Monday, July 27, 2009

How was your weekend?

I can't believe it is Monday already. The weekend went by so quickly. Too quickly.
I did manage to get some stitching in. And I have actually finished the stitching on both my exchange pieces! Now to finish them off so I can get them in the mail before the deadline which is this Saturday. I know, I know, nothing like waiting until the last minute. (Sigh.)
Of course I had good intentions of starting the two pieces while I was on vacation. Now I realize that was not very realistic. I'll know better next year. I hope. I so enjoy exchanges. Getting stitched things from someone who stitched it just for you. And stitching something for someone else. I think I enjoy choosing the right pattern more than the stitching itself.
Speaking of exchanges I received my ornament from the BBI yahoo group Christmas in July ornament swap. Mine came from Charlene in SC. Isn't it beautiful? I love it. Thank you very much Charlene for this. It is perfect and I can't wait to hang it on my tree. Now this exchange was a secret and, no, Charlene is not my partner. I won't say who since I haven't mailed her ornament yet. Soon.
And I found another exchange to join! This one is a Little House Needleworks design exchange. One of my absolute favorite designers!! I can't wait. If you would like to participate the blog is located here (LHN Exchange Group) and if I read it right you have until tomorrow (Tuesday the 28th--my niece's birthday! Happy Birthday Val!) to sign up.
As you can see Rory is getting bigger. He is up to 40 pounds already. Our handling class went well last week. He stands very well. The moving part is another story. Rory wants to bounce, jump and run instead of the nice pacing at my side. We have worked on it all week and we'll see if there is any improvement tomorrow night. He is doing well in basic obedience as well. Though we still have to work on his pulling on leash and his tendency of jumping on people.



So I'll leave you all with an amusing Rory tale. This past Friday morning I ended up chasing him around the backyard to take away the dead mouse he found. Yuck! I did and of course he really wanted it back. Not happening. As I am trying to hold the dead thing by the tippy tip of its dead tail Rory is jumping higher and higher to try and reach it. All this just minutes before I had to leave to catch my train to work. Needless to say the adrenaline was pumping Friday morning. :) Then this am was another new one. I was getting my lunch together and heard a thump behind me. I turn and there is Rory on TOP of the kitchen table!! (The thump was a book falling off.) I guess he figured that Rosie (the cat) is allowed up there so he must be too. NOT. I guess we will have to work on that one as well.

So until next time...........................
Love and stitches,
Kathy
and licks from Rory too

21 comments:

Alice said...

Pretty ornament you received there Kathy. ; ) Animals can be so funny and I can just picture Rory on the kitchen table. Well you allowed him to climb on the coffee table so he reckons the kitchen table is the next step up lol. I am afraid the rules in your house might have to change. Must be confusing for the fella to see the cat get away with it though. Animals are just like children and I cannot say it enough. Such copycats ...in this case a copydog!!! You are still going to miss all those surprises.
Hugs
Alice

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

Congrats on finishing your exchange stitching. Rory will get it all eventually. I know how to stop the cat from jumping up on counters and tables but not a big dog LOL. Have fun, CJ ok;-)

Ranae said...

Beautifu exchange ornie you received.
Rory is so funny

5 Foot Runt said...

Aww, what a cute pooch. Love you ornie!

Nancy said...

Glad that you enjoy your exchanges so much. I've found I don't like the pressure! LOL Rory is so *pretty*, don't tell him I said that. Boys aren't pretty! Good luck with the obedience. I tried with my mini schnauzer. Got most down except the leash pulling....never mastered that one.

Vonna said...

Look at Rory, acting like a good boy!
What a pretty ornament to receive!

Libbie said...

Hi Kathy I haven't commented before, and I must say, your Rory is such a beautiful boy. I always remember reading Dodie Smith's 'One Hundred and One Dalmations' Where the Dalmations are discussing an Irish Setter who is helping them. There take on the whole situation is that Irish Setters are 'feather tail, feather brain' not very complimentary. Every Irish I've ever met has had quite a good brain :D

Carolyn NC said...

Beautiful ornament! Love the Rory stories - wow has he grown!

Deborah said...

Rory is such a good boy!!

Kristin said...

What a beautiful boy you have. Love the little ornie!

Sherry said...

Rory is growing so fast and getting more beautiful every day! I love the ornie! The new LHN exchange sounds like fun! I can't wait to see what all you do and get for it!

Shelley - ILCS said...

Rory is absolutely adorable in that second pic! Too funny about the jumping on the table. Hey, if the cat can why can't I, don't blame him for trying, lol! Your ornie is adorable.

Debra said...

Too funny about chasing Rory for a dead mouse.

sales said...

I love the ornament. I am sure your exchange partner will like their's too! I love Rory! What a goof! I have a boarder collie who would always jump on the outside table. One little jump and up she went. Silly dogs.
heidi-ILCS

Meari said...

Funny but not funny about Rory's latest adventures, LOL.

Nice ornie you recieved. Looking forward to seeing your future exchanges, Kathy.

Carissa said...

Kathy, the ornament is lovely and Rory sounds JUST like a child!

Siobhan said...

Beautiful ornament!! LOL at Rory hopping up on the table. LOL--he looks like butter wouldn't melt in his mouth! ;) He is so adorable. Give him some cuddles for me--I am SO missing my pup right now!

Anna van Schurman said...

We had Stella on a Gentle Leader and she still pulled. Then, we just did what they tell you in class: walk with the treats in your hand and praise and reward them when they take a couple of steps by your side. Makes a short walk long (and costs a fortune in treats) but she's very good on the leash now...until we take off the gentle leader. Sigh. Have you tried cheese as a reward? That seems to motivate Stella. Also, remember a tired dog is a good dog. Good luck. I was glad Stella was preowned when she was chewing on a dead mouse last week. She dropped it on command.

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Cindy F. said...

HA! Too funny finding Rory on the table!! But look at that face...how can you refuse him anything??..lol...

Sweet ornie you've received!!

CindyMae said...

Catching up here! That is a gorgeous ornie!! Catching Rory on the table . . . that brings back some memories!! LOL He just looks so handsome in the pics!!