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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the USA. I sure do have a lot to be thankful for today. First of all I’m thankful to all my friends for all the Power of the Paw and prayers everyone sent me during my big day at the vet yesterday. Let me tell you about it.

This is not my regular vet.

It all started when my mom’s alarm went off earlier than it ever has. By 6 am we were on the road. It was a long drive and I mostly slept until the sun came up. When we stopped we were at Animal Dental Specialists of Upstate New York.

While we were in the waiting room a couple of the vet techs came out to meet me. They were all very nice.

Don’t I look great in this special bandana?

Once we were in the exam room Laura the vet tech gave mom a bandana to put on me that was sprayed with Adaptil. It’s supposed to help dogs feel “calm and relaxed in stressful situations”. I’m not sure how well it worked because I was still a bit nervous about being there.

Next the vet, Dr. Davis, came in and he got right on the floor and greeted me. I gave him lots of kisses and he thought I was very nice and soft.

These are not the kind of pictures mom and dad take.

After getting to know Dr. Davis he put a glove on one of his hands and then he put some peanut butter on the glove. I didn’t mind too much that he was sticking his fingers in my mouth to look at my teeth because that peanut butter tasted good.

The peanut butter fingers tasted good.

Dr. Davis took pictures of all my teeth. Then he put the pictures on the computer and showed my mom what he planned on doing to them.

We all had a laugh after they were done taking pictures.

The plan was to remove the teeth where the lump, that I had removed earlier, was but Dr. Davis was also concerned with how some of my other upper front teeth were effecting my mouth because of my underbite. He went off to work up the estimate and mom and I waited in the exam room some more.

Mom took this selfie of us sitting on the exam room bench.

Before long Laura the vet tech came back and she and mom discussed the estimate. Mom signed some papers, gave me some hugs and kisses and promised she would see me before I knew it. Laura took me in the back and mom headed out. I have to admit that I was a bit worried about being left there but Laura treated me very well.

Laura gave me lots of cuddles while she was taking my blood pressure.

It wasn’t long after the picture above was taken that I started to feel sleepy. I slept for a long time and when I woke up my mouth felt funny. The vet stole 5 teeth from me. Three where the lump was and two that were causing sores from where they hit my mouth. It took me a long time to wake all the way up and shortly after that my mom came and got me. By the time we left the vet it was dark again. I was still a bit woozy from the operation so I slept all the way home.

It was great to finally get home and see dad and Millie.

I felt better this morning.

After a good nights sleep I was feeling a bit better but I noticed a few things missing from my mouth. I think my missing upper teeth are causing me to have more of a snaggletooth look. I hope my sweetie Tuiren doesn’t mind the new look to my smile. Well as you can see I’m thankful that everything turned out well yesterday and I’m thankful for the pain medicine I’m taking too. Mom says she wants to say a few words now.

Hi everyone. I want to say how thankful I am for everyone who was thinking of Walter and I yesterday. While he was at the vet I was trying to relax in a nearby hotel.

My accommodations for the day.

I was lucky that there was a local hotel, the Craftsman Inn, just down the road from the vet. A few weeks ago when I knew what the date of Walter’s appointment was I called them and explained that I was looking for a place to stay while my dog was having surgery. The problem was that I wanted to be able to check in around 9 am instead of the usual check in time of 3 pm. After conferring with a manager they said they would be able to accommodate me. Of course I still had to pay a full nights room fee even though I actually checked out at 4:30 pm.

I was glad I had someplace to try to relax for the day. I spent some time reading blogs and doing a bit of crochet and after I knew what time I could pick Walter up I tried to rest for the ride home. That ride home was a bit nerve wracking as it was raining and the high winds that were predicted had started to whip. I can’t imagine what I would have done with myself without a place to stay for the day.

That’s about all from mom. Well as you can see mom and I are both thankful for lots of things but mostly we are thankful for our family and friends that were thinking of us and helped us get through the day. We are also thankful for the wonderful staff at the vet hospital who took such good care of me.

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Last week we had a great stretch of nice weather and we made sure to get out and enjoy it. Mom was there to catch some of the fun we were having.

I don’t know why this fly wanted to go for a ride on my head.

There is more mischief going on around here too. As you all know I had a lump removed from my mouth a couple of weeks ago. I’m all healed and feeling great now. We got the report from the pathologist this weekend and it isn’t all bad news but it isn’t great news either.

Mom says my portrait might change a little in about a month.

The good news is that the lump isn’t any type of aggressive or metastasizing cancer. What I do have is an Ameloblastic fibroma. These typically are locally invasive and often regrow in the same area. Because of that I’m being referred to an Animal Dental Specialist. The closest one to us is about an hour and a half drive away near Syracuse, NY.

According to my mom I already have an appointment for November 12th where it is expected that I will see the doctor in the morning and then have surgery that same day. The good news is that I only have to make one trip to that doctor. They will probably remove the two teeth that were closest to the lump and a small part of palate next to those teeth. I will be able to go home later that day. It’s going to be a long day for my mom who will have to hang out somewhere to wait until I’m ready to go home.

The bottom line is that I still need your crossed paws and pawrayers so keep the POTP coming.

I’m blowing raspberries at the pathology report.

Millie wanted to get in on the mischief today and has an opinion on my upcoming surgery as you can see above. I’m sure she is just glad it isn’t her.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We were so sad to hear that a Blogville family lost one of their precious kitties to a tragic accident recently. Today would have been Crockett’s 5th gotcha day and his family wants to honor his memory with a special blog hop for their sweet ginger boy.

I’m sure going to miss you Crockett.

Your little tongue sticking out in your pictures always made me smile Crockett.

We are proud to wear our orange hats for Crockett and are even going to share our favorite orange bird.

Mr. Oriole wears his orange every day.

We hope Crockett’s family can feel the love from all of us in Blogville. He was such a special boy and will be missed by everyone.

Visit the Lone Star Cats blog to visit other blogs participating in the hop.

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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 a baby afghan I made for the newest member of my extended family.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

This past August my niece welcomed a baby girl to her family.

Meredith Anne
7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21” long

When I heard that a new baby was coming I started planning which afghan I would make. I made a circular afghan for the first baby in this family so I picked another one from Priscilla’s Crochet Matelassè collection. Pricilla’s patterns can be found on her website or on Ravelry.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

I really like these afghans because they have lots of texture for a little one to explore and finish at a nice size of about 36″ across.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

The pattern only calls for a single color but when I checked out other projects for this afghan on Ravelry I saw a few that were done in multiple colors and really liked how they turned out. The yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft in white for the main color, Bernat Softee Baby in Prettiest Pink for the darker pink, and Bernat Softee Baby in Pink for the lighter pink.

The Rolling Cable stitch gives the afghan dimension

I really like the way the rolling cable stitch (the dark pink) looks but it is a lot of work. To make this stitch you have to work over the same 8 stitches 3 times. The first to create a chain, the second to crochet over the chain and the third to work behind the cable to get to the start of the next cable.

Even the back looks nice

In addition to the afghan I made a pair of booties and a nice little bonnet for Meredith.

Sugar & Spice Bonnet
from Crochet World April 2017 Issue

The pattern only calls for one color so I did a little modification to give it a white accent on the front.

Meredith wearing her bonnet

Since Meredith was born my niece has been taking monthly pictures of her on the afghan and posting them on Facebook so those of us not living close to them can see how she is growing.

Meredith at 1 month

Meredith at 2 months

Meredith at 3 months

Meredith at 4 months

Meredith also enjoys some “tummy time” on her afghan.

Meredith checking out those cables

I don’t want you to think that Meredith doesn’t share her afghan with other family members. She has been very generous in sharing it with her kitty sister Downton Tabby.

Downton Tabby enjoys a nice nap on the afghan while Meredith plays

Downton Tabby napping on the afghan

Downton Tabby is such a sweet kitty and is one of my favorites among the family cats (check us out a few years ago here).

As you can see Meredith is a happy and healthy little girl. She and the rest of the family enjoy the afghan I made. It’s always nice to see that something you made is well loved.

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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 a new afghan I made.

Grenoble Matelasse Afghan

This is a project that I’ve worked on, off and on, for the past couple of years and I decided at the beginning of the summer that it was time to finish it. 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 and is the same collection that I used for the baby blanket I made last year.

The afghan is made up of octagon and square motifs.

The pattern is called Grenoble and consists of octagon motifs that are joined together using a flat braid join. In between the octagons the spaces are filled in with square motifs.

This afghan has a nice texture

I wanted this afghan to be big enough to cover Charlie so I finished it using 9 x 6 octagon motifs. The final size is about 72″ x 50″. I used Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and it took 14 skeins to complete it at this size.

Even the back is attractive.

One of the things I like about this pattern is that the back looks nice too. The textured style uses a lot of front post and back post stitches which creates a very dense fabric. It makes an afghan that is very warm and cozy to lay under.

Close up of the back of the afghan

The pattern is well done and easy to follow but I found reading the words to remind me what to do for each round became tedious. To make it easier I made a chart of the pattern for the octagon. It was much easier to figure out where I left off if I put the project down for a little while after I created the chart.

The edge is finished with a very simple stitch pattern

After all the octagons and squares were put together the edge is finished with a simple stitch pattern that mimics the style of the flat braid join used to put all the blocks together. I’m happy with the way the afghan turned out and like all the Matelasse patterns I’ve done so far. I wish you could see the color in real life because the pictures don’t really do it justice.

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It’s with heavy heart that we share the news that all of Blogville’s BFFF (Best Feline Friend Forever) Madison D. Cat has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

She was the life of many a Blogville party and taught us all how to dance (that girl could twerk like no other). She fought a courageous battle with kidney disease with the help of her pawrents this past year and lived to 16 ½ years old.

You can visit her blog here to leave some kind words to her pawrents.

We will miss you dear Madi and hold you in our hearts forever. Our paws are crossed for you pawrents as they cope with this sad time.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. It’s been a while since I told you about my crochet projects so today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a couple of sunhats that I made.

Summer Sunhat for mom with white flower pin

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may remember that I made a sunhat for my mom for Mother’s Day 2017. She took that hat with her when she visited her brother in Arizona this past winter and wore it many times. When she returned home she said how much she loved that hat but since it was navy blue she couldn’t wear it with some of her outfits and would it be possible to get one with more neutral colors.

Summer Sunhat for mom with tan flower pin

Since Mother’s Day was approaching again, by the time my mom returned from her trip, I picked out a nice khaki and used black and white for the accent colors. I used the same pattern for the Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat by Kathy Lashley as the previous one I made. The yarn used for this pattern is Omega Sinfonia DK-weight yarn which is the same yarn I used for the first hat.

Summer Sunhat for mom with black flower pin

As you can see from the pictures above I also added three pins she can use to accessorize with.

The hat is a hit and looks great on her

Needless to say she loved it and has been wearing it all summer long. In addition to the hat I wanted to give her something to safely store the hat in.

Claire’s Fancy Hat Box

After scouring the internet I discovered that Joann’s had the perfect sized hat box.

The 14″ hat box was a perfect fit

I found a fun hat embroidery and added some lettering to create the top of the box. With a little sewing and some spray on glue the box was covered and lined. I love how it turned out.

While I was working on this hat for my mom one of the young ladies in a group I get together with to crochet and knit told us she was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She knew she would be losing her hair during her treatment this summer and wondered if I could make a sunhat for her too.

A Sunhat for Hope

Hope picked out the colors of cream with light teal and navy accents.

Hope’s sunhat with cream flower pin

Just like with the other hats I made a couple of pins to go with it.

Close up of light teal flower pin

I don’t have a picture of Hope wearing her hat but this past weekend we had one of our get togethers and Hope told me of how much she wore it on a family vacation. She even had to rescue it when a gust of wind blew it off her head and sent it flying into the ocean.

My maternal grandmother died from ovarian cancer when I was about 1½ and I have no memory of her so I was more than happy to help Hope with this small gesture. She offered to pay but I only let her refund me for the materials.

Hope is doing well on her fight against her cancer but I’m sure she would appreciate any crossed paws or prayers you could send her way.

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