Monday, July 21, 2014

AndThisLittlePigsaid OMG!

DO NOT FAINT

I can't believe it has been since the end of January... slack Libbie.

Not much going on, no stitching, but a little craft.
A little knitting, this is 'tube' knit on two needles... Thank God for Youtube
New Fabric for a baby quilt for a young friends new baby boy.
A little bit of Australian bird life... Kookaburra
One of Quincy's puppies (Evie's granddaughter) now nearly 7 months old, this is Harriet giving you all the green eye, chocolate Long Dogs eyes are green.

The exciting news, Katie gave birth to five beautiful healthy puppies, 4 on the 4th of July and 1 on the 5th.
Girl, boy, girl, boy, girl.
Bridget, Vin Diesel, Carlee, Lump & Kinky
Katie pre-birth (Maud & Nellie behind)
Katie post-birth, yes I know black puppies on black doesn't work that well.
She loves them.
Puppy pile... Orange doesn't work that well either too bright.
Lastly this is little Kinky born on the 5th, her tail was folded under, so it has this cute little kink :@

So until next time... Libbie :@ (Whose byline is getting longer and longer)
The Pirate Meah Moo, Quincy, Katie, Pippie, Edith, Nellie, Harriet, Maud plus Five

PS I am on the record that none of Katie's puppies are staying, Kinky already has her forever home and it's local.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

AndThisLittlePig said Timberrr

A little over three weeks ago, one of the big gum trees (Eucalyptus) in my back yard dropped a big limb onto my back fence, which was just well... it could have been worse the fence is due to be replaced in the next couple of weeks, so not really too big a deal, until I had a couple of 'tree' men look at them with the view to taking them down.

This was when things went down hill. The bigger one had a crack, so today was the day they both came down.
My big trees today in the early morning light, from the neighbours front gate.
The one on the right is the 'bad' tree, close to 80 feet, and yes if it had come down, it would have hit my home or worse still the neighbours, right over their bedrooms.
This is just before I had gone to work, they had been at it about an hour.
Believe it or not as solid as this looks, the top was quite rotten. TM (tree man) 'One of the most frightening trees he had ever been up.'
Photo from my lovely neightbour T, took about four hours to take out the top of the tree.
Missed photographing timber by mere seconds. Never realised the second tree actually leaned towards T's house.
Hard Work
Both Gone
All that remained when I returned home.

Still have to have the stumps ground out, on the upside firewood for winter, downside, there goes all the afternoon shade from my yard, and as much as I loved these trees they had become dangerous, and they took all of the moisture out of the ground, so will be able to have a lawn and a nice vege garden.

So until next time... Libbie :@
with The Pirate Meah Moo, Quincy, Katie, Pippie plus Four

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AndThisLittlePig said Quilts and Puppies

So I've finished the top of my RLB baby quilt, finished it last night actually, tomorrow it is off to be quilted, I'm really happy with it, photo not that great snapped quickly this morning, and only a small corner section.
Where would a post go (my third for 2014 and already posted as much as I posted in 2013) without puppies photos.
I've named my chocolate girl, well it's sticking at the moment.
Meet Harriett... my cousins Long Dog had pups on Australia Day, one of each I told her to call them Harriett and Ozzie, and she said no more like Matilda and Aussie, and it was like Bingo!

Quick post it was the 28th when I started this and now it is the 29th.

So until next time... Libbie :@
with The Pirate Meah Moo, Quincy, Katie, Pippie plus Four

Sunday, January 26, 2014

AndThisLittlePig said Dogs Pups Stash

So the time has come to introduce you to our new Long Dog... so this is Katie as she is today.
The scar on the bridge of her nose is not the only scar she carries.
This was the first photo we saw of Katie on the local pound's (shelter) facebook page, Mum said she had a kind... sad eye.
This is Mum's Scarlett, she had been visiting to help Katie settle in, as Katie lived with Mum for around three months.
I think Scarlett enjoyed her visit, she certainly loves 'pink bunny' it may have to go home with her :@
Puppy photos... do you know how hard it is to choose which photos to leave out. So a simple collage of group photos.
This is one of the black and tan girls, looks content doesn't she?
Little Chocolate girl... still considering Maude :@
So yesterday I went to pick up the girls bulk chicken necks and called in at craft store, this is for a young friends first baby, not due to June, and seeing as I don't know the sex had to be neutral. Have christen the quilt RLB. Going to be simple design, hope to start later tonight or as this is the Australia Day long weekend.

Oh Happy Australia Day!!! Nice quiet day with the girls.

Decided to give the blog a bit of a face lift. What do you think?

So until next time... Libbie :@
with The Pirate Meah Moo, Quincy, Katie, Pippie plus Four

Friday, January 24, 2014

AndThisLittlePig said New Year New Hope

Hey I'm back... well I hope I am... going to try anyway.

So 2013 the year that was, and is never to be repeated.

So a recap, little or no stitching, the mojo just wasn't there, any stitching will be a big improvement on last year.

April was the month of the big dog fight, in which Meah came of second, third, fourth and fifth best, that's how many drains she had in.

August will never be look on again in the same way, after loosing Evie, Podge and Ava.

November wasn't ready to let Meah off without another major medical event. In brief I came home late from work one evening to find her with a very swollen eye, I suspected an infection, so gave her some pain killers left over from her fight, and took her to the Vets early the next morning.

Well my Meah likes to be different glaucoma, only I could have a dog who at five and half has glaucoma, there were really no options but to remove the eye. So Meah who is also called Moo is now also called The Pirate Ahhh :@
No gory photos we had enough of them last time, but I will say she came through it with flying colours.
No. No photos please.
Yes that is blue in the other eye, she will go blind, and I have already made the decision that if her remaining eye "blows" than I will be letting her go. It sounds awful I know... dogs can live blind etc, and if she had a different personality/temperament it would be fine, but she just doesn't like other dogs, even when she had two perfectly good eyes, she is spoilt rotten and high strung. Every day is a blessing and I hope she is round for many years to come, to continue being spoilt.
So not all of 2013 was sh!t, it ended well on December 30 my beautiful Quincy whelped four beautiful puppies.
All girls, can you believe it! Their father Frank, is one of Evie's many sons, he is also Podge's younger brother, and little Ava's litter brother.
Quincy just loves them.
And they love her...
I can't pick a favourite, nor can I choose names, the chocolate girl will be staying and one of the black and tan girls as well, if I can ever decide... Little chocolate is more than likely going to be called Maude, until I change my mind again.

Want some lovely old-fashioned names, in a non-doggy way :@ And no Lilly/Milly/Tilly names, Quincy's first daughter who I kept ended up being christened Pippie, which I will admit in the end was just like calling her puppy, her litter sister was called Lilly by her new people, and her brother Billy. You can see where I am going.

There was one other addition to the household in 2013, a rescue Dachshund called Katie (Mum named her) she had a silly name and didn't answer to it anyway. Skin and bone, was surrender to the local pound (shelter) 9-10 months old for biting the children was the description. Well I ask you, if you were starving, and had 5 yes 5 kids at you all day you'd bite. Well she doesn't bite she just hadn't been taught not to, she was just treating the kids like puppies. I will get you a photo if I ever get her to sit still long, she is a very happy girl, and loves Pip... well unless there is food involved, but she is learning.

So turning over a new leaf, new year, puppies to watch grow and love, make time for stitching and try to just enjoy life each day at it comes.

So until next time... Libbie :@
With The Pirate Meah Moo, Quincy, Katie, Pippie plus Four

Saturday, September 28, 2013

ATLP said Pumpkins for Cathey

Imagine my surprise when on a whim I checked in on my blog, and wondered what all this "Pumpkins for Cathey" posts were about.

Daffy you are one fine Cat and a wonderful person and friend!

So happy blogoversary Cathey we all love and think about you, your DH and Junior.

Two pumpkin finishes, both are wonderful to stitch.
Country Cottage Needleworks - Pumpkin Cottage 
Little House Needleworks Pumpkin Hollow

Until next time... :@ LiBBiE in Oz

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Devastation

The heading alone will tell you this isn't going to be good.

I've been gone from blogging and cross stitch for several months, just real life and such. I am yet to stitch a single stitch this year, and can see that going on for the foreseeable future. I stop in and check out my groups occasionally and a few blogs.

But things in my life have come to a screeching halt, my devastation and grief is so raw. Below will explain to some degree I still can't fathom it in my mind.

What you are about to read was written nearly a month ago in the early hours of the morning on one of many sleepless nights...

Please understand if I don't respond.
The Innocent
Evie, Ava, Podge

These are the faces of the innocent. Look at them and you tell me what harm have they ever done?

Every year around this time between August and September I take a week off work and come to Tamworth to visit my parents. My dogs always come with me. Evie, Quincy, Podge and this year little Ava.

For a week these spoilt four get to rough it a little in the country. They get to live in a big enclosed run with a kennel and plenty of blankets.

With early morning runs before the chooks are let out. Town dogs and chooks don't mix.

They run and play in the crisp morning air, smelling things I'm sure they dream all year of doing. Horse and cow manure, the chooks and the ducks. Maybe even pick up the scent of a rabbit or a fox.

Before being safely locked back up. Secure.

Well on Sunday 4 August, everything was not safe. A person or persons unknown had thrown baits over the front boundary fence of my parent's and neighbouring property.

At 1pm we received a phone call from the frantic neighbour one of her dogs was dead, the other dying, the second dog died on the way to the vets, were our dogs alright?

I never gave a second thought to my girls they were safe and secure.

They were already dead.

The horror of finding them Sunday afternoon in their pen, their bodies cold, unmoving, stiff will haunt me for the rest of my life. And my poor Quincy had spent the day with her friends. She had watched them die.

Imagine her as she went from body to body confused as they would not respond to her, as they grew cold where they had always been warm, someone to wrap around and sleep.

So to this person, some will call you an animal, but you are wholly a human being, animals don't poison each other.

I don't live in Tamworth, my dogs don't live in Tamworth I don't know if you did this because some dog or dogs in the area was annoying you. I do know that baiting is never an option.

If you didn't want to contact the owner, a note in a mailbox is an easy thing. A simple "keep your dog at home" or "your dog barks all night, all day". If you didn't know who owned the dog or the dog was allowed to go on unchecked phone the Council Ranger.

Or maybe you thought it would be fun to see how many dogs you could kill.

In either case I can't help you. You are a sick, twisted individual as the police officer told me, "people do bad things."

Family and friends have told me that karma will get you, karma doesn't help me, Evie, Podge and Ava or my poor heartbroken Quincy.

But let me tell you what you have done. You have murdered my dogs, you planned this with the intention of killing, well you did my dogs are dead, the neighbours dogs are dead.

Evie was five years old, she had lived with me for three years, and she loved unconditionally from the moment she came into my home. Evie never hurt a soul, she certainly never hurt you.

Podge two and a half, as my mother said, 'Could you have picked a worse name?' But she was Podge from the moment she was born, don't know where it came from, she was and will always be Poddy Podge.

Little Ava nine months, loved by everyone bright and happy in only the way a puppy can be, and her big sister Podge was the best thing ever.

Podge and Ava will never again chase each other in the back yard, around the car, zip through the pot plants, past the clothesline and back again, while Evie and Quincy sat in the sun watching them.

Ava loved strawberries, always in my strawberry patch, Podge helping, I suppose I will have strawberries now.
None of them will ever again wrap themselves around my neck and snuggle in.

This is what you have done, I hope you can live with the five lives you took on Sunday 4 August, your life will go on, so will mine but with a very big hole.

I have in the past always said 'going home' to visit my parents. I have never lived in Tamworth, but it is where my parents live so it was going home. Now Tamworth will always be the place where my dogs were murdered.

I hope you are proud of what you have done, so proud that you will step forward and take ownership of this malicious act, it won't bring my girls back.

But I doubt it as you are a spineless, gutless individual and a lot of other words that can't be printed, I do hate you, but mostly I pity you, a poor pathetic excuse of a human being.