Friday Without Finn

Last week I ventured South to visit my siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nephew, and my dear, old friend.  Finn stayed behind up North with Farmer Joel.  It was wonderful to see everyone!  One of my loved ones fell ill, so I was happy I was there to pitch in and do what I could to help.  I had loads of fun with my grand-nephew!

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Ok, so now come on, you have to admit that he’s about the cutest little pumpkin you’ve ever seen, yes?  (I’m not biased in the least, ha ha!).

He says things like, “Ka-boo” for “Peek-a-boo,” and has quite an otherwise extensive vocabulary.  He’ll be 2 in February.  It was delightful to play with him.  He was a little shy with me at first since I don’t see him very often, but by Day Three, he was holding out his arms for his Aunt “Winnie.” Melt my heart!     ❤

I miss this little guy so much already!

 

I also got to see my niece, and she allowed me some time with her doggie since I couldn’t be with my Finn.

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I’m so glad I got to have that visit.  I wish we all lived closer to one another.  At least we’re in the same time zone!  Now that I’m back up in the cold, shivery North, I think about my recent trip and feel a lot warmer.

Oh, and since this summer, with the help of Heidi, Elaine, and Emer, I am now knitting again.  My mother taught me to knit many years ago(as well as crochet, sew, embroider, needlepoint, cook, bake, garden, play piano, etc…..), but I lost interest very quickly.  I’ve since picked it up again, and I’m working on two scarves, plus a blanket square.  A shout-out goes to Tina from Mountain Yarns, who has been patiently coaching me.  If you haven’t tried knitting, I highly recommend it.  It is a very peaceful, relaxing hobby. (except when you have to rip out 20 rows of stitches…)

Have a lovely day and a wonderful weekend!

Wendy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday to you all!  Since it is still brutally cold out, I will share with you a bit more of the indoors at Country Mouse House:

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You see, there is this rather deep green-blue color that runs throughout the house on much of the woodwork.  My vision,(since I can’t strip it down to the bare wood and stain it) is to paint the majority of it White Dove(Benjamin Moore).  The reason I say I can’t strip the paint is that I’m unsure if there is lead paint involved, and I don’t have any way of finding out.  Plus it would be a rather large mess, and I’m trying to remove and prevent as many messes as possible.

The thing is, one coat of primer looks like this:

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It takes several coats before the green-blue color is gone.  Therefore the update is pending….hopefully it will be done before spring, as I have MUCH to do in the garden!  We have some trees to plant, for starters.

May I send you off to your weekend with a smile from our beloved Finn:

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Happy Friday!

Wendy

Friday with Finn

Hello again!  We have been swallowing plaster dust due to a repair that has been ongoing at Town Mouse House.  A leaky roof caused a bubbly ceiling and wall, which led to ripping out wallboard, etc.  The roof needs to be repaired, but no one can get up there while there are ice dams forming everyday.  What a winter!

Since this is a rental apartment, we have no say in the order of how things are done.  They just sealed up the ceiling without having repaired the roof.  The good news is, since we don’t own it, it isn’t our financial headache.  We just have to eat the dust for awhile.

Since it’s Friday, though, I thought I would post a smiling dog photo or two:

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And here is one where you can see his eyes a little better:

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Finn lights up our lives every day!  I didn’t want to post the ceiling photos because they just are not very much fun.  Besides, wouldn’t you rather look at photos of a very sweet, cute pup?  I know I would!

Have a great weekend!

Wendy

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday!  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  Woo hoo!  In addition to Joel, I love to give Valentines to my kids and my doggie.  Speaking of said doggie, I was trying to get artistic as the sunlight was pouring in today:

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And now for a final, “artistic” photo of my beloved Finn(note his messy toys in the background):

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I may just have to come up with a heart-shaped dog treat for him!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!  Enjoy your weekend, and do something loving for yourself as well as for others.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Wendy

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday!  To send you all off for the weekend with little heads’ up about what Mr. Finn is doing:

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It looks like he’s half in/half out of his little bed.  When I can’t find him elsewhere in the house, I can usually find him here.  Once he caught a glimpse of me, he returned to his relaxed position:

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Oh, to be a dog…..(sigh)

I love my dog.  Do you have a pet that is wrapped around your heart?

Have a wonderful weekend filled with love!

Wendy

What’s been going on…

Since y’all know of our losses this year, we are just trying to take life day by day.  I love the sunshine, but I seem to over-heat when I am out in it too long, so as a result, the garden is starting to look a bit shaggy.

I have so many pending projects indoors, too.  Besides rooms to paint, all kinds of things to fix, caulk, maintain, etc., I am teaching myself to crochet.  I once had a basic knowledge of crochet that grew quite rusty over time.  My Mom left behind numerous crochet hooks, skeins/balls of yarn, as well as knitting needles.  She knew how to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider.  She was very creative and loved pretty colors.  Her flower garden was gorgeous.  She used to cut flowers and bring them in to display in vases.  I guess I inherited her love of flowers and gardens!

She taught me to sew, among many other things.  She tried with the crocheting and knitting, but I was less interested.  Now, however, I wish I could have her coach me and answer my questions!  At the moment, I’ve created a simple project.  I just replaced old, worn out window-shades with simple, white, sailcloth curtains at Country Mouse House.  I need tie-backs, so I am crocheting them!

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I have to make 14 of them because there are, obviously, 7 windows and 2 panels per window.  If you know how to crochet(and you want to do this in your home), I simply start with a chain of about 20, then go back and single crochet through 9 or so(sorry this isn’t exact science, but I am still quite the beginner!), connecting the ends to form the loop.  Then I just single crochet for around 20-21 rows.  After that, I make another chain stitch for 11-12 and connect with a single crochet at the other end.  If you don’t crochet and you would like to do this, might I suggest:

http://www.amazon.com/Crocheting-Dummies-Susan-Brittain-ebook/dp/B003B6QZ6I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405623449&sr=8-1&keywords=crochet+for+dummies

I have found this book to be a big help!

Meanwhile, back in the Town Mouse Garden:

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Truthfully, these were taken a couple of weeks ago.  I just didn’t post them right away.  (That’s why the garden doesn’t look so shaggy yet in these photos.)

I’ll have to give the Country Mouse/Vegetable Garden update soon.  Great food is growin’!

And here is our best buddy, Finn, since he got a heat-relieving hair cut!

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And for an action shot(had to get the scratch!)

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I think he feels so much better now when he goes outside…..and since he is a doggie, he HAS to go outside rather often!

Stay cool and enjoy your day!

Wendy