laura Jean, as well as several Christmas gifts.  I feel so much better now.  I even got three boxes of my cereal, Special K with red berries.  I gave one box to Eddie because it's his favorite too.  This was a fun outing for me.  

I have a cute photo to share with you.  When Eddie was leaving yesterday, he noticed a little tree growing on the roof of my car.  It's a tiny evergreen tree. (I think!)  I hope it's a slow grower because I don't want it to wreck my car's roof.  I know, I could pick it out of there.  But why?  It's tiny and it probably won't live through the winter.

Today I need to seriously work on my new calendars.  Some of them need to be mailed out early to avoid the Covid/Christmas mail slowdown.  So after I do a bit of blog reading and wash my dishes, that's how I'll be spending the rest of the afternoon.  

Once the calendars are done, I want to wrap a few things.  I somehow always procrastinate and wait until the last minute to do this and then I'm rushed.  Funny, the more I try to get things done early, the farther behind I get.  

Yesterday, I also bought a six pack of Nestle's Iced Tea with Lemon.  I think I'll open a bottle and read a few blogs now before I get started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.  

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 23, 2020

WalMart Grocery Deliveries

 October 23, 2020

Good morning.  It's gray and a bit damp outside today, but temps will still make it into the sixties.  It's not so bad at all.  I do hope that the sun shines a bit tomorrow because I will be going out to shop.  At least that's the plan for now.  My SIL Eddie is coming by to go shopping with me.  

I finally was able to make an order from WalMart to be delivered.  It came yesterday, but I forgot to order one of the most important items that I wanted.  So, I've been making up my shopping list for tomorrow.  Right at the top it says "Special K with strawberries cereal."  And if I can, I'm going to buy three boxes so that I don't run out again.

It seems that WalMart has a new program where they will give you unlimited grocery deliveries for $99 a year.  So far, I've had two deliveries at $8 each plus tips.  (most deliveries cost $10 each)   I'm thinking it will be worth my while to sign up for the unlimited deliveries.  It's a bargain.  

I found another cute crochet pattern on the web.  This one would make a great gift for folks with walkers, or to use on the shopping carts when you're picking up groceries at the market.  

Once I get all my holiday stuff done, I may make one of these for my walker.  Actually, I may look for other similar patterns first.  It can be a very useful item.

Today, the mailman brought me some yarn that I had ordered a few days ago.  I needed a specific color for a Christmas project, and I did not have this color in my yarn stash.  I checked everywhere, and finally found it on Ebay.  Pretty soon I'll be able to check another project off my Christmas list.

Here's a chuckle to start your day.  (borrowed from the web)

Now I'm off to get a cold bottle of water and do a bit of blog reading.  Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Only Ten Weeks Left To This Year!

October 22, 2020

Good morning.  First let me say that I absolutely love all your comments.  I know I don't say it often enough, but you really do make my day so much nicer.  When I have my Blog books made up, I always include all your comments.   

Can we chat about FaceBook for a minute?  It's getting to be such a depressing place.  I used to look forward to pop in and see what everyone was up to.  Now I only pop in once in a while.  It absolutely amazes me to see how stupid and ignorant some folks are.  

It's so hurtful to read the comments that are so full of hate.  The sad thing is that most of the people spewing all that hate don't even know why they feel this way.  They are just following someone else's lead.  If they would just do some research for themselves, maybe they wouldn't be so hateful.

We are all entitled to our own opinions.  That's a given.  We are NOT entitled to keep shoving those opinions down everyone else's throats.  It's too bad that these folks never learned what my Mother taught me.  "IF YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING NICE ABOUT SOMEONE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL."

Rant over.  I thought I'd share a couple new pattern ideas that I found on the web.  Actually, I bought the one in the second photo.  I think I'll make myself a shawl with pockets for the Spring.    

I have to finish one of the fingerless gloves that I made to go with the purse that I made with the variegated yarn.  Then I just have to put a closure piece on the purse.  After that, I'll take a photo to share.  I ordered closure pieces and they should be here by Saturday, I hope.

Gosh, I just looked at my calendar and I need to get wicked busy here.  Has anyone noticed that Hanukkah is only seven weeks away?  And Christmas is only nine weeks away?   And just one little week after that we begin another new year!  Oh wow!  

On that note, I'm off to get busy.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Make Noise, Save Lives

October 21, 2020

Good morning.   Today will be cloudy most of the day with temps warming up to close to seventy degrees.  The sun will probably shine on us  later this afternoon.  I love it!  I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

Yesterday kept me busy.  I did make a few calls.  One of them took quite a bit of my time,  I was trying to track down an order that I never received.  It took a bit of research and time, but I finally found that it was in a "pending" file.  Why?  I never did find out.  

Have you tried reaching anyone by phone when you are looking for an order?  It's almost impossible.  Working on this call took me over two hours.  I finally got to speak to someone and told them to cancel the order.  They did.  Then I had to go online to see about ordering the items from another source.

Later, I  called my cousin Anita and we had a grand time chatting for a couple hours.  She found a new outlet for a lot of her crocheted items.  She crochets hats and gives them to the ASPCA.  They get to sell them and keep the money to take care of the animals.  It's a win win!

You know, I'm really enjoying having my cousin in my life.  She is so much like me, and we share all the same interests.  It's so easy for us to talk about things.  I am so blessed to have found her.  

I have an image that I borrowed from the web to share.  With the temperatures being cold during the nights and early mornings, lots of little animals will be looking for warm places to sleep to keep out of the cold.  They especially like to climb up into automobile engines.  PLEASE, PLEASE make a noise by your vehicle before you start your engine.  The noise will cause the little animals to scatter before being maimed or killed by your engine.  This is sooooo important!  

I still have a couple more calls to make, so maybe I can get them done this afternoon.  After that, it's time to start thinking about doing some laundry.  The laundry basket is over-flowing.  This used to be my favorite chore, but Covid has changed that a bit.  The laundry room is out in the main part of the house and I don't go out there very often now.  Hmmm, I'll think about it.

Before I go, I have one more thing to share.  Again, I borrowed it from the web.  It really describes my days pretty accurately.

That's it for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A Little Autumn Rain

 October 20, 2020

Good morning.  Tis gray today and the temperature is 51F degrees.  My phone app is calling for rain.  I just looked outside and my car is all wet so I guess we did have a bit of the wet stuff.  Temps will be climbing into the upper sixties after lunch so even with some rain, it will still be a really nice day.

Let me start by showing you the little gray purse that I finished the other day.  It's a fun project and it works up quickly.  I'll take another photo after I have a closure sewed on it.  (as long as it still looks good)

Today will be a busy phone day for me.  I've set aside a few things that need to be taken care of (with a phone call) so that will be my project for today.  After that, we'll see.  I need to be giving the hat and neck warmer sets to the guys in my family.  So I guess I can start doing that today too.  The cold temps will be here before we know it.

I thought I might share photos of some of Deanne's beautiful October roses.  They're like a ray of sunshine on this gloomy day.  

Isn't it amazing how something so small as the colorful petals on a flower can uplift our spirits and change our moods?  I get the same feeling from watching the birds and small critters in my yard, and watching my little dog sleep.  How about you?

I found a really nice pattern that I'll share tomorrow.  I'm thinking that I might like to make it as soon as I can decide on a color.  Hmmm, such a task!  hahaha.  

The mailman just came and left a small box on the porch for me.  Hmmm, I wonder what that can be?  I guess that's my cue to go out and take a look.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 19, 2020


October 19, 2020

Good morning.  The sun is shining and the temperature is 48F degrees.  It will warm up later to close to sixty degrees.  This is a good day to be out and about doing errands.  

We recently lost another blogger.  It's a sad thing to see another blog close down, but it's understandable too.  This whole year has been difficult for a lot of bloggers.  When you can't get out and do things and mingle with other folks, it makes it difficult to think of things to write about.  

This I can understand.  On the other hand, if you and I were sitting down to a cup of coffee or tea, and having a fun chit chat, what would we be chatting about?  Probably about how things are going in our lives and what we've been up to lately?  And we'd share photos of our families and our fur babies.

Some bloggers get to do some fun things and I really enjoy reading their blogs and seeing all the photos.  Other bloggers share their day with us and I enjoy this too.  It's my way of stopping by for a visit with a friend and having folks stop by here to see Pogo and me.  I look forward to these visits. 

Since I've been blogging (January 2008), I've met a lot of interesting people and made some wonderful friends.  Every day, I look forward to sitting down with a cup of coffee and visiting my blog friends.  It doesn't matter if you're pulling weeds in your garden, or hiking through the woods, or just chasing dust bunnies around the house.  It's the friendly chit chat that I really enjoy.

Speaking of dust bunnies, the ones around here are getting a bit sassy so I'd best do something about thinning them out a bit.  Plus my coffee cup needs a refill.  I have a couple of really pretty photos to share that I took at the park the other day.  With all the leaves changing colors, our park is really beautiful.

In this photo, you can see our resident Cormorant enjoying the warm sunshine in a secluded part of one of the ponds.  The park has 650 acres and several ponds.

Now I'm off to fill my coffee mug and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

My Laptop Is Getting Cranky

October 18, 2020

Good morning.  Gosh, this laptop is acting wicked strange this morning.  It started off with an update.  After that, nothing wanted to work.  I had to shut it off and wait a bit and then turn it on again.  Well, it's working so far, but slowly.  

I'm probably going to have to call the computer store this week to see if they can find out what's wrong with my laptop.  I think it has to do with these automatic updates.  I don't know what is being updated, and I don't know why it has to update so often. 

I promised some pictures of the scarecrow people in the little park near where I live.  I hope whoever did all this decorating does it again next year.  I love the creativity.  And it's fun to look at.

Yesterday was not one of my best days.  Some days are like that.  So I do what I can, if I can.  I managed to finish the gray purse, and ordered some new sweater storage bags.  I put my afghans in these bags.  The approximate size of the bags is 11"x14"x4".  (in case anyone wants to order them)

Would you believe the temps were only in the thirties this morning?  Yup, thirty four degrees here.  It will get warmer as the day goes on though.  Temps will be in the upper fifties by mid afternoon.

I've started another purse, this time with variegated yarn.  I just want to see how it will look.  I also ordered some frog closures to put on the purses.  Let's hope they work, and look good.  Sometime soon I want to go shopping in person.  There are some things I just cannot buy online.  Some things need to be seen and felt.  

Right now, I need to wash some dishes that I've left in the kitchen sink.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Ice Cream And Scarecrows

October 16, 2020

Good morning.  Today is very gray outside.  Temps should be in the upper sixties all day, and according to my phone app it should rain most of the day.  We can certainly use the rain.  

Yesterday Deanne came by after work and we went to the local Dairy Queen to enjoy some ice cream.  We both ordered a sundae.  Mine was strawberry and Deanne's was pineapple.  Do I have to tell you how delicious they were?  Yum. Yum. Yum!

I mentioned before that Amazon has "special" days when the employees dress up for work.  Yesterday was "Onesie" day.  I'm telling you this to explain the photo I'm about to share.  Deanne, I'm very proud of you.  Not many daughters would wear a onesie to buy their Mom an ice cream.  I love you and I'm so glad you're my daughter.  

Here's Deanne waiting her turn to order our ice cream sundaes.  I rather like her onesie.

Pogo didn't want any ice cream.  He was just so happy to be out enjoying a ride in the car.  Here he is in his car seat.  My little lion king needs a hair cut so badly, but Covid makes it difficult.  I'll try to give him a trim again even though he's not very happy with me when I do this.  

The trees across the street from the parking lot were glowing with gorgeous colors.  Autumn in New England is really beautiful.

After we finished our ice cream, we took a ride through the local park to see if the swan families would be available for photos.  They were there but they were too far out to get a good photo.  However, the ride through the park was just wonderful.  

Yesterday, a blogger friend posted photos of scarecrows that folks in a nearby town put up every October.  The scarecrows are all dressed up to resemble different folks.  It is really is lots of fun to see.  However, I'd never seen  a display like this and I mentioned it on my friend's blog.  You can visit her blog,  The Frog And PenguiNN.

Anyway, while we were out yesterday, we went by a little park not too far from my house, and lo and behold there was a display of scarecrows all dressed up and enjoying a day in the park with friends and family.  You know we pulled the car over so that I could get some photos which I'll share this coming Sunday.  

Last night, I worked on the gray purse.  I hope to finish it later today, and I'll definitely take a photo to share.  Now I think I'll make a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

It's A Great Day For Ice Cream

 October 15,v 2020

Good morning.  The sun is shining and temps should get up into the high sixties today.  Another beautiful day.  Pogo and I are going out later with Deanne to get ice cream.  

Blogger seems to have fixed the photo upload thing.  Thank you, thank you.  I'd like to share this photo that Audrey sent to me.  She took it on her way out to go shopping.  The Sanitation Department had their road crews out busily cleaning up the roads.

These vultures are really quite amazing birds.  Imagine how terrible it would be if we did not have them to help keep our roads clean.

I did not know, but this month is Pitbull Awareness Month.  These are beautiful dogs, with wonderful personalities.  When you are thinking of getting a dog please consider adopting a Pitbull from one of your local shelters.  These are very loyal, lovable doggies.  And they love to cuddle.

I did not take any photos yesterday, but I did get back to crocheting.  I made a couple pair of fingerless gloves.  Today I will work on the gray purse, and probably make a pair of those gloves to match.  

My cousin Anita makes a lot of lapghans and other things and donates them to nursing homes, etc.  However, when Covid broke out, nursing homes and other places stopped accepting these wonderful homemade items.  I don't understand this.  If you just leave the items (in packages) in a room for a specified amount of hours, there is no reason why they cannot be used safely.  

I'll have to look into Big Brother Big Sister to see if they have resumed picking up items.  I still have some bags that I put together just before Covid made them stop their pickups.  I hope they are back to work because I have more things to bag up for them.  

Well, that's my news for today.  Now I'm off to read some blogs.  So, till tomorrow, stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Sunshine And Energy

October 14, 2020

Good morning.  Today is sunny and the temps are going up into the high sixties.  Woo Hoo!  There's a little chipmunk running around outside, probably picking up things to eat and taking them back to his home.  Pogo has been busy watching out the door and barking at the little chipmunk.  

 These last couple days with no sunshine left me with no energy.  Today I'm hoping to get a few things done.  I'm already feeling new energy.  Sunshine does that for you.  I think I'll make a macaroni salad this afternoon.  I've had a yen for some lately.  

I think I'll see about getting my air plants hung up today too.  The colored sand that I ordered came a while ago.  I've just been waiting for the energy to get the job done.  I even bought some special hooks to make it easy to hang the little planters in the window.  (in the kitchen out in the main part of the house)  I'll take a photo once the plants are hung.

I've been trying to upload an image to share but Blogger isn't letting me upload anything.  I've tried twice now.  Hmmm.  I hope they get this fixed soon.  Wow, I just tried again, and it got even worse.  

I started to say that my mail carrier is late today, and as soon as I finished typing it, he showed up.  He's like a ray of sunshine; always has a smile and says "have a good day."  

I just tried to upload a photo and it is still not working.  On that note, I think I'll stop here and do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Don''t Buy Amy's Frozen Pizza

October 13, 2020

Good morning.  Pogo and I were up really early this morning.  I made breakfast, but Pogo decided not to eat and instead went into his little man cave and went to sleep. Good boy.  Well, I did eat my breakfast.  And when I finished, I enjoyed a handful of little cherry tomatoes.  Yum yum.

Today is supposed to be another gray, wet day with temps in the fifties and low sixties.  I hope there's a little rain mixed into the "wet" part.  We could use a bit of rain.  Yesterday's rain was barely a few drops every now and then. 

DIL Janet stopped by and brought me a new mask to wear for Halloween.   She also brought a new Halloween sweater and a hooded sweatshirt for Pogo.  This will keep my little guy toasty when we go on our Halloween ride.  

While Janet was here, I asked her to cut my hair, and she did.  Well, it doesn't really look so good, but it will grow.  When it's long, I have a hard time putting it back in a pony tail all the time to keep it off my face.

Deanne also came by yesterday and brought me a New England Boiled Dinner for my supper.  Oh my, it was soooo delicious!  Along with pasta, it is one of my very favorite meals.  Am I spoiled?  Yup!

A couple nights ago, I had a pizza for supper.  It was an Amy's brand spinach pizza.  Folks, don't waste your money.  I could not find any spinach on the pizza.  I took a photo of it and sent it to Deanne to see if she could see the spinach.  Nope, she could not.  Unless it was the little dark flakes sprinkled here and there on the pizza.  It looked like the sauce was a powder that was sprinkled on the pizza along with some tiny spinach flakes.  And I mean tiny!  It looked NOTHING like the picture on the front of the box.  So much for the Organic Amy brand.  It's supposed to be healthy.

Now I'm going to enjoy the rest of my coffee while I do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.  

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Happy Columbus Day

 October 12, 2020

Good morning.  Today is supposed to be gray and wet with temps in the fifties.  And it is.  Well, we do need some rain.

Today is Columbus Day.  I did some checking on Google, and there are many stories, historical facts and beliefs about the history of this day.  Seeing as how Columbus was said to have landed in the Bahamas, and I've been to the Bahamas, I'm okay with celebrating Columbus' day just the way it is.  

Speaking of the Bahamas, here's a photo from a trip that Michael (hubby) and I took to the Bahamas back in 1992.

I'm getting restless again.  I've been away from crocheting too long.  Today I'll have to make an effort to start working on something again.  Maybe I'll make another of those little purses, just to get me started.  I have a pretty gray that would look good as a purse.  

Some days my brain does stupid things.  The other day I wrapped a gift, and stapled the wrapper closed.  After I put the tag and the bow on the package, I realized how dumb it was to staple the package shut.  Now I have to take out all the staples and use tape to close the package.  

What in the world was my brain thinking when I decided to use the stapler?  My brain used to be very smart.  It is definitely educated.  So why all of a sudden does it take vacations without telling me?  Is this part of the aging process?   If it is, it's not funny!

Here's an image that I borrowed from the web.  It's such a happy thought, and a good way to live our lives.

Now I'm going to do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Take Time To Care

 October 11, 2020

Good morning.  Tis sunny and 57F degrees.  That's about where the temps will remain until mid afternoon, when they will start to drop just a little.  The next several night time temps will hover around fifty degrees.  This will make it really nice for sleeping.

Deanne and Eddie have gone grocery shopping this morning, and they are picking up a few things for me too.  What would I do without my kids?  I'm blessed to have family nearby.  There are lots of folks who do not have anyone nearby to help them.  Check your neighbors.  See if they need any help during these trying times.  

You know, sometimes just the fact that you take the time to stop by and say hello can mean so much to a person who cannot get out and doesn't have any company stopping by to see them.  It doesn't cost you anything but it means the world to that other person.  If you don't know their birthday, send them a Happy Birthday card on your birthday.  

Do the same for animals in the neighborhood.  The homeless ones and the ones that are just left outside and lonely.  Bring them straw or blankets to keep them warm, and something to eat and drink.  It's such a small thing for you to do, and it will have you looking like a hero in their eyes.

On a lighter note, this is something for all of you who crochet.  This was advertised in the TV Guide, and I found it on Amazon too.  It's a set of patterns for all the Golden Girls.  It looks like it could be a lot of fun.

I still haven't decided what I want to work on for my next crochet project.  I've been trying to concentrate on my holiday shopping instead.  Pretty soon I'll be giving the hat and neck warmer sets to the guys in the family that I made them for.  Temps keep dipping slowly downward.  

I also have to start shopping for a birthday gift for my daughter Laura Jean.  Her birthday is early November and she'll be fifty five.  Imagine.  Fifty four and a half years ago, the doctors at the hospital told me to take her home and enjoy holding her because she most likely wasn't going to last much longer.  (what a thing to say to the parents of a child)

Here's another image that I borrowed from the web to share.  Every morning that I wake up is a gift and I'm grateful for another new day.  Yesterday I got to chat on the phone with two of my cousins.  It's good to know that I can still do this.  We are all old, but their voices sound wonderful to me.

Now I'm off to do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Some Of My Best Friends Are Books

October 9, 2020

Good morning.  Tis sunny and 48F degrees.  Yup, a bit nippy!  Temps today just may climb to 60F degrees later this afternoon.  

I finally finished reading my new book "Uprising" by Diamond and Silk.  With all the turmoil going on in our country nowadays, this book is a must read.  Which of us, if any, are the racists?  Who, and what, is behind all the violent chaos around the country?  What do the different political parties want for us?  Or from us?  Should we care?  Why?  

Diamond and Silk are two very smart women, and they hold back no punches.  They say it like it is whether we like it or not.  They are refreshing to listen to.  They have been dealt some nasty low  blows by the media, but they have overcome them.  They have their own website and vlog, and sincerely want to educate everyone to take control of their own lives and be the best that they can be.

You can still get the book for $9.95 plus free shipping by using the code AMAC9 at the checkout.  WWW.AMACBOOK.COM.  (that's a savings of $25.94 plus free shipping)  Enjoy it!

I also finished reading my other new book, "The Boy Who Fell Off The Mayflower."  You know, it's a children's book, but I really enjoyed it.  This is a photo of the cover, and of the page showing the boy, John Howland, in the water - swimming to grasp the rope attached to the ship so that he might be saved.

The book is based on historical facts, and the artwork is awesome.  To think that my ancestors were on this same ship with young John Howland.  Wow!  I'm glad that I read this book.  If interested, you can find it on Amazon for $9.95.

The mailman has just left mail on the porch for me and I'm going outside to get it.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

So What Does Two Day Priority Mean?

October 8, 2020

Good morning.  Tis cool and crisp today.  Temps will stay in the fifties, and the sun is shining.   The mailman has just been by and I gave him the return packages that I had ready.  I've ordered a few things from catalogues and some of them just have to go back.  The clothes are really pretty but they don't fit comfortably.  So much for buying clothes that way.

Joe took a couple packages to the Post Office for me yesterday after work.  Wow, prices have really gone up there too!  It seems to me that the Post Office is shooting its own feet off.  They are making it so expensive to mail packages that they are losing business at a fast pace.  It's a nasty circle.  Business goes down, prices go up more, business goes down more, prices go up more. Etc, etc, etc.

I'm thinking that maybe Amazon should get into the mailing business.  They seem to be able to move packages from one place to another for a lot less expense.  And much quicker too.  I called the Post Office to find out why my receipt says "Priority, 2 day delivery" and yet it will take at least three days for the package to be delivered.  They replied "Two day, three day, it's all the same."  

I asked why not call it three day delivery and they replied "There is no three day delivery.  It all depends on where the package is going."  But you still pay for two day delivery.  I'm wondering how they expect to stay in business this way.

The new books that I had ordered came in yesterday's mail.  I started reading "Uprising" by Diamond and Silk.  So far, it really is quite interesting.  The other book is going to be a gift.  Of course, I'm going to read it before I wrap it.  It's called "The Boy Who Fell Off The Mayflower" and is based on historical facts.  Seeing as how my ancestors came over on that Mayflower, I am curious about the boy who fell overboard.

How about some good news?  I finally wrapped a Christmas gift.  Yup, I even put the bow and tag on it.  Pretty soon, I'm going to box it up, along with some other gifts and I'm going to mail it off to Audrey.  She can put it in her "gift closet" until it's time to put it beneath her Christmas tree.  It's only one box but it sure does make me happy.

Here's a cute image to start your day off with a smile.  I'm still giggling over it.

Now I'm going to do a bit of blog reading before starting this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tis A Beautiful Autumn Day

October 7, 2020

Good morning.  I tried my best to stay beneath the covers this morning for as long as possible.  But it is oh so difficult to ignore Pogo's barks.  I do try.  Really I do.  But I can only hold out for so long.  In between barks, he looks over to the direction of the refrigerator.  "I'm so hungry Mommy.  Please feed me?"  What's a girl to do?

Today the sun is shining and temps should make it up into the low seventies.  Awesome sauce!  I love days like this.  I wish they could last right up into the end of November.  Actually, I'd like them year round.  Temps between 68 and 85, perfect.  

I found an image on the web and borrowed it to share here.  It has a very important message.  When you see bags on the side of the road or in trenches, please don't run over them with your automobile or destroy them.  Please check inside them to make sure there are no babies in them.   

Yup, there are some horrible people in this world who would do this to baby animals.  Mean, nasty, wicked people.  With so many animal shelters around, why does anyone do this to tiny baby animals?  These babies are helpless.  Please check these bags. These babies deserve a chance to live. 

I spent some time yesterday going over my holiday shopping list.  I'd really like to get it all finished really soon.  December has a way of sneaking up on us before we realize what's happening.  If you don't believe me, just ask me.  I'll tell you.  (My mother used to say that to me all the time.)

After work yesterday, Deanne came by and brought me some Shepherd's Pie.  I ate half of it for a late lunch, and the other half for my supper.  Yum yum!  Tonight I think I'll cook some macaroni and cheese, then tomorrow night maybe I'll cook the spinach pizza that I have in the freezer.  Sounds like a plan.

I surely do have a lot to be thankful for.  Here's another image that I borrowed from the web to share.

Now I'm going to finish my coffee while I do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Are You Sleeping Later Now?

October 6, 2020

Good morning.  The sun is shining and the temps are working their way up into the sixties.  It's a really nice Autumn day.  I slept late this morning, but I guess that will become my new normal for a while.  I tend to sleep later when temps are cooler.  I looked this up on Google.

"It turns out that rooms with temperatures in the range of 60 to 68 degrees stimulate the production of melatonin, which encourages sleep.  In winter, the nights are longer and we get less light throughout the day and at lower intensity. This limited light exposure helps explain why we may feel like we are more tired and need more sleep. The brain doesn't get the same signal to stay awake and alert as it does in summer during the day"   (copied from Google)

Yesterday, I took photos of my finished crochet projects.  This first one is the purple poncho.  

This shot shows the colors in the Navy afghan.  This came out really nice.

You know, it's strange.  Last night, I did not have a crochet project to be working on and I had a feeling of being lost.  It just seemed so strange not to have a project that needed working on.  I did find a new color combination that looks really intriguing.  Hmmm, me thinks I might like to try it.  

Or maybe I could do something with Fall colors.  Green, red, orange yellow and brown.  Oh my, these colors seem so much more exciting.  I think I like them much better than the other color combo.  It's time to go through all my patterns and find a new project.  After I decide on one, I'll let you know what it is.

Right now though, it's time to get started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 5, 2020

A Quiet Lazy Day

 October 5, 2020

Good morning.  Tis really gray outside.  My phone app says we're to have rain most of the morning, and I'm thinking it might be right.  It also says that the sun should be coming out this afternoon.  I hope it's right about that too.

This morning I'm watching the Create channel on TV.  Jerry Yarnell is coming on now to share his tips for painting with acrylics.  Today he's working on a snow covered farm scene.  I'm not a painter but I do enjoy watching these shows.

Yesterday was a creative day for me.  I finally finished the navy afghan.  Yeaaaaaaaa!  Later today, I want to wrap and box the afghan and the purple poncho.  First, I'll take some photos to share.  I also ordered a couple new books, and now I just have to wait for them to get here.  One has to do with my ancestry (sort of) and the other was written by a couple women and sounded very interesting to me.  

Deanne and Eddie came by for a visit and they brought me a dish of lasagna for my supper.  Oh my, yum, yum!  You know me and pasta!  I love it!   Before they got here, I had mentioned to Pogo that they were coming.  This is him watching for them to arrive.

I just put some mail outside for the mailman to pick up and I noticed a handful of raindrops on my car's windshield.  I guess it rained.  It's still quite gray outside though, so maybe there's more rain coming.  We'll just have to wait an see.

Now I want to do a bit of blog reading before getting started on this new day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Happy Sixteenth Birthday, Jack.

October 4, 2020

Good morning.  Tis sunny and 55F degrees.  Temps will warm up to the mid sixties later today.  Last night I had to finally put the heat on.  Temps dropped down into the forties.  I can't afford to wake up with pneumonia so the heat had to come on.  

Yesterday was my great grandson Jack's sixteenth birthday.  And, oh boy! what a day it was for him!  Here's a photo that his mom, Randi, sent.

His folks gave Jack a car for his birthday.  Wowee!  Jack, I wish you much happiness and love.  And you drive safely in your new car.  Meema loves you.

By now, everyone has most likely heard the news that President Trump and his lovely wife Melania have both tested positive with Covid 19.   I'm praying that God Bless them and help them to heal quickly.  I borrowed this image from the web.  

Folks, you don't all have to like our President.  You are entitled to your own opinion.  But the least you can do is to not speak ill of him and his family.  My mother always said "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."  This is good advice.  

And you should never wish sickness or worse on anyone else.  Yes, sadly I have to say that some folks have even wished bad thoughts for our President and his family.  Shame on you.  You know who you are.  I don't like to put politics on my blog, but some folks have gone too far.

That's it for my mini rant.  So, what did I do yesterday?  I finished some crochet projects, including the purple poncho, and put a few more rows on the navy afghan.  Now there are only five more rows to go and it will be finished.  Maybe I can polish this off later this afternoon.  

I'm getting low on spring water, so I think I'll make an order this afternoon to be picked up at WalMart.  Pogo and I don't drink the tap water here.  If I won't drink it, I won't give it to Pogo.  

Well, that's my news for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Indian Summer Is Over

October 2, 2020

Good morning.  Today is really nice.  A little cool, but nice.  Indian Summer was awesome while it was here.  For now, the temps won't be getting much higher than the sixties.  After that, it's time to dig out the snuggies.  My heating fuel company came by the other day with a delivery.  Already!

Well, there's not much happening here.  Actually, it's been quiet since way back in March.  I'm now thinking that this Covid thing is going to last quite a while.  Probably at least till next Spring.  Whether this is true or not, I'm thinking that things are going to be different from now on.  

How about an uplift?  A blogger friend, Anne Robinson, sent this fun little video to me.  Enjoy it.

The sky outside is getting grayer and darker so I think we may get some rain soon.  I was going to hang something out on my new clothesline but I guess now I'll wait until tomorrow.  

I got a late start on my blog post today.  Now, I think I'd best get to the kitchen and whip up some lunch for Pogo and me.  After that, I'll work a bit more on the afghan.  There's only sixteen more rows to go.

Before I go, let me share an image that I borrowed from the web.  All animals are special and need love and respect.  I may be partial to doggies, but I love all the animals.

I'm off to the kitchen now.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Tis Riding Season Again

October 1, 2020

Good morning.  Temps are cooling down a bit.  Good folks everywhere are dusting off their brooms and practicing for the annual Halloween ride.  Pogo and I were hoping to have a new two seater by now.  However, we don't, so we'll be using our old stand by broom.  It's done us well all through the years.  (image borrowed from the web)

Yesterday Deanne came by for a visit and brought me a big container of Bow Tie, Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo.  Yum, yum!  There was enough for two meals so guess what I'm having later today?  

When Joe got home from work, he put up the new clothesline that I had ordered.  Now I can hang out a few things.  Sometimes I just want to rinse out one or two items instead of running a whole load of things through the washer.  I prefer hanging some of my things out on a line rather than always being dried in the dryer.

Joe also cut back a couple of my rose bushes that were getting too tall and straggly.  If these two bushes get too tall, the winter snows weigh down the long branches and break them off.  We might decide to move the shorter bush (the rose tree) to a different spot next Spring.  Right now, it's too close to the windows and when the branches start growing, they latch on to the screens.  

Before I forget, let me post the October page from my calendar.

I found a very interesting image on the web and borrowed it to share with you.  (The name with it was Mike Mooney.)   I never quite pictured the earth this way.  

Last evening, I put four more rows on the navy afghan.  I'm getting there, a few rows at a time.  Pretty soon I can start picking out crochet projects for next year.  That means new yarn, of course.  Woo Hoo!

Now I'm off to make a hot cup of coffee and do some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.