Sunday, November 21, 2010


“I’m so sorry,” Sally said quietly, as she wrapped her arms around me and gave me a hug.  “This must have been so hard for you, and especially for Bob.  I know how much he loved her, and how much she loved him.”

“Yes, it was so hard.  We cried a lot, knowing that we were going to lose her.  We had called the vet to come and see her, but she started declining so fast, and we had to call again, and ask him to come so that she could leave us with peace and dignity.   When the vet came to our house that day, he felt her abdomen and knew that she had developed cancer of the pancreas  which probably started as much as a year ago.  He said that was a common occurrence in dogs Daisy’s size, as well as  retrievers and other dogs of similar size,” I said.

daisy by bob

“I know she was special,” Sally said.  “You told me that up until a couple of years ago, she loved to catch a frisbee in mid-air. never missed, and then you had to tickle her tummy to get it out of her mouth so you could throw it again.”

“Yes, we did that every day from spring to fall!  My goodness, she was so agile and athletic,” I smiled.

“She loved Bob, didn’t she,” said Sally.

“He was absolutely her best buddy.  Wherever he went, she went… to the utility room to do laundry; outside to work; to the bathroom to lie patiently while he conducted his business there!  On her last day, they sat on the porch together.  She could barely walk.  He got up and left the porch, and she followed him about twenty feet, and then had to lie down.  We cried to realize that she would follow him with the last bit of strength in her body.”

bob and daisy shoveling snow

 daisy in summer outside

“She loved it outside, didn’t she?” asked Sally.  “I know you told me that she loved watching over her dominion of two acres, especially from the porch, out the window, and in the back by the pine trees. “

“Oh, yes,” I replied, “and when she was younger, she would chase the deer that like grazing in our yard. She would take off like a shot, and they would run, leaping through the yard and into the woods.  She would come back panting.  She never caught one!  But, that didn’t keep her from trying!” I grinned.  “She was a good mole finder, though, and many met their demise at her skillful digging and sense of smell and movement under her feet.  During the summer months, she would nuzzle me about 6 a.m. because she knew I liked to get up early and go outside and work in the flower areas.  She loved going with me because she knew we would be out there at least two hours!  Funny thing, though, on the days I wasn’t home, she never nuzzled Bob at 6 a.m!  He doesn’t get up that early.  Daisy was one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever known,” I said.

        daisy out eddie in

daisy looking out window

She never told me she didn’t like it when I put some of my crocheted creations on her for a photo shoot, so I just kept making her my model.  A beautiful one she was, too.

 daisy in christmas doggy scarf


daisy christmas neckwear

daisy red scarf w snowflake

 daisy pink white valentine neckwear 500p

“Don’t you have another dog?” asked Sally.

“Yes,” I answered.  “Daisy’s other best buddy was Eddie.  We knew that he knew she was sick in the last few months because they had stopped playing that nightly game of growling at each other and trying to nip one another.  Eddie was inside after the vet left, and Bob, Jill, and I  had gently placed her in the ground and covered her with a rug, tears dropping like rain, as we placed the dirt over her.  It had been hard, knowing that she was not going to be with us, and finally making the decision to let her leave us in peace and dignity.  Even though Eddie was not outside during her last moments, just this week, as he and Bob went out for a walk, Eddie went to Daisy’s grave and lay down on top of it.   Dogs know, and they grieve, too,” I said.

Sally hugged me again.  “Pets are family,” she said. 

“Yes,” I sighed.  “And it so hard to lose them.  Daisy was our girl.  We loved her, and we miss her.”

Daisy – October 28, 2010

        daisy on bed with legs up

 daisy sitting

daisy and eddie waiting to come in

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sea Turtles, Games People Play and More...

Just posted two features on blogs for teams on Etsy and Artfire. My Etsy post is for the Boomers and Beyond Street Team (Bbest team). It is about my imaginary friend Sally and I, chatting about various things each time, usually having a snack, sometimes sharing the recipe, and always sharing lovely creations from Bbest team members. You can find that here:

The second feature is about sea turtles and is for the Crafting for Animals Guild on Artifire, and of which I am a member. You can find that here:

And, if you are in the mood for shopping for yourself or others, feel free to check out my hand-crocheted items at any of these online venues:

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

And the Winner Is………

names for blog drawing

     And here they are, folks!  The entries into my first ever blog giveaway in celebration of my third anniversary of having  a shop for hand-crocheted items : Thanks to everyone who went to my shop, selected the scarf or scarf/hat set they would like if they were a winner, and emailed me their choice.  Wish I could have sent you all a prize!

     What you don’t see here is my dear husband’s hand dipping into the crystal bowl to pull out the winner.  Learned you can’t take a photo with an iphone in the dark!  Since we both fell asleep on the actual day the drawing was supposed to occur, I kind of awakened him very early this morning and asked him to draw out a name while I took a photo.  He did so, without even grumbling!  However, there was no photo of his willing and able hand when I checked my pictures.  Darn!

    And truly, with his eyes closed, and in the dark, the name drawn from the crystal bowl   is Judi Brandow!  Congratulations, Judi.  I hope you love wearing the scarf you selected!

Queen Anne Lace Scarf

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Italian Greyhounds and a Blog Giveaway!

Today I posted a feature about Italian Greyhounds, especially about Nash, Ruger, and Colt, who belong to friends of mine, Priscilla and Brent. You can read about them here:

And, in celebration of my third year anniversary on Etsy, I am having a blog giveaway. Here is how you participate:

1. Go to my Etsy store:
2. Click on Hats and Scarves
3. Choose your favorite scarf or hat and scarf set, and double click on it. Copy the listing number at the top of the screen. Paste this in an email to me at: with your name. (Your email will be my way of contacting you if you are the winner.
4. If you are the winner, you will receive the scarf or scarf/hat set you chose. And, if you wish a different color in the same design, I can do that!
5. Deadline to enter is Sunday, October 17, at midnight, EST
6. Names will be placed in a container on Monday, October 18, and my dear husband will draw one out!
Hope you enjoy looking at the selection of scarves and participating in this, my first ever, blog giveaway.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Elephants and Pancakes!

Just recently I wrote features for two blogs. One is about the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald Tennessee, and features one of my former students, Amanda Coleman Chanley, her work at the sanctuary. and links to all the fabulous information about the elephants and their new retirement home. You can view that one here:

The second was for my Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team. It features the Lincoln Square Pancake House in Indianapolis, Indiana, and lovely creations from the Bbest team. You can view that one here:


Monday, June 28, 2010

Eddie, a Great Boston Terrier and Family Member!

Just published a blog post about our Boston Terrier, Eddie, on the Crafting for Animals Guild blog, a part of Artfire, one of the venues on which I sell my handmade, crocheted items. The feature is of interest to those with pets of any kind, Boston Terriers especially, and who just enjoy reading about a cute, sweet dog! You can read about Eddie at

Monday, March 22, 2010

What a Wonderful Surprise!

Just a week or so ago, I received the nicest note with this photo of a customer wearing a double thick poncho that I had crocheted for her. She said that she enjoyed wearing it and received many compliments on it. I was so excited to see how gorgeous she looks in it, and  appreciative that she gave permission to share it.  Thanks, Lisa!