Friday, August 31, 2012

Fabulous Free Pattern Friday Giveaway

Well, the day is finally here!!!!!!
Last Friday I announced that I would be giving away this draped jacket. You can see the instructions and last week's post here, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/08/fabulous-free-pattern-friday_24.html.
So, who could the winner be...........

It's the ever incredible Miss Shams!!!!!
Oh how I wish I had one for each of you. I guess it's the mom in me, although, I've never been a mom. I'm even this way with my dogs, what one gets the other gets. So, sorry there is only one, but I will have more opportunities to win something in the future. Congratulations Shams!!!
I've decided to take a couple of days off from the blog. I'll return on Sunday evening with my usual Sunday Night Reflections. Next week I have some, at least what I think to be, interesting posts coming up. If you live here in America, have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, the official last weekend of summer.
Rhonda

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Giveaway Deadline Quickly Approaching!

Gooood Morning and just a quick reminder.....
about the little giveaway. Today is the last day to leave a comment on this post, http://www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2012/08/fabulous-free-pattern-friday_24.html, if you would like a chance to win the draped jacket. You must leave your comment on the above link by midnight tonight, central standard time.
Good Luck Everyone!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Generous Heart

This morning I received this note from Pete, a very generous man with a huge heart. I have tagged with him on rescue flights in the past. Pete loves to fly and will always try to incorporate a rescue whenever he does fly. When funds have been low, he has driven rather than flown. He simply loves rescuing dogs. As I said, he has a huge heart. This story that I have attached was especially touching to me and I thought I would share it.
Dear All:
We've had another successful Pilots N Paws run.
Long story short:
As Karen & I were discussing what to do to celebrate our approaching 10th Wedding Anniversary, Karen learned of an accident and death of a Miami-based long-haul trucker who was going through Rensselaer, IN when he had a diabetic attack and is believed to have died before his truck went off a bridge and crashed (Yikes!)
The only survivor of the wreck was the driver’s traveling companion, a 95 lb American Bull Dog named Bubba. The Driver’s family only had enough money to bring the body of the Driver home.
Karen informed me that Bubba was going to be put to sleep in Rensselaer if someone didn’t do something.
I think anyone who knows me knows exactly what’s going to come out of my mouth next: “I gotta get Bubba!” said in my best Forest Gump voice.
Which of course resulted in me receiving that Tell-Me-Again-Why-I-Married-You!?! stare that all married men are so familiar with.
Less than 48 hours later, on the day of our 10th wedding anniversary, I was landing on runway 18 in Rensselaer to meet Bubba.
And let me tell ya’ 95 lbs of dog, is a whole lot of dog.
I mean he is a sweet heart (maybe drools a little too much) just a love-bug, but a whole lot stronger than I anticipated.
This is Bubba:
And Bubba did not want to go into the crate in the airplane.
Ya'd stick him in one end and he'd get past the crate and pop right out the other end.
There was just no way I was launching with a dog this big & strong who I didn't know; and, we had no idea how he would react in an airplane unless we could get him in a crate and strap that crate down.
The final solution became that Karen had to take the crate apart; and, I had to climb into the back of the baggage compartment with Bubba and get him to sit in the bottom half -
Then, we rebuilt the crate around him.

Then, wouldn't you know it, Bubba didn't want to come out of the plane in Nashville:
So, that was our leg of Bubba's journey to be reunited with his family.
Robert and Ann would be driving him to Columbus, GA for the next leg of his adventure.
That is one big dog:
And the trip to Columbus, GA was pretty much uneventful.
..but... because of Tropical Storm - Isaac, the Miami-based Pilot N Paws pilot who was scheduled to meet up with Robert & Ann couldn't launch. Once again, Bubba was stranded.
The Robert's niece, Karen Drake stepped up to the plate and drove Bubba to Orlando:
Bubba in Orlando:
Where Bubba's family was able to drive up from Miami to be reunited:
And Bubba made it home!
Bubba, we're all very sorry for the month you've had. But, we're also honored to be a part of reuniting you with your family.
Well, as you all know, there is never just one dog in need of rescue.
When the people in the Nashville area heard that Karen was in town, her phone started ringing.
The first dog that needed rescue was a male Pit Bull mix named Liberty who is believed to have been used as a "bait" dog in dog fighting and then just abandoned. And despite everything he had been through, he had NO aggressive tendencies and was just a sweetheart. But, there wouldn't be room for him in the plane going back because we already had a full load then we were told that if we couldn't at least find a foster family for him, he was going to be put to sleep.
The solution was simple. We just walked the streets of Franklin, TN with him until we found him a foster:
We walked him from one end of town to the other seeing if anyone would like to take him in. At a very nice pizza joint named, "The Mellow Mushroom" the hostess, a young woman named Rose accepted the challenge of fostering Liberty and saved him from his date with the needle.
Sunday - time for the ride home.
Well, originally we were going to be bringing one dog back to a rescue here in Chicago. Then two. And by the time Sunday came along, 12 dogs showed up needing to be delivered to a better life.
This little guy was named Tux:
And all these puppies:
And we even had one pregnant female who looked ready to pop. I had a very serious talk with her and made it very clear that she was not allowed to deliver until after we landed in Chicago.
Even with all the bad weather in Chicago on Sunday, we made it through with a relatively uneventful flight.
We unloaded 12 dogs in Chicago and handed them off to two separate rescues: the Herding Breed Rescue and A Heart for Animals. 
Tux went off to be fostered by one of my neighbors who promptly changed his name to "Otis:"
This female beagle went off to be fostered by my Mother In Law:
The six puppies all pooped on themselves and were covered in poop by the time we landed:

And the very pregnant female kept her end of the bargain and didn't pop during the flight. Her puppies will go to families in the Chicago area once they are old enough.
And all the puppies in the back of the van. I'm sure they'll be cleaned off quickly. I'm sure the rescue will have no trouble placing these guys with nice families.
Over all, a pretty successful day! :)
Hope all is well.
Sincerely,
Pete

Thank you Pete and Karen for your generosity.
PilotsnPaws is a rescue organization that connects pilots who are willing to donate their time as well as all expenses to rescue animals.
I'll be back later today with another story.
Rhonda

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Morning Inspiration

I recently had the opportunity to attend a fashion show where a number of the new pieces from Fendi were showcased. Wow, are they fabulous! This is the year to dig out your leather pieces and any fur pieces that you have in your stash and utilize them.
The video below is the 2012/2013 Fall/Winter fashion show. Sadly, there is a glitch at the six and a half minute mark and the video stops. I looked and looked to try and find another to no avail. So I decided to go ahead and include it today so that you can at least see a little of the collection on the runway.

I've included many of the pieces from the collection. I must say that there is little that I don't love. Time to get the sewing machine into full drive mode!

Check out the back of the belt in the picture above.
Hope you enjoyed the show.
Wishing you all a wonderful week.
Rhonda