Gone! 12-11-23

My whole post froze last night and I finally gave up and went to bed. This morning I was able to reboot and now it’s gone so I will write it again today. Remember what I said? Issues such as this are why old people are okay with dying!

I’ll see if I can remember.

1. Yes, I will float the sampler with the crocheted edging. I already have a frame but need a colored mat.

2. Here’s another sampler I have that’s under glass in a serving tray.

3. Our Christmas tree at church

4. My “den” – overlooking my sewing room

5. Here’s a piece of delicate needlework that I’m also going to frame with a mat – maybe the fabric is delicate lawn and the drawn work is different on each round. How can I press this delicate thing without destroying it?

6. Two different readers across 5 states sent me pictures of the very same sampler done by a family member years ago.

From Diane in Ohio
From Jan in Minnesota

7. pictures from readers – an assortment

8. I am never upset with typos – it’s the blatant use of the wrong usage that gets to me. I also try to proofread and sometimes I swear the spelling changes after I go over it.

I seen….

These ones….

Those a couple that hurt my ears for sure.

The spelling of muslin as muslim threw me over the edge!

9. This is an ad online from a nationally known quilting company – why would they use a quilt block that’s so poorly pieced?

10. A reader sent me this:

And there you have the second post of the day from the blog about nothing!

55 thoughts on “Gone! 12-11-23

  1. Kim from Wi

    Love the quilt with the Christmas balls and the cactus tree was super fun to see. I so enjoy this blog about nothing. I never heard of free floating a piece so today I learned something new, yours will be lovely when done. Please share with us. I’m back to Iowa to work on closing up my mother’s home and hope the snow holds off and its smooth driving, I’m going alone this time. Will enjoy walking the streets of Osage and going up town for lunch like we did together.

  2. Judy Brundage

    Oh Mary,,,,,I seen and T\these ones are some of my pet peeves too. Loads of people on TV even say these ones……WHY! It truly is like fingernails on the chalkboard.
    All your pictures are great and I especially love your saltbox house next to the lamp.
    You make me laugh every day!

    Keep up the good work!
    Judy – Michigan

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy – thank you! Sometimes I feel like I am on a constant rant – why do these things get under my skin? I need to work on that . I really don’t like people who think only of their own convenience at the cost to another.

  3. Bridget

    I realize my writing is in decline now that I communicate so much more via email and text than in person. 🙁 However the peeve for me is the incessant use of the word got instead of the correct verb (using got in place of a verb such as became, received, should). Thankful my kids currently have grammar in middle school. They are diagramming sentences! They have spelling lists! I only wish they practiced cursive writing more frequently. I gave a high school graduation card to a young man with a message written in cursive. He asked me to read it to him because he couldn’t read cursive. That was a shock!!!

    1. Brenda in Georgia

      So happy to hear that someone somewhere is teaching grammar to the point of diagramming sentences. I have had the experience of a 25 year old college graduate telling me that she could not read cursive. I was also shocked.

    2. Vicki Ibarra

      Twenty years ago, my now 43 year old son had to write something in cursive as part of his dental admissions test security process. Imagine his dismay when faced with that. He always regularly printed (albeit, really fast) and didn’t write in cursive. He wrote what he had to write that day, but said if they ever wanted to check his writing for security reasons, he doubted the next writing would look anything like his first writing. My youngest son took 9 weeks of English usage and grammar in high school, and it was an elective. I told him he had to sign up for the class – not elective in our house, but mandatory. I think language arts is truly an “art” these days.

      1. Jeanne Hoffman

        When I vote, the inspectors have the registered voters in a book. The signature they use to compare is the one from the previous time I voted, and there is a new book printed each time for an election, so it’s always updated. I regard this as a Good Thing because having arthritis in my hands, my signature can vary quite a bit from one time to another.

        15 years ago, I was shocked when a recent college graduate printed her signature. If it’s printed, is it really a signature? I guess it will have to do.

    3. Mary Etherington Post author

      Bridget – do teachers realize their students can’t read cursive? Maybe the student just felt it was something he’d never use?

  4. Dianne Huling

    Hi Mary,
    I really enjoy reading your blogs, even the ones about “nothing”.
    Dianne in Ohio

  5. Judy

    Love the Christmas trees, especially your church’s tree. Our church chose a shorter tree several years ago because no want was able to decorate it because it was too tall.

  6. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    ,
    Mary,
    Another great post. I love the cacti Christmas tree! So much variety.
    I was curious if there is a pattern for the ornament quilt?
    Our Michigan weather is really turning to winter! Take care.

  7. Meredith in Cincinnati

    I have a little sign on the mantle in my kitchen that says, “I am silently correcting your grammar”.
    There is no question that grammar (mis) usage is getting worse. I taught AP American History, and students were irritated when I would correct their written or spoken errors, because “this isn’t English class!” or “you know what I meant”. What sets my teeth on edge, and I hear all the time, is the misuse of “less” and “fewer”.
    There weren’t less people, there were fewer. There aren’t 10 items or less, there are 10 items or fewer. Thanks for the ranting opportunity. Love your blog!

  8. Diane in WI

    The tree at your church is beautiful. I enjoyed all the photos. I taught English for 28 years. The three grammar errors you mentioned drive me crazy also. The one I hear so often online is using her and I instead of she and I. I wish I had had a poster of the Santa giving dictionaries. One student told me he was too lazy to look up something in the dictionary. I was just using my dictionary to do crossword puzzles. Have a good day tomorrow.

  9. Wendy P

    Love your blog about “nothing”. I really like the Christmas house on the ledge in your new den. It looks fairly old.

  10. Patty

    I agree that the block is poorly made. Wonder if who ever designed the ad knows anything about quilting. And hearing “I seen” is like fingernails on a chalkboard! Love your blog.

  11. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Ahhh, Mary, you hit a cord with the grammar issue. I taught HS English for 30 years. We actually DO teach
    grammar and usage in HS! With that said, yesterday when the family was here, our grand daughter who has a 4 point in college said, “Her and I” and before I could say anything, my husband, the Chemistry teacher, corrected her! She usually does use very good grammar so it is rare that corrections happen. My husband’s students told him he was a Chemistry teacher so he shouldn’t correct their grammar–Ha–he loved that comment. I think people just become lazy and talk any way they want to. It can be hard to hear!
    I love all of those samplers in your den. I have some items from my relatives and I love them, too.
    To Jan in MN who has the same sampler I do. What is the date on yours? Mine is 1929 made by my Nana who was married and living in NY at the time, but she came to Sherburne, MN from Northern Ireland in 1905 so there are some MN roots there.
    Thanks for all of the neat Christmas trees in the past few posts and the quilts. I have been wrapping so quilts will be next. I have to bind an OSU one before Christmas!
    Your blog is the best, Mary:)

  12. Chris H. in Washington

    Does anyone know if there is a pattern available of the fourth quilt in “Pictures From Readers” in this post? Wishing each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas!

      1. Chris H. in Washington

        Thanks so much, Mary. I was able to purchase the “Felicity” pattern on Etsy.

  13. Betty Klosterman

    Names of towns, TV news people and pronunciation can be very interesting. I was raised in Iowa and worked with the Iowa Motor Vehicle dept so I knew a lot of the town names. I was listening to the TV here in Rapid City when the Iowa name was pronounced Ocky……. I finally figured out the name was: “Ocheyedan” which is pronounced O-che-dan. (Long O, Long E and dan, the man’s name.) The radio and TV people used to have friends who would help with local names and places. The sure don’t do that these days! The Indian names can be a challenge.

    We may even get a bit of snow soon? Betty in Rapid City

  14. Fran

    Oh my goodness! That block! Blatant!

    Loved the eye candy today! I too hate misspelling and grammar mistakes! However I find myself making more mistakes than ever. Blame it on old age. Sometimes I am just in a hurry and impatient!

  15. Nancy Schmalenberger

    You could take your delicate linen piece to a dry cleaner and have them press it if you worry about doing it yourself.

  16. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Oh, I just love the sampler as a tray! Great idea! It makes me so happy to see these beautiful works being saved and displayed but also sad that they aren’t being cherished by the families of those who labored over them. They look so pretty clustered on a wall.
    Typos drive me crazy on menus or show brochures and signs. Seems like someone should catch them before they are printed. Both of my girls are teachers, and this is a sore spot with them too.

  17. Sharon Geiger

    I agree with you on poor grammar usage! Love your photos, as always. I have really enjoyed the pictures of the trees, too. Loved the funny at the end of your post about nothing!!!

  18. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    Mary, to press the cutwork piece, dampen it with water and place a clean handkerchief over it to protect the cutwork and gently iron. I thought the fabric looked like linen, but I’m only looking at a photo. What a lovely piece.

    Spelling and pronunciation are two of my pet peeves, and more recently enunciation is a complaint I have. For some reason, a lot of the local TV news people are very young, probably fresh out of school, and some of them are utterly clueless about how to pronounce certain words, obviously not checking anywhere or with anyone before going on air. Some of them run into problems with words of 3 syllables or more. sigh. Another peeve is their using the initials of a sheriff’s department or fire department or school district. I suspect they are using teleprompters that hyphenate long words, contributing to the mispronunciation issue.

  19. Jill Klop

    I wondered if something happened last night! I thought it was a little odd that there wasn’t a post last night, but at the same time, you are human and you have a busy life! Please know that I don’t expect a blog post every night, I find myself looking! I also wanted to add that my spell check has changed muslin to Muslim in me before. I cringe a little when there, their and they’re are used incorrectly.

  20. Marcia

    Love the pics of trees. So nice to see the variety. Seeing the horseshoe tree reminded me that I didn’t put mine out this year🤣 I cut back in decorating. My husband helps so I can’t even complain about the lack of help. Considering buying a 4 ft tree for next year and donating the bigger trees.

    Love the Christmas quilts as there is such a variety. I am planning to make 2 couch size quilts for 2024. Found fabric on Fat Quarter shop but not available until June 2024.

    My granddaughters are in middle school in an affluent school district. Spelling is not drilled and memorized like my kids and definitely my age. There is too much of a dependence on auto-correct that is not always correct.

  21. Marsha Ransom

    LOL, Mary,

    I looked for you last evening. I’m glad it was your computer having issues and not you.

    I love samplers and have quite a few. Also cross stitch & other embroidered pieces that aren’t samplers. I’ll try to send you some pictures.

  22. San

    Hi Mary, I totally agree on the dictionary idea. For 20 years I was a medical transcriptionist and had to edit all of my work. Now it’s easy to notice when web sites have errors.

    In order to wash and iron your needlework before framing, I would first soak in warm water with orvus soap. This will remove all of the oils etc. from handling. After rinsing, lay the item on a fluffy towel and press with a lukewarm iron making sure the stitching is facing the towel. In other words press from the back on counted cross stitch. With the white on white piece, it won’t matter.

    Can you mount the delicate pieces on acid free backing?

    It was 40 degrees and sunny this afternoon. We’ll take it!

    San / Gypsy Quilter Designs / Murphy, NC

  23. Dee from Shell Rock

    I have a friend who is an editor for a newspaper. Grammar is his whole bag! When our local paper has a whopper, lately there have been many, I screenshot them and share. It’s good for a laugh! Someone said that the spell check is awful, they are right. I have always tried to not use the same word over and over. And for your cutwork piece, I think I would just use water, not best press or starch as they can sometimes attract bugs.

  24. Rhoda Ebersole

    I love your samplers and you have a treasury of them on your walls. Interesting that two readers have one like yours.
    Yes poor grammar. I think too the internet changes spelling after the message is sent. But spell check cannot tell how some words are used – will AI – artificial intelligence do the same.
    We in alas Vegas are undergoing another patrol officers funeral- the second one in 3 days. Very depressing for the Advent season. I could not sleep at all well last night.
    Sewing and quilting help immensely.
    Thank you for your “Blog about nothing”
    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Patty

      I always laugh when I read about AI. I grew up in a farming community and worked at a livestock sale barn and back then AI meant artificial insemination.

  25. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l think lightly misting your doiley, covering with a cotton cloth and gently ironing it might do it. Pinning on the ironing board is a good idea if you need to.l won’t enter the topic of grammar, but drug used instead of dragged is my pet peeve!Great quilts and trees again! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  26. Vicki Ibarra

    Love the Santa and dictionary picture. I promptly posted it on my FaceBook page. Thanks for the smile of the day.

  27. brendalynne1

    Thankfully there is a lot of focus on the education system’s failures. It seems the spelling and grammar deficiencies are the least of our challenges. AND I do not believe it is all pandemic remote learning that is the cause. It just emphasizes it. God help us

  28. Launa Peters

    Morning Mary,
    I had elderly teachers in K through 6th grades who taught grammar rules! My grandma always had a quilt in her frame in the front parlor, but it was tied with yarn and not hand quilted. Sometimes an uncle would stop by and sit on the piano stool n tie a few. These quilts were for her grandkids! I have one here and it is well worn!
    So many nice pictures today. Snowed here last night! 26o this morning.
    News reports my part of Idaho may not have snow again before Christmas.
    We had a white dog who adopted us years ago and the vet commented some white dogs are deaf! Perhaps that may be some of Hazel’s problem?
    Launa

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – I think Hazel’s hearing is selective – like Rick’s! Ha! She can hear the slightest cat growl from upstairs and across the house in the middle of the night! And then we’re all awake.

  29. Peggy

    I can relate to your pet peeve. My spelling is not very great but I sure can find lots of spelling and grammar mistakes in the news paper every day. I don’t know if they still use the news paper in schools but they should be able to learn a lot from it. Have a great day.

  30. Gayle in Tennessee

    Funniest post I have read all day! You are a delight Mary!
    Totally agree about the pieced block. Maybe they were selling something to help with that. Can’t imagine what that might be though.
    Love the ornament quilt. Very festive.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mary. Happy holidays!

      1. Viv in Idaho

        Well – you know what they say (not sure who they are) “you can quilt that out”!🤣😂

  31. Nilene Thompson-Finn

    You had me howling with this post. The meme about Santa giving everyone dictionaries was priceless. I had seen it on FB before but in this context it struck me as so funny that I spit out my morning tea!
    Thanks for your wonderful blog. ❤️❤️❤️
    Nilene in San Diego

  32. Brenda in Georgia

    I love all the photos!
    I too am easily bothered, far too often , with the widespread usage of really poor grammar. It seems to be highlighted on local television interviews with people who are witnesses to crimes, etc., but I have observed the usage in some television programs, such as a nationally televised soap opera. I was shocked. You would think they would have writers who catch such things. I know, it is a soap opera, and it is my leftover guilty pleasure of watching it with my mother on the odd occasion when I was home from work. But I have also heard a few nationally known news people use poor grammar. I think grammar is not being emphasized in school anymore. I guess we would have to ask the teachers out there.
    I have also had the problem with the things I have typed disappearing. I have on occasion been able to go into the history tab on my computer and retrieve it. However, I would really like to know what makes that happen?
    Thanks so much for keeping us entertained and informed. I love hearing from you!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks their text disappears!!

  33. DebMac

    Rant first! It upsets me to use words of more than 1 syllable and Spellcheck questions them so I have to go and look up the word only to find I had spelled them correctly. I am utterly amazed at how pathetic built-in spelling vocabularies are. There are millions of words out there so use as many different ones as you can.; they don’t wear out. And usage! Don’t even get me started.
    As to the cut work piece, I have a similar one and just mist lightly with Best Press, starch or whatever you use and carefully iron. Try not to get the point of your iron into the open areas.
    Now to go take a photo of our Christmas tree to send on to you. It was a struggle getting that done. New puppy meant total new theme for the tree. Inexpensive unbreakable ornaments to the rescue. Hopefully, next year, my heirloom ornaments will be back on the tree.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – a new puppy is lots more fun than heirloom ornaments! Haha!!! Send us a picture

  34. NormaA

    I remember my mother starching doilies and then stretching them into shape by pinning them on the carpet in the dining room. Then when they were dry taking the pins out and they kept the stretched out shape and laid flat .

  35. Erin

    The pictures are all wonderful!

    I have so many pet peeves when it comes to grammar. I’m shocked that no one seems to understand the difference between using “is” and “are.” So much that I read now is unintelligible because of grammar and punctuation errors. That said, I know my grammar and punctuation can fall far short of what is correct.

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