Archive for February, 2013

Hi everyone, it’s Millie here. Do you remember a while back when my mom showed pieces of fabric and asked if you could tell what it would be?

Flannel quilt parts

She has been working very hard on this project lately and I have been helping her along the way. She took all those parts and made them into two different blocks.

Star Block

Star Block

Hour Glass Block

Hour Glass Block

Then she had to lay them all out so she could sew them together to make the main part of the quilt. This is where she needed my help the most.

flannel quilt - millie helps with layout

I had to make sure she was placing the Hour Glass blocks in the proper orientation. They all have to be in the same direction. I was also helping her by making sure none of the same fabrics were touching especially the light-colored ones.

flannel quilt - millie holding down the quilt blocks

Once she had the layout all set I knew she would need help to keep the blocks from flying off the bed. So I laid on them to hold them down.

flannel quilt - center blocks

Here are the blocks all sewn together. I think mom did a good job, but you know it wouldn’t have turned out this well without my help. Next up she has to add the borders. There are three different pieces to the border with one of them being made of flying geese which according to my mom is a lot of work. Well we better get back to work or this quilt won’t make itself.


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Hi everyone, it’s Millie here. Pip and Puddles are here today on the next leg of Pip’s Bucket World Tour. I’m going to show them some of the sights of Rochester, NY so hold on to your hats it’s going to be a wild time. When they pulled up I was in my backyard just hanging out so I invited them to join me to rest for a while after their long journey here.

pip tour - on millies snow pile

Puddles: Hey Millie my butts getting cold sitting on this pile of snow. Can we get going now?

Pip: Yeah, don’t forget I’m old and I shouldn’t be out here without my sweater.

Millie: Sorry guys I could sit out here for hours. We will get going to our first destination.

With that we took off for our first stop. My mom wanted me to show them some of the culture of our city so I decided to take them to the George Eastman House.

pip tour -  eastman house - outside

This is a really cool house that was built in the early 1900’s and now is a museum. It also holds lots of movies in a climate controlled vault for safe keeping.

pip tour - eastman house - puddles hanging from elephant

Our first stop was the conservatory. Before we knew what was happening Puddles was hanging from the giant elephant head.

Millie: Puddles how the heck did you get up there? Never mind Pip and I will be right up to help you get down.

pip tour - eastman house - millie pip top of  stairs

Pip and I ran around to the stairs and made it to the top as quickly as possible. Okay it may have taken a while since Mr. Pip is a bit slow, but we got there eventually.

pip tour - eastman house  - puddles hanging from elephant 2

When we reached the top of the stairs this is what we saw. Somehow Puddles swung around and was facing the other way.

Millie: Okay Puddles just swing around again and jump over to the balcony where Pip and I are.

Puddles: Here goes! {{swinging like a trapeze artist}} Wheeee!

That was close but Puddles made it safe and sound.

Puddles: Millie you are a bit of a spoil sport. I was having fun enjoying the view from up there.

Millie: You are lucky you didn’t get us kicked out of here. Now let’s go look in some of the other rooms.

pip tour - eastman house - music room

We checked out the music room and a few of the other ones, but then we had to get on to our next destination. Everyone was getting hungry so I took them to lunch.

pip tour - nick tahou - outside

I know how much Pip likes his cheeseburgers, but around here there is a delicacy that I think he will like even better. This restaurant, Nick Tahou’s, is famous for a dish called the Garbage Plate.

pip tour - nick tahou - puddles ordering

Puddles just jumped right on the counter and gave them our order. She really had to yell so they could hear her.


OMD would you look at our order! In case you were wondering the extra plate is for my mom since she was driving us around.

pip tour - nick tahou - pip puddles garbage plate

Puddles: Ack! That is one HUGE pile of food! Pip I’m not so sure as your nurse I should let you eat all that.

Pip: Back off woman. That is all mine!

We chowed down and were completely stuffed. That was the best lunch I have ever had. Now that we were full we needed something more to wash it down with so it was on to our next stop.

pip tour - genesee brewery - outside

Puddles: What kind of beer is this? It isn’t my usual Bud Light!

Millie: I know Puddles, but it is our local beer and I thought you would like a tour of the plant.

Puddles: Will there be samples?

Millie: I don’t know, but we can ask.

pip tour - genesee brewery - on bar

Millie: See Puddles we can sample some of the different beers right here. Just remember to only sample and not drink too much. We still have a few stops to make yet.  I think the tour is moving on so we better keep up.

pip tour - genesee brewery - puddles sitting on beer line

Puddles: Wheeeee! This is a fun ride!

Millie: Puddles you better get off of there that is not a ride!  You might get caught in the machines. Here let me help you down.

Puddles: Whoa, I think I had a few too many samples to go on that ride.

Millie: Oh no Puddles if you think you are going to be sick you better get to the bathroom!

pip tour - genesee brewery - souveniers

We stopped in the souvenir shop before heading on our way.

Puddles: Pip are you going to pick anything out or what?

Pip: There is so much cool stuff here I can’t decide what to get.

Puddles: Well hurry up ’cause I’m getting tired and want to get moving.

Millie: Okay you guys no arguments. Pip, just get a hat and maybe a t-shirt for your girl and then we can go.

For our final destination some friends asked us to check on their house while they hang out in warm sunny Florida. We didn’t have a key so we had to sneak in.

pip tour - lily belles house - looking outside

Millie: Hey guys, don’t Lily Belle and Muffin have a nice backyard?

Pip: Look at all those squirrels!

Puddles: Let me out there so I can dead me some squirrels.

Millie: Hey guys why don’t we see if there are any snacks in the cupboards?

pip tour - lily belles house - snacking

Millie: Look I found some Cheetos and beer.

Puddles: Where did that cheeseburger come from?

Millie: I think that is one of Lily Belle’s squeaky toys so I wouldn’t try eating it.

Pip: Hey pop open that can of beer and let’s get this party started!

We hung out at the house for a while so Pip and Puddles could rest up for the next leg of their trip. Don’t worry Mrs. Kim we didn’t trash the place too bad! BOL!

gassing up the Ferrari

Before I knew it they were gassing up the car and heading out.  Thanks for stopping by guys. I had a great time showing you around Rochester. I hope you enjoyed yourselves too.


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Millie - snow pile sitting

Millie - sitting on snow pile

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I’m so excited! The Valentine’s Day Ball is here! My BFF Remy and I are double dating with the cutest doodle brothers in the world, Murphy & Stanley. Our hosts Mollie and Ranger are doing a fantastic job and already started with the red carpet to introduce everyone.

On Tuesday Remy and I had a pre-ball date with Murphy and Stanley. The parents thought it was a good idea to get to know each other a little better and boy did we have fun.

Valentines Ball - snow play date

Those doods sure knew how to show us girls a good time! We did all my favorite things. First we played fetch, then we all dug a huge hole and finally we played in the snow. We all got along great so I’m sure we will have a super time at the ball.

remy and millie primping for ball

Remy and I put on our matching dresses and spent quite a while primping for our dates in the bathroom. We wanted to look perfect when they came to pick us up. My parents made us pose for pictures with the boys before we left.

Murphy & Remy

Murphy & Remy

Don’t they make a cute couple? I just love the pear necklace Remy is wearing.

Stanley & Millie

Stanley & Millie

Stanley sure looks handsome in his tuxedo. I can’t wait to get to the dance floor. Both the boys have been perfect gentlemen so far. I’m just a little worried about what Ernie (Frankie Furters little brother) might have up his paw. He has been leaving coded messages on Murphy & Stanley’s blog for a couple of weeks. Well I’m going to try to not worry about that and just have a good time.

valentines ball car

After all the pictures were done we loaded into the boys cute yellow convertible and headed to the ball. Be sure to hop over to  Mollie and Ranger‘s blogs to see all the action.

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The recent storm really created a winter wonderland. When the snow first started it was wet and stuck to everything.  Here are a few pictures Charlie took around our home.

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Little Black Dog in Big Snow


Ozark witch hazel - Hamamelis vernalis

Ozark witch hazel – Hamamelis vernalis


Rugosa Rose Hip

Rugosa Rose Hip

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie here. Frankie and Ernie thought it would be good to spread cheer today in Blogville so here is my contribution. Now I have to tell you that I don’t think this is very funny, but my mommy sure does.

Millie - looking for toys - sitting - with arrow

You see what the arrow is pointing to in the picture above? That’s right, my mom stuffed some of my favorite toys in her fabric closet. She and dad don’t like it when I have one of my rope toys or my new donut and all I do is lay down and start eating the strings and fabric. I am only allowed to have these toys under supervision or when my parents are willing to play with me.

Millie - looking for toys - sitting

As you can see in this next picture I was able to make mom give me my new donut (thanks for the present Remy), but I really wanted to play with one of my rope toys. I will sit in front of the closet and whine and whimper until mom opens it. If she doesn’t retrieve a toy right away I am forced to take matters into my own paws.

Millie - looking for toys - the takeoff

Here I am preparing for my attack.

Millie - looking for toys - making the grab

I attempted to make a grab, but fell short of my target. Usually after I make enough noise I get my reward and then the joke is on mom and dad.

Millie - smiling

Here I am laughing at how easy it is to get mom and dad to do what I want. I may be a young pup, but I am learning fast!

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First a note to Murphy & Stanley…if you don’t want a sneak peek at Millie’s ball gown then don’t read any further.

Anyone that has  a young dog knows how beneficial it is to expose them to a wide variety of experiences. Charlie and I have been working to keep Millie well socialized with people and other dogs, but there is always that worry that you will push your pup further than they can handle. So far with Millie that hasn’t been a problem and she has proven to be a fairly stable pup.

With the Valentine’s Ball coming up Millie wanted to have a special dress to wear on her double date that she and Remy are going on with Murphy & Stanley. I decided I would make the girls coordinating dresses and got right to work.

Last night was a regular meeting of the Perinton Quilt Guild that I’m a member of. Each meeting usually includes a show and tell segment where members show off their recent creations. The club president suggested that we should bring some wearable art for show and tell.

Millie - PQG visit - lying on mat

The most recent wearable creation I made was Millie’s dress so I decided to take her with me. The guild meets at a community center in a large room about the size of a school classroom. I decided to purposely arrive about 10 minutes late to avoid the chaos of the early part of the meeting when everyone is milling about and getting settled into their seats. I have to tell you that nobody has ever brought their dog to a meeting and I wasn’t exactly sure how we would be received, but I figured who wouldn’t enjoy Millie’s company.

The evenings discussion was about finding quilting resources on the internet and was well under way when we entered. The room was set up so that everyone’s back was to the door when we entered. Our president Julie was the only one facing the door and as soon as we entered she got a huge grin on her face. That of course caused most of the ladies to turn to see what she was smiling at.

Millie - PQG visit - getting pets

Being the well-behaved pup that she is Millie and I were able to find a seat behind the rows of chairs and settle in quietly. As you can see in the first picture I brought a bed for her to settle on. I’m very lucky that Millie has, so far, proven to be a very non-vocal pup and never let out a peep all night. She spent the next hour visiting the ladies seated around us and being rewarded with lots of pets.

Millie - PQG visit - getting pets - giving kisses

She in turn rewarded many of them with kisses too. The discussion continued for about an hour and Millie would settle down on her mat for short periods, explore the room to the end of her leash or visit her new friends.

Millie - PQG visit - sitting on mat

After the discussion was over it was time for show and tell and Millie and I were the first to go. First I told everyone the only wearable art I had to show was for Millie and that was why I brought her. Then I explained the reason for making the dress and of course got a lot of laughs. You all know how crazy non-blogging people think we are for having all the Blogville fun that we do. I don’t let it bother me because they don’t know what they are missing! Some of the ladies sitting down front asked us to walk around since they couldn’t see Millie very well so we worked the catwalk a bit so to speak. Along the way Millie paused to greet her adoring admirers. The ladies were all surprised to find out that she was still a puppy and were remarking on how well-behaved she was. I would be lying if I didn’t confess to feeling a bit proud of my well-mannered pup.

Millie - PQG visit - laying down - getting pets

Millie was particularly fond of another late comer that sat nearby and later on I learned that she used to work as a pet sitter and was trained in TTouch. It appears that she worked her magic on Millie because eventually this was where she ended up for a little while.

Millie - PQG visit - crashed on mat

During the rest of show and tell this was where she landed. Even with the talking and applause (we always cheer each other on) she never was upset or excited. After the meeting Millie and I wandered around visiting with more of the members and she was very happy with all the attention.

Like I said I was very proud of the way Millie behaved on this new adventure. I was reasonably confident that she would do well, but you never really know what to expect with a young pup in a new situation. Remember, this is the same pup that just a week ago was showing her puppy side by eating a book and here she was acting like a very grown up dog.

Charlie and I have observed how much Millie enjoys meeting new people when we are out. She even seems to get disappointed if she is ignored as she also enjoys to give some loving back. Maybe Millie will have a career in pet therapy some day? What do you think?

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