flowers, rain and muddy dogs

It's been busy over here.  I've been preparing for the arrival of the dogs and trying to enjoy (what was probably) the last of the good weather.  I cut some more roses just before we got more snow.

The snow didn't last and it looks like I might be able to cut a few more roses before winter is here for real.  I always need some flowers around the house.  The thanksgiving cactus keeps looking more and more spectacular.

And I'm looking forward to the amaryllis flowers from the bulb I just planted and the yellow jonquils I set in water, too.  I'll still miss my roses, but I'll take any flowers I can get.  And when I can't have real ones, I can make them, too.

In the midst of everything else that was going on, I sold some flowers that I made in my Etsy shop this week.

I love this necklace.  It was the first one I made with my crocheted roses and the first one of the rose necklaces to sell.  With this necklace I started experimenting with crocheted leaves, too.

I've been neglecting my poor Etsy shop lately.  Just gotta finish making things for the dogs and try not to fall under the spell of another quilt (for me) and then maybe I can make some new stuff for the shop.

I had one more flowery bit of excitement this past week and I'll give just a tiny peek (and a hint) of it right now with the promise of more to come.

Packages are always a good thing!  And the plans I have for what was in this one are really fun!

And now for the funnest of the fun... it was so hard to wait for the day to arrive, but it finally did.  The boys came home with us yesterday.

I love this blurry photo of them in the back of the truck on the way home.  Don't they look happy?  Kit is the white and fawn spotted dog and Kirk is the red brindle.   I know Matthias and I will be taking lots and lots of photos of them, but so far since they've been home there aren't too many good ones.  Here are a few from one of our visits to the rescue kennel:

Unfortunately we've been having almost constant rain and so our first walks with the boys haven't been as fun as we'd have liked.  It's also made for some very messy playing.  Our backyard is very muddy now and when the boys came in after our after breakfast romp they were filthy.  The other romps today have turned a couple other towels the color of mud.  But they have such fun getting filthy that all I can do is laugh and give them plenty of kisses while I towel them off.

I love watching them run and frolic.  They may have been duds on the racetrack, but they still run very fast and seem so full of joy while they do it.  They're still settling in, but I can say that I am already head over heels in love with these two. 

I could go on and on, but I'll end now.  Gotta get sewing the covers for the new dog beds.


  1. Welcome home, Kit and Kirk. You may not know it yet, but you've landed in doggy heaven here on earth. You'll be loved to bits and never have to run for any reason but the joy of it.
    Can't wait to meet you.

  2. ps
    congrats on selling the lovely tri-rose necklace. It's long been a favorite of mine and will make someone very happy. Good job.

  3. I adored seeing "the boys" romping in the back yard. They are such good buddies. Thank you so much for sharing your family (Matthias included). All your fellas are quite handsome and playful.

  4. Those two pooches are VERY LUCKY dogs! Congratulations on finding one another.

    HAVE FUN. xo

  5. What joy! You and Matthias look as happy as the dogs. Winter will surely be a whirl of happy times shared with those two dears.


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