Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Confessions of a bad blogger again (T for Tuesday too)!

 I haven't blogged on here since January I just realised so this could be a loooong post!

 I don't think anyone ever "gets over" watching a loved one get sick and die however one has to make the most of the rest of one's life, or give up and die too! I have two small grand children to love and who visit from time to time, can't be moping round weeping all the time.
So I tried to get myself back paper crafting, I bought a new desk unit with lots of storage and I got Quirky Crafts Challenge blog up and running again with new team members, thought it would get me crafting again and using my new unit. Then in Jan my dad was diagnosed with terminal malignant melanoma (skin cancer), the same cancer that killed my husband. The worst part for me was taking him to appointments at the same hospital department with the same medical staff and hearing the same words.
Dad was looking after Mum as she had spinal surgery a year ago and is still not as mobile as she would like to be, then he collapsed and a few weeks later he died. So you can see why blogging has not been my top priority. The ordeal continues as we deal with various matters, and I have had to help Mum get to the bank and other places, as well as helping Mother in Law who had a number of falls.

I have continued to crochet when I can, and when I asked my nearly 5 year old grandson if he thought his sister would like this rabbit from an Easter Supplement with Simply Crochet magazine he said "can I have one too?".
I was using up some odd balls of King Cole Cottonsoft for the bunnies, Edward bunny was armless on Easter Sunday, but had arms by the end of the day. Kenny left him here so I could dress him, and I had to improvise as no boy bunny outfit was provided in the patterns. I used the duck's wellies, made the bloomers into shorts with no scalloped edging and used the bodice of the dress then lengthened it and widened it to fit the bunny shape. I just love the little crocheted tails which poke out of the bloomers/shorts!

Girl bunny was renamed Esme, originally Esmeralda which is a mouthful for an 18 month old!
I had started this top before the bunnies, it was a Two Brother's Blanket crochet along and I have done much more but it isn't finished. I stopped to do bunnys and missed the CAL deadline.

To start the top I stopped the Simply Crochet blanket CAL, better get back and finish it as the next mag must have the joining instructions and I am way behind!

This was a freebie notebook with a heart to crochet with Simply Crochet.

This was a Chinese mug and infuser I bought in an auction to help Cyprus doggies, the infuser and lid arrived in one piece. I was offered a replacement but I declined and said let the dogs have the money.

I was really pleased to find this mug on Amazon, I have used very big bone china mugs for a long time - just for me, everyone else uses normal sized ones when they visit! This mug holds 600ml, which is a pint or more, and is nicer quality than the other one I have that I couldn't find anywhere. There are many designs, this dog one is missing Schnauzers in any form, it has dogs inside and all around, info on dogs but that isn't the main reason I bought it. It was the cheapest one at around £15 (the fact I am a dog lover helps). It is full of fruit tea here and so it is perfect for T on Tuesday at Elizabeth and Bleubeard's place.

I made a toddler poncho from some patterns I sort of won, but had to pay for. I didn't realise I would have to pay or I might not have entered the draw. I felt I should go ahead once I realised, and I got 200 patterns for £11.99 but they are all babies and toddler patterns so limited use.

Poncho is huge, well the neck is, here modelled by a nearly 5 year old!

Luna has been here over 4 months now, hard to believe and she has come on so much. Sooty is still scared of her when she plays - she is a bit rough, and he is nearly 13 years old - but I am seeing signs of progress. He likes to get in his den under my computer desk when I am in here, and Luna joined him a few times. If I pushed back my chair to look or snap a photo he shot out of there like a rocket! He wouldn't try and push past her and he wasn't staying there with her, but this week she has been in there first and he has been jostling to push by and get in besides her! 
She is still wary to scared of some men, she has got used to most traffic and is perfectly house trained. She likes apples but not pears, and sometimes will eat carrot but not often, she would rather have a chunk of banana.

People keep telling me she has grown, I don't know if she has her back is the same length but she has put on nearly 3kg since she got here and the vet assures me she is just right still, so it must have gone somewhere!

She also got a certificate of achievement for staying for two minutes at dog training, they both love going to that each week.

 Walking in the fields, she loves to have a run and boy is she fast! She will come back when she runs off after another dog, but I am always on tenterhooks wondering if she will!

We went to our first ever dog show for both dogs, just a fun one and I had to take them both into the ring. Luna got a rosette for 6th best rescue dog. She was exhausted because we walked there and back again as well.
 I could go on, but this post is over long already!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Almost missed T for Tuesday!

Is it Tuesday???? I thought it was Monday all afternoon, got confused! I am sorry I haven't been round and commented, I really meant to, and the reason I am showing you the photo above is that it is T on Tuesday time at Elizabeth and Bleubeard's place!
This is the view from my bed, I make a flask jug of chamomile and peppermint tea to take up with me, bought the jug for Hubby for when he came home but he never did. The book is one my Mum gave me and I haven't read yet because I am reading 25 novels of John Buchan, which I got for 99p and the first was The 39 Steps, really old and I remember the black and white film vaguely, and not politically correct these days but I am enjoying the stories.

We went to dog training class last Thursday and Luna did quite well for her first time, we are in the intermediate or teenagers group lol. We have homework we are practising each day but Luna seems to be getting bored of it. She sits, stays but gets up before I tell her, that wasn't the homework, it was to walk to heel weaving round a row of chairs - I can put two out in the room I have! Poor Sooty is still not happy getting near her in case she hurts him. He waits upstairs until she is safely down before he comes down, and he doesn't ask to go out in the night 2 or 3 times any longer, he is crossing his legs! He should be able to last the night out now, unlike me!
Luna changed her mad 5 minutes from dashing round the house or garden to dashing at Sooty to try and play but she is so rough. Sooty was seriously threatening her which didn't stop her and I found puncture wounds on her head later. Not sure if Sooty also got bitten, it is hard to see under his hair.
Now when she starts he comes to the door to be let in. If he squeaks in pain as he has a couple of times she stops and looks very concerned about him.

I've googled advice on jealous dogs (she is jealous of Sooty and tries to push in if anyone makes any fuss of him and not her, even snapping at him sometimes), and advice on calming her down when we get visitors, and advice on dealing with her fear of men. I have advice coming out of my ears!
She is getting on really well with my youngest son now, but it took a lot of visits and fuss, and she still can startle and growl if he moves suddenly, gets up or moves his arm.
On Saturday I decided to drive to Stourhead and take the dogs for a walk round the lakes. This is only possible during the day from December to end of Feb, so I better make the most of it. After that it goes to after 4pm only. I'm a National Trust member so I don't have to pay a thing, although it is a long drive to get there it is very worth it.
Luna's third coat arrived, this one is long enough in the back but too wide round the strap so I have sent off for some more velcro to make it fit better, but I like the design of the coat and they wash and tumble dry beautifully.

 Going into the grotto.

Over the bridge, I think we walked for nearly two hours, I felt really relaxed afterwards.

 We met lots of people and dogs so the dogs were happy!

I love trees!

On the way back to the car. I took loads more photos too.

I still need eyes in the back of my head with Luna - she's like a hyperactive toddler into everything, this is some of her work. I have had to take a motorbike model in a box from her, my sandal (twice), my jumper yesterday, if she finds clean washing on the stairs she will play with it or chew it, so I have to put everything away and be tidy now! She stole some chicken from the kitchen counter when I stopped to take a phone call. She broke my favourite Shaun the Sheep - I told her no lots of times but when I was out of the room....

I crocheted this Jennika hat to match my scarf last week. It needs some buttons that I don't yet have to match the scarf.
It's made in King Cole Fashion Aran in green with orange flecks.

Funny phone of me with the hat on, I wore it Saturday and it felt like it was going to ping off the whole time, so now I have a hat that is too big and this one possibly too small. The band is fine it is the body of the hat that is tighter.

Luna meeting cows, she looks for them each time we walk by the fields now.

I'm trying to get them to be friends and playmates, Sooty is there under protest. He was happy sitting on the other side of the settee, I made a fuss of him and Luna came to stand on him and push in, so I tried to make a fuss of them both at the same time. Eventually he sneaked away to his bed.crochet

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

T on Tuesday with Loony Luna

Homemade mushroom 🍄 soup from a Slimming World recipe and I'm showing you this because it's T on Tuesday at Elizabeth and Bleubeard's place once more. I'm still trying to get through all the organic veg I over-ordered before Christmas.

Here's Luna relaxing in her new jumper. She's now chewed the buttons off one side so it needs a rethink.

Just look at that sweet innocent face. Butter wouldn't melt....... but Lovely cuddly Luna has issues and is quite naughty, in a toddler kind of way, too!

Walking on a very frosty day round the fields where the mud was frozen. Jumper was only missing one button at this point.

Luna can jump high, she loves it on the pond filter and she can clear the waterfall in either direction - even while racing up and down at 100 miles per hour! She can also vault the stair gate and I'm sure she's trying to work out if she can clear the heightened fence to go explore the school field behind!

Luna trying for the circus by walking across the pond frame. She's also tried walking along the edge and fallen off! She's just discovered the dead reeds and has been bringing them indoors to play with.

Better give Sooty a look in here. Poor Sooty, not only is Luna jealous of any affection Sooty gets (and she will sit on him or push him out the way to get all the attention), but she is very boisterous and frightens him so much that he doesn't want to get up or go up or downstairs for fear of getting hurt. 
The jealousy is a real concern, what if she is jealous of my little granddaughter?
I didn't want to make Sooty's life a misery either so I hope they will become more compatible in the next few weeks.
Training classes begin this week if I can drive after my appointment at the eye clinic and the drops I'm allergic to.

I was told Luna was very quiet and just sat quietly - wrong! She's totally loony at least twice a day!

Luna that's my ironing!
 On my bed together but apart.

It's a dog's life. Luna is scared of men. I found that out last Tuesday and it is a real issue. My youngest son Richard has been visiting daily to get her used to him. She's happy to snuggle up with him for cuddles - until he stands up. Then she starts growling.

Luna jumped up after Sooty was there or he probably wouldn't have joined her unless I was in the middle.
This looks like such a cosy scene, all of us together but Sooty didn't stay long after this and Luna pushes in so she is closest.
Luna's work in progress.

This is the gorgeous figurine that was my Christmas present from my lovely late hubby, along with a very sentimental card signed by him which had me in bits on the day.

This is a wonderful woodcarving that was a Christmas present from my youngest son, it is beautiful.

So what else has Luna done you might ask - well....
she stole a piece of raw chicken when I had to answer the phone,
whenever I am on the desktop computer she is looking for yarn to steal and unravel - she's doing that right now and she just worked out how to open the lid of a plastic box full of wool,
she ate a big hole in her jumper,
she rolled in poo,
she dug up mole hills,
she walked along the edge of the pond frame and fell off,
she raced round and round the house and garden,
she found the dead reeds in the pond and has been bringing them indoors,
she chases cats, even if I am on the end of the lead - ouch!,
she barked the first time on her 4th day,
she barks at every little noise now,
she will play with anything she can get and looks like she will chew it up,
she learnt to sit and stay, well it's a bit flaky but we are working on it and she will be going to training class this week hopefully.

Sooty is so scared of getting hurt by Luna, I thought he was alright walking with her and I've been letting him off the lead and keeping her on the extender but today on the last part of the walk when I crossed the road then let him off he ran so fast and kept running, he wouldn't stop! I was so scared he would cross the busy roads and run home, and there was no way I could catch him but Luna tried which made things worse. I'm too heavy to run very far or fast, not supposed to run at all with my osteoarthritic knees but I am hoping if I lose more weight, a few stones, I will one day be able to run again.

It's been a tough week as my Dad got a diagnosis of terminal melanoma and I've had to relive my experiences with my late hubby as I've been taking Dad to appointments.
I finally got my filling done today after messing up on times the last time, so it was soup for lunch eventually.
I have to either take dad or go to my own appointments every day this week.