Frosty Morning, 1 – 23 – 23

Beautiful frosty trees this morning! Back to Mayo where we were disappointed to learn that Rick will have to return in another 4 weeks. Our doctor hinted that maybe that appointment will be graduation day!

Becky stayed with the dogs – they loved it!

This was Hazel last night after she dug herself under the playhouse which is why she doesn’t look very white against the snow today. She had to sleep in her crate.

No sewing today.

27 thoughts on “Frosty Morning, 1 – 23 – 23

  1. MaureenHP

    Sorry to hear you’ll be headed back to Mayo. Hopefully, the roads will be clear and Rick can graduate. Loved the pictures of Hazel.

  2. Beryl in Owatonna

    Poor Hazel…she sure shows her disappointment!!
    Our trees were beautiful here in Owatonna too! AND the sky was blue with sunny skies..for little while. <3
    Sorry about the return to Mayo but he must be Healing!

  3. Viv in Idaho

    Poor Hazel… probably doesn’t have a clue why she had to stay in the crate. Hope your husband’s next visit is his graduation day. Beautiful snow pictures!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Viv – oh, she wasn’t closed in her kennel – she can get out anytime but she chooses that at night and I was glad I didn’t have to share my clean sheets with her.

  4. Bobby Sutton

    Oh my, poor Hazel….dirty dog,! She’s still just too cute, even with muddy feet.
    I have a renewed appreciation of my inside only cat!
    LL Bean sells mats that advertise that it “grabs dirt” off the feet of prople boots and pads of dogs. Do you think it could really do that?
    We would love snow. Send some our way.
    I hope Rick is getting very close to being completely well .

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m sure Rick will be happy to graduate, so he can have the next procedure done!
    I did get a chuckle over Hazel’s picture. They do love dirt.
    You have lots of snow, still. We haven’t had the horrible winds yet. Not looking for that.

    So, I went to Sams today. The rotisserie’s chickens are still $4.99. Why are the laying hens so scarce? Is there that much difference between laying hens and fryer’s? Please…I need education.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – Avian bird flu has hit Iowa and millions of laying hens were euthanized. Fryers are raised to get big fast so they can be butchered asap and not eat more feed – they are a more muscular breed for eating. Ironically my laying hens are outdoing themselves – I’m getting 8-12 eggs a day! My friends love me because I give them away.

      1. Cheryl

        With the price of eggs your friends must love you! My hubby worked with a guy who raised chickens and he would bring dozens in to work for everyone. He would never take any money so I used to get him a good GC at Christmas. Boy, do I miss those eggs since hubby retired. So good! I hope Rick gets good news at his next visit. The snow is so pretty when it just lays on the trees but I have had enough! Your poor Hazel. She sure looks like she loves getting into things! We had a cocker spaniel when the kids were small who loved the outdoors and was always needing baths! He was a sweetheart but a character.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Cheryl – I enjoy giving my eggs away to friends! I enjoy my chickens so much and certainly can’t use 6-7 dozen eggs a week!!

  6. Sandy

    Hi Mary, poor Hazel, after the fun you have to pay the price unfortunately! I pinned a quilt for Stella today, l found a half done quilt in the tidy up, fortunately enough blocks to make one for
    Luna too!will try and take photos of them, don’t hold your breath, I’m not good with computers! Good luck for Rick! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  7. Kathy Hanson

    So glad that Rick will be graduating but then you say he can have another surgery, what a long involved process. Will be keeping you both in my thoughts and prayers!!

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Waiting till it’s safe is a very wise precaution. My husband battled a near bone infection years ago and it was daily IV’s he had to administer thru a port and it was just a finger so I know from this surgery and recovery when he was much younger that it’s not worth risking. You are in very good hands and as much as your patience and trips there are daunting, it’s for the best outcome.

    We had pretty trees too yesterday morning. I drove to the store and it was starting to blow off several as I went down a street and it was like being in a blizzard when you came upon a tree losing its snow. Good thing it wasn’t far and I knew the roads totally.

    Guess we know what Hazel is getting today…a bath. I bet Becky loved hugging that dirty dog and Hazel didn’t know any different. Life is never dull.

  9. Carolyn in GA

    The look on Hazel’s face is adorable. Frosty morning here in north central GA, supposed to warm up to 50 or so degrees and then more wind and colder. Am not a cold weather fan having been born and raised in Miami, FL area. Hope your husband will be in full recovery mode in the not-too-distant future.

  10. Jill Klop

    Oh Hazel!! I’m sorry, but I laughed! She knows she’s getting a bath! Thinking good thoughts for Rick!

  11. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Sorry, Hazel, but I laughed, too. She is so adorable even when pretty dirty!
    It will be great if Rick can “graduate”. Is there another surgery after that? I think he is related to my husband the “accident prone” and “Mr. Surgery” hubby. He will have his , we think, 13th surgery on 2/13 for stenosis of the spine, bulging disk as well as other problems. Luckily, he stays pretty positive and upbeat through it all.
    Many of us on this blog know it is hard to be the care giver, but your blog helps us to stay positive. Thank you, Mary:) The snow is still on the ground and it is still in the 30’s this week. Maybe 40’s next week.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – as soon as his ankle heals he will be able to schedule hip replacement – this ain’t over yet! Ugh.

  12. Sue Hoover

    So sorry to hear that you & Rick have to make one more trip back to Mayo. Fingers crossed this is for real the last! Connie is wonderful to come stay with the dogs for your long day out. Sisters are THE BEST!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – you better read again – my sister, Becky, came to stay with the dogs. Connie is not my sister, she’s my business partner.

  13. NancyTD

    Hope all goes well for Rick in his next appointment in 4weeks. Hazel sure got dirty. Very dense fog here today

  14. Polly Perkins

    Hope Rick does get to “graduate” finally. Oh Hazel!!!

    I tried to get in to Mayo’s but my provider did not give them my records and videos they needed. In the meantime, UW Health Madison finally called with an appointment for me. It has been a long, long wait. Had an abnormal EKG in September when they were doing labs for another cervical fusion. In October saw a cardiologist who sent me for an echocardiogram and nuclear stress test. They found a large hole in my heart. Shock and Surprise. The medical profession is hugely overtaxed and understaffed. I am now rolling along towards surgery. Had a TEE (pre op procedure) yesterday. UW Health Madison is HUGE. On to see surgeon Feb 7.

  15. Susan K in Texas

    That Hazel is such a character! The snow pictures are pretty but I’m sure glad I don’t have to deal with it. I love being warm and hate being cold! It’s raining here today. Supposed to get sleet and snow mixed in this afternoon. It’ll stay above freezing so it’ll just be messy.
    I sure hope Rick graduates in four weeks. It’s sure been a long haul for y’all

  16. Kate

    Your weather is heading our way. Yikes! Hazel looks so sheepish in that one photo. She knows she is in the “dog house.”

  17. Karen in Florida

    Loved the picture of Hazel. Reminded me of our old dog, Winchester. He would get in the ditch and mud then not understand why he had to get a bath before being turned loose in the house. He also was a white dog covered in black mud

  18. Kim from TN

    Poor Hazel, she does look rather sheepish after getting herself all muddy. In four weeks, Iowa will be closer to spring and the trip to Mayo will be less worrisome with snow, let’s hope. Nice of Becky to come and help out. It is cold and rainy here in middle TN, lots of gloomy days. They say freezing sleet is headed our way by morning. I’m busy sewing some bowl cozies for family. Think I will make some chicken & rice soup.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susie Q – Yup, that’s us – in the very first American Patchwork and Quilting issue. I’m using that very quilt right now on a table!

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