Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Around The Rental

 It's been busy around the rental this past week with tax prep
and talking about building vs. buying a home.  But in all this
crazyness I did manage to finish up this baby quilt.
 Up and down the steps all day with a lot of barking
at the neighborhood dogs.  If this keeps up we may have to replace 
the carpet on the steps from westie wear.
 I thought I was going to get one more picture of
Derby sitting on the quilt ... but he saw Julep
coming in the room and it was attack time.  
 As if they don't get enough activity during the day it has 
been an after dinner practice to play-fight every
afternoon ... then they are out for the rest of the night.
 Made with Michael Miller fabrics, one of my
favorite desigerns.

People love the color combinations of pink/gray/black.
These colors seem to very well in auctions.
 I must have purchased 2 yards of the pink fabric because
I had enough to make another set of blocks.
A break from the rough housing.  I had to laugh when 
I bent down to see Julep looking through the slats of the table.
Well, that's it for today.  Have a great one and thank
for popping in to visit us.

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Spring ... Right?

 The calendar states today is the first day of spring but
apparently someone didn't tell Mother Nature.
 I think snow is pretty to look at but frankly I've had enough.
 I kept the appointment with the groomers and I'm happy 
with the job she did this time. There are a few little tweaks 
I will make but it's no big deal.
 The girl is showing me attitude because she didn't 
like me leaving her for 4 hours with the groomer-lady.
 I had to say the "T" word {treat} to get her to look at me.
 While the dogs were gone I finished the center section of this quilt.
There is a border & another row of blocks then it's done.
 Scottie pillowcases - standard size.
 More pillowcases - standard size.
Right now I'm doing a Flash Give-a-Way on Facebook to members
We deal with so many health issues that I like to have something
fun for members ever so often.  For this give-a-way all they
have to do is leave a short comment with one thing they
learned by being a part of this group.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Duck Visitors

 We were all excited to see ducks feeding and swimming
in our little swamp behind the house.
 Can you spot the female?

 Wilson and I have named this our very own small
'Dismal Swamp'.  This is protected ground behind our rental
so there will be no attempt to drain this standing water.
I added a link about the Dismal Swamp below.
{many years ago we went thru the swamp on a friends boat}
Scientists believe the Great Dismal Swamp resulted
from the last major shift of the continental shelf
The origin of Lake Drummond, one of only two natural
lakes in Virginia, is not entirely clear.
 Will they stay?  Will they build a nest?
Will we have baby ducks?
 Derby sitting pretty while I take his picture.
I was just getting ready to take another picture and Julep started
barking from the upstairs window.  One sets the other
off and it becomes a real bark-fest around here.
We are hopefully they will get this out of their
systems by the time we move into our permanent home. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Time Flies When You're Having Fun!

 This week just flew by ... quickly!
Westies will be groomed on Friday.
I so glad I left them longer than usual this winter
but it's now time to get them clipped for Easter.
 A new quilt I'm working on.  This one will go into the
Scottie Rescue Houston, TX at the end of the month.
 My dear sweet quilter friend Chris is always on
the lookout for westie/scottie fabric for me since she
knows I donate so much to various rescue groups.
Chris came across yards and yards and yards of this
Scottie fabric.  I decided to use it for pillowcases.  These
cases will be an added bonus to the person who wins the
quilt I showed [in a previous post] - bidding ends on Monday night
and as of now that quilt is up to $150.00 for Westie Rescue
Michigan.  Chris also gave me yards and yards of Scottie
flannel which I will make into cases later in the year.  
Also sending a thanks to JoAnn who picked up the fabric
for me from Chris at the last Guild meeting.  
 This is all the fabric I have in my everyday stash.
The Xmas fabric is still in a plastic tub.  I'm in dire
need of a trip to PA with my sister and that trip
is scheduled on April 10 ... PA here we come!
 I've never seen another westie with as much head fur as
Derby ... he grows coat like crazy!
 Julep ... in need also ... but she still looks cute.
 They love the size of my sewing room and well so do I!

 Can you spot the westie?
 Julep and Derby don't bother with morning naps
anymore ... why ... because they're afraid they might
miss something.  They love this house and watching
the neighborhood people walk their dogs.  Now the problem
is that Wilson and I are constantly saying 'no barks'.
 The chair we didn't know what to do with is now in my
sewing room ... as well as lamps, artwork and other stuff.
 Once I get my sewing room cleaned up and organized
just a little better I'll take a few pictures of my 'space'.
A welcome gift from our next door neighbors.  I found out
that we know many of the same people ... so that's it for
now ... thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Ladybug Dilemma

 While 'the boy' was outside sunning himself on the screened
in porch I was inside wondering what to do with all these
ladybugs ... so I did a little research on these little red things.
How Many Ladybugs Can You Find?
Ladybugs like to look for a place to hibernate. 
They are attracted to light colored homes, usually older homes 
and they are attracted to heat that the homes reflect. 
Once ladybugs have penetrated the home though, 
they are hard to get rid of.

Ladybugs release pheromones, it is sort of like "perfume" to 
attract other ladybugs. They use pheromones as a means of communication
during mating and hibernation. Insect pheromones are very powerful. 
They can be detected by others up to a 1/4 mile away. This helps ladybugs 
find each other and it lets future generations know of a good place to
"camp out" for the winter. The pheromones don't go away easily.
The chemical "scent" can remain year after year, and not only on the
outside of a structure, but also within the walls, where ladybugs
 tend to hide before emerging into your home. So, scrubbing pheromones 
off a house is a BIG task, if not impossible.

The yellow stuff you might see from time to time is their blood (hemolymph).
It, too, contains pheromones and it stains. You can see the yellow blood
when you hold a ladybug and it gets scared. This is a normal reaction
to stressful situations called reflex bleeding. Releasing some of its blood is
one way the ladybug can protect itself. The blood smells bad and signals to
a predator that this ladybug is not a good lunch choice.

Why do ladybugs come into my house in the winter time?
Ladybugs are attracted to the light colored houses. Especially, 
homes that have a clear southwestern sun exposure. Older homes tend to
 experience more problem with aggregations due to lack of 
adequate insulation. The ladybugs come in through small cracks 
around windows, door ways and under clap boards. They want 
to hibernate in a warm, comfortable spot over the cold months of winter. 
Ladybugs gather in groups when they hibernate, so if you see one, 
you can be sure more will follow. The best way to keep them out is to 
repair damaged clap boards, window and door trim and to caulk small cracks.

The bottom line just let the ladybugs do there thing.
On to other things like ... quilting!
I just finished the first quilt in our new place in what
the husband calls the manufacturing area.
This [as promised] is going to be donated to the 
Westie Rescue Michigan FB auction which starts
on Saturday and runs thru the weekend.
By the way ... did you see that Knoppa the Scottie won
Crufts 2015!  Rebecca Cross {the handler of Knoppa}
was the lady who would have handled Derby in the ring
if he would have went the show dog route.  Rebecca's
mom Doreen groomed both Julep and Derby until they
moved to Pennsylvania last year.  We are fortunate to know
Doreen & Rebecca because they are top rate!

I jazzed up the back of the quilt with an
inset panel made from left over blocks.
Hope this does well for the rescue organization.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Around The House

It's Sunday and I {Derby} have things to do ...
like watching the doggies being walked from the
screened in porch and trying to figure out how to
break out of the porch-jail.

 We managed to bring in [from the garage] that long buffet
table.  It flips open to make another full size table.
It was heavy but we did it and it fits perfectly.
 I know I said this before but from not wanting a formal
dining room to now wanting to have a formal dining 
room in the new house is a must.  The trick will be to
have the room the same size since everything fits perfectly.
 We still have boxes in the office area and
I need to get a pad to hold that needlepoint rug
in place.  I'm glad now we didn't give that rug away.
 The 3 piece unit with light bridge was a bear for
the movers to move.  This piece was something we had in
our Potomac home and was placed in Wilson's office when
we moved.  We talked about selling it but it was expensive and I still
like it.  Who knows if it will fit into the next house because
we don't need an office/den in that house.

 We still have dishes, crystal and other dinner party stuff
 in storage which I hope to get out over the next few
days.  Anything I can't find a spot for will be boxed up
and stored in my sewing room since I have plenty of room.
 The current drill is ... see doggies from the screened in
porch ... run into the door to push it open ... then 
charge up the steps to my sewing room windows ...
then bark ... bark ... bark.  They will be disappointed
when we move to Riverview Terrace since there are
not many dogs over there.  Here in Back Creek Landing
I think it's a mandatory rule to have a dog.  Yesterday I counted
at least 6 large breed dogs being walked past the house.
 Wilson in his new office which is at the front
of the house.  We're not crazy about the colors in
any room in this house ... but we're not repainting.
It's a running joke that this is Wilson's 'conference
room' since it is next to his office.  Conference room
sounds so much better than supply closet!
Have a great Sunday & thanks for popping in.