A Quick Post, 9-15-23

Let’s fix the problem of the online store! If you see a pattern there you’d like to order, make note of the name and number and order it direct from me. I have no idea how to fix the online store. The person who set it up is no longer in the picture and since I have no idea how to fix your problem, just don’t try to order there.

We got a bit of rain today so no harvesting happened. My water barrel is once again full and I can start to fill jugs of rain water for my plants during the winter. I figure I use 2 jugs a week – cat litter jugs by Tidy Cat.

When I see something, even in my house, that I think is interesting I want to show you. That goes for this very nicely professionally framed picture of a little dog. I paid $2.00 at the thrift store years ago and the photo is grainy and not in focus and yet I purchased it and hung it on my wall. My guess is that this was someone’s precious dog and a family member had it framed for the owners. The frame shop is listed as The Perfect Edge in Deborah, IA. This was likely a beloved little dog, don’t you think? And this picture was also treasured – enough to pay for professional framing.

And that’s tonight’s blog about nothing.

22 thoughts on “A Quick Post, 9-15-23

  1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    Great idea to fill containers with rain water for watering plants all winter. I’ve never thought of doing that. Are you on well water, so that’s why or it’s just free and better water for the plants. Too bad about the online store but you do have a good work around and that’s what counts. We are having weird weather here, daytime temps were 83 this afternoon then it will be 52 overnight. I need to water my garden which isn’t typical this time of year for us but I can see some of my plants are thirsty. I will do that tomorrow. Have a great day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Teresa – rain water is so good for the plants and yes, we have our own well but hard water isn’t good and neither is softened water – for a steady diet. So I fill jugs and haul them from the shop to the house as I need them. I know – I make more work for myself. My mom told me that a thousand times!

      1. Teresa from Port Coquitlam,BC

        You’re doing it for a great reason. The plants make you happy and that’s the best reason to do something. We are very lucky here our tap water is really good-it’s considered very soft water so other than the chlorine which we can let the water sit for a day to dissipate we are good for watering straight from the tap. I guess we are very lucky. I learned something new about water today, thank you. I like it when I learn new things.

  2. Pat Smith

    Someone clearly loved that little dog. I can identify completely as we seem to be besotted with our little dog and dread his birth month every year, he’ll be 10 in Feb. He is our last as we are too old to get another and not have the dog outlive us. Perhaps an elderly dog from the shelter. I know it’s such a huge job to get all those plants in each fall, spray them and maintain them over the winter. But, they look beautiful when they are out and obviously give you a lot of pleasure, so it must be worth the effort.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – I feel the same way about getting another dog but my plan is to become a senior foster dog home. I cannot live without a dog but who would take the dog if I died? So foster care is my answer!

  3. Janet

    I love the dog picture. You have a good eye for things.
    I need to get my order mailed to you for the bulls eye pattern. Thank you for suggesting to mail you the order.

  4. Paula S.

    I love the little dog picture. It reminds me of my pup who is no longer with me except in my heart.❤️
    Yes, very much loved!

  5. Betty Klosterman

    We are all thinking about you and your funeral tomorrow. Such a sad time and to wonder why? You’ll never know. But, your beautiful music will bring everybody to tears. Music has that effect on people. And tears are not a bad thing.
    Oh, we are supposed to be in the 40’s tonight. And several trees have turned gold already. That is here in town, not the hills.
    Betty in Rapid City

  6. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l had from a garage sale a professional photograph of 2 little dogs, king Charles cavalier spaniels, much loved by the look on their faces. I called them muffin and cupcake, and kids visiting loved to hear made up stories about them . Unfortunately they were sent to the thrift store when l had to down size, l wish l could have sent the framed photo to you! Chilly and windy now, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  7. Polly Blank

    That dog looks like our Norwich Terrier. They are smart little dogs. Hate the thought of him going over the Rainbow Bridge someday. Love your blog. Polly

  8. Rita in Iowa

    Good morning, I too cleaned up the few plants that I plan to bring indoors. Two of them are large Christmas/Easter catus that I have had for years, a saga plant, and a huge succulent plant. Maybe a geranium. Most of the flower beds are cleaned up till the leaves and walnut twigs fall. Spent some time sandwiching a quilt and started quilting it. Hope to have it done for a wedding gift in October.
    I can’t believe it’s already fall, we’re has the time gone.
    Mary good luck with your music playing today. You will do well!

  9. Kathy in western NY

    I will be thinking of you today Mary knowing the difficulties for everyone at the service coping with this sudden loss. We will be here in case you need to express your sorrow as I am hoping we all have hearts to understand keeping it inside only hurts more.
    Your comment to Pat gives me the hope I needed when I see our day with no more dogs due to our ages. I think of it alot as our dogs are aging and I feel better thinking of foster care options since only one of our children have dogs for me to babysit if needed. The others are cat people so I get that feeding duty when they are gone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – yup, being a foster home is the answer. I won’t want any puppies but older dogs are languishing in shelters, too.

  10. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Absolutely that was someone’s precious pet! I love the fact that this little one is still displayed and treasured. ❤️🐾

  11. Fran

    We unfortunately did not get any rain and we are extremely dry and in drought. I collect the water from my dehumidifier and store it. I water plants during the winter, and in case of an emergency like a water main break, I have water for sanitary needs. The river is extremely low here in SW Iowa.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – great idea!! Yup, if the power goes out and the pump can’t run for water to fill the toilet, those jugs of water come in pretty handy!

  12. Kris in WI

    I like Sandy’s idea of telling stories about the adventures of Muffin and Cupcake in the pooch picture!
    I still have a picture of tulips that my husband took at our first house. Those 4 red tulips struggled up through the hard clay soil and lit up the whole yard. It won’t mean anything to anyone else, but that grainy enlargement brings back a lot of memories of working together to bring the house back to life and raising our family.
    I wonder what stories your little dog picture would tell. Kris

  13. RuthW in MD

    I checked Google maps for “Deborah, IA” and it came back with Decorah, IA. So, I think “Deborah, IA” doesn’t exist. I thought I had read about people visiting Decorah, IA, and yes, it is a real town.

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