Friday, July 23, 2010

The Williams

You may know that Swede William (here after referred to as "Swede William") was named after Grandson William (hereafter referred to as "Grandson William"). They have the same sunny, funny, deep intelligence and the same color hair.

Grandson William flew down from Chicago for a visit.

He inherited his Grampa's interest in art.

And as you can see, he inherited his Grampa's talent!

And his fashion sense ?????

Grandson William and Grampa made fettuccine from scratch. I was not home during this process and I understand there was weeping and wailing and gnashing of wrong amount of eggs... on Grampa's part, and the fettuccine was ultimately saved by the Grandson William's suggestion of the addition of some water. Plus apparently the extruder/roller thingy wouldn't clamp to the counter - it having belonged to Bill's mom and counters have changed since back then - and each time Grampa turned the crank, it bopped Grandson William on the head as he bravely struggled to hold the thing still. Crank, bonk, crank, bonk, crank, bonk!

They were still on speaking terms at the end, and I have to tell you that was the WORLD's BEST homemade pasta ever. It was so light and melt-in-your-mouth and it was definitely worth all those head bonks. (Yes, granted it wasn't my head getting bonked, but still ...)
Can you just see how perfect it tasted? oooooooohhhhh!
I bought a special cookie for the bonkee. Well he deserved it.

Grandson William's family doesn't have a dog. But Grandson William is one of those souls who 'gets' animal speak. He has since he was a baby. I was going to run out to the Kennel Club property and do a little agility practice with Sam, Swede William and Lindy Loo. Grandson William wanted to come along. Fun! He ended up running Sammy, and really doing a good job with him! Even the other two, who are just learning, did well. Sam did the jumps, tunnel, a-frame and tire for Grandson William.
Gramma Patience was having such a good time that she forgot to take any photos or video. Arrrrgh!!! So later that day we took Swede William out in the front yard. Look how naturally Grandson William handles Swede William. It's not like he EVER takes a dog by the collar in his regular life. Look how consistent and positive and quick with the treats he is!

Mind you, if I were telling Swede William "wait" and "over" during nap time when it was 101 degrees in the shade, I don't think I would have gotten as good results! He's a smart dog and a whippet to boot.

It was a wonderful visit!
hug your hounds


  1. Wow...we each have our very own favorite part of this post, Miss Patience. I love the pictures of the psghettttiiiss.

    Teka loves the movie part where she gets to watch William (Swede) do his trick over and over again.


    She is obsessed,


  2. He is so handsome -- and you can slap that appellation on whichever William you so desire!

    Linda Z

  3. georgie and gordyJuly 23, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    What a nice grandson! Loved the video. We feel bad that William doesn't have his own dog at home. He obviously would be a great dog owner.

  4. What pawfect Williamses!!1 bof handsome and wondewful and smawt and talented. so well named.
    I of couwse ,along wif Mommi, am dwooling all ovew the pootew that did look like the most wondewfullest pasta in the oonivewse..(sluwp) and how gweat that hooman pup william has his Gwammpapa's awt talent as well as youw doggie whispewing ones
    smoochie kisses

  5. Your post brought two big smiles to my face - first for Grampa and Grandson bonding through cooking and art, and then Grandson William and Swede William working together in the video.
    What great memories Grandson William will have of visits to Gramma and Grampas!

  6. I can see lots of love there!
    Kisses and hugs

  7. What a fun video! William is on his way to becoming a great trainer!
    What time is dindin?! Mom LOVES your dishes!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  8. What an enjoyable post! How special to have 2 Williams at the same time. So glad Grandson William came for a visit.

    Kathy and Flynn

  9. Hey that pasta does look great! I want a pasta maker, but not one that bonks me in the head.

    The Williams make a good team: you're right. Grandson William is a natural!

  10. Creative and a cutie pie to boot! Those are sweet pics, Patience.

  11. Wonderful post - by the way your site is no longer working - help I need a new lead

  12. Love the video Patience! That's two today!


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