Molly Mutt King August 2003-March 2017

I haven’t posted a weekly round up in a few weeks. First our family went on vacation. Once we returned, our dog, Molly, started showing signs of failing health, and we lost her last week. We’ve all been mourning our sweet puppy in the mean time. Maybe next week I will return to the weekly round ups, or I may just keep tracking on Instagram. Today, though, I wanted to talk a bit about Molly.

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. – Agnes Sligh Turnbull.

March 2017

This house has been so quiet without her. I keep imagining her where she should be, a bit like a ghost following me around. Coming in the garage door, she’s waiting on me just inside. I take the trash out, and find her cleaning the trash can lid while I was out. I’m reminded of the fact our trash can even has a lid is because she would otherwise eat her way through the trash if it had been left open! She waits outside the bathroom door while I shower. Anytime I get up, she watches me for a second to see if I settle in one place, and then follows me around, room to room. Laying down right in front of the couch where I sit. Trying to put us to bed an hour or two before we’re ready. It’s all just a bit lonely, now.

I’ve also spent quite a bit of time reminiscing. Sweet Molly came to us when she was a tiny puppy. That tiny puppy grew into an 80 lb bundle of energy! Also, puppies like to chew. A lot. Especially lab mixes. Our first house had nice cedar plank siding. She thought that would be a nice chew toy. Our deck had painted white lattice work under pinning. That under pinning apparently wasn’t her style, because she tore it down. She learned how to tunnel under the chain link fence at that house as well. Taking care of a puppy was a learning experience for us for sure. Speaking of that deck- she would run out of our back door full speed, and launch herself over the steps and into the grass with a single leap. She never much liked fetch. You could throw a ball, and she’d take a leap off of that deck to catch it. She would bring it back to you once or twice, but then she’d run out there, put her mouth on it to prove she knew where it was, then come back to you without it. So much for being a retriever. 🙂
Trying to figure this nursery thing out. Also, I always loved how she walked around with her tail curled like that.

She was great with the kids! I never once saw her show any sign of aggression towards them. Even in her later years when she was arthritic, she put up with the kids antics.
September 2008
Molly with Phoebe – September 2008

She was also quite sociable. She greeted anyone who came to our door with enthusiasm. She loved greeting the neighbors if she saw them outside. Thankfully she was usually in the house or fenced in yard. One day, though, I let her out and didn’t see a new neighbor working in her flower bed. Molly ran straight to her, thereby introducing us. I can’t imagine how scary it is to see 80 lbs. of an unknown dog barreling toward you. Of course, she just wanted pets, and this neighbor turned out to be a good dog person, so all turned out well!

Our vets office loved Molly, too. I know it’s their job to love our pets, but their bond with Molly went beyond that.

I flipped through photos last week as well. In the past couple of years, Molly has gradually lost weight. She was around 60 lbs on her last day. This weight loss wasn’t the good kind, though. Her muscles were atrophying in her back end due to arthritis, and potentially some nerve damage of some sort. This loss was gradual enough that I didn’t necessarily notice as it was happening. But looking back at pictures of a younger, more agile Molly, it was obvious that she was more substantial, especially in her back end.

Molly in 2007

I’ve dealt with a fair amount of guilt, too. What if I’d done X or Y differently type thinking. I know it is fruitless to do this type of thinking, and I’ve largely moved past that. At least for the moment. But, as I said a few paragraphs up that taking care of a puppy was a learning experience, taking care of a senior pup was a learning experience also. I know that Molly lived a relatively long life, we provided her with comfort, and she was a happy, sweet dog. Maybe that shows we didn’t do a half bad job as puppy parents.
“I definitely wasn’t eating crayons, again.” – 2014

We grieve. But we also rejoice for the many years and memories we shared. If you have memories of Molly you’d like to share, please include them in the comments.
March 2017
March 2017

What I worked on 2/27/17-3/6/17

Last week was all crochet. I worked on the baby blanket some more. It really is getting close to complete, but not quite there, yet. I made a headband, and started my Lenten project of making baby hats to donate to Lebonheur Children’s Hospital. All in all a pretty productive week!

A little help from the cat. I keep having to shoo her away from this blanket.

Stretched out a bit to show the cross pattern.

I made an infinity scarf a while back using my Raspberry scarf stitch pattern, and still had a little bit of the yarn leftover, so I decided to make a headband using that same stitch pattern.

A few more evenings on the blanket.

And the first 5 of my hats to donate to Lebonheur!

What I worked on 2/13/17 – 2/26/17

Wait, two weeks? What? Yeah, last week I was sick and didn’t get this post up. No fear of this post getting too long, though, because I didn’t really work on anything either! Thankfully I’m starting to feel more and more like myself, and I can jump back into living life instead of just holding the couch or bed down! I’ve included the Bible journaling pages I’ve done as well, so some days there may be two or three photos to represent! Maybe that makes up for all of the days where there were none when I was sick.

I really wasn’t going to share all of my Bible journaling prompts here, but there are so many that I’m pretty happy with, so a lot will show up in this round up. This challenge is giving me lots of opportunity to practice my lettering skills, and I’m enjoying that quite a bit! I did two this one day to try to catch up.

This blanket is pretty much been the only thing I’ve worked on and counted for my #createdaily hashtag the past couple of weeks.

I seriously had too much fun with these watercolor hearts!

The blanket continues to grow! I’m loving how the cross pattern is coming out.

I was really hoping to finish this blanket by the end of that week, so I started carrying it with me everywhere. The next several blanket posts were taken in various locations as I worked feverishly to finish.

Watercolor galaxies have been pretty intimidating to me, but I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out!

This lion was pretty fun, too. I traced the lion image provided as part of the challenge, and then had fun watercoloring him in. I wish I had some masking fluid before I started on him. I need to add that to my arty wishlist.

A little library crochet? Sure!

Now the blanket is growing, but the yarn ball seemingly never shrinks!

This was in the car as I should have been finishing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish in time. Thankfully I just missed the baby shower, but have a few more weeks before the baby will be here!

Look how lovely the cross is, even as the square grows!

Ha, this is getting boring now. I need a new project to keep things interesting! But, also, I need to finish this…

Fast forward a week where I did nothing, and I’ve picked this blanket back up last night. Here’s hoping it will be done soon! Maybe some Netflix marathons are in order as I continue to recuperate!

What I worked on 2/6/17 – 2/12/17

Last week I got to try stained glass soldering (copper tape method). That was so fun! It was otherwise a pretty light week. A little crochet, some coloring, helping the girls with their Pinewood cars, and random lettering in the process. All in all a good week!

I finally got around to finish coloring the Mandala I started a while back. Fun times!

How cute is this bookworm? A few of my friends and I went to a Sip and Solder class at Big Glass Art, and I know many of us had tons of fun, and want to go back for more!

A little more work on the Key West Circle Top. I’ve found it to be a good ‘on the go’ project, as it is not very large and consists of basic stitches.

We helped the girls with their Pinewood cars this weekend. The designs were all theirs, and we were mostly hands off on the making, but provided some guidance and feedback. They turned out super cute! I also managed to fit some lettering practice in using the supplies for the cars. 😉 The girls had to get in on the lettering action, too, and practiced their cursive writing!

And now the beginnings of a baby blanket! I’m using a cross square motif, and will just continue until it is blanket sized. This will be my focus for this next week, too! Hopefully I will be able to finish it fairly quickly!

What I worked on 1/31/17 – 2/5/17

I don’t know what was up with last week, but I didn’t get as much done as I have been. A little crochet, a day of watercolors, and some Bible journaling that I wasn’t counting as my #createdaily work. I’m already behind on that Bible journaling challenge, too! Weekends trip me up. When the whole family is home, I tend to do less things in general. But at least some of that time is spent with each other, so it’s not time lost!

I got a bee in my bonnet to create a watercolor feather. It maybe would have been worthwhile to find a tutorial somewhere, but I just freehanded this. It isn’t perfect, but it was fun, and I love the colors here! I decided while I was playing around with watercolors, to practice some watercolor brush lettering. I did ok on the feather side, but definitely need much more practice with this!

I started in on a monthly Bible journaling challenge from Move the Mountains, called Worship is More than a Song. I had fun with this first one doing some lettering using my Tombow fudenosuke and adding a watercolor music note. I don’t know that I will include all of these in my weekly roundup, but I was pretty happy with this one, so I had to share!

Working on my Key West Circle Top. I’m nearing the end of the second circle, so maybe I will finish this soon! The sequin-y yarn is one I found on clearance at Michael’s a while back.

I picked back up the Raspberry scarf I was working with Lionbrand Homespun yarn. I actually finished this as a cowl over the weekend, and I plan to write up in a separate post what I did differently to turn it into a cowl.

A little more work on the circle top.