Cold! 11-27-23

Our high today was 20 – our high! Tonight it’s going down to 5 – and I don’t like it.

After the difficult time I had with the fall patterns I was just trying to stay in control of Christmas. I am NOT pushing these patterns – they’re available if you want them.

Reader photos

Wow – this really is a blog bout nothing tonight!

43 thoughts on “Cold! 11-27-23

  1. Danette

    It’s been unseasonably cold here, too. Such a quick change in the weather@ Is this a pattern that is available?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Danette – not from Country Threads but maybe the reader will post the andwer

    2. Debbie G in SE WI

      It looks like a free pattern that Temecula Quilt Co. offered on their blog. I just looked. From December 2021 called Vintage Christmas. I made it also.

  2. Rita in Iowa

    I agree Mary, it’s cold. With snow on the ground it stays colder. Hopefully we will warm up a little bit. Take those quilts and cover up.

  3. Marcia -SW Ohio

    Thank you for offering your patterns. I will be placing an order.
    I was out this morning to run much needed errands. It was a damp, windy cold. I am just not ready for it but December is just around the corner.
    Trying to finish up quilts for gifts so fireplace evenings are needed.

  4. Carla

    We’re cold with lake effect snow. Luckily I like winter overall. I’ve been sick so I wasn’t keeping up on the two blogs I follow. I’m hoping my mom doesn’t get sick, but I do nearly everything for her sooo…. what are the chances? I literally had to drag myself out of bed to see to her needs. I was so sad to hear about your beloved chickens. I know we have to expect misfortunes like that to occur, but it doesn’t make it easy. I hope you find some degree of peace. Take care.

  5. Marsha in Michigan

    Ah, well, sometimes we all have nothing days. I felt kinda like today was a nothing day. Two runs to the dentist, a brief shopping trip to get a few clothes and some snowpants for our granddaughter who visits us every weekend. We had her here with most of our family for Thanksgiving dinner and she stayed until Sunday night. Got a tree Saturday and she helped Poppop decorate it. That was fun!

  6. Sandy

    Hi Mary, chilly day here in New Zealand, showers, and l have the h3ater on! Summer is supposed to be here! Beautiful quilt, great colours! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  7. Launa Peters

    Mary, My friend….24o n going way down lower single digits tonight here in Idaho! Glad for a wonderful wood stove. Fireplace holds 38” logs, but we haven’t used it since getting the wood stove!
    Just watching the MNF…Bears vs Vikings!
    Would be nice to have fresh snow first week in Dec. when our three youngest CA Great Grands are visiting a few days.
    Got our Cmas cards 99% finished.

  8. Paula Nordt

    I don’t know who would think you’re “pushing” the Christmas patterns. I think you’re being proactive and staying ahead of the demand. Good for you, Mary!

  9. Barbara Firesheets

    Brrr! 🥶 Better throw an extra quilt on the bed tonight!

    Thank you for continuing to make your patterns available for purchase. I appreciate being able to buy them. 😊

  10. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    It was colder here today, too, and very windy. I usually walk every day, but it was too cold and windy so I ran up and down stairs a bunch of times getting Christmas decorations so I did pretty well. Our little sewing group met at the Library today. It was nice and cozy there.
    My LIttle Free LIbrary doesn’t get as much use in cold weather. But, today there were 8 books in a bag on the porch so someone is reading:)
    Take care everyone with snow.

  11. Bonny

    A cold day. Full moon. Anyone else have trouble sleeping on full moons? Had daughter and grandson here over Thanksgiving which meant I had to “straighten up” the sewing room/guest room. It will be weeks….months… before I locate things I ‘put away.”. Seizing the moment, I made a list; 4 projects that are close enough to finish. FOCUS!! I’m not looking for anything else, starting anything else, or resuming anything until these are finished! Glad for leftovers! And the cold gives me the excuse to FOCUS! LOVE THE BLOG!!

    1. Suzanne

      Oh my gosh, this made me laugh, Bonny. We are kindred spirits – at least in how we “straighten up.” My grandson sleeps in my sewing room when they visit; I put so much “away” that I may never find some of it. And if I do, it will be so long from now that I won’t remember what I was doing with it when I “straightened up.” LOL But it sure was good to have grown up kids and their kids in my house, so in the end, I don’t care. I will think of you as I am searching for stuff!

  12. Connie R. In Wis.

    I appreciate you making your patterns available and never thought you were “pushing “ them. It’s so nice of you to offer such a nice selection and go through all the work of organizing and sending them out. Thank you.
    Cold here too. Already in the single digits and only teens expected tomorrow. It is winter and the end of November.

  13. Deb in Idaho

    Cold here in Idaho too, guess winter is here. Did a little Christmas decorating and some shopping. Have been knitting so no sewing. Maybe this weekend I’ll play with the sewing machine. Stay warm.

  14. Linda Hancock

    Yikes! That is cold enough, huh? We are having a third night of frost and that is cold enough for me.
    Yes, it is a short blog, but you know what, sometimes it’s nice to have a pause in the activity, yes? —-Especially when it’s so cold! 🙂 Hubs asked me over dinner what special thing I would like to do for Christmas. I thought to myself, “Take a nap,” But I didn’t say that out loud. 🙂 After a day of fighting malfunctioning computer/internet connection, I am about ready to trash it and go to bed. I don’t do well with the techie stuff. I’m too old for all that. OK I’m rambling. See? I need a pause. Bless you, Mary. Stay inside and keep warm.

  15. Lindah in northern CA

    Yikes! That is cold enough, huh? We are having a third night of frost and that is cold enough for me.
    Yes, it is a short blog, but you know what, sometimes it’s nice to have a pause in the activity, yes? —-Especially when it’s so cold! 🙂 Hubs asked me over dinner what special thing I would like to do for Christmas. I thought to myself, “Take a nap,” But I didn’t say that out loud. 🙂 After a day of fighting malfunctioning computer/internet connection, I am about ready to trash it and go to bed. I don’t do well with the techie stuff. I’m too old for all that. OK I’m rambling. See? I need a pause. Bless you, Mary. Stay inside and keep warm.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lindah – you mean I’m not the only one who gets upset with computer/internet connection techie stuff???? Welcome to the club!

  16. Lisa B

    At the end of my work day I enjoy taking a break and reading about your day. There is a 4 hour time difference between us and my life in SE AK is vastly different. I am amazed at how much you and Jo Kramer get done in a day! It must be something in the Ohio water or air! Ha!

  17. Susan R.

    Love the quilt picture! It’s cold & windy in PA today…hoping for a little snow this winter⛄️

  18. Lynette in Orlando

    Stay warm!!! To this Florida girl, that is REALLY cold!!!! It gets to 50 here and I start whining!!!! Hot toddy and snuggle weather!

  19. Beth Laverty

    I have lived in the north… (Maine and Michigan), in Pennsylvania.. sort of North, and in the South… Florida, Virginia and Calif. AND in Puerto Rico for a Navy tour. I prefer the north most of the time…… 25 below in Maine a couple of times was a bit much…. but day after day of 90 degrees gets old… I hated having to live in air conditioning. I can remember craving cooler temps when we lived in the south…… As I used to tell my southern friends…… when it is HOT there is only so much clothing you can take off…. but if it is cold add another layer… LOL

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Beth, this is very well said from someone who’s been around the country experiencing the many varies of temperatures. I start hearing the whining now from friends wishing they were in warmer temps in FL and I say go, but once there they complain how much traffic they have to drive in daily so they stay in more. I do like hearing how everyone is doing around our globe of readers on Mary’s blog and coping with weather changes gives us another common ground.

      1. Beth Laverty

        Mary, Jeff is doing as well as we can expect I suppose. He had some balance issues so is now confined to a wheel chair. His last MRI showed no bad signs. We are thankful. And under the circumstances he is fairly upbeat. But he will, unfortunately, never be much better. And the nursing home will no doubt be his permanent home.

  20. Suzanne

    Twenty degrees here this morning in west Michigan, Mary. Lots of fresh snow on the ground. It’s a perfect day for a mug of cocoa and writing Christmas cards.
    I enjoy seeing all the old patterns as you share them. Never once thought you were pushing anything! Keep ’em coming; they are inspiring. Stay warm today.

  21. Bridget

    how cold is it here? the kids at the bus stop have on hats and they like to wear shorts all winter! lol It is expected to warm up later this week so we only have cold rain…very cold rain 🙁 Love the patterns and you have to show them a few times so I get up from the computer and get my SASE and $ ready to send! I have all the patterns shown except the Santa but as I have the side facing Santa I am not sure I need another one. Will mull that over till the last minute. There was nothing like working from home to sharpen up my tech skills, wow, showing my kids a few things. So sorry about the chickens. My SIL was shocked that I have a cat that lives in the house…she can’t imagine having an animal in the house and secretly I pray she never gets an animal. Don’t tell her I said that. (grin)

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bridget – your SIL would be appalled to know I live with 8 cats, 3 dogs and a parakeet and I, too, hope she never tries a pet in her house. It won’t be a happy life for that animal.

      1. Dot in NC

        Didn’t know you had a parakeet! And, I’m trying to tally up the cats: 3 JBs, FluffyB, Gracie, Greta, and two I don’t know. Hope all your animals are staying warm. It’s chilly here in NC, too, and will freeze tonight, even though I’m very near the ocean. My one cat is curled up tighter than usual.

  22. Teresa in Indiana

    Hi Mary, it’s always good to read your blog about nothing. It doesn’t matter if it’s short and brief or long. It’s all good! We started pulling out the holiday decorations. I really need to downsize the amount we put out. I’m getting my SASE ready to send your way today. I’m ready to make a pot of soup and stay in out of the cold. Have a great day. Stay warm!

  23. Kathy in western NY

    Mary, no snow here yet, but expected later and the wind yesterday was mighty cold to be out in. I am afraid Buffalo got alot but we missed it. Then a warm up this weekend and next week. Sun is shining this morning so after women’s Bible study, I will attempt to go to the store for some Christmas shopping. Our church mission this next couple weeks is filling 15 stockings for a local veterans home and 12 stockings for moms at a homeless shelter.
    I really am so glad you offer your patterns for us to buy as they are hard to find being from the past. It’s so inspiring to see them sewn into different colors versus what’s shown cause we all like different shades to put together. You’ve done a good job Mary remaking some in other colors that you’ve shown us. Like I see Uncle Santa in one photo yesterday doesn’t have the small log cabin blocks but squares so I might switch mine out since it’s still in the UFO Steve now that I’ve seen that choice.

  24. Janet S

    It seems like the cold is all over the place for now. Later this week we will be in the 40’s in Minnesota so that will be nice. As a Viking fan, I watched the game with the Bears last night – it was awful. We turned over the ball something like 5 times. No wonder we lost(and deserved it).
    My tech guy lives next door and he owes us favors so I am the luckiest person on this blog. He just had to help me set up our new tv – no problem. He has to keep our passwords on his phone so he is always ready for another call. LOVE IT. Everything here is quiet too but I like it that way. Stay warm everyone.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – I watched the game, too, and was disappointed at best. So how did you get so lucky to have a tech guy next door? I have Richard for some things but certainly not next door. I have so many questions that I want to ask but he’s in college and I hate to bother him unless it’s an absolute emergency.

  25. Paula S.

    Mary, I like the cold as long as I don’t have to go out in it! We got to 35 yesterday which melted the 9 inches of snow we got over the weekend off the streets and sidewalks. Tonight we had a Christmas program to go to and it was 22 by the time we got home. Wouldn’t miss it for anything though. Our granddaughter was singing in it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Paula – our wind chill this morning is minus double digits! I was not expecting that!

  26. Diana in Des Moines

    I’m not a fan of the cold, but I’m sure it’s worse for you as you have to feed the menagerie!
    A little warmer in Des Moines, it’s a whopping 10 degree!!
    temporary healing lense taken out of my eye yesterday – no more pain, but now totally fuzzy. No sewing yet. sigh…
    I love that reader quilt! On my to do list someday.
    We smashed our pumpkins over the weekend for the deer and other wildlife in my neighborhood. The squirrels are having a feast!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – I hauled many pumpkins to the grove for the squirrels to chew on. I just heard on tv that we are minus double digits this morning. Oh my gosh!!!

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