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Archive for January, 2020

Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. This week we had some of that snow that sticks to everything and looks so pretty.

Frosty trees in black and white

Alaskan cedar in snow

Is dad taking our picture, Millie?
I don’t know. I’m watching out for tree rats in the yard.

Nature photographer at work

Let’s see what dad was taking pictures of when he wasn’t pointing his camera at us.

Rose hip covered in snow

Frosty barberry bush berries

Hydrangea flower in snow

The birds love these frozen rugosa rose hips

After all the rain we had it froze with some interesting leaf formations in it.

Oak leaf in ice

Maple leaf in ice

Squirrel!
Are you sure because I didn’t see anything.

We hope you enjoyed seeing some of the nature in our snow covered yard this week.

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We’ve been lucky enough to get some play time in the yard lately and after that we can usually be found like this.

ZZZZZZ…….

{{dreaming of rolling in the snow}}

We’re just a couple of snuggle pups.

Here’s hoping you all enjoy some good naps, especially if you get to do it on the big bed like we do.

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. We had a lot of rain yesterday but we still have some snow in our yard.

Do I have a little something on my chin?

We sure had some nice weather last week.

The forecast is calling for some snow and cold temps in the week to come so hopefully we’ll get out for more snowy playtime.

We hope you enjoyed our snowy selfies and are joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop.

You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We’ve been enjoying our snowy backyard and being able to get out and play in it. Between playing and zoomies we like to pose for pictures or are we watching out for squirrels?

First I check to my right.

Then I check to my left.

You always have to keep your eyes out for those squirrels. They have lots of nuts stashed all over our yard.

I thought I saw a squirrel over there Millie.
No, I’m sure he went this way Walter.

Either way he went if he is out here we will get him.
(fun fact: if you make the picture bigger you can see Walter in my eye on your left and the photographer in my eye on the right)

We hope you enjoyed seeing us watching out for those pesky squirrels in our yard.

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We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today¬†I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about my latest crochet project. A week or so before Christmas I was perusing the internet and discovered a beautiful crochet blanket by a designer I have admired.

Kaleidoscope Blanket – Tequila Sunrise Colorway
picture courtesy of Catherine’s Crochet Corner

Catherine is a designer in the UK and this is the first time she is releasing a pattern through a crochet-a-long (we will get parts of the pattern every 2 weeks). This is a very challenging pattern with color work (using more than one color at a time) and dimensional stitches. She designed it in three different colorways and I’m doing the Tequila Sunrise you see above.

That’s a lot of yarn mom.

The yarn the pattern was designed for is Stylecraft Special DK which is very popular in the UK but not readily available in the US. A couple of sources from the UK were offering the yarn in kits with enough yarn for the entire project. I ordered mine one week before Christmas and was pleasantly surprised to have it arrive the day after Christmas.

Part 1 squares – 24 out of 36 needed for the blanket.

The first part of the pattern was released on January 3rd for the square you see above. It is a well written pattern but lately I’ve found it easier to use a crochet chart when working a pattern. A Facebook group was set up to bring anyone who is working on this blanket together and to offer support if you were having difficulty with something. There were a few posts asking if anyone had created a chart so I thought I would give it a try.

Chart for Part 1

After I posted the chart to the Facebook group there was a lot of positive reaction. The next day I was contacted by the group administrators and asked if I wouldn’t mind making charts for all the parts of the pattern. Of course I said yes. I was sent advance copies of the upcoming patterns so I could have the chart ready when it was released to everyone.

These don’t smell like they would taste good.

The second part of the pattern was released and this time it’s for a triangle shape.

One triangle out of 28

Chart for Part 2

I did one of the triangles before I made the chart so I would know how it went together. There is no real rush to complete all the parts before the next pattern is released but I’m trying to keep up.

No wonder you haven’t done any blog posts lately.

Walter is right that I’ve been a bit preoccupied with making charts and squares lately. I’m much faster making each square than I was at first. I only have a dozen squares left to do and then I can work on the triangles. It will be fun to see how this all comes together. I’m amazed how anyone can come up with a pattern with so many pieces that work so well together. Stay tuned for more updates.

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You should stop by the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here.

Did you miss me?

We know we’ve been MIA and some of that has to do with our crappy rainy weather. Until a couple of days ago our temps had been above freezing and our backyard was a muddy mess. Needless to say we weren’t spending much time outside but that changed when we finally got some snow to play in and a sunny day.

I love sticking my head into the fluffy snow.

That snow is tasty too!

We had lots of fun playing in the lovely fluffy snow and will show you more of it soon.

I like to clean my nose off…

…while I’m walking.

We hope our snow sticks around for a while so we can enjoy more time playing outside. Our pawrents are still surprised how energetic a couple of 7 year old pups can be. We think it’s because we keep each other young by still enjoying playing with each other. Have a happy Tongue Out Tuesday everyone!

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We are ringing in the new year by showing off all the Christmas cards we received this yea.

Thanks for joining me in our final card count picture Millie.
It’s great to see all the cards from friends near and far.

Of course the good news is we kicked butt on our pawrents in the card count contest.

The final card count is:

Millie & Walter

28 Snail Mail cards

13 e-cards

Total Card Count – 41

Mom & Dad

13 Snail Mail cards

1 e-card

Total Card Count – 14

Here is a closer look at all our cards.

We want to thank all our friends and family for sending all these cards. It’s always fun to see them in our mail during the holiday season.

Here’s hoping you all have a great New Year and New Decade!

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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