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Monday, April 13, 2009

Bucket List?

Or just a trash can?

Last week I posted a list of things I hoped to accomplish this spring break. I've been more productive than usual, although I must admit to straying from the list.

For example, this is NOT the fairy garden that is featured prominently on my Break List. This is the other sideyard and the chosen toileting spot for Bleedin' Dodger Blue (or Dodger), our 9-week-old yellow lab. Mind, this is not where we had in mind (being right outside the kitchen door and family room window (phew!) but at this point as long as the pup makes it out there to do his business, I'm happy. Problem was, the planter space was pretty full of bulbs (that were probably bird delivered because I didn't plant them) that have never bloomed but make lots of leaves, spring grass and sword ferns (that I did plant 35 years ago and have never been able to get rid of ). All the foliage made it pretty tough to scoop the poop, so this morning I cleared it all out.

I promise myself, tomorrow is fairy garden.

I also finished clearing a space to work on my machine quilting.

It's in better shape than it looks as the stuff stacked on the end of the table is stuff to be sewn. Tomorrow for sure, if not tonight.

I really need to get to the gym this afternoon, although I'm kind of waiting until someone is here to watch the dog. We crated him for over five hours yesterday and I hate to do it again so soon.

Elinor Peace Bailey - I am so happy to have found her blog. I've always been a fan of her soft doll designs. Several years ago (yikes, a quarter century?) I was chairing a doll conference and contracted with Ms. Bailey to be one of our conference speakers. She arrived loaded with personality and humor and dolls to exemplify both. It turned out that our second speaker had to cancel due to a family emergency, and Ms. Bailey very graciously offered to do two presentations. I can tell you, those collectors had the time of their life. Her schedule of appearances is on her blog. If there's any way you can attend one, you won't be sorry you made the effort. She's a treasure!

I know I made this miniature Victorian doll. I wonder where she's hiding?

we are honored to have a little towhee visiting our home from time to time. She is the drabbest thing you'd ever want to see, but I have to admire her chutzpah. Today is the first time I saw the phenomenon, but my husband says she is a daily visitor to our kitchen, where she helps herself to whatever is left out on a counter. Now that there is an open bag of puppy food available, she thinks she's found the golden goose of little brown bird food.

Except for the occasional toilet accident she is most welcome.

1 comment:

Minniestitches said...

Dear Debi
thanks for your blog post today. I needed a lift and you seemed to have provided that for me. I just read about Elinor Peace Bailey's blog in a magazine last night, so glad you provided the link. Hope to hear from you soon.