Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I tell you I have always admired what most people call weeds if they had a flower on them. But after Saturday I am looking at them in a whole new way. We had dye made from black walnut, queen anne's lace, jewel weed, sandalwood, yarrow, indigo, and some even made from female beetles (which I can't remember the name, but I was impressed!).
Here are some pics from the day. Let me apologize in advance for the quality as they were taken by cell phone. (Once again I forgot my camera, aaaarrrrrrggghhhhh.)
This was a view from Dave and Patty's front porch.
Dave bringing out some more colors he had made up ahead of time.
Yarn and fibers soaking before dyeing.
Members enjoying lunch and the view during the break.
Yarns drying in the sun.
This is how mine turned out! The white up in the right corner, actually has a slight green tint to it. I think we had too much in the pot and the dye had been absorbed. I am going to re-do this yarn hopefully this week.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sampson on the other hand wavered between wanting up on our laps like the other dogs were doing or flirting with the nice young lady in front of him that thought he was the sweetest boy ever!
Some of these pictures you should really blow up just to understand the level of devotion and enthusiasm this breed and the cause generates. I mean who else would be crazy, I mean devoted, enough to sit outside in a storm complete with thunder and lightening with it raining so hard it was blowing in under the tarps side ways!
In this picture, behind the lattice work fence, were quite a number of bassets for fostering or adoption...
There were quite a few attendees around a hundred bassets complete with owners attended, which was down from last year as there were around 200 then. Still there were attendees from as far away as LA, California and Florida, as well as New York, Ohio, Kentucky, PA, and New Jersey.
The games consisted of the longest biscuit toss and catch, the fastest basset to cross to the finish line in response to the owners' call to come ( I know, quit laughing!), yep this one got a little side tracked...
the cutest basset bum contest, the most original hat contest, and the cutest costume contest.
After this last picture, my batteries died, but I hope you at least caught a glimpse of some of the fun we had even though the weather was not at it's best. I hope maybe some other basset owners might mark it on their calendar to plan to attend next year! It would be neat to meet up with some of you in person, we are definitely planning on going again.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Me and my mom, look at that smile!
It has been at least five years since my mom and step-dad moved south. I never thought that another place would feel like "home" so to speak (even though I am grown and have a place of my own I am sure you all know the feeling I am referring too). But I was wrong.
I think it is just my mom's talent of creating an "at home" feeling no matter what setting she is in. Touches such as...
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Upon arrival, I asked if I could get some pics to put on my blog for our "Dogs on Thursday" post. She was a little shy at first, but she finally gave in graciously ( I did tell her the bruises from the arm twisting would heal! JK ;)!
Here is Sampson already sniffing around trying to see what he can get into. He is pouting a little because I told him to stay out of the trimmings from a previous visitor.
Yesterday we went out at 7:30 her last appointment of the day (she started at 8:00 AM!) was supposed to be there. They were late. No matter, she set about doing the pawdicure for the pups. Shortly after they were finished and we were having a gab fest, her last appointment of the day arrives.
A cute little Pomeranian, which right before the visit had rolled in manure!!! So before Miss Mary could "do whatever you do with a Pomeranian grooming wise" (as her owner put it), she had to bath her to get rid of the smell and the residue (yuck).
Truly, I felt a little annoyed with the lady and sorry for Miss Mary who tried to do the right thing for the pup. This pup weighed maybe a couple of pounds and took well over 2 hours for this whole thing to unfold. As Miss Mary explained, this situation could easily have been avoided with daily grooming and some breeds simply require that dedication.
I really wanted this to be an upbeat happy post. However if something good comes out of it such as educating someone who might read this and be considering a longer hair breed, this might be beneficial. As Miss Mary says "everything happens for a reason"!
Here is a happy picture, this pup is Miss Mary's Standard Poodle, Eddie and is a joy to be around and very friendly. Miss Mary keeps him in a short clip because it is a farm dog with all sorts of things to get into! I am sure he will bring back memories for my Aunt Rose, he certainly reminds me of Andy...
Miss Mary left me with one other clean house hint today: Furminator people! You can find @ Kmart for $30 for those hounds that insist on heavy shedding through the summer! I tried it out while I was there. IT WORKS BIG TIME! It got out that bunny undercoat! I am purchasing one my next pay! And the big test (drum roll please) Sampson loved it!
Go here to check it out!
Happy DOT's all!