Doggy Diagnosis: Diabetes

This is Dudley when he was a puppy:


This is Dudley all grown up:


Cute, isn’t he? He’s nine years old this month, and he’s been with us since he was a puppy. We love him, the kids love him, and he loves us. Two days ago we woke up to find he’d made a wet mess on the floor during the night. This is very odd. Dudley doesn’t have accidents. Sadly, we figured it was just because he was getting older.

Yesterday morning we woke up to another mess on the floor, but this was much, much worse. It looked like he’d accidentally went while he was sleeping, and then when he woke up it had dripped all the way across the living room to his water bowl. And it was sticky. Very, very sticky–like soda when it spills on the floor and doesn’t get cleaned before it dries.

Concerned, I searched the internet for answers. The search results were pretty terrifying; they all pointed to diabetes. I watched him that morning. He was listless, he’d stopped drinking water, and he refused to come back in the house. I called our vet to set up an appointment, but I couldn’t bring him in without my husband. Dudley is 130 lbs, and he won’t jump in the back of our Yukon. Originally the appointment was set for this afternoon, but Jake miraculously got off work early yesterday.


Dudley was worse when my husband got home. He barely acknowledged Jake, and he refused to stand up. I called the vet again, and they told us to bring him in immediately. We were devastated; we were pretty sure we were going to have to put him down. Two dogs in one season? What a horrible, horrible thought.

When we got there, we found out he’d lost thirty pounds. He’d weighed a hefty 160 lbs for most of his adult life, and no matter how we tried, we couldn’t get him to drop any of it. And just like that 30 lbs was gone–but it wasn’t a good thing.

They ran both a blood and urine test, and we weren’t surprised when the results came in. Dudley has diabetes. His blood sugar was at 500 (which is very high), but thankfully he didn’t have ketoacidosis, which is a life threatening emergency that will occur if the diabetes isn’t treated soon enough.

We listened to the vet’s treatment plan, but the whole time I was silently panicking. Just how expensive were all these tests and the insulin and the special dog food? There was no way we could afford this, and even if we could, I couldn’t give Dudley a shot!

Well, I found out we could afford it, and yes, I can give Dudley a shot. The vet visit wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. The insulin Dudley is on is available from the Walmart pharmacy for $25.00 a bottle, and it looks like a bottle will last between two weeks to a month. We’re not exactly sure how much insulin Dudley will need yet, so we will have to do blood tests every few days until we get it figured out.

The food is ridiculous. Ridiculous! It’s $75.00 for a large bag, but we can do it. We’re assuming the bag will last just under a month. We’ll see on that one.

We’re two shots in. Jake gave Dudley his insulin last night with his dinner, and I gave it to him this morning with his breakfast. Dudley is a new dog! He’s happy and bright eyed, and I’m just so happy to have him with us for a little longer.

Coffee and Peppermint Goat’s Milk Scrub Soap: Super Grease Fighter

Let me start by saying that this isn’t a pretty soap. It might have been pretty if I’d done a little layering and sliced it, but I made this soap to be more functional than beautiful. If you’re looking for a soap to get auto grease off your husband’s hands, then this is the soap for you.

Last night Jake came home with some sort of industrial grease on his hands, and this stuff didn’t want to come off. My orange paprika soap usually does the job, and I was baffled when it didn’t take it off. Jake was the one that thought to use my kitchen scrub. Not only did it take it off, but it did it fast. Now, I wasn’t going to post my ugly soap, but since my husband loved it so much, I thought you might like it too!


You must use caution when working with lye. Wear goggles and long gloves, don’t breath in the fumes, and make absolutely sure there are no children or pets in your work area. If you’ve never made cold process soap before, please read up on it before attempting this or any project. 


8.8 oz canola oil

6.6 oz coconut oil

6.6 oz olive oil

3.06 oz sodium hydroxide (lye) 5% Superfat

7.26 oz frozen goat’s milk (slushy is good)

.48 oz peppermint essential oil

cocoa powder (I start with about a tsp, and then add more if I want it darker)

ground coffee (start with a tablespoon, and then add more if you want it grittier)

2 lb loaf mold or small individual molds

stick blender

safety gear

Though this recipe has been calculated carefully, it’s always a good idea to double check any recipe with a lye calculator. 

To make the soap:

1. Line your mold with freezer paper (you don’t need to do this if you’re using silicone).

2. Put on your gloves and goggles.

3. Fill your kitchen sink with ice, nest a heat safe bowl (not aluminum) in the ice and add your frozen goat’s milk. Carefully, and slowly, sprinkle some of the lye over the goat’s milk. Stir well, and then sprinkle some more. Keep stirring and sprinkling until you’ve added all the lye. Stir very, very well until you are absolutely sure the lye has dissolved. Set the mixture in a safe place to cool.

4. In a separate, large, non-aluminum bowl, melt the coconut oil. Stir in the olive and and canola oils. Let the oils cool.

5. Very carefully add your cooled lye mixture to your oils, and blend with a stick blender until it reaches light trace. This will look like thin pudding.

6. Sprinkle cocoa powder over the soap and then blend well. Once the cocoa powder is blended in, add the peppermint oil and blend again. Finally, blend in the coffee.

7. Carefully pour into your mold.

8. Wait 3 days, and then you may slice your soap.

9. Set your soap in a well ventilated area and cure for 6 weeks, turning your soap every so often to ensure even drying.


Frontier Cooking – Homeschool Pioneer Study

I’m very excited about tomorrow’s history lesson. Last week we began a short study on the American pioneers, and tomorrow we’re going to wrap it up. As a special treat, I’ve decided we’re going to have a Pioneer cuisine day. I found a great website that lists sample menus from the time period we’re looking at. Here’s what tomorrow is going to look like.

Breakfast: Hot Cakes, Sausages, and Fried Potatoes

Dinner: Beef Barley Soup, Roast Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, and Stewed Carrots

Dessert: Apple Pie

Tea: Corn Bread and Stewed Fruit

This menu looks like a feast to me!

So how did I put it all together? I pulled meals from the sample menu, and then I looked below at lists of available foods. Available foods would change with the seasons, but meat was plentiful due to wild turkeys, deer, elk, fish, and prairie chickens. Fruit pies were listed as a dessert, and fresh apples were down the list under Wagon Train Cookery, so I went with apple pie. Beef soup was listed as a possible soup, and I saw that barley was on the list of available grains. Instead of roasting a giant turkey, I believe we’ll roast a turkey breast. I’d love to do all this on a wood stove or fire, but our modern kitchen appliances will have to do.

I can’t imagine cooking like this every single day! Especially when everything had to be made from scratch and without the conveniences we have today. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it!

If you’re interested in learning more about Pioneer/Frontier Cuisine, visit

I also had to share this ‘recipe’ I found from Chronicles of the Old WestCoffee – One handful of coffee for every cup of water. 

That’s some strong coffee!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

I’ve never participated in a weekly photo challenge–or any blog challenge for that matter, but it sounded like fun. 

This week’s challenge is family. Growing up, my family was small. I’m an only child, and I’ve always very content to be so. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything; our family was exactly as large as God wanted it to be. Still, I find it fascinating to see the relationship between my two children. It’s a side of family I never experienced, and I am so happy God gave them each other. So this week, while thinking about family, I thought about them. Brother and Sister. Family.



Go to the Daily Post to see this week’s challenge. 

Quilt in Progress – Black, White, and Teal Zigzag

I had to quit working on my quilt because I ran out of thread, and I haven’t had a chance to go buy more. I know, I know–I should have had extra ready, but I really had no idea how much thread free motion quilting used. Well, let me tell you, it uses quite a bit! This isn’t my first quilt, but it is my first attempt at free motion.



It’s going alright now, but I’m really glad I practiced with it first. Luckily, the print on the back of the fabric is crazy, so you can’t really tell when my feet and my hands were moving at different speeds. Well, you can–but I don’t think you would notice if you weren’t specifically looking for it.



The quilting is about halfway finished, so I’m hoping to have the binding on and the whole thing finished sometime next week. After that I’ll start Chelsea’s quilt, and then after that Weston wants one. Here’s the fabric Chelsea has picked out. I’ve nicknamed it her Super Duper Pinkerific Owl Quilt. The first thing my husband said when he saw it was, “Wow, that’s bright.”

She, of course, loves it.






Girls’ Flannel Nightgown

This is the nightgown I mentioned a few days ago. Chelsea loves it. Loves it. My grandma made a flannel nightgown when I was young, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. It was soft and white with tiny pink rosebuds all over it. When I outgrew it, it went to my cousin, and when she outgrew it, it went to my next cousin. I’m not sure if it lasted long enough to be passed to my last cousin, but I really hope it was. It was very special.

Kitty Nightgown

Kitty Nightgown2

I used Butterick See and Sew Pattern number 4005. I made the pajama top in a size larger than Chelsea measured, and then I added three inches to the bottom to make it longer. It’s very big and cozy, and right now it comes to her knees. It’s roomy enough she’ll be able to wear it as a pajama top long after it’s too short for a nightgown (that’s why I made a size larger). The fabric was from Joann’s, but I can’t find it on their website. I did notice they’re having awesome sale on flannel, though!

Here’s the pattern:

Butterick 4005. Click the picture to see the pattern on the Butterick website.


Here’s a few more great sleepwear patterns I found online. I hope they inspire you!

PDF Pattern from Seamingly Smitten on Etsy


McCall’s M646
You can make a robe in just a few hours! Make one for everyone in your family! Have a serger? Make one with minky plush.


Good Intentions…Bad Follow-Through

You know the name of my blog? Good Intentions, Bad-Follow Through? Well, I named it that for a reason. You see, I worked on a bunch of projects this last month. I even finished those projects! Did I take pictures while I worked on them? Uh, a few. Did I take any pictures of those projects once they were finished? No. I Sure didn’t.

I was pretty bummed–most of the things I finished went out as Christmas gifts, and it’s pretty hard to blog about something without a picture. Or is it? I decided to write a post of all the things I would have blogged about if I had been on the ball! Weird, right? I know!

1. Pirate Themed Baby Blanket–I was soooo excited about this one. The cotton fabric on the back looked like a huge faded pirate map. The front had strips of orange and brown minky dot and a little pirate applique. You would have loved it. If I had pictures of it. Which I don’t.

2. Pink and Green Owl Baby Blanket with Matching Tote Bag– I actually have a picture of this one! It’s not finished…but here it is anyway. I found this super cute fabric at Hobby Lobby.

Sewing the zipper on what eventually became a tote bag.
Sewing the zipper on what eventually became a tote bag.

3. I finally tried a few cookies I’ve been meaning to make: Molasses Crinkle Cookies — Oh, my…these were amazing!!! Chocolate Sugar Cookies–I made these twice and they were very yummy. We all decided we liked them better unfrosted (no surprise if you read my Quest for the Ultimate Sugar Cookie post). Oh, and by the way, I still haven’t found the perfect sugar cookie, but I’m not giving up!

4. Log Cabin Quilt–I used a pattern from 24 Hour Quilts by Rita Weiss. Start to finish, it took less than twenty-four hours. Awesome. Since I still have this quilt I just might do a post on this one.

5. Girl’s Flannel Butterfly Pajamas — I truly, truly wish I had a picture of these, but I finished them late last night, and they went out as a birthday present this morning. Procrastinate much? I did finish a flannel nightgown for Chelsea today, and hopefully she’ll give it up for a few minutes so I can get a picture.

6. Baby Christmas Tutu–Name says it all. It matched Chelsea’s dress, though the girls never got a chance to wear them together.

I also have a few works in progress:

1. Zigzag Quilt–I will definitely be posting pictures of this one…unless I toss it in the trash before it’s finished. Ha ha–I’m kidding…sort of. I bought myself a free motion quilting foot with some Christmas money I received, and frankly it’s not as easy to use as I assumed it would be. I think I have the hang of it now, though!

2. Super Duper Pinkerrific Owl Quilt–Chelsea picked out the fabric, and, wow, is this quilt bright. Technically I haven’t started it yet, but I have the fabric, so it’s on my to-do list.

3. Quilted Place Mats–notice a trend yet? I’ve been doing a wee bit of quilting. There’s something about January that just screams quilts! These place mats are made from extra fabric from my log cabin quilt, and they are finished except for binding.

Now wasn’t that exciting? Not really, huh? Sorry about that! Next time there will be pictures!