Going to Miss Him, Charlottes Web, and a Few More Baskets

When their lease was up, my youngest son and a roommate parted ways ( they are still close friends but the roommate was going to move in with a girlfriend). At that point my son moved in with his dad temporarily and if you are a regular to this blog you know that his dad died in early April and he moved in with me.

He’s moving out to a place in the country soon with a friend. While he’s always visited with Koopa, and I’ve shown pictures of Koopa on this blog since he was a little pup, I’ve never had Koopa here on a daily basis until now and I have gotten very used to him being my little grey shadow ; I am going to miss him.

He’s such a beautiful pit…pure muscle. He eats enough but he works it off outdoors running and jumping.

He is very cuddly and sweet for much of the day…

And I have a feeling that he is going to miss me too :)

And he’ll miss his porch time out front…viewing the show ( this was after a nice thunderstorm and soaking rain…the birds were bathing across the street in the neighbors puddles )

Meanwhile, I have short daylilies on the side of the house that have been in bloom for awhile but the tall ones ( about 5 feet or so) in the front of the house are just coming in to bloom now. This shot is taken from the porch after that rain :

The background is my neighbors driveway. Earlier in the day I’d gone out with my camera and saw a web starting between two of the flowers and when I looked closely, I found Charlotte :) Now, I am not a fan of spiders in my house but Charlotte stayed put and let me get a photo …

I appliqued three more Little Baskets this week, using the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month, which is yellow. I certainly have various shades of that in this grouping! :)

As to further applique and slow stitching over the weekend, I showed hand-quilting progress in a previous post ( HERE ) and that is ongoing.  I have finished up the prep work in regards to appliqueing another Elizabeths Pride block and am ready to get started on that.

I don’t have whole house A/C and we just put two units in downstairs. Upstairs… sweltering at the ironing board prepping these pieces during a heat wave….well let me just say that I wish I was doing this instead :)

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I’ll be joining other RSC participants at So Scrappy and other Slow Stitchers at Kathys Quilts this weekend.


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34 Responses to Going to Miss Him, Charlottes Web, and a Few More Baskets

  1. Jo ButterZ says:

    Great photo of the spider and web….
    Cute yellow baskets…

  2. Gretchen says:

    Your baskets are so cute. I really like how you add a circle to them or fussy cut so there is a flower in the center. That a nice change from the regular diamond reversed appliqued in them. Soon I’ll be having garden spiders making their webs in the flowerbeds and garden. I also don’t like spiders in the house but the garden spiders are beautiful!

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, I am sure you will miss Koopa. He is a beautiful dog. I hope he comes back for visits with your son. Your dayliles are pretty. Cute shots of the birds bathing in the puddles. The spider looks a little creepy. Have a happy day and weekend!

  4. barb says:

    cute baskets and pretty applique
    What a sweet pup with such pretty coloring. I know you’ll miss your little buddy

  5. Karen says:

    I’m sure you will miss the dog (and your son) but you will get used to being back in your normal routine – I must prep some more baskets soon – I really need to sit down and prep about 20 to keep on hand instead of 3 or so

  6. Joyce says:

    Koopa is easy to love – a constant source of entertainment – but he will always be your grand-puppy and I know that neither he nor “daddy” will ever be strangers!
    It’s amazing the artistry in tiny creatures like Charlotte! Every teeny tiny geometric detail, all in perfect place for those with time to marvel at them! Oh the talent of our Almighty God!

  7. I do love those basket blocks!
    And what a lot of small applique pieces you have ready to sew!
    I only have one little window air conditioner to keep the summer manageable… and it’s really old! But here the summer is really only around for 2 months, so I can stand it.

  8. Kim says:

    That pup is adorable. It’s easy to see why you will miss your furry friend… :)

  9. We are dog people–typically over our 23 year marriage we have had three dogs at a time. Two of those dogs were amazing pitbulls—they are truly exceptional dogs!

  10. Bernie says:

    Your writing has this soothing, lyrical tone to it. I love reading your blog. Hope you get to have regular visits with the pup. Your pictures of him are wonderful. Same for the photo of Charlotte. Great shot.

  11. gayle says:

    There you go again – tempting me with all that pretty applique…
    I hope your little buddy gets lots of chances to come visit!

  12. BillieBee says:

    You will definitely miss him. We had one of our Granddogs for 6 months. She has long gone over the rainbow bridge now, but still think of her as mine. Another will spend a week around the 4th of July. The grandkids are almost grown, but I still babysit the pups…giggle.

  13. FlowerLady says:

    What a handsome dog Koopa is. He’s had a nice vacation with you and he won’t forget you.

    Love your baskets. I am in awe at all of the applique quilting project you create.

    Lovely flowers, but you can have Charlotte. :-)

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

  14. Thanks for the shots of the birds in the puddles and the dog, who has such a gentle expression. You sure will miss him. The lily pic is so dramatic. At first I thought the were shot against storm clouds. I enjoy sharing all your homey pictures.

  15. Claudia A. says:

    Awe. Well you know what that means… time for you to rescue a baby for Koopa to play with.

  16. Such a sweet dog! I have had the orange fabric before that is in the middle of your three baskets.

  17. Robin says:

    I’m sure Koopa is going to miss you. Your son probably won’t be staying home all day with him and companionship is important to both of you. The applique baskets and the Elizabeth’s Pride block look great. I especially like the fabrics you’ve chosen for the flowers and leaves. The last picture with the robin reflected in the puddle is wonderful (but then I’m a little prejudiced.

  18. Lea says:

    I know you are going to miss Koopa and your son & vice versa. I love reading about Koopa and seeing pictures of him. He is a gorgeous dog!! I’m sure you’ll be visiting each other whenever you can and then you can share more pictures here. :-)

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Lea yes I’ll still see them but sporadically / with my son in and out so much for the last two months Koopa was mine in a way… almost makes me want to get a pit puppy but I DO have two other dogs and a cat and another grand-dog down the street so I should just ‘chill’ about that puppy thought and ‘come to my senses’ :)

  19. Melanie says:

    Aww, Koopa is such a handsome fur baby. Hopefully, he and your son can come back to visit often? I remember last year you saying you didn’t have central AC. Do you sleep downstairs where the window units are? I’m sure the upstairs is incredibly hot!

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Melanie I prefer the fresh air at night but once it gets really bad ( by the end of June or so ) I have one of the kids put an A/C unit in my bedroom. Until then I rely on fans. Koopa and my son will still show up at least 1x per week I imagine..

  20. Susan Nixon says:

    Wonderful wildlife pics! You cracked me up. I thought it was your SON you were going to miss. LOL Cute baskets still, love the fussy cutting on that one with the flower. Do you leave your paper in the applique pieces? Or do you cut from the back and take them out later? Or just what? I’m debating what to do.

  21. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Sweet little baskets! I only have a window AC unit in my sewing room and can’t iron if it’s running or the circuit flips. Most time I just sweat it out–haha!

  22. Wendy says:

    This is my first visit to your blog, but it won’t be my last! You have a lovely style of writing and your pictures are wonderful. Like the others, I’m sure Koopa will come back for visits, but it’s hard to let them go, isn’t it? Your blocks are very pretty, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Elizabeth Pride block.

  23. Deb says:

    Such pretty baskets and prep work on the block. Hope you can enjoy the ac while stitching that pretty block. I’m sure Koopa will come home to visit… especially when there are special treats from you!

  24. Gail says:

    I love seeing your appliqué projects. How many of the little baskets have you made? It’s fun to see all the different fabrics you use for them.

  25. CathieJ says:

    I love the fabrics in that Elizabeth Pride block. Do I see another pup in your future? A lot of work, but they are great companions. Koopa looks so sweet. Best wishes to your son in his new place. I am sure that Koopa will love the country.

  26. Kyle says:

    Your home will seem very quiet without your housemates. You’ve been doing quite a bit of prepping. Too bad it was so hot to get done, but now the fun part can begin. Wondeful photos as always.

  27. Nancy says:

    Oh, I love your little baskets with the circles. I’ve not participated in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge mostly because I can’t choose a block I’d like to make many of, but your block — your baskets — are a great idea I might adopt.

    Could you persuade your son to leave Koopa with you? He looks like a sweet boy.

  28. katie z. says:

    Your work is beautiful.

  29. Grandma Kc says:

    That is one ugly spider! Glad he was nice and let you photograph him. I do hope Koopa gets to come and visit.

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