Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Life isn't fair...

Today's post is not easy.  My heart aches from the loss of my kitty Law.  He passed very unexpectedly almost 2 weeks ago & today we got the call that he's ready to come home.  The tears flowed again at that news, but at least he'll be home again.

Law was the prettiest & sweetest kitty I've ever had.  He came to us in a very special way almost 12 years ago & he was the first addition to our family that was "ours."  (Sassy was mine before we were married.)  Once named, DJ, Steve agreed to Law joining our family if he could rename him.  I said, of course!

Law was not your typical graceful cat.  When he'd jump off things you'd hear a loud never needed to guess where he was.  When you walked, he usually tried to trip you...not to be funny, he just didn't get the walking ahead of you thing.  He was picky when it came to his water NEEDED to be fresh water or he'd turn his nose up at it.

But he was the SWEETEST, SWEETEST boy!  
He would not run & hide when people came to visit the house.  He would greet you at the door when you'd come home & meow something I swear sounded like "mommas home!"  He wasn't phased by the bulldogs joining the family either...he wasn't their best friend, but not afraid of them either.

He loved helping me make the bed!   Every time I put fresh sheets on the bed, he'd make sure he was under all the sheets & when I fluffed the sheets, he'd attack. 
He also loved to sneak outside & walk around the deck.  He was never an outdoor cat, but he sure wanted to be!  In fact, our last day together he did get outside & I walked around the snowy deck with him & I'm so glad I did.
He was not, however, picky when it came to where he slept!  The tub, the dogs' pillows, boxes...he didn't care!  He was cool like that.

After Sassy passed in January, Law was my velcro kitty & never left my side.  He even took over Sassy's spot in the sewing room.  Always so thoughtful of others.  He missed her as much as I did & we needed each other.
And while he welcomed Pippa to the home, he was never really himself after Sassy was gone.
The ONLY solace in losing Law, is now he is with his bestie again.

LawLaw-we miss you very much & hope Sassy & Ollie have been showing you around the Rainbow Bridge.  Miss you buddy!  It's just not the same without you here.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Everybully!

Merry Christmas!!
With Love-
Jen & Steve
Howard (4), Pippa (1), Vivian (4), Doc (6) 
& in loving memory of Sassy & Law

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Of course I'm going to blog today!!!

As many of you know, I LOOOOOVE dates!!  All sorts of fun dates make me happy!  Something like today's 12-12-12.....super fun!!  Dorky I know, but think about it....12-12-12....we're NEVER going to see that again in our lifetimes!  Cool!

So while the last 12 years have got super fast, many of us have seen 1/1/01, 2/2/02, 3/3/03, 4/4/04, 5/5/05, 6/6/06, 7/7/07, 8/8/08, 9/9/09, 10/10/10, and 11/11/11!!!!  I also loved it when the date was 1/2/03 & 2/3/04 & 3/4/05 & 4/5/06....ok, I think you get it.  I dunno...dates just make me happy.

Ask my co-worker...every day this month when I write the date I giggle because it's 12/xx/12...that makes me giggle...yep...I'm a dork.  Oh's not like you didn't already know that!
 On a side snowed this weekend...the most we've had since Feb 2011 (which means we did not have a lot of snow last winter--which I loved) was pretty only because I was inside all day.  The commutes on Monday & Tuesday however, NOT SO PRETTY!!!  Grrrrr.....

The bullies seemed to enjoy it!  Like every year, they made their "bully highway"--this year it's only 1 lane apparently.
(Do you see Doc peaking around the house??  He's like "Momma!  Let me in!!!!")

We got so much I had to make another path for them in the yard so they could get around, Vivi helped.
At one point, the snow was about "Vivi high!"  I could barely see her!
Hope you're having a great week!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thoughts & Prayers

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family of Officer Tom Decker & to the Cold Springs, MN Police Department who lost one of their own last week. 
Officer Decker was laid to rest today & the photos of how many of the "thin blue line" attended the service takes your breath away.
Thank you to Officer Decker & all in law enforcement for your service.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Seriously!! This is "sew" cute!!!

You guessed it!  Talking about sewing today!  I can't help it!  I'm totally in love with this clutch I made on Friday night. 
It was meant to be a Christmas gift for my goddaughter, but immediately after I finished it, I couldn't part with it!  Turns out, that was meant to be because I used the orange strictly because that was her favorite color...WAS being the key word!  Ha!

But I'm not too heart broken!  I mean hello...I wanted to keep it anyway!  Hahaha!  I love the color combo...but those gathers!!  Uggh!  LOVING!  As you probably guessed, this is my first attempt at adding such a detail to anything I've made.  I've done ruffles before, but haven't quite mastered the technique.  But this clutch...uggh...LOOOVE.  Yay me!

I used this tutorial at Noodlehead for the clutch & the instructions were great!  I did my own spin on a few touches on the clutch, but overall it's her tutorial.  Did I mention how much I LOOOOVE it??  One fun fact on this clutch...the zipper is older than me!  This past summer I embraced thrift stores for sewing notions & fabric!  It's amazing at what you'll score!!!  $0.49 for that vintage beauty!! 

Aww...look!  Still sew cute while at work too!!

Oh & no goddaughter will still get just won't be orange!  :0)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Such a Scary Face

Not really....from this angle you can't really see the O shape her mouth makes very well, but you get the idea.

Vivi was on the bed with me watching TV & Steve decided to peak around the corner...she didn't like it.  :0)
What a good guard dog....that growl cracks me up!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'm Thankful...

On November 27, 2001 (11 years ago to the day) I almost lost my best friend.  He collapsed of heat stroke...during a snow November...that's right, heat stroke...we joke he's a medical oddity.  But 11 years ago tonight, in the ER, there was no joking going on.

He was in the hospital for a week.  There were many follow up appointments with doctors for weeks after.  It was a very scary time.

You just never know what each day brings.  So I'm thankful, so very thankful to still have my bestie with me!

Love you babe!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

So I've Been Thinking...

I know I haven't been a good blogger lately...ok more like the last two years...not good in the "haven't blogged" way.  It may not seem like it, but it does bother me that I don't blog like I used to.  I could...errr...have used the excuse that life has gotten in the way.  It's true!  I am not sure where this past year went!  I mean can you believe it's the end of November already?!!

While life has gotten in the way of blogging, I have made time for sewing, dog showing, general life stuff & of course funny bully stories....I haven't shared that with you...and it bothers me.  I guess I feel like I started this blog to tell you about my dogs, so I don't think you'd want to hear about my other stuff.

So I was thinking the other day maybe to just hang up my blogging hat, maybe even the website--because I've also dropped the ball there too.  I was thinking, once Vivi gets her Grand Championship will I keep the site?  I won't have any more show photos/tales to share.  But then I remembered WHY I started this site/ wasn't because I was showing a was because I had a dog...or 3.  :0)
So it hit me while I was blow-drying my know that's when ALL my A-HA moments happen...this is MY site.  MY blog.  If I wanted to post a funny, cute, breathtaking (of course) photo of my dog, I should.
  If I wanted to blog about a sewing project, I should.  
If I wanted to brag about how great Vivi did at a show, 
or how Howie let me cut his nails without much fighting, I should!!  
 And even if I wanted to share some magical memories, I should!!!!
Basically, my A-HA moment reminded me this is MY site/blog.  I can post about anything.  Right?  Right!  So I will!  Some of my favorite posts in this blog are my very honest--can you believe my dog did THAT?!--posts.  While sometimes funny, most times educational (at some level anyway) & that's something I can be proud of.  Sewing is a newer passion of mine, so you may be bored with those posts, but maybe not?  Maybe you all will want to sew after those...hehehehehe!!  Of course Disney is always in my head, so maybe somedays you'll hear about that.

Regardless of what I post, I'm excited to get back to blogging!  Get back to sharing with you my bullies, their stories (both good & bad) & always cute photos!

I thank those of you who have stayed on thinking I may post again...well here we go my friends, here we go!!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Howl-o-ween Everybully!!

We hope you all had a fantastic Howl-o-ween!!  Did you get many treats?  Or more tricks?

This year we were showing our true selves...well at least that's what momma said!!  Silly momma!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy Birfday Pretty Lady

Today Vivi turns 4!! Happy Birfday sweet girl!!! Love you to pieces!!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

We've Missed You Too!!!

Ok, the hell is it September?!  Sorry to be so blunt about it, but how fast time goes by makes me sad.  I love summer--especially this summer!!  Record setting heat anyone??  The leaves are already coming down in our yard!!!  Noooo!!!  Maybe it's only because it's been so dry--yes, yes, I'm in denial!

This summer sewing & dog shows have kept me very busy!  With the heat I've had a lot of orders for the cool collars I make & this year I started making cool jackets too.
They have been very popular!  I was at a show in June & I looked around & there were 7 dogs with my products on!  How "cool" is that?!  I have had a lot of people ask if they work....well, I can tell you first hand that yes!  They worked on Doc!  Doc had an incident one hot night & he really scared me (panting, wouldn't move, wouldn't drink water) & when we got him inside, I immediately grabbed the jacket, ran it under cold water & put the jacket on him & within minutes he was no longer panting!!!  I was shocked how fast it worked on him!

Here is a photo from the show Vivi & I were at last weekend in Lake Elmo, MN.  Thanks Kym for the photo!  We didn't do anything, but she sure is cute isn't she??
Let's see, what else to tell you....hmmm...Howie decided the other day to take a nap with a piggy...what a cutie!
Doc can't believe summer is over either!!  He's just rolling around thinking about it!

Law sends kitty prayers to all of you!
And Pippa sends kisses...errr...bites!
We all hope your summer went as well as yours & you enjoyed yourselves!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Flag Day

Happy Flag Day everybully!!

Hope you all enjoy my favorite holiday!!!