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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here! It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing ZiwiPeak Good-Dog Venison Jerky Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

Ziwi Peak Good-Dog Treats bag

These treats are made in New Zealand and have no sugars, salt, fillers, or grains… just venison, and tons of it!

Normally we do our reviews in our living room but our mom and dad have been making a mess in there lately.

Look at this mess our pawrents are making!

Look at this mess our pawrents are making!

Ladders are not only scary they are dangerous too.

Ladders are not only scary they are dangerous too.

They got the wall paper stripped and dad is almost ready to start painting. A couple of scary men came and took our sofa away! Mom said it was donated to a worthy cause. We also hear more scary men are coming some day in the future to put new carpeting down. Well, enough of that…lets get back to the review.

Give me that envelope mom!

Give me that envelope mom!

Of course first Walter has to open the envelope.

I just love opening envelopes!

I just love opening envelopes!

We had to move our review to our mom’s sewing room. The cutting mat gives you a good idea of the size of the treats.

These treats are a nice size

These treats are a nice size

They are very soft and can easily be broken into smaller pieces (not that we recommend it of course).

Waiting is the hardest part

Waiting is the hardest part

Hand over the jerky mom!

Hand over the jerky mom!
Maybe if I stare at the treat it will fall out of her hand.

Let go of the jerky mom!

Let go of the jerky mom!

I get crazy eyes when I focus on the treat.

I get crazy eyes when I focus on the treat.

These treats are delicious and go down real fast. Our mom tortured us some more before we could have a second taste.

I'm like a tightly wound spring waiting for the "Okay".

I’m like a tightly wound spring waiting for the “Okay”.

I'm focused on the prize.

I’m focused on the prize.

We loved these treats! 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.

Walter - envelope destruction

Mom put the treats away but I’m sure having fun finishing up the destruction of the envelope.

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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 ZiwiPeak Good-Dog 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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Nap For Bailey Badge

Hi everyone. It’s Millie & Walter here. Last week our friend Bailey from Sheltie Times had to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Bailey and his sister were supposed to host a napping event in the Pawlympics. Today we are honoring him by taking naps. We think we have proven ourselves excellent nappers in the past but here are a couple new ones for you.

Why yes, I do find this comfortable.

Why yes, I do find this comfortable.

It's good to be wedged against the sectional and ottoman so you don't fall over.

It’s good to be wedged between the sectional and ottoman
so you don’t fall over.

We hope our friend and his family will proud of our napping skills. Run free sweet Bailey!

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We have so much in bloom this time of year that we are just going to show you the trees and shrubs that are flowering this week.

It’s really looking rosy around here this time of year.

Old Fashioned Rugosa Rose with bee

Old Fashioned Rugosa Rose with bee

Yellow Knock Out Rose Bush

Yellow Knock Out Rose Bush

Yellow Knock Out Rose - closeup

Yellow Knock Out Rose – closeup

Therese Bugnet rose

Therese Bugnet rose

'Purple Pavement' rugosa rose

‘Purple Pavement’ rugosa rose

Last week we showed you one of our deutsia and this week we are showing a different form of that same shrub.

Deutsia shrub covered in flowers

Deutsia shrub covered in flowers

Deutsia Flowers

Deutsia Flowers

The next picture has a tree, shrub and a perennial. We love the color contrasts of all three next to each other.

Catmint, Japanese Maple, & Yellow Barberry

Catmint, Japanese Maple, & Yellow Barberry

Potentilla in bloom

Potentilla in bloom

Kousa Dogwood Tree

Kousa Dogwood Tree

Kousa Dogwood Blossoms

Kousa Dogwood Blossoms

Last but not least…

Spirea flowers

Spirea flowers

We have a lot of spirea around the yard and all of them are covered in these lovely pink flowers.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you one of my latest crochet creations the “Shades of Color Throw” from Mary Maxim.

Shades of Color Throw from Mary Maxim

Shades of Color Throw from Mary Maxim shown in “Piedmont” color
(picture from Mary Maxim website)

The kit comes with the pattern and enough yarn to complete the design. It uses two different yarns. The off white yarn is Mary Maxim Best Value yarn in Cottonwood color and the colored yarn is the Mary Maxim Milan which I chose the “Verona” color. I found both yarns very easy to work with. I like the “Best Value” yarn and found it to be a nice, soft 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn. The “Milan” yarn is a beautiful soft roving yarn that is 80% acrylic and 20% wool.

The block pattern was a bit of a challenge at first since I had never done one like it before.

Block at the start of round 3

Block at the start of round 3

I’m glad that I started working on this at a Purl Jam get together where another crocheter helped me work through the first few rounds. Even though I’ve been crocheting for four years now I still feel like a beginner whenever I work on a pattern with new concepts in it. The third round of this block has you working over the chains you created in the first two rounds. At first I didn’t understand what I was supposed to do but I always find that if I read the instructions a few times while I’m doing the steps I can always figure it out as I did with this one.

Block - completed after round 4

Block – completed after round 4

One of the things I liked about this block was the “Milan” yarn with its long color variations. In the end the blocks were like 30 snowflakes since no two were alike.

Blocks - before blocking

Blocks – before blocking

My blocks turned out fairly consistent with the size but to make it easier to assemble I decided to block them. I looked online for what supplies I would need and decided I could find the supplies at my local Target and Joann’s. Target had 21″ interlocking exercise mats at a much lower price than any mats that were marketed for blocking yarn projects and Joann’s had the T-pins too (I had to buy all  the T-pins they had in stock).

Blocking mat divided into 8 x 8 squares

Blocking mat divided into 8 x 8 squares

I was able to get four 8 x 8 inch squares on each mat but I only had enough T-pins to do 12 blocks at a time.

Blocking a Block - 4 per foam square

Blocking a Block – 4 per foam square

I soaked each block in water then squeezed out as much water as I could by rolling the block in a towel. I coaxed each block to the 8″ square size with pins about an inch or so apart.

Blocking a Block - closeup

Blocking a Block – closeup

It took at least 12 hours for the blocks to dry and with 30 blocks it took me a couple of days to finish that part.

First block layout

First block layout

Once everything was blocked my next challenge was to decide how I wanted the blocks laid out. I started with the above layout which I called a kind of gradient effect. I labeled all the blocks by pinning a piece of paper with a row and column number on the back of each block. I wanted to try  a different layout so I gave it another try by mixing them up.

Final block layout

Final block layout

I liked the mixed up look much better so I re-labeled the blocks. I think doing the first layout helped me to see how the colors were and made the second layout easier.

Blocks bagged by row

Blocks bagged by row

I put each row of blocks in a separate bag and started the process of joining them. I used the Reverse Single Crochet that the model was done in. The final step was to do the border.

Shades of Color Throw - 1st border

Completed afghan

I completed the border as the pattern was written as shown in the picture above. I wasn’t very happy with the way the border looked as it looked more like a ruffle than how the sample picture looked (see the sample picture above – the first picture in this post).

Shades of Color Throw - 1st border - corner detail of edge

1st border – corner detail of edge

The pattern calls for about 49 shells (the scalloped part) along the short side and 59 along the long side. Since the pattern is 5 blocks by 6 blocks that works out to about 10 shells per block edge. If you look at the sample picture and count the number of shells within a block there are only 5 per block. Obviously something is wrong with the pattern.

Well I just couldn’t live with it any longer so I found the end of my work (I had already sewn in all the ends), frogged it all out and started over again. The only thing I had to change about the pattern for the border was the first round. The corners were worked as written but when it came to the chains instead of doing a chain 3 and skipping 2 stitches I did a chain 5 and skipped 4 stitches.

Corner detail of edge - final version

Corner detail of edge – final version

That was much better! The border now lays flat and looks just like the sample picture.

Shades of Color Throw in the Verona color

Shades of Color Throw in the Verona color

Of course no photo shoot would be complete without Walter.

Are you done yet mom? I don't know how much longer I can sit here.

Are you done yet mom? I don’t know how much longer I can sit here.

If he hears the camera clicking he always comes running.

There's a good one! You can have your treat now.

There’s a good one! You can have your treat now.

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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Hi Everybody it’s Walter here!

Nothing better than snuggling with your daddy

There’s nothing better than snuggling with your daddy

In case you are wondering I find this position to be very comfortable. I always feel secure in my dad’s arms. Happy Father’s Day!

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

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Jakey who is filling in for Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We are way behind in showing what’s blooming in our yard so today we will get you caught up a bit. Of course we totally blame our secretary for the lack of service on our blog lately and apologize for not commenting much either. We want you all to know that we are still reading your blogs though.

Let’s get on with the show! Most of the flowers in today’s post are shrubs but we do have a few perennials blooming too.

Columbine - covered in cotton

Columbine – covered in cotton

The cotton has been flying from the trees for weeks. If you look closely at the columbine you can see some of the cottony seeds sticking to it.

Backyard border featuring our columnar beech tree

Backyard border featuring our columnar beech tree

One of the interesting things in our yard is the nice mix of foliage colors we have as seen above.

Deutsia with bug

Deutsia with bug

Red azalea blooms

Red azalea blooms

Pink rhododendron blooms

Pink rhododendron blooms

Doublefile viburnum with bee

Doublefile viburnum with bee

Variegated weigela with white flowers

Variegated weigela with white flowers

Japanese Maple with Yellow Barberry

Japanese Maple with Yellow Barberry

Snowball viburnum flowers

Snowball viburnum flowers

Deciduous azalea

Deciduous azalea

Variegated weigela with pink flowers

Variegated weigela with pink flowers

Perennial garden - from south east corner

Perennial garden – from south east corner

Now let’s take a look at what is blooming in our perennial garden.

Perennial geranium with light pink flower

Perennial geranium with light pink flower

Perennial geranium with dark pink flowers

Perennial geranium with dark pink flowers

Siberian iris

Siberian iris

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Sometimes a girl just wants a little peace to sleep

Sometimes a girl just wants a little peace to sleep

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