Friday, November 19, 2010

I love my dog

Really, I do. But last night I had to keep reminding myself of that fact. First of all, I went to bed late, 12:30 AM, because I got some sewing done last night. First I made a bib for a friend who just told me they are expecting. I used one of the Urban Circus fat quarters that I won from Laurie Wisbrun, and I'm excited now about the prospect of making their new baby a quilt from those winnings.


And then, as I vowed I would, I started cutting and piecing the Boys Will Be Boys quilt for Donald. I had no idea how much faster it is to cut out a quilt using just a few coordinating fabrics rather than all scrappy fabrics. I was cruising! And I am loving the look so far:


So, I was in bed at 12:30, but the dog woke me at 2:30 to go outside. I tried to put him off, but he was insistent, and as someone with a weak bladder myself, how could I not let him out. What did he do but promptly get himself sprayed by a skunk. Ugh!

I crawled back in bed with my Blackberry and got online to find out how to "deskunk" him. There were lots of recipes, but they called for ingredients that I didn't have around the house, and since Adam is out of town and both boys were sleeping and we live 20 minutes from the nearest store, I couldn't go shopping. Finally I came across Listerine as a deskunking agent. We buy those ENORMOUS Listerine bottles, and I had just bought one earlier this week, so this became my deskunking agent of choice. I'm happy to report that it works. First a Listerine bath, and then a regular bath, outside in below freezing temperatures at 3:00 AM. I kept chanting under my breath, "I love my dog, I love my dog, I love my dog."

When I got into bed at 3:30, the 6:30 AM alarm seemed entirely too close for comfort. I'm so glad it is Friday and I can sleep in tomorrow! Have a great and RESTFUL weekend, all!

12 comments:

Rachel said...

My heart nearly stopped while reading this post. I was sure you were going to tell us that the dog ate the bib you made or peed all over the nicely laid-out quilt (which is looking great, by the way). Thank goodness neither of those things happened! That's not to say that having your dog sprayed by a skunk isn't bad - it's terrible! It's lucky you had that jumbo bottle of listerine on hand. I hope Stinky is all better now, and that you get some sleep soon. Cheers!

Judi said...

Gosh I hope that your weekend goes better for you! Glad to know a home remedy.

Michelle said...

Oh my!! I'm so sorry that all that happened last night. I hope all goes well and your able to get some rest (and quilting) done this weekend.

Taryn said...

So, was it the knowledge that there was a critter outside that made the dog want to go out in the first place? That's such a doggy thing to do; how can you not love them?

The Cozy Quilter said...

Oh dear! Skunks and dogs do not make good friends! I am glad you were able to deskunk the dog with something you had on hand. Thank goodness for the internet and its wealth of info at any time of the day or night! Donald's quilt looks great! D9P comes together quickly. Have a good weekend!

Laurie Wisbrun | Scarlet Fig said...

Stinky dog :) Gotta love them though. So glad you found a project for the Urban Circus fabric!

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Oh Erin.. I feel your pain on the skunk thing.. we live on the golf course and always have trouble with skunks.. our little Roxy has been spray 3 times in the last 2 years.. not fun.. love the little bib you made. Hope you have a better night tonight.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Oh Erin, I know this wasnt funny at 3 am , but sitting on the other side of the world, with two cups of morning coffee under my belt, not a skunk in sight and the sun shining this was freaking HILARIOUS...

Hope you get a Saturday sleep in to make up for having to give the dog a listerine bath.

Becky said...

Jeepers, what a nite!! I'll have to file the Listerine idea for my son Chris. They have a golden and live out a ways from town...perfect skunk territory!

Cheryl Willis said...

how come the dog/skunk story is always funnier when someone else tells it.

good looking D-9, one of my patterns of choice for kids quilts.

Em said...

Erin, oh my heck....Hope you get rest this weekend. And the quilt is fab, I love that pattern and have made a little boy quilt in the past with it and very fun and quick. And the bib, my sis just bought some of that fabric and we both swooned over it. You are on a roll with color galore!

joe tulips said...

I am relieved that no damage was done to bibs or quilts in progress...(which I am loving too)....and it was only the dog getting sprayed. I wish it hadn't happened in the middle of the night though! All our years of country living, I have never had to deal with a skunk spray. Thanks to you I now have a remedy in case.