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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We’ve just finished a crazy week (or so). Let’s catch you up.

It all started last Wednesday night, March 8th. Our area in Rochester, NY was experiencing a very nasty wind storm. The gusts were predicted to be around 60 mph but the highest gust registered that day was 84 mph! Needless to say by 7:30 pm we lost power. Mom and dad gathered some lights and candles and we all settled down in the bedroom hoping the power would come back soon.

Hooking by Headlamp

It was too early to go to bed so mom did some crochet with the help of her headlamp. We finally turned off the lights and went to bed around 9:30 pm. By 7 am we were awake and cold. Thanks to our gas fireplace we didn’t stay cold for long. Mom was worried about the food in the fridge and freezer so she got our generator going and then we had some lights too. Luckily our power came back on by about 3 pm.

Our Oma wasn’t so lucky she lost power the same day as us and after spending a couple nights with friends came to our house on Saturday since her house was still without power.

Oma you give good pats

We enjoyed having an extra pair of hands around to pet us and one more plate to lick clean after each meal. Oma was lucky to get her power back late the next day so she went home after dinner Sunday.

All was calm around here for about 24 hours and then Snow Storm Stella made her way to us. It snowed for about 48 hours straight and when it was all done we had over 26 inches (about 66 cm) of new snow on the ground! That’s 3rd on the all time list for continuous snow in March for our area.

Look at the snow drifts on our patio and roof!

We didn’t let a little snow stop us from enjoying a our time outside though. Dad had to clean some snow off the roofs below our skylights.

The snow was over mom’s knees.

And mom had to fill up the suet feeder for the birds. It was still snowing and blowing so hard it was coming down sideways.

I’m going to catch you Millie

We did what we usually do and had a blast dashing through the snow.

I have to break a trail to the big tree

You can see how deep the snow is but that didn’t slow us down at all.

Good work on the roof dad

Here is a video of some of our action.


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

I love to just sit in the snow

Millie just loves to sit in the snow waiting for Walter to come out and play with her but sometimes she would just take off behind the plantings to explore.

Where did she go?

We didn’t let Stella slow us down and had a great time playing. It was quite cold at around 15° F (-9° C) so the snow was a very fine, dry powder.

Will this be our last storm of the season?

As you can see we made the most of a crazy week. It’s been a couple of days since all that snow fell and our temps have climbed to the upper 30’s (3-4° C). All that snow has started to melt and the snow pack has shrunk to about 6-8″.

This might not be our last snow of the season but we sure don’t expect to get that much again until next year. After such a mild February this March has been quite wild so far.

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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 Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing Merrick Power Bites Real Beef Recipe. There are other flavors available too.

Merrick Power Bites bag - front and back

We eat Merrick Texas Beef kibble every day and we have always loved anything Merrick makes (so far). These treats are grain free, gluten free and made in the USA. There are lots of other good things crammed into those tiny treats too. You can read the label or hop over to Chewy.com with the links above to read all about it.

Those sure are tiny treats. I sure hope we get more than one little piece.

Those are tiny treats.
I sure hope we get more than one little piece.

Those treats are smaller than our mom’s thumbnail!

Please hurry with the treats. I don't think I can hold out much longer.

Please hurry with the treats.
I don’t think I can hold out much longer.

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

We can't wait much longer mom!

We can’t wait much longer mom!

We sucked those tiny treats up so fast our mom couldn’t get any pictures. She was more generous the second time (we got two!). We also did a short video of the box opening and our second sampling of the treats.

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

These treats are great for training as they are so tiny. They are even soft enough that you can break them in half if you really want to but we don’t recommend it because they are so small already. Why do our pawrents always want to break our treats in half?

As you can see 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: We received one bag of Merrick Power Bites Real Beef 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 everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you some baby rattles I made recently. I haven’t been able to let you see my recent crochet creations because I have mainly been working on some things for a baby shower for my niece. The shower was the weekend after New Year’s day so now I can show you what I’ve been making.

This week I will show you the rattles I made and in upcoming Hookin on Hump Day installments I will show you the other items I made including an afghan. I wanted to make a rattle to go with the afghan and I found a cute pattern in one of my magazines, Crochet! Presents Gifts to Go – Spring 2013.

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

The afghan is made in the sage green color that is the body of the butterfly and I picked other yarn colors that would go well with it. All the yarn for the butterfly is Bernat Satin. The secret of how to make the rattle make noise was as simple as a cat toy (as described in the pattern instructions).

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

These come in a package of four so I had three left over and I didn’t know what I would do with them. I thought I might make a few more butterflies and donate them somewhere but just before Christmas I received a text message from my sister (the grandma to be) with the following picture attached and the message, “Liz just sent me this…apparently hinting!”

farmers-market-veggie-rattle-set-spearmint-love

My sister is a very accomplished knitter but she doesn’t crochet and since these were crochet she figured I might be able to make them. Luckily I had already finished everything I was planning on making for the shower but just couldn’t resist adding these too, after all I had three left over cat toys to use for something. I went to the website where you can purchase this set, hoping to find a pattern to purchase, but of course there wasn’t one. Thanks to the Google Machine I was able find free patterns for all the veggies. The next thing I did was check my stash of yarn and was happy that I had all the colors I would need for all four veggies.

Veggies anyone?

Veggies anyone?

I used worsted weight yarn in a variety of brands from Redheart Super Saver to Caron One Pound. I wanted to use worsted weight to make sure the rattles were big enough to fit the balls inside. For those that might be interested I will let you know where I found all the patterns.

As usual I didn’t follow the patterns exactly in some places. One in particular was the tomato that called for you to sew some yarn around the outside of it to make indentations to look more like a tomato. I didn’t think that would be safe for little hands so I omitted it. I also didn’t like the way the stem and leaves on the tomato were made and modified it to be crocheted more like the eggplant stem was made.

veggie rattles in tote bag

To finish the project I also went into my stash to whip up the little market bag to put the toys in. I’ve made enough bags now that I can practically do them in my sleep. I just had to figure out how big to make it.

veggie rattles in tote bag 2

I also added a lining just to keep all the seams neat. If you have been keeping count you realize that I had only 3 cat toys left for my rattle inserts but made 4 more rattles. Before I started my last veggie, the tomato, I asked Charlie if we had any empty film canisters around. Being former Kodak employees and film users it wasn’t hard to find one.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Next thing I did as go to the junk drawer (doesn’t every house have one of these?) and pull out a couple of lock washers.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

I popped a couple of washers inside the film can and stuffed it into the tomato. Here is a little video showing you the rattles in action.

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

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby rattles I made for my Grand Nephew to be. His due date is January 28th so he should be here soon.

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I didn’t receive any compensation for any of the links in this post but include them for anyone that is interested in finding the patterns.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here.  We love participating in the Blogville Christmas Gift Exchange every year. This year Walter received his gift from Buddy and Millie received her gift from Addi. They both know how to shop real well.

This is my box Millie I know I'm just taking a look

This is my box Millie
I know I’m just taking a look

Walter’s pressies weren’t wrapped so he was able to just grab them out of the box.

This is a great toy! I'm going to have lots of fun with this.

This is a great toy! I’m going to have lots of fun with this.

Addi did a great job wrapping my pressies.

Addi did a great job wrapping my pressies.
Do you see that my name is on the card too?

That’s just the card Walter and you know I will share with you anyway.

Here is the loot we both got.

Buddy sure know how to shop for a guy like me.

Buddy sure knows how to shop for a guy like me.

Addi did a great job shopping for me too!

Addi did a great job shopping for me too!

After mom got all the tags and wrappings off everything we had a great time playing with the toys. Here is a little video action of some of our pressie opening.

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

Neither of us are any good at opening pressies even though Walter can rip an envelope to shreds in minutes. We let our mom unwrap the pressies from Addi and then we had fun with them.

I bet this rope will be fun to play with outside too.

I bet this rope will be fun to play with outside too.

We both really like chew bones.

We both really like chew bones.

Here is a little bit of the action of us playing with some of the toys.

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

We can’t thank our exchange partners enough. We love everything we got and should get lots play time with these. Those treats from Addi were very tasty too.

Thanks also to Oreo’s mom for arranging all of the exchange partners. We always love participating.

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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 Wellness WellBites Grain-Free Lamb & Salmon Recipe. There are other flavors available too.

Wellness Soft Wellbites Lamb and Salmon bag - front and back

There is all kinds of good stuff in these treats and lots of things they don’t have such as being grain free with no artificial flavors. You can click on the image above to read more or click the link above.

Millie Walter - waiting for treat - treat in hand - in focus

You can see in the above picture that they are even scored so your peeps can break them into smaller pieces. We don’t really recommend that though.

Come on mom! We've waited long enough!

Come on mom!
We’ve waited long enough!

Just a little more waiting until the "Okay"!

Just a little more waiting until the “Okay”!

Now on to the video to show you what we thought of these treats.

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

Did you see that? Walter refused to eat them!! As you can hear our dad say in the video, “That is a first”. We don’t know what it is about them he didn’t care for because we have tried other treats with those ingredients and we have tried other Wellness treats and loved them.

Millie - snarfing Wellness treat

Not to worry though because Millie really loved these treats! We have to give these treats 4 paws up (because that is all the paws Millie has) 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.

One of the reasons we chose this treat was because this month Chewy.com is teaming up with WellPet for the “Give the Gift of Wellness” campaign. For every Wellness product purchased through Chewy.com from December 5th – 19th they donated a meal to a local rescue. In addition, for every Wellness Product selected by Chewy reviewers they will donate 5 cases! So even though Walter didn’t like them we helped homeless pets by doing this review and Millie is happy to have the whole bag all to herself!

Disclaimer: We received one bag of Wellness WellBites Grain-Free Lamb & Salmon 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 everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts Hearty Beef Recipe Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

Wellness Core Marrow Roasts - bag - front - back

You can click on the image to read about all the good stuff that is in (and not in – like grains) these treats.

As usual Walter had fun getting the treats out of the box.

Oooh! These smell great!

Oooh! These smell great!

Millie offered advice and encouragement.

What's taking you so long? Can't you get this bag out of here?

What’s taking you so long? Can’t you get this bag out of here?

You will have to watch the video to see all the action.

Did you see on the package above how each piece looks?

Sometimes the segments are stuck together

Sometimes the segments are stuck together

Do you think our mom let us have both pieces at the same time?

Do you think our mom let us have both pieces at the same time?

How long do we have to wait here before you put our treats down?

How long do we have to wait here before you put our treats down?

It sure seems like forever! Come on mom give us the treats!

It sure seems like forever! Come on mom give us the treats!

Of course not! Look how there is only one segment there.

Look how there is only one segment there.

I'm starving! I can't wait any longer. Millie you have to wait  for mom to say, "Okay"!

I’m starving! I can’t wait any longer.
Millie you have to wait for mom to say, “Okay”!

We did get to have both pieces but they were one at a time. You can see that in our video below.

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

Hey mom, I'll just take that piece with four treats all together.

Hey mom, I’ll just take that piece with four treats all together.

We really loved these treats! Walter wasn’t sure at first but the second one went down in a flash. 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.

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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 Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts Hearty Beef 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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We just want to ask all our friends to please keep Easy in your thoughts and prayers – he could use all the POTP we can send him.

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