Gizzy in Heaven!

Gizzy in Heaven!
I love you forever and ever, Amen!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My Turtle Experience

For once I had my camera with me when I needed it. I saw this turtle just lying there on the sidewalk as I walked around the lake with Gizzy this morning. At first I thought it got hurt - like maybe someone ran over it because it was so flat - then I went closer (keeping Gizzy away for safe measure) and it had a face exactly like a gopher and I thought to myself: Oh, that's what a gopher turtle looks like...I had never seen such a turtle before. So, I stuck around, thinking someone is bound to drive by that can help me move him away from the street because I didn't want him to get flattened even more ;-) Meanwhile, I spritzed him with a little water since it was kind of hot and I always carry water with me when walking....he just sort of blinked at the water and looked at me in an irritated, bored sort of way. Finally, this big black truck comes along and the young man inside said: "What have you got?" I told him and he said it was a soft shell turtle and he will: "bite my finger right off" .... hmmm....but, why does he have a face like a gopher, I asked to which he replied once more: "he'll bite your finger right off" .... ok! He went back to his truck and grabbed a wooden oar to scoot him out of harm's way and boy, was I surprised: This little sucker could run! He was practically hydroplaning along the asphalt - he was flapping his feet so quickly it looked as if he had a dozen of them....really cool and weird looking!

I said to the young man, I wonder what he was doing sitting right here and the man speculated that someone was probably trying to catch him and kill him (no surprise as people here eat just about anything!) and as the turtle went back down to the creek, I thanked the young stranger for helping me and I moseyed on home realizing that I was only wearing my flip flops and standing rather close to that turtle not knowing how fast he could run: "He could a bit my toe right off!"

Monday, August 30, 2010


The winner of my August Giveaway is no other than AUNT PITTY PAT of CONGRATULATIONS, Aunt Pitty Pat!

Since so many of you expressed an interest in my silly rooster potholder, I would like to propose the following consolation:

a) I will offer this rooster to those that entered my giveaway at 1/2 price plus shipping OR

b) I can send you the link to the pattern I used (plus my alterations) if you want to make it yourself.

I know that a lot of you really, really wanted it - some even clucked for it.

NOTE: Please, if you want it for 1/2 price, be sure and contact me within the next four (4) weeks because I anticipate being really, really busy once October rolls around.

Again, CONGRATULATIONS to the winner!

I'm already contemplating my Giveaway for next month!

Friday, August 27, 2010


Well, you can try winning it during my August Giveaway, but you have to hurry!

Last day to enter is tomorrow, August 28th, 2010.

Just leave me a comment indicating you want to be included in the drawing.

I also accept out-of-the country participation as well, so go ahead and enter. Good luck everyone. I will announce the winner on Monday, August 30th, 2010.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Looking pretty in the garden

My Gizzy boy
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
My boy, Gizzy, sitting in the garden looking photogenic (as usual!) It's 100 degrees in the shade out there and it's after 6 pm. Honestly, joke's over....we've had just about enough of this already!

My boy's sleeping his life away! We do get up at 6 am every morning and walk, but this morning, especially, after just a few feet, I was soaking wet. I've been bringing a towel with me and we don't even walk very fast. Heck, today, Gizzy didn't walk but a few feet and then wanted to get back up on the rollator/walker so I could push him around the lake, which he did enjoy!

We are so ready for Autumn!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hired guns for the garden

Hired guns
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
I was excited to read this newspaper article in the Valdosta Daily Times talking about beneficial bugs for the garden. It states that if you can't raise your own beneficial bugs,you rent some until the pests crisis is over.

Here in South Georgia, especially, we have all sorts of bugs since many seem to thrive in this hot and humid climate. In spite of all the rain we've been having, I'm glad to see not as many mosquitoes this year like I had feared. What I do notice, however, is a large dragonfly population, dancing and looking quite content with life.

This newspaper article, written by Dean Fosdick, states that "many bug species are hired guns, available from mail-order suppliers or nurseries for combating short, but fierce, pest outbreaks on chemical-free properties." I'm happy to read about an overall concern for chemicals and overly used pesticides. I think it would serve us well to think twice when reaching for the insecticide by trying to find alternative ways to keep bug free.

I'm especially glad to see this article because it indicates that people are aware and concerned about the overuse of chemicals and that we all need to cut back in order to keep our environment healthy, which will undoubtedly benefit our disappearing hone bees as well.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vegetarian Honey Chili Recipe

Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
I found this, plus many other wonderful recipes at The National Honey Board and thought I'd share it with you because I just love cooking and baking with honey.

Just click on the image and it will take you to Flickr where you can find the recipe or simply go to to The National Honey Board on the web at this URL: http://

I can't wait to try this out!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Crocheted cactus paperweight

Finally, a fun thing to crochet will all my green yarn. I really enjoyed crocheting this cactus. It's actually quite substantial at 8" tall with its bright red blossoms with the yellow center.

I filled the pot with mostly beans to give it weight and stability. It could be used as a paperweight or make a great plant for your office or desk.

I sewed on a little bird bead that is made from bone. I purchased it earlier this year at the Cherokee Indian Powwow. I think it adds a South Western flair to this item, don't you?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Crocheted cactus pincushion

I crocheted this little cactus with the red flower for use as a pincushion. It's removable and the base is an empty glass votive candle that I saved after the candle burned away.

I sewed a little ladybug on the cactus for style and luck. The glass cup can hold extra pins, small buttons or sewing novelties.

This item is available for sale in my Etsy shop:

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My August Giveaway!

For my August Giveaway prize, I am offering one of my crocheted Cock-a-Doodle-Doo potholders. This rooster will decorate your kitchen and could also serve well as a doily beneath a bowl full of jellybeans for a colorful centerpiece on your table.

Just leave me a comment here and indicate that you want to be included in the drawing. If you are one of my followers, you receive an additional entry and if you want to blog about it and post it on your blog's sidebar with a link-back to my blog (this article here) then you can earn another entry. Just let me know, so I can put your name(s) in the hat.

LAST DAY TO ENTER CONTEST: Saturday, August 28, 2010!

Good Luck everyone!

Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gizzy back from the Vet's

Hello, this is me, Gizzy, and I had a chest X-ray this morning to see my heart. The Vet showed the picture to mommy and told her that I had the early stages of congestive heart failure. The Vet prescribed Enalapril for me twice daily. Mommy got these Pill Pockets and hides them inside so that I can eat them without even knowing that it's medicine. It works! It's not bad enough yet for me to require a special diet (i.e. R/D) but I will have to be monitored. Although this condition is irreversible, it can be controlled with proper medication and that's why we're going back in three months for another chest X-ray to check on my progress. It didn't hurt at all!

Mommy said I was a really good boy because they didn't have to sedate me or anything, but I'm happy to be home again!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Christmas Wish

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth - and, since I already have them, I want this!

"Dear Santa!

I've been a really good girl this year - honest! Ask Gizzy! (dogs don't lie)

I thought I'd start wishing early and maybe, if I'm lucky, I can go caroling with my accordion this year...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Arlene's Treasures

Who could resist a wooden treasure chest all handmade by a little ole' lady in South Georgia? She has been making these lovely chests for over 20 years and painstakingly and lovingly shapes and molds remnants of wood and cloth into these very attractive heirloom pieces. Available in a variety of sizes. For more information, look here:

She sold her first one on Etsy recently and shipped it today! It's going all the way to NY and we can't wait to see the feedback!

...and how's your day going?

Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
Gizzy lounging on the LaZBoy with his pink Miss Piggy toy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Brussels in bloom

Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
Isn't that amazing? I wish I could see that in person. I've never been in Brussels - there are so many places I'd like to see if money just weren't an option...(sigh!) Maybe in another life time?

Wishing you all a wonderful week. Gizzy and I are hanging in!