Park Palooza – Day 4 (the best for last)

September 8th, 2018 klwade Posted in Dogs No Comments »

Hi!  Its Olive and Penny hacking into Mom’s blog again.   It is hard to believe the 4 days of Parks Palooza is over.  (to be honest, we were getting a little tired).

We wanted to post this yesterday but there was a thing called “internet not working”.   It was frustrating  to blog and Mom was upset because she could not use her IPad.

But today it seems to be working, and since Mom is photographing stuff for Ebay (whatever that is) it is a good time for us to hack into this blog.

Park Four – Circle J Ranch

The park on Friday was the best, simply because NO ONE was there and we were able to run free.  FREEEEEEEEE   Mom did not hold our leashes.  We ran away so fast.

While Mom was getting her phone out to take pictures….. we RANNNNNN AWAY.

Can you see us under the tree in shady part?

Maybe a close up will help.  Olive is by the tree and I (Penny) am in the grass.

Mom is always looking left and right for people and dogs and danger while we sniff away happy as can be.

Tree sniffing is very important.

The park itself was a big open green space with trees around the edges.

We really enjoyed our freedom.  Running around and sniffing.  Mommy rarely lets go of our leash but we love it when she does.  We run from sniff to sniff.  Trying to get as much in as possible.

Mom even found some keys someone left on the bench

Mom called the sheriff to let them know and they did not care.   Mom was disappointed in them.  She tried to be a good citizen.

Well, onto the rating….

Grass and Trees

There was a lot of grass and several trees.  Not a ton of trees but at least the walkway had trees so it had patches of shade.

Crowds and Hoomans

Even thou we meet a little dog and her hooman on the way out, we basically had the park to ourselves.   Yahoo!  My kind of day.  The Hooman Mom met said on Friday evening all the dogs come and play on the field without leashes.  Sounds kinda scary.

Places for Mom to sit and Rest

There were a few benches along the walkway.  But like most parks, it was without trees.  Not sure why they don’t put benches in the shade.   But overall a good amount for the park size.

Poop Bags Available

Yup, at the front of the park the poop bags were waiting for us.  Except I did not poop.  Or I did without Mom noticing because I was FFFFFRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Mom Stuff, Like easy to get to, parking, Nice view (she does not care about sniffs)

There was no one in the parking lot.  A little far but not bad and the park was pretty.

Overall Rating

We give it a 5 because we were FFFFFRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Rating of the Over Park Palooza

Penny here, Olive and I discussed the parks and decided the order of preference

  1. Circle J Rank Park
  2. Dr. Richard H. Rioux Park
  3. Central Park
  4. Iron Horse Trail

Mom agrees.   She has agreed that we will go back to the top three parks.

Overall both Olive and I are happy that Mommy added Park Palooza into her vacation!

Signing Off!

Penny the Smoocher  

and Ollie Doodle  

Park Palooza Day 3

September 6th, 2018 klwade Posted in Dogs No Comments »

Olive and Penny here.  Hacking the blog again.

Mom got up real late today as she went to the movies with a friend.   She saw Crazy, Rich Asians.   She said it was very funny!

Mom wanted to sight see instead of walking around a park.  So we went to a local landmark instead.

Park Three – Iron Horse Trailhead

This was not much of a dog adventure but more of a Mom adventure.

She has always wanted to walk across the Iron Horse Bridge.

First thing we saw was this cool sign post that pointed to all the historical places in Santa Clarita.

 

From the signpost you can see the iron bridge.

Mom kept trying to get us to walk on the cedar side of the walk way and not to walk on the asphalt, but we never listen to her.

Fortunately the bridge walkway was all wood.

Mom was concerned that Olive was way to close to the edge.  She kept thinking that Olive would slip down a hole and fall to her death.   Her harness is not that tight and she could fall if she did something dumb.

Olive:  I was just looking, I am not that stupid.

Mom:  You don’t pay attention and there are big holes on the side.

Olive:  Ha!  Moms worry for no reason at all

Mom: (thinking) “get me off this damn bridge”

The river view….what river…..this is Southern California, we do not know rain here.

Overall we, as dogs were not impressed.  It was hot, there was no good sniffs.

The things we do for Mom!

Overall it was a bad rating!

The low rating was because this was not a park.  No good sniffs.  No poops.   No shade.  No trees.

Tomorrow better be good Mom!

Park Palooza – Day Two

September 5th, 2018 klwade Posted in Dogs No Comments »

Olive and Penny here!  Hacking into the blog again to add more dog photos and dog thoughts!

Today the Hooman took us to a new park to sniff and explore!

PARK TWO – CENTRAL PARK

Central park is a huge park with lots of child play things, benches, bathrooms and open space.  They have a dog park called Central Bark but we did not go there.

There is a lot of open green space.

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and plenty of space to walk and sniff.

However we were more interested in smelling trash cans and looking under bushes.  Not to mention a ton of poles.  Poles smell real good.

Just walking along paths are a bit boring.   Plus there were no benches for Mom to sit and relax.

However we did discover later that further down in the park by the picnic tables were all the benches.

Poor Mom had to stand while we rested in the shade.

and it was HOT…we drank a lot of water.

I like to get my face all wet when drinking!  Hee Hee

Well onto the rating!

Grass and Trees

There was some but not consistent.   However the park was large and not sure if there were better places with trees.

So that gets only a 2 paw rating.

Crowds and Hoomans

We met a nice lady with two chi’s.  We all went at it!  Mommy talked to the lady and discussed that little dogs make a lot of noise.  NOT TRUE.  We were just protecting her from those murderous killer chi’s.  Geez some hoomans never appreciate anything.

Not a lot of people.   Could easily avoid people if necessary.

Places for Mom to sit and rest

Seems that all the benches were just around the kid play areas.   Guess hoomans like to watch kids play.   No benches along the pathways.  So poor Mommy had to stand the entire park experience.

Poop bag available

Lots of Poop Bag dispensers and fully stocked.  And trashcans to drop the goodies in.

Mom Stuff, like easy to get to, Parking, nice view (she does not care about sniffs)

It was way across town so it was quite a drive, but had plenty of parking.   The view was ok, but not spectacular.

 

Overall Rating

Only a three paws up.  It was a nice park, but I am sure it is super crowded on the weekend and just not worth the drive.

 

Mom decided to treat us and drove up and down the street in the park so we could hang out heads out the windows and get all the sniffs we wanted.

Other hoomans must of thought we were crazy.

I wonder where we are going tomorrow.

 

Park-Palooza – Day One

September 4th, 2018 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs No Comments »

Penny and Olive here.  We are hacking Mom’s blog.  She never puts enough of US on the blog.   She does silly stuff like cards and quilts.  So we will just have to hack into her blog and fix that!

Mom promised us 4 days of new park adventures.   She is on vacation this week and she said she would take us to 4 different parks during her stay-cation.   All new sniffs,  new grass, new shade, new poop places.

We are here to rate the parks and let her know which parks meet with our approval for future parkies!

Park One – Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park

 

This park is in the hills of Stevenson Ranch.  Like most parks, it is next to an Elementary School.   However the park was large enough that you could not even see the school.

 

Lots of Grass

Lots of Trees

Picnic Tables for Mom to rest at

 

Plenty of Shade for us to rest under.   We try to rest in a cool spot FAAARRRRRRRR away from benches so Mom has to stand there while we rest!

Hee Hee Hee, I love to make the hooman stand and wait for us to rest!

I did not even poop at the park, which I love to do.   One of life’s greatest pleasures is to poop at the park.

Hey Olive, Mom says you will NEVER be a instagram star as you REFUSE to look at the camera!

Not TRUE!   I just choose to model when I am in the mood, which is rare and hardly ever!

See I can model, if I so desire.

OK let’s get back to rating the park!

Grass and Trees

5 paws!  Lots of grass, lots of trees!  Makes lots of shade.

Crowds and Hoomans

There were people there but they did not cause us to bark.   Maintenance guys were mowing, so avoid Tuesdays!

Places for Mom to Sit and Rest

Lots of benches, but had a lot of dirt around them.  We could not sit in the grass if Mom was sitting at the bench

Poop Bags Available

Did not see any.  But we were only at one section of the park

MOM stuff, like easy to get to…parking…nice view (she does not care about sniffs)

She says it was close to home, easy to park, plenty of parking spaces,  Lots of trash cans to throw poop bags away.   Walkways so it is easy for her to walk.  Overall pretty good.

Our over all rating for this park is a total of 4 paws up!

I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Signing off – Olive and Penny!

Halloween 2016

November 1st, 2016 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs No Comments »

I have been missing for a while.   Been busy quilting which I normally do not blog about, but will soon.   I am trying to finish a Halloween quilt that I started 2 or 3 years ago.  Or it could be 4 or 5 years ago.

I finished the piecing and now am quilting it.  The big challenge is that I wanted to learn to do free motion, so part of my quilt was done with a walking foot and the other parts are free motion.

I basically suck at it, but it is a new skill so I just need to practice to get better.   I actually do not mind doing this on an actual quilt versus a spare fat quarter.  I am hoping it will be a reminder of where I started (that is if I get better).

On to Halloween!

I did my normal decorating, pumpkins that light up, spider webs, etc.   I added a new bone spider, bone rat and and bone vulture.

The Boneyard Mini Spider Skeleton

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I also like to get the big candy bars and be the cool house.  But the last two years I have seen a trend where large groups of children come together.  About 10-15 in a group.  As you can image this wipes out the candy pretty fast and with that volume, I cannot even stop to see the costumes.   I prefer the one or two children at a time deal.   Of course the little boy next door showed up twice just like he did last year.   I told him to stop doing that and I would run out of candy.  LOL  He could have least changed his costume or waited for a huge group and confuse me.   Too funny!

Speaking of children, the last two children of the night wore this adorable NASA suits and you put the candy down the flexible silver tube (aka dryer exhaust hose) it drops into their air pack on their back.  Sooooo cute.

This year I added two new items, an electric fence light that made “sparking” noises when you got near it.

 

I ended up putting it on the baby gate that I use in the doorway so the dogs do not get out when I answer the door.

The other goody I got was a short-circuit lab light bulb that fizzled in and out like one of those spooky haunted laboratories that mad scientists do human experiments!   Eeekkk!!!!!  This one is sold by Gemma in case you want one.  I got mine at Wal-mart.

It has a little switch that you can either make it motion sensor or not.    I liked it a lot.  Made it real spooky.

I also dress up the dogs like a good dog mom.   Doug resisted Eli getting dressed but I think he really thought he was cute.

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He was a prisoner of Love.

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It was a tad bit tight but he did just fine.   The label on the back glows in the dark.   I just love how it looked on his hind legs.  So cute.

Olive was a dinosaur!  A cute one I might add.   Olive does real good with costumes.

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You can see her costume better on the video below.

Penny on the other hand HATES costumes and sweaters.  She is 100% dog and does not like that sort of thing.

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She does make a cute little panda.   Look at that panda tail on her back.  So cute.

For fun I made a little video

 

Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween!!!

Annual Pool Party 2016

July 4th, 2016 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Digital Creations, Dogs, Outdoor No Comments »

Yesterday was my annual pool party.   I use to do the annual Christmas party but it was getting so hard for everyone’s schedule.  There were too many activities to do both on my schedule and my family members to pull of the Christmas party in December.

My brother in law was always kidding me, but seriously inviting himself over to swim in my pool.   So I started this tradition.  Dogs and all.

My theme this year was Nautical or more ocean themed, Tropical and Patriotic.  LOL

I had bought new chair cushions that were a blue and green coral because the other cushions were getting a bit flat and out of shape.  Hence the ocean theme,  Since my outdoor tableware was a tropical pattern and it was the 4th of July weekend my theme automatically became the Naut/Trop/Pat theme.

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To start with Eli (my brothers dog) had to wear his new patriotic bandana.  Little does this dog know that he is going to be exhausted by the end of the evening.  Eli has a fear of the water and thinks it is his personal responsibility to try to save everyone out of the pool.   Get ready Eli, it will be a crazy day.

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Penny can smell the ribs cooking and is really looking forward to a bone or two.  But she is being very patient.

Penny is a sweet natured Terrier Mix that has a bad habit of nipping at people when the other dog gets excited.   More about the other dog later.

Penny’s DNA is a complete surprise to me.

She is a terrier mix, but I guess she is more of a Chihuahua/Australian Shepherd mix.  Her fur, when long, does look like a Australian Shepherd, and maybe her legs do look like a Chi’s, but I thought she would have more terrier in there.

Penny DNA

Oh well, I digress.

The other pooch at the party is the “Head of Security”, my Maltese Olive.  She barks her head off at any potential stranger. Which can be very annoying.  This in turn gets the other dogs worked up.   Penny then nips, Eli growls.  All this because a little white fluff ball says “This is NOT a DRILL, I repeat, This is NOT a DRILL”  Barkity barkity bark bark BARK BBBBAAAARRRRRKKKKKKKKK.

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Do not be fooled by her cute dirty little face.   She means all business.

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Here she is with her Uncle Doug who is trying to get her to behave.  LOL, good luck Doug.

Crazy, fat bellied, dirty face Maltese.   God I love you!

The night before the party I made some cute Ocean themed framed pictures of my appetizers and drink menus.

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I think they are real cute.  I designed the background using Photoshop Elements and used mostly Lorie Davidson images.  I don’t remember the font name but it looked like a Pirate font to me.

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We put cut flowers into mason jars and added some American Flags.

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So how do you add a patriotic theme to a tropical dinnerware set?   Just add some star stirrers.  LOL.   Yup it creates the theme just right.

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Please note the appetizer plates match the fabric of the chairs.   I just loved this octopus I found at Joann Fabrics.  He really made the ocean theme complete.

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Appetizers made and put out.  Please notice the dog nose on the lower left corner of the picture.  Eli must check everything out.  Especially if he can smell it.

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Wide shot view.  Notice the large movie screen.  I bought that at Amazon and it is amazing.  It is portable and can easily be put up in 30 minutes or less.  Depending if the helper will let you read the instructions.

You can get it from Amazon HERE.

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Guests have arrived, my sister kicking back with a Sangria.  You can kinda see the cushions that match the plates.

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My grand niece Kenzie playing in the pool with Eli.  Eli loved the shooting water.  He was completely drenched by the time the day was over.

Here is a video of Eli playing with Kenzie as she shoots water in the air.

Eli trying to save Kenzie.  This poor dog ran around the pool all day long trying to save us.  He did manage to save a few pool toys.

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My beautiful niece took a selfie at the party!

By this time I stopped taking pictures as I was in the pool, eating, talking and enjoying myself.

By nightfall we watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” on the big screen.   We had popcorn and theatre boxed candy.

When it was over it was around 11pm, so everyone went home, tired and happy.

Until next year!!

Dog Clothes

September 30th, 2015 klwade Posted in Dog Clothes, Dogs 1 Comment »

So the loveable Eli posed in this jacket I made for Mac The Pitbull.   Mac is doing an auction to get money to help many many many dogs.   Yeah!!!!  We love MAC!!!!

The nice grunt from the Mac Pack said that some people may want to order a coat from me if they do not win the auction.  Or maybe the love the coat but their dog is a different size than XL.  So I am putting this out here so you can order from me directly. The sizes are from XS to XL.   I have a variety of patterns that I put on the back of coats (see some samples below).  I have not set prices as of yet, but it will vary depending on number of thread count on the embroidery, cost of fabric, etc.     I will update this post when I have some additional information.

But in the meantime, here is the adorable Eli showing off the coat.   Please note that Eli is too small for the coat so if your dog is XL it will fit better.

Please leave a comment if you are interested and I will contact you back.  My email Karen@shinytinfoil.com is not quite working right.   Yikes.
Dog Coat Front

 

Dog Coat Side

Dog Coat Overview

 

Dog Coat Top

Dog Coat Happy

 

 

Cool designs I use on coats.  I have a zillion more, but just some ideas to get you creative thinking flowing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for looking, and even more for supporting Mac the Pitbull in his hard work to save dogs!!!!

 

 

A Look of Love

August 21st, 2014 klwade Posted in Dogs No Comments »

Penny Love copy

 

I recently adopted a new dog to keep Olive company so when I finally go back to work, she will have company.  It has been rocky.  Penny is a chewer.  Penny is not confident on where to go potty!  Penny chases the cats.   But Penny loves me.  When I am lying in bed, she will put her paw on my arm.  Sometimes I catch her looking at me.  With love in her eyes.  I think she likes me!!!!

Adopt!  Your next best friend is at the nearest shelter or rescue group!