Drizzly Thursday, 3-15-24

Just a bit of drizzle and I can already see green in the grass and irises coming up. I forgot to say that Moe went home yesterday.

She’s the sweetest girl and I’d keep her in a minute! Both she and Keeper rested most of today.

I tried to find out details about Patriots For Pets closing and due to many legalities, I couldn’t. Any information passed on could affect the outcome of the case so I have nothing to tell you. A huge adoption event will be held this Saturday and Sunday with applications taken on the spot. There are no small dogs left to adopt but if you’re possibly looking for a larger dog I’d encourage you to attend. Please go to Patriots For Pets Facebook page to see available dogs. Those that don’t get adopted will be sent to another no kill rescue. I wish I could tell you more.

Reader photos – quilts and dogs!

Bone Appetit found at an estate sale

This is Finn in my van after I’ve picked him up and we’re heading to the farm. He simply can’t wait to get there – he cries and whines the whole way – all 4 miles!

I’m working on those squared up grandmothers flower garden blocks – almost too wild for words.

Diane recommended The Unforgotten series on Prime and I’m already on Episode 6 – it’s very good but sometimes the actors speak too fast with an English accent and I can’t understand it.

I watched too late – it’s time for bed!

38 thoughts on “Drizzly Thursday, 3-15-24

  1. Arrowhead Gramma

    I watched Unforgotten and enjoyed it. I use the Closed Caption feature on the television and it is great when watching the British programs. 😉

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Arrowhead Gramma – I think I’d better do that, too, but it will interfere with my sewing – haha!!!

  2. Rhoda Ebersole

    Try turning on the subtitles even though it is in English. It is a big help for me but I do watch many K dramas.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – I sew while I “watch”, looking up to see what’s happening. The only tv I’ve ever just sat and watched by staring at the screen is a basketball game. I do realize how stupid that sounds but I’m being honest here. This is why I love mindless piecing – I can still “watch” tv at the same time. I don’t have time to read closed captioning.

  3. Martha W in WY

    Susan’s moose quilt is so striking because the silhouettes are all different (I think). That’s a cute photo of Finn in the van. I bet when you arrive he just leaps from the van.

    1. Susan K in Texas

      Martha W there are actually just 3 silhouettes but putting them on different backgrounds makes them look different. And flipping some of them the other way around.
      I’m glad you like it.

  4. Lollie

    I use the closed captioning when actors are hard to understand. Sometimes it helps.
    Looking at your Grandmother’s Flower Garden Blocks makes me want to suggest a blue sashing as close to the centers of the blocks color. Seems that it would accentuate all the wonderful prints. I know you did not ask and we all know the value of free advice. Lollie

  5. Sandy

    Hi Mary, Unforgottenwas a great series. NICOLA walker is a favorite actor, Last tango in Halifax is another great show with her in it, but Americans will need subtitles! Watching Breeders at present with Martin Freeman, my kind of tv! More wonderful quilts and dogs tonight!Just started to rain, so Bella wasn’t so happy to go to the toilet!
    Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – I made note of Halifax – but Breeders? What is that about??

  6. Cheryl

    I love what your doing with the grandmother flower boxes! I love scrappy quilts. Authentic old time use it up, make it do or do without! I would be tempted to put some muslin sashing to highlight the blocks and make it even more old fashioned!

  7. Linda in MI

    Sorry to hear about the rescue closing and shame on the woman who is responsible. I don’t understand how she can sue the rescue for the dog bite, but some people will do shocking things. If I had any control I would make sure she never has any other pets. I am planning on going to our county animal control – which is no kill. They showed a little skinny mom dog on the news yesterday that they found under a house with a bunch of little puppies and the shelter is asking for help to keep the puppies and mom. I know the director of the center so I’m hoping to get to see the babies. Thank goodness they are too young to bring home! But I need to help this little family get a better start at life. If I do get to see them I’ll send you pictures.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – oh, please do! I fostered a skinny mama dog several years ago (from Patriots) who had nine puppies! Every kid I knew came and played with those puppies and I got to be there at Patriots on their “gotcha” day. I got to see those families take their puppy in their arms and be thrilled. I took pictures of every puppy and their new families. The mom also got adopted the same day!! Those puppies were here for several weeks and I’ve never worked so hard – mostly cleaning up after them. Haha!! It was in early October so we spent lots of time outside – corners of my fencing are still blocked because when I let them out they ran in 9 different directions – it would have been funny but it wasn’t!!!! Wish I were in your area – I’d do it again.

  8. Diane, Squeak,& Buddy in Central Ohio

    I am so sorry about Patriots for Pets. They were doing good work! We use closed captioning, too, but I agree about having to look up from handwork! We had WILD weather last night; it was very windy with lots of rain and thunder. Buddy hid in the basement until breakfast. I picked up a quilt from the quilter yesterday. Show & Tell after I bind it. I love our Show and Tell of quilts, Mary.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I saw you were getting that storm – all we got was a few drops of rain, rain that we need so badly! Poor Buddy. I, too, love our quilt show.

  9. Marie C

    Great pictures today. I love your grandmother’s flower garden quilt. Beautiful.

  10. Donna Jo

    I looked on Facebook for Patriots for Pets. Read the story and saw the bite. You can’t get blood from a turnip. There’s no way the shelter can pay that judgment. Most shelters barely get by! I hope they get all the dogs adopted and this woman is happy knowing she closed down a wonderful organization. Your flower blocks are looking good! It looks like it’s going to be a big quilt! However it turns out, it’s better than the blocks stuffed in the closet somewhere. Love the moose quilt and Bon Appetite quilt.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I’m glad you saw the bite because I just didn’t feel I should post it. I don’t want to complicate things further. But I have fostered for quite awhile and would never consider cornering a terrified dog!

  11. Sue in PA

    We watch a lot of British tv but always use closed captions so we don’t lose the dialogue. Can you do that with your tv? It really helps!

  12. DebMac

    Such a sad story about the Patriots for Pets group. Seems like people do what they can to STOP people from helping out others for fear of lawsuits. I remember a lawsuit from back in the 70’s where a speeding (driving too fast for conditions) motorist sued a farmer who was pulling a driver from a ditch on a snowy road and the driver ran into the tractor. Farmer was cleared but it sure put a stop to farmers helping out people with similar issues in our area. Seems to me if you are a rescue volunteer, the possibility of being bitten would be understood. An operate at your own risk situation.
    I also think sashing would work well with your flower quilt. My first thought was a black, then a pink so audition would be in order.
    I totally agree about the subtitles.

  13. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    Mary, I was a bit shocked when you trimmed the Grandmother’s Flower Garden hexagons into square blocks, but that certainly makes them easier to deal with. I’d have quailed at presuming to do so, but I learned something: don’t be afraid to change a block’s shape. Unsolicited: sashing would really set off the blocks, making them stand out. It’s hard arranging scrap blocks so they are well-balanced – is such am ambition ever achievable – but I do think sashing helps. FWIW

    DH and I both appreciate captioning with British series and movies. Sometimes I need it with American ones! : \ But it does mean that I have to set aside my knitting. A friend once said she remembered the words to a movie she and her DH were watching because the previous time they watched it, she was knitting, and now she could see what happened! 😀

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – sometimes I like busy but it’s too late to take these apart. I should have used sashing but the blocks are so fragile and flimsy I can’t even quilt this. The needle would tear it apart. And I would.never attempt to put them together in the traditional way – my life is almost over and I’d still be trying to do this when I died! I will get it into one piece, fold it and hang it over a door in the front room. I won’t even bother backing it. Wait till you see what I’m doing with the edges I trimmed off! So fun!!

      1. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

        Oh, that’s so disappointing that the blocks are so fragile. I hadn’t realized that. If the trimmings are working otherwise, all is not lost! : )

  14. Joy in NW Iowa

    Hello Mary! And everyone! We didn’t even get a classified drizzle! Just sprinkles, didn’t even settle the dust! Wha wha.
    Anyway enough of that. Yesterday I had a fabulous day. My only daughter had a day off after conferences and we had the day together! We went to my favorite quilt shop, Always Your Design, to pickup the quilt I made for her plus another. The gals at the shop are so much fun and always friendly and happy! Then we went out for lunch and ran an errand and on home, yackity yak! It made this momma happy.
    Keeper and Moe wore themselves out! Too funny! Love it! And Finn is funny. Love the dogs! And of course your kitties!
    The quilt is pretty but busy I agree.
    Well, now it is foggy. Crazy! We’ll have a great Friday!

  15. Kathy in western NY

    Love seeing the quilts others share for us! Thanks so much. And to get to see more of Diane’s dogs on her morning walk she gives treats to. Adorable pictures.
    Regarding the woman at Patriots for Pets who thinks her lawsuit will stand up.
    A story on finger infections…husband didn’t truly do what he was suppose to do like keep splint on, etc when he got one during a finger caught in metal when we were out of town and when returning home, he required surgery for it. Six weeks of daily IV’s he had to do. The surgeon said we could sue the hospital out of town that took care of it for negligence and he would confirm it through his readings. We both said no as I would never do that when I was the one reminding him my husband he had to do this and had to do that to care for it, so it really was him who didn’t do the care he should have at the beginning. All the opposing side had to do was talk to others with us and get their statements saying his splint was not on all day, etc. It was us upholding responsibility for our actions, not what lawsuits want for money and hardships.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – thank you! This is the exact story of this woman – she didn’t follow drs orders and yes, the finger got infected. How can this hold up in court???? Thank you for doing the right thing. Husbands rarely follow drs orders. Ask me how I know.

  16. Linda from Georgia

    I really like the grandmother’s flower garden blocks. They are going to make a great quilts. I just picked up “First Lie Wins”. Will let you know what I think. I just made my first Jelly Roll Race quilt. Used reproduction fabrics and the squares to separate the strips. This one may be my first and my last!

  17. Sheryl Harrison

    I use closed caption for a lot of British shows. I had to use it for Downton Abby. I use it for All Creatures Great and Small but I think I might be ok without it. When I have to back the show up to listen again, I put on Closed Caption.

  18. Sharon G NE IN

    Loved all of the pictures!!! I use CC on Netflix because 1) I’m hard of hearing and 2} I can put it on mute and still watch something.

  19. Bonnie McKee

    Hello Mary,
    We love the British tv shows but also have trouble understanding some of the words. We find using the “closed caption” feature, found on our tv remote, is very helpful!
    I love the pictures of all the dogs ❤️
    And seeing everyone’s quilts is always a treat!
    It’s supposed to be 70° in western Oregon today! Woohoo!
    Bonnie in Oregon

  20. Sibyl

    I ALWAYS have the subtitles on for shows. Altho the show I’m now watching has the sub titles, but they often don’t match what the actors are saying!! but I can get the gist!!!

  21. patti

    great post today. love seeing the critters and the quilts. that one rabbit was really ‘chillin’. reminded me of bugs bunny and ‘what’s up, doc’. i’m truly sorry about patriot pets. all these stupid people and their sueing just makes life harder for the rest of us. the only people getting rich are the attorneys.
    i can tell spring is here in florida – the lizards have come back out again. ‘my’ great blue heron is back on the pond. (it’s a subdivision and this is a drainage pond but it is really nice) the leaves are coming back on the trees beside the pond.
    more sewing today – made sets of 4 strips yesterday and got them pressed. today is cutting and then stitching again. this quilt has used 36 fat quarters. good. helps the stash go down. i can be the fat quarter queen because i like them so much. may have to piece some together for a backing. we’ll see. i need to find fabric for binding the other quilt (sew many squares) – am thinking of using random 2.25″ strips. maybe i can do that this current top as i have an extra strip of the fat quarter. off to stitch. patti in florida

  22. Barbara Forde

    Unforgotten is a great series. Apparently there is now a Season 6. If you are having trouble with the accents, try putting on your subtitles 🙂

  23. Kris in WI

    All this talk of subtitles reminds me to click them off our TV! I put captions on last night to watch British shows on Public Television, but I don’t think DH needs them for his old US sitcoms!
    Cheryl referred to your flower garden quilt as Grandmother’s Flower Boxes. I like that, or maybe just Grandmother’s Flower Box. I remember my mother never being able to toss out a weary seedling. She would always tuck it in a pot even if it was overcrowded and didn’t “go with” the rest of the plants.
    Got a chuckle out of Finn being eager to reach the farm. Thank goodness Keeper is all rested up. That dog does know how to nap, doesn’t he! LOL.
    So sorry to hear the dilemma Partiots for Pets is in. Will they be able to reopen when this issue (which should have never been raised) is cleared up?
    The maple trees are blooming and local sugar bushes have been busy. 39* here today, wind out of the North, and sunny. 12 hours of light to moderate rain yesterday. Like most of the upper Midwest, we needed it. Thankfully, we had no storms.
    Off to press some binding for a friend’s quilt. Kris

  24. Launa

    Mary, Enjoyed show n tells! Loved the cross legged doll in one picture!
    Was Finn named after a character in a book from Debbie M? I read my copy again last month!
    21o here this morning….very sunny early! Noticed a light blue bird here earlier!
    Yesterday someone left a message on my cell phone in Spanish…hope it was an error…I do understand some Norse!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – gosh, I don’t know how Finn got his name! I’ll ask Sam

  25. Diane in Colorado

    Glad you are enjoying Unforgotten!! We somehow missed season 5 and now hear there is a season 6 so are about to get started on a marathon tonight! I’m working on an Easter Bunny wallhanging and as soon as bunny’s face is done, I will head to my girlfriend’s house with the salad I made earlier and we will eat and watch!

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