A Dog Day In March, 3-12-24

Sam and her family went to Minneapolis today so Finn and Ivy spent the afternoon here at the farm. Moe, Telly, Hazel, Keeper, Finn and Ivy – what a ride on the wilderness trail!

And it was 60 degrees here!

Remember those flower garden blocks I’m cutting down? Here are those scraps:

So I cut them up and here’s what I’ve got so far:

I don’t know where it’s going from here.

Another women’s basketball game tonight with a disappointing ending – Texas clobbered Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship. Both teams played in the championship in 2023 and Iowa State won that game so now it’s even.

Speaking of basketball:

Book Club tomorrow morning and I just finished a good one this afternoon while I watched the dogs play.

Just look up what Amazon has to say – I did not figure it out until nearly the very end. And I was shocked. I want to read more from this author.

Should we talk good books? Not classics that you’ve posted here in the past but one book you’ve read recently – give me the name and author of the best book you’ve read in the past 6 months. I’ll post as I receive them. Not 4 books – 1 book. Not 5 years ago – within the last 6 months. Those are the rules.

92 thoughts on “A Dog Day In March, 3-12-24

  1. DebMac

    Genesis: God, Creation, and Destruction by Dennis Prager. Absolutely fantastic, his logic is sound, and his writing is easily understood. I mostly read mysteries but I literally could not put this down.

  2. San

    Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene.

    I love reading about history, especially since my Uncle Norman, while in the Army, helped test the bomb.

    San / Murphy, N.C. / Sunny and warming up. The pear trees are blooming.

  3. Cheryl

    The Rail Splitter and Old Abe, both by Cribb. Old Abe is probably my favorite book of all time!

  4. Meredith in Cincinnati

    I read “The Collected Regrets of Clover” by Mikki Brammer. Loved it! It’s about a young woman, hired by families to help a family member die peacefully. So thought provoking!

    1. Donna Jo

      That’s on my list to read Rosalie! I finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and just started Rules of Civility by him. Have you read these yet?

    1. Laurie in NC

      I’m listening to this book right now and it’s so good. I graduated in nursing in 1973 so I missed out on Vietnam opportunities. I think I would have joined the service if I had graduated in the 60s earlier. But it went right from school into ICU nursing so I can appreciate some of this young nurses shock. I lost 15 pounds in three months of working! But I loved the work.
      I read her book the Nightingale a few years back and loved it as well.

  5. Marie C

    West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge. This was the best I’ve read in some time.

    1. Laurie in NC

      I liked this one too, and have read some other things by her that were good. We read it in our neighborhood book club too.

  6. Pat in AZ

    I totally agree, The Women by Kristen Hannah. An excellent book that even my husband couldn’t put down.

  7. Diana in Des Moines

    I just finished The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel. WWII France – wonderful book, made me cry, and I haven’t cried at a book for a couple years. Jo Kramer had recommended it in her blog.
    Next up was The Cottage at Glass Beach. Good read, but the ending left me hanging. too many loose ends left to MY Imagination.
    Enjoying spring break with my grandkids. Such nice weather, we can play outside. I SO want to clean out flower beds, but know better. I have a small flower bed outside my sewing room that is going to get new edging this year. I could do that while the weather is nice. Supposed to be bad storms tonight. As usual, we shall see. lol

  8. Kathy H in Minnesota

    My recent favorite book: Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan Henry

  9. Brenda Ks.

    The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope.
    Took me awhile to figure this one out too. I have read several of her books. Always leave you guessing.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda Ks – I don’t know when I’ve read a book that kept me completely baffled until the end. I will look for more by this author.

  10. Marsha in MI

    Abandoned by Anya Peters

    A little graphic at times but mesmerizing to read & understand how dysfunctional some families are behind closed doors.

  11. Marilyn Miller

    I just finished Kristin Hannah’s new book ‘The Women.’ I had a hard time putting it down. It’s a long overdue historical fiction of a young woman’s experience in Viet Nam as a nurse. Heart wrenching, powerful, horrific, deep friendships and REAL patriotism. Those nurses were heroes. A roller coaster story that left me in tears several times. My husband is a Viet Nam vet and still talks very little about his experiences. The book gave me better insight into his experiences 50 years ago.

    1. Lorna

      I also had a hard time putting The Women by Kristin Hannah down ! A very insightful look back in time!

  12. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Book, The Only Woman In The Room, by Marie Benedict.
    Excellent. And you like me may not figure something out till later in the book.

    1. Ginger S

      Shirley if you have Netflix, there is a documentary about Heddie Lamar called Bombshell. Very good.

  13. Mary H

    West with giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
    How clever of you to use your flower garden scraps

  14. Cindy

    First Lie Wins was such a fun read. The author is Ashley Elston and two others. Highly recommend!

  15. Sharon Ray

    ‘The Girl from Guernica’ by Karen Robards. Based on history (WWII) Robards and Linda Howard are my favorite authors

    1. Laurie in NC

      I liked this one too, and want to read more books by Anne Napolitano. I could somewhat relate to it because I have three sisters of which I am the third of four, but our growing up was quite different. I’m very close to all my sisters and try to see them as often as I can get down to Florida . we all grew up there, but I didn’t move back as I can’t take the heat!

    1. Patricia E Campbell in AZ

      I’ll have to recommend that to my sister! She’s a librarian in MI!!

  16. Claudia Sheets

    The Women by Kristin Hannah
    One of the very best books I’ve ever read! Viet Nam era.
    I can’t believe it’s only been 10 years since you closed the shop! Happy 10th retirement anniversary! Are you busier now than you were then?🤣

  17. Mary Swenson

    I love to read almost anything, but one of the best books for me was Gather by Kenneth Cadow, a Young Adult novel about a kid and a dog.

  18. Barb Borglum

    Hi MAry,
    Recently read “The Women” by Kristin Hanna. Very engaging, fast read.

  19. Jan in Arizona

    Ooo, books!! The list of book titles peaking my interest is longer than the number of quilt projects that catch my eye. In both cases not all will be done, and some that no longer interest me are dropped from the list . . . where new ones appear. A few comments on books already listed:
    Donna Jo, the first book I read by Amor Towles was A Gentleman in Moscow – absolutely loved it. Other books by him have paled for me.
    Shirley, the first book I read by Marie Benedict was The Only Woman in the Room – impressive, smart woman. Since, I’ve read several more, enjoyed all, and will return to read more by her.
    Mary H. , thanks for the title West with Giraffes, which I will pass along to a friend, who loves giraffes and is an avid reader. Likewise, The Women recommended by several, a title I’ll pass along to another friend, as well as going on my list.
    Lessons in Chemistry was a good read that goes beyond just science.
    Kathy H., already ordered from the library: Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan Henry. Love C.S. Lewis, fan of the Narnia series, and Oxford, England.
    Sorry to be so long winded. My recommendations: All the Beauty in the World by Peter Bringley, Unsinkable by Jenni Walsh, and the Highland Bookshop Mystery Series by Molly MacRae that takes place in Scotland. (I think this one came from a recommendation on this blog awhile ago.)
    Thanks Mary, for spending time doing the blog about so much.
    Jan E.

    1. Donna Jo

      Jan A Gentleman in Moscow is coming out as a movie on one of the streaming services.

  20. Barb K.

    Just finished reading Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon. A historical fiction about a midwife in Maine back in the 1700. Based on a true life. A 2024 release, and it took a while before I got it from the library.

  21. Sherri Huff

    “The Women” by Kristin Hannah historical fiction about the Vietnam war nurses, heavy read!
    I’m excited to read your book. I read your blog daily, just don’t reply a lot.
    Thank you!

  22. Sheila in MA

    The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni. About a boy with ocular albinism who faces bullying, friendship, and faith. Finished last month definitely a Five Star rating.
    Looks like everyone had a fun day on the Wilderness Trail.

    Spring feeling in New England this week, daffodils are popping and the singing Wren’s are back.

    Sheila in MA

  23. Sue in Oregon

    I would have to say my favorite that I have read this winter is…My Sister’s Keeper. It is a 20-year-old book by Jodi Picoult, a New York Times best seller that was made into a movie, which I have not seen.
    I was happy to see so many have read West With Giraffes. I read it too a while back and love it.
    Mary…I love what you are doing with the left-over vintage fabrics.

    1. Diane in Colorado

      I love virtually anything by Jodi Picoult ! I found My Suster’s Keeper so interesting as it really wrestled with some important ethical issues.

  24. Lynn In Scottsdale, AZ

    Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.

    There was a great movie made from this book as well.

  25. Maria in Tucson

    The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill
    I’ve never read a story told this way and it was fascinating. I “read” it on audiobook — twice in a row! I literally started over as soon as it ended – and I STILL missed some clues to the mystery!

  26. Peggy Grandberg

    I read Mistress of Ashmore Castle by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles which is the last of three in the series. I have read a lot of her books and have enjoyed them very much.

  27. Patricia E Campbell in AZ

    For Christmas this year, my Dad gave me a book that I am REALLY enjoying! It’s not a novel, so I’m not sure if this really counts, Mary!!
    It’s called “The One Year Christian History” by E. Michael & Sharon Rusten. It’s obviously a daily reader. Very interesting page & a half each day about well-known, unknown, and everyday people! Very well written!

  28. Beryl BC

    I just finished “The Words Between Us” by Eric Bartels, published 2019. It kept my attention, and I will be looking for others by this author.

  29. karen g

    I just finished reading the book West With Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge. It was very good.

  30. Sharon F

    Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

    I thought this was a very enjoyable read from an unexpected point of view.

  31. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Wow, great list of books. I noted several to get from library and put several on hold. Thanks! And I loved the basketball cartoon.
    Beautiful day here. Biscuit and I thinned out the raspberries and set some aside for my daughter’s garden. He wasn’t actually very helpful! And he went into the pond and so was stinky!! He had an exciting day, starting with seeing the kids at the bus stop and received many hugs and pets. Later, we walked to the police station to drop off some expired medication from my mom’s house. The station is an old church and Biscuit was happy to go in and say hello! Then we worked in the garden and greeted the chickens several times. He’s a little afraid of them so they’re safe, plus they’re fenced in.
    I’m continuing with my Easter table runner but the garden is really calling!
    Take care everyone.

  32. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Forgot to say, my husband went fishing today on Lake St. Clair near the Selfridge Airforce Base. At five pm, they played the National Anthem and it could be heard by many on the lake. My husband said he stood up in his boat and removed his cap as did other fishermen. Isn’t that great?

      1. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

        There is great fishing there in Lake St. Clair. About 45 minutes from where i live in Lake Orion.

  33. Diane In Colorado

    Looking for Jane by Heather Marshall was recommended to me as a “must read” and it did not disappoint. I have read many excellent books in the past year—hard to pick just one when I want to recommend several! I’ll be making note of the other suggestions here!!

  34. ChristieB

    Last month I read the first in a series: The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger. Need to go the the library and get the next one in the series. And, I need to read The Women by Kristen Hannah, must be good if several have liked it!

  35. RS in N. Ia.

    Idea for your pieced leftovers from flower blocks: use as part of border at corners of quilt. Karla T’s “old postcard” quilt pictured on 3-11 used HST this way in her border with all the pink. Aren’t some borders called piano key when there are multiple thin strips used? Your quilts always look like you planned them out, sure it will be another fine finish.
    We are greatful for the bit of rain we’ve had here overnight in north Iowa. Hopefully the fire hazard warnings are done at least. Now you get to deal with the muddy paws, though!
    Have a great day, Mary.

  36. Liz

    I grabbed This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger off my bookshelf to have something to read at a doctor’s office, and I can’t put it down. I also just finished listening to Fifty-Four Pigs by Philipp Schott, a mystery with a main character who is a veterinarian. It was good and I expect to read his next book, Nine Llamas.

  37. Janet

    The Things We Leave Unfinished – Rebecca Yarros … I’m a big fan of historical fiction & I’ve been reading quite a bit of WW2 era novels in the past few years, so this was right up my alley w/ parallel story lines. Loved the ending so much that I had to go back & read the last few chapters again. Definitely recommend!

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