So, in an effort to get my mind off of this little unexpected mess, I present a favorite baby picture of Shadow II. He’s two now, and he’s the second sable Sheltie Mark’s grandfather has named Shadow. For some crazy reason, this little boy liked to nap in boxes. We discovered that on this day, when Mark thought he was playing with the pup. Nope. Shadow II thought it made a lovely little nest, and quickly fell asleep! Two years later, he still favors tight, enclosed napping spots, like between the chair and the wall, under my desk, etc.
We’re finished reading book #7. Mugsy missed a few chapters late last night, but insisted that we finish reading when Mark left around 4:30am. Who am I to argue with a crup? Since I know a couple of friends are still reading or haven’t even started yet, please hold off on any comments other than “I’m done too” or something of the like. 😉
There are a few little things I need to tend to, since I was away for four days, and haven’t really had time for normal computer-type activities until now.
Firstly, Paula and Mary both nominated me for the Rockin’ Girl Blogger. Thanks, ladies! I can’t remember the last time I was nominated for something, and I surely didn’t expect anything from blogland!
Next, and also from Paula is the new Dogs on Thursdays logo!
Maybe later today you’ll get some knitting photos, and/or a knitting book review. Right now though, I’m going to find some breakfast and being on the mountain of laundry I have to tackle.
But wait! There’s more! We all love contests, right?! Well, pop over and check out this one. I found it via another blogging friend, so I hope you’ll visit them both too. It’s a point well-taken; if we don’t leave comments, most bloggers don’t know we’re reading.
Anne issued a challenge on Fitter Knitters, and you know I love a challenge – and a contest! You know, I discovered while in Chicago on business earlier this week, that it’s not so hard to be fit while traveling. I drank lots of water, ate a salad with every meal (even with the deep dish pie at Giordano’s!), and picked up a piece of fresh fruit every time it was offered. We walked a lot, and I unabashedly packed nothing but my favorite “thong” style Birkenstocks, so hoofing it around the McCormick Center and downtown was almost painless, even at Val’s brisk pace. (She’s not a blogger, folks. She’s my dear friend, who’s just moved back to Jersey after becoming a single mom to two BEAUTIFUL little girls…) Lorraine (a local friend!) and I shared a whole wheat turkey sub one day for lunch, partially because it was a whopping $8.50, but mostly because we knew we didn’t need or want a whole one. A little self-awareness, healthy friends, and it’s a breeze to feel you’re making progress on fitness while traveling!
Some of you know I was in Chicago with four of my best friends for Pampered Chef’s annual conference. They talked a lot about dreams and goals too. I’m still working on that, but it’s interesting that the same words show up in different phases of my life. Do you have dreams? You do know that if you take a deep breath, develop an action plan, and set goals along the way, virtual any dream is achievable, right?! I know that for me, as I’ve aged, I’ve forgotten to dream. Oh, I have goals, but right now, I lack any kind of big carrot out there to motivate me. (Cables though, for my knitting goals, but that’s another post for another day!) Working in a family business, there’s no need to strive for another step on the ladder. When my inlaws retire, Mark and I will step up. No assessments or competition, just the natural life cycle within a family business. I am complacent, and I need to change!
So, how ’bout it? Will you share your dreams with me and help me find something about which I can truly be passionate again? (So much for knitting content, but I did mention cables, right?) I know many of my friends have big, beautiful dreams, and I love to hear about them. They inspire me to reach higher and to continue to work on my personal growth. (I took my shoes off in the airport and cooled my feet on the concrete! I let Missy sit on my bed pillows without freaking out!)
And if you haven’t tried Pampered Chef products, swing by my website and check them out!
…makes the dogs bark more than twice.
This could also be titled, why one should always get dressed, even on Saturdays. Luckily, it was the postmistress herself, and not the young man substitute. I, in my nightie and dogs in the yard… You don’t want to hear much more of THOSE details, but the postmistress left my package by a tree, as the dogs refused to come in, I couldn’t go out, and she wouldn’t believe they wouldn’t bite.
That’s the first thing I saw when I ripped open the box. I was just getting ready to paint my toes, but I can always wear something with a closed toe to the wedding, right?! A *GORGEOUS* bag, from my incredibly generous felted bag pal, whom I now know as Lia. I’ve enjoyed her blog for a while, but I was hardly sure she was my pal. Hooray! I continue to be spoiled. (Bamboo handles! Rich brown and vivid blue on the bag. Bliss!)
This is what I saw when I unzipped the bag. Yep folks, I said UNZIPPED. I can’t sew much at all, so I can only dream of such grand construction. There’s a better picture of the lining and the goodies coming, so just enjoy the show. I was so blown away by the awesome bag that I surely wasn’t expecting anything within. I just unzipped it to appreciate its largeness, and to ponder taking it instead of my Healthy Back Bag as my “purse” for the flight tomorrow, and wow! More spoiled goodness!
Here’s a peek at the lining, and more of the bag. Wonderful, yes? Between the above shot and this one, you can see that it’s a great, coordinating brown and blue paisley. I am positive I never mentioned how much I love paisley, but there it is. Squee!
The goodies. The Vogue On the Go Felting, Gloves in a Bottle moisturizer, some Tehku Pacific Jade Green Tea, hand-tied into rosettes (what a beautiful luxury!), my beloved Tofutsies yarn in a great pink colorway, and the cutest honey spoon (more on that in a bit.) I can’t wait to get home from Chicago already, so I can make some tea and take photos, so my tea swap blog readers can share the incredible beauty of ornamental teas. Again, WHAT A TREAT!
As excited as I am about the tea, you have to see a close-up of the spoon. See the bend in the middle? That’s so the spoon can perch happily and ungooily (oh, how Blogger will hate that word!) on the edge of my cup or mug! It really is a very practical, pretty honey spoon, and interestingly enough, it coordinates nicely with my favorite teapot, but that’s a post for another day, and even another blog, honestly.
Thank you, Lia. That is a most impressive swap package. You went so far above and beyond, and can serve as a model spoiler! Sure, the package was a tad late, but she stayed in touch, and I had the very distinct impression that it would be worth the wait. (Was it ever!) What truly makes Lia a great swapper is her attention to detail. She obviously read not only my questionnaire, but my blog, and not only took a stab at producing packages I would love, but went out of her way to send things she *KNEW* would delight me. (By no means am I snubbing or overlooking my other spoilers. I have had some AWESOME pals, and have received wonderful swap boxes. It’s just as I co-host more swaps, I can’t resist taking the opportunity to point out what’s so perfect about a good swapper!)
Pardon me, but I must hit publish, eat the lunch my dear hubby picked up in town, when he picked up the wedding card I forgot, and see about these toes that need some paint!
That’s Fred and Shadow II. Shadow is the second sable sheltie Mark’s grandfather has owned, and so, Pop used the same name. This picture was taken two years ago, but Fred doesn’t come to the shop with me much anymore, because Shadow *STILL* insists upson licking Fred *IN* the mouth. My patient old man just walks away and counts on me to make the brat stop. That’s why he’s my hooey hound!
Y’all know I love Carodan Farm. Their newsletter had a bit in there about a new project they’re doing, in conjunction with Socks for Soldiers. I thought some of you might be interested. I also want to stress that one needn’t knit socks to participate! There are other, non-sock options, including washcloths and beanies, but read the guidelines, because they’re very specific.
I remain in awe of the knitterly kind karma out there.
PS – Blogger? Knitterly *IS* too a word. So there! (I’d stomp my foot, but Blogger wouldn’t hear me.)