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.


Saturday, October 14, 2017


Rainy Fall Drive

Can you believe how fast October is going? The weather changed so quickly here in the Pacific Northwest. One day it was nice and hot and the next it was cold and rainy. Cold and rainy is here to stay...I put the clothes pins up today because I don't think I will be hanging laundry out anymore this year.

My 60th class reunion was last Saturday night and it was so great. One of my best friends from high school was there and I hadn't seen her for 30 years. Like I have said before there were only 5 girls in my graduation class and 2 of those have passed away. But I recognized everyone...which is pretty amazing how much we have all changed. 

I am anxious to get Firefox 57 update in...but yet am dreading it. I know things will change and I don't like change! It sounds like a lot of my extensions won't be updated so will have to do work arounds. There are new extensions coming on line everyday, though that will work with 57 so things will work out in the end. Hopefully. It is supposed to be much faster and safer. It sounds like there won't be a footer in the themes anymore, though. Which is fine, I guess. Less work for sure.

I thought I had lost another very sentimental item last week. I told you about the Pocket Angel. I have told you how we took care of my Mother after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Well, my husband made a lot of silver rings during that time. He made one for me out of a silver dollar his Mom had given us and I wear it as a wedding ring and have for years. I think you can actually see it in the Firefox video. He made rings for our daughter and several others out of old silver quarters. It takes hours for him to make them and don't ask me how because I don't really know...it takes a lot of hammering and turning, etc. Anyway, my Mom said she wanted one so he made her one which she wore the last months of her life. After she passed we took the ring off of her little finger and I put it on mine. And I had never taken it off. I know you can see that ring in the video. Anyway...to make this long story shorter...as I was getting ready for the class reunion I noticed the ring wasn't on my little finger..and I panicked. We looked all over the house and the car for it, tore the bed apart but not anywhere.  So I thought and thought about where and what I had done that day. I had noticed the ring was getting a bit loose but didn't think it would fall off. Anyway...I FOUND IT! It was in the rubber glove I use for washing dishes. I am going to have to have it squeezed a bit to make it smaller, though, or I will lose it again.

I went to town to do the shopping this morning by myself. First time in ages that we haven't gone together. But Hubby is hunting with a grandson and great grandson today so it was up to me....I am so spoiled because he has been doing the driving, pushing the cart, loading bags into the car, taking the cart back, and unloading the car when we get home. I am so spoiled.

Well, I am going to get back to work. Have to mop the floors. Have a good week.

Steam Engine

Friday, October 6, 2017

Cold Rainy Friday

Chilly Fall Morning

I was so pleased with how the above theme turned out. It is from a Thomas Kinkaid painting. It takes a lot of time to move and rearrange a painting or photo so it will all work together smooth and flowing on a theme. As you all know I love the cabin and farm paintings I can re-work into a theme.

Our weather totally changed way too quickly. We had super warm days early in the week. Even yesterday was pretty nice but today is a very cold, windy, rainy day. I don't like it! Put the heated mattress pad and flannel sheets on the bed today. Have to keep warm!

My 60th class reunion is tomorrow night and I have to admit I am a bit stressed out. I still haven't decided what to wear and wonder why is it so important that you look really nice for a class reunion! I had ordered an alumni hoodie that I was going to wear. That way I would be comfortable and warm. Well, it hasn't even shipped yet....so that idea is out the window. I may end up and run into Target in the morning to find something. 

I am still trying to find extension replacements for Firefox 57. You might want to check out: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/quantum/
 This will give you an idea of what is to come. It is supposed to be faster and safer. I have noticed that ever so often I get a pop up from Windows 10 telling me that edge is faster. NOT!  

Misty Fall Morning
Well, I am going to sign off now and look through closets again. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Grief for Las Vegas vicitms and families!

I just want to post my grief for the families and loved ones of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. Country music is my very favorite genre so everyone at the concert must have been country music fans. I hope this horrible action will not make our country even more divided than it is right now. But I am sure it will. So much sadness and grief.

My thoughts and prayers!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Summers End

October Mount Baker

I made the previewed theme from a photo I took of Mount Baker. Hope everyone likes it. 

It is almost time to turn over another page on the calendar. We have had quite a year, haven't we? The past few weeks news hasn't been very promising for 2018. Families torn apart by politics, hurricanes, earthquakes and a big chance of an impending war. 

Have you ever had a friend that was very close and all of a sudden they aren't anymore? It is a very hard thing to go through. They don't come around nor call. Years and years of love and friendship...gone...poof. It is very hard to understand and it hurts. 

The past week we have had beautiful weather and looks like it will be 80 degrees. Now that is my kind of fall weather. I was able to hang laundry out this week.

I have spent a lot of time looking for Firefox extensions to replace some of the Legacy ones that will not work after the November 14th update of Firefox to 57. Most of the developers seem to be making replacements so if you are worried about your extensions you can go to: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/?sort=created and check for any extensions that you want to continue to work. One of the first extensions I used was InformEnter and I love it. Saves so much time. I tried several new ones that are out and they just didn't work like InformEnter so I contacted the developer and he is working on an update. So I am totally happy about that. These developers work hard to keep their extensions updated so I am suggesting if you have one or two you really find indispensable, some have a place on the extension page you can contribute a bit to help them out. When InformEnter is updated in November, I am going to do just that. Also if you want to check out exactly what is going on in the update of Firefox 57, you can follow a blog at: https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2017/02/16/the-road-to-firefox-57-compatibility-milestones/
I just hope the update will not be difficult so that some users just give up on Firefox and switch to another browser that is just not as good, safe or fast, such as Edge, Chrome, Safari, etc.

Some of my favorite extensions are Translate Now, AdBlocker Ultimate 2.28, and Checker Plus for G Mail. I will post other soon. You can also go to the Open Menu in the far right corner of the header and click on Add Ons, and check for any updates for the extensions you have. I have been doing that twice a day and sometimes there are updates both times! So the developers are hard at work.

Think I will check on the laundry and get back to submitting a few Halloween themes. 

Reaper & Ravens

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Half Over!

Wolf Timber

I can not believe that September is half over. We will start seeing Christmas advertisements soon. I am so not ready for fall. I can't get enough summer.

What horrible things have been happening in Texas, Florida and the other southern states. I feel so badly for everyone that lost loved ones and homes. Plus the devastation to nature itself.

I really don't have anything new to write about, but felt like I should stop in and at least let you all know I am still around. I have been working on themes and submitting quite a few. The one I am highlighting today is the Wolf Timber theme. I was very happy with how it turned out. 

I have been checking everyday on the latest extensions that are being posted. I still can't find my favorites. One of our grandsons just got his college degree this spring in computer programming so I may have to break down and ask him to start making Grandma some extensions!  I heard from one developer that he isn't going to make a new Color Picker extension, so I will have to use the one in Firefox Tools. I don't like it as well, but....when Firefox 57 comes out the one I am using won't work. And that will be in November.

My 60the Class Reunion is next month and I haven't got a clue on what to wear. I wonder why it is so important to look really good at a class reunion! I can remember one of my best friends lost a lot of weight for her 10th reunion. But started gaining it all back as soon as the reunion was over. We don't go out to fancy dinners, etc. much so I don't have very many dress up clothes. I have lots of jeans, sweatshirts and flannel shirts but that won't cut it for the reunion! I hate clothes shopping. They are too expensive and I can never decide what I want. So I may just find something in my closet that is totally outdated and wear that. It will be so nice to see some of the "kids" I graduated with, though. There was only 5 girls in my class and I know 2 have passed away. Quite a few of the boys have also. So will be sad to find out if anymore are gone.

We got our flu shots on Monday, so that is done but we both have to get a different pneumonia shot so will do that this Sat. 

I thought I was over the cluster headaches because I hadn't had one for quite awhile but Monday night I got a bad one so didn't get any sleep at all. I hope and pray they don't start coming back on me. I don't know what causes them...I kind of thought stress had something to do with it when they started several years ago. But I really don't know. 

My husband is trying to get things ready for winter, so he is quite busy. We do have to buy some presto logs since we didn't get to go out and get any wood this summer.

Going to sign off for now and start getting something ready for dinner.

Hope you all have a great week end and I hope the Seahawk's will play better this coming Sunday. Was so disappointed on their last game.

The best to all you. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dawn of September

Sun Moon

We were blessed with wonderful weather again. We haven't had rain in a very long time. And the forest fires and brush fires are burning up acres of trees and grasses. We had gotten the smoke from Canadian forest fires for almost two weeks and now we are getting the smoke from Oregon fires and eastern Washington. The breeze is off the ocean today so should be blowing it to the east for a few days anyway.

We had such a fun week end. We rode down to Olympia with our daughter to visit her kids.  They had bought their first home. I couldn't believe how this house was made for their uses like someone designed it for them. Our granddaughter has a very successful preschool and she has rooms for that. Our grandson makes music with his computer & a bunch of other things...don't ask me how because that is beyond me. But he has his own room for that with soundproofing on the walls, etc. Then our grandson-in-law has a big shop with a room above the shop where he has a music room. He plays guitars and has a studio set up there. Really very, very cool. 

The first day we went to a wine tasting before we started pickling. Our granddaughter bought 70# of cucumbers so we could make dill pickles using my Grandmother's recipe that my Mom and I had used. It was so funny because the winery took a photo of the 3 of us with our wine and I texted it to one of our sons. He texted back and asked if were were pickling or getting pickled! It took us the rest of the day to get them all canned. But it was so much fun. This is our second year of pickling together and are hoping we can make it a family thing. I have to admit when we finally went to bed late that night my knees burnt so bad from the Fibromyalgia that I had a hard time sleeping. And on the way home I had charlie horses and the burning in my legs most of the way home. So that was the not so fun part. But such a good time that the pain will be forgotten!

I spent most of yesterday trying to find extension add-ons for Firefox that will work when the 57 version comes out. So many of my favorites won't work. I found a few that will work but have a long way to go. Luckily the developers have a few months to update their program. 

What is happening in Texas and the other states that are affected by Harvey is so sad. I can't imagine losing everything they own like so many have. Some even losing family members. My heart goes out to them.

I wish you all a great Labor Day weekend. Years ago we would be loading up the camper and dirt bikes and heading for Cle Elum to ride the trails and coal piles. Sitting around a big campfire with family and extended family members telling stories about the trails we rode that day. Oh, getting old is so much fun!

Autumn Morning Seenity


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Feels like Fall!

Watermill Theme

Wow, but it is beginning to feel like fall in the evenings. We sit outside and read for a bit after dinner and we have both noticed the feeling of fall in the air. We have had some really great summer days, though. 

Did you get to see the eclipse? Our daughter & granddaughter drove down to Salem, OR to watch it and I guess it was totally awesome from what they have said. We didn't have the glasses or anything so we didn't "watch" it, but could sure feel it as it got cooler and grayer out. We didn't have the total eclipse here but most of it. I can't believe the hype for it. 

My husband took the 4 wheeler to the back pasture and picked blackberries so I made a pie. They are a little seedy but make a really good pie.

I just updated my Firefox to 55 and got quite a surprise. Most all of my extensions now say Legacy in bright yellow. And that means that those AddOns won't work after November when they update Firefox to 57. So I have been trying to find some that will replace them that will work with 57, BUT there aren't many out there yet. And I don't know if they ever will. I am very disappointed in this. I was reading on their blog and apparently a lot of people and developers are unhappy about it. I don't think there is anything we can do about it except hope that smart developers out there can re-write some of the extensions so we will be able to use Firefox the way we want to. It is kind of funny, in a way because I had just made up my mind to write in my blog about some of them! Guess that won't happen now!

I spent 2 days trying to get rid of an error on my desktop in Windows 10. I did so much research and working on it I started to get frustrated. After working on it all day Monday and half of yesterday I figured it out and got it working all right. I have no idea why it happened but apparently a lot of people have had the same error notice and everyone had a different way of fixing it! Most of them didn't work and I honestly don't know which one finally fixed mine but after the last restart the error notice was gone. So, it seems like all I have done for several days was actual "work" on the computer not have fun making designs. So all is well in MaDonna Land right now. Till  something else goes wrong. With computers there is always something, right?

Fall Light

Well, I really don't know anything new and I am sure you get bored with my "no news" so I will figure out something for dinner. Have a good night.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



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


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


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

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....


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