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Dogs and Vomit

I don’t mind ironing, in fact, I find it quite calming and a time to reflect, worry, plan or listen to books.  Typically, I iron very early in the morning (6:15 to be exact) before my hubby goes to work and before the kids wake up.  Last night, I wasn’t feeling very well and didn’t want to get up to iron, so I stole a few moments to iron before scriptures and prayers time.  The three littles were suppose to be getting on pj’s, and flossing and brushing their teeth.  Brownie decided she was still a bit hungry and asked if she could have a slice of the hamburger pizza we ate for dinner.  I assumed she was hungry again since we eat early on Tuesdays, because the hubby has church meetings at 6 pm.  So I said yes.

I was lost in thought, ironing school uniforms when it occurs to me that I might have heard throw up sounds.  I paused and listened…no noises…so I holler as best I can with my hoarse coughy voice, “Are you okay?”  No response.  Then I definitely heard throw up noises.  I set the iron down and tried to hurry into the kitchen, but my slipper caught the iron cord and pulled it over onto my elbow and down onto the carpet.  I scooped the iron up and set it on the board and ran to the kitchen.  There stood Brownie, at the edge of the table, throwing up.   Doug, our dog, is standing under her eating the throw up as fast as he can.  SO DISGUSTING!!!  She throws up one more time – right on his head.  He isn’t even phased – just keeps eating.  I said to myself, “I don’t even know what to do with this!”  I pushed Doug away with my foot and as soon as Brownie stopped throwing up, I sent her to the bathroom.

I stared at Doug and finally figured out how to start. I got paper towels and clumsily tried wiping it off his ears, head and collar and took him to his bed and put him on tie down.  Then I went back to the kitchen for clean up duty.  All the while, poor Brownie was throwing up in the toilet.  Blondie, bless her heart, was in the bathroom with Brownie, holding her hair back out of the throw up.  Such a sweet sister.

Poor little Brownie threw up so hard she broke lots of little blood vessels in her face.  They still show this morning. She looks pale but mottled. Not her best look! I let her sleep in and stay home because her tummy still hurts and no one wants to be the little girl that threw up in class…because no one ever forgets stuff like that…

Oh, and my elbow is sporting a quarter sized blistery burn from the iron!

Hope your Tuesday night was less exciting and disgusting!  🙂


Brownie’s First Quilt 1/2014









Brownie is five.  She love picking out fabric and loves to sew…she has a basket of scraps and her own thread and needle, but she wants to do “real” sewing. A girl after my own heart!!  This is her sewing a doll blanket for her American Doll she got for Christmas.  It matches the Dora Comforter I made her for Christmas a couple of years ago.  My sis in law gave us a great set of Dora curtains that were waaaay to large for her bedroom windows, so we up-cycled it and made a comforter and a matching pillow case. Did you notice the blue painters tape?  That is her edge guide.  Love the pinkie!



She pulls the fabric down over the edge. She is working on not doing that. The machine light has a short so we use a little light – that is the pink thing in front of her face. 



She insisted on doing the pinning, taking the pins out and steering the fabric herself.  Since she is using my old Kenmore from Sears, there is no speed control button, so I sat beside her and pushed the foot, slowing down just before each pin so she could pull it out.



Here is the finished product.  I actually tried my first stippling quilting on the pink fabric and did a row of connected hearts on the orange polka dot edges.  Stippling is quite fun.  I used a multicolored quilting thread to quilt it.  She loves it.  Isn’t her smile sweet?

What are you sewing with your kids?  Post pictures here – we would love to see them.