Author Archives: Mary Etherington

Eclipse Monday, 4-8-24

We tried so hard to see the eclipse – nothing – too many clouds so we enjoyed it on tv. So many comments about the Iowa/S Carolina game which just tells me how many of you were watching. My regret is for no one but those young women. Think how sad and let down they must be feeling! After all their dedication to hard work and practice they have to be distraught. But they are a class act and yes, they’ll get over the shock but never the disappointment. Caitlin’s records will live on until another unbelievable young woman comes along to break them. And I do not agree with the celebrity who said you can’t be the GOAT without a national title.

I have been in love with women’s basketball and now I’ll have to move on – I need to find another outlet for my natural competition – ha!

Finally a finish to show you. First the original Grandmothers Flower Garden blocks purchased at a flea market many years ago.

Then squared up and sewed together.

The edges that were trimmed off became strips which became three miniature quilts.

The mini quilts were sashed and bound with this light red fabric – cut from a shirt! It was the perfect color.

On a completely different subject, I am still looking for a home for FluffyBun – I had thought things were going well but she simply terrifies Greta and Gracie and I am considering having her euthanized. She loves me unconditionally – climbs all over my arms and shoulders to get close to me but she has thrown our cats into upset for 14 months now and I don’t think I can take it any longer. I had just told Kathy, her previous owner, that things were going well and then there was a major upset. For some reason, which I haven’t been able to determine, she hates G and G. Anybody have any ideas for me? I have worked all day every day since February 2023 to make this work.

On a lighter note:

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.

The two husbands were talking and one said:

“Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great – I would recommend it very highly.”

The other said, “What is the name of the restaurant?“

First – “what’s the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that’s red and has thorns?“

Other – “you mean a rose?“

First – “yes, that’s the one.” He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled,

“Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?”


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And then there’s Hank:

Coming home 3-1/2 weeks ago
Now – look at that paw!

I could just eat him up!

So the blog bout nothing covered basketball, quilts and puppies!

Reader photos:

I’m working on something that uses 3/4” connector squares! Ugh! What was I thinking?

Loss, 4-7-24

Iowa lost to South Carolina this afternoon in the National Championship in a game that started out going in Iowa’s way but fell apart in the second quarter. It was very hard for me to watch – in fact I watched from my chair and turned off the sound for awhile. But it was a loss nevertheless and if I’m sad, just think of how those girls must feel.

How Caitlin could remain composed and not break into tears is beyond me, with cameras on her all the way to the locker room.

So my basketball obsession is over until next season when I’ll watch again – but something will be missing, won’t it?

Better see if my sewing machine still works.