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Monday, October 22, 2012

Bella Came Back...

...and went away again.


Bella came back to me on Wednesday. The adopter realized the care of her eyes was more than she could handle. On Saturday Angela came down to pick up Bella, to giver here her permanent home.

Bella had initially been with Angela for two weeks and was very comfortable there. Angela dow shte business side of SPR, she is not a foster home, more of a 'holding home' when needed. So, Bella came to me, for me to foster and adopt out. I had her for about 6 weeks. She was an easy foster and the 3x ad ay eye care just became routine. She is a sweet gentle. girl.

On Saturday when Angela and Dave walked into the house, Bella went bonkers!! We thought she'd be nonplussed since it had been that long, but she was ecstatic to see them both. She knew that she was with temporarily it seems because they would be back, wish she had clued us in! LOL. So now she is happily home, immediately fitting back in, knowing the yard was herw again, knowing the humans were heres again and knowing the dogs and cats were OK with her being back.

Angela and Dave are two of the best dog owners one could find. They are very focussed on their responsibility as pet owners, working with the oga and cats, guiding them, training them and loving them. Most of all, they are able to accept their animals as they are without trying to change them, quirks and all. Bella now has a very special place to call home.

Bella came back to me on Wednesday, the adopter realized the care of her eyes was more than she could handle. On Saturday Angela came down to pick up Bella, to give her her permanent home. 

Bella had initially been with Angela for two weeks and was very comfortable there. Angela does the business of the rescue, she is not a foster home, more of a 'holding home' when needed. So, Bella came to me. I had her for about 6 weeks. She was an easy foster and the 3x a day eye care just became routine. She is a sweet gentle girl. 

On Saturday when Angela and Dave walked into the house Bella went bonkers! We thought she'd be nonplussed since it had been that long, but she was ecstatic to see them. She knew that she was with me temporarily it seems, wish she would have clued un in! LOL So now she is happily home, immediately fitting in, knowing the yard was hers again, knowing the humans were hers again and knowing the dogs and cats were OK with her being back. 

Angela and Dave are two of the best dog owners one could find. They are very focussed on their responsibility as pet owners, working with the dogs and cats, guiding them, training them and loving them. Most of all, they are able to accept their animals as they are without trying to change them, quirks and all. Bella now has a very special place to call home.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Lovely Gift

While tag sale-ing I've been keeping an eye out for a food processor for my friend Sue. I scored a find on Saturday, a Cuisinart with all of the attachements. I gave her a call and got the green light to purchase it for her. 

Yesterday I dropped it off at her home while she was at work. She had told me she left something for me she thought I'd enjoy, it was this limited edition Danbury Mint plate, by Christoper Nick. How sweet sweet sweet of her. The Schnauzer resembles my Little Bug in coloring, but most especially in the pose, waiting for the ball to be thrown. Appropriately, it is called, "Play Ball!!"


There was also a card with a Schnauzer drawing on it and a check inside for the cost of the Cuisinart...and another check with a generous donation to my rescue, Schnauzer Paws Rescue. I can't explain how I felt. Touched. That's a good word to use. It was such an unexpected surprise.

Sue has a Mini named Nick. Unfortunately, her female, Zoe, passed away too early in her life, a couple years ago. Nick was peering out the glass door at me when I dropped the machine off, he was acting all Big Man protective of his territory, but I knew if the door was open he'd eat up the love and attention I wanted to bestow upon him. 

Sue and I met about 8 years ago when we both volunteered for the same rescue. Since beginning SPR, Sue is a Schnauzer contact for us, sending people our way and helping us out if we need her. 

Go over to her blog Idyll Haven and say 'hi.' Sue is an avid gardener and I am in awe every time I pull into her driveway. Her passion about plants is obvious and surrounds her home, from shortest to very tall, and is something she talks about regularly on her blog. You'll also see her little guy Nick over there. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bella and Junior Go Home

Yesterday, both Bella and Junior went to their new homes. Bella's new mom saw the sweetness that Bella had to offer and took on the commitment of Bella's lifetime of daily eye care.


She brought her dog Willow with her to meet Bella, pretty girl, Golden Retriever. Willow wasn't much interested in Bella, but she was VERY interested in each and every toy she could find. Willow was very good at obeying her Master's commands, so I saw a bright future for Bella. I do have to admit that Bella seems to be a bit aloof and training her might not come easily but Pamela assured me she will learn.

Junior went home to a family member's house of the original owner. He was missed so much that they took him into their home to live out the rest of his years and he will still be able to hang out with and get love from his mom.


He was a good boy and began showing his silly side the last few days here. He also showed me his BMOC attitude, too, when Bella the Black Lab came in to stay for a week. He let her know who he thought was boss, she showed him how big her teeth were. He got the message -- leave the big black dog alone, well, with an occasional testing now and again.

A Wedding

Last Saturday, one of my closest friends married her man of the past 11 years. She asked me to make a "wedding -- this way" sign for the beginning of the path to the venue. After spilling the primer on my studio floor, I was able to get to work...

Lois is my thrifting co-hort, therapist-over-a-cup-of-coffee friend, we support each other, she's short, I'm tall, she's conservative/preppy, I'm hippy chic, she's a grown-up, I'm a grown child. We can depend on each other when in need (unless it's between the hours of 11pm and 8am then I'm to call someone else,) 'cuz she's zonked and will sleep through a bomb and we have a lot of laughs together.

Sooooo, knowing she has a sense of humor, as I was designing it, I was having fun with the words. She wanted something a little whimsical and said I could put just about anything I wanted on it...."within reason," she said. 

I thought this one was appropriate...


...she didn't agree.

I thought this one was even better, snarky and fun....
she laughed but I guess she wanted this to be a more serious matter -- go figure! 


So this is what she got, and she loved it...


I made it with all previously used materials. The sign is the back of a drawer, the pole is an old wooden broomstick, the paint was left over from various jobs I've done. 

It was a beautiful setting by the river. The 3pm lighting from the clouds starting to cover the sky made for a nice light, the breeze was coming in, the rain held off and the vows were spoken.

Lois preplanned for the possibility of cooler weather. On the back of every other chair was a Pashima shawl for the female guests in case they got cool, and we got to keep them. What a nice touch. 

It was a small gathering of their closest friends and family. I've known Lois for only about 3 years, maybe not even that long, I was honored to be included. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Oh Fudge!

and I was having such a good day.


I spent the day doing doing doing. Dishes, baked zucchini, laundry, made smoothies, took photos for ebay, started listings on ebay, laundry, had some ice cream, laundry. Feeling good that things were getting done...then decided I should get started on the sign I'm painting for a friend's wedding this coming Saturday. 

Shake Shake Shake -- slip, ugh, oh crap. Just what I wanted to be doing at 9:45pm -- cleaning up paint. Well, no one said a studio floor should stay free of paint drippings, but paint pourings? maybe. Fortunately, I wasn't cranky and could take it in stride. 

23 years of painting and this is the second time it's happened. The first time was about 10 years ago -- a quart of oil based paint -- rusty orange color meets client's driveway. Now THAT was not fun. 

Hope you had a great day!!