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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.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Now The Tractor Doesn't Work. Oy Vey!

May 18, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is shining, it's rather cool today, and the breeze is quite brisky.  So far, the wind has blown most of the petals on the Blossoming Cherry tree over the roof of the house and dropped them all over my driveway.  Sort of like a pink snowfall. 

I had an appointment with my new doctor today, but I called to reschedule it.  For some reason, I just could not get to sleep most of the night.  By morning, I just didn't feel like going.  I'll be going next month instead. 

The tractor lawnmower died a few days ago while Joe was mowing the grass.  He could not get it started again, so yesterday Cliff (a friend of Eddie's) came by to have a look.  He took the battery with him to get it charged and brought it back this morning.  That did not fix things though.  The starter was dead too.  Oy vey! 

He has a starter back home, so he took the starter with him to see if it is the same as his starter.  If it is, he'll be back this weekend to try to fix the tractor.  If that doesn't work, then I guess I'll have to look around for another one that is affordable. 

My little Lilac bush seems to be doing pretty good this year.  It blossomed for Mother's Day.  Woo Hoo!  This bush is supposed to be a re-bloomer, so I'm hoping it blooms again later in the year.  Here's a photo I took a couple days ago.

Yesterday, Deanne gave me Jazzy's upcoming schedule at the Paris Cabaret, so I called and made reservations for June 2.  Jazzy and the Starliners will be performing the "Fabulous Las Vegas" from then until June 23.  It should be a great show.

Last night, I crocheted a while on the Cranberry afghan.  Somewhere along the way, I think I started using a different hook, one size smaller, and I did not notice it until I had put on quite a few more rows.  Ah well, it still looks nice, but I guess I'll have to keep this one for myself. 

I also worked on the tissue dolly's outfit, and finally finished it.  This one is really quite pretty.  Gosh, they all are.  Here's a photo of my Blue Dolly.

I think the next dolly will be Light Gold if I can find a variegated yarn to match it.  I'll have to take a look in my stash to see what I have for colors.  I also want to make a list of colors for each afghan and who the afghan is for.  Between this year and next year, I'd like to make nine more afghans for my great grandchildren so that each child has one.  The year before last, I made afghans for two of them, so just nine more to go.  (Unless, of course, any more come along!)

Well, I have a couple errands to do, so I think I'll get dressed now.  Pogo will be very happy to go for a ride and maybe do a bit of shopping.  So, till Sunday, Y'all have a great weekend.

Hugs, Edna B.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Another Lazy Day

May 17, 2018

Good morning.  Tis another nice day here in New England.  We're starting off in the fifties, but we'll end up in the seventies with lots of sunshine.  We did have a bit of rain during the night, so there are puddles everywhere.  These make wonderful birdbaths.  There's enough room in them that a whole flock of birds can get in and play together.

Well, yesterday turned out to be a lazy day.  For some reason I was plum tuckered out.  I really did not do very much, and had me a bit of a nap in the afternoon.  I did cook some hamburger for Pogo.  It's a shame I can't cook a few at a time and freeze some of them till I need them.  However, my little guy will not eat them if I do this.  I already tried. 

I do have a few photos of the greenhouse plants.  They seem to be doing pretty good.  Soon, though, I'll have to re-plant the veggie plants into the larger pots. 

The top photo is the strawberry plant, the middle photo is the bell peppers and the bottom photo is the tomatoes.  I did put plant food in all the pots, but I think I need to do it again, or at least buy one that I can spray on the plants to help them grow bigger.  I'll have to look it up on Google.

I'm missing blog posts from my friend Kyra.  She had a bad fall a while back and she's been laid up.  Do stop by her blog and leave some get well wishes.  I know she would appreciate it.  It's really hard to get back on your feet after a nasty fall.

Deanne came by yesterday afternoon to bring me a Mother's Day card.  Oh my goodness, it was so huge!  Wowsie!  I'll have to take a photo to share with you.  For some reason, Pogo loves the cards and the envelopes.  This one is really big and will keep him busy sniffing for a while.

DIL Janet came by last night with a huge bag of yarn to start her next project.  JoAnn's store had sent out a really super coupon, 40% off total purchase, so Janet bought enough yarn for two more afghans.  We ordered spinach pizza for supper, and then we crocheted while we watched TV and chatted. 

I worked on the tissue dolly dress, and am now on the bottom ruffle.  I just haven't been feeling like crocheting lately, probably because I was making so many mistakes and having to rip out rows so many times.  It felt good this time to pick it up again.  I think my next project will be an afghan for one of my great grandchildren.  I'd like to be able to make one for all of them. 

Now I think it's time for a fresh cup of coffee and a bit of blog reading.  It looks like it will be another lazy day.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Picture From The Past

May 16, 2018

Good morning.  It's looking like another gorgeous Spring day outside my door.  The temps are cooler today though, only in the upper fifties.  And, there are lots of puddles everywhere that need to dry up. 

Yesterday, I did not get to go grocery shopping until after four o'clock in the afternoon.  I managed to get most everything on my shopping list before I ran out of steam and headed for the checkout counter.  It had started raining when I went outside to go to my car.  Needless to say, I got just a tad bit wet while I was putting the groceries into the car.  As soon as I got the car running, the rain got a bit heavier. 

On the ride home, the rain kept coming down heavier, making  the visibility not so good.  However, once I got into my driveway and parked the car, the heavens opened up and the rain came down in sheets.  Yup, I got drenched!  I grabbed one batch of bundles and made a dash for the house.  Joe went out and got the rest of my groceries and brought them in.  Now we were both looking like drowned rats. 

Once I got my breath back and had put everything away, the rain had slowed down quite a bit.  Well, of course.  Why would it want to slow down when I needed to bring the groceries in the house?  I guess this is Mother Nature's way of having a bit of fun with us. 

Yesterday, I was cleaning out some old email from an account that I don't use anymore, and I came across a photo of Pogo that was taken by his foster mother after his surgery. (2012)  She sent this to me to see if I would be interested in adopting him.  Are you kidding me?  Of course I would love to adopt this precious little fellow. 

He hasn't really changed much in all these years, except that he's a bit plumper.  He weighs about a pound and a half more now (five pounds) than he did then (three and a half pounds).  His foster mom told me that Pogo loved people, other dogs and cats and riding in the car.  He still does.  Plus he loves shopping, barking at the mailman and watching the squirrels and birds.

Right now my little guy is curled up in a blanket, next to me on the sofa.  He's decided that sleeping will take his mind off his tummy.  I gave him chicken for breakfast, but he only ate a little of it.  He's holding out for hamburger.  So I guess I'll be cooking him a hamburger after I finish this post. 

Today I have another quick page for you.  This one is a bit somber, yet it has a touch of whimsy too.  Have fun with it.

Here is your download link:

Now I think I'll head for the kitchen and start cooking that hamburger.  So ,till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


May 15, 2018

Good morning.  The sun is barely peeking out from behind some clouds.  I'm sure though, that it will be shining brightly in just a little while.  Temps are supposed to hit the low eighties (right now it's sixty degrees).  There's a brisk breeze causing my flag to do its own version of a frisky Cha Cha Cha.

Little by little all the birdies are coming back to my yard.  The Robins and Blue Jays have been busy collecting things for their nests.  At least that's what I think they are doing.  The little Sparrows have been chirping by window to let me know they want the feeder filled.  Sometimes, one or two of them will sit on the porch gate and look in at me till I get their message.

I did not go grocery shopping yesterday, so I guess I'll have to go today.  If I can get that out of the way, then maybe Pogo and I can go shopping tomorrow at Ocean State Job Lot.  We are getting low on birdseed, and we could use a couple more dishes to put under the plant pots.

Speaking of plants, I took a photo of the beautiful plant that DIL Janet brought me.  It has lots of greenery in it plus petunias and pansies for added color. 

Yesterday was sort of a lazy day for me.  I really didn't do much of anything that shows, but it was a nice pleasant day.  I did spend some time on my laptop working on one of the photos that I took on Saturday night.  As I mentioned before, there was one photo taken by accident, and it turned out to be a favorite of mine. 

I was trying to get a photo of Jazzy and my great granddaughter Lilah.  However, by the time I got my phone pointed their way, everyone had moved.  At the moment when I clicked the button to take the photo, Jazzy and Lilah were having a conversation.  But, oh my, there was so much love in that photo. 

I spent quite a while removing the background from the photo, then I made a new background.  I call this photo "Adoration." 

Pogo is sitting by the door, watching for the mailman.  He just loves barking at him.  He doesn't seem to scare any of the folks that he barks at.  He barks, they smile.  It's become a game.  I guess I'll wait until after the mail has come to go grocery shopping.  Otherwise, Pogo will miss the mailman.

Now I think I'll take my leave.  I have some dishes to wash before I get ready to go out.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Just A Bit Of "Granny Bragging"

May 14, 2018

Good morning.  Today is looking quite lovely outside my door.  The sun is shining and there's a little breeze.  My flag is doing a slow, happy dance.  Temps are in the fifties, and headed for the seventies.  Yup, it's a lovely day to be alive. 

Yesterday, DIL Janet came by with a big planter full of beautiful flowers.  I'll have to take a photo of it later to share.  It's heavy, so I think I'll put it on the tall plant stand on my porch.  It's in the corner and gets a lot of nice sunshine.  I'll take the begonia plant that's there now and put it in the greenhouse until it grows big enough to blossom.  Then I'll hang that pot so that the begonia blossoms can hang downward.

I spent time on my laptop yesterday resizing some of the photos from Saturday night.  Here are some of my favorites.  This first one is Jazzy, of course, and her two grandmas.  Yup, that's me on the left,   (I almost didn't recognize myself) and Judy on the right. 

Next is the proud Mama, Deanne, and Jazzy.  Then the proud Papa, Eddie, with Jazzy. 

Here we have Jazzy with two of her cousins, (my great grandchildren) Lilah and Jack.  Lilah is another aspiring star.  She loves performing on stage, and the stage loves her.  Jack helped me all the way outside when it was time to leave.  He's such a wonderful young man.

Last, but not least, I cropped Jazzy out of one of the photos and blurred the background.  I guess this is my favorite photo.  (I do have one more, but I haven't finished removing the background from it yet.) 

So I guess you can see why I'm always bragging about my family.  I'm just so very proud of them all.  The grandchildren and the great grandchildren all have such wonderful dreams for their futures. I hope they all come true for them.  Watching them all work towards their goals makes these old eyes so very happy. 

Okay, enough of my babble for today.  I'm thinking that I could use a fresh cup of coffee, and I'd like to take it out on the porch and just sit and watch the birds for a while.  I have a few more plants to bring out to the greenhouse (my house plants), plus it's also time to hang the big spider plant outdoors on the porch. 

I need to make up a grocery shopping list, and I'll add a couple new plant hangers to the list.  Maybe I can pick up a few groceries later today.  We'll see.  I'm off now.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.