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This and That


A 5 month old puppy requires almost as much attention as a 5 month old child. Scooter is adjusting well to our household. He wants Maggie to play with him and she just isn’t into that – cranky old lady. He kept us up the first night. The second night I got the idea to have talk radio (progressive, of course) near his crate. At 3:30, he was howling again. The station had gone off the air so I found one on all night. Last night he was quiet all night long. He is learning to walk on a leash. Today, we had a good 45 minute aerobic walk. He loves to stop and say hi to other dogs which Maggie never has cared to do. We are working on the housebreaking. It requires someone to watch him at all times for visual cues that he needs to go. As I said, we are working on it. He is now playing with all of his toys and running up and down the basement stairs to hang out with me. I am his favorite person. I don’t know how he will take my leaving for almost 2 weeks. Here he is in the studio with me. He got an aok from the vet.


I can’t believe how fast this month is flying by. I leave for Kansas City in a week from Friday. I have a lot to do before then. Today, I did my thermofax test prints for Jane Dunnewold. She posted on the Complex Cloth list for volunteers who have a thermofax to do some prints using different paint spreaders, including one that she sent us. Here are my prints. I used red Versatex Acrylic printing ink on muslin.

First is the print made with the paint spreader sent by Jane. It was the best print, I have to admit. It is one of those plastic thingies for creating texture in paint, but we used the smooth edge.


This is what I usually use on a small screen, a credit card. Not so good.


This is a Bondo spreader. It is thicker than the other paint spreader and was not as good.


A lot of people use a foam paint brush for the screens, this created very uneven printing.


I went in to get my hair cut and the color back. I tried going gray and that was how I felt, gray and old. So, here I am, red again.


Tomorrow, I have STASH at Reva’s. M & M are getting to meet Scooter tomorrow, for the first time. I am sure it will be love at first sight.

7 Responses to “This and That”

  1. Barb says:

    Just a suggestion–what worked best for us in housebreaking a puppy was to put a set of Christmas bells on the door they went out to go piddle. She’d hear the bells as she went out and within two days, learned to make the bells ring to let us know that she needed to go. Lots of treats went with it as a positive reward, of course, too. There’s a great training book out there called, “Don’t Shoot the Dog!” and it’s all about using positive reinforcement to train. (Worked on my son when he was twelve, too. 😉 )

  2. Connie Rose says:

    YOu look wonderful, Gerrie! Love the new glasses and haircolor. I so wish I had a thermofax machine, or at least some screens to work with. Not in my budget at this point, but I really love what you and others do with them. And so much less of a hassle than preparing a screen and printing it.
    Have fun at Conference. I dearly wanted to go this year, but alas, no dice.
    Hugs to you.

  3. Judy says:

    Scooter is definitely a keeper! What a great doggie!

    Barker is helping us to muddle through the housepainting: UGH! He likes the painters but does not like the mess! LOL

    I’m now in the countdown mode ’till I leave, with two big ‘dos’ before I pack my supply box for Kerr’s class! Then I have to think about duds for the occasion! Any help here????

  4. Jeannie says:

    You do look vibrant and your eyes are beautiful. Scooter is so adorable. Have a great weekend. Cheers.

  5. Connie Akers says:

    You have inspired me. I’m off to get new glasses (kept delaying decision) and may do highlights as my graying is on blonde. I like the red on you for sure. Scooter is a doll.

  6. dee says:

    You look so great!

  7. Susan says:

    You look vibrant! My friends are always wanting to go gray and you are so right…they look tired and old and washed out!