Frustrating! 2-4-24

So here’s the view from my sewing chair – tv right in front of me and mine died last week.

I went to Target after church, walked straight to the tv section, picked up the 24” tv that was on sale for $99 and left. Since the minute I got home I’ve been trying to turn it on and just get my local CBS station that I always watch. But NO, it can’t even be found! There must be 400 channels of crap I don’t care about but do you think I can find my Des Moines station? Nope. I just wanted a new tv – turn it on and watch. Remember what I said about old people not caring about dying? Life just gets too hard, too complicated and too frustrating. I’ll bet some of those old people just bought new tv’s!

So that’s my day – had to go to the shop to watch the Joni Mitchell segment of the Grammys – happy to see her still singing. And Taylor Swift got album of the year – that girl’s life is on a roll, isn’t it?

I really enjoyed the comments about Caitlin Clark and the game last night – the record is about to be broken and I hope she does it at home. Sure hope I can see it on my new tv 😠. Grrrrrr. Next game is Thursday night.

Reader photos

Akira from Colorado
Remember Jake’s Quilt?

Found the fabric on the bolt in Clear Lake.

Also saw this sweet puzzle – too bad I don’t like doing puzzles!

Posting this swan planter just for Connie – I bought several dozen swan planters over the years and I can just hear her say, “not another swan!”

Taken in New Zealand – isn’t it all just lovely? Quilt, scenery, color palette – I just love it! Check out HatCreek Quilts.

Three loves Gracie!!

Lots of errands tomorrow and JB has a vet appointment – he’s got a swollen watery eye and he looks pretty tough anyway. And I’ve just about got a finish to post.

Guess that’s it – so glad all of you joined me in wishing Betty a Happy Birthday!

60 thoughts on “Frustrating! 2-4-24

  1. Martha W in WY

    Oh Mary, these tvs do cause us lots of frustration. I don’t think you can buy an old fashioned tv. It seems that they have to be connected to your internet to get anything. Funny that the blog is about tvs. Tonight ours had a mind of its own, again. We watched Joni then I switched channels to The Wheel of Fortune. I bent over and picked up my cross-stitch and when I sat up the tv was back on the Grammy’s. I pushed the remote buttons and the channel wouldn’t go off the Grammys. So I pushed the power button, and the tv went black but the sound was still on. We couldn’t get it to stop so my husband unplugged it. We restarted it and the remote and tv worked fine. Go figure! Pat’s (Pat from Iowa City) quilt is striking.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha – what about your mom’s birthday? Did you see I asked about cards for her? I didn’t see your response – did I miss it?

  2. patti

    such a heartwarming picture of three and gracie. so glad. great pic from new zealand. great reader quilts today. i love the fall colors in pat’s quilt. sorry you are having problems with the new tv. technology makes life so much harder than it has to be. no longer able to just turn things on like before. your quilt is looking good. i’ve been disappointed in my mermaid quilt. the blue and orange seemed so perfect but so overpower the mermaids. now i need to decide if i want to take it apart and use a tamer blue and orange or just mark it up to experience. decisions. right now it (or me) is in time-out. making scrappy four patches. i do so much better with many many colors. hugs to all, patti in florida.

  3. DebMac

    I almost snorted tea (real, hot tea in a cup) through my nose when I read your remark about old people not caring about dying because life was to complicated, frustrating, and hard. That is just the way I feel. My car wouldn’t start last week; I had to pick up the grandson for early out, hubby was in Florida, and had to call my son to jump me. (He is an engineer and former Marine but does he know how to jump a car?) I WANT MY DADDY!!! I had to pull out the book to fiqure out how to open the hood on the car. Life really was simpler back in the day. Now I’m sounding like my mother and grandmothers and I swore I would never do that. LOL Hope you get your tv figured out. I gave up on tv when hubby and I married; if I have to turn on 6 things to watch a movie, I’m past caring.

    1. brendalynne1

      we were gifted an amazing battery jumper by our daughter. It is just a bit larger than a cell phone but not as big as an ipad. We just have to charge it every 6 months to keep it charged and in its box in the car. It has really worked. When we take it out for the thing to be hooked up there are always looks of disbelief but questions about where they can get one when they see it perfor. FYI

      1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

        What is it called? Great idea. Technology fir “okd” people😹😹

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – I watch lots of sports while I sew which is perfect – I can look up occasionally to watch, otherwise I listen. I think old age frustration is God’s way of telling us “the best is yet to come”.

  4. Marsha from Kansas

    When my tv gave out, my husband ordered one from Amazon. I needed 19 inch – all the space I had. Doesn’t even have DVR capability which I really miss. We used to go to Southern Gospel concerts and I have a nice collection of DVDs I can’t watch. But hearing from you, I should be thankful to get the Cox Cable and local channels.

    I would just like to comment on the first picture. I have a handicap placard. I sit in the passenger seat and need the extra room on that side of the car. I need the car door to be completely open with a step stool to get inside the car and truck. It doesn’t help to have the extra space on the driver side of the car if you need the extra space on the passenger side. I see why people park like that in this situation. May not be correct, but I understand.

    I have never used Minkee but it looks snuggly. Sounds like it is something that fits the bill for specific situations. Just like different batting for specific reasons, backing can be adaptable for specific reasons, too. It’s nice having different alternatives, isn’t it?

  5. Sharon G n

    Mary – I’m kidding, but did you plug in the TV? 😂 That would be something I’d probably do.

    Made it through 1 year since my husband passed away. It was a huge milestone for me. My sister came to visit for 4 days. We got pedicures, went to lunch with her granddaughter, and spent so long in the Ben Franklin store our legs hurt!

    About 10 days ago, I agreed to a sneak peek (showing) of my house by a realtor. Never again! All I know is the potential buyers apparently hated it. I don’t know all the details because now the realtor won’t return my phone calls or answer emails. So disappointing!

    Love the blog.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. brendalynne1

      wow there are still some Ben Franklin stores ????? So glad for your support on this challenge.
      Also. i am sure it already occurred to you that this is not the time for a home sale AND that this is NOT the correct agent when you are ready. God Bless you.

  6. Barbara Yarnell

    I also love Pat from Iowa City’s quilt. Is there a pattern, Pat? Gorgeous picture from New Zealand! I have often felt that way about dying, and I’m really not all that old!! (64) But everything is just so hard and so confusing that its just not worth it! I tried to open a package of laundry pods the other day and just finally took a scissors to it and cut the thing open! I share the same frustration with the TV! Once I finally get it turned on correctly and wade through all the crap, if I find something to watch I don’t even care anymore!

    1. Pat Williams

      The pattern is Summer Camp by Missouri Star Quilts. This is the third one of this pattern I have made and it is a fun one to do. This one was done with fat quarter bundle but I have made it scrappy too. Thanks for all the nice comments.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – I feel another rant coming on! Packaging!!!! I keep a pliers close by because my hands have no grip strength – how can fragile eggs be so casually packaged and yet batteries need a chain saw to open?????

  7. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l Google Hatcreek quilts, it’s an online quilt shop in the southern midlands of Tasmania, Australia, the scenery is very much like new Zealand, green and hilly.l hope you get your TV sorted, l have dvds and compact disc player l don’t know how to use, so l stick to my record player ,Netflix and Disney Channel.l hope JB is ok.
    Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – oh, yes, you’re right! Tasmania – she’s got a wonderful online presence.

  8. Lynette in Orlando

    A few months ago my TV died…… so I totally feel your pain! I am blessed that I have a good friend who is technologically savvy…… he was gracious enough to help me go to Sam’s, buy a new TV and hook the whole thing up. I’m like you — I just want a simple TV!!!! Had someone come to the door trying to sell making my house into a “smart house” — I was like no way Jose, I want none of that. ugh. Now a smart kitchen that would do all the cooking….. that’s something I could get used to…… LOL.

    1. Dorothy in Chicago

      I feel your pain. And don’t even get me started on all the remotes you need now Just to watch TV, and with all those channels sometimes I still can’t find anything that I want to watch.

  9. Donna Jo

    Thursday is the next game, got to get that tv fixed or find a sports bar to watch the game! ☺️ I understand completely as I am computer/electronicly challenged! Luckily my husband is good at that kind of stuff. Of course we will be watching Thursday and Sunday too! Hope you get tv issue solved.

  10. Carolyn in Illinois

    I started looking at new TV’s and realized I just wanted a ‘dumb’ one. Do not want all the apps, add-ons, etc. Just a plain old TV! I do stream from my ROKU stick, but that’s as hi-tech as I want to get. I found the TV’s at Best Buy. Don’t know if there’s any near you, but you could order online. Good luck!

  11. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

    Ahhh, yes, TVs and technology. Ugh. I want ONE remote to do everything😹 All of the quilts and handmade items are beautiful! The beautiful Blue cross stitch snowman must have taken a long time. Teresa in BC, your sailboats remind me if my dad sailing his Sunfish sailboat on Cuba Lake. Your colors are perfect.
    Keep us posted on how JB is doing, please. 29* here now, but it’s going to 46😀. Wish me luck, my Applewatch for Christmas can’t sync with my OLD iPhone so I am getting a new phone today. Technology again🙀. Betty how was your bday?

  12. NancyTD

    You all said it all! Why can’t things be simple?
    Quilts were all nice. It sure is fun to see what everyone has made.
    Good luck with the tv. Find someone to help you get it set up.

  13. Janet S

    WOW! We can all relate to technology being a pain. My computer has quit printing from email but it’s okay from word processing stuff. NO, I didn’t change a setting. So as I was trying to fix it, an ad came up to use another ‘something’ which I tried. Then I couldn’t get into email because ‘they’ said I changed my password a year ago – NO I DIDN’T. Finally, I got the ‘something’ deleted and am back to opening emails. Only a few hours out of my time. yea gads, what next.
    Mary, the easiest thing to try is to undo all the wires and start over just to see if something isn’t tight enough etc. Then call the store where you got it from.
    By-the-way, I wouldn’t buy anything from Best Buy as their after sale(and warranty) service doesn’t exist at all but maybe that’s just here.
    Another week of above normal temperatures here but I sure feel bad for California.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – nobody at Target is going to get on the phone to help me and Best Buy left town several years ago. I think Carla had the answer and my cable provider is not far away. I, too, feel bad for all those areas being hit with impossible weather.

  14. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Awww, Three loving on Gracie! She’s almost grown! Greta looked so pretty too a few posts back. Luckily, my daughter Sarah can come over and help hook up things and I write down directions. She was the computer science teacher at their school and now is the IT for the Texas university here. Thank you,Lord! She and her husband came over and took care of Penny and Lucy for us when we went to Michigan. We had a scare on Saturday morning. They were rear ended on the highway after traffic stopped ahead so they got shoved into the next car. They have bruises and now whiplash. The police dropped them off at Buccees store but we were an hour and a half getting there. Car looks totaled. God was watching over them, it could have been so much worse!

    1. Pat in AZ

      Pam, that must have scared you something terrible! I hope everything works out okay for them.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – now that is scary! They could have been killed easily – car could have been an accordion – oh my gosh! They’ll be stiff and sore for awhile! Yes, my little kittens are cats now – Greta is a BIG personality and Gracie is still more laid back – sweet girls.

  15. Pat in AZ

    I just love this blog about nothing! It just starts the day off right. The quilts and cross stitch are so pretty and the hearts mini quilt is adorable. Akira is just the best. Looking so sweet. Snuggly cats in an awesome chair. What more can a person ask for?
    Love the TV saga. My husband is helpless with electronics and I’m only one step higher than him. Unfortunately he loves gadgets so I get to be tech support more often than I care to. After ditching cable and going full on streaming (what a nightmare!) he decided he needed a robot vacuum. We got it just after Thanksgiving and it has yet to make it’s maiden voyage. We now have a very expensive new decoration. Hahaha

  16. Jill Klop

    I feel for you with the tv issue! We ditched cable and now have YouTube tv. We like it and we get our local channels too. Hope you find a solution!

    Pat in Iowa City – I love your cross stitch piece! Could you share who the designer is?

    1. Pat Williams

      This was fun to do also. Pattern is Frosty from Dirty Annie’s . The original pattern used some floss I had never heard of, Rainbow Gallery, several colors so I contacted her and she sent DMC colors that she thought would work. I did adapt a couple of her choices but thought it all blended well.

  17. Carla

    Mary, it sounds like you have a “smart tv”, which most are nowadays. It may or may not have an included antenna that would pick up your local channels. So first step, see if you need an external antenna. There are many inexpensive kinds. Mine is a flat plastic square connected via a cable that I stuck in a window. Also, you may need to go into settings and look for the Broadcast option. Once you click on that it should guide you to “program channels” and let you choose “air”. Or something similar. I hope that was clearer than mud lol. My mom has a collection of swans of all sorts that live in her bathroom. Some of them are so pretty! Have a good day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carla – yes, a lot of that made sense to me but I’m also going to call my cable provider this morning – they’re in my area every day and are also helpful – they won’t even make an old lady feel bad for being so stupid.

      1. Susan in AL

        Miss Mary, please don’t feel stupid — because I can make you feel like a Brilliant Ray of Sunshine! I am a professor of computer systems engineering, and I have been working on and with computers since the days of smoke signals … but I could not for the life of me figure out how to shut off the radio in my car. I played the “dumb blonde” card with the car company’s probably-12-year-old tech support guy only to discover that it cannot be turned off!!! Something about the car’s systems and upgrades and WhoKnowsWhat. He told me to just turn the volume to the mute position. My sons still tease me about that, but I tell them that I work in software, not hardware. Buttons are clearly hardware.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Susan – now yours is the most encouraging message of my morning!!! Why would a car be made with a radio that doesn’t turn off? Good grief! My van is 2015 and I still haven’t learned what everything on the dash does and don’t care. It starts and I can drive it.

        2. Betty Klosterman

          Thank you! You made me laugh OUT LOUD!!! Turning off the radio in the new cars. The reasoning of the NEW developers escapes me. I can’t even understand the words they are using. I am not made for the 21st century. I just found out that the new cars automatically turn the motor off waiting at the stop light. And all the electronic stuff. I hope that my 2004 Chevy Impala lasts at least 1 day after I die! My sewing machine, too.
          Betty in Rapid City

          1. Mary Etherington Post author

            Betty – well, you’re in good company!! And there it is again – all of us about the same age and same abilities with technology! I hope your car hangs in there, too!

  18. Kathy in western NY

    Nice post to read this morning. Beautiful photos of readers creations. Lots of interesting things in comments and sounds like we all feel challenged by something in this world now. I sat and watched more people looking at their Apple Watches during fellowship at church and wondered how the heck they can even see them but to each his own on how we want to view emails, tv shows, and banking. I’m still old fashioned and write out checks mailing with a stamp!! Ha!!
    I didn’t realize till last nite watching the Grammys that Joni Mitchell learned to walk 3 times due to illness so what a trooper and to see her honored. I liked when Taylor Swift accepted her award saying she loves loves loves what she does everyday and for those grumbling, made me think back how her roots started with just a guitar in hand and singing. Such determination in a young person. I didn’t know most of the performers in the categories but I hope to always appreciate the variety of music we are offered.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I’ve known about Joni because she is Becky’s idol – can you believe her life? She’s got grit! Compare Joni and Taylor – both determined, talented, and lovely women, just at each end of the spectrum.

  19. Connie Tesene

    Connie here… Oh no- “NOT ANOTHER SWAN!”
    I remember those great shopping trips!!! Have a great day Mary. 🦢🦢🦢

  20. Launa Peters

    Had a little SNOW during night…hope for more today.
    I sent the star blocks’ picture to you again.
    I looked @ the calendar wrong….was a week ahead! Tis just the 5th! We’ve had Direct TV for years. So many channels. Good local news.
    27o up here this morning…snow hanging on trees…some blown onto the wrap around deck railings! Hope everyone has a good day and looks forward to sending and receiving Valentines! Hope the PO isn’t out of the red heart ❤️ stamps!

  21. Teresa from Port Coquitlam

    Thought I would share some background on my sailboat quilt pictured above. I belong to a quilt guild that donates, what we call preemie quilts, to the Neonatal intensive care unit at our local hospital Our goal is that each baby in the unit is gifted a quilt. Every February our guild issues a themed challenge for the preemie quilts, this year was transportation. Our membership is around 130 and this February 39 themed quilts were handed in and an additional thirty quilts not on theme handed in. So a total of 69 for the month of February. I am very proud of our guild.

    1. Sherry Whalen

      I’ve made a few preemie quilts for our local neonatal ICU. Our 1st grandson was born weighing 20 ounces and spent a little over 3 months in the unit. Consequently, we spent many hours there too! Many of the donated quilts were used to cover the incubators – like a bird cage lol – to provide darkness and muffle the sounds in the unit. They are light, noisy and busy places and the quilts give these tiny babies a little stress relief from over stimulation. And the babies also go home with a quilt.


    The ladies (and Barbie) ruled at the Grammys!
    I watched the whole Grammys to see Joni Mitchell–then I called my son and told him I want her song, Both Sides Now, played at my funeral. He is 33 and sort of recognized “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot…” and the Emma Thompson scene in Love Actually. He is totally of a different generation! I educated him about Joni being great. Joni won the Library of Congress Gershwin prize last year. Did you see the PBS special? It was wonderful!!!
    And I agree Taylor Swift is a powerhouse and her boyfriend is cute as a button. We laugh about all her breakup songs and hope this relationship lasts.
    This is my celebrity gossip comment–I was working on a heart quilt all day and took a break!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mercedes – Becky has loved Joni Mitchell forever and used to play her songs on the guitar for her third grade classes – they could sing her songs word for word. It was great to see her and hear her sing that very special song. Yes, we also saw that special. Most of the artists at the Grammys were unfamiliar to me as I’m not a pop music lover.

  23. Donna Jo

    Mary, my husband says you need to buy a digital tv antenna. They start at 20.00 and up. It will give you the local channels. We have ours in the attic. Good luck.

  24. LI

    Watched for the latest comments for solutions to a television situation. This is not plug and play but there is a two-tuner device called “hdhomerun” that has a recording option available through Amazon $109. If a household member wants to wants something separate the two tuners allow one for you and one for them. On a Windows computer connect to an antenna ($20 sold separately) to get a signal. Optional DVR by connecting to a USB hard drive that requires a paid TV Guide. Some kind of monitor is required for viewing which means to me that a personal computer or maybe a smart phone can be used. Have used it for years from a Mac Laptop.

      1. Li

        I understand. It took me a long time to catch on as well. I dearly wish for those days where you buy a device with an on/off switch and that was the end of the process.

  25. beth

    Now you need a PhD to watch television or deal with any other electronics. The instruction books are as long as novels. And this is progress???

  26. Sherrill

    I LOVE those sailboats..such a cute baby quilt!! In my opinion, ALL electronics are aggravating!! Hope JB gets better pronto.

  27. Elizabeth Underwood

    Mary — are your local channels on Channel 4 or 5? My new tv does not have a channel 4 or 5. Very irritating!!! Please post if you figure out how to get the local channels.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Elizabeth – my cable company guy came and said I didn’t even have the right cable! So it’s nothing I can help you with – I’m sorry!

  28. Linda in Michigan

    Mary, I don’t know if you ever read the Humble Quilts blog, but the first photo in her latest post has one of your quilts hanging on the wall. There was no doubt that this was one of your patterns.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – and you are so right! It’s Rise and Shine from the Quilt Sampler or American Patchwork and Quilting – I can’t remember. Thanks for this – I should thank her!

  29. Jeanie S, Central IL

    I hope you find some help with your new tv. I love seeing Gracie and Three snuggled up in the chair; so glad Gracie has friends now.
    Thanks, 🥰

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