WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!
Hello there! I hope you are all well! It's a rainy, windy day up and down the coast of Maine. The ice and snow are disappearing fast. Before I looked out the window this morning I had intended to shop today at our store here on the Island even though I need a day out in Ellsworth to get some items in Home Depot. I REALLY need to get out of the house. Maybe next week. My son gives his grandmother every year, for Christmas, a very generous gift card to be used at our Island food store and it buys our groceries for about 3 months or so! So I really can't justify buying our food elsewhere until it is used up. Our store is quite sufficient to fill our needs. However, Mom really likes Wal-Mart's blueberry muffins. I buy a bunch of them and put them in the freezer. She has been out of them for awhile. Last night she said she would love some peanut butter fudge so I will make her some today or tomorrow. There is a reason I never make it! I love it also... I have no self discipline! My friend, Mary, here in the Cove, made me a batch of chocolate fudge for my birthday. So delicious! It was gone in three days.😏
My Christmas present from Roger finally arrived! Here it is:
An Apple iPad Pro with an iPencil, case, screen protector and lens protector. Wow, what a gift! And I love it! So, I will be getting used to it this weekend and hope it's user friendly. My present tablet that I use for most things is an Amazon Fire tablet. I like them but this is the fourth in as many years due to charging port issues. So, I wanted to make a change but thought it wouldn't happen for awhile since I just got my iPhone during the Summer. I think Roger has been feeling sorry for me being so isolated here on the Island. Or maybe he is tired of me complaining about my tablets. When they die I lose a lot of bookmarks, photos, etc. Do any of my readers have an iPad Pro, and, if so, how do you like yours? Any pros or cons? It's a little daunting navigating through the Apple i's!
Focusing On the Little things
I follow a lot of Blogs as I'm sure most of you do also. I try to read most postings on my Blogger Reading List and those I subscribe via email. But, mostly, I am a lurker. From time to time I try to leave comments on every single one of them just to let the blogger know I am there inside their bubble, that I like and appreciate them in my life. It's an added bonus if they respond in kind. However, sometimes I read a tidbit that smashes my brain into gear and I have to ponder it for hours on end.
Do any of you read HOOTIN'ANNIES blog? Recently she had a posting titled "The greatest thing since sliced bread". She included pictures of cans of food with flip or pull tabs on the tops. Yes! I so agree and I, also, am willing to pay extra for them. I can't tell you how much I dislike can openers! Many of you will no doubt roll your eyes when I say they have been a thorn in my side for as long as I can remember. The electric ones just don't behave for me and the hand crank or manual ones are not much better and nowadays are painful to use thanks to arthritis. As they say, it's the little things that can drive you crazy. An advantage to flip tops is that you can save the "flips" (tabs) for donating to charities. My oldest granddaughter collects them for her sorority charities.
I have tried different gadgets and have found Grippers, those round pieces of rubber that help you keep a grip on bottles and jars, to be helpful. But, when struggling with a bottle, I usually slip back into my mother's favorite of beating the edges of the cover with the handle of a table knife to "take the pressure off".
So, I tried to think of other " little" inventions that I really like...remote controls came to mind. I am definitely old school, I know.😏
Do you have any suggestions or wishes or thank you's to manufacturers for improving our daily lives in little ways?
I have a fox I named "Foxy" that visits me and he or she is so cute! I have been wondering how Foxy is since the neighbors, somewhere nearby in the cove, let loose a series of gunshots several nights in a row a few weeks ago. And I haven't seen him or the raccoons since. He came around as a Kit in the Summer of 2019, if I remember correctly, and would hang out under the bird feeders eating black oil sunflower seeds. I have taken various photos from my kitchen window and shared some of them with you. As he grew he stopped coming during the day and would be seen occasionally at dusk. Last night I turned on the outside light before going to bed and there he was coming up on the deck and looking straight at me. I hurried to find a snack for him and threw it out. I didn't turn off the outside light but did turn off the inside light. I made myself as invisible as I could behind the curtains of the door window. A minute later he dashed up, looked up at the window, grabbed the food and ran. I choose to believe that was Foxy! I went to bed and finally had a decent night's rest for a change. One less thing to worry about I guess.😌
The only new pictures I have taken from my kitchen window lately are these...
Not the best due to a grey day. I was surprised to see Mr and Mrs Mallard! I thought they had gone south since I hadn't seen them since returning from Pennsylvania. A nice surprise!💖
What I have accomplished this Week
The week has been a washout! I used my spare time to stay out of the living room where I crochet and where Mom watches TV. A lot of news coverage. I just can't stand to watch it. So hurtful and hateful to see, not only the violence but also the crucifixion of our President. I am much better off staying in my room reading. I may never watch the news again! I read:
The Nantucket Inn, Nantucket Neighbors, and The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley
And I listened to:
The Crowded Grave by Martin Walker
Regular Vlogs and two documentaries:
Cocos Island:the mysterious island in the Pacific
Legend of Atlantis: Drain the Ocean
So there you have it!
Take good care of yourselves,