Monday, August 31, 2009

Sugar: Still the Devil

I woke up a little before 4:00 this morning with my tooth pounding. I had to get up and take some Tylenol & Naproxen. It feels fine this morning, but I know it's only a matter of time before I HAVE to go to the dentist. Ugh. I. Hate. Going. To. The. Dentist. I'd rather have brain surgery. Seriously. I know it would be better to go now instead of waiting until it blows up, but will I? Probably not. I'll stay in denial hoping it will go away on its own, like always. Yeah, right.

Confession time! I had THREE sno cones on Saturday. We went out garage-saleing all over town on Saturday and stopped at a little sno cone stand when we were finished. I had a small banana one, and it was so freakin' great! I told my cousin that I think they're putting crack in them, and I'm going to start calling them crack cones. Anyway, I begged and begged and just wouldn't let it go until Barnaby took me back there Saturday evening. We both had two small ones in different flavors. I had a pina colada and a grape, and he had a rootbeer and a Tiger's Blood. Ha-ha-ha. They name them those stupid names so kids will buy them. It was actually cherry and coconut mixed together. The banana is still the best out of all of them. Mmm, banana crack. I've said it before and I'll say it again...SUGAR IS THE DEVIL. Run for your lives!

I spent the entire day yesterday trying NOT to think about getting a sno cone. It didn't work. I thought about it, but I didn't actually go get one. I was more of a hermit than hungry I guess. I didn't want to leave the house. You can bet your sweet bippy if I had to leave the house, I would have driven straight to that little red stand with the flashing neon lights and gotten one. Or three.

So then I had a bag of really, really, really, really salty popcorn last night. Stupid move the night before weigh-in day. I supposedly gained 5 pounds from last week! I'll weigh again tomorrow or Wednesday when I haven't main-lined pure sodium. I still feel skinnier even though the scale doesn't say so.

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So here's something really out of character for me...

Our neighborhood has a Neighborhood Watch now since my neighbor across the street was burglarized. She got everything together and got the ball rolling with it, and we even have a website now with a community bulletin board.

So I sent out an email to the entire neighborhood saying that I wanted to start a crochet group that will meet once or twice a month at my house if enough people responded that they were interested. I offered to teach anybody who wanted to learn, even though I have never done that before.

I've gotten 7 responses so far so it looks like it's a go! I hope I don't regret this.

Bye!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sweet Pea Shawl

I could not get a good picture of this no matter what I tried. I went outside, I came inside, took a picture up-close, took a picture from afar, with flash, without flash, adjusted and enhanced after the picture was taken, et cetera. So I guess it's impossible for you to see the pattern and all the colors in the yarn. Here are three different photos, none of which shows what the shawl really looks like in person:



I didn't put an edging on it yet, and I'm not sure that I'm going to. This shawl was nearly the death of my crochet love. It gave me fits. It wasn't hard so I don't know what my problem was. But anyway, it's finished and I'm glad.

You can click on each one to see a bigger version if want. The pattern is from the book Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker. I used Classic Elite Sock yarn (more like thread) and a size G hook.

See ya.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday -- Yipee!

Boon Pappy: We did not win the KitchenAid Mixer. Bummer.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What the...

Some people crochet the weirdest stuff:

Just Plain Scary

Um, thanks for the pretty sweater?

Makes Me Laugh

Beyond Stupid

This was labeled a "UFO Bag." They're skulls, stupid-ass.

Get a Life Already!

Funny Teeth

"Pixies" Cute!

OMG, I want one! The dog, not the sweater.


??? Perv!

Just Stupid

Um, no.

No Comment

Whatever, Whore!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I started three different entries and deleted them. Nothing I typed came out right. I'll try again tomorrow, but I've got a ton of things to do on top of work tomorrow, so it may be Friday before you hear from me.
Buh-Byeee.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday Stuff

Interesting, no? I've never made anything that started like this. It's kind of obvious that it's a flower, but I just wanted to show how it begins.

Eli keeps pulling at the pom-poms on my booties. One is gone, and the other one is barely hanging on. Maybe it's not such a good idea to have them on my shoes. Who can blame him? They're awfully tempting in a dog's eyes.

Dang it! While I was typing this, I kept hearing a popping noise coming from the area of the kitchen. Wondering what Eli was into now, I got up and went in there to find my six boiled eggs burning on the stove. I swear. I forgot I was even making them...AGAIN. It's amazing that I remember my name.

Nutrisystem End-of-Week-3 Weigh-In: -8.8 Woo-hoo!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Purple Booties

The Tennis Sock Booties

I'm going to try another easier pattern for these next. Not that these were hard, but they took too long for my liking. Maybe I'm just too impatient, but whatever. I like the way the trim and pom-poms look so I'll add them to the next pattern.

The flash distorts the color of these. They are dark purple (more of an eggplant color) with lavender soles & trim.

It's weigh-in time tomorrow morning! Stay tuned.

Friday, August 21, 2009

I made another square before I went to bed last night. This a diagonal box stitch square also from "101 Granny Squares." I was trying to make something Christmasy, but it ended up looking more like the Italian Flag or something. It doesn't look Christmasy to me.


I forgot how much I like this stitch. I have a WIP afghan stuffed somewhere made entirely from this stitch. I need to dig it out. It goes very quickly.

Yesterday:

I explained the Nutrisystem diet in the comments section of my first post today for anybody who is interested.


Here's an unblocked square I made this evening from the book, "101 Granny Squares."




I also made one bootie and the sole of another one. Picture when I'm finished.

Since I'm not making much of anything in the kitchen these days, I'm sharing things that other people are making. This one sounds yummy, kid or not. I got it HERE. There's a picture of it there too.

Kid Friendly Ambrosia Salad

1 lg can fruit cocktail, drained
2 lg cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 bananas, sliced
½ bag of mini marshmallows
1 small container whipped topping

Simply mix all of the ingredients together and chill for an hour before serving.

I want some! Wah. This is what I get for eating tons of crap and letting myself get out of shape. I must now pay-up by being on a diet and not partaking of wonderful foods for awhile. And once I get back to where I want to be, I still have to rein in my desire to overeat for the rest of my life. Ho-hum.

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Here's another link to a beautiful blog. Once you get there, scroll down to "Tablescape Tuesdays." There you will find lots of links to some equally beautiful blogs. They make mine look like poo. Don't judge me! I'll never share anything with you again! I got to this pretty page via Beansie's Blog. She's kinda kewl herself.

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What am I going to do today? I'm going to try to crochet a pair of bootie, tennis shoe-like house slippers again. I ordered a pattern for them and finally got it yesterday. I made one bootie, but it looks kind of messy. I think I screwed up the pattern by trying to follow the alternate directions for wider booties. I'm going to follow the regular-size directions today and see if they look better. They are really a neat-looking bootie, and I ALWAYS need new slippers to wear around the house. Who doesn't? If I can perfect them, some of you might get a pair as a surprise! There are even directions to make them in men's sizes. BP, I'm sending you some and you'd better wear them. That would crack me up.

I'll take a picture of them and show y'all when I'm happy with what I make. Then y'all can leave me a comment and tell me what color you want. Well, heck...I can just show you the picture on the pattern:

I couldn't figure out how to get the picture off of the pdf file so i just snagged this one from Crochetville from jeannej. These are some that she made.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Good Morning Links

Hello, my lovelies! I've got my buzz on with the caffeine. Can you tell?

Here are some fun links for you to look at:

Apron A Day (Almost inspires me to get out that sewing machine and figure it out. I love these!)

Blissfully Domestic (Scroll down past the ads for all the categories and links -- lots of coolness!)

Dress A Day (I want to dress like June Cleaver too!)



It's time for a late breakfast...I'm on it. Bye.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The peaches are so good right now. I'd give my right arm (almost) to be able to make a peach pie or cobbler and eat it. I say almost because it would be too hard to crochet with one arm. Although, I have heard of people who can't use their arms (or don't have any) crocheting totally with their feet. Amazing, huh? It almost makes me want to try it. I'm sure I'd get a charlie horse and die though.

Crazy Crochet Scarf Lady

Help! I can't stop! Here's Scarf #4

Too cute, huh? This one was really quick...maybe three hours or less. It's the 3-2-1 Curlecue Scarf. The pattern is in the link, and I followed it exactly. I chained 130 to start, just so you know. The pattern doesn't tell you how many to chain. I was worried that I wouldn't chain enough and it would shrink up to nothing when it started curling. So there's you a starting point to judge from.


It's too easy! Don't tell anybody and they'll think we're crochet geniuses! Pinky Swear?

See how I get on something and obsess and do it to death? Sometimes it makes me crazy. And then other times, like with the shawl I started a few weeks ago and haven't picked up again, I can't make myself do something. And now I've crocheted so much and so obsessively that my arm muscles feel like I swam the English Channel six times or something. They hurt! Thank goodness for Tylenol and Naproxen. A cocktail of those babies helps mucho. Now I only feel like I swam the English Channel twice at most. And I don't know why I picked the English Channel, I just did. I don't even know how big it is. The English Channel is just something that you swim when you want to be in the record books or something, isn't it? Seems like it. Whatever. I digress.

There are so many more really cool scarf patterns out there. I really should finish my Sweet Pea Shawl or my Naomi Shawl or my Half-Moon Shawl. I have too many WIPs. Pop Quiz! Do you remember what that is? Pay attention, people!

I hate it that I can't think of anything to say. Oh well. Bye.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Scarf" #3

I'm in love with this scarf! It turned out so much prettier than I imagined it would. It's not really what I would call a scarf, but more of a, um, er -- oh, I don't know what I would call it, but it's not just a scarf!


This is how the back of it looks. It's like those scarves that you see that are called spiral scarves or corkscrew scarves. In fact, I saw one in a catalog last night that was not nearly as pretty or large as this one and they were asking $85 for it!

This one cost me about $3.50. That's right -- $3.50! It took less than 2 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver that cost me $2.17 each. I started making this at 3:00 yesterday afternoon and probably worked on it 4 hours yesterday and 3 hours today.


Here it is all spread out on my table.

You can find the pattern HERE.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Scarf #2

Here's the second scarf I finished yesterday. It's a little bit shorter than the other because I ran out of yarn. I used some that I found at an antique mall a couple of weeks ago. I don't know what kind it is because there was no wrapper. I used THIS pattern. It's easy and goes fast.

Here's a picture that shows the pattern much better. Wish the yarn showed up better. It has a gold sparkle to it that's so pretty, which is the whole reason I bought it. It just doesn't show up in pictures.

I did nothing else over the weekend except sleep. I sure didn't cook or bake anything fun, which reminds me...

Nutrisystem Day 13: I've lost 5.8 lbs as of this morning. I'll take it. For those of you that have asked, the food is really good for the most part, but it is NOT EASY. You still have to use willpower and whatever else works for you when you want to eat what you can't have. You don't sit around eating chocolate and burgers like they imply in some of their commercials, you have to buy and prepare your own vegetables and fruits, and you will have LOTS of gas, which is uncomfortable and even painful. The good thing is that you don't have to prepare or plan meals (unless you're going to cook for your family, which I would not recommend if you want to stay on this). It's a very structured plan, which is what I need.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Back to Basics

I thought I'd do some basic stuff this weekend to try and get my crochet groove back. I'm making a couple of scarves and managed to make a whole one without screwing it up! Woo-hoo! Here's the first one:


Here's a link for the pattern: Free "Bumpy Scarf" Pattern I made the 3-color version using Red Heart light gray and black and ILTY in dark raspberry. I followed the pattern exactly for hook size and beginning chain length....easy & fun.

I'll most likely finish the next one tomorrow. It's about 1/4th of the way done now. See you then. Ta-ta.

Friday, August 14, 2009

You're Just Super

Oh, man. That is a dorky title.

I can't believe not one single person called me a weirdo super-mindfreak or anything the other day when I said those balls of light in that picture were my relatives. But I know you were thinking it. You people are too nice to me. I expected at least one of you to make fun of it or at least comment, but you all just read it and let it go just like you do when I'm having a freakout about something and shoot my mouth off and cuss and just generally act like a heathen around here. I love you, man!

I just have a little tiny bit of work to finish this morning and then I'm free as a bird. Well, sort of. My cleaning lady is coming today so I'll be dog-sitting. I may just put them in the bedroom and run out and do a little shopping. We're going to Casino Night at the clubhouse where my mom and dad live, and I might buy a new shirt to wear or something. That's right. We're hanging out with wild & crazy, gamblin' senior citizens! I'll take them over people our own age any day.

Last time we went, there were some really drunk people by the end of the night. But they're all so old and use to drinking that nobody acted like an ass. They just kind of stumbled around with red eyes and slurred speech being sweet. Not everybody was drunk mind you, but there were a few.

Y'all have a great Friday, m'kay?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

No More Mrs. Nice Guy

Someone needs to take my crochet hooks away and put me in a crochet time-out.

I discovered today, after starting the Sweet Pea Shawl over again in thread yesterday, that the shawl that I had half-finished and completely frogged yesterday was done correctly after all! And after doing it another way yesterday (with thread, no less), I had to rip all that out so I could do it the way I did the first time. Are you following me? It's okay if you're not. The gist of it is I'm just running around in circles over here. Don't mind me. I'll get dizzy and fall down soon. Good Lord.

I managed to get a heck of a lot of work done today, but even more than that came in. Yippee! she said sarcastically. What recession? After being warned of a big slow-down in work, it never happened. After reducing our rates to accommodate some clients with supposed waning resources, turns out we didn't need to. We screwed ourselves by being nice and trying to avoid something that didn't exist.

I'm not bitching...I'm just saying. Don't be nice when it's business, people! Be cutthroat and ruthless! It's dog eat dog! People will accept your generosity knowing full well they don't need it if it'll save them a buck. Don't volunteer anything! At the very least, make them ask, no beg! And then only give them half of what they want. Those are my rules from now on. Play or go home, bitches.

End of rant.

I dyed my hair today and it came out really red. That's okay because it fits my mood.

One more week until the new Ghost Hunters season starts! I can hardly wait. Tori & Dean ended already, and there's nothing to watch now.

Sorry, that's all I've got. How pathetic. Bye.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I forgot to say:

Nutrisystem Day 8: I cheated last night and ate 6 Hershey's Kisses. I feel better today about everything. I'm sure it's the chocolate. Chocolate = Love = Necessary Sometimes

I'm back on track today.

Crochet Lingo Lesson

I just spent the last few minutes ripping out another few hours of crochet work. I had started the Sweet Pea Shawl a couple of months ago and was about half-way finished with it. I picked it up to finish it this morning, and discovered that it was done wrong. What's the matter with me lately? Can I not pay attention to anything?

Example of Sweet Pea Shawl

Anyway, so I frogged the whole thing. "Frogging" is a crochet term that means you ripped the stitches out of something and rewound the yarn. (Rip it, rip it, rip it, and rewind the yarn. Sounds like ribbit, ribbit, ribbit, like a frog. Hence, the term Frog or Frogging.)

I have a few other WIPs in there. (Works-in-Progress or Work-in-Progress, another crochet term.) I guess I'll go pull something else out and finish it. Hopefully, I won't discover another project that has to be frogged.

One thing I know is in there is the Half-Moon Shawl. I snagged both of these pictures from Ravelry.com so you could see what they look like.


Half-Moon Shawl

Mine isn't done in this color. I used some Caron Simply Soft in Persimmon that I got on a clearance sale for next to nothing. It's kind of a cross between a peach and rose color.

I have to record a Webcast between 1:00-2:00 today and then transcribe it. I'm sure the subject is something terribly interesting like international tax laws or something. Fun-fun!

Later, taters.

Monday, August 10, 2009

My New Friend

I'm such a shut-in I've taken to ordering my friends over the Internet. Ha-ha-ha. But really, I'd like to introduce you to Milady. I'm so excited to have her here!


Isn't she pretty? I just love her.

And do you see those two balls of light that showed up in this picture? The biggest one is in the purple flowers on my desk, and the other one is on the far right-hand side and looks like a spot on the wall. The biggest one is my Granny, and the other one is my Aunt Pick. Aunt Pick was actually bigger than my Granny in real life, but I guess she was being shy today. They were both very excited when I put Milady together and dressed her up. I guess they never had a dress form when they were alive. (For some reason they didn't show up in the first picture I took with the exact same lighting, same position and everything.)

I'm not doing anything today. I have no work scheduled until tomorrow, and I don't feel like crocheting after having a hard time with it over the weekend. I had to rip out nine rows of the shawl I'm working on. Did I already tell you that? Maybe I did. Anyway, I don't even want to look at crochet for a couple of days at least.

Nutrisystem Day 7: I lost 2 measly pounds! I'm pissed and very discouraged today. I have plenty of reason to quit with the stomach aches (I think it's gas from all the veggies, but it could be my ovaries acting up. I hope it's not the latter. It's what I thought was maybe a bladder infection last week, but now I don't think that's it.) and the headaches and now with the itty-bitty weight loss. And I'm hungry and cranky. I'm not quitting, but I'm sure going to bitch and moan.

Goodbye.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Beau Rose Fleurs!

I suddenly speak French since I saw that movie yesterday. Weird.

My Crepe Myrtles are in full bloom. Aren't they beautiful? This is just one of them in the front yard. I have two in the front yard and one giant one in the backyard that are all this same color. I have a Dwarf Crepe Myrtle in the sideyard that is purple.



If you look closely, you can see Abby in that last picture, top-center. I didn't know I had captured her in this picture, and I have no idea why she is in the street.
I love my Crepe Myrtles almost as much as my Rosemary.

Friday, August 07, 2009

My Friday So Far

I just got back from the movies. My mom, sister, and I went to see Julie & Julia. It was entertaining and good. I'm not a fan of Meryl Streep, but she did a good job playing Julia Childs.

Nutrisystem Day 4: It's going well and I haven't cheated one bit. I took my breakfast bar and an apple with me to the movies since it started at 10:45 am. I ate the bar but not the apple. I stopped at Starbucks on the way and snuck in a Venti Passion Iced Tea with three Splendas. I'm only weighing once a week, so I won't know how much I've lost until Monday morning. I know I've at least lost some water weight because I can see it in my face. No headache as of 2:00 today. I hope that part is over.

I wore my möbius to the movies over a green tank top with jeans. I thought it looked cute. My sister said she liked it and asked me to make her one too.

I'm going to go crochet on The Shawl some more. Hope you have a good Friday.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

It's Official...

I'm an idiot.

Oh my goodness y'all. I'm losing it. I just got up from a nap and came in here to read a few blogs. I've been contributing to another blog here: Grannies & Ripples This blog is crochet stuff only, specifically granny and ripple patterns, hence the name. When I just went there to read, there was an idiotic entry by me that was supposed to have been posted here! I had posted it earlier in the day and didn't look at it like I normally do after I posted it. I had inadvertently posted in the wrong place.

The gist of the entry was that I have a headache again, only I went on and on like I sometimes do. All of those ladies were probably going, "Who cares? Who is this idiot?" They are probably gathering at Town Square with torches to hunt me down and kick me out. Okay, maybe that's exaggerating a little.

But I was totally horrified when I saw it and immediately scrambled to delete it and apologize. Gawd! I really do need to pay more attention. Maybe I just need to get somewhere and be quiet for a few days. Like I always say to my dogs, "Get somewhere and lay down!"

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A Meme

Bev tagged me with this little meme:


Here are the rules:

1. Collect the book you have most handy.
2. Turn to page 161.
3. Find the 5th complete sentence.
4. Cite the sentence on your blog.
5. Pass it on to five other blog friends.

This is Bev's sentence: "And yet . . . I couldn't help but remember how easily, effortlessly, Halcyon had snapped the chains once before." (From Mona Lisa Blossoming.)


Here is mine: "'What is it?' I asked, and I heard myself sounding terrified." (From An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris)

Dang it...mine wasn't very interesting, was it? And the crowd yelled, "Boo!"

And the three people I am tagging for this:

Patsy
Janis
Faith

Are you sad for me because I don't have more blogging friends? Don't be. I have more, but they are not the type to participate in these kinds of things, at least I don't think so. I could be wrong. So don't get your feelings hurt that I didn't tag you. And for those I am right about, you're welcome!

Holy Shit Batman!

Look at the big hunk of hair I just "accidentally" cut off the top of my head!! I actually screamed when I did it. And then I laughed as I stood in front of the mirror and looked at it in my hand.

You see, I had the scissors out first, and then I took out the thinning shears to thin out the hair on top of my head so that it would have more volume. I have very thin, limp hair. The thinning shears work great to make my hair stand up a little and have more body up there...EXCEPT WHEN YOU INADVERTENTLY PICK UP THE SCISSORS INSTEAD AND TAKE A BIG WHACK AT IT! Gah!

Do you know how long I've worked and waited for my hair to get some length? Do you? DO YOU?

And I can't go stress-eat anything because I'm on this damn diet!

AND -- I have a headache due to lack of caffeine!

AND AND -- I just generally feel like shit! (Here's Too Much Information For Ya: I think something is wrong with my urethra! It hurts! More on that another time, maybe...but probably not. Are you horrified that I just said that? Do women even have a urethra? I think they do. But if they don't, you know what I mean anyway.)

AND AND AND -- My toofie is bugging the crap out of me and I need to go to the dentist soon!

AND AND AND AND, NOW I have a giant bald spot because I'm an idiot and don't pay attention to anything!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Day One

I started Nutrisystem today. I got my food late yesterday afternoon and spent the evening going through it to make sure I got everything and reading the little booklet.

I need to run to the grocery store this morning and get some fruit, veggies, and dairy to supplement the entrees they provide. It should be very simple.

I just had my breakfast: A Chocolate Chip Scone and a Vanilla Yogurt. Not bad. I didn't have a fruit like I was supposed to because I don't have anything. I'll have it as part of my afternoon snack later when I've done the grocery shopping.

I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do about the coffee consumption I'm used to. I can have unlimited coffee, but it doesn't say anything about how, or even if, I can have any creamer in it, and creamer is not listed in the free foods or extra foods. I'm sure I can just count it as part of a dairy serving. Guess I'd better call and find out. I don't even want to cheat a little bit and not count it.

Nothing else is happening today except a little work. I should be done by noon. Not sure what I'll do other than go to the grocery store. Bye.

Monday, August 03, 2009

A Granny Bag!

My new bag is pretty, yes? Yes!
But my poor brain, she is hurting. With all the right sides and wrong sides and folding this way and that, it took me forever to sew it together! I kept sewing sides together and then getting all confused about whether it was right or not and trying to figure out how it was supposed to work and ripping it out. Good lord. I'm an idiot sometimes. It was just three pieces...how hard could it possibly be?

What Will It Be?

These two squares are 12" x 12" each. I have to make a third one today to complete a project I'm working on. I wonder what it will be? Stay tuned. I'm waiting on some instructions for the finishing, but hopefully I'll get a response today so I can finish and show you. If not, I may just have to wing it.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

A Möbius?

What the heck is a möbius, you say? Why, thank you for asking!

This is a Möbius:

I made this over the past three days just crocheting on it a little each day, maybe an hour or a little more each time. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I was a little worried how it was going to look using the yarn I used, but I really like it. I wish you could see the little sparklies in the yarn, but they don't show up in this picture. How pretty would this be over a black dress or strapless top?

I used an I crochet hook and some yarn I already had which was Bernat Baby Coordinates in Natural. It took less than one skein of this yarn to make it. You can see in the picture how much was left of that 431-yard skein. I purchased the pattern from Gourmet Crochet.

P.S. Eli is just fine now. He ate lunch and is playing like usual.

Welcome to this episode of Pet Emergency!

I was refilling my prescription medicine dispenser this morning -- you know, it's that plastic thing with Monday thru Friday on it so that old people, i.e. me, can remember if they've taken their pills each day.

I spilled a particular bottle full of capsules on the kitchen floor and they scattered about. Of course, before I could gather them all up, I turned around just in time to see Eli chewing one up and swallowing it. GAH!

"THAT WILL KILL HIM!" I yelled. "Catch him!"

Much running and chasing and yelling ensued.

Barnaby finally caught him and we stood there blankly staring at each other wondering what to do now that we'd captured him.

I quickly ran to my computer and Googled "Poison Control for Dogs." I called the 800 number and got a series of prompts until a recording came on telling me they wanted to charge $60 on a credit card to continue the call. "You BASTARDS!" I screamed and slammed down the phone.

I then Googled "How to make your dog vomit." A number of sites recommended that you use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. In Eli's case, 1 capful to be repeated in 5 minutes if vomiting does not begin.


I shot the recommended amount down his throat with a syringe. (I always have a syringe handy to administer liquid medicines to my dogs.) We secluded him from the other dogs and sat with him on the bathroom floor. Much tummy rumbling could be heard, but no vomiting occured.

Another dose was administered, and within 1 minute, he began that heaving thing that dogs do just before they vomit. He threw up three piles of vomit which included the contents of the capsule.

Whew! It worked! Trajedy averted.

"I don't feel good, Momma."

If I was a really good blogger friend, I would have taken pictures during the process. I'm sorry I have no vomit pictures for you.

Ah well, maybe next time.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Below is a link with a free Rectangle Granny Pattern like the one I used for the placemats I made. I didn't use this site, but the pattern is exactly the same. The one I have is copyrighted so I'm not suppose to share it. I wouldn't want to get thrown in the slammer.

Rectangle Granny Pattern