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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Sorry we’ve been gone so long. There really is no excuse other than the weather wasn’t great for getting out and taking pictures and our mom has been working on multiple craft projects (she’ll tell you more about them later).

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What do you think I’m thankful for today?

Today I’m celebrating my 9th Gotcha Day! I couldn’t be happier to celebrate 9 wonderful years with my pawrents and my sister, Millie. Whether we are enjoying our backyard…

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Just a couple of pups hanging out on the bench.

…or wrestling around inside…

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It’s Wrestle Mania Time!

…Millie and I always have a great time together. I couldn’t have landed in a better home for me. I always want to thank the wonderful people at the rescue we came from, who sadly aren’t doing it anymore, and my foster parents that helped me transition from the sad situation I came from. This day always makes me reflect and wonder how my brother that was also rescued with me is doing. I like to imagine he is as happy as I am.

It’s a nice day today and we are heading out to watch our pawrents do some yard work while we work on removing treats from our Kongs. I’m sure after we come in the scene will look something like this…

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Two contented pups crashed out on the bed.

I couldn’t be more thankful to be here in this home. We’re joining the Thankful Thursday blog hop. You should stop by and see what everyone else is thankful for today.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

 

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and we are dreaming of our sweeties.

My guy, Fenris, sent me a lovely card for Valentine’s Day.

Isn’t he so handsome?

My gal, Tuiren, sent me a lovely card too.

I wish I were with her where there is green grass and warmer weather.

We had some warmer temperatures this past week but we’re heading into much colder weather for a couple of days. It sure would be nice to be with our sweeties down south in Mississippi. We hope all our friends have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re 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 and Walter here. This is what you will see when we are waiting for our mom to come home.

Millie waiting for Cindy 1-30-22-1 - lr

I don’t see her car yet but there is someone walking down the street.

Walter waiting for Cindy 1-27-22-1 - lr

I see the kids across the street playing outside.

Millie and Walter waiting for Cindy 1-27-22-5 - lr

She’ll be home soon, right?
I’m sure it will be any minute now.

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

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. The weather has been cold out, so we’ve been spending time together on the bed a lot.

Millie and Walter on bed 1-20-22 - lr

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

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Walter relaxing 4-30-21BW - lr

It’s been super hot around here lately.

Walter sleeping 6-1-21 - lr

I’ve been spending lots of time sleeping in air conditioned comfort.

Millie is doing much of the same…we just don’t have any pictures of her doing it. We hope you all are able to stay cool where ever you are.

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

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Sorry we haven’t been posting much. There hasn’t been much going on around here other than doing some yard work when it wasn’t raining.

Since the last time I posted about the Fruit Garden CAL I finished and blocked the afghan.

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Fruit Garden Afghan in Love is Enough Colorway

I really enjoyed making this afghan with all the different flower blocks. Each block was more complicated than the last one when done in the order the designer laid out for the patterns. The next block I completed since my last update was the Hollyhock. This block completed all the blocks for the center of the afghan. 

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Hollyhock Block – Fruit Garden CAL

Next the center blocks were joined and the inner border was added (I’ll show you details about that later).

The Dianthus was the next block completed in the afghan. This block didn’t have the layers like some of the others but it was more complicated than it looked to create.

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Dianthus Block – Fruit Garden CAL

The final square shaped block was the Chrysanthemum block which had the most 3 dimensional work of all the square blocks.

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Chrysanthemum Block – Fruit Garden CAL

Each of these blocks required me to make 4 of each of them. The final block that I created for this afghan was the Acanthus. This was a rectangle shaped block and I had to make 8 of them. In my previous post I showed you the progress on that block and here is the completed one.

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Acanthus Block – Fruit Garden CAL

The designer spaced out the pattern for this large block which was a good idea however now I’m sure I could tackle it straight through. This block definitely was the most complicated part of this pattern with so many intertwined parts. Once all the blocks were completed the final border was added.

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Border Details – Fruit Garden CAL

The inner and outer borders were not very many rounds of crochet but I think they are the perfect compliment to show off all these gorgeous flower blocks. If you are interested in finding more information on this blanket you can find it on the Janie Crow website.

Along the way while creating this afghan I also created crochet charts for each block. The Acanthus was so complicated it took multiple views to show all the details. I always prefer to work from charts especially when I have to do multiples of the same block. It’s so much easier to look at the chart and see what you need to do than read lots of words to represent the same thing. Here is just a little sample of the flower pattern from the Forget Me Not Block.

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Forget Me Not Flower Chart

The charts will come in handy if I decide to make another version of this afghan or if I want to make one of the cushions that were also designed to go with this afghan.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly know as Hookin on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

 

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Why does this comforter feel lumpy?

I don’t know where Millie is. Maybe you can help me find her.

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

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. About a month ago I showed you pictures of some ducks at Webster Park. Since then the weather has turned much colder and snowier and there isn’t much open water to see any more.

Webster Park Pier in Black & White

To see how different the pier looked in December you can scroll down to the last picture in this post. All the white to the left in that picture is the frozen lake but on the right the water is still fairly open.

Webster Park Jetty

This moon scape looking scene is actually a jetty where the rocks are and in warmer weather is open water where you see those small humps. Here is what the jetty looks like in warmer times although the pictures aren’t taken from quite the same angle.

Webster Park Jetty in October 2020

It’s been fun seeing how this little park area has changed as the temps have dropped. There may be more views of the lake as it fills more with solid ice to come.

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

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