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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:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/x38c2g6c5ygbvug/EB_-_QP_2017_H004.zip

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:  https://www.ordergreatcourses.com

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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall Temps Are Slowly Taking Over

October 15, 2017

Good morning.  It's almost nine o'clock and Pogo has already had his turkey treat so he's a happy little boy.  Joe has just left to go the market to pick up a couple things that I need.  I really appreciate this because I have cleaning chores to do, and if I go out to the store I won't feel up to doing these chores when I get back. 

Today it's cloudy and gray outside, but it is still fairly warm.  Temps will be in the low seventies.  After today, temps will be cooling down a bit to the sixties.  Still, it is quite comfy and nice out. 

Gosh, weekends have a way of flying by really fast.  It's already Sunday, and I haven't done a whole lot.  Well, maybe I've done a few things, but nothing earth shattering.  Does it bother me?  No not really.  I'm at a time in my life where I mostly just do things that I want to do. 

When I was younger, it was important to me to have a shiny clean house.  Today it is not.  Now it's more important to me to keep my hands busy with crocheting, to enjoy my little doggie and to do things that I enjoy.  On Facebook, I see posts from a place that holds classes in watercolor painting.  It looks like such fun, and if it were close to here, I would probably join.  I love learning, and I think that's what keeps my mind young.

I have some fun photos to share today.  Years ago, Polaroid came out with some fun lenses to use with their camera.  I got a set and oh my, the fun I had with them.  One lens in particular would let you take two photos, one on top of the other.  This was one of my favorites.  Here are two photos that I took back then of my grandson, Bobby.  (Dee and Eddie's first child, my first grandchild.)



The first photo has always been a favorite of mine.  The minute Bobby was born, he stole a chunk of Papa's (my hubby) heart and was always the apple of his eye.  Papa loved all the kids as they came along, but Bobby was always very special to him.  Maybe because he was the first to come along.

Yesterday, I spent some time on the computer, playing with some of my Halloween scrap kits.  This is a favorite holiday of mine, and I love working on the quick pages.  Before I was done, I had two new QP's finished and uploaded.  I finally had to stop because Pogo was reminding me that I hadn't made him any supper yet.  Ooops, my bad!

Here's the next in my series of Halloween quick pages.  This one is a fun and happy time in the life of these two skeletons.  They are finally getting married and will spend eternity with each other.  Have fun with it.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/1onwlca1f161csk/EB_-_QP_2017_H003.zip

Well, that's all my news for today.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Taking A Short Stroll Down Memory Lane

October 13, 2017

Good morning.  It's 47F degrees here this morning.  Brrrrr!  The temperature is supposed to get up to about 62F degrees later on, but right now it is cooooool!  I hope it warms up soon because Deanne and I have an appointment at the shooting range this morning.  Part of our time there, we'll be learning how to clean our weapons. 

Yesterday was a busy day here opening packages that the mailman brought.  Stuff that I had ordered from a catalogue came, along with a package containing my new Christmas cards.  Woo Hoo!  Gosh, I really love my new cards.  I can't post one of them here because that would spoil all my fun for this Christmas. 

I got out my address book and was all set to start addressing just a few envelopes, but then I decided that it would be best to wait another two or three weeks to do this.  One year I had most of my envelopes finished really early, only to find that several people had moved to different addresses.  Then I had to put labels on the front of my envelopes and re-address them. 

When yesterday's newspaper got here, there was an article on the front page about an elderly man who lives a few towns over from here.  I started to read the article and got all excited.  This man and his family, were childhood friends.  I hadn't seen him since I was a very little girl.  He was only a baby then, and now he is seventy three years old.  Today, he goes by the name "Yellowman."


I went looking through my old photos for a special photo that was taken back in the mid-forties.  The photo is very old and rather fuzzy, but wow!  The memories it holds!   The second little boy in the front row of kids is Harold Jr (aka Yellowman).  To his right are his two sisters, and the woman in the back of us kids is Harold's mother.  The little boy on the far left (front row) is my brother Artie, and the first little girl behind him (on the left) is me.  The other kids are some of my cousins. 


Wow, what a grand time I had going through all my photos looking for this particular photo.  Of course, none of my household chores got done, but who cares!  I was having a grand old time reliving some super happy days.

Here's another happy photo that I dug out.  This was a rare photo, taken in June 1981, of my brother and I dancing together.  Gosh, I miss him!


One thing I did remember to do yesterday was to call up and reserve a table for the newest show at the Paris Cabaret.  They are currently performing "Fiddler On The Roof" and Jazzy will be playing Chava, the third of five daughters.  This was one of my hubby's favorite musicals.  We are going to see it on November 4th, and I can hardly wait.  Here is a photo of the entire cast.  Jazzy is on the left, in the middle row, wearing the long red sweater.  The lady in the front row is the owner of the Cabaret.


I dug out a few other fun photos that I will share here, but not today.  It's time for me to start getting ready to leave.  Deanne will be here soon.  I also need to take out a clean jersey for Pogo to wear today.  It's just a tad bit cool here, and the last thing Pogo and I need right about now is to catch a cold. 

On this happy note, I'll take my leave.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Goodness, Only 74 Days Till Christmas!

October 12, 2017

Good morning.  Tis sunny and a bit cool right now, but it will warm up in a few hours.  Pogo and I already went outside for a short walk in the yard, then came right back in.  Pogo was still in his jammies and I was wearing my bathrobe.  What a lovely sight that must have been!!

DIL Janet came by last evening and we had a lovely visit.  Goodness, the new afghan (actually a double bed size blanket) that she is making is coming along really beautiful.  I'll have to take a photo when she gets a bit more of it done. 

I'm looking at the calendar, and do you realize that there are only seventy four more days till Christmas?  Only sixty one days till Hanukkah?  That means that there are even less days left to do our shopping, wrapping, making, etc.  If you haven't already, now is a good time to get started.  Me, I do this all through the year.  That's why I have a gift tote with a little notebook inside that lists everything I've bought or made and who it is for. 

I've been trying to think of what I did yesterday that may have been memorable, but nothing comes to mind.  Hmmm, I never realized how exciting retirement would be!!  Well, at least I got through the whole day without needing to take a nap.  I guess that's something!

Last evening, I worked on my new afghan for a while.  Gosh, this one is soooo yummy looking!  Here's a photo of it that I took yesterday afternoon.  It's almost twice this size now.


When I finish this afghan, I think I'll make some more little red baby hats before I start another big project.  I should probably look up the statistics on babies born locally on Valentines Day to see how many hats I would need to make.  Hmmm, hopefully not too many.

Right now, I'm chuckling.  A Blue Jay just flew to the roof over the front porch (by the front door to the main part of the house) and he just sat there for a few moments looking towards my door.  I think perhaps he was just trying to let me know that the bird feeder is empty and would I please fill it.  Actually, I'll even put out another bowl of peanuts.  All the birds and the little critters love them.  The Blue Jays can smell a peanut from a distance I think.  As soon as I put them out, the Blue Jays show up immediately.

Before I forget, if anyone is thinking of making a blog book, now is a great time to do this.  They are currently having a great sale at Blog2print.  From now through October 17th, they are offering 25% off any order.  Have fun!

Well, that's all my news for this morning.  I'm off to get some birdseed and peanuts to take outside.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Beth

October 11, 2017

Good morning.  Today is going to be a cloudy day with temps in the seventies and a lovely breeze.  I stepped outside when the mosquito spray guy was here, and it really is quite nice out there.  We've been fortunate so far with the weather. 

Today is my friend Beth's birthday.  Sad to say, she is having eye surgery today.  Gosh!  What awful planning!  Hopefully by the end of the year, she'll  be through with all her eye problems.  Beth, Pogo and I wish you a very happy Birthday.  Maybe tomorrow you can celebrate, huh? 

Well yesterday I got a small squirt of energy and did a few small chores around here.  I'm hoping to get that same squirt of energy today too.  I did not get to finish everything I started yesterday, so I'd like to at least get a bit more done. 

I meant to mention the other day that my new blog book had arrived.  I spent a little while looking through it and I'm quite pleased.  My hope is that someday my family will enjoy these books as much as I do.  Here's a photo to show the covers.


Yesterday, Pogo and I went out in the yard for a while and I took some more photos of the dahlias that are beginning to bloom.  The plants get really tall, so we've had to put stakes in each of the pots to keep the plants from toppling over.  Here are two of the newest blossoms.



Deanne and Eddie came by later in the afternoon, and Deanne helped me to figure out how to use the combination lock on my gun safe.  I have always had a problem trying to use combination locks.  Now, though, I think I can lock and unlock the safe. 

While Deanne was helping me, Eddie was outside trying to get my phone synchronized with my car.  It always used to be, but this past year it has not been working.  Well, DUH!!  I forgot that when I bought a new phone, I needed to hook it up with my car's system.  It still worked with my last phone  (Eddie has that phone).  Thanks to Eddie, it's all set again. 

After that, Eddie showed my how to use the new magazine loader for my gun.  It didn't come with instructions, and I couldn't figure it out.  He showed me how it worked a few times, then I practiced doing it by myself for a while.  I will practice again later today or tomorrow so that I can load my own magazine on Friday when we go to the shooting range again. 

I'm noticing that each day some things are getting more and more difficult to do because of my shoulder.  I am right handed, and it's my right shoulder that is causing all my grief.  Getting dressed and brushing my hair seem to be more difficult that some other things.  Especially brushing my hair.  I'm finding that my hair doesn't really look so good when I get done brushing it with my left hand. 

When I was in the sixth grade, my right arm got burned and I had to use my left arm and hand for most all of the school year.  I did pretty well except for my handwriting.  It took me all year to be able to write left handed neatly and legibly.  Sadly, I've lost that talent over the years. 

Ah well, enough of my babble.  Today I have another Halloween quick page for you.  This one is a bit whimsical.  I wonder if ghosts and skeletons really do love sitting by a campfire.  Hmmm.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/a99o9ych1ovcpwe/EB_-_QP_2017_H002.zip

Last night I crocheted for a while on the new afghan.  Oh my gosh!!  I love it!!  I'll have to take some photos later on.  It sort of reminds me of orange sherbet ice cream.  Yummy!  I think I need to start boxing and packaging up some of these home made goodies because they are starting to run me out of my own space.  hahaha.  The afghans get put into zippered plastic blanket covers, and stacked on top of the giftee tote.  Except this one when it is finished.  I will have to keep this one.

For supper last night, I treated Pogo and me to some take out Chinese food.  Mmmm, mmm!  We like the pork fried rice and the pork lo mein the best.  Pogo licked his plate clean and came back for seconds. 

Oh my, as I look out my door, I can see the sun shining.  What a lovely surprise!  Every now and then, it peeks through the clouds.   I think Pogo and I will sit out on the porch for a while before I get started on the household chores.  So, on that happy note, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Life Can Be So Amazing!

October 10, 2017

Good morning.  What a lovely morning it is here in New England.  The sun is shining, temps are in the seventies and there's a nice breeze.   A gal just couldn't ask for more.  There are a few puddles here and there, but the rain is done for a while. 

Yesterday was a quiet day for Pogo and me.  I finished the Lemon and Lime afghan, washed a few dishes and started a new afghan.  The colors for this one are a medium and a light orange with a tangerine variegated yarn.  I'll take a photo when I get a bit of each color worked on it. 

Almost forgot, I did a load of laundry too.  There were a few items that need to be hand washed, so I'll do them today.  Maybe I'll wash a couple scatter rugs too.  Plus, it's almost time to wash all of Pogo's blankets again.  I like to keep them clean and fresh. 

Speaking of Pogo, I dug a couple photos out of my archives that I took of him five years ago.  I'd only had him a short while and already he'd brought me so much joy.  Look at this little darling.  I think this might have one of his first toys.  He loved snuggling into it.



***I just took a short break to let the burner cleanout guys in.  Hopefully, I won't have to be putting the heat on in the house any time soon, but at least I'll be ready.  So far, the days are okay, but a few of the nights have been cool enough for the heat. 

I'm keeping an eye out for the mailman too.  I have a couple birthday cards to get in the mail.  Two of my great grandchildren have recently had birthdays, and they celebrated together this past weekend.  I thought I might be able to make it to the party, but I did not.  Gosh, these little ones are growing up so fast!  My first great granddaughter is in high school now, and my first great grandson is in junior high school.  Hmmm, either time is flying by quickly, or I'm a lot older than I think I am!

There was another interesting article in the newspaper the other day.  A lady in Weymouth, Mass. celebrated her 109th birthday on October 7th.  Wowsie!!   Ms. Shulenburg has lived through two World Wars and seen twenty presidents in her lifetime.  She first learned to drive with a Model T when she was sixteen years old.  What an amazing lady!  What an interesting life!

I guess that's enough of my chit chat for today.  I need to go out in the house and pay the bill for the furnace cleaning.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Columbus Day

October 9, 2017

Good morning.  It's gray, wet and misty outside, but it is warm.  The temperature is seventy degrees, but we are expecting rain for most of the day and evening.  No problem.  Our reservoirs aren't full up yet.  They got pretty low this year. 

Today is Columbus Day, a day to remember Christopher Columbus.  Most federal and state offices will be closed and most stores will be open.  So if you're lucky enough to have the day off, have some fun and enjoy being with your family and friends.

Well, yesterday was a quite day for Pogo and me.  We sat out on the porch for a while to wait for the rain to come.  It wasn't very heavy, just wet.  I put a few rows on my afghan, and had a nap in the afternoon.   Here's a cute photo of Pogo.  He's still in his jammies.


The Emperor tree (that's what it was called when I planted it years ago) is growing nuts, and its leaves are beginning to turn yellow and fall off.   The nuts closest to the top of the tree are already
almost full grown. 



I tried to take a photo of the red and black hat and scarf set.  For some reason, I'm having trouble with the color red.  It comes out too bright.  Here's the set I made, but the red really is really a bit duller and redder.


Today I think I should do a bit of laundry, and maybe push the vacuum cleaner around a bit to disturb some of the dust bunnies.  Later, I'll finish the afghan.  There's only a few more rows to go.  Once that is finished, I'll have to decide on my next project.  Probably another afghan.  The crocheting really does help my hands.  The arthritis doesn't seem to flare up so much when my hands are busy.

I ordered my new Christmas cards a few days ago.  I can't wait to see them.  When they arrive, I'll start addressing a few envelopes at a time.  This way, they'll all be ready for mailing by the beginning of December.    I've picked out several photos for the next calendar, and I hope to have the rest of the photos chosen soon.  After that, I can order the calendars.  Woo Hoo!

Yesterday, I got a nice surprise in my email.  Beth made a new scrap page for Pogo and me, using the last quick page that I posted.  We love it, Beth.  Thank you so much. 


There was an article in the newspaper recently about an immigrant who is being sent back to his home country.  He has been in this country for more than twenty years, is married and has a family and a business.  His family thinks it is wrong that he should be deported.  My question is:  If he has been here for more than twenty years, why hasn't he become a U.S. citizen yet?  He's had more than enough time. 

I have nothing against immigrants.  But if a person moves here and wants to stay here, I believe that they should learn the English language and become a citizen.  They need to learn and respect our flag, our laws and our ways.  Nuff said.

Well that's about all that's happening here.  I think I'll make a fresh cup of coffee and catch up a bit on some blog reading.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Perhaps A Bit Of Rain For Us?

October 8, 2017

Good morning.  Today is rather gray, but warm.  Temps are in the low seventies, and the wind is a bit brisk.  Actually, it's quite nice even though we're expecting rain later today. 

Goodness, time has a way of running away when you're having fun.  I bought a few new scrap kits this morning, and I just had to start playing with one of them.  I guess I'll be busy this afternoon making some new quick pages. 

Friday, Pogo and I had a grand time out doing errands.  The first thing we did was to stop at the Post Office to mail a couple of packages.  Guess what?  Postage for packages has gone up again.  Wow!  What a surprise!  If they keep rising these prices, folks will have to stop mailing packages.  Then what will we do?  Hmmm, maybe Amazon could start a shipping department for goods not bought from them?  Just a thought!

Next, we went to the Jewelry Salon to pick up my rings.  I have to say, my little guy is always on his best behavior when we go there.  After sniffing around for any new scents, he sits quietly by my feet and waits for me to finish my business. 

This is one of the rings that needed a new band.  I wore it so long that the band got very thin and then just split.  This ring was a gift to me from my dear friend Mary.  She's gone now, but I have so many beautiful memories.  The ring was given to Mary by her sweetheart, Bob, as a friendship ring back in 1934.  They married, and she wore the ring for many years before putting it away in her jewelry box.  Before she passed away, she gave it to me.  It's an antique gold setting with an African Amethyst stone.  Isn't this just beautiful? 


After we had been home a while, and Pogo had his turkey treat from Joe, I went to the market to pick up some groceries.  It wasn't that I wanted to go out again, but the larder is getting a wee bit bare because I haven't shopped for food in a while.  Now it is full again.

Goodness, I'm looking out my door, and it looks as if the wind has been picking up a bit more.  The leaves on the big tree out front are doing a spicy hot salsa dance.  Hmmm, this would be a good time to make a fresh cup of coffee and head for the porch to await the rain.  Yup, that's what I think I'll do.

First, let me post you the first of this year's Halloween quick pages.   All of Mother Nature's critters are ready for the upcoming magical moments.  Have fun with it.


Here is your download link:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/8v2x4aalm7b5gl7/EB_-_QP_2017_H001.zip

Now I'm off to make a fresh cup of coffee.  Pogo is in a hurry to get out on the porch, and me too.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Friday, October 6, 2017

A 40% Off Shopping Spree!!

October 6, 2017

Good morning.  It's early, but it's going to be another gorgeous day here in New England.  Temps will rise to almost eighty degrees, with lots of sunshine.  Pogo decided that eight o'clock was late enough for me to sleep this morning.  My little guy was hungry and wanted his breakfast.  He's eleven and a half, so how many more mornings will I have this privilege?  Lots and lots and lots, I hope.

Well, yesterday's plans went by the wayside, what else is new?  The burner clean out guys called at 1:04 p.m. to ask if they could be just a little late.  Are you kidding?  They were already late!  I said okay as long as they weren't much longer.  At 1:45 p.m, I called the jeweler to ask if I could come by today instead.  He said no problem.

By 2:20 p.m, the guys were still not here, so I called the company and told them to cancel me out for yesterday, and reschedule me for next week.  Now they will be coming next Tuesday morning, sometime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  By now, though, it was really too late for Pogo and me to go out and do all our errands.  Even if we only did one or two errands, we wouldn't be back in time for Pogo to have his turkey treat when Joe gets home from work.  So we waited.

After Pogo had his turkey treat, we hopped into the car and headed for the bank.  Then, just to make it a fun outing, we headed for Ocean State Job Lot store.  Oh my!  Oh my!  What a treat!  When we got to the store, we found a fantabulous sale going on.  To celebrate their fortieth anniversary, everything in the store under ten dollars was forty percent off.  Wowsie! 

Did we have fun??  Of course we did!  We were there at least two hours, going up and down every aisle so as not to miss anything.  We filled our shopping cart with all sorts of goodies from household items to food items to gift items.  Woo Hoo!  We were in forty percent off heaven!

The sale is on through tomorrow, so you know I'll be going back.  I want to pick up some more bags of bird seed and a few bottles of laundry detergent.  Today though, I want to go pick up my rings.  I'm also getting a new appraisal for a couple of my rings.  Maybe later I'll make a quick trip to the market to pick up some groceries.  If not, I'll go tomorrow.

Today I have some photos that I took yesterday.  These first two show my dahlias that are still blooming.



Another plant that is looking good is the mosquito plant. (Citron)  When I put it back outside this year, I cut if way back.  It's looking really healthy right now, so we're going to bring it indoors again this winter. 


I also took photos of my new little dancing solar witch.  The first photo here is my new witch.  The second photo is last year's witch.  (Can't tell I love witches, huh?)  Aren't they cute?



Sad to say, in a few weeks, it will be time to pack up all my little solar thingys and start putting up the winter coverings on all the screens on the porch.  I'll have to stop by Home Depot and pick up another roll of heavy duty plastic for the front portion of the porch.  At the same time, we'll have to dig up the dahlia bulbs and store the big planter pots.  I guess they can stay on the porch for the winter. 

Well, my coffee cup is empty now, so it's time to make a fresh cup and do a bit of blog reading.  After the mail comes, Pogo and I will be off to see the jeweler.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a fantabulous weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

It's Not Too Early To Give Santa A Helping Hand

October 5, 2017

Good morning.  Gosh!  I was so tired last night that I slept really good.  I woke up this morning around seven and decided I was not ready to get up and so I fell back to sleep.  I guess I must have really needed that sleep. 

Today is really lovely.  The sun is shining and the temperature is 71F degrees, with promises of reaching eighty degrees this afternoon.  For the next five days, temps should be in the upper seventies.  Woo Hoo!  I love it!

The jeweler called yesterday to say that my things would be ready by mid afternoon.  One of his children is in the hospital, so he has been getting a bit behind on his work.  I told him not to worry, I'd wait until today to come by.  So that's what Pogo and I will be doing this afternoon.  At least that's the plan. 

I still have to wait for the burner clean out men to show up.  If they don't get here by 1 p.m. then I may have to change my plans till tomorrow.  The late afternoon traffic gets rather busy, not to mention the school buses are on the road and that slows the traffic down.

Yesterday was a nice lazy day for Pogo and me.  Then DIL Janet came by after work and we had a lovely visit.  We ordered spinach pizza for our supper, and then crocheted while we watched TV and chatted.  I finished the red and black hat and scarf set.  This afternoon, I'll try to take a photo of it to share. 

Pogo and I went out in the yard for a while yesterday to see what is still blooming.  The pink Knock Out roses are still looking rather pretty.  There were a few other stragglers hanging in there too. 



The dahlias are still blooming too.  I did take a couple photos of them but I still have to crop them.  I'm hoping that next year I will be able to spend more time taking care of the plants.  I really love looking at them when they are in bloom.

Yesterday, I received an envelope filled with goodies from the children at St. Joseph's Indian School.  It also included a letter with photos of some of the children, along with their wishes for Christmas.  They want the same things that all children want.  A bike, a Barbie doll, a board game, a basket ball, roller skates, a skateboard, Legos, a bead set, a jewelry box and a remote control car.  This is just a few of the things they will be hoping that Santa will bring this year. 

My next few trips out to shop, I'll pick up a few of these things to give Santa a helping hand.  If anyone is interested in donating please visit the Children's Wish List online at www.stjo.org/wishlist.
You'll feel good about it, Santa will really appreciate your help, and the children will be so very happy.

Now I think I'll freshen up my cup of coffee and do a bit of blog reading while I wait for the burner cleanout men to show up.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Hunk Of Yarn And A Crochet Hook Makes Me A Happy Little Camper

October 4, 2017

Good morning.  The sun is shining, and temps are a bit warmer this morning.  Temps are currently in the mid fifties, and later they will rise to the seventies.  Pogo and I have to go out today, and it's looking like a great day for a ride. 

Well, yesterday I was hoping for my newest box of yarn to arrive, and it did.  The mailman can tell now from the weight of the box that it's yarn.  When he handed me the box, he said "I think this is the yarn you've been waiting for.  You have a great day!" 

Of course, I ripped right into that box and took out the two skeins of red and black yarn.  My afghan got set aside so that I could start a new hat and scarf set.  Woo Hoo! This one is awesome!  I'll take a photo when it is finished.  Meanwhile, here's a photo of the contents of the new box of yarn.


One of the greens is for my Lemon and Lime afghan, and I'm thinking that I might use the pinks for a future afghan.  The red, of course, is for making February baby hats.  I have no plans for the other colors yet.  However, I'm sure I'll think of something. 

I took a photo of the Lemon and Lime afghan to share.  Isn't this pretty?  And the yarn feels so nice against your skin.


Last night, I took photos of the new scarf that I'm working on, but for some reason I can't get the red color to come out right.  I was using my cell phone camera, so later today I'll try taking another photo using my regular camera.  Hopefully, that will make a difference.  Some colors are just difficult to photograph.

Today Pogo and I will go to the jewelers and pick up my rings.  Maybe on the way home we'll stop by Ocean State Job Lot to see if they have anything that we absolutely must have.  hahaha.  One of these days, I want to take a ride out to the Trader Joe store.  Their recent flyer shows some pretty tasty pumpkin products.  Plus, I've never been there and I'm curious. 

Last night I wrote out some bills.  From now until February, I have some heavy hitters (bills) coming in.  This is when the insurance bills come due for the house and the car.  Plus it is heating season from now until April or May.  Ah well, I worry about these bills every year, but then I seem to manage to get them paid. 

I'm not really complaining.  In actuality, I'm pretty lucky to have these things to worry about.  Most all my friends that I grew up with and a lot of the folks that I met throughout my adulthood are already gone by.  I guess I still have things to do in my lifetime.

I dug out a photo from my working days to show one of the things that I miss since I've been retired.  This is what I used to pass by most mornings on my way home from work.  The mist rising on the pond is simply beautiful in the early morning.


Ah well, enough of my chit chat.  Time to get dressed and start this beautiful new day.  Pogo has finished his breakfast, left over steak from last night's supper, and is ready to go.  haha, He's always ready to go for a ride in the car!  On this happy note, I'll take my leave.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have an awesome day.

Hugs, Edna B.