Four Days and Counting, 8-14-22

I closed my window last night so if the guineas did get attacked I wouldn’t be able to hear it but the first thing I saw this morning was the video you’re watching. I can’t count them so maybe several are gone – I just have no way of knowing at this time. Yes, I could lock them up but I hate to deny Mama the pleasure of being the mama.

Mollie has been here all weekend. We’re all a little frazzled after 3 full days of two wild puppies, a diva dog who is not impressed with the two wild puppies, an overweight visiting dog who is very food aggressive, and a patient Telly who puts up with the puppies licking her mouth any chance they get.

Reader quilts – thanks for sending these

Don’t you love the overseer?

Don’t forget Good News – paper pattern only – $5.00. Send check or cash to Country Threads and a SASE.

Weeds out of control!
One of my helpers

That’s it for me – off to Netflix. I’m watching The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem and I love it! I don’t want it to end.

24 thoughts on “Four Days and Counting, 8-14-22

  1. Dorothy

    My $5 for Good News is on it’s way to you 🙂
    Hope all the baby chicks are OK, Hard to count them

  2. Joy in NW Iowa

    Those sweet little chicks! So cute! Those dogs would be a handful. Are they busy digging holes?
    We are hoping for a nice all day rain tomorrow. Plus, they are promising a week of 70 degree weather. Oh my! Bring it on!
    I had to laugh when I saw your weeds on the drive way. My hubby was pulling weeds in our flowers and that’s what he does with them. He is the official weeds/gardener/mower (which has been unnecessary for a month). His garden is producing lots of tomatoes for him. Enough to give some away! Plus a bowl of green beans, some broccoli, kale, cucumbers. I love getting the fresh produce but my back still is very unhappy if I pick and then carry it. They told me it would take a year…….patience.
    I am hoping for a day of rain!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – you need to rest your back! Mine is killing me after pulling weeds!

  3. Bobby Sutton

    Mary, your flox are gorgeous, especially planted next to the
    hydrangea ( I think ). I dont know how you keep all the flowers blooming. You don’t have just a green thumb, but two green hands!
    Bobby in Md.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bobby – I don’t do one thing – as you can see I don’t even weed! Must be the growing conditions. I wanted to pull out all the phlox but Connie wouldn’t let me.

  4. Betty Klosterman

    Love the dog on the stairs getting in on the pictures! What fun. And the Iowa quilt is so nice. A good idea. It is so much fun to see everybody’s quilts.
    The Sturgis Rally is oficially over. The streets are quiet. Some are irritated by the noise, but it is only here for such a short time. The crowd is getting younger. They all are here to have fun. I only make left turns at corners that have the turn light.
    There is rain in the forecast. We’ll have to cross our fingers. The fair starts Friday.
    Time for more sewing. Take care everybody. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I can’t imagine all those people in town celebrating and having fun . Before it starts we can tell the difference in the motorcycle traffic heading west on Hwy 18. Must be a welcome boost for the Rapid City economy. What are you sewing, Betty? Something new and fun or a finish?

      1. Betty Klosterman

        On the 50th rally, they counted 1200 bikes on the way to Sturgis every hour! In Sturgis, you must have a ton a patience and leave really early. Many of the businesses just close up for the week. The bikers leave a LOT of money. The big sponser donated a new fire truck to Sturgis. Much appreciated. The bikers donate lots of money to local charities. Also much appreciated. I haven’t heard a attendance yet. This was the 82nd rally.
        As for what am I sewing — all of the above! My living room is covered with assorted piles……a million ideas on what is next? Just me so it doesn’t matter!!
        Betty in South Dakota

        1. Betty Klosterman

          I forgot to say they were counting the bikes going thru Sioux Falls on the Interstate — 1200 every hour. The people that are irritated by the bikers are irritated by a lot of different things. Go figure!!

        2. Mary Etherington Post author

          Betty – I love to hear about Sturgis! Fascinating really – Farmer Tim’s corn is so tall I can’t see the highway but I can hear the traffic – many motorcycles heading west the week before the 4th.
          There’s something to be said about it being just “you” – very freeing knowing you CAN have all those piles in your living room.. Many times I think I enjoy the planning of a quilt more than actually making it.

          1. Betty Klosterman

            Seems like every horizontal surface in my living room is “littered” with wonderful piles. If I explained each pile to all of you ladies, you would understand exactly what I was doing! That is rather comforting!! I haven’t lost it yet?
            Betty in Rapid City

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Betty – no, I can say with complete confidence that you haven’t lost it yet!!!

  5. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    The baby chicks are so cute! I love the quilts and am eager to order the Good News pattern. Thanks, Mary. 🥰

  6. Kim from TN

    We just watched a movie on Prime called Jerry & Marge Go Large, it was quite good and based on a real couple who figure out how to win the lottery and use the winnings to help their small town. My zinnias are magnificent this year and bees are loving them, but my tomatoes are not producing much. I think the heat has been too much this summer. Busy working on a modern quilt to enter into our quilt show in November, it’s not my usual colors are design, so it’s been rather fun to make.

  7. Kathy in western NY

    It’s good to see some finished projects so thanks for sharing them. Enjoy seeing them a lot. I don’t do as much sewing in summer time as I do in fall and winter. Too much outside to do. It’s been 78 for high last few days but boy we need some rain badly. So dry even the weeds are brown here.
    We went to a very busy farmers market yesterday to support a family member doing a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade stand for childhood cancer. I think there were more dogs than people and we had fun talking to owners. One cheese vendor had his truck opened in the back so it was under his tent and a cute terrier like Hazel just sat and watched all the big dogs walk by. It was cute and he didn’t have to be among the crowds. Also had a nice lunch to chose from a wide range of food trucks but decided on breakfast poutine which was soooo tasty as I hadn’t had it in so long. Ended our evening with our summertime concert series in our local park along the Erie Canal and supported our local food truck vendor at that so it was a pleasure not to cook all day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – your day sounds delightful! So relaxing and no cooking!!!

  8. Marie C

    Love seeing the guinea chicks. They look like little balls of fluff. Love all the quilt pics. Hope to start cutting on a new project this afternoon.

  9. Amy

    From the first picture to the video (pausing and starting several times) I count 17 total baby guineas in both. Eleven “white” and 6 “brown”. I think mama and babies are doing fine!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Amy – thank you! I hadn’t taken the time really to do that. Sadly I have not seen them this morning so I’m wondering if they made it through the night.

  10. Kris in WI

    I still count 17 fluff balls, too! I’m hoping mama will bring them back around so you won’t worry. That Iowa quilt is just plain fun and the others will warm the hearts of those who receive them. Weeds? All I see are the cool garden sculptures, wrought iron fence, old-time garden gate, phlox, Brown-eyed Susans, a dainty little pink flower, and my favorites, the hydrangeas! Speaking of fences and gates… when my neighbor down the street moved to town her son took the gate off the “homeplace” garden, mounted it on two poles and placed it as a backdrop in her new flower garden. She loves it! It looks a lot like the gate in your picture. My husband gets a kick out of all the dog and puppy pictures. In the first dog/quilt picture I thought the German shepherd was holding his/her side of the quilt! Ha! Good dog!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kris – I thought the German Shepherd was holding the corner, too!

  11. Beryl BC

    I like the Iowa quilt very much. I also enjoyed reading Betty’s comments about the motorcycle rally. I recall visiting Iowa once. We were taking a day trip west on Highway 18 and got slowed down in Algona due to the many many motorcycles stopped there. I think they were on their way to South Dakota. (In Iowa in we say Highway 18; in Ohio it would be referred to as Route 18, one of those regional differences like pop or soda.)

  12. RS

    To help understand the Iowa motorcycle traffic: The Algona, IA, area has a campground owned by the state motorcycle club, and they have their annual rally there around the Fourth. There used to be a lot of vendors set up along the highway to serve them, but the campground now accommodates most of them. That might explain why people notice the bike traffic then. The locals usually avoid the area if possible, as all Iowans try to avoid bicycle traffic during the RAGBRAI event.
    We also notice the Highway 18 bike noise westbound to Sturgis, and we are miles away from that road!

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