Friday, January 21, 2011

A bit of drama

Sewing happening here and it's a gift, so I can't show you quite yet!  :-)

Yesterday evening our Charlie created a bit of drama.  I let him up on my shoulder and quick as a wink he pulled out one of my silver stud earrings.  I shook out my clothes, no earring.  I crawled around on the kitchen floor searching, no earring.  Looked in the sink and all over the counters, no earring.  I thought I had startled him fast enough that he couldn't possibly have swallowed it but there was no way to know.  So I worried all night and all day!   But.... just a few minutes ago I spotted the earring on the kitchen floor on the other side of the room.  **happy dance**  Much relief all around!

Lesson learned.  He's too fast for me to take that risk again!

The weather and my health have greatly improved so I'm trying to take at least one dog for a walk each day (much to the disgust of the other two).  I always have my phone in my pocket so I can whip it out when a "Kodak moment" presents itself.  On Wednesday, this was supposed to be a photo of the three geese on the pond but when I uploaded the photos up to my computer I was amazed at the gorgeous color.  I really didn't see it in person.

There was a breeze rippling the surface of the water but it still made a wonderful mirror.  Our house it set back a bit so I hadn't really seen a clear reflection of it before.  So this was another surprising picture.

We have several home improvement projects waiting to be done but we decided that replacing the carpet needed to have priority.  The Tramp would rather have me breathing than not.  :-)  As I've been saying carpet is evil, our plan was to put down laminate or engineered hardwood.  Not necessarily the best solution -- I was imaging myself chasing the dog hair tumbleweeds all over with a dust mop every day.  To say nothing of acres of floor to wet mop.  Dogs are dirty!  And....we've discovered that hard surface floors are above our budget.  WAY above.

So we've selected carpet.  Yes, I know.  The evil stuff.  We're very pleased with our choice however.  Green Smart carpet which is made from 100% recycled P.E.T plastic.  It's also certified CRI Green Label Plus which means it has been identified as carpet with very low VOC emissions.  We also chose the "pet" padding which has a membrane on the top to stop liquids from penetrating the pad.  I insisted on a very low pile, nothing fluffy, and a medium brown.  As far as carpet goes, I think it was the best choice.  Installation will be soon and I'm looking forward to breathing easier.  :-D

Last night Marti Michell was the speaker at our guild meeting.  I particularly liked this vintage quilt she showed us. 

A fun design for charity quilts.

Great colors!


Today was Maisy's turn for a walk.  It was quite chilly but the park was very pretty in the sun.

The geese were hanging about as usual.

Maisy isn't particularly happy about her head collar, but it stops her from pulling so she's going to have to live with it.

Ivy's turn tomorrow.  After a while I'll try two at a time and when they can walk calmly together I'll go for all three.  Otherwise I'm going to have to call Cesar!


Lynn said...

Ouch! Did that hurt? At least you found your earring. Pretty pictures. It's so cold out, I just want to let you know I am done with winter and cold weather. I can't take much more of this. Thanks for sharing the pictures from the guild. Love the quilts.

Lorraine said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of your lake and the quilts! I just got a headcollar for Chelsea...with my neck and shoulder issues and her pulling it was either that or there would be no walks.....she has gotten used to it pretty quickly and our walks are now fun!