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
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!)
Until next time...............
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too.