Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

I would like to wish all of my
family, near and far,
friends, near and far,
neighbors, new and old,
blog friends, whom I have met and those I have only met on the internet,
and anyone who is fortunate enough to be owned by a Scottie

The Happiest of New Years and a hope for 
Blessings and Peace 
for all of you!

You all mean so much more to me than you will ever know.  You bring love and richness and support to my life and I am grateful beyond measure.

Miss Jean

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tea Time

It's so nice after Christmas to sit back and relax and reflect on the season.   I hope you were able to have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

My friend Nikki and I love to get together for tea.  She gave me the sweet little tea mug you see and it always reminds me of her and how much I cherish our friendship.  She's so much more than a "BFF", different than a sister, a true kindred spirit.  She's always in my heart and mind.

 I love my Tea Canister.  We were fortunate to be able to go to the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island and I bought it there as a souvenir.   It's by Brandbury's Fine Bone China and I haven't seen it anywhere since to purchase any more pieces.  When we moved it was wrapped very, very carefully.

 I know you've been busy, doing so much for others these last couple of months.  Pour some tea and take a moment for yourself.   It doesn't take much time (or money) to make yourself feel special.  You deserve it!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

From our house to yours, may you have the most blessed and merriest Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year

Jean, Sweetie, Maggie and Mollie

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Getting back into the swing of things.....

I finally got back in the swing of things and went to one of my weekly sewing meetings today.  It felt really good to be out and see everyone again.  I haven't been going many places for a couple weeks as my allergies are BAD!  I was supposed to go to the allergist yesterday for testing.  You know, you should really read directions ahead of time.  I looked to see where the appointment was and noticed the instructions that told me about stopping all allergy medication a few days ahead of time.  I had to call and reschedule!  I hope they can do something for me like shots.  I take allergy meds and they make me tired.  It certainly doesn't make for a very productive day.  Get up, take pills, sit, nap, get up again, sit, take pills, go to bed, ad nauseum!

I was really surpised at  the meeting today because two of my friends had Christmas gifts for me.  I hadn't taken theirs because I thought for some strange reason that Christmas was Thursday and we had another meeting next Wednesday.  I'll have to drop theirs off at their houses.

 This darling little stuffed Scottie dog is from Darcy.  I love it!!!!  It is quite the vintage pattern, going back to at least the 30's so using 30's fabric is perfect!!!

Carol makes these darling kitchen towels and she said when she saw the Scottie fabric at Joann's she knew she had to make it for me.  I don't care if she did say it can really be used, hubby has been warned!!!!  It's Christmas fabric but I'm going to keep it up all the time.

Not much else is going on around here.  I have some baking and candy making to do.  I'm putting together a box for the couple next door.  They shovel my snow for me which is so invaluable.

Tomorrow I'm going to donate blood as I try to do every time I am eligible.  I am O negative and they love me.  There is a critical need for that blood type so I'm glad to help. O negative is a universal donor and only between 6 and 7 percent of the population has it.  It's really easy and painless to donate blood so consider doing it this holiday season, no matter what blood type you are.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Spa Day

Mollie and Maggie went to the groomers yesterday. They would both rather stay outside and roll around in the snow and play all day so they both needed a spa day - BAD.   This was Mollie's first trip to the groomer since we got her.  I wanted her to feel comfortable before we exposed her to anything new and scary.  As it is, she doesn't travel well in the car.  I put her in the crate and she always gets sick, like all over, like bad!  I'm sure part of it is that she is afraid she's going to be abandoned again.  She got sick going but was fine coming home.  Next trip I'm going to try letting her sit on the back seat with Maggie.  They will be harnessed in to the seat belt holders so they can't get hurt and I'll put lots of blankets and towels down - just in case.  This is how Maggie travels and it's one of her favorite things to do.
 I'm sorry the picture is a tad blurry, but doesn't she look so adorable now?  The groomer, Jaymie, said she did just fine and was happy and there were no problems.  She said Mollie's starting to get the little tufts of hair between the ears that are so darling.

I talked to Jaymie about Mollie's coat and tail.  Maggie has a nice straight smooth coat.  Mollie's is soft but wavy.  She said her coat was not standard (she used to have a Scottie) and that may be why someone got rid of her.  Not up to standard - kick her out.  Insert angry face here!  Also Mollie's tale does not arch around like it should.  Most of the time it hangs down and when she does raise it is only slight.  Jaymie said she might have some nerve damage from an accident - intentional or otherwise.  Any opinions out there in Scottie land?

Whatever the case may be,  I'm so glad we found her - or she found us.  Even Maggie is glad she is here so she has someone to play with.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snow Day

Here in Colorado we are experiencing a true arctic blast.  The local news stations have been warning us  of the impending storm, but nothing really prepares you for something like this.  It started snowing last evening and hasn't stopped yet in our area.  That's all fine and dandy, we've been through this before.  What we haven't had before, at least not Sweetie and I, are the cold temperatures.

Doesn't it just look picturesque and peaceful?  It is, except it's only 8 degrees outside!  The cold temperatures are going to hang around till the weekend and depending on which news agency you listen to, today's high will be between 8 and 10 degrees and the low tonight will be between -8 and -6 degrees!  That's cold people!  We are advised to leave any faucet on an outside wall turned on to a slow drip and to keep cupboard doors and/or shower doors open so the heat can get to them.  Otherwise you run the risk of your pipes breaking.  I had the kitchen sink dripping all night and only caught a mixing bowl full of water so I don't feel bad about "wasting" water.  Late last night I stuck my head out the front door and it was scary cold.  There was even frost on the inside of the storm door. We're staying in and keeping a close tab on Mollie and Maggie when they have to go outside.

Speaking of Mollie.  As  new quilter years ago, I thought that I had to match the thread with the fabric when I was piecing the quilts.  I have since learned to use neutrals, white, cream, beige, gray with an occasional black thrown in as those stitches don't generally show.  So I naturally have lots of colored thread that I don't use.  I was throwing putting some things in the spare bedroom to clean up one day and put my big glass jar of thread on the floor tucked away on the other side of the dresser along with some other sewing things.  Well, somehow, Mollie decided to go exploring.  Did she dig out my myriad assortment of neon colored threads that I don't use?  Of course not!

She went straight for the neutrals!!!!  Mollie, Mollie, Mollie!  What can I say.  She must have gotten the  neutral thread memo!

To all of you who are experiencing severe weather, stay safe and warm.  To all of you who have lovely, sunny, warm weather - consider yourself very lucky!

Have a great rest of the week!!!