The Jasper Chronicles

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 No comments
It all started in March of 2009!   Let's go back....Big Daddy knows the love I had for a tiny poodle and how I grieved (who am I kidding, I am still grieving) when she died...

I am constantly "studying" dogs and dog breeds and was intrigued by labradoodles and goldendoodles, sounded too good to be true.  One day, Big Daddy called me and said,"I'm going to David's to get THAT DOG."  HUH?????  He swears we discussed THAT DOG, trust me, I would remember.....this is how is went down:

1. I came home from work and there was Big Daddy and THAT DOG sitting in the seat of the truck.
2.  I loved him!  Large yellow goldendoodle!
3.  We didn't know a whole lot about him but we were convinced he was perfect!
4.  He was barked at my mean hateful chihuahuas and ignored by the best dog ever--I felt sorry for him. 
5.  He began his tricks one day when Big Daddy went to work...Jasper, like a thief in the night, slipped onto the bed beside me.  (seems he slept in the bed at his former residence)
6.  He rode to school and Nana's with us (they must have ridden him around in the car).
FAST FORWARD UNTIL JULY 4th........I finally meet the "lady" that gave him is how it happened:
Her: How is Jasper?
Me:  Good, he sleeps in our bed and rides in the car, blah, blah, blah
Her: Really???? He wasn't allowed in our house, he slept in the garage....
WE WERE SNOOKERED!  He led us to believe he was a pampered dog and he spent his life in a garage....too late to turn back now.

The "AFTER" of Granny's Chair---FINALLY

Saturday, July 10, 2010 1 comment
Before:  Remember the chair Granny gave Little Girl in December of 2008???

Here is the final product....funny thing....I didn't realize until just a minute ago that we ended up with the exact same fabric I had on my blog......didn't have a clue.  Weare thrilled with the final product. I was very expensive but we are hoping she will pass it along to her grandchildren. Thanks Granny.

It Is Weighing On Me!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010 No comments
Okay, here is how it went down....I can barely sleep just considering the consequences of it all....

At a recent 4th of July party my 6 year old book reading angel saw his elementary school LIBRARIAN and he said,"Hey Ms. Strudel, how many books have you read??" (Her name is not Strudel but she got married recently and apparently he couldn't recall either her maiden or married names...)

She replied,"Hundreds.." and smiled. I, on the other hand, GASPED..HUNDREDS of a WHOLE lifetime????WHAT? I probably read about 100-150 EVERY YEAR!

I haven't been able to stop thinking about which wonderful books she HAS NOT read....she probably knows Scout and Boo Ridley in To Kill a Mockingbird (she went to High School, after all)..BUT.....

she probably hasnt:

cried when Clay opened the box with his quilt in Clay's Quilt by Silas House, OR
bawled the UGLY cry when grandpa sewed roses into the burlap to line Grandma's grave in Cold Sassy Tree, by Olive Ann Burns, OR
does she even know the merits of both Joe Merelli and Ranger in the Stephanie Plum series??? Does she even know about Grandma Mazur?

It has been hard for me NOT to e-mail her a suggested summer reading would surely include:
1. Cold Sassy Tree, my favorite
2. Every Fannie Flagg book, NOT THE MOVIES
3. the Miss Julia series by Ann Ross, maybe she doesn't know Hazel Marie is expecting twins with Mr. JD Pickens!!!!!
4. She could start with Llama, Llama, Mad at Mama
5. The whole darn Mitford series!

It pains me to think she is a librarian and has only read hundreds of list grows longer daily....she probably doesn't like dogs either!