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Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos, Pup

We had a pleasant afternoon sat in the garden, DmentD with a beer and a book (which admittedly he didn’t get to read much of), me with a nice cold juice, and Esme with her favourite toy ever – a yellow rope!

Check out Esme’s gallery for all the photos.

In more general Esme news, on Wednesday she’ll be allowed out in public places, hurrah! Next week she’ll get her last puppy injections and will be good for the year.

Esme The Pup

Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos

We came back from England on Friday, arrived home about 6pm (more on the trip when I’ve sorted through the thousand photographs!) and slept lots. We planned a lazy day for Saturday but after making breakfast and realising we were out of milk we decided a trip to grab a few essentials was needed.

We’ve been talking and planning on getting a pup since before Christmas, we were putting it off until after the trip (for obvious reasons) and so we decided while we were out to stop by the pet store to start collecting essentials.. all the bits and pieces that aren’t dog specific. This ended up being the first stop on our list of errands.

As we were coming out one of the local shelters had set up outside. You see them around town, outside supermarkets and pet stores, typically fund raising, and if possible, finding homes for some of their pups.  They are one of the rescue shelters that often takes dogs from the one “kill shelter” in town to keep dogs from being put down just because they weren’t adopted in a timely fashion. We, being in a particularly doggy mood, decided to stop and say hello to some of the dogs.

It seemed the usual compliment of slightly older dogs, until we got down to the end of the line — there, playing together, were two young pups.  They had to be from the same litter, as they had the same brindle coat (brown with black tiger-like stripes), and similar features — they seemed to be a mix of catahoula, terrier, and a pinch of some breed of hound.  One, the male, had a black nose with a white bib and feet, the other, the female had a white nose with a white bib and feet.  The second we reached in to pet them, they took note and started licking our hands, happily sitting calmly to let us scratch their ears and chins.  They were energetic, but not hyperactive, playful, and had a good spark of intelligence in their eyes.  We asked the keeper how old they were, and she told us they were about 2 months.

DmentD and I looked at each other and knew that we had both fallen for the same one, the girl. We spoke with the keeper to get more details.  The pups were spayed/neutered already, were as up-to-date on their shots as they can be at this age, had been de-wormed, and were perfectly healthy — we have paperwork on every veterinary procedure performed (shots and all).  They would come with a 30-day “insurance” plan, and the shelter would always be available to take any of their adopted dogs back should adopters ever decide we’d rather not keep them.  We filled out the paperwork, went over a zillion details on what vet procedures were needed (booster shots, and once she’s of age, rabies/distemper/parvo shots, etc), heartworm, training etc.  We paid the nicely inexpensive fee, and we had ourselves a new pup.  *grins*

We put her in a shopping cart, and promptly went back into the store to get the rest of the necessities.  She was well behaved, and was showered with attention from everyone we passed.  We brought her home, and  bonded with her all night.  She’s very mellow with bursts of puppy enthusiasm, and will roll over to have her belly pet if you so much as look at her.  She’s starting to get used to the leash… a bit, anyway.  Someone has taught her to sit, as she does it frequently in response to treat offers or going outside.  She’s got no problems being handled or touched — I’ve played with her feet, ears, mouth, tail and she hasn’t so much as twitched.  She’s a relatively quiet pup too.

Today she sat, mostly quietly, in the yard while we cleaned it up and made it pup-proof.

She’ll grow to be a little bigger than we had originally decided we wanted a full-grown dog to be, but not much more… we estimate she’ll be in the 40-50 lb range, maybe a little smaller.  Her shelter name was “Rosie”, but we think she’s going to be “Esme” (after Esmeralda “Esme” Weatherwax, one of the witches in the Discworld series of books).  She’s absolutely adorable..

We’ll be off to the vets this week and plan on starting puppy classes as soon as possible, as much to help us as her! Stay tuned for more photos!

Here There Be Dragons…

Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos, Random

A look at my latest craft project, I got the pattern from here, and everything else from Joanns Fabrics (except the stuffing which was stupidly cheap at Walmart).

Aren’t they adorably cute! One is a little “special” looking, he was my practice so I could get the second one looking good since it’s a present (it’s alright, she’s only a month old this won’t ruin the surprise for her!).

Happy New Year

Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos, Random

It was a hectic holiday season. Between the two jobs (both of which got busier for the holidays) and making presents and being social and doing all the things we usually do I don’t think I stopped during the month of December at all. It makes me glad they’re over and I’ve had a semi relaxing day today.. still lots of clean up to do but we’re almost there.

Disturbingly, this photo of me pulling faces, is one of the best photos of me from the holidays.. I’m not sure what that says about me!

Earlier in the month we went to Johnson City to see the lights.. they were uninspiring mostly, except for the lights around the electric company.

We got a few new decorations this year.

Christmas day was split in two. For lunch we went and joined one group of friends, for dinner another.

I got a great series of photos of our box of goodies being opened…

And I think the pups were keen on their treats.

There was fun, merriment and food comas all round! I’d call that a successful Christmas!

Hope 2011 is everything you want it to be!

Ghosts of Halloween

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I am writing this as the ghosts of the Halloween party lay around me.The party went well this year, once more it got mostly left to the last minute, and once more there are promises that we will start earlier next year!

Friday night we had a pre-party party, gathering friends around to carve pumpkins.. Mine is the skull in the top hat, DmentD did the tiki monkey and one of the oogies. We were happy we ended up with a couple of tikis as they fitted in with the vague theme.

The house was decorated up with the usual plethora of bits and pieces, we made a giant tiki as the entry way, with smoke coming out of his eyes. I painted a few tikis with flourescent paint to put in the bar with all the black lights.

DmentD got out his stir-plate (used for brewing) and we put some tonic water in it so it glowed next to the black lights and looked interesting in the bar.

We gained some flamingos in the garden too!

Since games had only been mildly popular last year we decided to stick with just the one game. And if we were doing just the one game we wanted to provide incentive to play. A pair of their very own unopened skele-flamingos was the prize.

We had the usual entry fee of a portrait as you entered.. we only missed a couple of people this year!

Much fun was had, we of course managed to over cater. Food we made will be appearing on Curious Confections over the next few weeks.

Sunday night we stayed in and relaxed, handing out sweets to the kids that came round.

Knitting Skulls

Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos

8 months later I’m finally finished. I started this scarf for DmentD as a project after Christmas. It wouldn’t take long and then I could get started on teaching myself socks.

After lots of picking it up and putting it down and having it sat of the coffee table staring at me… accusing me of abandoning it, I finally got the gumption to finally finish it. A few afternoons of really working on it, while watching the first two seasons of The Tudors, and it’s done.

It took so long as it has a pattern, so I couldn’t just sit back and knit, I had to be looking at the pattern, seeing what came next. Though, 8 skulls later I needed the pattern less! It’s what is known as an illusion pattern, from straight on the scarf looks innocuously stripy. Look at it from the side though, and the pattern is revealed.

DmentD wanted a long scarf.. An obscenely long scarf. This is certainly it. With each skull and crossbone coming in at just over a foot the scarf measures 8.8 feet.. it stretches a little as you wear it too so it seems longer. The tassles take it to 9 feet even.. I think that counts as obscenely long!

And now, I still don’t get to teach myself socks. Since everyone is sprogging (don’t drink the water!) I plan on knitting some cute adorable baby things first.

Garden and Things

Posted by Sweets under Photos, Random

Carrying on the trend of not really writing about anything, here are a few more recent photos of the garden.

First, remember that photo I posted of the new grass growing. This is what it looks like now… actually, DmentD mowed it down this weeked, but prior to that this is what it looked like *grins* It grew well, and now we know that seed works we’ll gradually fill in the bare patches across the rest of the garden.

Our tomatoes are growing well. These two were our first to fruit, just small cherry tomatoes, but the rest of them seem to be coming along and starting to fruit now.

Finally, some random photos of the clouds one evening.

Garden aside, life is plodding along. Nothing special happening. We’re brewing, we’re cooking, we’re working.. much the same as ever!

One Year On

Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos

This Saturday just passed (the 8th) DmentD and I celebrated our first anniversary. That’s right, a whole year has passed since we tied the knot, time flies!

We were at a crawfish boil on Saturday and I was working, so we celebrated on the Friday night. We decided to go out to dinner, somewhere we had wanted to go for a while, but hadn’t made it to yet. So we headed off to North By Northwest, a restaurant who also happens to be a brewery.. or is that the other way around? Either way, DmentD was very impressed by the beers, he got a sampler, and we were both very impressed by the food. I had a duck breast with a madeira reduction on a roasted garlic and parmesan polenta.

We were joined by friends for dessert and coffee, though the dessert beat me!

Of course we took photos.. Some DmentD knew about and posed for…

And some he didn’t *grins* As he waxed lyrical about the beer he was tasting.

And he had to take one of me too *pulls faces*

In other news we have our hard lemonade on the go for my birthday brew. And we’ve started a one gallon test batch of bochet mead. Where the honey is slowly caramelised (which took two and a half hours of stirring near constantly.. I had a book in one hand and the spoon in the other!) until it’s so dark if you blink it’ll be burnt. Then water is added and yeast to ferment it. While taking photos of it, I realised it was so dark we were reflected pretty well in it.. it’s not the best photo ever, but it entertains me.

This weekend I’ll be working on a Beatles themed cake.

More Randomness

Posted by Sweets under Photos, Random

Not really much to say, not a lot is going on. But here’s a few more random photos…

Firstly a couple of a fly that was bugging me when I was trying to cook.

Then the new grass growing in the yard.

Finally, my new hair cut.

Catch Up

Posted by Sweets under Domestic, Photos, Random

Life has been plodding along, in the way that it does. We’ve been busy with CC amongst other things.

We’re onto our 5th brew now.. well 4th beer and 1 mead.. it’s still a long way off but I can’t wait for the mead to be done. It’s all such an interesting process, I’m persuading DmentD to write a series of posts on how to brew for CC.

Sadly, my camera, that has served me well over the past year and a bit, took a death defying leap from the kitchen table.. that wasn’t so death defying.. It died! I was trying to get that >just perfect< shot of me piping crosses onto the hot cross buns and failed! Thankfully I managed to save the photos already on there and used DmentD’s old broken camera to get a couple finished shots, not the greatest, but acceptable. So a new camera was duly ordered and arrived quicker than the estimate – thankfully. I hadn’t realised how many things I had gotten in to the habit of taking photos of until I couldn’t!

So this morning I was out in the garden playing about with settings and seeing what I could do with close ups and macro shots.. I need to find a place I can take wide-angle photos too to play about and see what I can do with them.

We had our crawfish boil at the start of the month. I made two king cakes (a cinnamon and a cream cheese) and then some cafe su da ice cream and Guinness ice cream. The Guinness one still needs some work, but the cafe su da was a huge hit with most of the half gallon I made getting eaten up!

Work is still going well, I’m enjoying it and had my first pay check last week.. always a good thing!

While sorting through photos I realised I had the ones from the Sherwood Forest Ren Faire that I hadn’t uploaded, how very lax of me! I didn’t even write about the day! It wasn’t a huge faire, not as big as the one we go to in Autumn. But it was only their first year. Taking that into consideration it was pretty impressive. We spent a few hours wandering about and having a good time, and of course, I got my first sun burn of the year! And, I got my bronze pendant to go on my necklace, I’ve been idly looking for a while, but couldn’t see anything that resonated enough for me to want to wear it all the time, since I wear my necklace all the time.. Well, I found something.. now I just need DmentD to re-do my necklace so we can string it on there. The rest of the photos from the day are in the gallery.