Posted October 15, 2008on:
I’ve been missing…again! Where to start?
We found out that our dog, Hemi, had oral malignant melanoma. We took him in to get his teeth cleaned, and the vet found a mass in the back of his throat. Fortunately, the vet school here at Texas A&M thinks they removed the whole mass during surgery; however, oral melanoma is the one most likely to spread. We’ve started him on the new canine cancer vaccine, which has a 25% success rate compared to chemo at less than 20%, and it also has less side effects than chemo. He’ll have to take the vaccine for the rest of his life, but what do you do? He’s a member of the family. Here’s a picture of Hemi is one of his more statelier moments. He’s usually got his face to the ground and his butt in the air waiting for you to scratch him in his favorite spot.
In the middle of September I had to put together a scholarship banquet for work. It’s not easy trying to get a couple of hundred college students to let you know whether they’ll attend or not. They can’t seem to grasp the fact that they need to go in order to meet the donor who gave them the funds to help with school. Well, at least that’s over for another year. I have an awards banquet in the spring that I’m just starting to plan. Fortunately, it’s not quite so difficult to get people to RSVP for this one.
‘Little Girl’ (who we finally named Missy) was adopted by a Texas A&M student who was looking for a shepherd. He fell in love with her and took her home. We’re keeping Cooper for a week. My sister, Debbie, was fostering him. He was pretty skinny when she got him, and he looks much better in this photo, which was taken a month or so after she brought him home. Roger leaves for a meeting in Las Vegas this Saturday and is taking Cooper to his new family. He is a big dog and all puppy. Roger’s driving with Cooper so I can just imagine what a fun trip he’s going to have.
In between Roger and I made a quick trip to Ikea when they had book shelves on sale. I got two of these book shelves and a desk in black and white to match. I also bought the doors to cover the bottom three shelves on each unit. They aren’t actually quite so wild looking once you get stuff on the shelves! My sewing tables are white so it all looks quite nice in the room. I’m not sure what we were thinking. As you know, we’re slowly painting the inside of the house, and we should have painted my sewing room before putting the furniture together and placing it in the room.
We spent a Saturday at the Round Top Antique Festival. We’ve never gone before and thought we’d go to see what it was like. The festival runs for one week, and we went the first weekend. Everything wasn’t open yet, and we still didn’t see it all. Although most of the places had true antiques, we decided early on that we needed to look at some of the stuff with a critical eye. We saw so many booths selling the same nautical ship wheels (nautical must be the next big thing), and honestly, you’d think people would take off the ‘made in China’ stickers before trying to sell their goods as antiques. However, it wasn’t a wasted trip. I found this old Singer cast iron sewing stool in one of the first booths we looked in. I’ve only seen one other at an antiques store years ago. I’ve cleaned it up and I’m using it in my sewing room.
I have squeezed in some digitizing. Here’s a Halloween voodoo design you can use against someone who’s made you mad…or you could just put it on a shirt. I have three more of these for sale on my new Etsy site. Look for IsleBStitching.
Until next time!