A Short Post, 1-27-24

I’m up late finishing Justified – the whole series and I have loved it!

This is what I’m going to talk about tomorrow – Thirty Stars!

Greta and Three

Finished and on the old free couch! I’ll post the pattern tomorrow.

Points of Interest from my friend Sally in Georgia

We went to Clear Lake for pizza tonight and parked by this guy – who felt entitled to 2 spots.

We drove the white van and as I watched from our booth I saw the guy get in and drive away only to be quickly followed by this guy.

Here I go on my rant again!!! And I didn’t have any idiot parking cards with me! I’m keeping them in my van from now on.

Rant over – aren’t you glad? Heading to bed.

60 thoughts on “A Short Post, 1-27-24

  1. Martha W in WY

    Mary, your quilt on ‘the old free couch’ is beautiful. I’m looking forward to tomorrow when you tell us more about it.

  2. Sandy

    Hi Mary, great parking! Is it always males? Or do some ladies feel entitled too? We had our quilt garage sale today, a chance to buy someone else’s fabrics etc! I bought a bag of 20 zips for 50 cents and several pieces suitable for dress ups for Stella and Luna. A wet,windy weekend in wellington, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  3. Arrowhead Gramma

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s big as I just saw my project box marked 30 Stars on the shelf yesterday. Have opened the box and looked at the pattern/kit over the years but never started it. ❤️🪡🧵❤️

  4. Bea knight

    Hi Mary💖

    I love love love the quilt on the couch! So beautiful and inspiring. Thankyou, I look forward to your blog all pictures from you and others are inspiring and a joy!!
    Greta and three are so so so cute! I love how you love all your animals.
    Since you started posting pictures of bad parking I find it humorous that I notice that stuff here too and am tempted to take pictures to send you, ha ha ha ha…

    Anyway God bless you for being such a blessing in my life!!!😘
    Bea knight

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bea – thank you – I do love my animals unconditionally and even when I’m cross with them, they’re just like kids – you still love them. I’m not sure why the parking gets to me so much – I think it’s because it’s such a visible act of lack of consideration for the next person. It’s something I would never do – never. Greta and Three love each other!

  5. Rita in Iowa

    Mary your quilt is beautiful on the couch. The kitties look very content. Love the points of interest pictures.
    So are you making 30 Stars? What a big undertaking.
    Still working on my January projects. Just need to finish hand sewing the binding down by hand and then I’ll be able to send pictures.
    Nice to see the snow slowly melting. Lots of deer in the yard during the night. We catch them on the cameras.

  6. Sally in Ga.

    The little story that goes with my butterpat collection in a picture above is that my Nana owned an antique shop and when I was a little girl she would give me a quarter to look for butterpats while we shopped for antiques. I have a collection of 120 butterpats and my grandpa made the wooden shelves to display them. I treasure this collection!
    Mary I love your blog, pictures of the animals and pictures of stuff.

    1. Connie R. in Wis.

      I was wondering about your collection. What a wonderful story behind it. I was not familiar with butter pat plates. Thanks so much for sharing.

    2. Sandy in Indiana

      What a wonderful story about your butter pat plates and your Grandfather making the shelves! Thank you for sharing 🙂
      I love the POI photos & the kitties 🙂

    3. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sally – thank you for explaining your butter pat collection – I knew the story but wanted you to tell it. I even have a few myself after seeing your collection but I know they weren’t .25! Thanks for being a reader.

    4. Rita in Iowa

      Sally I’m glad you shared how you came about your collection of butter pats. Everyone is still educating us. Thank you Rita

    5. LornaD

      Sally in Ga. I also have a butter pat collection! My dad made shelves for me, too and I filled them up and have a few more in a box! It’s amazing how many different patterns there are!

  7. Marcia

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤦🏼‍♀️the parking pictures-2 in a row it must be the parking spot’s problem.
    Love the quilt on the free couch. It looks great.
    I just love the pictures.

  8. Launa

    5:33 am here..couldn’t sleep so got up quietly, took my BP pill, peeled a Halo n made a mug of tea. Next will be sitting in my powered recliner! We had such a LONG day @ our doctors Thursday…he was so thorough! Glad for that!
    Turned on tv, but with no sound! Just CBS news is on…
    Didn’t notice any irregular parking in spaces n no new snow!

    Got our C19 shots n 2nd Shingles, too plus blood work! Tis 29o outside.
    Have a good day, Mary!

  9. Linda in Michigan

    Recognized those butterpat plates right away. When I was a caregiver, one of my clients had a collection of them; I’d never seen or heard of them before, until she told me what they were used for. Guess my ancestors weren’t fancy enough to have butterpat plates, ha ha!
    Your beautiful quilt really dresses up the camel-back couch. The 30stars quilt pattern is wonderful, but I don’t need to start another new project right now.
    The last couple of days in West Michigan have been mild, with snow melting, rain, and no sun for days.
    Looking forward to the Lions game tomorrow.

  10. Kathy in western NY

    I just shake my head over such entitlement that they can’t even pull into a spot and have respect for why the lines were painted there in the first place. It makes me wonder how they live their everyday lives but no I really don’t want to know.
    Give me the serenity of cute kitties cuddled together any day and that makes up for what’s gone out the window as my grandma use to say, I just learned this morning though what butterpats were so I feel good already. Love how the display shelves remind me of polka dots on a wall so it’s a joyful touch.

  11. JoyJoy Vandentop

    Another dark gray day! The only thing bright is Mary’s blog about nothing!! Haha!! You know, I prefer NOT to park beside those big hunkin pickups and enourmas SUVs because they are sure to bang up my doors or side mirrors. Maybe those big brutes should just park in a special lot far from the entrance 😂😂😂😂
    Today The kids are taking us somewhere we have not been for my birthday?? I am on edge wondering ….
    Have a good day!

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Joy – I wonder if Richard can change that – like “remember me” instead of filling it in each time. Of all the things to be so fussy about,I can’t believe it’s this blog

        1. Joy in NW Iowa

          It’s ok. Not a big deal! Big vehicles hogging all the parking…..now that is a big deal! 😂😂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – ooh, I wonder where you’re going! Please tell us later. Yes, I won’t park by them either.

  12. Sandra Pierson

    I can’t wait for you to talk about 30 Stars. I have that kit purchased from you oh so many years ago. Perhaps I should find it and make it this year?

  13. Sally J. Mi.

    I love the quilt on your camelback sofa. I too had never heard of butterpat plates. Nice collection!!
    Snow is finally melting and starting to see the grass. Sure would love some sunshine!!
    Go LION’S !!

  14. Diana in Des Moines

    I went to Walmart Thursday. I found a parking spot, whole lot is messed up by the snow and I’m not alone in this.
    Fast forward 30 minutes, I come out and am the ONLY one parked on the line! I’ll NEVER do that again. If I to park farther away to get IN the lines, so be it!
    Last year a lady from our church was downsizing her quilting fabric, etc. She brought in 8 large Rubbermaid totes of fabric, kits, patterns, etc. in that tote was the kit from your store for 30 Star! I already had the pattern, so now have 2, but I have always wanted to make that quilt. Maybe that could be my new winter project.
    I made 144 potato chip blocks ALL WRONG. wrong size. My tip is always make a test block. I just cut and cut and cut, and sewed and sewed and sewed and they are all wrong. I will at least 2-3 quilts for donation out of the blocks, but after 40 years of quilting learned the most valuable lesson.
    Looking forward to a little sun tomorrow. My sad light is getting a workout!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – how can they be the wrong size? Can’t you you just trim or if they’re too small add another row? I understand that particular parking issue, too, but last night it was a crowded parking lot with no snow anywhere. Yes, I, too, would have parked further away – if you had known. How are you feeling by now?

      1. Diana in Des Moines

        Block were supposed to be square at 9 1/2″. They are 8 1/2 x 9 1/2. My own fault – no pattern and I knew I should have done a test block. Oh well. Blocks will be broken up into smaller groups and made up as donation quilts for the VA hospital. They will s
        still be pretty, just not my original thought.
        We actually went to church this morning – barely any coughing left and getting my get up and go back!! Thanks for asking!

  15. Jacque

    I enjoy your rants, keep on keepin on! Parts, of what we call the
    human race, have turned into inconsiderate idiots.

  16. Teresa in Indiana

    Mary, maybe you need to carry chalk too! 🤣🤣🤣 love your quilt over the free couch. It looks terrific. I’ve never heard about butterpat plates. Something to look for while antiquing. Have a great weekend everyone.

  17. Ann in PA

    Love your rants! I think we are all with you on those who feel entitled…or maybe they just never learned how to drive! (don’t you just want to surround their vehicle with a line of grocery carts! The photos didn’t show up in the email, but I just clicked on your blog and they were all there. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier…not! lol For the past two years, I’m dealing with ongoing touch pad issues on my computer. A direct call to Tech Support always answered without waiting in the que for hours; they are kind and courteous; however, the fix never lasts. After two computers, two in-home Tech service to for touch pad replacement, computer returned to be wiped clean, another new touchpad, fan, etc. and return to factory settings…still having issues. That’s MY rant! lol Love all the photos of the quilts and furry family. The Stars quilt is gorgeous! Getting the house ready for my upcoming knee replacement surgery, so no sewing, just purging and organizing, and enjoying your blog.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ann – if you’re having enough knee problems to necessitate replacement you’ll be very happy with the results! No more knee pain. Your computer problems sound like a horror show. Good luck!

    2. Rita in Iowa

      Ann I had my knee replacement a year ago. Going in Tuesday for the 1 year check in. I did ask if I could also have my left knee x-rayed because every once in a while I get a catch in it. They were very accommodating.
      Hope all goes well and recovery is quick. One thing that made things easier was they put a waterproof banaide that covered just the wound and I was able to shower right away. So slick.
      I hope they had you doing exercises before the surgery so your leg muscles were stronger. Good Luck and will be thinking about you.

  18. Joyce from NY

    When I see people parked like that I always think of you! I have never heard of the butterpat plates either, fun to look for them.
    I also love the quilt on the free couch!!

  19. Brenda in Georgia

    I love you quilt on the sofa and also love cozy cat photos. I seldom see vehicles parked like that but I mostly only go to the grocery store. My peeve about that is that the lanes outside for parking have arrows visibly marked to show the direction of traffic and parking. Many people go the wrong way and park the wrong way and back in the parking space, thus making people wait for them to park. Ugh! But also inside there are two doors, one on the right for entrance and one on the left for exit – duh! – but many people pay no attention to that. The other day there was a man trying to come out of the entrance door but many people were going in and he just stood there waiting. As I went in I said to him that he was supposed to exit through the other door. He smiled and went to the other door. Sometimes I just don’t know what I am missing. Isn’t that a commonly known thing? Sorry for my rant, but that just drives me crazy.

  20. patti

    i always learn something from your blog. today it is butter plates, never heard of them. i know that my mother has butter dishes with large domes over them (i’m sure they have a proper name but i don’t know it). can you imagine how large the dining tables had to be to acccommodate all the dishes for each meal – and then to wash them all? i had not seen the 30 stars patttern/kit but it looks lovely, the quilt on the sofa looks wonderful – almost as if it was made to fit. thanks for sharing everyone. finally sunny here but the pollen counts are through the roof so i must stay in. pout pout patti in florida

  21. Holly Vogltance

    I am in love with the quilt you made to cover the couch! And I can’t wait to hear about the next quilt!

    Did you know there is a group on Facebook for bad parking photos? I ran across it once and now of course can’t find it. I want to say it was even for the state of IA. If I find it again I will definitely share.

    Thanks for your inspiration, I wish I had the time to sew all the projects this blog inspires me to.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Holly – I belong to the group Parking Pricks or the Midwest – want a great name! Exactly my opinion!

  22. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    Mary —- I looked for issio bread at our Fareway in Oskaloosa today, and they do not carry it here. I wonder what size the butter plates are. I had never heard of them either. I too, love the quilt on your couch. Squares and scrappy are my favorite. I am working on sewing my 4 1/2″ blocks into four patches now. They will make a scrappy quilt for charity. I believe the first vehicle parked crazy was from MN, my home state. I can tell by the license plate. But I am an Iowan now as I have been here since 1964! Always enjoy your blog. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – yes, it was a MN plate. Maybe you could ask your Fareway to get it.

    2. Sally in Ga

      My butter pats are all between 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Many years ago if you had a nice set of china, there was a butterpat at each place setting to hold 1 or 2 pats of butter. Can you imagine the dish washing -all done by hand. When I shopped with my Nana, we could find them for 25 cents but now 70 years later, some of the nicer, antique fine china ones are selling for $40 or more.

      1. Jeanine from SE Iowa

        Sally, Thanks for telling us about them. I had never heard of them. They are really small. It was hard to tell in your picture just how big they were. You have a very nice collection.

      2. Mary Etherington Post author

        Sally – after I saw your collection I started picking them up – I have quite a stack of them but nothing major. I think they’re sweet.

        1. Sally in Ga

          How fun to know you started collecting them too. It seems we all like the same antique ‘stuff’!

  23. Doris G

    Mary, I have the 30 stars pattern and it is in my bucket list to make!! By the way, I have a friend who is in a nursing home in Des Moines and she has been my friend for over 40 years. I go to see her as often as I can but I live 800 miles away. Any way we could do a card shower for her? Thank you for all you do!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Doris – YES!! Exactly what I was hoping for – somebody who knows someone who would like to receive cards!! Please give me her name and a bit of background.and address and tell me a little bit about her – thank you so much, Doris!

      1. Doris G

        Thank you!!! Her name is Lu Albaugh and her address is
        5800 NE 12th Ave
        Pleasant Hill, Iowa
        She worked in the insurance industry for many years and retired to help raise her granddaughter. She loves flowers and she loves goats! I will send you a picture of her and her granddaughter at the goat farm last fall.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Doris – I got the pictures and assumed she liked animals especially goats. I will post her next week when everybody is paying attention. Thanks! Will you please inform her of what is happening when these cards start arriving?

      2. Doris G

        I sent you a couple of pictures of Lu feeding a baby goat. I sent it to your email. By the way her room number is 207.

  24. Gloria in NC

    I have had the Thirty Stars forever…or it seems like it. I will be watching the Lions tomorrow!! I’m from Michigan so we are on a roll this year!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – my friend Jane who is Hazel’s godmother lives in MI (winters in SC) and she is beside herself with excitement which has rubbed off on me!

  25. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    I have the Thirty Stars pattern too. Maybe you will inspire me to start it.

  26. Marsha from Kansas

    I bought the 30 Stars quilt kit during your closing sale. I haven’t seen the kit for a couple of years. Sigh. Story of my life. My husband helped me set up a cutting out projects and BOM table in the front room while I can’t get to my sewing machine in my vacation room with the walker. I graduated from the lift chair to the walker and working on graduating to the cane. Turned out I had a UTI which made me so weak and fell twice. Just amazing how that can affect multiple body systems! Upward and onward! Your blog has been a definite bright spot for me!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marsha – oh my goodness! That’s serious! So glad your work is close by now – also happy this blog helps the days pass.

  27. Beryl BC

    I, too, have the 30 stars pattern. I think I got it when you were at the Country Living Fair in Columbus. I need to start it.

  28. brendalynne1

    we are seeing fewer of these currently. Suspect they are the ones in the spots dedicated to handicapped drivers. You know, those spots with the huge brilliant blue silhouettes of a wheel chair painted on the parking lot surface and a tall sign with the same emblem on it…… It is a bit unnerving to be in the car watching my hsb labor along with his cane past the spots with the half his age man or woman getting out of the car and lope past him. No identifier plate or hanger in the window. The sign on the spaces advise there is a pretty hefty fine for unauthorized parking but we are yet to see anyone being censured. now i am through with my rant.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brendalynne1 – yes, why aren’t these people ticketed? Those handicapped parking spots are there for a reason – how dare healthy people use them.

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