Tuesday, June 8, 2010

An exchange and the further adventures of Rory

Okay, lets start this posting with a little bit of stitching. And I do mean a little bit. Most of the stitching I did get done this past week is for upcoming exchanges.

I do have one exchange finish that I can now show. It is the Lizzie Kate Spring Fob kit. The kit included the linen and the teeny tiny scissors to match. I finished it off a a scissor keeper. My first attempt at this type of finishing. It is now at it's new home with Roberta, my exchange partner. And since I couldn't get my fat fingers in the tiny scissor holes and they came with the kit I sent her the scissors too. I have pretty bad arthritis in my fingers. My Mother's legacy. At least that is what I have always called it. I rarely let my hands stop me from what I love to do but those large knuckles with all the extra calcium build up do put limits on some things. Sigh.


Jax, Maddy and Rory

Now on to the important part of this post. The further adventures of Rory. A new Rory story. This weekend Rory discovered GIRLS! Read on.




Above: Maddy, Jax and Rory
Maddy and Rory

Like I mentioned earlier we spent this past weekend in Massachusetts. Which is also the home of his breeder and her friends ( and my new friends) and lots of Rory's cousins and other family members. Rory and I were invited to stay with Joanne, a new friend of mine, who also has two Irish setters. One is a male, Jax, who is two months older than Rory and the other is Jax's mother, Maddy, who is 5 years old. Rory and Jax had lots of fun running and chasing each other, playing and jumping on one another.


Rory and Jax


And then came Maddy. Now Rory has not had close contact with another female since he left his siblings. I mean sure he has briefly sniffed a few at dog shows but never off leash. This was his first time and, boy oh boy, was Rory impressed with her. She let him have a good sniff and he was hooked! He followed Maddy round and round and round. Of course she would just get so tired of him that she would snarl and snap, telling him to BACK OFF. Did he listen? Maybe for a few seconds and then he was right there stalking her again. My friend and I laughed so hard the tears were rolling.












Poor love sick Rory. Wearing his heart on his paw. Picture a teenage boy with his very first serious crush on an older woman. I think these photos can give you an idea. Not sure how I got them since I was laughing so hard.

"Romeo and Juliet"
Besides the shows, which seemed to be a side note to the weekend, what with Rory discovering the fairer sex ( and constantly being told off by his "Juliet"), the other highlight of Rory's adventures were the ferry rides to the shows and home. Yes, ferry rides. I live on Long Island, NY, and we went to Foxboro, MA, (Home of the New England Patriots). Rather than drive west to get off Long Island and then east through the Bronx and along the Connecticut coast to Massachusetts I went to the east end of Long Island and took the ferry across the Sound to Connecticut. What a fun ride. Especially since the ferry company allows you to bring your dog on the decks and even into one of the large cabins. Rory had a blast and some really positive experiences with smaller children. Another new experience for him since none of my younger nieces and nephews live near us.

The best and funniest incident on the ferry was the one with two small girls, ages 2 and 6. They entertained Rory and I for almost 30 minutes. The littlest one was darling. She had me, her father and all the passengers near us in stitches. Playing with her "camera" and telling Rory to say "Cheese!" Their father watched and took a ton of photos of Rory and his girls. He even emailed some to me! I just love the one of Rory saying "Cheese!" (With my help of course!)

"Say Cheese"

I have been entering Rory in more shows and it looks like July is going to be one busy month! I better start resting up. Now I'm off to try and catch up on my blog reading and see what you all have been up too.

Until next time...............

Love and stitches

Kathy
and licks from Rory too.

33 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

Great stitching! Love the pics of the lovelorn Rory following his amour around! Poor baby (I'm not sure which one I mean!) Great pics!
And such a beautiful scissor keep!

Shari said...

poor Rory.....meets his love & has to leave her! Too cute!!
And that little girl is precious! How sweet of her daddy to send you the pictures!

Meari said...

Ha... The story about Rory discovering girls is too funny!

I have that fob kit, too. I'll be stitching it up once I get a few things finished.

Barb said...

Lovely scissor keep there Kathy,Oh dear the pangs of young love. I think the one on the stairs is Brilliant, looks as if Maddy is saying "Come up and see me sometime just not now!!" Your post is such a happy one to read thankyou for making me smile and to the star of the show a special UK hug.
Thanks for the comment on my blog I am not sure how to do that e mail back thing. DUR!! hugs Barb

Margaret said...

Love the exchange piece you made! And Rory's adventures! What fun! Poor Rory being all love sick. He probably suffered, but it's just so cute! And the ferry ride too! Rory is making friends all over -- and you too! Good luck with all the upcoming shows.

April Mechelle said...

Lizzie Kate Spring is cute !!! Poor love sick Rory. Funny... Cute pictures !!!

Kristin said...

I love the story about Rory's "Juliet"...too cute.

Berit said...

Adorable! I love the pic of Rory and "Juliet" on the stairs! roflol!

SocksAndMittens said...

wonderful story! and I love your stitching!

Donna said...

I would have never thought of finishing that fob off that way! So very, very cute!
And Rory. Poor lovesick Rory. Well, what will be will be. Great pics!

Emily said...

A girl, don't you think he is a bit young, and an "older" one to boot. That was a great story, hope he has better luck next time.

Blu said...

Rory and his woes are too funny! Better luck next time, Rory~

Very cute stitching.

Alice said...

Such a cute finish Kathy. Its quite something to see Rory and friends together. I could pick the girl out a mile away and it was clear Rory liked her......ok, loved her. : )) So cute how children connect with animals.
Alice
xxx

Katri said...

What a cute fob, such lovely, bright colours!

I can picture Rory with Maddy so well; I've seen the same happen with my dog, when he meets my uncle's Belgian Shepherd... Though when we're at their place, he obeys quite well if she tells him to back off, but if they meet at our summer house, he doesn't listen to her at all. :-)

Hazel said...

Beautiful scissor case. The dogs are so lovely. Thanks for sharing. x

Trecie said...

The stories about Rory were so cute. Loved the pictures. Will look forward to hearing all about his shows in July.

Katrien said...

the scissor fob looks great.
Love the story about Rory :)

sales said...

Your exchanges were beautiful. Poor Rory, some day mayhe get his girl :)
Heidi-ILCS

KarenV said...

Your exchange piece is really pretty! Love Rory and his girlfriends, so cute!

omashee aka Barb said...

Poor "Rorymeo"! First love, there's no stopping him now! Kathy, I love your blog and Rory Stories. Looking forward to your summer adventures.
Great finish on your exchange piece. I'm going to have to bite the bullet someday soon and try one.

Cindy's Stitching said...

The scissor keep is so pretty. What wonderful pictures of Rory and friends. You can tell how much you love your dog.

MaryT said...

Lovely stitching. Poor love lorn Rory;)

Heidi said...

The exchange gift you stitched is just fabulous! What a great job you did on the finishing.

That is so sweet that Rory has a crush! Had to happen sometime as he is just too handsome.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Shelley said...

The scissor case is adorable. I love the bright colors.

Rory, poor love sick Rory, lol!! Too cute.

Siobhan said...

Nice stitching! Sounds like a super fun time. :) Duffy's best friend is a female dog named Angel. She puts up with him following her around with his nose in places I don't think I'd appreciate if I were her! LOL

Mare said...

OMG, too funny! Love the fob and the photos. Sounds like you had a ball!

~*Shar*~ said...

Love your pictures of your "babies" in the pool. LOL thank you for following my blog hun; it made me smile.

Hugs, Sharlene

Carol said...

Awww...poor lovesick Rory--he just can't take his eyes off her can he, Kathy? So sweet...

Your scissor keeper turned out beautifully. Don't know how you do such pretty stitching with having to deal with arthritic fingers!

Lynn said...

What great pics. Rory is a darling. It sounds like you were very busy. Love the scissor keep, nice work. Give Rory a kiss for me.

Mylene said...

Great pictures of Rory and friends. and what a lovely scissor keeper.

Suzanne said...

Lovely exchange gift. Great photos of Rory and his girlfriends.

Nancy M said...

Cute LK scissor case finish! Love the "frisky" Rory photos. I bet he was a busy boy that day. I'm sure he was great with the kids on the ferry too. He's got such a good personality!!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Awesome scissor case - awesome stitching and finishing, too! Poor lovesick Rory!