Blizzard – again

Surprise – another blizzard and a neighbor got stranded in our parking lot this morning at 5:30 am and tried to call me. Me , the person who says she has trouble sleeping did not wake up when the cell phone rang beside my bed!  He tried again at 6:30 and I woke up, told him to come in and I’d put the coffee pot on.  For 3 hours we drank  coffee and watched the morning news shows.  By 9:30 he decided to leave for home not work and he made it even though road conditions were very very bad.  I have lost all faith in the forecasters.

The goats went home yesterday so it’s just Elmer, Ruby and Lucy here with us.  They are staying in the kennel building during the night and we all spend the  days together.  They really like the snow but it’s so very hard to get a picture of them outside – it’s so white and they are all running around.  Here they are in the shop.

I tried to bind a small quilt at the table and Ruby just had to help – looks familiar to many of you, doesn’t, it?

More blizzard tomorrow probably – roads closed including interstate so school looks doubtful.  More sewing, dogs, reading napping – the good life continues!

22 thoughts on “Blizzard – again

  1. Carol

    Oh, my goodness, heat wave here in Western New York! 45 degrees! That’s heat for us! But I think your storm is coming to get us later this week. Glad you could help your neighbor! Sounds like a nice day, overall…any excuse to stay in and sew!

    1. Mary Etherington

      Carol – are you the same Carol with the niece with the new baby? How is the baby? What’s his name? Everybody getting along OK? I’ll bet they’re happy.

  2. Martha Engstler

    The dogs look like they don’t care what it’s like outside. Play in the snow then nap and help you sew. That’s the life. Here in the Gettysburg area we are looking for snow tonight. It was raining but we just have to wait and see what the morning brings.

  3. Dorothy Sheldrake

    Forgot to mention it was 82 today and tomorrow is predicted to be 86 in Winchester, CA (Southern CA)

  4. Launa

    The World AG EXPO starts tomorrow at 9 AM in Tulare. Over 1500 exhibitors from all over the world and 100,000 visitors or more expected to visit during the three days. Weather was near 70 degrees here after a cool, but sunny morning. Busy times as my husband volunteers before, during and afterwards.
    I read about a new thread today; InstaFil by Wonderfil. Thin 100wt, but is cottonized soft poly that can be IRONED. Available in 60 colors. Can be used for top and bobbins, in the ditch, hand or machine applique. Be interested to know if anyone has tried it yet.
    Stay warm Mary….

    1. Mary Etherington

      Launa – I would LOVE to attend the World AG EXPO! And if anyone knows anything about this thread, please let us all know about it.

  5. Rhonda D

    Mary, sorry to hear you are buried in snow again but that first photo is just beautiful! Sounds like the neighbor was lucky to get home.
    It looks like all the dogs are so happy at your place- it’s like a wonderful doggy camp 🙂
    I’ll miss seeing more Jax and Snickers pictures, they’re adorable with their long ears. We have two new kids here. One little girl is covered in moon spots. It’s cold so they are under a heat lamp and are sporting stylish goatlet sweatshirts. Stay snug & warm!

    1. Mary Etherington

      Rhonda – send us a picture of the babies in their goatlet sweatshirts and I’ll post it!

  6. Betty Klosterman

    Eastern South Dakota got a blizzard, but we just got wind — 50 mph with 78 mph gusts. That is tornado speed. Got some sign and tree damage and other stuff, but we are still here. Maybe I’ll get the Christmas wreaths taken down tomorrow. Guess we are used to the wind but that doesn’t mean we like it. Our snow and ice is gone except for the huge piles. In the meantime, it is quilt time!

  7. Betty Klosterman

    You mentioned how heavy a quilt was. When I was a kid, there was no heat in our bedrooms. We had so many heavy quilts and blankets on the bed we couldn’t fall out of bed if we wanted. So much for the good old days. One of the quilts on my bed was made by my great grandmother and I still have it.

  8. Carolyn

    Don’t you realize the weatherman is the only one who gets paid whether they are right or wrong?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn – you must be related to my mom – she said the same thing ALL the time! And now we repeat it and laugh! But it’s true!

  9. Diane

    Those three look so content to be with you ,Mary. We are heading back to Central Ohio today from Florida. It’s snowing up there, but very nice down here. Yes, would love to hear how the baby and new parents are doing and see pictures of the baby goats in their coats:). My sister and brother in law live in Western NY and are happy to hear about the weather, Carol.

  10. Mary R.

    No snow here just a cold Mardi Gras. We used to ride in the parades and truck floats when my daughter was little to keep here out of the crowds. We did this until she was 20 and had lots of fun. Too cold now for me to sit in it all day. Stay safe and warm with your furry friends.

  11. Sharon

    I gave up listening to the weather forecasters. I think they did a better job before they got all these computer programs. I also don’t listen to traffic reports. They are never right either. Stay warm everyone!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kristie – Jax and Snickers are Boer goats, sadly they are raised for meat production.

  12. Penny Ericksen

    I just wanted to tell how much I enjoy your messages. I think we have a lot in common……….dogs, piano, and quilting. You are an inspiration!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Penny — is this the Penny I know from Northern Minnesota? If it is, I’m so glad to hear from you! What’s new? Email me at
      If this is a new Penny Ericksen, tell me about your dogs and piano

  13. Cynthia

    Your photos of the animals “helping” always makes me laugh! I am so glad I am not the only one this happens to!

  14. Ann Barlament

    Buried in snow….sounds like a perfect day for sewing, reading or snuggling with the pooches!!

    I haven’t tried the Invisafil 100wt….but it’s a 2 ply polyester thread. It has a matte finish….$12 for 2500 meter spool. Haven’t used it but have seen it used.

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