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The loot and doggie bells

Today we went to pick up our entries in for the fair.  The sewing projects have received several donations from stores as I mentioned already.  In total the girls won $24.00, two 4 hour sewing classes, a $10.00 gift certificate, 2 yards of fabric, a fabric sewing project and a beanie baby sewing book. Was it worth registering,  dropping off entries and picking them up?  You bet!
Max is consistently ringing bells to go outside to potty. He sits by the back door and rings them and either one of the girls or I go and let him out. Now tell me, who is trained?

Susan

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So tired

I feel like we have a new baby in the house. No, it’s just a puppy. His time clock is a little messed up. He conks out early in the evening and wakes up early.  Really early.  4am early.  Now for someone who usually sleeps until, dare I say it, 9am, getting up at 4 to let a dog out to potty is not fun.  What makes it even more not fun is that he is ready to go for the day, so when he goes back into his crate he isn’t so happy.  So the barking and whining starts and stops and starts and finally ends around 6:30 when he is really ready to get up and I am more willing to get up too.  Needless to say my sleep schedule is wacky and I am really tired. This morning I felt like I had been drinking all night, and I guarantee you I have not been doing that.  Unfortunately I do know what that feels like, from my pre Jesus days, so I can make a true comparison.  I put a call into the breeder and she is going to check for me to see if she has any tips on how to alter his schedule.  Other than that Max is doing really well. He is a smart dog. I taught him to lay down in two days.  Just tonight he alerted me that he had to go outside to potty.  Now that is a blessing.

In other non dog news, the next two weeks are crazy busy.  They include three birthday parties, a retreat, a baptism, date night with hubby to see a musical, a going away party, swim lessons, teeth pulling, and regular daily life.

How’s your summer going?

Susan

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Life at home

is all about the dog. He is doing really well and not complaining as much when he needs to go in his crate. He also went to the door to be let outside to go potty. That my friends is a victory. Now we just need him to sleep through the night without barking and crying and whining and moaning and groaning.  I think we are getting there though.  We met papa at work and had a picnic lunch and took Max on a long walk.  He was so tired.

I have to admit, after all the excitement of the Chinese students the last two weeks, I have been a bit bored this week. I have had nothing planned, which is probably a good thing since we got a puppy but now I am ready to plan some activities.  The kids are feeling a bit cooped up too as they seem to be arguing more lately.  I guess I really should be putting them to work.

I am happy to report that the garden is doing nicely. We have gotten all the lettuce we are going to get this year. Currently I have 7 gallon size ziplock bags full of lettuce. I am having to start giving it away so it doesn’t go bad.  The tomatoes are starting to turn red.  I cannot wait for them. The basil is huge. The carrots are not doing as well as I hoped.  The pumpkins are growing but unfortunately some little critter is eating it.  The cantelope, cucumbers and squash are not doing as well as I hoped. That is ok though, since it is the first garden in 7 years.

I am supposed to be doing math with the girls and I have not picked that back up yet.  I just don’t seem to have the motivation to start again.

The girls are signed up for swim lessons finally. Hopefully that will give us a more summery feel to our lives. The weather has not been that great the last two weeks which is highly unusual for the area this time of year.  I hope it warms up in August. Speaking of August I have two birthdays to plan back to back.  The oldest turning 10 is having a slumber spa party and inviting just two girls. I think it is going to be fun. The youngest turning 6 is having a monkey party.  If you haven’t read any of my posts on my other blog you won’t know that birthday cakes are my thing.  I love making them and decorating them. I will be sure to post photos of the cakes when they are done.

Tomorrow I am busy preparing for a small potluck BBQ at our house on Saturday.  It will be fun opening our home to new friends.

This week we have been going to the Tour of Homes. It happens every summer in late July and we have been going for at least 10 years.  I love going through newly built homes and getting ideas.  I have to be careful not to get in coveting mode and discontent mode. We have seen some really nice homes, all very different in style but also so outrageous in price that I don’t even bother to covet!

Well, I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Susan

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STINKERDOODLE

He was awake and making a whole lot of noise from 1am to 6am. Now, at 8am he is snoozing comfortably in his bed.  We gotta fix this.

Susan

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Maxerdoodle

This is our nickname for the pup. He went to the vet today and got an A- OK sign. He is doing really well. We miraculously have not had an accident in the house yet. But we did almost have two accidents. Our biggest challenge is getting him crate trained. I feared last night because he did so bad the night before. I basically didn’t get much sleep at all. Last night miraculously he did very well. Praying the same goes for tonight and from now on. He is really easy and a lot of fun. I highly recommend a Labradoodle even if it is a silly name!

Susan

PS- The photo of the pups in the sidebar is Max’s litter.  The breeder gave me a CD of pictures of when he was smaller. I just loved this photo so I had to put in on the blog.

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