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Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. As many of you guessed on Monday we started a renovation project on our kitchen. The first day was noisy and messy but exactly as we expected it to be.

Day 1 complete with lots of debris

Unfortunately the dumpster didn’t make it on site until day 2 so most of the debris from the rip out was left in the kitchen to be hauled out the next day. We are donating our cabinets to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore so they are being stored on our front porch until they can be picked up next week.

In addition to the debris making its way to the dumpster on Tuesday things started shaping up.

The ceiling extension is roughed in

Some of the electrical changes have begun

One of the biggest changes we are making in the new kitchen to allow us to expand the working area is to remove the door (seen in the middle in the picture above) and change the window (on the far left above) to a sliding door.

View of east wall from outside

The other change is that the window over the sink is moving and getting bigger. Today was out with the old window and door and in with the new ones.

View of east wall from inside at the end of day 3

You can see the new window (far right in above picture) and the new slider at the far end of the same wall. In the middle you can see the new studs where the old door came out.

East wall from the outside

After this project is complete we will get our landscaper in to move the step to where the new door is.

Some of the fun things that we have to put up with is having our refrigerator in the family room.

It is a little noisy when the fridge runs while watching TV but it sure is convenient to get a drink. Walter is sure the plastic on the door into the kitchen (see all that blue tape?) is evil because it wiggles and makes a funny noise. He refuses to walk past it and will go through the living room to get from the foyer to the family room.

We are doing well with our temp kitchen that we set up in the dining room.

The left side of the China cabinet (seen above) holds some cooking supplies.

The China cabinet that was in the kitchen was moved into the dining room and comes in handy to hold some food and cooking dishes. The appliances that are being reused are also waiting in the dining room for installation in the new kitchen.

The dining room table holds the coffee maker, microwave and toaster as well as giving us space to work

The light fixture has been raised so at least I don’t bump into it and Charlie has gotten better at avoiding a collision too.

This is an exciting adventure and we can’t wait for it to be done. Unfortunately it will take 4-5 weeks for the work to be completed. Before we started I made lots of dinners that I put in the freezer so we can easily microwave them and we don’t have to get take out every night.

The dogs are doing as well as can be expected. Millie is taking it all in stride and enjoys our daily visits with the work crew. Walter on the other hand was near a basket case on the first day and still doesn’t like some of the loud noises coming from the kitchen. Of course there is the above mentioned plastic on the door that freaks him out too. They both are doing better but certainly aren’t getting their usual amount of nap time during the day which causes them to crash after the crew leaves every day.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what is happening in our home so far. I will be posting updates periodically so stay tuned.

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Today we are joining our Blogville friends to remember Dory the Flower Friday Queen.

We don’t have much in bloom right now but one of the things we do have blooming is our cherry trees.

Cherry tree blossoms

Dory was as perfect and sweet as the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.

Honey bee on Cherry tree

We know her three brothers are missing her and trying to figure out life without her. Blogville misses Dory and her beautiful smile too. We are sending hugs to Dory’s pawrents and hope they are feeling the love from all of us today and every day.

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. We are reviewing Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Grain-Free Lamb with Cranberry Recipe Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

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According to the Chewy website these treats are “A grain-free oven-baked treat made with lamb, cranberries, apples, vegetables, and parsley, these delectable treats lead the way to happy tails.” They are also “Produced in small batches for superior quality in Wisconsin” and we know how important that is to all of us.

First you have to get the treats out of the box

I don’t know why mom took the bag away and wouldn’t let me open it for her.

I’ll just shred the paper while you open the bag mom

A nice size hard biscuit

The treats are a hard biscuit that is kind of difficult to break into smaller pieces.

Those look good mom…now hand them over!

Finally our mom put one for each of us on the floor and, as usual, made us wait before we could eat them.

The usual waiting thing

She finally said, “Okay!” and we went to work. Check out our video to see how the taste test went.

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

As you can see in the end we both really loved these treats!

Third time’s the charm…hand over that treat!

These taste great!

We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) 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: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Grain-Free Lamb with Cranberry 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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Hi Everybody it’s Millie here!

As you heard we had a ton of snow this past week. I love to bury my head in the snow and sniff around under there.

Since I’m a black dog in a snow storm no editing was needed for these pictures.

Today we would also like to remember one of the hosts of the Black & White Sunday blog hop. The sweet Sugar the Golden Retriever who took her journey to the Rainbow Bridge this week. She was loved by all who met her and will be sadly missed.

I’m participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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I’m also joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

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Warning to Frankie & Ernie…you might want to avert your eyes and also not let your mom see this post.

Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you what I’ve been working on since making all that baby stuff. While perusing one of my favorite catalogs, Mary Maxim, I saw the cutest kit that would be a great addition to our winter decor. I waited for a “free shipping” sale and ordered the kits. Without further ado I’m pleased to introduce you to the Snowman Family!

I had the dad done just after Christmas and finished the rest of the family a few weeks ago.

Snow Dad

The kits (you can buy mom and dad separately and the kids as one kit) come with patterns that were all very easy to follow and have everything you need except the stuffing.

There are a couple of things I did differently from the pattern. The first was the way the nose was made. It is made of felt and the instructions tell you to hot glue it into the cone shape and then glue it to the face. That seemed like a messy way to do it so I sewed the cone shape by hand and then sewed the cone to the face. I had just the right color orange thread and you can hardly see any stitching.

Snow Dad’s Snowflake Garland

The pattern also called for the sequins to be glued onto the snowflake garland but again I didn’t want any messy gobs of glue so I sewed them on. With grey thread it is barely visible.

Snow Mom

The Snow Mom’s sweater was fun to work on as it required some different shaping than I had ever done before.

The sweater had some lovely details with the trim around the edges, the little pockets, and the snowflake buttons.

Snow Girl

The Snow Girl has similar trim details around the neck of her poncho as the mom’s sweater and they both have ear muffs that are made from pompoms and a pipe cleaner.

Snow Boy

The Snow Boy’s colors really tie the family together. I love the little pompom snowball he is holding.

Caron Simply Soft (White), Mary Maxim Ultra Mellowspun DK (Dark Blue), Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour (Diamond)

All of the bodies were made from the Caron Simply Soft yarn. The colored fabrics were made by holding one colored yarn together with the Vanna’s Glamour Diamond yarn.

Mary Maxim Baby’s Best (Pink)
Mary Maxim Ultra Mellowspun DK (Robins Egg)

The Vanna’s Glamour yarn is a combination of white with a metallic strand so it makes the colors twinkle.

Snow Dad before the rest of the family was finished.

During the winter the Snow Family will reside on the buffet in our foyer. Frankie and Ernie you can rest easy knowing that they have been put away for the season.

Hey mom! Are you sure I can’t play with the Snow Dad for just a little while?

I would highly recommend these kits to anyone and I hope you enjoyed meeting our Snow Family.

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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 Newman’s Own Organics Lamb Digestive Care Snack Sticks Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

Newmans Own Digestive Snack Sticks - Front Back of bag

Mom thought these would be good for us. According to the Chewy website “Each stick has tons of fiber from pumpkin, which is a natural digestive aid. These treats are also loaded with probiotics that support healthy digestion.” They are also made in the USA and we know how important that is to all of us.

The sticks are broken in a wide variety of sizes.

I’ll take one of the big ones mom

The sticks are broken in a wide variety of sizes and our mom wanted to break them up even smaller.

Those are kind of small pieces mom.

Those are kind of small pieces mom.

We'll be happy to take anything you want to give us though.

We’ll be happy to take anything you want to give us though.

Finally our mom put one for each of us on the floor and, as usual, made us wait before we could eat them.

We're waiting!!!

We’re waiting!!!

I don't want to take my eyes off it

I don’t want to take my eyes off it

She finally said, “Okay!” and we went to work. Check out our video to see how the taste test went.

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

I might have been unsure at first but now I love them. Hey wait your turn Millie!

I might have been unsure at first but now I love them.
Hey wait your turn Millie!

These are great!

These are great!

These treats are even soft enough that you can break them into smaller pieces if you really want to but we don’t recommend it. Why do our pawrents always want to break our treats in half?

As you can see in the end we both really loved these treats! We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) 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: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Newman’s Own Digestive Snack Sticks 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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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to finish showing you the things I crocheted for my grandnephew Henry Charles. I previously showed you the baby rattles, and more recently the hats and booties I made. This week I am showing you the circular baby afghan I made to complete the set.

Lille Matelassè Circular Baby Afghan

Lille Matelassè Circular Baby Afghan

The design is from a collection from Priscilla’s Crochet. She can be found on her website or on Ravelry. This afghan is from her Matelassè collection. I bet you are wondering what “Matelassè” is so here is the designers explanation.

If you’re not familiar with matelassé (pronunciation: må`lå`sã´) fabric, here is one definition:

Definition of MATELASSÉ: a double cloth of cotton or rayon or other fibers woven on a jacquard loom and used esp. for clothing, upholstery, and bedspreads and marked by raised floral or geometric designs with a
puckered or quilted appearance achieved by the interlacing of threads in the weaving or the contracting of threads in the finishing.

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My intention while creating these designs was to imitate the feel of beautiful matelassé fabric and to translate that imitation into crochet. I hope you find the resulting patterns satisfying.

Center detail

Center detail

I picked this afghan because I liked the texture and thought that might be interesting for little hands to explore. I also like to challenge myself and had purchased the matelassé collection initially to make a different afghan. This afghan finished at about 36″ in diameter which was just to gauge. I again used the Bernat Satin yarn and this is the “Sage” color.

Edge detail

Edge detail

I had explored the designers Ravelry page before I started this project and was glad I did. It’s difficult to see from the pictures but the area where the diamond shape is (seen above in the outer ring – before the scallop edge) is actually a series of chains worked in front of double and half double crochet stitches (US terms). Sorry to get all crochet geeky on some of you. It was good to look at some of the other projects from this same pattern on Ravelry before starting my own.

Henry Charles approves

Henry Charles approves

As you can see I think Henry approves! He is such a cutie and a real joy to his parents and grandparents. My sister is lucky to live so close and has been a real help to her daughter and son-in-law.

I have an update on the hats I made for Henry. Either I needed to use a larger hook, larger yarn or he has a slightly larger head than most babies but the hats I made were too tight for him. Well what is a good auntie to do but make a couple more.

New larger hat fits well

New larger hat fits well

I whipped up a couple more hats using a larger hook and in a larger size and the new ones fit. The above hat is the same pattern as one of the previous ones but in the larger size.

New two color hat for Henry

New two color hat for Henry

This hat is from the “Cuddle Bug Bunting Set” in the December 2012 Crochet World magazine. The pattern doesn’t call for two color yarns but I thought a solid color would look too boring. I also modified the pattern on this one to be larger than the pattern in the magazine. This one is made a bit longer so you can roll the brim of the hat up.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby afghan and new hats I made for Henry Charles.

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