Sewing for the Grand-Dogs

Buster Brown
Sophie
Lexi

It was a productive day for dog blankets.  I only had 3 pieces of fleece so it worked out.  I sewed until late then we went to Kelley’s for dinner, came home and fed the dogs and I went back into the sewing room.  Intending to get back in there today, as well.  I have a native Texan garden flag (~100,000 stitches) up next then 3 sofa cushions and a dog bed for Mimi (will insert bed pillow for stuffing; it’ll be washable), etc.

I’ll probably be making a trip to Starbucks and the car wash shortly so sewing will have to wait until the afternoon.

Sunshiny Day

Woke up earlier than normal today though I don’t know why.  I’ve already done some sewing and took Dusty and Zoe for coffee.  In my office now trying to be quiet so my hubby can nap in the living room.  Here are some things I’ve sewn and not posted:

 

A set of silver sheets
Blanket for my great-grandson, Damian
Blanket for my great-granddaughter, Lena
Blanket for my great-granddaughter, Anna
Blanket for my son
Blanket for my daughter-in-law
Blanket for my grandson

 

Blanket for another grandson

I also did another couple of sheet sets that I didn’t photograph and some mending, so it hasn’t been a total loss.  I have some things cut out to embroider and sew but just don’t have the ambition to get them done.  I also finished all the damned laundry except for the folding.  I hate folding clothes so I always leave it for last.  I let R fold his own since I’ve had the eczema on my hands to contend with.  He helps so I can’t complain.  He’s a little under the weather right now so I’m trying not to ask for anything I can’t do myself.

Well, I’m outta here.  Things to do.  See ya!

 

 

Wow! Things Have Changed!!

I couldn’t even get into my own blog today; don’t know what WordPress did with my information but it was all wrong.  Goes with the rest of my day, I guess.

Things have been “interesting” around here lately.  I won’t go into detail but we’re on a downhill slide, it seems.  I’m trying to maintain some semblance of normality but don’t know how long (or if) it will last.  So, in that vein:

The dogs are all healthy and mostly happy.  They’d be happier if I’d load them all in the car daily and go for Starbucks, but I just am not able to manage them all by myself.  I did take Bandit and Zsa Zsa today.  They got to go to the car wash, Starbucks and the post office, so they are in deep slumber at the moment even though we’ve been home for hours.

I haven’t been in the sewing room lately because I’ve just felt like crap.  The allergist has had me on multiple medications that did not agree with my body.  I have been off the prednisone since last Sunday but I still feel bad.  I have managed to get the laundry done and the house mostly clean but it’s been a slow process.  I still have stuff in the dryer that’s been there over 24 hours.  And the hamper continues to fill even though I’ve given it the evil eye on various occasions.  My blood pressure is elevated; my back hurts; my knees hurt; I have a recurring headache; my neck hurts; and I’m exhausted.  Other than that things are going to hell around me.  I always try to be positive in this medium but not possible today.  Sorry.  I’d cry if it would help, but it won’t so I won’t.  Maybe.

Late Night, Maybe

Just took my sleeping pill, not finished with everything I had planned for today but I ran out of time and energy.  Doctor’s appointment early in the morning so I have to give in (not give up!) for tonight.  I got a new Brother embroidery/sewing combo today so got to play with it for a bit.  Love it and have all kinds of neat decorative stitches to sew onto linens, towels, etc.  I’ve wanted this one for over a year to use as a class machine.  My current “class machine” doesn’t do as large a stitch-out as this one will and is posted on Ebay now. I bought a small Singer from Ebay for the decorative stitching it can do.  It’ll replace the current decorative stitch machine.  They’re so cheap I can’t even sell it on Ebay and profit.  It’ll be good for baby gifts, blanket edging, etc.  Love having new toys to play with; I just have to find the time to do all I want.  Things have quieted down around home lately so that should continue to afford me more time in the sewing room.

Sheet and pillowcases I did a couple of days ago.

I’m working on gray sheets right now, then I have a purple set I just purchased.  Cool colors!  I got 2 pillowcases started today but I have another set and the top sheet to do before I take photos.

Dusty and Zoe came through their dentals with flying colors.  Now Zsa Zsa is scheduled for her dental on the 22nd.  We’ll try to do one or two a month until we’re done.  After June we have 3 remaining.  Mimi seems to be feeling better now that we’ve started her on the liver supplement again.  She has her own “bed” in the corner of the living room behind an end table.  That’s where she was going when she was sick, but she was laying on the cold floor shivering.  Now she has a pillow and she uses the space as her private retreat.  She turned 14 in January so I know she’s getting up in age for a dog but we’re going to keep her comfortable and happy as long as we can.  When we got her from the shelter we intended to re-home her, but that was before we found out she was a fear-biter; we could never find anyone willing to take a chance on her, so she’s been here 9 years and will live out her life with us.  She’s happy and loving and doesn’t bite us; she’s also learned that some people can be trusted and she doesn’t bite as often as she once did.  She has made friends with some of our friends and family and welcomes them in every time they visit.  We never thought we’d get to this point, but we knew she was just fearful and if people would be patient with her, in time they would earn her love.

Time to quit writing and get ready for sleep.  Will try to get more pictures posted this week as I play with all my “toys”.  G’night, all.

 

Unexpected Peace

I find myself enjoying a little peace and quiet.  No dog is barking or even snoring and R is gone working on the boat.  Bills are paid; checkbook balanced; supper is eaten; dogs are fed.  Spooky!

Not much on the agenda for the week.  Dusty and Zoe go in for their dental cleanings Friday but until then I have a bit of time to do for myself.  I have some fabric laundered for blankets and just finished embellishing a set of sheets for us.  I’d go take a photo but I have dogs soundly sleeping in my lap, so that’ll have to wait.  I bought some new embroidery designs last night that I’ll soon try out and have some older ones that I have yet to stitch.  For now I think I’ll just enjoy the quiet.  See ya!

Mimi’s Blood Said Medicate

Talked to our vet’s office this morning and one of her liver tests was elevated so we’ll pick up meds and make sure she gets them. Bandit goes in for his dental cleaning tomorrow morning so we’ll pick up meds then too.

Gotta get off here since I’m about to get my hair cut. See ya!

Back now: Got my hair cut and highlighted, picked up my new reading glasses and took my husband out for dinner.  Not a bad day.  Tomorrow we’ve got to get up and hit the floor early so Mr. Bandit can get to the vet on time.  Usually once I get all the dogs’ yearly vaccinations done I start scheduling their dental cleanings; Bandit is this year’s first dental, only 6 more to go.  <groan>  I’ll schedule the two littles tomorrow, then the rest one at a time.  We’ll get there; no problem!  I need to get up earlier tomorrow anyway because I slept in today and got no work done at home.  I still have laundry to start and a list has gone up on the white board.  It’s time to replant some things in the front flower bed, too, so a trip to Lowe’s is in order, as well.  I’m also going to try out my 14″ x 14″ embroidery hoop (finally—I’ve had it since I bought my multi-needle about 3 years ago.  I’ve only just found designs I want to do with it.  That should be fun, but perhaps a tad stressful if it doesn’t work properly.  Some people figure it out the first time; some have had to work at it.  I don’t know which one I’ll be.  Wish me luck!

B-O-R-I-N-G

Today the thunder woke us up.  Of course some of our dogs are averse to bad weather so we got up to hold and comfort them.  R cooked breakfast and then I started in doing some business on the phone and online.  Just finished to find that R is asleep in my chair as are all the dogs.  So, here I sit.  It’s not that I have nothing to do; I have laundry and need to finish cleaning the kitchen.  I also have sewing on tap but just don’t have the drive for it right now.  <sigh>  I don’t often get bored so this is unusual for me.  I normally get busy and forget about it, but I’ve had some family stuff on my mind lately and concentration is not what it was.

Yesterday we took Miss Mimi to the vet.  She turned 14 in January and has had issues with her liver in the past although she’s no longer on medication for it.  The past couple of weeks she’s been more lethargic, more high-strung (yes, at the same time), licks her feet and the furniture a lot, and is simply not herself.  They drew blood and sent it off so we should get the results in a few days.  Part of her issues stem from Khandi taking over the reigns as alpha and taking her daddy’s attention away from her.  Mimi is not happy with the changes.  Now that Zsa Zsa has entered the picture there are 3 girls all wanting R’s undivided attention 24 hours a day…it’s just not going to happen, ladies!  So there are more spats between the three of them but Mimi, being the light-weight of the three, gets the bad end of the stick every time.  She has begun clinging to me again so that has helped her, but it’s not good enough.  Khandi has been here about 18 months and Zsa Zsa 5 months; Mimi has been here for 8 1/2 years.  It’s not fair to her, but they’re both larger and weigh more than her, so she can’t win.  Thankfully no blood has been shed but they sound like death is imminent when they get into it.  Poor Mimi always runs away screaming bloody murder and I always feel so sorry for her plight.  When it thundered while R was cooking I had to move an end table to get Mimi out of the corner.  She was shivering in fright just from the noise but she wouldn’t come to me for anything.  She was better when I picked her up though and snuggled up without shaking anymore.  Right now all 3 big girls are cuddled with R asleep in the dark; I intend to let them sleep.

 

A Sad Day

I came home from Austin yesterday.  The trip was uneventful and I was glad to get home.  The trip up had one major scary feature.  On a two-lane highway over the hill in front of me came an SUV in my lane.  There was a car behind me and 3 cars in the right hand lane, so I couldn’t stop and I couldn’t pull over but the SUV was going to hit me head-on.  I remembered that the authorities had always said not to go over to the left shoulder because when the wrong-way person realized the situation they most likely would over-correct and hit that shoulder causing an accident anyway.  I started breaking but not so fast that the car behind me would rear-end me while I began to enter the lane to my right that was already occupied.  All the surrounding cars were honking and gesturing at me, so I gestured back, pointing ahead of us.  Then they really started honking, but they pulled over so we could all clear the roadway.  I know it only took seconds but it seemed like forever.  As we passed the oncoming SUV he turned sideways crossing both lanes of highway.  When I looked in my rearview mirror after going around him, I saw that he was still sitting there across both lanes.  I can’t imagine what was up with him that would 1. make him go the wrong way on a one-way highway or 2. stop crossways in the road and not move over to either shoulder.  I assumed he was going to make a u-turn but he just pulled sideways across both lanes and stopped.   As I passed over the same rise that he came over when I first saw him, imprinted in my mind was that black SUV sitting still across both lanes of highway.  Weird!  And scary as hell.  Other than that it wasn’t a bad drive and I got there in time to pick my grandson up from school.  Since they’re taking finals this week he was free to leave early, so it worked out.

I unpacked last night after R took me out for Margaritas and dinner; he knew I was stressed and needed some pampering.  I thought I’d feel better after a good night’s sleep in my own bed but then I couldn’t go to sleep at all.  I had a nail appointment this morning so I had to get up or miss it, but I got out of bed and did some work on the computer and finally went to sleep about 4 AM.  Got my nails done then we ran errands most of the day.

When I woke up there was a news flash about another school shooting.  This one was at a high school in a sleepy little town just west of us.  We watched the news all day as it developed. Result was 10 people killed, 15 more injured and one missing.  So sad, and so senseless.  A few years ago in our high school there was a teen with a knife but, fortunately, the school was evacuated without injuries or loss of life.  My grand-daughter happened to be home that day but was pretty shaken up about the possibilities inherent in the situation.  Today’s massacre involved some of my daughter-in-law’s family.  One teen happened to stay home from school and another couple of young ladies were at the school but safe.  It was a traumatic time for everyone present, and for family members who were too far away to reach the site for support and had no idea if their loved ones were safe.  The news coverage has been wonderful for those of us concerned with their safety and a boon to the local news stations.  R said one reporter was doing everything she could not to smile.  They were probably excited that they had actual news to report instead of complaints about the trash pick-up or pot-holes tearing up cars.

We bought more fabric today; I’ve got some in the washer now but I’m pretty much finished for the day.  I try to keep the lint out of my embroidery and serging machines so I wash fleece prior to use.  I’m not totally exhausted but it’s been a long day and I’m emotionally spent.  So I’ll say good night and shut my door.  Per Scarlet: tomorrow’s another day.

On The Road Again

At least I will be in a few hours.  R will be here to run the house and care for the canine children while I’m gone.  My son’s eldest son, Blake, and his mom, Amanda, are back in Denver for his 2 month post-surgical checkup.  So, Dad and Cole are alone once more.  Granny has been there helping out but she has to go back to work the middle of this week so it’s my turn to house-and-child sit.  Not that they need any help.  Cole will turn 13 in 11 days so he’s no baby.  But I’ll get to go visit and spend some time with my “boys” for a few days.

I’ve been doing some sewing of late (finally) and made some blankets.  I have yet to do all the fabric I have hemmed to use for blankets though.  I need to go buy some suitable for the summer time.  Most of the colors I currently have were bought for xmas blankets but then Mom got sick so xmas got canceled.  I was going to go ahead and use it anyway since I have many, many thousands of designs to use, but decided I’d just have to buy xmas colors again later.  So I’ll keep what I have and work on xmas in my spare time while doing other things for other seasons.  I also bought some things to do for my mom for her wheelchair.  I’m going to make zippered cushions so they can be unzipped and thrown in the washer when necessary.  And I’m making two so they can be cycled.  I bought her new silver gray sheets that I trimmed with pink embroidery and the pink and grey pastel bedspread to go with it. I bought her new pillows for the bed and one to lean on in her chair that says Happy Day Mom (or something to that effect–it was bought, not one of mine).  I made her a few blankets for Mother’s Day, two patterned and hemmed and this one embroidered:

 

Then I made this one for R’s family member:

Then, this one for another forgotten lady that Father Time is claiming for his own:

I have plans for more really pretty blankets, too.  I have the designs created but will have to find the right fabric for them.  I’ll get there.  But it’ll have to be after I get home from Austin again.  Buenas noches, mi amigos.  I’m outta here!

 

Another Beautiful Day

R needed to go pick up some trim boards today so he could finish the chimney rebuild.  It seemed like the perfect day to take the two littlest chis for some one-on-one with mom and dad.  So we loaded up the truck and found ourselves on the way to McCoy’s via Starbucks and Kroger gas.  The sky was a lovely shade of light blue, and fluffy white clouds hung there unmoving as if the whole world was on hold for that fleeting moment.  We’re so fortunate to live in Texas and wake to so many beautiful days.  It’s about to turn hot in our southern state so really pretty, pleasant days are cherished.  Soon it’ll be so hot I’ll be cussing the AC bill and trying not to sunburn in the shade.  But, until then, I’ll enjoy the beauty and peace of this late spring day.

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Zoe and Dusty (the littles)

Since it was the “weekend” (when you’re retired, every day is “weekend”), we didn’t have a lot of errands today.  R worked outside and I worked inside on a few chores I’ve not had time to get to recently.  For instance, I cleaned out my closet so I can donate what I’m not wearing anymore.  I’m not really a good person for donating to charity; it’s just that our closet is too small to fit those clothes if they’re not entirely necessary.  Then I opened the packages stacked by the front door.  I order things online that I can find cheaper or are more convenient than shopping around to find locally.  So there was a throw I bought for the new swivel/rocker/recliner, and a new quilted bedspread because the comforter is no longer needed for the warmer days.  Then, there was a box of medical stuff I found on sale.  I have a printer ordered for my mom that is due next week, a water filter for the refrigerator, some supplements, a couple pair of tennis shoes, a sun dress that’s back-ordered to June, etc.

Then I put up the stacks of “stuff” I had parked but never got back to pick up.   Ya know, sometimes I get started on a project and there’s a dog emergency (harsh “words”, a small cry, a big crash) that demands my attention, and whatever I have in my hands gets parked on the nearest flat surface.  In the old days, my OCD would have demanded I return post-haste to pick up the project and put it away, but I find with age comes patience and a little forgetfulness.  So sometimes the project sits for a time gathering dust and losing importance until realization lends me to notice its presence again and industry provides action to put it away.

Next, I turned on the dryer to tumble the last few pieces that somehow never got put away.  The hamper is full again and will demand attention soon for I will run out of pants to wear.  The mail lady is a nice sort but she frowns on me coming to the mailbox in my nightgown.  And the pizza man—–well!!!!!!!!!!