Friday, October 30, 2015

The night before

Ok, those of you that have been following along for awhile already know this.  The rest of you newbies might be shocked but I'm just going to say it.......I don't like Halloween.    Kids roaming the streets begging for food. 
But the biggest reason is this........
Here is my confession.  I'm almost 50 and scared of clowns.  Not just "don't like them" but actually scared of clowns.  I was telling friends earlier tonight that a few years ago there was a Shriners Convention in town.  I came back to work from lunch, walked into our lobby and it was FULL of clowns.  A whole bus full.  My worst nightmare.  By the time I got to my office, my hands were shaking.   So what happens if a clown comes to my door tomorrow night??  I'm not doing Halloween.  I will pretend I'm not home until it's over.   My blog pal Alice shared a photo with me on Facebook the other day.  Let me tell way in hell will I ever be this needy for a hug!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A new "do"

Abby had her 2nd appointment at the groomers last week. It didn't go as smooth as her first visit.  She wasn't really impressed to get a haircut. She was a very wiggly pup on the table.  This is the shaggy pup before 
You couldn't even see her eyes. Lol.   Terri has so much patience with her
I think it's safe to say I left half my dog on the floor.  I wanted her clipped fairly short so I don't have to fuss much in the next few weeks as she is scheduled for her spay next week.
This was the "stink eye" I was getting once we returned home.  Too funny
But at least now we can see her pretty face.  As a treat (and a plea for forgiveness) I bought her a pretty new coat.  I think red really is her color.
Thanks to follower My3kitties for noticing her hair cut.  I posted it on Facebook but forgot to post it here.  

Sunday, October 25, 2015

When a boy meets a girl

Now that I have your attention, this post does not refer to me.  Little Miss Abby is the hot young babe of this post.  She had a play date today with a cute little boy Sheltie pup named Beckham.
Beck's owners have a fenced in yard so it was perfect.  We were all curious to see how they would interact with each other.  They were perfect little playmates.  Not one bark or growl.  They just chased each other around and around.  
They ran and played hard for close to an hour while the humans chatted.  The best part is when we came home she just dropped and crashed.  She slept for 3 hours while I got some work done.   Awesome!
I like this whole play date concept. We will definitely be visiting Beckham again.   As for me this week has been busy.  I am taking a course for work and had a ton of homework to complete.  I'm too old for that crap. It was painful. I hope to get back to my challenge rug this week. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Trip Part 2 - Abby's Adventure

Since I was out of town Abby had a reservation at the "Duffy Puppy Palace and Spa".  (AKA my friend Sharon's house). While I knew Abby would be extremely well cared for, I was still a little nervous leaving my baby.  And I worried how she would do with the 2 other resident dogs and 2 cats.  Plus I was scared she might destroy my friends house.   But I dropped her off early Tuesday and she immediately was excited to see furry friends.  I can't say the Duffy dogs were as excited. Lol.  When I finally arrived in Halifax I checked for an update and saw this
Napping comfortably in Wayne's arms.  Apparently attempts to woo the other dogs wasn't succeeding so she moved on to the cat.  Here's the little mating dance
And not long after getting this picture I got this one.........
Sleeping with a cat!!  I guess you need to cooperate when there is only one lap and you both want it. 
She did learn one valuable lesson though - when you steal food from others dishes you get diarrhea.  The poor hotel concierge had a poopy bum to clean. 
 To say that Abby was spoiled in those few days would be an understatement. She was pampered like a princess, even sleeping in the bed with them.  And unless they are withholding information, it sounds like she was relatively well behaved.  At least until I arrived....  I was happy to hear she had NO accidents while I was gone. I was shocked but happy.  I was at the house for about 5 minutes chatting and packing up her stuff......and she peed on their carpet!  But we will just chalk that up to being so excited to see me :) I think she misses her furry little playmates but she's making sure I don't get too far out of sight this weekend.
So we both had a great week.  I'm very lucky to have great friends.  

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A tale of 2 trips -part 1

My absence this week is due to a business trip.  All week in the big city of Halifax.  I was looking forward to the conference as well as the drive there.  The trees are getting really pretty and the drive to Halifax should have been absolutely gorgeous.  Instead it was a wicked rain storm with fog. I found this photo on Google to give you an  idea of what I saw instead of beautiful fall leaves.  Pea soup!
I was so happy to arrive safe I rewarded myself once I checked into my hotel room :)
The conference was great and the food was fantastic.
One of my coworkers has been raving about this fru-fru fancy cupcake store she discovered on a previous trip.  So one afternoon we walked there.  Good grief!!  One cupcake was $3.75........
It was a good cupcake but not sure it was worth that much!  I was intrigued by this gorgeous cake in the window.  I'm sure based on the price of the cupcake that this cake cost $5,000. Lol. 
I'm happy to be home but tired out.   Stayed tuned for Part 2 tomorrow - Abby's adventure 

Sunday, October 11, 2015


The Thanksgiving Feast is over.  Since it was just Auntie and I, the leftovers are at a minimum.  We divided up the leftover turkey so I'll have to get creative tomorrow.  Maybe turkey pot pie?   The pumpkin pie I made from scratch (yes, from scratch) was so good.  I'm officially in a post- thanksgiving food coma
Those stretchy sweatpants earned their keep today :).   I did hook this morning on my challenge rug but intstead I think I'll show you the other piece I finished.  Well, finished hooking.  I think it will end up being a pillow once I find the right fabric for the backing.  It seems timely, as this is thanksgiving
I hope you all had a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bless the inventor of elastic

I'm enjoying my long weekend and i'm in some serious training.  It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and I need to prepare for the feast. 
I have my special stretchy pants all washed and ready to go for tomorrow's meal.. I've been prepping my stomach for the extra food.  I baked almond joy cookies
Then a homemade pumpkin pie.  I admit I sneaked a little slice tonight (just to taste).  Tomorrow I'll cover it with foil and no one will be the wiser.  Lol
I found these directions for cooking the turkey tomorrow
Sounds like a plan, don't ya think?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nobody mess with the stash!

Seems like a small problem is developing.  Little Miss Abby has a new WOOL.   Let's make something clear - you never mess with a hookers stash!! It started innocently enough when yesterday she grabbed a piece of wool off the shelf.  Then again last night.  But this morning it was a full blown obsession. Strike one
Strike two
Strike three
Momma is not a happy camper.  This went on at least 9 or 10 times.   So before supper I had to clear off the bottom shelves.  At the rate she is growing the next shelf up won't be safe for long.
Abby gets away with a lot of little tricks here but messing with my wool crosses the line.    

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hooking friends

Last Tuesday I took a few hours off work to do something special.  A long time blogging pal all the way from Ohio was going to be in my town for a bit and wanted to meet.  The lovely Alice Frazier from  A Day in the Life blog. We met at Deanne Fitzpatricks studio 
I was waiting to post this so I didn't steal her thunder but she is taking too dang long to post.  Lol.  We shopped and had lunch at the pub before she had to leave.  I have to say, although this was the first time we have met face to face, it did not feel like I was meeting a stranger.  It was more like seeing an old friend you haven't seen for awhile.
She is truly as lovely as I imagined as is her sweet hubby Sonny who was very patient as we browsed wool and patterns for awhile.  And she left me with one of her pumpkin patterns and some wool
It's so wonderful how blog land can bring people together from different parts of the world.   Now I need to finish this little pillow so I can get on to other projects 
I entered a rug challenge on a Facebook group that is really taking me out of my comfort zone and I want to get that pumpkin mat finished before Christmas.  Lol

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Feathering her nest

Fall has arrived and the temperatures have dropped to where they are supposed to be for October.   So now that it's getting chilly it's time to cozy up the house.  I finally broke down this morning and turned the furnace on for a few minutes.   This morning I looked at Abby's pen and it's in the back of the house with thin old indoor/outdoor carpet. I figured that's probably going to get cold and she needed something warmer underneath.  I went out and bought an inexpensive but soft comforter and put it on the floor.  Added her favourite blankies and another larger dog pillow.
It's not pretty but she spends all day here and I don't want her laying on a cold old floor.  While I'm hooking tonight, she's giving it a test drive.
If you notice, there are 2 dog beds in there yet she's laying on a blanket.  Lol. Oh well, she looks comfy and has lots of stuff to cuddle with while I'm gone.   Since she was all cozied up, I decided to do the same for me and bought a bunch of scented candles.  Cinnamon and warm apple pie scents.  I love candles.  I would like this all the time
Today was all errands and zero house cleaning.  This place looks like a cyclone hit it.  Tomorrow I will get at least one room presentable.  (Unless I hook all day). Lol