Last night, we got to go see Mannheim Steamroller! I have wanted to see them perform for YEARS! It was such a treat. I have many favorites....of course this is one of them. My others are O Holy Night, Silent Night, Halleluja, and my most favorite: The Little Drummer Boy. Loved it.
We were very sad when our very good friends let us know that their wonderful dog, Skardu, died this week. He was 16 years old. He is one of the best dogs, ever. Our friends race sled dogs....big time. Skardu was one of their lead dogs. He had retired about 5 years ago to be a house dog. We loved him.
Skardu and Sweet Pea have been friends--best friends--for a LONG time. When Sweet Pea was very small, and we were all camping together, we found the two of them walking (Sweet Pea was toddling) along together in the early morning around the campsite, just having a conversation. In this photo, Sweet Pea is about 2.5 years old...again, just having a conversation with Skardu. This was from when we lived in Idaho. Oh, will we miss Skardu. I had a good cry over that one.
This past week, we rented Flowers of War. Wow. Have you seen it? Powerful movie. Very sad and troubling. Get your tissues out. But, Christian Bale....hubba hubba. ;-)
This week, I went to get my oil changed in my car. Sweet Pea found a little cross-stitch project a friend of ours had given her. She decided she wanted to learn to cross-stitch while we waited for the oil change.
Here is how far she is. So far, it's all outline stitch. In the empty squares, she'll cross-stitch some little houses. She's doing great! And this is TINY! Imagine how she'd do if I got her some big Aida cloth!
When we moved into this house, we took all the doors off to paint them. After we painted them, Papa Pea hung them back up. But they didn't close right, because the paint in the areas where we put the hinges on was too thick and hung them up. So, for the past couple of years, our doors haven't shut all the way, and we hadn't put new doorknobs on yet...so they just had holes where the doorknobs went. Over Thanksgiving, Papa Pea fixed all the doors,and put these new handles on the door. So much nicer than the 1980s brass, cheap handles that were on them. I love our new doorknobs.
Sweet Pea was a big helper. (Pay no attention to the mess over Papa Pea's shoulder! Egad!) At least this taught Sweet Pea to be thankful for small things! She is so thankful for a bedroom door that closes and has a doorknob! I told her, "See, your friends have had those things, and they don't even know to be appreciative of them. YOU, on the other hand, know what to appreciate in life!" Haha. She has walked around all week, telling me how happy she is to have a door that closes and latches--and how grateful she is for it.
These two friendly visitors have been coming to visit us almost every day lately. Almost every night when I come home from work, they are hanging out in our front yard. One day last weekend, we saw them just hanging out in our back yard in the middle of the day.
Here's something that just makes your day....I received an e-mail from Ginny, who said she used my "How to Make a Quilt Label" tutorial to make a quilt label, and it turned out perfect. Ginny said she's only been quilting for a few months. I was super impressed with her work! She agreed to let me share it with you. Let's hear a "Woop Woop!" for Ginny! Way to go! And thanks for making my day with your note!
This little princess turns 8 years old tomorrow. I can hardly believe it. She is the light of my life. She got a new dress from someone special for her birthday, and she wore it to the Mannheim Steamroller concert last night. I thought she looked gorgeous in it.
Well, those are my random thoughts for today. Tomorrow will be busy, what with the birthday and all, so I probably won't be back until next week. Sorry some of these photos are grainy. A lot of them were taken with my cell phone!
How about a random act of kindess today??? Have you found an opportunity yet? Did you hear this story about random acts of kindess? Pretty cool.
Have a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend!
Until next time,