My Big Circle Throw is finished!

Big Circle Throw

Well, sort of. I “finished” on the last day of March, but the more I think about it and look at it, the more I think I want to add a few more rounds of white and then a scalloped border in the aqua color. As I was trying to take photos of this blanket, our newest foster pup decided that it was the perfect place to take a nap. Then Konza took his que from her. I guess that means they approve!

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The whole blanket, sans doggies.

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And one more photo because I am just so pleased with how pretty all the colors look together!

10154213_10202539677986728_674846593_n Since this is all done, I need a new project to work on. I haven’t decided on a fiber project yet, but for the last 2 weeks, I’ve been working on a new art journal, using a day planner type of calendar. Each day, I’ve been making a small drawing and recording a little about the day. So far, it’s nothing spectacular, but it’s been fun to work on and I like having the little reminder of what happened and what the weather was like.

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Making Progress!

Joining squares

I’m finally joining squares on my Big Circle Throw! This was the perfect way to spend a snowy day off. It’s been a while since I’ve finished a big project, so I’m pretty excited that this is coming together so well. I am still trying to decide if I want to add one more row of squares, but luckily with the way I am joining, I can decide when I see if I will actually have time.

I really like how the white border looks so far!

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Book Review: The Truth About Alice

The Truth About Alice The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Told from multiple perspectives, this is a thought provoking story about the way gossip, rumors, and slut-shaming make their way through a small town high school. Alice is in the popular crowd until a rumor makes its way around town about a party at the end of summer and then later is blamed for the death of the star quarterback. Then she becomes the one person everyone loves to hate.

Each chapter is told by a different student and chronicles their reactions to the rumor, why they behaved the way they did, and how their own actions affected the way they felt about themselves in the end. The last chapter is told from Alice’s point of view – her, feelings about the way she was treated, her observations on human nature as played out in the story and on her new friendship with someone she overlooked before. This book was a quick and easy read and would make for great discussions in teen groups.

Big Circle Throw – I did it!

Big Circle Throw

My goal was to finish 25 squares by the end of today and I thought it was a long shot, but I am DONE!!

I’m so proud that I was able to make the 50% deadline and earn those points for Gryffindor. I kind of have to thank Ken for giving me “permission”. I don’t mean that literally, of course. I don’t need his permission to do anything, but he made me feel like it was okay to work on this as much as I did in the last few days by simply saying, “I know you want to get this done, so you should work on that. I will help you get the other things done this weekend.” It’s a small thing, but it let me work on this without feeling guilty for not doing some of the other “more important” things like laundry or whatever over the last couple of days. (Although, I did go and get the car registered, did the grocery shopping, and other important things, too.) So, thank you, Ken! I love you! :)

I am loving all the colors in this! I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can use it! I just need to make at least 10 more squares, crochet it all together, and crochet the border…that’s nothing, right?!

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WIP Wednesday – Big Circle Throw

Big Circle Throw

I really should be working on this instead of blogging about it, but here I am anyway! I started this blanket earlier this month because I thought I needed more color in my life. February is so bleak. These bright circles have cheered me up so much that I almost don’t even care about sewing them all together at the end as long as I get to look at them all the time! Well, okay, I do – I want a finished blanket out of the deal, so I will keep on keeping on.

The pattern is Squaring the Big Circle from Signed with an Owl, which is appropriate since I am making this blanket as an O.W.L. for the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup. I am supposed to have 25 squares done by the end of the day this Friday for my 50% completion points, but I don’t know yet if that will happen. I have a lot of work to do between now and then. I will try my best, though! For Gryffindor!!! ROAR!

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When I am done with all the squares, I plan to use white to crochet them all together and then add a border around the outside. Still a long way to go, but I like what I have so far!

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Adventures in Babysitting

In November when we went to Montana for Thanksgiving, one of the things we did as part of our annual tradition was to pick a boy’s name and a girl’s name off of the charity tree at the mall in Kalispell. We also took some requests off of the local animal shelter’s tree and then we bought gifts for the kids and for the dogs.

As we drove home at the end of the weekend, we decided that one of the things we needed more of in our lives was meaningful actions like these.  It was a small thing, but it made us both feel good to do it. We talked a lot about what was important to both of us and we settled on volunteering to foster for the rescue where we adopted Konza. We’ve been so lucky to have him over the last 10 months and we decided that if we could help other dogs find homes, we wanted to do what we could, however small a part that is. We also felt that in some way that would honor Ilex’s life with us.

We knew it would be hard to have these dogs in our lives for a short while and then have to give them up. One thing that helped with the puppies was that we didn’t use their names much. We knew their new families would probably change them anyway, and not using them helped us not to get so attached. We also decided from the beginning that we would look at fostering as just babysitting for their future families. I wouldn’t think I could keep someone else’s dog because they went on vacation for a week and I had volunteered to dog sit, would I? This is sort of the same thing…their families just don’t know them yet!

Our first fosters were two teeny puppies named Dexter and Gizmo that we brought home just a few days before New Year’s Eve. They were around 6 weeks old at the time and just heart-breakingly cute.

They were with us until they were adopted, with the exception of a week long vacay with another foster family. They were exhausting! But, we (and Konza in particular) loved having them here. We were afraid that he would be jealous or that he would play too rough with them, but he was great…played with them just gently enough. He was a great babysitter, too and kept them out of trouble when we were not in the room. It was hard for all of us to see them go, but we were really happy that they both found forever homes. Konza searched the house for a day or two when they were gone, looking for the puppies.
Konza enjoying the puppies:
Ken took these great photos of them when they were here:

A couple of weeks ago we were asked to take in a one year old lab mix named Pia, who was having some problems at her foster home. The rescue gave me all kinds of warnings about being strict with her and laying down firm rules. I was worried she would be this crazy hellion, so I set up a pen in the sun room to keep her corralled until we could get her kennel from the rescue. So I was pleasantly surprised when she arrived and was incredibly sweet and calm.

Pia on her first day here

The one problem we’ve had with her since she’s been here is that she’s desperately needy and hungry for love. That’s only hard because we can’t pet Konza without her trying to get in between us and him. She has become a bit more confident since she’s been here, though and the two of them play together really well. I can’t believe she hasn’t been adopted yet, to be honest, because she is an amazing dog – loving, loyal, and already house and kennel trained. We’ve gotten used to having her here, so I know it will be hard when she goes, but we are hoping she finds a new home soon so that she can settle in and get the one on one love from a family that can commit to loving her forever. She totally deserves that.

Pia enjoying the snow at Fish Creek Park

Pia enjoying the snow at Fish Creek Park