Friday, April 28, 2017

On The Road Again?

On The Road Again?
Foot loose...

On The Road Again?
... and fancy free?

On The Road Again?
Zachary: "I'm blowing this popcorn stand."

Dog Blog Post #2408

Should I worry that Zachary is wearing his traveling hat and bandana, and has a polka dot bundle?

On The Road Again?
Henry... why are you listing?

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 2005. "That's a Wrap!"

Our Daily Challenge - April 28, 2017 - "Polka Dots"

The bundle is made from a Fat Quarter.

That's 1/4 of a yard, but instead of a normal 9" x 44" slice they take a full yard and cut in half and then half again, resulting in a rectangle about 18x22".

The fabric store sells precut Fat Quarters of quilting fabrics in nearly as many patterns and colors as they sell quilting fabrics (i.e. a lot). I honestly don't know if they cut-n-fold their own Fat Quarters or get it pre-folded, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was the former.

Fat Quarters more rectangular dimensions are useful to Quilters and Crafters, and at $.99 on sale they are a great way to add some fun color/pattern with little expense.

I've probably used them more for prop "table cloths" than anything else, but they can be neckerchiefs in a pinch (a bit snug), napkins, ... etc.

Both the recent Dog Scout Sash and the Badges I added to it were from Fat Quarters.

More usefully, I sew up colorful bags that I fill with bird seed and then heat in the Microwave to keep my tootsies warm.

I typically sew up six bags every year around Christmas. When the fabric grows thin from use, I then have instant backups.

At the end of the year, I sew up six more bags and and pour the old seed into the new bags.


New bags for pennies.

New seed, when heated, smells like breakfast cereal. If you happen to over-heat at some point (and I always do) it takes on a hint of burnt popcorn. Thankfully, both fade fairly quickly.


White Hat
Zachary - the strong, silent type

Daily Dog Challenge 2004. "Tell A Story"

Once upon a time, there was a brave and loyal Golden Retriever who spent his every waking hour watching over his Lacrosse Ball?

Golden Retrievers are definitely typecast as one of the Good Guys - and rightly so.

Their breed standard practically reads like the Boy Scout Law.

"Temperament: Friendly, reliable, and trustworthy"

... with "... displaying a kindly expression and possessing a personality that is eager, alert and self-confident." thrown in for good measure.

(The Boy Scout Law: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.")

Our Daily Challenge - April 27, 2017 - "Creative Overexposure"

Star spangled tulle (netting) over white stretch velvet.

This was shot using two flashes, instead of my usual one, with the second one coming in from the left, on the floor, with a small softbox, pointed up the backdrop.

White Hat
Henry: "I'm not silent!"

White Hat
Zachary - still silent

White Hat
Henry: "That's because nobody is knocking on the door."

So very true.

Truth in Advertising: Henry is much less likely to bark than Zachary, as Henry stops to consider if the noise is worth barking at before putting forth much effort.

Typically, he usually just "Boofs" a few times, and then waits for the two-legged residents to do something about it.

(Meanwhile, Zachary's in the background putting forth his best rapid-fire bark.)

Now if Henry decides there really is something evil outside, he offers up a much more intimidating growl than anything Zachary can put together.

The best bark was from my first Golden, Beau. I called it a Heavy Howitzer (vs. Zachary's machine-gun). Zachary would bark-a-bark-bark to rouse Beau, who would let loose a few wall-shaking barks, and be done with it. (That seemed to satisfy Zachary, who would clam up as well.)

Having heard Beau from outside the house, I know I wouldn't want to find out what was on the other side of the door.

Beau also had a deep-belly growl that could curdle your toes, which thankfully only came out for strange bumps in the night.

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