Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Buddy System

This poor blog; it was lost for so long.
To be honest I was busy.
I forgot the password.
I got a puppy.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook you know about the puppy. He has become a very big part of my life. We brought him home in February so I got to spend a couple of weeks in the worst Minnesota weather in recorded history potty training a tiny creature on the back patio. He's a smart one and he learned quickly and thoroughly. And the look on his face when the high snow banks behind our house melted was priceless ~ he had a whole new world to explore out there.

His name is Buddy. He is a Maltipoo, which means his mama is a Poodle and his papa is a Maltese. After 8 years of grieving the loss of Nikky, our Maltese; we decided to get another dog. No one in our area had Maltese pups but we found a very kind family in our area who raises Maltipoos. It is one of the best decisions we've ever made. Buddy is so much a part of our family. We were delighted this summer when he showed no fear of the boat or water. (Nikky was scared of everything.) Buddy is so proud when we put on his life jacket. He also loves car rides (in his crate, of course), children, all the neighbors and walks.

This brings me to the title of this post. The Buddy System. I have not walked so much in my life! Buddy is always up for walks. Always. And I need the exercise. I've lost several pounds since Buddy came along. It's wonderful! At first I was worried he might be getting too exhausted on these jaunts, but then I read that this breed is more than happy to trot 3 to 4 miles at a stretch once they reach adulthood. Buddy turns a year old on December 16th; he's right on schedule.

The pillows. Yes, I am still beading pillows. My mom has actually started listing in my Etsy shop and you can see her excellent work in the Quilts by Marno section ~ Marno

Buddy has his own Facebook page which you can like at Buddy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Autumn Walk

I have lived in Minnesota almost all of my life. It is a beautiful state. Some people complain about the snow and cold, but it's the real four seasons that make living here so special. Today is a lovely day: sunny and currently 65 degrees (appreciated more because soon that snow and cold will arrive!).

The walk begins on a nearby bike path heading south.


The neighbors.


Seems vacant at the moment.


Zumbro River near Mayowood mansion.


Canada geese gliding on the Zumbro.


The walk home. (My house is straight ahead.)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

News from the Craft Room


 
With summer 2013 now only a string of special memories the craft room has kicked into high gear with a flurry of holiday activity! More fabrics of orange, brown, green and red are appearing. Seed beads of gold and glass beads of silver, red and crystal seem to be multiplying on the work table, too.

A couple of fall-themed pillows have already made their way into my Etsy shop and beyond. And it’s time, once again, to bead cardinals and pine needles. Plans are also in the works for me to “teach” a pillow beading class at a local fiber arts boutique in late October.
It’s an exciting, busy time of year. But when is it not? You may remember that I spent much of this year preparing for my daughter’s wedding – which was an awesome success on July 13. Post wedding I spent some relaxing time at the lake. I am looking forward to creating new and unique beaded pillows for the holidays.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake, 2013

 
It was chilly, windy and a little rainy, but we still had a wonderful time!
 









Saturday, May 4, 2013

Home is Where the Snow Is

Living in Minnesota this time of year can be very interesting. On Monday and Tuesday (April 29 and 30) we had sunshine with temperatures in the mid to upper 70’s. On Wednesday (May Day!) it poured rain. On Thursday, May 2nd we had a record snowfall of 14.5 inches!

My backyard 5/2/13

The street out front 5/2/13
 It’s no coincidence that I now live in the same town where I was born. I love Minnesota, and although I have lived in other states, this is where I am home. I enjoy our four seasons. 
Old Man Winter is taking far too long to melt away this year, but it will make summer's arrival that much sweeter.