Thursday, March 19, 2020

I like Thursdays: March 19, 2020

Welcome back to the new normal.  How are you holding up?  We are fine but worried about family members--one who had a liver transplant on Sunday and appears to be responding well the new liver and his wife who I took to the hospital last night with symptoms of a minor stroke.  If you could keep them in your prayers, I would be appreciative!  We are grateful that both are getting the help they need!

Meanwhile, spring is definitely here!  The daffodils are blooming and many other pretty flowers are enhancing the walks I take with Scout.  

Scout and I walk frequently but I find that longer walks are also emotionally therapeutic.  I mean just look how beautiful the world is!

On the Homefront, I like this chair cover I purchased at Amazon.  My sewing/office chair was looking pretty ragged.  All the kids had used it at one time or another but I was used to it and it just need the fabric covered.  Isn't it pretty?

I'm keeping pretty busy and of course, sewing and writing.  I finished another quilt, a donation quilt for Camp Erin.

I'm working on cleaning out the sewing room, going deep into things I haven't looked at like embroidery transfers and UFOs.

Over at the Pennsylvania Piecemaker's blog, I am spending the week sharing what kind of handwork projects suffragists did.  I'm also asking the community there to email me photos of projects they are working on (suffrage or other) to keep spirits inspired and cheered-up.  You can check things out there. 

Distractions are important and yesterday I took a "news free" day just to remind me of the good things that life holds.  And from the pup front, here is a fun story I posted on facebook this past week.  I realized suddenly that I had been poodled:

Dang, I've been poodled again. "Poodled for dog lovers like me means your poodle has (again) managed to reverse roles on you.  Case in point:  For over 20 years we have kept a string of sleigh bells on the back door.  All of our poodles learned early that if they had to go out, all they had to do was ring the bells.  It was a perfect system.  I could hear the bells even as I worked up stairs.  

But today I realized that Scout has taken it a bit further.  In what can only be defined as a Pavlovian twist to the story, she now rings the bell for me to come.  I offer to let her out and she gives me a special look as if to say, “I’ve changed my mind.  I love you and want to stay with you.  But since we are both here, how about a treat?”  

Sadly, I have to admit this approach is all too effective.  About the third time she attempted this morning, I realized that in fact, I am the one who has been conditioned to respond to the bells.  Well done little puppy.  Pavlov would be so proud of you!

Keep your spirits up and continue to sew!  Remember that mental health is just as important as your physical well being!  Love and kisses and linking to LeeAnna our hostess with the mostess!


Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Michele! Oh, I just LOVE the Scout story. Yes, you learn well little pup. Good job, as Dominic would say, to both of you. What a very pretty chair cover! I can honestly wonder if there is anything that Amazon does not have?! And your daffodils look fabulous. Mine should be open soon . . . I think. Stay healthy and safe. ~smile~ Roseanne

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

I love your Scout story, too! Isn't she smart?! Love your flower photos - being outdoors, walking, and in the sunshine makes such a difference!

PaintedThread said...

Crafty Scout. LOL. I love the chair covering. Yay for walking. So pretty outside. May your family and you stay healthy. said...

ROFL the Scout story made me giggle. Great chair cover and your quilt is pretty. I am envious of the good weather everyone seems to be experiencing, we have been either cold, or a wee bit warmer and rainy.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Michele, I just shared your Scout story with Tony and we had a good chuckle. What a smart doggie! I too love your chair covering...what a great idea. And lovely quilt too. So nice to see your garden springing to life as spring is officially here.

Mary in Peoria Handmade said...

Loved the dog story. You are trained well. Haha. Daffodils look so sweet. I’m so sorry for that couple-I pray they are recovering quickly. I need a chair cover like that for my secretary chair. HMMMM. Stay safe.