Changing Over, 11-23-22

The fall quilts are coming down and the red and white quilts are going up. Remember this picture from last fall?

See all those sweet little pumpkins sitting on the mantel? Well, I did it again – I do it every year! I forget about them and sure enough one turns rotten and collapses and runs down the fireplace rocks behind the mantel. Ha! I discovered it last week – another cleaning job.

Reader quilts:

LOVE this! Why don’t I make my own?

Yesterday I traveled north 60 miles with Juki – the young man at ABest Sew and Vac diagnosed the issue on the spot – when plugging in the cutter on the floor, it shorts out the main cord – so no more foot cutter action until I can replace the entire pedal. While there I stopped at Salvation Army and the antique mall. Found some neat things – I hate when Jo does this – says she’ll show us in another post but I have to do it this time – no time to take pictures – maybe tomorrow.

I took this picture and sent it to Becky saying if she had grandchildren I’d be buying this for them!

Three snuck into the piano room –

Is this just the most endearing picture? That tasty treat is so close!

Got all the prep done for tomorrow?

57 thoughts on “Changing Over, 11-23-22

  1. Ann in Va

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!
    I’m traveling 5 hours tomorrow, and praying for safety .

  2. Jill Klop

    I have a red velvet cake baked, pumpkin pie in the oven, so now I make cream cheese frosting for the cake. I need to inject the turkey and do some cleaning! We ran errands all morning! When I woke up I thought all I had to do was bake a couple of things! This is our first Thanksgiving here for 12 years. We used to have a hunting lease, so we didn’t do much for Thanksgiving. I forgot how much there is to do!

  3. Diane in Colorado

    Ooohhh!! I have grandchildren!! Wish I was close enough to go snatch up that pony!! Laurel loves “ride a horsey” on my crossed legs. Justin always says, “Mom, that kills my knees! How can you do that???”

    I’ll get to see the kids and grands tomorrow as we gather at my daughter-in-law’s parent’s home. I have the mashed potatoes ready to go in the crockpot in the morning. Then it’s the Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot and then a drive south. We will give Laurel her Christmas stocking tomorrow!!

    Hope you all have safe travels and fun holidays!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – too bad you’re not in Rochester – you could stop and pick up that sweet pony for Laurel!

  4. Jeanne from Colorado

    Mary, have been thinking of all my blessings as we’ve been preparing for Thanksgiving dinner for tomorrow. It will be just my daughter and me. But we are doing all the normal foods and will be taking dinner to some friends who have been sick for over a week. Just wanted to let you know that I count your blog as one of my blessings. Thank you for all your wonderful farm pictures of the animals and barn.m and quilts. I love that we can share with friends from all over the world and learn a bit about them too. The pumpkin quilt today is wonderful and I feel the same as you….why don’t I make that. Have a blessed Thanksgiving. Jeanne from Co.

  5. Susie Lenz

    I am cooking tomorrow for 6. It’s all under control,I don’t do it all-everyone brings a dish to share.It makes it so much easier. I wish you and Rick a wonderful Thanksgiving.I hope the Furry people get some Thanksgiving treats! Gobble -gobble 🦃

  6. Joy in NW Iowa

    My prep work is almost finished for tomorrow. I have to add the chopped apples and grapes to the cranberry salad, plus bake the ham and slice it. We are going to our son and daughter-in-law for supper.
    Our son and family are here from Michigan. Tonight they were invited to hr aunts house for supper so that gave us a night off. I think I will hit the bed early. No sewing for me this week except for Lydia’s skirt had a hole in the front she wanted me to fix. So, I did that yesterday and it passed her (she is 6) inspection! Heehee. It’s been a busy week but so fun.
    Such a beautiful weather week! Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Jan Hebert

    Such a sweet face on that dog! I love the pumpkin quilt too, something I’ve never made but it’s on my “list”! I had some “little dumpling” squash lined up on my mantel this year and I caught them just in time, they had started to go soft but couldn’t tell until you picked them up. Going to our eldest daughters for dinner tomorrow. She tells me it’s all under control, two of our grandchildren are making a dish for the dinner, that should be fun! So, I’m not bringing a thing! Feels so strange, haha. Looking forward to seeing them all though. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Weather here is going to be great – another blessing. Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan Hebert – you made me feel so much better! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does this!

  8. Bea knight

    I love all the pics you share!!!! I love the crosses in the window. How old is Telly?? I remember Telly standing up for postman in the quilt shop years ago.

    Thankyou so much for sharing so so much. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!!!
    Bea knight

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bea – Hi, Bea – how are you? Telly is 11-1/2 and a bit slower but not bad really – I started giving her “treats” for arthritis and I think it’s helping keep her limber.

  9. Teresa from Indiana

    That pic of the pup wa I ting oh so patiently for the treat is just too precious! Those eyes just tear at my heart.
    I have worked all day cooking and cleaning for tomorrow’s dinner celebration. I just have to finish the sides. We’re not having a big crowd – maybe 8 or 9. The weather is surprisingly warm – almost 60 today.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  10. Liz Schrader

    Everything ready early. Asked for help bringing food this year. Fourteen for dinner at 1:00. Then Cowboys football game and “Dirty Marbles”. I am blessed🥰

  11. Kathy in western NY

    Have a few things to do in the morning but enjoy doing it while watching the Macys day parade. And then the Bills game !!!
    When I read Martingales blog post on the sew a-long from you and Connie, I see you have a new picture !!! Loved the church scene one.
    It was sunny here and 46 so doesn’t a dandelion pop open in my yard today!
    Guess we had winter already so they are confused spring is among us! Ha!
    Thinking of Carol in Buffalo with temps tomorrow at 52 and rain predicted Friday so lots of melting ahead.

  12. Patty

    Yes, that pup is adorable!
    Sorry about the collapsed pumpkin…yuck.
    Red and white quilts are so wonderful!
    I too have to prep for tomorrow. Just the two of us but still we do it up!☺️
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  13. Carol Reents

    I’m working on it right now. The look on that dog was precious. Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Launa

    Mary, 28o this morning!
    What a picture …eyeing the treat! Pepper does the same thing!
    Thawed the HAM…going to try a quilting friend’s creamy corn casserole n have cranberries! Since the two downstairs kids are doing so well on the KETO diet…no starches nor sugars! A mixed fresh veggies salad n fresh green beans dish!
    The pumpkin quilt is wonderful …am leaving two cloth pumpkins out til end of month.
    Plan to watch the Christmas parade n Football 🏈 game! Saw some of Soccer today!
    Had 4” new snow during night, just added to the old 20” ..BRUTUS is back from repair….ready for any more new snow. Lost Trails Ski Resort opens Monday!

    Launa in Idaho

  15. Jeanine from Iowa

    We are going to my sister-in-laws for dinner at noon. I am taking a pumpkin pie and Cabbage Salad. The pie is baked and the salad is ready to throw together when we get there. They live in our same town. Then in the afternoon we are going to our Pastor’s home to hang out with them and their family. All their children will to home, so it will be fun to see all of them again. I am thankful that I found a new pair of Durango boots at Theisen’s today for my husband. They were marked down about $40 and when they rung them up, they were another $23 less! That was a real blessing. He was in need of new boots and hated to think about paying full price. I am thankful for this blog and all those that comment from time to time. We had 60* here today……such a blessing compared to last week! Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and be safe if you are traveling.

  16. Barbara Forde

    Did the lady who made the pumpkin quilt tell you the name of the pattern? Or did she just wing it?

    1. Debbie R.

      Hi Barbara! The pattern is called “Pumpkins” by Cluck Cluck Sew. The fabric was a kit purchased from Hen and Chicks Studios in Conrad, Iowa.

      Debbie R.

    1. Chris H in Washington

      Never mind the “no pictures” comment. I guess they were just delayed. I posted my comment and when I looked back, there the photos were. Hope everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving. Chris H in Washington

  17. Sandy

    Hi Mary, Three looks like he has already has had a couple of servings of Thanksgiving dinner!enjoy your day tomorrow, best wishes from Sandy

  18. Sue in Oregon

    Wouldn’t you know! I came down with a cold/flu thing just before Thanksgiving. I am putting it off until Sat. as I think I will be better by then. My husband gave it to me and he got over it fairly quickly. Only our daughter is coming and she is very forgiving. Bless her heart.

    That pumpkin quilt is really cute!

  19. Mary Says Sew!

    The photos of Telly in front of the fireplace, Three in the piano room and the dog waiting to get the treat would all make great jigsaw puzzles. A photo of the pumpkin quilt would, too. You can have puzzles made from your photos a couple of places. Great gifts, too!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary Says Sew – I have priced those puzzles – about $35!!! I have so many pictures that would be wonderful puzzles but…..

      1. Mary Says Sew!

        It’s been a year or so since I priced them and that’s about what I remember for price. I don’t know if they ever run sales or discounts, but it might be worth checking now and then during the holidays.

  20. Meredith in Cincinnati

    I’ll make pie in the morning, and get the turkey in the oven at noon. Just 7 of us for dinner; my SIL has the flu. We’ll watch football until dinner at 6:00, (and I’ll keep one eye on my Xavier boys who play Florida in basketball), then dessert and more football! Great sports weekend: rooting for Ohio State to beat that team up north, and Notre Dame to beat USC!

  21. Robin, Washington

    Oh my. I’m not ready by any means. Actually my daughter and family 4 kids and hubby are coming in about an hour. She will do most of the cooking. My other daughter and her daughter ate both sick. They are staying home. My son…who knows where he is. Have a great thanksgiving to all

  22. Shirley from Oregon

    I love the tasty treat photo, the mantel photo and Three among the plants. You are a very good photographer. Happy Thanksgiving Mary.

  23. Jan Smith

    My granddaughter had the same horse. We bought it for her for Christmas years ago. She just turned 18. Brought back a fun memory. Thanks!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan Smith – No kidding? Now I wish I’d bought it just to give it to somebody who would love it.

  24. Carolyn Boutilier

    Thanks for the pictures. Happy Thanksgiving. I am doing better after my fall. Good thing I am having Thanksgiving. I sent for Connie’s wild rice quilt pattern. Love the red in it.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  25. DebMac

    I was planning on arranging my 2 big pumpkins and the 2 little ones on the hearth for seasonal color. I couldn’t find 1 large pumpkin and asked my husband if he knew what happened to it. He threw it away a couple of weeks ago because it was going bad. Totally missed that one. Most of the prep work is done as is cleaning. Daughter works until 2 so we will eat at 3. Just texted our son to see if beans and cornbread would be OK for his birthday on Saturday instead of roast and homemade noodles. This mamma isn’t as young as she used to be and I’m tired. He likes both so will raincheck the roast and noodles until a later date. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Rick, and the animals.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – at our last church potluck somebody brought homemade noodles with beef and it was soooo good! I need to know how to do that – I’m going to ask who brought it – maybe you’ve got some pointers?

  26. Pat Smith

    We’re out in the RV near St. Augustine, FL. I don’t cook in the RV so made dinner before we left home and it’s in the fridge ready to be heated up in the microwave tomorrow. Love the picture of Telly in front of the fireplace. Loved hearing about everyone’s Thanksgiving plans. Hope you all have a wonderful day tomorrow.

  27. Kathy Hanson

    Just about but…Jerry had a bad cold, I am getting it, Sarah and Amy are sick and the called their daughter and toddler and new born that they should go back home as we all are sick up here! Was so looking forward to meeting the new great grandson , our granddaughter and her 21 month old boy as well! So I guess it will be a quiet (but coughing) thanksgiving this year!! I hope all are well and looking forward to seeing their families for this holiday. We still have so much to be thankful for!!!

  28. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    The pictures of the dogs are so cute, and Three is looking very comfy in the forbidden room. I am glad you found an opportunity to do a little thrifting. We will look forward to seeing your treasures when you have time.
    We are hosting tomorrow for a group of 23. Six great nephews/nieces (ages 8 years to 14 months) will be the entertainment. The temps will be in the 50’s.
    Take care; thanks for the blog. 🥰

  29. Judy - Michigan

    Love your pictures today. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoying your posts and all your pictures.

  30. Lois Ann Johnson

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mary! I have most of my chores done until the guests arrive. I am hosting 3 widow friends and one of their daughters for dinner at noon today. Everyone is bringing something to share. I am doing the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry salad. Most of our kids are out-of-state and we don’t like to travel in winter/holiday time. Bailey is very interested in what is going on in the kitchen but now she has taken time out for a nap. That’s a good thing! When my friends get here, she will be busy greeting everyone and making sure they notice her! I am happy that the snow we received over a week ago has all gone away. It was much too early for winter. I hope you have a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving! I am saying “Hi” to my cousin, Patty Smith, who is also a follower of your blog and is in their RV and on the road. this holiday.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lois Ann – your feast with friends sounds wonderful. Because Rick can’t navigate a restaurant anymore I have no one to go out to eat with and I wish I did. Thanksgiving is lots of work if you’re the cook! Glad everybody helped. Yes, I love to hear from Pat during their travels.

  31. Candy

    I think the pumpkin pattern might be “Hocus Pocus” from The Pattern Basket. I just had to buy the pattern last year … and of course I haven’t made it yet, LOL!

  32. Lil

    Bless you all out there.

    What a laugh out loud moment. I turned the big 69 today and had to write about what great images I see on your posts. Thanks. That dog in image #5. So photogenic. Bravo Mary. Perfect day. I think that I will watch the most recent episode of “Endeavour” and then go on to “Murders In The Building” while I sew. I swear. We live better than Roman Emperors. Fresh mushrooms, sauteed. Yum.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lil – I have to ask where you’re writing from since I don’t recognize the two movies/shows you’re going to watch. And I can’t take credit for the endearing treat photo – my friend who owns the dog took it and sent it to me because she knew I would love it.

      1. Mary Says Sew!

        “Endeavour” is a British Masterpiece Mystery detective series that runs here in the U.S. on PBS, the Public Broadcasting System. It’s the pre-quel to “Inspector Morse” . It’s not currently running on TV, but you can find it on the PBS streaming service, called Passport. It’s great.

        I don’t know “Murders in the Building”. is a great source for info on TV shows and movies.

          1. Mary Says Sew!

            Hi, Mary E.,

            That’s great you already have Passport! When there’s a break from ballgames, I recommend all of the Inspector Morse series, several seasons of Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, etc.

            Also, “Landgirls” and “Frankie Drake Mysteries”.

  33. Anne in Southern IA

    Love the pictures. I think I like the days after Thanksgiving as much as the day because we have leftovers thru the weekend! Just heat and serve.

  34. Now Beamer's Mom

    Thank you Mary. I smiled when I saw my sweet sweet Bentley again. We called him a treat-a-holic.
    Miss him dearly.

  35. Lynne from NJ

    Only Murders in the Building is on Hulu, with Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez. I just started watching.
    I hope everyone is enjoying this Thanksgiving weekend.

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