Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kitty Haiku

This was sent to me by my friend Michelle but I have no idea who the author is.

Cat Haiku

You never feed me.
Perhaps I’ll sleep on your face.
That will show

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator

I need a new toy.
Tail of black dog keeps good time.
Pounce! good dog!
good dog!

The rule for today.
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule

In deep sleep hear sound
Cat vomit hairball somewhere.
Will find in

Grace personified
I leap into the window
I meant to do that!

Blur of motion, then-
Silence, me, a paper bag
What is so funny?

The mighty hunter
Returns with gifts of plump birds
Your foot just
squashed one.

You’re always typing
Well, let’s see you ignore my
Sitting on your

My small cardboard box
You cannot see me if I
Can just hide my

Terrible battle
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What’s a “term

Kitty likes plastic
Confuses for litter box
Don’t leave tarp

Small brave carnivores
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes
Fear vacuum

Want to trim my claws
Don’t even think about it!
My yelps will wake
the dead!!

I want to be close
To you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?

Wanna go outside.
Oh, no! Help! I got outside!
Let me back

Oh no! Big One
has been trapped by newspaper.
Cat to the rescue!

Humans are so strange.
Mine lies still in the bed, then screams!
claws aren’t that sharp….!

Cats meow out of angst
“Thumbs! If only we had thumbs!
We could break
so much!”

Litter box not there
You must have moved it again
I’ll crap in the

The Big Ones snore now
Every room is dark and cold
Time for “Cup

We’re almost equals
I purr to show I love you
Want to smell my

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

You can tell that Christmas is close when the shopping centres are invaded by seething masses of humanity and the roads become clogged with at least four times as many cars as normal.  What I want to know is, where do they all come from???  Does every family have a few clones of themselves tucked away that they let loose at Christmas and Easter perhaps?  But the good news is that down here in Tasmania there are less clones than there are in the other capital cities.  And the other good news is that my shopping is done.  All that is left now is a mystery trip to see the doctor tomorrow (it's a mystery cos I don't know why she wants to see me).  But seeing as I'm feeling good, it can't be too serious...maybe she just wants to wish me a Merry Christmas!   And then tomorrow evening will be all the excitement of seeing if Qantas will actually deliver Rhyll to Hobart...or will all the computers go down and strand her in Timbuctoo.  Already they have cancelled her flights and rescheduled her on a later flight, so we shall just sit tight and see what happens.  It's good to have a little excitement in one's life!

I took a few piccies today to show you that the doggies and I are both getting into the festive spirit.  I bought the dogs a new Christmas toy which they have really taken to, especially Molly.  Though later in the day Ebony figured out a way of stealing it from her and hiding it.


Last Saturday my friends and I met up for breakfast at an eatery at Salamanca Place where we all exchanged gifts and ate wonderful food and just had ourselves a glorious time.  Barb made me this gorgeous table runner.  During the year she has been hand quilting a beautiful quilt made from these fabrics and I always commented on how much I loved the colour combination.  So the dear girl got busy and made this runner for me so I can see the lovely fabric combination every day.  In light of the fact that Miss Ebony still chews on everything she can reach, I've put the runner on top of the doggy enclosure rather than on the coffee table where I just know it would be destroyed.

Michelle gave me a beautiful bead for my Pandora bracelet...it is a starfish with a teensy fish on it...just gorgeous.

Everybody knows I love bunnies...and Angie gave me a fabulous bunny doll that she found at the Penguin Markets.  She now sits atop my thread drawer in the guest bedroom/computer/sewing room...again in a position where puppy teeth can't reach her.

And Sally gave me a lovely stitchery and choccies...she knows the way to this girls heart.

So the cards and gifts have been arriving and I thought I would show you my little Christmas corner in the house.  I never go overboard with decorations because I detest putting them up and even worse, pulling them down.  But this much I can manage.

How's this for a funky front door Christmas wreath

Hmmm...all the little shiny metallic discs don't show up too well.  Not to worry, you'll just have to take my word for it, that it jumps right out at you and refuses to be ignored.

And last, but not least, you just know it really is Christmas when at least one electrical appliance breaks down.  And this afternoon as I was all set to vacuum up Ebonies latest mess created by much crunching up of sticks etc that she dragged inside.....the vacuum died.  But looking on the bright side, that was much better than the Christmas that the refrigerator died on Christmas eve, in hot muggy Brisbane and I was a few days off giving birth to Rhyll.  We just debunked and landed on Mum's doorstep where we stayed until we had refrigeration again.

To all who are reading my blog I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a really happy and healthy year in 2009.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's All Good!

Today I had to go to the doctor for my three monthly diabetes checkup.  Now I'm only very mildly diabetic, and she is aiming that I keep it that way, or even improve things so that my insulin is acting normally.  How is this possible?  By losing weight...lots of it.   That's the bad news.  But the good news is that I am finally complying, after being in denial about it for a year.  The kilos are coming down nicely, and when she measured my waistline, I discovered I'd lost 9cm from my waist.  Dr Katie was ecstatic about that and made me feel like the most brilliant person in the world.  What a doc hey! I also have to start walking up hills to get a bit more of an aerobic workout which doesn't seem like much fun to me, but I'll see what I can do.  The dogs will love it, that's for sure.

The other reason for this post today is that Elly has requested that I post in larger script so that she can read it.  I totally resonate with that Elly, and I'm hopeful that I can get it right this time.

Yes!!!!  Is there nothing this girl can't do today!!!  lol

Monday, December 8, 2008

What Was I Thinking!

Recently I decided that I would like to hand quilt my Shabby Jane and do it Quilt As You Go.  This is somewhat a departure from the norm from me, as I always say 'Life is too short for handquilting'.  However, carried away by a heady rush, and encouragement received from the lovely ladies from the American Dear Jane group that I joined, I hand basted the first two rows of my blocks and settled down to start the quilting.  Well!!!!!!  What with only ever having done a very small amount of handquilting in my life, plus all those seams in most of each block, my stitches looked more like tacking stitches than quilting stitches.  And the harder I tried, and no matter which way I held my tongue, my stitching was deplorable.  I knew I could never love my Shabby Jane if she was quilted like this.  So after a little thought, and realising I was only dreaming if I thought I would hand quilt her, I removed all the stitching, folded her up and carefully put her back in her box.  It was a nice dream while it lasted, but I know I'll be much happier to pay a professional quilter to do the job for me.  There are several in Australia who have quilted Dear Jane quilts, so I know she'll be in safe hands.

So what did I achieve last week?  Bugger all really!  But I did get the curtains finished for the front bedroom which is where I keep my stash, cut, make decisions and spend endless time on the computer.  I wanted a fabric that would not dominate the room, and would allow in plenty of light when partially open.  So I chose this quilt backing and used a thermal backing, and I'm very happy with the result.

While I was in Spotlight buying the termal backing I went snooping around to see if they had anything I liked for my bedroom.  And I found a really gorgeous fabric, a nice slubby linen look fabric and very wide with a pale aqual background and big shabby roses on it.  Perfect!  And only $5 per metre...even more perfect!!   So that will be my next job but it can wait until after Christmas now.

I'm pleased to report that there have been no further cases of destruction of quilts or furniture lately.  I'm not sure if Miss Ebony has learned that it doesn't please me, or if I'm getting very adept at just not giving her the chance.  The destruction only happened when I was away from the house, so now I either put the dogs outside with something good to chew on, or put them into their crate...again with something good to chew on.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's been a while.....

But now that winter seems to have returned to us, I have more time inside to play on the computer.  Summer only lasted a few days and now we are back to snow on the mountain again.  I wonder will we have a white Christmas...what a novelty that would be!

My son Mark taught me how to make the printer larger and how to select the colours I want on this blog.  I was managing to do it all by myself, until they gave us the 'new improved' version of Typepad.  So now one has to type it all out, and then highlight, and then select font size and colour.......only a male could have designed that!

This past week I took Ebony to be groomed..it was her first time.  I stayed to help the groomer as we suspected Ebony wasn't going to take this lying down....boy were we right about that!   Anyway, after 90 minutes the groomer had most of her cut short, but no way was Miss E going to allow her face to be groomed.  So she now appears to have a tiny body and a rather large head.   The main purpose of the grooming session was to keep her cool rather than for vanity purposes, and that was certainly achieved.  Last time it stopped raining long enough, we went for a walk and she trotted along happily for the entire distance.  I didn't need to pick her up once cos she was too hot....yayy!

I had my birthday recently, and among the gifts given to me (by my older daughter who shall remain nameless) were these little magnetic pigs....very cute.  But do you think she was trying to tell me something????
Well I think it must have seeped into my subconscious, cos I am now on my good diet and shrinking in size by the second (or so I like to think).  I'm allowing myself to enjoy Christmas Day, but other than that, I'll be a good girl until my measurements are down to a healthy level.

Will you look at what has happened to one of my latest quilts!  I just couldn't believe my eyes, though I have noticed a few holes happening in other quilts on my bed...but nothing like this one!   It does appear that there is a shark living at my house doesn't it!  But I don't, the author of this handy work is Miss Ebony herself!  She's a shocker...chews at anything, especially if I go out, or am talking on a phone.   I sure hope she grows out of this one fast.  Maybe I should have got the groomer to remove her little fangs as well.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

A rose by any other name...

Is still a rose.  And isn't this a beauty!  It is one of the new ones I planted during winter and I'm not sure of its name.  And seeing as there is a galeforce wind blowing, I'm not about to go outside to check the label.  I picked it so that it wouldn't be blown apart by the wind


Saturday, November 8, 2008

I'm famous!

Or so I've been told...lol.  This morning while I was walking Molly and Ebony down along the beachfront at Blackmans Bay, a lady walked towards me with her gorgeous golden retriever.  As we drew alongside each other, she said to me 'Are you the lady who went into the shop to buy cat food and came out with a puppy?"

I laughed and said, yes I was the very person.

She went on to tell me I was famous around these parts and how all the regular doggy walkers had all spoken about me. 
And she thought it was such a great thing to be well known for.

I'm just amazed.   Imagine if I'd really given them something juicy to talk about!


It's been quite a while since I've posted to my blog, as my son upgraded my computer and it has taken a while to get around to working out how to get everything working.  Not that he is a slacker, he has just either been interstate, or busy.  And as we all know, when it comes to computers, I'm just plain useless....but then I figure I gave birth to a geek for a good reason.

Andrea sent me a couple of photos of her female Chinese Crested, Sooty.  There was a big event being held at her local pet store and Andrea dressed Sooty up in the coat I made for Sooty to wear to Andrea's wedding to Joel a few years ago.  Sooty certainly thinks she is aTn princess when wearing her finery Tn  (actually she thinks she is a princess all the time).

And having this guy crooning in her ear didn't exactly deflate her ego any either!  What a gal!

Gosh I have so many things to write about.  This next photo was taken at Richmond at the Christmas Fair that I went to with Michelle (L) and Angie (R).  We had such a lovely day, and although I said I wasn't going to spend any money, I found out that I had been kidding myself.  But most purchases were inexpensive bargains, plus a couple of Christmas gifts which had to be bought anyway.

Now I could proclaim that Angie and Michelle were making right royal pigs of themselves here, but for the fact that I was taking the photo with one hand while I held a dripping icecream in the other.  There is a fabulous ice cream shop in Richmond...not to be  missed.

Then there are a few more photos of the beautiful old buildings in Richmond which are kept in pristine condition.



Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My goodness!

You've not experienced wind until you visit Tasmania in spring.  I was at the shopping centre this morning and was close to being lifted off my feet.  That is some mean feat considering it would normally take a crane or a large aircraft to do that.  As I sit here I hope that my roof stays on the house.

I've just taken photographs of a couple of the pieces I'm presently working on.  The first is a few of the stitchery elements of My Favourite Things by Kerry Gillespie.  This is such a cute quilt with the background fabrics sitting on point.  You'll see what I mean as I get further into it and show you more.
Actually, I've just thought of the word my brain was searching for when I wrote 'on point'.  I meant 'diagonally'.  Oldtimers is catching up fast.

And next is a couple of the little blocks, four of which comprise the first whole block.  This quilt is called Bunnies Playground by Elizabeth Camping and I've loved it ever since I saw it a year or two ago. Gotta love anything with Bunnies in it.
I'm going stitching with the girls tonight and hope to complete another block in this little group while I'm there. We will be celebrating my daughter in law's birthday tonight, so it should be another excellent evening.  I find my fortnightly sewing group is such great food for the soul...may it never end.

My son took Sally and I out to dinner last night (aren't I the spoilt Ma in law).  We went to a favourite beachside restaurant, and due to daylight saving, got to look out over the beach and waters of the mouth of the Derwent while chowing down on some truly delicious food.

Now it's time for me to prepare my little embroidery block for stitching tonight.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's Been a While

It's not as though life hasn't been happening and that I haven't done at least a tiny bit of sewing, but when one of my babies isn't well I just climb into my shell and quite obviously don't feel like communicating.  So this is the reason for my absence

000_0001 Ebony paid a visit to the vet to be speyed but all didn't go to plan.  Apparently her body was allergic to the internal sutures and the poor little thing was in a great deal of pain, and then a lot of internal scarring took place.  But the good thing is that she is now well and happy, and after liberal applications of pawpaw ointment, I can feel that a lot of the scar tissue has at least softened.  So she is back to being a holy terror, and I can get back to enjoying watching my girls plalying.  I only left that head collar on her for a couple of days as she had so much pain to deal with that I figures she didn't need the annoyance of that as well.

Tomorrow I'll show you the little bit of stitching I've been doing.  I seem to have reverted to doing my favourite little quilts that have a bit of piecing, applique and stitchery in them.  Just perfect for the person with the mind of a grasshopper.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Photo catchup time

This photo is for all the girls who think Mark is a figment of Sally's imagination because he's never around when they come to stitch.  It was Mark's 40th birthday and Sally took this photo just to show that he is real.  I've no idea who the old bag sitting next to him is though, but she appears desperately to need to spend a few weeks at a rejuvenation clinic (or wear a bag over her head).

The next few photos were taken at The Christmas Gathering last weekend.
Here we see Anni Downs talking with two visitors who came from Sydney to join in the fun on the day. Apparently they are regulars at Anni's shop in Bathurst, and Anni was delighted to see they had travelled down to Tasmania to see her again. Perhaps they are patchwork groupies?
This is Natalie Bird from Thread and Ginger at Victoria Point in Queensland.  Natalie is such a sweetie, and she was telling me she is about to leave for Norway (or one of those cold places) as she has been invited to teach up there.  I enquired as to how they knew about her, and she said that they are avid readers of Homespun and Quilters Companion up there.  So I guess they know lots about the Australian designers.
These designs will be on sale in about a month's time and I just can't wait!  I first saw them on Anni's blog a few weeks ago and fell in love with them.  Though I must say, I don't think there is a design that Anni has done that I don't just love.
Natalie's designs are gorgeous too, but the ones I saw were aimed towards little girls and I don't have any of them in my life just at the moment.
This is Anni's latest Block of the Month.  I'm just itching to do it as I love it, but I have to keep reminding myself that I'm already busy with BOM's. Maybe I can do it at a later date, or maybe it will fade from my memory (only take a few hours to fade things these days).  The girls sitting in front of the BOM are from the left, Di, Michelle and Angela. Three of the loveliest girls that I get to play with on a regular basis. (In the nicest possible way of course).
So there you have a quick peek at my weekend.  This week has been very busy also, but I'll leave that for a bit later.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Busy Weekend

It's not every day that your firstborn turns the big four 0.  But my son Mark just did that on Friday and we went out to dinner to celebrate.  Actually, I'm still mystified as to how I can actually have a child who is 40, cos I'm just not nearly old enough for that.  I've put it down to that big machine thingy they've been running in Europe...the Collider I think they call it.  With all that smashing of atoms they've managed to create a time warp...and that's how such a young thing as moi can have such an old son.  That's my theory and I'm sticking to it!

I was very sneaky and took along my camera to take a photo.  I thought I could post it on my blog and prove to all those girls who think Mark is a figment of my and Sally's imaginations, that he really does exist.  Alas...it is not meant to be.  Not yet.  Cos stupid typepad won't upload my photo!!!!  Grrrr.

BTW...Sally is Mark's wife and my daughter in law.  And let me tell you, this girl is getting pretty darned fabulous in the patchworking department.  For her first quilt, she makes that absolutely amazing hexagon quilt.  Thousands of tiny little pieces all completely handsewn in beautiful blues and brown.  Stunning.  Then Sally decides she will make another hexagon quilt in even smaller hexagons.  But half way through this masterpiece she has been struck down with an inflamed thumb joint and can't grasp those little hexagons at the moment.   So has Sally's patchworking experience come to a grinding halt????  No way!  This girl has gone crazy with the machine piecing.  She turns out quilts faster than the speed of light and her designs are awe inspiring.  I think she needs to write a book. I'd love to show you photos but I can't get photos onto my blog tonight for some reason.

Yesterday we spent the day at the Christmas Gathering put on by The Quilted Crow at a lovely old hall at Campania.  Our guest tutors for the day were Natalie Bird and Annie Downs...what and lovely and talented pair they were.  We all had a wonderful day and came home tired but inspired.  Annie has a new book about to be released in about a month and I just can't wait to get my little hands on that gem.  I took some more great photos at the Gathering and will upload them when I can.

It is blowing an absolute gale here south of Hobart at the moment and I hope my roof manages to stay on overnight.  I was delighted to look out the window this morning to see that there had been a fresh layer of snow deposited on Mt Wellington overnight...so pretty.  Despite the wind and the snow, the weather is definitely warming up these past couple of weeks.  And that's just as well, as I'm taking Molly the Labradoodle to be shorn tomorrow.  Or should I say...to be groomed.  But I always ask to have as much hair taken off her as possible as she gets so hot and her hair grows at the rate of knots.    And then the next thing I need to do doggywise, will be to take Miss Ebony to the vets to have her speyed.  Oh dear, I shall be a nervous wreck that day.  But it needs to be done, and she is such a cool customer she probably won't turn a hair. 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

One of Those Days

I'm sure everybody has them...Those Days...but do they have them over such trivial matters?  Come to think about it...they probably do.

When I woke up this morning I decided it was time to make a new quilt.  My mind immediately went to a gorgeous set of patterns I bought at The Quilted Crow's Autumn Gathering, called Life's Pleasures & Treasures by Kerry Gillespie   It has all my favourite things, pretty colours, bunnies, pears, flowers, applique, embroidery...in other words it's my idea of heaven.  And I already have all my fabrics gathered together to make the quilt.

But then  as I went to put fresh sheets on my bed I decided to change to lighter weight quilts and decided I needed a new utility quilt.  And I have just the very fabric!!  Actually I have the very fabric to make 20 new utility quilts...but let's not go there.  And I do know which pattern I want to use..that's a huge bonus as I've been known to sascillate for weeks over pattern choice.

Now I could start both of these projects simultaneously, but I'm already working on at least four other large projects at the moment and I don't want to feel weighed down by WIP's.  So, I have to make a decision which is no easy thing for a dyed in the wool Libran.  As soon as my mind settles on one project, it starts reeling back to the other.  What to do!!!!

Think I'll just go and have a cuppa and mull it over a little longer.  Though  Life's Pleasures & Treasures is looking pretty appealing to me at this moment!

It's a really good day to be staying indoors.  The weather is very warm for Hobart at this time of year, but there is a roaring gale blowing....I swear half my garden has flown over to South America by now.

The cat is totally unimpressed that I haven't yet made the wind stop, and Molly and Ebony are impatiently waiting for their walk (which isn't going to happen).

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Swimming For The Animals

No, it's not me that is swimming for the animals, I think I would drown in the bath if I didn't wear a life preserver.  It is my daughter Rhyll who is going to swim across Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra to raise funds for the animals.

On October 10, my daughter Rhyll will be taking on Lake Burley Griffin's legendary flesh eating bacteria, mutant carp and algae cyanotoxins to raise money for World Animal Week.

Rhyll will be swimming (without a wetsuit!) across the lake in 10 degree waters to raise sponsorship money for the World Society for Protection of Animals.

She'll be swimming from the West Basin jetty across to the National Museum, about a distance of one kilometer.

You can sponsor Rhyll per bacteria consumed or for every limb lost to an eel, or you can donate to   www.wspa.org.au/donation_form.asp

If you donate to WSPA could you please let me know so that Rhyll can keep a tally of funds raised by her heroic effort, or you can donate directly to me and I will forward on to her.

I think Rhyll is being very brave and I am being a brave little soldier myself in trying to banish all the natural motherly protective thoughts that pass through my mind from time to time.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Works in Progress

It looks as though I have to make do with black print today, due to the new 'improvements' on typepad.  They haven't given me any colours to play with!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have four large works in progress at the moment, as well as far too many smaller projects.  But today I am going to show you the four blocks I have completed of  Autumn Pathways.  Ohhh look! Somebody must have been listening when I grizzled about having no colours to play with...spooky!

Anyway, these are the blocks I have completed, and I'm now working on one of the border blocks which is just delish!


And another rather large project that I'm working on is Shabby Jane.  This is about the fourth time I've started a Dear Jane and have never managed to continue for very long.  However, this time I'm loving working in the shabby chic colours...using whichever colours that appeal to me on the day.  I've joined together the first two rows and am now well into the third row.  So this time I think I'm going to complete the project.  Though I have no intention of doing the triangle blocks on the sides.  I think an applique border will suit my Shabby Jane much better.  I had to take two photos to fit the rows in as they are so long.



Monday, September 1, 2008

Autumn Pathways

It's high time I started showing you some of the quilting projects I'm currently working on.  And I thought I would begin with a very enjoyable felted wool project that I'm doing through The Quilted Crow. Deirdre Bond-Abel has designed this as a Block of the Month and I have now completed the four inner squares.  000_0001

Deirdre hand dyes the wool used for the applique pieces, and these are sewn onto brushed cotton.  The effect is stunning.

I think I'm about the receive one of the borders for Month 5, and I can hardly wait!  The wool is beautiful to work with.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mt Wellington

Just one of the things I most love about living near Hobart is looking at Mt Wellington when she is wearing her winter coat.  Actually, Mt Wellington is a fabulous mountain to gaze upon at any time.  It is constantly changing in appearance. 

Before I moved here, I wondered why people would rather have a view of the mountain than of the river.  But now I completely understand.  I'm one of the lucky ones, and can see both views from different parts of my home.  Though if my lovely neighbour has her way and keeps growing her bushes ever higher, I will have to walk out to the footpath to admire the view of the Derwent.  But I figure, that on a grand scale, that is a pretty miniscule problem.

Last week I remembered to take my camera with me when I went to my local shops.  There is an excellent view of Mt Wellington from there...you'd have to agree.  I wish I had thought to take a pic a few days earlier when the snow cover was much heavier.  Maybe next year.....


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oh Darn it!

Wouldn't you know it, no matter how long I take to check my typing, it isn't until after posting that I see that I've boobooed in the Title.  Of course it is meant to read 'More news of the doggy variety'...but then you probably already guessed that.

More new of the doggy variety

I'm starting to sound like a crazy old lady who lives for her dogs.  Oh well, I'm sure there are worse things.....

Last night I took Ebony to her first night at Puppy Preschool and it was all so darned cute!  There was a cream labradoodle named Abby, a brown Labradoodle named Barney, a Schnauser named Angus (A Scottish name for a German dog???)  Oh well, I guess you can call them anything so long as they answer to it.   And then there was Ebony.  Ebony gets the gold medal for 'cute'.   The Labradoodle owners had the same problems with theirs as I'm still having with Miss Molly (they seem to be born with springs in their legs).  But the night was quite successful, with Ebony learning to sit.  Teaching a dog who is only 2 inches from the ground to lie down is pretty well impossible, so we gave up on that one.

But I did get to thinking that I could use food to entice Molly not to act like a crazy dog when we are out walking and meet with another dog or person. So off we went this brilliant sunny morning, Miss Molly, Ebony and Me.  As soon as we got out of the car a dog appeared.  A big one.  Molly started jumpin g up and down and generally acting like a pork chop...and barking too, which is unusual for her.  Then Ebony started barking.  My heart sank.  Maybe this wasn't such a great idea.  I wasn't able to distract Molly with treats at all.

So off we went, and as we apprached people or dogs, I eventually got Molly to sit and eat her treats.  By the end of the walk she was keeping her eyes on me rather than worrying about other dogs and people and there was no more jumping up and down and whining.  Ebony always behaves herself, but she got treats too.  The whole exercise used about half a packet of liver treats, but if that is what it takes to teach a new habit, then so be it.  I wonder will all of today's effort be forgotten by tomorrow.

At Puppy Class I also learned about putting food into a Kong for longlasting peace and quiet.  So I decided I just had to give that a go!  Putting kibble into a kong only lasted about 2 minutes, but putting peanut butter into a kong lasts and lasts.  The dogs love it, and I love it too.

I took these photos of the girls today while Ebony was licking at her kong.  Molly was just sitting around looking gorgeous.  I'm hoping I will be able to make the photos larger today than the last effort.  Here goes.

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AhHa!   Success!   Not bad for a crazy dog lady hey!  Now if I can just manage to do one new thing each day, as well as remember what I did last time, I'll soon be blogging along with the best of them!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Say Hi to the gang

Gosh!  How difficult can it be to think of a name for your blog!  Anyway, seeing as my girls are pretty important in my life, I thought I would begin by introducing them to you.  For the past 15 years I've called myself a quilter, but I do have to say that the girls have really eaten into my quilting time...but I'm not complaining.

When I speak about my girls, I'm speaking about my furry children.  Molly is a 13 month old Labradoodle who does just about anything she can to get me moulded into the person she thinks I ought to be.  If she had her way I would allow her to sit on any chair in the house, I would vacate my bed for her.  There would be endless tasty morsels to eat, and we would go for endless walks on the beach.  I'm slowly convincing her that none of this is going to happen, but it is a case of 3 steps forward and 2 backward.000_0006_00

Probably in Molly's perfect world there would be more cats in the household to chase.  Unfortunately for the one resident cat (named Chanel by a previous owner) there will only ever be the one cat in this house and she will just have to toughen up and show Molly who is the boss.000_0002

Both Molly and Chanel moved with me from Canberra to Hobart where we have happily set up home.

And Baby is the brand new addition to the household.  She comes in the form of a black Shitzu/Maltese which I have named Ebony because obviously, she is all black!  Apart from a tiny wee patch of white on her chin...just a few hairs really.  My lack of originality in naming my pets astounds even me sometimes.   Ebony is absolutely divine, and there is no way I could resist buying her.  She was all of 1.5kg when I first saw her, but with the personality of a Great Dane...huge!!!  She is as smart as a whip, and she certainly is able to lead Molly a very merry dance when she feels like it.  Though I do give Molly great credit, in that she is so unbelievably gentle with Ebony even when they are playing rough.000_0006 000_0007

And now, this almost completely computer illiterate is going to call it a day.  Time to investigate what Typepad is all about and what I can do with it.