‘Tis the Season

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.  There will be some warmer shelter pets because of Gaylen‘s challenge (I haven’t made mine yet either, so it’s all good), and if you need great gift ideas, read the comments!  Sue is the winner, and I’ll get her prize in the mail soon.  (Maybe even this week, maybe…)

I’m in one of my moods where EVERYTHING moves me to anger or tears.  The holiday issue of Knit Simple has an article on the Special Olympics Scarf Project that choked me up today.  There are only two requirements that I can find –

  1. You must use the prescribed Red Heart colors, as they PERFECTLY match the logo for the Special Olympics.
  2. The scarves must be received by January 15, 2009.

For more information, visit HERE.  Of course, good ol’ Ravelry has its own group for the cause, HERE.  Likewise, this means my Pay It Forward gals will be waiting that much longer, because I want to do at least one scarf, maybe more.  You see, there was one VERY special woman in my life more than 20 years ago, and I owe her that much.  I haven’t seen her brother in over 20 years either, but she’s the one I think about.  Is she still alive?  Was she ever able to live independently?  Does she understand that just because her brother and I grew up and went our separate ways, to different colleges, I didn’t forget her?   Would she remember me? 

I can’t even show you photos or talk up my FOs, because… well… it’s that time of year.  Secret knitting abounds.  I can show you where Gretchen likes to sleep while I knit, if it’s a warm, sunny morning.  Otherwise, she’s in my lap.  She’s claimed the window behind the sofa as her own spot.  She and Sis were playing hard yesterday morning while I cooked, and next thing I knew, the noise stopped.  If you have kids or puppies, you know that’s a cause for concern, so I raced into the great room to find Sissy pouting amid their toys, as Gretchen had simply abandoned her and put herself to bed in her sunny spot.

I also don’t have photos of the dog ROLLS I made last night.  You see, they began life as the yeast rolls MJ requested for our meal yesterday.  They were rising happily atop the stove, waiting for time to hop in the oven, last thing before we packed up to head for the family dinner.  They’d doubled, but I wanted tripled.  I was doing something in the great room when I heard a strange noise.  Then, Sissy trotted by with something in her mouth.

“Leave it!” twice, a little more sharply the second time.  I was sick when I saw the raw, naked dough, but I scolded her and took the ick back to the kitchen to save for Sissy’s Dadaw to see just what she’d done.  Stupid human.  A few minutes later, from another room, I heard more noises, and another rolltobe was removed from my Sissymonster’s mouth.  Because there was evidence of some shopping before the second roll was lifted, I could only be thankful that the Knight had insisted he was going to pick up some “back up” rolls while he was in town, just in case. 

Sissy lifted a third roll after dinner, before I got the poor suckers – even the ones we’d removed from her jaws – into the oven.  I figured there was no point in wasting my efforts completely, so I baked them for a very long time at 325 degrees.  I set them out to cool, and was more than a little shocked when the Knight came in with four, split and stuffed with peanut butter.  The real shock came when he put them in HIS mouth!  Crazy man.  I guess he figures Sissy has licked him in the face enough it doesn’t matter?

See my ribs?  I was hungry!

See my ribs? I was hungry!

Now, for a little knitting while the dogs slumber, if Gretchen doesn’t mind…


15 comments on “‘Tis the Season

  1. nichole says:

    Aww… girl likes her bread, eh? 🙂

    I’m going to have to check out the special olympics project!

  2. nichole says:

    And CONGRATS to Sue!!!!!!!!!

  3. Bubblesknits says:

    To the Knight: Ewwwww!!!!

    To Sue: Congratulations!!!

    To you: Going to check out the Special Olympics scarves. 🙂

  4. Robin says:

    That’s so funny! Years ago, my mother had a bread bowl on the kitchen table full of all kinds of rolls she had baked for a very long time and coated with shellac. They were hard as rocks. She needed the kitchen table space so put the bowl on the floor and our little poodle snuck in, nabbed a roll and took off! He thought he really had something! He would’ve broken his teeth if he’d really tried to bite into it.

  5. Anita says:

    SNOL! You shouldn’t starve the girl & she wouldn’t steal your baking. 🙂

    Poor Sissy, abandoned by Gretch for a nap…. was this before the roll incident? Maybe she was trying to entertain herself since her pal was no longer playing with her. LOL

    No end to the entertainment in your house!!

  6. Anita says:

    PS – Cute photo of Gretchie in the window. She looks so innocent! 😉

  7. Sue says:

    Wow, I won? That’s great!! So you have a little thief, too. I’ve learned to put everything way back on the counters or covered up. I have eight thieves.

  8. gaylen says:

    I’ll have to check out the Special Olympics knitting. Crazy Dogs eating yeast rolls. Sounds like your weekend was pleasant. Hope that the girls let you knit a little bit. g

  9. Darcy Watts says:

    I love potatoe rolls they are to die for Mmmmm.Hugs Darcy

  10. Your pup is having the same effect on me as my Sasha does; too cute for words! I never thought I’d be smitten by a Jack Russell! Thanks for the roll story…SNOL thinking of it.

  11. anniebananie says:

    Maybe he thought that the baking of the rolls would remove anything potentially harmful???? That’s still pretty gross.

    And my oh my, Sissy was the persistent one, wasn’t she??? I just adore the picture of Gretchen. Will she eventually get too big for that spot? What will she do then?

  12. KM says:

    I totally thought the cooked rolls were going to be for the dogs. Whatever.

    I’ll have to check out the Red Heart prices tonight at work. I think I have a few dollars to spare. Of course it has to be the one yarn I don’t have in my stash.

  13. smariek says:

    I love that 1st photo of Gretchen. Looks like such a nice cozy spot.

  14. Kathy says:

    LOL…….I’m off to check and see if Mr. Bettis has his own email account and is “talking” to Sissy. They’re sure up to “something” aren’t they?

  15. StarSpry says:

    Silly Sissy! I guess you’re rolls were just too good to ignore 🙂 Gretchen looks adorable in her sunny spot.

    Thanks for linking to the Special Olympics Scarf Project! I want to contribute, too 🙂

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