CHICKS! 4-12-24

I went to Alisa’s farm today to pick up the chicks – they’re about 10 days old now. While I was there Alisa gave me the tour – this reminded me so much of my place 30 years ago when I had a bit of everything.

Alisa with Naomi, Madeline and Than
And remember when I introduced you to Jerry Reed? Oh, what a sweet kitten!! Can you tell it was windy today?

So many chickens and the two cutest gray and white kitties I’ve ever seen. Such fun to visit someone else who loves farm animals as much as I do. Thank you, Alisa for taking the time to show me around.

So off for home with the chicks. Here they are all moved into their pen in my barn. They are so cute, so pretty, such great markings – I love them already!

This little pen is actually the infirmary where the one old hen with the bad feet is living. I wonder what’s going thru her mind tonight!

Pam found the one spot of sun from the skylight today.

Follow the notes on each of these calendar pages.

Each month started with my deep conviction that I don’t want to garden!!!!

This is April 11:

It has to stop here.

Reader photos:

This is my simple 9 patch with the edges faced instead of using binding.

I’m going to visit Hank tomorrow – I’m probably going to cry when I see how big he is. Oh, I hope the wind stops tomorrow.

Have a great Saturday!

54 thoughts on “CHICKS! 4-12-24

  1. DebMac

    4 packs of veggies does not a garden make! And the flowers aren’t garden, they are flowers. I haven’t got seeds yet, it’s just been to cold and dreary to do so. Chicks are so cute; I hope you have good luck with them.

  2. Dee from Shell Rock

    Today a friend and I went to Muscatine to a quilt show in Muscatine. And then to Little Red Hen. Great show, lots of talent in their group! Yeah, a little retail therapy there and at the quilt shop. Then we had a really good dinner at Granite City in Cedar Rapids and then drove home. Great day, great friend, good conversations at the show with whoever wanted to visit! I love the animals, but I’m alone and worry who would take care of my babies if I can’t?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee – I worry about it all the time so won’t be able to get more goats especially.

  3. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary, looks like you had a wonderful day!

    Hopefully I am remembering correctly that you said “ The School of Essential Ingredients” was a good read — I have thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks so very much!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette – it must have been someone else because I don’t recognize that title – but I made note!

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    It looks like you had a wonderful day. I can see why you miss all your farm animals.
    Reader quilts are great, as usual.
    It was very nice here today. Loretta spend almost all day outside. She will sleep tight tonight.

  5. Lindah in northern CA

    What fun to grow up on a farm with all the animals! I miss animals. City/town living just is hard on animals (as well as hoomans.)

  6. Sue in OR

    That facing looks so neat and tidy. I love those triangle corners, too. I must try that. Maybe there is a You Tube video about it?? Great quilts, Patti and Gloria.

    Enjoy those darling chicks.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue in OR – there are several YouTube videos about facing a quilt.

  7. Sandy

    Hi Mary, the farm looks great for children.Love the pigs,! Off to Ramen Cafe for Lunas 4th birthday celebration, tomorrow is the party with her kindy friends ,the Asian girl gang we call them, Luna Taiwanese, Shay from Singapore, Wein from China and friend from Philippines learning to speak mandarin from them!l will be at a sewing day with quilt guild. Rainy day here and a bit cooler. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – Happy Birthday to Luna! I’d love to see a picture of the Asian Girl Gang!!

  8. patti leal

    the farm tour was inspiring and windy. the quilts look great, gloria. love the snowman. like the ‘facing’ instead of binding on the 9-patch. may have to try that. my giant 4-patch quilt is for the group dorm for the culinary school mission. it took all my lung power to do the last couple seams. someone else will have to quilt and bind it. i will find a backing and binding – thinking two separate plaids with the leftover 4-patch blocks to separate them. did little today. had some random 4-patch blocks (2.5″ print and white) and stitched them into pairs. need lots more or else it will be a small doll quilt. think i want it bigger than that. the one quilt took all my energy but the top is done and i’ve done my part of the 18 needed our small group that started with five people in 1993/4 now has something like 35 people. had 26 at our last meeting. is amazing to me to see so many willing to share so much in our area. enjoy your chicks. bed for me. quilt on, patti in florida

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – be careful how hard you are working – big quilts take lots of strength to handle! Yes, someone else can quilt and bind it!

  9. Martha W in WY

    Ahhhh cute farm animals! Oh my, a lot of work though!
    I’m glad you had a enjoyable fun day today Mary. Patti in FL has been busy quilting. Gloria’s Coin Quilt (I think that’s what Jo Kramer calls it) is very colorful. It’s a great way to use up scraps. I hope you’ll be able to love on Handsome Hank on Saturday.

  10. Linda in MI

    I am so excited for you, new baby chicks! I have been looking at them at the tractor store and yesterday at the feed store when I had to get horse grain I almost caved in, they had some adorable gray fluffy chicks that were almost to cute to pass up. But if I adopt chicks again I need to do some serious work to the chicken yard where the bear tore up my fencing buried in the ground. And, I don’t know if I can go through a fox taking out my girls again when they free range, you can never estimate when one of those monsters will wonder through the farm.

    Your 9 patch is beautiful, I love it!! Good luck baby chicks, grow big!

    Oh almost forgot Hank. Can a puppy get any cuter? Of course I melt when I see any golden, brings back my smart, smart Maude, my absolutely beautiful and most loving Elliott and sweet Duffy we raised for leader dog for the bliind. I’m sure Duf is gone to heaven as well, he went to a blind man in Pennsylvania three years after hubby’s heart transplant so it’s most likely well past his life span, but he was a treasure while I had the good fortune to have him. Give handsome Hank and big kiss for me please!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – goldens are simply great, aren’t they? I had two of them and promised I’d never get another because of their soft silky coat that attracts every cockleburr. I have resisted those sweet chicks at Tractor Supply because of the fox incident myself – as well as the owl. Since both are dead now I’m hoping nobody else has moved in. How did that fox get in the yard? 4’ fence by house yard – otherwise 6’ chain link all the way around. I have hung a wall of fluttering red streamers by the fence to the grove and I’m going to look into other scary things to put out there – so the chickens simply don’t go there. Raising guide dogs is fantastic – I don’t think I could do it but admire anyone who can.

  11. Donna Jo

    Thanks for the farm tour! Baby chicks are so cute but they too grow up so fast. Love your no seeds on your calendar and then there’s seeds!☺️ You just can’t help yourself! Are you going to watch the WNBA draft? I think it’s on Monday.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I’ve had Monday night marked on my calendar for two months – wouldn’t miss it! These chicks are already feathering out – I missed the fluffy stage because I didn’t feel well enough to go pick them up last week,

  12. Kathy in western NY

    What a nice farm family to have visited with yesterday. I imagine those kids have lots of daily chores with all those animals to pitch in with caring for. Sweet kittens. Nothing like the serenity of a kitty in your arms to cuddle with. I don’t see any babies around here for a while and dogs grow fast up so you are lucky to have Hank the puppy to hug today. The quilts are very nice and the comments were special hearing how Patti forged along and Dee went to a quilt show and after seeing Gloria’s house, I can see her drawn to those patterns and colors. A beautiful group of on line friends you have given us here Mary.

  13. Sue in Marion, IN

    Loved all the animal pix, but especially the cats—we’ve always had cats since I was 5 years old. And I do love a good 9-patch—I saved your picture for inspiration —so pretty!

    On the WNBA front, the draft is only a couple more days away and WTHR reported last night that the Indy Fever have given away 10,000, yes, ten thousand! free tickets for fans to go to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to watch the event on the giant tv screens! I believe season tickets for next year are already sold out. So exciting! Alas, I will have no kids living in Indy—son is already in Madison doing his medical residency and our daughter and her husband are moving to Duluth for Abe to work on his master’s in geology at U. of Minnesota. They always went to a couple Pacers games every season but preferred the Fever. Not only more affordable, but the basketball is more exciting. Oh well, to everything there is a season.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – but what if Caitlin doesn’t work out? All those people with season tickets will regret buying them and they’ll be so disappointed, won’t they? But it IS exciting, isn’t it?

      1. Gloria from CC

        Also for your information, Indiana Fever has leased a different, much larger facility for their basketball games in anticipation of sell out crowds. And yes, (ye of little faith) Caitlin will work out and will continue to be the star that she is.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Gloria – haha! I’m a realist and know anything could happen. But I’m so looking forward to the first game. Have you started your quilt yet? Probably waiting for the rest of the fabric?

          1. Gloria from CC

            I knew you’d laugh….. yes I’m waiting for the rest of the fabric. Then I need to decide on a pattern.
            Looking forward to Monday night.

  14. Linda in Michigan

    I had to think about this post for a while before writing a reply-there is something different, yet familiar about it. Wait! It’s like the Mary Etherington we know and love has returned! No angst over the way people park, and no basketball.( I know, I know, many of you are fans.)
    The animals are wonderful and the quilts are beautiful. Thank you, Mary!
    And a thank-you to Alisa for the farm tour.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – haha! I promised I’d stop obsessing about basketball! Now I need to clean the yard – I raked about 20’ yesterday and I’m heading to the chiropractor this morning – WTH? Makes me so mad!

  15. Elaine Kopischke-Trejo

    What a fun farm trip!!! I also love all the farm animals and we don’t have them anymore either. I love your notes on the first of e dry month – even if they don’t work!!😂😂😂😂😂😂❤️. Hug Hank for me!!!!!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Elaine – my notes were written in good faith but when I took the dogs out by the garden and there was nothing to do I hated it. I’m also going to fence in the two acres south of the garden for the dogs to run and I’ll invite my town friends who have dogs to come out to run.

  16. Dee in Ohio

    Your mom is probably up there saying Mary you are at it again–making more work for yourself

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DEE!! How did you remember that? I actually thought about it myself and ignored her. Hahahaha!!!!

  17. Gloria from CC

    Thank you Alisa for the farm tour – everything looks so nice and neat. That takes a lot of work and dedication. Are both your dogs German Shepherds? The one in front is definitely a German Shephard but the one in the back with the black face looks like a Norwegian Elkhound.
    The Winter Snowman pictured above is a Country Threads pattern. I used all homespuns fabric except for the snowman.
    I picked up an elevated self watering “garden” box from Sam’s last week. We’re only interested in cherry tomatoes and cucumbers because we eat a salad for lunch every day. It will be plenty big for these plants. I’m going to place it on the deck outside my kitchen/informal dining room for easy access.
    Friday I went to the Quilter’s Rummage Sale in Mason City. As usual I found many treasures. Great selection and even better prices. I think today between noon and 2:00, everything is half price.
    After Mary showed me the picture of the Caitlin Clark material at lunch last week, I decided I had to have it for my collection. I was able to get 2 yards each of two of the fabrics and ordered 2 yards each of the rest of the line.

  18. Diane in Colorado

    Oh, Mary! I got the biggest chuckle when I read through your calendar and then saw your seeds. I get it!! I have a small raised bed at my new house. I need to amend the soil a bit and then will put in some peppers and tomatoes, maybe a zucchini, but that will be it.

    I can’t wait to see photos of Hank! Yes, I bet he has grown a bunch already! That puppy stage doesn’t last long! Skyler and I will walk around the lake this morning. We walked yesterday afternoon and it was a pretty warm walk for April! We ran across the neatest thing while we were out though–can’t believe we hadn’t seen it before. A woman came up behind me and rang her bell, so we hopped off the paved trail. I turned around and she was on a “trishaw”–a bike with a cart in front that would hold two people (she had her pup with her). She rides for a group called Cycling Without Age and they provide rides along the Poudre River Trail–free for anyone who would like to get out but cannot do it “under their own steam”. Apparently, there are three in the Windsor/Greeley area with another group in Fort Collins and more in Colorado Springs. I was intrigued! The “pilots” are all volunteers who work for the trail associations in the various cities where they are located. Our area isn’t in need of any additional pilots this year, but I may get on the list to do that next year!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – that would be fun, wouldn’t it? Wow, I’ve never heard of such a thing. Now, let me ask a stupid question – I thought Skylar belonged to your son? And I know you’ve shown pictures of Akira with Skylar but I can’t remember where Skylar lives. Oh, yes – we’ll need some tomatoes plants, too – haha!!

      1. Diane in Colorado

        Skyler is mine and lives with me. She is 9 now (hard to believe!! Talk about Hank growing up quickly, where did those 9 years go???). Justin has two Goldens as well–Riley and Ruby–and they live with his family in Colorado Springs. Riley is 8 and Ruby is 3.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane – we’ll, how did I get that all mixed up??? Old probably

  19. Roberta Etherington

    Do you have advice on growing sweet peas? My favorite flowers for the mother memories they bring back, but if the rabbits don’t get them, they just don’t survive. You probably have barnyard fertilizer?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Roberta – sweet peas won’t survive in any heat – they can be planted very early and need something to climb on. I have a gorgeous picture from about 40 years ago when I planted sweet peas down by the barn with a support that was an old chicken roost – if I come across that picture, I’ll send it to you. I don’t fertilize anything around here – must be natural – ha!

  20. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Mary,
    lol, loved your calendar messages. Not judging because I have oodles of seeds!!
    I enjoyed the farm tour as well.
    All quilts beautiful. Want to quilt but the garden is calling! Take care.

  21. Kim from Wi

    Seeing all those chicks, makes me want to go to Tractor Supply and see some. Miss spring on the farm but I don’t want all the chores that go along with it. ha! I have 2 planter boxes that I will fill with flower seeds and that is the extent of my garden this year. Our daughter put in 4 large metal raised beds this spring and we will benefit from her offerings. She also relies on us to water and harvest when she travels so there is some work involved. Its going to be a gorgeous day in Wisconsin, so we will fire up the grill and clean the garage. Need to put some furniture on the patio and make a place for early morning coffee. Give Hank the hunk a hug

  22. Sibyl

    I was surprised to see Alisa, Nathaniel, Madeline and Naomi in your post! They live in a home about 1 mile from where I grew up. My school bus route passed by there and picked up a girl who was in my class.
    Alisa and her kids come into the library in Thornton where I work. They are very good readers! I’ve enjoyed watching them grow up!

  23. Holly in MN

    I got such a kick out of your calendar versus reality when faced with those tempting seed packets! I think you did a great job just getting the ones you did. I am so envious of your chicks! I love chickens but can’t have them where I live now. It will be a joy to watch yours grow.

  24. Susan K in Texas

    Dee – I love the Little Red Hen Quilt Shop in Muscatine. It will be my “local” shop when we’re in Iowa. I’m sad that I missed the quilt show.
    Mary I enjoyed the pictures of your visit to the farm. So many things and animals for the kids to learn to care for. I hope your chicks do well. I know you miss your chickens that the fox and owl got.
    Hubby and I have told each other that with the Iowa house project we don’t need any more plants for the Texas house. I texted one day that I was stopping at the local plant place – he texted back he was in the plant place further away. I got some new succulents because the rats ate mine during the winter. (Mad face!) I’m going to set up one of those 5 gallon bucket rat traps. People say they work well.
    I have two quilts to hand stitch the binding on. One is almost finished but the other is queen size so will take a while. Klaus sleeps under the quilts as I stitch. Sometimes I nap too as who can resist a snug new quilt. I love the scrappy quilts today. And the facing instead of binding was the perfect finish for your quilt.
    Take care everyone!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – I just have to stay out of the plants places! Or it will be the same as my resolve not to buy garden seeds!!

  25. Joy in NW Iowa

    That little farm where you got the chicks reminds me of our son’s acreage. He does raise chicks tho…he buys layer chicks and meat chicks and a few turkeys, plus calves, three pigs, and a couple of goats. They have five children and it takes a lot to keep ahead of them with food 😂.
    Ah, the weather! Friday was perfect here in NW Iowa! No wind! Today we have a breeze and it suppose to get to 80! Not sure my blood is thin enough!
    I’m anxious to see Hank!

  26. Jeanine from SE Iowa

    I loved all the pictures today. I would love having chickens, too, but too many predators here and I don’t want to go through that again.
    Mary, on your faced 9 patch quilt, did you sew it on after it was quilted (looks like that is the case) and then did you sew it down by hand? I didn’t think you could hold a needle to do that.
    It was so nice out this morning, but now the wind has picked up again. Yesterday it was very windy here. We are enjoying the nice weather.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – I can’t hold the needle and it took me forever to do it by hand! The needle came unthreaded dozens of times! Yes, it was sewed on after quilting. Facing absolutely requires hand stitching so I don’t do it often. I’m praying that the owl and the fox didn’t have friends around here!

  27. Launa

    Mary,
    Was awakened by huge clap of thunder n a downpour about 1am! Didn’t last long tho! Am now waiting for TEE Times @ Augusta to start! Weather there is far better than the very dirty wind yesterday!! ! It was 30o up here, but sunny now😎!
    Thanks for all the pictures from your outing for baby chicks n pretty sewn quilts!
    Launa

  28. Lois Ann Johnson

    I participated in something kind of different today–a kitchen shower for our new church!. Our church was star ted back in 2 017 and we built a new church building in Feb. 2023. For a year we struggled serving coffee and funeral lunches with a kitchen that was not well-equipped. Someone suggested a “Kitchen Shower” and that is what we did today. We had a potluck breakfast and then opened the gifts. It was a fun time of fellowship. Bailey and I sat out on the front porch this afternoon. What a beautiful day, in spite of the wind.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lois – what a splendid idea! A kitchen shower for your church! The wind here,is making it impossible to go outside.

  29. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I love Alisa’s farm; thank you for all the photos.
    The quilts are beautiful!
    It was a great Saturday here; the high was 75*, and it is predicted warmer tomorrow. We uncovered our lawn furniture. Thanks, Mary 🥰

  30. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Little Hazel must have sneaked those seed packets in when you weren’t looking! The chicks are so cute. Hope the other nasty critters leave them alone. The scrappy quilts are beautiful and always remind me of my Nana. I am still working on the Bluejays to take to retreat in May.
    Busy, busy here with fun Quilt Guild events😀. Your wind found Central Ohio! It will be 77* today, then next weekend cooler.

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