Monday, March 7, 2011

Birthdays and a winner!

This past weekend was restful and fun. I also had an unexpected three day weekend which made it better. I got up at my usual 4:40 am. (Yeah, I know the butt crack of dawn or, like I told my little nephew, at o' dark o'clock. He thought that was hysterical. But then he is only 6 yrs old.) Did all my normal work day things. Played with Rory and let him run a bit. At 6:30 I go to the car to drive to the train and back out of the drive. I drive about 20 feet and think that, gee, the car feels odd. Get out and look. Another flat tire! It seems like I have had more flats in this past year than I have in thirty! By the time I call AAA and they come. Go to the tire store who put on that very tire four months ago and then get a train it would be late afternoon before I got to work. So I just stayed home. Made Rory's day.



Since Saturday was Rory's actual Birthday I gave him one of the two doggie birthday cookies that I had bought him. Sunday would be his birthday party. Two of my nieces and my 6 yr old great nephew came to have cupcakes and ice cream with Rory. Well, really it was Devin who was all excited about coming to Rory's party. Devin and Rory had a blast together. I am still amazed at how wonderful Rory is with Devin. Again, remember, I don't have small children around all the time. So watching Rory run and play with Devin and never jumping up or knocking him down, even by accident, just makes me choke up. You see that is how my old girl, Kara, the first dog of my heart, was with children.





Rory and Devin running races together. Rory kept winning.
















Then Devin tried to read Rory a story.

Rory loved his giant birthday cookie. And loved the ice cream more. Now some of you may be wondering about the fabric around his neck. You see show dogs, like Rory, who have long ears need to protect that lovely hair when they eat. Especially since Rory tends to be a bit of a slob. The fabric is called a snood and are easy to make. I decided to make him one just for his birthday. I already have more fabric so I'm sure to be making more. Hmmmmmmm, one for every holiday? Just like his photo collection. What do you think?
Now for a little stitching news. Very little. Even with the nice long weekend I seemed to be so tired and just picking up the needle made me yawn. I did get some more stitched on an upcoming exchange and managed to start the baby sampler my niece picked out for little Alex. No photos yet. Also, back in January it was one of my sister's birthdays. I had stitched her something but it seemed to take forever to finally finish it. Well I did that last week and got it off to her. I think it came out cute. She likes it and has it sitting with the one I made her for Christmas. (I never got a photo of it and she just sent it to me over the weekend. ) That's it for stitching news.

For Christmas: CCNs Home is where your flowers grow.

For my sister's birthday: LK's Sisters Now the moment you have all been waiting for.........................

The winner of my "Thank you" giveaway. A $25 gift certificate to Down Sunshine Lane.
And the winner is............................
Gracie!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gracie's blog is called Needles, pins, and dragonflies. Congratulations Gracie. Do let us know what wonderful stash you get with your gc. I only regret that I am not independently wealthy so I could give each and every one of you a gift certificate. While I love doing giveaways I so hate disappointing people.
Speaking of not disappointing..... Don't forget that I am (or Rory is) drawing names for two more giveaways this coming Saturday, March 12th. Winnners will be announced on Monday. See the previous post for details or to enter. Or just click HERE.
I will leave you with a sneak peak of Rory's St. Patrick's Day photos. I am hoping the weather cooperates for this coming weekend so we can go to the local parade. Should be lots of fun.

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

Love and stitches
Kathy
and licks from Rory too.
PS. Just as I was finishing this post up I received a phone call from my dear, dear friend and BFF, Deborah. Many of my readers know Deborah, from both yahoo stitching groups and her blog, and know about her husband's recent ill health. Deborah's beloved Max passed away this morning and is now at peace with the Lord. Deborah is devastated and will need the support of her stitching friends in the coming weeks. If you can find a moment please send a prayer that she can find the strenghth to get through the next few days. For her blog, click here.

34 comments:

Jessica @BeforeTheDawn said...

Happy birthday Rory!

The snood is a great idea. I noticed in the photos that it hid his ears and figured it was to keep them out of whatever he's eating. I need one for my daughter. (LOL!) Looks like he had a wonderful day!!

The St. Patrick's photos of Rory are so cute!!

gracie said...

Oh I am so excited...thank you Rory...! I see that your birthday party went well. How adorable you play and sit with Devon! I also want to thank you Kathy the GC...I will let you know as soon as I hear from them. Sorry about your friend's loss...

Ranae said...

Happy Birthday!! Rory!
Party time looks fabulous.
The finishes look great.
Rory is so adorable

Vonna said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Rory :)
He is just the sweetest guy!
And he makes a fabulous leprechaun!

Margaret said...

I love all the birthday pics! Looks like the boys had so much fun together! The St. Patrick's Day pics are adorable too. Love all the stitchy goodness as well.

I'm sorry to hear of Deborah's loss. Please send her my condolences, good thoughts and prayers.

arlette said...

Happy Birthday Rory, it seems you had a blast in your birthday!!!!, wish you many, many more to come, you look gorgeous in your St Patrick's pics. Thank you sooooo much sharing
Me loves Rory <3

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday to Rory! Love all fo his pictures and thanks for explaining what a snood is!

Love your stitchy projects! And Congrats to Gracie!!

So sorry to read of Deborah's loss. Thanks for lettin us know.

Mylene said...

Happy Birthday, Rory!! WOW! such great pictures of you too.

Sorry to hear about your friend's loss, kathy.

EvalinaMaria said...

Happy birthday to Rory and congrats to Graci!

Thank you for letting us know about Max, poor Deborah...

Hazel said...

Lovely pics of Rory. He is such a good dog, I can tell. Congrats to the winner of your giveaway. xx

Deborah said...

Happy Birthday to Rory. Looks like he had a great party. His St. Patty's day pictures are dreat. Sorry about your friends loss.

DJ said...

Happy Birthday Rory!! What a good boy you are, playing so nicely with your Mom's nephew!! You are just so photogenic!! And Kathy...lovely stitching!! Sorry to hear that you and your car are both tired...(Old joke I know but I couldn't resist!) I'll be praying for your friend Deborah. *Hugs*

Lisa V said...

Great photos, looks like Rory had a great time with his little buddy.
Love the stitching finishes too!
Hugs
LISA V

Carissa said...

Sorry about the flat tire Kathy, looks like Rory had a wonderful birthday and "CONGRATS" to the winner of your giveaway!

I saw you post about Max at ILCS. So very sad for Deborah.

Karen said...

Your nephew is just too cute with Rory! Looks like quite the party!

So sorry your friend's loss and will say a prayer for her.

happy stitching....

And This Little Pig said...

Woo Hoo Happy Birthday Rory, who is now a man of 21 and able to drink :o

Here is the calculation It is a common belief that 1 human year is equal to 7 dog years. That is not very accurate, since dogs reach adulthood within the first couple of years.

The formula is: 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after.

Just thought that bit of info might come in handy, seeing as I had it wrong :)

Love Rory's birthday snood. And congratulations Gracie!!!!

So sad hear about Deborah's Max. In my thoughts and prayers.

LiBBiE in Oz

Nancy M said...

I figured it was to keep his ears out of the food, but I can't believe he keeps it on while eating. He lets you do so many things to him that I know I couldn't get my dog to do. He sure looks like he is running full blast outside with your nephew. Nice gifts you gave out. I'm so sorry about Max, but after the last few months, it really sounded like a blessing. I was going to email you to ask about him when I got your email this morning. I have been at my parents for the last few days.

♥ Nia said...

hahaha I love Rory's St. Patrick's Day photos!! :D So pretty in green LOL
Lovely finishes :)
Happy Women's Day ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ*

Mouse said...

Awww Rory looks like he had a blast at his birthday snood an all :0 which is a fab idea :0 ... the pictures with Devin are adorable :)sorry to hear about your friend .... love mouse xxxx

Raven/Missy said...

Happy Birthday Rory!

Congratulations Gracie!

Kathy, your blog is never a disappointment. I always enjoy every post be it about stitching, Rory, dog shows, or anything else! Thank you very much for sharing yours and Rory's life with us on your blog, it is always a great read!

Raven/Missy said...

I am so sorry to hear about Deborah's loss. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

Carolyn NC said...

LOL - I LOVE the look on Devin's face looking towards you while he's trying to read Rory a story - priceless! BD party looks awesome and so is your stitching!

kmaurer said...

I love all your Rory pictures. He is such a well behaved dog, it makes me envious!

He wears his 'decorations' so well!

Astrid's dragon said...

What a wonderful birthday Rory had! More fantastic pictures, I love them all. I really love his snood, I think my MIL needs one for her dog!

We'll say our prayers for your friend, Deborah.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Rory is such a good looking dog. everytime I look at the pictures I smile. Such a ham. Happy birthday to Rory.

Patty C. said...

Great Photos-
Congratulations Gracie !!!

Pauline said...

Oh, Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear about Deborah's loss, I'm going to pop over to her blog after I finish here.

Thanks for posting pics of Rory. The one where he's running with Devin made me smile- Rory takes his running seriously! The others are so cute too. If there's an award for the most entertaining blog involving a dog- you win hands down!

Shari said...

Kathy, your blog always looks so wonderful...sorry I can't stop by more often...
Love the birthday pics of Rory & the little boy!!!
Also love the last one with the bow tie & the green pot!!!!
So sorry to hear about Deborah's husband..will check her blog..I THINK it is one I read...will leave my prayers for her.

Stitchinowl said...

Rory is so cute (as always), especially in his St. Patrick's Day wear! Thanks for sharing the fun birthday photos.
I am so sorry to hear of Deborah's loss.
Carolyn

Rachel S said...

Happy Birthday, Rory! And happy St. Patrick's Day! My condolences to Deborah.

Blu said...

Happy birthday to Rory! Sounds like a great day.

Lovely stitching. Sisters is such a pretty finish!

Siobhan said...

Happy birthday, Rory!! What great pics!

Wonderful stitching AND finishing, Kathy.

Kay said...

Lovely stitching as always! Thanks for sharing those wonderful pics of Rory, looks like his birthday was a nice day! I am sorry to hear of your your friends husband passing away, it is so very hard to have to say goodbye.

Meari said...

A snod? Who'da thunk it? I think you should go for it... one for every holiday. :)

Looks like Devin and Rory had a blast together. Love the photos.

Isn't it great to have sisters who appreciate your stitchy skills? My sister is one of the few family members I will stitch for.