Brrrr, 10-28-23

Like the date, it was 28 degrees here this morning. I bundled up and took the golf cart on the wilderness trail.

Very bleak looking across the road at Farmer Tim’s field
A grand piano pincushion – I made hundreds of these to earn money for my piano
Trying to sew
Watch me dig up these little trees, says Gracie
The beast and her buddy, Keeper, tore up this new toy in 30 seconds!
This toy took a bit longer to tear up but it still lights up
Here’s my mess making eyeglass cases – I will finish tonight and clean this up!
Ah, a piece of batting she forgot to put away
11 am
4 pm

The game is starting!!

52 thoughts on “Brrrr, 10-28-23

  1. Marcia

    I have one of your pincushions and it is my favorite. In fact, it was in use today😉. We have a chance of snow-midweek in SW Ohio. Hubster has been busy trimming bushes, mowing yard and pulling dead annuals this week. Machine quilted several Halloween quilts this week-sent you pictures. Made a list to get other tops done for gifts. It is hard to believe that October is coming to an end.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marcia – I am in disbelief at your pile of Halloween quilts and I will post them tomorrow. You quilted all of them this past week?

  2. Dot in NC

    Beautiful fall leaves, happy cats, naughty dogs! I loved all your photos. I hope that winter is kind to all of you.

  3. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Those leaves are beautiful, and plentiful! Love these chilly days, and looking forward to the much needed rain the next few days. We’re watching baseball and Ohio State football. Our favorite, Notre Dame, had an easy game today. Fun!

  4. Lorraine

    Love the beautiful leaves on the ground. We have tons of leaves to pick up when fall hits but I just love all the colors of the trees before they start loosing their leaves.
    I love your sewing room and I see that you have a tv in there so you can watch the baseball game and sew at the same time. How nice.

  5. Joy in NW Iowa

    The leaves are about all off the colorful trees. It was 23 this am. Then the snow started about 11:30 a. Many accidents on the i29. I sewed and watched the snow for most of the day. It has stopped snowing at 7 so that is enough for this year! The leaves were so colorful this fall.
    Have a great Sunday!

  6. Vicki Ibarra

    I love the leaves pictures. The gold against the green is pretty. And the cat pictures are precious. What did you use as filler in your pincushions?
    We spent the day cutting more perennials that are done for the year. Pretty much all that is left are the mums which are still blooming and even when they are done, we don’t trim them back. We let the stems/stalks catch the blowing leaves to act as extra insulation in the winter. But oh, the tree leaves that we need to take care of. We were picking them up with a mower/bagger and adding them to a mulch pile. I think we will develop a Plan B.
    I did about 30 minutes of quilting today before we began the outdoor work, which always takes precedence. I am so looking forward to winter and time to try some new quilt patterns and have a hey day with fabric. It was nice that it was 48 degrees here. No snow yet and you can keep it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Vicki – pincushions are filled with fine play sand which keeps pins and needles from rusting. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to put a pin into a pincushion stuffed with fiberfill? Plus it has no weight and falls off the table! It’s fine if you’re using the “pincushion” as a decorative pillow of course.

  7. Patricia

    Oh yikes, 28 is too cold. Don’t want to think about winter and being cold. So right now it’s 70 at almost 9:00 pm. Almost too warm. But the cold Is coming next week. No freeze here yet in Maryland. Love all the antics of your dogs and your kitties being cozy. I’m not watching the series but I’m watching A Field of Dreams. A great movie. Amazing how timely some of the subject was back in 1989 – burning books and banning books. Beautiful trail with all the colored leaves. Was that snow on the ground? Enjoy the game and Happy Sunday.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patricia – Yes! Our first snow of the season – Telly just came in from outside and she’s very wet with snow. Ugh. Field of Dreams is one of my most favorite films ever! It’s a fun place to visit – just a couple hours from me.

  8. Diane in Colorado

    We got enough snow to make cars dirty and that’s about it. Ours started at 6 am but never amounted to much. Still snowing at 7:30 pm.

    I was so glad I raked yesterday. The leaves will be so heavy with the snow on them. I do hope we have a little fall left.

  9. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    28*?? What! I am definitely not ready for snow! I love when you go out on the wilderness trail! It is beautiful. I would be very upset if I couldn’t walk outside. That toy had no chance with Hazel and Keeper! Telly looks like the elder statesman shaking his head at those little “ kids”! They are such neat dogs. The cats look comfy. I’ll bet you are glad the covers are up and buttoned. Whew—a big job finished. I cut squares and batting for Honor Flight quilts today, worked on a binding, and made Chili. OSU needs to get a grip—10 to 10 tie right now. 🙀🙀. I think Iowa won😀. Cold here tomorrow—in the 40’s.

  10. Debra L Reber

    Love all the pictures!! But I’m not ready for snow, glad I don’t have any here in KY yet!

  11. Rita in Iowa

    Mary the pictures of the leaves are beautiful.The expressions on the cats and dogs are great. I love that you try to tell us just what they’re thinking. It was cold here all day so finished a fall panel that I want to hang outside on the porch. I will send a picture tomorrow.
    This week I had my second cataract surgery and all went well. So I hope I finished for awhile. Three surgeries in less than a year is enough.(Foot and total knee replacement).
    Need to get my windows cleaned and bring in the canna buckets (2) as it gets cooler.
    Only two pots to empty in compost pile but they still look nice and are in the garage.
    For those of you who know about the General Store in Stone City, they will be closing November 1. They may do parties and events but not open on a regular basis. Hard to get help.

  12. Jeanine from Iowa

    I love the pictures today of the yellow leaves on the ground. They are so bright in color. Also love the pictures of your cats. They certainly do know how to pose. Very cute! We had 34* here in Oskaloosa this morning, so it didn’t frost here. We picked green tomatoes on Thursday, and my husband picked the lima beans from the two plants that grew this year. We did have enough for several meals. They are one of our favorite vegetables, but they just did not come up this year. I finished a quilt top made from men’s shirts today. Will have to get it on the long arm and finish it. I have had laryngitis the last couple days, and a very sore throat. A result of having Covid last week I guess. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. Your blog is the best!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – I did not realize you had Covid – and you’re still not 100%! Oh, I’m so sorry. I hate being sick – hope I’m not sick at all this winter!!! The cats and dogs probably don’t pose but I’m always watching and my phone is always with me.

  13. Sandy

    Hi Mary, the yellow leaves look lovely, a lovely sunny day here,my neighbour is busy packing and moving to his new house in the country, so new people next week with 2 little girls, so hope they can be playmates for Stella and Luna. All the pets look so contented after fun on the wilderness trail or in the quilt room,Bella is having her afternoon beauty rest on the sofa! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  14. Kathy L

    28 degrees wow here in New England is 82 degrees, tomorrow its suppose to get cold, they have been telling us that for a while now so I guess we will see tomorrow, LOL

  15. Sally

    I have a grand piano pin cushion, it is my favorite! I always think of meeting you at the quilt festival in Houston. You made rugs like crazy during the 5 days. I only ever made one, but I still love it!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sally – so there are still some grand piano pincushions out there, huh? Ha! I love hearing that – people never believed me when I told them how many I made to put towards the piano. Thanks for your note!

  16. Karen

    Wrote a nice note to your friend Kay last night and mailed it this morning. I hope she enjoys hearing from a big variety of well wishers.

    Drizzle rain in SE Ohio today with a chill in the air as the day progressed. first reAl taste of what is coming.

    Blessings for a beautiful Sunday.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Karen – Thank you for writing a card to Kay! I’ll be stopping to see her after church tomorrow.

  17. Martha W in WY

    28 degrees for the high today in WY. We had about a half inch of snow last night. The high for tomorrow is suppose to be 27 degrees. BRRR
    I’ve been busy doing my fall cleaning and organizing.

  18. Susan K in Texas

    Wow such beautiful fall pictures. Our leaves haven’t changed yet though some trees are starting. It’s been too warm and dry. We’ve got a crazy amount of acorns this year. And cat and dog pictures. I always love those. The dog toys sure don’t last long!

    We’ve been getting rain. A lot of rain. Enough to refill the ponds, lakes, and rivers. Enough to flood some places. The first rains just went into the ground and left no puddles. Now puddles are forming.
    Hubby put a new back on the aloe greenhouse. He was delayed by a cold/allergy attack. So my aloes aren’t in their winter home and cold weather is expected this week. Not freezing but close. I moved lots of them into the greenhouse but strained my back so had to take some days of rest. I tried to stress to him that I wanted all aloes in the greenhouse by the end of October at the latest. He forgets that he can work and lift pots all day without back pain. I’m good for an hour and a half at best. I really need to cut down on the aloe numbers.
    Since it’s raining, I’ve been inside sewing. Today I’ve been pin basting a lot of small quilts for quilting. Three pinned and three to go. Then onto the quilting.
    And the Rangers in the World Series. Tonight just wasn’t their night. Hopefully they’ll be better in Arizona.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – nope, it wasn’t the Rangers night but it will keep the series interesting if it’s not a sweep. Easy for me to say, huh?

  19. Paula in Texas

    Beautiful Fall colors in your area. Green trees in my part of Texas…..but it has rained enough for the grass to look much better. Our temps are to dip down to 30 Wednesday morning ……I am not ready to move plants yet, since it is to be warm, in the seventies by Saturday. Hopefully, it will not turn out to be that cold. I have sweet potato vine running in my landscape, they will “bite the dust” if the morning temps hit 30.

    Winter temps are arriving in your area, be SAFE.

  20. Elizabeth McDonald

    Mary, your photo tour was fabulous! I felt like I was right there with you. I am formerly from NY ‘s m Catskill Mountains, now living in north Florida, and I miss seeing the fallen leaves. Thank you for taking the time to share your gorgeous landscape with us all.

  21. Kris in WI

    Thank you for taking us along on your ramble through the woods and giving us a glimpse of the secret door to the quilt shop. Love the contrast between the bright yellow leaves and the dark tree trunks, but then, I love all the fall colors.
    My husband liked the “attitude” of your fur friends! He even found Keeper in the woods picture and his feet in the pix of the broken toy. Sorry, Hazel, I’m pretty sure Telly didn’t do it, no matter what you seem to be ‘saying.’
    We both laughed out loud at all the cat shenanigans. Were they feeling the lure of the full moon tonight?
    We might get by tonight without a freeze, but it will happen M,T, & W for sure. Mitten time! Why didn’t I go shopping today??? Kris

  22. Cathie

    Thanks for sharing your day’s journey – especially with the animals. What a treat!!

  23. Susan in VA

    Your fall pictures are lovely. We’re having a beautiful, colorful fall on the other side of the country this year. Amazing the difference in temps from Iowa to here. Today’s high is going to be 79 degrees! I had to turn on the AC yesterday evening after cooking dinner to cool things down! It’s going to cool down and be more fall like next week. We’re supposed to get a decent winter this year, hopefully. To me, that means some significant snowfall. As always, thanks for this blog, Mary.

  24. Fran

    I love fall! my favorite time to walk. I enjoyed your photos. Did you get snow? We have received no snow but it’s cold in Carson, IA! I am getting some good sew time in!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – yes, we got snow and it is still on the ground – I hope this isn’t the start and this snow stays till next spring!

  25. Sandy in Indiana

    What a fun post today! Love all your photos
    Beautiful day in Indiana today…Washed a few windows
    Cold & rainy tomorrow

    have a wonderful Sunday!


  26. Arlene

    Mary, I so enjoyed the pictures of autumn and your fur friends enjoying the walk with you. The colors have been beautiful here in Colorado as well. We planted three maples years ago and now they are bringing us joy every fall…plus hundreds of leaves but I don’t mind raking them up. I’m afraid we got a bit behind this fall as we both had covid and it slowed us down. We have many leaves from 11 large trees around the house and even though David mowed and picked some up the snow caught us yesterday-woke up to about 6″ this morning outside. Still snowing out so it’s going to be a while before we can get to those wet leaves! Love reading of your life in Iowa. We always “antique” our way across Iowa on our way home to Wisconsin. I have many lovely antiques in my home that I love, reminds me of my childhood and my grandparents…Take care, stay healthy and enjoy your sewing!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Arlene – the raking motion and shoveling motion are what bothers me the most. I’m strong and fit in all ways except for shoulders it seems. If I can’t mow the leaves they’ll have to stay till spring when I will be able to mow them

  27. Tina W in Oregon

    It’s 24° here in NE Oregon this morning with a high of 46° today. Just a little warmer than yesterday, but the afternoon was sunny and beautiful! Hard frost both mornings. Most of our yard cleanup has been done. Just a little more that I just couldn’t pull up because they’re still blooming and pretty. Is the building covered in vines the back of the quilt shop? Won’t the vine damage the wood? What a chore to remove it! It looks like Hazel is on “point” standing on that log. Will get a card in the mail to Kay this week. Love your blog.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Tina – yes, it’s the back of the quilt shop and it’s sided in a cement board siding. By the time it ruins it, I’ll be long gone and somebody else can deal with it. How’s that for an “attitude”? Ha!

  28. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    I saw this post last night, but it was too late to respond. We have dreary, damp weather here, but I don’t think snow is predicted for today. It was 32 about 6A.
    Greta and Gracie seemed to be enjoying the warm and comfy shop. Thanks for sending the great photos of the “trail”. Hazel is a hoot!
    Stay Warm, 🥰

  29. Barbara Firesheets

    Beautiful pics of the fall leaves. Looks like winter is sneaking in . . . BRRR!

  30. Cynthia from SW MN

    Today I am working on rearranging my sewing space. I am going to stack my cube shelves horizontally, to see if I can conserve space. It probably will not pan out, but I am determined anyway to give this a try. I am working on a table runner, cutting fabrics when the move about is done. I am working also on a quilt a friend gave me to finish, it was her grandmothers quilt. I will put a binding on it when I am done cleaning up the mildew on the white part of the blocks. It is entirely hand quilted. We have been trying to keep up with the leaves that fall from our trees in our yard. We have raked quite a bit but the riding lawn mower with the leaf pickup does a wonderful job, making our jobs not as bad as it used to be! It was 21* here in Ghent, MN this morning. We did get a little snow but it is gone now…hope it warms up for a few more weeks! Once again, I so enjoyed reading your blog, and the replies as well! Your trail really changed with the leaves falling!

  31. Susan K in Texas

    Yay! A couple of hours of work after church with hubby doing the heavy lifting and the aloes and other plants are in the greenhouses. It was a brisk day to work outside but two made the work go faster.
    A trip to Red Lobster for a late lunch was reward for our hard work.
    Now to get the last three quilts pin basted and quilting can begin this week. I like to have the bias binding ready so that’s getting cut too.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – you’re in a roll! I wish you’d send me a picture of all the aloes inside the greenhouse – ??

  32. Sharon Geiger

    Let the toy destruction begin!!! lololol You got snow!!! I’m waiting for the first snowfall here in NE Indiana.

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