Peri's stitches came out today. Gilly came out with us to the vet as well. It was just easier. She sat, lead tied to the seat, in Dr David's room as happy as Larry to be there. Peri was such a good girl and stood still while her stitches came out. She is a brave girl. The Labradors had a liver treat, and then a second go because the first time they didn't really get enough!!!
Peri's lump was a cancer, and not a particularly good one. On the plus side, it was Grade 1, which is the best grade of all to have. And Dr Tim tried his best to get the lump off in one piece. Her treatment is: nothing. I just have to keep an eye on her and if the lump grows again, then we will just take it off again- within reason. We are so lucky to have such excellent doctors and nurses to care for Peri and Gilly.
Last year I would have had to take to my bed for a week with upset-edness. I am sad, but Peri is almost twelve and the vets seem quite positive about her prospects and I am going to follow their lead.
The weather has been very warm and I have had to break out my dresses. It ispired me to purchase the Cambie Dress pattern by The Sewaholic from Sew Squirrel. And this excellent green reindeer material, 30% off at BSODL(tm) The pattern photo is from Tasia's site. I am always nervous about using the pattern photos, but I can't show it if the pattern hasn't arrived yet. I think it is OK because I have clearly said where the picture is from?? I hope so.
I've sewed a bird bag for my neighbour. This pattern is $2 on The Craftsy and very good value, there are four sizes, two handle options and it can fold up into a tiny pouch!!
Our Island State is going supermarket plastic bag free in November. Don't get me started on this topic. Too late, I have begun. Really, we can't have Container Deposit legislation, or place restrictions on the amount of plastic packaging on the things we buy in the supermarket, or ban the supermarket 'green' bags that won't break down in a million years, but biodegradable supermarket bags are the devil's work. When I was a little girl our school had Bottle Drives where all the dads went around the community and collected glass bottles and then returned them en masse to the people who sold them and we made 10 cents a bottle. I'll have to get my act together and sew some bags for me.
I was quite productive today: I recovered my ironing board with a $4 piece of green striped furnishing fabric. Then for $3-20's worth of elastic and an hour of my time I transformed a very annoying flat sheet into a fitted one. I plan on converting a few more. It's like being a Cyberman, woman, whatever. I could have made a hem that was a channel and then threaded the elastic through with a safety pin, but Life's too short for 8 metres of threading.
I knew what I needed to do. First I measured length and width of the top of the bed ( 2 x 1.5m) then the depth (16cm) and then the turn under the mattress part I thought would be right (9cm) I tore a strip off the sheet to make it the right size and so I only needed to hem one side. Yay!! Then I cut out a 23.5cm square from each corner, 16 + 9 is the depth from the top, which is 25cm, minus 1.5cm seam allowance. I sewed a seam and zig-zagged the edges and turned it inside out and pressed it. Then I stitched the start of the elastic to the hemmed edge and holding it very stretched I zig-zagged small sections at a time until I was back at the start. I didn't even bother measuring half way and pinning it. And Ta-da. It fits perfectly.
I was trying to take a photo and Gilly was on the sheet. Of course I couldn't take a picture without Gilly's help. She's very helpful all the time. She knew she shouldn't be on the sheet, but she is so cute. I let Peri be on the sheet because she is still recuperating and needs spoiling.
Today was Flag Day. Apparently I am part of a hard core minority because I think we should have a new flag. I do. The Keep The Flag people say that so many people died fighting under the flag that we must never change it. It represents Australia and is so important to the young people. Twaddle, I say. My dad was a Republican, or else my name would be Elizabeth, and I know he would have liked a proper Australian flag, rather than a colonial offshoot.
To me, it just represents an hierarchical British Royal family, and not the country we have become. I don't mind so much being part of The Commonwealth, but next year when the Winter Olympics are held, I won't know whether we have won a medal, or one of the myriad other countries with a flag similar to ours. Well, that feels better!! The photo is a clicky link with more information on The Historical Atlas site.
My Library turn for Matt Preston's 100 Best Recipe book has finally arrived. I cooked the Chinese chicken wings last night, and I am currently waiting to eat his Vegetarian Lasagne for my dinner, with a lamb chop. And tomorrow his potato salad and I might try my hand at pizza dough as I am not so afraid of yeast in cooking any more.
I'd just like to point out: book food and real life food. Big difference. I wouldn't eat mine if I saw it on a plate. I think it will be much better tomorrow, or it would have been better if I had let it sit for at least ten minutes. I was so hungry that I just scooped out a portion as soon as it left the oven. It is very tasty.
If by any chance MrsDrWho was going on holiday to America in the not too distant future, to New York perhaps, and she offered to bring me back some wool, what should I ask for?? I think perhaps some sock wool?? I don't know. I need some help please.
My computer is going to have its yearly check up this week so I may, or may not, be about for one whole day. I have a SIM card in my iPad so I may get my act together and activate it. Or not. It depends how desperate I am. I think I shall be quite desperate for The Internet!!