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Your sorta-weekly Duncan update! Aug. 12th, 2018 @ 08:11 am
Sorry about last week - we had to skip the visit due to working on the new building...but this week! We spent a good hour with him yesterday. He's looking more and more like a *real* Wolfie now!

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I got PUPPY KISSES!!!!!!!! Lots of them - he's a snuggler!

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Sleepy baby....

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VERY sleepy - you can see how big he's gotten!

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He's got a nice profile.

SG wants to show........oi vey! I've never shown dogs....but horses. Horse shows I know. Political to the max. Expensive. The breeder says dog shows aren't very expensive, but they ARE political. Fun.......well, it may be. We'll see. SG wants to breed.......again, we'll see. *I* just want a Wolfie around the house. :lol:

Gotta skitter - rain is moving in, and I need to be in the Studio.

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It's Photo day! Jul. 30th, 2018 @ 10:54 am
We ran out and saw wee Duncan on Friday - the breeder was taking one of her Danes to a show over the weekend, so...if we wanted snuggles, it had to be Friday. No biggie - the kids and I wanted to hit Ikea, which is in between us and the breeder, so it all worked out.

On Friday, he had 1 eye open! You can see just how much bigger he is now - it takes more than 1 hand to hold him!


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By Saturday evening, he had both eyes open. He's SO CUTE!!!

We spent an hour with him - me snuggling, Himself snapping photos, and Herself cooing at him and the Dane puppies. :lol: We then hit the comic store (Himself scored the new Thrawn novel - it's good. We both read it over the weekend - couldn't put it down. ), then Ikea. I spent Saturday assembling 3 Billys for my Studio, and yesterday tidying up. Then I assembled Herself's new craft desk. Today we started tidying HER studio......the desk in in place and already full. (What can I say - FIL had a bunch of stained glass tools. That are now ON her desk. Eventually we'll get them sorted and in the drawers....for now, we have a path into the house that doesn't involve gymnastics. :rofl:

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Weekly Update... Jul. 23rd, 2018 @ 08:24 am
Looks like I'll be updating weekly, for a while anyway. :lol: Puppy pictures are IMPORTANT STUFF, y'all! I need to share the cuteness!

Duncan at 1 week old. He's now 2 lbs, 9 oz - so he's doubled his weight!

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We didn't visit this week - too much going on here. We are going THIS weekend, though - so you'll have photos that we took (these are from the breeder.)

The boys have been working on the new Studio/gym. Himself is learning how to wire up a house - good experience! He's done all the plugs on his side, and most of the plugs on the gym side. Today he has a few more to do; tonight he and SG are starting on building the panel.

Meanwhile, I've been in the Studio myself. I have another project bag completed - this one is the Swoon Harriet tote bag.

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This is the last of my MHA fabric; I got 2 complete bags out of 1 yard (plus a very, very little left over. Maybe enough to do a coin purse....) Once again, Swoon patterns show how well-written and designed they are; no major problems (well, I did sew the top inside panels in upside down, because the pattern doesn't show which way the pattern should run. No biggie - this is my new knitting bag - but next time I know which way to orient those panels. :lol:). The bag went together nicely - it only took me about 5 hours from printing the pattern to turning off the sewing machine; I did differ in my clasp. The pattern calls for a magnetic clasp; I used a turn lock instead.

The cool thing about the Harriet is the expandable sides. The bag, closed, holds an 8.5" x 11" laminated pattern, my current 2-ball sock project, the completed sock, my darning egg, and a bunch of misc. tools easily. I think I could fit a sweater project in there if I unzipped the sides.

Herself thinks she wants one of these. :lol: We'll see - today I am making a Brooklyn bag. She might just change her mind.........:rofl: (Why, yes - I am knocking out bags recently. I *need* new project bags, and a couple more purses. Plus......Mom wants a bag, and I want to give her few choices of style. Can't really do that without examples, can I? :lol:)

Gotta skitter!

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I give you.....PHOTOS!!! Jul. 18th, 2018 @ 09:54 am
So. We are all giggly-happy over Duncan's arrival. *We* won't get him until mid-September, of course, but the breeder has been happily sharing her photos with us. Since I know y'all are only here for puppy pictures, let's start with him:

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This was the first picture she sent me. Let's all say "Daawwwwwwww...." :lol: Then came these:

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Then we made a trip to visit.....and Herself snapped this one of me and Duncan:

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There is another photo, but I am making a very silly face (I was cooing at him, all right?) so it will NOT be posted. :lol:

After we got home, this appeared in my text messages:

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Moving on before we all succumb to cuteness overload.......I spent most of yesterday in my Studio (finally!) and managed to knock out another purse:

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It's the Swoon Patterns Blanche bag. The fabric is from Spoonflower - expensive, but the ONLY place I could find My Hero Academia themed fabric. I accidentally grabbed an invisible zipper (it was the correct color!), so Uraraka is helping me with the pull. :lol:

And, finally - Herself has a new friend:

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His name is Griff; he's a Joltean (Pokemon) made by an Etsy.com artist named CrypticEnigma. He's AWESOME. Very well made, the fabric is lush and soft and nice, and the artist couldn't be nicer. (Herself has ordered 4 custom plushes from her now......:heh: She's sending up progress shots - she is SO TALENTED!)

Himself and I played a new outdoor game this AM - Recoil. Basically, laser-tag. With air strikes. He beat me handily, but it was fun.

Gotta skitter - Himself has a doc appointment, and he wants to take us out to lunch. Laters!

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We are with Wolfhound..... Jul. 15th, 2018 @ 02:25 pm
Duncan (working name) was born early early this morning. He and his 4 sisters are doing well, as is Mom. We ran out to peek this morning - oh my goodness is he the tiniest bit of Wolfhound I’ve ever seen! I did get to cuddle him - youngest puppy I’ve ever snuggled.

The breeder thinks he’ll look like Dad (who looks like Bree).....so, I have another blonde. But a BOY!!

Pics will be forthcoming - I have a couple on my phone. He’s the biggest of the 5, and the only non-brindle.

Mom demanded some pats, then ignored us. :lol: so did Dad - I got leaned on. And licked.

Hope your day is going as well as ours!

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» Happy July!
Not much going on here. It's Hot, it's dry.....except it's about to rain right now. :lol:

Haven't done anything in the Studio in...about a month and a half. There are 2 window A/C units in front of my ironing board, so pressing is out, and there's no reason to sew if I can't press as I go. Can't weave, because there is a lot of stuff that needs rehoming in front of my bench......so I've been in the house, doing not much of anything.

Himself's studio/home gym is supposed to be built this week. We hit Ikea yesterday to get ideas on furniture for Himself's side, and a TV stand for the gym. We purchased our workout equipment over the 4th, so we will be ready to go soon. I hope. :lol:

Wolfhound update - 5 puppies, due 7/14. I am hopefully looking forward to this......IF there's a boy, he's coming home with me. We have a short-list of names; Duncan and Connor are at the top. So far. (I do have a list of girls names, as well, just in case....but I want a boy this time.)

Not much else to report - I'll check back in later!

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» I think we'll survive....
First off, thank you EVERYONE that has kept us in your thoughts/prayers. It's been.....tough. Thank you for helping us.

Let me see....

Families can be...tough. We had some drama....but I am trying to ignore it. The Estate was to be split 3 ways, with the kids splitting 1 share (their dad's, basically. 3 kids in the family. I was honestly surprised that the kids were included, even though SG told me I shouldn't be. :shrug: I am VERY grateful!) BIL said we could all go thru and take what we wanted, with the understanding that Herself got ALL the stained glass components (not the finished stuff, but the glass/tools/etc. Apparently, I was the only one that didn't know she got the glass as well as the tools.....Surprise! :lol:) Ended up that 1 family member basically stripped the house of everything worth something.......including a couple of first edition books. :sigh: It's only stuff.....the only thing that hurt was 1 of the beds - it had been left to Herself, and EVERYONE knew it. We talked it over - we have NO room - and SHE decided it should be included in the Estate Sale, and everyone could get a piece of it. It.....got taken. Oh, well......I think I have Herself accepting it now, but it has been hard. Himself didn't want anything, but I got him some of FIL's things from Lockheed - like the tie tacks representing all the planes he worked on. :lol: And FIL's Navy yearbook.

Anyway - *7* full Jeep loads later (and 1 truck load!), we have all (or, almost all) of the glass and tools here. FIL....well. He'd been doing stained glass since the '90's.....and he had a bit of a....well.....stash problem. AND he was an Engineer.....so he had ALL the THINGS. And now we have all the things......Oy Vey.....We had spent the Tuesday evening after the funeral emptying out Herself's studio, cleaning it up, and painting the floor. Everything was outside, because it's JUNE, and that means HOT and Dry. Only......at 4:00 Wednesday AM, I was awoken by the distant rumblings of thunder. At 5 AM, SG was awoken by a HUGE clap of thunder, and we spent the next 45 minutes frantically hauling stuff back inside, trying to keep it dry. We.....failed, but the kilns and my soap was safely inside before the rain hit. Nothing got ruined, but...what a way to wake up! (The plan had been to bring everything inside Wed. morning, carefully putting it where it belonged, then taking Himself to his therapy appointment. That was a fail!) At least we had room for the glass storage......I thought. :lol: I didn't realize how MUCH glass he had....let's just say that *I* no longer think I have a yarn problem. :rofl: (It got SO bad, that I was yelling at the kids to QUIT opening boxes in FIL's garage. Seriously - every single time we opened a box, there was more glass. Or patterns. Or tools. We now have....8 soldering irons. The man had backups for his backups! :lol: And I'm sure we left some stuff......I have asked that the Estate Sale guy put any glass stuff aside for us, but if he doesn't, oh well. I think we can afford to buy any tools we may have missed. :nods:)

I have been trying to organize.....we have a large filing cabinet full of patterns. We will NEVER need to purchase a pattern...ever. We have tools I don't know what they do. And....I need to learn, because Herself only wanted the scraps for jewelry making, and we have panels. And panels. And large scraps. And did I mention patterns? Because.......yeah. :lol: Guess I have a new hobby.....I have plans. I want to eventually do a panel for our back door.....and transom-type panels for the top of each window in the house. I've been reading - this doesn't look like a difficult hobby. You trace your pattern on the glass, cut it (either with the hand wheel, or a saw - we have both), grind it (have 2 grinders), then foil it, tin it, and solder it. Add a frame (of lead - we have....quite a bit) and hangers, and voila! Done! We're going to start with mosaic stepping stones, so we can learn to cut and grind on pieces that don't...matter so much, then move to sun catchers. Then panels. We just have to get her studio fully organized...which will take some time. And some new furniture - she needs a larger desk to hold the workspace - the table FIL used will be where the saw and grinders live. (He had a HUGE workbench where they lived, but we have no room for that. We can squeeze in a desk, though, along with the table.) He also had a microwave and a microwave kiln for slumping glass.....:whee!:

And.....I think we are with puppy. I found a breeder not too far away that has a litter of Wolfhounds due 7/10. The sire....is closely related to Bree. :sob: and :lol: We visited them Sunday, and he is a HUGE love bug. The mom-to-be was a little more aloof than other Wolfies I've met, but I figure it's due to the pregnancy. She's got the more classic, bulkier/chunkier build than Bree (and the sire) had - which is actually what I want this time. And I want a boy. I told the breeder I'd be there the day after the litter arrives to put the deposit down; I didn't want to put down a non-refundable deposit and then not get a boy. :sigh: IF this works out, we'll be bringing the laddie home on or about Sept. 18......:fingers crossed: I miss my Wolfie......

Think that brings us almost up to date.

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» I think I HATE 2018...
because we are gong to have to say goodbye to Brianna today. She's 8. And an Irish Wolfhound. She's been having hip problems for a while....Saturday she could no longer stand on her own. Yesterday, she could no longer walk more than 2 or 3 steps.

We have a vet appointment at 1:45......and my heart is breaking.

I don't know if I can live without a wolfhound....and I don't know if I can live with one, either, knowing our time will be short.

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» We are here...
The funeral was yesterday. I was teary-eyed but holding it together until the Military Honors at the graveside....Taps did me in. :sob:

Next week we will be helping SIL with the house. This week I was BIL's assistant, trying to get the ball rolling on everything. He's the executor, but has no experience, so I was offering my limited advice. We have an attorney, the life insurance is in process, and we're waiting on the death certificates to do everything else.

The bulk of property will be sold, of course. They had....well. 60+ years in the same house. Both crafty, both collectors. So...yeah. Not looking forward to this.......

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» Devastated
Was going to share baby goat pics - buckling born last Tuesday - but. My FIL died this morning as he was leaving church. Both kids are basket cases - especially Herself. BIL and I will be at the funeral home tomorrow to start making arrangements.

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