Monday, July 26, 2010

Dog Days

"Dog Days" (Latin: diēs caniculārēs) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere, they usually fall between early July and early September.

Well we certainly are in the dog days of summer – but days are slowly getting shorter too, meaning Fall will be here in no time. Dog Days got me thinking about family pets (don’t ask, that’s just how my mind works).
My earliest family dog was Jethro (named after Jethro Bodine on Beverly Hillbillies – I’m dating myself). What a character that beagle was. He had a very bad habit of running away, rolling in something nasty, and then coming back as if nothing had happened. On the return of one of his little jaunts it happened to be a summer Sunday when we were all at church. The door was open to let the breeze in – and guess who wanders down the aisle in the middle of the service – yes, Jethro deliciously dirty and stinky. I’m not sure if my mother was mortified or in stitches as he was escorted out.
Joch (good Scottish name) came next. Now all of the members of my family have a first name that starts with “J”, so why not include the dogs too! His claim to fame was hiding under the couch, his most favorite spot. He would then wait until some unsuspecting non member of the family sat down and would then proceed to let ‘er rip (if you catch my drift). Poor Rev. Barnes was quite embarrassed when this happened to him – heaven forbid we thought that most unpleasant smell came from him (of course us kids just thought it was hilarious).
Hubby and I were together for quite a long time before we decided to “adopt”. He had had a bad experience when he was younger with a dog and had never owned one. But it was love a first sight when we found Master Gryphon (who looks awfully nervous his first day at his new home).
We’ve dealt with pretty serious separation anxiety over the years (I think he would have given Marley a run for his money).
But having been separated from his mum at 2 months (too early) and living his first year in a barn with 14 other dogs we made allowances.
Of course now in his 14th year he has the personality we would have wished for oh so long ago… (so you think I can sleep all day when I get to be his "age"....LOL)

…but no regrets.
Miss Gwendoline, poor munchkin, was dropped off from a car at the side of the road where Hubby used to work. She was in really poor shape – knotted hair, pine needles in her paws, very under weight. We could only shave her down when we got her home.
But no worries. We quickly put some fat back on her (she eats anything she can, we think it is her “survivor” mode so she never gets that skinny again). Mud seems to be one of her biggest treats lately (?) which bugs her Dad no end (I frequently hear “GWEN” yelled when we are in the yard). And much as she hates it, she still looks BEAUTIFUL when she comes back from the hair dresser.
Besides, she is the funniest dog for poses (even when she really doesn’t want to be in the canoe).
To all you puppy owners, love your family members...And enjoy those dog days (late summer or life with your favorite companion). Cheers, Jewels

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Just In Time

Mary is having a give away based on a challenge she recently posted. Only rule is to use the three images she provided on a collage sheet (thank you Mary!) is my very last minute entry.

Still learning, still a lot of fun...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Vintage Stuff

Well I'm on a roll so you get TWO postings today.... I recently signed up for Your Vintage Gluebook online class with Mary Green over at Green Paper. I had been admiring her work for awhile and saw techniques I thought I could use for fabric collages.
Have no idea where I found the time - but here are some of my efforts based on Mary's very well explained instructions....

It has been fun going through my boxes of "stuff" to find things I can use...
The only rules - glue, paper, scissors - you'd think that would be easy but it was not! I constantly wanted to add other stuff.

You need to go check out what others created as a result of Mary's class - all of it really AWESOME! Something different and simple to do while on vacation.... Jewels

Cottage Time

Hi everyone - we are back from our holidays in Canada ... fortunately for us, while everyone south had to deal with several days of record temperatures and humidity, we managed to do okay. It did get hot, but there is nothing like a lake breeze to help keep things bearable...the mosquitoes, however, were really bad - poor hubby was constantly slapping - did not matter how much bug juice you sprayed on I'm afraid...
And of course we got to do our regular site seeing - I am always amazed what new thing I will discover tucked away some where...

Some times quite comical - Chain Saw Sculptures seem to be the rage this season. I don't think I'd want (or could even fit) this crew in my little cottage family room...
There is also the inspiring that can be found literally, in the middle of nowhere! St. Margaret's Chapel--a small scale replica of a traditional Anglican cathedral in Zaire, Africa and named after Margaret Hayes, a prior who was a devoted church worker. The church is constructed from local limestone quarried for the foundations and walls and joists and rafters from timber within the immediate district. The first wedding ceremony at St. Margaret's took place in October of 1932.

And of course feeds the soul... I took this shot early one morning at a little inland lake around the corner from us - I liked how the dew on the canoe reflected the sun...
LOTS of wildflowers and summer monarchs (yeah) this trip - we have plenty of healthy batches of milkweed available for the fall monarchs who will be making their trip to Mexico in a few months...
I have so many "stills" now, I really need to print them properly and get them into an album (something creative of course).... Best of all, we FINALLY got around to watching Season 3 of Mad Men (can you believe it - I know B would be shocked it took me so long) Not sure what was more exciting, doing that or getting my Septic cleaned (if you ever need a tutorial on toilet paper let me know, I kid you not LOL) Enjoy, Jewels

Friday, July 2, 2010

Blog Pause

Hello everyone - seems like several days since I posted. A lot has been happening for us at Maple Hill. Some good, some not so good. So I'm taking a "blog pause" as I catch my breath, take time with my family and try to find that life balance everyone talks about (but can sure be hard to get)....

I'm on my way to our cottage for the break and hope to come back refreshed, with stories and pics to share - maybe even some "crafty" things to!

Take Care and be sure to hug the ones you love. Happy 4th to my American peeps (we had a pretty good Canada Day to on the 1st).....Jewels