To make a doggie tug toy, cut 3 strips of fleece (easier on doggie's teeth) about 4" wide from selvage to selvage. Lay the strips together and tie a knot. Braid to desired length, maybe 20 or 22" for a small dog and 25 or 26" for a large dog, then tie off the other end. Trim edges to same length and fringe. Easy, no? And of course, the colors of fleece are endless. Coordinated doggies rule!!!
Outside: Kansas City has finally lifted its death grip on winter and allowed spring temps to enter---yay! So a bit of planting can begin. I put in a few tomato plants. I am trying a new variety (well, only new to me) Celebrity. It is more bushy than viney so should look a little tidier as it grows. I've had to move my tomatoes and herbs up near my house as the outer part of the yard has become more and more shady--not a bad problem, just an adjustment. This little plot gets full sun and used to hold perennials. Since the mysterious rash that the allergist could not explain, I have had to do away with most of my perennial gardening. Oh, well, tomatoes will taste better than honeysuckle vines and turtlehead flowers. Next photo is of my first bloom of iris for the season. These were moved about a year ago and I wasn't sure if I'd get blooms this spring. So happy to see them. Last pic is of a sweet little container, preplanted, that is happily sitting on my sunny deck. Hopefully this week I can fill a few pots and plant some annuals around the pond. I know I should stay out of the yard but I just cannot seem to do that!!!!