Friday, January 4, 2013

Mr. Brown

It seems we have a new family member: Mr. Brown.

Mother and I rescued him this morning from the roadside where he, apparently, had been waiting for someone to come back for him. Daddy had seen him there before which is why we assume this is the case. He had not moved more than a few feet in days.

A lovely golden brown, Mr. Brown is a hounddog of some sort and should weigh about 70-80 pounds. He weighs 36. He couldn't stand or walk. I carried him to the car; on the way, we became best friends because he peed on me. A lot. On my new coat.

The vet checked him out and he seems healthy, just starved. When left, he was still eating and drinking, drinking and eating, and stopping to wag his tail at the vet techs taking care of him. He will be at the clinic for a few days. If his kidneys are okay, he will most likely join us at Lazy Bee Farm. That is, if Moosie and Anabel agree. They make the final choice.

I do not understand why people get pets and then decide they cannot or do not want to care for them. Moosie was 50 pounds underweight when we got him; Anabel was abused and anti-social. Waldo, the cat, was dumped on my friend Donna. And Mr. Bunnie was set out probably because he was no longer the cute little Easter bunny some kid got. Wookie was a four week old abandoned kitten.

There have been times when we have had up to ten cats, all spayed, neutered, and immunized, that became part of our family when they had been set out. The worst case was a Momma and her pups, all eight of 'em, that were set out here. We couldn't keep them. Just too many dogs, but we did find her a foster home so she and the pups were cared for until they got their forever home.

I fear, as times get harder, that more animals will be set out. As it is now, there are horses being set loose in our local federal parks, goats dropped off in fields where there are other goats, and, even chickens showing up yards. This is far and away, to me, demonstrates how difficult times are; it is bad enough to find a dog or cat, but farm animals? What is this world coming to?

Anyhow, welcome to the family, Mr. Brown!

Thursday, January 3, 2013


 Having way too much fun these days with finding and finishing projects.

These little guys were up in the wardrobe...
I remember buying the cheater cloth and thinking I'd make them...
a few years ago!
So, I have stitched up the little pillows...

And then I stitched up two little banners from the smaller pillows...
And rummaged through my buttons and found these cunning guys...
Lots and lots of heart buttons in the stash, some vintage and some not...

And then I decided it was time to commit
to a project I have wanted to do for some time...
knit through Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Knitter's Alamanac" in one year...
So I have cast on the January project, "An Aran For You", and started it.
This is some wonderful
local natural Corriedale worsted that I bought at SAFF,
oh, about the same time I bought the cheater cloth...
enough said...
And, I finished this darling shawlette from my very first handspun.
This does not favor to the cherry red yarn,
but, for some reason,
the camera doesn't want to show that pretty, pretty colour.

And, I am listening to this guy. Remember him?
I feel so productive and homey! What are you working on these days?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Rest in Reason.. Move in Passion

Last year I whined A Lot.
This year, I am not.
I read something that has really stuck
with me:
Don't set goals.
Do what makes you happy.
Do what you have a passion to do.
That really made the most sense
of anything I have read in a long time.
The word for this year?
I think you guessed it.
Rest in reason; move in Passion.
     ~~ Khalil Gibran
Our passions are the winds
that propel our vessel.
Our reason is the pilot that steers her.
Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost.
   ~~ Proverbs
It is the soul's duty to be loyal
to its own desires.
It must abandon itself
to its master passion.
  ~~ Rebecca West
Here's to a Passionate New Year!