Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oster

I love my blender. It works really well. I made another smoothie for lunch and this time used coconut milk. It turned out really great! I offered some to my neighbor but he said no. You can't tell there is a cup of raw spinach in this.

I've been craving more raw foods lately over processed stuff.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10 years- pattern giveaway

To celebrate 10 years of blogging and for having 50+ followers on my blog, I wanted to have a giveaway. They are just fun to do!

I wanted to do a pattern giveaway so that anyone regardless of where they live could enter, but couldn't decide on which pattern to do.

So, I'll let you choose. Any pattern whether it be sewing, knitting, crocheting or whatever kind that can be purchased online as a pdf (no shipping required) up to $10 is eligible. You can choose one pattern worth $10 or a couple totalling that amount. You choose!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what pattern(s) you want, where I can buy it and how to reach you.

It's important that you leave a way for me to contact you. Believe it or not, but I've had people enter and I have no way to reach them, so they forfeit the prize. :-(

I moderate my comments to keep spammers out so if you don't see your comment right away, don't worry. It will show up.

I will choose the winner on April 5th.

Until next time!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Training Missy part two

Another part of training Missy was teaching her to not bolt out the door when we were going in or out. She's funny in that even if she is sound asleep if she hears me unlock the door she is wide awake and in my chair wanting to go with me. (Unless she is super tired.) She whines a bit if hubby leaves, but she will howl and put up a bigger fuss if I leave her.
We had taken her in the car the other day and I had to go someplace and poor hubby had to listen to her howl and bark her head off. So, we don't take her too many places. She really doesn't like to ride in the car much though she is getting more used to it. However she especially hates it if one of us leaves her alone. She does do well on Bach rescue remedy. She knows where I keep them and stands up to get the drops. I need to order more. I've also given her the Mimulus remedy for seperation anxiety.
Now she is fine being outside by herself. Doesn't care whether or not I'm with her but not if she's separated anytime else. Which is weird to me.
We've taught Missy to sit, lie down and give a high five so far. She seems eager to please and I plan to teach her many more tricks! Freddie knows how to shake, sit, and lie down. He's been feeling a little neglected lately, but I try and give him attention every day that he shows up.
In the afternoon, if I notice she is being snarly to Cooper I'll bring her inside for a nap. She is just like a kid who doesn't want to take a nap. She fidgets and makes little grumpy sounds. All I have to do is put in her tape (yes, she has one!) yawn loudly a few times and she is out in five minutes. And asleep for three hours. Then it's back to playing outside.
She is a lot of fun. Glad we got her!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Project bag

It measures about 9 inches long and 2.5 inches tall.

Yarn stash

The bottom row is Plymouth encore.
The three small green skeins are unknown.

The red and purple is 100% wool. I think they both will felt.


Training Missy part one

I'd never housetrained a puppy before and frankly didn't think I was up for the challenge. But when we found out that our friends couldn't keep Missy, we asked if we could have her. They said yes as long as they could have visitation rights. :-)

When we first got Missy, I would feed her and watch her closely afterwards. Then I'd take her outside about every twenty minutes to "potty outside". Each time she would go I'd praise her excessively and sometimes give her a treat.

By the end of her first day with us, she seemed to have gotten it. She goes to the door when she has to go. We ask her each time, "Do you need to go outside?" And if she does she'll bump her nose on the door. She has gone twice in the house in the past month we've had her. Both times she told me she had to go, but I missed her signals. I think it's important if you're going to have a puppy to stay close to them to learn their signals. I never make a big deal when she has an accident. I just clean up the mess. Show her the area and say no in a firm voice and that's it.

A friend recommended these to me. Pet tablets. You dissolve one in a spray bottle. I'm quite impressed. It gets the smell out as well as the stain. I use it for laundry stains as well.

We got her a leash early on because I wanted her to get used to one. We haven't gone on walks yet except around the yard and she doesn't try to chew the leash anymore. It helped that I dabbed some orange oil on it because at first she did chew on it.

I've noticed she is very private about going number two. If I praise her while she's going or even talk to her she will usually stop or try to hide. The best purchase I've made was to buy her an extendable leash. I've been using it for her nighttime potty breaks and she seems to like it. She can go off and be "far away" while she does her business, yet I don't have to worry about her running off after a skunk or something. 

In the beginning.

We took Missy for her second vet visit during spring break and the vet said she was 3 months old. I would have guessed she was older but she hasn't lost her puppy teeth yet.
It's been a fun experience having her. I've learned a lot and continue to daily.
We've had her for a month now. Sometimes it seems like she's been here forever.
The first night we got her we gave her a bath and a flea pill from Wal-Mart. She had a bad reaction to it. I don't recommend it. Apparently running around like she was on fire was a normal thing. She was itching and scratching herself on everything around her. I let her outside but realized she could hurt herself out there so I ended up holding her instead. She panted and whined and started burning up. I just comforted her as best as I could.
She finally settled down and we put her inside her crate and she slept the whole night.
We thought to ourselves this isn't too bad. The people we got her from said she wouldn't sleep at night and would howl and cry.
The next day she played all day and fell asleep around six in the evening. When it was time for us to go to bed at nine, she was sound asleep. I should have just tucked her right into bed but took her out for one final potty break. We came in and put her in the crate and laid down.
She immediately began crying and howling. We thought to ourselves she'll settle down. She did not. Hubby had taken a bus trip that day and was exhausted but off the next day.
We ignored her at first but the cries got louder each time. She at one point sounded like a baby crying. We tried to be strong and let her cry herself to sleep as her previous owners had done when they locked her in the bathroom each night.
If we went down to her cage, she'd stop howling. But the moment we left she'd start again.
Finally after a few minutes, hubby took her out and sat in his chair in the living room. She laid beside him and fell asleep. He intended to put her back in the crate but ended up sleeping himself in his chair until morning. We were concerned that she would chew a cord while we slept but she slept the whole time.
The next morning hubby got called out on a last minute bus trip. I felt bad that he'd slept all night in his chair thinking he could sleep in the next day.
When he came home he had a baby gate with him. We used it to keep her in the bedroom with us. Got her a squishy soft bed and placed in near ours. When it was close to bedtime, I took her out for her final break and we brushed our teeth and she climbed into her bed! As if she'd always done that. And she knows the routine now.
The first two weeks we had her, hubby would wake me up in the middle of the night when she had to go to the bathroom. I slept right through her asking to go!  She would go outside about every two hours, right about the time I'd just fallen asleep. :/
Then she would come in and want to eat or play. Trying to throw a ball at two in the morning is hard. She would romp around for thirty minutes and sleep another two or three hours.
One night I decided to try something different. I left all the lights off and whispered to her when I took her out. Then when we came back inside, I lifted her back over the baby gate and climbed back into bed. It only took her a few times to realize it was time for sleep not playtime.
Also, when it's time for bed, hubby and I yawn loudly a few times. She usually starts yawning herself and settles right down!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Green smoothie

My first experience with a green smoothie was at a raw foods class I took in Kansas. While I doubt I could ever eat 100% raw as my instructor does, I learned a great deal in her class.

The smoothie she made though was not my favorite from the foods we sampled. Taking a sip and then having to chew the lettuce greens was less than appetizing to me.

Yesterday I made my first green smoothie and found it superb.

Here's how I made mine-

1 cup milk (you can use any liquid)
1 cup organic salad greens

I liquefied first. Then blended:

1 banana
4 slices of frozen peaches
1 scoop strawberry jam (HFCS free) for extra sweetness.

It made two large glasses and I was stuffed afterwards.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Then again maybe not.

I spent an entire week getting the blog moved and found out when you export a blog it doesn't always turn out the way you want it to be. Some things just don't transfer over.  So... long story short, I'll continue blogging here. 

I'm still planning a giveaway, just getting the details worked out.

Stay tuned!!


Old Shale Scarf and fabric

I bought some yarn this week but could not bring myself to start another project until I finished at least one of my current WIP's. So, ...