Eclipse Monday, 4-8-24

We tried so hard to see the eclipse – nothing – too many clouds so we enjoyed it on tv. So many comments about the Iowa/S Carolina game which just tells me how many of you were watching. My regret is for no one but those young women. Think how sad and let down they must be feeling! After all their dedication to hard work and practice they have to be distraught. But they are a class act and yes, they’ll get over the shock but never the disappointment. Caitlin’s records will live on until another unbelievable young woman comes along to break them. And I do not agree with the celebrity who said you can’t be the GOAT without a national title.

I have been in love with women’s basketball and now I’ll have to move on – I need to find another outlet for my natural competition – ha!

Finally a finish to show you. First the original Grandmothers Flower Garden blocks purchased at a flea market many years ago.

Then squared up and sewed together.

The edges that were trimmed off became strips which became three miniature quilts.

The mini quilts were sashed and bound with this light red fabric – cut from a shirt! It was the perfect color.

On a completely different subject, I am still looking for a home for FluffyBun – I had thought things were going well but she simply terrifies Greta and Gracie and I am considering having her euthanized. She loves me unconditionally – climbs all over my arms and shoulders to get close to me but she has thrown our cats into upset for 14 months now and I don’t think I can take it any longer. I had just told Kathy, her previous owner, that things were going well and then there was a major upset. For some reason, which I haven’t been able to determine, she hates G and G. Anybody have any ideas for me? I have worked all day every day since February 2023 to make this work.

On a lighter note:

An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen.

The two husbands were talking and one said:

“Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great – I would recommend it very highly.”

The other said, “What is the name of the restaurant?“

First – “what’s the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know, the one that’s red and has thorns?“

Other – “you mean a rose?“

First – “yes, that’s the one.” He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled,

“Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?”


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And then there’s Hank:

Coming home 3-1/2 weeks ago
Now – look at that paw!

I could just eat him up!

So the blog bout nothing covered basketball, quilts and puppies!

Reader photos:

I’m working on something that uses 3/4” connector squares! Ugh! What was I thinking?

54 thoughts on “Eclipse Monday, 4-8-24

  1. Leslie

    Mary have you tried a pheromone collar on FluffyBun? They helped one of my cats tremendously. Could you take home to the Humane Society there, rather than euthanize? Wish I were closer, I’d take him in a minute.
    Try the collar, it should help.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Les – I have the plug – in pheromone spray but it hasn’t done the trick. I’ll look into the collar. The shelters are full and I have juggled all three cats back and forth between shop and garage and house for 14 months. If FB is in one place, the others have to be elsewhere, etc. All because I was willing to help out a friend/neighbor. My good deed has been a nightmare.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Leslie – the collar will be here on Wednesday. Please pray that it works.

  2. Sara in Indiana

    Beautiful quilts (as always). Interested to see how big Hank is when he’s full grown—he is too cute! I’ve noticed on the adoption tags at PetSmart that some cats are described with words to the effect of “loves people, but will only do well being the only cat in the household.” Wishing the best for Fluffybuns (and for Greta and Gracie).

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Sara, I was going to say the same thing I see that note added to adoption tags on the cages at the stores more which I think is a good thing to alert people to just as some dogs prefer being the only animal in a house too. It’s the same as people who prefer being alone versus those who are social. And people make it just as miserable some days for others and should be separated from others. Ha! Ha

  3. Gail in Ohio

    We lucked out and got a great view of the eclipse – absolutely amazing. It was all subject to the cloud cover here too, but after some rain in the early morning, it cleared off by around noon. There were some wispy clouds that didn’t interfere. Our son cooked burgers for lunch, then we watched the sun and moon do their dance, and then settled in to visit for a while in the sunshine.
    That pup is darling – it will be fun to watch him grow into those feet! No ideas here for Fluffybun – so sorry things aren’t going well and hope someone will take her!

    1. Gail in Ohio

      One other thing: I read somewhere that one could start the Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of the Moon” at a certain time in it would end with “And everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon” just as the eclipse achieved totality. We tried it and it worked!!! Then we played the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” as the sun was uncovered. (We are evidently easily amused…)

  4. Carmen

    Have you tried Fel a way? I have a vet friend, and she says they spray themselves liberally every day. It also comes in a diffuser form. Worth a try if you haven’t.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carmen – yes, I have 6 diffusers in my house and buy refills every month.

  5. Cathy D

    Lynn in Iowa, tour red and white quilt is beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Mary, in Humboldt the clouds cleared in time to see the eclipse. I took several pictures at the beginning, the height, and right afterward. It was so.ething to see even if it wasn’t a total eclipse.

  6. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Yes, what were you thinking with that 3/4″ square? It will look great once it’s finished if you haven’t jumped over the moon by then!
    Buddy and Squeak are still separated. We have a fairly good working plan. When Squeak is out and about in the upstairs and Buddy is ready to come up, I tell Squeak, “Big boy is coming you better go to your room” and she does! Wild. She is the instigator, but he is bigger so we are just being careful.
    I had the grant committees in for breakfast and we made our budget for the year. The grant is great for our four major committees. We donate a lot of quilts and the grant pays for fabric, thread, batting, quilting. It is a generous grant.
    We could see the eclipse right from our side yard. It went to about 98% which was really neat. It became cooler and windier, then it started the other way and it became warmer and calm. One weird thing happened. I went over to put the neighbors’ dogs out when the eclipse was about 50% and they would not come out. They were almost vicious which has never happened. Once the sun came fully out, they were fine. I had heard some animals reacted to the eclipse and they sure did.
    It was a neat experience to see the eclipse.

  7. Debra Reber

    Basketball, quilting, & puppies– my 3 favorite things!! The Iowa team should be happy, they had a fantastic season! Although the season didn’t end the way they wanted, how many other teams would have given anything to be in their shoes, and get to go to the championship! I was at a quilting retreat over the weekend, & several of us stopped sewing to watch the game! I was surprised how many wanted to watch the game! That Hank is sure a cutie!! Hope you can find a new home for fluffybun. It was partly cloudy here today, but was able to see most of the eclipse.

  8. Karen

    Mary, sometimes we have to say, “ I have tried my best for over a year but it is more than I want to do any longer.”
    It is ok, your deserve to have peace in your home.

    Sorry Iowa didn’t prevail yesterday but what a magnificent season they gave all of us. Caitlyn and all her teammates are Class Acts, as is their coach.

  9. Dee from Shell Rock

    I too watched it on tv. I saw lots of teachers took their kids out to see it. Good job! Love that Hank! Such a growing boy, but I’m not a puppy person. I worry if something happens to me, who would take my babies and love them? Nice quilts.

  10. Jo in Wyoming

    The readers quilts today are fun, fun, fun.
    Hank is a bundle of fun. He looks like a “leaner”. My Molly was a leaner…sitting on our feet and lean on our legs.
    I did get to see a little bit of the eclipse. It is a magical event.
    Mary, your GFG solution turned out fantastic. It’s beautiful and the little sisters are fun too.

  11. Carolyn in NE Illinois

    I have a cat that has to be an ‘only child’. Sometimes there is nothing you can do – it’s in their make-up. If FB is terrorizing the other cats, they could become behavior problems. Whatever you decide, you know you tried your best.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – they are the innocents here and it’s not fair to them to be so frightened when FB shows up. I have really tried.

  12. Sandy

    Hi Mary, thank you for showing us we can cut hexagon blocks! I was given a piece made from very tightly sewn together hexagons, couldn’t unpick, so finally cut into strips and used!
    Could you write an article for the local newspaper about Fluffy buns finding a new home?l am sure there is a home for her,perhaps somewhere else in the country.Glad everyone enjoyed the eclipse, not seen in New Zealand. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – we no longer have any newspapers – isn’t that sad? I’m going to try a pheromone collar that someone recommended. And I also have a local online “marketplace” that I might try. Thanks!

  13. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary, I would not pay $20.00 for eclipse glasses. We watched it on TV. The temperature dropped 6 degrees and it turned dark enough that you would think we were in for a terrible storm. Love the grandmother’s flower garden quilt and your little quilts. Still loving Hank. We finally celebrated Easter last evening with our granddaughter and her husband. They both had to work on Easter Sunday.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley VA

  14. Barbara Vest

    Hi Mary, we had the same problem you are having with Fluff bun. I took in a beautiful friendly stray who was pregnant last year and we kept her through the delivery and birth. Three beautiful kittens, all with wonderful homes now. But the stray named Mrs. BB, hated
    Our two neutered male cats and had them terrified and hiding under chairs all day. Finally we asked around and found a sweet young couple who needed a barn cat. They love her, and she have a wonderful little farm where she lives now.. Flluffybun needs a new home where she and your other cats will be much happier.

  15. patti

    hank looks like he is going to be a beautiful BIG boy. looks like a cuddler too. i think fluffybuns qualifies as a ‘i am the only cat’ type. there are lots of them out there. not fair to the other cats tho. when i got my cat, he was standoffish at the rescue so he doesn’t have a playmate. the pair of cats i had before were brothers. the reader quilts are excellent – really like the red/white diamond star. what you did with those grandmothers flower blocks is simply genius. a nice size quilt and three babies. great job. off for more research. let’s quilt some more. patti in florida

  16. Karen

    $20 for eclipse glasses? I purchased 10 pairs today for under $6. Of course they were the cardboard frame type but they worked perfectly. Sorry Carolyn b you missed seeing the spectacular event with your own eyes! I’m sure TV coverage was great also. Our weather was predicted to be cloudy in SE Ohio but we had beautiful blue skies with few clouds and temps in the low 70’s. I got to share the experience with 2 daughters, one son in law and 5 of my six grandkids ages 22 to 13. I told them I would be 99 when the next one occurs that we would be in the path of…..they said if necessary they would “spring” be out of the “home” for the event!!

  17. Patricia

    Hi Mary, I’ve been watching the Iowa games as well, probably because you talked about Caitlin and Iowa. Well, I didn’t get to see all their games, especially when they were moving them all around in different networks, which is really frustrating. As they went into their final game against South Carolina, I wondered if they could pull it off. They did start so well, but I know that’s not The way it could end . That gal from South Carolina, Camilla, the 6 foot seven player, all she had to do was plant herself under the basket to make shots, to block shots to rebound. I’m sorry, but her height certainly made a difference. However, when I think of all the shots that rolled around the rim didn’t quite make the hoops, it might’ve been a different story. I hope the girls feel proud of themselves, but it was a frustrating loss. I wish the best for Kaitlyn and and will be curious to see what team picks her. I’m sure it’ll be a learning curve for her in the NBA. Onto your quilts. I’m thinking you must never stop sewing. I love your flower garden quote and how you saved and rescued it and turn it into another quilted art. And the fact that you made more with the strips amazes me. Well, just remember the Olympics are coming in July, and there will be lots to watch there. I love most of it, so I’m sure I’ll have the TV turned on every minute I can. Your readers quotes are wonderful and I enjoy seeing them. I wish I had an answer for fluffy bun for you. She’s a beautiful cat. I hope the color works. But I know you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors as soon as the weather decides to be more consistent. I could never find the eclipse glasses to view the phenomenon so I watched it on TV as well. I was able to see the partial eclipse in tooth 17. But those who saw it were quite taken with the experience. Wishing you good weather this week.
    That’s all from Pat in Maryland.

  18. Donna Jo

    Hope you find a solution with the collar for Fluffybun. You have done more than most people would have done for her. It’s just sad. Love the John Deere quilt. The little boy will have hours of joy sleeping under it. Gosh Hank is a cutie! Can’t wait to see how big he gets! Caitlin is definitely a GOAT. Unfortunately there’s too many jealous people out there.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – why can’t they just be happy for her? She has certainly earned her fame.

  19. Kathy in western NY

    Mary, I just heard on CBS morning show that the women’s game on Sunday once again drew high viewership so it’s catching on with many of us. But the interesting and sad part is hearing what Caitlin’s starting salary could be if she plays for Indiana versus a man’s basketball salary. It is to be negotiated but what a difference in wages ($76,000 versus $1 million) if that is a correct story. I don’t follow caps on sports salaries but that seems so unfair if women’s has drawn more viewers and higher ticket prices than men’s.
    This morning I am still in awe over having had such an amazing afternoon in my backyard watching and waiting for the eclipse with family and good snacks. It was eerie, but suddenly everything so quiet during total darkness and then suddenly light again. I can see why there are eclipse chasers.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – now this is going to be MY OPINION ONLY, OK? Women are still treated as second class citizens in 2024! I can think of so many examples, from church to politics. I’m old so it won’t bother me any more but the world is not rewarding women who should run the world. They’re smarter than men and have more common sense in their little finger than most men. We might love our men but I’m sorry, we are more capable and responsible than any of them. All of this to say, I’m not at all surprised the women drew a bigger audience than the men. End of rant.

      1. Kathy

        We can only hope that her salary is negotiated to what she deserves for all her accomplishments and to set the stage for women in general. I feel the same as you or I wouldn’t have been rather shocked to know such a gap in salary. She gave her all just as any man!

      2. Kim from Wi

        I totally agree with you on this rant, there is a lot of work still to be done so woman are not less than men. We have a daughter who sees this every day in her corporate job and works hard to put an end to it. Most of her colleagues are men. About 2 years ago one man asked her to make coffee for the meeting, (she doesn’t drink coffee and was the only woman in the meeting) her reply, if you drink it, you should be capable to make it for yourself and others. I admire her ability to work hard and make changes when she stuff that is not right.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kim – oh, I would have loved to be a mouse in the corner when he asked her to make the coffee!!!! What nerve! We need more young women like your daughter to hold down the fort, so to speak. I’m too old to have any skin in the game but I still feel it.

  20. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I have no suggestion for the Fluffy Bun situation, sorry; this is a dilemma for sure. Our heartbreak here is for the men’s NCAA final game; we’re 100% Purdue through and through. Even though for a brief period in our married life, we lived in CT, I’ve never for even one moment been able to pull for the Huskies. Your GFG recreation (and bonus minis) is wonderful; you gave new life to those abandoned blocks- yay!! Hank is so handsome.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. G – and the game was nearly as boring as the women’s final. I was pulling for Purdue as well – I remember last year when they got beat out by a 16 seed and we were all shocked. Since it was not an exciting game, I watched a lot of the Elton John’s tribute which was so good.

  21. Sharon Lowy

    I think FluffyBun wants to be an only cat. You need to find her a home that wants just a single cat. She is lovely to look at! A beautiful Russian Blue came to our home many years ago. We named her Bluebonnet and looked for her original owners. We even ran ads in the paper…this was before internet and chips. She had been spayed and declawed. We loved and adored her and she loved my lap. She also hated Farah and Miss Muffet, our two resident cats. I was able to rehome her to a couple who wanted a cat but didn’t have any other pets.

  22. NancyTD

    We watched the eclipse on tv. Would have been awesome to see in person.
    FB needs a new home. No suggestions on how to find one.
    You did a nice job with the flower garden blocks. So clever to use up what you cut off too!
    Hank has grown. Looks so lovable.

  23. Fran Dixon

    Enjoyed your photos and blog with coffee this morning. Nice quilts, extremely nice! Puppy is adorable and love watching him grow. Fluffy Bun is a one person only and narcistic. No cure. LOL

    My retreat was canceled so I am home and just wanting to just sew! I was working on the long arm during eclipse, but I looked up and out the window as the light outside had dimmed considerably. I have witnessed two others in my lifetime. One was full and the other partial.

  24. Shirley K Gutzeit

    I am parting with my treasures. Tom and I were given a hand quilted queen sized bed spread (Wedding Rings) for our wedding over 30 years ago. I just returned it to the family who so lovingly gave to us. It was always displayed in our bedroom, hung on a hand made quilt hanger. It is difficult to disperse treasures but this item was not difficult.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Shirley – what a good idea to return it to the maker!!! Double wedding ring is a difficult quilt to make and I’m glad it didn’t go to the thrift store!

  25. Sharon F

    I’m so sorry for you, Greta, Gracie and Fluffybun. I hope you can find her a new home, where she can be only cat. Could you put up a flyer on your church bulletin board? Local grocery store? Vet office? Feed store? Coffee shop? Or anywhere else IRL or online that cat lovers might see? Is there any possibility that her original owner could take her back, or has another friend who could take her?
    I’m sorry I live too far away to take her.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – her owner moved to Oklahoma and I can’t let just anybody have her – such as a farmer who will just toss her outside to “catch mice”. I don’t know one farmer who has a housecat – I’s be so happy to have someone prove me wrong. I have talked with vet who says most people want a kitten. 🙁

  26. Cindy Berry

    I love that you used the vintage Grandmother’s flower blocks for a beautiful quilt and the cuttings for mini quilts – well done. The original maker would be thrilled I think. I like to use rescued blocks when I can and have done 2 recent projects that way. I want to attach one to the back of a jean jacket for a fun garment to wear. Have the jacket , but am waiting for just the right vintage block to come along. Have a good week.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – we all want to see your jacket after you’ve found that perfect vintage block!!!

  27. Jeanie S, Central IL

    The quilts today are so beautiful. I love Hank—he is just so cute.
    As for FluffyBun, Mary, you have gone way above and beyond for her. Do what works best for you and the rest of your fur family. 🥰

  28. Carolyn in Canada

    Mary, when I first saw you trim those flower garden blocks I was appalled! But you have completely won me over with the end result. I inherited a few stacks of antique blocks and have never known what to do with them. Now I’m inspired to try your technique!

  29. Paula Nordt

    I don’t know if you would want to mess with administering medicine everyday. I had quite a problem with one of the many strays that have found their home with me. She was terrified, very grumpy with the others, and not too nice with me either. The vet prescribed a dose of gabapentin twice a day. Calmed her down. Don’t need it as often, unless I am brushing her. 😅 Her name is Fluffybutt, and she still hates to be brushed.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Paula – what dosage is the Gabapentin? I’m hoping the collar works

      1. Paula Nordt

        I believe it depends on weight. Sadly when Fluffybutt first ran through the cat door into our house, she was less then 5 lbs. and in sad shape, injured around her neck with infected animal bites on her butt. She is now 10.5 lbs. She was getting 8.5ml. twice a day. Now, she gets one dose a day, and sometimes none.

  30. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Beautiful quilts today. That little boy is going to love that John Deere quilt for a very long time! Your GFG quilt and small quilts are very nice. So much better than in a box not put together.
    Hank is growing. I don’t know what to say about Fluffybuns. Good luck.
    My husband and I were in Indianapolis for the eclipse. It was just beautiful and so amazing. It was eerie how it got dark and cool and then became light and warmer in such a short period of time. We enjoyed the eclipse a lot. We were playing croquet with our daughter and her husband until it got so dark! We would look through our special glasses every minute or so. We got our glasses from our library for free. Some people were shooting off fireworks so her pets were inside. Our drive back to SE Michigan was almost two hours longer than normal due to the traffic (and construction) because of all the Michiganders who went to Indiana to see the eclipse. We so wish we would have stayed over one more night! Live and learn.
    I’ve been working to prep my garden and continuing to grow my seedlings. Sewing when I can! Have two quilts to pick up from the longarm quilter tomorrow if I can. Have a great day!

  31. Launa

    Watching GS Warriors play LA Lakers. Had lots of snow a few times today, but sun melts it off! Quite a few long snows came down yesterday.
    UCONN won men’s championship!

    Thanks for posting pictures, Mary.

    We couldn’t see much of Eclipse here!


  32. Ann in PA

    The day of the eclipse it was sunny and warm here in PA. Hubby & I were out working in the yard with lightweight jackets. In spite of clouds rolling in when it began around 2:07; we did get to see the maximum at 93% here around 3:22 and boy did the temperature drop. I changed into a heavy fleece hoodie and winter hat! I was more like dusk; but then the sun returned and it warmed back up. as if nothing happened. Our neighbors and my granddaughter got some good photos with their glasses and cell phones. Don’t beat yourself up over Fluffybun. You, G & G don’t need any more stress. You’ve given your heart to your furry family. I pray you find a resolution soon. Sadly, I stopped our newspaper subscription because of high cost. It’s been taken over and isn’t local anymore. Like many favorite magazines, it’s starting to go digital on certain days. My old eyes cannot enjoy a newspaper, magazine or book on my phone. sigh……. All the quilts are special! Love your GFG & the John Deere! My heart goes out to Cailin and her wonderful teammates. It was nice to hear Coach Staley’s comments about Caitlin and what she did for women’s sports. Once again, Caitlin showed great poise and will always be a classy role model for young girls and women. Take care, Mary. xxoo

  33. Ginny

    I would love to take Fluffy Bun, I lost 2 cats this year. I stlii have Wiz and LK, Wiz despises LK but they co exist, a little hissing but no fur flying. If we could figure out a transport I would welcome her.

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