And the snow is still here! 10-29-23

It’s so cold that dusting of snow is still here!! Our ride on the wilderness trail this afternoon was pretty chilly and look how sad those pretty yellow leaves look today!

Compared to just yesterday –

The temperature change has been too steep for me. So many of you are just now talking about taking your plants in – mine would certainly have been dead long ago if they were still outside. My front room is so crowded with huge plants you can’t walk thru – I hope nobody comes to see us!

Last summer:

Last week
Today – with snow on the ground

Reader photos:

When did a box of crackers go up in price to $5.69???

I’ve had several questions about the log cabin eyeglass case so I’ll get my act together and write a tutorial for all of you. Here is a block I made tonight which I just love.

We’ll start with just making the block first and I’ll try to post that tomorrow.

This weekend in 2001 Susannah was born on Friday night – the night that it got so cold here. Remember I said it was 28 degrees on the 28th? Well, that Friday night in 2001 it was 29 degrees and this tiny baby goat was born outside unexpectedly. I will never forget my horror mixed with delight when I found her and put her inside my coat and ran to the house.

Twenty two years later I wrote Susannah’s story and as I think back on those first days with her, it feels almost unbelievable. I am so glad I took so many pictures of her.

Her story can be yours to read to your grandkids for $20 PPD, cash or check only to Mary ETHERINGTON, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA 50438. An autographed copy will be on its way to you!

I can still feel how she felt in my hands.

Back to my eyeglass case mess which is going to end very soon – just as soon as I show you how to do it. Come back tomorrow!

P.S. in return, can you click some ads for me?

50 thoughts on “And the snow is still here! 10-29-23

  1. Diane in Colorado

    Mary, what is the vine on your building? We don’t see much of that in Colorado as it’s mostly too dry. There is a building on the CSU campus that’s pretty covered in English Ivy, but that’s rare here. I understand it can be hard on structures because it pulls moisture out of the siding. I’m just curious because it’s so pretty!

    Looking forward to your tutorial on the eyeglass case. Yours are beautiful!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I do think it’s Ivy because of the suckers that stick to the siding. It’s cement board siding and like I told another reader, when I die it will be someone else’s problem. It’ll last until then, won’t it?

  2. Jill Klop

    I am sorry that I don’t click the ads very often. I get the blog in my email and I don’t see them there. I’m so glad that you gave us the reminder. Our temperatures in south Texas went from the muggy mid 80s to 50 degrees, windy and rain. For us, that’s like going from July to December on the same day!

  3. Brenda in Georgia

    I didn’t see any ads, so I clicked on the title of the blog and when it took me to your blog I then clicked on an ad for travel. I get your blog by email and no ads show there so I didn’t know that you had any. I bought your lovely book and can just feel the love you had for her. I can just imagine how it must have felt because I easily fall for all animals I just come across.

  4. Dee from Shell Rock

    If you click Comment it gives you the blog and the ads. Yeah, I’m in Iowa too. No snow for us, but it’s very cold. I was trimming some trees this afternoon, get a clear pathway to the LP tank. Opened the top to check the level, had a quick encounter with a very well fed mouse! It had a substantial nest under that cover, but is now homeless. No cats helping me, so it lived to run another day.

  5. Shirl Rice Hegg

    I need a glass clase that holds two pair of glasses. I had one, but it’s all worn out.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Shirl – you could just make your block larger or hook two cases together.

  6. Barbara

    I clicked on the title of the blog and Comment but no ads appeared. Haven’t been any in awhile.

  7. Gloria from CC

    Love the “ fallish” reader quilts – very nice. It’s cold here but we only got a dusting of snow and it didn’t stick to the ground. We still have a few lawn/garden decorations to put away but for the most part they have bee put away in their respective outhouses. (We have four refurbished outhouses around our property and they make a great storage area. My husband pours a cement pad under each to fasten them to and makes any repairs they need.). Everyone have a nice Monday.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Gloria, the outhouses remind me of my childhood Halloween adventures. An outhouse would always be dragged out from some farm field to the middle of our Main Street village and set on fire every Halloween during the night. My dad was the police chief of our town ( I grew up a daughter of the town cop and had to keep to high standards living under our roof!) but my dad was right there with the kids during the night making sure they were safe. It was always fun hearing whose fields it came out of and what kids were involved but harmless entertainment that became a tradition in our village. People today still remember my dad for so many things and tell me stories.

      Thank you to whomever made all the fall colors quilts. I love those colors to sew with! Nice show. I get the ads once I click on comments box in my email and it takes me to this World Wide Web. Hang in there Mary. We’ll all help each other get thru this winter with sewing projects, reading and card writing.

      1. Gloria from CC

        What a great memory!!! The outhouse that sits in our entry garden is painted black and during the month of October we decorate it for Halloween.

  8. Vicki Ibarra

    I love the Halloween quilts! And your eyeglass case project is neat, but somewhat labor intensive. I am figuring out my next quilt project – probably a throw. Cold yesterday and feels like 19 degrees outside right now as I write this. I know it is colder in northern Iowa. I have only a little outdoor work today. Yay!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – yes, the eyeglass case is tedious and labor intensive – I can only make one block per evening. Now it’s time to put them together.

  9. Janet

    I love the look of your eyeglass case. Thank you for taking time to show the tutorial.
    As someone else pointed out. I click comments then the ad’s appear. Can do this a few times

  10. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Ugh, snow. It is always a depressing thought. We are supposed to be getting some soon. Halloween is to be cold which makes me sad for the kids. I hope to get one more mowing done before it snows, mainly to mulch the leftover leaves. I have a few flower pots that are still in bloom but those will go this week too. Love the fall quilts.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cheryl – I, too, want to mow one more time to chop leaves – maybe by the end of the week?

  11. Linda in Michigan

    No ads other than one at the top of the blog. Been like this for quite a while
    We will get your snow tomorrow, which will make it a challenge for the trick-or-treaters. The snow is supposed to “accumulate and stick around”.
    The Halloween quilts are impressive, that lady has been busy!

  12. Janet S

    Good morning everyone. The advertisements come up after I hit the comment button also. Just for fun, many times I delete the ads, then close the post and come back in to delete the ads a second or third time. Mary, I’m with you on the prices for some items in the store so I have to think if I really want that item. It’s bad enough putting gas in the car but that’s another gripe so I’ll let it go. The instructions for the eye glass case will be welcome. Thank you.
    Over the weekend, we had a great lunch in with our Amish friends then on to supper with our granddaughter in Winona MN where she is attending college. A visit with the Amish is an absolute joy. No electricity nor modern anything but the food is absolutely out of this world, from the bread and butter to the pickles and deserts, it’s such a treat.

    1. Connie R.

      Janet S. , I agree that both the Amish Community and the Amish food is wonderful! I make it a point to visit an Amish Community near us when they have their Haystack Supper. The food is great and so is the company at the supper.

  13. NancyTD

    Three Saks ads today. Too expensive. Could by fabric for a whole quilt instead of one clothing item!!
    I look forward to making an eye glass case. Thanks for taking the time for making the tutorial.
    We only had 4/10 of an inch of snow..Could see more during the week. Warm on Friday with 50. Might just be a weatherman tease.
    Have a nice day,

  14. Jeanine from Iowa

    I have been clicking ads everyday, but today they don’t have an “x” like Ruthie mentioned. Maybe when I refresh the page, they will appear again. I know the price of crackers is crazy, and the box isn’t even one pound anymore. I buy them at Aldi when I can shop there, but it is 30 miles away, so don’t go there that often. We have our first killing frost this morning at 27*. More time for sewing when it gets colder.

  15. Joy in NW Iowa

    Monday at 7 am. It is 17 degrees. Yes! Seventeen! Ugh! Coffee and my blanket and reading Mary’s blog! This is the best! I agree about the sad trees without their leaves! They look so bleak!
    Saturday I finished the Blue delft quilt but really want it longer and not so square. So out comes the ripper. Plus, I suppose I better do some laundry, two people don’t really have a lot of laundry. Should get all dark colors, they I could throw it all in one load. Heehe. Greasy dirty farm clothes are washed separate! Always!
    Janet S I always have to go to Facebook and get the blog to click the ads…they do not come up on safari! Weird. So that’s what I do!
    Have a good day!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – warmer here – it’s 22. This has happened way too fast to acclimate! I have to clean today – I can ignore it no longer.

  16. Fran

    Time of rest and hibernation. I loved all the leaves! The quilts were wonderful especially “Old Made”. I felt like a kid again walking thru. leave yesterday on my walk that the wind had piled up.

  17. Jean

    I get so frustrated with those darn ads! Today there was not one ad for me to click on. I’ll keep trying though.

  18. Brenda

    Thanks for the reminder to click the ads….I found and zapped 6 of them this morning!


  19. Glenda Fletcher

    Good morning. It is 20 degrees here right now. Ugh!! We got about 3″ of snow. Most of it melted in the sunny areas. We get the ads so I always click on them. I also got the Saks ad this morning, Nancy TD. I can
    not believe the prices too. I would rather buy lots of fabric than 1 top. Been working on some furry 2 button pullovers and making them into a jacket. Now need to get some velcro rather than putting
    button/button holes in. Started on a few Linus quilt tops. I have noticed that also with the pricing of
    different items plus the quantity is less too. Keep warm.

  20. Kim from Wi

    I had a whirlwind trip to Iowa with my mom and we went to see the Bridges of Madison County and the John Wayne Museum and his boyhood home. Winterset Iowa is just lovely, and the fall colors were peak for us. Managed to eat buy some great pickles at the Amish market. I got home just in time for the weather to get really cold and the snow to start in Iowa. Love the fall quilts show, the Old Maid quilt made me smile and recall playing that card game for hours with my siblings. The trick or treaters come tomorrow night and I need to get some candy and be ready for the spooky lads to come a knocking.

  21. Suzanne

    I always click through to the actual blog post because I like reading it that way better than viewing it in my email inbox. But I wasn’t seeing ads at all, so asked my hubby about it. He said there might be an ad blocker on the browser I was using. So, I went to the blog from a different browser and, sure enough, there were the ads! I clicked on ALL of them (saw a sporty looking little Suburu car that made me want a new car, LOL). PS The quilts today were so much fun!

  22. Mary Etherington Post author

    Vickie – Spain!!! Wow – what’s it like? Isn’t it amazing that you’re reading the blog written in Iowa? Thank you for thinking ahead to holiday cards – it’s kindness 101, isn’t it?

    1. Vickie S

      It’s wonderful. First time for husband and I to go to Europe. Started in Italy and cruising back to Florida so I will be reading your blog in a different country or in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean for a week and a half. Saw all the usual places in Rome, but I do have to say the countryside of Spain is really pretty. Italy had a lot of graffiti everywhere.

  23. Kathleen Hanson

    I have not noticed any ads for quite awhile. I was surprised by that so glad you mentioned it. I rechecked the last couple and I didn’t fine ads on them.

  24. Mary Rhodes

    Snow?! Weather guesser threatening snow here souther Ohio. We had rain off n on for 3 days
    I mowed already mulched the leaves n had leave in row to rake up. Next day it looked like didnt do a thing! Rained since. Been full moon! Oh the eye case is lovely. Have to make one. Just love the quilts from readers! Fall colors here was bright n pretty. Now dull and wet. Stay warm

  25. Dot in NC

    Those of you who don’t see ads are almost certain to have an ad blocker extension installed in your browser. If you do, there is usually a way to “whitelist” a specific website so you see ads on that site, but not on other sites. I have Mary’s blog, Jo Kramer’s blog and a few other personal blogs on my whitelist. Often the ad blocker puts a little icon in the browser’s menu bar, and you can click that to get to its settings.

  26. Sharon F

    Wonderful pictures of the reader quilts today! Thanks to the makers and to Mary for sharing them.

  27. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I get a few ads after checking Comment, but I used to get lots and always click on them. I will check my settings to see if I have something clicked that I shouldn’t.
    I love the quilts in every blog, too. Soon, I should have one to show:)
    Cold here and dreary–47*. I think it feels colder than it is b/c the sun isn’t out and it has been raining. My husband brought me a huge bouquet of his Dahlias b/c they will be gone soon. I love them:)
    Buddy loves this weather; he could sit on the porch all day and still be warm in his huge fur coat!
    I will be anxious to try a glasses case block, too. Thanks, MAry.

  28. Kris in WI

    Clicked on ads last night and ended up in a site for wedding gowns!
    I really like the woven autumn color quilt. Right on track with the fall color.

  29. Charlotte S in northern California

    I still click on lots of ads. I always click on the title in my email and it takes me to the blog on my desktop. Don’t like reading it on my phone…too tiny. I like to see the big pictures. Love all the quilts and your log cabin block. It was 42* here this morning. I need to put my heavy comforter on the bed.
    Crackers are crazy expensive! Don’t know why!!

  30. Louverna Tomer

    Mary, I have a question regarding the ads. Do you have to go into the ad for you to get credit – or can you just click on the X and delete it without reading it, and you still get the credit? I want to do it correctly. It’s cold and rainy today in SE Ohio. Been raining for two days and everything’s soggy.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Louverna – I don’t believe you have to open the ad – just click on the X. It’s against the rules for me to encourage this so I hope I don’t get caught.

  31. Barbara Onnen

    Mary, what is in that leaf covered building? Is there another door to vet into it? Very unique. I love it!

  32. Jean from Iowa

    Mary, thank you for sharing your life with us! We live on a 10-acre country property in Central Iowa so I know how much hard work it can take to maintain a place. The best part about an Iowa winter is not having to mow or pull weeds! I was thinking that another fitting saying for you in addition to “Be Still” is “Do What You Love / Love What You Do.” A little bit longer but speaks to all of the love you have of your place and the many things you do for yourself and others. By the way, my sister-in-law, Becky J., is in in your book club. Yes, we have talked about you – all good things!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jean – I need to be reminded to Be Still all the time!!!! I agree about the weeds – my hands and back can’t take it! I’ll be glad to rest

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