Dirty Dozen, 10-2-23

Your Dirty Dozen number for October is 11 – eleven.

I chose the color RED on purpose so you could make something in plenty of time for Christmas.

I am too mentally worn out, disappointed, disgusted and discouraged to write a blog post right now. I’ll get over it – I have lots to tell you but I need a day off.

65 thoughts on “Dirty Dozen, 10-2-23

  1. Chris

    Oh, dear, Mary! I hope you kick those Monday blues pretty fast and get back to the fun.

  2. Diane in Colorado

    I hope you spend the day in ways that will fill you up—find joy in your animals, in sewing, in sitting in that lovely porch of yours! Sending you hugs!

  3. Diane, Sqyeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    You deserve a day off, Mary. You work very hard. Take Little Red out for a spin, buy some ice cream, and/ or beer and treat yourself to a day off😍😍

  4. Teresa in Indiana

    I agree with Diane. Take “you” time to enjoy what surrounds you. Hugs sweetie!

  5. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Hey Miss Mary! Sometimes we all go through it and need a good break. Hopefully you can get some good downtime and rest! Sending peaceful thoughts,vibes and hugs your way friend, love you gobs 🥰, Penny and Lucy say hi 👋.

  6. Kathy in western NY

    I agree with the “law firm of Squeek and Buddy” in Ohio. You work so hard on this blog and around the farm to keep us updated on ordinary lives. Get a change of scenery today and put to rest those thoughts that nag you and remember how much good you bring to us who respect you. So how long would it take you to drive here and then we could shuffle off to Buffalo and help Carol and her husband get those kitties!!!!!

  7. Ann in Virginia

    We understand—cool your heels! My Grandma used to say that when I was mad!!!
    We love you!

  8. Joy in NW Iowa

    So sorry to hear you are having a ‘terrible awful horrible bad day’! Sometimes there are just those days!
    Jay and I are celebrating our 53rd Anniversary today! I’m not sure where all those years went, but they sure went fast! We have been blessed with a good life together!
    The weather here is warm to really warm! Yesterday set a record in Sioux Falls of 94 degrees! The day we got married was similar to todays forecast of warm and windy!
    Our soybeans are out! Yay! Not sure what is happening today. Checking moisture in the corn I’m sure.
    Have a good day! Mary, hope your day improves and I am anxious to hear about it!

  9. Sue McLeod

    I love John Denver’s song “Some Days are diamonds some days are stone”
    As my oncologist says take a deep breath and ” keep on keeping on.”
    Thinking and praying for you.

  10. Holly in Two Harbors

    I have those days, too, and they’re the pits. I’m sorry that’s where your head is at. I hope you’re feeling sunny soon!

  11. Moe in NE Illinois

    Do something for yourself today Mary, even something as simple as reading a book when you know you should be doing a chore. Snuggle with the pups and kitties. Thinking of you.

    I’m having my carpets cleaned today, had to empty the living room after I’d only just finished decorating for Halloween, oh well, I’m retired so looking forward to re-decorating again.
    Tomorrow I get a new front storm door installed, then the porch can get decorated for Halloween.
    The next day, my landscapers will mow for the last time this year, then I can put out more decorations onto the lawn. On Saturday, I’m driving 2 hours to a quilt show to see my friend Marge as the Featured Artist…Marge is 92 years old and is a remarkable prolific quilter, we had just been at a retreat together too. We all want to be like Marge. Busy but fun weekend…hoping to sew next week!

  12. ChristieB

    Thinking of you! Hope your day turns around, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps 118:24) HUGS… and stitches

  13. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

    Sending a hug your way. Hope you are feeling better soon. Do an activity that lifts your spirits. We will miss the blog while you are recharging your battery, but we understand.

    When my ToDo list is very long, I tend to get depressed. I guess that is the reason I have a simple life. Prayer helps me, too.

  14. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary – sorry to hear you’re having a rough day. I hope things are looking up for you soon!!

  15. Rita in Iowa

    Mary sorry you are Feeling Blue, put your shoes on and get out of the house. Go thrifting and stop at a quilt shop to just touch the fabric. Everything else can wait and we will all still be here, waiting to hear about nothing.
    Been spending the last four days cleaning up a fence line. It’s about 60 x12 feet long. Lots of witch hazel to dig and honeysuckle. Then I have to be careful of all the poison ivy. I dig it very gingerly and cover myself with layers of clothing so it doesn’t touch my skin. Making progress as I have about 20 feet to go. Want to have it finished this week before I have cataract surgery next Tuesday.
    No sewing being done but there will be time for that later.
    Sending you happy thoughts Mary.

  16. Kathy

    I hope your day improves. Maybe this is a good day to take your little red out for a spin. The sun is shining here, I hope you have it too!

  17. Beryl in Owatonna

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but 9n every situation, but prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7 My brother reminds of this often when I get frustrated
    You need a day off every week, we love your News about Nothing….BUT… I’ll bet all of the rest of us take a day. Relax. we still care. HUGS

  18. Marsha in Michigan

    Mary, I’m sorry to hear that you’re feeling down & discouraged today. I’m having that kind of day, too. (Misery loves company. I hope I can get my mojo back soon, and that something will brighten your day, too!

  19. Peggy S

    Hi Mary!! The full moon was Friday night!! Causes all kinds of stress ‘n such for 5 days coming in & 5 more days going out!! Got a couple more to go!!! Plus, cooler weather on the way!!
    Hang in there girl!! This too shall pass!! 😉🙏🏻
    Peggy S

  20. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, sending lots of Hugs your way and hopes for a stress free day for you!
    Thanks for the new DD info!

  21. Wendy P

    Hope you have a relaxing day off. Thanks for all that you do with the blog. I enjoy reading of the happenings around the farm, quilt inspiration and the ufo nudging.

  22. Vickie

    Cheer up, Miss Mary. Things always look better the day after they happen. God bless you.

  23. Jean

    I HATE these kind of days. Just gut through it and like Scarlett says…tomorrow is another day.

  24. Kris in WI

    Sending prayers for peace and comfort. Take whatever time you need to refresh yourself and then deal with the challenges that have come your way. Take three deep breaths…and a little ice cream or a beer on the porch wouldn’t hurt either! Kris

  25. Pat Smith

    I’m with JoAnne and Kris, put your feet up and have a beer. I hate down days but know things will always get better. Hope they do for you too and soon.

  26. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Oh Mary, that sounds awful! So sorry to hear that that is how you feel at the moment. I hope you will be feeling satisfied, delighted and encouraged very soon! Take care of yourself! ❤️

  27. brendalynne1

    not knowing your issue so a generic prayer for Him to comfort and guide you through your challenge.

  28. Sandy

    Hi Mary, those days are tough l know!pamper yourself, spend time with your pets, just relax, have a cry if you need, and remember we all love you and are grateful for want you do,thank you from yhe bottom of my heart Mary. Take care everyone, send prayers to Mary,best wishes from Sandy

  29. Jeanine from Iowa

    Everyone needs a day off once in awhile. You deserve it. We will look forward to seeing your next blog entry. Nice weather to be outside, although a little warm here in southeast Iowa this afternoon — 88*.
    Be still.

  30. patricia farrell

    FYI you do a great job with your blogs
    All the work you do on your upkeep of the barn / house and everything you are do a day off. Thank you

  31. Debby Krzyston

    Mary…It’s one day at a time.
    Sending you love with hugs,
    Debby🐝 Wisconsin

  32. Sunflower from Michigan

    Hope you’re back to yourself tomorrow!
    Just wanted to send Mrs. Goodneedle a note saying I hope her wrist is better and I’m sorry to hear about her fall. Sunflower from Michigan

  33. Lois A Sturdivant

    Don’t give up!
    I read your blog every day. But I do miss the old format.

  34. Beverly in O-H-I-O

    Been feeling like that for awhile now. I have these days every year when Fall comes and the hummingbirds leave, it makes me so sad. But tomorrow is another day and maybe a better m, brighter day ! Just take time for you and don’t feel you need to explain. We’ve all been there. Hoping you feel better !

  35. Helen Jane (Tx)

    Hi Mary…it is evening by now. I do hope your day has passed by in a better way. I realized I have been unsubscribed. Wonder how that happens and if it happened to anyone else. Thank You again for your blog…

  36. Kathryn Schwartz in SW MN

    Just carry on and do what you want. It is your decision. Today I took one of my 1987 Wheaties boxes (sealed and empty) to the antique store in town. We hope the Twins do well this week. Of course, while in the store I saw a small (old) cupboard with two glass doors and two small doors; painted dark green. It can hang on the wall or sit on a piece of furniture. I’m very sure I will find several things to put in it. It was $18 well spent. You would like it. We are taking out beans and so is my neighbor just across the highway. His combine sounds like it is shaking apart. I hope not!! This is a bad time for combine problems. Tak care!!!!!!

  37. Donna J in Wichita

    Mary days like that suck. I’m hoping tomorrow will be better and that you can at least get a good sleep to deal with it then.
    May God send your angel to minister to you, give you peace and stillness, then strength for the next road.
    Take care dear friend.

  38. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    I started to write this last night but realized it was after midnight. So sorry you were having a rough day. You work very hard and give so much of yourself to others. I hope you feel better today; sometimes it takes more than one day off. I recommend beer and pizza.
    Love You, Mary 🥰

  39. Arlene

    I’ve been out of touch with much lately…I don’t know if something terrible happened to you Mary but hope your spirit is well and recovering…take time out for yourself and not to worry about everything else. We’re stuck here at home with covid (again). I was getting ready to get the new vaccine and boom! This is worse than the covid we had in 1/22. I have so much I want to do in the gardens and get ready for fall etc. I’m telling myself, as I tell you, it will all wait for us! God bless you Mary…

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