Consider the Lilies..: 2016   

Dec 26, 2016

Antonio, gates, yarn, and I Love Lucy..

Steelers are going to the playoffs!!
(Elaine, the whole post won't be about football, I promise)
We were all dressed appropriately for the game, including Keisel (who is named after a retired Pittsburgh Steelers player).

Last night's game was intense!  Steelers played the Ravens and it was literally down to the last 30 seconds..
Anonio Brown made an amazing catch and an even more amazing touchdown.

He caught it, reached out so the ball broke the plane (while Eric Weddle face masked him) and then pulled the ball back in.  It was crazy!
So Pittsburgh won by 4 points, they are the AFC North champions, are one of only 4 teams to win 600 games, and they are going to the play-offs!

So, Christmas is over (yay!) and we can all go back to normal life again.
I got an awesome gift from Elaine the other day.
2 seasons!  
I'm going to binge-watch them all while I crochet washcloths for her (Elaine, not Lucy. lol) after Clay goes back to work.

Speaking of crochet..
Katelyn's blanket is coming along.
It's folded in half, and the camera doesn't really pick up the color (it's actually teal).
It's almost as wide as I want it to be, then I can start decreasing on one side.  It seems to go faster once I start decreasing.

Something sorta weird is going on..
Someone keeps trying to get into our backyard.  We aren't really sure why though.
One night about a week ago while I was letting the puppy outside,  I (too late) noticed that the gate was open.  Both Buster and Keisel ran out and I had to chase them, which wasn't easy because Buster, who would have come immediately when called but is completely deaf now didn't hear me so he kept walking; and Keisel, who thinks that running away whenever we get close to him when he's outside is a game, kept doing just that.  So it took me a while to catch the puppy and get Buster's attention so he would follow me back into the yard.
Anyway, I thought that maybe Clay didn't shut the gate all the way the last time he walked though it and then I forgot about it.
The next morning the gate was open again.  Ok, so maybe it was the wind, maybe the gate doesn't latch all the way and we need to be more careful about making sure it's secure?
Every day for the past week the gate has been open, and also when we take the dogs out at night (at random times) the gate is open. 
At first we thought that maybe someone was trying to steal the puppy, but then it occurred to us that our neighbor's gate had been left open several times because Sky has caught their dogs wandering around and has put them back in their yard.  So someone is getting into their yard too.
So the other day Clay put a lock on the gate.  Yesterday Sky noticed that someone had tried to force the gate open.
We think it's a peeper.  
The neighbor's wife is pretty young and attractive; and Sky is, well lets just face it, she's a hottie.
So for now, Sky doesn't take her dog outside without her gun and today Clay will be reinforcing the gate. 

We are going homeless hunting today..  We are going to try the park again..  We have a few more bags and blankets to hand out and we are hoping that since it's cold out, there will be fewer Pokemon hunters and more homeless.  
Not that we want there to be homeless people.  We would rather there weren't any at all, but since there are, we would like to find them today :)

Happy Monday!

Dec 16, 2016

More favorite things..

I have new favorite things!
(I also can't think of anything else to blog about)

If you haven't noticed by some my previous blog posts, I really like the Pioneer Woman kitchen stuff.
These are salt and pepper crocks. I keep them by the stove so I can just grab a pinch while I'm cooking.  Super convenient.  
And adorable too :)
I snagged this picture offline because I don't want to get up and go into the kitchen to take a picture, but they look just like these (except mine has pink salt instead of white in it).

My hair got to that awkward length again where I start looking like Javier Bardem from 'No Country for Old Men'.  Seriously..
 So Clay shaved the sides and part of the back and I like my hair again.  
Now I can do funky stuff with my hair, even a mohawk if I want.
Not like Clay's though, we can't all be Clay :)
 Right now this is my favorite hair stuff.

It's not sticky at all, doesn't look wet, and I can comb through it or just use my fingers to tease my hair how I want it.  
It's not heavy like gel and doesn't make my hair all poofy like mousse.  It's really easy to use too.  Just spray it on dry hair, and style.
Easy peazy. 

My next favorite thing..
Elf clear primer.

I got a sample of Smashbox clear primer in the mail a while ago and I loved it but when I ran out and went to buy more I learned that it was $36.00 for one ounce.  
I just can't come to terms with spending that much.
So I ran across the Elf primer at Target.  It was only $6.00 so I figured "what the heck, I'll give it a try".  It works just as well as the Smashbox primer.  
In fact, Clay is at Target right now getting me some more (I ran out this morning).

This puppy.
Oh my gosh, I just can not get over how cute he is. And smart!
But hyper.  Sooo hyper!
Everyone told us that this breed was very active so I was prepared for active.  
I was not prepared for crazy-hyperdrive-active!
He has 20 different toys and he plays with every one of them.  
All. Day. Long.
He learned to fetch the day after we brought him home and he NEVER gets tired of it.
He never walks.  Everywhere he goes, he's running.  
When we take him outside all he wants to do is run, which is ok except when its really cold outside and you want to go back in.  He knows his name and comes when he's called- when he's indoors, but when he's outside he pretends like he doesn't know his name or can't hear us.  I guess we are going to have to start some obedience training..

My new artwork..

Ok, it's not really new.  I posted a picture of the doodle Elaine made me a couple blog posts ago, but now it's in a frame!  And I think it's the coolest doodle ever.
Yeah, I have framed Star Trek stamps (thanks Z!) too.  Don't judge me..

The Insanity of God..

It's out on dvd.  I've had it preordered since I saw it in the theater.  I've read the book twice and watched the dvd twice (so far).
For real, if you are a Christian you really need to watch this.
And if you're not?  Maybe you should watch it too.
Life changing.
Not even kidding.

My favorite yarn..

Well, my favorite brand of yarn.  Lion Brand Landscapes.
They have several different colors, this one is called Apple Orchard.
I took a break from Katelyn's blanket and made another scarf for Elaine.
I love how it works up, and it's so soft!

Yummy tea..
Sky ordered this for me.  It's really good!
I love The Republic of Tea company.  
I learned about them when a friend of mine told me about a tea called Mrs. Padmore's tea.  It was a tea from their Downton Abbey line (I like the Downton Legacy tea the best).
Anyway, Sky gave me some 'Earl Greyer' tea and this 'Comfort and Joy' tea which I wasn't sure I would like because it has cinnamon and apples in it.
I don't love fruit, or the smell of cinnamon (long story) but I love this tea!
I'm going to be sort of bummed when I run out.
Hopefully they will have it again next year.

The Crown
It's a new series on Netflix.  I finished the last episode yesterday.
It's so good!

Ok, that's all I can think of. 
I know, lame post.  Sorry.

Dec 4, 2016

We had fun but it sucked..

Last night Clay and I went to the Ballet.  We bought tickets for the Nutcracker months ago and I was super excited..  
I even wore earrings!

Dinner was amazing.  I was going to take pictures, but it looked so yummy that I forgot.
We went to one of my favorite restaurants; Pig and Finch.
I always order the espresso rubbed pork shoulder. But Clay ordered the pork chop.
I was thinking that he would be disappointed, I mean who goes to a restaurant and orders a pork chop?  Let me tell ya, it was the best pork chop I ever had!

So then to the Orpheum..  
The show was by the Nebraska Ballet company.
Now don't judge me for being too snobbish, but when I saw that it was a local company I had some trepidations.  They are a professional dance company in the sense that they do performances and get paid for it; but not in the 'this is what they do for a living so dancing is all that they do' sense.
And it shows..
It was horrible.  The people sitting next to me didn't even com back after the first act.
There were several changes that were pretty dumb, like a Rat Queen instead of a Rat King. Then they tried to make the show cute and comical and it just didn't work..
The girl who played Clara was an actual girl, maybe 12 years old, and she danced pretty well for a 12 year old, but not well enough to star in a production at the Orpheum.
There were cute parts too, like this little girl dressed like an angel. Her make up was terrible and she had what looked like a Joker smile painted on her face (someone went overboard with the red lipstick).  The poor thing was out of sync with the rest of the angels, couldn't find her mark, and kept going right when the others would go left.
So like I said, we didn't enjoy the show and will definitely go to the Omaha Playhouse and see A Christmas Carol next year rather than the Nebraska Ballet Company; but Clay had me laughing through the whole show and I had fun with him so it was still a win.

Look what came in the mail!
This came 2 days ago and I was all excited about it, but I had ordered a special pen to write in it and it hadn't come yet so I was bummed.
But check out the inside:
 There is a place to write an introduction and...
On every few pages there are questions to answer for reflection, so when you're finished, you not only have your own hand written copy of the Bible, but you have your own hand written copy of a study bible!

I can't tell you how much I'm geeking out over this!

And then last night when we got home from the ballet there were three more boxes on the porch.
Ok, now I'm really geeking out!
It's going to take me years to fill them and I can't wait to get started, but I'm not sure which ones I want to start with..  At first I was thinking Psalms, but then I thought that John would be a good places to start since we are learning John at church..
Have I mentioned that before?
John is a pretty popular book.  If you ask any pastor which book of the bible you should start with, there is a pretty good chance he is going to say John.  I've read it several times and studied it for school, and really didn't think it was all that special..
Don't get me wrong though, it's God's word and it saves; but I didn't think it was any more spectacular than other books of the bible..
But then our pastor decided that he would take an entire year to go through the book of John.
Oh. My. Gosh!
It's soo good!
Our pastor is an incredible bible teacher. His sermons are definitely not the sort of sermons I was used to.  I was used to a guy getting on the stage and giving a motivational speech with a couple of bible verses thrown in for good measure.  
But not this guy.  His goal is to teach the bible.  So he goes verse by verse.
He reads the verse and then he tells you what it means.  If you don't like what it means, or you want it to mean something else, too bad.
He's not afraid to pull any punches either.. If the bible offends you, he's perfectly OK with that.  If what the bible says convicts you, great, it's supposed to.
Anyway (sorry, I rambled) ..
Today will be sermon #12 and we are just starting chapter 5.
I am learning so much!  I fins myself wondering how I've missed it!  I mean I've read John a lot.
A lot!  
I find myself asking "how did I not know this?  how did I just skip over that?"
So, if you have time, and you're interested, check out the series..
You won't be disappointed!

Yeah, so I think I'm going to start with John.

Happy Sunday!

Dec 1, 2016

Ditching the writing plan..

So today I should be starting this month's writing plan (I mentioned it in a previous blog post).  But I decided not to do it because my friend Tina sent me a text yesterday asking me if I had ever heard of a "Journible".
So I googled it..
Oh.  My.  Gosh.
How have I not known about these??
Check out the video below.  It's less than 2 minutes long.
Go ahead, I'll wait.

Why copy just a few select verses when you can copy entire books?
Seriously, I'm totally nerding out over these!

Since we are super broke this year, and we don't really do Christmas or even like it very much (and I suck at doing anything for Christmas or birthdays for people anyway) we (Clay, Sky, and myself) are each buying one gift for each other and that's all of the shopping we are doing this year.
We are going to the Nutcracker too, but we bought the tickets months ago..
Betcha can't guess what I'm getting?


They are pretty cheap on Amazon with free shipping (if you have Prime) so Clay ordered them for me last night.
Not every book of the Bible, I mean, who wants to copy Chronicles?  But he ordered the ones that I wanted.  All but Romans.  We had to go to a different website to find Romans because they are way overpriced on Amazon. Just Romans though.
Not sure why..
I'm getting Psalms, Proverbs, John, and then Romans through Jude..

So when I'm finished (it'll take me years) I'll have my own set of hand written bibles..

I'm so excited!!

Nov 30, 2016

Hospitals, yarn, and toilet brushes..

So this happened..
Let me tell you..  If seeing your kid like this doesn't scare the hell out of you, you have no soul.
Sky went to work Monday afternoon at 1:45.
She sent me a text at 5:30 saying that she was on her way home because she felt nauseous.  She said that she was inside a pipe repairing it and wasn't wearing a mask.
By 6:00 she had lost all her color, had a raging headache, was shaking uncontrollably, almost crying because her neck and back hurt so much, and couldn't stop vomiting. 
Clay took her to the emergency room where they did chest x-rays and blood tests.
Carbon monoxide poising..  By the time they put her on oxygen she was fading in and out of consciousness..  
Clay sent me the picture along with an update and I freaked.  I felt sick..  It was horrible..
Luckily, my friend T's mother is a respiratory therapist and through texts between Clay, myself, T and T's mother, she was able to ask questions and give information that was incredibly helpful and reduced the level of panic that kept creeping up on me.
Since Sky is an adult now, the doctors weren't really talking to Clay and were being stingy when it came to telling him what was happening.
She was on oxygen for 4 hours and then they were able to come home.
She stayed on the couch yesterday nursing a headache and sore muscles, but is doing much better and is going back to work today.

  The night before Sky's latest visit to the emergency room, our friend Jake came over for dinner and and we played cards and a couple boardgames..
Keisel is learning how to play Gin.

I started another blanket..
This one is for my niece Katelyn.
It looks green but it's actually teal.

And I'm making washcloths for Elaine..
I'm trying to teach myself how to make different borders so I figured that washcloths would be the easiest way to do that.  
Plus Elaine always wants washcloths so it's a win/win :)

Clay started attending the men's bible study group at our church..  
It's every Tuesday at 6:30 in the morning..
It's a really good study group lead by the senior pastor and you don't have to attend OBC to go; so if you live in Omaha and like getting up really early on Tuesday mornings, you're welcome to join.
Since Clay was with Sky at the hospital until midnight, I really didn't expect him to get up and go so early the next morning but he was determined..
They are studying the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Tuesday's lesson was on freewill.  I read Clay's notes..  
It was really good!
I'm super glad that he is able to attend this bible study, but I have to admit that I'm a little jealous too.
OK, I'm a lot jealous..
Women's bible studies are so dumb.  
They aren't even real bible studies; more like social/support groups who get together over brunch, with a few bible verses thrown in.
But the men's group?  Waaaaayyy different..  
There is a table with some black coffee and some paper cups. 
That's it.. 
No fruit trays, muffins, breakfast casseroles, or fancy coffee creamer.   Just plain old black coffee.
 Then they all sit down and discuss the lesson.
No one talks about their problems, relationship issues, jobs, their wife, or their kids.  
No one cries, no one hugs each other, and no one talks about their personal struggles..
They learn theology.
I'm starting to realize that It doesn't matter what church it is; all women's bible studies are the same.  Because that's how they like it.
Except me.  I hate it..
A lot.
I'm definitely in the minority on this one.
So I'll just keep learning from the pastor on Sunday's and on my own at home.  Fortunately there are lots of resources nowadays :)  
Plus Clay can teach me whatever he learns from the men's group and that's pretty cool too.

Oh, my latest cleaning hack:
I use this thing to scrub the toilet..
But I always feel like I'm wasting the little scrubby thing because there's so much soap in them and you're supposed to throw them away after using them once.
And who would want to save it to use again?
So I used it to clean the tub and the shower walls..  
Before you say "ew", I used it on the tub before I used it in the toilet.
Sky is usually pretty dirty when she comes home from work so the tub and shower walls get really dirty too..  I scrub them every day.  It's a pain.
Literally..  The stretching and bending to get all of it does a number on my back after a while.
But with the wand, I don't really have to do either.  Plus it's a scrubby, so it gets all the dirt off.
And there is enough soap left over to scrub the toilet..
So there you go :)

I just remembered another one.
I made reusable cleaning wipes.
I got all of my old, stained washcloths and put them in a gallon size Ziploc bag.  Then I mixed together peroxide, alcohol, and vinegar and poured it in the bag and put the bag under the sink..  
Now every morning I just grab one and wipe down the bathroom..  Takes less than a minute..

Have a happy Wednesday!

Nov 26, 2016

Nothing much..

I finished Kylee's blanket last night..  

Keisel really liked it..
Seriously, have you ever seen a cuter puppy?

Now all I gotta do is find a box and actually mail it (I'm terrible about shipping stuff)..

I finished my Super Scarf last night too..
What is a super scarf you ask?
Well 4 years ago Lenny Kravitz was photographed wearing this gigantic scarf..
And since then it's been super popular in the crochet world..  
Yeah, I said crochet world..  Stop judging me..  :)
Anyway, I finally made one, although it's not as big..
Clay was not thrilled to be modeling it for me this morning..
It's 15 inches wide and 12 feet long..
I'm not sure how well you can see the gray fringe on the ends, but it's there..

So what else?  Nothing much going on..  People in the neighborhood are putting up Christmas stuff (groan) and yesterday when I went to unlock the door to the church so a friend could get in I saw that they had already decorated for Christmas in there too (double groan)..

The high for the day is supposed to be 58 so after Clay mows the lawn for the last time until Spring, we are gonna go to the parks and leave the scarves I've made and see if we can hand out some backpacks full of stuff.
A friend of mine donated a bunch of coats last week so we have those to give out too..

Well, I've run out of stuff to blog about..
Happy Saturday!

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, I guess...

We don't do Thanksgiving..  To tell you the truth, we don't really do holidays..  Not for any particular reason, we just don't..  Maybe it's because Clay is rarely home on a holiday so it's easier for us to just treat it like an ordinary day..  Except Christmas and Easter; we have a reason for not celebrating those..  We give each other presents sometime during the week before Christmas, because we like presents, but that's about it..  
I think holidays are dumb.
I know, I'm such a buzz-kill..
This Thanksgiving is a good one though..  Not because it's Thanksgiving, it's just another Thursday to me, but Clay will be home today so yay!

I have so much housework to do before then!  I've been slacking off since Sky got the puppy..  I can't take my eyes off of him while she's at work or he'll eat the house or pee everywhere..  So mostly I've been sitting on the couch crocheting..  
I've managed to loose 16 pounds though!  Not exactly sure how, but I'm not complaining :)
I finished Kylee's blanket..  Sort of..  I ran out of yarn halfway though the border so I'm waiting for Clay to get home so he can go to all the Walmarts in search of more..  The one closest to my house ran out..  

I made 5 more scarves to take to the park and leave for the homeless too..
I think Clay and I will go hand out backpacks full of stuff tomorrow and hopefully some blankets too..

I've been doing a Scripture writing challenge this month..  Did I blog about this already?
Ami shared it with me on FB..  I'm really enjoying it..  It's from a blog called Sweet Blessings and she does a new one every month..   This month's is 'thankfulness'..  

I'm enjoying it so much that I decided to do last month's too..

I'm sort of excited about next month's (yeah, nerd.  I know.)

I'm using the journal that Elaine made me to write the verses

Have I mentioned how much I love these journals?  
I've filled up 3 so far. :)

I made a daily bible reading plan too (I really do think I blogged about this a while ago)..  It's chronological and took me forever to put it all together- it's 7 pages! #OverAchiever 
I'll have to think of another plan before July :)

Oh! Look at this!
Isn't that the coolest doodle you've ever seen?  Elaine made it (duh)..  I'm gonna frame it as soon as Clay gets home and tells me where I put the frame..

Sky has the next 4 days off work..  I can hear her in the kitchen doing the dishes (because she's awesome) so I should probably go help..

Have a great day!

Nov 4, 2016

Crochet & Cabinda..

So I saw this on FB yesterday and thought, what a great idea!
Elaine told me about a park where a lot of homeless hang out, that's pretty safe in the daytime..  I'm going to go there and hand out some bags and I thought "why not leaves some scarves in the park too?
I have a few donated to me by a friend and a bunch of left over yarn from other projects so I can make scarves too..  I finished one and and a half of one yesterday..
I won't get many done this year but I will have a head start on next year..
I'm still working on Kylee's blanket..  I am close to finishing but I ran out of the yarn I was using..  Turns out, no one in Omaha has it anymore.  So I went on the website of the company that sells it and they were out of stock..  Just my luck..  I finally found it on Amazon, but not on prime so I have to wait a couple of weeks for it..
After that, I won't have any more nieces to make blankets for..  Well, Suzanne has two girls, and I would love to make blankets for them too but Suz is so much better at crocheting than am so they probably already have super fabulous blankets..
So Suz, if they don't; let me know their favorite colors :)

Clay is flying to the island of Cabinda today..  He may be there already..  
I think they are going to transfer him to run the yard there..  It's smaller than the one in Luanda, but 2/3 of Angola's oil comes out of Cabinda and since they have laid off so many people, they need someone who can run more than one department..  
I'm not sure who is running the yard in Luanda now though..  The guy who is in charge is on vacation so Clay has been running the yard while he's been gone..  I'm guessing Clay will probably be running Luanda from Cabinda..
I guess that's all I have to blog about :)

Oct 26, 2016

Just some stuff.

Sky moved back home three days ago. I won't go into all the details, except to say that she discovered that he was very behind on his bills and wanted her to sign a lease. She decided that she didn't want to be responsible for his debts so she called her dad and came home.
I'm not gonna lie and say that I'm not super happy about it.
I gave in and told her she could have a puppy. She paid a deposit to a breeder for a miniature brown merle Australian Shepherd. She will have to drive 3 hours to pick him up though. Not that she will mind a road trip in her new Camaro.

We are making a little progress finding the homeless. We found a place where several hang out and thanks to donations from two super awesome people (you know who you are!) we were able to make more bags and add even more personal items to them. Yay!
We met a guy who hangs out under a bridge during the day. His name is John, but he calls himself 'the troll under the bridge'. He said that several times during the week his friends meet him under that bridge and they hang out for a while.  We are hoping to meet his friends and maybe find out from them where we can find others.

A few days ago while Clay was talking to John and I was sitting in the jeep, there was a loud BOOM under the hood of the jeep. Our radiator had exploded.  Darn it.
Clay walked to the nearest gas station and got a gallon of water and we were able to make it part of the way to a friends house before the jeep just died. It died at a stoplight and we had to stop traffic and push the jeep across three lanes to get it into a parking lot.
A very nice kid got out of his car and ran over to help us so that was nice :)
So that night, Clay and Zack replaced the radiator. I'm glad it happened while Clay was home!

Oct 12, 2016

Catching up...

I haven't felt like blogging lately. 
OK longer than lately. 
Weeks maybe?
 I can't even say that there hasn't been anything going on, because stuff has happened. 

Our big, lovable, most sweetest dog in the world, had to be put down.  
He was born with a birth defect and his back legs did not bend properly. As he aged, they started to bother him.  At first it was just the back stairs leading down into the yard that were too hard for him so we would walk him out the front door and around to the back. But then even the front steps became too hard for him. He began to struggle just to get up from a sitting or laying down position, he couldn't keep traction on tile floors, and could no longer stand for more than a few seconds  before his legs would get tired and he would have to sit again. 
 It was a hard decision for us to make, because even though he couldn't get around very well, he was still so darn happy and lovable. 
 So Clay talked to the vet and asked her what we should do. She said that it would be better to put him down while he was still happy rather than to wait for him to be miserable.  So he made an appointment for a Friday. 
 Sky insisted on going with Clay.  He had been her dog since the fourth grade. She was so sad. 
She had cried all the night before, did her best to stay cheerful for him the next day, and then cried for the rest of the weekend.   
  Sky said that the vet had told her that it was very easy to see that Copper was a very happy dog and that she had given him a very good life. 
 That helped a little bit. 


  She is officially moved out and living on her own like a grown up. 
 She moved a whole mile away from us.  
 She moved in with her boyfriend Ryan.  I can't say that I love the idea of her living with someone she isn't married to, but she IS an adult. 
So it is what it is. 
 And she bought a new car. 
 A 2012 Chevy Camaro  
 All by herself..  She knew exactly the car she wanted and what she wanted her monthly payment to be.  She just wanted her dad to go with her so they would take her seriously, and it worked out just the way she wanted it to.
  On one hand: I am incredibly proud of her.  She's responsible, independent, motivated, ambitious, brilliant, a hard worker, beautiful, confident, and fearless. 
 On the other hand: my baby my only child has grown up and moved out of our house. 
 When I went down to the basement and stood in the middle of her empty bedroom, I sort of felt like I had been punched in the chest.
But this is life right?

So now, we are "empty-nesters". 
 The first thing we did was rearrange practically every room in the house. 
 We cleaned out the junk room and turned it into an office. 
My desk and my books were taking over the living room anyway. 
We set up the treadmill and Clay's loading bench in the basement and set up a storage space for our street ministry.
We have teamed up with another couple to go out and bring food, blankets, etc, and the gospel to the homeless.  
When we can find them that is. 
Panhandlers are easy to find in Omaha but the real homeless aren't..  You have to look for them, in parts of town you'd rather not go to.
Plus, they are very distrustful of people who just walk up to them and offer to help.
So it's a process.

Sky left her futon when she moved out so we turned it into a bed in the basement too.
Buster thinks it's his.

I had a birthday.
 I am 43.
 I don't feel any different than I did when I was 42. 
 I'm not sure if I was even expecting to feel different. But there you have it. 
 Sky gave me a new journal for my birthday. 
(FYI, Pittsburgh is #1 in the AFC right now) 
 Clay gave me this ceramic teapot and this adorable tea box..
 I stuffed it full of Downton Abbey tea. 
Which  by the way, is the best tea I have ever had. 
 For real, if you've never had it you really need to try it!

I started another C2C blanket.  Yeah, still hooked on this pattern.
Hooked, get it?  Because it's crochet and you use a hook..?
I'm making it for our niece Kylee.
Her bedroom is turquoise and gray.  So far I'm loving it :)

Oh this poor dog..  
He started acting strange a few hours after we said goodbye to Copper.
First he started itching, then it got worse, and worse.  By 10:00 that night he was scratching, biting, and chewing on himself non-stop.
Then the whining started. 
It was sort of faint and random but soon grew constant, and then louder.  
He followed me everywhere.  
Seriously.  It was constant..
All night, all the next day, and all that night..
I can't tell you how much I love this dog, but I was ready to throw him out the window.
Oh, and he wouldn't go near Clay.  Any time Clay went near him, he would run and hide behind me.
So back to the vet.
The diagnosis?  Anxiety.  
First Sky took all of her stuff and moved out, then Copper didn't come back, then we moved all of the furniture in the house around..  The poor little guy couldn't take it anymore.
So he's now on anti-anxiety meds.
He still doesn't let me out of his sight and follows me everywhere, but he's calmed down considerably..

 He's been moving furniture and hunting.
And being perfect.
Because that's what Clay does. :)