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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sad Day

Today we had to put our chocolate lab Miss Maddie to sleep. Wednesday night she was no longer able to fully use her right leg and today her left paw would twist inward when she tried to walk. But she showed no sign of pain. Today was the first appointment we could get to see the veterinarian and she suspected degenerative nerve damage due to Maddie's age (she turned 12 this past Oct. 25) and the posturing of her paws. They offered us pain reduction regime, but also said the nerve damage is not curable and would only get worse.  So we made that hard decision.

I was afraid this might happen so before we left the house I cut up  some cheddar cheese for her (her favorite) and the vet tech checked to see what they had in the lunch room, because why not spoil her now? The refrigerator had been cleaned out, so all she could find was some whipped cream! A first time for Maddie and she thought it was GREAT, cleaning the plate! They also made a paw imprint in some plaster like stuff  that takes 48 hours to cure which is in a nice display box with the Rainbow Bridge Poem and place for her photo.

We stayed with her and I gave her ear rubs, belly rubs and gentle petting as she went to sleep. It was hard, but she had not been able to move around and was not able to do all the fun lab things she did before, even simple things like rolling over for belly rubs, patrolling her yard, greeting visitors, etc.

This is one of my favorite photos of her, she is very perky because I have a piece of cheese in one hand. If you look closely you can see a little bit of anticipatory drool on her right whiskers! I call it "Cheese Please"


Miss Maddie
10/25/2004 - 11/26/2016
Rescued by us 7/5/2008

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

UPDATE on Autumn Sewing

Now that it has cooled down here a bit, we were able to do some work on boxes in the garage and storeroom. I found some of my fall decor which included two stuffed pumpkins. The smaller one fits great in the center of my folded wreath so I think I will go with this look instead of a candle.

I still want to get some pumpkin buttons for where the tips meet.





That is all for now!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Autumn Sewing

I took a class given by my quilt group and made a pretty fall decoration - it could be any combination of colors, but I wanted fall since my Thanksgiving decor is limited. It was TONS of fun to make.


I started with three fabrics


I sewed them into these 12 squares.


I then sewed the squares together to form a circle. 


I then sewed the top points together and wa -la! 
A Folded Wreath!

I may sew some pumpkin buttons where the tips join, not sure yet.
I plan to find an LED tall candle for the center as soon as I get to town to shop!