Blue Butterfly

Saturday, January 14, 2017

...and so starts another year.

Well, here we go again, another day and another New Year - let's hope it is kinder than the one we have just left behind, so, to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training, here's to 2017.

Do you remember last September I told you about the problem we had with Bob's car and then being ripped off by the garage shop who was supposed to repair it at Voloskie Automotive in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, and of course, financially, they used my credit card for purchases that I knew nothing about.  I gave them the card initially to tow it in to their shop at a cost of $800.00, anyhow, as we discovered $2,500.00 later, we were in a bind yet needed the vehicle back.  Filed a complaint with the credit card company, American Airlines Card and there is an ongoing dispute, however, get this little gem of information, because I gave them my card to pay for the $800.00 cost to tow the vehicle to their shop, according to the card company, I gave them permission to use my card for whatever... .  even though I knew nothing about the other charges that have no receipts, really.

Well, the car engine broke again and it is now back in another shop to have a new transmission installed, we can get a reconditioned one -- the new place that is a nationwide company, has given Bob a written report stating that the work Voloskie's Automotive did was done incorrectly and they also created other damages to parts, so, we are back to being a one car household, for the time being, and this time it is going to be back in the boxing arena to get this taken care of and let's hope for the last time until Bob trades it in for another vehicle.  

I'm working away at my website and really enjoying adding to the many products - it is really good  describing the garments and jewellery, makes the wee grey cells work. Here is a photo of my business card

It shows a display of the Aran Sweaters, Tammy, scarf and gloves.  If you go in to the website you can see all the other products that live up to the name, Luxurious... .  so as the card indicates,  Come browse and experience... . The Wrap of Luxury (r) at 

We had some very severely cold weather these last couple of weeks, and now this past Thursday it was 64 degrees Farenheit and this weekend the cold icy weather is back in again.  It's no wonder everyone is sick - I have been laid-up with a bad chest infection, actually I don't think there is such a thing as a good chest infection.  The meds seem to be working - still not out of the woods, but I am a lot better than through this past week.   Now, for good measure, Bob has decided to get sick - ladies out there, have any of you lived in the same abode as a man with the 'flu???  Makes a root canal feel like a walk in the park.  I keep on telling myself "...this too will pass... ."

Okay my dear Bloganistas, time to scat and add some more information to my Website Blog - hey, did I tell you that I have created a page on Facebook at - give it a whirl and see what you think.  I am trying to get it out and in to as many social media "thingies" as I can 'cause I can't afford the mega bucks to advertise with Google, Yahoo and the other Big Boys.  Time to say good night, toodle pips, cheerio, au revoir ta ra and all that jazz.  Susie says good night and pleasant dreams also... .  Until next time, take care and in times when you think you'd like to run and hide,  maybe you could close your eyes and remember everything good.  Love to all, Elizabeth xox

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Let is snow, Let it snow, somewhere else (perhaps in Florida... .)

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training,  this will be my second time today for getting this Blog posted -- I screwed up the first one, there was an enormous picture of me and my cousin Harry's right eye, smack dab in the middle of everything - I press buttons when I'm not supposed to,  so, let's see how I fair this time... .                      
For those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon Line we are all too familiar with the snow, looks beautiful when you are nice and snug in the house looking out at it, but when you have to get out there and shovel the driveway, it is a pain not only in the back but, well, you know.
Yesterday morning around 6:30a.m. I let my wee dog Susie out and couldn't help but laugh -- she was nowhere to be seen, she's white and so was the snow.  Today I have her red Christmas neckerchief (aka bandana - surprised spell check knew this word and didn't red line it.)  
I took Susie to the Doggy Beauty Parlour last week, she gets her hair done (trim) every 8 weeks, and she came out looking really lovely - I tell Shelley to make sure she comes out still looking scruffy - here's a picture of her sitting in the front seat of my car.  The bow didn't last long, it was off by the time we got home 4 miles away. 
Susie all ready for Santa
This isn't going to be a long blog, got the feeling I've been there done that just a short time ago, however, I do want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and of course, come the 31st of the month, we Scots will be celebrating Hogmanay (New Year's Eve) don't ask me where the word came from, wait, maybe Google can tell me, hold on.  All it said, amongst other things was that it probably came from the Scandinavians (anyone watch the show "Vikings")  those guys --  anyhow, that's how we Scots sing out the Old Year and Ring in the New Year with a glass of whisky, and a dark haired man must cross your  thresh hold, so Bob has to wear a black Babushka (his hair's silver, notice I didn't say grey).  It's a nice tradition and we celebrate it every year.
Anyhow dear family and friends, as I said, time to close out for the auld (old) year and I'll be talking with you all again next year. 
and, for good measure, I saw Rudolph out in the front garden the other night by the bird feeder and managed to snap a picture of him.  Hope you like it.  So, let me wish you, one and all -- "here's tae us, wha's like us, damned few and they're aw dee'd." the translation is "here's to us, who's like us, damned few and they are all dead... ."


Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's that time of the year again... .

Hi to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training.  
With the weather in our neck of the woods cooling off, we are getting some, what I call, lovely mornings like this picture -- I don't know what it is, but I just love misty mornings, must remind me of Scotland.

Since I last spoke with you all last month, I've been busy -- on the 23rd November I had a Cataract removed from my right eye -- such a Drama Queen, I was fit to be tied with worry and no matter how many people told me there was nothing to worry about, I felt, Hey, it's not your Baby Blues that are being gotten at;  anyhoo, glad to say I came through it with flying colours and the nurses at the Heritage Valley Surgery Centre in Moon Township, couldn't have been nicer.  Terrific ladies.  That being said, I was back in again yesterday, 7th December, to have the same done to my left eye, am I the seasoned pro or what!!!  Went for my follow-up visit this morning with the surgeon and he was delighted with his handiwork.
So I am supposed to behave myself for a couple of days and then it's back to life as usual, really.

Got my Christmas tree up 10 days ago, we opted for a small tree this year, only 6' however, I really like it and it took less time to decorate it, sounds like Scrooge, but I wasn't in the mood for the big tree.  Don't know what I am complaining about, it's an artificial one and to tell the truth, it is the middle and top sections of our big tree, so, pleased with it I am. 

Hard to believe we are on the count-down to the end of this year 2016 -- hasn't been the best of times, nor has it been the worst of times, however, I feel good about 2017.  So, to cheer us all up, here's a picture of Susie after she got her spent her day at the Doggie Spa and has her Christmas bow and scarf - in case you are wondering, the bow didn't make it home.   Can't say she looks thrilled - my sister told me to be careful in case Susie decides to do me
 in as pay back.  

So, for the moment, let me say cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir, ta ra and all that jazz.  Until next time.  All the best, Elizabeth, "Liz"  Beth etc., etc., oh, before I forget, have a look at my website at
           who knows, you might see something you just can't live without.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I'm back... .

Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training... .  
The  clocks have been turned back so before we have our first snow fall, I just want to share this terrific picture of Pittsburgh taken from Mount Washington showing the Mon Incline Trolley and the three rivers, the Monongahela and the Allegheny flowing in to the Ohio (I believe it is  called The Confluence at the Point.  Nice looking city, isn't it.

I believe I told you that we rescued a little dog, she's a Parson Russell Terrier Mix (don't know what the mix is)  she is a great wee dog and keeps Bob and me on our toes - I had her to the Vet today for a check-up and Dr. Ted said she is nice and healthy so this is good, although we already felt this to be the case.   As you can see from this picture, she loves to go for rides in the car.
We have named her "Susie" - this is her sitting up on the sofa while I work on the computer.  When she feels I have been ignoring her, i.e., working on the computer, she will let me know it and starts to bark and jump up on my lap.    As you can see, she has settled in and  is quite content, I've even knitted her her own blankie, the colour Purple suits her.
Didn't get too much done in the garden this Summer - as you know, I had my right knee replaced and this really curtailed my movement especially when trying to bend.  Had 4 months of physical therapy and am still doing my exercises need to, to keep the knee supple.  Seems strange to think there is an artificial joint in there, of course, this keeps my two artificial hips company - just call me the Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner in the flesh... .  I feel the knee hasn't been as good as the hips, still feels like I have sprained it - although I know I haven't - go back to see the surgeon in February so we'll see what he has to say.  On the other hand, both hips are great.

Well, I now need to get some work done on my Blog for my website, the Blog is -  I also have a page on Facebook at (looks like you'll have to type these links in as they didn't pop) so I'm going to say goodnight and get a move on for the website.  Why not have a look at it also,       In the meantime, let me say toodle pip, cheerio, au revoir, ta ra and all that jazz.  Until next time, take care and travel safely.  Elizabeth

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Going, Going, Gone and Done it... .

This is going to be a short Blog to let you all know that I have been secretly building my Website and also Blogging about it at

So, let me start out as usual --- Hello to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training,you'll be wondering about the title of this Blog, come to think on it, it can conjure up a myriad of situations, but this is a good one - around 1:45p.m. today, Eastern USA Standard Time I clicked on the button and have now gone live and viral, do they have similar meaning??? let me check -- I hope it's a healthy virus.

I've been working on this online shop these past 9 months and after getting over new hips and a new knee, I am very happy to say, WHEEE, gone and done it - I'm now out there for everyone and their auntie and uncle to see.   There is a pun here in the word "see" since I am having Cataracts removed from both eyes in November. 
My products, sweaters, woollens/woolens -  jewellery/jewelry (depending on what side of The Pond you come from is how you spell it) are all made in the UK and Ireland and are of top-of-the-line quality.

I know you will find that special something, either for yourself or those special people in your life.  You'll even find Guinness T-Shirts and other ones sporting Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh designs.

I have a page telling you all about me and how I got started in "the business"  - e.g., back in 1987 I started a High Street Shop that was named A British Accent (r) and also a Contact Us page where you can type in your email address and become part of my family of patrons -- let me assure you that my Online Shop is a Secure Site so you have no concern about your information being kept confidential.  This way I can keep you updated on the monthly specials with really nice discounted sale prices - and for your convenience you can pay with all major credit cards, Pay Pal and Apple Pay.
Okay, it"s time for me to say cheerio, ta ra, toodle pips, au revoir and all that jazz... .  
I am happy to extend an invitation for you to  
                          Come browse and experience The Wrap of Luxury (r) 
                                                                  - at -

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fun and Games... .

Hi to all you fabulous Bloganistas and those of you in training -- last Thursday I went to Sewickley for my allergy shots - on the way back I stopped off in Moon Township to say hello to the wonderful physical therapist(s), Carolyn, and her assistants - they were so caring when I was attending their facility after my Hip replacements and more recently my right Knee.
After that I headed towards Carnegie to drop off two computer towers to have the hard drives removed - pulled off the Parkway West and since Noblestown Road is being repaired I had to take Baldwin Road, a really nice country road, anyhoo, as I am coming up to the Stop sign at Fort Pitt Road my car engine went "thump" and stopped.  Fortunately I was able to coast over to the side of the road (more or less) - well, after a case of mild hysteria and yelling at the car, I called my insurance company and they arranged for a tow truck to come -- after sitting around, an hour went bye and this is what arrived  - was I happy to see it and the young fella named J.R.  towed me and the car back home and dropped me off in my driveway - there it sits until the garage can take it in this upcoming Tuesday.   So, that was my fun day in Thursday, oh, the computer towers are still in the back seat and they will be taken care of another day.
We are having lots of fun with our new wee dog "Susie"  she is the epitome of what Terriers are -- she has discovered Toads in the back garden and it is so entertaining just watching her jump about 2 feet up in the air when a Toad pops out of the tall grass - the other night I couldn't find her in the house so I went out in to the back garden and there "Susie" was hiding in the tall leaves of my Iris plants waiting for the pounce - I'm wondering what she would do if she actually caught one.
Well, time to scat and see what mischief I can get up to in adding stuff to my Family Tree in, so, until next time "Susie" and I bid you all adieu, cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir and all that jazz.  By for now Elizabeth, "Liz" etc., etc.

Friday, August 12, 2016

I'm ba-ack... .

Hello to all you Fabulous Bloganistas, I am back with a new wee pal,  This is "Susie" she's an 8 year old Parson Russell Terrier Mix -- we adopted her, or she actually adopted Bob and me, on the 20th of July this year -- since wee Corey leaving to go be with his brother Buddy and all his other pals, the house has been oh so empty;  it is hard getting another pooch, makes you feel as if you are being unfaithful to the one(s) you just lost, but the one good thing is that although the other pooches are no longer with us, in person, the memories they left us with will never fade or go away.

Susie is quite the little madame, she gives Bob a hard time, always growling and barking when he sneaks up on us when we are sitting in our Gal Cave doing what Gals do (...nothing... .) so when Himself sneaks in to the hallway at the end of the house where our Gal Cave is, she's right there barking telling him he needs to announce himself, better still, telling him to bring treats.  I've asked him if he is worried in case she and I are having a wild party, ha, that happens when he is out of town.  Come to think on it, he even snuck (?)  around before she joined us at home -- such are the joys, I'll keep my opinion to myself.

I have been recuperating after the replacement of my right knee, hmmm!!! I had this op on Monday the 8th of February this year -- the physical therapy has been intense, however, I had an excellent therapist, Carolyn at Heritage Valley Rehab Centre and her assistant Monica, two great gals, not to forget Mindy who was the admin assistant - I had in-house therapy 2 times a week for 4 weeks, then I started outside therapy the beginning of March and just finished the end of July.  Don't know if I was supposed to be going for such a long time but the insurance company kept on paying and I kept on going... .  Although my stamina is not yet up to snuff, I am getting around really well and I keep in my mind that it will only get better as time goes by.

We've been having an extremely hot, humid Summer and a lot of rain to boot, however, come the middle of January I'll be wishing for some of the heat - I can hear the Thunder rumbling outside (beats rumbling around inside... .) so maybe there's more rain on the way.

Here's another picture of Susie having a doggy-nap (something like a cat nap) the day after she came home with us - she might be 8 years of age but I don't think anyone has told her, she is like a dog out the traps the way she dashes through the house, but that's okay, we love her and we are enjoying every minute of it.  Okay, time for me to scat and get something done, don't know what but that's okay, so until next time, Susie and I wish you all a safe and happy life - cheerio, toodle pips, au revoir, ta ra and all that jazz love to all,  Elizabeth, "Liz" etc., etc., xox

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