Monday, August 26, 2013

The Dog Days of Summer

What we did on our summer, remember back in the old days when you went back to school you always had to write an essay on what you did on your summer vacation? Well the kids have been back in school for over 2 weeks now and our routine is starting to get back to normal after one crazy summer. 
At the end of July we had to put down our beloved Misty (the black Cocker Spaniel). She was 13 years old blind, death, and full of tumors all over her body. Here she is with our other dogs Sandy, and Kanner visiting with our neighbors cat (who unfortunately went missing this summer and believed to have been slain by coyotes).

 My eldest daughter Vicki was very attached to Misty so when we had to say goodbye to her my daughter brought home a new puppy...her "Baby". His name is Hossa (yes another dog named after a Chicago Blackhawks player). He is a Lab/Chow/Mastiff mixed and will be a BIG dog. But in these 2 pics he is tiny.

Unfortunately he did not stay this small....will post more pics of him later this year.

 Then there is my Daughter Rachel, she is now a senior in high school and has been trying to find a part time job for the past year...yes that long. Jobs are scarce these days for teenagers and college kids due to the economy and so many adults out of full time employment that are forced to take on multiple part time jobs just to make ends meet and take care of their families.  So Rachel started sewing again :0) she is thinking of selling baby quilts on my web site to earn some money for college. I have been tossing around the idea of opening an Etsy store to sell finished quilts for awhile now (might just start out selling them on the Gecko website to see how that goes first) which got her thinking that would be a good way to make some money. So here she is working on a tumbler block baby quilt in blues (fabrics from my stash of course). We are hopping to have some quilts for sale before the end of the year of various sizes. Stay tuned for more on this. Even though Gecko Quilts is evolving we will still be doing the long arming part of the business & will be working without vacations/breaks through the holidays. So call and make your drop off appointments as soon as possible to ensure that they will be done in time for Christmas. :0)

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