zaterdag 17 september 2016

Of dogs and throws

Hi everyone, 

Oh my, how time flies when you are having fun !
We have been quite busy outside the home as well as in the home.
Our pup has grown into a little lady already.
 She isn't fully grown yet, but the real puppy days are behind us now.

She can sleep in really funny poses.

Here she is with my husband. She wears the collar our sweet Miss Charlie wore at the end.
We kept the collar and last week, little Miss Leila broke through her puppy collar and her new collar was still too big, so we used Miss Charlie's collar.

She grows so fast. She is nearly 15 KG now and that means that she is half of her grown weight.

The back garden looks a bit like a war zone at the moment, but I will be working on that part of the garden again next year, when Leila has grown up ;)

I am still kntting and baking. At the moment there's some ankle socks on my knitting pins.
I had some yarn left over from two pairs of socks and now I can make another pair, so that is great use of yarn.

The bed throw is growing too, although I stopped working on it when the weather was so warm. I will pick it up again with cooler weather.

I hope you're all doing fine !

zaterdag 20 augustus 2016

I'm still here ;)

Hi everyone, 

wow, times does fly when your having fun.
It has been quite busy in our home.
I have been busy knitting, working on my bed throw, baking, reading and most of all taking care of my family and a certain new family member.

Cakes have been baked.
This is a fresh prune cake with caramel sauce.

This is our new family member Leila.
She is growing so fast. She is very sweet and naughty at the same time. She is nearly house broken. We have had several days now without accidents in the house, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.
She loves going to the beach and riding in her bicycle cart.
She has a few very big friends too.

She loves to give them a little kiss in the morning.

I hope you're all having a wonderful Summer too.

vrijdag 1 juli 2016

Puppy at the vet

Hi everyone,

I received these pictures this morning. Leila has been to the vet with her brothers and sisters.
She has had her first shot and just look at that face. She is clearly not amused.
She was very brave though and was licking the vet.
She is such a sweet little girl.
The vet told the breeder that the pups look very healthy.
That means Leila has been for a drive in the car again. She will get used to it. We will have a long drive home with her. We have to drive for  three and a half hours. We will be pausing a lot, which is better with a little pup.

Look at that little face. It's just as if she's thinking: what is this place ????

I hope you'll have a wonderful day.

maandag 27 juni 2016

Of pups and baking

Hi everyone, 

this coming Saturday, we will only have to wait 2 more weeks before Leila will come to live with us.
We have been preparing. A bench has been bought, there are toys at hand, a little lawn has been made and now the waiting begins.
Here she is, 5 weeks old.

In the meantime I am keeping busy with knitting, housework, cooking and baking.
In the evening, just before I fall asleep, I read too.

Here is what is on the needles at this moment. It is a shrug. Just a little bit of sleeve to go and then I have to knit all around when the sleeves are put together.

Cookies have been made. I used a special press thingy, but had put the dough into the fridge in between baking and that didn't work with the press anymore. The dough has to be soft when I use it. A lesson I have learnt and I will not repeat that mistake a second time ;)

After the press thingy didn't work I made some larger cookies with the rest of the dough.
The cookies taste very good, so the dough isn't the problem.

I combined:

300 gram flower
100 gram fine sugar
200 gram real butter
vanilla sugar
1 egg

Combine it all together to a dough and the little cookies were baked at 180 degrees celsius and the larger 20 minutes on 180 degrees celsius.

I hope you're all having a wonderful day too.

woensdag 8 juni 2016

Busy preparing

Hi everyone,

just a quick post, to let you know I'm still in blogland ;)
We had our 29th wedding anniversary on May 27th and we went to the city of Breda. We had coffee and went to the movies. We bought this wonderful tablecloth in a nice little shop.

We had coffee in a wonderful bakery. This is what we got after telling the lady it was our wedding anniversary. She put a little light on my pie.

We have been busy preparing for the pup. I cleared some space in the garden, to make a little lawn. This is where our pup can practice before we will go out and about ;)

This is how it looks like now. I will have to water it every evening, now it is so dry.

I hope you are having a great day too.

dinsdag 24 mei 2016

Calm after the storm

After being so very busy for months, the show with our pop choir is behind us. All went well. We got some great reviews en now it is calming down again.

Here we are singing Help by the Beatles.
It was so wonderful to make this show. We all support eachother, help eachother and also stimulate eachother. People who are afraid to sing a solo are stimulated and get feedback which they can use.
This is fantastic. It is such a fun group to be a part of.

Now all is calming down again, we have some more time for other things. Knitting is on the program again, gardening will be also. I missed that in the past weeks. Not being well because of too much thyroid medication kept me from doing extra things. Fortunately I felt a lot better during the performance of the choir. I was so afraid I had to miss it. The new dosage kicked in just in time ;)

There is some news too. If all goes well and things look positive, we will be having a new member of the family in July.
We have to wait and see if we connect, but here are some pictures:

This is mom with the little puppies, one day old.

mom feeding the pups.

A very proud mom.

We have 4th choise, so which will it be......

This is the father, isn't he gorgeous.

Such a sweet looking mom.

The owner of the mom will send me pictures regularly to let us see how the pups develope, this is so nice.  The dog had one litter before and the owner is still in contact with all the puppy owners.
They were born on May 14th 2016, so they are now 10 days old. I think the eyes will be opening soon.

I will keep you all posted. I will be going to the vet to ask all kinds of questions. We want to make a good decision and we want to know what lies ahead.

Have a wonderful day.

zondag 14 februari 2016

Some homebaked sweetness

Sunday afternoon coffee just isn't nice without something to accompany it.
I had some eggs in the fridge and whipped up this applecake.
As you can see, we couldn't wait for it to cool, so we ate a piece straight out of the oven.
It is so delicious. I think it will be gone soon.

Have a wonderful day everyone and thank you so much for your sweet comments.