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I would like to thank everyone that uses my Theme designs and Wallpapers.

A special thank you to all of you that take the time that to write or post comments on my designs at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/MaDonna/

I hope you become a follower and check in every once in awhile. I am trying a bit harder to update more often.

Enjoy!!



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Springing into Spring

Bluebird Theme

Well, spring is here, or the calendar says it is. It doesn't feel like it here though. We did get to sit in the sunshine on the deck Sunday afternoon, though.  And that was very nice. 

I have been working on lots of designs even though I don't need anymore.

I just lost a friend from long ago. So I have had a lot of memories from back then. She was a neighbor and our kids grew up and went to school together. Our husbands were working and our kids at school and that was always when someones cow's would get out! So us women were out chasing cows trying to get them back into someones field so when husbands came home, they could get the right cows into the right field. Lots of coffee breaks together, too. She moved a year after her husband died because she couldn't take the memories in her house. So we kind of lost touch after that. That pretty much sums up a lot of my life. Have friends and then I would move away when I was a child, and then after I got married and my husband worked for the US Forest Service, my friends would move because their husbands got transferred to another district. I kind of think that made me leery of making friends. I always figured they would leave or I would. So I don't have a lot of close friends anymore. 

We had two birthdays in the family this week. A grandson and a grandaughter-in-law. It seems like there is something every other week or so. We went to our 12 year old great grandson's lacrosse game a couple Saturday's ago. And it was sooo cold and sooo rainy. I about froze. Had raincoat and rain pants on and used an umbrella.  But no boots. I could have worn my old farm boots but...So last Saturday I bought a new pair of cute rubber boots. I am quite sure it won't be rainy at anymore of his games now! In WA state, I doubt that will happen!

Our granddaughter is going to Gambia next week and I am going to worry the whole time she is gone. But I can't tell her that. She has been looking forward to this trip for several years. I am sure it will be an experience she will always remember and be quite enlightening. They actually had to send their water ahead so it will be there when they get there.

I have a hard time trying to figure out what to cook for dinner anymore. I just have a salad but I have to cook for my better half. It is very hard to cook for one person without having a lot of left overs all the time. So tonight I guess it will be stir fry. He likes that and it is healthy.   

Well, I have taken up a lot of your time so will sign off and get back to work. Have a great week end. 

Lighthouse Theme

Friday, March 10, 2017

Stress!

Thomas Kinkade Collage

I just can't concentrate on work right now so thought I would write on the blog. 

I am stressed and can't do good work if I am, so quit for awhile. I am getting where I hate to watch the news because the more I hear, the more stress I have. Someone made the comment that they had PTSD and I certainly do, too. Post Trump Stress Disorder! Sounds like our health care will be no health if they pass the bill they are working on now. All of the people in power are million or billionaires so could care less about us little old people. Our taxes will be going up. He is determined to build a wall to keep workers out, but take money away from the Coast Guard and TSA  so terrorist can get in by air, sea or rail. He is cutting all of those items so he can build the wall! I am mad! I am mad at every person that voted for a 3rd party candidate, mad at everyone that left it blank because Bernie didn't get on the ballot, mad at everyone that left the President box blank! Plus Russia got this President elected! And people don't seem to really care! The late night comics make me laugh at least!

And my dear husband just doesn't feel good. He has been so healthy all of his life up until the last few years and hates not having the energy and health he was used to having. We went to the Dr. this morning so we shall see how he feels after taking some antibiotics.

Our 60th wedding anniversary is early next month and I had planned on getting our photo taken but neither one of us feel like it so doubt if we do. I thought we could use it as an obituary photo when needed. That is how stressed out I am. Thinking about obit pics! 

Got a message from a classmate about us working on a 60th class reunion for later this year. The place we had our last one burnt down a few weeks ago and that is sad. It was a great place for reunions, etc. 

Merlot Beauty

I am probably making everyone that reads this depressed so I will sign off and figure out something for dinner. Wish I liked to cook like I used to.

Hoping to be able to watch our oldest great grandson play lacrosse tomorrow. He is playing close to home this week so keeping my fingers crossed that my husband feels like going and it isn't pouring rain. 

Have a good week end!


Thursday, March 2, 2017

To Iron or Not to Iron

Dawn

I have a hard time deciding what to blog about because my life is not "that" exciting anymore, but I had to buy a new iron! Wow, that is the most exciting thing that has happened to me this week. But then I thought back 60+ years about ironing. Ironing back then for a housewife was a big deal. And it HAD to be done on Tuesday. You did your laundry in the old wringer washer on Mondays and when you took the clothes off the line half of the stuff had to be ironed. Pillow cases, handkerchief's, little girls dresses, work pants, kids pants and shirts, dishtowels and all of my clothes. So you had to use a sprinkler. That was usually a bottle of some sort with a sprinkler head on the top. Some of us didn't even have one of those, we put a pot with water on the table, put your hand into the pot and sprinkled it onto the clothing you had to iron. Then you rolled it up and put it in a bag with all the other items. So every Tuesday you got out the ironing board and your iron. No steam irons back then. (That is why you sprinkled the items) There was some Tuesday's I didn't get it all ironed because of having to bake bread, sick kids or some other unforeseen happening. If you left the sprinkled items in the bag very long, they would mold! So you had to get it done. 

Now we have these wonderful steam irons. Progress is wonderful! Now I am going to go use my beautiful new iron!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Marching Into March


It is snowing again. And I am sooo tired of snow. That is why I am working on lots of spring designs. 

I had a very nice birthday. Hard to believe I am 78 now, but that is what the calendar says so I have to believe it. I truly don't feel as old as that sounds, though. So that is good.

My son gave me a beautiful metal butterfly with a glass globe that has fiber optic lights that change colors inside the globe.  I put it on the dining room table and can turn it on at night and it is just beautiful. My husband and I quit doing gifts for each other years ago.

I see that the site I used for my pretty blog outside designs is no longer alive and well so I have to figure that out myself now. They sent me an email several months ago that they would be shutting them down so I was at least warned. I wish I knew how to code so I could make my own but that is beyond my 78 year old brain.

It is funny how you forget to do things if you don't do it for awhile. Photoshop is a hard program to learn and if you do something one time and don't do the exact same thing for awhile, I forget how I did it. That is why I work on themes and wallpapers every week day because I don't want to forget how to do something! I know if you are young, you probably think that is strange, but just you wait! 

Mount Baker Skagit River

I took this photo a couple years ago when my husband and I went on a summer drive. The wallpaper is available also.
Our political situation hasn't improved any. We are still under siege. 
I made a cherry raspberry pie this morning and it sure does smell good. 
I have a Collection of most of my wolf themes now. They are my favorites so decided to make a Collection of them. You can find the whole collection at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections /MaDonna/madonnas-wolves/ if you are interested. I have many more I am going to submit this year.
Wolf Mountain

 This is the one I am using right now.

Last week my husband dressed up in his old USFS uniform, hat and all and went to a Great Grandson's Kindergarten class and spoke to the class. He made a board with different kinds of evergreen limbs and cones. I made some coloring sheets with Smokey the Bear, etc. We also made some sheets of paper with photos of different things you can do in the National Forests. I guess he was a big hit and the teacher was really pleased. I know Great Grandpa was honored when our Great Grandson asked him to come. I am waiting for the teacher to send me some photos she took. 

I was reading that they may be changing the themes sometime later this year or next. I just hope I will be able to submit because I have so many made and keep making more. I know it is going to probably be beyond my abilities to make the new ones but we shall see. I just may have to learn how to do something new.

I hope you all have a good week and March decided to be a bit more spring like!

Check in again soon.

Legend of the White Wolf

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Freedom Country!

Freedom Country

I just made this theme because this is what I want our country to portray. Freedom...and I think that our freedom is being stepped on. Right now I would like to be sitting in a lawn chair beside the river and when I get cold, go into the country house, light the fireplace, sip on some wine and watch the eagles fly . 

Dreaming!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy ♥ Day!

Spirit of the Lion

Well, the Super Bowl didn't turn out the way I was hoping. What else is new? 

The weather finally changed in our part of the state. We were frozen over for almost 2 weeks. The County was declared a disaster area. So it is warmer, windy and rainy. The snow was piled up pretty high in drifts and gone in 2 days after it started raining. It warmed up over 20 degrees in just a few hours yesterday.

What do you think of all the US politics? Wow, it is something new every hour. I think our country is beginning to look like a laughing stock and that really upsets me. We have always been known as the country people wanted to live in and be proud of. Now US citizens are leaving for Mexico and Canada! We may end up and be the illegal immigrants! So many people are finally letting their voices heard but they should have gotten out and voted and we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now. Many people didn't like either candidate so they left the ballot blank or voted for something or someone they knew wouldn't be elected. They threw their vote away as far as I am concerned. They should have at least thought, who is the best choice instead of not voting or choosing Santa Claus or Donald Duck!

I haven't been out of the house in 2 weeks so am looking forward to getting out tomorrow.

I can't believe I will be 78 years old this month. The birthdays come much faster than they used to! When you are a child, you can't wait for your birthday. Wow, things change when you get older. I can't complain, though. I feel pretty good for my age. Keeping busy is a cure-all. 

I haven't gotten the Valentines cards form our Great Grandkids yet. They were on my list for last week but we couldn't get out. Our garage doors were frozen shut. So have to pick them up and get them off tomorrow or they won't get them.

I hope you all have a nice, loving Valentines Day.

Have a good week end and thanks for stopping by.



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Enjoy the Super Bowl!

White Wolf Spirit

Just submitted another wolf design and I must say this is one of my favorites. The wallpaper is available also.

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Super Bowl Day. Since the Hawks aren't playing it won't be very exciting for me, except that I am rooting for the Falcons. I don't approve of the way the Patriots have behaved in the past. We will have a house full but we couldn't get out this morning to get some of the goodies to eat! The roads are just ice and it isn't worth taking a chance on getting hit or falling in parking lots.  My husband had a tough time getting to the wood shed without falling this morning! 

The trees are all hanging with icy limbs and they are really pretty and looks like they have Christmas decorations on them. We have had more days this winter that keep us from doing what we planned! We have a freezer full and cupboards full so only need to get out for fresh veggies, milk and my Trader Joe's yogurt. I did try a new yogurt that is as good as my Mocha TJ's though. It is Noosa Mexican chocolate BUT no one carries it so I can't find it. I looked for recipes to make my own and couldn't find one, so I can put some cinnamon and cayenne pepper in the Mocha or Chocolate TJ's yogurt and it is almost as good. I couldn't imagine putting red pepper in yogurt but it works! Years and years ago, I mean 60 years ago I used to actually make my own yogurt from scrap. I had a yogurt maker that you could make 6 cups at a time. You had a hard time actually finding yogurt in the stores at that time so I had the yogurt maker going every day. Raised the kids on it, plus my husband and I liked it. I would experiment with different fruits, etc. but I never thought of chocolate!

Have a great Super Bowl1