A Day Out, 2 -8-24

Sam and I went to Osage today to the thrift store – what fun! Here’s what I bought – I’ll take some better pictures tomorrow but tonight I’m waiting for the ballgame.

One reader quilt

Had a great burger for lunch and home before the kids got out of school – what a fun day!!

Will the maker of this quilt tell us the name of the pattern, please?

Another reader asked about the patterns for sale online. I took the store down months ago for just this reason – it was so much trouble all the time that it just wasn’t worth it. And nobody even noticed until now proving what I already knew – nobody used the store and it was expensive. If you want an older pattern you need to email me and make sure I can find the pattern you’re looking for and I will mail it to you. And speaking of expenses, the blog expense goes up on a regular basis and it will always be free to you. All you have to do is click on the ads.

Time to watch Caitlin and the Hawkeyes play Penn State. Go Hawks!

55 thoughts on “A Day Out, 2 -8-24

  1. Barbara Forde

    Oliver’s Farm might be a Sassfrass Lane pattern.
    Love reading the blog…from Campbell River, Canada.

  2. Kathy in western NY

    You always can find the cutest pictures with a dog in them! Thrift store shopping is fun to do and lunch out makes it all the better.
    I forgot to ask you when you bought your new tv at Target, did you look at the display of Gee’s Bend quilt items for Black History Month. I wore the checkered cardigan Sunday to church in that line and I have never been so complimented on how nice I looked. What a new sweater can do for appearances I guess.

  3. Rhoda Ebersole

    You must be the Thrift store’s best customer. And you bought those blocks too???

    Aloha from sunny Honolulu to you.

    Even joined the outside exercise group this morning with 62 other people including people from Japan, Korea and China. Amazing world we live in.

    We are at the Hale Koa Hotel for retired military personnel land active military too.

    The wind has calmed down today.

  4. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Love watching Iowa women’s basketball! Have you ever gone to a live game? The crowd is really into it!

    1. Janet S

      Helen, When you go into the ‘comment’ section, scroll to the top where there will be an ad, then sometimes in the middle somewhere, then at the very bottom there will be two ads. Lots of times, I exit out and come back in again just to “x” out the ads hoping it is a little more money for Mary. Good luck.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Janet S – thank you! Some days the ads might produce only pennies but it does add up.

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Shopping with you must be a blast! You do find the most fun things.
    Today, at PT, a car pulled in the space with little yellow duckies covering the top! Some were white, purple, green, pink. It was the funniest thing. I wish I’d taken a picture.
    We are expecting snow again this weekend,5-8”. Good thing I got new tires today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – yup, shopping with me is fun – you should try it some time! Haha!!

      1. Sherry Whalen

        Hi Mary – is the thrift store in Osage named ‘Shop on State’? I am going to be in Osage at a quilt retreat in March – I think I need to take a walk over to the thrift shop! Sherry

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sherry – yes, it is and it’s my favorite!! We walked into Debbie’s but I didn’t buy a thing. Is it her retreat center you’re attending?

          1. Sherry Whalen

            Yes, we are going to retreat at Debbie’s. She has a very nice facility, and we shop several times while we are there lol. The week before that – I am retreating at Ironwood too!

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Sherry – wow! You get around – please tell all the gals, especially Jodee, hello from me!

    2. Joy in NW Iowa

      Jo please keep it there! Well, seriously,we need the moisture….but! Ours is almost completely gone after all the warm weather.

  6. Arrowhead Gramma

    WOW – you really scored today. I would take that first picture in a heartbeat. Well done, Mary!

  7. Sheila

    Oh Mary what great finds. I love that 1st painting. The bunny is also adorable. I remember reading Erma Bombeck’s column with my Mother so many years ago. That brought back so many good memories. Looks like you had a wonderful day. Good for you!!

    Sheila in MA

    1. Betty Klosterman

      I’ve got “The grass is greener over the septic tank” or something like that for a title. It’s been a very long time – over 50 years — that I read it! I think it is in the box I can’t lift……Betty

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Betty – I used to read Erma Bombeck’s column in the newspaper years ago and loved it.

  8. Sherri Huff

    Mary,
    You scored at the Thrift Shop! The bunny is adorable, those quilt blocks and children’s books!
    Whoop Whoop

  9. Angie from Baltimore

    The pictures are beautiful and well framed. Love the one of the two women. What a haul you made I am impressed. My hubby and I loved stores like that. When we went in and was asked”Are you looking for something in particular?” “Yes, something I didn’t know I needed until I saw it”.
    AND we rarely left without something

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie – this thrift store is in an old elementary school and each room has a different theme – easy to shop!

  10. Marsha in Michigan

    Looks like you had a very successful buying trip! I love the book, “On the Day You Were Born.” I read it to my granddaughter over and over! Sweet story.

  11. Patricia

    Wow you hit the jackpot Mary. I’m afraid to go into our thrift store because I might find something I shouldn’t buy. When I got back from my bike ride with my husband I was looking at my gardens. I have daffodils in bud and my hellobores are sending up buds- some of them. Absolutely crazy weather. The daffodils shouldn’t be at this stage til March. Body surfing? Hmm!

  12. Carolyn Boutilier

    Love the art work especially and I think I would have bought everything you did. Love the bunny. We have a wonderful thrift store run by Mennonites. I have bought many many things at there store.Glad you had a fun day. 60 degrees here today. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – I’m going to make bunny a dress out of antique fabric. Did you know us in 1983? I should tell the story about our rabbit doll. Wonder if anybody else remembers.

  13. Martha W in WY

    What great finds at the thrift store. I haven’t been in a thrift store for 3 months…until today. Ha! Hubby and I were killing some time. I spotted a sewing table but decided it wiggled too much. From there I sailed around quickly looking for wool. Nothing jumped out at me so we left. I’m trying to be “good” as I’m determined to cull and downsize. I wish I had read your blog earlier as we would have watched the game. Instead we watched a couple of movies as I cross-stitched. Our snow is slowly melting and just in time for another 5-8 inches. It’s ok though as we do need the moisture.

  14. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l would have bought the quilt blocks too, they don’t look old, how old do you think they are? A friend bought for me 2 sets of quilt blocks 25 years ago wh3n dhe went on a tour of the states, l have made one quilt and now have finally decided how to quilt the 2nd set of antique blocks.Glad you had a great day out! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  15. Donna Jo

    Omg Mary! You aren’t going to believe this! I tried to get my sister and BIL to come over and watch Caitlin play last night. They didn’t want to watch so we took ice cream and invited ourselves to their house to watch! My BIL is a huge professional sports fan but not women’s sports. He was so impressed with Caitlin’s “double double” and how much she shared the ball! He was more impressed with how you inspired me to follow a sport again! Sports have become so political that I prefer not to watch. He’s talking about going to Cleveland for the women’s NCAA finals although I am sure we won’t be able to get tickets! Plus my BIL has cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. We live in Kansas City so we are watching the Super Bowl on Sunday together but not sure about the Iowa game. My husband and I will definitely be watching Iowa on Sunday and see Caitlin hopefully break the record on most points! You have made four new Iowa fans from your blog about nothing!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – the Iowa game is at noon, I think, and we will also be watching the Super Bowl at 5:30 and all the hours between. I love all the pregame hype!! Brock Purdy is an Iowa State grad – did he graduate? Don’t know – Since we both went to ISU we have followed him. Doesn’t he look about 16 years old?

  16. Linda in Michigan

    You certainly scored at the thrift store! I love the first picture of the women with the geese, and Anita Shreeve is one of my favorite authors, enjoy!

  17. Donna Jo

    Omg Mary! You created two more Iowa fans (Caitlin Clark fans) through the blog about nothing! Invited my sister and BIL over to watch the game. They declined since they don’t watch women’s college basketball! My BIL is a huge sports fan and watches ALL professional men’s sports! We showed up at their house with ice cream and made them watch the game! My BIL was so impressed with Caitlin sharing the ball and her “double double”! He’s talking about going to Cleveland for the women’s NCAA finals! We won’t because he is undergoing chemo and we probably couldn’t get tickets! We are from Kansas City and will be watching the Super Bowl together but not sure about the Iowa game. My husband and I will definitely be watching Iowa play! Everyone was talking too much during the game so I would prefer to watch with just my hubby! Hope this posts since it didn’t the first time I tried!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I wish the coach would have left Hannah in to hit 50!! I have several friends who stuck up their noses when I asked if they watched women’s. It was beneath them to be interested. If they haven’t heard of CC by now they must be living under a rock.

  18. Connie R. in Wis

    I love seeing all your thrift shop treasures. You got some great stuff. Those quilt blocks look interesting. I don’t recognize the pattern. I enjoy children’s books too, because they have the best illustrations. I need to head to the nearest thrift shop!

  19. Connie R. in Wis.

    I love seeing all your thrift store finds. Those quilt blocks are interesting. I don’t recognize the quilt pattern. I like children’s books too. They have the best illustrations. I need to head to the nearest thrift store!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie – I buy them for the illustrations, too – I’ll take close pictures today – I had so much fun!

  20. Jan Hebert

    Oh my goodness, those quilt blocks are stunning! I can’t wait to see what you do with them. I think I have your bunny pattern, did it include a pattern for a carrot quilt? I had my three week post op visit with my knee surgeon, he was very pleased with my progress! He said I could drive, but I don’t feel ready for that. Maybe next week. I hope so because I’d love to be thrift shopping, haha! We’ve had very warm weather here in MA as well. Going to be close to 50 this weekend! But snow in the forecast for next week. Hopefully, it will hold off until after my first outpatient P.T. appointment on Tuesday! Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – Good for you!! Drive when you feel comfortable with it. Will you start PT some place close by?
      Yes, our rabbit doll had a carrot quilt – 1983!!

      1. Jan Hebert

        Hi Mary, yes, my P.T. will be in the next town over from us. About a ten minute drive. The weather prediction says snow on the day it starts! I am so worried about that! Hopefully, they are wrong. I do have that rabbit pattern and have thought about making the little carrot quilt. I can’t believe it was from 1983! Jan in MA

  21. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Wow, you hit the jackpot on your thrift store shopping trip. I love the framed art. I am looking forward to the closeup tour. Thanks, Mary 🥰

  22. Diane, Squeal and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I love your finds, too! The pictures are beautiful and love the blocks and books. I am very interested in THE HOSTAGE by Ellie Wiesel. Is that a continuation of NIGHT? I taught the Holocaust and Night for many years. We are in New Concord taking the grands to lunch .

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I am going to look that book over because I have that same question. I read Night as well.

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