Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hey, there, Georgia Bloggers!

This is a shout out to all the bloggers out there that live in Georgia (or Georgia visitors).  We have a family friend that will be in Savannah next week on business.  Do any of you have any ideas and suggestions as to any "must see"  things he can do?  So far, all he has come up with is ghost tours and the Paula Deen restaurant.  There must be some more "guy" things out there. I've been to Georgia to visit family but have never made it to Savannah.

I've asked my Georgia family but they have gotten back to me as yet.  Let me know so he can experience the true beauty and hospitality of Georgia like I have many times.

Thanks, ya'll!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Good Golly Miss Maggie!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  It was quiet here at our house.  Just hubs and I so we went out to eat.  Spent the weekend watching movies - Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and The Iron Lady.  I had seen "Seeking" at the theater with my sister but hubs wanted to see it.  A real tear  jerker.  The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep was excellent.  Who knew all that was going on in England.  I was too busy with kids and a job to be aware of it all.  At the time I thought someone else should get the Academy Award, but that's because I hadn't seen Meryl become - become - The Iron Lady!  Wow!

The other day I took Maggie to PetSmart to be fitted for a harness.  I bought her one called an Easy Walk.  She has a nice pink tartan harness that matches her collar and leash but, as the trainer explained to me, they just encourage your dog to pull like a sled dog.  That's exactly what Maggie does and she has made me fall - twice!  Ouch!  I can't afford to end of with a broken anything so off to PetSmart we went.  After Super Great Trainer Brenda fitted Maggie and showed me what to do, we went to our local shopping center and walked.  No pulling, no stress, just a great time.  We got lots of smiles and remarks about how cute Maggie is, but the one who made the biggest fuss was a teenage boy!  How cool is that?

I'm taking Maggie back for private lessons after the holidays.  Now that we have the leash problem solved, she just has two other "issues" we want to work on.  One, she jumps on people when they come over.  Most of the time it's just for a little bit and then she leaves them alone.  For some reason, though, she took a liking to hubs' physical therapist and would almost sit on his shoulders while he was trying to do his job.  He didn't mind, as he has dogs at home.  However, for some unknown reason in the universe, not everyone is a dog person, so I have to at least make an attempt to calm her down.

The other issue she has, which is the most serious one, is that if she were to get out she would be in Wyoming or New Mexico before we could catch her.  Boy, does she run fast.  She got out a couple times in California and we were able to catch her.   However, if she were to get out and see a rabbit there would be no stopping her.  So we'll be working on her "sit, down, stay, come" commands.

I don't know if I mentioned that we have a large pet door so she can go in and out on her own.  "On your own, do you hear that, Maggie?"  She'll sit by the door and wait for me to "click" the lock.  Then she'll go out.  Don't ask - I have no idea why.  Other times she'll just stand there with her head out the pet door trying to decide if it's worth her time to go out.

I'm telling you.  Owning a Scottie is an adventure.  A big wonderful fun adventure!

Have a great week!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Attention Bloggers

Do any of you know why I can't add anymore links to my blog?  I have found many new and wonderful blogs, but sadly, I can't add them to my list. I can delete, but not add.  What's up with that?

Monday, November 12, 2012

That Maggie!

This morning I spent quite a bit of time out front shoveling snow and ice.  The house faces northeast and ours is the last house on the block, possibly the city, where the snow melts. I swear there will be snow in our yard in August!   I wanted to get it cleared as I'm so afraid either the lawn guys, the paper delivery person or our neighbor might slip and fall.  Besides, I didn't want to fall taking out the garbage cans.  The driveway is sloped so that doesn't help matters at all.  I got it cleared up as much as possible, taking baby steps  all the time and being careful. (I did find some salt stuff later that I sprinkled around. That stuff really works!)

So Deloris, our neighbor, and I take the dogs for a walk. There was still ice on the driveway so Maggie and I walk down to the sidewalk through the our yard.  It was full of snow but at least was not icy.  We had gotten around the block when Maggie sees a rabbit, pulls the leash and......yes.....I fell!  So much for being careful.  I bruised my knee and I'm sure it's going to be sore in the morning.

Tell me this.  Why do we get embarrassed when we do things like that?  It's like we've done something wrong or anything.  I just laughed it off but I still felt silly.  That's the second time Maggie has done that to me.  I fell one day walking back from the mail box from her pulling me.  I managed to throw myself on the grass so I wasn't hurt, but I looked around to make sure no one saw me.

I'm going to have to have a talk with Maggie!  In the meantime, I think I'll go sit down.  Very carefully!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Catching Up

Things are going well here.  We spent a great time yesterday with some friends that I met through blogging, Mary and her husband Bill.  They live about three hours south of here and were going out of state.  Since we live only about 20 minutes from Denver International Airport, we had them leave their truck here and we took them to the airport so they wouldn't have to pay for parking.  It gave us a perfect opportunity to catch up as we don't see them that often.  We do plan on driving down to visit soon, weather permitting.  Go check out Mary's blog. You're in for a treat.

I've been attempting to "get out there" and do things and meet people.  When you have a hobby like quilting, it's really easy to do.  I've joined a quilt guild and have met a great group of gals there. We have meetings once a month and an open sew day once a month.  I go to a quilt shop near here for open sewing one day a month and will start going on another day for a day of needlework.  I plan on working on hand sewing my bindings on that day.  The shop is expanding their square footage so both of these groups may start meeting twice a month.  Thanks, Jeanne!!!

Once a week I go to a meeting at a local Sew and Vacuum shop for sew and tell and a craft demonstration.  Great group of gals!

 I've just learned of another sewing group I want to look into and I plan on asking someone to refresh me in crocheting.  I'm going to drop in to the local library as they have a once a month garden club meeting.  I don't want to get too involved in that, but since Colorado gardening is so different than California, I need to get all the help I can.  Lastly, one of my neighbors has invited Maggie and I to go walking with her and her friend.

I guess the point of all this is that I know it's difficult to move away from family and friends.  You have no idea how it can hurt.  But if you are in the same position as I am, get out there!  Don't just sit at home.  If you have a hobby, look into local guilds and clubs.  If you don't have a "crafty" hobby, but you read and you miss your book club, go to the local library.  Perhaps they have book clubs like ours does.  Volunteering is another avenue to explore.  I have some ideas there that I would like to pursue but want to get through a snowy winter first so I can see how that will affect my going places.  Winters are not too severe here in this area so I'm hoping I can get out and volunteer and one of the local animal rescue shelters at least one day a month. You may be thinking that I've committed myself to to many things.  True.  However, that doesn't mean I have to do them all.  I can see which ones are best for me and pare them down.   In the meantime, like I said, I'm getting out there.

I miss my family and sewing friends something awful.  But when they come visit me look at all the wonderful places I can take them to and introduce them to some great people.

Have a wonderful weekend!  We are due for some cold, rainy and snowy weather this weekend so I plan on either quilting, reading or napping.  My guess it's going to be all three!!!