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I am a mama (a dog story)

Over the past few weeks, we have been making a lot of trips to the vet for one of my dogs.  She’s not sickly, but has a chronic condition that had to be checked out by a specialist and last week she had an emergency situation.

That day, I anxiously paced the waiting room at the emergency vet clinic, trying to entertain my toddler for hours.  I was just so worried about my poor little puggy.  I had a lot of time to think.  To reflect, and to realize in a new way that my older pug  will eventually leave this earth.

Luckily she didn’t have a serious problem and she’s not leaving us any time soon. Even so, it’s sad to think that someday my lap will be empty.

Realizing this has made me very very sad.  I got her when I was just 19.  She was such an obnoxious puppy!  So full of mischeif and spunk.  I had her for 5 years before I was a human mama, and even when I had my child, she still held her place as my first born.

She prepared me for motherhood in so many ways.  She frequently choked on rawhides and I became very good at the finger sweep.  Once my baby choked on something, and it was just second nature to sweep it out.  She teethed.  My baby teethes. 

There are so many events that happened with the baby that happened with the pug.  It’s remarkable!

We were 5 years into our marriage before we had a child.  People often asked us when we would have a baby.  Of course we planned to, but people being nosy made me so mad.  I would always sarcastically say “We have two!” (referring to our two pugs)  and some people actually took me seriously.

But I was serious, even though I was being sarcastic.  My pugs are my babies.  They are my children and I would do anything for them.  It’s hard to see them have health issues.

I am so happy that they are a part of my life.  I am so happy I have been a mama for almost 6 years.  I am so happy that they get a long so well with my human child. 

I hope Bodie gets better soon.  I don’t know what I would do without her.

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Pugs In Paris

My swap package finally arrived!  Now my first swap is done done done!

I have to admit, I was very nervous about recieving my package.  Some of the packages other people recieved were, well, shall we say not something I would like myself?  That’s not meant to be rude, but most swappers take it seriously.  That means “stalking” on Ravelry and getting to know the person you’re sending to so that each gift is personal and meaningful.  Then there are others and I don’t even know why they participate, but they sort of bring the swap down by doing a mediocre job.

That being said, my package was over the top outstanding!  Maybe I’m partcial, but I think I recieved the best of the Springtime in Paris packages.  Eliana (Iknitcupcakes) was so generous.  She themed it “Pugs In Paris” because, well, she knows how much I love pugs!  Everything was perfectly matched in a brown, blue and white color scheme and had pugs on everyting!  Most of the gifts came in a gift box that was themed after the French version of “Treasure Island” book.

Here is what was in the package:

– The Frenchie Hat and Booties

-2 skeins of yarn; 1 Malabrigo Merino Worsted (my absolute favorite [see, research!]) and a beautiful colorway of Lily and Cream cotton

-6 stitch markers she made, 1 is the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful little notions bag to hold them.  

-A sweet book for Dylan

-A photo album with the pug theme on the cover

-A picture of a pug puppy in an adorable little hat

– A pack of cheese spreaders with French Chefs on the handles and a matching refridgerator magnet that says, “Go Green” (again, well done with the research!)

-A box of Chewy Dipps granola bars and coffe flavored candy

-BEST of all was the most perfect little pug!  It was the Pug with Anorak by Barbara Prime, the pattern that I put in my queue probably the day I joined Ravelry.  This little toy is so cute.  I call him my third pug, lol!  I just love him so much. 

Eliana, if you’re reading this I want you to know how much I appreciate the work and and attention to detail you went to for me.  I mean it when I say it was the best package of all of them.  You did a wonderful job and I consider my self so lucky that you had me!  Thank you so much for making my first swap experience so much fun, special, and absolutely unforgettable!  I look forward to future swaps with you!

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Birthday Yarn!

My new LYS sent me a birthday card in the mail.  If I brought the card into the store I could get 20% my purchase one day in my birth month.  So- this weekend I bought some new yarn.  Not that I needed any AT ALL, but it’s my birthday.  I got 2 skeins of Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 Malabrigo sock, 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport, 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden, Some Gingher embroidery shears, and some new tapestry needles.  For some reason I’m always losing my tapestry needles.  My husband put some new ones in my basket and I didn’t even realize until after we got home.  It was a little gift from him I suppose!  He picked out some winners!  Until now I’ve been using plastic and they aren’t very good.  He got me some metal ones that are slanted at the tip.  He really did a good job of picking them out.

 

I LOVE the little Gingher scissors.  They were expensive but worth it.  Them and the new tapestry needles make weaving in ends fun!

I have had a love/ hate relationship with sewing.  I have struggled with it like you wouldn’t believe.  I want to sew but I have issues and I don’t know what’s wrong.  Anyway, this past weekend we bought a few simple sewing books that are written for the very beginner.  I hope I can read the patterns step by step and figure out what’s going wrong.  I want to be a good seamstress, I really do.  Hopefully I can work through my issues.

I collect cards with Pugs on them.  For my birthday my husband and baby gave me this card:

Derek made me the best cake ever.  He’s getting into chocolate making and slathered my chocolate cake with peanut butter chocolate ganache.  He is so talented and the best husband ever!  I just love him so much. 

The cake itself is vegan, but the ganache is not.  I guess that’s why I don’t call myself vegan, so I can be flexible.  And I think I deserve to cheat a bit too, which is a good thing because I cheated and had veggie pizza for my birthday dinner!  I was such a naughty girl, lol!

Also this weekend we went to Hard Rock Cafe.  Ever since the Beef O’ Brady’s fiasco, I’ve made a habit of asking the host if there are vegetarian options before trying a new place.  The host got all excited and said “I’m vegan and I eat here all the time!”  Then he went through the menu with me and said if things contained dairy and eggs. 

I ordered the veggie burger with no cheese.  Our waiter came back out and asked if I wanted the mayo since I didn’t specify when he took the order.  I was SO impressed with the service we received there.  Most places make me feel like a picky brat by not wanting animal products.  I don’t want to make it a big deal, but as often as I can I want to keep myself from exploiting animals.  Some people stay away from alcohol or pork or need their food to be kosher.  I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal to offer options to everyone, regardless of their beliefs and especially allergies or dietary restrictions because of medical reasons.

Anyway, the waiter made me so happy.  Hard Rock Cafe is true to their slogan “Love All, Serve All.”  And now I love them!

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Committed to Cloth- an Earth Day Post

Happy Earth Day everyone!  Today is a special day to me because Earth Day appeals to my crunchy side.  While I’m not an eco-nut or anything, I try to live my life in harmony with the Earth.  After all, she is the mother of us all and we need to take care of her.  It’s no secret we use cloth diapers instead of disposable, but there are other things in our household that we have replaced as well.  Paper towels, napkins, tissues, shopping bags, cling wrap, paper lunch sacks, the list goes on.  We drive fuel efficient cars, buy fair-trade and organic when possible, and walk as much as we can.  While we could always  improve, I feel we do our part.  Oh yeah, and eating a vegan diet is by far the most eco-friendly act you can do!  I always tend to forget that, I don’t know why…

Well, in honor of this special day I thought I would share a recent struggle I’ve been having. 

Moving has always been so thrilling to me.  I’m not very social so saying goodbye was never the hard part.  After all, my best friend was moving with me!  This has been one of my favorite parts of being a military wife.  The recent move was not the same.  Our baby was barely 3 months old and I had already established my nest at our home.  Having that nest uprooted was upsetting to say the least.  Not only that, but we didn’t know where we would be living.  I was absolutely terrified of this move.

When we got here, my fears had come true.  There had been a huge influx of people and there was no housing on base and an available apartment was rare.  We searched and searched, and we couldn’t find many places that allowed pets.  We found a place that was very happy to accommodate our pugs, but there was no washer/ dryer hookups.

So I was faced with a hard decision.  Do I keep my washer and dryer or my pugs?  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my little puggies, so it was really a no-brainer.  We would keep the washer and dryer.  Ha!  Just Kidding!!!  We kept the pugs!

The previous month I had been without the washer and dryer and had been washing diapers by hand, so I was familiar with one way of making it work.  But I didn’t want to hand wash diapers for a year!  The washing part was easy, but wringing them by hand was killing my hands and the diapers.  Of course I could take them to a laundromat, but Charlie’s Soap cleans out washing machines and the gunk inside of a commercial washer accumulates on my diapers.  Charlie’s Soap is my favorite, and I don’t like spending $10 a week or more on laundry.

I searched the web for a clothes wringer.  I was thinking of something like one of those hand crank things from long ago.  I found some, but I also came across a great website.  It’s call the Laundry Alternative, and their main focus is to provide an alternative for the apartment dweller and people who don’t have the room or access to a conventional washer and dryer.

I was absolutely amazed!  I ordered the Wonder Wash and the spin dryer (though let’s be honest, I just bought the Wonder Wash to try, but I was truly amazed and excited about this spin dryer).

I was enjoying my new toys and I stayed on top of doing laundry for a good 2 weeks.  But then the novelty wore off and suddenly I found myself in a rut.  Being at home with a small baby makes it hard to do anything but take care of the baby.  It’s so hard to find a minute to myself, let alone to do laundry and dishes by hand.  It only took a day or two and the laundry, dishes, and housework had piled up to where it became a huge burden.

I began doing our laundry at the laundromat and washing the diapers in the tub.  I was so behind that I didn’t have time to rinse the poopy diapers.  Normally you don’t have to rinse breastmilk poo off diapers as a conventional washer has no problem removing it.  But hand washing is another story, and I was letting them sit for days and was dealing with crusty poo and giant stains.

My husband is absolutely amazing.  He works 14 hour days while we’re living here and so on the weekdays all this stuff is my responsibility.  On the weekends we would spend the day doing laundry, dishes and housework together.  I felt terrible because our time together is so valuable and I didn’t want to spend it doing this.

One night after a hard day of playing catch up, I broke down.  I  missed my washing machine!  I would have given anything to have one! I was feeling very sorry for myself. 

The next morning I was sick of my “wo is me” attitude.  I decided to take action and do something about it.  So I did as I always do in this situation and I write everything down.  I wrote down the problems I was facing and possible solutions for these problems. 

The solution was simple.  I needed to make washing diapers the highest priority of my day.  If I could just do that, then my day would be complete and I could feel a huge sense of accomplishment. 

So that morning I washed a days worth of diapers in the Wonder Wash, spun dry them and hung them to dry on the porch and was done by 7:30.  I couldn’t believe I had fixed my huge problem so easily!  This is how everyday’s been now for about 2 weeks!  I just do diapers in the morning, another load in the afternoon and by doing 2 loads a day laundry never piles up.

So here’s a trick I’ve learned.  Rinse the poo off as soon as the diaper is changed.  If I do this then it takes me 15 minutes start to finish for a load of diapers.  That’s it!  A conventional washer and dryer takes hours to finish one load.

The spin dryer is my favorite part.  I put the diapers in without even squeezing a drop of water from them and after 3 minutes they come out almost dry.  I just put them outside in direct sunlight for about 2 hours and they are dry.  With regular clothes it only takes an hour and they don’t have to be in direct sunlight.  I would recommend buying a spin dryer with a conventional washing machine and dryer because it will cut your drying time in half.  This is good for your power bill and the environment!  You would not believe how much water comes out of the clothes!

Well, now my issues have been resolved and I feel great.  I know something else will come up soon as that’s how life is.  But for now I’m completely happy with our laundry situation.  Do I still want for a conventional washer?  Oh yes!  You would not believe how much I miss it, but this is a temporary situation and I’ll have one soon enough.  However, I’ve decided how pointless a dryer is and I don’t believe I’ll ever buy one of those energy suckers again!

Now I just want to point out the benefits of the Wonder Wash.  It is hand powered and you don’t have to use electricity.  It uses a fraction of the water and soap.  There is no agitators so it is very gentle on your clothes.  You can even wash wool in it without it felting!  I think it gets the laundry cleaner than a conventional washer too.  The spin dryer is just amazing!  It uses a tiny amount of power and it hasn’t made a bit of difference on our power bill.  So there are many things about this that appeal to my environmental side.  But like other environmentally friendly things, it’s just a bit more work.

Soon I’ll post a video about how I use it.  But for today, I wanted to share my story and say that I could have easily switched to disposables, but I am committed to a cloth lifestyle.  Also I just want to say that today (and everyday) all cloth diapering mamas can smile to themselves because you are making a huge difference, to the environment, your babies and to yourself.  I hope today you feel satisfied knowing that you have committed yourselves to a cloth lifestyle too.

 Here’s a pic of my new washer and dryer.

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Wacky Wednesday: The Nosiest Neighbor

She drives me crazy!  She has to know what everyone is doing at all times.  “Where are the neighbors going?” ” Who just pulled up?”  “Stray Cat!  I’ll kill it!  Lemme at ’em!”  “SQUIRREL!”  And they said pugs are quiet…. All I want to know is who are “they?”  Because “they” were wrong!

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Wacky Wednesday- Babywearing?

I saw a Dr. Suess book with this title in a bookstore yesterday, and I thought it would be much funner than Wordless Wednesday.  I have a hobby of taking pictures of crazy things.  They’re fun to share but sometimes they need to be explained a bit.  Here’s my first post, my DH practicing babywearing while I was still pregnant.  Bodie (the pug) enjoyed it so much, she didn’t want to get out.  We sure love our first baby!

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