Archive for March, 2013



Beaver Pond Bridge - BW


Charlie has been experimenting with some new image processing software, Nik Collection, and re-processed this image taken a few years ago at Quaker Pond in Mendon Ponds park.

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


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Millie loves to chew on the split elk antlers we get from Yellowstone Antlers. Here she demonstrates her technique for getting all the marrow out of the center.

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

As you can see Millie makes her antler chewing a full body workout.

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Millie sports her new tough girl look with one ear up and squinting into the sun.

millie one ear up head shot

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

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Silly Saturday by Millie

Who needs a store bought toy when you can just take something out of the recycle bin and have a blast chasing it around the yard? The snow had a hard crust on top so it made for some slip sliding fun.

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

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Since Charlie and I are both retired Millie is rarely left alone. She was used to being crated when she was at her foster home and while we have a crate for her we don’t have many opportunities to leave her in it. A couple of days ago Charlie and I had appointments at the dentist for regular teeth cleaning. We always have our appointments at the same time since our dentist has more than one hygienist available. I was curious how Millie would react and decided to spy on her while we were gone.

A little while ago the Pet Blogs United site had a post called “Help Fido Get Into Skype” so I decided to give it a try. Here is how it went…

Skype - Mini Millie - the setup


Mini Millie will fill in for the real Millie during this re-enactment of the actual events. According to the PBU post I set up two Skype accounts. I set my laptop on the end table so it would point at the crate and logged into Skype with one of the accounts on that computer. I had also changed the settings on my laptop and Skype account so the computer wouldn’t go to sleep (it was plugged in and not running on battery) and Skype would answer my call automatically.

Skype - Mini Millie in the crate


Charlie put Millie in the crate with a Nylabone to chew on and a biscuit to entice her to go in quickly. The crate door was shut and he left quietly.

Skype - getting ready to dial Millie


While I was waiting for Charlie in the car I logged on to Skype with my other account and dialed. I could see Charlie put Millie in the crate and she didn’t make a peep as he shut the door and left. I was happy to see that.

Skype - Mini Millie - with biscuit and bone


We arrived at the dentist with a few minutes to spare so I did a quick check to see how Millie was doing. At this point she had been there for about 20 minutes. She had eaten her biscuit and was sitting in the crate looking around. She must have seen the camera light come on because she looked straight at me for a while. Then she went back to looking out the windows.

Skype - Mini Millie - looking out window


Mini Millie needed a boost to see out the windows so she used the Nylabone to help her.  We purposefully have her crate in a corner of the family room where there are windows on two sides. She loves to lay and look out the windows to watch the birds outside and was keeping herself occupied by doing just that.

Skype - Mini Millie - taking a nap

Before we left the dentist I checked on her again and by now she was laying on her side and looked like she might be asleep. It was good to see that even though she isn’t crated often that she was still very relaxed in there. She didn’t even go any crazier when we got home than if only one of us was gone.

Millie - Watching through skype


While I was photographing the re-enactment the real Millie decided to step into the crate to see what was going on. This worked really well. I’m glad I have the Kindle Fire with the 4G so I didn’t have to rely on being near Wi-fi to be able to connect to Skype. Thanks to Pet Blogs United for posting this handy guide. If you ever want to spy on your pets this is an easy way to do it.



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

This is what sometimes happens when Millie comes in from outside and is still wound up.

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First up I would like to report that Lily Belle is home and feeling better. She is not completely out of the woods yet though.  Thanks to all my friends for your Power of the Paw to help her get better. I know Lily Belle thanks you too.

Lily Belle says, "Put the peddle to the metal daddy and let's get home fast!"

Lily Belle says, “Put the peddle to the metal daddy and let’s get home fast!”

She and her family are all getting some much needed rest and I’m sure her mom will post an update when she can. Now on to our regularly scheduled post…

Get your Blue Moon Magic Raffle tickets now!

Blue Moon Magic Quilt

As blog followers may recall my mom and I coordinated the making of this years Genesee Valley Quilt Club raffle quilt. I have set up a fundraising page through youCaring.org where you can purchase tickets.

Made by the Genesee Valley Quilt Club, this pieced and quilted work is 90″ x 90″ and will be raffled off to benefit the club and the Community Quilting Bee of Sojourner House at Pathstone.

Raffle tickets are $1 each. Tickets may be purchased world wide, but international winners will be required to pay shipping. Shipping is free to any winner living in the United States.

For each $1 donation a raffle ticket will be filled out with your contact information and you will receive your raffle ticket stub in the mail as confirmation. You may check the boxes to hide your donation amount or to make your donation anonymous so your information doesn’t show up on the fundraiser site. Your contact information is available to the fundraiser administrator only.

The drawing will take place on June 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Eastern time) at the RIT Gordon Field House in Rochester, NY. You do not need to be present to win.

Blue Moon Magic - Raffle Ticket button

Feel free to grab the badge above or any images of this quilt from my site to pass the word on this raffle. You can also go to the donation page and use the “Spread the Word!” section to help promote the raffle. If you have a non-wordpress blog you can create a widget like the one pictured below to put on your site as well.

Blue Moon Magic - raffle widget

Thank you very much for your support! I hope one of my readers wins this beautiful quilt (if I don’t)!

If you are in the Rochester, New York area from May 31 – June 2, 2013 please plan on visiting the GVQC quilt show “Magical Threads — Inspired Stitches” where the Blue Moon Magic quilt will be on display along with hundreds of other quilts.

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sheep field shack


winter vineyard 1

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


Millie and lily kissing

I would also like to ask you all for some Power of the Paw for our friend Lily Belle and her family. Lily is very sick and spending the night in the ICU at her vets. Her mom, dad and sister Muffin need some comfort too so please stop by to give them some support. Thank you.


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