Meeting an….

..online friend. Right after I posted on Facebook that we were going to Oregon, Lori BJ Scott said she wanted to meet me. The original intent was to meet at the train station in Portland, when we arrived. After realizing that with Craig, Cindy, and 3 little girls coming to pick us up, I probably would be wanting time with them, we changed plans. So on Tuesday after we arrived, Lori and her husband Larry drove to Salem. I’m so glad they were willing to make that drive. We met at the Starbucks in the mall where Craig works. Garry and I both enjoyed our visit very much. The worst part was I could barely talk that day, or maybe it was the best part, depending upon your point of view. Was very frustrating to me, that I know. I am very glad for the opportunity to get to know Lori better. She had mentioned on either Facebook or Spaces about making a summer quilt. What I pictured was just a lightweight quilt. It so happens she had one of the squares with her to work on…wish I had taken a picture of it. Each square is 2 pieces of fabric with no batting between that she crochets around with a beautiful lacy looking pattern, then they will all be crocheted together. I know, not a very good description. She does wonderful work and is making a quilt that I believe will be heirloom quality…it just has that look about it.

Here is a picture of the 4 of us. That’s Garry and me on the left and Larry and Lori on the right. We’re standing in front of a mural in the mall. Our son Craig took the picture.

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We’ve been receiving rain the past couple days. We have really been needing it. Our area is close to 8 inches below normal. So far we’ve had nearly 3 inches of rain, which doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve made up 3 inches of the deficit. I’ve heard that it takes 10 inches for each one inch you’re behind to bring the water table back to normal. But no matter, our garden and the flowers are appreciating the rain.

You all take care!

Our Big Adventure begins

When I woke up this morning, one of my first thoughts was..one more night in my comfy bed. For some reason when we’re close to leaving on a trip I mark the time by how many more nights in my own bed. Tomorrow is the day we’re leaving on our trip to Oregon. As, I’m sure some of you remember we’re traveling by train. The first leg of our journey will be by bus. We leave Bowling Green 7:40 pm tomorrow heading to Indianapolis. We’re to arrive in Indy around 2 am, then get on the train to Chicago about 6:30 am. In Chicago we change trains to get on the Empire Builder which will take us all the way to Portland, OR. Tomorrow night I don’t anticipate we’ll get a lot of sleep. We’re pretty well packed, just have a few last minute things to do. So tomorrow should be a fairly relaxed day.

The daffodils are blooming…at least part of them are. I was so afraid I would miss them. It looks like there should still be plenty blooming when we return. They seem to retain their bloom for quite a while and look like they have a few days before blooming. I enjoy the spot of sunshine they put around the yard.    IMG_9856I took a few photos that leave a bit to be desired, but I’m sure it gives you the idea. 🙂

The birds are still busy eating. I was hoping they’d slow down a bit more than they have with sunshine and warmer temperatures. We have so many birds around here. I had hoped to share a video with you, but I haven’t figured out how to insert mine on here. I will figure it out for the future…think I need to find an online service that will give me the needed code.  I want to show you why my bird seed has disappeared so fast, so will work on that when I return.  Here’s a couple bird pictures.    IMG_9851 This little guy rarely sits still long enough for me to take a picture. He’s probably the loudest scolder when I’m refilling the feeders. Just sits up in the tree and complains…at least it sounds like complaining to me.

After I’ve finished filling the feeders usually the first one to return is the Tufted Titmouse. Sometimes I have barely gotten in the door and he’s back starting to eat. They will even come to one feeder while I’m filling the other.IMG_9831

I’m trying to adjust to new glasses. Garry and I decided we needed to have our eyes checked as it had been 6 years. It’s not that we were having any problems with seeing, the problem was our glasses wearing out. One of the ear pieces broke on mine…was able to be soldered. Then Garry’s broke…could only be taped.  My first new pair was just not right. I tried them several days before giving up and saying ‘I just can’t wear these’. He rechecked my eyes and came up with a different correction. I decided to go for the no line progressive lens…if I can’t adjust they’ll change them and refund the difference. Anyway this time the correction feels right, it’s just they are so different after being used to the lined bifocals. I love them at the computer…has made it so I can sit back in my chair and see the screen easily. Now if I can just adjust to the rest. I’ve had them since Wednesday. It’s becoming easier, but I’m not there yet. Hopefully I’ll be adjusted to them by the time we return home.

I think it’s bedtime. Need to get some sleep tonight, as tomorrow night is questionable. I’m hoping to have some pictures to share when I return. Will try to check in a few times while gone. Otherwise I’ll catch up when back.

Sunshine…wonderful sunshine!!

We have had 3 wonderful days of sunshine. I’m so ready for an end to the dreary cloudy days. Today is partly cloudy, enough sun to make me feel positive…even to doing some laundry and hanging it outside. Didn’t even need to wear a coat while hanging it up.

If you haven’t entered my son’s maple syrup giveaway, you still have a chance. He will be doing the drawing after he does chores in the morning. So that gives you the rest of today to enter, and probably up to 7:30am Monday. But, why take a chance, go here and enter now. Would sure love for one of you to win.

A week from today we’re taking off on our great adventure. The train trip to Oregon. It’s hard to believe the time is almost here. Garry and I are really looking forward to the trip. Plus looking forward to seeing our son and his family. Just wish they didn’t live so far away. Those girls NEED me closer, so I can spoil them properly with lot of hugs, snuggles and kisses…just time together doing whatever.

Our cats have been very content to be inside cats this winter. It started when Darryl’s family dog sat for some friends. The cats were fine the first week, then I noticed neither one was asking to go outside. Precious had beIMG_9794en like clockwork going to the door wanting outside. I tried taking them to the door, both would make it quite clear that was not what they wanted. It took me a bit to realize it was because of the dogs. Mostly because nothing changed for a week or better. The other cat (the grandkids cat) on the farm also started wanting to stay in about the same time…to begin with, he disappeared for a couple days. We think he was holed up in the garage or under their house. Talk about one sad family. Darryl commented he didn’t realize how much he liked that cat until he disappeared. Thankfully he (the cat) showed back up. And is now being spoiled quite royally.

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Snickers in one of her favorite places…on the furry blanket. She will be 10 next Monday. I’m not sure she realizes she is a cat, other than being a super good mouser. Danny loves it when she’s out, as she catches mice in his chicken house…she’s very welcome there. Even though we’ve had Precious 6 years, or nearly so, Snickers still doesn’t accept her totally. Although, I have noticed with them being in so much lately, she’s not growling or hissing quite as much. And they do chase each other, usually when I’m trying to sleep and would rather not have cats thundering down the hallway. Oh well, we do enjoy them both.

Think maybe I better get busy. Have a lot to do around here in the next week. I was sick for a couple weeks, so am a bit behind in what I had hoped to accomplish. Had the worst cold and cough I’ve had in several years…won’t mind if I never have to deal with that again.

Have a great day!

 

Homemade Maple Syrup Giveaway

Just wanted to take a moment and suggest you visit my son’s blog. He is giving away maple syrup. To enter, all you have to do is make a comment and your name will go into the drawing. I’m not eligible, since I already have some of this wonderful stuff. Still you can tell him his mom sent you when you comment…that way he’ll know where you came from. His sister and I have been putting it on Facebook to give more people opportunities. So be sure and take time to visit here. My personal opinion is that this years syrup is tastier than some we’ve done in the past. And even if it isn’t, it’s still mighty yummy on pancakes! So go on make a comment for your chance to win.

Coffee Bar Humor

A friend sent the following to me via e-mail.

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ONE
Recently, when I went to McDonald’s I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.
I asked for a half dozen nuggets.
‘We don’t have half dozen nuggets,’ said the teenager at the counter.  ‘You don’t?’ I replied.
‘We only have six, nine, or twelve,’ was the reply.
‘So I can’t order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?’
‘That’s right.’
So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets
(Unbelievable but sadly true…)

TWO

I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those ‘dividers’ that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn’t get mixed.
After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the ‘divider’, looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.
Not finding the bar code, she said to me, ‘Do you know how much this is?’
I said to her ‘I’ve changed my mind; I don’t think I’ll buy that today.’
She said ‘OK,’ and I paid her for the things and left.
She had no clue to what had just happened.

THREE

A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly.
When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM ‘thingy.’
(keep shuddering!!)

FOUR

I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. ‘Do you need some help?’ I asked.
She replied, ‘I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can’t get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?’
‘Hmmm, I don’t know. Do you have an alarm, too?’ I asked.
‘No, just this remote thingy,’ she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.  As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, ‘Why don’t you drive over there and check about the batteries. It’s a long walk….’

PLEASE just lay down before you hurt yourself!!!

FIVE
Several years ago, we had an Intern who was
none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, ‘I’m almost out of typing paper. What do I do?’ ‘Just use paper from the photocopier’, the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five ‘blank’ copies.
Brunette, by the way!!

SIX
A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid had eaten ants.
The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine, the mother says, ‘I just gave him some ant killer……’
Dispatcher: ‘Rush him in to emergency!’


Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid!!!!

My apologies to…

….everyone who clicked on notification of my last blog to find it wasn’t there. Of course, that’s if you received a notification.  I composed it in Live Writer. Everything looked fine, previewed, still looked okay. Then when I published it, something strange happened to the 2nd butterfly picture. It moved up and partially off the page. So I deleted the blog and tried again. Moved the picture slightly, even took it off, then put it back. Again looked fine in preview…something changed during publish. Ended up doing that 5 times…the 5th and last time decided I would put text between the photos. That worked. Don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t.

Today was a different kind of day. Garry went with Darryl to look at a tractor. Three hour drive one way. They left at 8:30am and it was going on 4pm when they returned. Found I got a lot more done without him here. Don’t tell him that, he might decide he needs to leave more often, and I kinda like having him here. When he’s here, if he’s on the computer or reading I find it hard to keep on working around the house. After all I enjoy spending time on the computer or reading, too. Usually I do whatever is hollering the loudest, then join him. It did seem strange with him gone all day. That used to be our norm with him going off to work every day. I believe I much prefer our current norm with him being here.

I washed our sheets and towels today. Even used the dryer. I really don’t enjoy sandpaper towels, so tend to use the dryer for them year round. I decided a blanket needed washed, too, so that went into the dryer as well. I’d ask you all not to let Garry know, except I already told him. Besides he’ll be reading this. Just no keeping secrets from him.

We lost a lot of snow today. Can now see the ground in large patches. I didn’t check the temp this afternoon, it was possibly mid 30’s. We have a chance for sunshine for tomorrow. Oh, will that be welcome!!

The birds are still going through large quantities of sunflower seeds. I filled the feeders yesterday morning about 8 o’clock. By the end of the day one was empty and the other one about 1/3 empty. Or should I say 2/3 full??? These feeders are supposed to hold 5 pounds of seed. By about noon today, the other one was empty, so I filled them both. We think we have a lot more birds this winter than previous winters, not that the birds are eating a lot more. I took a video the other day of them coming and going from the feeder. Wish I knew how to put it onto here, as I’d love to share it. Definitely shows why the seeds are going so fast!

Time to go for this time. You all take care!

PhotoShop fun..

A little over two years ago I started learning how to use PhotoShop via online classes from HP and Sony. Or at least attempting to learn a little about it. Then I joined an online photo site and learned about OOB …out of bounds or out of the box. This fascinated me, so I had to try it. Here’s the first one I did. It’s not perfect…had already made it into a jpeg before I saw the problem.    

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 This was a fun thing to do. Consequently I just had to try some more.

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The picture above was used to make the one below. This photo worked quite well for the OOB effect.

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 Then I wondered if I could put two pictures together…one for the background and the other for the OOB part. I felt there had to be a way, just wasn’t sure, so it took some experimenting. I used these two pictures:

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The sunset was taken in Illinois and the gulls were taken at Padre Island.

This is the result of putting them together.  gulls-out-2a-copy 

Putting PhotoShop onto my new computer made me think of these and that maybe you’d enjoy seeing them.

Sure hope everyone has had a good week thus far. The colds and coughs the grandkids have had seem to have finally caught up with me. Nothing bad, just enough to be irritating. It hasn’t stopped me from doing what needs done around here.

I’m ready for an end to winter. We have 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground. I know it’s nothing compared to other areas. We’ve been here 6 years next month and this is the coldest and snowiest winter in that time. Yesterday my 8 year old grandson told me he’s tired of the snow. This is from a kid who loves getting out and sledding. Perhaps the continual cold is part of the problem for him.

It’s bedtime for me, so I’m going. Take care everyone.