WELCOME

Welcome to my blog. Stick around and read a few posts.

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, August 16, 2017

Bullying!

 
 
https://blog.mozilla.org/internetcitizen/2017/07/31/a-more-inclusive-world-and-web/?utm_source=mih-08-15-17&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

This is a great article on bullying and I hope you will take the time to read it.

I was bullied by another theme designer a year or more ago. She made horrible threats to me over quite a period of time. Emails and on the old forum. 

A Netflix original show to watch is "13 Reasons". It was about teenagers and bullying. If you have Netflix I would advise every teenager and parent should watch it.

Have a good day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Feels like Fall!

Autumn River Ranch

We were sitting out last night after dinner reading and we both noticed how much it felt like fall. I am not ready for that.

Have been working on some fall themes. I know I have tons made but I love working with fall graphics. The theme I am posting today is one of my favorites. It is from a painting with a lot of work in Photoshop to move things around and blending. Hope everyone likes it.

Had the TV on this afternoon while I was working and saw the Pres stick his foot in his mouth! Wow! 

Will write more next time. Am running out of time today!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Scary Times!

Orca View

Good afternoon...and it is a good one. Very warm and would be warmer if the smoke from the forest fires in Canada wasn't hiding the sun. It has been smokey now for over a week. Supposed to change a bit tomorrow with some clouds and wind coming from the west. We haven't had any rain for a long time so the forests are tinder dry. Lots of wild fires, etc. We don't water our lawn because it is a waste of water so our front lawn is brown. But it always comes back as soon as it rains.

I had the telephone interview last Thursday with the magazine and I think it went pretty well. I will post when/if it gets on line.

Down the Road

We are living in pretty scary times, aren't we? This goes to show how important it is to vote. When you have two egotistical children running countries...this is what happens. Who is the biggest bully? I had hopes that our country wouldn't have to go through this kind of bellicosity again. I remember when our kids were told to get under their desks in case of a bomb during the Cuban Crisis. I don't think a desk is going to save anyone now. My Dad moved us from Washington to Iowa during WW II and I can remember when he took a shortcut across the Yakima Bombing Range ( which he wasn't supposed to!)  He told us to get under the truck if they started practice bombing.  I was hoping my kids, grankids and great grandkids wouldn't have to be afraid like we were. I remember being afraid of the Japanese and German people when I was very small.  

Pathway to Autumn Light

I am looking forward to my 60th class reunion this fall. Haven't seen any of my classmates for 10 years and I know several have passed away.

We spent Monday morning at the cardiology office as my husband had a nuclear stress test and the call we got yesterday saying it all looked good was a relief. He has been busy making some bird houses for our grand daughter's new home. They just moved to the country a few months ago and are loving it.

I wish you all love and happiness! Have a wonderful week end. Summer is beginning the down days and I sure hate to see the end of it.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Heat!

Gerbera Glow Butterflies

Whew, we finally got some hot weather but you can't see the sun. The air is full of smoke from the wildfires in British Columbia. The smoke was up high yesterday but today is clear to the ground. It actually looks foggy out but very warm! There are forest fires all around us actually. At least two in our old stomping grounds in the District we lived in when hubby was in the U.S. Forest Service. Oh, how he would love to be able to fight fire. He loved doing it and since we weren't making tons of money working for the government, we loved the extra pay in the check! The kids say they can still remember what their Dad smelled like when he got home from a fire. There was one summer I didn't even get his fire clothes washed before he got sent out on another one.

I want to thank David from Virginia that sent me a really nice pocket angel to replace the one I lost. It actually has the same saying on the back of it that my old one did. So, thank you, David.

I am so disappointed that the local radio station that I listened to every day changed their format from progressive talk to music. And it isn't even the kind of music I like so I do not listen to it anymore.

I am doing an interview tomorrow with a magazine and I am a bit nervous about it. I hope I will do OK. I will post here when it is on line.

The cataract surgery I had last month is all completed and I picked up my new glasses yesterday so am pleased that is all finished. I had my last appointment with the ophthalmologist last Thursday and I had to start putting the steroid eye drops in for another week because my dry eyes made the healing a bit slower. 

One of our grandson's and his family spent most of Sunday with us and we had such a good time. The weather was really nice so we got to sit outside and the boys could use up some of their energy. They rode the 4 wheeler in the field and picked some of the blackberries that were ripe. If anything happened to this corner of the US...and their were no people....the blackberry bushes would take over. Most people think they are a nuisance but personally I love the blackberries. You do have to control them but the County likes to mow them all down every year. At least they can't get to our back field!

Washington DC is certainly in turmoil! You don't get bored and it is hard to keep up with who is in what position because the man in the white house might tweet something and pow...someone has been replaced. I just hope he doesn't get in so much trouble he decides he wants to blow North Korea off the map. Oh, how I look back to the last 8 years and wish the news was not quite so scary.

I am going to get back to work and wish me luck with the interview tomorrow. Have a great week.....

Fox & Butterfly

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

~~Some of My Favorite Firefox Add-Ons~~

Purple Passion

Decided to take a break from housework and theme work. I enjoy the theme work so much more than the housework! But I have so many themes made I really need to slow it down some. So I thought I would take a half an hour to promote some of my favorite add-ons. One I just found over the week end. Since I had my cataract surgery my eyes are more sensitive to light and as I am sure you are aware the computer screen doesn't help that any. So the Mozilla home page highlighted Simple Night Mode. So I installed it. I liked it because I didn't have to restart Firefox and it was easy to put to use. If you are on your computer at night it may be very helpful. You can find it at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-night-mode/

This is a before screen shot.

This is an after shot. 
You can see that it changes the background from white to black and the text is mostly bright green. All you have to do is right click on the screen and click Night Mode On!  Then right click and turn it off.

Another Add On I use so much is InformEnter. You can find it at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/informenter/
If you have information you have to continually type in this extension makes it super easy. It puts a little blue arrow on the area you would have to put in an email address, or whatever and it will add the info from the list you have added to it. You do have to restart Firefox with this Add-On, though.

Well, I am going to sign off for now and will tell you some of my other favorites when I have a slot of time. I go tomorrow to get tested for my new glasses and will be so glad when I get them. It will make my life much easier...

Enjoy the rest of the week and I will be back soon.

Painted by the Sun



 


Friday, July 21, 2017

Checking in with Amazement!

Sleeping Lion

I have been amazed at all the emails, etc. I have been receiving since the article and video came out. Thank you all for the support. I didn't know they had put the link to the article on the Firefox Home Page until someone commented about it on this blog! And almost 10,000 views on the video. 

And then I had a wonderful email from David from Virginia asking me if I had found it! At first I couldn't figure out what I lost and them he mentioned my pocket angel. I had forgotten (old age!) that I had even mentioned it on this blog. So he did a bunch of research trying to find a replacement for it. I had ordered it out of a catalog (paper!) over 35 years ago....so apparently it isn't made anymore and asked me if a round one could take its place! So I think I am getting a replacement for my good luck charm! I doubt very much if I will carry it for another 35 years, though!

It has taken my husband a long time getting back from his last AFib attack. And has been having a hard time sleeping and just not feeling well. It worries me so much...he has always been so strong and healthy. He has been my rock for 61 years. Everyone loves him...he would do anything to help someone. But he has a hard time saying No when someone brings a car in that needs work. 

I would love to be in Bend, OR for the lacrosse tournament our great grandson is playing in but will just have to keep in contact having them text me the scores. Wish him luck!

Thank you to all that read my jabber and I am going to work on a page about my favorite extensions for Firefox one of these days when/if I run out of ideas for themes!

Have a great week end and take care.

Fire in the Sky

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Midweek

Floral Exotica 

Another beautiful day in NW Washington. I love this weather. It isn't too hot nor too cold. Just perfect!

Been real busy working on themes and wallpapers. The above theme I made with just using Photoshop brushes. I was pleased with the muted look. It is easy on the eyes, too. Which makes a big difference to me right now. I have to wear my glasses when I am doing close up work but they really don't fit my eyes since the surgery. I can't wait until I can get new lenses for my glasses! Today is the last day I have to put drops in the first eye that was done. 

My husband hasn't been feeling very well. He just can't seem to get over the last session with AFib. He is on a new medication to try to keep his heart rate even but hasn't been on it long enough to know if it is working. And we don't know if that is causing him to feel so low. I told him it just might be his new normal at 81, but we are both hoping that isn't so. Getting old is great IF you feel good, but there comes a time when you don't.

I really don't have anything exciting to write about today so guess I will get back to work. I noticed that I had made an error on my last post so thought I would get on and fix the link! 

I just checked to see how many had viewed the video of me that Mozilla put on in their article and was surprised that over 4,000 people had viewed it. They want me to do some more interviews after I am finished with this cataract thing. So I am looking forward to that. Should be kind of fun...and anything that will bring more people to use Firefox and take advantage of all the great extensions they have available...I am more than willing to do. 


Hope you all are having a good week. Keep well.

Night Owl & Butterflies

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Midweek Plus 1!

Blue Mountain Beauty

Busy day so far. Sheets washed and on the clothes line, house cleaned and a Dutch Apple Pie baked. July seems to be flying by.  Had a nice week end. Weather still pretty good. No rain for 3 weeks they are saying. It doesn't seem like that long ago but I won't complain. Been a busy week so far. Had two little ones here on Monday and Tuesday mornings and they keep you busy. Reminds me of the old days. 

My eyes are getting better all the time. I will just be glad when I can get the new lenses in my glasses. Right now I can't wear them unless I am doing close up work. I still have to put eye drops in one eye twice a day and the last one I had done, 4 times a day. I was surprised how much better I can see, though. 

The news stations are very interesting right now, aren't they? I think the Trump truth will finally come out eventually. I just hope I live long enough to see it all. I wonder what the History books will say about this period in our country! I guess it will depend on who writes the History books because it seems like there are 2 countries. I have never seen a time when our country is more divided. I hate to see that, but for the life of me, I can't see how the far right can be so blind. It is like they are walking around in a cloud and have no idea of what is actually going on! I bet most of their television channels never get turned off of FOX. 

Our great grandons lacrosse team had another tournament this past week end and won the Championship. So far they have won every tournament they have been in this summer. They have qualified for the National Championship but time will tell if they can get enough money, etc. for the team to go. We had planned on going to the game and were all dressed and ready to go and my husband said he really didn't feel like driving. He hadn't gotten much sleep the night before so we just spent the week end home sitting in the sunshine. He doesn't like our new mattress at all but neither one of us think another one would help his back any. I guess we might have well kept the old one! And saved all that $$.

Time to get the sheets off the line and begin dinner.

Have a super week end!

Summer Flight

Thursday, July 6, 2017

All is Well!

Owl at the Beach

The weather is absolutely beautiful and I got good news from the Ophthalmologist this morning. My husband is feeling well also, so all is well in MaDonna Land!

I had the cataract in my right eye removed last week and can actually watch TV without glasses but will be glad when I am all healed up and can get new lenses in my glasses. The hardest part of this whole thing was managing my severe dry eye syndrome. I couldn't use any of the drops for that and each day got worse and worse. This morning I even tried to make myself cry so I cold get some moisture in my eyes, but after my appt. this morning he said I could start using my Xiidra and the moisture drops. He said he could actually see the dry spots on my right eye this morning.

Hope you all of you in the USA had a nice 4th of July and it wasn't too noisy. Ours was pretty quiet. Our daughter came over in the afternoon and we had some wine and quesadillas she had made. Later that day our youngest son rode his motorcycle over and brought us some of his fresh picked cherries. They are soooo good. We just sat around outside and enjoyed the weather. Got some reading done. The day before we went to our our oldest son's and sat out and had a really nice visit. We borrowed his metal detector because I lost my pocket angel. I have carried a "pocket angel" good luck charm in my right pocket for over 35 years and one day it was gone. I scoured the house and couldn't find it and the metal detector didn't find it either so I am hoping it will turn up in the house somewhere sometime.

It has been a little tough working on themes the past couple weeks with my eyes but I have managed to do my work...can't sit around doing nothing.

I must say I have really enjoyed the weather this week. I hate to see it change.

Our great grandson is in another lacrosse tournament this week end, so I am hoping we can get down to at least one of his games. There is no way either one of us could stand around all day, although I wish we could. He is the goalie and does such a good job. Proud Great Grandma talking!

Summer Rose Festival

Our President is out of the country for a few days. I wish he was a President that could make our country proud but I am totally embarrassed by him. Plus when he says something he has to keep repeating the statement~over & over & over~which is twice as embarrassing. 

Well, it is time to start dinner.

Hope you all have a great week end!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Getting Prepared

Lily of the Valley Butterflies

Well, I am getting preparing for tomorrow's cataract surgery. The first one was successful so hope this one will go all right, too. You have to put two different kinds of eye drops in 4 times a day and it goes on for weeks so I have graphs taped up on the bathroom cabinet so I can mark off that I got the right drop put in the correct eye. You have to mark it down when you get as old as I am or you wouldn't remember which drop went in which eye. Oh, getting old is fun!

My husband isn't very happy about getting old, either. He has always been so active and is not doing a very good job of cutting back. The only good part of it is that we are doing it together. Last Thurs. after we got home from the hospital, he was sitting in a chair on the patio in the sun. Our oldest grandson dropped in to eat his lunch here before he went to a meeting & he said he knew something was wrong because Grandpa was sitting in a chair! He has been trying to get the field mowed and sitting on the tractor makes his back hurt so he didn't get a lot of sleep last night. At least tomorrow he will have to sit for awhile when he is waiting for me to be finished at the surgery center!

Wow, we had some really warm weather over the weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I know it broke records, etc. but I loved the heat. 

Sea Worthy

I love eagles! As you can probably tell if you have looked at my themes. They are so majestic. I have been working on some 4th of July themes and love making them. I love our country so much but am just a bit dissatisfied with the way things are going right now. I would think the people that are elected to office would at least try to make decisions that are best for all the people. But they don't. They make their decisions to protect the people that put money into their PAC's. They are afraid of the Koch brothers and all of their money! 

I am in the process of submitting a theme I am very proud of, called Freedom for All. I also made a wallpaper to match and the link will be in the description of the theme. And I will post it here as soon as it is on line.

Time to check on my husband and see what to fix for dinner. Made him a peach pie yesterday and he is enjoying that.

Freedom For All
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/freedom-for-all-by-m-donna/ 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bad Morning!

Poppy Season

Well, today started out horribly but could have been much worse. My husband woke me at 6:30 and said he thought he was having a heart attack. It was worse this time than the AFib attacks he has had before because he had heart pains with it, so I called 911 as I was so shaky I couldn't drive so I rode in the ambulance. They were ever so nice and supportive to me and wonderful to my dear husband. We were lucky this time again. It wasn't a heart attack...and they were able to shock him and get his heart back in rhythm with one shock this time. After the 2nd blood test that showed no heart attack, our son brought us home. I am to the point I keep a go bag ready to take with us when this happens. But I didn't take a sweatshirt or jacket because it was supposed to be hot. Luckily our son had a big heavy hooded sweatshirt in his car and I put that on. It went to my knees but they were cold, too, so that was OK. So I am adding a sweatshirt to the go bag!

Now I have just been trying to keep him in a chair resting but not having a lot of luck with that. But it takes a lot out of both of us. Him, of course, more than me, but when I get stressed my Fibromyalgia kicks in. But I am not complaining...we got to come home.

Going to go sit in the sun with him for awhile. 

Sunset Seagulls

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Coming!

Romantic Cats

I think Summer arrives tomorrow!

Hope you all had a nice Father's Day week end. We had a really nice one. Went to our son's camping site at Birch Bay for a lovely lunch and fun with grand kids and great grand kids. The 5 great grand kids got to go in the swimming pool and had a ball. Our oldest grandson jumped in and joined them! It was so neat to see the kids weren't afraid of the water at all, but then they have all taken swim lessons. The weather wasn't very warm but the water was and they had a ball.

Our youngest son and one of his sons (the one that built my computer)  came and installed all new LED lights in my husband's shop. So he has lots of lighting that will last a long time and cost a lot less!

Our week end weather was not good at all. Cold and yucky, especially Sunday. Today is supposed to be better but the TV weatherman says we are in for a cold spell! I thought we were already in one! I am so ready for some nice warm sunny weather that will last more than one or two days!

My cataract surgery was successful! Now I have to have the other eye done and then get new lenses for my glasses. I really couldn't tell for sure until last night and we were watching a movie on TV and I took my glasses off and shut my right eye and couldn't believe how much clearer the picture was in the eye that was done compared to the other eye. But with my glasses on the left eye is kind of fuzzy because the lens needs changed. I don't want to get it changed until after the other eye is done, though because I will have to be without them for about a week while they get the new lenses in and back to me.

Being on the computer now is really kind of hard because of this so I doubt if I will be working as much for the next couple weeks till everything is done and my new glasses are back.

If you read an earlier blog I mentioned our daughter's 19 year old cat and her failing health. She quit eating, etc. so she couldn't see Sam suffer anymore and had two women veterinarians come to her house and put her to sleep. Our daughter got to hold her through the whole thing. My husband had made a beautiful wooden coffin for Sam with her name and some flowers on it. When she called and said Sam was gone, her Dad was ready to go in and bury her so she can see Sam's grave from her kitchen window. We had two great grand kids here at the time so I had to try to explain what was happening. Kitty heaven and all that. They knew about kitty heaven because they have lost kittens but they couldn't understand how the body was going into the ground but the kitty was going to kitty heaven! So I tried to explain how the soul went to heaven but they didn't know what the soul was so I said it was her Inner Being. Our great grandaughter (almost 5) asked me what a NBG was! I didn't know what terms her parents had used so I was kind of lost. When I was telling their Mom about it, she said she had explained it as the spirit so now I know what to say if it every happens again.

Time to fix lunch so I will sign off for now and maybe work on a few 4th of July themes, if my eyes will let me.

Hope you all have a great week....

Glory


Friday, June 16, 2017

Happy Fathers Day!

Purple Bird & Butterfly

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Fathers Day. Since we will be at the beach tomorrow I hope the weather will be warm.

I got the patch off my eye yesterday and everything was still pretty blurry. But that is normal they said. I have to wear a protective pad that has tiny holes in it over my eye at night so I won't accidentally hit or scratch it. This morning when I woke up I automatically looked at the clock and instead of seeing a blurry blue thing I could actually read it. So it must have worked! Now I will have to decide if/when to get the other eye done.

Don't have much to write about today, so I will get back to work. Call or visit your Dad if he is still here and if not, think loving thoughts about him. I know I will my Dad.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

One Down One to Go

Soaring Eagle

Well, I had one cataract removed this morning and will see how much better I can see before I decide on the second one. It was really quite easy. The only problem I am having now is my glasses don't fit over the patch very well and my depth perception is not there! I go to the Doctor tomorrow to get the patch off and will see how it goes.

I was hoping I could work on themes today but I doubt very much if I can. Just can't see that well! Doubt if I can read, either so don't know what I am going to do to keep busy. I just can't stand not having something to do! Made a pie yesterday so can't do that. 

I hope everyone is getting ready for Father's Day. We are going to our son's camping place on Sat. so we are hoping for good weather. Will probably be at our daughter's on Sunday sometime since her kids are coming up to spend part of Sunday with their father. So it will depend on what time every one is there. Looking forward to both days.

Well, I just can't see well enough to do anything more so am going to go sit down and twiddle my thumbs, I guess. I doubt if I can read either.

Have a super day and will try to get back before Father's Day.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The article with video is up!



Bright Light Lines

 Well, the article/interview with me a couple weeks ago is up so I am posting the link. You can see how I live and what I do. I think they did a really great job of making the video with the little bear WELCOME we have by the front door and the flag flying in the background at the end. 

So here is the link: 


Spring Summer Best

Have a great week, everyone!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fathers Day!

White Wolf Mates

When I updated my blog for June I totally forgot about Fathers Day! My Bad!

Had a very nice week end. Weather was pretty good. Yesterday was a beautiful day and we got to see our great grandson play lacrosse and watch them win 5 - 0! I really love watching him play, especially if the weather is nice. The first game we went to this season was very cold, very rainy and very muddy! 

Our daughter is going through a very hard time right now. As I mentioned in an earlier post, her best friend/cat would be 19 in August is going through the slow process of her body shutting down. Our daughter is very tender hearted and emotional. So she spent the week end at home taking care of Sammy. And it was hard for her to leave home and go to work this morning.

On that sad note I will get back to work. I hope you all have a wonderful week. 

Goldfinch Butterfly Theme

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Taste of Summer

Summer Seascape

We got a taste of what summer is like last week and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am back in sweatshirts again! Cold and rainy....but we had a beautiful week last week and the nicest Memorial Day week end in years. It was hard for me to believe that people were actually complaining about the heat. So many swimmers didn't realize the rivers were still in the 40's because of all the snow pack we still have so there was several drownings.

I updated the blog this morning since tomorrow is June 1st and Memorial Day is over. I really enjoy making the patriotic wallpapers and themes, though. Have been working on Independence Day themes already. 

I had a very interesting and busy week last week. Mozilla sent 2 gentlemen up from CA and a super nice lady from Seattle to interview me for a web site. I have to say I was very nervous at first but they were such nice, friendly people I soon became comfortable with them. I am anxious to see how it all turns out. Once it is on line I will post a link so you can actually see me and how I live. The time I was most comfortable was when I was working on a theme! I kind of forgot they were here.

And we got to visit with my brother and siste-in-law. They were up for a couple weeks. It was so wonderful to see them and see they are doing so well. He is 76 and she is 73. They still work during the summer forest fire season by managing and taking care of a shower system for the fire fighters. Amazing, huh?

Well our president went to Europe and the Mideast last week. I feel I need to apologize to other countries for how he acted. I was totally embarrassed when he pushed the prime minister of  Montenegro out of his way. Apparently he was not taught any manners at all. The way he treats Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is embarrassing and not a bright thing to do. So all of you out there in European countries. I apologize for the man who is supposed to be leader of our country.  

One of the first things I did after we got internet was to start researching for our family tree and I am working on it again. I got stuck on my father's side of the family in 1770 so I am going to work a bit harder to get more information. You can spend so much time doing research but it is so worth it when you actually find a connection. I wish I had asked my paternal grandparents more questions because their lives had to be so different. They didn't talk about the past much. They came from poor southern backgrounds and life had to be pretty hard for them. But I wish I had asked questions!

Our daughter has had this wonderful cat for almost 18 years. The cat, Sammy has been so healthy and is such a comfort to her, and so much company.  But Sammy is really starting to show her age and I can't help but worry about how our daughter is going to get through the loss of her very lovable best friend. I went through the loss of my beloved little white fluffy dog in 1991 and it still brings tears to my eyes if I think about him. And we only had him for 12 years. I could not open my heart up to another dog because of the hurt of the loss. So I worry about her. That is what Mother's do, I guess. worry!

I am going to get back to work. I hope the weather is better where you are than it is here.

Old Barn Lavender Field




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On to Memorial Day!

American Farm Land

I updated my blog cover to get ready for Memorial Day. The eagle is hanging his head in shame for what is going on in our wonderful USA.

Hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day. Mine was very nice and special. Saturday one of our sons and grandsons came over to help my husband work on a car so I fixed venison steaks, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc. for dinner. Also made their favorite Crazy Cake. Sent the rest of the cake home with them. Sunday our oldest son and his wife and our daughter came over. Our oldest grandson and his three little ones were here for awhile, too. I got two beautiful hanging baskets and some lovely lilacs. So I did well! And it is always great to see the kids. The weather was not very good, though. I am beginning to wonder if we will ever get any summer weather. 

I have spent half the day looking for my husband's cellphone. He has a habit of losing things, keys, etc. He doesn't use his cell much and it had been over a week since he had used it, so have no idea where to look. We have both searched all the vehicles, cupboards and drawers. I am going to go through the toy box because one of the kids might have found it and it got put in there so that is next on my list. I am just worried he may have actually lost it. We don't use our cells a lot so we have been using tracfone for over 15 years and have always been very happy with it. I am going to give it a couple more days and if we don't find it I will deactivate it and get the minutes transferred to a different phone. 

Did you notice my American farmland theme? If you have read any of my posts you know how I feel about protecting farm land. I always lived on a farm until I got married and then lived in timberland since my husband worked for the United States Forest Service. So I love my open spaces and could not live in a city. Just couldn't do it. So I want to protect all the farms, especially small farms and family owned farms. And have worked for years to protect it. 

What do you think of the news this week? Every day there is breaking news and I am hoping things will finally get straightened out and we won't look like the laughing stock of the world.

Gotta go start our dinner. I have been trying out a lot of new recipes lately trying to help my sweet husband's heart health. 

Best to all of you and I will check in soon!




Thursday, May 11, 2017

♥Happy Mothers Day♥

Charming Ladybug Chamomile

Thought I would take the time and wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day. I hope you will be able to spend time with your Mother if she is still with you. If not, think about her! My Mom will certainly be on my mind.

Our weather has been pretty good this week except we woke up to rain this morning. Western Washington greens up so quickly in the spring. You can practically hear the grass grow. I got to hang out laundry yesterday for the first time this year. My daughter and I were talking about hanging out laundry and we both said we didn't see many clothes lines anymore. There are a few out in the County but in the City you sure don't see very many.

Our lilacs were just beautiful this year until we got up this morning and the rain just ruined them. 

The news has been exciting this week. I have to admit I am a newsy but usually only listen to talk radio during the day. But this week I have had the little TV on in my computer room all week. I am totally amazed with the actual lies that I hear. I wonder how people can sleep at night after all the lies they tell. And then I wonder how people that are still Trump voters can still stick up for him and think he is doing a good job. My gosh, they live under rocks! Seeing the pictures of the man that is supposed to be our president laughing and smiling with the Russians in the Oval Office actually made me want to puke! I guess he was having a good time with the guys that put him in that office. I just wonder how long he will be in office. And then I think the guy that will take his place isn't much better, if any. He is out there telling stories, too. Yes, I know I shouldn't be so political in this silly blog but my fingers type what my mind is thinking about. So sorry if I make anyone uncomfortable!

I am looking forward to Sunday. Have plans and just hope it isn't raining but the weatherman says it will!

My husband is doing pretty well and I am so happy about that. I have really been working hard at fixing meals that will help his blood pressure, etc. And it seems to be working.  My only problem is left overs! I cook for one because I just have a salad and most recipes are not for one.  Plus I ordered some Super Beets for him. They tell you it tastes good but it doesn't! 

It is actually time to start working on dinner so I will sign off now. I hope everyone is doing well and has a great Mother's Day.

Sunset on Mountain Lake


 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Sunshining!

Freedom Ridge

I am feeling very patriotic this morning so I will preview my Freedom Ridge theme this morning. I hope all of you out there in Theme Land that live free in the good old United States are feeling patriotic also. I made this theme using the art of Carol Cavalaris again. I have to do a lot of editing in Photoshop to make something this small but I managed to do it justice, I hope.

100 days of Hell. That is what I call the last 101 days. I know I have PTSD. Pro Trump Stress Disorder. I am totally amazed that the people that believed his rhetoric and promises are still behind him. I guess they believe in letting corporations have the say so in how we live and breathe. The "poor little rich boy" guy has to have these silly revival meetings or whatever you want to call them to pat himself on the back and believe that the people he is supposed to represent (all of us) don't want clean air, clean water, national monuments, net neutrality and most important of all health care for our families. And most of all, no fear of war. I have 6 grandsons that would have to go fight his war and I don't want that. They would have to put the draft back in because the majority of young men out there have enough sense to not want to fight a war that no one wants.

Enough! I wasn't going to make this a political post but I saw that regal eagle and my blood started to boil. 

Although I think what started my blood boiling early on this beautiful Sunday morning was the telephone ringing. I would think that the majority of people would realize that not everyone gets up at 6:00 on Sunday morning. But there are people out there that don't. We try to sleep in on Sunday morning if possible. We are busy all week and at our age we should be able to without feeling guilty. But....this morning the phone rang. I wear ear plugs to bed so I can let it ring (if) I hear it at all. But my dear husband can't so right now he is out there putting brakes on a woman's car that couldn't wait until tomorrow. So that is why I am writing  on my blog on a Sunday morning. I don't turn the desktop on on week ends because if I do, I will work. I have Photoshop on the desktop and not the laptop. Mainly so I won't work on Sunday.

Enough! Taking a deep breath! 

Our daughter is helping her kids move into their first house this week end. I am so happy for them. They have been renting for years and saving their money and finally found a place that meets all their demands. Our granddaughter has an Early Learning Preschool in her home. It is very popular and she has a waiting list of families that want their children enrolled so the home had to be big enough to have a place for her preschool. I think she is planning on having everything ready for Tuesday's class. Wish we could have helped them but....

Our rhubarb is waist high already. I made some rhubarb sauce last week and will probably make a pie tomorrow. I use my Grandmother's rhubarb chiffon recipe and it is so good. Doesn't have a top crust so that cuts back on some of the work! 

Mozilla is doing something different with their themes. The Featured has gotten totally different and they are using a different way of the Up and Coming. It used to be the designs that were getting the most downloads and I haven't figured out how the system works now and I don't think anyone actually knows. It doesn't make sense really. But if they know how it works that is all that counts I guess. 

It is funny about the themes, though. I will work really hard on a design and be totally thrilled with how it turns out. Most of those are the cabins or animal themes.

Bear Hunt

This is one that I am talking. I was so happy with how the Bear Hunt turned out and have been using it. But the ones I like never get very popular. Apparently I have a totally different idea of what I want on my Firefox.  It is probably because of my 78 year old brain. It hasn't figured out what the young people like. I will continue to make my nature theme, anyway. 

Had my yearly check up this week and guess I am as healthy as a horse. Which is very good. I have to have a bone density scan in the next couple weeks. And will have a cataract removed in June. Will see how that goes before I decide to have the other eye done. Not looking forward to it, though.

Well, I am going to sign this off and call my "mechanic" in for coffee. I am hoping the sun stays out so we can sit out and enjoy the blooming lilacs this afternoon but I see clouds coming in so...probably not.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and the beginning of May.

 

 
 



Monday, April 17, 2017

Busy Easter

Raccoon in Garden

It has been a busy week and a tiring one. 

Our daughter in law was visiting friends in Mexico so could not attend our 60th Anniversary dinner. We missed her but it was a really nice dinner and it is always good when our kids can all be together. We had invited them for dinner but they wouldn't let us pay for it. My husband and I don't go out for dinners much. We do have quick lunches at time in town but that has even gotten fewer.

I do believe spring is actually here. The grass is green again and the lilacs have purple color to the buds now. The cherry trees are white with blooms. I love it. We got to sit out on the deck in the sunshine Sat. afternoon and that was great. 

But Saturday night was a bummer! About 8:30 my husband had an AFib attack. The medicines we have at home wouldn't get his heart back in rhythm so at midnight we left for the ER. The IV meds they gave him didn't work either so they had to do the electrical cardioversion, which resets the heartbeat with shock. And it took two of those this time. This is a very scary thing to go through and the more times they do it, the more times you are apt to go into AFib again. So now we have to get back to the Cardiologist and it is hard to get into their offices because they are so busy. The ER Dr. said to get him in this week but they couldn't get him in to see the Dr. this week so we will see the Nurse Practitioner. She is supposed to be very good so I am hoping....they have to change his meds. He gets very depressed after these things and they take a lot out of him. We got home from the ER at 5:00 AM, fell into bed and slept till 10:00. We had family Easter dinner at a grandson's home at noon. We were both exhausted so weren't a lot of fun! Watched the great grandkids hunt for Easter eggs in the lawn since it was a very beautiful spring day.

We are both still tired but he is out working on a car and a pick up he has in. I am going to insist he stop earlier today, though. I will use the "bitchy wife" voice!

Scary times we are having. All over the world, it sounds like. No one felt like the world was about to explode during the whole 8 years of President Obama. Some called him No Drama Obama. Wouldn't it be nice to have no drama again? When I turn the news on at 8:00 every morning I worry about what has been Twittered. I do not think political policy should be done on Twitter or Facebook or whatever! 

We just finished watching the best series on Netflix. It is called 13 Reasons. Every kid over 10 should be forced to watch it. It is about bullying. Like I said, it was a very well done series and made you feel so badly for some of the kids. I know it is a big topic anymore but it happens far too often. The main character in the series was a new girl in school. I know how that feels. I was the new girl at school quite often with our family moves. Kids don't realize how mean they are and how much it can affect the person they are mean to. Now with cell phones, internet, etc. it is much worse and once it is out there, everyone can see it. So if you have Netflix, I would suggest you watch it. 

I am going to see if I can get my dear husband in now, but I doubt if I have much luck. At lunch he said something about having to mow the lawn!

Have a good week, everyone.

Leopards Sunset


Friday, April 7, 2017

♥ 60 Years ♥

Desert Rainbows

We just had our 60th wedding anniversary this week. Sounds like a long time, huh? Well, it has gone very fast and was a wonderful 60 years. The times have changed so much in that time. We were so young and healthy. With energy and full of life. Now we have gray hair and the energy is not so much anymore. And I worry every night about my very dear husband. His heart doesn't keep up with his body like he wishes. He still works too hard and can't seem to tell someone no when they bring an old dilapidated car in that won't run right. He works too hard and too long of hours. As the daylight gets longer each day, he want to be out working longer. That was the only good thing about winter was that he would come in sooner. Every night after we get in bed, I lean over and tell him I love him. I have done that for many, many years and will continue to do so.

I am still working on themes but not quite as hard as I was. I have enough Easter themes made for several more years. There will probably be files of themes and wallpapers left on my computer after I am long gone. I have to keep busy. You can only do so much cleaning in your house!

Every day the news gets worse it seems like. It would probably be best if we didn't listen to it but I have become such a newsy that I have it on all day and several hours during the evening. The man they call our president launched missiles into Syria last night. Good? Bad? Who knows? I feel for the Syrian people but I sure don't want to get into another war. 

I am afraid this latest news is going to take away from the investigation into our election. Everyone knows there was interference but I guess they have to figure out who knew what when. 

Our granddaughter leaves Gambia for home tomorrow. Will be glad when she is home safe and sound. I guess she has had a wonderful experience and I am anxious to hear all about it. 

It is hard to believe that Easter is next week. My Mom used to always have the big Easter dinner. I remember the last one she had was the year she passed away. She had cooked so many different dishes and had a houseful of people. But you could tell she was tired and said she thought it would be the last year she had the family Easter dinner. And sadly it was. It has been 15 years since she died and I still miss her.

I am going to sign off for this week. We are taking our kids out for dinner this week end and I am looking forward to that.  

I hope you all have a good week end. 

Reflection of Beauty


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!