A Stressful Saturday Evening, 5-19-24

Like Becky always says – there’s never a dull moment around here! Last night about 10:30, I know it was 10:30 because I was trying to watch the opening of SNL, Hazel went outside and I could hear her doing that barking that says she’s found “something”. Something as in “I’m being a terrier and I’m ‘on it’ “!

I grab the flashlight and follow her barking – sure enough there on top of a wooden shelf type unit is a raccoon!! No matter how much I screamed, begged or cajoled , Hazel would not come with me. That raccoon could have slid off that slanted top onto the ground and Hazel could literally been killed! I was frantic! I grabbed a small shovel and started to chase her away from where the raccoon was sitting. Keeper and Telly were nervous because they thought I was yelling at them!

After all my hysterical screaming they came in the back door. A few minutes later I snuck out to make sure the raccoon had left it’s perch and it had. This is alarming because we have not had a raccoon or any wild animal close to the house in years – that we know of. I had closed the garage door only 30 minutes sooner. If critters are roaming around after we go to bed, I’m not aware but Hazel is the sheriff and she’s not going to allow indiscriminate visiting. A true terrier. What was I thinking?

So this morning as I’m enjoying my coffee on the porch, this is what I see on the table. A gift.

Poor little wren!

So I go to the barn this morning and there is a new hole with a pile of gravel dug out – NO!!!! I will be attending to this the minute I get home from church with plenty of poison down the hole before I cover the hole. If there’s a rat there I’m going to panic. Remember my last chicks that disappeared? That was the start of the rat invasion and I’m not going thru that again. I know what to do this time – I have traps and poison and that’s what I’ll be doing this afternoon.

I didn’t sleep well last night – I wonder why!

The Fever lost again yesterday. Dang. Opponents are being really hard on Caitlin, with good reason, but it’s hard to watch. Next game is Monday night and being a true fan versus a fair weather fan, I’ll be watching.

I planted my last pot of Karl Foerster grass along the ramp. Whew! Done! Now it’s just maintenance.

Gorgeous irises!

Today is Lucy’s 11th birthday, the pretend granddaughter, and I’ll be seeing her at church. The porch is just so wonderful this morning with all the birds chirping and visiting the feeders but it’s time to get dressed for church.

Reader photos

Just wondering why the reader made two nearly identical quilts. She said it was for her sisters retirement.

Off to church!

25 thoughts on “A Stressful Saturday Evening, 5-19-24

  1. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    Maybe she has two sisters! Maybe one for herself? They are beautiful. They must like red barns and so do I. About Caitlyn —- one player can’t win the game —- it takes a team. I don’t think they are playing like a team yet. Hopefully, that will come together soon.
    Have a great day, and I hope you can get the situation in the barn taken care of. It’s always something on the farm.
    Thanks for your blog. Love it!

  2. Diane in Maryland

    Ditto to Jeanine’s comments. Mary, are the irises yours? They are gorgeous!

  3. Sue in OR

    That blue iris is stunning! Do you know the name of that one?
    Maybe the quiltmaker is a twin sister and she made the same one for herself and her twin.
    And, the red embroidered chickens quilt is excellent as well.
    Wishing you all kinds of luck with the barn problem. Maybe getting it taken care of early will help. Hope so…

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      The blue iris is mine and I don’t know its name. I have had it for 39 years, moved it several times, and enjoyed it immensely. It was one my mother had, so it has been in the family quite a while. Sorry that I can’t help out.

  4. Connie R.

    You sure do lead an exciting life. Never a dull moment with Hazel around. Keeps you young. Hopefully you can get all your new issues taken care of when you get home from church. Sounds like a busy day ahead. Such is life on a farm. Best of luck.
    I recently made a small version of a Tilda Henhouse quilt but, without the henhouses. I’m having it quilted and will send a picture when completed.

  5. Fran

    We are having a thunderstorm. Loving the rain. Finished planting my flowers yesterday but not before I blew out my left side back so I am slow moving this morning but moving. Your yard is amazing Mary. I would be on the porch every min. I could be.

    Oh wild critters in the country. We sometimes get them here in my little town but mostly just a doz feral cats roam our streets.

    Loved the quilts! Eye candy with my coffee.

  6. Diane in Colorado

    Never a dull moment is right!! Hazel is a good guard dog!!

    I made another quilt top for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) yesterday—my 3rd in the last two weeks. I’m trying to put my stash to good use as it doesn’t seem to be going into projects for myself. I cut more scraps for my sister’s quilt, too. I think I will start a log cabin quilt for the smaller scraps.

  7. Donna Jo

    Oh Mary what a night you had! Hope you get the critter problem gone quickly. The irises and quilts are all beautiful. Happy birthday to your pretend granddaughter! Yes it’s been hard to watch the Fever but I will keep watching. I agree with Jeanine one person can’t make the team and they need to play as a team. You could tell NY played as a team.

  8. Diane, Squeak,&Buddy in Central Ohio

    Raccoons are so dangerous. Big, have rabies, nasty critters. Whew. So glad you were still awake when they showed up. Ugh. We live in a small city, a bit outside of town ,but we have raccoons and coyotes, but no rats.
    All the stunning quilts have red in them😀😀. They are beautiful. I could look at Irises all day. Thanks for sending, Mary. Good luck with the raccoons!!

  9. Jeanie S, Central IL

    So sorry you had such a disturbing night.
    Am I remembering correctly, Lucy was a preemie and was in nicu for a while? Happy Birthday, Lucy!
    Good luck with your barn issues.
    Thanks, Mary 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanie – wow, do you have a memory!!!! Yes on both counts!

  10. Diana in Des Moines

    I think the irises are particularly pretty this spring with all the rain. Yours are just lovely!
    Got taken out to breakfast this morning by my church small group. It’s my birthday, and it’s going to rain so spending the day doing what I love – quilting. Son and grands coming by later. A nice day!
    Hope you stop any further invasions into the barn. 🐔🐀

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Happy Birthday to you Diana and to Luci too!! Many wishes for good health, happy times and more birthdays. They are a good reason to celebrate.

  11. Kelli

    What a night 😡😱 I hope you have a better day today! Rats are so bad 😡

  12. Teresa in Indiana

    Oh Mary! Raccoons and maybe rats too! I’d be freaking out too. You are a much stronger woman than I am. I guess that’s why I don’t have a farm to take care of. Squirrels and chipmunks are our critters. Its6sunny and 85 here. Take care everyone. 💗

  13. patti

    happy birthday to both lucy and diane, may you both have lots more. sounds like you are going to have to start closing up the garage door and possibly the barn earlier in the evening. raccoons may be cute but they can be deadly. they are animals! we have alligators in the pond behind the house (pond empties into lake jessup which has the largest population of alligators in the state). we also have wild boars in the neighborhood and coyotes and black bears have been sighted. all due to over-development and taking away animal habitat. they have nowhere to live and are hungry. stands to reason. but … i live in a city just barely north of orlando, florida. no wide open spaces just cities. soon i will need to start looking for backings for my three quilts along with their bindings. have a smallish quilt i brought home from angels that i want to attempt to machine quilt on my domestic. will see how that goes. all the pictures and quilts are just grand. love seeing them all. happy quilting and spring to all. patti in forida

  14. Kim from Wi

    I love the irises; they tell me summer is truly on its way. I used to have blue ones that were rebloomers, called Open Ocean. I started with 2 since they were pricey, but they do multiply. The ones you shared are glorious mixed with other colors. Yikes, on the raccoon visit, not what you need. I don’t think I would have slept well after all that excitement either. I sure hope you don’t have rats, what a pain that would be. Happiest 11th birthday to Lucy, what a special age to be.
    We are living in a sea of boxes right now, trying to get everything packed for our move to the new house. We close this Thursday. Off to watch some PGA golf, hubbies favorite sport.

  15. NancyTD

    I finished planting my flowers this afternoon. Picked rhubarb, will make something tomorrow.
    I hope the digging is just a rabbit. My husband left his Model A in the backyard for a few days and a rabbit dug a hole under it. At least that is better than a rat or raccoon.
    Love the iris. Mine are just starting to bud.
    Thanks to all that shared their quilts.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nancy – I picked rhubarb, too – going to make some cookies I found online

      1. Teresa in Indiana

        Mary, please let us know how the cookies are. Our neighbor gave us a bag of rhubarb.

  16. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary, you brought back memories ……. years ago I had a blue heeler – same scenario – late at night, outside barking….. I go out and she had cornered an opossum by the fence. All my yelling, etc didn’t work. Had to get a broom and herd her into the house. All I could think of was those teeth, etc and a trip to the emergency vet. Yikes!!!! Glad to have a good guard dog.

    Latest dog is a red fox lab….. the other night brought me a half eaten disgusting dead squirrel. The smell was disgusting…… at least she didn’t roll on it! 😂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette – this happens oftener than I like – and I always think ”what was I thinking wanting a terrier?” Feisty little hunters and always at bedtime.

  17. Mary Etherington Post author

    I’m hoping to get those cookies made today but it’s already a busy day!

  18. Sue in Marion, IN

    Hope you get your critter problem in hand quickly! We live right smack in the middle of town, half a block from the hospital, so a busy area. We have the usual squirrels and chipmunks, but over the years have frequently had possums in the neighborhood—last year a groundhog took up residence under our deck 🤬
    Over the years we’ve had deer run through our yard, a wild turkey a block over, and when I was in high school, I got up early one morning and there was a fox in the driveway. Not this house, but a block away.A few summers ago, somebody’s backyard chickens got out and we had a hen walking down our street!😀

    I think Caitlin will hit her stride. As Indy Star columnist Gregg Doyle pointed out, the WNBA lined up the Fever against the most formidable opponents right out of the gate to boost $$$$$. He also pointed out that WNBA play is way rougher than NCAA. I think they’ll get it together.

  19. Joy in NW Iowa

    I HATE raccoons! They come up on our deck and poop! Yes, poop! Why do they have to use my deck and. How can I stop them?? They will kill little kittens, so why wouldn’t they kill a chicken? Ugh!
    I should go out and take a picture of jays corn est if the house. It is really coming nicely and looks so beautiful in the morning!
    What ever is digging the hole by your barn, hope you killed him with the poison!
    Happy birthday Luci and Diane!
    The guys finished the planting! Hoping my farmer will help me pull rhubarb! He was offering it to someone they other day, which is fine, there is more than enough for me, you and Lyon county, I think 😂😂😂
    Have a good Monday,

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