What Happened to March?

OMG. I realized last week that I never blogged once in March. I don’t even know what happened. And now there’s a whole month to catch up on. Ugh. I had this big goal of blogging a little more often so it the post isn’t just one long ramble of my activities.

So, I am going to whittle it down to just a high-light reel of March.

First of all Mama and Baby (Cammie and Riley) were adopted–together. Oh, it made my heart so happy to see them go with the cutest family ever.

I mean really. I couldn’t have hoped for better. I will also say that these were two of the most beautifully colored cats I have had the pleasure to meet.

If there wasn’t a quilt background this picture of our cats would be monochromatic

After Mama left Puddy came our of hiding. I didn’t realize how hard it was on Puddy to have Mama here. Lily pretty much got over the bossing around and stood up for herself, but Puddy isn’t that kind of cat. Thankfully, it’s back to normal here.

It was my birthday at the beginning of the month of March. I got some flowers from Cody and Maral and the most delicious bundt ordered long distance from Nina, who is my bday twinsie.

Cody and Maral also sent the cats a fish. It moves. And I’d put a little video in here but I’m not sure I want to upgrade 63 dollars to do so. I’ll think about it. In the meantime, Here’s a link to watch some rando cats goofing with said fish.

I took a class from Stitches called Pop Up Pinafore, taught by Sonya Phillip who is the maker of 100 Acts of Sewing. I made this little dress and plan to make a couple more garments.

I have finished it off and added a pocket but I didn’t take a pic of that for some reason. I bought some super cute fabrics from Knit and Bolt and plan to make this in the dress style, and I got a pattern for a tunic. I am taking my craftsy class for my serger right now, and when my downstairs gets back together plan to take the class I bought for working with knits.

Yes, the downstairs is bare and waiting for new floor. The bathroom is getting done…..

The bathroom pictures are actually from a few weeks ago–the vanity, toilet, fixtures and lighting is in. But that’s for the next post. We are having some probs with the design on the vanity so we have a few things to work out. The tile work around the shower is lovely tho, and really makes the room look bigger.

I took a trip to Grand Forks and visited with Blane. I can’t even tell you how much fun that was. I was blissfully alone for almost 6 hours in my car. I had podcasts and a book and Sirius when all else failed.

Blane has a cute apartment, but I suppose he doesn’t think it’s cute. But it was quiet and very functional for him. He lives close to the Red River and we went on some nice walks there.

We drove a couple of hours on Sunday, almost to Canada, to Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area. It was supposed to be a nice day on Sunday but it got cloudy and sort of cool. But it was certainly nice to hike around in the forest. The dogs loved it too.

Be sure to click on images to make bigger if needed.

I’m almost sure I left out the part about the 7.5 inches of snow mid March. You know, right after it all melted and for a week it was gloriously snow free and almost, but not quite warm.

One of us thought it was fun…..

It melted fast though and we had some super warm March weather. But now we are back to April, and, well, you know.

“We’re in Minnesota, so here’s the weather forecast: the rest of April: cold; May: cold; June: cold; July: somehow hot as hell. Back to y’all.”
–Saturday Night Live; cold open (April 10, 2021).

Nailed it.

I think that might cover it for March. There were many dog walks and I’ve been going every Thursday to do Covid vaccines at the NW clinic. That’s kind of fun and different. It’s a good feeling to get those shots in the arms. Maybe someday we can get back to normal. Like not feeling funny when I went out to dinner with some friends and took my mask off. IN A PUBLIC BUILDING. I was freaking out it was so weird. So I hope we can someday get over that.

In the meantime, here’s Elsa. She is slimming down quite nicely after I fattened her up accidently. She loves the sun and the yard and eating twice a day!

We should all be so happy.

February 2021 is cold AF.

I am telling you now, it has been cold for two weeks. Two.Straight.Weeks. Like below zero every day. Which means no running outside, no walking dogs, no short strolls to get away from the house. Nothing. Nada. Now, back in the days before a global pandemic if it got cold I could head to the gym and run or do a work out or whatev to burn off steam. Now? Not so much. I do zoom classes 3-4 mornings a week but it’s not the same as being able to get down to the gym for a run. Gosh, I miss that that most of anything that I’ve had to give up doing in the past year.

This month I have a week off. This week, the week of Feb 15th to be exact. The reason is that this is the week of Stitches West. The highlight of the year. Well, one of them anyway. This year we had plans to stay even LONGER than usual, adding one more day to the mix. This year is also the last year it was to be in Santa Clara. After 6, or is it 7, years of attending we had it all worked out. But sadly, it’s cancelled this year and next year we will be in Sacramento. It’ll be a whole new world to navigate. However, there is much more to offer in Sacramento than in Santa Clara. Like, there was very little in the way of dining or shopping within walking distance of the convention center. So this should be a better venue. It doesn’t matter. It’s Stitches West. With all the knitters.

Last February, 2020, looked like this:

And February 2021 looks like this…..

Yep, it’s all cats, a sad dog, and me. With Dave. Ya don’t need pictures of us to understand this mindset.

I did have a nice beer party with Cathy to kick off my week off tho. We always do that right.

So there was that. But otherwise I have no where to go. I am planning a trip to Grand Forks in March. Just cause I had days off because, again, I was supposed to be traveling to Washington DC for a race. Probably a good thing that I’m not cause I have very little training in for a half. All the races are in the fall which should be ok and for which I should be ready.

Cathy and I were planning to go to Nashville for the Rock n Roll half marathon in April. Didn’t sign up though cause I made that mistake last year and sho’ nuff, it’s cancelled till fall. I’m sure all the races I want to run will be on the same day. The race in San Jose that I’m signed up for in October (the third deferment from the original 2020 DC RnR) is on the same weekend as quilt retreat. I plan nothing in 2021 and already have a conflict on the ONE weekend I make a plan. Ironic.

During this week off I have cleaned out my craft area, gotten rid of bags of old fabric and yarn (still trying to figure out what to do with that stuff) dyed some yarn….

Looks like noodles…but don’t taste

…..finished a table runner and found three finished quilt tops that need to be backed and quilted. I am also sewing together the center of a project started a few years ago and never finished. It’s this one:

Paradise in Blooms, by Judy Niemeyer.

As you can see the center is a circle and there’s more going on outside the circle. I had all that….but not finished and not appliqued and I knew I’d never complete it. So I’m sewing it together. It’s not that pleasant. Just saying. Then When I get the circle done I’ll back it or something. I can already tell that getting it to go together is going to be a painstaking journey.

Otherwise. Nothing new. Cause not going anywhere or seeing anyone. Barely getting outside although it was up to double digits, in the teens, yesterday and we were able to walk the dogs for the first time in 16 days. Waiting to start the remodel. Going back to work next week. La di dah. Watching Netflix, Amazon, and HBO Max. (I started watching Still Game out of sheer desperation and I am loving it-FYI you are welcome for the tip)

So, everyone out there–stay warm, enjoy the rest of Feb. I’ll still be here. All the time. For another month….And even then I won’t go far for long…..

Jack is the best pillow ever.

January-Where’d ya go?

What happened? Time is so weird. It seems like it drags along here in lockdown, and then it’s 2021 and suddenly we are almost in month two. I just don’t get it. How does that happen?

It was wonderful beginning of the year getting a new president and all. I feel like the adults came back home. And the quiet…the quiet. It’s so wonderful not to hear the noise of lies and divisiveness droning on and on non stop.

I got my first covid vaccine and am actually getting the second today, Jan 25th which is when I am writing this but who knows when I will post it!. The first vaccine was fine, no reaction. A little worried about the second tho. I am vaccinating today and will get it towards the end of my shift. Dave got his first vaccine this week through the Minnesota Dept of Health.So–we will be good to go. Will still be taking precautions but will feel a little safer.

We are still hosting Mama and Baby. Baby is growing up fast. I had her to the vet because the foster agency said they would amputate her leg cause it was a birth defect. The vet said it was a contracted tendon and to massage the foot four times a day for 20 minutes. And massage we did. Her little foot has straightened out and she is just walking on the top of it. It’s not all bent backwards anymore. Now if we could just get her weaned. Gosh. I had her eating a little bit yesterday but today-not interested….again. I can’t really leave her food in the room cause Mama eats it. Dilemma.

Just chillin’, not weanin’

She’s five weeks old now.

Poor Lily Pad (aka Poppie) is on the receiving end of Mama’s wrath. We let Mama out for a while yesterday and poor Poppie was just walking by the door to her room when out runs Mama for the ambush. I had to hold Poppie for quite a while to calm her down. I put some bird videos on my computer so she watched TV under the blanket with me. Ugh. That was the only upset tho. We had Mama out for quite some time before she attacked Poppie.

I will say that Mama is very loving to us. She purrs and wants to be held. Gosh. I just wish I could trust her in the general population.

January was my dry month, as per usual. Except on Jan 1st Cathy and I had a beer blowout. Since we never see each other in the deep pandemic winter (because the gym is closed and running is iffy) we decided it was WAY overdue. Sushi and beer made New Year 2021 Beerfest a screaming success.

That was a great evening. We outdid ourselves, that is for sure.

The great bathroom upgrade of 2021 is also coming right up. We picked tiles and fixtures for up and downstairs bath.

And of course, as in all good reality home improvement episodes, the price just went up about 6 grand. But hey–who’s counting…………

I can’t wait to get rid of this ugly crap–I put in all the pictures of my horrible bathrooms so you could appreciate why I would spend a good chunk of my savings on upgrades.

I’m sure I’ll remind you when the new bathroom is done. But this is basically your cheap builder bathroom–ugh. And who thought knobs for the hot cold water controls in sinks was EVER a good idea. No and all the nopes. And the cracked enamel in the sink making the lovely stains….oh and the round bulbs-I can’t live with it anymore. I suppose I could have lived with it if only it weren’t for that pesky pandemic and working from home and having to look.at.it. 24/7.

Lastly I finished up the holiday mystery quilt.

The problem is to the left…..

I couldn’t get the wrinkles out because I was battling Poppie. Nuff said.

Well, what’s left? I am still vaccinating for Covid for Mayo–opening up to patients soon as the front line staff is almost done. And I did get vaccine number two since last blogging above. Yay me. Not much reaction but I also got it and came home and went to bed. Sore arm today.

I’m on my last two days of cat sitting for these two.

It’s been three weeks and I think they would prefer to have their owner back. We have had some interesting conversations tho.

Green Bay lost the division championship…again. Dave said he’s starting to understand how the Vikings fans feel. I knew as soon as the game started we were in trouble. Sigh. Well, Seattle and Green Bay out. I’m straight up Kansas City now. I know the Buccaneers haven’t been to the Superbowl in a while but Tom Brady? Can’t get behind him.

So, with that on to Feb. I’m getting packages ready to send to Debbie and to Cody. Why I had a child one day after my sister’s birthday is beyond me. Poor planning for presents.

Enjoy the day. If it looks like it’s getting stressful, do like Poppie and seek the zen of the Amazon padded envelop

Ohmmmmmmmm

Holiday Post

We had the most fabulous Christmas here. It was quiet and so chill. It was just me and Dave and Blane, along with Blane’s dog Koda and our gang.

Just the three of us…..plus one

I think I might have needed a touch of make up or something as I look a little ill there. But rest assured, I was fine and feeling good after coffee with a tich of Bailey’s, and a stack of pancakes.

We opened prezzies and chillaxed about the house for a while. Then Blane and I took the dogs out for a walk on the Douglas Trail. Which, of course, we took not one picture of.

But I will say it tired out Elsa to an extreme….

I can’t even right now

We had a family zoom which was fun and we watched some football-Perfect Christmas day.

On Christmas evening I got a text saying that there was a foster mom and baby with a little deformed foot that needed a place. Well, I was all in and on Saturday evening Mama Cammie and baby came to stay for a bit.

As you can see, that right rear leg is bent over. She still gets around good tho, even though her eyes are still closed and when she arrived her little umbilical cord was still there. Mama is extremely protective. Poor Lily Pad (aka Poppie) ran into the room and Mama was on her like a bullet. I couldn’t separate them it was so brutal. Then Lacey got her worked up by sniffing under the door and when I went to leave she darted out behind me and took on the whole crew. Elsa didn’t know what to think. Poppie ran for her life, having been on the receiving end of that rage.

So we have a gate up blocking the hallway to prevent all sniffing under the door and we’ve had no problems since. I also think Cammie is relaxing a bit more. She doesn’t leave her baby much and she is quite the momma. Baby has gained over an 1.5 ounces in three days which is right on track. I was very worried I might have to supplement but nope, Mama is feeding well.

That cat FREAKS ME OUT

So onto 2021 we go!! Lot’s of things to do, places to go, pandemics to get through. Onward!!

Nuff said.

Christmas Week is Here

We are almost at Christmas and I have to admit I’m a little excited. Blane is coming to visit and I have some presents under the tree. We will have a zoom Christmas get together and I got a couple of games for that. Low key but fun. Sadly I think it’s going to be pretty cold (It’s all relative so I’ll be specific–negative digits during the day) so we won’t be getting out for some nice walks. That’s the only bad part.

So for a pre-Christmas post I thought I’d just display a few of my favorite ornaments–

There’s also some sunglasses, an ornament from Savannah, a glass pumpkin pie, and a cow on top of a carrot. I don’t know the meaning of the last one.

Our Tree in it’s entirety.

So, you can see there’s some big boxes under there. I couldn’t wrap them all. I also didn’t send cards this year. But I might send a bunch after Christmas. I think that might work. I wish people would just look at the blog. There’s the whole year in one place!!

All the packages I sent (all three of them) arrived at their destination intact. I was a little worried about Cody’s present as I paid for two day delivery and sort of put some liquids in the box but denied doing so when they asked. After said contraband box went off the grid for a week I was a bit worried. But then, Christmas Miracles do happen….

Oh, and the other thing in time for Christmas is our new rug. Which we love to pieces. It’s wool, should live forever, and no one has barfed on or otherwise defiled it..yet. I mean, it’s been a week almost.

So, onward we go.

Still working at home but volunteering for Covid Vaccination. Have my first shift Monday. It doesn’t move me up in the vaccine line but it’s good extra hours if you can get them!

However, not sure this will happen in the vaccine lines….

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays

And so the Holidays begin!

Let me start with what happened over the past month.

Our little Bill got adopted and it was a very nice adoption. It’s obvs that he’s pretty chill at his new home. I can’t wait for more updated pics to see what he looks like as a young man!

The new place is oh-kay

We then got a new kitten we call Inky. The original Inky was one of a pair of cats we had when I was very small. The first cats we had–Tiger and Inky. The current Inky here in the pictures was found in a wood pile in the neighborhood. I’m not sure what her story is. Maybe her mom was a pet once, or was kept outside as a pet. I think somewhere in her background she had some human experience. BUT not a whole lot. It took some time to get her to like us and want to be around us. We taught her to play and she’s starting to be a cat but she has a ways to go. She had a meet and greet last week which resulted in her hiding behind the bed and me dragging her out several times. It did not end in adoption. So I have another couple interested and they have more experience with cats. She’s super cute and she does like to be around us. It’ll just take time.

She’s fattened up but still loves to eat. At first, when she came and she was so skinny and unwell, she couldn’t stop eating, but that’s settled down. Hoping that the next meet and greet goes better…..

I finished a couple of shop quilts. I got a picture of the first one

Houses, aren’t they cute?

I made another quilt which I didn’t take a picture of but here’s a sample of the fabric.

I took a Stitches Expo class at the beginning of the month. Now, don’t get me wrong, nothing can replace the in person Stitches experience. Nothing. It’s the best thing ever. BUT–this class from J C Briar was about as good as it could get. I learned so much and applied what I learned, Slick Set in Sleeves, to a sweater I am making and a sweater I’m starting. Best sleeve class ever. And she’s such a good teacher.

Learning things at home!

Here’s my sweater….

Yep, I short rowed the heck outta that sleeve cap.

So the glory of what I did might be lost on some, but believe me when I tell you that it was nothing short of miraculous AND so much better than knitting a sleeve and trying to seam it in. Just saying. I also learned how to modify a pattern and that’s my next daring feat of sweater madness….swatching now.

Speaking of Swatching, if you haven’t watched Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s patreon best practices videos you are missing out. I get it’s 6 dollars a month but man, is she a good teacher. I watched one about making fabric and I learned more than I could possibly say in the space of 30ish minutes. 5 stars, highly recommend.

November was an odd month, if I may say, related to the weather. So October we had cold, snow, record cold highs, you know, slamming right into winter. And then November. It was down right balmy. I mean, it was in the 60’s one week. For a week. I was running in the AM in capris and a tee shirt. But that kind of thing can’t last and we again returned to the cold. One morning we had a storm that was so crazy it was dark until 10 AM. We wondered if we should be taking shelter somewhere…..

But now it’s back to normal. Cool, icy mornings and lovely sunsets.

I’m still working at home. I was going into the office a couple of days a week, but now I’m back at home. I have to say I do love working from home. I got a little camera for my computer so now I can share my face which means that I have to look ok from the shoulders up. I will attempt to shower on the reg.

Working from home: it’s not without it’s challenges….

Yesterday, Sunday Dec 6, was a perfect running day. It was cool (well, honestly it was cold) but no wind and lot of sun. I ran 7 miles and it was pretty darn fab. I do think the visibility was over miles tho.

And lastly, I finished another shop quilt, Solar Flare. The cats had to be locked up for several hours in their room, watching bird TV, while I laid it out and then sewed it up. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt but when I left to sew a row and came back to a complete mess they had to go. It’s not a quilt that can be disturbed…..

It was ok but not sure I’d do another one. Especially with more squares and two more rows.

And in an update–Inky did get adopted last week. The couple who came were very experienced with cats and knew a think or two about squirrely cats like Inky. They thought they might change her name but did comment that she did look just like a little Ink Spot.

I will never have to date any pictures cause I’ll know that mask wearing pics are from 2020

Hoping to post again before another month goes by. It’s actually easier to post more often cause I don’t forget the things that have gone by.

So–here’s to sooner rather than later.

One Month Later………

Gak. I am finally manning up and going to the dentist today. I thought I would start a post before I go though. Ugh. I don’t like the dentist, Covid or not. But I had a long reprieve because of Covid so there are some positives in a pandemic.

In recent news though Rose the cat got adopted. I mean seriously I am two for two in the great adoption stories.

A premed student and her roommate are now the proud owners of Rose. Well, one of them is the owner but as roommates they are sharing her and both in LOVE.

If this is any indication I’d say Rose is going to be VERY spoiled.

I dropped her off and it was love at second sight. I mean seriously. She is the most loved cat right now. It makes me very happy. She will celebrate her diva status every day being an only cat. She was getting a bit bossy around here and not particularly loving the other cats. Now she has two personal slaves at her beck and call. It’s going to be a great life.

In the mean time we picked up a new foster. They posted the need for a foster for this little kitten that was found out somewhere. I don’t know the back story.

When we first brought him home he instantly ran under the dresser and wouldn’t come out. I named him Wild Bill cause I thought he was feral. Turns out he wasn’t completely feral, just shy and afraid. And hungry. His love of food brought him out and turned him around.

So, a couple came last night and they would love to adopt our Bill. Dave told me that he wanted to keep Bill but he was too late. He’s been adamant that we only have three cats. Sigh. But Bill is a strong healthy guy and we have done well in socializing him. He’ll do well in his new home and we’ll get another one that needs us somehow. See ya Bill, it was a great time knowing you.

Speaking of cats that need help….out little Poppy, aka Lily Pad, is still having some problems in the leaking dept. She seems to be ok with her constipation but she’s still leaking urine. Now I’m sure this is not what anyone wants to talk about but the implications are that it’s hard on our house. Fortunately, she doesn’t sleep on the furniture much. She is ruining a dog bed, and sleeps in her cat basket (that can be washed and aired), on my little pad next to my computer (also washable), a blanket on the back of the couch (again, washable) and sometimes with me at night (on a towel and a pad). I’m not sure she’s feeling quite well this week tho. She was playing all the time with Bill but she’s got tired today. She perked up for a treat so there’s that. I wish she could tell me.

Please do not disturb.

I apologize that this post is all pet related. I am wondering if this is a by product of a pandemic where I basically do nothing but analyze my pets? Wow. I am not that person.

Sticking with the theme though we have been walking Elsa off leash on the trail. She LOVES it. She thinks being a regular dog is ok. She runs and trots and sniffs. Good ol’ Elsa. I wish she was a little less afraid of human interaction but when you are a breeder dog for 6 years I guess the window of socialization sort of closes. She’s better with us now after 3 1/2 months. Gosh, is that all it’s been? Seems like a lifetime of Elsa.

I’m out. And not posing for ya damn pictures

We tried to get the perfect shot cause she’d run up the majestically turn and do a perfect lab specimen pose. But every time we’d try she’d move or turn or something. Anyway, just know she’s thinking running in the woods is a pretty good time. She also comes when called and doesn’t run off the trail. Unlike 100% of the other dogs I’ve ever had.

Speaking of dogs–Cody and Maral got a new puppy-a Newfiedoodle. Who knew THAT was a thing? Meet Bombor the dog.

I’m a wild and crazy puppy

In crafting news I am working on this quilt for the shop–almost done!

Easy and pretty darned cute

I’m also doing a mystery quilt with PNQS. I will finish clue 2 today just in time for clue three!

I signed up for a knitting class through Stitches Expo–Slick Set In Sleeves. I am just about to do the sleeves on my sweater and I wanted to try to pick up stitches and work the sleeves down. It’s a thing. But this is the class that will teach me how to do that. I went through my projects last night and am planning to finish up a couple of things and then cast on another sweater kit I have. It’s old and the pattern is no longer online. I looked in the Ravelry pages to see if there were any knit up I could study. Only one had a finished project and said the pattern had a “lot of errata”. Oh boy. I guess I’ll have to do another google search, but if I can’t find the corrections I hope I can figure it out.

AND–then to top everything off we are having some snow. Yep. Last week we had three inches on Oct 20th. Record breaking.

Of course, this all melted here by Thursday. Yay us. And THEN, yesterday, October 25th, it started snowing on our walk around 10:00 AM and then snowed all day. We had about two inches which again broke a record. I didn’t have the energy to photograph it. Snow this early makes winter very very long on the back end. Like when it’s still snowing in March most of us are just south of homicidal.

We did treat ourselves to some sushi, which didn’t disappoint.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about

So, I guess that’s about it for this month. I won week 2 on my football league and am heading into Monday night tied for first place this week. I’m in second place for total points. If Seattle would have won I could have had almost a perfect week. Gawd. Thanks for nothin’ Seattle.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner–Sweet prize package.

I’m off to face the day. We are almost into November and the holidays. I guess I should start planning for the start of the birthday streak, which starts with Blane and ends in Feb with Cody, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I usually have all of it done by now. Or most of it anyway. I shop all summer for little things. Sadly, not this year. Online shopping–here I come.

Enjoy the rest of your Month!!

Four Cats at the Trough
A couple weeks before snow. Sigh…..

Are Ya Ready for Some Football?

It’s here. The 2020 Football season has arrived. And with it September 2020. I mean there has to be something right? A little glimmer in 2020 that keeps hope alive? I seriously would like to pay for a cardboard cut out of me to be in the stands in the empty stadiums. Hoping we make it through a whole season but who knows? I have at least enjoyed the first few games.

Let’s see, what’s been happening….

Back in late August Cathy and I actually ran a real live race. I KNOW. We kept waiting for cancellation but nope, ran it we did. The Healthy Human Half Relay was back again. They did a great job of social distancing and I didn’t ever feel crowded. I barely saw anyone with me. I will say it did get a bit warm but thankfully my leg was overcast and early. Once we got finished it was time for the post race brunch and bloody, and then a beer or three to seal the deal.

That is what I’m talkin’ about

After a great brunch at 5 West we walked ourselves up to the Tap Room West (our west neighborhood makes it so we never have to leave) for a top off.

What a great day it was

Oh and yes, we had a designated driver so all was good. Our only race this year.

In other news we fostered a dog named Rosie–not to be confused with our foster cat Rose. Apparently she was listed on Craig’s list and then a week or so later ended up at Animal Control. I picked her up not knowing what to expect as I had been told she was somewhat aggressive to other dogs and to some people. But after I got her, and she got home, it turned out that she was the sweetest dog. Yes, she did have dog aggression but after some initial grumbling she got on well with my two. She was also very smart. Someone took some time with her because she knew how to sit, lie down, kennel, and fetch a ball (when she felt like it).

She’s so cute! But, as much as I loved her I already have two dogs, and a third wasn’t feasible. I was planning on an out of town trip in October to Grand Forks (stay tuned for more on that) and I had to ask for help with fostering. Turns out, an adopter was found and Rosie, the luckiest of all dogs, got adopted. She went to a 50 acre spread with three other dogs and the most wonderful owner ever.

Rosie’s new spread

I mean, what could be better and apparently the princess continues to be spoiled rotten…

I couldn’t have had a better adoption ending. As for my dog fostering days….well, those are over. I may babysit but no more fostering. I peaked with Rosie.

Rose the cat is still here tho.

Armrest Pillow

She’s a good cat, likes to be petted but not picked up and held really. She’s also a real chow hound. I’m going broke feeding these beasts.

Puddy and Rose go round and round. They don’t seem to get along yet Puddy seems to egg Rose on. The fighting is a bit annoying but that’s what it is. Still, since Rosie the dog has left the cats are again emboldened to be out and about and enjoying the entire house again.

Rosie has been gone for a week and I’m not gonna lie, the energy level dropped a LOT. I mean as soon as I got home from dropping her off it was like a different place. It was so quiet.

But we have adjusted and moved on to other things. Mainly that Lily Pad got very sick. Very. She’s a foster I adopted cause she’s just so cute. Three legs, no tail? Can’t say no to that.

BUT–she also has some nerve damage to her back end and one of the problems that’s created is she gets constipated. The past couple of weeks she has had huge hard poop (I know, TMI) which has been difficult to pass. In the end she just couldn’t and she filled right up. When she started vomiting she bought a trip to the vet. Poor Poppie. She got cleaned out and we are hoping with a LOT of laxatives she stays regular. Oh, and she’s on a special compounded drug called Propulsid. Guess what that does? Good Lord.

So it’s been three days now and she’s sort of feeling better. We had to keep her in a kennel because of some drainage issues (I’ll just leave it at that but after two enemas, colonic lavage, and manual disimpaction, well, use your imagination if you must). I’m trying to get her to eat cat food again but it’s taking a lot of baby food toppings to get there.

I feel like crap, literally

We have to limit her outings as there is still some drainage. And this type of news is how I social distance because after reading this no one will ever want to come over, let along sit down, in our home again.

Also, it’s probably a little off putting to have a giant dog kennel with a cat box front and center in our living room. It’s how we roll now.

ETA–So the new symptom is that the drainage (TMI) was actually urine so now we have a whole NEW problem. Sweet Jesus.

Why do I have to lay on this towel?

We have been doing lots of walking with the dogs. We hit the Douglas Trail after a rain storm so we had it all to ourselves with no bikers yelling at us.

And we took a little stroll around Cascade Lake too

This was Photo with the Dogs, Take 17

I’ve been doing some sewing too. Although after work I’m not usually in the zone. Martha (Doesn’t) Take A Trip quilt marches along. As I may have said before, because this is 2020 and nothing is really working out, neither are my squares. This quilt is written for a different template tool of which I thought I had the equivalent. Apparently not because all of my points in the center square are gone and the blocks are an inch bigger that they are supposed to be. I’ve tried modifying every which way but know what? I’ve just quite caring and am soldiering on.

I’ll eventually lose the star points too. 2020-enough already.

The fabrics are super fun. Lot’s of cats and weird little faces and foxes and just what I love. I am over half way with these squares, I need 32 total. Then I start on the next type of square which I’m sure will be as pointless as these.

We’ve had some smoky AM’s and PM’s, but no smoke in the air, unless you count my neighbors annoying backyard fire smoke. Ugh. The atmospheric smoke makes for orange sunrises and sunsets.

I did a bit of the Covid spending (before I did a bit of the medical pet spending) and I ordered a frame (finally) for the picture I bought in Norfolk a couple of years ago. 2018 to be precise. The year we ran the terribly hot and humid Rock and Roll Va Beach

Throwback to pre Covid days when we didn’t care about being in the crowd. No masks here….

I digress, here’s the picture with the frame I bought.

War Time

This painting is called War Time by Briton Riviere. It hangs in the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. It’s a bit depressing as the man is supposedly holding a letter informing him of his son’s death in war. Yikes. But I really like the painting. So there it is. It will be added to my gallery wall. I have a few pictures in my unframed collection to add. This isn’t that big of a picture really. So plenty of room to clutter up the wall.

In closing, I just want to say Rest in Peace RBG. I have your image right next to me every day, and because of you women today don’t get turned down for jobs because we are young, newly married, and “might get pregnant and leave”. Thanks Ruth Bader Ginsberg. You will always rock.

The Notorious RBG

Happy August

So I was reading an e-mail blast from WordPress the other day. (Is it even one word? I should know that). It led me to a link on the topic of writing a better, more readable blog. Hmmmm. I’m sure there were a lot of hints, but a couple stuck with me. One-use short sentences. Ok. Can do. And Two–people like pictures. Well, Can do that too. I should have a readership of thousands at this rate. Although I keep getting followed by men I don’t know. Same with Instagram. But I digress. Oh, and not really big words either. I think digress is ok.

Last we met on my Blog I was just back from my big trip to Veseleyville, North Dakota. Where, as Melanie told me last week, they have some sort of special NoDak immunity to the Covid and don’t need masks or social distancing. I think that also extends to South Dakota where Sturgis is currently full steam ahead. I got a good laugh out of that (she was kidding, FYI). But when I stopped to get gas on my way to their house the NoDakians were in full swing and ya wouldn’t know there was a pandemic in the rest of the world. Well, maybe not the rest of the world but here, in America.

So, not to be a downer about that, but as I type this I have three days left to work before my 10 day vacay. Sa-weet. It was supposed to be a trip to Oregon for family reunion but instead is a staycation. Blane and Melanie are coming down next weekend and I can’t wait to have some company. It will be fun.

So with all these words I better post a picture–per WordPress advice….

Posting pets such as this one will push the follow requests sky high.

Elsa is fitting in quite well. She went into heat on 07/20–two weeks after arriving. That was a fun time. I spent a bunch of money on diapers for her which she promptly removed. I would then find said diaper laying in the hallway without the wearer of the diaper in sight. So, we just gave that up. BUT–any of you that don’t have a spayed pet (take this as a shaming to do so) that is big and 70+ pounds get an adult diaper and cut the tail out. Nuff said.

Anyway, Elsa soldiered on, even though she didn’t feel so great cause she LOVES to take a walk. She has learned that walking is great fun-especially when out on a trail.

And what about Lily Pad? Aka Poppy. She has all the nicknames by now, but Poppy is sticking for a while.

Ok, I think that should be enough to carry people through the next paragraph. Although I do have some nice shots of our hike we took at Nerstrand Big Woods.

So we did that and it was such a nice day. I’ve been too hot for about a month now and so the slight cloudiness and cooler temps in the forest was blessed relief.

Before we did this on Monday I celebrated National Girlfriends Day with my National Girlfriend Cathy.

Keep Calm and Drink Beer DAMMIT.

Her front porch was the best. We were social distancing for the most part but Cathy is part of my bubble as we have been seeing each other since day one of pandemic. Like several times a week. Since we are locked out of the gym we have been running 2-3 times a week. So, yeah. sometimes we just need a few beers…

On the home front we got a new foster cat–Rosie is her name. She was in the quarantine for a few days in the bedroom.

I am Rosie. Let me out of this room. Now.

Then we put up the gate so the natives could do the hiss of disdain without physical contact.

You think those two intimidate me? Let.me.out.

So, after a couple days of this I let her out. There has been a bit of the hiss and spit and glaring at each other but Rosie is not one to be cowed. She is herself at all times.

Dave spent a lot of time with her in the bedroom. FYI-he was “acclimating her” whilst lying on the bed watching TV. Anyone else see what I’m getting at there? She’s been out for about a week and she’s settling in. I think she could be with any family, although maybe not small children cause she’s not big on being picked up and held. She is big on following you everywhere you go to see what’s up, and she likes a good lap sit.

In a final push, we got a new car. I KNOW. The saga of Park Place Motors in Rochester MN (not EVEN going to link it because it’s not worth my time) continued on and on and on until I traded in my car. ,

The Jetta had a failed head gasket a few months ago. It had 83,000 miles on it and I am still mad. The people at the dealership were like, well, that happens. No, actually it doesn’t usually happen on a car that has been driven carefully, serviced regularly, and garaged daily. It took a while to diagnose because I took it in several times before that for the engine light. They wanted to do a 300 dollar test but weren’t clear what that test would do so I said no. I also took it in once to remove the testing tool they left in one of the cylinders. Yes, that.

So it finally completely failed and it was a head gasket and I was so mad but I paid the 2000 dollars and had it fixed. It took over a week cause parts were slow or something. I drove that car onto the lot with no other problem than a head gasket. When I picked up the car I was driving it off the lot and when I went down their driveway onto the street I heard a thunk in the right rear. I thought–what.is.that but because I couldn’t bear Park Place and their smugness one more minute I just left. We spent a couple of months listening to that and trying to figure it out, including my riding around the neighborhood in the spare tire compartment. I finally took it back and I explained nicely that it was fine until they worked on it, and when I got it back it wasn’t fine at all. 611 dollars later the noise was two broken coil springs. Which, they told me, was such a common problem in the Volkswagen they just happen to carry the parts. Which is a big selling point if I wanted to buy another one. And it was a coincidence that they blew when I drove off the lot.

I.was.done. I asked for the springs that came out of the car, parts they say were rusted through which were actually more like sheared off. I told the service staff person that I wasn’t satisfied, I don’t know what they did but it happened on the lot and obviously they are selling expensive cars to people with lotsa money so it doesn’t matter what they charge me cause they are still getting their money. I don’t have another 3000 dollars to spend on my cars, cause that’s what I’ve spent there in four months. The guy is like Every Customer is Important. Yeah, an important dollar sign that you can provide crappy customer service to. Cause maybe some people don’t know better, but I do. I’ve hung around mechanics long enough to know a few things. And the most important thing I know is that Park Place is done ripping me off and I told them I’m never coming back and here’s why……

BECAUSE–I took the BMW (I’m just referring to that car as an asshole now) and had a 700 “tune up”, including 100 dollars to change the oil. I know, this is on me, why do I do it? Well, for one thing I didn’t realize some of the costs I was going to incur. Two weeks later when I took the Jetta in I realized the BMW was leaking oil. BUT I JUST HAD IT IN THE SHOP. So when I brought that up to the service person he says well, on this report card it says there’s seeping in the oil pan gasket. And I kindly responded “Well, when I picked it up and looked you in the eye and said Is there anything I should know about my car??? You said no, they have the bill ready over there” And then I was so mad I made the decision that night to sell the Jetta and get a new BMW guy.

Through the grapevine I have a guy AND I’ve heard he’s really good. So I called last week about my leaky gasket and the first thing he said was “well, it’s labor intensive and I’ll have to do an oil change”. WHAT? Now, in a customer service world Park Place just had another EPIC fail. Cause why didn’t they call me about the leaky gasket BEFORE they changed the oil??

This is a lot of words to say that the very night I picked up the Jetta I started looking at cars. I found a Subaru Outback, 2019, with 9800 miles on it at Walser Subaru in Burnsville and long story short, cause WordPress is breathing down my neck to post a picture post haste, two days later I traded in that damn Jetta and got me a nice shiny car.

We felt bad leaving the Jetta sitting there being sad, but I’m not putting in more hundreds on that. It had 86,000 miles on it. And many problems. AND we treated that car like royalty. I’m also hoping that the BMW can’t crack this car like it did the Jetta. They sat in that garage and plotted against me. I know they did.

Currently, the BMW is sitting on a tarp dripping, sort of like Elsa and her diaper. At least that’s how I see it. Damn car.

And that’s it so far. Next weekend I actually have a race. I know. It’s crazy. It’s the only one this year. I am kind of worried but also I want to run a race. They are limiting starts and have a bunch of waves so I’m hoping it will be ok.

More to follow.

Enjoy the day, wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and wash ya hands.

Sunset over the neighborhood

Get Outta Town

I did it. I traveled. Likely the only travel I’ll do for the rest of the year (The November OK trip is still up in the air for me).

Ahh, the open road.

Friday, 07/03, after I worked half a day I took off and hit the road to go North to Veselyville.

It looks long cause it is long but it goes quite quickly. And on Friday there weren’t any road closures. It was a holiday for most people so the traffic wasn’t bad–everyone had left in the AM so it was just us afternoon stragglers. I really wouldn’t have cared cause I was on.the.ROAD.

I stopped off in Moorhead, just before Fargo on the MN/NoDak border to get gas and can I just say–NO respect for the Covid there. Blane says they just “put it out of their minds” and that’s how they deal with it. Cause it certainly isn’t by wearing masks or social distancing. Blane and Melanie have to wear masks at work, but no where else and neither does anyone else. I got a couple things in the store where NO one was wearing a mask except me, and NO one was social distancing. Well, they sort of were but it was grudgingly and they were pushing the limit of 6 feet…by about three feet. I got gas and then briefly took a car bath with hand sanitizer and some disinfectant wipes. Yep. It was very anxiety provoking.

I stayed in my car the rest of the way and didn’t see anyone but the Blanes all weekend. And that was ok with me.

Did I mention it was super hot? We had the 10th longest stretch of over 90 degree days in the history of 90 degree days from the end of June until about 2 days ago. It was 2 weeks of hell. I could take 90 degree days but the dew point….

The temp was in the upper 80’s…at 11 AM.

That dew point is the little throwing up icon in the dew point chart.

Just a reminder….

So we were still in the thick of the 10 days when I landed at Blane’s house. It was hot outside, maybe upper 80’s at 7:30 PM, and it was mid 80’s in his house. I realize now that I am incredibly spoiled with central air. Incredibly. That was the hottest night and they do have a standing A/C unit which we turned on in the AM the very next day cause the temps and humidity were climbing.

And even though there was a huge storm early Saturday AM that cooled things off it didn’t last long.

We know that cause we went out fairly early to walk the dogs and immediately got too hot.

We didn’t last long.

I spent the two days I was there watching murder on TV and going in and out as we could tolerate it.

They have an above ground pool which I think is so ugly but let me tell you, it wasn’t ugly when I needed it.

Sunset on the pool

And after taking a dip on Saturday AND Sunday I was a believer.

Selfie Game now on point

I got a pic of Blane and Melanie which I thought was eerily American Gothic Above Ground Pool Style

Well, sort of.

It’s something about the scooper net. Which was Blane’s whole purpose in the pool.

Even the cat got into the act.

She was not amused

Yep–that pool was a life saver.

Even though we didn’t do much, and the weather didn’t support much walking or hiking, I had so much fun for the couple days I was there. It’s really a beautiful spot, and so quiet except for the yahoos setting off the fireworks from 10-10:45 SUNDAY night. Um, I guess figuring out that the fourth was SATURDAY was just too hard. Ugh.

This year’s crop is wheat, the most pleasant of the crops in our opinion.

There were also pets–

And Kitten is in the house.

Yep–it was a very nice time and I was sooooo glad to get away.

Monday I went home via Sandstone MN where I went to pick up our newest pet, Elsa the Lab

She’s so sweet and I wish I had some cuter pics of her. She’s very shy and timid but I think she will come out of her shell after a few months. We have learned she hates fireworks and thunder. She loves hot dogs, cat food, and walks. Lacey thinks she’s ok and I have to say one of the easiest pets I ever did adopt. She’s 70 pounds of lab for sure. Updates to follow!

So, I’m home now and it is what it is. Back to work, Garden is looking fab and my hydrangias, before this last storm, were really lookin’ good.

Lovely

Lily Pad, aka Puddin Pop is officially adopted and making life interesting. This was yesterday….

Lacey on the side eye……

Sadly I can take pictures of her all day. If anything ever happens and they have to crack my phone for clues this is what they’ll get….

Just random parting thoughts–I got a LOT done on my sock while I was gone and will take a pic of that for next time. My sweater front is almost done, I finished the barn picture and am working on a fall themed piece for the shop.

Have a happy July!