Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pre-trip jitters

Not quite time for a trip but all the busy, busy things to do between now and then are list-making time!

Mr. Ren and Miss Abbie will be boarding in a lodge, actually the one where we got her. The owner is very nice and loves her Chi's. She has raised them for 10 years and has a Pet Lodge.
Since Ren right now has special needs, and she will let them out and love them more than a vet boarding, I'm pleased to say they will be boarding there and I'm sure will be spoiled. In fact, Abbie will be able to see her daddy (sire) whose name is Tuff. And, they can chi-chat together!  LOL

I usually pack enough, well, enough for 3 people so I best start now (SIGH)
The airline charges for extra luggage though has curtailed my "taking everything but the kitchen sink" on a trip.
Our last trip to Chicago, well, I did a little shopping and my one suitcase weighed 49.5 lbs and we came 1/2 pound close to paying overweight fees.

I'm stalling here...........I can't believe I just heard a SIREN in my own yard!
Bodyguard's partner came by to show him something that needed fixed on the deputy's car and I guess they had pushed the siren button, how embarrassing. At least we live in the country!

Anyway, after that short episode, Abbie is yodeling at the top of her lungs because I guess she is not well-socialized and not used to a siren in the yard. With a doggie dad named Tuff, I think she got a bit of his genes in her.

Ren is not doing too well. We have had to spend a good bit of time and attention with him and he is HIGH maintenance now. He sometimes walks in circles but still eats ok, his appetite is not as good as it was and I'm just worried about him. I know, I know, he is old, but I'm attached to him. We just make him as comfortable as we can and let him be.

Today was a hurry-hurry-wait kind of day at work and at lunch I flew out to Target to get some last minute things and I love to look through their dollar section at the front of the store.
They had some really cute gardening things and for a dollar each they were really nice. Got some tins to plant some herbs in (when we get back), potty papers (an endless list item) and T-R-E-A-T-S. Yep, we have to spell that word because if you say it around here then, she flies over to the treat jar and waits. Ren used to be that way but he can't hear much anymore.

I don't know around other parts of the world but right now in North Ga., the pollen came in one wave and the leaves  have grown overnight!  It's amazing at the sudden pollen surge (the yellow snow) on the car and porch now. But, on the drive home through country roads, I can't tell you how many colors of Spring I loved to see. I think my favorite is the lilic trees. They are at peak right now and beautiful. You know you love stitching when you can name the Crescent colors or DMC numbers by the leaf and spring blossoms! LOL

Four more days and then I'm ready to see some of this:

And this:

And This:

Is this not the sweetest cross stitched picture you ever saw?  I have no idea who the designer is but I would love to find out and stitch it. It's cute, cute there by the ocean. I actually forgot where I got it.

Although part of our trip will be for business, we hope to tour the city a good bit for a few days. And BG will be able to the entire week touristing while I'm stitching in a Gynecology conference. Yes, I know that seems weird but I got quite a bit done at my last conference on a Scarlet Letter piece.

I'm thinking now of all the ones I want to stitch and I will pick one fitting for the trip. I've got to pack light so I have to take only one? 

Till later,


  1. Have a great time! Sounds like Abbie and Ren will, for certain. :D

  2. Ooooo.....Chicago??? If you get a chance you should go visit Kim over at Tomorrow's Heirlooms in Glen Ellyn. I've never been to their shop, but I met Kim at market and she is a sweetheart! Check them out if you can:

    Enjoy your trip!

  3. So glad you have a homey place for the pups to stay. That makes all the difference.

  4. Have fun in Boston! My daughter lives in Quincy but we haven't been back for a few years. Eat lots of fresh seafood!

  5. Wow, that is the cutest design ever. I would happily trade it with you after you have stitched it =)

  6. Enjoy Boston! I lived there for a year as an Au-Pair and I just loved it. I really envy you ;-)
    Hugs Billie

  7. I love Chicago, except for O'Hare airport that is. It is such a fun place to visit. Don't pack too much. You need room to bring home all your goodies you pick up while you are there! Have fun.

  8. Have a great time and a safe trip. When our beloved Whiner got to the stage Ren is at, we knew the big decision was close at hand. It was hard and I spent many days just crying. My thoughts are with you.

  9. while there, two stitchy places to visit - the 3-story Designer's Desk shop in Geneva (about an hour's drive west of Chicago) and in Chicago, about 3 blocks from the magnificent Mile, is City Stitcher shop - both are grat and about 25 years old! have fun

  10. I am so glad to hear the Ren and Abbie will be well taken care of!

    Have fun on your trip - we'll be waiting to hear of all your and BG's adventures!


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