Saturday, October 31, 2009


Happy Howl-o-ween
to all of our friends in blogland

Be safe.
Let your peeps eat all the chocolate.
Be careful around lighted pumpkins.
Don't run out into the street.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java
and thier Mom and Dad, Gary and Lynn

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Good Morning and welcome to TRUE COLOURS THURSDAY. In honor of Halloween, today's colour is BLACK. Our host for today is Blue and if you'd like to play along, just run on over to her blog and let her know - it's that easy!!

Mom has been busy designing an Etsy label
because she thinks that maybe
she might try to list a few items on there -
so far she hasn't,
but you can see it shows our house
with its tarred BLACK roof.

And our BLACK walnut tree is
looking spooky against the blue sky.

Check out this little patient BLACK Scottie
dressed in a flying monkey costume.
He was posted on one of the
Scottie rescue sites.
We can't imagine doing this,
no matter how many treats were involved!

Here are our twin BLACK Angus calves
with their mother watching nearby.

And (um, DAD, hint,hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
here is a purse that Mom wants
with a BLACK Scottie adorning it.

Have a great day and
enjoy our colorful world.
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


In honor of our friend Snazzi Jazzi, we are posting our evening meal. As you can see there are boiled eggs and cheese on top of our kibble. Java gets a Glucosamine supplement, with senior food. Piper and Lilly both eat puppy chow and Carrleigh eats small dog food. All of them get an Omega-3 capsule. Java and Carrleigh will eat theirs whole, but Mom has to burst Piper and Lilly's and spread it around on their food. We all get a dollop of olive oil, except for tonight, when Mom broke down and put bacon grease over our food in honor of Miss Snazzi's request.

We have to eat in shifts. Tonight Java and Lilly got the first shift and Piper and Carrleigh are outside playing in the pen. Mom will bring Piper and Carrleigh in soon so they can eat and Java will go out and Lilly might go out in the pen for a few minutes. Lilly and Carrleigh are going through an arguing/hormonal spell so they can't be together right now.

Have a great evening.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


On Sunday,
Mom and Dad
got us up early.
We walked, drank water, ate
and then got ready
so they could leave us!

and go stand in this line.
It really looks like a lot of people
milling around in a room,
but according to Mom and Dad,
this was an organized line.

When they got to the end of the line,
they saw this sign.
It doesn't seem like too many people
when you live in the city,
but where we live,
that's a lot.

The Meadows of Dan
Fire Department and Ruritan Club
were having their annual pancake breakfast.
It is the last 2 Sundays in October.
They have buckwheat cakes, pancakes,
homemade sausage and gravy.
Also butter and syrup.
Mom said it was really yummy.
Even though she grew up here
she had never tried buckwheat cakes and gravy.

Once they left the breakfast,
they went to
Poor Farmer's Market
Dad teased Mom for acting like a tourist
when they were less than 30 miles from home.
In her mind Mom could hear
the pumpkin chorus singing
with the wind-chime band.

The colors of the mums
were just phenomenal.
And the cabbage grown on the mountain
is famous for miles around.

Virginia is also famous for it's apples.

This is a corn maze.
Mom didn't get too close to it -
somehow it just freaks her out
thinking about getting lost in
all of that corn.
There was a corn maze
at our local high school
that had an unwelcome visitor
this past weekend.
A black bear got in there
and chased the kids out.
It's a good thing that Mom didn't
hear this until later in the day.

Their next stop was at
Greenberry House.
And Mom finally
got to meet a fellow blogger.
Leslie Shelor is the proprietor
of Greenberry House
and quite a talented artisan.
Mom and Leslie
decided that it was time for
Mom and Tammy
at Footheel Sock Knitter blog
to meet,
so they made arrangements
to meet at
Greenberry House
next week.
If anyone is close by,
we're sure they would like to meet you too.
The pancakes had settled
so they decided to do
little wine tasting
Chateau Morrisette Winery.
And Mom was pleased to see
that one of their new wines
is dedicated to service dogs.
It made her think of our
friend, Clive.

We know you can't tell what this is,
but they are sheep -
that desperately need sheering.
Their fuzzbutts rival any 'dales'.

Their ride through the countryside
took them to Buffalo Mountain.

The next stop
was to do a little cider tasting
at Foggy Ridge CIder.
Here they saw an unusual site -
even for the mountains -
a mule drawn wagon.
And the last stop of the day
was at
Blacksnake Meadery
where Mom fell in love
with the screen door.
But she found out that
she does not like mead.

We missed them while they went
on this little jaunt,
but they came home
feeling like they had been
on a little vacation.
They were only gone a few hours
so we were able to stay home alone.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Saturday, October 24, 2009


This morning when Carrleigh jumped up in Mom's lap,
Mom thought she smelled bad and needed a bath.
If you've ever bathed a terrier before,
you know they must be
thoroughly combed out before bathing.

So Mom put a leash on Carr and was going
to take her outside to the grooming table.
(Mom was even wearing
her "professi
onsal" dog groomer's coat
so we knew what was about.)

About the time Mom opened the door to take Carrleigh out,
Piper zipped out onto our "inside" porch,
stood up against the door to the "outside" porch
and low and behold - it opened.
And out he went - totally ignoring the two groundhogs
who were standing in front of the granary.
Piper was off on "the great leaf chase" and
the wind was blowing so hard it was giving
him a lot of chances to chase leaves.

Mom panicked a bit, but then she decided
that Piper wasn't really trying to go anywhere
but the corner of the yard where all of the leaves were.
She went back in the house and got a leash
and her camera and proceeded to do
a little off leash photoshoot.He evaded Mom by trying
to get behind the farm trailer.

He totally tried to ignore her.

But during all of this running,
Mom got a picture that will probably
be one of her favorites of him
and will go on her website.

While Mom was photoing Piper,
Carrleigh was patiently tied to our
Canine Hitch.
(as you can see in the picture,
it is strong enough for bullies,
so it should hold a Scottie, right?)

Once Piper was caught,
Carrleigh got brushed
and readied for her bath.and now she's the cleanest one!

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Friday, October 23, 2009


This morning Java and Lilly
were snoopervising Mom
during the fixing of the breakfast bacon.

It was coming along really well,
getting nice and crispy,
just the way we like it.

And she had some pancakes
frying on the griddle.

But then she looked out the window
and saw this stoopid groundhog
right in front of our Polaris.
He was the sentry and we saw another one
run between the wheels of the Polaris
and back into the granary.
After that, all Mom wanted to do was
get a photo of him standing up.
It didn't take too well out
our dirty laundry room window.
And the bacon was only a little black
around the edges.
We still ate it
and licked our lips
and wanted more.

Wonder if we caught that groundhog,
if Mom would fry it up nice and brown?

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Good Morning,

And welcome to True Colours Thursday. Our host for tod
ay is Blue and the colour for today is GREEN. If you'd like to play along, just go over and let Blue know and you're in. It's that easy! Next week's colour is BLACK.

We went into our archives today to find some photos so you may have seen some of these in the past.
Back in May,
we were the lucky winners
of the drawing
Maggie and Mitch had
for their 600th post.
Those yummy apple treats
you see in the GREEN bag
are long gone,
but we still enjoy the
GREEN tug of war toy
and of course
Mitch's signature pig.

Our favorite mode of transportation
is our GREEN Polaris Ranger.

This Scottie cookie cutter
is setting on the GREEN 1950's dinette set
that is in our kitchen.

Piper has a GREEN bowl.

And here is Lilly standing in the
GREEN, GREEN grass of home.

GREEN always makes Mom think of our Grandpa.
For some reason, he wouldn't eat GREEN food,
like GREEN jello, GREEN jelly or GREEN cake.
He did like GREEN vegetables,
but stayed away from any foods that
contained GREEN food dye.

Have a wonderful, colorful day.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Good Morning
and welcome to Wheely Wednesday with Angus.
He is going to show you some of Mom's endeavors
during the last couple of weeks.

She and her cousin made hats
for our local Roanoke Warming Families project.
These are ready to go to the post office
and she will mail them tomorrow -
the deadline is October 31st.

She almost has a Cookie Sheet Baby Blanket
knitted for a project Sue b
rought to her attention.
She needs to get this finished and in the mail by this weekend.
The deadline is November 1st.

And she has been making gift tags
from copies of vintage Scottie cards and prints.
She just prints them out on the computer,
then glues them to a manila tag
and embellishes them with a button, bead or bell
- pretty simple and cute!!
We know we'll be seeing these on our Christmas gifts!!

Every year, she makes unique Christmas "cards" for Dad's coworkers. One year she wrapped microwave popcorn and put a tag on it that said "We're popping in to wish you Merry Christmas" - pretty corny, we know, but they loved it. BOL!! She has given them packs of birdseed, custom wrapped candy bars, Christmas wands (candy canes) and a plethora of other things. This year she's having a hard time trying to come up with something - she's cheap - it must cost about the same amount as a Christmas card and stamp - if anyone has any ideas, she'd love to hear them.

We're off to help Mom clean out the fridge - we love that job, but she won't let us do it by ourselves.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Yesterday, we woke up
to 26 degrees Fahrenheit.
But the weatherman
predicted better weather for today.
And he was right,
it was 28 degrees.

And it got the last of
Mom's roses
which are protected
against the house.

Many of you have asked
if Lilly is home.
Mom went to get her
last Thursday
and she is back on the throne.
Of course we don't know
yet if she has babies
in her belly.
We can only hope.

And for those of you who asked,
Mom is doing better.
She is not 100% yet,
but we think she'll be there soon.
Thank you for your concern.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Sunday, October 18, 2009


We'd like to introduce you
to our friend,

Animal Lover, Quilt Lover.

She is a devoted mother
who loves her grown sons,

Her dog Bambi

And her cat, Happy.

Fern is a talented textile artist,
and loves quilts,
but most of all she loves her husband, Tom.
She is a housewife
who would enjoy your company.
Please stop by and give Fern
(along with Bambi and Happy)

a rousing DWB welcome
to the blogging community.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

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