One of our favorite blogs to read is All Things Collie. They are such gorgeous collies and we learn so much from them. Not long ago, they posted about a new book they were reading. The author, Dorothy Bodoin, has a long series of books available and mom was intrigued. So off she went to ebay to see if she could find a copy of the first volume in the series for a good price.
It came in the mail and she can't seem to put it down!
It normally takes mom FOREVER to read a book but not this time. She finished it and she LOVED it.
She loved it so much that she wants to read more books from the Foxglove Corner series. This time she went to Alibris to ordered more books because ebay didn't have the second volume and Alibris did!
I'm not sure I am liking mom's new hobby of reading so much.
What about putting that book down and playing ball with me, mom!
Their mom, Miss Staci, makes these wonderful homemade soaps!
This is what Miss Staci says~~
It all started with a desire to create something. Something that could
be useful. A creative outlet to get lost in with an element of danger.
A cross between chemistry
and art, cold process soap is the chemical reaction between the fats
found in oils combined with lye. Add some color and the design
possibilities are endless. This process creates a gentle soap that is
cured for 4-6 weeks producing a preservative free long-lasting bar.
We did the research. Meticulously formulated each recipe, choosing skin
loving vegetable based oils for our canvas along with cosmetic grade
colorants and clays as our paints. Each small batch of
handcrafted soap is generously hand cut by Staci. Each soap bar is
creative and unique. Being naturally sensitive to scents, our soaps are
gently scented with essential oils or phthalate-free fragrances. Our
products are tested on humans, not animals. Just ask Lucie!
Lucie, our Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix is our inspiration. Our
heart dog. Every second we have with our beloved dogs is a blessing. **************************************************************************
I can't even tell you how satiny smooth these soaps are and how wonderful they smell - good enough to eat - that's how good!
I am so relieved that this soap is not for me☺
Mom says that the soaps make her skin feel satiny smooth. She went with the orange scented soap first. No, she didn't come out of her shower smelling like an orange☺
She sure does love her Shady Dog soap!
BTW, mom ordered 3 bars of soap and Miss Staci sent her 5 bars! Thank you, Miss Staci. That was so incredibly thoughtful of you! Mom is a very happy customer!
Let's see what flowers we can find on our walk today, mom~
We found beautiful coneflowers!
They are so pretty close-up~
Finally, we found Butterfly Weed! It was too early in the morning for the butterflies to be out and about.
The oregano in my garden is blooming. I guess the woodchuck doesn't like oregano either. GOOD!
We found this flower at the base of my stairs. We had to look her up as we had no idea who she was. This is an Asiatic Dayflower. It's described as an invasive weed. We think she's a very beautiful weed. We found a most interesting video at YouTube about the Asiatic Dayflower.
And we found more beautiful Daylilies!
Wow - this Zinnia is sure vibrant!
This Zinnia is easier on the eyes but I still like the hot pink one better☺
We think this might be Beebalm? We thought it only came in red?
ABOUT PIPER Piper needs eye
surgery to spare her the discomfort she has endured for so long and to
prevent her from going blind. She has a birth defect in her eye called a
Dermoid. This is a condition caused by a tissue that grows in an
abnormal location. Piper's is on her cornea. It is quite large with hair
follicles growing out of it. The hair rubbing against her cornea has
caused several scars on her retina. She also has a large cyst under the
same eye as a result of the dermoid.
Piper is a young 4-year old who thinks she is still a pup. She lived
chained up outside for most of her life until SOAR rescued her. She is
living in a loving foster home that is soon to be her forever home. She
is a delightful girl who loves to play and enjoys romping in the water.
Piper is in good health except for her eye issues. She has suffered long
enough and we want to help her.
All proceeds from this auction
will go toward the expense of her eye surgery through the Diana Muldaur
Fund. Piper asks that if there is any extra money raised that it stay
in the Diana Muldaur Fund to help the next rescue Airedale who needs it.
The auction to help Piper raised $3,537.23! YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
This was the auction listing~~
My collar and leash arrived - all the way from New Zealand last Saturday. Isn't my collar so pretty☺ I just love it!
Miss Rebecca tucked a special ornie in the package. It's Christmas in July, right!
It's been months since mom has done any knitting. She didn't know what to knit. All she knew is that she wanted to knit something - anything. A scarf can always be used.
Mom loves Etsy. She checks out handmade things on there all the time.
She decided one day to look for yarn bowls. She has seen lots of wooden ones and some of them are just gorgeous but she wonders how they stay put and not dump the yarn as you're pulling on it. Wood isn't really all that heavy. And she wondered how a pottery one would work - and one that has a squatty bottom that made lots of contact with the floor.
She found the perfect yarn bowl! It looks black and tan but it's actually a very dark forest green and it has a beautiful Columbine flower on it.
The potter, Miss Chaucy, lives in Colorado so she knows Columbine flowers well.
And when mom knits, we are constantly reminded of our friends, KB and Shyla and R, who also live in Colorado and post lots of beautiful Columbine flowers on their blog☺
This is the back of the yarn bowl. That slot really does work and this bowl does not tip over at all. It's heavy and well made and so beautiful and mom absolutely loves it!
You're being silly, mom~~
Miss Chaucy is also on facebook and as mom scrolled through her posts, she noticed that she does pumpkin pottery in the autumn. I have a funny feeling this won't be the first and last time she she buys something from Miss Chaucy!
I chose Caru Baked Bites to review this month for Chewy. I chose the soft and tasty Lamb flavor. They are made with real lamb, blueberries and cranberries☺ There is no wheat, gluten, corn, soy or by-products added. These are the real deal and best of all - they are made in the USA!
The package contains different size treats and if you want to break them up into small pieces for training (and who would want to) you can. Mom always buries her nose in MY treat bags and she says these smell absolutely delicious and of course, I agree!
I love playing with my interactive toys and these lamb bites are the perfect size!
It's empty, mom. I found them all. Time to load in more treats!
Caru Baked Bites are made in small batches in the USA from a family owned company. They come in many other flavors, even alligator!
I give them 4 paws up! That are THAT good! You gotta check these out! They're superyummy and you won't be disappointed!