Concord, 12-20-23

We played at Concord today and I’m having trouble posting a video so I’m going to post reader photos and go back to working on it. I know I just posted Hazel and me but I can never remember how I did it – it was probably an accident.

Guess who’s back!
This fabric from Rose is calling to me!

I’m exhausted tonight so I’ll work on the Christmas video later. Thanks for all your support in the way of comments.

43 thoughts on “Concord, 12-20-23

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – I am determined to write it down next time I figure it out but I just start clicking and don’t ever know which part worked!

  1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    If I don’t do something often then I forget how 🤭! Enjoyed the pictures, who is the kitty? Hugs 🤗

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – I showed this guy hiding in my barn a couple weeks ago and then he disappeared and voila! He’s back tonight. Looks very healthy – big, strong, clean, not neutered so I’m guessing he’s traveling. He was very hungry!

  2. Martha W in WY

    Don’t lose sleep over it Mary. Verizon keeps “updating” the phones and to me they are just messing it up. I think I got something figured out on it and then it’s all changed (sometimes not for the better.). Wonderful photos again.

  3. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m a lot like you, only I’m afraid to hit too many buttons. My geek is gone, so I have to either forget trying to be techy or be very brave.
    Love the pictures tonight. I have a few Christmas quilts I need to put out.
    The weatherman just forecasted a possibility of snow here Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    That would be nice.

  4. Lynn

    Makes me feel better that I am not the only one not remembering how to do things on my phone and computer. Thanks.
    All great photos. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Arrowhead Grammma

    So look forward to your posts and photos each night. Though you are one busy gal, you always find time to stay in touch with all of us. ❤️🎄🎄❤️

  6. Beth Laverty

    I have enjoyed seeing all the Christmas trees. Also all the quilts of course. One of my first new years resolutions if to “FINISH” the two quilts I have waiting. One just needs the binding. The other I have to make a few more squares then carry on from there.

    Wishing everyone a happy holiday season…….. Our little tree is up and the presents are waiting. We are going to a Christmas party tonight at my son’s nursing home and will be going up to see him on Christmas Day loaded with gifts.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beth – please greet your son from all of us and wish him Merry Christmas! I have several finishes to tend to as well.

  7. Connie in Bryan, Ohio

    To Maureen in Batavia, Ohio…
    I love your paper-pieced Christmas tree quilt and would love to know the name of the pattern. Thanks!

  8. Marcia-SW Ohio

    Thanks for your blog and pictures. I look forward to reading it. Merry Christmas.🎄

  9. Bridget

    I always consider it a win when I can show my teenagers how to make their computers do a trick. I have learned a LOT now that I live at work…and my favorite coworker has four paws!

  10. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Years ago, our tech person at work told us teens and younger are not afraid of technology messing up so they just keep hitting buttons, but “old” people ( like me) are too afraid! This is another great blog with so many neat photos. Thank you. That tuxedo kitty is beautiful! 🐈‍⬛ Cats do travel pretty far. All here for Christmas tiday so I better get moving!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I know it must be very stressful to have a house full of people but I think it sounds pretty fun, too.

      1. Diane, Squeak, And Buddy

        We had a lot of fun. They all have to stoop way down to give me a hug. The “baby” is almost 20 and 6’5″. He pats me on the head when he comes in–too funny.

  11. Carolyn in GA

    Great photo show and even better comments. Best wishes to all for Christmas and the coming New Year. Hope our world will be in a better place by the next New Year. The kitty cat is one cool cat.

  12. Kathy in Western NY

    HO HO HO Mary, you are in good company of those who are computer & cell phone illiterate so we stick together faltering through our finger tapping. This is why I don’t upgrade to a newer model sewing machine. I’d be at the store weekly having them show me just how to thread it. I give friends credit who are buying the fancy embroidery machines making beautiful pieces purchasing threads galore but I would be so slow just threading it.
    Love the kittys face who’s requesting a warm barn nap at your place.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – my new very complicated Bernina sits in a corner and I use an old 1230 that I understand. What a mistake to spend $5000(?)on a machine that sits in a corner!

      1. Barbara Moore

        Give me a 1230 any day – I have owned 4, and purchased one for our daughter, and another for sister-in-law and then taught them how to use it. Would rather have my 1230’s than any other machine😉 – Barb in Tucson

        1. Kathy

          I agree Barbara and Mary the Bernina 1230’s are dependable. I have the 1630 and barely use any of the fancy features except buttonhole stitch. I should have just agreed 25 years ago to the 1230 but thought at the time I would do more with it. Well that never happened.

        2. Mary Etherington Post author

          Barb – me, too! I have three, a Juki and a Bernina 740 – I only use the 1230

          1. Diane, Squeak, & Buddy in Central Ohio

            I have a 1530 Bernina I bought in 1998, a Featherweight that I bought from a friend that was owned by a school teacher before her, a machine that is supposed to be British that I bought at a yard sale for $20.00, and my 750 Bernina. I love them all for different reasons. Our granddaughter used the British one and “drove” it fast when she made her quilt. It was a riot, but she made very straight seams:)
            Mary, I always made sure to praise the pianist at our church or the HS when we had concerts. They are the heart of the performance.
            We just had the whole gang here b/c our grandsons have to go to MN with their mother for Christmas. It is always sad not to have them here, but we had fun today with what I call the “giant” children b/c all 4 (2 girls, 2 boys) are wayyyy taller than I am:) Fun kids.

  13. Pat Smith

    In any production there is a huge amount of pressure on the piano player. You are only one person, but so much falls on you to get it right. I used to be the accompanist for my daughter’s chorus in school. While I enjoyed it, I was always so glad for it to be over in the end. I’m sure that’s what you are feeling right now and I sure understand. Still, I’d love to hear the cantata done in your church. Our special Messiah Sing In had to be cancelled on Monday night because of a terrible storm that made our rivers get bank full and our roads overflowed. I really missed this wonderful event where the whole community of Stowe, Vermont comes together at the community church to sing the Messiah. It’s done with all local people singing the solos, make up the orchestra, and the towns people are the chorus. We arrive with our score and sit with our voices, in my case the altos. I really missed it as it is a great holiday tradition here.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – will the Messiah be rescheduled? Oh, I hope so. What a shame if you’ve practiced and worked so hard to have it cancelled! We hear about the rain on the news and being in a drought we only wish we could have a few inches. Re the accompanist – you are so right but I’m not too sure many others understand. If I were the one to mess up the entire choir would be lost. BUT – my name is usually last on the credits list and the piano is never shown in the video, as if it doesn’t exist. I will say we didn’t have our best year but need more people. Maybe next year or maybe not? I think I need a break

  14. Fran

    Loved all the photos. I especially like the tree quilt.

    Not sure on the kitty. Cute little face. Our feral cats here are hiding or hanging out some place else. And it has been so warm I am surprised. Gone from 6 to fighting on the street at dusk to 1 or 2 passing through the yards,

    My day is very busy as my Christmas starts today thru tomorrow as to family. One of my daughters is coming from Arkansas but they are headed to NE Iowa to be with their kids. So let the fun begin after I make bread and get dinner started.

    Fran

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – I hope your cats haven’t fought to the death or serious injury. That’s always my fear when I have feral to cats hanging around.

  15. Jill Klop

    Came to click ads and say hi! I think my Christmas exhaustion hit last night! I’d had the most beautiful time at our church. Our music director played piano and we had a guest cellist. It was all about the music and just a beautiful service. Came home to deal with a naughty dog. I was so frustrated that I went to bed early and forgot to put the coffee basket in the coffee maker. My husband woke up to a big mess!

  16. Sheryl K Harrison

    I read several readers’ comments suggesting a music cd. I would buy one!

    I visited mom (Norma Becker) yesterday and read the cards she received since my last visit. Many readers who sent cards earlier sent Christmas cards. This has been the biggest blessing. The business manager told me several times the joy it brings her to take mom a stack of cards and see mom’s delight, so your thoughtfulness is touching staff too. Thank you! The little things we do truly are big things to others.

  17. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Love the photos today! Mary D, that Minnesota quilt is beautiful! And the stack of animals with Christmas decorations is cute! I like that pretty cat.
    Sheryl, I’m so glad your mom got lots of cards!
    I’m going out to finish my shopping today. Hope I can be quick! Take care everyone.

  18. Brenda in Georgia

    I, too, love that beautiful cat. I would love to be able to see what he is up to in his travels. So nice of you to feed him and offer him a warm place to stay for a while. My son feeds the feral cats in his apartment complex. Of course some of the people don’t like it, so he continues early in the morning and late at night. They have been able to rescue a few and have them neutered and returned to their habitat. I think it is a wonderful thing to do!
    I can empathize with the technology problems. I am clueless without help.
    I so admire your musical endeavors and your dedication to your church services. Most of us who have no talent but love musical performances really have no idea what hard work is involved. Every performance should totally recognize the dedication involved, including the piano! I can only imagine the loss that would be felt when a performer, such as you, could no longer continue with their heartfelt and loving joyous gifts! I wish I could be able to attend all your programs and give you bouquets of thanks every time.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – oh my! That’s so sweet! But I’ve been playing for church for 65 years and it won’t change in my lifetime. I’m still going to try a piano solo and something with Hazel. I’d like to try the antique pump organ, too.

  19. Sandy

    Hi Mary, the Grey and white stray cat looks well fed, it would be good if you could catch him and get him neutered, something that should have been done when he was a kitten!
    I have 2 830 Bernina machines, computer ones scare me, l am still getting used to the new overlocker, have used one for 60 years, but not in the last 10 years, fortunately my daughter in law is a marvel at rethreading for me! They are off to Taiwan for a month in January. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  20. Betty Klosterman

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to put a camera on the feral cat to see where he goes?

    People who don’t do musical solosand presentations have NO idea what goes into getting the job done. The hours and hours of practice, etc.
    I’ve got my miniature trees on the little table, but not getting a good picture.

    As for sewing machines — I have 2. One is a Janome 3500 which is 20 years old. I love it and it continues to do everything I want. It isn’t complicated and I don’t have to read the directions to do what I want. I was asking about leaving it in the car when we have cold weather because I don’t want to ruin it. The salesman told me what to do and not to do. Then he quietly said “I wish we could get lots more like it.” Guess there are more people just like to sew – not the fancy stitches and embroidery. I still have my old Riccar 3500, but I’ve wore out 3 pedals and now it only sews FAST. I use it for zig-zagging the raw edges of fabric and sewing covers together for dog beds that will be filled with scraps to take to the animal shelter.

    Now, my question for you, Mary. You were exhausted last night. Did you sleep?

    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I slept pretty good actually but I’m always awake very early and would like to get up but then I’d need a nap by 10 am! Haha!!! I’d love to put a camera on this guy and I’d love to get him fixed but he’s too wild yet.

  21. Betty Klosterman

    I’m in the age group trying to do stuff on the computer. My big problem is deleting old messages, the whole group at one time. I used to know how, but that has changed. Right now there are over 3500 messages to delete and I’m going to have to call the expert. I hate this when it happens. I feel like such an idiot.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Diane, Squeak, &Buddy in Central Ohio

      I”m with you, Betty. I used to be able to delete a whole row and now it is one at a time. I have Windstream and I think they changed it somehow. Every time I unsubscribe from something, another unwanted one shows up, too. Ugh. Today ai am an Old crabby lady!!
      I love it when you respond to Mary’s Blog:)

  22. Pat in AZ

    I have a husband who is fascinated with technology but clueless so I am his tech support. The blind leading the blind! Our newest venture is a robotic vacuum. I’m too old for this crap. Lol

  23. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Wow, the quilt/project photos are wonderful. Thanks for posting, Mary.
    The black and white stray is beautiful.

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