A Very Busy Spring Break // New Toys // Dogs on Thursday

Spring break is a time to flock to the beach, or head to the mountains to ski, or get away to destinations unknown for many people.  For this, not so ancient grandmother, spring break is a time to enjoy a quiet week at home with no school work, exams, or research papers due.  This year, I had one of the most enjoyable spring breaks ever.  I was able to really focus on my new venture and here are the results of my work thus far this week:

There is a matching Bishop style dress in the works for Ella’s little sister Lauren, and both are to be completed in time for Easter.  Photos of both dresses together when they are finished.

Now on to the new toys.  Since I started this venture, I have, naturally, been looking at pleaters.  My experiences with the local shop (see earlier post) have been less than fulfilling and I, also, want to be able to pleat my own garments on the fly.  Enter a friend from church who’s sister was looking for a buyer for her pleater.  Yipee!!  Look at my new baby:

Oh yes, I thought I was just buying the pleater.  I did not know it was already mounted and everything.  I am just tickled pink, or in this case, orange….LOL

Taking a page from the Obama “How to spend without the appearance of spending” reference manual, I was able to save enough money on the pleater by buying it from my friend, that I bought this:

This little old lady (below) is on her way to the shop for a tune up.  I learned to sew on this machine while doing a project for Girl Scouts and it belonged to my mother until she passed away.  Don’t ask the machine’s age, you will be asking mine…

Finally, last, but certainly not least, Ebby was less than thrilled with the St. Patrick’s Day party favors we brought home from the restaurant last night.  Somehow, the camera made her eyes green…She is such a party animal.

That is about all I have for this week.  Of course, Spring Break is not over till Sunday night, so you never know what kind of trouble I can manage between now and then…Fair Winds,  D

Spoiled Princess // Dogs on Thursdays

Funny thing about friends, they really know your true identity.  Ebby has a friend here in Auburn.  Let’s call here Aunt Lynn.  Anyway, Aunt Lynn was so excited to see that Ebby had brought us back here that she gave her a welcome home present.  As you can clearly see, Aunt Lynn not only knows Ebby’s size, but her inner personality as well.  Thanks Aunt Lynn!

Happy Thursday everyone!  Be sure to love on your pets today if you are lucky enough to have them.  Deborah

Ebby’s Birthday Celebration // One Year And Counting

Ebby’s birthday is on the 9th of October.  So she and I went on an excellent adventure today to celebrate.  We went to Hancock fabrics where we bought her a new yard of fleece for two new blankets.  Of course, what motif would one get for a one year old Chihuahua?  How about this:

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Then we went to PetCo and picked out a new bed, new chew toys and sweaters.  As I write this she is bringing me her favorite toy to throw for her, her brother’s 15 year old, ratty potato man stuffed thing…Oh well, at least she will use the sweaters and the new bed…  Finally, we went to lunch together at one of my favorite places for wings.  We had loads of fun and everyone wanted to take her off my hands….

Hot Wings For Ebby's Birthday, Yum!

Hot Wings For Ebby's Birthday, Yum!

Till next time, Fair Winds

Ebby Learns To Swim // Dogs On Thursday

Last week’s Dogs on Thursday post was not one that was planned.  Although we did expect the outcome eventually, it was not welcome.  Anyway, this week I can post photos of Ebby’s first experience with swimming.  While on our trip last week we were able to visit the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  If you own a dog and want to go to the beach with them, don’t go to Florida, go to North Carolina!  Florida does not welcome dogs!!  Anyway, Ebby was more than welcome on the beaches in Kill Devil Hills, NC and she learned to do a little dog paddle on her own.  Here are some shots of the trip and of her experience.  Enjoy.

I am too little to go out there!

I am too little to go out there!

Let's go swimming!

Let's go swimming!

We are going swimming!  Whee!

We are going swimming! Whee!

Ok, maybe Daddy will take me swimming!

Ok, maybe Daddy will take me swimming!

Here we go...

Here we go...

Look at me, I'm swimming!

Look at me, I'm swimming!

Hey this is lots of fun.  Don't drop me!

Hey this is lots of fun. Don't drop me!

Nobody told me you had to rinse off afterwards....

Nobody told me you had to rinse off afterwards....

Travel Time // Checking Out The Prospects

Summer semester is officially over and we have a week off to get ready for fall semester.  Are we going to sit still and veg? Of course not!  We are off to Virginia, to scope out apartments, and then the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a few days.  Our apartment hunting is for our temporary move to Lynchburg, VA for the winter semester that begins January 1, 2010.  We plan to begin on campus classes in that semester.  Expect posts and photos.  Until then, here is an indication of what Ebby is looking forward to soon…enjoy!

War Eagle!

War Eagle!

Ebby’s Visit to Jacksonville, FL

We made it back from Jacksonville in one piece, rested and ready to get back to school and work.  Ebby had a great time hanging out at the hotel most of the time, since most of Florida’s beaches are not dog friendly.  Scott was able to read while watching the colorful beach characters and I made it to a couple of knit shops and scored a couple of skeins of Mini Mochi yarn for a pair of socks.  The best part of the whole weekend was the dinner we enjoyed at Ruth’s Chris where we celebrated our anniversary.  The menu consisted of seared Ahi Tuna, grilled Mahi Mahi, and yes, there was plenty of melt in your mouth steak!  Of course we had to get a doggie bag or we would never have heard the last of it.  So I will leave you with a few photos of Ebby enjoying her Ruth’s Chris steak.  Enjoy! (she did)

Yum, Yum!  Gimmie, Gimmie!!

Yum, Yum! Gimmie, Gimmie!!

Num, Num, Num!!  Medium Well, Just Like I Like It!

Num, Num, Num!! Medium Well, Just Like I Like It!

Takin A Break

I thought this would be a fitting post for my Dogs on Thursday entry, so…
Time to go!
Apparently, Ebby has decided to take a long weekend and head for Jacksonville, FL. She is exhausted from watching all the chaos of finals week for her parents and needs a break. She will need a driver and some stimulating company, of course, so we have decided to go along for the ride. We are all looking forward to a little R&R and some different scenery. Photos to come…