Tuesday, September 30, 2008


We've received several awards we have to tell you about. Then I'll have to get mom to put them in the side bar. Considering how long it took her to get them posted, it may be forever before they are in the side bar.
We received this award from Eduardo.

We received this award from Eduardo & Life Inside The Fence.

Lucky and I received this from the fabulous foursome at Life Inside the Fence, too.

We got this from Bajas, and Eduardo. Mom thinks someone else gave it to me as well, but she can't remember right now. That is because she put the second (and FINAL) coat of paint on the ceiling in the sewing room. 2/3 of the ceiling is done. Yippie! Hopefully mom can get the last two pieces of sheet rock up this weekend.

Monday, September 29, 2008

What Do You Do....

What do you do if it is raining out, and there is a hurricane headed for the coast of Maine.

If you're me, you relax.

If you're mom, you put a coat of paint on the ceiling, and a second coat of paint on the walls.

And if you're dad, you drive your family to the beach to see the high waves.

And watch your son run around looking for crabs and whatnot.

He found crabs.

And whatnot.

And the sign saying no pets. A lot of people didn't "read" the sign. Mom and dad did. Bummer.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Mom was miffed that I said she was slacking Friday night. So she wants me to ask you this question. If she's slacking, then how come she got all this insulation up, and the sheet rock under the window.

Replaced the two brown outlets with white, went to class and took PlusOne to cello.

As for me, I'm not going there. I'm working on squooshing the sofa cushions. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


I've been forgiven. Can you tell how relieved I am about that?
PS: Mom did not do any work on the sewing room yesterday. She's slacking off! What am I going to do about her?

Friday, September 26, 2008

In The DogHouse & Questions And Answers

I am in the doghouse. BIG time. With dad! I jumped on the computer desk to get the leftover crackers and knocked his coke over. It spilled on his mouse and part of his keyboard. And the carpet and his chair. Luckily, both the keyboard and the mouse still work. But that didn't save me from being chased around the house by dad. I tried to hide behind mom, but she was no help. Cleaning up the mess and ignoring me. Harrumph!

As you can see from the photo, I am trying to lay low and look real innocent and cute. Do you think it is working?

There is now no more old insulation or old sheet rock on the back porch. It is all gone. ALL GONE! There is only one piece of yukky paneling left. It is behind this bookcase. That wall is an interior wall, so mom does not have to insulate it or sheet rock it. Yeah team!

Mom will be real busy this weekend putting another coat of paint on the wall, painting the ceiling, and re-insulating and re-sheet rocking these last two sections. I am going to try and hide from dad.

Mom had a couple of questions about her lap robes.

1) How much, what size and will mom be doing them for overseas.

Last question first. Yes, of course, mom will ship overseas. Mom has to figure it out, but she is sure Auntie will help, especially as Auntie is a pro at that.

What sizes? Pretty much whatever size you want. Mom, being 5'4" likes to be tucked into her lap robe, so she would make one 5' x 4'. PlusOne likes to be totally covered up to his neck with them. He is 5' tall. Mom would make his bigger.

Colors are pretty much whatever scheme you would like, unless you want mom to just do her own thing. Mom knew Cassie liked pink, so mom planned it around that. These are custom, one of a kind.

Price. Lap robes with quilt batting inside is $10.00/square foot. Quilts, with no batting, is $9.00/ square foot. So a 5' x 4' lap robe would be $200.00 before shipping.

Mom is working on getting a PayPal account and eventually an Etsy Shop.

Hope that covers everything. And hope dad forgives me. Soon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

1) First off, thank you all for your concern about Lucky not sharing, and me looking so pitiful. Soon after that photo, I snuck in and grabbed the treat, as you can see by this photo. So although it pains me to say it, Lucky did share.

2) Mom sold a lap robe. She is all excited, and can't wait to get the sewing room finished so she can get to sewing on it. "Bright and lively rainbow colors" is what was requested. Somehow, I don't think mom will have a problem with that. It is going to be 4' x 5'. Pretty soon you will all see how it is coming.

3) If anyone is interested in mom making them a lap robe, you can email her at "roxythedevildog AT gmail DOT com. Mom figured that with the price of heating oil going up, up and up, that lap robes, (with a warm quilt batting inside) would be one way to stay toasty warm in the winter. It's also a great way to snuggle with your kitty, woofie, spouse or child! Lap robes are 100% cotton, with Quilter's Dream batting, machine washable and dry-able (and not just on cold!)

4) Mom also put up a link to her Devil Dog Designs blog, which is just going to be a showcase for her quilts and lap robes.

5) Mom is looking for some good books on teaching. Does anyone have any suggestions? Mom thinks she might talk to much and feels she needs to be a better communicator.

6) Mom has already told dad what she wants for Christmas. Make a note on your calender everyone, Hades has just frozen over. Mom actually said to dad "I want this!" Instead of "Oh, whatever" or "I don't need anything, don't spend any money on me." Dad was so surprised he told mom to email him her request.

7) Mom tore down all but one sheet of sheet rock on the back porch. She has to take all that insulation down and then re-insulate. Pretty soon she will have all that done, and only the last 2 sheets for the ceiling will need to be done.

8) I got an email a few weeks ago from Mike at Best Bully's. He wanted me to try his dog treats. So I said sure. He doesn't make them in Broccoli (which is a total bummer) but this is what they are described as:

They are a great, all natural choice for your dog. Our bully sticks are inspected and approved by USDA/FDA and national food inspection authorities. And they come from free range, grass fed bulls.

9) When we received them, I didn't even wait for mom to take a picture before I rushed off with the stick. Here I am enjoying it.

10) Lucky enjoyed hers. She had a little trouble with it to start, and she just walked away from it after a while. (I told you she was blonde!) Mom wasn't sure she liked the chewing aspect of it, but the next day, Lucky took it away from me (hey, she didn't want it, so I took it). After that, we took turns with it.
11) Lucky actually GROWLED at me when I tried to take her stick away from her. Can you imagine that? The nerve of her.

12) I didn't move for a couple of hours while I chewed my stick.

13) I liked it so much, I brought it into BED with me (but not under the covers) and chewed on it while mom tried to sleep. Ha Ha Ha. I guess that means we like them. Mom has two left on the counter. I am trying to figure out how to get up there. Leave a chair close to the counter, mom. Leave a chair close to the counter, mom. Leave a chair...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tattle Tale Tuesday

It's all mom's fault.

She was so busy doing this....

That she forgot to post about this....

We Took The Dare and this is how we save the environment. Not only does mom recycle everything she possibly can, but we use the store bags instead of paper or plastic. We have two red, two blue, two green and two lavender.

We get a nickel off our groceries for every bag we use. That adds up when you stop and consider that after one year that would be $20.80. That is a bag of dog food! Or lunch for PlusOne for ten days. Every little bit adds up. Just like every little bit of recycling or working to save the environment adds up.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Painting & Quilts

Here it is with one coat of "Liberty". Auntie says is is a "true blue" and "ultramarine". Whatever, mom loves it.

After painting this, all before noon, mom and Auntie went to the World Quilt Show. Here are a few of mom's favorites.

Mom really loves this one. She feels it makes you think.

It must be the colors that appeal to mom in this one.

This was gorgeous in real life.

Auntie liked this a lot. Mom says it reminds her of Jackson Pollock and she'll pass.

Lucky and I taking a break. Mom is going to bed earlier than usual. She got a headache and was grumpy. Can't imagine why!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Easy Like Sunday Morning - NOT

So, do you think mom is going to take today off, and rest? Or read? NOPE! She's going to paint. Some more! Yesterday all she did was paint white. White, white, white. Okay, it's not really paint, it's primer. And do you think mom put a single coat on? Oh no, not my mom. Gotta do everything really well. Two coats. And two whole gallons of primer for the walls and the ceiling.

And here is mom's ceiling. She is rather proud of it. It is not perfect, and she knows it, but we hope no one is silly enough to tell her that. (Right, Auntie?)

This is the safest place in the house. And that's where I'm staying.

There is a "Quilts From All Over The World" show that mom and Auntie may go to this afternoon. While the paint is drying, you understand. She'll tell you all about it Monday if they go.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Caught - Again

I got caught doing this again.

Wednesday night I knocked the leftover chicken (as in whole, minus 2 legs and a breast) off of the kitchen counter and onto the floor. PlusOne grabbed me before I could feast. Life's not fair.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I've Been Waiting For You

Mom has been waiting for this.

Now it's out!

Betchya mom doesn't start reading it. Because that would mean she has to sit down. Sitting down would mean she can't paint her sewing room like she wants. Anyone want to take that bet? Nope? Didn't think so.

Is this mom or what?