Ode to my second princess

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I have started this over and over during the last month, but never found the right words. So with aching heart I tell that exactly one month ago, Arwen crossed over the rainbow bridge and became one of the furry angels and – she got to meet her beloved Fiona again. Loosing one dog is hard, loosing two over 9months time is painful beyond words.

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No one can said that Fiona was overly enthusiastic when we brought Arwen home a bit over 11 years ago, in fact quite the opposite. Not that Arwen cared, she just buffed herself into Fionas life, not taking no or an answer. She was not the brightest dog, more of a bleached blond (sorry all blonds) but had the most loving, sweet and kind heart. And those eyes… even the vets that that they where the cutest ever seen. And she was like Michel Jackson said “I’m a lover, not a fighter. Not one for obedience, that class was a total wast of money “me obey? Tell me once again why?”IMG_3846-2But don’t let this big, brown velvety eyes fool you: behind them a very cunning mind lurked – the thieve of all things edible, a dog who never and ever learned the word NO! She didn’t hesitate to jump up against the kitchen counter, try to snag anything good smelling thing, licking the cutting board or, as we had friends over for dinner, snatched an entire pork tenderloin. Luckily we had two more so no one went hungry that day🙂

The last 1.5 month she started to follow me round the house like a shadow, wherever I went she went too. Laid next to me on the couch across my legs, even sat on my lap , a RR lapdog? Yep, worked just fine from her perspective. LOL. So the decline started, hip joints gave her trouble, the bump on her nose grew, one eye a bit swollen, growths here and there seemed to multiply and she who always have been on the skinny side, started to look starved. Well then the day came when she sat down in front of me and did what Fiona did – gave me a soul penetrating stare. The day after all her joints seemed to give in, she couldn’t manage the stairs so The DH had to carry her upstairs and there and then we made the decision that it would end then and there. The next morning, me and John took her for her last car ride and the ending was quiet and calm.

As it was when Fiona passed, Diego was very low and in mourning for some weeks and as with Fiona, we can’t mention Arwen’s name without him sitting straight up with perked ears and just waiting for her to come home. The other day we saw a RR looking dog at Bögs gård (show working farm) and Diego couldn’t tear his eyes of her until he caught her scent and realized it wasn’t Arwen. IMG_3678She was really truly his mom and a very great one too and Diego never have realized that he is a Jack Russell, but a minor version of a Ridgeback. The house is very quiet, but every now and then I hear her (and Fiona?) castanets claws agains the wooden floors, see a shadow at the corner of me eyes.

Arwen my sweet, lovely baby I miss you as crazy but feel comforted by the thought that you are with Fiona and you both are running wild and free like a true Rhodesian Ridgeback should.

Starch in Style

Yes yes, I have been long gone writing but that is more because there hasn’t been enough going on to write about. Or maybe, the stuff that has been going on has been draining that there was no energy left. And in the creative space almost nothing has been happening for a long time. Until I saw some pictures of Yayoi Kusamas dotted art and got really inspired. But as always, from sketch to start always require some online shopping for fabrics. And then making perfect circles of various sizes wich requires starching. Since starch (ready made) comes in the most boring bottle, I decided to decant some into a old Portuguese perfume bottle I have on my desk and that made the process somewhat more satisfying. IMG_4559

And here is a sneak peak of the project to be – dots & dots😉IMG_4562Vacation time coming up, The Dh has been renovating the pool for 2 weeks now,IMG_4563and the new liner (with insulation under and sidewise) is as I write almost filled with water. , What is left is the new pool deck and a “incubator” cover. If we are lucky we will have a premiere dip before the season is over LOL. Looking at it longingly since we are experience a heatwave the last couple of days, way to hot for me in the afternoons. Not to mention the nights….

Sam got a job at McD and have been working his butt of, which has paid of. John has started to take driving lessons even though he can’t do the exams until he is 18 next year but an early start will make the tests go flawlessly.

More about the project as it progresses.

I’m alive

Yes, it has been a while and I can’t say just why. Sometimes life just comes in the way and the need for lengthy writings is totally silent. That tree thing stumped me and I started over, made new leaves and new colorful round things too and then I got the news that my BGFF is seriously ill. That got me into a creative frenzy, just had the need to do something. So I went through my Linott books on jelly rolls, ordered some from eQuilter which might be on the upscale of prices but boy do they deliver fast – two days with DHL express. And this is the result of speed sewing, don’t think I made anything this fast before.IMG_4013The strips in between the rows and the borders is a kind of soldi fabric with a silver metal coat, not the easiest thing to sew with but alas, this is a comfy, cuddly quilt, not anything to exhibit;) It was delivered in person on Wednesday and my friend got very happy with both my surprise visit and the quilt. I drew 440km that day and still feel a bit out of it. Oh, I made a pitstop at Sam’s on the way back north and it was so wonderful to see him❤

When I bought the jelly rolls of the quilt, I bought this one as well just cause the colors was so happy. Although I have no idea of what to make of it.
IMG_4022The DH and youngest son just went out for a meet wit the WestieIMG_4021The sun is shining but it’s still not very warm, hence the silly looking fleece hats LOL.Have a lovely 1st of May which still is a holiday here in Sweden. Why is beyond my understanding since the workers movement is long gone into history – or?

Tree climbing sort of

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Well I created a tree, a very strange on that is. It should have looked better turned upside down, but the trunk kind of make that impossible. And rip it out is even more impossible since the trunk and the branches are fused down and stitched in place. And I don’t have more of the background fabrics so starting over is a no-no. Gahhhh!!!IMG_3862Think it needs more leaves since some branches are too straight and long….Everything comes into a perspective when you look at a picture instead of real life. As always when one tiny creative obstacle is finished (almost) the rest of the project becomes a blur, not knowing what to do or where to start. So I let it be and do house wife things like the laundry, changing the bedsheets and cooking dinner (in the slow cooker) almost simultaneously. I just love that new piece of kitchen equipment, the favorites I made in it so far are spare ribs, rotisserie chicken, pulled beef and Jerusalem artichoke soup. Today it holds baby back ribs that will be finished of with a quick turn on the grill, served with fries and some sort of barbecue/texan cold sauce.

The big question is – where will the unicorn fit in????

Hey Mr postman

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Had to get some fabrics (you would think I have enough – ha!) so I ordered from one of my favorite places eQuilter and ordered some the green one is for grass😉IMG_3855 IMG_3856I really like these ombre fabrics, the tweedy maybe for border or more grass? The others just for fun, because I’m worth it😉 Not entirely sure how I will make grass…have a picture in my creative mind though. So I ordered for 72USD and paid 29 for DHL Express delivery. And it got here in two days time – Denver-Sollentuna in mere two days!?!

Now you might think that 29USD for shipping is steen, but compared to USPS flat rate expedited is a whooping $32.95 and that for sure don’t take 2 days to get here. I don’t get it, but any quilt shop that has DHL Express as an alternative will have my business.

I have a guilty pleasure – I subscribe to Glossybox, just love the idea of getting different sized samples of beauty things each month. Some months are just great and I keep it all and get to learn new stuff, others are not altogether my thing, so I give them to friends and they are soon happy🙂 So when Fat Quartershop mailed and saíd that they will do the same with sewing stuff, a sampler box each month I couldn’t help myself but jumped right in. And with the introduction price of 98cent including shipping, who can blame me?

What I’m going to do with all them boxes, now that is a different issue totally LOL.

Have lovely weekend all, here spring is gearing up.

Healthcare musings

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I know there is much talk in the USA about Bernie and his ideas of single payer healthcare system. It is interesting and when you think how shitty the healthcare system they have now is, anything else must be better. Here in Sweden we pay among the highest taxes in the world and thanks to that we get (among quite a few other things) heavily subsidized healthcare. If you within 365 days pay 1100SEK (130USD) for doctors and district nurse visits, you get the rest of the 365 free healthcare.

So when I yesterday met four different doctors it didn’t cost me anything. That was an eye specialist, my GP and two doctors at the emergency room – for “free”. Pretty amazing. Why all these docs? Six years since the first diagnosis, Bells Palsy is back and I just plain hate it. But I am pretty grateful that I went to the eye doc with the pain behind my right eye and positively torrents of tears that has occurred a couple of times the last weeks. That visit kind of rolled the ball into action. Not that there is very much to do about it, some short term steroid treatment (6 pills first day…..1 pill sixth day). The only good thing is that it’s not as disastrous as the first time and my vanity is somewhat but not altogether intact. Referral to “my” ear doc Bells Palsy specialist is sent.

Well on the good side, I have 7 17-18yr old guys in my basement having a LAN party. The DH set it all up so it looks like a Houston control centre LOL. But the heat, the heat!!!! Me and The DH is set for a cheese fondue and movie night. Tomorrow 70 yr party for my DSIL out in the archipelago😀 The dogs and son stay at home. Goooood!

Of and on

I kind of went of the air (except for a tidbit here and there on FB, must be and age thing). Haven’t done much except with toying with some creative ideas, having phone conversations (and I do mean – con-ver-cations) with the oldest and knitting a scarf for the young one. You know how it is, you have an image in your inner creative self and when you try to put it to paper, it is kind of lame. Or worse, just slightly better than The DH’s stick men (he can’t draw for the life of him) and utterly letargia = not very much have been done. Well, I made these IMG_3757fussy cuts, perfect circles, tiny yo-yos, will somehow fit into a tree. Not entirely sure what goes on in my mind all the time ;-O

Last night before going to bed I made one more attempt on the tree and ended up with thisIMG_3784Need a bit more work, especially on the proportions of the trunk, but I think it is one step forward, at least a small one.

Still nursing the second bad respiratory infection in less than 2 months and now son is home sick too. It’s raining and I hope the dogs will remain calm cause I don’t want to go outside. But this fluffy furry thing probably will = gaaaahhhhh.IMG_3782

Simply amazing

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For the new project I wanted som more fabrics and after dwindling I placed a new order with eQuilter on Monday after work and paid almost 30USD for aDHL express delivery. And what do you know, after lunch time today I picked it up at the service point. Now that was absolutely worth the price.IMG_3700When I opened the package I just had to giggle cause the yellow one (third from the top) I have a FQ of it, bought in a FQ bundle sale. To my defense I have to say that it looked nothing like what it did online. And the blu one at the bottom is a batik that looks like running water, hope it works out when it’s cut and sewed.

last night I sat up for a bit, working on the third or so sketch and even though I suck at drawing, the idea is moving towards a plan. Yeayyyyy!

-6C, light snow on and of and fast day….I’m hungry ;(

Happiness in various colors

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Hurray x 100 – those danged drapes are over and done with and is now awaiting collection. Never ever again, feel free to hit me if I would waver.

So to calm my creative senses I did what Beth suggested, ironed the fabrics collected (so far) for the next project and just to unfold, iron, unfold made my heart sing a bit, cause I had almost forgot what a pleasure they can bring.IMG_3696Now I only have to figure out where to start. Meanwhile time to purchase some more fabrics.

What will it be? For me to know and you to find out LOL. The only thing I can say that it will be yet one more appliqué thing. Surprised? Nahhhhhh.

Heaven scent or not so

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IMG_3690When I was 18, one Christmas my dad gave us each a large bottle of Chanel No5 and I loved it to the last drop. The scent was somewhat like a security blanket but after it was finished I never bought a new one which I should have. I should have bought many of them and stashed them away, cause the bottles they sell nowadays is nothing, I mean absolutely nothing like the vintage one. After dreaming of it I did a Google and found a girl selling vintage perfumes and ordered a small bottle = love revisited. I also bought a small bottle of Estee Lauders Cinnabar and swooned one more times.

Well, I use it sparingly and when The DH texted me yesterday from Kastrup (Copenhagen airport) asking if I wanted any perfume from the taxfree, I thought WTH and asked him to buy me a bottle of the modern No5, knowing very well that they had tampered with the formula I was used to. I got the Eau de Perfume and Ha! Tampering is only the beginning, but I’ll bet they call it reformulating. I can’t find the citrusy top note, it’s more like a bit soap, the original Lux soap from the 60th. It’s not bad, not at all, but to call it Chanel No5 I think is a bit of sacrilege. It would have been more honest if they would have called it a new name instead of impersonate the real one.

Wonder what I will ask for the next Friday? Checking out the Kastrup Taxfree online site, there is just modern day scents – buhu. The son though will get some new clothes though. Good for him.