Thursday, October 12, 2017

Turning Three

I don't know how it happened...it went by so fast!
First you were so little, and now you are three! Mistaken by many to be four because you are so tall and such a chatterbox...Royce my little man....you turned three!!
We went on a duffy boat for your birthday, just for about 90 mins (which is all a three year old can do)....and your Mom and Dad later took you to Beni Hana's for dinner (they had coupons from their birthdays)....
What a lucky boy to have such outgoing and fun parents! It's probably why you talk and are starting to read and know all your numbers....

You with your Mom under one of my quilts.....
 And your wonderful Dad....who keeps going even when he'd rather sleep....

And our captain, my Hubby, your wonderful Grampy!!
You had a great day....Love you!!!
Grammy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This Week

This week seems like it was two weeks....
It started off last Monday....our daughter's boyfriend wasn't called to work by the union, so he helped us solve a problem.
We have an outdoor fan, rated for wet, but not waterproof...and last year with all the rain, it got water in it and almost killed it. Our contractor friend, who put it up, came over and fixed it...but couldn't think of a way to solve the issue of water getting in....
So, the boyfriend thought of a "purple martin birdhouse"....like the one out front that he put together for us...
He came up with a plan to make it fit over the 6x6 post and since it was wide enough, the water will just shed away from the fan housing...
Then, before a storm...we will wrap plastic around the fan itself.....
He sealed every hole and seam and it is lots cuter than what I was coming up with....
Cute right??
But then.....
I had gotten my Hubby a gift for his birthday, which he wasn't totally thrilled with....It is from Redline Steel....I love it....but men don't see things the way women do, when it comes to decor....
And I had a different vision of where it should go....but he didn't like that idea, and to be honest, I may have been right as where I wanted to put it, it would have been too small....
Cute huh?? It does fit nicely in this little spot....
It is called the Tree of Life...which given our circumstances made sense.....
And then....
life with Molly....
Well, it's difficult having a puppy...any puppy...and Molly is really a good girl. She is pretty much housebroken....though she has that issue of excitement to see someone....and tinkles....
And she walk very nicely on the leash...hardly ever pulls....
She loves to get in your lap (which I don't encourage on chairs or couches) so I sit on the stoop outside and she cuddles....
She is not my old Belle...but she is pretty special....
The problem has been how rough she is with old Tucker....he hates her biting...which she still does with everyone....
It has been like two separate households...and she is on a leash inside a great deal so we can control her with him around....
What to do?
Well, I found "Bitter Yuck"...it is a spray designed to put on the dog for wounds etc...or furniture or whatever you don't want the dog to chew....
So, I got some and sprayed it all over Tucker, especially on the areas that she goes for....
Now, can we hear angels sing??? Yup, it worked!
Bliss! Tucker was actually smiling!!
Yes, yes, she is going to be big. She is only 4 months old...and she is half his size...yikes....
And in case you wondered, yes I have oodles of toys...all of which she thinks are hers....
She has three right there!
But all in all, she is just a baby....and loves a belly rub....
Yes, you are right, she has black belly and lots of black on her skin elsewhere...a clear marker that somewhere in her genes she has a strong black lab....we think its cute and know that is where the little "streak" comes from. It also we hope makes for a strong healthy lab....
This weekend Molly got to play with another dog...a  Strononi (sp??) named Audrey...at first she was terrified...then got into it ...Audrey is a good first playmate.....
But the funniest part of the week...well it was yesterday.
Molly couldn't annoy Tucker...and the toys were ...well...boring.....
I was taking decorative can off a miniature rose my daughter gave me and she had a new toy! She played with it ...for an hour straight! What fun she had!!
So, life is busy, even for us retired folk...
I am slowed down on quilting because of the puppy and a few other things, but do manage to get them done, though slowly....
So...I hope you have a great great week!!
Nancy

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Goodbye September

Goodbye September, Hello October!
Yesterday was for the most part a lovely day. The sky was foggy in the morning and the clouds cleared beautifully by 12.
Miss Molly got her 4 month check up and final shots, so now she can soon join a class, go to the beach or other fun activities....
I babysat Royce while his Mom went to another baby shower...and yes on of my quilts went with her....
My other daughter and her boyfriend took Hubby to the HB pier where there was an airshow....
While they were getting their hearing destroyed and getting burned to a crisp, I took Royce to a park...I pushed his old stroller the whole way (now that he is 46 lbs)....


We had a good time....he played and played and then I pushed the stroller home. I took the long way in hopes that he would take a nap, but alas, he did not...His mother wasn't pleased with me at all....Though he is almost 3, he still needs a nap...and he has always been difficult to get down for one. Let's hope that baby #2 will not fight sleep....
Today, is again overcast and chilly so far....Fall has settled in
There were geese that flew over day before yesterday and I've noticed some birds that definitely were traveling through.
Hubby has finally started feeling better....after a horrific UTI that gave him a huge fever and headache. Antibiotics are something we take for granted, but save lives....I am glad to have him around.
Well, time to walk Miss Molly
Nancy

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Sprinkle

Well, yesterday we had a "sprinkle" for my daughter who is having baby #2.
They call it a sprinkle when its for another baby and when it is "toned" down. Well, I don't do things toned down too well....I was so exhausted that I forgot to take pictures outside where the fun was.....
But, I did remember to take a few pictures inside....silly me...


The light inside was a bit bright for you to see....
I got the idea for hot air balloons from Pinterest...
We did the simplest we could do...used the paper lanterns...(Party City had a pack of three for like $5)
Then we used the hook that was on the lantern to hang with and tied ribbon to the buckets we bought (also from Party City) and I found the cute little animals at Vons of all places!
I also used plastic tablecloths (can you believe it?) and paper plates and cups! Plastic forks for the salads we had ...and voila! A Party!
We had a champagne bar for those who wished something extra to drink....we had champagne and cut up peaches and raspberries to add as well as orange juice....
That was all next to the dessert bar filled with cookies and brownies....
We had a final count of 16 which actually was delightful!
And the Mom to be...well she got "loot"....
We did a diaper raffle with two drawings...and gave "movie night" baskets filled with wine, candy and a DVD....
We also did a 1st ABC book...a page for every letter...everyone got to be an artist and draw something to go with the letter...then we gave a prize for the picture that everyone thought the best...another basket!
It was fun...but I am still so tired.
Nancy

Thursday, September 21, 2017

We All Fall Down

So, those you are praying for my Hubby...
Please keep the prayers going...
The cancer they removed was the aggressive variety...which starts a whole new "gig"....
It requires him to have another surgery in the hospital, hopefully simpler...it means they go back in and remove any small tumors that may occur in the next month..and take biopsies....
Then after he has recovered from that...which we pray it is not like this last time....then they will begin immunotherapy.
6 weeks of immunotherapy...
Then years of quarterly checks. Yup the Dr said years!
So please pray for my dear Hubby....
The good news is we did get it early!
So, they have rated it at stage 1....that's good.
And the type of cancer is a concern because it can go outside the bladder....so they will be checking him all the time...poor guy...not a pleasant check....
So, prayers that November 2nd surgery is "simple" and without incident....last time's was more than we could bear....
Prayers that nothing new grows in the next month....
Prayers for continued strength....
Thanks
Nancy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Has Fallen

I don't know about you, but I wasn't quite ready...
It is amazing. We went from summer to Fall in the blink of an eye. We are expecting some light rain for the next three days!
Meanwhile, we are in health care mode.
Hubby had surgery day before yesterday and came home that night.
Remember when they used to keep you overnight?? Yeah, it would have been helpful.
Remember when nurses were sent to check on you and make sure everything was good?? yeah...those days are gone.
I am not trained to be a nurse!
I was great yesterday...patient and good.
Today, I am tired, though I slept a solid 7 hours straight through, I am just bone tired.
I know. I know....he's the one with the catheter...and the bag...but I am the one he depends on.
But I am managing puppy...and elderly dog...running the errands to the pharmacy...doing twice the laundry and normal and making meals to nourish a recuperating patient....

At least, it isn't HOT and Humid...its just humid and overcast.

I hope and pray everyone is well...and safe...
Nancy

Thursday, September 7, 2017

All Is Just a Little Too Quiet

You know when you have children that when it's too quiet, there is something going on...
It's true also with puppies....
Our morning routine, rather my morning routine, is to get up with Molly (our almost 12 week old Labrador pup)at 6 am....she is the alarm clock to a fault.
First Tucker is let out of his house then Molly and the day has begun.
Breakfast then potty and then the play....
Tucker takes off after breakfast to snooze with Dad for a bit....(yes up on the bed)....
Play and play and play with such gusto one gets quite exhausted!
Tucker and Dad join us after most of the growls and yips have stopped only to reignite them....
Poor Tucker.
He has learned though to set boundaries for her and interacts and when he has had enough he gets up on the couch....that will be a safe zone for only a short time more.
After about two hours, it's time for her nap and that is when we get things done.
Slowly, a routine is developing. Molly has learned lots of things, most notably "NO!"
I try not to say it too much, but she is a puppy and they find things you don't even realize
is there.
Just this morning, I let her out to go potty and then she went and lay down. I thought, ok, cool I'll get my cup of coffee. But, like I said, it was too quiet...and I found her up on the shelf under the BBQ, trying to get the grease tray that goes under the BBQ. No other pup in our history has done that!
She is unique and wonderful and exasperating....
Potty training continues and just when you think all is well, she blows it with "mount Molly" or "Molly Lake"....
We've gone through two rugs....one really large rubberized one in the laundry room and another smaller throw by the slider....both died by multiple accidents...and though I tried to clean them it was a no go....so....I bought two small latex backed rugs that go through the wash. I'm sure they won't last forever....but we needed rugs by doors...
As for September, it is our birthday month.
We celebrated my Hubby's birthday with everyone last night at the Winery restaurant in Tustin at the District. Very yummy food and great service.







In addition to birthdays...our Grandson Royce started preschool this week on Tuesday! Where did the time go??
Time flies....
And when it's too quiet....just add a puppy.....
I hope you have a great weekend....
Nancy

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall Has Arrived

While the last four days were stifling hot and humid, I hadn't taken the time to notice the arrival of Fall. It was letting me know in stable ways, but I was preoccupied with other things.....
The Jacuranda tree has started its drop...the little tiny leafets that come off the sticks that make the "leaves" and branches are falling....
The fig tree just up and dropped all its figs at one time....but still not enough to make a jam...just enough for a snack.
The tomatoes...oh my tomatoes...they are so unsightly! They look like some plague has hit them, but its just Fall.
I guess I didn't realize it until I looked out the window and saw the neighbor's orchid tree...where just a week ago there were leaves and a few flowers, today I see bare branches and few odd yellow leaves about to let go....
And tomorrow, my Grandson goes to preschool! wow...where did the time go??
Today is cooler with a chance of rain, so it seems...
What are you doing with your Labor Day??
We plan to have everyone over...and eat...seems that is what we do...eat!



No, that isn't us but it's images on the internet...what people do usually on Labor Day or other times...
Here's wishing you a great week!!
Nancy

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Blessings

As Summer and August slip away today...
And the plane taking my sister and new brother-in-law slips from view.....


I am drinking a cup of coffee....and contemplating how life can just zip by and we don't even realize it until its really gone...
Molly the puppy does better each day...becoming more and more a part of the family...
She follows directions better and better, and is almost all house broken....we still have to be vigilant.
She gets the fact that Tucker would rather not play puppy games...though she brings him toys to see if maybe he might change his mind....


The grumpy old dog is fine if she just wants to lie near by, but play, well that is not going to happen...
But, she is finding other things to get into...
We had to "fence" in my raised beds...she was getting into the peppers and eating them....
She likes to go where she isn't supposed to go...classic puppy...
But, she will be our comic relief as we journey through a new mine field....
Hubby has a mass in his bladder. It was confirmed as a carcinoma. He is having surgery on Sept 11.
According to the Oncologist, it should be "simple" removal and then "wash" his bladder with chemotherapy to avoid new growths....
All the same....it is scary. The unknown is what the pathology will say about follow up care etc...
So, if you are a praying sort...we could use a bit. No cancer is simple....
In the grand scheme...he was having a MRI for his prostate to rule out cancer there.
The MRI found the small mass in the process.
The Dr. said this doesn't usually happen...they usually find it when it is much farther along...so all in all...early is best.
So, blessings to all of you.
Prayers for the Houston and surrounding area people who have been so badly impacted from Hurricane Harvey.....
May tomorrow, September 1, be the start of a great month and year for everyone....
Nancy

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Embroidering Diapers

Now that sounds funny I know, but, our daughter is expecting a new bundle of her own soon. And babies need burp cloths.
The best burp cloths are diapers!
When our grandson was on his way I did burp cloths with appliqu├ęs and such, but this time I just didn't feel "in the mood" to do that.
So, I hooked up the embroidery unit and let the machine do the work!
Then, I remembered that the other machine had some fun designs too....so...I had both of them going!
Yup, that's right, two machines....
The older Brother machine still does delightful embroidery...it just sucks at doing quilting anymore....(I am totally spoiled by the new one)
But, I got 5 diapers done in no time...


Cute huh?? I am still thinking of doing some other embellishment, but we will see...
It's nice to do something other than quilting for a change.
I have a quilt I am working on, a baby quilt, and I monogrammed it, well, almost...something happened and the machine just shut down! An entire square just wiped out...so I have to remove the square and redo it...
I took it out and got a new square which I monogrammed first...now it has to be completely redone....
So, doing embroidery was definitely a nice change....
Hope you have a great day!
Nancy

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Day by Day

Well, it was really crazy to take on a puppy. Tucker our older dog wants nothing much to do with her...and play is out of the question with him. Sad. We thought it would go better....
If he is asleep she can go lie down next to him...if she doesn't bite...
It's really harder than we thought...as it is more than potty training...it's not so smooth....
But on the bright side, we have had her about 10 days now and she has learned so much.
She knows some basics and has asked to go out probably 50% or more, so that's really good. Mostly, we are vigilant.
I am also tired...and old lady needs her "beauty" sleep...so I am not much to look at right now...LOL.
Our neighbors all love her...and we have been holding "court"....so we have support in the neighborhood as we do training...so we can actually leave her at some point....
It is hard...but will I hope be worth it.
Definitely, the last puppy we are having....
I love how she cuddles up at our feet when she wants to take a nap. Or just comes between your legs like a cat for reassurance.
She is super energetic at 6 am....so I am up...
Trying to get a good routine.....



She is really sweet most of the time...there are those times where all that pent up puppy energy gets the best of her. I can't wait to take her for walks. Unfortunately the vet said not until all her shots have  been given at 16 weeks...that another 6 weeks....yikes.....
Nancy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Learning to Juggle....again

Juggling?? Yup but not with balls....with time and new routines.
Yesterday, I actually got in a little sewing while little Miss Molly slept a bit....
I started a new quilt for a boy so in a few days I will show you what I have....
The hard part at this point is getting the two dogs, One 12 yr old and the other an eight week old puppy with sharp little teeth to coexist in the same area and all the while teaching said little pup about "Outside!".
Then, at 2:30 throw in babysitting our grandson, who so wants to play with puppy, but puppy wants to bite.....



Yup, juggling!
Most of the time it was ok...
There were times it became frustrating. Thankfully, our grandson is now well into his "potty training" and that's good....(Molly, not so much)....
I had an activity book that I picked up, most of which was too advanced, but those stickers! Ah, an activity that doesn't require things being knocked over and then all onto the floor around the pup.
Yup, juggling.
Royce was really good about picking things up though...and putting them back in the toy box so Molly wouldn't eat them...
Molly has what we call "crazy dog times"....where she is so wound up she can't make up her mind...
I finally had to put on the little harness and leash the breeder sent her with...just to calm her down.
It helped. Phew!
Little boy running around.
Puppy running around.
Yup juggling.
Are we crazy? Yeah, probably. But if one looks into the future, just a little, it will be wonderful. I just have to keep the vision...keep up the training...keep up the faith that this is all part of the plan.
I get to go thrifting this morning with my friend.
"Dad" will watch the little dog...keeping up the training...but I get to get out!! Phew!!
I really had forgotten how much energy it takes to have a puppy( so one needs to be young and healthy to have kids and puppies)...and nothing, but nothing is sacred to a pup....
I did discover though that lemon rubbed on furniture legs or anything else that gets chewed on makes her stop and the lemon is residual!
So, yay.....
Have a great day!!
Nancy

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Puppydom

I had totally forgotten, after almost 10 years, what puppies are like. They are quite exhausting and I have been sleep deprived....
An 8 week old puppy gets up at least every 2 hours to go potty...and getting a routine down of any sort is difficult. It is having a baby in the house.
Tucker our eldest wonderful dog, has been not exactly thrilled with this little ankle biter. But, as each day goes by, he is better...and much to his chagrin, she is staying.
We finally put a baby gate in the doorway of the laundry room, that helps a lot. She hates being confined, but when it's nap time, she loves it. So do I. It means I can get something done and she is safe.


 Miss Molly got her first set of shots yesterday...an absolute must here in a metropolitan area...She slept most of the time and I was worried that she'd be up all night, but she wasn't! Amazingly, she slept and woke as always, but this time did potty right away and then, much to everyone's relief, she went right back to sleep. I guess she is getting it! Yay!
I needed a separate bed just for her and made a little one from scraps and filled it with batting scraps! She loves it...and much to my joy one of the fabrics had Scotchguard! Good thing with an untrained puppy! She woke and piddle just came out all over her bed....and happily it just rolled off! And I rinsed it and sun dried it and its back to work. Yay!

Happiness is warm puppy...and one who takes naps!
Have a great day...
Nancy

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Puppy In The House

Well, Miss Molly has arrived!!
We have some sleep to catch up on!!
Overall, she is adjusting quite well. After all, she is only 8 weeks old and last night was her first night with us as her new family.
Me, well, I'll get a nap in...my "mommy ears" were listening all night, so I didn't sleep as much as she did!
Here she is playing with our Grandson....after dinner, he didn't want to leave....pretty darn cute!
So, our work is cut out for us. It may have been a silly idea to put a pup in our household...but what a grand adventure...and hopefully eventually Tucker, our 12 year old lab, will adjust to the little ankle biter.....
Nancy

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Bits and Pieces

Much like the quilts I make, life is made up of bits and pieces that go together. Sometimes they are a crazy quilt others it is a precise and wonderful quilt.
But, life is like that....
This is the quilt I finished for our daughter's baby due in November....she is going to hang it on the wall.....

This is part of my harvest this week.
Yesterday, included sweet potatoes and tomatillos...wanna know why I harvested potatoes and tomatillos early????
Well, we have a new addition coming on Weds.....
and well, those sweet potato plants and tomatillo plants are dreadfully poisonous.....
have you guessed yet??
This dog, Tucker, has been dreadfully lonely and sad since Belle died.
Actually all of us have been.
She won't be easy to forget.
But.....
we found a puppy that needs a home....
here is her present family....

So on Weds we will get Miss Molly !!
We've been getting ready to have a puppy!
Yes, we might be a little nuts...a puppy at our age....
but she is very sweet....and will be 9 weeks old when we get her....
Exciting....
Have a good weekend...
Nancy