Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Mishmash

Thanks to an email from reader Laura, I now know that Paco has a brother:
Bruddahs from anuddah muddah!  Benji and Paco.

Laura recently adopted Benji and was trying to figure out what breed he mostly was - Paco is a fox terrier mix (according to several vets who've seen him over the years) and I think Benji is as well.  I might be a bit biased when I say how cute they both are.

I suspect Benji is probably as devoted to his owners as Paco is to us.  Paco is my shadow, and when I'm at my desk, this is usually where he is:
Wedged in between the spokes on my desk chair...apparently the blanket is too far away from me.
I just lobe you so much, Mom.

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This one is for Lori, who has a beautiful garden and is always treating us to her "What's Blooming" posts on Friday:
My one day lily plant that isn't orange.  It only blooms sporadically, too - most of the time it's just a clump of green.

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Sit and Knit update:  My mom requested a pink poufy baby hat for a shower gift, and I also needed to make one to be included in a display that my knitting guild will have at our library later this summer, so I knocked both of them out:
Wouldn't these be adorable on twin baby girls?  I have a friend who's trying to get pregnant - is it wrong that I'm hoping she has at least one girl??

I've also been making good progress on that pink shawl:
I pinned it so you can see the lace pattern - it's coming along, although I still have over 150 stitches left to pick up, so this is definitely a long-term project.  The white stripe you see is my lifeline - I need to move it to the row of stitches that the needle is on.  With this in place, should I make a catastrophic mistake, I'd only have to unravel to the lifeline.  Of course, my fingers are crossed that I won't have to do that!

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My birthday is on Monday, and I've already been receiving treats via email - so far I gotten:
  • Yogurtland - 16 oz free (that's A LOT of yogurt - might have to share it with Jeff)
  • McAlister's Deli - $5 off coupon
  • Starbucks - free drink (time for my annual Frappuccino, yum)
  • IHOP - free pancakes (haven't been there in a long time, but their Harvest Grain and Nut pancakes might be calling my name...)
  • 20% off coupons at Jo-Ann's Fabric, Lone Star Quiltworks, and WC Mercantile (yarn!)
 If I work this right, I will hardly have to pay for any meals this weekend!  Too bad Blue Baker doesn't have a birthday rewards program - but I plan on treating myself to a cinnamon twist tomorrow, after two months of not having one. 

Have a great weekend - our monthly AIM post will be up on Monday!

21 comments:

  1. Enjoy your weekend and your birthday treats! Even though it is a few days early Happy Birthday!
    I always love your knitting pictures. Last fall you inspired me to learn how to knit which I did plus I learned how to crochet too. Its so much fun making some of your own stuff.

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    1. I love that you started knitting because of me! It is fun, isn't it? Good going with the crochet - every once in a while, there's something on a knitting pattern that requires a bit of crochet, and I am not adept at it at all.

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  2. SO. MUCH. TO. LOVE! That's how I feel about this post... Benji and Paco, those adorable baby hats - squeeee! - the gorgeous shawl, your birthday goodies (and I vote yes have the pancakes), the cinnamon twist - it's all good!!

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  3. What Helen said! And your shawl (specifically YOUR knitting) is beautiful! Bring on the freebies. Love Paco plus Doppelganger Benji - bros forever.

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    1. Thanks, Leslie! I remember when you talked about your knitting and I thought "how can she make so many things?" Haha, now I get it. :)

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  4. Aw, another Paco! Love it! I'd love to get another dog, but with Tony in and out of the hospital, having a dog is just one less thing I have to worry about - I'll live vicariously through your dog! :D

    Happy early Birthday - love all the birthday coupons - have a great weekend!

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    1. Yeah, better to not get a dog. They do cramp your style when you try to travel or need to not be home, that's for dang sure!

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  5. Wow, I need to take lessons on getting birthday freebies! 16 ounces of froyo!! And a cinnamon twist! And just in case I miss it, because I'll be at camp, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    Paco--do you think there's some border collie in there? Because he's so darn smart, and also wants to please. Fox terriers might be smart, but I don't think they're particularly interested in pleasing you. At least that was my experience with the one fox terrier I trained : /

    I LOVE your daylily. I'd like to get some specialty day lilies one of these days. The shawl is beyond gorgeous, and the hats are beyond adorable!

    Oh, and 20% off at WC Mercantile?! You have my permission to go wild! And to get some Love Pie afterwards!!

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    1. Border collie might be a good guess...I always thought whippet because he could run for miles when he was younger (and he was FAST, too).

      Love Pie...that is an excellent suggestion!!

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  6. That shawl is beeeyuuuutiful! I love the lacy look.

    Dang - those puppies look like twins! Don't you just love the looks that animals give? Like they are checking to make sure you are still there.

    I haven't gotten any freebie things towards my bday yet. I am jealous.

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    1. Thanks - I'm more motivated with the shawl now that I pinned it and got to see how pretty the lace is. :)

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  7. Hi Shelley
    Best wishes for a great birthday ....enjoy your "treats"! News to me about these type of freebies ...I'll need to drop some serious hints.

    Cheers!
    Teresa

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    1. Thanks! As for the freebies, I just signed up for their rewards programs...

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  8. Happy Birthday and enjoy your treats !

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  9. You are obviously well loved! Enjoy your special day!

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  10. Happy Birthday Weekend, Shelley! I'm thinking you should just declare the whole week yours.

    Wish we had a Yogurtland here. Our local fro yo places only spring for about 6 ounces of birthday fro yo. (Which is about how much I usually eat!)

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  11. Happy Birthday weekend Shelley!!! BOTH dogs? AWWWWWW!!!!!!! Really love the shawl too! Have a wonderful celebration!!

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  12. Happy birthday (a day or two early!)!!!!!

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  13. Paco is so adorable, so is Benji but you know Paco has a special place in my heart. I hear you on the shadow. Right now I'm behind my laptop at the dinner table, on the seat next to me is Bella. She always wants to be where I or R. is (she's having a hard time to decide whom she loves most LOL )

    The baby hats are so cute and the shawl is going to be great, I can see this is a difficult project but you're doing great on it.

    Hope you have a great day tomorrow and I'll congratulate you tomorrow of course.

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  14. Happy Birthday!! Mine is on June 3rd :-) This is the second year I have booked the day off work and just had a "me day". I love all the birthday freebies too. I got my free Starbucks, and my free Sephora gift (I'm a make-up freak!) and there were others too that I didn't partake in. Funny my gym said I could get a free smoothie but I actually would have had to go work out and well.....that didn't happen! lol I can't believe how you have advanced with your knitting!! AMAZING! You go girl!

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