www.westervillecucc.org. I hope you'll think about stopping by!
If you're looking for something to do this Saturday (Nov. 1) and you like the idea of possibly winning a basket stuffed with fun things for dog lovers, including a mini portrait of your dog painted by me, then you should come to the holiday bazaar at the Westerville Community United Church of Christ between 9 am and 3 pm. They have dozens of vendors selling handmade goods, a bake sale, a raffle of amazing baskets, kids photos with Santa, and lunch. It costs $2 to get in, but you get a raffle ticket for the basket of your choice for that, plus you can buy more raffle tickets for (I think) a buck apiece. Show up between noon and 2 pm, and I'll be working the door to take your admission and urge you to spend generously on raffle tickets. Here's a link to the website that has all the info:
www.westervillecucc.org. I hope you'll think about stopping by!
...on the second anniversary of her passing. Oh, what I wouldn't give for one more walk, one more snuggle...still miss her, still love her.
First of all, thanks to everyone who stopped by in Worthington at the Market Day event. I would like to order that weather for every other outside festival I participate in from now through infinity. Perfect! It was a great day all the way around.
Next, I want to show you the necklace I donated to the Central Ohio Greyhound Rescue organization. Their fundraiser is today, and they have a reunion picnic and silent auction to raise $$$ so they can keep finding homes for these beautiful dogs. You can find information about the event and rescued greyhounds at their website: www.centralohiogreyhound.org. Even though the event is a "reunion picnic," I doubt that you are required to have adopted one to stop by the event and meet some of the awesome pooches and maybe lay some dollars down at the silent auction, or just make a little donation.
Not only are greyhounds awesome because they are beautiful, gentle dogs, but they have a universal blood type, so they are very desirable blood donors. That's right, a greyhound may save your dog's life someday, if your dog ever needs a blood transfusion due to an accident or surgery or some other nightmare. When I was taking Sophie to Ohio State for her radiation treatments, we were there every day for a number of weeks. On Fridays, the waiting room was always loaded with greyhounds. It's not surprising to see greyhounds in the waiting room on any day, because OSU has on ongoing project studying greyhounds, but Fridays are blood donation days, and there are lots of greyhounds doing their part for the canine blood bank. So, I think it's a good thing to support greyhounds even if you don't have one. They take a lot of misuse from people (racing), and give a lot of goodness back (blood donation), so these dogs, and the people who rescue them are really special. Thanks to all of you (both human and canine) for all you do!
Here's the necklace:
I hope you'll go bid on it. If you miss the bid and still want one, I'm happy to make one just for you. And I would even make a donation to the Central Ohio Greyhound Organization for each one ordered before the end of October. Go greyhounds!
This coming Saturday is Market Day in Worthington (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and I will be there! You can find me at booth number 340, which is located on High Street north of W. Short St. and south of New England Ave. I think I'm on the east side of the street, and I am probably just across from La Chatelaine, because that's where I've been for the last two years, and I asked for the same location again (it's nice to start your day in close proximity to coffee and almond paste croissants.) It looks like the weather will be really nice this year, with highs in the 60's. I know the Buckeyes play at noon, but you can come out in the morning before the game starts. Please???!!!!!......I hope to see you there!
So, how did we celebrate? Well, celebratory bandannas must be worn, of course. Then, Saturday morning started with a car ride, which resulted in an egg McMuffin (without Canadian bacon--we all go meat-free on the McMuff), which Teddy generously shared with Maggie. Then there was lots of nap time and yard play, until dinner, which involved lots of special tastes in the dinner bowl, followed by a special dessert....followed by the usual rawhide chew....followed by the usual evening walk...(so this is what Art was talking about....)
On Sunday afternoon, upon Teddy's request, we took a pile of soft, washable rugs to the Franklin County Dog Shelter so the shelter dogs can have something soft to sleep on. Teddy likes to give on his birthday, and he has always had a soft spot for shelter dogs since he so easily could have become one. He also remembers Sophie so fondly, and she came to us from a shelter. While we were there, we saw our friend Nancy, who was dutifully walking a series of shelter dogs. She's an impressive dog lover--totally putting that love into action. Thanks for that, Nancy.
Before we left the shelter, we stopped by the Friends of the Shelter store in the lobby and bought a toy for Teddy's birthday (of course), and a "Shop for a Cause" pass for Macy's. If you are local (Columbus) and you need/want to shop at Macy's on Aug. 23rd (that's this Saturday), you should stop by the shelter and pick up one of these passes. For a $5 donation, all of which goes to Friends of the Shelter, you get a pass that gives you 25% off all regular, sale and clearance priced items (except electrics, watches, furniture, mattresses, and rugs--those are 10% off) all day, and it even includes designer brands that are not usually included in Macy's coupons. Whether you use the shopping pass or not, you're still giving $5 to Friends of the Shelter. I'm not sure whether I'll use the pass or not, but it's almost fall, and I do start thinking about boots this time of year...
So, I hope you had a nice birthday, Teddy! I can't believe my Little Yellow Puppy, who grew into my Big Yellow Dog, is now 10 years old! Love you love you love you!
Thanks to everyone who came by my garage gallery at the German Village Art Crawl last Saturday evening. That event was a lot of fun. German Village is such a great neighborhood, and I feel lucky to have been a part of that evening. And, my hosts for the evening, Jason and Tim, were so nice and so welcoming....I felt right at home in their garage! Thanks Jason and Tim, and thanks German Village!
Here's something I saw on the Freekibble website, and I liked it very much and thought I would share it:
See a whole slideshow of words of wisdom relating to animals at www.freekibble.com, and play a trivia game to donate food to shelters. Good stuff!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Westerville Arts Festival and stopped by my booth! I hope you can make it to the German Village Art Crawl this Saturday (July 19). Here's a link with all the info:http://germanvillage.com/wp-content/uploads//2014/07/Art-Crawl-2014-3pgs-reduced.pdf
I hope to see you there!
The Westerville Arts Festival is July 12 and July 13. I will be located in booth W28, which is toward the north end of the main blacktop walkway, on the west side (which is different this year.) It starts Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM, which is a change for the festival. I would love to see you there! And, if you can't make it there, maybe you'll think about coming out to the German Village Art Crawl on July 19. I'll provide a link for information on that next week. You know, you could come to both...
First of all...Happy Mother's Day to moms everywhere, and especially my own! And yes, Maggie and Teddy gave me a shout out on Mother's Day (as they always do) with a card and some gift card swag. In case you're wondering...yes, I'm sure they do it all on their own with no help from my husband.
And now I know it must be spring...Bluebirds! We have a couple of bluebird boxes in our backyard, and one of them is inhabited by bluebirds, while the second one is inhabited by tree swallows (not bluebirds, but nice, bug-eating birds, so they are welcome). This picture was taken eight days ago, and they had just hatched. I checked on them again yesterday, and the survivors have started to get some feathers. Unfortunately, the little chick in the center of this photo that is trying to get out of its shell didn't make it, and the other egg never hatched. The bluebirds seem to take it in stride, as they have cleaned out the nest for the remaining chicks and are working away bringing food back to the box all day. We're trying to be supportive, as we supply meal worms a couple of times a day. You can tell I really like to have these birds on our property because I actually use the live meal worms, which means I shudder every time I open the container to pour them in the feeder. Nothing says "I care" like live meal worms.
Another sure sign of spring is an acceptance notice from the Westerville Music and Arts Festival. So, I will be participating in that festival again this summer. It's the second weekend in July....the 12th and 13th , I believe. I'll have more on that later, but I hope you will put it on your calendar and plan to come by!
I know! And things have been really busy. Since the last post, there was Thanksgiving, and an open house. Congrats to Charlie C. on winning the drawing for a free mini portrait, and to Nancy K. for winning a pair of paw print earrings. Whaaat? Free stuff? Yeah. If you like that idea, be sure to get added to my mailing list so if I have an open house next year, you can come and enter the drawing for stuff. Then after that it was my birthday, and then it was Christmas, and then we had a nice celebration for my dad's birthday in January. 85! And there were lots of portraits to be done in between. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some photos to show you what's been going on....