Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy 12th birthday my fur friend!
The studio assistant is tired of winter! It's cold, snowing and blowing, I have a cold so I am not going out for a walk with her. Maybe we will take a drive to the bank later. That will cheer her up.
She likes walks around the block, without a leash, thank you, she likes to greet everyone along the way. Especially older people sitting out in the summer.
She also like retail therapy, Rural King being a favorite, wide aisles, the smells of other dogs and critters (a few wild birds flying about and this time of year, baby chicks.) Nursing homes are fine, they have self opening doors, which she views as a necessity.
Favorite tricks, coming in the door you didn't go out. If she goes out the garage door she scampers to the back patio door and waits, she started this shortly after my mother died, we would go out the back door and walk down the driveway to get the paper, she would look at me and calmly walk up the sidewalk to the front door and wait patiently for me to walk trough the house and let her in. I am sure there is some kind of doggie joke there.
Dyna also likes trips to the barn, visiting with the Minnie the barn cat, and Dozer and Tuff the barn dogs, Skittles, Willy and Slater the horses look at her like OK she's small but harmless. She loves running in the arena, deep sand must feel like running through snow which she likes.

Trick we want to learn this year, driving!

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Hint of Spring

Cyclamens are bending towards the sun! Lucky they are not outdoor plants because it was 1°F this morning. I knew it was very cold when Dyna was crunching across the snow on the deck. She was not moving fast. I think she is tired of winter. If the weather is nice we go for a walk around the block and she is beside herself with joy. Trotting most of the way, the last few houses are a bit of a struggle since she has worn herself out. She is 12 years old this month which is getting up there for a corgi. She has grey around her ears, hmm maybe she needs some hair color!
This is my great aunt Kitty. Actually this is an enlargement from A Day at the Races. When I did the page for the quilt in my portfolio I was taken with the detail shot and thought it would make a great portrait. I need to do more stitch work on the face and then I will think about the background I have quite a bit more black on the right side. Maybe a kantha stitch treatment. Time will tell.
Yesterday I went through a file box of photos, separating them into my mother and my fathers family. My parents were interested in photography and took lots of photos. After they had 6 children the interest and time waned but I have a lot of 30's, 40's and 50's photos. I have picked out 7 that may be the next project. Scanning will commence later today. Right now I have a mixed berry and apple pie in the oven. It will warm the house a bit.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Occasionally a Sonorous Tone Would Erupt from the Band.

A bit of summer on a cold and very snowy winter day.

The studio assistant has decided when the snow is over her head not to jump in snow drifts. A wise decision.