Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Another day

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the movies with a group from church -- we went to see "The Help" after most of us had read the book -- fabulous book, and movie -- don't miss it.  Anyway, after the movie, we went to lunch, so I was gone about 6 hours (I live a half an hour from the next big city which is where my church and the theatre is!).  I came home to this:
This is the back door going out to the garage.  That's the very nice trim on the side of the door and the mess all over the rug.  My dog, who is 11 years old, btw, not a puppy, did this.  He also pulled stuff off the shelf of the bench next to the door, tore up a couple of throw rugs and generally made a very large mess.  (He wrecked the trim on the same door last year after Bill died -- everyone said he missed Bill --I said I missed him too, but I don't go around eating the woodwork!).  Needless to say, the dog is now being put into his kennel whenever I leave the house.  I had my brother fix the woodwork the last time this happened, but I get kinda tired of having to ask people to do all these things that Bill used to do.  So, Saturday I took both pieces of trim off the sides of the door, and put them in my car.  Yesterday I went to Home Depot, got two new pieces of trim to match, but they wouldn't cut the angle at the top of the trim, so I stopped at my brother's on the way home, and he cut the angles for me!  Today, I stained both pieces out in the shed.  (Thankfully, we still had a can of the same stain we used on the rest of the woodwork).  I'll let them dry a couple of days, then varnish them with the same varnish we used and then will attempt to put them back!....I am woman, hear me roar!

I also spent a few hours yesterday and today working on the yard and gardens.  I'm making some headway with the weeding; I've had to rake the grass the last few times it's been mowed -- some areas grow faster than others and it just looks tacky to leave all that grass laying there.  I pulled one tomato plant up and all the beans (and picked the last of the beans as I did) and cleaned up the vegetable garden.  I've got some pretty tall weeds in the asparagus bed (as tall as the asparagus ferns get and more), so I'm working on that slowly each day.  Last week I planted a bunch of mums up by the house and down by the road -- hoping to get things looking good for fall.  And this afternoon I pulled some of my fall quilts out and started putting them up.  I know it's not officially fall for a month yet, but I needed a change!  This is one of my favorite scarecrow quilts from a few years back.
And this little pumpkin quilt is still a favorite of mine.  It was a quick design by Kay Steinmetz after a workshop she gave a lot of years ago at guild.  I took the pattern home and whipped up the quilt the next day.  So much fun to do and I still love to hang it in the hallway or the kitchen every year.
The plan tomorrow is to do some more appliqueing with Kris, and of course lunch out!

'Til next time....


Melody said...

Sorry about your trim! Good for you for learning to do it yourself; I should learn from your example! I would guess that he is just acting out since he is sad too, and a kennel sounds just right to me too. Dogs are wonderful most of the time but a big pain sometimes! Good luck with everything!

McIrish Annie said...

We had a dog that did the same thing if we were gone for extended periods of time. It's because he is lonely and misses you.

Good for you doing it yourself! and i'm with you on the fall stuff. i'll be pulling it out right after labor day. i'm ready for a change too.