Gizzy in Heaven!

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


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


My September's Giveaway winner for the Punkin' Pooch was decided by The Punkin' Pooch is going home with:

Wtchbld1020 (Heide N.)

CONGRATULATIONS, Heide, for winning this adorable pooch!!!

I know so many of you really wanted him and as a consolation prize, I can offer everyone who entered my giveaway a 5 Dollar gift certificate towards anything in my shop (including another Punkin' Pooch.)

Again, congratulations to the winner and I'll have another giveway next month.

(Gizzy is so relaxed about the the whole thing, after all HE is the inspiration to my Punkin' Pooch!)

Please vote for my Gizzy, #114

Gizzy is in a contest called "Show us your tongue" and there are many doggies to pick, but I'm asking you to please show your support and vote for my little boy.

You can either copy and paste this link to vote:

OR click on the picture in my side bar (to your right.) You get a total of 5 votes, but can only vote once daily!

Thanks so much!

Tomorrow I'll announce the winner of my September Giveaway!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hear ye, hear ye - IMPORTANT!

Punkin' Gizmo
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
Just a reminder that I will enter everyone who has left a comment on my post about my September Giveaway and anyone who does not want to be included who left a comment, please tell me now so I can remove your name from the drawing.

This is my biggest drawing ever and I want nobody left out nor nobody in who really doesn't want it, because so many other folks really, really want this silly Punkin' Pooch.

Here is the link for the post:

OR - if you don't want to copy and paste, just click on the image on my side bar (to your right) and it'll take you to where you need to enter, ok?

OK! I'm so excited because this is the biggest participation ever: 53 comments so far~!

At that rate, I'll have to figure out a consolation prize!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Two butterflies enjoying the autumn sun

It's the time of year when the butterflies are fluttering about enjoying the autumn sun on this green, fragrant bush. Does anyone know what it is? I used to think it was a lemon verbena, but it's not - at least it doesn't look like anything I saw on Google Image...but if you brush your hands through the leaves, it smells so much like lemon, I just want to chew on a leaf.

Anyway, this bush was full of butterflies. These two appeared to be mating. The one on the left was fluttering above the one sitting on the flower folded up (right) and would not keep still that I could not get a clear shot as he was constantly in motion.

Does anyone know what they are? They are not Monarchs, nor do they look like the Viceroy (Monarch Imposter) to me according to the photos I have...can anyone tell me, please? They are all over the place every year at this time.

It's going to be hot today!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The amazing human brain!

Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.

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That means most of you probably don't even notice all my typos since all the letters are generally there, just in the worng order - see? Isn't that mazing? For more interesting and enlightening reading, please visit my friend's post here (you won't be sorry you did, promise!):

Moonrise over Lake Irma

Last night was the second time I took Gizzy down to the lake at dusk to watch the full moon rise from behind the trees and see his moonbeams reflecting on the water. It was so beautiful! We're going back tonight. I love to walk home in the dark and see the full moon with the stars romantic - if even just with my dog ;-)

It was such a beautiful and may I say, balmy, evening with a gentle, warm breeze. We were sitting on the park bench looking at the exact view you're seeing here and listening to the crickets and cicadas - AND the birds! They were singing at dusk chirping and whistling, saving their best for last! What a glorious time to be alive!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

And now a message from the dog!

Hello bloggie friends and Gizzy fans :-)

This is me, Gizzy! My mommy wants me to remind all of you to be sure and enter her September Giveaway:

You have till next week, Tuesday 9/28/10, to enter and win my likeness. This is a picture of me and the "Punkin' Pooch" in the making...mommy wasn't sure whether to put legs on him or not, but I told her "why not" so she did! Maybe the next one will be like this, only it'll be a beagle. I think that's what I heard her say...a beagle. yeah!

So, remember to not forget to enter our September Giveaway and win MEEEEEE!

So, remember to not forget to enter mommy's giveaway, ok?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Autumn leaves Sep. 2010

Some of you wondered if the previous post was a photo from this year, but it was last year towards the end of the autumn season.

This was taken earlier this month, but the landscapers have raked them all away by now. Gizzy and I love to walk over the leaves and hear the crunch. I'd really love to crunch in the snow, but that's not a realistic wish in South Georgia.

Happy Autumn 2010!

Happy Autumn 2010!

Happy Autumn
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
Gizzy loves to sit in a big pile of leaves. I guess he enjoys the rustling as much as I do.

The falling leaves drift by the window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old winter's song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall

Enjoy the season!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Please vote! - poll is open till 9/28/10

My crochet team is called Etsy Hookers and periodically we have challenges (or contests.) This theme is called "Keeping Fit" and we had to crochet an item people might use during their favorite exercise routine.

I crocheted these bicycle/driving gloves using maroon, speckled wool blend yarn and added a bee button for closure. I suppose you could use them for lifting weights as well - at least for a little while.

You can vote on my team's blog here: (till next Tuesday)

Anyone can vote, so please pass this on!

The winner gets no monitary prize, just a little extra exposure and he/she gets to choose the theme for the next challenge.

Thanks and please vote for your favorite choice!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sitting pretty

My Gizzy boy sitting on the windowsil with the lovely flowers I received from my company on Saturday.

He woke up just long enough to pose and went right back to snoozing by the open window. The weather's getting cooler and we love it!

Happy Monday and have a great week everyone! I'll try to make the rounds and visit you little by little! Thanks for always leaving such nice comments for me and the boy.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Meeting a blogging buddy~!

Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
I had company - yeah! I rarely get company (as Gizzy's less than social behaviour indicated (he needs a vest that reads: "Objects appear cuter than they are!") but aside from that, we had a wonderful time. I had more fun than I imagined. My friend from Krafty Max Originals ( and her children came to visit me and Gizzy on Saturday.

I was surprised at how comfortable I felt around them and I even said a silly thing before driving (in her car) to Banks Lake "We're coming back here, aren't we?" as if I were going to drive home with them...a senior moment, no doubt!

It was a short, yet fun-packed visit and today, I really miss being able to post properly to show you more photos. I'll just have to post again since I can only post one photo at a time through Flickr.

I was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers and a package with handmade gifts. I will make another post about that soon..

We all had a picnic lunch at Banks Lake and walked the nature trail there - it was enchanting! I had never been on that trail, so I saw something new as well. On the way back, we drove through town to look at the Murals and the horses while speculating about plans for our next visit.

This was my first time I had the honor of meeting another fellow crafter and blogger and I really enjoyed it more than I can say. We both agreed that the Internet is a wonderful thing!

Who's next? I'm a waitin' - LOL

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Velvet Ant or Dasymutilla occidentalis

I watched this velvet ant this morning as I sat outside with Gizzy enjoying the cooler weather, but she moved so quickly, it was difficult for me to capture a better photo. I never saw these until moving to Georgia. They look intimidating to me.

Good News! I sold my Punkin' Mouse already, so I'll be working on another.

I have to go to the eye doctor (again) this afternoon. I started seeing tiny, black, floating dots on my right eye only, and it feels like there's something in it scraping against my eye lid.

Arlene, my friend who makes wooden Treasure Chests (here: is picking me up at 11 am so that we can grab lunch on the way. We both love Mexican food, but we'll have to settle for a 7-Layer burrito from Taco Bell as we will be on a time constraint.

Lastly, a quick note to my blogging buddies: I appreciate and remember all of you. Just because I can't comment every day anymore, doesn't mean I have written you off.

It's been extremely difficult for me to negotiate through my blogging world due to all sorts of programming difficulties. I'm doing the best that I can for the moment. But trust me when I say that you are in my thoughts. I have got a memory like an elephant!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Crocheted Punkin' Mouse

Here's another pumpkin critter that I seem to be addicted to making lately. This mouse is also 7" tall, but a lot fatter around the middle than the Punkin' Gizzy, because I stabilized her with additional popcorn kernels aside from the fiber fill. I knitted a long tail for her and attached it to the front. I think she turned out very cute too, if I may say so myself. Sometimes I surprise myself, especially since I didn't use a pattern for her either.

You can click on the photo that takes you to my Flickr account where I have pictures of her from different angles. I'm going to list her for sale in my shop, but Etsy's having issues right now so that I'll have to do it tomorrow.

It's almost Fall and you guys would not believe how nice and cool it was this morning. Gizzy and I had a very long and enjoyable walk. I could tell my boy was in a very good mood. I can't wait for it to get really chily ;-) Maybe I should do a jolly snowman to put me in the mood.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September Giveaway!

I just crocheted this 7" Punkin' Pooch with Gizzy in mind (can you tell?) so that I can give him away as a prize.

The rules to enter are simple: EVERYONE is welcomed, including overseas bloggers. Followers get an additional entry and so do people who link-back to this post. (Please notify me if you do this.) Previous winners are also encouraged to enter and please pass it on...
DEADLINE to enter this Giveaway is September 28th with the drawing on the following day. I will announce the winner on September 30th.

You can see more photos of this little fella in my Etsy Shop:
where I'll be offering one of these cuties for sale. As always, I'm extending a 15% Discount to my blogging friends.

Good Luck! Happy Punkin' Charlie Brown, ahem, Gizzy!

Feeling a lot safer now...

Street Sign
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
This sign is posted smack dab in the middle of town where I live and I'm torn between wanting to laugh or cry... another perfect example of giving the general public a "false sense of security" or is it a "sense of false securtiy"? - do you have any strange signs posted in your town?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Before 9-11

Twin Towers
Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
I think the whole world will never forget - I was awoken by a phone call from a friend in Michigan. She asked me to turn on the TV. She said "people are jumping out of windows..." Sitting on the edge of my bed, I stared at the TV screen in horror and I was in a night mare.

Stunned and numb I watched tragedy unfold ... I can't believe people are jumping out of windows ... when the second plane hit the Twin Tower...and that was the beginning of my day September 11, 2001.

Friday, September 10, 2010

We will never forget!

Tomorrow is September 11th - let us pray!

My blogging buddy, Kerrie, has written a poem in honour of 9-11. Anyone who is interested in reading it, you can find it here:

God Bless America!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's Uebergizzy!

Originally uploaded by Crocheting_in_Georgia
This is my boy playing tug-o-war with one of his stuffed critters. I always make him work for it so that he can exert some stored up energy from his marathon naps. You should hear him growl and carry on.

Today I put some Aloe Vera gel (slime) on Gizzy's back. I scraped it off from my plant outside, because his skin is still looking a bit pink and inflamed. He also still coughs periodically, but then so do I. We'll just have to face it that both of us are plagued with allergies now.

I was told when I first moved here by my doctor that Georgia and Louisiana are the two worst states to live in for allergies and that a lot of people have to move away from here - I think I might be one of them because I can't imagine doing this coughing thing for the rest of my life... but, one step at a time! Soon the weather will change and we can get a break for a couple of months. That will be nice to be able to breathe again!

TGIF tomorrow! Soon I'll have something to show you as I have been crocheting up a storm.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

We almost made it to the Fair

This is Gizzy in his patrioitc Babuschka...I was just goofing around with him because he's so gosh darn cute! He got that scarf at the Honey Bee Festival last year.

I purposely waited till later in the afternoon, hoping it would be not as hot so that I could take Gizzy to the Flatlanders Arts and Craft's Fair, but we only made it taout half way there and had to stop at Roquemore Park because it was so hot and stuffy and the gnats were driving us crazy...Gizzy was panting and yes, I had plenty of water for us to drink. I even had a spray bottle full of water so that I could spritz him, ok, soak him, really well.

He was so excited at the prospect of seeing people. When I pushed him through town, he could barely sit still and kept fidgeting so that he slid off the rollator seat a couple of times - silly dog. He reminded me of a little kid wiggling in anticipation, but alas, we never made it all the way there because it was too hot and I found out that there were no dogs allowed, so we just turned around and went back home, past the lake, past the duckies who were quacking and running towards everyone they saw.

At the end we got a ride home from a friend in his pick up truck because he saw that we were tired and needed to be back in the air conditioned apartment.

When we got home, I cooked Gizzy a consolation hamburger in the broiler and now he's sleeping contentedly. Soon enough it'll be cold again so that we can spend a lot more time outside. I can feel the season changing. It won't be long before we'll be having turkey dinners and practicing our Christmas carols.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello my friends

That's what Gizzy saw down at the lake yesterday morning. He's such a stinker - he barks at those poor ducks who come running up to me knowing they'll get some food.

Just to let you all know, I can't get into blogger at all, meaning I cannot read your comments. I can't get into google to read my g-mail and things are kind of messed up, so please, I am not ignoring you and I will keep on posting via Flickr to let you know we're still alive. If you want to e-mal me, please, be my guest and I will come and visit you when/if I can.

Meanwhile, we're being slammed very hard financially - but then, so are a lot of people. Let's just pray for one another and keep the faith.

Love you,
Doris and Gizzy :-) or