Posted by: tgonzales | April 1, 2013

March 30-31, 2013 Weekend, Lots of Crocheted Shoes, a Quiet Easter Sunday with the Exception of a Neighbors Crying-Barking-Howling-Whining Dog


My weekend started off with me getting my haircut and colored. Yes, I had her put the purple streak back in my hair again. I really do love the color purple. Afterwards I hung out at Twist to crochet for an hour or so, then I met John for pizza at Picasso’s.


Afterwards we came home and I crocheted a couple of pairs of shoes. This time I went a little crazy with the boy shoes. I still love the Lovely Crow patterns. I couldn’t help myself and ended up making three pairs of the Little Prince Loafers in size Newborn, 0-3 Months, and 3-6 Months sizes.


It was such a beautiful day and evening we headed out back to sit on the yard swing to listen to the birds singing, watched the buds bloom on our tree, and


took note that the onion sets were actually sprouting out of the ground. I love watching plants grow and can’t wait to take more pictures as they do so. The potatoes haven’t sprouted yet but there’s still time. From the looks of the onions we will have quite a few of them. Yippee!!


When John couldn’t take it anymore (because of his allergies) we headed back in the house to settle in for the evening. As you know from my last post I had a bad experience with making my own sandals up so I went in search of a cute sandal pattern that would work for baby boys or girls. I searched for quite some time and I want to tell you I had a bad experience with a group of baby shoe patterns before and I was very hesitant in purchasing a pattern from someone who I knew nothing about. Then I found, “Baby Summer Sandals” designed by Paloma Perez and thought why not, they looked easy enough from the picture and I’m so pleased to announce that I highly recommend Paloma’s pattern and will make many more pairs in the future. You can find her pattern for the sandals here.


Oh my gosh I almost forgot I made two more purple hats.


On Easter Sunday I had a very relaxed day planned; just quietly hanging out at the house. I decided to crochet a little mans sun hat to go with the orange Little Prince loafers.


While I was crocheting I heard the worst sound coming from outside. Our new neighbors to the east of us have a Weimaraner and the new neighbors to the west have a pitbull.


I opened the door and found out that the Weimaraner must have been lonesome for its owner because it was bark-cry-whine-howling and continued to do so all day long. Oh by the way the other dog that lived behind us, who had given us so many sleepless nights has moved away now only to be replaced by a crying-howling dog.


Around 7:00 p.m. I heard a motorcycle arrive as I stopped John from calling the police. I went over to meet the new neighbors and to tell them that their dog had whined, cried, barked, and howled all day long and that I had just stopped John from calling the police. The new neighbors are a very sweet young couple and told me that the dog was an inside dog and didn’t like to be outside at all, that they would make sure that it didn’t happen again, and I found out the dogs name is “Jackson” or “Jacks” for short. I was so glad that I went over to meet them and to tell them about their dog because I don’t want any conflict with any of our neighbors. I would say that I’m a very passive person and John is just the opposite when it comes to these matters. We ended the evening quietly with a movie. I hope everyone had a good weekend and a blessed Easter. I love you all; have a great Monday!


  1. Your purple hair is divine, would love to have a purple streak myself – maybe one day. As for those dogs – well, let’s just say I am not a dog person, so I would have gone insane.
    Glad you had a good weekend, Wishing you a happy week ahead. Oh, and thanks for the link to the sandals.
    🙂 x

    • Hi Jill!

      As always I look forward to your comments and I’m glad you understand about the dog situation. Thanks goodness they came home when they did, because I’m not sure how long I was going to hold John off from doing something he would have regretted in the end. 😉 And about the sandals, I know you will have fun making them too. I’m just glad that I finally found a pattern that I could follow. Have a great week.

      Love and Hugs,

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, despite the dog noise. Unlike you, I’m the one who has called on dogs before. Mainly because I am home all day and no one else is, except on weekends, and I could keep track of the length of time they are noisy. However, experience has shown me that the city does very little really in regards to these complaints, so now, unfortunately, I just have to work hard to tune it out. Sigh. Looks like you got a great deal of crocheting done. Those sandals are so cute! Glad you found a pattern you like for creating them. Have a great week!

    • Hi Jeanne!

      I know what you mean when it comes to the city and how they don’t usually do anything, except talk to the owners of the dogs; if the owners are home or if they come to the door. As soon as the police leave the owner lets the dog out and the dog will start barking again. I don’t blame the dog, I blame the owner. John blames the dog and the owner. 🙂 Thanks so much for loving the sandals and for thinking that I got a lot of crocheting done and for stopping by to tell me so. Have a wonderful day!

      Love, Tamara

  3. Love the purple in your hair. Maybe some day I will get the nerve to put purple in my hair. The little sandels are adorable. I know what you mean about the dogs and their owners. I enjoy watching animals but I don’t want to hear them day and night nor do I want them pooping in my yard. We have goats (about 40 or 50 of them) next door and we love to watch the babies but as they grow they stick their heads thru the fence and get it caught. Sometimes they (the owners) don’t get it out for a day or two. Makes me sad for the animals. At least the cows and donkeys can’t stick their heads thru the fence. Got a busy week ahead of me so I had better get off of here. Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue!

      You never know, you just might like purple in your hair. 🙂 Thanks for loving the little sandals and for understanding about the dog. We haven’t heard a bark out of it since then. (thank God) It sounds like you have a worse problem then we do. I bet those goats make alot of noise when their heads are stuck in the fence. UGH! Have a great week.

      Love you,

  4. Well, Tamara, you sure did have a *lot* of crochet work to share in photos in this post. Meowza! So glad you can continue making those cute little sandals – with a great pattern someone else wrote up. 😉

    **LOVE** the photo of the tree branch — with the background blurred!!

    That pit bull is gorgeous! Hopefully the owners are sweet people, which will mean the pit will be sweet. I have watched plenty of Cesar Millan (‘The Dog Whisperer’) to know how sweet those dogs are .. unless humans create monsters out of them.

    As for the Weimaraner – ugh! Dog-barking really super-irritates me!! Where we used to live, many times I called the police and they would post a warning sign on the people’s door (unless they went there when they were home from work & then they’d talk to them). If it did not help, I would call again. The reason I would not personally confront the neighbor is ‘cuz I never knew for sure how they would respond – and I did not want hard feelings. I am so glad where we live now has CC&R’s — and barking dogs are on that list of no-no’s. So IF there is ever a prob, I can just contact the Homeowners’ Association and they will deal with it. I am very glad to hear your neighbor is n-i-c-e and responded to your sweet confrontation with her in a good way.

    Been busy in the yard the last few days ‘cuz we had nice weather and I hung wash and pruned roses. Weather is changing now, tho, so I should be here “on time”. HaHa!

    Lovin’ you from my heart ~

    • Hi Kat!

      Thanks so much for the kind understanding words and for understanding about the dog barking situation. I’m glad that you don’t have to deal with that anymore. I love spring so we can get out in the yard a little bit. It’s been a mix of cold some days and other days it’s very warm. Right now it’s cold with some snow.

      Love you too my friend,

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