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Five Questions Friday: Canine Cost of Living Declines

Q: How was Chance when you picked him up from the vet?
Eric: He was a little dazed and confused. Appears the stuff they gave to knock him out was still wearing off.

Q: Our neighbor pulled in on his 4-wheeler with a long pole. What did he want?
Eric: I have no idea. His accent was so thick I didn’t understand one word. He had a long bamboo pole and it sounded like he was looking  for pears. I know it really wasn’t “pears” but that’s what it sounded like.  All I could understand was that last year he got $75 for 300lbs of  “it” — whatever “it” is.

Q: So last week everyone welcomed you to the 21st Century when you finally got a phone that texts. How many texts have you sent out in a week’s time?
Eric: Incoming and out is over 225. I knew this was a bad idea and it’s costing me more money.
(doesn’t sound like it’s such a bad idea to you when I heard your phone dinging all the time with new messages)

Q: I love our mail lady. Don’t you love her?
Eric: Did you write this question before or after she delivered our neighbor’s mail? Kidding… despite getting mixed up mail today, seriously, she’s very nice.
(ha ha. Yes, I wrote the question down for you BEFORE she delivered a stack of our neighbor’s mail. Hey, it’s Friday and I believe she had a craft fair to go to — she’s a stained glass artist as well.

Q: What annoyed you this week?
Eric: You know what, after getting Chance’s vet bill today, absolutely Nothing. We easily saved over $200 with the new vet down here. 
(I know! I thought you were joking when you told me the total! Guess the cost of living down here is cheaper for dogs as well. Glad it wiped out all your annoyances this week. I was sure you were going to write something about my brother!)

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A Woven Seat & A Camera Hog

A few weeks back, Eric took a break from his baskets and did some weaving of a different kind. When we were in Washington, our host, Joanne, gave us an unfinished project that she was not ever going to get to. And when we saw the base for this stool, we couldn’t say “no”! So we brought back with us two bases and all the weavers to complete two stools.

Eric got busy right away in his workshop sanding and finishing the bases for both stools.

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And then he got to weaving the seats. I guess it takes a lot of strength to do this kind of work! I wouldn’t know, because I’ve never attempted to do this.

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But he sure seemed to be using a lot of strength to pull them each tight. Nonetheless, it was all worth his effort — I love it! Thanks Joanne for the materials!

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Also thought I’d show you what happens when I try to photograph something. As soon as I whip out the camera, this creature is always within a bone’s throw.

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And if I don’t seem to be aiming the camera at him, this is what he does.

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You heard of photo bombing, right? Well this is a “Chance Bomb.” Happens every time.

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Workshop Quick Shots: Suzanne’s Basket Cottage

We had a great time at the Basket Cottage in Georgia with Suzanne and Jud… and I think all the students did too! Eric taught his most popular basket at the moment — the Cottage Gardener. It must require a lot of concentration to create this basket since practically all my photos I took show students heavily into their work!

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Thanks Hannah, Pat, Patti, Tracey, Eleanor, Peggy, Gail, Sybil, Suzanne and Jud! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon! (Eleanor and Gail, we will see you in Florida for the Ocala workshop!)

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