A Typical March Day, 3-9-23

Our weathermen have been wrong about every storm predicted for us this winter so who knows if we’ll get snow today or not. It’s another sewing day for me so who cares?

Rick will be having another cardiac ablation on April 6. Won’t that be a week for me – Easter week! Can you say stressful?

If you have made Harvey would you send me a picture? Other readers would enjoy seeing your door banner.

Reader quilts and pets

My JB – showing many signs of old age.
Seen online – I love this blue background! I don’t have enough yardage so I’ll put it on my list for my next quilt shop visit.

I accepted Cathy’s cat named Honeybun because Cathy can’t take her when she moves. She’s a pretty gray long haired cat and when she’s more comfortable I’ll take some pictures. Right now I’m working on cutting mats out of the fur around her neck.

This blog is struggling to receive comments and I still haven’t figured out how to transfer all content to the new site. I’m going to hate to lose it all because I’ve had to delete pictures on my camera roll after I use them due to space restrictions.

And here’s your chuckle for today.

56 thoughts on “A Typical March Day, 3-9-23

  1. Cynthia

    Hi Mary – I like the Susannah book and I am curious how to make it.

    Thank you for your posts. I really enjoy them. I will work on replying more!
    Have a great day!

  2. Marilyn Stevens

    Mary, I’ll be thinking of you and Rick in April. My 35 yo son in law just had a cardio version and an ablation March 1. I understand that it’s not pleasant.

  3. Deb in Idaho

    Weather persons are the only profession that can be wrong and still have a job. We’re going to have a big storm this evening. Spring is on the way. Love the pet parade.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb – that’s what my mom always said – always keep their job even if they’re always wrong!

  4. MaureenHP

    The quilt is beautiful and I really like the simple grid quilting. Praying His peace as Rick has another cardiac ablation. We canceled a women’s social at church last Friday for the big storm that never came; rescheduled for tomorrow night and guess what–another storm predicted!

  5. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Love that blue background. I am just starting to use darker backgrounds for some quilts and am really liking them. Added bonus is that stray threads don’t show through the tops! I don’t know why it took so long! I enjoy a low volume mix too, my new obsession, but have so many whites in my stash I have to use them. Love that first kitty. Almost looks cross-eyed in that photo! I can’t imagine what that homeowner said when they walked in to see those kitties through the paper screen. Oh my. Hope all goes well with Rick!

  6. Joy in NW Iowa

    Thoughts and prayers for Rick. Hope all goes well.
    It is snowing lightly here. Sounds like peeps had a slippery commute. The forecast is pretty gloomy. Hubby and I are both achy. He got it first…now he is coughing! Ugh! About like the snow storms….they just keep coming here. Sunshine is what we need!
    Love all the kitties and pups! I think there’s a little photo cropping going on in the door picture? Too funny.
    Love the blue quilt.
    Take care and sew on

  7. Jane from St Marys IA

    The weatherman got it right for a change here. It wasn’t snowing when I got up at 5:30 but I went to the basement at 7:15 for something from the freezer it wasn’t snowing & when I came back upstairs the ground was getting white! I was not down there that long! And now there is at least an inch with it still snowing hard. We haven’t had a lot so not going to complain too much but it’s muddy under the snow so not good for new baby calves! Our 20 month grandson is having a ball however “scooping” snow!! Oh to be young again!!

  8. Linda Winn

    I always enjoyed your posts! There is always something to learn, keep up the good works!

  9. Sue in Oregon

    And, there’s our Border Collie staring back at me this morning, online. His name was Tippy. I have a hard time getting names on photos.
    That is a beautiful blue, Mary. Do you ever buy fabric online? I have not been to the Quilt Guild I belonged to for over 3 years now, and it is a 1-hour drive to get there, so I probably won’t go anymore. I always shopped there, so now I do shop online. I haven’t been disappointed too often and tell myself I have been unhappy with my choices when I was looking right at it. I have actually taken fabric to my computer to match or coordinate. And, I have a great Oregon-based go-to shop.
    This has been the winter from h—! It remains icy cold here with icy rain day after day. My daffodils, which are usually very tall by now and blooming like mad, are short and still in bud this year. Seems like they don’t want to open and get frozen. Pleeeze, Winter. It’s time for you to go.

  10. Margaret

    Please keep blogging. I have been down in back and knee, stamina low, so your blog lifts me up every time,, no pets here but love seeing all of others…
    Sorry bout Rick having that agai ..my youngest sister had that bout a year ago, she doing pretty good so far.
    Of course I love seeing quilts, I have been quilting much since my best friend died 10 months ago, she was my partner❤️
    I especially love seeing bout your goats,

  11. Jo in Wyoming

    Loretta curls up like JB and looks like a cinnamon roll! She climbed the snow drift and the wind pushed her back down. Once again we got the prize for having the biggest drift in the neighborhood.
    My taxes are done, now I have to learn how to do the household taxes… always something new!!
    I hope your blog troubles resolve without issues. We all love hearing from around the world about life. It would be so lonely for some to lose this contact.
    I hope Rick does well and you get a break from such chaos.

  12. Janet

    I hope you can continue the blog Mary. I also understand the amount of work you put into it. Hugs!!!

  13. Jeanine from Iowa

    It is snowing here in Oskaloosa, but it is very wet and not accumulating very fast. It is above freezing, so a lot is melting, but if it gets colder, it will probably add up quicker. I have our Hobo dinner in the oven this morning. I have been going to make it all winter, and here it is almost spring (we hope), and I’m doing it for the first time. We both really like it! Thanks for sharing it a few years ago.
    I enjoy seeing the pets and quilts as well. We just have two barn cats. They do well in the winter.
    Is your church doing an Easter cantata this year? That requires a lot of practice I know, for the choir and the accompanists. Trusting all goes well with Rick’s procedure.

  14. Betsy Scurlock

    Love the blue quilt. Do you happen to know what the pattern is called??? I would be interested in making it. Thank you so much.
    Loved the pets on parade.

  15. Carla J north of Muskegon in the mitten

    It appears the light and dark blue in the online quilt are the same prints in different color ways. The shades remind me of Minnick and Simpson fabric lines. May have to save that pic to draw up a pattern. So many fab chunks to use up.
    Love the pet photos, great idea to share our friends.
    We also are supposed to have snow this weekend. Forecast was Friday eve, then day, now it’s to start tonight. It’s a toss up.
    This winter Lake Michigan hasn’t froze as much as normal. Many years the ice built up as far as you could see. Ice fishing on inland lakes was pretty risky in southern two thirds of the state.

  16. Gayle Lacey in Kansas

    Hi, Mary!
    Your medical adventures with Rick surely keep you busy. I hope everything goes well for him. Sadly, I am beginning a cancer journey with my husband. So far he is doing well.
    Your blog is an ENORMOUS amount of effort, time and energy … only keep doing it as long as you enjoy it. If you stop and miss it, you can always start again. I believe you would miss the contact with your friends.
    I, too, love the quilt photo. Would love to know who posted it and what fabric line it is. Beautiful block also.
    Looking forward to your spring flower photos.
    Sending some sunshine to you. Gayle

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gayle – I just can’t lose all my friends on the blog!! I don’t know what I’d do without all the readers – I will fight on as long as possible.
      I am so sorry to hear you are starting a cancer journey! Please give us all an update now and then – if you can or want to.

  17. Dorothy

    Ha, love that cat picture. My husband is also having ablation. He had cardioversion but it didnt last so has to have ablation soon but angiogram first next week. It has been a very stressful new year. I feel your pain Mary. Also I sent dog and quilt pic to your email but must have sent to wrong email, knowing me I did so will try again. Prayers for Rick and hugs to you.

  18. Denise. TX

    I saw the quilt you posted too. It was the blue background that caught my attention.

  19. Terry Burkhart

    Thanks for sharing photos of pets. Our pets here on the farm give us lots to smile about.

  20. Jackie in NY

    Oh my! My two cats used to climb the screen door on the sliding patio doors – they completely shredded it! Some really gorgeous pets today!! I’ll be praying for Rick.

  21. Kathy in western NY

    The blue backgrounds are Lori Holt’s fabric called Bee Backgrounds- cross stitch. I have had my eyes on some for a background in another color. I too lack yardage for background fabrics in quilts I want to make.
    Love the pet pictures so much. They just make me smile.
    Gee Easter week is a lot for you as church organist with the many services so you will be one busy lady that week with Ricks procedure also. I hope this works for him. I hope someone brings you a ham dinner!! I would if I lived closer. I cooked a turkey dinner yesterday and took a few meals around to people I know who are alone and love real mashed potatoes. I was asleep early last night but on my feet for most of the day so a good tired out.
    We are suppose to get your storm Friday but it’s a quick mover the weathermen said. At this point with the up and down of our temps, it’s anyones guess if it will be ice, slush, snow, so I will let Mother Nature show me tomorrow when it happens.

  22. Jean

    Mary what is the name of the quilt pattern with the blue background that you are going to shop for? I HAVE to make that quilt!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jean – a reader said it’s a Quiltalong starting in June – I’ll try to find more info.

  23. Betty Klosterman

    Don’t know what the storm did in the country, but it wasn’t too bad in town. The sun is shining. It’s 29 degrees, the wind isn’t blowing and it feels just wonderful outdoors. The neighbors blew my sidewalks offat least 3 times and I really appreciate them. I was just out breaking up some of the places where people walked and made ice. I am very thankful for my neighbors. The snow is heavy and melting fast. Maybe I can even get groceries tomorrow morning. Made potato soup in the crock pot yesterday and it is good.

    Mary, does your camera have the thumb drive? Mine, which is old, doesn’t work with film, just the thumb drive. I am not a technology person and right now I’m really ticked off trying to talk to a real live person about the delivery of my newspaper. Guess they figure if you can’t get thru for complaints, you’ll just give up. Then they think ‘problem solved.’ Customer service has sure gone to pot.

    Been working on Sweet Kisses while watching TV. Don’t know if I’d make it again, but will finish. Ready to press and sew the rows together on 2 other quilts, but not in the mood to rassle the long rows. I work best when my mood is right? AND in the meantime, I’ve seen at least 3 more blocks that are very interesting. Pinterest is nice and I do like drafting the patterns or changing sizes. A challenge. Got lots of graff paper and colored pencils…..

    Take care, everybody. Don’t do anything dumb or stupid. Enjoy what we have and be especially glad we don’t have what other people have!!
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – NOBODY will talk on the phone! They want any correspondence to be online and you need a password and you never hear back. Don’t ask me about Xerox! Ugh. This blog for example – what I recently paid for a year is evidently out the window now that they’re changing it all up. No! No possible way to talk to anybody about it – really pisses me off – I try very hard not to pay any ongoing subscription/services with a credit card because they’ll just keep charging you. Orkin for example – I paid them by check, thank goodness, because when the year is up I’m done with them. What a racket they’ve got going! I have to go have a beer and calm down.

  24. Paula S.

    I hope you can continue your blog, Mary. If you can’t, I understand. The pictures you post – all of them – are fun to look at and I get a hoot out of your sense of humor. I know we could be friends if we lived close together!

  25. Joyce from NY

    Love the blue quilt! Wishing you and Rick good luck with his procedure.
    I too sent a picture of my granddaughter’s horse awhile ago, I may have also sent it to the wrong email address. Enjoy your blog so much.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joyce – could you send it again? I don’t remember getting a horse picture

  26. Deb in Japan

    The kitties going through the paper door is a riot. They are called shoji doors. I’ve seen it happen many times here in Japan. That and little kids using a small car or truck and going through it. It looks like they got smart and used wrapping paper instead of the traditional rice paper. It is really expensive to replace when anything happens.

  27. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    Well, I came up from the basement to my husband laughing at that last picture of the kitties on the screen😹😹. He loves the blog, too, so we are both hoping everything will be ok with it. Good luck to Rick and you with the ablation. I live with a chronic surgery person, too, bless him. I love the kitties and dogs in this one. I will take pics of my two Harveys. Right now my house is St. Patrick’s Day. I have been working on wine carriers for our boutique at the Quikt Show in November. OSU vs IOWA was a good game. Funny the Iowa beat OSU women and OSU men beat Iowa. Have a good weekend everyone❤️ My husband says the same about weather people😹😹.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – your husband is right! Although it’s actually snowing tonight – it’s just about over tho and they predicted 8-12 inches. We might have 1-2

      1. Diane and the gang

        Oh good to hear you won’t get as much. I guess it is good they are weather people and not surgeons! 😹😹

  28. Fran in Dubuque

    The blue background quilt is the 2023 Mystery Block of the month thru Fat QuarterShop. Fabric is called Sunnyside collection by Camille Roskelly.Quilt is 72 x94 size. Starts in June 2023. Go to that site. It is a beauty. Thanks for everything Mar Bless you.

  29. Betty Klosterman

    Me again. Predicting the weather reminded me of a story from awhile back….. This is true!
    This very sweet young thing was a Weather Girl on a large TV station. She was being interviewed on Johnny Carson or something like that. She said she didn’t know a thing about the weather, but when it came time for her on the screen, she’d run and look out the door and then report to the audience what she had seen! And the people loved her and she was always right in her predictions! Guess she was no dumb blond??
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty- oh that is just too good! Smart cookie, that dumb blonde! Haha!

    2. Diane and the gang

      Love it,Betty! It is cold where you are.Stay safe and warm😺😺

  30. Pamela Dempsey

    Hey Mary- I heard back from the spca. The mother with kittens is Felv positive so her babies are being exposed and it’s very contagious. So sad. The lady said they are having more kittens soon and we should wait if I want 2 to grow up together and get along. I cried for them too.
    Your pet parade pictures are so cute, love them 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – I know cats who have lived long lives being positive – could you take two positive kittens? You couldn’t expose other cats but those two should be ok living together, wouldn’t they? How about 2 adult cats who are often overlooked because everybody wants a kitten?

      1. Pamela Dempsey

        Yes, I would love to take 2 of her kittens and pray they didn’t catch it but if they did it says the lifespan is usually 3-4 years. Poor things. My daughter’s cat had it and it was so sick, died at 3. Praying for God to send the right ones along 🤗 Our local hardware store has a tabby employee, Frank, and I got to love on him the other day 🥰

  31. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Sorry to hear the news about Rick’s heart issues.
    It snowed like crazy here this afternoon, really big flakes. However, it did not accumulate. We snuggled down and watched boy’s high school State Tournament basketball, which is always fun.
    The dog and cat pictures are adorable.
    I, too, love the beautiful blue quilt. 🥰

  32. Marian Stever

    3-10. Mary, I know you are watching basketball 🏀. Iowa state is up for a challenge with Kansas; I am pulling for Iowa State.
    Harvey is beckoning me. I have your pattern and it will be fun to pick out the colors. The cats and dogs are adorable. Oh Sweet Pea.
    I wish Rick well and success with the procedure.
    A always I look for your blog Mary. Makes me happy. Great quilt pictures lately.

  33. Sandy

    Hi Mary, don’t know if I managed to send you the photo of Stella and Luna with me at the school gala yesterday, it was great fun!Hope Rick is ok,take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  34. Kris in WI

    I’m late to the party! I would have never considered blue for the background in a scrappy quilt. Maybe yellow or pale green, but never blue. THAT blue is luscious! When my husband saw the CAT-astrophe picture of the damaged screen he said, “Somebody’s in trouble.” We have been enjoying all the episodes of the Pet Parade. Thanks for sharing everyone and thanks, Mary, for keeping us sane through the winter. Kris

    P.S. Has there been any word from Marie/Arrowhead Gramma? Prayers continue.

  35. Kathy Ho

    Sorry to hear that Rick needs that procedure. Something all the time! Hopefully that will go well and that your computer will take the new changes well!! We would all be lost without your blog!!!

  36. Joy in NW Iowa

    March 11 in NW Iowa! A blizzard! Blowing what we had plus what is new! I’m sure our road is blocked!
    Just a weather report! Ugh!
    I’m off to find something to do

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