Week Four // Somebody Likes My Cooking

This week was a fairly busy one, filled with doctors appointments and travel to Birmingham and back.  I did manage to squeeze in a little time for cooking and cross stitch though.  Cooking is not something I do well.  Since I don’t eat anything, no seriously, vegetables and fruit are not even on the radar, I don’t taste or invest time in what I cook.  Therefore, the best things for me to cook are the things that don’t require a lot of attention, and that come pre-measured in a box.  However, for some reason, I still like to collect recipes.  Here is proof:

Now I just have to consolidate these into my iPad with this handy little App so I can use at least a few of them.  The one individual who doesn’t complain or run screaming from my cooking (except for me) is Ebby.  So, this week I made her a batch of Gourmet Doggie Biscuits.  I used Chicken Noodle flavor baby food because she loves chicken.  The next batch will probably be carrots, her second favorite.

She is more of a picky eater than I am and she actually liked them.  Awesome!

On the crafting front, I put the final stitches in the Gorset (Corset) cross stitch pattern I have been working on last night.  I am just tickled with how it turned out!  It is just so adorable.  Now I have to stretch, block and frame it.

This week will be consumed by school, work and the beginnings of a new pair of socks.  Yesterday, I gave my first pair of hand knit socks to Ebby for a toy as I could no longer stand how itchy they had become.  It is a little difficult watching the dog try to tear apart something you spent at least a month creating.  But, they served a purpose and now they serve another.

Till next week…Fair Winds.

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

One Down // One To Go

This is what it looks like in the evenings at our house these days…

Ebby and me, watching TV

Ebby and me, watching TV

Ebby helped me, in her normal way,  finish the first of this month’s socks tonight. I love the sock and the way the cables turned out, but it was harder than I had expected…Cables are in my future, but as with anything else, practice is sometimes painful…

Detail of the cable pattern on Having Hope Sock #1

Detail of the cable pattern on Having Hope Sock #1

It fits!!

It fits!!

The second sock will be finished at the beach this week.  One week between semesters and we are goin’ to the beach!  Yay!

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....

Safe Arrival // Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Our first stop on this trip was Clemson University, near Anderson, SC.  Clemson has a beautiful campus that is pretty much a mirror image of the Auburn Campus.  We took a walk through the shops on the main drag through town and came away with a new toy for Ebby.  Who knows she may be starting a collection of university mascots in miniature.  This one plays the Clemson fight song when you squeeze it just like her Auburn tiger plays War Eagle.  She doesn’t much care for either song, and will patiently wait for the song to end before tearing into the stuffed toy.

This is where I sit in the truck.

This is where I sit in the truck.

The drive from Clemson to Lynchburg is a pretty one and after arriving safely, yesterday afternoon, we took a quick tour of the city of Lynchburg, VA and the campus of Liberty University.  The roads here are amazingly confusing.  Everywhere you turn there is literally another set of railroad tracks or a river to navigate around.  Getting from point A to point B with any ease will require a little practice and a whole lot of patience.  We were so busy running around today that I only snapped a few photos.  However, I did manage to do the important things, like, locate a Michaels, A.C. Moore, JoAnns, Wal-mart, and even a cross stitch shop, squee!  About an hour from Lynchburg is the Yarn Barn, which will be a must do trip for me once we are settled.

The seminary is on the north side of the campus right next to the law school.  The south side of the campus seems to be all undergraduate studies.  There is an ice rink, a very nice basketball arena, a football stadium (Go Flames) and best of all, recreation wise, there is the new LU Snowflex, a year round outdoor ski area up on Liberty Mountain.

We really like the area and found an apartment complex that will work for us as well.  Now we are headed to Kill Devil Hills, NC for some beach R&R.  Tomorrow night a hotel room with a balcony overlooking the ocean awaits.  Look out east coast, here we come…