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!!



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!


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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wallpaper Link is fixed1

Wolf Spirit of the Moon

 The wallpaper link is fixed now.

I have been watching the protests against the person that was elected President of the US. I keep wondering where these people were at during election time. I am quite sure half of them didn't even get out and vote.  I am glad and proud they are making themselves heard now. A little late but they are making their voices heard and seen. I saw those cute hot pink knitted hats and I want one. I used to know how to knit and follow a pattern but I doubt if I could anymore. I found some on line but my goodness, they were like $30.

Have you noticed the uptick in theme submissions? One person has learned how to make the easy designs from Photoshop Patterns and is really submitting a lot of themes. This type of design is so easy and quick to make. You just one click and the design is made. I have submitted a few from the Patterns but I kind of feel like I am cheating if I do. But it must be keeping the reviewers busy!

I am still working on themes using the art work of Carol Cavalaris. Her artwork is so beautiful and I love working with it and manipulating it into a theme. It takes a lot of time and work to do this but it is fascinating to me to do so. And of course it always included wild animals and foliage.

Most of my designs really aren't what the majority of young people will like because it is nature oriented. And they seem to like totally different types of themes. Which I can see because it is several generations in difference. 

Speaking of generations! I was talking to someone the other day and mentioned "party lines" Not political party lines but telephone party lines. They didn't know there was such a thing. When I was 10 we moved into our first farmhouse that had a telephone. It was on the wall and you had to use a handle to turn it to get the person you wanted. Two shorts and 1 long, or 1 long and 1 short, etc.! And every farm house on the line could hear the rings. If it was your ring you answered the phone. But I remember a lot of the time a neighbor would listen in to your phone call so all the neighbors knew everything. Now, that was 68 years ago. When my husband and I moved here, 50 years ago, we had  a party line and there was like 10 people on the same line. You could never get the phone because you would pick it up and hear someone talking. If there were teenagers in the household, forget ever getting to use your phone. You had to pay extra to have a "private" line and we didn't have the money so we stuck with the party line until technology caught up and everyone had their own line.

I am gonna get back to work. Gotta figure something out for dinner.

Have a good week!

First Spring Bloom
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/first-spring-bloom/



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Link to my wallpapers is broken!

This is just a quick note to let you all know that the link to my wallpapers is broken right now and should be fixed within 72 hours. If you happen to click on the wallpaper link from the theme page, you will get this big red warning! 
 
Don't worry there isn't anything scary. And the problem will be fixed. But I have to admit when the link came up, it is worrisome. 

I also got a notice from the people that make my blog designs are going to be gone in a few months so I will have to do some research and find another site. It took me a long time to find plumrose lane so  it may be awhile. 

Be back soon!

Lion King

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Womens March

This is a short thank you to all the people that are marching today in protest of Mr. T,  his beliefs & how he has treated women over the years. I am so proud that women are standing up for all women everywhere. I was astonished when I heard that there was marches all over the world. 

We went in to do our shopping this morning and there were people on the side walks and every street corner with signs on their way to the march in our small city. I honestly feel guilty that I wasn't one of them. My heart was.

He and his minions are setting our country back to the 1950's. We should be going forward not backward. Perhaps he wants us to sit in the background and keep our mouths shut. No way. Something is happening today and I just hope the spirit of the marchers stays strong. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Hard weekend

Sisterhood of Lions

Our weather is starting to warm up so it is going to rain! 

This past week end was a bit hard. Friday morning my husband came in from the shop and said his heart was acting up again. He was having an AFib attack. This is the fifth attack he has had in the past 4 years. I gave him his aspirin. He knew he had gotten out one of the pills he is supposed to take when he goes into these attacks but he couldn't remember if he took it or not. He couldn't find it so I was afraid to give him one in case he had taken the first one. When he started having pains in his chest I grabbed my "Go bag", handbag and keys and off we went to the ER. They gave him 3 IV doses of the medicine that hopefully puts his heart back in rhythm. After the 3rd dose it worked but his heart rate stayed very high and they called it something like A Flutter, (which I never heard of). But they couldn't let him leave with that heart rate so they decided to do a cardioversion (shock). That worked but it is a very scary thing to go through. They always want me to leave the room because it is pretty dramatic. They put him to sleep to do it and I always worry that he isn't coming out of it fast enough. But he did and we got to come home. It makes him depressed when he has these. He has always been such a strong, healthy man and he doesn't like being not so healthy. He is back at work today and I don't fight with him about that. He needs to work. I did get him to take it half way easy over the week end. Thank you, football playoff games! 

I mentioned my Go Bag. Well, when we go to the ER I never know how long we will be there so I take a bag with bars, lotion, toothbrush, paste, etc. A couple times we have been there for hours and hours waiting for blood tests, etc. So this bag is my security blanket.

My poor Hawks didn't make it any farther though, so they are done for the year. If it wasn't for all the injuries we would have made it to the Super Bowl. Hopefully next year!

I had to buy a new computer monitor for my PC in October. Last week I noticed the new one flickering a couple times every day and then Fri. night when I went to shut it down for the week end the screen was blank and I couldn't get it to come back on. So I restarted the computer and it wasn't blank when it came back on but I am sure something is wrong or it wouldn't have done that. I reconnected all the cords, etc. I ordered another one (different brand) to keep on hand because I know if it did it once, it is going to do it again. Costco is so good about returning something so I can always return the new one if this one doesn't misbehave again. I won't open the new one if I don't need it. 

Seems like we have had to spend a lot of money lately. Had to get the new TV and my husband had to get a new chair. And we are getting the new mattress. Part of it is here but the mechanical part is delayed in OR because of weather. 

Gonna get back to work. Have a good week. 




Monday, January 9, 2017

Really bad night

Oh, my what a horrible night I had. Anyone that has had Fibromyalgia as long as I have has probably not checked out the symptoms for a long time, either. I had been having more and more problems with sleep, which makes you more tired and makes you hurt more. And then the burning sensations started in. Last night I got absolutely no sleep and it wasn't because my Hawks won their play off game!  I tried sleeping on everything we had you could sleep on and nothing worked. So I look like death warmed over this morning. So this morning I looked at all the symptoms again and....well, that was everything I had, aches, burning, headache, fatigue, sleep deprivation. In the middle of the night I had made up my mind I was going to go to the Dr. but then remembered what I read in the paper about all the flu so I decided I didn't want to go to the Dr. and get sick! I know what the problem is again and will deal with it. I will have to go back on the medication I had been on for many, many years. I didn't want to because it makes your balance, etc. off but since I only took it at night I can handle it. 

We broke down and ordered a new mattress this morning. I couldn't sleep on the harder mattress and my hubby couldn't sleep on the softer one so we had to go with the Sleep Number or twin beds and I am not going to twin beds! We will have our 60th wedding anniversary in April and have always slept together and that ain't changing!

I am so pleased the Seahawks won last night. They have had so many injuries this year it has been tough on the team, the coach and the fans. 

Well, I am gonna go see if I can take a little nap.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cold Dreary Saturday


Another cold dreary day. Could snow this evening but we shall see. Did our shopping this morning. We are looking for a new mattress. Oh, but I hate shopping for a mattress! How on earth can you tell if you like it and can sleep on a mattress by laying on it a few minutes? We tried the Sleep Number and think we like it but not sure. We haven't bought a new mattress in years, just keep buying 3" foam toppers from Costco every couple years for $100. But with age, etc. our backs are hurting all the time so we don't think the foam topper is the way to go anymore. We shall see. The sale ends on the 16th so we have to decide pretty quickly.

I found a new artist's work and have been using some of her work to make themes. The Moon Spirit theme above is one.  

I have been so depressed since the election I don't know what to do. I voted but that didn't seem to do any good. I am so afraid of what can happen in the next 4 years.  I don't want this to be a political blog so won't go into my thoughts any more. But I must say I am worried. I believe any person better be. Their Social Security and Medicare is all at risk. They have paid into it their whole life and their Medicare could end up and be vouchers that may or may not pay the bills. Probably not, if you have looked at any medical costs lately. Especially prescription drug costs. I remember the days when you could advertise liquor and cigarettes on TV but not pharmaceuticals! I actually think liquor and cigarettes would be better advertisements than pills, etc. Have you ever listened to what those pills can do to you? Most of them actually say you could die! Well, it takes a few years of using liquor and cigarettes to kill you. And then there is the possibility of war looming over every country. Twitter is no way to rule a country! That is what seems to be going to happen. If some country angers you, just Twitter and it will go away! Oh, my.....scary world we live in these days. I remember when my kids had to practice getting under their desks at school in case of a bomb! As if that would do any good!

I had the time to write a bit so just thought I better update this although I really don't have anything to say, except I am tired of winter and politics and the high cost of meds!

Have a good week end!