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I’d planned to update this blog yesterday, but a pc problem prevented me from doing so.   Aren’t computers fun? 

Saturday the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum in Corning held a George Washington’s Birthday Event.  Several of the guild members participated in the spinning and hearth cooking demos (I’ll be adding a couple of photos and more info to the guild blog).  I’ve been to the Inn quite a few times and hadn’t planned to go until I heard they had a special lace exhibit on. I went to see and I wasn’t disappointed.  I picked up a little brochure which gives a lot of info about the Italian community and crochet lacework before ‘The Flood’.  I seem to have misplaced it, hopefully it is in the car and not lost.   When I find the brochure or get more info, I’ll post it. 

And Sunday, hubby and I celebrated a wedding anniversary!   




 … freshly baked Sweet French Vegan Bread…

… baked to perfection on a baking stone, a method I’d never tried in all my years of bread baking

… in the new professional oven that actually allows me to adjust the temp so now things bake properly…

… made with the help of the Kitchen Aid mixer that was  a Christmas gift….

… that I can now use because I finally finished laying down and grouting the mossy colored granite tiles…

Is there anything better than home made beautiful bread?

And yes…. it is absolutely yummy!

How many of you remember that song? 

I thought of it yesterday when I was outside, looked over and saw Tara dozing in the window.   It was a very sunny day and Tara who recently had a very short trim decided that the landing at the top of the dog stairs from our lower level was the perfect place to sun bathe.  Although she is only 7 years old, she has suffered some hearing loss and wasn’t aware that I was near her.    Her buddy Star who is the same age and never more than a couple of feet away from her is doing a wonderful job of being Tara’s ears and soon let her know I was there.   Compare Tara’s color now with her color in her puppy photos on the Companion/Lhasa page and you will notice that Lhasas can have some really interesting color changes as they mature. 

Tara sleeping

 Gizzy & Krystal…snow dogs.. Gizzy (left) with Krystal

Gizzy (aka Mama’s Boy) will be 10 years old on April 6th.  This is the age when most dogs retire from pet assisted therapy. Sometimes however, if they are in really good health and really enjoy the visits, they will continue a little longer.  

Giz has suddenly started to have some issues… a little dry eye and now for the first time eye and ear infections.  He also has a little mass on the lid of his right eye…. sigh…     We went to the Vet Clinic where he had a general exam, cornea stain, tear test, and a few other things.  We are treating the infections and once he is well, we will look at the eyelid again, have the mass removed and determine what it is.  

We can then evaluate him to see if he can continue to do therapy work.

His grandmother Lila continued her visits to the nursing home on a regular basis till she was 12 and then occasionally after that until she was 14 years old and starting to lose her sight and hearing.    She started her pet visits at 10 weeks of age by going to work with me daily and then later on  as a volunteer.    Gizzy started at 8 weeks by tagging along with her on her visits.   Hopefully he will be able to continue visiting his ‘folks’ for as long as she did.   

coffee cup pin cushion 

20 years ago Sis gave me this cup with that saying on it.  This was after she came to stay for a few days and got a chance to really see just how much quilting fabric I had stashed away.  

I’ve kept the cup as a reminder to pay attention to what I have, use it up, sell it or donate it before I buy more of the same.  Since then my fabric stash has been mostly replaced with fleeces, fiber and yarn, but the cup still reminds me to only keep what I can use, sell or donate in the near future.  

The cup developed a crack last year but I really didn’t want to throw it away.  I didn’t need another pencil/tool cup, but I did need a new pin cushion.  The cup is now a very handy pin cushion, I use it daily.

Proof that visual reminders help to change how you think, yesterday my dear friend Trish (Amazing Grace Farm) came for a visit.  While she was here, we stopped in at the Mt Saviour Monastery gift shop and purchased granola, marmalade, books and more, things we didn’t have and would use right away.  We then picked up a friend and went out to lunch and then to a very nice quilt/needlework shop.  We admired and petted some of the fabrics, made plans to try some new patterns and fabric, but resisted bringing any home because we already have some fabric projects that aren’t finished.   

If I have to die as the one with the most of __________ (fill in the blank) . I think I’d rather it be friends, family, faith, etc….  the kinds of things that can’t be put away up on a shelf.   

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