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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A New Fun Way To Practice Shooting

October 25, 2016

Good morning.  Brrrr, there's definitely a chill in the air now.  I guess our Indian Summer weather is about all gone.  Today the temperature will only be around 47F degrees, then back down to 33 degrees tonight.  Feels like the winter cold is moving in on us. 

I've had to turn the heat on.  So now I'll ask Joe to check on how much fuel we have so that I can arrange for a fuel delivery.  I wonder why October, November and December are called the "Autumn" season.  The beautiful Fall weather only lasts for a short while, then the winter cold sets in.  Well, maybe it will stay in the 40's and 50's for a few more weeks. 

Yesterday afternoon, Deanne sent me a text saying that she would be able to go to the shooting range with me.  I'm so glad she felt better because we had such fun.  Instead of using the regular paper targets, we played Cricket, using a gun instead of darts.  These new cricket sheets were to help us with accuracy.  Here's my sheet.

We had to get three points in each number, including the bulls eye to win the game.  I got all my numbers done, but could not get the bulls eye done before our class ended.  Deanne got the bulls eye done and most of the numbers.  We had a great time, and will be using Cricket sheets again for the next practice. 

I have some perennial plants in pots, so yesterday I went on-line to learn how to "over-winter" them.  Seems there are several ways to do this.  I can dig a big hole in the garden and plant everything, pots and all, (with some mulch of course) or put them in the basement and water them once in a while.  I can also find a spot on the ground near the house (on the East side) and cover them with much for insulation to keep them safe until Spring. 

The plants will hopefully survive the winter this way.  There are a few more steps in the process of over-wintering the plants, but if you are interested you can look it up on Google.  I'll either try putting them in the basement, or maybe on the ground behind the porch protected and covered with mulch.  Next year, I think I should put all my potted plants in the ground.

I dug into my photo archives for some birdie photos to share.  These photos were taken four years ago today while I was at work.  The Robin and the Northern Flicker were busy in the yard looking for food.

This next photo of a pink Knockout Rose was taken the same day.  These roses are still blooming today in my garden.  There aren't tons of blooms, but even a few is beautiful.

Today I'll need to spend some time on my computer to make a few more quick pages.  My folder of them is getting a bit lean.  Plus, being creative is good exercise for my brain.  First though, Pogo and I need to make a trip to the Post Office.  We did not get to finish all the errands yesterday. 

Time is getting short, and I've been procrastinating about putting together the photos for my new calendar and designing this year's Christmas card.  So, I think I'll work on these projects later today.  Hmmm, let's see how far I get!  I usually just procrastinate until the last minute.

Well now it's time for me to get dressed and get this new day started.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Pleasant Surprise From My Spider Plant

October 24, 2016

Good morning.  It's a lovely morning here, about 50F degrees and sunny.  Today temps should reach up into the upper 50's, then dip down into the upper 30's tonight.  At least I'll be able to put the plants outside for a while today.  Hopefully, the new plant shelf will be here soon, and I can get it set up in front of the pantry window. 

Joe says he will put up a plant hanger over one of the kitchen windows.  I just have to pick up some screws to attach the hanger to the window frame.  I also have a small package to mail, so I guess Pogo and I will take a short trip to the Post Office and the hardware store this morning.

Once the plant hanger is up, my spider plant will have its new home.  Speaking of the spider plant, I got a lovely surprise yesterday.  There are several tiny white blossoms on it.  I never realized that this plant had flowers.  They are really lovely, and look like teeny tiny Easter lilies.

Goodness, I just got a text message from daughter Deanne, saying that she is not feeling so good and won't be able to go to the shooting range with me later this afternoon.  It sounds like she may have picked up a nasty virus bug.  Hopefully, it will be a short lasting one, and she'll be feeling better really soon.  As for the shooting range, I'll go by myself.  I really need the practice.

I'm feeling a lot more like my old self now, so I need to get out more by myself (with Pogo, of course).  Who knows, maybe while Pogo and I are out this morning we can stop by Ocean State Job Lot and wander about the store for a while.  Even if we don't buy anything, it will be fun.

Next weekend, SIL Eddie and Joe are going to Home Depot with me to pick up some supplies to use for making winter screen covers for the porch.  We've tossed around a few ideas, and we may have come up with one we can use.  I was hoping to use plexiglass, but we may have to resort to using plywood panels. 

Joe says we can put little windows in a couple of the plywood panels so that it wouldn't be so dark on the porch.  That would help because there is no light on the porch.  I intend to leave my chairs, etc, out on the porch all winter.  Covered up, of course. 

Well, now I think it's time for me to get dressed so that Pogo and I can go do our errands.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I Feel A Chill In The Air

October 23, 2016

Good morning.  Tis a bit "brrrrrrr!" this morning, only 49F degrees.  Today's temps will only make it into the mid 50's, and then drop down to 40 degrees tonight.  I feel my "happy camper" weather days are coming to a close.  For the next few nights, the temps are going to be in the low to mid thirties.  Ouch!!

Yesterday was a real New England weather day.  First it was gray, cloudy and wet.  Then it was just gray and cloudy.  Soon it began to rain again.  This time it was more than just drizzle.  Here's a photo of the big rain drops coming down just before it got really heavy. 

Not more than two minutes after I took this photo, the rain came down so heavy that you almost couldn't see through it.  An hour later, the sun came out, really bright as if it had never rained.  About another hour later, the sun went in behind the clouds, and the rest of the day was gray.  That's how the weather is here sometimes.

In the afternoon, I came a cross a photo of an Aunty Acid mug that I really like, so I went online and ordered it.  Ever had a day like this?  I have, and up to now I've just been biting my tongue.  Now I can at least have a cup of coffee (or maybe a beer?) in my new mug while I count to ten.

Aside from ordering a new plant shelf for the panty and having a nice phone chat with Aunt Lucy, that's about all I accomplished yesterday.  I did put a few rows on the afghan last night, but that's about it. 
Today I have another Halloween quick page for you.  This one is a bit whimsical, so have fun with it.
Here is your download link:

Time is getting away from me now.  I got up late this morning, let Pogo go out in the house to get his turkey treat, then crawled back under my blanket for a few more winks.  Pogo got hungry in the middle of the night, and I fed him a couple strips of his Doggie Bacon..  By then, I was awake so I did a few crossword puzzles until my eyes got tired again. 

On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 21, 2016

I'm A Regular Demon With A Fly Swatter!

October 21, 2016

Good morning.  It's another gorgeous Autumn day here in my little part of New England.  I must say though, that my yard is beginning to be overrun with fallen leaves.  I guess it's time to get out the "blower/vacuum" machine, and start bagging some of them. 

According to the weather report, today will probably be our last warm day and night for a while.  So you know Pogo and I will be spending some time out on the porch enjoying this gorgeous day.  Actually, we spent quite a bit of time out there yesterday too.  It was wonderful.

Yesterday brought lots of good news.  Kevin went on a job interview, and was hired.  They were very excited to have him, and he'll be getting a call really soon to start work.  After his interview, Kevin came by and took me grocery shopping.  It went very well.  He did the reaching and heavy lifting (cases of water), and when we got home he carried everything in for me.  After I had put everything away, I still had plenty of breath left.  So, thank you, thank you Kevin!!

A few hours later, daughter Deanne called to tell me Jazzy's wonderful news.  Her MCAS grades came, and she excelled in everything!!!  Wow, congratulations Jazzy!  Here's a photo of her grade paper.

Okay, I know.  I'm crowing again.  But gosh, it's so easy to crow with these two awesome kids.  My cup of blessings runneth over.

I brought the box with the greenhouse up onto the porch yesterday and started putting it together.  It wasn't really difficult, but I stopped halfway through because it was looking too tall to put where I had in mind.  I got out my measuring tape, and yup!  It's going to be too big to put either in the pantry or the kitchen. 

Hmmm, now I'll have to come up with a Plan B for all our indoor plants.  I guess I'll take the greenhouse apart and put it away till next March.  Meanwhile, I'll have to look for a smaller shelf for all the plants. 

I found a really interesting cartoon on the web.  (author unknown)  I do not like bugs, spiders or any other crawly things.  As long as they are somewhere else, I'm fine.  However, I do not wish to share my living space with them. 

Hmmm, now this gives another meaning to squishing a bug or spider when I see them.  Actually, I try to get someone else to do the squishing.  I don't even like to do that!  I never really gave a thought to all the little kiddie bugs that would now be orphans.  Gosh, what happens to them? 

As guilty as this may make me feel, I'm still going to zap every fly that comes into my house.  Fair warning to all baby flies:  if you want to live, fly out of here as soon as you can!  Once I pick up that fly swatter, I'm a raving demon until I smack my quarry!

Well, the morning is quickly passing, and I need to get dressed so that Pogo and I can sit out on the porch.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cooler Temps, But Still Quite Lovely

October 20, 2016

Good morning.  Well that short burst of lovely warm temps is over.  Today we'll just make into the 60's.  I must say though, that the sun is shining and it is still quite lovely outside.  I have a couple photos to show you just how pretty it is here. 

The first photo is the view from my porch, and the second photo is a close-up to show that there are a few patches of yellow beginning.  They don't show up so good, but next week they'll probably be brighter.

And here's a photo of the new plants.  I've had them outside on the porch to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures.  I'm not sure what color the two Christmas Cactus plants will be but it will be fun to find out.

Later today, I'll bring in the plant greenhouse that is in the trunk of my car, and put it together.  I have a spot in the kitchen pantry, in front of the window, that I'm thinking of for this greenhouse.  Of course, we may also just keep it in the kitchen by one of the windows.  I'll figure that out later. 

In a little while, grandson Kevin will be coming by to take me grocery shopping.  First he has a job interview to attend.  Good luck, Kevin.  A job helps to give him spending money while in college, and it puts the gas in his car to get him back and forth to class.  (and to see me, too!)  It's also good for his character too.  He has plans for his future, and he works hard to make it happen.  (Gosh, do I sound like I'm tooting my horn again?  What can I say?  He's pretty awesome!)

If this trip to the market works out okay, I'll know that I'll be trotting around on my own soon.  I just get winded too easily these days.  But I do feel that I'm getting back to my normal, even though it's a bit slowly.

Today I have another Halloween quick page for you.  This one is for the photo of your doggie in his or her Halloween outfit.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I really should get dressed and finish making my grocery list.  Before you know it, Kevin will be here and I won't be ready.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mother Nature Is Putting On A Color Show

October 19, 2016

Good morning.  It's a pleasant sort of morning here.  The sun goes in and out behind the clouds, and current temps are in the 60's.  It's supposed to warm up quite nicely soon, and the rest of the day will be awesome. 

As I sit here and look out my door, I'm noticing bits of golden yellow showing up here and there in the big tree at the end of my driveway.  Autumn colors are creeping in all around us.  My beautiful tree is trying her best to stay green as long as she can, but soon she'll have to give in to Mother Nature and put her Fall dress on.  (She'll still be quite beautiful!)

Yesterday, Pogo and I got to spend quite a bit of time out on the porch.  The weather was just awesome!  Around noon, my grandson Kevin came by after class for a visit and did some vacuuming for me.  Actually, I think he was here mostly to check up on me and make sure I'm okay.  I am so blessed to have such an awesome grandson. 

Last night I watched a few episodes of "Chrisley Knows Best."  In one episode, Todd (Chrisley) was moving his 72 year old mother to live in his own house.  (to keep a better eye on her)  "Nana" has a little tiny Yorkie named Miley, and brought her with her.  (of course)  It was an enjoyable, and really funny, story of how a caring family looks after and gets along with each other. 

I went into my photo archives and found some interesting photos that were taken on this very day, four years ago.  It was a cloudy day, and whenever there was an opening in the clouds, the sun would peep through.  These photos were taken while I was at work.

On my way home that day, I spotted a large flock of geese flying overhead.  I guess they were all moving to a warmer Southern site.  The second photo is a close-up of the flock.

And here's another pretty shot of this same flock.  For some reason, I always seem to be driving my car when these photo ops happen and I don't get the photos.  For these, I happened to be sitting at a red light. 

This afternoon, I want to make a big pot of pasta and meat sauce.  DIL Janet will be by later after work, and this is one of our favorite meals.  I also want to call Aunt Lucy to make sure she is alright.  I had planned to drive out to her house early this week, but life had other plans for me.  However, she is only as far away as my phone. 

I also need to check into the elder transportation company to see if they could pick up Aunt Lucy and bring her here, and then come back to take her home again.  This would be a big help to both of us.

Well, time is marching on, and it's almost time to think about what's for lunch.  Pogo isn't thrilled about the doggie food that I gave him for breakfast.  But, he did eat some of it.  Maybe I can find something tasty in the fridge for lunch. 

On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tis Rather A Dreary Day Here In New England

October 18, 2016

Good morning.  My goodness, have you noticed how late it is when day breaks now?  At seven o'clock this morning it was still dark outside my door.  The sky may have lightened up five minutes earlier, but it rained all through the night so there are lots of clouds. 

For the moment, the rain has stopped, but the forecast calls for more rain during the day.  Temps today will be in the high 70's, so at least it won't feel cold.  For a little while, the weather forecast called for 80F degrees for us, but somehow that changed while I was sleeping. 

Well, Pogo and I went out yesterday as far as the bank and the Post Office.  Then we came right home.  That was about all the traipsing around I could do.  It's taking longer than I thought to get back to my normal speed. 

I found another fun pattern on the web.  This one is for a crocheted witch hat.  Although I prefer the traditional black hat, these fun colors should appeal to the younger witches. 

I also found an interesting picture of a photo wall treatment.  I borrowed the photo from the web to share here.  (author unknown)   Goodness, what a unique way to display the family photos. 

Yesterday, Pogo and I spent quite a lot of time out on the porch.  Today though, we'll be spending most of our time indoors.  Unless of course, the sun comes out and warms things up.  Then maybe we can sit out for a while.  Meanwhile, this is a very good day to work on crafts. 

Today, I'm going to print out some crochet patterns for DIL Janet and Aunt Lucy.  I'll also print out some cover sheets that I've made that show pictures of the finished items.  Altogether there are fifteen patterns that include afghans, a snoodie, pet sweaters, ponchos, wraps, and baby outfits.

There's not much news for today.  So now, I think I'll see what's in the freezer for our supper and take it out to thaw.  Then I'll make a hot cup of cocoa (mmmm, sounds yummy!) and put a few more rows on the afghan. 

On that note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.