Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sewing with Charlie and the Lunatic

Charlie sits on Luna like this all the time.  He has clearly made her his bitch bench.
Sometimes these two dogs make me think I'm raising toddlers again.  As I write this out on the back porch, drinking tea, soaking up some sun, watching blossoms falling lazily from the pear tree, Charlie prances by with a branch from one of the bushes by the pool, proudly waving it around like a banner.  I'm thinking that bush won't make it through the spring.  The Lunatic, fresh from a dip in the pool (never mind that the water is about 45 degrees. I can hardly stand to put my arm in there when cleaning the baskets), shakes her wet self all over my laptop and proceeds to push her big plastic water bowl noisily across the patio (running into my feet several times) trying to turn it right side up.  Note to self, get rid of that bowl.

We are having a birthday party barbecue on Saturday. Tri-tip roast, rosemary potatoes, salad, green beans and garlic bread.  My oven is working /not working, and I'm waiting for a new part to be installed, which won't be until next week, so my husband will be busy at the grill. I bought a huge sheet cake at Costco the size of my kitchen table, and had to take it over to my parents house because it wouldn't fit in my refrigerator.  Several Canadian relatives are flying in, including an Uncle I haven't seen for over 30 years, and his wife and son whom I've never met.  Part of the preparations include tidying the porch and backyard, and I can't believe just how much these dogs have trashed the place this winter.  Thank goodness the puppy stage is almost over.  For a Lab, I think this must go well into their second year.

The baby quilt is almost done, but will have to be hidden away in the cupboard during the party, so my niece doesn't see it.  I also ordered a quilt pattern, Sweet William, that I have been drooling over for some time.  I plan on using some of my hoarded reproduction fabrics for this one.  The bottom half of each block is pieced, and the top half is applique and embroidery, so a bit of everything.  I made a sample block, and will be machine sewing the basket half, even though her instructions call for sewing by hand.  I know how I operate, and I want to get this done before I'm too old to thread a needle, and not let it become one of those half finished projects you find in a bag at the Goodwill.

I love it when the kids go down for their nap.


  1. Lol. Your dog pictures and story made me laugh. Everything was so familiar to me, the proud march with the tree branch especially. Try wrangling five! They are a lot of work, but I wouldn't give up any of them. Hope your birthday BBQ is a hit. Sounds like fun.

  2. Ahhh... the big cleanup for company. I have just about given up on it lately.:) Your dogs totally crack me up, especially that last pic! I am definitely going to be coming back to check in with your Sweet William progress. It's another one of those quilts that I've been in love with but haven't wanted to commit to.

  3. I hate to tell you this, but my Black Lab (3 this month) has only recently lost her puppyness. When we got her, we were told that Labs are puppies twice as long as other breeds!!!! But they are worth every second aren't they!

    1. Oh gosh I better not put in any new plants for another year then!

  4. Dogs! DOGS! They're such wonderful little menaces. Look how much those two love each other. *sniff*

  5. Lol! How cute are they. Can't believe how big that puppy got!


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