Monday, June 12, 2017

Spoiled Cat-ios

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My "Kids" came to build a catio for my two spoiled boys. It's got a good start and I tell ya what...if there's a hurricane, I'm taking shelter in it, because my daughter's boyfriend built it to last, maybe even longer than my house!

Those two windows are in my bedroom. In the last picture, the other window closest to the corner is my bedroom as well. the catio is 8' x 8'. There will be shelves and a cat friendly garden in there. I may even put their cat tree in, or another one more closely related to outdoor trees, so they can practice being cats. There will be a wood floor in it for ease of cleaning, and the piece de resistance: I was given a...ahem...cat house...with a heated floor! I think I will paint the little house the same color as mine and then do all the wood frames white, so it kind of blends in with my house.

Next week I will be having my "grandson" (daughter's boyfriend's son) staying with me. They have business out of state and they don't want to drag him all the way out there to be bored. He's only five (wish me luck), but what could be better for a five year old than to stay at O.G.'s  (O.G. stands for Oh Granny!) farm for four glorious days of chasing dogs and goats and snuggling up at night with O.G. watching kid movies? I'll be the one snoring! I have figured out a few points of entertainment for him, he is an extremely lively five year old. Or should I say he's a typical five year old?

Sewing has happened!
but not much. This is May's block for the Sun, Sand and Sea BOM. I have June's block to prepare and put together. I'm hoping I will be able to get to that before the boy comes, I know I won't be getting much sewing done while he's here!

I did get two boot blocks finished for April's color of the month for the RSC 2017. That month was multicolored fabrics. I had started doing so many blocks for that challenge and I will get caught up, cuz, well, scraps!

My other daughter has been helping me organize the sewing room and that has helped tremendously. I can actually see the surface of my cutting table! It's a miracle I tell ya! I was able to find things! It's amazing. And then in another month or so, I will be moving all this furniture into the front room, removing the carpeting and replacing it with wood. I am also taking out the spiral staircase and replacing it with a normal staircase, and moving all my sewing, crafty, weaving stuff to my loft where there is a ton of natural light. When all that is done, the front room furniture gets moved, rug comes up, etc., etc. Then I do the same with my bedroom. I also want to put tile down in the bathroom. There are those 12" squares in the bathroom now and any water that gets on them soaks underneath and has started curling up the edges.

So that's it in a nutshell for now. When I start all the other projects, I will post pictures. This summer will be fun! What are you all up to this summer?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Here, Not Here

I have been absent. This is a hard post for me and it has taken me a while to write this.

The Tuesday after my daughter left for home, I was putting things back into place (you all know how it is when you have company) and just trying to stay as busy as possible so the quiet of the house wouldn't get to me. I heard a funny noise in the dog yard and looked out the window and thought it was just my German Shepherd being goofy. Then I saw my other daughter's dog look funny and then go running out there. I thought I had better investigate.

I got out there just in time to see my Shepherd hovering over my 13 + year old Jack Russell and biting at her. So I yelled at her I can't repeat the words I yelled. She immediately dropped her and I ran over. My little Tootsie was limp, I thought she was dead. I picked her up and ran in the house with her, kicking at the shepherd as I went by her.

I called my daughter and told her to get over here, I need help. She came and in the meantime Tootsie kind of came around. When my daughter got here, she found a vet close by and we went down there. Since she was in shock and the doctor didn't want to move her too much, because of where her obvious wounds were, she gave her pain meds and a muscle relaxer to make her comfortable through the night. I got NO sleep. I set Tootsie up in a box with soft stuff to cradle her so she wouldn't move too much, but she would yip on and off all night.

We took her back in the morning and left her so the vet could check her over more thoroughly. When she called me later that morning, the news was not great. Basically she could fix everything, but Toots had a chipped vertebrae and it was dislocated, plus some muscle damage and the wounds. The doctor said she would always have problems with her neck and I was thinking as old as Tootsie is and still being the jumpy active little goof ball she is, I could not put her through all the pain of surgery knowing that it all would not get her back to what she was before. I told the vet that we would not be making her suffer.

I called the kids, told them what was going on and my youngest told me to wait until she got over here from Seattle. (Two and a half hours away) She had been with this dog half of her life and needed to say goodbye.

In the meantime, the shepherd has been locked up in her kennel with only the bare necessities. I couldn't even look at her. She has had this penchant for biting other dogs and had sent my daughter's dog to the vet last year. This was her third strike, so Monday, I had the vet euthanize her. I couldn't pass her on to someone else with a clear conscience, nor could I ever take another chance with the other small dogs on my farm, or the neighbors who walk their dogs across the street. She had to go.

So I have lost two of my dogs within a week and I am trying to adjust to life without. It's hard, it's sad. it's maddening. Luckily, I have my Max, who is an absolute clown and Bella who is just a sweet little shy girl. They have been hanging pretty close to me and being a really great support system. Plus, I get calls for all my family  asking how I am doing, letting me know they are here for me and care (a lot!)

I will be back, as soon as I can get myself up to quilting some more. I think that would be good therapy for me.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

New Month, New Things

Since I last blogged here, so many things have happened! A new month, I have marked another year on my calendar of life, my oldest daughter has been to see me and has gone back home. (Boo, sniffle, sniffle)

There was NO sewing at all done the last ten days...another boo sniffle, sniffle, but that was for a perfectly fine reason; my daughter was here. I went completely off my diet. We had a barbeque the day before my birthday and that started the ball rolling. Since my daughter is a foodie of sorts, she and I continued to eat our way through the week.

We did a lot of exploring. Mainly around here, one beach and a lot of stores. I did manage to spend a ton of money at JoAnn's Fabrics, because I had a coupon, so...I had made her the surprise gift of a mermaid afghan. She showed it to everyone on her Facebook page and I got three requests for one! These are all women who have grown up with my kids so I am making them each one in their choice of colors. (Guess what I am doing for the next couple of months!!!)

Today I woke up, made my coffee, and crawled back in bed to watch my favorite program...CBS Sunday Morning. I can't start my Sundays without that. Afterward, I got up and started sorting out the recyclables, and took them out, then took the compostables, then the garbage. Came back in and washed my dishes. Then I went out to feed the outside critters. After I got them fed, I filled up the gas tank on my riding lawn mower, plugged in my favorite music, put on my headphones and mowed about an acre and a half of knee high grass and weeds. The horses can't keep up with the growth and I have to have it at a low height come summer time when it dries out and everyone is doing their fireworks. I'd like to keep my house!

Tomorrow I am going to plant my vegetables finally. I still have seeds to start inside the house. It's been way too wet outside for seeds and still pretty cold, so I think I can start now. I definitely have to get the plants in the ground, they hate their little pots they are in and I have to water them pretty often to keep them alive.

I can now start the processes I planned on for when I got my balloon payment from my house in CA. I am going to get those dentures that snap in! Buy my RV finally! Build an enclosed patio and a catio next to it, put real stairs to my loft instead of the metal spiral staircase. (I can't get up and down that thing very well). I am moving my sewing room up there so I have space and...I am putting wood floors downstairs so I can keep the house cleaner with all the critters that live inside with me. Rugs are a big no-no with these dogs! Also, I am going to start looking at modular homes to put on the other parcel that I own, so I have a good income from renting that out. Plus, both of my trucks need to see the doctor! Ack! Can you say, " the rest of May is full of appointments?"

Sorry this is a picture poor post...I am on a new faster computer and I haven't gotten any pictures on it yet!
Wish me luck! I will be posting some sewing soon. In spite of all the things I am going to be starting on, sewing will be my grounding. Something tangible to hang onto, while all the craziness starts!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This Month...

I know there was an April here somewhere. It flew by. (Yes, I know, it's not over yet, but it might as well be)

Spring sprung. With a vengeance. I hit the ground running April Fool's Day and I haven't stopped yet. I got some crocheting done, a lot of it and very little sewing. The crocheting was for my daughter who will be here Friday morning for a (too) short visit. Some years ago she had mentioned that I should make her a mermaid blanket, not knowing how long they actually take to make. I kind of laughed it off, but then when I was thinking about what to do for her birthday, it occurred to me she wanted the blanket, so made it. Of course, her birthday was two months ago...so I made it for when she comes to visit for my birthday. Plus, I made her a really cute pillow case too.

I also got the block for April done for the Sea, Sun, Sand mystery block a month. It turned out fairly okay. I am no expert at applique. I need lots of practice. Plus the Heat n Bond doesn't want to work too well for me. I have no clue what I am doing wrong there. But I am getting practice in.

I will catch up with my RSC 2017 next month after my daughter has left for home. I know I will need to keep myself really busy, because after she leaves this place is going to be awfully quiet and empty.

So here is what I did do...the colors are all pretty funky...inside pictures on a dark and gloomy day.


Stay tuned...next month is going to be full of stuff!