Duesey Day Parade, 7-9-22

It was a beautiful day for a parade – not too hot, not windy – just perfect.

Bob drove Little Red in the parade and I ran out to have my picture taken.

Tomorrow Little Red will be in the car show. First we’ll go to church, then we’ll go to the park for pancakes and then we’ll go to the car show. Small town life at its finest!

I’ve got some great reader quilts today.

When I got home Hazel, Telly and I made a trip down the wilderness trail.

Then it was time to mow again – the grass is so green and so beautiful because we’ve had nice rains lately. I do have irrigation but haven’t had to use it yet.

It’s such a nice evening on the porch – here’s JB2.



For those who requested more cat pictures, I’ll catch the other 8 when I see them. It’s a big house – a reader asked how many litter boxes I have. In the summer it’s 5 but in the winter it’s probably more like 10. Too cold to go outside!

41 thoughts on “Duesey Day Parade, 7-9-22

  1. DebMac

    First time ever, I am finishing up the same pattern as one of the reader’s sent in. The black/gray/dog print only I am using 2 purples and a floral. It is a 3 yard quilt and looks good in about anything. Sounds like a fun weekend. Enjoy the pancakes.

  2. Helen

    your sweet JB111 looks like my sweet Tiger come back to life. I miss him. I do wish I could bring JB to my house. Aren’t parades fun?

  3. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    All of the quilts are so pretty! I love it when you show all the animals, but especially the kitties. Squeak says hi to Millie. We are still not having much luck getting her together with Buddy. He is so big (18 lbs) and she is so little. (8 lbs)! He chases her and we are afraid he will hurt her. Anyone have any ideas? He just falls asleep if we are in the same room
    with the two of them, but really goes after her if they are both together. We’re working on it🙀

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – I have read about Feliway for cats. Also have read about spraying or wiping both down with a dryer sheet so they smell alike. Maybe?

    2. Melody

      Mary had a good idea with the Feliway but please don’t wipe them down with a dryer sheet. Since cats clean themselves by licking their fur, they would ingest the chemical residue from the dryer sheets.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Melody – see what I learn here on the blog! I will pass this on to the friend who told me. Is there anything else they could use?

        1. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

          Thanks for the ideas. I will try Feliway. I try to pet each a lot and then pet the other so they will smell like each other. We’ll keep trying! Thanks to both of you😺

  4. Sandy

    Hi Mary, just been out to lunch with my son Andrew for birthday, l thought he was 47, but he is 46 this year! I hope this isn’t the start of the slippery slope down for me! 10 litter boxes is a huge job,one is hard work in my book, watching reruns of The Closer while l cross stitch, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  5. Charlotte Shira

    I love Little Red and you look so cute standing next to her!! Have fun tomorrow.
    Great quilts today and love seeing the cats and your farm pictures.

  6. Jill Klop

    You look so sweet in front of your fancy parade car!! My husband works for Chevrolet and I remember when those came out! We had some fun in his!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jill Klop – Little Red created lots of attention ! Do you still have your SSR?

  7. Pat Smith

    I love your description of small town life in Iowa complete with parade and car show. We just had the 4th of July parade with fireworks afterwards in Stowe, Vermont. It was a wonderful event where all the kids had such a good time. It all reminded me of my childhood in southeast Iowa. JB3 seems to have fit right in with your other cats. We’ve been working hard to get my daughter’s 2 cats to accept that our dog lives here too, just not all year. Every time we arrive in VT after being away in the winter, we have this period of adjustment I’ll call it. Sigh

  8. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show….oh, my.
    They hung 1,100 quilts outside. The town of about 1,500 swells to over 20,000 quilty folks. Many young people, so quilting will live on. The people here are extremely friendly, always wishing us “fun at the show” and “ have a great time”. The flower baskets are incredible. Main street is blocked off so we could walk all over.
    The Cascade mountains are a sight. Lots of snow still. We drove through a lava field that was miles long and wide. Now that was phenomenal. Lava rocks as far as you could see. I was very thankful my friends were driving, I could take in the views.
    We stopped at a few very nice quilt shops on the drive from Portland to Bend. I didn’t buy anything 😉, but am almost broke!!! I hope my suitcase isn’t overweight and will close….
    Many golden retriever’s here, none for sale. I’m sure Loretta will be pleased.
    Nuff for now. I’ll send mary pictures when I get home.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – I have always wanted to attend this spectacular show!
      Can’t wait to see the pictures!

    2. Launa

      Had fun many years ago @ Sister’s Quilt Show…was fortunate to get into the Sisters shop! Was worth the wait! Waiting to see your pictures,

    3. Connie R

      All those quilts hung to admire must be quite a sight. Sounds wonderful!
      Are your shingles cleared now? Hope so.

  9. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Mary, I love the picture of you by your car; your colorful outfit was perfect-so cute!
    The DD finishes were beautiful, and so were the cats. Thanks, 🥰

  10. Sue in Oregon

    Jo…I have only been to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show once and I live in Oregon. It is a 5-hour drive from here though. I am so glad you are there and having a great time. Isn’t it amazing how organized they are? They start at the crack of dawn hanging the quilts all over town. Then, at about 5 o’clock they start taking them down. Seeing all those quilts hanging on the buildings everywhere is fantastic and I will never forget it.
    Is that how it still happens?
    Great quilt show of our own today.

  11. Sandy in Indiana

    Love all the pictures, especially the kitties & you with Little Red at the parade
    What a fun day!


  12. Kathy in western NY

    I love seeing the pets pictures especially the cats. Just like people the cats each have different personalities. I envy your green grass. We “crunch” in our backyard as we walk – it’s so brown.
    Small town life is so comforting as we celebrate our little town events. I even had a lady reach out to us by saying she was thinking of us knowing it was a year ago now my husband was so ill. Now who remembers that except me.
    We say so often “only in a small town”.
    I am so glad to see some of the three yard quilts made up. I have purchased some patterns and need to use them. It’s good to see what others sew.
    Excited for Jo’s next installment of Sisters, Oregon.

    1. Marsha from Kansas

      Kathy, I’ll warn you – these three yard quilts are going to be habit-forming! They were all made with fabrics from my stash except black grunge which I purchased for the dog and coin quilts. They are fast and fun to sew together. Mary, love the picture of you and Little Red. We used to go to the small town my Mom grew up in for the Memorial Day parade and the town in Western Kansas where she was born for Fourth of July festivities. Such wonderful small town memories. Millie reminds me of our Oreo. My friend’s cat had kittens and she named the tuxedo kitty Oreo because she knew I couldn’t refuse an Oreo cookie. It worked. She came home to live with us.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Marsha – I have been pulling from my stash one yard pieces to coordinate together to cut one of my patterns. You gave me in the incentive to get going for some donation quilts I want to get made. I agree this could keep me on a roll to use up some long sitting fabrics.

  13. Launa

    Nice photos of reader quilts n Little Red…n You!
    Wow…lots of litter boxes!
    Had a couple Big Electrical storms yesterday with a HAIL downpour…so noisy, too!
    Anyone else watching Sports Pros n Entertainers playing Tahoe golf? Third round today!

  14. Carla

    Looks like you had a wonderful day! The weather has been nice the past two days here as well, but I will need to water my small veggie beds. Your a Saint for changing all those litter boxes. At the height of my kitty herd, I had 3 and that was quite enough lol

  15. NancyTD

    Nice quilts, cute cats, and you and lil red. Fun to see everything. It is starting to rain-Hope it is enough for a drink for my flowers and garden. Raspberries are starting to ripen. Oatmeal pancakes with fresh raspberries this morning. It was so good.

  16. Sandy in Eastern Washington

    You in your cute outfit next to Little Red are quite the sight. Love seeing your smile. A perfect day for all the events. So enjoy seeing the quilt finishes. Quilting is such a creative process and your forum for sharing is so appreciated. I think your kitties do live a royal life. And, to comments and having attended in the past, yes, the Sisters quilt show is AMAZING.

  17. Ann in PA

    I love this blog post ~You look so cute standing by Little Red, quilts, kitties, wonderful trail, your porch with the soft lighting, is a perfect place to rest and relax, small town Fourth of July Parade and car show…you are living the American Dream. xxoo

  18. San

    I’ve always admired those smaller truck cars. Yours is beautiful. We’ve had a real heat wave here in NC also. I planted 30 tomato plants yesterday and hope the deer don’t get these. They demolished my previous cantaloupe patch. I’ve planted more in a safer place.

    Mary would you mind letting your readers know that there’s a young Saint Bernard mix who needs to be rescued from a shelter in Kentucky. The information can be found on the face book page “Adriana’s Saints and Angels.” Thank you.

    San / Gypsy Quilter Designs

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sand – I went to the website – there are so many dogs needing homes in this rescue. Why are you picking out one in particular?

  19. Gwen

    We have had a good life in Pittsburgh for the last 50 years. However, I still miss living in a small town with things like town parades and pancake dinners. There is a feeling of really belonging when you know most people in town at least by sight.

  20. Kim from TN

    Love small town parades and so glad your vehicle made it. Happy summer Mary! Wonderful quilt finishes

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Liz – that is the correct email. When did you send them? I will check again but just to make sure, please send them again.

      1. Liz Schrader

        Ok I will sent them again next week. Two of them are wedding quilts for grandchildren. My grandsons wedding is next Sunday and I am making 130 cupcakes and having family coming from Iowa, Michigan and California so very busy. Than you for answering.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Liz – I have searched for your picture# but can’t find them anywhere

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