"Knitting and crocheting has been my hobby since childhood. I started making stuffed toys for children hospitals several years ago. It has become a passion, I absolutely love making them. My “Critters” are a nice cuddly, hug-gable, lovable size for the children. And what’s truly amazing is how much pure pleasure a person can receive by creating them."
My patterns are written so that they are easy to follow, and include photos and instructions to help you. If you haven’t tried making a toy using the knitting in the round method, give it a try, your in for a very pleasant surprise! If you have a question contact me at bjfromnv@gmail.com

Friday, December 28, 2012

I hate the snow…….okay?

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I was born and raised in California, so snow doesn’t blow my skirt up. I don’t think that is too surprising. I am an avid walker and I don’t own a treadmill and I live in Idaho. Are you starting to get the picture yet? We were really lucky last year, we didn’t get any snow! I was so happy and until a couple of days ago, I was really hoping it was going to be the same thing this year. How could I possibly believe that? ROFL….

Well we got our first snow a couple of days ago………..YUCK! I was out and walked in it and have done so for the last two days…………..but today when I got out there with Stella, I realized that the side road had melted into one big sheet of ice. And since I am trying to get over a knee injury, I am just not willing to take a chance on walking on ice over pavement. No --- way!hate snow 7

So you say, so what? My problem is I have an 8 month old Mini Aussie Shepherd  who needs exercise. That’s my problem, it’s been difficult enough the last few months having to put up with a couple of nit wit neighbors who refuse to install fences or keep their dogs under control. I  had the problem when I was walking by myself, but add Stella to the equation, the problem has intensified.

There is something about walking a dog on a leash, and when a loose dog encounters you, they feel that the dog on the leash is fair game, and they instantly want to go for it. I just spent a couple of minutes checking back on some of my blogs, and was more than surprised so see I haven’t mentioned anything about being attacked and charged by my neighbors dogs.

It’s something I had to contend with when I was in Nevada, and I was not real happy to find the same problem here in Idaho. But the problem is much more severe here in Idaho. I counted the other day, and there is a possibility of being attacked from seven different houses where I walk.

I have had an ongoing problem with one neighbor from the first day we moved up here. He is very cavalier in attitude and in other words does not give a dam. Not until about 2 weeks ago, when I called him on the phone and informed him that the next time his dog or his son’s dogs attacked me, I was going to shoot them. He no longer waves at me, but I was more than a little surprised this morning when I was really hoping to use my new “Bear Pepper Spray” on his again charging/attacking dog, he actually opened his front door and called the dog off! I can’t believe it………………..a first! I’m still in shock!

The thing about being a regular walker, you know all the dogs in the area, and if you are smart, you get to know their names. Believe me it helps sometimes. At the moment I only have major problems with two out of the possible 7. The other loose dogs, have learned to back off and aren’t really that interested in biting me or my dog. But that still leaves me with the afore mentioned neighbor, and another who also has multiple dogs. This other man I have actually reported to the sheriff’s dept., he’s a real piece of work also. Has made it perfectly clear to me that he will let his dogs loose whenever and however he feels like it. That is the mentality I am dealing with. Now you might be asking what kind of dogs? Well they are NOT Chi hua hua’s………….but labs, mixed labs, and an aussie shepherd mix.

Let me state for the record right here: I am not afraid of dogs. Never have been, never will be. But at the same time, I’m not going to allow a dog to attack me or my animal. And you must keep in mind, that these men have never come out during the attacks, they only show up after I have stopped it. Chivalry is dead ladies, sorry to tell you that but it’s true.

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Now you might remember that I mentioned earlier that I was prepared and almost anxious to spray a dog this morning with bear spray? That is correct. And from what I understand, if you spray an attacking dog with bear spray he won’t be interested in messing with you again.  I have never used bear spray on a dog, but rather than shoot an animal dead, I am willing to take a chance with the bear spray. I bought some when I first moved up to Idaho, but a friend was working for the forestry dept. where there were bears and I thought she needed it more than I did. Well I have changed my mind, and I carry it every time I walk. Dog ownership information for 2011 shows that family dogs comprised 65% (20) of the attacks that resulted in death; 74% (23) of all incidents occurred on the dog owner's property and 29% (9) resulted in criminal charges, up from 15% in 2010.

The Owner is Liable For Your Dog Bite

Dog owners have a responsibility to the general public. Dogs should never have the opportunity to bite innocent people. It does not matter if the dog has a history of aggression. The owner is liable for the dog bite. With recent dog bite cases in the news, the public has a heightened awareness for potentially dangerous situations. Unfortunately, many dog bite cases occur with virtually no warning.

Dog bites are often due to handler or owner negligence. Not properly restraining a dog is a large reason for many dog attacks. Owners of vicious and dangerous dogs may often try to blame the victim. The idea of placing blame on the victim for somehow provoking the dog is unacceptable. Provoked or not, dog owners must restrain their dogs for public safety.

Extreme caution should be exercised around breeds particularly well known for violence. Pit Bulls are known for the extensive amount of tissue damage they can inflict on victims. Certain circumstances can be more dangerous than others. Dogs on chains are often deemed more dangerous than others. Walkers should take care never to approach loose dogs

Dog bites often occur when a dog is on the loose. Many dogs have been known to escape their yards or enclosures to attack their victims. Many attacks occur when dogs begin fighting. It is not uncommon for a menacing dog to attack a responsible dog owner’s leashed pet. This can become fatal for the pet that is attacked. This also puts pet owners in a dangerous situation. Many responsible pet owners have been grievously injured while trying to save their own pet during an attack.

This is no joke, so if you or anyone you know is going through the same problems, tell them not to hesitate to contact the authorities. Although it may or may not do any good. I think you should take the full situation into consideration and act accordingly. I have wanted to write an article in the paper, but I don’t think it will do any good. And I will be deemed a crazy old lady. Well maybe I am, I guess most old ladies would retreat to the safety of their home. But I have a God given right to walk outside, and I’m not going to give it up!

p.s. and until the snow melts or we get a new pack of fresh snow, me and Stella will be seen making laps on our 2 acres. Yee Haw! Have fun! I knew there was a good reason why we have spent the last 5 years cleaning up this property!!! :) BE CAREFUL…………..HAVE FUN!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dec. 21, 2012…We are still here!

Well, as another year draws to a close. It conjures up many memories of the last few months. Not the best year for me, but knowing what others have had to endure this year, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. I am a very lucky person!
This has been a year full of major events! I am not going to recap them all here. But the presidential election here in the US, and the earthquake in Japan are the two biggies for me. This last earthquake on Dec. 7, 2012 was not nearly as big as the one on April 7, 2011. But it reminded me of how small we humans are compared to the awesome power of Mother Nature.
There are some things controlled by people, and some things that people can never control. As I have grown older it all seems to have  become so perfectly clear. We humans always knew we could not control mother nature, but with the effects of global warming, who would have thought that humans might bring about our own destruction? Just too ironic in so many ways.
I have always enjoyed all modern technology, I might not have embraced it as vigorously as some. I do have a cell phone, but I do not carry it with me unless I am going on a trip. It does not have all the bells and whistles, and it does not control my life in any way.
               
                Cell Phone Etiquette, Woman on Cell Phone in Movie Theater
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I think you can see from these photos, that people really need to learn how to turn off their phones, and spend a little time in the real world. They need to look up, look around take a deep breath of fresh air, and thank the creator for another beautiful day.
Of course I am in my sixties, so for example my youngest grandson knows nothing else, and without help he will think this is the norm. Children don’t go outside and play anymore. Scary shit. Sorry for the language, but sometimes it’s necessary. And I haven’t even mentioned driving and texting or talking while on a cell phone!
ORLANDO, FL, April 12, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- According to a study released by the National Safety Council in January 2010, a staggering 28% of all car accidents in the United States are caused by drivers using cell phones. The vast majority of those crashes, 1.4 million annually, are caused by cell phone conversations, and 200,000 are blamed on text messaging, according to the report from the council, a nonprofit group recognized by congressional charter as a leader on safety in the United States.
Don’t get me wrong. I am NOT putting down cell phones! But there is a time and a place, and it’s not while you are driving! I think they have become miniature Computers and they truly are awesome. But at the same time, it’s very easy to see that millions, yes I said millions of people in this day and age are totally addicted to their cell phone. They have more of a relationship with the phone, than they do with a person standing, setting, or walking beside them.

August 02, 2012: Eva Mendes is spotted walking her beau Ryan Gosling's dog George for a walk before heading to the hair salon in West Hollywood, CA.
Get outside……………….take a walk! Better yet, take your dog for a walk…………………………………………….
In any of these photos do you a cell phone? My message is simple and I keep hoping that eventually people will begin to realize that their world does not exist here:
There is a big beautiful world out there, and you need to spend some time in it. Mother Earth is in trouble and she needs your help! You see my generation played outside all day, and we still had trouble getting home before dark. Can you believe that? It’s true. You are a human being, you came from mother earth, and you need to spend some time with her. Because your visit here is very brief, and if you miss out…………………………….????


Have fun peeps. Life is short, get out their and enjoy! Happy Holidays to you and yours…………with love always……………….bj aka beeg p.s. the pup I took over to my neighbors? They kept her, and her name is Penny!