Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dog craziness

Everyone seems to agree that my dog is crazy. Sweet, but crazy.

What does he do?

Well, he has a bizarre fondness for produce. Yep, produce! Apparently apples bounce in a really interesting way and just happen to taste pleasant when you pick them up in your teeth. I'm still looking for the last one he had - hopefully before it goes bad under the couch. His next toy was an acorn squash. I only HEARD him playing with it (quite a distinctive thud), and when I found it he had eaten almost half of the squash <sigh>. Guess we're not having squash for dinner. His final attempt was with a banana. It didn't work nearly as well.  Ick!  Enough said.

Does anyone out there know how to stop him from eating shoes? I know it's common for puppies (he's only 9 months old), but when your puppy weighs 50 pounds and has teeth to match, those shoes don't stand a chance.

And finally there's the laser pointer. I know cats commonly love to play with laser pointers, but Damian goes CRAZY for it. Stuart had him running around like crazy with it last night and this morning Clinton got him running in circles so frantically that he got dizzy and fell over (poor puppy!).

Ah, well. He's a happy dog and he makes me happy. Most of the time ;-)

Friday, September 14, 2012


This month's challenge theme at is Pirate in honour of Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th.

This was too much fun to pass up. As I thought about it I pictured reds, blacks and metals. This is what I came up with - a necklace and a pair of earrings.

I'm working on another set of earrings as well - an idea in polymer clay that may or may not work out since it's my first foray into this medium, but I'll post a picture either way when it's done.  Until then, aaaaaaaaar matey!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Death of a laptop

Nothing makes posting a blog harder than your computer dying and that's what mine has gone and done. In May it started acting glitchy and I was a bit concerned. I mean, nice machine though it was it was 5 years old and owed me nothing. 5 years is a long life for a laptop and 1 1/2 years ago it had a fairly extensive overhaul. In June it finally gave up the ghost and refused to start up anymore. Three months later (we couldn't afford to get it looked at in June) it has been determined that it is good and dead. Thankfully I will be able to retrieve my data off the hard drive.

In a couple of weeks I'll be able to get a new computer (yay!) and until then I have an hour or so when I can get on a computer every day (the joy of a geek household that's down to only 1 computer).

I promised back in May to post pictures of what I've been up to, but all of my pictures were on the laptop. Tomorrow hubby is going to rescan all of my jewelry for me so I can prove that I really do something with all those beads I buy.

Since going silent I have joined a wonderful site - where I have found a fabulous group of people of like mind. If you like beads and especially if you like trading them with others and getting surprises that challenge your creativity this is the site for you.

BeadSwap USA has a monthly theme challenge (and a color challenge, too) and September's challenge is "Pirate" in honour of Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19th). I'm currently pondering this - thinking about reds, blacks, gunmetal and leather. Hmmmmm. Must go scribble some designs.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Back to the bead board

It has been months since I've worked on anything to do with jewelry or beads because of the challenges my eyes and my migraines have been giving me. I find I really miss it.

Last weekend I attended Minwaashin Lodge's annual Women's Gathering and, as always, I left it inspired. The classes always prod me creatively and I've drawn a couple of new designs I'll be working on over the next few days. Both are near and dear to my heart and give me the opportunity to work out my feelings about some things.

Beading is like therapy for me - I get to express myself and I feel such a relief when I take the time to create something.