Be Careful What You Wish For, 5-2-24

We got another 1” of rain last night. Becky, just 12 miles north of me, got 2”. I had planned to plant the pumpkins tomorrow – guess not. From drought to wet – be careful what you wish for.

Since I worked outside so much yesterday, I didn’t have the energy to post last night. I think during this season I’ll need a reprieve from daily posting. I might just not have the energy at night so be prepared for a change in protocol.

Here’s a few more pet photos which we are all loving!

From the farm:

The wilderness trail is coming to life

Petey Possum is one of the best toys we’ve ever had! He remains intact – not torn or pulled apart. Both Keeper and Hazel love it and we rarely go to the barn without Petey. Thank you, Rose, for the great toy!

Hank wants to be a gardener! Oh dear.
The chicks are getting too big to all fit on top of the dog bed which I put over the garbage can! I put another wire cage next to the garbage can but none of them want to sit on it!
Remember my spring quilt made last winter?

Here’s a closer picture.

So simple and so nice!
Love the color palette of this cover quilt.
I mowed just parts of the lawn yesterday – all those really tall grassy places where the dogs have peed all winter – ha!
Will the reader who made this please tell us the pattern.

40 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish For, 5-2-24

  1. Mareen

    I do not have the energy as I was did either Mary – between being 73 still working full time and health issues the days go too fast – hope all is well – rest when you can!!

  2. Deb

    I love the kitty on the watercolor piano! What a neat idea for the watercolor quilting idea.

  3. Sally

    Mary, your farm is looking so green and inviting. It is already hot and dry here in the desert. The wilderness trail is calling me! Keeper with Peter Possum 😄 Hank looks elbow deep in dirt! The chicks are sitting pretty. Happy life on the farm. I Love the colors & design of your spring quilt, so sweet.
    The half square triangle quilt is the 16” Big Block version of the Ramona Quilt by Penelope Handmade. It goes together very nicely. Hanks Mom Michele was asking for the fabrics, AGF Kismet, Ballerina Fusion, Alexia Abegg collections for the Ruby Star Society and AGF solids.
    I didn’t post the piano quilt, but it is a watercolor floral quilt. I saw a beautiful watercolor heart quilt at our 2024 quilt show. They are so pretty.
    Love all the precious cats and dogs on quilts. So sweet!

  4. Connie in NV

    Love all the quilts. The baby chicks are looking full grown and apparently they like a soft place to sit.
    You wilderness trail looks ready for many dog adventures until next winter and the dog toy has stood the test of time. Our prior Havenese ripped apart every toy that had a squeaker the same day it came into the house.
    Mary we will forgive you not writing everyday, you certainly have full days that would make a young person tired.

  5. carol l

    Great photos. Love looking at all the green. Wonder where Rose found Petey Possum??? Pepper needs one!!! Will miss your daily post but I can understand. Too many things to do and at our age it takes us a little longer and we wear out faster!!! cl

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol – Rose left a comment about where to find Petey.

  6. Kim T

    Mary… I think we will all understand that summer and gardening would need to be your priority before posting!
    Definitely enjoying all the pictures!!!! Is the Oh Nuts! quilt pattern still available? Thank you for all you do!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim T – yes, Oh, Nuts! can be available – I just saw it!

  7. Sandy

    Hi Mary, someone will have the water colour book in their sewing room, the cat in that picture looks very well fed! The wilderness trail would look very English if there were bluebells growing along the path, but it is inviting as is!
    Sad news , my aunty Joan died the day after her 101st birthday in her sleep, great achievement! Now l only have aunty Lorraine aged 91,my favorite. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – oh, Aunty Joan must have been a very strong woman to make it to 101 – and Lorraine is on her way. You come from strong genes, Sandy! No bluebells here, sadly.

  8. Rose Mikulski

    Hi everyone, this is Rose and yes Petey possum was purchased from Amazon and as I told Mary, Caitlin Clark was channeling me to buy it for Hazel. I’m glad Keeper likes Petey and need to remember to send him a toy. We’re working on Hazel and Keeper to be toy influencers for Amazon and Petey might be their first pick.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rose and all – both Hazel and Keeper love Petey Possum and one of them carries Petey to the barn and back every day. I have to say it’s the ugliest toy I’ve ever seen – very realistic!

  9. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    I took a friend to Ottumwa today for an eye appointment, and it rained on us all the way down and all the way back. When I got home, we had 2.7″ of rain (Oskaloosa). That is the most we have had at one time in years. I just hope the rains keep coming as the summer goes on and it gets hot. Lots of garden up, but no beans or cucumbers up yet, and they should be as I planted them three weeks ago. I don’t know what the problem is. We had the same problem last year.
    Enjoyed all the pictures again today.

  10. Connie R. In Wis.

    The watercolor piano quilt is not mine but, looks like it is on the cover of a quilt book titled Watercolor Impressions by the Patchwork Place.
    Beautiful quilt but, way out of my skill set.

  11. Margie Braaksma

    Love that spring quilt, looks very fitting for the season!
    Hank is adorable! I have a nest of bunnies in one of my raised beds so I guess that one will have to wait getting planted. I have my garden all fenced thank goodness or the dogs would’ve found them by now.
    We do have all the corn in, here in northwest Iowa, but can’t start beans because of all the rain. It will get done eventually

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Margie – it is very wet here – ponds in the fields that have already been planted so everything else is at a standstill. Thank you for protecting those baby bunnies – even though nobody wants the rabbits eating their garden. I have heard baby bunnies screaming before and it’s heartbreaking.

  12. Kathy in western NY

    Today we had constant butterflies flying around outside us here where our motor home is now along Lake Ontario so I looked up and learned Red Admiral Butterflies have just made their 2,000 mile flight up here from wintering in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Mexico and Central America. I learned it happens once every decade or so that this population happens. I had one land on my lap as I was sitting and then several more rested on a tree stump. Such beauty to see them. Just like all the photos shared recently from your readers.

  13. Sharon G.

    Looks like someone’s beautiful version of the watercolor piano quilt in Pat Magaret and Donna Slusser’s book.

    We had some rain today too. It was nice. The only thing missing was a rainbow. 🌈

    I’m still unpacking in my new house. Yesterday and today I worked in my sewing room. Thankfully my old house sold and will close in 2 weeks.

    Take care everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon G – what a turn of events for you. Your house already sold and you’re moved in to another. I’m sure you’re feeling relief and such fun to work in your new sewing room!

  14. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    All the pets are so cute 🥰! I like that possum toy, they are good to have around cleaning up things, better than vultures.

  15. patti

    everything looks so green. even your trail looks inviting. we are in a drought here in florida, rainy season and hurriane season start june 1. homeowners association told us they won’t be mowing for a bit. they’ve already cut the grass so short it has burnt up. don’t want the hurricanes but do need rain. all the pictures make me smile. i had hoped to maybe pull fabric for the flag today but instead i stitched 2.5″ stripes together until i had 49’6″ to cover the additional oxygen cord needed because the concentrator was taken upstairs. that took a good part of the day. my kitty seems to think a ‘naked’ cord is free game for him to bite on. then the oxygen comes thru the holes and entices him more. this has been the only method that has worked. i really like the squirrel quilt and the half square triangle one. would make a great quilt for a teenage boy or elder male. though me (a female) loves those colors also. condolences to sandy on the death of her aunti joan. my mother’s best friend, grandma lois aged 93, died last nite (found out late today). bed for me. patti in florida

  16. Donna Jo

    I have so enjoyed seeing all the pets on quilts! You better rest up Mary for the big preseason game tonight! We will be watching it!

  17. Joy in NW Iowa

    We r so thankful for th rain. We went from wondering if anything would grow but have been bless with gentle rains. We should have kept rack but didn’t, but think we have had 7+ inches since April!
    I love all the pictures! The spring quilt is so pretty and colorful! Your wilderness is all clean! Looks so lovely! Is Farmer Tim’s corn up? Jays potatoes finally are! We are eating some asparagus! Yum!
    Have a happy Friday! The sun in out and shining sooo bright on all the green!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – Tim’s corn is not up yet – very cold and rainy here for that stretch. My peas came up last week as well as the radishes. Bought seeds for the pretend grandchildren to plant, tend and harvest. We’ll see

  18. Vicki Ibarra

    We have had 3.35 inches of rain in the past 7 days, according to our rain gauge in Iowa City. Yay! We do our outdoor work around the rain and do some transplanting so as to take advantage of nature’s watering (rain) rather than using man-made watering systems. Last summer, I was the watering queen. It would be nice to not have to have that dubious title this year. I can only hope.
    Enjoying our rhubarb and asparagus. My peonies and irises have buds and I am looking forward to that array of color. It is truly spring here.

  19. NancyTD

    1 1/2 inches of rain yesterday. Lots of puddles. Quilts and pets are 😊
    It is a busy time of year. Will miss your daily posts, but you need some me time too. Sunshine today and rain again tomorrow. I think the weeds are growing faster than I can get rid of them. The grass is a beautiful emerald green and thick from all the rain.
    Enjoy the sunshine today. Thank you for all you do !!

  20. Sue in Marion, IN

    Love all the animal pix! We’re getting more rain today too—whatever you get in Iowa we usually get in Indiana a day or two later. We were also several inches down on moisture but not now!

    Interesting article today in the Indy Star about security for Caitlin Clark as the WNBA season is about to start. The WNBA doesn’t book charter flights for their teams—they fly commercial, and it’s a concern. Another article about how she could be the next Larry Bird—lots of pressure on her for sure.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – it’s so much fun to read about her in what’s her local paper! I don’t know how she handles all the pressure.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – I’m disappointed that IF lost but I enjoyed the game very much. I thought the fouls were questionable several times and Caitlin will have to get rough and be able to fight her way through. I’m so glad she doesn’t have any tattoos.

      1. Sue in Marion, IN

        I sent you a couple of clippings from the Indy Star from when she arrived here. I also ordered two patterns and included SASEs which made the envelope thick, but I used double postage, hope it arrives soon. Mailed it last Sunday or Monday.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sue – I filled it and put it in the mail literally the next day – I wrote you a thank you – probably via email. I’ll look

        2. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sue – as a matter of fact, I tore up your check and sent the patterns in return for some more clippings – only when it’s a big deal, not every day because I loved them! I’m sure there will be something every day actually. Now if you were on a deadline, you’ll have to send your order sooner – if it was that really nice day that I worked outside so long, it probably didn’t get sent for 2 days. If you sent it last Monday, this is only Saturday. How much faster could I send it? And my mail doesn’t go out from here till 2-3 pm. I can’t promise that it still goes out the same day. It’s a small post office. I will double check in the shop to make sure it got sent.

  21. Pat in AZ

    Mary, you do want you need to do to maintain your health and sanity. I think it’s safe to say that most of us will still be looking forward to your posts whether they are every day or once a week or whatever works for you.

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