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PirateDay 2014

We heard it was talk like a pirate day so we thought we would join in. Now we aren’t really sure how pirates talk so we will just show you how we look like pirates in our cool bandanas that What’s Her Name aka Aunt Agnes made for us.

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We want to thank you all for the purrs, prayers and crossed paws for our Grandpa. He went home on Wednesday and is doing well. We’re sure your support made a lot of difference. We just hope he doesn’t scare us all like that ever again.

Hi everyone! Millie & Walter here to let you know what has been going on with us.

A kiss for Grandpa

A kiss for Grandpa

Well nothing out of the ordinary has been going on with either of us but our Grandpa has been in the hospital since last Wednesday. We love our Grandpa very much and love to give him kisses because he gives us lots of scritches in return.

Grandpa your moustache tickles!

Grandpa your mustache tickles!

Our mom has been spending a lot of time with him and our Grandma in the hospital making sure he gets the best care possible so he can go home soon. So we are saying all the mischief is on our Grandpa who is keeping mom away from her computer. We are still reading all your blogs so we know what is going on, but our commenting is few and far between.

We would like to ask that you all put your paws together and send some of that wonderful POTP goodness to our Grandpa. Thanks for understanding our abscence.

There aren’t many flowers blooming in our perennial garden but there still is some activity.

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Close up view

Close up view

I got very lucky last week when we awoke to a dew covered morning. Over night the garden spider had woven this perfect web that was covered in micro sized beads of water.

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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Hugs & Kisses Pawrty

Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. Today we are joining Lily and Edward with their Hugs & Kisses Pawrty. We like each other a lot but this is as close as we ever get to hugging.

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Wrestling is a form of hugging isn’t it?

We love our pawrents and we sure love to give them kisses and hugs. Here is an oldie but goodie of both of us laying it on our daddy, Charlie.

Attack of the Kissing Bandits

Attack of the Kissing Bandits

We’re kissing daddy and he is giving both of us a hug.

Last but not least is something that happens almost every morning when mom tries to put on her shoes to take us out.

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

Nothing better than a big kiss and hug to start your day!

You can see that the action is so fast Millie’s head is a blur!

We hope you enjoyed all our Hugs & Kisses pictures. Be sure to visit Lily and Edward to see how it all began. Now go hug your pet!

Foliage Friday

As the flowers of summer begin to fade I thought I would take you all on a walk around the garden to look at the wide variety of foliage we have. I’m not talking about the colors of autumn but rather the use of colored foliage (other than green) within your garden to create interest.

North side of yard

North side of yard

Here is a look at the north side of our yard. Every few shrubs is one with red foliage. From left to right you will see the red foliage of the ninebark, columnar barberry, smoke bush, standard barberry and on the far right is a columnar red birch.

Closer view of north side of yard

Closer view showing columnar barberry, smoke bush and barberry

In the closer view (and below) you can also see the smaller shrubs. A yellow variegated foliage dwarf weigela and the red foliage weigela.

Dwarf red weigela and dwarf yellow verigated weigela

Dwarf red weigela and dwarf yellow variegated weigela
Spilled Wine® Weigela florida ‘Bokraspiwi’ and My Monet® Sunset Weigela florida ‘Sunset’

As you can see the foliage can be red or yellow.

Japanese maple surrounded by yellow barberry

Japanese maple surrounded by yellow barberry

This is one of my favorite parts of our garden. I just love the contrast of the red leaves of the maple and yellow barberry. It also helps to draw your eye to the weeping structure of the Alaska Cedar evergreen (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’) behind them.

Another red barberry adding a pop of color

Another red barberry adding a pop of color

Moving around the yard we see more pops of the red foliage.

Dwarf verigated weigela

Dwarf variegated weigela
My Monet® Weigela florida

The variegated foliage of this dwarf weigela has it all from red to green to white.

Japanese maple with yellow rug juniper and yellow barberry

Japanese maple with yellow rug juniper and yellow barberry

This corner of the yard shows that some of the shrubs can be ground hugging too. The weep of the Japanese maple coming down to the yellow juniper (Juniperus horizontalis “Mother Lode”) is a wonderful contrast.

Dwarf variegated weigela with red heuchera

Dwarf variegated weigela with red heuchera

Not all the contrasting foliage is found in the shrub border. We also have some in the perennial garden. Here a My Monet® weigela is contrasted against the red foliage of a heuchera.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of our garden to see the variety of foliage we have used to enhance the look. Maybe on another post I can show you some of the different textures we have in our garden?

As always we have to thank Charlie for his excellent care of our gardens.

Even though this was mostly a foliage post we are joining Dory for Flower Friday.

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On another note I want to apologize for being absent from the blog for a while. As the membership secretary for a large (350 members) quilting club I have had a lot of work to do to prepare for our upcoming first meeting of the year. I’ve also been working on a few crafty projects and all of it has kept me away from blogging. We have been keeping up with reading all of your blogs but our commenting may not be as much as we usually do. Thanks for your understanding. We hope to get back to blogging more soon.

Or What Not to do By Millie!

Hi everyone it’s Millie & Walter here. First we want to thank Sarge and Bites for organizing this wonderful safety week. To view all the blogs participating, go to the hop at Oz’s site.

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Today it’s our turn to do a post for Safety Week! If you are a follower of our blog you may remember a few videos we showed of our high speed antics around our yard (if you need a refresher you can go here, here and here). We don’t discriminate based on the weather either. We have learned a few things about our high speed antics and thought we would let our Mini Me’s demonstrate what we have learned.

When chasing your brother don't try to run through the shrubs.

When chasing your brother don’t try to run through the shrubs.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

It is best to go around the shrubbery wherever you are running. Otherwise you might end up with a stick up your nose.

As you can see, when Walter zigged Millie didn’t zag and instead ran right into one of the shrubs. This ended in an emergency trip to the vet but she recovered quickly.

The next scenario involves a tree and the same concept.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Don't run into a tree at high speed.

Don’t run into a tree at high speed.

On the 4th of July we were zooming around the yard when Millie ran full speed into a tree and hit her knee. There was a small open wound but it wasn’t bleeding. We cleaned out the wound and kept our eye on how Millie was feeling.  Since it happened on a holiday we figured she could wait until the next day to see a vet. She was a little stiff and sore the next day. The vet shaved the area around the wound and flushed it out with saline and determined that it didn’t need any stitches.

Another embarrassing injury

Another embarrassing injury

Here is a close up of the wound so if you are a bit squeamish scroll past real fast.

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Don’t worry, in just a couple of weeks the wound was completely closed. In just a couple more weeks the hair has already completely grown back and you would never know anything had happened.

So the moral of the story is if you are going to run high speed anywhere Watch Where You Are Going!!!

Mini Millie in bubble wrap with Mini Walter - With thought bubbles

Now all I need is a helmet to be safe

We hope you enjoyed this lesson in how not to get hurt while zooming around your yard or dog park. Don’t forget to visit the other safety lessons today so go to Oz’s site to find them.

Walter and his rope ball - BW

This is Walter’s favorite toy to play with. It’s a Jolly Ball Romp-n-Roll. You can’t see it very well in the picture but there is a hole through the center and a long rope through it. As you can see it makes him very happy!

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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