Progress

What’s that, then? I looked it up –

1. A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage

2. Growth or development; continuous improvement

3. Forward or onward movement

So, the complete opposite of me during the past few months πŸ˜€

Scampi Dog was great in the house and garden but awful on walks. After a while he started to walk nicely on the lead, decided it was too much effort and went back to barking and pulling at everything that moved. I’ve met many dog walkers and they all told me of their training struggles and what finally worked for them. I’d go home (after another disastrous walk) full of enthusiam, determined that this latest bit of advice will be the thing that works. And it does – for about a week, then we’re back to square one. It’s like he thinks β€œdone that, bored now”! So I admitted defeat and contacted a behaviourist. I explained what was going on and she was full of ideas. She also said she didn’t think she’d need to visit us, what I’d described is so common in rescue dogs and I can probably sort this out by myself. Wrong, I thought! But after a few struggles, Scampi proved her right. We still went backwards sometimes and I couldn’t cope very well with his pulling and sometimes yanking on the lead, but the barking at everything that moves has mostly stopped. Except pushbikes, he still hates them! I bought a Halti headcollar and the pulling has stopped. We’re not quite there yet, but he’s much calmer now.

So, crochet. I’d almost forgotten what it is πŸ˜€ I have three Christmas cushion covers to finish and a half-made baby blanket. Also a jumper which is about a third done. I have no pattern and have never made a jumper before, I’m making it up as I go. I’ll definitely finish it but I’m not yet sure whether it’ll ever be worn, it’s not looking good, lol.

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Sunday, 8th November 2015 at 7:12 am 3 comments

Settling Down

My new routine is working well, though there are many Interruptions By Dog πŸ˜€ He’s a little star most of the time but sometimes decides to help with my crochet. It’s entertaining(!) when he decides that my hook is a stick and my yarn is a ball. And he likes to steal yarny flowers. I’m not bothered about keeping yarn away from him when I’m making things for myself, but the supplies for anything I want to sell have be in a fur-free zone. So I now have two areas for making and stashing. It means hooky progress has slowed down a bit, but it’s still progress and that’s OK. For a while I found myself rushing from one thing to the next without really thinking – ‘must clean the chicken shed, oh damn I forgot to water the tomatoes, that blanket has be ready in two days and I’m nowhere near finished…..’ etc. I’ve made time for everything and things are much easier to manage. I’ve even remembered to take photos of things as I go πŸ˜€

The California Lilac looked great before it dropped it’s petals

California Lilac

Fresh eggs from my girls

eggs

Strawberries, grown 10ft from my kitchen door

strawberries

Garlic from the garden, peeled and waiting to be whizzed with olive oil

garlic

WIP

girl double ripple

Monday, 13th July 2015 at 12:30 pm 3 comments

Caught up!

I’ve been playing catch-up, and now I’ve finally caught up! Scampi Dog has settled really well even though we had a week in Cornwall WITHOUT HIM. I didn’t want to leave him but it couldn’t be helped, he had a great time in boarding though – lots of play, cuddles and treats. I won’t be leaving him again, next time he’s coming with us πŸ™‚ I don’t have to watch his every move now, he’ll happily trot off down the garden for a snooze in his favourite spot, or entertain himself with sticks and a Kong (and the occasional flower pot!). Still loves lots of attention though πŸ˜€

The garden is tidy and the veg is growing well. I managed to pick just under 3lb of unripened cherries before the birds stole them all

cherries

I sowed four cucumber seeds, three died so I bought a few plants. They died too, so I’m only left with one. It’s growing really slowly, I’m not sure I’ll get any fruit. My raspberries haven’t produced anything either.

I have some lovely strawberries, and the plants have been busy sending out runners. I straightened(ish) out some paper clips then bent them in half to use as anchors until the new plants have rooted

strawberries

paperclips

strawberry runner

I haven’t crocheted anything – I almost did, then didn’t! I wanted to get the house and garden sorted properly then change our routine slightly. It’s working quite well, though it needs tweaking a bit. I’ve allowed plenty of time for yarn play πŸ˜€

Wednesday, 24th June 2015 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

A Bit Of Crochet

Mrs P, you mentioned adolescence (sorry but I couldn’t reply to your comment for some reason?!). Scampi is definitely showing adolescent behaviour – I feel like I’m constantly having an argument with him! lol. And the amount of fur he’s shedding is unbelievable, I’ve had to retire my faithful Henry vacuum cleaner and buy a Dyson Animal πŸ˜€

The second Scampi Blanket is finished. It IS straight, I promise – I had to fling it down and take the photo quickly, no time to be fussy when little paws are heading your way, lol. I put it on his seat and was thanked with a lick to my right eye, then he dragged the blanket onto the floor and sat on his seat without it πŸ˜€

New blanket

There’s a yarn bomb happening here, it’s at the Kingsholm Stadium and timed to coincide with the rugby world cup. I don’t know all the details yet, all I know is it has a garden theme. So I’ve been hooking mini flowers for a garland

Flowers

Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

Still Exhausted!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post! I also haven’t read anyone else’s posts, though it’s not through lack of trying. I have kept up with a forum I’ve used for years – I sneak on there first thing in the morning, while the house is quiet and Scampi Dog is still dozing. Once everyone’s gone off to work, I do a bit of housework, walk the dog, more housework, play with the dog, then he lies down for a sleep. I make a coffee and just as I sit down to drink it and log in here, he’s up again πŸ˜€

Dog training was two steps forwards and one step back for a while, which I expected, then a local cat decided to spend most of her time in next door’s front garden, in full view of my hall window. Scampi kicks off when he sees any cat, but he really hates this one and stands at the window and barks and barks and barks……. He forgets everything he’s been taught when he spots this cat and he’s wound up for hours afterwards, he spends the rest of the day going to the window to see if the cat’s there. It’s like all that training hasn’t happened. I can’t block his access to this window (I can to every other window in the house – why did that cat have to choose THAT spot?!) so I’ve been trying to train him to stay away. Fail. I’ve taken the easy, lazy way out I’m afraid – I’ve taped material to the window frame. That’ll do til I can sort out something permanent. I had no idea that hearing constant barking, then the constant tellings off, could leave me so tired πŸ˜€

The view from the window has been blocked for two days and I have peace! The window looks awful but I don’t care πŸ˜€ We had a routine going before Cat Stress, hopefully I can get back to it now. I will have time to sit and read my book, do a bit of crochet and flit about on the internet. I found more bits of yarn, added them to my Bits Basket and made a blanket for Scampi. It’s meant to be – and is mostly! – a semi-circle, it’s the first one I’ve made and I must’ve miscounted the stitches slighty, the straight edge isn’t πŸ˜€ Trying to get him to sit still and pose is impossible so I’ve quickly snapped these two photos

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DSCN0253

I’ve still got lots of bits left, so I started this (for the dog, again!) but had to abandon it while the Cat Stress took over. I’ll get back to it later today. Just as I took this photo, he grabbed the yarn and made off with it, a second later and the blanket was ruffled and I’d have only managed to capture about a quarter of it, lol

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Wednesday, 27th May 2015 at 12:54 pm 11 comments

Exhausted!

I’m completely worn out! I knew what to expect when Scampi moved in and pretty much everything was put on hold while he learned to trust us. Knowing what to expect and knowing how it will feel are two completely different things – I’ve had two babies so I know this but I was still surprised πŸ˜€ As his confidence grew, he didn’t feel the need to be my shadow quite so much, but all this meant was that I had time to eat and do a bit of housework in peace πŸ˜€ Now, he’ll happily lie in the sun in the garden while I get on with things. Occasionally he pops in and checks I’m still around, then wanders off to chew a stick or find his ball so we can play. He also gives me a look which says β€œDon’t you DARE shut the back door while I’m out here” πŸ˜€ We have a routine now, and I have time to pick up my crochet hook and make something.

Sleeping

So, I DID pick up my favourite hook – I’ve had it for years and I have no idea where it came from. It’s just always been in my sewing box, unused. It says size 3.50 but I have a set of newer hooks – it’s a bit bigger than the 3.50 and smaller than the 4.0. So we’ll just call it 3.75 πŸ˜€ The basket of bits has been brought back out and put on the coffee table. The hook has been placed in the basket. And that’s as far as I’ve got.

Yarn basket

Thursday, 23rd April 2015 at 6:01 pm 7 comments

Blogs And Dogs

I want to catch up with blogs and write a few posts (I’ve scribbled titles down to remind myself of what I want to say, lol) but Scampi has other plans for me. If he could talk, this is what he’d say –
β€œLook look look! I’ve peed for you – all over your carpet!”
β€œLook look look! I’ve peed on the bottom shelf, all over some DVDs!”
β€œPlay with me!”
β€œRub my belly!”
β€œThis training thing is hard work, I need a day off. Today, I will ignore everything you say. I’ll even ignore the treats in your pocket – you know, the ones I get when I listen to you – and I’ll stand at the window and bark at cars for two solid hours. OK?”

Crocheting with a dog in the house is interesting! Until two weeks ago, I had a small chest of drawers for yarn, plus there was a basket or box under the coffee table, a couple tucked beside the sofa, one under a chair and a variety of bits lying around. Whatever I was working on was on the arm of the sofa, with a trail of yarn leading to the floor.

Not anymore πŸ˜€ As much yarn as possible has been squished into the drawers, some is still in boxes and stacked on top of the tumble dryer in a small cupboard off the hallway (the space I laughingly call The Utility Room) and my basket of bits is balanced on top.

Scampi has a choice of three blankets but he keeps trying to steal the first ripple I made. Obviously I needed to make him one of his own. I picked some balls of yarn from the stash and asked him what he thought, but he assumed they were toys so I had to choose for him – hope he’s happy with the colours πŸ˜€

Scampi blanket

Tuesday, 7th April 2015 at 12:04 pm 7 comments

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