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Friday, August 7, 2009

Heartbreak Hotel

Everyone that remembers Elvis, raise your hand!Everyone that remembers his song Heartbreak Hotel, sing along with me: 

“Well since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell. It’s down at the end of lonely street at Heartbreak Hotel.” 

You make me so lonely baby,
I get so lonely,
I get so lonely I could die.

Now replace the word “Baby” with “Puppy” and you might see where I’m going with this.  Mr. Picket Fence and I needed to board our Baxter (aka Mr. Perfect) at the kennel for a day or 2 for the very first time.  It was like sending our oldest child to kindergarten.   Aaaaaargh!!!!  You’ll need a little background.  Baxter is a one-year old Brittany Spaniel and this is how he looked THEN:

025He’s not melting your heart, is he???? 





Here’s Baxter learning how to be a farm dog.  It’s important for a farm dog to know where all the mud holes are…



Baxter-r-r-, that’s the basket for old newspapers. 

But look how perfectly cute he is…..



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Baxter “bonding” with Bob.  Why did we name him Bob?  The Mr. always wanted a Bob-Cat.  (Sick…)



A perfectly adorable 6-month old Baxter.



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A full grown Baxter getting a cuddle from Mr. Picket Fence and our granddaughter, the “Divine Miss O”


So, anyway, about the Heartbreak Hotel.  The big day arrived and we took Baxter, his food, a treat and his favorite toys to the Bed & Biscuit – where it’s fun to be furry!!!  The dogs get to have play time – as long as they behave and as I’ve always said, Baxter is almost perfect.  In fact, I’m still saying that and I think tomorrow could be the day!  :)  If your cat stays there, they get to go bird watching.  (they sit & watch a bird video.)  So at the end of the day, Mr. Baxter was tired and he went home with this:



There were a couple doggie treats (& the bill!)in the bag.  I searched & searched for a report card.  They must have forgotten….


And this is what he did as soon as he got home: DSC00091

Enuf Baxter??  OK, I agree.  Let’s see.  How about Fertilizer Friday? 

Jump over to Tootsie’s to see lots of other gardens.  Click on pictures to enlarge – I think.  Altho maybe I didn’t do it right.  Whatever.  Here’s my offering:

DSC00406  DSC00409  DSC00410 DSC00411 DSC00412 DSC00413 DSC00414 DSC00415 DSC00418 CONFESSION:  These pictures DID NOT come from my garden but from a friends garden that I visited last night.  Her yard is awesome!  (and a front porch that is to die for!)

Are you still with me?  Good.  Because sometimes you save the best for last.  Even if it’s not the best, it’s PRETTY DARN GREAT.

Our summer gathering of my quilt group – the Loose Threads – met at CA’s summer lake home.  It’s a beautiful new home that sleeps 16!!!!  And has a great view:


We had some really great show ‘n tell.  LL made a Country Threads pattern in civil war repro fabrics:



I am the skinny gal holding the quilt.





JT’s offering was a handful of miniatures.  How great are these?



These are 3” blocks……..





The remote control is there to show the size of the quilt.  Those are 4” blocks.






3” Blocks






Don’t you love this border?





I love, love, love this fabric.  I hate it when there’s a new fabric out there that I haven’t seen.  You know?  I’d better get a-shoppin’.


Baxter!  Come!  Sit! Roll over!  Stay!  Play Dead!

Well, he’s got a handle on the last one.  I’d better get back to training Mr. Perfect.

Ms. Faye


Raggedy Angel said...

IDK what I love more the quilts, the garden or the Doggie! Beth

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I guess I love Baxter the best:) He sure is a sweetheart!

Love the quilts and the one with the border is my fav too:)
Have a great day,

Susannah said...

Ms. Faye...YOU ARE SOMETHING ELSE! And I mean it in a good way. You amaze me with your blog because I never know what you are gonna talk about! LOLOLOL! It is wonderful!

Love the big "puppy", the garden and the quilts! All three are a tremendous amount of work!!!

Take care and keep your sense of humor!


lilsista said...

Hi Mom! I'm home! :0)! Boy....that Baxter is one handsome goodlooking!!! He looks like he's a really swell guy...and a snappy dresser! Ha! I just love seeing your beautiful quilt works! How many hours to do even the small ones? Hmmmmmmm....perfectly frameable! I hope you are having a great weekend, ours is turning out to be a rainy one....Oh well...more time for silliness inside and maybe a few projects :0)!

See ya again soon!
Smiles :0)!

Stina said...

Wow.. thanks for the Garden tour and yes you saved some great news till the end.. gosh I loved all the quilts made...just wonderful... so much inspiration!!! :o))

suz said...

Wow - lots there today! Poor Baxter looked worn out from his vacation! Love those quilts - the miniatures are amazing!

Tootsie said...

girl...that is just the cutest puppy!!! he sure did grow up handsome! I hope you are doing well. I have not been blogging much the last few days...been really busy...and am not at home! sucks to have to borrow a computer! lol

Kindra said...

What wonderful eye candy you showed us! Beautiful gardens and quilts! I sure wish I could whip up a quilt...on my someday list. :)

Marcia said...

I was a huge Elvis fan, I even went to his concert in 1976, the year before he died. He died two days after my 17th birthday and I was heartbroken. If you do the math you can figure out how old I am today :-). You're granddaughter is adorable, I'll bet she melts your heart whenever she's around. Great photos Faye.

Marie said...

I love the pictures of Baxter. What an adorable puppy and he grew into a handsome dog. The garden pictures are wonderful--so lush and green. I love the quilts. You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself. Loved my visit. I just realized that I used the word, love, a lot but that is okay!