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Monday, October 23, 2017

Getting A Late Start Today

October 23, 2017

Good morning.  (at least for ten more minutes)  I got a late start today, checked my email and read a couple blogs.  Now it's almost noon.  Things are rather quiet here so this will be a short post. 

Today is a bit cloudy, but warm, and there's just a tiny breeze wiggling a few of the leaves on the big trees out front.  But it's a great day for doing errands or just sitting around doing nothing. 

Last night, I finished the little lapghan that I was working on.  The blue is called Light Periwinkle, and is really pretty.

After looking through some of my pattern books, I decided to work on another nappy cover.  For this one, I'm using the Periwinkle Blue.  I'll take a photo once it is finished. 
I also had time to play in with some of my new scrap kits, and made a couple more Halloween quick pages.  I find this very relaxing and enjoyable.  Today I think I'll work on choosing the rest of the photos for my calendar.  Then I'll finish the nappy cover.  Yup, that feels like a good plan for today.
Here's your next Halloween quick page.  This one takes place in a creepy forest setting.  Take a walk through the entrance to the forest if you dare, and have a scary good time.
Here's your download link:
Now I think I'll take my coffee out to the porch while Pogo and I wait for the mailman to get here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.
Hugs, Edna B.
p.s.  My timing is great!  The sun just came out.  Woo Ho!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Very Restful Weekend

October 22, 2017

Good morning.  It's starting off to be another gorgeous day here in New England.  The sun is shining and the temperature is working its way up toward seventy degrees.  It's only 53F degrees right now, but it will soon be warm enough to sit out on the porch for a while.

So far, it has been a quiet weekend here.  Friday night I finished the Orange Sherbet afghan.  Oh my, it is beautiful!!  After that, I went looking through all my yarn stash to see if there were any unfinished projects that I might like to work on.  I did find a lapghan that I had started, so I took it out and worked on that yesterday. 

I also spent some time online looking up an easy knit pattern for this chevron stitch.  I prefer to crochet, but my friend Rhoda wants to try knitting it.  So far, this is the easiest knit pattern that I've found.

Rhoda, I'll send you the pattern.  If you try it, let me know how it comes out.  I'll keep looking for other knit chevron patterns that aren't very difficult.  When I was younger, I'd try any pattern, no matter how difficult.  But now that I'm older, I like the easy patterns best. 

I don't have too much planned for today.  At some point, I want to work on my calendar photos, and I want to spend some time working on quick pages.  If I get a spurt of energy, I may even do a bit of grocery shopping.  We'll see. 

Tomorrow is trash pickup day, so I do need to get my trash bagged and set outside.  I also have two large bags of recycles that need to be put out in the bins.  We do a lot of recycling here.  My understanding is that the cities and towns get money back from the recycling company for all the recycles are picked up.  Seems to be a win win situation. 

I've been going through my yarn catalogue, trying to decide on the colors for the next afghan.  I'm leaning toward either pinks or possibly a shade of purple with a green and a variegated yarn.  Hmmm, so many choices! 

Well, there's not much news this morning so I think I'll make a fresh cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day. 

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tis A Quiet Day For Pogo And Me

October 20, 2017

Good morning.  The sun is shining, but it's still a bit cool.  Only 55F degrees outside right now.  But soon it will warm up to around 70F degrees (or close to it).  The next few days should be in the low seventies.  Awesome! 

Yesterday I took a photo of what I look at outside my door when there is a brisk breeze.  It's a beautiful sight and it makes my eyes happy.

A few days ago, I ordered another diaper cover pattern and it arrived yesterday.  This one is size 6 months to a year.  This way I can make a couple different sizes.  Isn't this just the cutest?  Of course, I don't think I'm going to make the hat because I don't think the baby will wear it.  But it is cute.

Yesterday was a quiet day here for Pogo and me.  Other than washing a few dishes, and cooking something for us to eat, I really didn't do much of anything.  We did go outside for a little while, and I picked a couple dahlia blossoms.

Last night, I put a few more rows on the Orange Sherbet afghan.  (It really does look like orange sherbet)  Now I have about twenty four more rows to go to finish it.  I think I'd like to make a couple more diaper covers next. 

Maybe today, I'll make a grocery shopping list.  I can make a quick run to the market either later today or over the weekend.  I need a new spurt of energy to get me going here. 

Today I have another Halloween quick page for you.  It seems that Zlata and her friends aren't very impressed with their friend's stories.  hahaha.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Well, that's about all my news for this morning.  I think I'll make a fresh cup of coffee and crochet while I watch "Unsolved Mysteries" on TV.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have an awesome weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

An Awesome Day For Pogo And Me

October 19, 2017

Good morning.  This morning is looking just beautiful outside my door.  Temps are almost up to sixty degrees, the sun is shining and there is a light breeze.  It's going to be another gorgeous day here in New England. 

Well, my goodness, yesterday was a day filled with lots of wonderful surprises.  Shortly after I finished posting here, Deanne and Janice stopped by, and brought Aurora with them.  They were going to the park but thought they would stop here first.  Oh my, Aurora is just so precious!  And she just loved "Cat Cat" (that's Pogo).  They have two cats at her house, so I guess that explains why she decided that Pogo was Cat Cat.    hahaha I love it!

Here are some photos that Janice took.  To the left is the proud Grandma (Dee Dee), and the rest need no explanation.  As you can see, Pogo and I were still in our jammies.

When they left here, they headed for a local park, where Aurora got to ride on the swings and feed the geese and pigeons. 

Next on the agenda was a shopping trip.  A girl is never too young to learn how to shop, and Aurora seems to really love it!

Janice also sent me a photo of her holding Xander, Aurora's younger brother.  He is such a happy baby!  Gosh, did I mention how blessed I am?

Not too long after they had left here, Pogo and I were surprised with more wonderful visitors.  My dear friends from Florida, Rhoda and Marshall, stopped by for a visit.  They were up here to visit with their son, and made time to visit with us too. 

Gosh, I am so glad they came by.  It was so good to see them again, and they finally got to meet my little guy, Pogo in person.  We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up on each other's news and revisiting some wonderful memories.  Too soon, it was time for them to leave.  Travel safely my friends.

After they left, I finally got around to washing the dishes, and doing a couple other small things around here before Joe texted me to say that he would be home shortly and for Pogo to be ready for his treat.  After that, Joe had to go back to work.  Of course Pogo was ready!!

Later in the afternoon, DIL Janet came by after work, and we had a really lovely evening together.  The blanket (afghan) that she is working on is coming along nicely.  She is already up to the half way point.  Her nephew is going to be thrilled with it.  I have about twenty eight more rows to go and my "Orange Sherbet" afghan will also be finished. 

Needless to say, Pogo and I slept rather well last night.  It was a super nice day for both of us.  Well, that's my news for this morning.  Now I think I'll do a bit of blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Just Call Me Mrs. Van Winkle

October 18, 2017

Good morning.  Gosh, I must have been wicked tired lately.  Last night I went to bed right after supper and fell asleep until the phone woke me up.  I thought I had slept right through till morning, but the caller assured me that it was only 7:30 in the evening.  It was a short call, and I went right back to sleep until 4:30 this morning.  I got up and made breakfast for Pogo and me, and then I went right back to bed and slept till 9:30 a.m.

Well, yesterday I made some more headway with some of my chores around here.  Plus I put out two more bags in the recycle bin.  Today I'll pick a spot and see what I can do to change it around a bit.  Other than that, I think I'll take it a bit easy today. 

The other day, I picked up a recipe book called "Make In A Mug Recipes."  I was rather curious about what sort of things you could make in a mug.  It turns out that you can make quite a lot of different things this way.

Here's just one of the recipes in this book.  Pancake In A Mug.

Ingredients:  1 cup pancake mix, 1//4 cup milk, 1/4 cup applesauce
Topping:  Melted butter, warmed syrup

Directions:  Spray a large mug with non-stick cooking spray.  Mix the first three ingredients in a small bowl and then pour into the mug.  Cook in a microwave for 1-2 minutes (depending on the strength of the microwave) or until done.  Using a wooden skewer, poke holes in the hot pancake and pour the butter and syrup over the top until saturated.  Enjoy.

There are other tasty recipes such as Italian Sausage Soup, Classic Tuna Casserole, Tetrazzini In A Mug, Double Cheeseburger Slider and Key Lime Mug Pie just to name a few. 

Last year while I was out shopping, I bought a hat that I thought my daughter Audrey would love.  However, I forgot to sent it to her.  I must have set it aside, and then forgot about it.  Last week I found it, so I put in a small package and mailed it to her.  Audrey loves the Grinch.  When she got the package, she sent me this photo.  It guess she has a sense of humor too!

It's a bit warmer today.  At the moment it is 57F degrees, but will be in the low seventies in another hour or so.  Gosh, I hope it stays nice like this right into November.  I know, I'm a dreamer. 

Last night I cooked my little guy a steak for his supper.  He ate half of it, and he's enjoying the other half right now.  I buy the cubed steak because it is easier for me to cut it up small.  Plus it's quite tasty. 

Deanne might be coming by today with her grandbaby Aurora.   Gosh, I hope they can make it.  It will be so nice to see the baby.  She'll be two in February.  Wow, where is the time going? 

Well, I think I need to get moving here.  The morning is almost gone and I haven't started on anything yet.  I still have to decide what to make for supper tonight.  DIL Janet will be coming by after work.  I'll have to see what's in the freezer. 

Ah well, that's my news for this morning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tis A Bit Nippy This Mornng!

October 17, 2017

Good morning.  Goodnesss, it feels almost like winter this morning.  Right now, the temperature is 35F degrees.  Brrrrr!   It should warm up to about 57F degrees later today.  The next four or five days should be warmer, in the sixties and seventies.  Last night I had to put the heat on in the main house.  Temps dropped down into the upper thirties.  Tomorrow I'll be able to shut it off for a few days.

Well, I don't know if yesterday was a good day or a so so day.  I had planned to do a bit of vacuuming, but I got side tracked and never did get to it.  I was on the way to get the vacuum, but instead decided to get rid of a pile of junk mail, magazines and catalogues.  A couple months ago, I decided to hire an outside shredding company, and so I've been saving all this stuff up till I had enough for the shred truck.  However, I called the other day to make sure they could shred all the magazines and catalogues, and they said "no, they could not."  Aye yi yi!

So, yesterday I started going through all this stuff.  Mail and personal information went into a large trash bag, and magazines and catalogues (minus my personal information) went out to the recycle bins.  Unfortunately, I can only sit or stand in any position for a few minutes before the pain starts up. 

My body was rebelling.  Once the pain started, the spasms in my neck also started up.  I ended having to take pain meds twice yesterday.  This is unusual as I usually just sit for a while and ignore the pain.  But I was already sitting so the meds were necessary.  However, I did manage to fill a trash bag halfway with shred material, and I tossed three big bags of magazines and catalogues out into the recycle bins.  So I guess it wasn't such a bad day after all.

Remember last winter I said that I was going to order some courses for writing that were on sale?  Well I never did get around to it.  A few days ago, I got a catalogue in the mail from this same company, and the courses that I wanted are on sale again.  The courses are 80% off until October 26th, for new customers only.  Yesterday, I went online and ordered two courses on DVD's and they each come with a lesson book. 

I ordered "Writing Creative Non Fiction" and Writing Great Fiction."  I may or may not do some writing later on, but I'm going to enjoy learning how to do it.  If anyone is interested, their web address is:

When Pogo and I were shopping at JoAnn's Fabric store the other day, I picked up a pattern book for baby hats and diaper covers (also known as nappy wraps).  These are all size 3-6 months.  I bought another pattern book from Amazon with larger sizes. 

Last night I thought I might take a break from my afghan and try this nappy wrap pattern.  Here's my first try.  It's not finished yet.  I still have to buy a button and snaps.  It is rather cute though.

I think I'll make a couple more of these and give them all to Xander, my newest great grandson.  I may even make the matching hats.  We'll see. 

Today I'm sharing an image that I borrowed from a friend's blog.  This is something that I believe in and I practice it as often as I can.  Sometimes, the tiniest bit of kindness can make another person's whole day seem much brighter. 

Well, I think I should get busy with my "chores" before I run out of steam.  I did not sleep well last night, so my energy probably won't last very long today.  On that happy (?) note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Is Free Really Free?

October 16, 2017

Good morning.  Today is starting off as another cloudy day.   However, it is still nice outside.   Hmmm, I wonder what just happened.  I was typing and all of a sudden my page disappeared and Google page came up.  What???   Either ghosties are playing games with me today or my computer has a mind of its own. 

I must have been really tired last night because I turned the light out early and slept late this morning.  The nice long sleep felt really good.  Pogo didn't even wake me up this morning.  But, when I woke up, he was sitting in his chair just looking at me.  I got right up and made him some breakfast. 

This morning I looked up Skillshare, a place for creative folks to learn how to do things.  (Thank you Snowy, for this information.)  There is so much there for anyone who wants to keep learning.  However, you do have to pay to join or you can't look around at much of what is offered.  In one place, it said to join up for free, so I did.  I put in my name, email and password, but it wouldn't let me go any further unless I also put in my credit card information.  That's when I left that site.  As far as I'm concerned, it is not free if they need my credit card information.  Maybe I'll take another look another day to see if I read it wrong.

Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying for what I want.  Just don't try to tell me it is free, then ask for payment or credit card information.  Free is supposed to mean no money or payment.  At least that's what I always thought.  Hmmm, are things that different nowadays?

Today I thought I would share some more photos from "memoryville."   This first photo is one I had taken of my four oldest kids back in the seventies.  From left to right, they are Deanne, Gary Jr, Kerri and Audrey. 

One summer, back then, I took them on a vacation to New Hampshire.  We rented a cabin near a pond and had a really nice time.  Here I am on vacation.  I look so serious, I must have been watching the kids. 

Another photo that I dug out is one of me and my best friend, Ginny May.  I met her when I first went into ninth grade and we were best friends for the next forty plus years till she passed away.  In the photo (taken in the eighties), Ginny and I were getting ready to leave (we drove) for Nashville, Tennessee.  We had an awesome time and went back again another year.  (that's me in the pink sweats)

The second time we drove to Nashville, was to spend a week at Fan Fare, a week where most all the country singers gather and put on concerts and meet their fans.  Wow!  We saw two or three concerts a day, had lots of great food and met lots of the stars.  We even had our picture taken with some of them.  We went to local night clubs, and looked in all the local shops for goodies to bring home.  Today, I still drink coffee from my Nashville mug.

I don't have much planned for today.  I'll put away the laundry that I did yesterday and maybe push the vacuum around a bit.  The dust bunnies are already protesting but I really must do this.  Although I have to be honest, when I get finished you won't be able to see the difference.  House work is just not my cup of tea. 

Well, I guess I've babbled enough for today.  Now it's time to get dressed and do a bit of work around here.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.