86 degrees! 9-29-23

These temperatures are hard to believe but oh, so nice! I mowed many hours today with my favorite zero turn mower that’s just come home from the repair shop. It’s actually very fun mowing when this mower works perfectly.

Gracie went to the vet this morning because of those wounds on her back. All were cleaned and she got two shots which should work u til the wounds are healed. My guess is that FluffyBun attacked her because she did it again in the shop last night. I put FluffyBun in the kennel with a door to the outside and I’m hoping I can find a home for her as an only cat or a home with a male cat. She wants to be the boss cat and she can’t live here. She is absolutely beautiful and loves me so much but I can’t have her making life miserable for all of us.

Remember Rambling Rows?

I started making scrap blocks.

Just let me say that I have no idea if this will work or not but I’ve got nothing to lose and tubs full of strips.

I also “reclaimed” this old red box that belonged to Rick’s mom.

Isn’t it beautiful now?

Meet Norma with a little visiting pal! Norma lives at the care center in Leon, IA. I met Norma through her daughter Sheryl who is a blog reader. We should have a card shower for Norma – she loves cards! I’ll ask Sheryl first.

Reader photos


My old Radio Flyer that I continue to use – saw an ad on Facebook that someone was selling theirs for $100!!!

Sure haven’t heard from many of you lately.

88 thoughts on “86 degrees! 9-29-23

  1. Tanya T. In Houston

    Been going through my Mary and Connie books lately. So may great patterns! Having fun cutting up little scraps to make some blocks. Finished cross stitching a tiny jackolantern and found a little frame at Michaels. It’s been a long hot summer.

    Definitely in on the card shower! Keep us posted.

    And, that red box is gorgeous! Good save!

  2. Sally

    I would love to send Norma a card! Beautiful reader quilts. I am unable to view the photos previous to Norma and the Radio Flyer. Happy to hear Gracie will heal up! Here in the desert, we are headed for cooler weather Sunday of 76 degrees. Lots of wind getting there. ~ Sally

  3. Tina W in Oregon

    I’m probably one of those you haven’t heard from very often even though I faithfully read your blog about nothing! Currently, a friend and I are in Boise, Idaho. We attended The Boise Basin Quilters Ruby Jubilee quilt show that started today. Amazing that their show has continued for forty years! We enjoyed the show and did a little fabric shopping while here (imagine that)! I’d love to send Norma a card. She has such a sweet smile on her face while holding the little corgi. Let us know if it’s ok and the address. Love your red box. It makes a good riser for the lamp.

  4. Lora Jans

    Love your red box Mary! We had been looking for a red Flier wagon all summer and it is very true that they run in the $75-$100+ range. We got lucky and found one on an auction. I plan to make a fairy garden in it that I will plant and decorate with my granddaughters. I can’t wait!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lora – I should probably clean mine up and be more careful with it, huh? I haul stuff all over the farm in it.

  5. Lin

    Hi Mary from SW Western Australia. Love reading your lifestyle stories. We have a small farm too and even though we live in different hemispheres I can relate well to your chores like lawn mowing, gardening etc. I am also a quilter, knitter and collector. Take care as you prepare for winter.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lin – thank you, Lin! Evidently living in the country is pretty universal – chores go with the rural life.

  6. Glenda Fletcher

    Love that red box. Very neat sitting under the lamp. I put binding on 3 quilts this last while. Another items
    off my list. Now I want to try and make an opening in a soft furry over the head jacket. I like it to be open
    all the way down. Will add some fabric and velcro pieces. Wish me luck. That is too bad that Fluffybun
    is so bossy. We didn’t get any rain today. The sky was really weird looking this morning. Put off watering
    our transplanted hostas til after dinner. Watched my grandson’s football game on streaming tonight. They
    went to Madison and won. Hurray. So neat to be able to watch on the internet. Technology has come
    a long ways. That would be super neat for Norma getting cards from all over the country. thank you for
    your blog about nothing.

  7. Kathryn Schwartz in SW MN

    I could not see the photo of the red box, either. I could see Norma–very nice picture. Great reader quilts. I went through some old quilt magazines today. I will bundle them and take them to the antique store in town. Somebody may like them. That was my quilting for the day.

    1. Cynthia from SW MN

      Ii was only able to see Norma with the cute Corgi, AND I would be in on a card shower as well! I am working on my Country Threads pattern Home to Roost. I have to put on the Star and sew the Candlewick Feprench Knot eye in, then decide if this will be a wall hanging or a pillow. My Cooleus flowers are still blooming and I have collected many flower seeds for next year as well. The cherry tomatoes are quite prolific as well, we have painted our garden shed and I even painted the trellis’ and shutters and new color on the window boxes so I will be planting Zinnia out front for additional color next year. I am working on table runners currently. I enjoyed our road trip to Forest City and Garner, and the crops your way are looking great, Thank you for your blog, you say about nothing, but your interests and activities are so interesting!

  8. Cheryl

    Well, it’s hotter than blazes here in central Arkansas, 95 degrees. I keep waiting for those glorious fall temps and some rain wouldn’t hurt since we are under a burn ban! Every plant outside is burned. The humidity is horrid and the chiggers relentless! I have been working on another rendition of the Jane Austen quilt. I must have developed dyslexia over 2023 because it is a mess! On the happy side I made crockpot apricot jam overnight. It’s just a lb of dried apricots, 1 1/2-1 3/4 cups sugar and 3 1/2 cups water. Cooked on low overnight and then take the lid off and turn on high to thicken. Then use an immersion blender to blend. Fill jars and freeze! I love apricot jam. My mom used to can it made from fresh apricots from the farm tree! I love the photo of Norma and the corgi pup! What a sweet combo!

  9. Barbara Onnen

    Have an old, ugly radio flyer and old , ugly tricycle in flower garden. Drilled holes in bottom of wagon for water to drain , have pots of red geraniums sitting g in it. Birdhouse hangs from a tricycle handle.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – my Radio Flyer already has drain holes – ha!! I could shine it up and bring it inside to set plants in, I guess.

  10. Marilyn Miller

    I hope you are enjoying the HARVEST MOON, it’s been so beautiful. You continue to amaze me with your energy and all that you accomplish in a day, Mary. I copied the little maple leaf quilt instructions and hope to work one up with my many scraps. I have always loved anything with a leaf motif so it caught my eye right away. Good luck in finding a home for Fluffybun. She’s beautiful but you’re right…the attacking is not good.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marilyn – the harvest moon has been a real treat, hasn’t it? No picture I take does it justice.

  11. Deb in Japan

    I LOVE the idea of a card/letter shower. I’ve got so much nice stationary and so many cards that just sit here since my two aunts passed and I’ve no one to actually write to anymore. Everyone else just wants instant messages, texts or emails. Count me in for any that come up!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb – I, too, have so many nice cards that I’d like to mail. I make a lot of “farm” cards with photos and they’re always fun to send.

  12. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    92 today and we have to wait till next weekend for temperatures to get fall like. I’d rather have cooler weather than the heat! Would love to send Miss Norma a card, that corgi is so cute. Sorry about Miss Fluffybun and Gracie 😔. Going to retreat in a week and excited but also not looking forward to being away from Penny and Lucy.

  13. Ginny

    It was warm here too, the last couple of days were quite cool. The dogs love the cool weather, Tess and Daisy run and chase. Arlo is just coming out of his allergy season. Corey aka Goober plays with Daisy too but not as much, he’s too busy being a chow hound!
    I am taking a Zoom class tomorrow, we will be dying patterned charm packs. I am looking forward to taking this class.

  14. Sandy

    Hi Mary, just been to our quilt guild meeting, another bag of fabric gone, 2 more to go! Came home with red striped chiffon to make party dress for Stella, she is 6 tomorrow. Also jar of marmalade from a friend, will take in 14 empty jam jars for her next month, swings and roundabouts we say! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  15. Sheila from MA

    Good evening Mary & Friends,

    I also couldn’t see the pictures before Norma. I would definitely send a card to Norma, when my Mother was in a care facility she loved getting mail. I am not sure I would have wanted 86 degrees again but here in my part of MA it started raining last night. My rain gauge says 3 inches already and we had an inch of rain on Monday. It was a good day for chicken soup in the crock pot!! I hope you find a good home for Fluffybun.
    Have a good weekend everyone. Love the blog about nothing.

  16. Amy F

    What an interesting red box! Do you know what is was used for? I had a Radio Flyer just like yours when I was a kid. I had many fun make-believe adventures with it. Looking forward to what you create with your scrap strips.

  17. Vickie

    I love hearing about your animals and home, all of your beautiful things remind me just how good God is. Don’t

  18. Cheryl Regan

    Went on a bus trip this week and got reinspired with a couple new wall hanging kits and a flannel kit…80s here too in western MN but we finally had a nice rain which our trees and perennials need badly before frost. Ready for cooler weather but what happened to our sunlight. Enjoying your blog immensely. Our two new pugs are settling in nicely and in spite of being kennels moms have taken to house living and doing really well in potty training. Enjoy the day!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cheryl – what shops did you visit? And please send an updated picture of your very lucky dogs. I mowed yesterday and will turn on the sprinklers today for the same reason – moisture before the weather changes.

  19. Chris in Alaska

    Wow ! Here in Interior Alaska we’ve had our first snow stick – although it melted by afternoon . Expected 2-3 inches this weekend ! So much for fall ❄️

    1. Fran Dixon

      Chris, I lived in Fairbanks for 28 years. Every fall was different. I miss AK so much! still have family there. Daughter drove from Fairbanks to Valdez and encountered snow Summit Lake area Thursday. We had 93 yesterday here in SW Iowa. My sewing room was very comfy as in the basement.


  20. Jo in Wyoming

    I’ll try tomorrow to see if pictures show up. Comments about the box and wagon sounds like we’re missing something fantastic!
    Our town has an abundance of apples this year. Everyone has tons of apples. My friend brought me some delicious apple butter. It was wonderful on an English muffin this morning.
    I’m doing lots of outdoor chores. The woodpecker is back. I’ll hang Halloween masks tomorrow and get more for next spring. I hope they do the trick. At the dollar store they’re affordable.

  21. Sharon G.

    Mary – Sorry I haven’t commented for a few days. I’ve been busy cleaning and getting stuff put away before my former sister-in-law and her son show up tomorrow morning. I haven’t seen them since my husband passed away at the end of January. Fast forward 8 months and now they want to visit? I’m uneasy about the visit. I’ll let you know how it goes!

    I’m donating my husband’s shoes and boots. I bagged them up and tossed down the stairs. Scared one of my cats so bad he’s still not speaking to me! It’s been hours. While going through the closet I started looking at my husbands shirts again. I think I will make something out of them even if it’s just a small table runner.

    The weather has been rainy here in the Pacific Northwest, but today it cleared up and was sunny and 55. It’s supposed to warm up next week. Hopefully I’ll get the lawn mowed next weekend.
    I enjoy this blog, Mary. And I received the two patterns! Thank you.
    Take care everyone.

  22. Gail in Ohio

    Here in east central Ohio, we’re going to have some warm weather for the next several days… mid-80’s until next Thursday. Pretty nice for the end of September and first of October… and very nice for the county fair that started today! (We’re the next-to-last fair in the state and the county schools close for a couple of days so the youth can show their animals and other projects.)
    I’ve been altering costumes for my Sweet Adelines chorus – we have a show in a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting back to some quilting after that!! Maybe I’ll start with some coasters like the photo above…

  23. Martha W in WY

    Hi uou all! We are having beautiful weather in SE WY this week. We could use some rain but none is predicted. My hubby & I have been cleaning ain our garage. How many of you have a 2 or 3 car garage but can only use 1 or 2 stalls? We added some extra book shelves out there so I can temporarily store my quilting fabric there until I get my sewing room organized. The only photos I could see in the blog were of the readers submissions and the one of Norma. I don’t know why that happened. I saw the comment about MA getting lots of rain. I saw NYC had 4″! I feel sorry for all the immigrants sleeping on the streets there.

  24. Donna J from Wichita KS

    I too would love to send Norma a card. Is she a quilter too? Some snapshots of my quilts can be tucked in. She reminds me of my grandmother from the farm. She inspired my quilting. She passed away in 2000. I have so many quilts that I’d love to show her.

    That red box was super interesting! Love the bright deep red paint. Red is my favorite shade. And so are black, Pearl and silver. Oh and Caribbean blue.

    Gracie and Greta look sweet together. Hope you find a home for Diva Fluffy Bun!

    Goodnight my quilting friends!

    1. Sheryl Harrison

      Mom (Norma) wasn’t a quilter but she loved sewing. My grandmother and mom made all of our clothes and my grandmother was a quilter. When mom quit making clothes, she bought cheater panels and made wall quilts, table center pieces and cute decorations like the scarecrow I hung in her room at the nursing home. She started cross stitching in the 80’s when I started cross stitching and made many beautiful pictures.

  25. Mary Howland

    I enjoyed seeing all the photos on my iPad. Would be happy to drop a note/card. Very busy just trying to take care of life things – frustrating as people don’t call back, etc. It wears me out as I can’t move on to other things.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary – if you’re referring to “customer service” I’ve discovered it’s non-existent.

  26. Sandi

    Your quilt is beautiful!! I love it. I’m trying to make myself get in the sewing room and get some leaf blocks done. Hugs,

  27. Dianna in Wisconsi n

    I’ve been busy trying to finish a wall hanging for a show next week. It will get done and then I’ll send you a picture.
    We went to our granddaughters high school play tonight. She did an awesome job and we are so proud of her!
    I have to help with Sunday school this week so need to work on that lesson tomorrow.
    I love summer so I’m thrilled it’s lasting longer.
    I also love to send cards and letters so will be waiting to get Norma’s address.
    Enjoy the weekend everyone.

  28. Lindah

    Oops, not many photos showing tonight. That really tickles me crazy, wondering what I’m missing. :-))
    Here in far northern CA, we had a nice shower this afternoon, accompanied by a COLD breeze –now where did that come from: a cold breeze in September??? But I’ll take it over 110. 🙂
    Tomorrow I attend the second memorial service this week. It is hard when you get so old that all your friends are moving from here to that better land in eternity. Hard for me to be left behind, but great for them. My turn is coming, sooner or later.
    My perennial salvias have outdone themselves this summer. Love their deep blue flower spikes.
    Your mower sounds like a good one, Mary. Your yard is so beautiful. Good night to all.

  29. Susan Sundermeyer

    Miss Norma has a beautiful smile. I too had a Radio Flyer wagon that I used for garden chores. My neighbor threw it out and I grabbed it. I kept it beside my garage and by gosh someone walked off with it! My local garden center had beautiful Pansies in this week and I couldn’t resist. I picked some up along with garlic bulbs to plant and shared both with my neighbor.

  30. Vicki Ibarra

    I could see Norma and the reader quilts, but no other pictures. (Just tiny odd icons, but not pictures.) The small leaf mug rugs are so nice. I love their colors.

    1. Cynthia from SWMN

      The only photo I got was Norma, and the other photos were little blue squares with a question mark in the center. Could you try posting the photos again, Mary?!

  31. Linda in MI

    Good morning from MI. It’s suppose to be close to 80 today and through the next week. I was getting used to the fall like weather and enjoying it other than the gray days.

    Nelson is doing good, using the once broken leg like he should but often lifting it as he did when it was in the cast. But he is feisty and wrestles and runs with Sammie like nothing was wrong.

    I found out Bette Davis, my beautiful all black kittie with huge yellow eyes, has herpes. Hers manifest in her left eye and the doctor said it is mainly brought on by stress. I am putting an antibiotic suave in her eye now and when it no longer looks infected I will switch to prednisone to clear it completley. The doctor gave me an open prescription at my pharmacy so I can get the steriod when it looks like it is starting again.

    Our leaves are beginning to change. I have been out of touch because I had cousins come from Louisville and Tennessee for a few days and I had a lot of overdue cleaning and purging to do. My sisters are coming near the end of October for two weeks and are going to my quilt retreat the first week! I am super excited. In case Nancy hasn’t been in touch lately, Augie is finally doing better so she can leave him in her husband’s care to excape to Michigan. We will send you pictures from the retreat!

    Enjoy the hot weather. Like your neck of the woods, bitter cold will be here before we know it so we should enjoy it while we can.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – I am soooo glad to get an update on Nelson – and Augie, too!! I hate to be a pest and ask but I am very interested. I’ll bet Augie is living THE LIFE, isn’t he? I’ve never heard of herpes in a cat, the eyes, – stress? What’s she stressed about?

  32. Jill

    I love the red box! The inset little boxes are unique! I used an old Coke wooden case to store thread and am very pleased with all I could put in it. I also took a class recently on strip quilts and have two in the works! I didn’t realize how “freeing” it is to just pull, trim, sew! I don’t plan color placement, just sew! Its back to hot summer temps in Nebraska again (94 degrees yesterday) so fall isn’t here yet! Have a great weekend!

  33. Kate

    Hi Mary,
    Isn’t it funny how animals always always have to have one of them to be boss. lol my husband use to try being boss, didn’t work. Ha
    I have a wagon like that too. It had a wheel break off so I need to fix it. I haven’t even looked very close at it yet. I hope it can be fixed.
    The red box is beautiful. I love to repurpose.

  34. Kathy in western NY

    Love the red box you reclaimed. I wonder what the cubbies were used for by Ricks mom? A writing cabinet to hold note cards maybe? Great pictures I could see on my iPad.
    So much to do, so little time. I have a memorial service at church today for a long standing member, a local quilt show in the afternoon to attend and do some shopping at the vendors. Apple festivals are all around now so depending on which way to drive we could do that too. It’s beautiful weather here but oh boy NYC and all that heavy rain that came through is damaging. We are dry up here so our grounds could absorb it but concrete can’t. I do look forward to our 80’s next week cause weather people explained the difference is no humidity to make it uncomfortable this time of the year.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – the pictures we saw of NYC were devastating! I do not envy them the cleanup.

  35. Carmen M.

    I also could not get any pictures till Norma. The Leaf coasters came out adorable! It’s been cold here in NH, low 70’s and 60’s and 50’s at night and of course more rain, but looks like next week we are getting some 80’s temp too! I hope you find a nice home for Fluffybun!

  36. Linda in Michigan

    No pictures until Norma and the reader quilts. I too wonder what I’m missing, not seeing all the pics.
    80’s for us in the coming week, then cooler (normal) temps will be here. The garden is coming to an end, canned tomatoes last week, and will be picking squash and pumpkins soon. Our garden is late this year, as my husband accidentally killed the first planting, and had to start over.
    I’ll be going on a quilt retreat in a week and a half, and can’t wait. Have already started packing!
    I’ll be looking for Norma’s address too.
    We’ve had a zero-turn mower for years, and I agree, Mary, it’s actually fun to use the thing. Almost like a carnival ride, Ha Ha!

  37. Debby Krzyston

    Good morning ☀️
    This year I tried planting Snapdragons in my American Flyer wagon. It’s very rusty with small holes in the bottom. Good for drainage. They were too tall. Next year I’m going to buying seeds of flowers that will be short.
    Have a good day. Sun is shining in Wisconsin too.
    Happy stitching, Debby🐝

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debby – here’s an idea for both of us – plant succulents that need excellent drainage and don’t have deep root systems. Make the soil very coarse with lots of pebbles. Make a little “hill” for interest – add special rocks for fun.

  38. Terri S.

    I received all the pictures! Thank you for sharing. What do you think that Redbox was used for?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Terri – Faye was a woman of many talents – she could fix things, build things – I wonder if she kept nails, screws, etc in the divided boxes. It did turn out so nice, didn’t it? A little elbow grease is all it took.

  39. Sheryl Harrison

    Thank you for the nice comments about mom (Norma). I replied to Donna from Kansas that mom didn’t make quilts but she and my grandmother made all of our clothes. When garment making wasn’t necessary anymore, she bought cheater panels and made home deco items. Then she started cross stitching and made a crazy number of pictures that all of us enjoy. She entered some of those cross-stitch pictures in the county fair and won ribbons.

  40. Fran Dixon

    Busy time of year. AQS show in DesMoines that I had to miss this yr. I drove from SW Iowa to Northeast Iowa for my granddaughter’s wedding and was there for several days. Company before and after. Just was able to work on my long arm yesterday. Don’t know how to share photos with you. And I am off Tuesday for a quilt retreat in NE. But I always read your blog. I enjoy it to the max! Great pics too!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – get the picture up on your device. At the top there’s a little box with an arrow (yours could look a bit different from mine! But click on the arrow. There should be a place to enter my email and then click on the arrow. Try it. Or I could send you an email and if you could attach the photo to your reply that could work. I have to do the rest on my end.

  41. susie Q

    you don’t want to hear from me……. grumpy……. nothing but family ugliness….. and the sewing if going no where……

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susie – we all have those days – anything you can share with us? Sometimes it’s better if shared with others. I had one of those days last week – I hated the world!!! Gone now.

  42. Teresa in Indiana

    Like so many others, I didn’t get ant pictures before Norma. She has such a beautiful smile. She reminds me of a neighbor when I lived in WV.

  43. Sally J. Mi.

    Love the leaf coasters!! Nice weather here in Michigan. Suppose to be summer like for the next week!!
    Finally made the bias binding i need to bind queen size quilt!
    Had new gas range delivered this am so now we need to work on hooking it up to gas line.
    Would love to send Norma some cards so keep us informed.
    Love your blog about nothing and look forward to reading each day.
    Love and peace to all.
    Sally J.

  44. Jan from Cosby, TN

    Hi Mary!
    Im going to start with good news – the sun is shining. It’s delightfully cool this morning. Love this time of the year in East TN, except for all the leaf peepers who will be coming! I will be staying home! I have to remember that once I was once a leaf peeper, too, when we still lived in FL!!!
    Now for the not-so-good-news: most of your pictures didn’t show up on this time!! BooHoo!! Enjoyed the ones I did see, though! Technology is so wonderful WHEN it works!!!!!
    Love hearing from you!!
    PS. Looked up Sweet Annie as I had never heard of it. Gets really big!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – yes, my Sweet Annie is about 7-8 tall. I’m going to repost the missing pictures to see if they post this time. Grrrr…..

  45. Diane in Colorado

    Haha!! I still have my little red wagon from when I was a child, too!! It’s been in my garage for years. Should bring it out and put some plants in it! Or sell it for $100!!

    My daughter is here for 24 hours so we are getting caught up again. She is going to work at Winter Park for the winter instead of running back to LA since the writer’s strike has settled. The actors are still on strike so she figures she may as well enjoy a winter up in the mountains. I’ll be glad to have her closer!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I am out of touch – what does your daughter do? And why is it connected to the strike? Is it your son that has the two kids? This is Jennica, right? Yes, bring your Radio Flyer into the living room and set potted plants in it – it would be so cute! Are you liking your new digs?

      1. Diane in Colorado

        Jenica has her degree in filmmaking—graduated in May 2020 while Hollywood was shut down. She stayed in Colorado until July 2021 and then moved to LA and has been working very consistently and successfully as a production assistant (PA) up until February of this year. When the Writer’s Guild (WGA) strike began, work stopped on virtually all films unless they were doing post-production work. And then the screen actors also decided to strike. The writers came to a settlement last week but members have not yet voted to accept the settlement and the actors are still out on strike. It may be awhile yet before things ramp up again out there, so Jenica is going to sit tight rather than paying rent in LA not knowing how consistent her ability to work may be.
        Yes, my son is the one with the kiddos. Jenica is single yet and just enjoying being Auntie Jen!!
        I love my new home and can’t wait to get fully moved in over there! My current home is still on the market and needs to remain “staged” with my furniture, so I bop back and forth between the two for now!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane – thank you for the details which I think I knew at one time but have forgotten – I have a full blown case of CRS (can’t remember shit)

  46. Marsha Ransom

    We have used a little red wagon to put seasonal potted plants in but I was always forgetting to water them since after awhile they wouldn’t look too great. And we’d put mums in for fall but it frosts early in Michigan so we put it in the barn this past spring. We have beautiful landscaping and plants & grasses with a trickle watering system in front of our house. I have a black thumb so anything to do with plants & flowers is left to my husband.

  47. Jan Hebert

    Love that red box! That would be great to store seed packages I think… The quilts are lovely and it’s so nice to see that little pup with Norma! I hope it doesn’t get that warm here next week. They have said in the 70’s and maybe close to 80 but 86? Yikes, that would be weird. I had the heat on yesterday! Not feeling great, had to stay home this weekend from a girl’s weekend in Maine. I have a cold and didn’t want to spread it. I wasn’t sure if it was Covid at first but I’m pretty sure it’s not. Just a head cold – but who wants that this time of year? I am so sorry that Fluffybuns is causing such misery. She’s such a pretty kitty. Jan in MA

  48. Launa

    NO PICTURES ARRIVED HERE….am sorry to miss them!

  49. Kim from Wi

    I would gladly send a card to Norma, what a fun thing for us to do together. Love the little red box and so nice of you to freshen it up and use it. I haven’t set my quilting room since moving but I did manage to organize my rulers and other tools and even put up the curtain rod and sheer curtains. It’s a slow process. We reached out to numerous nieces and nephews and invited them to join us today at a restaurant on the river. We want to reconnect with all of them (and their kids) since we now live closer. We had 9 of them say yes so, we will be a large group and we will be the oldest people, lol. The snow will come soon enough, and we will be home more, and quilting will happen. Enjoy that gorgeous weather you are having.

  50. Katie in Gilbert,Az..

    What’s nice red box, memories for your husband,
    I ❤️your wagon, I too collect them, and use in my garden, I don’t pay very much for them, I always had a red wagon when I was a kid a few moons ago, I am 78, and still enjoying them..
    Glad your weather has cooled down, here in AZ. We’re expecting ‘90’s next week 🙏🏼
    I can hardly wait, I have planted a few pits on my covered patio, and mint, I love the smell when I touch it, or water it.
    Have a great SUNDAY🎈🎈🎈

  51. Patty Turner

    Hi Mary- I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for more fall-like temps in SW Ohio! We finally got some much needed rain this past week. I loved your pic of the radio flyer. We used our daughter’s decorated radio flyer wagon (old!) in her outdoor wedding last Fall that our granddaughter pulled with her 10 month old sister in it. Very cute and brought back a lot of memories!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patty – oh what a cute idea for the wedding – 2 little girls and a wagon!

  52. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Yes! I believe that a card shower for Norma would be wonderful. I love the red box, any idea what the original purpose of such a box, with all those compartments, might be? Sorry about the clashing cats; you’re right, you can’t have that. I’m glad that Gracie’s going to be okay. I love your wagon.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. G – I think Rick’s mom kept nails, screws, washers, bolts in it – she was a real fixer and even built things like birdhouses.

  53. Julie K Green

    A card shower for your friend Norma would be fun. We did this for our Mom when she turned 90 and she was so surprised and had a great time reading the cards ! Keep us in the know if we get to do it !!
    Thanks, Julie

  54. Sherri Huff

    This sweet photo of Norma and her visitor is the cutest! Reminds me of my mom in her assisted living facility and how they all love Mom’s dog Tootsie to come over so they can pet him! 🐾💕

  55. Janice Brown

    Mary, In my email of the post, it only shows the photo of Norma and the three quilt photos after it. It doesn’t show any photos before Norma nor the very last photo. This is the same when I go to the blog.

  56. Judy -Michigan

    Great posr! Sorry about you having to rehome your cat. I don’t know about rambling rows but now I want to make some. In each block are they the same width and length?
    Hope you have a nice fall.

  57. Kathy Hanson

    Mary, you aren’t the only one with
    “IRS” that’s for sure! I am
    Right there with you!!!

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