Scinteallate #12: one row to go

I actually managed to get a row quilted.

Pretty respectable when you consider I’m still very short of breath and coughing constantly and we have a new family member to settle in. One row still to be quilted, and then I can proceed to assembly. I should be able to hit my mid-August deadline. In case you can’t tell or haven’t seen this one before, it’s my old favourite, freehand wavy line quilting, which gives a nice rippled vintage texture, is close enough to make the quilt very robust, and is dead quick and easy because there’s no marking. Win-win.

In the Life & Times of Mouse, the Husband took him to the local Council Pet Registration Open Day, a jolly event which is held on the lawns of the council building. Hundreds of people bring their pets old and new, and despite being a very new member of the family, Mouse behaved impeccably. Not a bark, not a whine, not a misplaced dump or glare at a cat. He is now a fully paid-up member of the community. He was then introduced to the ladies in my Days for Girls sewing group and was patted and petted by all and sundry, putting up with this stranger-mobbing with good grace and only a little shyness. His final trial for the day was being left in the car for 25 minutes while we shopped for groceries. We parked in the shade, it’s a cool day and the windows were open a crack. He had a toy if he wanted it, but he was calmly lying down when we got back, and submitted to being surrounded by shopping bags on the short journey home without even feeling the need to investigate them.

He’s been keeping me company in the sewing room, the Husband company in the shed and both of us company in the living room. He doesn’t snuffle, sigh or snore. Just, every so often there’s a little jingle from his collar as he changes position. I will say, though, that he has laser-sharp hearing for a packet rustling or the fridge opening, and arrives as if by teleportation. The Husband’s back at work tomorrow, so Mouse and I will integrate his lunch-sandwich delivery into a decent morning walk. I hope he’s not too scared of Big Girl the truck…

Hopefully I’ll get the remaining blocks finished tomorrow.

50 thoughts on “Scinteallate #12: one row to go

  1. That was my next question after the snoring enquiry… how you were faring, if not fully recovered, at least on the way.
    Ahhh, Mouse knows he’s home 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Wheezy, breathless and still coughing like a good ‘un, but I have someone else to consider now. We’re just thinking about evening walkies… The Husband is back to work tomorrow at sparrowfart, so it’s early to bed and very early to rise.

  2. Mouse has good taste when it comes to rugs! So pleased he is settling in well, and you two around him πŸ™‚ Got a strong feeling he’s going to be spoiled rotten.

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    The quilt is looking good, and Mouse has impeccable behaviour.

  4. tialys says:

    Looking good!
    Mouse sounds like the perfect dog – why haven’t I ever had one of those (although I’ve loved them all of course 😘).
    I know you will know this and don’t really need my nagging but I just have to say it in case I remind others too especially in the unaccustomed heatwaves all over Europe at the moment – please be careful leaving Mouse in the car on a sunny day – it’s incredible how quickly a car can heat up and leaving the window open a crack doesn’t help much. Apparently, “When the outside temperature is 70 degrees, a car can heat up to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes, and to 104 in 30 minutes. At 80 degrees outside, you’re looking at 99 degrees inside a vehicle in 10 minutes and 114 in 30 minutes”
    Please delete if you think I’m off topic but, in the hot weather we’re having in Europe at the moment, it might remind people of the dangers.

    • katechiconi says:

      No, you’re not at all off topic, it’s a chronic problem here and people are regularly prosecuted for leaving dogs in cars. But the temperature outside was only 16Β°C (so less than 65Β°F), we were parked in the shade and the windows were open, so I was confident he would be fine.

  5. tialys says:

    I didn’t realise it even got that cold in Australia 🀣
    It’s a terrible problem here – I’m forever leaving notes on people’s car windscreens and have been known to keep watch on a dog in a car until the owner appeared. I knew you would be aware and being careful but just thought – with my dog rescue hat on – the warning was worth repeating in case anybody found it useful.
    I’m sorry to hear you’re still feeling under par but I’m sure the new addition is helping you bear it.
    My dogs also love to watch us cooking and lie down in the most inconvenient places. They also come running when they hear the cheese box being lifted out of the fridge and, more bizarrely, when they hear me cutting into a baguette. My fault I suppose as I sometimes give them the knobbly bit off the end.

    • katechiconi says:

      It is midwinter, after all…. and the sun is still shining, even if it’s cool. People here often break car windows to remove the poor dog, and the RSPCA throws the book at them. I’ve just given Monsieur Mouse a rather more interesting dinner than the dull and somewhat stinky kibble we were recommended. We had to feed it in three stages; he was so delighted with it he practically inhaled it. However, it didn’t stop him eyeing our dinner with great interest 15 minutes later.

  6. Steph says:

    Is it bad that I’m now coming to your blog hoping to see and hear about Mouse?

    The quilt is looking great too!

    • katechiconi says:

      Nope. All welcome, for all reasons! And his activities are still new and fascinating to me too, so I expect there’ll be plenty to read going forward.

  7. Mouse it appears, is to be an impeccably mannered pet. Dog surrounded by grocery bags – grocery bags unmolested? Unheard of! My friend came to dinner tonight with her dog, dashed into market to pick up a bottle of wine, dashed back to car two minutes later to find dog had emptied her bag of after dinner puppy treats for two and inhaled them all.
    The quilting is looking lovely of course πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      The grocery bags contained fresh meat, doggy treats, kibble, human biscuits, etc. I thought we were taking a risk, but he completely failed to even sniff at them. I can’t quite comprehend our luck…

  8. claire93 says:

    well done on all that quilting!
    hope you’re feeling back to 100% very soon.
    And yup, dogs like to be very close lol. Gibbs has his designated sleeping areas but always lies behind my chair when I’m at computer desk, on my feet when I’m at dining table, and right up next to the sofa when I’m on the sofa.

  9. KerryCan says:

    You’ve made great progress on the quilt, especially considering the constraints! I can tell your life is already irrevocably changed, and improved, by the Mouse in the house!

    • katechiconi says:

      There is a certain degree of hounderference going on: lying on my feet, always standing perpendicular to where I’m going, pushing his nose under my arm when I’m working, but I think perhaps these things are good for my patience: I can’t tell him off because he doesn’t understand, so I just have to work around him! Hopefully he’ll allow me to do some more quilting today, in between walkies, feeding, picking up after him, playtime and so on πŸ™‚

  10. kathyreeves says:

    He’s guarding you, Kate, making sure the sewing machine or the vegetables don’t attack you, especially since you are not 100% healthy. Maybe he and Max have been emailing each other on the sly?!πŸ˜‰

    • katechiconi says:

      He has certainly protected me from that dangerous plushie, who’s looking a great deal the worse for wear. So far, he’s also dealt well with the confusing wake-up time of day shift, but perhaps it’s not so hard for a dog who seems to sleep for at least 70% of the day πŸ™‚

  11. What a good buddy! The right kind of Mouse to have in the house.

  12. Mouse has left his mark on the house ~ ‘love’ Excited for more pics of Scinteallate ~ continued healing and full health recovery to you too πŸ™‚

  13. Dayphoto says:

    I’m so enjoying getting to know Mouse. Thank you so much for sharing him with us! I hope you get well quickly. Not feeling well is hard when there are interesting things about.

  14. magpiesue says:

    Haven’t been able to read through all the comments as I have to dash off to pick up Hubby from the med clinic. (He’ll be fine.) Mouse is the perfect complement to your lovely studio rug! And so well behaved! You’ll have to keep up posted on his flatulence, whether it improves or not. Enquiring minds will want to know. πŸ˜‰

    You need to get better yourself m’dear.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve changed his diet a little, to include some fresh meat and vegies instead of just dry kibble, and I must say, the problem does seem to be less frequent. I’m working on my own state of health, and hopefully seeing to Mouse’s exercise needs will help, so long as I take it slowly.

  15. craftycreeky says:

    Glad you’re feeling a bit better, my two dogs can hear a cheese packet rustle or a carrot being chopped from half a mile away πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m told some greyhounds learn to open the kitchen cupboards and surf the countertops for food. No evidence of that here (yet) but the fridge door does bring instant attendance…

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    He sure loves your rug !! πŸ˜€ I see you are getting to know how a dog brain works, they are just after one thing : FOOD. Did you know there is a list of what is dangerous food for a
    dog ? Chocolate is on top of the list !!

  17. I’m so glad you are making progress in spite of your illness and that’s one WELL trained dog. You picked a great one. I just can’t even imagine it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know how lucky we are. Things I thought I’d have to spend hours training him for seem to happen automatically. We’re still working on the commands for Bed and Wait, but Come and Up (for the car or our bed) are fine!

  18. rutigt says:

    ItΒ΄s so nice to read about your dog! Brings back a lot of memories! While waiting in the car when we went shopping, he always got a goodie for being good. One day we forgot to buy him the goodies, so we stopped at the next shop and bought one. He refused to take it πŸ™‚ We never ever forgot to buy that special goodies!

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