Friday, June 11, 2021

Awesome Spring Weather

June 11, 2021

Good morning.  Today is another beautiful day here in New England.  Lots of sunshine and temps in the seventies.  The weatherman says it is here for a while.  We'll definitely take it and enjoy it!

There's not much happening right now.  Today I've been watching the Shop LC channel.  Everything is $9.99 or under.  I'm being good, not buying anything.  But, I have been tempted!  Some of the bargains have been great.   They now have two days each week for $9.99 and under.  I'll have to watch both days. (Tuesday and Friday)

I haven't been in the mood for crocheting lately, but I did manage to put a few rows on the red pocket wrap last night.  It now has fifty one rows done.  Later today, I'll work on the pink pocket wrap.  I really should get back to finishing the yellow baby blanket too.  I'd like to get started soon on the new one.  

I guess I've just been in a funky mood lately.  Hopefully, it is passing and things can get back to normal for me.  Well, sort of normal.  Once you retire, your life seems to take on a new normal.  A year and a half ago, I would think nothing of hopping in my car and going for a ride somewhere.  I'd like to be able to do that again.  

Yesterday, after another hefty downfall of rain, Audrey was able to take this photo outside her home.  Isn't this beautiful?  Thank you Audrey for sharing this with us.

And today I have photos of one of my rose bushes to share.  This one has such delicate, beautiful blossoms.

Deanne and I have decided to go shopping tomorrow.  We'll have more time and we won't have to hurry.  Sounds good to me.  Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  So, till Sunday, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Delightful Drop In Temps

June 10, 2021

Good morning.  Today is sunny and cooler.  Today's temp should be around 70F degrees with overcast clouds all day.  Sounds like gorgeous to me!

Deanne came by yesterday and sprayed the tomato plant, after picking off all the affected leaves.  Here's hoping it does the trick.  I guess it just seemed too good to be true that this particular tomato plant was growing like a weed.  Now it is tall and skinny.  sighhh.

Last week I ordered a new book and it came a couple days ago.  It's about wild foods, and it's really quite interesting.

Did you know that the bulbs of the Tiger Lily are edible?  Here's a recipe for you. (from the book)

No, I'm not planning on shopping for tonight's dinner in my yard, but this type of information is good to know.  Plus it makes for very interesting reading.

I have no special plans for today.  I'll go outside for a little while, then hopefully I can take a nice nap.  I woke up a lot during the night and didn't really get lots of sleep.  So I'm really looking forward to that nap.

One day this week, Deanne and I are going shopping at Ocean State Job Lot.  I'll be picking up a new garden hose.  I really should make a list of things to look for.  I also need to pick up a couple expandable folders.  I keep my tax information in these.

Now I'm off to read a few blogs.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Fun Stamps

June 9, 2021

Good morning.  Temps are going down a few degrees today, and according to my phone, we should be getting a little rain.  Of course, my phone doesn't always get it right. But that's okay.  I'm getting used to my phone's quirky ways.

Yesterday afternoon the thunder rolled in.  It got noisy for a while, and then the rain started.  I think all one hundred and seventeen drops fell on my car.  At some point during the night, it must have rained a bit more because there are a couple puddles in the yard.

Those new stamps that I had ordered came a couple days ago.  Here's what the Halloween stamps look like.  I'll save them for my October mail.

My flower gardens aren't doing so good this year.  None of my beautiful big irises appear to be coming up this year.  However, the Knock Out Roses are doing just fine.


I only crocheted a few rows yesterday.  Some days I'm just not in the mood.  Instead, I did a few Word Search puzzles.  Today I'll be watching a lot of Law & Order, Criminal Intent on WE channel.  It's on all day.  

Deanne will be stopping by after work today.  The spray for the tomato plants came yesterday so we'll get to spray the plants today.  I hope this helps.  I was hoping for a bumper crop of tomatoes this year.  To be honest, even one tomato from each plant will be a big plus!  

Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  I'm finally getting  caught up reading them.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tick Season Is Here

June 8, 2021

Good morning.  Tis another really warm one today.  After tomorrow, temps should drop back down into the low seventies.  I'm lucky, though.  I have air conditioning to help keep the house cool.   

Friday, Deanne and I are going shopping at Ocean State Job Lot.  Woo Hoo!  It's going to be a fun outing.  I'll have to make a list of things to look for.  A new garden hose will be at the top of the list.  (I don't really need a list.  I just enjoy shopping at that store.)

Today will be a lazy, relaxing day.  (what else is new?)  I'm going to crochet a while, at least until both pocket wraps have at least fifty rows done.  After that, I want to shop around to see what sort of travel is available between here and Bradford, PA.  Why, you say?

Did you know that July 24 is National Cousins Day?  Wouldn't it be nice if I could go to Pennsylvania and meet my cousin Anita in person?  I think so.  I could drive there, or fly there.  There is an airport there.  (I checked.  And I think that Jet Blue flies there.)  Well, it's certainly something to think about!

Today I have a photo to share that shows how Deanne and Eddie keep Sassy cool while they are working in their yard.  Isn't she a cutie pie?

When you are outside enjoying your yard, be careful of ticks.  This is tick season and they are everywhere.  I borrowed this next image from web to share.

Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, June 7, 2021

A Day With A Surprise Ending

June 7, 2021

Good morning.  Today will be hot hot hot.  I think I'll just stay in and demolish a big bag of junk mail.  Yup, that's my project for today.  Yesterday, I was busy all day and evening, and as soon as I can think of what it was that kept me so busy, I'll share it.

One thing that I do every now and then is to stop whatever I'm doing and look into another place for my missing external drive.  Last night, while writing a letter to a friend, I thought of a couple more places to look, so I did just that.  Nope, nope, and nope.  Just one more place to look -- in the carry case where I keep my little laptop.  Well, la dee dah!!!  There it was!!!  All tucked in so that I could not lose it or misplace it. Woo Hoo!

A couple years ago, we planted two little rose plants in the yard not far from my porch.  This year, they have the most beautiful blossoms!  Here are some photos of them.



Oh how I miss using Photoshop to crop and brighten up my photos.  Alas, I do not have it on this laptop.  And, I'm thinking of not putting it here either.  Unless I can figure out how to put just the small portion of the program that I use on the laptop.  

My tomato plants are growing nicely.  BUT, one of them is being infected with a disease that is turning some of its leaves yellow.  I ordered some spray for this and it will get here tomorrow.  Hopefully, this will help my plant.

Today I need to figure out how I'm going to get me and this new laptop downtown to the repair shop so that I can see if they can shut of the "S" mode.  After that, I will be able to put my puzzle program on here.  I miss doing my jig saw puzzles.  

That's about all my news for today.  Now I'm off to get a nice cold bottle of water and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

We're Having A Heat Wave

June 6, 2021

Good morning.  Today's going to be a warm one!  And tomorrow is going to be even hotter!  I've been going out at night right about when it's getting dark to water the plants.   That's the tomato plants and the porch flowers.  Deanne already has a small tomato on one of her tomato plants.  I have lots of yellow flowers, but no tomatoes yet.

While I was out there last night, I took a photo of that little mosquito plant that arrived broken.  It has grown a couple new leaves and is on its way to growing up to be a big plant.  Of course, I'll have to re-pot it soon.  All the little Aloe Vera plants (shoots from my big plant) are doing just fine.  I don't know what I'll do with all of them, but I'll figure it out before summer is over.

Here's a photo of the little mosquito plant.  Sorry it's not a great photo.

                                             

There have been several power outages around here lately, and I just got another alert on my phone that there is another outage not far from here.  I wonder what that's all about?  Hmmm.

A few days ago, I went online and ordered four ten pound bags of bird seed from WalMart to be delivered Monday (tomorrow).  The bird seed arrived here a couple days ago.  Now that's service!  

I managed to do a little crocheting over the weekend.  Now I have forty one rows on each of the two pocket wraps that I'm working on.  One hundred and nineteen more rows to go on each of them, and then the pockets.

Yesterday, I took a photo of the pink rose tree.  It is covered with beautiful blossoms.  I do have to order some plant stakes to help keep it's branches away from the screens on the windows.  That can be my project for today.  Here's a photo of these pink beauties.

There is one white rose bush in my little garden near the porch, and it has fat buds on it.  I imagine pretty soon these buds should bloom.  I'll be sure to take photos.

Now I'm off to do some blog reading.  If I don't get to your blog soon, drop me a line and let me know.  I still have a few blog links to find.  Before I go, here's an interesting image that I borrowed from the web to share.


So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Getting A Late Start Today

June 4, 2021

Good morning.  Wow!  I got up early this morning, had a popsicle and went back to sleep.  I just woke up and the morning is almost gone.  This post will have to be short because I have a lot to do in a short time.  First, let me share this with you.  I borrowed it from the web, and it describes my days almost perfectly.


Yesterday, I managed to find most of my blog links and was able to get caught up with most of them.  It's still a work in progress for me.  Today I'm going to do errands.  Deanne is coming by after work to pick me up.  Last week I bought some clothes and today I'm returning them.  They don't fit me comfortably.  I'm sort of in between two sizes.  

Have you ever ordered your postage stamps online?  It's really quite a help when you can't get out to the Post Office in person.  They have a nice selection and the shipping is under $2.  However, you do need to order them a couple weeks before you need them because it takes almost that long to arrive in the mail.    I found (and ordered) a wonderful new set of stamps to use during the month of October.   They have Halloween images on them.  When I get them, I'll take a photo to share with you.

Now I really must be getting ready to go out. So, till Sunday, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

All Wrapped Up

June 3, 2021

Good morning.  My phone app says that today will be in the mid sixties with lots of clouds and maybe even some rain.  And that's what it looks like outside my door.  I did go out earlier to water my flowers and tomato plants.  

Yesterday, I was able to make up a partial list of my morning blogs (with links to each one).  Today I'll try to get the rest of the links.  I did manage to catch up with a few blogs.  However, I still have quite a ways to go to get caught up.  

Some time ago, I was asked to see a photo of the Raspberry pocket wrap.  Deanne tried it on so that I could get this photo.  I really like these wraps.  If anyone makes one, I'd love to see a photo of your wrap.

One of these days, I need to finish the yellow baby blanket.  It only needs about six more rows.  I already have the yarn to make another baby blanket.  I have some really pretty variegated yarn that I bought especially for this.

Last night, I paid a stack of bills and realized that it's time to order more stamps and checks.  So that will be my project for today.  One of these days, I need to see my eye doctor too.  It's time for a pair of new glasses. 

I just brought the mail in and I have a new letter from my pen pal.  Do you have a pen pal?  Do you remember having one many years ago?  I had a couple of them way back when.  

Well, that's about all my news for today.  Before I leave, let me share a beautiful photo that Deanne took at the park a few days ago.  It's so peaceful.

Now I'm off to read some blogs and find more of my favorite blog links.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Back Posting With My New Laptop

June 2, 2021

Good morning.  Well, hopefully, this laptop is all set now.  I have spent many hours on the phone with the tech support folks at HP over the last few days.  Years ago, you could buy a laptop and take it home and start using it.  Nowadays, that's not so.  

Ever wonder why a new laptop comes with a year of tech support?  It's probably because it's going to take that long to figure everything out.  Of course, that does not include me.  My brain is tired so I need at least three or four years to figure things out. 

I did learn one very important thing during these last few days.  I would not want to work as a tech support person and have to put up with a cranky old lady like me.  When I am frustrated, I am cranky.  Make that CRANKY.  Afterwards, I have a lot of apologizing to do.  I need to work on this.

During this chaotic time (for me) I seem to have misplaced my exterior hard drive.  My "morning blogs" folder is on that hard drive so now I have to try to look each one up.  This will take me a while, but I will get caught up with each of your blogs soon.

Today I thought I might share a photo of my Rhododendron bush.  This year it is really looking super.

My Red Knock Out Roses are starting to bloom too.  Maybe in a couple more weeks, the white rose bush next to this one will be in bloom too.

I don't have Photoshop CC installed on this laptop so it's going to be tricky for me to learn how to crop my photos to share here.  I'm working on it.  Sighhhh, there's just so much to learn!

Meanwhile, I have been busy with my crocheting.  I finished the Raspberry pocket wrap and the Luffa green one.  Now I'm working on a pink one and a red one.  I find that working on two is good because when I start to get bored working on one wrap, I just pick up the other one.  I'll try to have photos of the finished wraps soon.

Now I'm off to find a few of my favorite blogs to read.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

I Think I'm Back!

 June 1, 2021

Good afternoon.  Wowsy!  I've been away for quite a while.  My laptop is still at the repair shop.  Major problems, I guess.  Meanwhile, I've bought me a brand new laptop and that's what I'm typing on now.  It's going to take a while to get used to this laptop, but I'll get there.  

I have a lot of catching up to do on my blog reading, so that will take me a while, but I'll get it done.  It's been cool (sometimes cold) and wet here for a while but today it seems to be warming up nicely.  I'm still in the process of getting this new laptop set up.  A tech person from HP will be calling me shortly to help me.  I just wanted to let you know that I'm (hopefully) back now.  And I've missed all my blog friends.

So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have as fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Major Lap Top Problems

 May 21, 2021

Hello all. This is Rummage Baby  (Edna's Oldest Audrey)  My Mom wants ya'll to know her laptop is sick in the shop. She herself  is doing fine.  As soon as she can she will start posting again. I will keep ya'll posted if needed.

 Be safe and have a great day Hugs From Edna B

Hugs Rummage Baby


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Sunshine And Irises

May 18, 2021

Good morning.  Goodness, I slept late today.  The sun is shining, there are clouds rolling by, and the temperature is 73F degrees.  Nice!  It feels like a porch day.

Here's a photo of my pretty yellow irises.  It makes the heart happy just looking at them.  

A few days ago, Deanne was driving through the park and took a pretty photo of the waterfall.  I was going to post it here, but first it needed to be resized.  This is a beautiful spot and lots of folks come here.

Sad to say, just a couple days later two young boys drowned here.  They had been skipping stones on the water and must have fallen in.  Divers were called in to try to find the boys.  I'm not sure how deep the water is here, but the boys were found ten to twelve feet below the water.  According to news clippings, there was a third boy found and taken to a nearby hospital.  I don't have any more information about this boy.

 There is no way to go from this awful news to a cheery topic, so I'll stop right here and save my pics and news for tomorrow.  Till then, stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Keeping An Eye On Nutrition

May 17, 2021

Good morning.  The sun is shining and my phone app says today will be a super day with temps near seventy degrees.  I'm hoping to spend some time on the porch today.  Yesterday was a gorgeous day but I spent more than half of it under my covers with chills.  Where they came from I have no idea, but by mid afternoon I was feeling much better.

Yesterday, Deanne picked up some small sub rolls for me so I made a ham, cheese and lettuce sub sandwich for lunch.  Mmmm, tasted so good that I had another one later for my supper.  One of the perks of being elderly is being able to eat whatever you want for your meals.  Of course, that's as long as you don't look at the "Nutrition" labels.

Later today I think I'll start my new notebook that lists the foods that I "can have" or most importantly "want to have" and their nutritional values.  I understand the value of eating only "healthy" foods, but I have no intentions of living on fish and nuts.  My compromise is that I will TRY to stay fairly close to what I should have (nutritionally).

Thanks, Robyn.  You gave me such a wonderful giggle when I read your comment regarding keeping a dying plant alive.  I could easily just buy another mosquito plant, but my nature is to do whatever it takes to keep this one alive.  Obviously, it's not going to ward off any mosquitos this year, but then maybe it will be big enough next year to scare a few.

I didn't do any crocheting yesterday, but I did demolish a ton of junk mail.  Last night, I decided to polish off that last bottle of beer that has been in my refrigerator for some time now.  I don't know if it was a good idea or not because it put me to sleep even before I finished all of it.  Can you tell, I'm a cheap date?

This afternoon I'll get back to my crocheting.  And I'll go out and take some photos of my beautiful yellow irises.  They don't last very long, but they sure are pretty. Here's an image that I borrowed from the web to share.  It's a great thought to live by.


And here's another beautiful image that I borrowed from the web.  It's so easy to make a difference in someone's life.  And it doesn't cost anything to Care.  

Now I think I'll do some blog reading.  Then I'm off to find some fun mischief to get into.  So, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Warmer Temps Are Finally Here

May 16, 2021

Good morning.  Today is going to be another nice day.  Yesterday was warm and sunny, and I spent hours out on the porch.  My phone app says we're going to be getting rain starting mid afternoon.   And more tomorrow.  

Yesterday I noticed that my yellow irises are starting to bloom.  I'll have to take a photo today to share.  The new columbine plant is getting ready to bloom too.  Deanne was here the other day, re-potting plants and making sure everything looked really pretty.  Our new garden birds came.  Here's a photo of my blue Heron.

I have a couple pink flamingoes in one of the little gardens, and I think we're going to move them over here near the heron.  I really like seeing the birds near my porch.  It sort of makes it feel a bit tropical.

My little mosquito plant is not looking very good.  When it arrived in the mail, it was in pretty bad shape.  I've picked the dead leaves off, so now it is just a stem trying to become something.  Here's a photo before I plucked all the dead stuff off it.

It's looking cloudy outside, so I guess that rain is really coming our way.  Well, my car is covered with green from all the new leaves so I'm hoping that the rain gives my car a good washing.   That's the only downfall from having so many trees.  When all the little leaf seed pods start opening, everything gets a green coating.  

My plans for today don't include much other than doing a bit of crocheting.  Both of the wraps that I'm working on have less than twenty rows to go till it's time to start making the pockets.  When they are finished, I'll see if Deanne will model them so that I can take photos.

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Oxygen Is All Set Again

May 14, 2021

Good morning.  Today will be warmer with lots of sunshine.  I see a lot of porch time coming up.  First, though, I have a couple phone calls to make.  

Yesterday, the fellow from the oxygen supply company finally showed up at seven o'clock last evening.  And when he pulled into my yard, he blocked the whole driveway.  I asked him to move his truck up a bit so as not to block my driveway and he was not happy with me.  He did, however, finally move his truck.

The problem with the machine turned out to be the new cannula that I had recently purchased.  It was super soft and kept getting twisted.  This in turn was cutting off the oxygen.  While the fellow was here, he changed the filter in my machine.  I had never seen this done before and told him so.  He insisted that they had been doing it every year.

He gave me a couple new cannulas and was on his way. However, when I went to attach the new cannula (which is in two pieces)  to the machine, there was no connector piece to hold the two pieces together.  So what else is new?

I was going online to order some connector pieces from Amazon when I thought to look in some stuff that I had brought back with me from Florida last year.  Lucky me, there were two connector pieces.  These had been given to me by the oxygen supply fellow in Kissimmee while I was there on vacation.  I wonder if that man realized what a super gift he had given me.

So, now my machine is all set up and I'm doing much better.  Today I will call my insurance company to let them know the type of maintenance they (and me) are paying for.  I think when a person is reliant on oxygen, the maintenance company should pay better attention to how they maintain the equipment.

Enough of my crabbies.  I've been looking around for quite a while for a certain color yarn and I finally found some that was similar this morning and I ordered it.  Nope, I don't need it.  But I can make something really pretty with it.  

Meanwhile, I'm working on the Luffa and the Raspberry pocket wraps.  Now I'm thinking that I might want to make one in brown tones for a man.  Yes, folks.  Even the older gents enjoy having something to put around their shoulders and back when they are watching TV on a cool evening.  And I think a wrap in medium brown will be very handsome.

I borrowed this image from the web.  It's a great way to start the day, being thankful to be here.  And now I'm off to do some blog reading before heading out to the porch.  So, till Sunday, Y'all be safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Always Something To Keep Me Busy

May 13, 2021

Good morning.  Today should be the beginning of a string of nice days.  I'm looking forward to spending some time out on my porch.  In a couple hours, I'll take my crocheting and a cup of coffee out there and spend some time watching the birds and little critters.

My breathing has been getting increasingly worse these past few days.  This morning I found the reason.  My large oxygen concentrator was not putting out any oxygen.  All this time I've been thinking that my meds might need to be adjusted, and it was all because I was not getting any oxygen.  

I did call the company that owns the machine, and they were trying to fix it over the phone.  They are supposed to do maintenance checks on their equipment at least twice a year.  I don't ever see them unless I call them to come out.  They finally said that they would be out sometime today.  That could mean as late as eight o'clock tonight.  (yup, they have come out that late before)

I think once they fix this machine, I'm going to call my insurance company and let them know about the lousy service they are paying for.  I would buy my own machines but they are very expensive.  Plus, I would need to find out who would be servicing them.  

On a happy note, my new tomato plants look awesome.  The netting that I had ordered to cover them with was supposed to be here now but for some reason it got held up somewhere.  Now it is supposed to be here by Monday.  I hope so.  My big tomato plant has a few yellow blossoms on it.  If they turn into tomatoes, I'd like to keep them for myself.  (not the critters)

The Columbine plant has buds getting ready to blossom.  Within days, I think.  I'll be sure to take a photo to share.

Today is going to be really busy.  I have a grocery order coming shortly after lunch.  Most of that will go into the big freezer.  Then I'll be all set again for a while.  Maybe this afternoon I'll start working on those new food charts.  We'll see.

For now, I'm going to make a cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  I have some catching up to do.  So, till next time, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Heart's Still Ticking

May 12, 2021

Good morning.  It's looking really pretty outside my door this morning.  The sun is shining and temps will be in the upper fifties today.  Starting tomorrow, temps go up a bit more.  Woo Hoo!  

Well, I still have to talk with Mr. Dave.  When I called him, the line was busy and I got side-tracked.  I did get some other important calls made.  And, my doctor called to say that the results from me wearing the heart monitor came back.  All good news.

I do, however, have to work on lowering my cholesterol count.  I'm amazed that I got to be as old as I am considering that I never watched what I was eating.  I was never a fish and nuts person.  I'm still not.  I'm more a pasta person.  

Ah well, I'll figure it out.  I'll need to make a new chart that shows the amounts of sodium and cholesterol in everything that I eat.  Hopefully, I'll still be able to enjoy some of my favorite meals.

On a fun note, are any of you bird lovers?  Can you identify this pretty little bird?  It landed on the fence in Audrey's yard and she took this photo.  She's never seen it before, and I'm not sure what it is.

I found several birds in my books that look somewhat like this bird, but I can't say for sure just what it is.  Any ideas?

Here's another pretty picture.  This is Deanne's new rose bush.  Such a beauty!

The two pocket wraps that I'm working on are coming along.  They each have less than forty rows to go before I make the pockets.  Yesterday the pink yarn that I had ordered came so that will be the next one that I make.

Today is "Blue Bloods" marathon on TV so guess what I'll be watching all day.  On that note, I'm off to make a hot cup of coffee to enjoy while I'm watching TV.  So, till next time, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 10, 2021

My Wonky Laptop

May 10, 2021

Good morning.  Tis gray and nippy this morning.  I gave in and put the heat back on this morning.  Cool temps might be great for sleeping but they are not so nice for coming out from under the covers.  Mother Nature is having a hard time getting Spring to share her nice warm temps wth us.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, although it was a tad bit on the cool side with a slight breeze.  DIL Janet came by and brought me a beautiful plant to hang on my porch.  It is soooo nice to see all these colorful blossoms outside my door.

And I promised to show you what Audrey sent me.  It's a Cardinal windchime.  I love the Cardinals, and now I have my own family of them living on my porch.


Folks, I'm going to have to cut this post short.  I started typing almost two hours ago, then my laptop went all funky.  It took a while to get it to shut off, then to turn it back on.  It seems there must have been a Windows update taking place.  

If I'm not here tomorrow, I'll be back soon.  I want to call Mr. Dave this morning to see if he can fix this thing.  So, stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY

May 9, 2021

Good morning.  Happy Mothers' Day to all the Moms out there.  I wish you all a fantastic day full of hugs and smiles.  

Yesterday, Deanne and Eddie and I went to Home Depot to pick out tomato plants.  I got two, one large one and one a bit smaller.  This morning I ordered two plant nets from Amazon to cover my tomato plants.  This year, maybe I can eat some tomatoes from my plants.  I also bought a few flowering plants and a large hanging pot of petunias for my porch.  

On the way home, we stopped at Ocean State Job Lot where I bought a few snack treats.  That proved to be a bit too much walking for me so we headed home.  After all the bundles were put away, the kids surprised me with a beautiful new planter (and plant).  

It a gorgeous pink Flamingo and an orange Hibiscus plant.  I've never seen an orange Hibiscus before!  I'll have to take some close up photos of it later in the week to share.  This morning I ordered some Hibiscus plant food from Amazon.  

After breakfast this morning, I opened the box that Audrey sent me.  Oh my!  I'll leave this surprise for tomorrow's post because I want to take a photo of it first  to share here.  Between phone calls, texts and cards, I've heard from all my friends and loved ones.  I'm a happy old lady today!

I did take photos of my other new plants, but now I have to crop them so that I can share them here.  Later this week, Deanne will come over and help me re-pot a few things.  Hopefully, we'll be able to re-pot some of my Aloe Vera plant.  It's been going hog wild popping up new plants.  

This weekend Deanne and Eddie are also celebrating their Anniversary.  I wish you a Happy Anniversary and many more happy years together.  I love you.

Now I'm going outside to see how my new plants made it through the night.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Another Day In The Life Of A PEP

May 7, 2021

Good morning.  I'm sleeping late these days.  It's those toasty blankets that are to blame.  Right?  It's 59F degrees right now.  Tomorrow morning it will be ten degrees cooler.  I'm thinking that the warmer temps won't be here for a few more weeks.  And right after that it will be Summer.  

We are becoming a two season world.  We seem go from Winter to Summer and from Summer to Winter.  Spring and Autumn have become very short seasons.  That's really kind of sad because these are two very beautiful seasons.

Enough of my crabbing.  I've been doing a little crocheting, and now both the Luffa and the Raspberry pocket wraps are at least one row past the half mark.  Every now and then I pick one of them up and add a  few rows.  The pink yarn should be here maybe by Tuesday, and I've already thought of one more color that I should have ordered.  Looks like I'll be busy for a while with my wraps.

I found this absolutely adorable image on the web and I just have to share it.  The words "tired" and "nap" seem to define me, and maybe a lot of other folks too.  So, I guess this makes me some form of Permanently Exhausted Pigeon.  (a PEP)

This is definitely me.  In my retirement, I've become a PEP.  Do you suppose it's because I was so busy and was into so many things all my life?  As soon as I stopped being so busy, the bottom fell out of my energy bucket.  Ah well, as long as I don't have to fly too far too fast, I'm okay.

Tomorrow, Deanne and I are going shopping for tomato plants.  And I want a few potted plants too.  It's Mothers' Day this weekend, and I'm going to treat myself to some pretty blossoms for my porch.  

Now I'm going to do a bit of blog reading.  Before I leave, let me share this cute joke.  (It can be found in a children's joke book from Dover Publishing.)

I'm wishing all the Moms out there in Blogger Land a beautiful weekend.  See you Sunday.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Google Can Be Very Interesting

May 6, 2021

Good morning.  Today is supposed to be really nice, but I'm still not warmed up from the cold night.  I think I may have turned the heat off a bit too soon.   It's not easy coming out from under the nice warm blankets in the morning.

This morning I'm thinking about housedresses.  I don't know why.  The word just popped into my head.  My mother always wore them.  I wear a version of them.  This morning I looked them up on Google and found lots of really interesting things about them.

The housedress is a dress that is worn at home, and can be worn other places too.  Over the years, there have been other versions that are also very comfortable.  There is the patio dress, the muu muu, the duster, the maxi dress, the nap dress (for napping), the dressing gown, the shift dress, the caftan, and the uniform house dress, just to mention some of them.  

Woman Within catalogue has some called "lounge dresses."  I like these.  I have two of them and I'm working on getting two more.  They are super comfortable and go everywhere.  

Ever wonder where Google gets all its information?  Normally I don't.  But when you look up something, you can usually find other topics of interest at the end of the item you are reading. One item of interest listed after the "housedresses" was "Bikinis for Plus Size women."  Really?  

I'm finding out that one of the problems my laptop is having is with Photoshop CC.  It doesn't play well with Windows anymore.  I'm thinking of getting rid of this program and maybe getting the shorter version, Photoshop Elements.  I'll have to think about this.

It's getting close to noon so I'm going to see what's for lunch.  Before I go, here's a really cute image that I borrowed from the web to share with you.  

So, till next time, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Finally Shutting Off The Heat

May 4, 2021

Good morning.  Today is gray and wet with cooler temps.  It's a good day to stay indoors and do crafts.  Our world is changing to lots of green.  So many different shades of green.  It's really quite beautiful.

Last night I worked on the pocket wraps.  About twenty more rows to go on each of them and they'll each be at the half mark.  Eighty rows.  I may have to pick another color and make an extra one.  These wraps will be almost done when the pink yarn gets here and it's more fun working on two wraps at the same time.  Gee!  Such a predicament!

I just went to Google to look up a specific pattern and WOW!  There are so many beautiful crochet sweater patterns out there!  I will have to spend some serious time looking into some of these.  

My cousin Anita has made lots of Granny Squares and was looking to make something other than a blanket with them.  I thought I might find a book with lots of different ideas for her.  That will be a project for this afternoon.

Because the temps lately have finally been warmer, I shut off the heat to the house.  This tends to make it a bit chilly during the night, but oh my it makes for a better sleep.  This morning I woke up early then went right back to sleep for a few more hours.  

As for my ill-behaved laptop, it is just slow today.  I'm not complaining.  At least it is not making me crazy.  This is what is called "picking my battles."  As long as it is only running a bit slow and not causing all sorts of grief for me, we will get along just fine.  It's the grief I can't handle.  I will talk with Mr. Dave about re-setting the updates.

There's really nothing new happening, so let me share this with you before I leave to read some blogs.  (image borrowed from the web)

And here's a giggle to enjoy with your morning coffee.

Now I'm off to check out some of my favorite blogs.  Till next time, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Sunshine Is For Kitty Kats

May 3, 2021

Good morning.  It's starting out as a gray morning.  My phone app says today's temps should reach sixty degrees with light rain.  It's a far cry from yesterday's gorgeous sunny warm temps in the low seventies.  

Deanne and Eddie came by yesterday with their grandchildren.  Gosh. the kids are getting so big.  They had a grand time looking for and collecting pine cones.  They took a bag full of them home with them to paint at a later date.

Speaking of pine cones, my yard is layered with pine needles.  Our house cat, Blackie, loves to lay on these needles and roll around in the sun.  Maybe they scratch his back while he is rolling around?  Here's a photo of him from yesterday.  After he rolls around in the needles, he looks up as if to say "Ooh, this feels so good!"

There's not much happening here.  I made a few phone calls yesterday, then ordered the yarn for the third new pocket wrap.  I decided on a light pink.  It's called Ballerina.


These wraps and the baby blanket should keep me busy for a while.  After they are done, I want to look for a new project.  

Have you seen the new Subaru Forester TV commercial with the family of dogs out riding in the car?  It is really adorable.  I love it when the dog driving the truck barks back at the puppy in the car.  This commercial is a breath of fresh air after all the crappy ones that are being aired.

There's not much news for today so I'm going to get a cold bottle of water and enjoy some blog reading.  Till next time, stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Welcome To May

May 2, 2021

Good morning.  Say hello to this beautiful new month!  Happy Belated May Day!  Here's the May page from my calendar.

Well, I have to say that Friday's medical appointments were the best I've had in quite a while.  First we went to the lab to have the blood work done.  The girl drawing the blood was super quick with the needle.  She was in and out with no pain at all.  Then we went to meet with my doctor's nurse practitioner, Judy.  

She turned out to be really nice.  She listened, and talked with you - not at you.  Actually, everyone in this office seems to be really nice.  And all my test numbers came out good.  My blood pressure is a little high so Judy prescribed a new medicine for it.   Later this month, I'll meet my new primary care  doctor.  If she's nice too, then I will have hit the jackpot!  

Friday I also started another pocket wrap.  This one is Raspberry and might be for my cousin Anita.  I took a photo to show you so that I can explain a tip that I forgot to mention when I posted the pattern.  There are a lot of rows to this wrap, so I place a safety pin every twenty rows to help me keep count.  As you can see in the photo, I have a pin in the first and last stitch of the current row, and another pin keeping track of how many rows I've already done.

There's not much of interest on the TV this morning, so I've been watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.  It's a really cute children's program.  In a little while, I'll switch over to BUZZR channel.  (old game shows)  I did not turn on the laptop all day yesterday.  So, today I have some catching up to do with my blog reading.  

This morning when I turned on my laptop, it was in a snooty mood, and was not playing nice with me.  I tried to size a photo in Photoshop and for some reason, the program got stuck and would not work.  Nor would it shut off.  I finally had to use the power button to shut off my laptop.  All of this took more than an hour.

When I finally turned the laptop back on, a Windows update was just finishing being installed.  Folks, I'll bet anything that this is the real problem here.  These Windows updates are driving me crazy.  I'm tempted to buy another laptop, but I don't think there's anything wrong with my laptop.  It's Windows that is causing all the problems.

So, that's my news for today.  Hopefully, (laptop willing) I'll be back tomorrow.  Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Laptop Woes

April 29, 2021

Good morning.  Well yesterday's heavy rain amounted to just enough raindrops to make a few small puddles.  After that, the whole day was just gorgeous.  So now let's see how today turns out.  I even checked with another weather reporting service.  There seems to be a lot of rain noted for New England over the next week or so.  How much of it we get remains to be seen.

This laptop is driving me crazy.  I'd like to see if Mr. Dave can check it out remotely tomorrow, but I have a doctor appointment tomorrow and won't be home part of the day.  So maybe he can look at it next week.  I'm seriously wondering if a new laptop will solve my problems with this thing.  I'll have to see what Mr. Dave has to say.

I went out into the main house today to water my plants.  While I was out there, I checked on my Blossoming Cherry tree (through the kitchen window).  It doesn't have many leaves open yet and already there are some patches of pink blossoms.  Crazy.

Here's a cute tee shirt that I found on the web.  I think this one was made for me.

It seems that more and more folks in our state are getting their vaccine shots now.  Here's a list showing part of our new re-opening schedule.  It's looking good.  I hope it stays this way.  Hopefully, this is the beginning of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Something tells me that we could see a huge rash of large weddings coming up soon and maybe a new generation of baby boomers next year.  It would not surprise me.  A lot of folks put their weddings on hold because of Covid 19.  

All the dwarfs are getting their vaccine shots now.  Pretty soon everyone in the house will be fully vaccinated.  Woo Hoo!  

Pretty soon I'll have to start working on covers for my next Blog Book.  I don't know yet if this will be a two volume or a three volume year.  I'll have to look into it.  It mostly depends on how much I chat and how many photos are posted.  

Now I'm off to see what sort of mischief today holds for me.  I probably won't post here tomorrow.  I'll be needing most of the morning to get ready for my appointment.  I will be back here on Sunday.  So, till then, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It's Back To The Sixties!

April 28, 2021

Good morning.  Tis wet and gray here.  According to my phone app, we have five days of the wet stuff coming our way.  Heavy intensity rain, moderate rain, moderate rain, light rain, light rain, and finally, overcast clouds for the sixth day.  I guess Mother Nature is trying to get all her April showers in before we run out of April.

Remember that tie dye party that Deanne had the other night?  Well, she made something for me that night and she gave it to me yesterday.  Woo Hoo!   It's a beautiful sweatshirt jacket.  She also brought all the fixings for us to have a "Sixties Moment."   Here's a couple photos from yesterday.  (The colors on my jacket are a lot brighter than they are showing here.)


Did we have fun?  You betcha!  And I love my new sweatshirt jacket.  Thank you Deanne.  Every time I look at my new jacket, I smile again.   (By the way, Deanne is my middle child.)

Yesterday I started on the a pocket wrap using the Luffa yarn.  Oh my, is it ever pretty!  I think I might make the pockets with a deeper olive green yarn, and this one will be for cousin Anita's hubby Ray.  I still haven't decided on a color for Anita's wrap.  I'm thinking maybe a light orchid?  Or a pretty pink?

I took a photo of the end of the skein of yarn to show you one reason why I really like Herrschner's yarn.  There's no problem finding the starting end of the yarn.  There is a tab on it to make it easy to find.  

With all the rain coming in the next few days, I should be able to finish the yellow baby blanket.  Then I will see about deciding on a color for another pocket wrap and maybe work on two at the same time.  

I got a text message a couple days ago from my great grandson Jack Jack.  He got a job and he sent me a photo of him standing outside his workplace.  (and next to his car that he got for his sixteenth birthday)  I'm so very proud of you Jack Jack, and I know you'll be great at your new job.  

So, that's my news for today.  Now I'm off to make some breakfast and do a bit of blog reading.  Till the next time, Y'all stay safe and have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.