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Goodbye

Linzi

To my sweet noble Linzi. We had to send her over the Rainbow bridge today. She was only 8. She became ours in South Africa, at 4 months old shortly after arriving in August 2010, and before our household belongings arrived!!!

Linzi at 4 months

She will be happier now and certainly more comfortable. Things came on fast and after a week, several vet visits and a horribly long weekend we just couldn’t see prolonging her ordeal. This picture was taken Saturday afternoon. I have never seen these 2 lay like this ever! There several other instances where Goldie laid close to Linzi. 

Her truly happiest days were with Axel. Those two had a bond and an understanding. Absolutely zero alpha issues. She was not quite the same without him.

Axel andLinzi

We always teased that she was all beauty and no brains, but I think she was a follower, for the most part. Happy to do assigned tasks and just be quietly in the room, unless there was a squirrel or a rabbit in the yard. Not only did she know there was varmint in the yard her nose told us that we often had overnight visitors other than rabbit. She could find a bread crumb in the lawn.

Playing in the snow with Goldie winter 1-2018

She was also a ladies dog. Tolerated men… and my fierce protector when on the lead. We always considered her not dog friendly, but a stay at a kennel, where there was dog social time… showed (the kennel posts videos) us that it was only when we were holding her lead that there was a problem. Her humans not around… no threats.

I think she and Goldie might have forged a relationship similarly… as the one with Axel, eventually. Some of the best times she had with Goldie was before Goldie became toy alpha, and they would run in tandem around the yard each carrying a toy. The only way Linzi played with a toy in the yard. She had hers and carried it while the other dog played fetch. Linzi NEVER played fetch.

Linzi and Goldie playing

After Axel left us, I would take Linzi up to the Creative Space with me after dinner each evening. She would just lay on the floor and nap.  After that it became a ritual, that we have carried on with (especially after Bandit). It became nearly as important to her as mealtime (which was like clockwork with her).

Linzi napping in the Creative Space

Linzi had never lived alone… she always had dogs around her, since she was raised in a breeders kennel, she also had a kennel mate that she was very fond of. Because Linzi got along so well with Axel and we really missed his big presence… we got Bandit… Not a good IDEA!!! but we were looking at the next decade of years and Bandit was going to be our last puppy… ha! I never appreciated Linzis calmness, until we had Bandit. Goldie… is just a year old this month and active, and still in puppyhood, and is calming down… as she matures. She did ok today, not even sure she has noticed that she is living alone. I did give her the whole box of toys and she entertained herself all afternoon, (she and Linzi would not play with toys well in the same room).

I had to go back through pictures to find Little Linzi pictures and of course, there was Axel…. and all the years we lived in Africa. So I have taken a little walk down memory lane… and there were some tears (ok lots of tears), and some smiles and some joy… but there is a part of our family missing…. so there will be more tears!

If you have a pet give them a nice scratch behind the ears or belly from us!

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Busy Busy busy

Has it really been 2 weeks? As usual… diversions and detours- and some quilting and sewing. 

This week started with a family thing… I posted these 2 pictures on Instagram…. Monday was a very long day! My niece and great niece moved from Indianapolis to Illinois…. Some difficult times for them.

Left at 7 am and home at 10 pm. I saw my great niece and after a little play time on my lap, she fell asleep in my arms. We spent her 6th month birthaversary, the same way we spent her 6th day birthaversary. Asleep in my arms. Due to stresses and no phones allowed… no current picture her. But this one was taken in March, 6 days old.

Tuesday was catch up… groceries and new glasses were in, but we are going back for those today… have an issue.

Yesterday I spent more time in the car… drivivn a Goldie sample to drop off at the specialty vets… hopefully good news to post about next week!!!

Some stitching, well almost stitching, alright more like almost quilting happening. This is an old top that has a bit of damage. I finally decided that it is not in good enough shape to spent time hand repairing the holes. So I created some fused flowers and ironed them over the holes. An old Grandmothers Flower Garden top infused with some modern hybrid flowers…. and mostly loaded on the longarm frame… I purchased it with the intent to quilting it up and use it as a table cover for shows. I didn’t realize how big it is!!!

Have you been busy… quilting or something else? Tell us (me) about it!!!

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Welcome! Welcome, Welcome!!!

Welcome to the new I HAVE A NOTION  Digs!!!

Around the end of April… I discovered that there was a cap on the bandwidth, unbeknownst to me.  Of all the things I didn’t know; that one was the most frustrating. So I made the decision that if I was going to have to pay more… (new host, new format, new platform) then I was going to be more modern too.

If you have regularly visited the I Have a Notion blog, then you know that there have been some attempts at liquidating some of the original stock that came with the name. I had been hoping it would go on its own… but I am giving it one last push.. on the Clearance Page. Take a look might be something you didn’t know you needed, wanted, might use!!!

So the old blog at www.ihaveanotion.blogspot.com will still be live for a little while. Some of the articles, tutorials, and maybe even some post revisits… might happen. There is still much to be done over here.

To help CELEBRATE… there are PRIZES… books, thread, tools, toys, etc… to GIVE AWAY!

(and just a little sharing here… had planned to use Rafflecopter… but they don’t work with WordPress, BOO!)

So Plan B…. We’ll start today with a book, a toy and a tool. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Wednesday August 1st, 7 pm, from the comments left on this blog post. Please share with your friends, family, community. Want more opportunities, find ihaveanotion on Facebook and #ihaveanotion on Instagram… there will some games over there too.

Please let me know if you come across something revolutionary!!! quiltnotions@gmail.com

In the meantime… take a look around!

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