Archive for August, 2013

Dog News

Maizie & MeMom’s packing for her trip to Atlanta so I have a few minutes.

I just became an uncle. My sister Jennie (head cut off in photo) and her husband have a new dog named Maizie. They live in Ann Arbor so she’s named after University of Michigan colors, but she is not any of those colors. She is the same color as me. Must be a people thing.

Maizie is part chihuahua and part German shepherd and lots of other parts. She likes to run very fast and dig holes. Not at the same time.

She was afraid of me at first, but then she showed me who is the boss. Maizie is the boss. Here is a movie of Maizie and me.

But more about  me. Remember how I like small places, like behind the toilet? My other favorite spot to relax is in the living room behind the couch. I like to squeaze in there while nobody is looking and then I watch TV with Mom and Dad from the opening underneath. I can only get to the behind the couch place by going around behind Mom’s chair. The other side is blocked off with a big stereo speaker.

I don’t like to back up because it’s hard for me to see around my large behind. So I have figured out my own unique way to exit the couch area.

Niki holding quiltMom’s cousin Niki, who you know from buying quilts in the AAQI booth at International Quilt Festival in Houston, has a dog and a bird and two cats. (She told me to tell you that if you want to help in the booth this year, you should sign up here. Otherwise she’ll scratch you behind the ears if you just want to come and buy a quilt. Wait, that last part about the ear-scratching was for me.)

Anyway, one of Niki’s cats is named Beijing and he is starring in a TV commercial with someone called Robert Downey Jr. I’ve watched it several times and I don’t know what they are selling, but in the Hold That Cat part, the cat is Beijing.  You should watch it and hit paws so you can see the cat part better.

I hope you have a nice day tomorrow. I will be moping by the door waiting for Mom to come home.

Faithfully yours (with tail wags),
Scooter Simms

August 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm 46 comments

Warm Fuzzies

Here are three opportunities to do a “good thing.”

Libby Lehman1. As you may have heard, Libby Lehman suffered a ruptured aneurysm on April 30th. Following surgery to repair the aneurysm, she had a stroke. She is improving, but this will be a very long recovery.  Follow her recovery at CaringBridge where her family is journaling her progress.

There will be a benefit auction for Libby Lehman on Friday, August 16th at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, MI. If you can’t attend but would like to help, send Libby a card:

Libby Lehman
617 Caroline
Houston, TX 77002

If you want to do a little more, please enclose a check with your card made out to “Libby Lehman Medical Fund.” Any amount will be appreciated even a few dollars. Or, click on the Guestbook at CaringBridge to leave an encouraging comment. Libby has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. She has a very long road ahead of her.

John Flynn2. John Flynn is the patron saint of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. He has supported us financially at International Quit Festival for the last 8 years and he has participated as a celebrity quiltmaker since the beginning of our November auctions.

John is biking to fight MS this Saturday.

John is the kind of guy who will give you the shirt off his back. Literally. He sent me his shirt! (I asked for it because I had this great idea of making a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt out of it.) Embarrassingly, I ran out of time.

If you donate to John’s cause your name will go into a hat for a chance to win a quilt by John Flynn. After John pulls the ticket for the quilt, he’ll pick the lucky winner who gets the shirt of his back.

Go John, GO!

3. The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is gearing up for Houston and it’s time to ask for volunteers to work the booth. We need six people for each time slot and more “in reserve” on our Text Brigade when we get slammed with customers. If you can help, read more on the AAQI Update Blog.

AAQI in HoustonThank you for your help!

Ami Simms

August 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm 12 comments

Ami Simms

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