Thursday, October 2, 2014

Autumn settles in Pennsylvania

Seamus and I are enjoying long walks during this early autumn.   I've been doing a lot of inventory and office work and the jaunts in the parks balance the hours hunched over the computer.  Here are some of our views:

Monday, September 15, 2014

Life in these here parts...

Fall is here in our little city and the flowers are giving their last hurrah.  It has become cooler earlier than normal but no one is complaining about that.  I know I haven't been posting but I've been busy with dogs, mothers, etc.  Never a dull moment here...
Speaking of dogs, Rudy has moved into his forever home and he is very happy!  He loves his forever Dog-Mommy and enjoying playing with her children and her grandchildren.  It's like he is getting a happy puppyhood later in life...
Rudy takes one of Barb's grandson for a walk :)  Barb reports that he is gentle with the little guy and even getting along with the three cats who live at his new home!
The last few weeks, Seamus reminded me of a Victorian woman who had "taken to her bed." He sulked, lived in his crate and was generally anti-social.  It isn't that he doesn't like Rudy, it was just bad timing for both dogs. I am sure they will be best of friends now that they aren't competing for "Mom."
After we left Rudy at his new home, Seamus was a new dog.  Going for long walks with me again, playing, playing and playing...and even getting into some mischief!  Here he is caught in the middle of a garden bed (he was sniffing for some kind of animal there).  I hope to keep up with the blog a little bit better now that we are experiencing Autumn.  Summer here is meant to be lived outdoors and enjoying all the wonders of nature and ...we have done that.  Until family and friends come for the plants they want, I'm leaving the garden for the bees...
  I'm ready to get back to sewing and working on our next project.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall Purge...about a month early...

I don't do a big Spring Clean but always feel inspired in the autumn.  In the spring, I'm more consumed with opening the garden and planning the summer.  It consumes me after being cooped up in the house.  This year even more so than others because our winter was so long.  I couldn't wait to be outside and digging...

My friend Beth and I are both doing ongoing cleaning and organizing.  We spent so much time working on our Civil War program that we tended to let things stack up.  Trying to start a new project in clutter is like trying to write a new story on a page full of doodles.

 I'm also an emotional cleaner.  Losing Teddy and then fostering Rudy plus all the problems my Mother In Law is undergoing is a big catalyst too.  I worry about my husband during this time plus he is working in some not so safe areas.

The great (early) Autumn Purge began a a few weeks ago.  My house looks awful as I have clutter everywhere trying to do determine where to send things...stuff litters every flat surface and has for weeks.  I've taken one truck load to Good Will, two car-fulls of furniture to my son and wife (thankfully they've moved into a new big apartment and actually NEED things), and thrown out what I can.  This week I'm tackling the sewing room and hopefully part of the attic or basement (depending on the heat).  
When this is done, I'll still need to do inventory but hopefully it will be easier in my streamlined home.  Well I'm off to the mines er, sewing room to pull things out and reorganize.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Big Dog, Little Dog

Good news for Rudy!  We found a fantastic home for him (just in case)!  Our friend Barb and her family met him this week and fell in love with him.  I know he will be loved, well cared for and be a great companion to Barb and her family.  We are all now in limbo...awaiting to see the status of my Mother In Law (Rudy belonged to her).  It seems unlikely that she will ever be able to return home, she is very weak and very confused.  It is the sad part of this situation.

Before all this happened, I was working on some stashbuster quilts.  I used the Missouri Star Company's tutorial for the Double Slice Quilt pattern to use up some of my Christmas scraps.  I hope to baste that tomorrow and quilt it this week.  Photos to follow. Earlier this year, my scrapbuster pattern of chosie was the D9P:

Here is a photo of my cousin's baby on the quilt I made for her (Disappearing 9 patch).  Isn't Sofie adorable?  

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Rudy likes living with us...a LOT.  We go for walks, we visit my mother, we have a routine.  I would love to keep him but Seamus' nose is still out of joint.  Today Rudy is meeting a friend.   We are still not sure Rudy's Mom-person is coming home from the nursing home so it is good for him to meet some new people.  My mother is in love with him too==but her dog needs to learn he isn't a rabbit to be hunted or a toy to be played with...(yes, poor Rudy).

Thursday, August 7, 2014


It wasn't even two weeks after Teddy passed when I got a call from my husband (stationed overseas).  His sisters had called him and requested we take his Mom's dog, Rudy until she is stronger or safer conditions are arranged for her.  
He is an older male poodle, possibly poodle mix.  He doesn't shed.  Despite that he has been somewhat neglected, he is a happy boy.  He LOVES kids, walks, and being a lap dog.  Yesterday I had him groomed (not above photo) and today he sees the vet.  We don't even know how old he is.

If MIL can't go home, we will find a good home for him.  It's a tough transition for both of them.  Seamus is mourning Teddy and hasn't taken well to another dog coming into the house and poor Rudy is missing his home and owner.  I'll keep you updated...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thank you for the kind thoughts!

 Thanks everyone for the kind thoughts, cards and emails after Teddy's unexpected passing.  
Seamus has been very unsure of himself without Teddy around.  Both Seamus and I are learning who he is a a single dog.  We spend a lot of time walking in our beautiful parks and visiting his friend Greta (she is also Teddy's sister).

So thank you again for your kind thoughts.  If you are on the East Coast, we hope you are enjoying this great weather!
Hugs, Mickie and Seamus

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Teddy our bear...

Teddy had a stroke this morning.  When we got him to the vet, we learned he was very anemic and although we aren't sure if that was from the bleed in his head or some other place, we ended his suffering.  He had pain his whole life, being born with a bad hip and was always anxious but when he loved you, he REALLY loved you.  I'm still reeling from all this and just am going to take some time to be with Seamus, and garden, and sew.  Hugs, Mickie