Friday, June 27, 2008

Debi's Dog Show Ring

I got a call from WI Debi yesterday who's been training some young dogs for the show ring.  Several novice people were coming over for some handler training classes. She thought it would make it easier for them to understand the ring pattern by 'drawing' it on the grass. Well, let me tell you, her way of 'drawing' the ring pattern was quite unique.  

She took a flat section of her property,  used her tractor mower and 'shaved' the grass! It probably wouldn't have been too bad with the moderate weather we've had but as soon as she did this, the sun came out, it got really hot, muggy and burned the shaved grass and that flat spot was their front lawn. LOL!  Her daughter is out on the 'diagonal' working with one of the younger dogs.  Hopefully it will rain soon enough to grow the grass back before it goes dormant for the year and she has to look at the show ring the rest of the summer.  Great job Deb!!! I'm still laughing. 

We have a lot of friends named Debi so we have nick named them by the state they live in.  WI Debi has a great sense of humor so the ring pattern in the lawn is just one of many things we've laughed at over the years. 

Thursday, June 26, 2008

One Terrified Kitty, Clyde, Twister and Mr. Big

I found this little kitty in the back yard between the fences. He looks to be only about 10 weeks old. I'm sure his mom is the old Ma cat across the road. She's ferrel and so are her kittens. She has several litters a year. She's got to be at least 8 or 9 yrs old. I feed her in the winter, have tried to catch her to get her spayed, but she won't come close enough to humans and is way to smart for traps. This little kitten is really mean and terrified. I'm sure the dogs scared him and I couldn't pry him off the fence. He was spitting, biting and scratching so I just left him there hoping he will leave during the night. 

Clyde is my little Corgi/Chow mix that was a rescue dog. He's feeling much better now that we have worked out the right medications for his back. 

We are waiting for Twister to have her puppies. They are due on the 4th of July. We will be sticking very close to home for the next few weeks. I'll be working on  some UFO's while we wait. 

Many have been asking for pictures of Mr. Big and Marnie. It's hard to get good pictures of either of them because they insist on following very close to me making it hard to get pictures of them. This is one I got of Mr. Big tonight when he was out with Clyde an Twister, his two favorite buddies. 

Ewwwwwwwwww, they're outside eating June bugs!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Scenery

While I was ironing and cutting fabric around noon I got a call from a friend asking why we were under severe thunderstorm warnings. HUH??? I guess I didn't know. Sure enough, turned on the TV, we were under severe thunderstorm warnings with the chance of hail. I guess that would explain the thunder and lightening while the sun was out.  I walked out to the driveway and saw this to the northwest. Pretty as a picture.  To the southwest, I could see dark skies and possible rain coming but it was going to miss me and most likely hit the city where Molly was. We really could use some rain, it's been a couple of weeks and the crops need it. Just a nice all day slow soaking rain would be nice.  Well, the dark sky went over, no rain, it went east of us. Sun is back out, it's a beautiful, cool summer day. 

Thursday, June 12, 2008


I put my Orange Crush together tonight. I got so lost in all that orange, I took off the edge and changed it to a simple bright yellow. I'm going to put a small border of the lime green around the outside of the yellow but not sure what else if anything. I know for sure it won't be any more orange. It doesn't look that bright in the pictures, but boy is it ever blinding in person. The yellow sorta looks like a butter yellow, but it's a bright.  Looks like my Orange Crush has turned into Orange and Lemon /Lime Crush. 

Monday, June 9, 2008


Mr. Big and his Mom are sharing a small spot on the love seat. He's getting a real hair cut tomorrow. He'll look like a real Portuguese Water Dog by tomorrow night. 


I've always wondered how this was done. I had no idea it was so easy to get those little circles by making the bow tie blocks. This still needs another border, which I already have cut but need to find the time to put it on. Maybe if it rains again this week (and we don't loose power again) I will get a chance to finish it. 

 The other is my Lazy Shakespeare In The Park I made with some scrap fabrics. It still needs borders, but I ran out of blue fabric so was lucky to get this much out of it. It was only going to be one block, but that seemed like such a waste, so I finished up the blue.  Those blocks are 24" square. 


I put the borders on my Carolina Crossroads too. It's all set to send off for quilting. 


I've been without a computer for about  a week.  I now have a new Apple laptop.  I'm trying to find my way around without too many headaches.  The keyboard on the laptop is soooo small and flat. It's like typing on a piece of paper with little squares drawn on it for keys. I had to cut my nails because they kept slipping off the keys. There's a lot of other things like finding the photos. I have no idea where they should be I've got them all over. 

While I was waiting for my new computer I worked on some UFO's. This mystery was supposed to be one quilt. However, I didn't pay attention to how I laid out the second set of blocks and guess what.......Yup, I put them together wrong. I didn't realize it till I went to sew the two pieces together.  I now have two smaller quilts instead of one big one. They will work for everyday couch quilts.