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Remember my post about Bamboo, our little foster dog?  Well he was officially adopted yesterday and is now in his new “forever” home.  I am so relieved he is now settled for good.  He was such a good and sweet dog.

Also something else newsworthy.  I had submitted my post, My Home for Foster Dogs, and it was published in the carnival blog “Lynn’s Views”.  Go on over and have a look at all of the other great pet stories there – http://lynnsviews.net/2010/09/24/carnival-of-dogs-and-cats-september-25-2010/

It’s shopping day today so I’ll let you know tomorrow if I found any great deals.

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I think that most followers know my sidekick, Buck the beagle.  Where ever I am in the house is where you will find him.  He is 7 years old and was rescued from a pound just before he was to be euthanized (more like a bullet in the head, it’s cheaper).  He was our first foster dog and just never left.  He is just my speed when we walk and I can always count on him to cheer me up when the day is cold and gray.  We did adopt him and we all couldn’t be happier.

We have an adoptee in temporary residence with us now.  This is Bamboo!

He is the most loveable Pug mix with tons of personality.  I don’t know if he was abandoned or owner surrendered, all I know is that he has an abundance of love for whoever adopts him.

Don’t let the docile look fool you.  When it comes to going out for a walk you must deal with a whirlwind.  It is like trying to harness Tigger.  He gets so excited and just can’t wait for you to get ready.  Buck, on the other hand, is more like Eeyore and sits patiently.  What a pair.

I think nearly every adult has had a pet at some point in their lives.  I have always been a cat lover and have owned many.   There was the white cat named  Charlie Brown by my daughter.  Then there was Taurus the tortoise shell, and Miss Fluff our very prissy black and white longhair and finally Mischief, my black shorthaired ball of mischief.  All of the cats survived to old age with the exception of Mischief who died at age 3.

I was devastated and cried for days.  Mischief was everything to me.  I could always count on him to get into”mischief”, hence the name.  I was very hesitant to go with another cat as I felt so responsible for Mischief’s passing and could not bear to think I may kill another one.  It was just way to hard for me.  Our son had been hinting about owning a dog, so, since he was old enough I thought it would maybe be a good time to try one out.  I was so lonely during the day and desperately needed another companion, and that is when Buck came to us.

None of these pets were purebred and they all just needed a forever home for one reason or another.  I guess I have been rescuing for most of my life and have always had a companion around.   Each one has been a joy and blessing wrapped in fur.   There is nothing like the comfort of a pet.   They play many roles in your life, therapist,  psychologist, entertainer, friend, bodyguard, nursemaid, you name it.

Now I am surrounded with all of this and more.  Luckily my hubby is the same and enjoys these dogs as much as I do.  They can be a lot of work but I have the time now and can devote it to my family and furbabies.  What a wonderful life I have.

Yes, this is it.  All of my scrap yarn jumbled together in one humungous pile.  There are partial balls, uncompleted projects and handfuls all thrown in together.  What a mess!  I finally have had enough and decided end this disorganization once and for all.

With all of the patience I could muster, I slowly tackled this mess and rewound balls, pulled apart unfinished pieces and all of the other pieces .  Each color was then wound neatly and set aside carefully.  I was so happy that I had gotten that far until the one question popped into my head – “How are you going to store it?”  Well the good old zip lock bag trick was useless and putting them into an old cookie tin would only end in the same mess.  Then it hit me!  I had the answer all along in my fridge!

Yes, in my fridge.  And here it is –

You can’t see it very well but each cup holds a ball of yarn.   They will now stay separated and neat.  I am so proud of myself.  It has only taken me forever to come up with this idea.

Yes, I am a little slow but at least I come up with something in the end.  Sometimes frustration does have it’s benefits.

I am not a fan of Mondays. This is a holiday Monday and I have the blues.

Nothing new in Friday’s mailbox and the weekend has been quiet. I have managed to get more crocheting done and am working on some ATC (Artist Trading Cards). I needed a break as my fingers were getting tired. It is a slow process and I hope to use them as business cards and include them in some of my orders. I’ll probably do a tutorial on IndieSmiles and will keep you updated.

It has finally cooled down here in Ontario, Canada and I can officially declare that Autumn has arrived. The kids go back to school tomorrow and I can get back into my school year routine. My son is not happy about this but he is getting to that age and would rather sleep in. Oh, Well!

It’s a very drab day outside and incredibly quiet in the neighbourhood. Buck the beagle is snoring away behind me and our grandfather clock in the hallway just chimed 11a.m. ten minutes early again. I guess I had better get hubby to fix that today. Ho-hum. Another Monday.

It’s still a little warm up here with the forecast of cooler weather on the way soon.

Yesterday’s mail held a real gem of a package from another Swap-bot
partner. I emptied out the package and was overwhelmed with an array of colors and patterns. What a treat! I’ve never received such a large package of wonderful treasures. Boy, was my brain reeling with ideas and inspiration!
Just a reminder to everyone that the Indie Smiles Charity Birthday Bash is still on. Don’t forget to drop on by and vote for your favorite pet or handmade item. Lots of great prizes and lots of fun for everyone.

Yes, it is still hot up here. Hope we get a break soon.

Here is the surprise in the mailbox yesterday. It came all wrapped up with a pretty pink envelope and note. What a treat when I opened up the package and found all of this –

Fat quarters, red ric rac, patterned ribbon and a super reusable shopping bag. I am going to keep the bag in my purse for any of those “I am only going in to grab one thing” shopping trips. This came from the “Sewing swap with a twist” swap at Swap-bot. I am so lucky!

I don’t know about you but the weather in Ontario, Canada is hot, hot, hot!!! We are all still in vacation mode until Tuesday when the kids return to school.

The good old mailbox held some really great surprises yesterday for me!

This came from my Editor at IndieSmiles. I had won the best columnist in July award and my wonderful prize is that gorgeous necklace in the middle. It was tucked inside the lovely little violet pouch. I was thrilled and had it on all day yesterday.(click on the image for a closer look!)    You can find more  fabulous jewelry at her shops – http://seastardreams.artfire.com or   http://seastardreams.etsy.com

Look at these fat quarters! What super colors and patterns. This came from a separate swap through a friends blog. My poor old brain has been reeling with ideas and inspiration.

Boy, did I do good yesterday!


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