Monday, July 31, 2006
The "thing" right now is ACL surgery for Zeus. Its official... our big guy has two torn cruciate ligaments (both back knees). The right seems to be the worst one as arthritis is setting in and surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday (Aug. 8th). Its going to be a long recovery process (10 - 12 weeks) and after the right knee is healed completely, chances are more than likely that we'll have to go through it all over again with the left one. We joked that he's been quite the expensive "free" puppy over the weekend - but of course we wouldn't trade him for anything!
The once 17 pound puppy we brought home...
As he grew...
And grew some more (he actually topped out at about 145!) ... when he thought he might try his paw at being a hat model (check out his great mug on items over at the Lapdog Creations Cafe Press store -- proceeds, which are only about .50 - $1 an item, are going towards his surgery, as are any sales from my Etsy shop)
After slimming down a bit in the past year or so, he's 124 pounds of love and sloppy kisses and sometimes still thinks he's a lap dog...
Here's hoping for a smooth recovery, with lots of knitting time (thanks to a very understanding boss, I will be at home with a combination of some vacation time and working from home next week)... and keep your fingers crossed that his little sister and brother will catch on quick to the understanding of the recovery and keep themselves entertained (and out of trouble!) while big brother rests...
Thursday, July 27, 2006
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Since an empty tank simply just can not stay empty for too long, a trip to Pet Smart was in order yesterday and Smoke3 is now part of the family (and for those of you interested, he actually looks just like Smoke2... and the "Smokes" are named after NASCAR driver Tony Stewart... I had debated on changing this one's name, however I have these nifty caricature return address labels with us, the dogs and "Smoke" on them, so... SMOKE3 he is!
In between shopping trips to Pet Smart and Michael's and cleaning out the little fish tank to make a sparkly clean home for Smoke3, I tried to get some knitting done. As I was refilling the tank last night, I realized we were out of
I have managed to get some knitting done on a few projects though, despite all of this and Teutul's new obsession with my sheep tape measure....
For entertainment sake, I'd like to say he was jealous that Mommy was using his big brother Zeus needles to work on this Plymouth car seat blanket, but I really think he just wanted to steal my tape measure and claim it for his own toy... he loves that "swooosh" sound it makes. Note to self: Be sure to keep this one tucked deeply inside a knitting bag - preferably zippered shut - and never out in plain site when not being watched!
I also started - not once, not twice, but three times! - the Broadway diagonal scarf. I started this out on bamboo needles -- MISTAKE! -- and ended up frogging it twice before deciding what a brilliant idea it would be to use my Susan Bates Quicksilver needles instead! On the 3rd frogging however, I
Note to anyone in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts - or those of us yarn obsessed who don't mind a short - or long - drive to a LYS.... Knit Wit in Rockport, MA has officially begun her going out of business sale! I'm a little disappointed as I was just there last week and bought at FULL price! Ahhh... I guess a trip back is in order (although I did send my Mom down there today to pick up a few things I knew I
Have a wonderful sunny day ... and HAPPY SHOPPING to those of you near Rockport!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I also made
I'm off to start a scarf ... or maybe knit up a few rows on a hat ... or maybe work on the tank...nah, who am I kidding, I'm going to watch Rockstar Supernova and do some mindless knitting (i.e. probably the baby hat...)......
On a much deserved and needed day off yesterday, I headed up to Gloucester for a hair appointment (LOVE the tortoise shell color - thanks Jenn!), then met up with Mom for lunch and a trip to the Knit Wit in Rockport. I picked up some gorgeous Classic Elite Bravo, a mix of silk and mohair in beautiful blue hues with pinks and grays -- most likely for a scarf. I also got a gorgeous ball of Broadway for another scarf (pattern on the label). It might be hard to tell in the photos, but it has a metallic running through it that almost looks like beads -- stunning! After I took these photos, I wound it in to a ball last night, then the power went out and it was sweltering hot, so I didn't start the scarf but plan to do so tonight! I also picked up 4 balls of the great Heirloom Breeze yarn which I've been using for the cute little baby hats. Feast your eyes....
Speaking of baby hats, I photoed the 3 I've finished thusfar. I'm playing around with some cottons yarns now (the varigated purple is a cotton). I'm really loving knitting in the round and making these adorable hats. I will soon have a selection of infant and toddler sizes available on Etsy, as well as at Spa Fina Botique in Rockport. I have photos but for some reason this
freaking crazy, stupid thing blog isn't letting me upload them, so I'll try a "part 2" blog with those!
Monday, July 10, 2006
After much indulging, she and Tut were pooped from all the fuss & food ... meanwhile Zeus struck his famous porno dog pose when he heard the word CAKE (notice the big smile on his face ... yes, dogs really do smile!)...
I finished the girly-girl pink scarf (photo to come) with the seed beads attached....
Woodchucks (think this one is Chucky, but then again it could be Woody or maybe even grown-up baby Chuckita from last year... Zeus would know...)
While photographing the critters, I came across some pretty day lilies on the side of our house behind a wood pile... kind of a cool picture, no?
OK - I confess... I haven't weeded in about 3 years and ANY flowers still growing in our yard are cool at this point!
Now, I'll leave you with a critter of a different nature... introducing our newest nephew, Benjamin Gordon who was born on June 7 ... Ben makes 7 for the niece & nephew count!
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Bassist Pat Badger now has a farm in Groveland, MA where he and his family raise Alpacas. Check out Aplaca Grove and note the online store ... yes, I said online store! ... is currently under construction. Of course, in the meantime perhaps a trip to Groveland may be in order? And I'm on a quest to find out if they exhibit at any of the local fairs... I will post more info if I find out!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Even though I grew up just 35 minutes away, this was actually the first time I've ever ventured in to Beantown for the 4th celebration, as having become members of the Museum of Science made it a bit easier this year (i.e. we did not have to arrive at the crack of dawn and spend 15 hours sitting out in the elements guarding our 2 feet of space - oh the luxury!). The museum holds a special "members only" event (though they still charge you quite nicely!) where we were able to watch the display from atop their parking garage. We still had to guard our space, but at least not with everyone lined along the Charles River!
While dining on fried chicken meals from Wolfgang Puck, we were able to relax and enjoy the concert via several speakers set up (Steven Tyler & Joe Perry rocked ... but what else would one expect in Boston? We had kicked off the long weekend with an Extreme reunion show in Boston on Friday night that also rocked ... now if they could just all get along long enough to record another CD!) and then watch the grand show. Unfortunately, we weren't thinking too far ahead when we packed the cooler, bug spray, chairs, snacks and blanket ... we forgot our books, deck of cards, knitting (that would be my knitting of course, not Matt's... just so not to confuse anyone) and other goodies to keep us from being too bored during the wait. Oh well... there was some good
Monday, July 03, 2006
As you can see, Zeus was still too busy keeping a watchful eye on the yard to even notice a bag hanging above his head?
That's all for now... hope everyone has a wonderful 4th... I'm going to go sit and knit!