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Come Fly With Us!

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Madi and Angel Easy to show their friend Sammy our favorite place in our home town.

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Whether it’s right after a winter snow storm where we love to plow through the fluffy white stuff and wrestle until we look like abominable snow dogs or…

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Little tan dog under big tree

…it’s early spring when the trees and shrubs are just starting to bud out and the grass has started to green up or…

Walter - with toy under Katsura tree

Happy tan dog in shade of big tree

… it’s the heat of the summer where you can cool off in the shade of the Katsura tree during a game of fetch or…

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Two dogs playing on a cool fall day

…it’s a wonderfully cool fall day to play fetch and search the yard for hidden treasures (maybe a mouse, mole or vole to dig up) there is no better place than home.

We love our back yard and are sure Sammy would enjoy visiting us here any time of the year.

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Even with this celebration for Sammy we are sad to report that today he crossed the rainbow bridge. He was in poor health and that is why Madi and Easy wanted to let him travel the world with this blog hop today. As many of you already know our dear friend Easy didn’t win his battle with bloat and crossed the rainbow bridge a few days ago. We know Easy and Sammy are having a great time meeting up with all their friends that have gone to the bridge before them.

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Here is a beautiful fall rainbow from our back yard to share with all our rainbow friends and the Angel sisters that lived here before us.

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In addition to the pain from loosing Easy his pawrents have been left with a hefty vet bill that their insurance won’t cover. To help them donations are being accepted through PayPal. You can learn more about how you can help by visiting Murphy & Stanley’s blog. We made sure to get out our mom’s plastic card to send some money to Easy’s family.

It’s been a tough week in Blogville but we hope this tour of our back yard brought a smile to your face.

Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts Hearty Beef Recipe Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

Wellness Core Marrow Roasts - bag - front - back

You can click on the image to read about all the good stuff that is in (and not in – like grains) these treats.

As usual Walter had fun getting the treats out of the box.

Oooh! These smell great!

Oooh! These smell great!

Millie offered advice and encouragement.

What's taking you so long? Can't you get this bag out of here?

What’s taking you so long? Can’t you get this bag out of here?

You will have to watch the video to see all the action.

Did you see on the package above how each piece looks?

Sometimes the segments are stuck together

Sometimes the segments are stuck together

Do you think our mom let us have both pieces at the same time?

Do you think our mom let us have both pieces at the same time?

How long do we have to wait here before you put our treats down?

How long do we have to wait here before you put our treats down?

It sure seems like forever! Come on mom give us the treats!

It sure seems like forever! Come on mom give us the treats!

Of course not! Look how there is only one segment there.

Look how there is only one segment there.

I'm starving! I can't wait any longer. Millie you have to wait  for mom to say, "Okay"!

I’m starving! I can’t wait any longer.
Millie you have to wait for mom to say, “Okay”!

We did get to have both pieces but they were one at a time. You can see that in our video below.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Hey mom, I'll just take that piece with four treats all together.

Hey mom, I’ll just take that piece with four treats all together.

We really loved these treats! Walter wasn’t sure at first but the second one went down in a flash. There is no question this is an 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) great treat and we recommend them to all our friends.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: We received one bag of Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts Hearty Beef Recipe Dog Treats from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

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We just want to ask all our friends to please keep Easy in your thoughts and prayers – he could use all the POTP we can send him.

Happy Tongue Out Tuesday!

Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.

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This was just a few days ago when I was outside helping dad get the last of the leaves out of our yard. Today it looks like a winter wonderland. We got about 8 inches of snow the past couple of days and boy did I have fun doing zoomies in the white fluffy stuff! The temps are going to be above freezing for the next few days so all the white stuff should melt soon.

I’m sorry we haven’t been around to comment much the past few days. Our grandma had a minor operation (of course nothing is minor when you are in your 80’s) so our mom has been busy helping her and being with her at the hospital the past few days. Don’t worry too much because our grandma is home now and doing well but since she can’t drive for a few weeks our mom will be her taxi and personal shopper for a while.

I heard that we aren’t having a big bird for Thanksgiving but we are having a pork roast with all the usual trimmings so there will be plenty of left overs for us too.

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you part 3 of the crochet nativity I finished recently. You can read all about the first part here and the second part here. Today I’m showing you the three wise men and their camels.

3 Kings and Camels

The pattern for the wise men is from Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK, and can be found here. It contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men. This pattern is written in UK terms.

Three Wise Men and their gifts

The original pattern for the wise men calls for you to use some sort of bead for the gifts but I couldn’t find anything that I thought was the right size. Never fear because Charlie came to the rescue. He made some cubes and cut a dowel and then stained them to match the wise men (we just happened to have the right stain colors to match the wise men). He topped them with some walnut and then drilled a hole through that I used to sew them to the wise men’s hands. I think they are perfect!

Red King and camel

I decided that the wise men needed to have camels. I found this pattern from Canal Crochet. The same site I found the mule and ox pattern.

Purple King and camel

Just like the mule and ox pattern this one is written in Spanish. She does provide a key to translate the stitches to English but some of the longer phrases took a bit of work.

Green King and camel

The great thing about these patterns is that the author also has full length videos of the entire process. Between the video and Google Translate I was able to decipher the patterns. I’m very happy with how the camels turned out. The original pattern calls for some fancier details on the camels blanket but I decided to just go with the two color look.

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Three Wise Men and camels Top: Cerise, Surf, Canary, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Cashew Bottom: Lilac, Sprout, Moroccan Red, Linen, Coffee

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Three Wise Men and camels
Top: Cerise, Surf, Canary, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Cashew
Bottom: Lilac, Sprout, Moroccan Red, Linen, Coffee

I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for all the pieces in this project.

If you like to do amigurumi you should definitely check out Canal Crochet’s blog and YouTube channel. There is a wide variety of patterns and they are all free! With just a little bit of work you can easily translate them.

Nativity all boxed up - open

I found the perfect sized box to hold all the figures. They were packed up and sent on their way a few weeks ago.

Nativity all boxed up - closed

With Christmas just around the corner I’m sure these ami will be out of the box and on display soon.

Nativity - all the characters

I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.

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I didn’t receive any compensation for any of the links in this post but include them for anyone that is interested in finding the products and patterns.

Fall Foliage Friday

Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.

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I’m hanging out under what my dad likes to call…

The Best Seat in the Yard

The Best Seat in the Yard

Our beautiful Katsura tree is looking the best it ever has in fall this year. It’s full of beautiful yellow leaves. We have lots of color in our yard and last week Walter showed you the Japanese maple trees. This week I’ll show some of the other trees and shrubs that are showing some lovely colors.

The Stewartia tree shows off its beautiful orange and yellow leaves.

The Stewartia tree shows off its beautiful orange and yellow leaves.

Oak leaf hydrangea (burgundy) against climbing hydrangea (yellow)

Oak leaf hydrangea (burgundy) against climbing hydrangea (yellow)

Multi-colored Spirea leaves

Multi-colored Spirea leaves

Parrotia Persica tree leaves

Parrotia Persica tree leaves

I love to see the beautiful colored leaves against our evergreens too.

Blueberry against a pine shrub

Blueberry against a pine shrub

Four colors and textures

Four colors and textures

Fallen Japanese maple leaves on blue spruce

Fallen Japanese maple leaves on blue spruce

Sometimes the leaves fall on the rocks our dad “planted” in the garden and that makes a pretty picture too.

Red maple leaves on moss covered rock

Red maple leaves on moss covered rock

Grape leaf Japanese maple leaf

Grape leaf Japanese maple leaf

Another view of "The best seat in the yard".

Another view of “The best seat in the yard”.

I’ll sign off with this picture of our yard. It was just a perfect fall day and Walter and I enjoyed our time outside. I hope you enjoyed seeing our beautiful fall colors. Sadly as of the writing of this post most of the leaves are down. At least we have these beautiful pictures to look back on.

Fall Foliage Friday

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Walter - fall colors backyard

We are finally seeing some great color changes in our yard. The above picture was taken a couple of days ago and the big tree in the middle, a katsura tree, is now all yellow. Today I’m going to show you just the colors on our Japanese maple trees. We have a wide variety of them throughout the yard and boy are they putting on quite a show.

Japanese maple - south side of yard

Check out the beautiful yellow and orange on the Japanese maple on the right above.

Japanese maple - south side of yard 2

Now lets look at a different view of that same tree. You can see much more orange to red color on this side.

Japanese maple yellow barberry

Here is one of the lacy varieties of Japanese maple next to our yellow barberry.

Japanese maple - feather like leaves

This is a close up of that maple tree. Don’t the leaves kind of remind you of feathers? My mom said it reminds her of a feather boa, whatever that is.

Japanese maple - leaves

Here is a close up of some pretty leaves against the grey bark of the tree.

Japanese maple - leaves - back gate

One more close up of the leaves on another tree. These leaves are like a big fan and have such pretty colors ranging from yellow to dark orange.

Red Maple - Japanese maples - south east corner of house

Last but not least just look at the trees in this picture. The red tree on the far right and the one in the center are both Japanese maples. The lighter yellow/orange one in the background on the left is a Red Maple (not a Japanese type).

In case you were wondering what that darkish brown is on the corner of our house it is caulk that our dad put in some holes that a crazy wood pecker has been hammering into our house. It is one of the downfalls of having a cedar sided house. As you know we love the birdies around here but we didn’t want one making a home inside our house!

I hope you enjoyed this walk around our yard. Next week I’ll show you some of the other trees and shrubs that are giving us a nice show of color. Happy Fall everyone!

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you part 2 of the crochet nativity I finished recently. You can read all about the first part here. Today I’m showing you the shepherds and farm animals.

Nativity with Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox

Nativity with Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox

The pattern for the shepherds and sheep is from Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK, and can be found here. It contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men. This pattern is written in UK terms.

Shepherds and Sheep

Shepherds and Sheep

Of course instead of just making one sheep I decided to make a couple more and made one in black. The eyes look different for the black faced sheep because Charlie painted them brown. It took a few coats of paint and sealer to make sure the brown didn’t just rub off.

I decided that I wanted to add a couple more animals to the menagerie so I went to Google and found this pattern that was of both the mule and ox from Canal Crochet.

Mule and Ox

Mule and Ox

Except for the heads the pattern for these two are the same. One hurdle I had to overcome with this pattern is that it was written in Spanish. She does provide a key to translate the stitches to English but some of the longer phrases took a bit of work. The great thing about these patterns is that the author also has full length videos of the entire process. Between the video and Google Translate I was able to decipher the patterns. I’m very happy with how they both turned out. In case you are wondering the mule does have a tail just like the ox but it is hidden in the pictures.

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox Top: Swan, Cashew, Black, Hydrangea Bottom: Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Wallaby, Gosling, Linen

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Shepherds, Sheep, Mule and Ox
Top: Swan, Cashew, Black, Hydrangea
Bottom: Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Wallaby, Gosling, Linen

As I mentioned in my previous post I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for this project. The pattern for the mule uses pink for the nose and hooves but I liked the light grey color better.

If you like to do amigurumi you should definitely check out Canal Crochet’s blog and YouTube channel. There is a wide variety of patterns and they are all free! With just a little bit of work you can easily translate them. Who knows you might learn a bit of Spanish like I did. I can now count to 10 and can recognize the words for stitch, increase and decrease! I enjoyed watching her videos too as she has a pet bird that sometimes likes to get in the middle of her work and is quite comical to watch.

Stay tuned for the final Silent Night installment on an upcoming Hookin on Hump Day. I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.

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I didn’t receive any compensation for any of the links in this post but include them for anyone that is interested in finding the products and patterns.