My Pix Show 04

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Beauty Around Us

May 27, 2018

Good morning.  Tis a wee bit damp and rather gray outside today.  But that's okay.  The plants and lawns need the water.  And, it's a good reason to have a lazy day, just crochet, watch TV, do a puzzle, paint a picture, etc.   Yesterday was a noisy day with parties and barbecues everywhere.  Today's quiet will be very refreshing.

My recent order from Omaha Steak company arrived a couple days ago.  So, today for lunch, Pogo and I are going to have a Filet Mignon.  Well, la de da!  And yes, we are going to share.  I'm cooking an extra one for Joe.  He did a lot of yard work this past week so I thought he deserved to have one too.

While Mac and Audrey were on vacation in the mountains this past week, they sent me some photos, and a couple I downloaded from Facebook.  Their friend, Jim Hansen, is a well known photographer, whose photos are just awesome.  Here is one photo Mr. Hansen took while they were out on a photo walk. 

Isn't this gorgeous?  I remember, years ago, a friend and I were driving through the mountains on our way to Nashville, and we saw a scene something like this.  It was just awesome!

Here's another photo that Mr. Hansen took, of Mac shooting a photo of a deer. 

And here's a photo that Mac took of Audrey taking a photo of a deer.  (the deer is in the grass, looking up at Audrey)

Wow, what an awesome way to spend a vacation.  Good friends, awesome scenery and beautiful wildlife. 

Did anyone read Sean Dietrich's blog today?  He wrote about how one man, doing one good deed, can change a young boy's life.  Of course, it was more than just the one deed, but think about it.  We can all make a difference in someone's life by doing just one good deed.  It's an awesome feeling, you know, when you can put a smile on someone's face.  Or make someone happy when they weren't. 

Try it.  Hold out your hand and help someone.  Let me tell you though, it becomes addictive.  You get such an awesome feeling helping someone else that you go back and do it again.  The smiles that you get are simply priceless. 

Today I have another quick page for you.  This one is just fun and whimsical.  I hope you can use it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll refresh my cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Jazzy's Senior Prom

May 25, 2018

Good morning.  Tis another gorgeous day here in New England.  The sun is shining, temps are in the high sixties and there's a nice breeze.  Soon the temps will be in the high eighties.  Definitely a good day to sit out on the porch! 

Today is starting out just like yesterday.  Most all the pain is gone, and I had another great night's sleep.  Actually, I could have stayed asleep a few more hours, it felt so good.  However, when I cracked one eye open I noticed Pogo staring at me.  I guess he wanted some breakfast!

Have you ever noticed that as people age their skin gets thinner?  Well, mine is getting super thin!  I bumped into something near a doorway and it made a tear in the skin on my arm.  It looked fine but soon after, I noticed the little scrape started bleeding.  So I've been keeping a bandage on it during the night, and leaving it uncovered all day.

Well, last night was Jazzy's senior prom.  Deanne sent me this photo of Jazzy in her gown.  In another week, Jazzy will graduate from high school.  Gosh, this is it.  Their baby is all grown up and soon will be making her own way in the world.  (The young man is a friend, Andrew.)

Ever notice the one thing (other than the TV remote) that all guys seem to cherish?  It's their back scratcher.  My late hubby had a favorite one, made of bamboo I think.  It's very slim and lightweight, but oh my does it ever do a great job of scratching my back.  Yup, now I keep it on the bookshelf near the sofa, and I use it almost every day. 

Oh my, Joe is pulling into the driveway.  They must have got out of work early.  Pogo is at the door barking, and I need to go open our pantry door so that Pogo can go out into the house and have his turkey treat.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

"My Pillow" To The Rescue

May 24, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is shining, it's sixty four degrees and there is a teeny tiny breeze wafting past my flag every now and then.  I'm thinking that today Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while and go through a large stack of magazines and catalogues before tossing them into the recycle bin. 

Today, so far, is a much better day for me.  Yesterday, the pain went from my neck down to my upper back.  Actually, though, it was my own fault.  I can only stand in one spot for a couple minutes before the pain starts.  I was standing, going through a large box of old papers and other stuff, trying to get rid of a lot of things.

Eventually I had to stop and take a pain pill.  Then, while I was muttering under my breath, I carried the large box full of stuff outside and tossed it all in the recycle bin.  After that, I rested a while before trying to start supper.  Finally I put everything back in the refrigerator.  When DIL Janet got here, we ordered sub sandwiches for our supper. 

I guess I can add shredded steak and cheese to the list of foods that Pogo will eat.  He would not leave Janet's side until she shared a good part of her sandwich with him.  If she wasn't fast enough with the food, he would give her a nudge or a little woof to remind her to speed up a bit.

The pain in my back was getting increasingly uncomfortable so I got My Pillow and put it behind my back while I was sitting in the lounge chair.  This really did help considerably, so that's how I slept all night long.  I actually had a good sleep!  Guess who did not wake up grumpy? 

Last night, I was watching JTV (jewelry television channel) because they are beginning their year end inventory clearance sales and I'm looking for a couple things that I need for birthdays and Christmas.  Oh Wowsie!  Did I ever get lucky!  I found one of the items that I am looking for.  And such a great price!  Now I can cross one more thing off my Christmas shopping list.  Hmmm, maybe that's why I slept so good.

I absolutely love a great sale.  Don't you?  Next month, the sale prices will be awesome.  When I give a gift of jewelry, I prefer to give real gem stones set in sterling silver.  Especially when they cost less than costume jewelry. 

My yellow iris are starting to bloom, so I just went outside and took some photos.  I'll post them tomorrow.  Today, I dug a couple photos out from my archives to share.  I love to see the bees enjoying the flowers in my gardens.  It's a good sign.

Google is starting to do weird things on my post so I'll have to call it a day.  Till tomorrow folks, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Remote Control Died, Slowly.

May 23, 2018

Good morning.  Today is cloudy, but sunny,  Temps are in the sixties, but will soon be rising up to eighty degrees.  We had a little rain yesterday and overnight,and there's one small puddle out front for the birds to splash in.

Yesterday was a page out of Murphy's Law Book.  When I went to sleep the night before, the TV was working just fine.  However, yesterday morning the program guide on the remote was not working.  Next, the volume arrows stopped working, and I couldn't change the channels either.  Finally, nothing on the remote control was working.  So, I changed the batteries in the remote.  Nope, that did not fix anything. 

I called the cable company, but after trying all sorts of things, the problems with the remote were not solved.  The tech person advised me that I would need a new remote.  I could wait a couple more days and a tech would bring it to me, or I could go to their local store and pick one up.  Right after I hung up the phone, the volume on the TV stopped working.  I don't dare shut the TV off.  It might never come back on.

I did not know it but the cable store had moved to a new location.  It's a good thing that Deanne had called me because she told me about the move and where the new cable store was located.  She even met me there and went in with me.  Once inside, we were told that they were out of the remote that I needed, but I could wait about thirty minutes and a technician would get one for me. 

In about five minutes, a technician called my name and got me a new remote.  Later, Deanne and Eddie came by and Eddie set the new remote to my TV.  When they left, my TV was working just fine.  And it still is.  Thank you so much Eddie.  I really do appreciate it.  The TV is entertainment for Pogo and me.

I have a photo to share of Deanne and some friends.  They all went to the Red Sox game, and from the looks of things, they had a really good time.  Deanne is on the left.  As you can see, Mookie Betts is the girls' favorite player.  (Mookie is a right fielder for the Boston Red Sox)

Today will be quiet.  I think I'm just going to try to toss and throw out a few more things.  This project is very slow going.  I think I'll work on it for a couple hours, then Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while. 

I do have a new quick page for you.  This one features Zlata, who is entertaining her friends with a story and a hand puppet.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll get moving and attack the computer room.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It's A Quiet, Gray Day

May 22, 2018

Good morning.  Today is a gray day with temps in the upper sixties.  Still, it's a nice day.  I'm not sure what Pogo and I will do today, but I'm sure we'll think of something. 

Gosh, I hope today is the day that the pain in the side of my neck goes away.  I know it is most likely related to my spinal problems so I don't worry about it, but it would be nice for it to disappear.  As long as I don't turn my face to look sideways, I'm okay. 

Pogo is getting real barky lately.  If there's no one outside to bark at, he waits for a bird or a squirrel to come into sight and barks at it.  Hmmm, he's asleep right now, curled up next to me on the sofa, so he just missed an excellent opportunity to bark at one of dwarfs who just drove into the driveway. 

I've been trying to put together a new yarn order, but it's difficult.  There are so many beautiful colors, and only so much time to play with them.  Today, I'll have to nail it down because I really do need the red and the white yarn.

Last night, I worked on the cranberry afghan for a while.  I have ten and a half more rows to go to finish it.  Woo Hoo!  Just one or two rows a night and it could be finished by the end of next week.  My new yarn could be here by then and I could start another dolly dress. 

Well, did any of you figure out what yesterday's photo was?  It was a photo I did a few years ago of water.  I put a vase in the sink and ran the water to fill it up.  Once it was full, I took photos of the bubbles flowing over the side of the vase.

See what I mean?  You can find beauty anywhere.  On the other hand, Nature has an endless supply of beauty.  Audrey and hubby Mac are vacationing with friends, way up in the Appalachian Mountains.  She sent me this photo that she took yesterday of the view from Skyline  Drive.  Wowsie, she is completely surrounded by Nature's beauty.

I remember once, when a friend and I were driving to Nashville, TN, and we stopped somewhere up in the mountains to take photos of the view.  It was simply breath taking. 

The mail just came, and the mailman had a box.  I thought it was my newest Blog Book, but it wasn't.  Boo Hoo.  Ah well, it will be here pretty soon because it has already been shipped.  The morning is slipping by now, so I guess I should get busy and do a few things around here. 

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

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 21, 2018

If You Look For Beauty, You'll Find It

May 21, 2018

Well, good afternoon.  I would have been here earlier, but I started reading a few blogs, and one of them took a really long time.  I like to start my day by reading one blog in particular, Sean Of The South.  It seems that some misinformed (supposedly educated) person decided to criticize him and his writing.  This was not such a good idea.

People all over love to read Sean's stories every day.  His writings are full of love, life and hope.  And, he loves his dog!  He loves his mother and he loves his wife.  Now, this is my kind of guy!  Sean has a God given gift.  To write.  He tells a story like no one else can.  I. for one, hope he never stops writing. 

Click on his link above, and treat yourself to a story about how he once helped to deliver puppies, or how he once had macaroni and cheese and a Budweiser on top of a water tower.  Better yet, maybe he'll even write about the raccoon named Levon that he once put a necktie on.

I did not mean to go on a rant today, but when someone tries to hurt something or someone I care about, I tend to get just a little bit feisty.  If you don't like what someone has to say, just walk away.  It's not necessary to write a nasty letter for the whole world to read.  This only brings you down to a level that no one else wants to be on. 

Okay, I'm off my bandstand now.  How about a puzzle?  I have a photo that I'll share.  There's beauty in everything.  See if you can figure out what it is. 

Today is looking like such a beautiful day.  It's seventy degrees, and soon temps will be reaching almost eighty.  I think Pogo and I will sit out on the porch this afternoon and watch the birds and squirrels.  Maybe I'll take my crocheting out there too.  Hmmm, sounds like a plan.

I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A New American Princess

May 20, 2018

Good morning.  Gosh, it's almost noon.  I've been so busy doing goodness knows what that I'm running out of morning.  I had a quick page in mind for today, but I noticed a boo boo on it, and took the time to fix it.  Now I still have to upload it and get a new link.  I'll have to save this one for another day. 

I also did a bit of blog reading.  I like to start my days reading a few favorite blogs.  I'm glad to say that my dear friend Kyra is feeling much better now and did post today.  It will still take quite a while before she is completely healed, but at least she is on the mend. 

Well, well, well, I hope all of you got to watch the Royal Wedding yesterday on TV, or better yet, in person?  Pogo and I watched it on TV, and oh my, what a lovely wedding.  Harry and Meghan are such a beautiful couple, and I wish them many years of happiness.  These are a couple photos that I downloaded from Google.

Photo by: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Photo by:  USA Today

Today the weather is overcast, but at least it's fairly warm.  The temperature is 71F degrees, working its way to the upper seventies.  There's a bit of a gentle breeze making my flag wave ever so slowly against a background of beautiful rich shades of green.  The leaves on the tree out front are waving slowly too.  It's such a pretty picture.

I mentioned before that I would take a photo of the huge Mother's Day card that Deanne gave me.  I did take the photo but then I forgot to post it.  So here it is.  I leaned it against the storm door so that you could see how big it is.  Isn''t this pretty?  Pogo has a thing about cards and envelopes, so this one kept him busy sniffing for quite a while.

I've been working on the Cranberry afghan, slowly.  My hands seem to be doing what my eyes do.  I've always read a lot, but starting somewhere in my late thirties and early forties, I have trouble figuring out fancy fonts, plus the printed letters are not always looking to me like they actually look to others.  Usually the letters are just not in the right order, making it harder to read.  I spend a lot of time re-reading. 

Lately, I also spend a lot of time re-doing stitches that looked perfectly fine when I checked them.  Trying too hard to read words, or to get a stitch right, tends to make my eyes get blurry.  That's when I have to stop and take a break.  Typing is the same.  I do a lot of re-typing when I'm writing a post.  The darn letters keep getting tangled with each other.  Ah, but without all this, life would be too easy.

I ran out of hamburgers and I've been cooking the steak burgers from Omaha Steaks for Pogo lately.  Well, I'm almost out of the steak burgers now so Joe went to the market this morning and picked up some of Pogo's favorite burgers.  Thank you Joe!  And Pogo thanks you too! 

Today I want to spend a bit of time on my laptop making a few new quick pages, but first I need to go online and order a few more skeins of yarn.  I need more red and at least one skein of white.  I'd like to make a few more of the red baby hats in between crochet projects for next February's babies.  If anyone wants to make some baby hats, I'll be glad to share a pattern.  If your hospital does not participate in the red hat program, I can share the address where I sent my hats last January.

I do have a new quick page for you today.  This one features a nautical theme, and might be fun for some of your boating and beach photos.  Enjoy.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll wash a few dishes, and make some lunch for Pogo and me.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.