Saturday, April 29, 2017

It's Melting...

Looking at Bridget, she just melts your heart.
Then, with the camera on her I get this photo!!!

 She has been why the Bose stereo is always unplugged! I thought that it was their rough housing around the cord & that was how it was unplugged!
Oh my... the antics of puppies, you just can't leave them alone!
When Mitchell was two years old, that little left handed toddler, was able to use a screw driver & remove those electrical plates. No rest for the wicked! lol

                                            After scolding her, doesn't she look sorry?

 Baxter & Bridget wrestle together all the time, indoors & now outdoors, on the back lawn.

 These two little buts keep me busy with my poop bags. The other day I didn't clean up from Bridget but the next time out I went over to scoop poop & noticed how unusual it looked. Their poop varies from what ever they have been teething on, pieces of wood or wicker or even ribbon on occasion.
So I pulled my glasses off my head, they're used for a hairband at times when I'm walking, & still the poop looked strange...

 Nestled next to her poop was a frog! It was there staying warm or waiting for flying insects to come.
I'm sure glad I pulled those reading glasses over my eyes or that poor frog would have been scooped up with the poop & the bag tied! Everyday there's always something going on & this one event still makes me laugh out loud. I heard the frogs in our pond, day & night, it's mating season & soon it will be mosquito season & my love of frogs deepen. Isn't he handsome?!!

Some Sewing~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 I was auditioning this wee quilt, when Baxter jumped up & waited for me to sit with him.

 I did sit with him when I sewed the binding on his wee quilt. The pups are use to me hand sewing with them on & around me.

 The binding is now on it & the pups enjoy the extra warmth from the quilt.

 One spare block was left, so I sewed it on point & put a border around it & made me a mug rug to sit next to the chair.
I just loved this fat 1/4, it made me think of the Calgary stampede... Calgary = Mitchell & Nicole. xo

Well remember that snow drift that covered 3/4's of the dining room window?

 This is all that is left & with the afternoon sun of today, it should melt. This is the west side of the window, the center has no snow left!

 This is the east side of the window, see the large mucky puddles , in the backyard?

Sweetness, staring you right in the face... Who chewed the hole in the quilt?!

                                                                       What quilt?
 The quilt that I put on the deacons bench! The one that made it through the Route 66,1990's,  first time drag race, the quilt that I made to show everyone that we were Canadian in the USA!

                                                   Someone has chewed holes through it!
Yes you two do look sorry to have upset me, the baby teet are through & now they too will get loose in the next four months & the gnawing cycle begins again! Oh the memories these two are creating for me. I'm going to applique something on the holes. Oh yes, the Boston Terrier silhouette  patch, I remember my sweet memories of Boris but his was from his nails pulling to snug up his blanket.


 The main body of the quilt is done! The gold on the right will go around it & then the Centennial
 Maple Tartan, will finish it & off to the quilter!

 The New Brunswick covered bridge was fun to do, I added another flag above the large opening.

I do so many walks with the puppies, it has allowed me to see things, from the outside!

 This one lonely ice clump, is all that is left in the Miramichi Bay. I saw boats on the water today, lobster trapping will begin real soon.

 Trying to see the boats with my zoom lens, gave me this evergreen view of the water. I don't know where the boats are. lol I love the look & smell of everything around me right now.

 So many ducks are on the water right now. Everything is returning & sounds of nature is all around!

                   The wee dots on the water are the ducks, the grass is starting to green up too!

 I looked at this Thimbleberries table topper I made back in 2004, where does the time go? And that was the year I joined the London Friendship Quilting Guild, to begin my quilting journey. I did a bit of machine quilting but have so many more ideas & knowledge since then.
I put rows of stitches in the blue center & the red borders have a stencil pattern around them.

 I just love how the Frixon pens work with the stencils & that you can get the same stencil in different sizes. This was the month 2 project to the large BOM quilt called Basket Case & I nearly was by the end of the twelve months of this very large quilt, that was edged with 152 flying geese!

Well this week has been a full one with the wee ones. I noticed the other day how much they are growing & gaining their own independence. Where does the time go?!
It has left with winter! The weather here is 4-6 weeks behind SW ON, which makes for a very long winter. It was a beautiful winter here just the same. The pups will not feel the same way as they will have to take that trek outdoors for their relief. Till then we are all just loving the warmer weather with no snow.

I love the frog serenade, it is the spring song of the frogs! The ice & snow is nearly gone off the pond & the area around the outside has come to life, singing their mating songs of praise.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's Spring Thawing & Puppies Gnawing!

Finally the Miramichi Bay is opening up in front of us. Our backyard has been frozen shut & very winter white. Today it is lovely seeing the water beginning to appear again!

 The water is reflecting the blue sky & fluffy clouds. You can still see the snow & ice on the water but it is now breaking up. Winter is letting go & disappearing!

             I think spring is going to come upon us quickly & soon the trees will be budding!

                                       The season here really are beautiful in its own way.

Now that the large puddles have dried up,  Baxter & Bridget enjoy their runs in the backyard.

            Wow! It is really a sight to see the water again. This winter was a long, icy, cold one.

 The backyard still has the snow drift in it but at least you can look out the window now! The ground has dried up quite a bit, the last couple of days. We even had snow flurries, for a few of them!

 The pups stay up, away from the shore. I was told that someone lost their dog, when it fell threw a crack in the ice & perished. I won't take them to the shore, until I can fully see the shore, after the melting is done.

 They run hard & smell all the new smells of the animals that roam around in the night.

 It's hard to get a good shot of them, they are always on the move or tripping me under foot! lol

                                           This is the best photo I could do with them today.                                                              
 The dirt will be topped with top soil in June & then we can start seeding it for grass. Wow that is going to be a lot of seeding! Mitch, I'm going to miss you this year, Maddy, we're seeding! lol

 The pond is still covered in ice & snow but the drain that was made is working & filling & draining any overflow. The ground is drying quickly. Easter Sunday Both Nick & I fell through the snow & were soaked by the cold water, from that watery ditch!

 The front yard wooded area was worked on by all six of us for two day, it does look neater!

 The little ditch with the water in, has a nice look to it & a bridge going over it, is to be built this year.

                                                 Five more provinces & territories to go!

                                         I finished my ex-large sewing bag! This is the front...
 And this is the back. I used the place-mat, that Lynn made me for Christmas a couple of years ago, for a pocket. It worked beautifully & accented the bag! This huge bag will hold all kinds of sewing & rug hooking supplies now .

I made this hanger from a patterned gift from my girlfriend Liz, She mailed it to me last summer when I was in the cottage. It's from the 2016 Summer blog hop in ON. Thank you Liz! 

Terrorizing Terrors!!

The cats scratching post has been shredded by teething puppies! Bridget is slow at getting her teeth & the front are just cutting through.

The second set should arrive when they're eight months old. They are four months right now & the teething is constant. I have all kinds of toys for them to teeth on but the house seems to be a better option. Grrrrrrr

My beautiful black primitive chair, now has teething marks on the bottom spindles...

                                Oh my, I'm so glad that the dining chairs don't arrive till next month!

Even the corner of my lap top was gently gnawed on by Bridget! She's having quite the teething time.
I was telling Cindy, my insurance broker,  about it last Thursday & she laughed & said, every time we got a new puppy growing up & it teethed on the house, mom would say, "Those a happy memories for later." Bill seemed to like that idea. lol
I'm going to visit the butcher shop tomorrow, to get a nice knuckle bone for her teething.

The house is quite with everyone gone. But this too will pass.
I'm going to try to get that quilt done, so close now & the red & white one from YouTube's,  Sew Easy, is next! Never without a project & those UFO's to be completed too!

Have a great week, wherever you are, spring is coming to us...  so I know it will be great here!

Stay safe & happy!