Saturday, July 25, 2009

Good as new!

Snickers seems to have made a full recovery! We took her to the vet on Tuesday afternoon and she was already perkier than she had been for a day and a half. The vet gave her a once-over and didn't find anything unusual. So, she took blood and we got the results Wednesday night. Everything looked fine, except a few abnormalities. Her liver enzymes (maybe?) were off, but the vet said that can be a result of old age and if anything they were good for a dog her age. And her white blood cell count was up, but if she had some sort of infection or illness, that could account for that. The thing the vet found most alarming (other than our story of her behavior) is that she had lost five pounds. And really, by Wednesday evening, she was more or less back to normal. She now gets some wet dog food (which she LOVES) to help put on a couple pounds again. She's always been svelte and is now looking positively skinny.

So we think that she just got sick and had a much harder time fighting it off than she would have a few years ago because she's older. We'll take her in to get weighed in about three weeks. Other than that, things are fine as far as the canine member of our household. Yippee!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The last bag for now

This is the final bag I've made for the Minnesota Road Show. It's from another Terri Atkinson book. I'm having a moment. I can't remember if it's from Happy Hour or Let's Do Lunch. I know it's one of those! Probably Happy Hour, but don't quote me. Anyway, I'm happy with how it turned out. The diamond is actually a pocket (set askew).
Here's a closeup of the quilting. I used fabrics from the Rhythm and Blues line from Red Rooster.
In other news, I'm worried about our dog, Snickers. She's been acting pretty sick lately. She didn't eat anything except a little bread all of yesterday and most of today. I did entice her to eat some wet dog food tonight after I got home from work (she normally gets only dry). She's also lost five pounds since we took her in for shots about a month to six weeks ago (though I think at least a pound of that was from shedding her winter coat). She had a really hard time getting up and peed and pooped in the house a couple times, which is really unheard of for her. Here's a photo of her enjoying the freak snow we got this past winter.
Snickers is a 14 year old Belgian Malinois. We got her from the Humane Society when she was seven years old. She's a very sweet dog. Since we've moved to Virginia from Wisconsin, she's suffered from terrible allergies and has lost most of her hearing due to ear infections.

Anyway, she's a little perkier this afternoon (when we took her to the vet) and evening so she may hold on for a while. But I felt I wanted to post about her now, while I can. I really thought she might die last night. But nope; she's wagging at me right now.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tie dyed t-shirts

Molly and I took a class with Monica at Quilting Adventures for making tie dye t-shirts. Molly is technically a little young, but I was there to help her. It was great fun! Here are her creations:

The blue and red stripey one was done by folding, and the red, yellow and orange one was done by twisting it around a clothespin and then rubber banding it to death.

My friend Sheila was there with her two nephews, and Amy was there with her two kids. Here's a photo of Amy and Monica.
And then I just had to add this photo of Molly laughing. How I love this kid.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's... another bag!

Here's another bag for the Minnesota Road Show. This one is called Terry's Tote and it's from the Terry Atkinson book Happy Hour. It was super easy; I finished it in about an hour and a half start to finish. It took three fat quarters, a half yard of lining and batting. The stuffed handles are kind of cool, though I feel like they might not hold a lot. I have to figure out how to attach them more securely if I'm going to carry anything in this (they're just tacked on by hand now).