Paws || Walk On – 6.14 – 7.4

Every now and then when I’m walking dogs, I will just stop, ask them to sit for about 30 seconds and then I will say “walk on”. That is there cue to start walking again. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. They’re super focused when they’re on the walk and I like to know I can get their attention any time I need it. 2. It’s good to continue to incorporate training into their daily routines. Just as we need to continue to refine our skills, so must dogs.

This always reminds me how important it is for me to pause and reflect on the past week and then think about the next one as I “walk on”.

Paws | Week of 6.14-6.27  (two weeks worth)

• talked to my grandpa in England.
• still watching West Wing again (for the 3rd time).  Only 2 seasons to go.
Howie and Woody• watched a friend’s dog for a few days.
• finished reading Death of a Prankster by M.C. Beaton.
• walked the dogs.  Decided to keep track of our walks on a calendar.  So far for 2015: 165 out of 180.
• watched Tootsie after several decades.  Still so good.
• had coffee and knit with friends.
• attended the wedding of a dear friend.
Apron Side 2 Apron Side 1• finished an apron (belatedly) for my dad-in-law for Father’s day.
• had dinner with extended family and caught up with a cousin who we haven’t seen in years.

 

Knit Picks Chroma GreyKnit Picks Chroma Hollyhock• skyped and knit with a friend who lives in San Diego.  We’re going to start the same project in July.  The Joker and the Thief Shawl.  I chose a variegated fingering weight wool for the color and a grey for the solid.  Chroma from Knit Picks.
• continued with the Photo-a-day challenge for June.
Neck CoolerNeck Cooler on Mindy• we’ve been experiencing very hot temperatures (100+) so I made the dogs some neck coolers.  I used water absorbing crystals that really expand and really keep you cool.  The 20″ neck cooler only required 2 tsps of crystals.  I think I’m going to make some for Mike and I!

• changed my wake up time to 5am to beat the heat while walking the dogs.  I’ve had to change my bedtime to 8pm.  A bit of a transition, but worth it.
• helped to count the offering at church.
• went for a hair cut.

Tangled MessGiant Jenga• wound a couple skeins of newly purchased wool.  Ended up with a horrible tangle on the second skein.  Took a week to unwind, but so worth it.
• celebrated my nephew’s birthday.  Had a great party complete with Giant Jenga.  Get ready to jump when it finally falls.

Bow TieBow Tie on Mindy• made bow ties for the dogs in preparation for their 4th of July celebration.  Mindy really likes hers. No-really- she does.

 

Ripple Blanket• continued with the Ripple Crochet Blanket for a wedding gift.
01155186f43602eca1bd1bb0336efa46e2dce65c7d_00001• still working on Margaret’s scarf.

 


Walk On | Week of 6.28-7.4

• call my grandpa in England.
• finish Photo-a-day challenge for June and start for July.
• take care of a friend’s dog.
• continue to work on Margaret’s scarf.
• start embroidering the first panel of Mike’s Dr. Who Quilt.
• continue to make the Ripple Crochet Blanket for a wedding gift.
• continue to organize my craft room.  I work on this all the time.  It’s taking so long because I’ve re-organizing sections and trying to make things more efficient.  One day it will be done.
• start posting some items to Etsy.
• start reading What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren (not a joke) and I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers.
• work on Quest46.

My favorite quote from the week:  “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
Epicurus

Have a wonderful week,
Grace

 

 

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I’m really glad we’ve switched to bow ties.

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Saturday Snippets | June 27, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1.  The cuteness factor is off the charts.

2.  All I can say is “Cats are Resolute!”

3.  Completely insane.  The brilliance of people.

4.  Excellent discussion of goal setting.

5. And finally, more cuteness to get you ready for the weekend.

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

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This is MY bed and no cat will be allowed to commandeer it.  Well, unless it’s a lion, tiger, mountain lion or cute little tiny kitten.  Then I’ll give up my bed.  Large cats scare me and kittens melt me.  But other than that… this is MY bed!

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Saturday Snippets | June 20, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1.  You’ve probably already seen this, but this is the best invention ever.

2.  I found this really funny.

3.  This gave me chills.

4.  It’s a dog’s life.

5. And finally, one of the more significant differences between cats and dogs.

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

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Cats crack me up.

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Right now…

TIME: 9:01am.

LOCATION : dining room.

FEELING: full.  Just finished breakfast.

LOVING : my life, my husband and my dogs.

READING : Death of a Prankster by M.C. Beaton.  I love series.

DRINKING : Coffee.

ANTICIPATING : a day filled with dogs and crafting.  Pure bliss.

LISTENING TO : MUSIC : Eagles PODCAST : Curious Handmade Podcast.

WATCHING : West Wing and Hawaii 5-0.

PLANNING : to make car rental reservations for my England trip this year.  Eek!

LOOKING FORWARD TO : making a Cobb salad tonight and spending the evening with my hubby.

CREATING : gift for Father’s Day, cards and envelopes.

NEED TO FINISH : unknotting a skein of yarn that became a hot mess while I was trying to wind it into a ball.

WISHING : I had been more careful while winding said skein of yarn.  It’s taken me over a week to unknot.

GRATEFUL : for my nephew who’s celebrating his 20th birthday.

What are you “CURRENTLY” doing?

 

Grace

 

 

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Currently we are waiting for a treat. 

 

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Paws || Walk On – 6.6 – 6.20

Every now and then when I’m walking dogs, I will just stop, ask them to sit for about 30 seconds and then I will say “walk on”. That is there cue to start walking again. I do this for a couple of reasons: 1. They’re super focused when they’re on the walk and I like to know I can get their attention any time I need it. 2. It’s good to continue to incorporate training into their daily routines. Just as we need to continue to refine our skills, so must dogs.

This always reminds me how important it is for me to pause and reflect on the past week and then think about the next one as I “walk on”.

Paws | Week of 6.6-6.13

• still watching West Wing again (for the 3rd time).  Only 2 seasons to go.
• watched a friend’s dog for a few days.
Rusty and Ellie• finished reading Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton.
• walked the dogs.  Decided to keep track of our walks on a calendar.  So far for 2015: 144 out of 166.
• watched all three of the Taken movies.
• designed a flyer for my aunt’s business.
• had coffee and knitted with friends.  So good to catch up on life since they were on vacations.
• had my mom, her two dogs and my niece over to stay for a couple of nights.  So much fun.
• continued with the Photo-a-day challenge for June.
• wound a couple skeins of newly purchased wool.
Ripple Blanket• continued with the Ripple Crochet Blanket for a wedding gift.
01155186f43602eca1bd1bb0336efa46e2dce65c7d_00001• still working on Margaret’s scarf.

 


Walk On | Week of 6.14-6.20

• call my grandpa in England (I missed him this week).
• continue with the Photo-a-day challenge for June.
• attend a wedding of a dear friend’s daughter.
• continue to work on Margaret’s scarf.
• celebrate my nephew’s birthday.
• start embroidering the first panel of Mike’s Dr. Who Quilt.
• continue to make the Ripple Crochet Blanket for a wedding gift.
• continue to organize my craft room.  I work on this all the time.  It’s taking so long because I’ve re-organizing sections and trying to make things more efficient.  One day it will be done.
• enjoy a family dinner with cousins and their kids.
• continue with the Clean Mama Simple Summer Challenge.
• start posting some items to Etsy.
• start reading Death of a Prankster by M.C. Beaton.
• work on Quest46.

My favorite quote from the week:  “My wish for you is that you continue.  Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”
Maya Angelou

Have a wonderful week,
Grace

 

 

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I’ve really enjoyed our occasional double walks.  Feel free to make those daily.

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Saturday Snippets | June 13, 2015

Welcome to Saturday Snippets.  This is where I share links and odd bits of info from the past week.

1.  I LOVE this video…. a little long, but so worth it!

2.  This kid is beyond amazing.

3.  So proud to be donate to this incredible organization.

4.  There really aren’t any excuses.

5. And finally, the start of a beautiful relationship.

Well that’s all the Snippets I have for today.  Have a wonderful rest of your day,

Grace

 

 

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Remember my puppy hood?

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Re-Organizing the Hall Closet

Recently, two events conspired to “force” me to clean out and rearrange our hall closet.

Event #1:  Clean Mama started a Simple Summer Challenge where you take one area of your house and clean it out.  I’m a sucker for challenges so I started to think about which area of the house I wanted to tackle (I have lots of options).  I still didn’t have an idea until Event #2 happened.

Event #2:  When Mindy came to live with us last year, we soon discovered that she believed her primary job in life was to protect the dog food bin.  We’ve kept a Rubbermaid 20lb plastic bin in our kitchen area for 25+ years and have never had an issue – until now.  She wasn’t aggressive or anything, but when friend’s dogs would come to stay, Mindy would camp out in front of the food bin and protect it at night.  I guess she didn’t feel that it needed protecting during the day, but night was a different story.  Every now and then I would hear her bark (extremely unusual for her) and know that someone (dog) had ventured too close for her comfort.  Suffice it to say, we needed an alternate plan.  We started by storing the bin in Mike’s office, but after a while that really didn’t work.  Then, in a flash of inspiration, I thought about the hall closet.

A lot would have to be rearranged and reorganized, but I’m so glad I took up the challenge because it’s made all the difference.  Here are some before and after photos.

Hall Closet BeforeAs you can see, this basically became a dumping ground for lots of miscellaneous stuff.  I started by removing the plastic storage bins on the right as well as an extra picnic basket.  I’m not entirely sure why I kept one because we never picnic, but maybe one of these days…

I installed a hook on the left wall just inside the door for our aprons as well as a Tap light on the right side wall just inside the door.

Here is the after photo and some close-ups:

 

Hall Closet After5Hall Closet After11Hall Closet After10Hall Closet After9Hall Closet After4Hall Closet After6Hall Closet After2Hall Closet AfterHall Closet After3Originally I had our cleaners on the bottom shelf, but I moved them up to the top to get them away from the dog food.

 

 

 

As much as I could, I tried to consolidate items for easy retrieval.

 

 

 

 

In the process of cleaning out this closet, I discovered a box of Tap Lights.  We needed light, so I added Velcro to the back and stuck it to the wall.  Does a great job.

I also consolidated my cleaning rags and reusable grocery bags.

And of course, the dog food bin.  Works like a charm and we’ve had peace in the house Hall Closet After14ever since. ;-)
I use two Rubbermaid containers for our new and old batteries.  When the old container gets full I just take the batteries to our local Staples for disposal.

We keep our fanny packs and travel bags in here by looping them around the closet rod.  Makes it super easy when we need them for a long walk or for a trip.

And finally, I stored our picnic basket, water coolers and thermoses on the top shelf as well as decluttered our multi-pocket over-the-door organizer.  I Goodwill-ed a bunch of stuff (fairly certain I won’t need a set of Dora-the-Explorer dominos), threw out a few things and am feeling really good about this FINISHED project.

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In my last Paws || Walk On post, I quoted Walt Disney who said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”  I’ve been ‘talking’ about cleaning out this closet for ages and now, with the help of a challenge and a vigilant dog, I’m done… until I need to sort it out again ;-).

Until next time,

Grace

 

 

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If you need me, I’ll be hanging out in front of the hall closet.

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