Saturday, April 21, 2012

Missing: Our Minds

 Friday on the way to work we dropped off our 'quilt shop dog - Maggie' at the groomers  
In her younger days, she 'modeled' - lol
Arrived at work ~ "Spouse" gets out of the car ~ opens the shop ~ and I think to myself - hmmmm....wonder why Bob (the/my 'Spouse') didn't let Maggie out of the car. I open the back door - no Maggie....what? OH! Right! We dropped her at the groomers (all of 5 minutes earlier - I should have seen this as a sign).  Half hour later - Bob is leaving for the DMV to renew his licence and now he's lost his keys. He ALWAYS knows where his keys are. We search....and search.....and search some more. 20 minutes later....the lost is found in a place he NEVER puts them. 

I visit with 3 wonderful ladies who have stopped in for a fabric fix while Bob is gone. They shop - we talk - they shop  - we laugh - they gather their goodies - we laugh a little more and then they leave.  Bob returns. Next in-our dear friend - we call her "Aunt Annie". Maggie LOVES her Aunt Annie because Aunt Annie = cheese and treats and hugs and sleep overs with cousins Sandy and Atticus. 
Aunt Annie = major SPOIL time.

Aunt Annie is in the shop for awhile - and after a bit she asks "Where's Maggie?" She ALWAYS comes running when she hears her Aunties voice. I think "how odd" - and we start to look. Not in the classroom -not by the fabrics (batiks are her favorite) -  not in her crate by  Bobs' longarm.....strange.....not in her little hidey spot behind a lattice partition....she is NOT in the shop!


I had just come back inside from behind the shop when Aunt Annie arrived - "Did you leave her outside?"  Bob asks - "Of course not" I say - but out the back door Aunt Annie runs...out the front door runs Bob.... back in the front door comes Bob and says...."It's okay"..... but I still don't see Maggie and I wonder HOW can it be OK? And then he says...."Remember? We left her at the GROOMERS?"  Oh My Gosh.....I can't believe that we BOTH forgot! What kind of parents are we?

Maggie has been our shop 'greeter' since she was 8 wks old....

....she is now almost 11! How could we forget? (btw - we finally DID remember to look for Aunt Annie outside and call her back into the shop). 

I was so happy and relieved when Maggie came back from her "spa morning" all clean and soft and manicured  - I had to make her a new cover for her collar.

 We got some fabulous fabric in today from "Kanvas" - a new division of Benartex ....and the wavy bright stripes just said "Maggie" to me. This little scrunchie collar cover is a snap to make! 

1) Cut a strip of fabric (on the width - 44"/45") - leave the selvages on. How wide is the strip? Measure AROUND the fattest piece of hardware on your collar - add 3/4"-1" to that and cut your strip that size. (Maggie's was about 2" around the buckle so I cut a strip 2-3/4" wide).

2) Fold strip Right Sides Together lengthwise and machine stitch a skimpy 1/4" seam all away across the 44" width to make a tube. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.

3) Turn Right Side Out - a big ole safety pin really helps with the turning!

4) Slip tube over the collar - scrunching it up to fit - folding the selvage ends IN (you can roll and top stitch the ends before you make the tube -  I've done it both ways, Maggie's not particular).

Here's our girl....she is NOT a camera matter how I plead or bribe...she will not look at the camera.

But ah-Ha! I fooled her!
I had planned to take step by step pictures as I made her scrunchie - but you guessed it, I Forgot!

Thanks for stopping by ~ see you again soon ~ I hope I remember the way back here :)
Lynn...The Thimblemouse >"<


  1. I guess we are getting older and some of us are losing our minds! I'm glad Maggie was found even if she wasn't really missing...another "Happy Birthday" to Bob and hope you are enjoying your weekend off.

    Darlene xxoo

  2. Loved this post!!! I felt right at home.

  3. Oh, how I can relate..and my hubby! this story and it sure made me laugh. When I attend a quilt guild meeting and I hear another 130 women complaining about the same lapses with similar stories...well, I just plain feel better ;)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, today. And for leaving such a dear message. I think it's important we share a lot of hard things..because then no one feels alone. I think Maggie is just beautiful, I love her new collar, and she is lucky to have such fun parents even if they do forget where they left her..once in a while ;)


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