Paws || Walk On – 5.17 – 5.30

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 5.17-5.23

• still watching West Wing again (for the 3rd time).  Yes, it’s that good.
• finished watching Daredevil on Netflix.  Gory in parts, but a very good story.
• Skyped and knit with a friend in San Diego.
• watched a friend’s dog for a few days.
Mindy Lily• finished reading Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton.
• saw Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Really enjoyed it.
• continued the May photo-a-day challenge.
• helped to count the church offering.
• had lunch with my mom and mom-in-law.
• knit with friends at Starbucks.
• finished a baby quilt for a friend.Baby Quilt
• didn’t doodle at all this week with the a 100 day project.   I have a lot of catching up to do.
• walked the dogs.  Decided to keep track of our walks on a calendar.  So far for 2015: 118 out of 145.
Day 17 Starburst3• continued blog series {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
• continued with the Ripple Crochet Blanket for a wedding gift.
01155186f43602eca1bd1bb0336efa46e2dce65c7d_00001• still working on Margaret’s scarf.

 


Walk On | Week of 5.24-5.30

• call my grandpa in England. (I missed him last week)
• continue with the Photo-a-day challenge for May.
• continue to work on Margaret’s scarf.
• help to count the church’s offering.
• start prepping for Mike’s Dr. Who Quilt.
• continue with blog series {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
• 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.
• Skype and knit with a friend.
• work on Quest46.

My favorite quote from the week:  “Don’t let Yesterday use up too much of Today.”   Will Rogers

Have a wonderful week,
Grace

 

 

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Thanks for all the walks Mom.

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{Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} will return on Tuesday

{Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} blog series will return on Tuesday, May 26th.

Here in the United States, it’s Memorial Day weekend and in honor of that day, Woody, Ellie and Mindy wanted to show their appreciation.

WEM Memorial DayIf you’re visiting my blog for the first time, here’s a run down of this month’s series.

Every day (sort of) during the month of May, I’ll be posting a bird craft or bird-related item on my blog as well as placing that object on my wall tree.  I can’t wait until the end of the month when my tree will be alive with a collection of chirpy chums.

Here’s a view of the tree as of this posting.

Day 19 Wall Tree

 

The related posts can be seen here:

Day 19 – Flossie the Flamingo {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 18 – Reginald the Robin {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 17 – Starburst {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 16 – Henley the Bald Eagle {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 15 – Butterfly Inn {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 11 – Norville the Baby Parrot {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 10 – Oswald the Penguin {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 9 – Flora the Paisley Jay Bird {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 7 – Blue the Bird {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 6 – Penelope the Bird {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 5 – Charlie the Canary {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 4 – Three Chicks {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 3 – ‘Home Tweet Home’ Birdhouse {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 2 – Pom Pom Birds {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}
Day 1 – Crocheted Owls {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

ME Memorial Day

 

 

Mom also bought us headbands with sparkly stars….  We think we look more dignified with these ties.

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Saturday Snippets | May 23, 2015

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

1.  Wow. Wow. Wow.

2.  I can never get enough stories like this.

3.  This is a brilliant idea.

4.  Just finished this book.  A must read.

5.  This looks like an intriguing read.

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

Grace

 

 

Mindy

 

 

Just enjoying a Saturday nap.  You should try it – it’s the best.

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Day 19 – Flossie the Flamingo – {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}

Welcome to the {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} blog series.  Every day during the month of May, I’ll be posting a bird craft or bird-related item on my blog as well as placing that object on my wall tree.  I can’t wait until the end of the month when my tree will be alive with a collection of chirpy chums.

Day 19 Flossie the FlamingoFlossie the Flamingo arrived today after a long flight from Florida.  The Three Chicks started doting on her right away, finding her a comfy place on the tree and filling her full of lemon meringue pie.  While she appreciated all the pampering she found it a little strange because she had spent her life taking care of others as a waitress at Bob’s diner in the Florida Keys.

The diner was open 24 hours and Flossie always worked the night shift.  After a few years, she plucked up the courage to ask Bob if she could start making Key Lime pies for the customers.  When he didn’t object, she poured her heart and soul into making the best Key Lime pDay 19 Flossieie in the world.  It wasn’t long before people started pouring into Bob’s just to get a slice of Flossie’s pie.  During her shifts she always made sure the coffee was hot and the pies were fresh.

Henrietta is excited to try Flossie’s recipe and Flossie is ready to try a new flavor of pie.  I think these two are going to be fast friends.

Day 19 Flossie on the Wall TreeI found this pattern and crocheted Flossie using pink, black and white yarn.

 

 

Here’s a view of the tree so far.

Day 19 Wall Tree

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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More pie???  I love pie.

 

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Day 18 – Reginald the Robin – {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}

Welcome to the {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} blog series.  Every day during the month of May, I’ll be posting a bird craft or bird-related item on my blog as well as placing that object on my wall tree.  I can’t wait until the end of the month when my tree will be alive with a collection of chirpy chums.

Day 18 Reginald the RobinReginald the Robin flew onto the tree today.  And I have to say, he is a dapper little chap.  Reginald is from London where he worked as a train conductor at Euston Station.  He loved meeting all the different people traveling to places like Glasgow, Bath and Liverpool.  Children were his favorite because they seemed to enjoy riding the train the most.  He would chat with them as he punched their tickets and delighted in their excitement.

Reginald was very punctual, an essential characteristic for his job, and always set his watch 5 minutes early so he was never late.  He always marveled at passengers who had to run to catch his train at the last minute and wondered about recommending his method for punctuality.  In the end he just smiled, welcomed them aboard and said, “Tickets, please”. Day 18 Reginald on Wall Tree

I found this pattern and crocheted Reginald using red and brown yarn.

Here’s a view of the tree so far.

Day 18 Wall Tree

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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I hope Reginald doesn’t expect us to keep a schedule.  I don’t do well with being on time.

 

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Day 17 – Starburst – {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}

Welcome to the {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} blog series.  Every day during the month of May, I’ll be posting a bird craft or bird-related item on my blog as well as placing that object on my wall tree.  I can’t wait until the end of the month when my tree will be alive with a collection of chirpy chums.

Day 17 Starburst3Starburst came to visit today.  While he isn’t a particular species of bird, he makes up for that with his vibrant colors.  He always stands out in a crowd which came in really Day 17 Starbursthandy in his career as a traffic cop.  In New York, he was in charge of one of the busiest intersections in the city making sure the cars passed through in an orderly fashion and the people didn’t jaywalk.  He was the only officer that didn’t need to wear reflective clothing – for obvious reasons.

Day 17 Starburst on Wall Tree2He was one of the friendliest traffic cops by taking the time to wave to pedestrians, having his picture taken with tourists and calling AAA for stranded motorists.  This above and beyond kindness caught the attention of the mayor and over the course of his career, Starburst received many awards.  We are honored to have such a distinguished bird joining us on our tree.

I found this pattern and crocheted Starburst using yellow, orange, pink and blue yarn.

Here’s a view of the tree so far.

Day 17 Wall Tree

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

Minday

 

Just hearing about Starburst makes me want to be a better dog than I already am.  Maybe I could share my yogurt spoon with Woody?  Hhmmmm….  Maybe there’s another way to be a better dog….

 

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Day 16 – Henley the Bald Eagle – {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word}

Welcome to the {Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word} blog series.  Every day during the month of May, I’ll be posting a bird craft or bird-related item on my blog as well as placing that object on my wall tree.  I can’t wait until the end of the month when my tree will be alive with a collection of chirpy chums.

Day 16 Henley the Eagle4Say hello to Henley.

Henley, a bald eagle, is joining us on the tree for his retirement.  He served for 75 years as a forest ranger in the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.  He was especially proud of how he was able to take care of the area from the air and from his nest perched way up high.  He had considered selling insurance in his younger years (better pay), but discovered being a forest ranger fit his personality to a tee.

He’s been a loner most of his life, but now that he’s retired, he’s looking forward to making a small group of friends. He knows he can put people off because he looks so stern, but, inside, he’s really a big softy.  In his spare time he likes to fish and play pinochle and hopes that his recreational skills will help people to befriend him.

Day 16 Henley the Eagle2Naturally, he took the top spot on the tree (old habits die hard), but he’s hoping his skills will come in useful in this new phase of life.  I know Flora is feeling less lonely now that Henley has come to stay.  It think she’s a bit smitten with his intense stare and rugged good looks.

I found this pattern and crocheted Henley using brown, white, yellow and black yarn.

Here’s a view of the tree so far.

Day 16 Henley the Eagle on the wall tree

 

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

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Hey Henley’s cool!  I feel safer already now that he’s watching over us.

 

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