Thunderstorms north and south of us but we got a bit of much needed rain. Good weather allowed us to open up the porch. Rick builds this box in the back of the golf cart so I don’t have to climb a ladder. He drives and I unhook the winter protectors which are stored until fall when they go on again.
The birds arrived this weekend – goldfinches, orioles and barn swallows. Seeing them right outside the porch is thrilling!
And the biggest news – Fluffybun is back! I went out to the shop last evening and there she was waiting by the door. I won’t be so worried next time because I know she can find her way back. She is just fine and wasn’t even very hungry. What? In all the years I’ve had cats I’ve never experienced this – my cats know this is cat heaven! Ha!
The next project is moving the plants outside. I have got to find a home for some of these plants – if you’re local, are you interested?
This happens every morning when Telly needs to take a daily pill – everybody lines up for a piece of cheese.
Pet Parade and Reader Quilts
This is why I quilt panels – they hang outside and get very faded but I enjoy them for a season.
Thanks for reading the blog about nothing!
Your blog about nothing is very much something in my eyes! Love it!
Computer issues are so annoying. Your blog showed up in my spam box and no pictures to see. Looks like you had quite a few quilt pictures this time.
Debbie – try going online to see the pictures.
Love your blog about nothing. Had a little rain last night, sun is shining this morning. Yesterday was beautiful, I put some flowers in pots they are ready to go when it’s a little warmer. I cover them at night. Going to get lawnmower parts today. Seems like every time I mow something breaks
Joyce – I know what you mean about repairs! Luckily Rick can work on all the mowers. I have a fleet of them so when one breaks I move to another one.
Yeah, Fluffybun!! Welcome home, you had us all so worried. Your porch is wonderful, but looks like some work ahead getting it cleaned up. A great place to be in the spring, summer, and early fall. I look forward to your blog about nothing.
Love your blog!
Fluffybun is a beautiful cat, and I know you’re glad to have her back.
Good news about Fluffy Buns coming home. We were all worried about her. Wasn’t Sunday’s weather just lovely? I am sure everyone was enjoying being outside, soaking up the sunshine! I took Bailey for a ride in the car late in the afternoon. That is her very favorite thing to do. Did anyone watch the coronation? I recorded it and am watching it in increments! Otherwise, it gets too long.
Lois Ann – yes, I watched and forgot to say anything about it – very majestic – but long.
Your dogs are so cute! Our 2 little munchkins line up at night for peanut butter, as one has to take a pill, and the other refuses to be left out. Our little “old man” is a mutt, probably part shih tsu, from the Humane Society, who will be 6 this month. Then the holy terror, Annie, a 1 1/2 year old shih tsu that is my husband’s little darling, and the one needing the medication. They do keep us active , and entertained! Love reading your blog, wish I had your energy!
Big news! Fluffybun is back! You’re going to have to talk to her about scaring mama have to death with worry!
Looks like you have a good system for getting your window covers off, but how do you get up in there? You do know when you get our age, you have to be a little careful with yourself!
W received such sad news yesterday in church, a church family lost their little 20 month old. He got road over with the family car. My heart breaks for that dear family, an accident but oh the pain and sorrow!
Your pet parade is so fun.
Happy for you that you got a little welcome rain. I see we have some in the forecast for later in the week.
Don’t work to hard!
Joy – oh, that is tragic!! A similar accident happened to a neighbor child when I was a kid. He lived many years brain dead – so sad.
How do I get into the golf cart? A ladder. Yes, I’m getting old but I love the porch – it’s my favorite room and I can’t wait to sit out there and read and then take a nap – like being outside without the bugs. Who would I hire to help me?
That poor, must be young, family!
Mary, yes they are a young family. The oldest child is a second grader. This little boy was their fourth. Can’t get them off my mind.
Yes, I know what you mean by loving the porch! We added on 14 years ago and added a sunroom with windows, a deck and patio, plus a updated bathroom with walk-in shower, and a walk in closet. Well you can imagine I really appreciated that walk in shower after my back surgery and before! We love our sunroom/porch. Sometimes the room is warm in March already. We did out some heat in their but rarely use it unless the grandkids want to sit out there to get away from us, haha. I do not like bugs!
Even tho we have grandkids, they all have jobs, so hiring someone isn’t just so easy. I know what you mean.
Well, I visited my friend who lost her hubby. Brought her some frozen lasagnas to use this week to feed the family when they are all home, and some coffee. Then ran some other errands and picked up my friend and we went to Dell Rapids to bring a couple of my quilt tops away to be quilted. My friend found a really neat panel to make potholders, placemats with for a donation. I bought a flag for my front flower bed to hang on the flag hanger. Then we went for Mexican.
A beautiful day…no wind and warm. Now I’m done for 😂
Joy – I told several people today about that sad accident – those parents will never be the same. We have a walk in shower upstairs and downstairs but no tub at all so there’s no soaking aching muscles. (We were younger when we did it and didn’t know about aching old bodies. Ha!). We’ve talked about closing in our porch – there’s already heat in the floor to be connected if we wanted but I think I’m too tired of remodeling. Your poor friend – you had a busy day! It was nice and warm with no wind – I moved plants outside most of the day. I still have 35 in the basement!! Haha!
No more remodeling here either! What we have done is the end. Mary I could not move all those plants! But, you enjoy what you do ! Hang in there!
Joy, Oh, how very sad about the baby. That poor family will be heartbroken forever. I will pray for them.
Connie R. Thanks so much! A nightmare that never ends! So sad!
Thanks so much for writing your blogs.
I love your blog about nothing. I look forward to it everyday! I got up at 5am to watch the coronation on Saturday!!! Loved all of the pomp and ceremony. We are looking forward to a stretch of really nice weather this week. Spring is finally here in NH.
And thank you for writing it!
(And it’s really not about ‘nothing’ – it’s about your life, life on the farm and lots of animals!
So enjoy your blog and its about a lot of things and think it is wonderful of you to share all these
things with us… Makes us smile and laugh and sometimes see ourselves in the same spot..
Love all the pictures of fur babies and who wouldn’t want all of them – nothing like the love of a
four legged baby… May your day be filled with all good things… until tomorrow..
have a good one..
I love this time of year; everything coming back to life! We moved our inside plants outside here in NC a few weeks ago (we wait until April 15 for the frost danger to pass) but the last ten days we’ve been in New England experiencing “earlier” spring all over once again (they wait until Mother’s Day in MA and Memorial Day in NH for the all-clear!) We’re back home again to fully leafed-out trees and daylilies blooming to welcome us home!
Isn’t is nice to be able to open the house up, put plants outside, and just enjoy some warm weather for a change? We’ll be getting your rain later today, but yesterday was wonderful. It was such a nice surprise to see Fluffybuns is back again! She’s such a cute, beautiful cat, I don’t know how her previous owner could leave her behind. Thanks for another interesting post about “nothing”.
It’s Porch Season!!! I’ve never had a screened in porch but have always wanted one! Thank you for letting me enjoy yours!!!
I’m home after a week with the Grands—tired but happy. I haven’t started missing them just yet, but I’ve only been home about 8 hours and I slept most of that! Now to get busy with all the things I didn’t get done last week!! Ha!
We had storms last night too but the worst skirted Carson, IA. I love the panel hanging outside. I drape over the railings and always have something on the front door.
Have you had any Hummingbirds Mary? Do you put out feeders? I’m patiently waiting for them to arrive in NC Iowa. I was wondering how Telly was doing. Hadn’t seen many pictures lately. We tilled and expanded our garden last week and ate anxious to get planting. Still a little early here though. Thankful for the rain! We sure needed it.
Love your back porch! Oh, the stonework is beautiful. I would so love a screened in one. We do have a beautiful front porch that I love to stitch down my bindings on though. So much work when the weather is nice! So happy your kittie came back, They do make us crazy!
My heart just aches for that poor family! Years ago, a father ran over his own child in the driveway near us. He was behind the car and dad didn’t see him. I shudder when I think of the anguish he must have suffered and still does.
We have had so much rain here, but this week is supposed to be beautiful. Everything is so green though I love it. The mower kept clogging when I tried to cut the back and I had to stop. Now it looks ridiculous because part is cut, and part isn’t. Oh well, it will get done. Love the pictures!
Mary…In your last couple of photos, showing your farm quilt outdoors, I would like to know where you got the quilt hanger? Did Rick make it for you or did you buy it? I have a great panel I want to hang on our front porch. The porch is covered and mostly shaded, so maybe I could get a couple of years worth from it. Love your panel, by the way. Fluffy Bun is a beautiful cat. So glad she is back.
Sue – we used to have these hangers made but not by Rick. The bar flips up and pinches the quilt to hang it. It has a slanted edge to make it tight. Would you like some closeup photos so you might have one made? Ours were 28” wide and we designed all our door banners 27” wide to fit on this hanger. I wish I had 100 of these hangers – I could sell every single one. Let me know about photos.
Yes, thank you, Mary. I would like some close-ups. Maybe my sweet husband could make one for me for my coming up birthday. 28/27 inches sounds about perfect. Appreciate it….
Sue – I’ll do that / now because f I don’t do it in the next two days I have forgotten and you will please remind me!
I’m so glad to hear Fluffybun is back! I’m sure you must be relieved. She’s such a beautiful cat, and aptly named. We had some gold finches at our feeder this weekend too, joining the year-round chickadees and nuthatches. Such a pretty yellow! Thanks for sharing the reader quilts.
Enjoyed reading your blog again today. We got about .4″ of rain last night at our place. We are so thankful as we were really needing it. I hope it is enough to bring my beans, cukes and squash up out of the ground. Potatoes are still emerging; also the sweet corn. Today I will sew the binding on another charity quilt. I need to have it done by Thursday when we meet again. Our little quilting group has over two tubs full of quilts to give to our local hospital. They will come pick them up this Thursday. We are small in number, but get a lot done. The hospital really appreciates the quilts we give them. Enjoy your day. It is beautiful here today.
I had to laugh at the picture of Rick with the dogs all waiting for cheese!
I put out my hummingbird feeder out a couple days ago. None spotted yet. I read an article years ago that the hummingbirds come back on May 10. I don’t know if that’s an “old wives tale” or, if there is actually some truth to it. I’ll keep watch.
Finally feeling like Spring. Doing some spring cleaning/decluttering which is way past due.
It is so great to see that Spring has arrived in your area. I love your screened in porch and the winter coverings. I hope you schedule “porch sitting” in your daily schedule. ENJOY SPRING!
The heat and humidity has arrived in Texas……..HOT!
What kind of plans do you have available?
Jean – don’t understand your question
Oops..I ment plants!!
Rick is very talented and can build anything I think – spring has sprung – enjoy the birds while sitting in your porch!!
The best news: Fluffybun is back. I got all choked up. Animals are miracles when good things happen. Love all the readers’ animals. Nice vibrant pictures! Rick has so many skills with the golf cart. Telly and Hazel enjoy the ritual every morning.
Flowers planted and three tomato plants: Celebrity, Early Girl and Mortgage Lifter! The flowering trees haven’t started but maybe about Mother’s Day. Mary, thank you for your morning news. I so look forward to your musings.
Good morning! First Goldfinch showed up this morning. Better get my oranges out since you have them. Like the panel.
Kay – Radar has some fans among the readers. Such a cute
picture of him.
Mary- Thanks again for writing the blog about nothing! I always look forward to reading it. We got some rain last night and this morning the world seems so much cleaner and fresher. The birds are singing and the day seems perfect and full of possibilities.
Oh Wendy I was just talking about cape cod this morning and how beautiful it has to be there with all the flowering shrubs and trees and lakes and oceans.
I love Cape cod and it’s serene areas. And a wealth of history.
Mary I got tears when I read Fluffy Bun is back. She is beautiful and I know she needs to stay close to you to be safe. Loved the picture of the dogs and their morning ritual. We have things like that here too with the dogs and it cracks us up how they are expecting the same. Lovely pictures of pets and quilts so a perfect post to read and we appreciate you including us in your days there. My husband is replacing the bushings on the springs of our old golf cart so we keep nursing it along to help us doing our work around here too.
Kathy – when I stop to think how old my golf cart is,I can’t believe it’s still going – with absolutely no problems! I’m going to move Fluffybun back in the house – I won’t lock her up but at least now I know she can find her way back.
Ours is old too Mary as you know. 1998 I believe. We would be lost without it just like you. Hasn’t needed a lot of repairs thru the years but it’s been driven up and down and all around between us and grandkids so has been a life saver without that speed I don’t want to deal with. We can cut thru some spots and use it to go to church too if we don’t walk and have some larger items to carry. I suppose we could have someone paint it up cute but past doing that now. I think keeping that gorgeous cat inside as much as you can could covert her. We keep ours inside as he could never defend himself now at his age and slow moving against all the predators around the woods out back. I am so relieved Fluffybun is back with you.
Kathy – I know mine is older than 1998 – yours might be, too. The kids like to drive it because it’s pretty loud, not like Rick’s new one that you can barely hear. Haha! I’d like to keep HB inside but already last night she was begging to go out. I didn’t let her but probably today I’ll have to give in. She deserves to be happy but I know I will worry about her. I’m going to try to move her back to the house where she was until she disappeared.
So glad your Kitty returned!! I know it makes your heart happy!
Hi Mary – so glad Fluffybun came back! Your hubby is very clever to build that box on his golf cart so you can reach the screen covers!
Your panel inspires me to get some seasonal ones and straight line quilt them for fast and easy ! Thanks for that. I would be afraid to hang they outside though, Chicago the windy city has nothing over Nebraska winds!
So glad Fluffybun is back – I treat our cats very well, but they are all outside cats and they take off once in a while and some of the ones I love don’t always return .( We have a lot of wild critters out here – that might be the reason they don’t), makes me sad.
So blessed to have gotten .77″ of much needed rain last night! Won’t be able to spray or plant beans for a little bit. Should help the corn to come up! So enjoy your blogs about nothing! HUGS… and stitches
The “animal parade” is so fun to see, thank you for doing what you do. Will send up a prayer for the family who lost their dear child, so very sad. Warm weather has finally come to north central Georgia, garden up and even spied a green bean yesterday.
Carolyn – our garden isn’t even in yet. Boohoo!
What a lovely thing to do with the lights on the ceiling of your porch! It is both festive and serene….to be enjoyed each evening you are out there.
Timn and I spent the day replacing the gutter guards. He had no business being on the roof with me holding a rope, hearing him yell “give me slack and tighten the rope”.
Yikes, but they are done for a few years. I like the outdoors wall hanging. Now I have a reason to buy them!
Let spring arrive!!
Jennifer – yikes! Don’t you hate jobs like that? We all love panels and buy them and then don’t know what to do with them. Don’t fret too much with the quilting – sometimes I don’t even bind them. I just stitch along the edge. How’s your mom? And Midge?
That’s a great idea about using a panel to hang outside. Years ago (and never again) I made a small wall hanging with hand appliqué and hand quilting. I hung it outside for a bit and was very disheartened when it totally faded. Was really happy to hear that Fluffy Buns came home! We had a cat once that I think several people in the neighborhood thought he was theirs! He roamed a lot but always came back. Since the wind isn’t howling here for a change, I’ve been planting flowers and veggies in the ground and in pots. Stopped for a rest and to read email. I’m always happy to see your blog posts. Please never stop!
Thanks for writing the “blog about nothing”. I do so enjoy reading it!
Love the panel! There is just so much to do on a farm! You amaze me!!
I love your “blog about nothing!” It makes me happy to hear about the day to day stuff…so similar to my everyday life! Thanks for keeping it up!
I love your blog about nothing!! Enjoyed all the pictures today. My husband was a very handy fixer like Rick.
Thank you for sharing,I’m look forward to my emails..
It’s nice you’re preparing for warmer days.
Katie in Gilbert,Az.
Nice to see Rick getting around..stay health your
Hi Mary, the platform on the back of the golf buggy reminds me of Queen Elizabeth standing in the back of a Land Rover waving to the crowds, perhaps you can do the same waving at as you do a tour of the farm! My over active imagination sees bunting on the platform , gloves and hat optional! Enjoy the coronation and concert! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy
Sandy – it also reminds me of the Popemobile! Haha!!! I’ll consider the hat and gloves 😉
Your blog isn‘t about nothing, it‘s about life which is not always exciting….thank goodness! I enjoy reading about your life. I just wish I‘d get myself to accomplish as much as you do. Thank you…
Maybe spring has finally spring!! Wow! That’s quite a process getting the porch covers off!! That is a nice batch of pets I quilts! I have so many panels; maybe I’ll try that for our front porch!
That’s a great idea about the quilt panels, may have to try that! And I see you are getting your screen porch ready, I am so happy for you! After showing my husband the pics of your porch he is really thinking that might work here! Just waiting till the price of lumber comes down, (if it ever does)?
So happy Fluffybun came back, she sure is a cute little thing! My first hummingbird came by yesterday glad I put the feeder out that morning! I put my other bird feeders out in the morning and take it down at dusk, so far no bears, but usually they outsmart me and come during the day then the only choice I have is to just throw the seed down on the hill as the birds still come and I feel bad so I throw it down. I also have a turkey, that I name Mabel who since last year doesn’t seem to want to leave my property, so I always make sure to put some down for her! And yes this winter we had over 30 daily but now they have all disappeared but Mabel, I hope she finds a friend!
Carmen – remember last year I rescreened the entire porch and new screen means it’s not very dirty. All I really had to do was blow off some dust. Next comes floor scrubbing and then out comes my favorite chair!
Carmen – forgot to say I think it’s really sweet that Mabel stuck around – yes, I hope she finds a nice boyfriend!
Can’t wait to see a pic of you sitting in that favorite chair on your favorite porch! Yeah!
There has been a male turkey walking around here a bit but they don’t seem to be together?
Also an update on the bear, he came right after I commented on your blog, he got one of my suet holders but that’s all, so now can’t put those out and the seed will have to go on the ground! Some birds don’t like eating off the ground much so I know I will lose some but not all!
I’m glad Fluffybun is home! When first moved to SC Mikey disappeared for almost a month but he showed up again. Smudge got out and he decided the outside was not as comfortable as his perch on the bookshelf behind the plant, he came right back. Cats…well they are cats.
Ginny – I’ve never had this happen before – I think the dogs chased her and she was scared but where has she been eating for 10 days?
Ginny- I really want my cats to be indoor/outdoor but all of them are old except FB – the wanderer!
I don’t ever comment but wanted to let you know I like reading your posts. I truly fell in love with Radar.
Great blog today. Who doesn’t enjoy pictures of pets and quilts. I don’t know how you find the time to do all you get done. Keep on quilting!
I love your blogs about nothing. 😊😊
So happy that Fluffybutt has returned! She is such a pretty girl, isn’t she?
Love the branch on your porch ceiling. Great idea!
I thought spring had arrived. The Apple trees are in full bloom and very beautiful. Then today we had snow. It didn’t stay on the ground but a few hours. And now we are supposed to have 80 degrees on Friday.
Glad Fluffy Buns is home. One of our cats went for a walk shortly after we had moved. It took a week but he finally came home. It was such a relief. Love your blog about life and truly enjoy the pictures.
I am so happy to hear Fluffybun came home; she is a beauty.
We had a thunderstorm last evening and appreciate the rain.
Spring is truly here. We have a wren in a little house hanging on the clothesline post-so cute and busy. The exciting news here is our first grandchild graduated from college yesterday; she will go to grad school at the same college studying nutrition.
I also love your screened porch Mary; it is perfect! Thanks so much for the blog. 🥰
To whoever owns Radar: I too loved this beautiful dog. Is he a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? His face is just precious. C C
Yea, Fluffy Buns is back. Wouldn’t you love to know where she’s been? She looks none the worse for the week she’s been gone. Thank goodness a coyote didn’t get her. Some nearby farmer’s wife must have taken pity on her and fed her. Mary, you’ll sleep better tonight, knowing she’s home safe with you and Rick. Your porch looks very inviting and ready for an early morning cup of coffee before you tackle the job of bringing the rest of the plants upstairs from the basement. Slow down, Mary, we want you to stay healthy.
Jeanne in Co.
Jeanne – yes, Radar is a a Cavalier who belongs to a neighbor, friend and ex-employee, Kay. She has another one named Harley, too. I’ll see if she has more pictures – I’m sure she does! Have no idea where FB was for 10 days – we have no close neighbors except two bachelors who wouldn’t feed her. I do feed Mama in the barn and maybe she ate there but I never saw her!
I love your blog about nothing! Sure wish you were closer so we could sit on the porch and visit about nothing….I love to sit on my porch and watch the birds, foxes and deer. It would be nice if the deer didn’t eat my flowers though!
Donna – I would love to talk about nothing on the porch!! No foxes or deer to watch however.
Fun blog but that panel is just my type. Wonder if there are any others out there. So nice!
Judy – I’ve had this panel for quite awhile before I quilted it but there are MANY panels out there – good luck!
I love your system for taking down the outside of the porch. Great idea not to have to be on a ladder.
I am also so happy Fluffbun is home. She is adorable. The line up for cheese is cute:) And, the quilts are wonderful, as usual from this talented group!
I decided to cancel Buddy’s appointment for grooming at Pet Smart. The technician there is very good, but I heard too many stories of Maine Coon cats having heart attacks due to stress. Our daughter’s part Maine Coon had a heart attack several years ago at age 5. Buddy is not a fan of the carrier so I am doing a little trimming at home which he seems to enjoy. Has anyone else heard about these heart attacks?
Joy, I feel so sorry for your church family. That happend here several years ago to a friend of our daughter’s that we had known for years. She backed over her daughter age 4, I believe. It was awful. It is good we have those back up alarms now.
I forgot to mention, we had a Hummingbird yesterday. And, for three days we have had a true Red Headed Woodpecker. He is pretty round so he must be eating well and a little bigger than a Robin. We have also had Orioles and Grosbeaks, but my husband said they are just passing through. Sad because they are so beautiful.
Take care, Mary, and don’t get toooo achy!
Diane – such a sad story. There’s another set of parents who will never be the same. And don’t worry about me – ibuprofen is my best friend!
It is a sad story and so hard for the family.
Ibuprofen is my friend, too😀