And They Call it Puppy Love

Ivy Queen Mackenzie Lewis
Life w/Ivy is going well. It’s kind of like having a new born but easier. You can’t just leave a newborn in the crate or backyard unattended when necessary like you can do w/a pup.   I am crate training and feel it’s been successful. There have only been a few accidents in the crate (pee) which isn’t bad for an almost 10 wk old pup. Of course there have also been accidents in the house but she is learning. 













I’m grateful to be able to bring her to work w/me everyday. Everyone likes having her around. She is crated at work too but I let her have some free time on and off the leash.

Look at that belly!

Ivy and Inka still aren’t BFFs but they will be.  Inka really needs to relax. Ivy just wants to taste her tail.  =)

I just realized I slept a full 5 hrs last night (the longest interval w/o Ivy interruption since I got her 2 weeks ago).  I’d like more sleep BUT I like sewing/quilting more and I stay up super late on Friday/Saturday nights to get quality sew time in.

Ivy is growing faster that I thought she would but she is a delightful companion!

A Thread for Life
Never run away with the idea that it does not matter much what we believe or think; it does. What we think and believe, we are; not what we say we think and believe, but what we really do think and believe, we are; there is no divorce at all. To believe, in the sense our Lord used the word, is never an intellectual act but a moral act.” –Oswald Chambers, in The Moral Foundations of Life from The Quotable Oswald Chambers.

Touching Base

I planned to have 2 quilts completed for my Denver trip, which I leave for in 2 days, but life got in the way and I was only able to complete one. What was going to be my niece’s graduation quilt, is going to be her “off to college” quilt.  I don’t feel too terrible about it though because I made her a quilt not quite 2 years ago and I bought her something for graduation., 
I did finish this scrappy log cabin lap quilt for a friend. I quilted it block by block to practice my FMQ.  Up close it’s not very pretty, but from a distance it’s a true beauty. 
If I would’ve known starting a fabric fast would get me free fabric, I would’ve done it a long time ago!!  Remember back in March I wrote about my friend +Greta Anderson sending me a box of goodies? Well a few weeks ago, another friend gave me a ton of lovely batiks and just last weekend I got a bunch more fabric from another friend!! It may not be the latest and greatest lines, but I am so NOT picky. I love free! Honestly, I can probably  go a year from today, without purchasing any new fabric!! And I just might do it! 

I added a new machine to my family.  I bought this Viking on Craigslist to be my traveling machine. I have yet to name it. 
So, we leave in 2 days.  Originally it was going to be ALL of us going, but one of my sons is in the hospital in Nebraska and won’t be able to go (please say a prayer for him), and my daughter and grand kids aren’t going either. We haven’t had a chance to all visit together since we left Denver in 2005. I’m bummed because my mom has never met her great-grand daughter who shares her birthday and is already 3 1/2 yrs old.  We’ll have to have a reunion at some point. I am looking forward to seeing friends I haven’t seen in years and the cooler weather.
I finally reupholstered my dining chairs.  It was on my fall/winter “To Do” list….so I was just a few months behind. 
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I know some of you aren’t going to like this…but I’m down to one cat.  Sadly, a few months back I had to put Kiko down because he had blocked urethra.   Sunday, I got rid of Roscoe. That morning, after not being able to sleep at all Saturday night, I was debating on whether or not to go to church.  After talking w/my son about driving me, I walked back into my bedroom to find Roscoe looking crazy and my curtains and rod pulled out of the wall on one side. When I went to try and fix it, I noticed he had peed in the darn windowsill! Instead of going to church, I had my son drive me to the Humane Society, where I surrendered him. I was relieved to find he was micro chipped and that most likely he’d go back to the wherever he was registered. I won’t get any more pets. One cat at a time is plenty!

Lastly, I’d like to ask you to pray for me. Lately I feel calloused and empty. I’m in a funk.  I haven’t been reading the bible or praying. I haven’t taken stock or given thanks for my many blessings and instead I’ve been complaining about what I still don’t have (namely a husband).  The nerve of me! I just wrote about family and gifts and and friends and I have the nerve to feel ungrateful!  I’m struggling… Lord forgive me. 
A Thread for Life
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God! ~ Psalm 42:11
 I’m linking up over at  Val’s Quilting Studio.

My Snoopervisors

Just wanted to share some pics of my cats. No matter what I’m doing, I’m always being “snoopervised”.

This is Inka. She’s my first long-hair, my first black cat and my only girl. I rescued her from a drain pipe at my daughter’s apartment complex this summer. She’s pretty vigilant, but occasionally falls asleep on the job.



         

This is Kiko. My oldest son rescued him from the Sonic drive-thru last year.  He’s always burrowing under something or trying to squeeze in somewhere. But he’s also an inevitable napper.

Kiko and Inka used to be close, not so much since Inka was spayed.

Lastly, this is Roscoe. He’s my “scaredy” cat. I adopted him from a lady who was moving to Alaska.  I don’t think he’s ever been in the sewing room but he chills on the couch when I’m watching a movie and will jump on the bed to get pet in the morning.

Here are a couple of rare pics of all 3.

A Thread for Life
…let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18