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OK, NTIF was this weekend, so I'm tired. It was fun - I have new yarn! And Herself sold 3 pairs of earrings! And I might be able to move Himself's kilt hose (he'll never wear them, and told me it was OK to rehome them.) Moving on...

Re: Comment from Anonymous on my entry on my worthless health insurance. "I wold keep that insurance like Gollum wanted to keep the ring." You DO know how that ended up for Gollum, right?

Look. YOU might be able to afford to *waste* $709.00 per month on a crappy product. *I* cannot. *I* cannot afford to throw $6,000/year away on something that does NOTHING. Do the math:

$500/month premium. $25/visit, that DOES NOT INCLUDE x-rays, lab work, MRIs, etc. ($40 for approved specialists/$60 for NON-approved.)

Let's see how this works out, shall we?

Let's posit 1 doctor's visit per year - because you are healthy. Doc orders a bunch of lab work. So. Using my numbers above, you are out $6,000 for insurance premiums, $25 for the visit, and.....let's see. X-rays are $231 on my plan, let's assume lab work will be.....less than (because I am trying to be positive, here.) $115 for the lab work. That adds up to $6,140.00 for *1* visit.

What about self/cash pay? Well, my doc charges $85/visit - which INCLUDES lab work. I think it includes x-rays, as well, but for argument's sake, let's say it doesn't. The Ortho charges $100/visit for self/cash pay. Let's look at THOSE numbers, shall we???

2 Doc visits = $185. X-rays - you know what? I googled, and x-rays cost on average, $260 - $460 for CASH pay. Let's average those numbers, which gives us $360 for the x-rays (and I was charged - WITH insurance, $231.)

So. Had I gone in under self-pay, I'd be out $545. That's IT. I would have SAVED $5,595. But some anonymous person thinks I should keep this crappy insurance.......why? Because YOU have insurance that costs you $709/month? Why should I cause financial hardship for me and mine just because you do? That...makes no sense at all.

Oh, and prescriptions? You can get free discount cards that will help offset cost of prescriptions. I don't take any prescriptions. I WON'T take any - most of them have more side effects than I am comfortable with, and I can find herbal remedies that a) cost less and b) have little to no side effects. So.......:shrug: NO, I won't keep this waste of money. You do you. If you like spending that much money ($8,508/year, if you do the math), then more power to you. I do suggest, gently, that you run the numbers, though. Unless you have a life-threatening condition (which, actually, we ALL do - we are all terminal. Death WILL happen to everyone at some point.)...in which case, well, do what you gotta do.

On to FUN stuff: Wolfhounds, and the life with one. :lol: We're on #3, now, so I have a *little* bit of experience.

For your first one, I'd HIGHLY suggest going rescue, and getting one at least 1 year old. 2 years is better - the brain fairy doesn't visit before 18 months for girls, and 2 years (IF you are lucky!) for boys. Puppies are...a LOT of work. Bree was 6 months old when we got her; Duncan is now almost 8 months. (I need to register him...wonder if the AKC will accept his full name "Dammit Duncan!" ? :rofl:)

The chewing stage started at about 5.5 months with him (Bree was.......well, not as bad. The worst was my Bible - she took it outside and shredded it. Guess she thought she needed to INJEST the Word. :lol:) So far, we've lost a few shoes, a TON of dishtowels (I really need to buckle down at the loom. Really.), 3 skeins of yarn, charging cables, a portable DVD reader (it's still usable, but it has some new.....markings), some belts, a My Pillow, and - just yesterday! - the husband's hand-knit, hand-felted, Balmoral hat. :sigh: The main problem is that with Wolfies, if they can SEE it, it's theirs. Or so they think.

And when they are tall enough to see over the table before they have a brain, well........

Don't get me wrong - they are FANTASTIC companions. They are NOT "dogs" - they are honestly more like people that just happen to be in dog-form. Even at this young age, you can see him *thinking*....he just doesn't have the brain-power yet to realize what is a bad idea. (Hey, SOMETHING had to give. You grow THIS fast in such a short time, something has to be put on the back burner. The brain lost out over massive size. If you can deal with that, then stop waiting and grab a Wolfie!)

So far, we've not had a Wolfie try to go over our 4' fence. They are sight hounds, not jumpers. (Don't take them off-leash anywhere. You.....might get them back, eventually, if you have enough cheese. Cheese is like their kryptonite. Buy stock. Or goats, to make your own. Cheese has it's own line-item in my budget.....) They are VERY independent. Don't expect them to play fetch - they will do it once, maybe, then stop, look at you, sit, and VERY clearly tell you "What. You want the damn stick, YOU shouldn't have thrown it away. YOU go get it." They are not good watch dogs - they are, generally, standoffish to strangers, but they won't *guard* stuff. They'll guard *people*. THEIR people.

Duncan is, so far, the most...shy Wolfie we've had. He doesn't bark at strangers, he just pulls back and watches them. He will warm up, if you don't force it, but he won't go out of his way to check people out. Most Wolfies will stand there and boredly allow strangers to pet them, IF Mom and/or Dad says it's OK. If cheese appears, well.....they are your best friend. :lol:

I hope I didn't scare you - seriously, I love this breed to death. Because of the size, the usual puppy antics are magnified, and you have to keep reminding yourself that yes, he IS still a baby. They don't *need* a lot of space (no, really!) . They are professional-grade nappers - most of the day is spent speed-bumping around the house, with spurts of the "zoomies". (I did a post a LONG time ago, outlining Bree's typical day. It consisted of a bunch of photos of her sleeping in various spots in the house, following the sun beams. They don't really outgrow that....)(Nov 11, 2010, if you want to journal-dive. Seriously, it's just Bree sleeping around the house.)

Food-wise......they don't eat a lot. Honestly. He's getting...maybe 4 cups/day of puppy chow (but I need to switch him over to adult food soon. I think there's a little too much protein in the puppy chow......we'll see.) Bree got.....2.5 cups, maybe? We have 5 dogs, and go thru 1 bag (40 pounds) of puppy and....3 bags (40/50 pounds each) of regular dog food/month. Vet care is a little more, because of the size/weight, but - so far! - they've all been healthy.

But. Life-span is about 8 years. TOO short, but there ya go. I wouldn't miss it for the world.....but it is a short time. :sigh: I think it 's worth it, though.
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Let's see....busy, of course. Picked up more work - I'm now helping do tax returns. Fun stuff - no, it really is. Tax returns are fun, and relatively easy. I know it won't last - 4/15 is coming up fast! - but the extra money is good. The regular contract job is ticking along.

Health: I have insurance now! It SUCKS! Went to the doc about my leg 2/5.....total waste of time. The NP didn't listen, caused me more pain (I went in at a solid 8. Left at an 11.), and lied to me ("I'll call you in a few hours." 6 hours later, *I* call. "She doesn't have time today. She'll call you tomorrow morning". Next day, at 1 PM "Oh. She's LEFT FOR THE DAY." At 3:30 "She looked at them, and they're negative." Um. Either you lied to me about her leaving for the day, or she took the X-rays home with her, or she didn't actually look at them, or she came in just for li'l 'ol me. Right.). :Sigh: Made an appt. with the only Ortho in town (for some reason he's NON-Approved by my insurance. Um...he's the only one in town, so how can he NOT be approved??), who also didn't listen and caused even MORE pain. I quit. (He also didn't LOOK at the x-ray - not that it showed anything. Bones heal in 6 weeks - I am 6 MONTHS out from the injury. Bones are healed, and the X-rays are worthless. He said he'd send me out for a MRI if exercises didn't work. Um - 6 MONTHS, dude. Exercises aren't going to do jack except cause more pain. I'm DONE.)

See, this insurance doesn't actually cover anything. We pay $500/month for....this. Regular doctors are $25/copay. (Not bad). X-Rays are NOT covered ($251/copay. That doesn't apply to the $1,500/person deductible.), neither are MRI's. Or lab work not done in the doctor's office. Specialists are $40, unless they are non-approved, in which case they are $60. ER visits are $200/copay. Once you meet your deductible, you're only covered UP TO 70%. Did I mention it's $500/month ($6,000/year) for this....."coverage"?

The insurance we had at the husband's previous job was what you expect. Yes, it was more per month (the retirement coverage was $1,000/month for the 3 of us; he was paying $500/month for him and Himself), but co-pays (both regular doctors AND specialists) was $30. ER visits is $100. Once you meet your deductible ($750, with a family maximum of $1,500) you're covered. Period. The husband's carpal tunnel surgery (BOTH arms) cost us $250 out of pocket. And no, he hadn't met his deductible yet. And that included the doctor co-pays. EDITI was mistaken. It was only $30 TOTAL.

So. After the horrible orthopedic visit, I did the math. I can't afford to have anything done to my leg, assuming these.....doctors....can find anything. So......I quit. I told the husband to remove me from the policy - if I can't use it, I refuse to pay for it - and I'll just continue on the way I was. With the exception of my leg, I am healthy and don't go to the doctor much, anyway, so why pay?

Anyway.

Sewing: Just finished a new barn coat. Pattern is Green Pepper's Barn Jacket......I like it. Easy pattern, directions could use a little tweaking (how you cover the raw edges on the neck after attaching the collar...suck, to put it nicely), and the resulting jacket is nice. I used the heavy-weight denim I had (it's all gone, now!) and lined it with a nice Black Watch plaid flannel......I'll be testing it this AM. (Oh, shoot - I need photos. I'll try later today.) There's at least 3 more in line - Herself wants one in purple, Himself wants one in.....some dark color, and the husband decided he needed one, too. :lol: I'm thinking I need one in a lighter-weight outer fabric, for knocking about.

Herself bought us a 36" wide plotter for printing out .pdf sewing patterns. We are having issues loading the drivers - probably because the only laptop we have that can use them is...well, borked. I have a friend configuring a "new" laptop for me - he said he'd try to load the drivers for me, too. :fingers crossed: (Full disclosure - the printer was only $120. If you consider we were paying $10/page for pattern printing (because I am OVER taping letter-sized pages together), this is a HUGE bargain. Print 6 patterns, and we are even.)

Household: Had to have both the washer and dryer worked on this month. The dryer is about 14 years old, we think, and the rollers went out. My beloved Speed Queen is just 4 - the timer went out. The repairman said we should be good for another 15 years or so...hope so! I still love my washer - this is the first time we've had any issues at all.

Duncan: His official name is "Dammit Duncan!" because he's 7 months old now, and has discovered he can reach the table top. He's eaten 3 balls of yarn, a memory foam pillow, 3 shoes, 1 portable DVD drive, 1 hat, numerous pieces of firewood, 1 feather pillow, 3 pairs of reading glasses.....and I'm sure I'm forgetting a LOT. He's a destructive force of nature.....:lol: Good thing he's cute!

I need to get ready to face the weather and do morning stables. I'll try to pop in later!

Sigh...

Jan. 30th, 2019 10:53 am
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Well, we lost Tigger Friday morning. The seizures came back Wednesday, and got progressively worse. The Vet changed her meds; I started the new one Thursday morning, but it did nothing. By Thursday evening she was averaging 1 every 4 minutes.......

No fun. We’re coping - most of us expected how it would end.
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Sorry about last week - we had to skip the visit due to working on the new building...but this week! We spent a good hour with him yesterday. He's looking more and more like a *real* Wolfie now!

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I got PUPPY KISSES!!!!!!!! Lots of them - he's a snuggler!

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Sleepy baby....

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VERY sleepy - you can see how big he's gotten!

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He's got a nice profile.

SG wants to show........oi vey! I've never shown dogs....but horses. Horse shows I know. Political to the max. Expensive. The breeder says dog shows aren't very expensive, but they ARE political. Fun.......well, it may be. We'll see. SG wants to breed.......again, we'll see. *I* just want a Wolfie around the house. :lol:

Gotta skitter - rain is moving in, and I need to be in the Studio.
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We ran out and saw wee Duncan on Friday - the breeder was taking one of her Danes to a show over the weekend, so...if we wanted snuggles, it had to be Friday. No biggie - the kids and I wanted to hit Ikea, which is in between us and the breeder, so it all worked out.

On Friday, he had 1 eye open! You can see just how much bigger he is now - it takes more than 1 hand to hold him!


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By Saturday evening, he had both eyes open. He's SO CUTE!!!

We spent an hour with him - me snuggling, Himself snapping photos, and Herself cooing at him and the Dane puppies. :lol: We then hit the comic store (Himself scored the new Thrawn novel - it's good. We both read it over the weekend - couldn't put it down. ), then Ikea. I spent Saturday assembling 3 Billys for my Studio, and yesterday tidying up. Then I assembled Herself's new craft desk. Today we started tidying HER studio......the desk in in place and already full. (What can I say - FIL had a bunch of stained glass tools. That are now ON her desk. Eventually we'll get them sorted and in the drawers....for now, we have a path into the house that doesn't involve gymnastics. :rofl:
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So. We are all giggly-happy over Duncan's arrival. *We* won't get him until mid-September, of course, but the breeder has been happily sharing her photos with us. Since I know y'all are only here for puppy pictures, let's start with him:

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This was the first picture she sent me. Let's all say "Daawwwwwwww...." :lol: Then came these:

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Then we made a trip to visit.....and Herself snapped this one of me and Duncan:

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There is another photo, but I am making a very silly face (I was cooing at him, all right?) so it will NOT be posted. :lol:

After we got home, this appeared in my text messages:

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Moving on before we all succumb to cuteness overload.......I spent most of yesterday in my Studio (finally!) and managed to knock out another purse:

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It's the Swoon Patterns Blanche bag. The fabric is from Spoonflower - expensive, but the ONLY place I could find My Hero Academia themed fabric. I accidentally grabbed an invisible zipper (it was the correct color!), so Uraraka is helping me with the pull. :lol:

And, finally - Herself has a new friend:

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His name is Griff; he's a Joltean (Pokemon) made by an Etsy.com artist named CrypticEnigma. He's AWESOME. Very well made, the fabric is lush and soft and nice, and the artist couldn't be nicer. (Herself has ordered 4 custom plushes from her now......:heh: She's sending up progress shots - she is SO TALENTED!)

Himself and I played a new outdoor game this AM - Recoil. Basically, laser-tag. With air strikes. He beat me handily, but it was fun.

Gotta skitter - Himself has a doc appointment, and he wants to take us out to lunch. Laters!
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Duncan (working name) was born early early this morning. He and his 4 sisters are doing well, as is Mom. We ran out to peek this morning - oh my goodness is he the tiniest bit of Wolfhound I’ve ever seen! I did get to cuddle him - youngest puppy I’ve ever snuggled.

The breeder thinks he’ll look like Dad (who looks like Bree).....so, I have another blonde. But a BOY!!

Pics will be forthcoming - I have a couple on my phone. He’s the biggest of the 5, and the only non-brindle.

Mom demanded some pats, then ignored us. :lol: so did Dad - I got leaned on. And licked.

Hope your day is going as well as ours!
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because we are gong to have to say goodbye to Brianna today. She's 8. And an Irish Wolfhound. She's been having hip problems for a while....Saturday she could no longer stand on her own. Yesterday, she could no longer walk more than 2 or 3 steps.

We have a vet appointment at 1:45......and my heart is breaking.

I don't know if I can live without a wolfhound....and I don't know if I can live with one, either, knowing our time will be short.
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This is going to be photo heavy, so be warned. :lol: I'm not going to cut it, as there's not as much traffic here, anymore, and I am tired. No sleep last night - elbow hurt, and 3 dogs in bed is too many. Anyway.

Let's begin with Miss Suki, the newest canine member of our family:

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Suki Sitting

She is very sweet, very smart, and very much still a puppy. Current destruction count: 3 shoes, 5 toys, and 2 wooden coat hangers.

We have somehow acquired a new rooster - he just appeared last week. We're calling him Nomad:

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The slipcovered sofa in my Studio:

Studio Slipcover

THAT was a fun project! I did it so you can still use the sleeper without having to remove the cover - THAT was interesting.

Next up - the bags I've been working on. The pattern is Swoon Bag's "Nora Doctor's Bag", in the Traveler (largest) size:

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This is, of course, the bag for the Chickens (could you guess? :lol:) I LOVE the fabric! This was the first one - it's not perfect, but it's close. I LOVE it! I feel...well, I feel like this has upped my sewing game! The "totes" are actually modified purse organizers; the bag is so big inside that the meds were rolling around and I was afraid they would break. The totes don't have pockets, but they will keep the bottles all nice and tidy.


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Critter Bag inside

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This bag is for the 4-legged critters. I...OK, I don't like yellow, but I LOVE how this bag turned out! It's better than the chicken bag, not perfect, but better. I left the inside pocket out of this one - don't need it.

I liked those bags so much, I decided I NEEDED a purse. Not just ANY purse, but a STAR WARS purse:

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It is the middle sized bag; it holds my current (non-themed) organizer perfectly. I will be making a "matching" organizer, because Why Not? :lol:

Here's a size comparison:

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Bag Comparison Side

There's 1 smaller size included in the pattern, but it was just a titch too small for the organizer. I NEED the organizer, so.....:shrug:

I have a few more bags planned, but not this pattern/style. I'm moving away from leather bags (for now), so I want to get a few more styles made up so I can alternate them and spread the wear.

I highly recommend Swoon's patterns - they are well-written, the instructions are clear, and you end up with an awesome bag!

Gotta skitter!
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1. Took Bree to the Vet - she's OK, just old. Looks like she has arthritis in her back/hind legs; she is on meds now. :sigh: Still - she's doing well for an 8 year old Giant.

2. New dog has a name: Suki. Yup - she's staying. Vet says she appears healthy; we'll be doing the whole check-up and spay thing soon (she had an upset tummy and diarrhea, so.....we have to get her over that, first.) She's sweet......but very much a puppy. Still in the chewing stage...:sigh:

3. Sewing: Not much. (See #2). I have a SOI Nancy cut out, but I need to widen the sleeve - the tissue doesn't fit. I think I'm going to recut the armscrye to the next size, and try THAT sleeve; we'll see. It's in time-out right now.

Instead, I'm working on a Swoon Pattern's Nora. A doctor bag. This one is going to be used for all the chicken medicines we have; eventually I'll have 3 - 1 chicken, 1 goat, and 1 horse. We'll see how it sews up - I have it all cut out (and all the stabilizer/foam/interfacing cut, too!), I just need to actually sit down and sew it.

4. The garden is...well. Suki LOVES to jump into the beds. She's killed 2 cucumber plants, so far. :sigh: The potatoes are going gang-busters, and the watermelon looks good. So do the strawberries. The rest....we'll see. :lol:

Not much else going on right now.
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Let's see....the big news is that we lost Sam this week......he was old, and Sunday he quit eating. Monday I called the vet, but he died before his appointment on Tuesday. It was in his sleep, in our bed with us. :sigh: At least it was easy.....

Then today a stray came home with us. :big sigh: Himself is TOTALLY against keeping her; she's a pit/pit cross, so I'm not sure a shelter is the right place for her. I have a call in for a pittie rescue group......:sigh: She seems sweet; a bit scared of the current pack, but not aggressive. She's had pups.......this is a tough one. She, Loki, and Tigger napped with me earlier; right now Chloe's up and she's wandering the house, trying to avoid Bree and Riley. Doesn't seem to know what a pet door is. :shrug: We'll see what happens.

I finished my top and have the Nancy dress laid out. I am going to have to do a bicep adjustment on the sleeve (a first! Usually Sew Over It patterns fit me right out of the box.), which is why I've stalled on it.

Shout out to the Cashmerette team! I purchased a Harrison Shirt Dress kit when they first released it (maybe a year/two years ago?), washed the fabric, printed the pattern....and stalled on the sizing. According to the pattern, I am a 14 C/D.....um. Right. I wear a 36F. I finally emailed them on Thursday.....and yes, I *am* a 14 C/D according to THEIR sizing. Or a 12 F/G. Depends on the shoulders, really. :gulp:

Don't get me wrong - I LOVE the thought that I am a 12 or 14! But.......everywhere else I am either a 16 or a solid 18 (depends on the ease). I am going to do a muslin before committing the "real" fabric.....but hopefully I'll have another shirt dress pattern I can use. (I LOVE the SOI Vintage Shirt Dress, but how many of the same dress does a girl need? :lol:) I also broke down and bought the Harrison Shirt pattern - I need a nice button-down shirt, and this one was designed for curves, so.......plus they offered a 20% off coupon. :rofl:

Think that brings me up to date.....
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but I'm getting better! My throat doesn't hurt, and my ears are better. Probably because I'm taking SG's z-pack; he got it then decided he didn't need it. :sigh:

Baby chicks are doing well! (or were, when I fed them tonight). Checklit is a bit peeved with the service here, but he/she'll get over it.

Last week, SG's phone went wonky. Said No Service, and when it found service, it'd drop it randomly. He did all sorts of things to fix it; ended up he went to Apple Saturday and came home with a brand-spanking new iPhone 6S+. :sigh: Yes, company had paid for his old one....but you know, he COULD have "downgraded" to the older model. :shakes head:

Anyway. He also came home with the old, broken internal antenna phone. Apple didn't want it. He tossed it in a drawer to be "recycled" (when he finally gets around to recycling all our old electronics).......I had a Thought.

"So. Can I use the phone as an iPod?"

"Huh. Yeah, don't see why not - it's got 64g. Plenty of room for all your music. Wanna try it?"

Um....yeah. :lol:

We had to install the SIM card long enough to reset it, but now I have a handy-dandy iPod. I still have my old iPhone 4 (see "time", above); we're going to reset it and let Herself have it for a new iPod - she's still using my 3rd-gen original iPod. :blink:

I mean, why NOT? They don't need the newest iOS, and we don't need them as phones. Mine has a crack in the screen - not bad enough to prevent using it as an iPod (but apps were hard to use with it); SG's has a broken internal antenna - but you don't NEED the antenna to play music! It's a good use of resources, if you ask me.

Oh! Early Tuesday AM Chloe met a skunk....and pissed it off. At 1 AM, she decided to come into the bedroom to let us know how rude the skunk was - I could smell her thru my nose. :UGH:

She got a bath. IF you should find yourself in the same situation, here's a recipe that WILL remove the stink:

1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
4 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Dawn dish soap (the original blue version)

Mix it all up, put on rubber gloves, and take the offending dog outside. Soak them with the water hose (if possible!), then work the mix into the coat. Let sit for a few minutes (I did it less than 5, because she was bouncing around to get away from me), then rinse, rinse, rinse.

She's clean and soft and NON-stinky now. I have warned her to NOT do this again.......but I am not taking any bets. She's called the "goofy Newfy" for a reason........:sigh: and :lol:
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Got up yesterday AM, went out to milk, and SG came out all torn up. Kenzie died sometime Friday evening/early Sat. morning. :sigh: No sign of distress; she was normal when we went to bed. :sigh:

Needless to say, it's pretty grim here right now.

I busied myself with soaping - 3 batches of Whey Cool. Sea Dog, Hippie Dippy, and an as-yet-unnamed batch scented with Plumeria. I prefer to experiment with Whey Cool instead of the Goat's Milk, because whey is a "waste" product and it doesn't bother me if the experiment doesn't work. :grin: This one did, but the scent accelerates - I had soap on a stick! We'll see what it looks like when I cut it later today.....

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!
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in fact, it's *worse* today. The ears are good - thanks for the tips! - we hit the Vitamin Shoppe Saturday and I picked up some garlic oil capsules. Worked a treat! The nose, however, is worse. :sigh:

Yesterday was tidy the Studio day, and start SG's overalls. The sewing side of the Studio is almost neat; the weaving side, not so much. :shrug: I got the front of the overalls pretty much done; the pattern is a Kwik Sew one that leaves a lot to be desired.

SG got 1 side of the bar finished. Finally. Still hasn't finished the kitchen, or the baseboards.....but at least progress has been made. No bets on how long it'll take to do the other part of that wall......:big sigh:

Going to attempt school today. Then will attempt to get back to the Studio to work on the overalls some more - but that might not happen. We'll see - I didn't sleep last night because a) I couldn't breathe and b) Bree has discovered that she can easily get on the bed at any time. And so, at midnight, she decided SHE deserved to sleep on the bed. On top of me. Which caused Loki all sorts of angst - HE is supposed to sleep on me, NOT any other dog! At least I was warm.
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and it's only Wednesday! Oy vey!

Let's see...Monday we went to the Grandparent's. Um....Grannie isn't doing very well. We got there around 9:30; the door was open so we walked in. She was sitting on the floor - she had (please excuse me) fallen and couldn't get up. And we couldn't get her up. Her neighbor got home at 11 and got her up into a chair; while we waited the kids and I did a lot of little things for her around the house. :sigh:

Yesterday was SG's day of working from home. I had to go with him to the Toyota dealership (40 miles away) to drop off the Camry for recall work. I then spent the day (after school, of course) sewing some tank tops - here:

2016 tank tops

I have 5 (well, 6 if you count the wearable muslin - watermelon fabric. It seems SG has a "thing" for fruit prints - he LOVES the top. He couldn't comment on the *fit*, but the print? LOVE.) The lozenge and the fish are finished; the other 3 are waiting on bias tape for the neck and armholes. Here - look at it on Kat:

2016 fish tank top

It's unstructured; loose and comfy. PERFECT for outdoor chores.

I also have another Gertie top almost finished:

2016 fish Gertie top

(I can just eke out 2 shirts from 3 yards of fabric, IF I use bias tape for the binding, instead of self-bias. Not too bad! It's why I have the same print in 2 different shirts.)


I'm waiting on a button placement gauge - I love this print so much, and I want this blouse to be as perfect as I can get it. (The other tops are a little wonky in the button area - no big deal, but I'm trying to up my game here.)

We're pretty booked the rest of the week, so there will probably be no more sewing. Next week I need to tackle shorts. And PJ's.

Sam seems to be doing well. :fingers crossed: We're slowly tapering the steroids down, so....hopefully he'll continue doing well. I want to tackle a Thundershirt knock-off for him out of some of the knit fabric I picked up last week....people clothes first, though.

If I don't get back here before Friday, have a great week/weekend!
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I have been. :ahem: No more Yoda, I promise. For now, anyway. :lol:

So. It's already HOT here in Texas, y'all. 94* yesterday - and it's just JUNE. I figured it was time to add some sleeveless shirts to my wardrobe, because t-shirts, while nice, are Too Much Fabric for the heat we get.

I made a wearable muslin in the size that Butterick B6217 said I was. THAT was a joke - it was Too Big. :sigh: I went down a size, then used the larger-sized darts - I now had a blouse that fit:

2016 Gertie Blouse worn

(What? You thought I'd be modeling? Not this time! :lol: Kat can stand in for me - although the blouse fits a little bit better on me than on her.)

So yesterday I sat down and knocked out 4 more. :rofl:

2016 Gertie blouses

I had good reason for "mindless" sewing - Wednesday evening Sam started wheezing. Loudly. All. Night. Long. No sleep for the household! First thing yesterday AM, I called the Vet. The earliest appointment was 3:20, so I jumped on it. I guess the receptionist heard him in the background, because at 10:30 she called and told me they had a cancellation at 11, did I want it? YES.

We took him in...and our dear Dr. Sunshine said "He has a collapsed trachea." No "Hi", or "hello", or "Oh, that sounds bad. Let's take a look, shall we?" :sigh:

Long-term: it's fatal. Pomeranians are apparently prone to this - the cartilage weakens and collapses; the more the dog get anxious or excited, the more it happens, until the brain becomes oxygen-starved and gets damaged (um...how could we tell? He's pretty much brainless, now! :weak grin:)

Short-term: he's on steroids and antibiotics. IF this works - and it seems to be helping; he's only wheezing occasionally, not constantly - we'll keep him on low-dose steroids for however long he stays with us. I've already said the diet is out the window - let him enjoy life! (We don't over-feed, so it's not like we'll be straining his heart. Just...he can have treats from the table, y'know?)

Anyway. 5 new shirts. I've gone back and ripped the bias tape off of the yellow one; I screwed up the neckline and it bugged me. It and the watermelon one are pullovers; I'm going to modify the facing and do it like the pattern says. (But with bias tape on the arms. Maybe. :lol:) Not sure if I'll rip out the watermelon neck; it bugs me (because I can't do mitered turns worth a hoot), but....not as much as the cherry one did.

Today we picked up Herself's Bernina, and a few more yards of fabric. :innocent whistle: There's a few more shirts for me, 1 for her, and another FNAF bound (this time Springtrap. Our semi-favorite outlet had cotton in the perfect colors for $3/yard :shrug:) and a bunch of buttons. I'm planning on using this pattern again - because I have it *down*, y'all. :lol: That'll be next week, though - tomorrow is Herself's birthday party. :bounce:

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Shabbat Shalom!
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has been....interesting, shall we say. I guess somebody invoked the old Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times" because, folks, it has been Interesting.

Especially Wednesday. It was Herself's braces OFF! day. SG was home, so I invited him out to lunch with us after. Himself decided last minute that he didn't want to go - it was Star Wars day, after all, and he had just bought some "new" SW games that he HAD to play. I pointed out no lunch; he pointed to the freezer. :lol:

So. The 3 of us went. While they were trying to get the impressions for her retainer (2x on the bottom, *4* on the top!), my phone rang. It was Himself......

Seems that right after we left, Chloe started barking. And barking. And barking. He went outside - she was "playing" with a turtle. He, being a soft-hearted kid, pushed her away and tried to get the turtle to remove it. Chloe lunged at it; he shoved her away again. She lunged again, and Bree - who had been standing there watching - decided Chloe needed a lesson in minding and lunged for her.

Only, Himself was in the way. Of 2 very large dogs. :sigh: Bree got him on the hand, and immediately backed off. He got knocked down and trampled a bit, but managed to get into the house and on the phone with me before starting to panic. *I* started panicking, but managed to hide it, thank God.

I went out to the waiting room and sent SG to the house. He picked up Himself, came back and got us, and off we went to the ER. :sigh: 4 hours later, Himself was OK - no stitches, just 2 bad puncture wounds on his left hand, 1 on his elbow, and 1 on his right arm, plus a lot of scratches from Chloe's claws.

We got home (finally!), and I went to look for the turtle. Which was on the back porch (Chloe had brought it there) with 2 punctures in it's shell....turns out, it wasn't a cute l'il turtle that needed saving. It was a demon-spawn SNAPPING turtle that deserved everything it got (sorry, y'all, but I have been chased by a snapper before. They are EVIL - and if IT had gotten hold of Himself's hand, things would have turned very bad, very quickly.

Anyway. Good news is that (besides the world having 1 less snapping turtle) I had drug my Pax Eire socks to the Ortho with me (I have been studiously IGNORING them lately. I went off them, and couldn't drum up any knitting mojo.).....the time in the ER? Was prime knitting time - see here:

2016 Caliegh socks right

2016 Caleigh socks left

They are nice socks - Cashmere/Merino yarn! - but....I just lost interest in them mid-way down the foot of #1. Sometimes that happens.....:shrug: I have started another pair (What???? I Knit. Except when I lose mojo - but it's back for now.) in a nice, over-spun Merino in a lovely turquoise color way. We'll see how long it takes me to work them...:lol:

I had started another apron.....today I put the binding foot on, cut the bias strips (but not very....um...accurately. :sigh:) and took it for a test-sew. That foot is da Bomb! But you have to pay a lot of attention to it, and the resulting bias binding is only 1/4" wide. I have discovered that I prefer 1/2" wide binding.....and that if I don't pay close enough attention the binding gets screwed. :sigh: That apron was a fail, and is now in the trash. (No, seriously - I didn't feel like trying to seam rip 2 yards of binding; I tried and the edges of the apron started seriously fraying. :sigh:) I'll reattempt that apron later.....lesson learned. :lol:

Gotta do some knitting - Shabbat Shalom!
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or, Hey! Have a photo post! :lol:

Meet Sam:

Sam before 1:21:16

This was him at 8:45 this morning, in the Jeep. We were on our way to meet the Vet! And to have a Spa Day - we call him a Tribble for a reason. Long hair....but full of mats. And he had fleas. :ugh: But our Vet got him all fixed up:

Sam after 1:21:16

This is Sam at 4:30 this afternoon, also in the Jeep. He looks like a naked lion. :lol: The Vet gave him a clean bill of health - except he needs to lose about 10 pounds. He weighs in at 28 pounds....he's a brick. With legs. And no longer a Tribble. (For the moment - we will let him grow his fur out again, but we'll keep up with the brushing.)

However, it's 38* right now. So, here's Sam now, on the couch:

Sam in sweater 1:21:16

Tigger's a little upset - that's HER sweater - but he needs it a little bit more than she does. She can jump up on the bed and burrow under the comforter, he can't. Yet. :evil grin:

While you're here, let me give you a quick peek at my 1941 Homefront Overalls, V.2.0:

2016 overalls v.2.0 front

2016 Overalls v.2.0 back

Sorry for no action shots, but - it's 38*, and it's RAINING. :ugh: They'll be put to use beginning tomorrow AM - they are sturdy, and the fabric is thick enough that it's warm. I'll try to take some interior shots - this pair is a HUGE improvement over V.1.0! I'll detail that out, too, just because. :lol: (Hey, it's blog fodder - I'll take what I can get, thankyouverymuch! :wink:) The fit is better - but it gives me a bit of a larger belly than I actually have. Still....I can MOVE in them, and the point was something I could wear to WORK in, so it's a win. I added 2" to each leg piece, or 4"/side. I'll talk about that, too, because I'm proud I figured it out!

I need to get some measurements off of Sam so I can make him a fleece sweater (won't that be cute, matching PJs for me and the dog? :snerk:) I know he's cold - poor thing. This isn't the right time of year for a full clip, but we had no choice.

Laters!
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Wednesday was Shopping Day. I picked everything up (or so I thought), grabbed my *new* sock knitting kit, and headed out. It was a good day...

And then we got home. I.....have photos, but still can't post them; I am too traumatized. :sigh:

Got home to find a HUGE mess. The table was cleared off, and my Companion sock bag was.......:shudder: MISSING. It had been on the sewing desk, BEHIND the machine (which was in the upright and ready-to-sew position).....I found it in the backyard, near the FRONT of the house. The finished sock was in a shallow hole (and fine, if a bit muddy and soggy from drool), the free needle was at the side corner of the house, and the ball and sock-in-progress was....was.....ALL OVER THE BACK YARD. :screams: The bead box was opened, and the entire family room was awash in gold glass beads. (I hope we found all of them.)

The sock-in-progress is OK. They (I know who did it. Chloe and Loki can deny it all they want, but they left muddy paw prints on the table, stovetop, and sewing desk) had broken the working yarn (about.....10 yards or so from the sock) and had totally tangled up the outside end of yarn. I think I'm going to have to cut it.....I'll lose about 10 yards. Maybe more - I honestly can't cut it yet.

See, this is CASHMERE yarn. I hand-dyed it. It's scrumptiously soft. And they desecrated it. :bangs head:

I'll recover. I'll even get back to the knitting of this pair....at some point. (It keeps getting set aside, because the beads and twisted stitches slow down my rhythm, and force me to pay attention. I....need mindless knitting right now. So, this one has been dragging on since JUNE.

Oh - and they broke one of the porcelain buttons on the bag. :grrrrr: Herself said she'd make me another, but that's not the point. :sigh:

Anyway....yeah, I have a NEW project. Remember this?

sock blank dyed

That I dyed because the yarn I bought looked like this:

Yaacov - prefrogged

and was a singles, which wouldn't last? Remember???

Well...I'm at the heel flap of V.2.0. Pictures are currently on Ravelry; I'll try to get them uploaded here at some point. I don't like the muddiness, but it's better than the first attempt, AND the yarn is much, much nicer. I can't wait to see what color combos I get next! :lol: (And, I've already decided that any leftover yarn will become matching wrist warmers. The pattern is just too, too cool!

It's raining up a storm here, and we've lost power twice (I'm on the laptop - no plug needed!), so I'd better hop off. Need to get dinner sorted, anyway - Shabbat Shalom!
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This dress is in time-out for now. I reinserted the new diamond - one side with pocket, 1 side without. The without side I did "correctly" - I ripped all the seams, tried to sew in the insert (more on THAT in a moment), then re-sewed the seams, running the side seam in 1 go. :sigh: Here, have some pictures:

This is the side done the way the pattern tells you to do it:


dress take 2 side pocket other hole


See that hole? Yeah....

dress take 2 side pocket hole

Here's the whole pocket:

dress take 2 side full pocket

There are gaps on either side....

Here's the side with the pocket removed:

dress take 2 side pocket

And IT has a hole, too!

dress take 2 side no pocket

Yes, the penguins are upside down. I'm not sure WHY, but that's the way it wanted to fit (but...if I attached the pocket to it, they were right-side up? I dunno WHAT'S going on here....

Here's the front, without the zip. There's a good 1" overlap, it looks like:

dress take 2 front

And the back:

dress take 2 back

Part of the problem that I am having is the shape of the inserts. They sew in as diamonds. The pattern drawing has diamonds. The photo of the 1 dress on the website shows diamonds. The insets? Are NOT diamonds - they have cut-out bits in the side corners. I kinda see what they are trying to get you to do - the pocket goes to the bottom corner, leaving a "bite" out (sort of "L" shaped) - with me so far? When you sew the inset in, you only sew in the top - the bottom is free, because you attach the pocket (which is sewn onto the bottom of the inset) to the pocket facing (which is already sewn to the bottom inset opening on the dress).

Problem (MY problem anyway): the bottom fits just fine. The top, though - it doesn't make it to the top corner. If I MAKE it fit (which I have done, by easing it in - which the pattern does NOT mention!), you still have that "L"- and it will NOT match up. I've tried matching up the bottom (which is already sewn to the facing, remember) - and it just WILL. NOT. FIT. :bangs head: No matter how I sew it in, no matter how I pin it, I still end up with a bit of the "L" that isn't attached to *anything*. The drawings in the pattern do NOT help - they don't show this part, they only show what it looks like after everything is sewn in - and *I* don't see any stitch lines on the "L". :sigh:

So. I am going back to the drawing board. I am going to re-trace the dress front and back as designed. THEN, before I cut it out (because I have 2 complete sets already cut out), I am going to lay it over the inserts, and trace the side curves (because this dress IS NOT straight-sided, oh no. It's slightly curved. Of COURSE it is.). I will then cut out the new dress pieces. (And don't forget I have had to Frankenstein this dress anyway, thanks to my big hips. I am going from a 38 (which, by the way, is NOT my bust size - it's my *over* bust size, so I still get to do some tinkering *there*. Fun stuff!) to a 46 (which....I am not sure is going to fit correctly *anyway* - the muslin looks awfully tight in the hip area.)

Tomorrow we are going to the outlet store. My budget is suddenly smaller (because I screwed up and put off applying for Herself's disability - MY fault. I didn't want to admit that she IS disabled, so I ignored it. Now, I am paying for it with less money each month. :sigh: SS takes FOREVER to decide disability cases, and they usually DENY it the first 2 or 3 times. :big sigh: MY fault...but after paying bills, I have $0.39 for groceries. Don't panic - SG's aunt will give me some money for her expenses (it goes to SG's account and pays her bills), and SG said I can have some of it, so groceries ARE covered, just not now. :shrug: It's not like I don't have a full pantry and freezer - it just means I need to use some of my fabric money for necessities today. But not all of it - darn it, some of that money is a payment on my sock machine, and THAT I am keeping for fabric.)

Anyway. Tomorrow I plan on getting as much muslin as I can (along with enough fabric for a couple more dresses) - then I will attempt muslin #3. It should go MUCH easier, since it's just a plain dress. I will fit THAT, make the changes to the modified pattern, THEN I will draw the diamond insets on the "finished" pattern, cut them out, add the 5/8" seam allowance to *them* (since it's already in the dress itself), and make muslin #4 (hopefully out of "real" fabric - but not my cherries! :lol:)...which should, if I've thought of everything, be a wearable dress. Finally. I'm thinking of doing muslin #5 (again in real, but not cherry fabric) WITH the pockets, using MY pattern pieces. We'll see.

So - that's where the dress stands at the moment. I did say I love a challenge, right? Because this? Is a challenge. Oh, and Hearth - thanks for finally pushing me to actually JOIN the pattern review site. I hadn't done so, because I have too many memberships and didn't want to add another time-sink. However...the 1 person who has attempted this dress had the same type of problems I am having with the diamonds. I honest think there's something screwy about the shape, but.....:shrug: I am not an expert or a pattern designer, and I'm sure there's some reason for the "L" cut-outs. *I* just can't SEE them.

OH, and to top everything else off...this AM Tigger and Chloe got into it AGAIN. I have no idea what sparked it - I was at the bar putting on my fitbit when it went from everything's-coming-up-roses to I-hate-you-and-want-to-EAT-you. SG came out and grabbed Chloe (she got him with 1 tooth on his finger, but immediately let go); I grabbed Tigger, who Chomped down on my leg. I kicked her (sorry, but that HURT), and she let go and lunged for Chloe AGAIN. :sigh: She's banished to the bedroom, Chloe is sort of repentant, and I have 5 tooth-marks on my leg. I've been bleeding since 5:00......yes, I hit it with peroxide (I am allergic, but what do you do?) AND tea-tree oil, and it's bled enough that any icky stuff that was in there is gone now, but...:sigh: It's slowed to a trickle now, but....I have a lovely bruise (I bruise at the drop of a hat, so that's nothing new) and a lovely set of teeth marks. The detectives can use it to positively ID the culprit, I guess....:lol: and :owowowowowowowow:

I am going to go knit for a few minutes. That's something I can do successfully. :lol:

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