11 weeks ago yesterday a little surprise landed in my life. Herbie the Jug, a jet propelled Jug, 9 months old and as cute a bundle of fun as anyone could want.
I the intervening weeks we have "jerry rigged" escape proof fencing, made and hung gates, put wire netting cages round the fruit trees and made an assortment of playthings. He is very intelligent and the toys have to evolve to keep his interest. The latest is a fabric strip that is folded and tied repeatedly till it becomes almost a Chinese puzzle box.
He loves it and spends copious amounts of time worrying at it, chewing, throwing around and shaking the living daylights out of it.
I had spent too much time humming and hahing over whether to get another dog. At one point I thought that perhaps a cat would be better. I needed the decision to be made for me.
I was leaning towards an older dog, now that I have Herbie I know that an older dog would have been a mistake. I need and enjoy the extra activity that stems from having a young dog.
Life is busy with a Herbie, I need to be able to turn on a sixpence when he wants a game or just a cwtch. I would not part with him for all the tea in China.
On another note I am working away at creating more space. The finally finished quilt top has been layered and quilted.
I aim to work through all my started, no matter how little a start has been made, projects before taking a long hard look at what is left in the stash.
This will be sewing right now, I picked my knitting up and the yarn stuck to my fingers, it has been retired while the temperature keeps soaring. It reached 30.7 c in North Wales yesterday.
I expect these large quilts to be my last, unless I revisit QAYG. The house of full of quilts, Francesca has oodles and there are 2 more for her in various stages for me to get finished. Plus 2 more in blocks for gifts.
I may consider making Child size quilts to donate if I find that I miss quilting too much.
I do want to make more of my clothes and would love to get to grips with cross stitch and embroidery.
If I find that I do give up quilt making then I will be aiming at getting rid of my Horn cabinet and the big Janome, I will not need them for what I plan on doing. (More space, much more to claim back). My Singer has all the features that I need and with the overlocker everything is covered.
A long table will be better for my needs and the SO can make me one to the dimensions that suit me. It is very handy to have "A man who can", and does.
Of course there may be some baking involved in the negotiations.
The dogs are settled into the new routine, a very early walk followed by a lazy day and a late walk once the heat has started to abate. 9:30 last night. W told me that this heat is forecast to last several days yet, possibly over a week. I am so happy that I am no longer working, the temperatures in the Deli kitchen must be astronomical.
We had a salad of Quinoa, Bulgar Wheat and as many raw veg as I could get mixed in for dinner. It was just the ticket, fruit salad (again) to follow, the very cheap pineapples and Galia melons that I found in Tesco have been so refreshing. The strawberries from the garden are so sweet and I just add a mix of whatever fruit that I have.
I think that is enough for now, I want to make a start on laying out the blocks for Fran,s next quilt. They have been made for over a month and I would like the quilt done and dusted by Monday at the latest.