Good Morning From the Porch, 7-7-24

Looks like another perfect summer day – but without the heat. I’m not sure we got to 75 yesterday and for those of you suffering in record breaking temperatures I almost hesitate to tell you. I do because we’re all seeing the weather become scary around the country – out of the ordinary and conditions we have never seen. We have read that insurance companies are no longer willing to insure homeowners in Iowa due to tornadoes, flooding and derechos. The costs of the claims are too high for the companies to stay viable. So I thought that’s why one bought insurance.

We learned of a friend’s son in Omaha who suffered damage from a tornado and flood. His deductible is $12,000 and the insurance company counted these as two separate instances so his deductible is $24,000. That’s rough.

I love hearing about the weather where you live and I have enjoyed all your comments – now that we’ve got that all figured out. when that changed so drastically I would have thought WordPress could have let me know it was going to happen. If they sent an email it probably looked like an ad so it should have had a read receipt attached.

I got over 150 comments and many emails which sometimes creates a problem with readers questions. If they’re asking about something 2 or more days ago, I have moved on and simply don’t have time to search through back posts and answers. Ya gotta keep up with me and if you’re looking for information on a previous post, it’s up to you to go back and search or ask the question in the comments so the readers can answer.

So did you watch The Fever game yesterday against the #1 team, the New York Liberty? Caitlyn had a record breaking triple double and was so humble at the news conference, she admitted she didn’t know what to say. She acted almost embarrassed that she had broken yet another record. And for those of you who have written and thanked me for introducing you to Caitlin and women’s basketball, it was my pleasure. I look forward to every game.

I just let the chickens out and found Mama looking very comfortable.

Not many pictures were taken yesterday but I’m leaving you with this meme. I got a kick out of it.

Gotta get ready for church. Thanks to all you readers who hang in there when I encounter tech problems that take me longer to figure out than a 5th grader.

74 thoughts on “Good Morning From the Porch, 7-7-24

  1. Pattie from PA now CO

    I’ve gotten lost in reading comment or making them until your latest explanation.. Regardless, I have been extremely busy planning and traveling. This year I decided to leave PA in the summer and find a cooler spot to enjoy. I found a co-host position in a National Forest near Telluride, Co.
    Sorry to rub it in to all of you suffering from heat and unpleasant weather. It is 40 or so at night and sunny and 70 during the day with no humidity. Life is good and the views here are absolutely stunning.
    I will try to share more soon, am working on getting Starlink. I have very little cell service and no internet which I sorely miss. Getting a lot of reading done and I have lots of sewing projects with me since I expect to be away from home about 9 months this time.

    1. Martha W in WY

      Wow Pattie, now that’s a dream job. Cool nights, beauty all around you, new areas to explore who could ask for anything more? Well, internet would be nice.

  2. Kris in WI

    I’ve known for a long time that ads on the internet are selected to aline with my viewing choices, but today ads for fancy chicken coops came up on Mary’s blog! It has to be from the recent chat line about the traveling chickens, Mary’s rooster crowing for the first time, and general questions. So— How about a coop that looks like an old-time country store? No? Then maybe the deluxe Victorian-trimmed one or a “stone” cottage that looks as though it came right out of the Hobbit! Yikes, these are too much fun. Maybe it is a hint to get chickens! LOL. Ah, nope, don’t think so, but I love the stories about them! Kris

    PS–Does anyone else get interesting ads?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kris – wow, I did not know there was a correlation!

    2. Sherry Whalen

      Ads are funny – and sometimes a little creepy lol – we are definitely being tracked. I’ve been to a store and google investigating an e-bike…and now – ALL of the e-bike companies are stalking me I think. There are a lot of them, they follow me on facebook, I see e-bike ad here and other sites I visit. And now today I got a snail mail ad for Aventon. It’s a little disconcerting since I haven’t given any of the companies even an email address…..but the information is all out there! Sherry from Kasson MN

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Sherry – I agree! I don’t want anybody following my life online and sending me ads. So you’re considering an e-bike – you should ask Connie about hers.

    3. Martha W in WY

      I’m seeing a lot of vacuum ads. Used for cleaning up after the chickens? And fancy jewelry ads? I haven’t been searching for any of those on the net. Go figgure.

  3. Joy in NW Iowa

    Momma is so beautiful! Wehave a couple new babies (wild) that come out and play with their mamma. Our cats continue to be all black except one gray one.
    Today the high is suppose to be 80. Looking at the forecast it appears to be creeping up to normal 80 to 90 degrees. Heat and humidity is what the crops need! I definitely feel bad to people on the west coast who do not have air because this isn’t normal for them.
    Not sure what my plans are for the day. A little laundry maybe. I’ll head down stairs and see what I can dig into. Send cards to the elderly at church that have a birthday, new babies , and get well, etc. some weeks the sit is long. But a greeting card is always good to get, right?
    Not sure anyone else is having extreme mosquito troubles. My daughter was camping in Yankton , they were there too, here in our area they about carry you away! People are spraying their lawns so the kids can go outside. They are in the garage and hang on your clothes and come inside, ugh! Itch itch!!
    Have a good day everyone and thank you Mary!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – we can hardly drive the wilderness trail! It’s a self sacrifice with all the mosquitoes!! Yes, I agree that cards are a bit of happiness and kindness!

  4. Linda in Central Iowa

    After about 15 years of living in Tucson and Albquerque, my niece and her husband retired. As I type this, they are enroute to Iowa to sign papers for home ownership tomorrow. They are retiring to Iowa. My sister from Houston and more recently also Albquerque, will be joining them within a month. For the first time in over 40 years, my little family will be living less than 1000 miles apart! Looking forward to having them so close – only 90 miles.
    Sewing mojo is still low (but, Mary, I did finish a panel piece). Another hobby is genealogy and I have been working on my mother-in-law’s line almost exclusively for about 8 years and I am sooooo close to being done as far as I can go. German church records are not available pre 1680’s. I hope to have it completed by the end of this summer. So far 13 notebooks of history for this family and 2 more to finalize with labels and pictures of original documents. Then I can get back to my own family branches. Working on getting a lot of it digitized. Maybe the sewing mojo will have time to work it’s way into my mind set again.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – I think genealogy is extremely time consuming and Becky and I have discussed this and come to this sad conclusion – we don’t care!!! Haha!!!! Sorry.

    2. Martha W in WY

      How did you ever trace the records back that far? I know about the Mormon genealogy site. One of my uncles used it. However, he and a couple of other relatives made a couple of trips to Germany to find graves. He also, hired a person who works at that genealogy center to do some research. She came up with fascinating information about my mother’s father’s side of the family.

  5. Marie C

    Here in east central Iowa we got more rain over the weekend. I can’t complain though. We are finally out of the drought for the first time in a long time. My garden is growing like crazy, along with the weeds.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marie – I think we had almost 1-1/2” yesterday

  6. Linda in Michigan

    Mama sure is a cutie pie! No problem seeing or reading anything on the blog, as far as I know, there haven’t been any problems on my end.
    The sun is shining, but we had a good rain earlier this morning. We’ve had some cooler weather in West MI over the holiday, but the humidity is starting to ramp up again.
    Those insurance companies are something, aren’t they? But we can’t live without them, so there you go.

  7. Sheryl Harrison

    In March, I received two letters from my insurance company…one for auto, one for home. The letters had a simple sentence my policies were canceled because they are no longer in that business. WHAT!!!!??? I have never had a claim and I’ve been a long time customer. When I talked to my agent, she said that company is no longer covering Iowa. I’m not sure why the letter couldn’t explain that!!! So my agent had to find a new company and I’m paying higher rates. When talking to my agent and a couple of other agents when I was price comparing, they said companies pulling out of some states is a common thing when there are many disasters.

    I am enjoying cooler weather. I plan to mow tomorrow when it’s 81 degrees.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sheryl – well, talk about unfair!!! Our insurance went up lots but I said what else can I do but pay it? Farmer Tim is our insurance man so I know he felt bad but nothing he can do – it’s Farm Bureau. Like I said, I’m sure the insurance companies are getting rich anyway.

      1. Sheryl Harrison

        One of the agents I talked to said rates increased so much, he was calling farmers to let them know so they wouldn’t have heart attacks when they got their premium notices.

  8. Kelli

    Love your blog! Try to comment regularly but do have lapses 🙄 thanks for giving us all an enjoyable read each day? I so look forward to it 😊

  9. Shirleyf

    I hope you don’t delete the quiet ones. I enjoy reading your blog every day, but I don’t comment very often.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Shirley – don’t be so quiet then – tell us about yourself.

  10. Linda in Saginaw Michigan

    Thanks for explaining the triple double, that’s remarkable and she is an amazing athlete. I wonder how much is God given talent and how much is pure dedication and practice, practice, practice. I’m giving it all up to the God given option because that’s what it takes in the long run, God provides the ability to do and be dedicated to practice, practice, practice.

    I love your mama cat. I had a mammy cat I found with two tiny babies. When I took them in it was in a box I had closed and the minute I sat the box down mammy jumped out and hid for over a week but when no one was around she would take care of the babies. I wanted to keep them all but my husband said no, find homes. My secretary at the time took the two babies and I ended up keeping mammy, telling husband I couldn’t find anyone to take her. I had her for close to 18 years, I think she was young when I found her, and she was one of the sweetest kitties I’ve ever had. She was a short haired tuxedo.

    The deer have eaten all of my lillies, poppy blooms and almost all the other flower blooms, even my balloon flowers! We have a deer I call lonely deer because she is always by herself and she comes up to the house and has even been in the garage when the door was open. Now they have completely stripped the apple trees, nothing was ripe but they don’t care. Even the apples at the very top! No applesauce or pies for us.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – thank you for keeping mammy and making her life wonderful for 18 years. I’ve come to the realization that most men don’t like cats particularly. Sometimes wives just have to say this is the way it’s going to be. I guess I don’t realize how lucky I am not to have deer in my yard!! I’d hate to see them eat my beautiful hydrangeas to the ground.

  11. Sally

    At 4:50 pm Las Vegas was the hottest city in the world at 118*F! Then Mexicali went up to 119*F! Thankfully, we just had both cars air conditioning checked and repaired. How old is Mama cat? She is very pretty. I love that meme Caitlin Clark “Hold my Beer!”. She just keeps doing what she does best!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sally – I’m not sure I can even remember when Mama first came but she was young and pregnant. She had 3 kittens and I fixed all 4 cats only to have all three kittens disappear. She’s at least 10 and she’s welcome to come in the house but I tired once and she freaked out – she’s happy in the barn.

  12. Barbara Onnen

    Don’t feel bad Mary. All of us baby boomers need a kid to figures out the quirks in this contraption that we think we are smart enough to figure out how to use! Just keep trying😊

  13. Donna Jo

    Cute meme. Angel just had 13 consecutive double doubles but they lost todays . Dan watched the game. I can’t watch unless the Fever is playing. Mama looks so sweet. Enjoy your cooler weather. It’s got to heat up since it’s July. Our car and homeowners insurance both went up 20% and we have not had a claim on either. I hope you’re getting more ads closed.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – I won’t know if the ads have been successful until the end of the month but I so appreciate everyone’s help to keep this little community rolling!

  14. patti

    long day, long weekend, we all get back on the treadmill tomorrow. maybe life will get back to normal. i see the heart people (normal checkup in congestive heart failure clinic). the condition develops as a result of c.o.p.d. being hard on the left side of the heart. copd is now going into 22nd year, so i thank God daily. this thing with house insurance deductibles is ridiculous. our premiums are outrageous (in florida) and we have an additional 2% deductible if hurricane related. i don’t think i’ve seen a 1000 deductible since i’ve owned in florida. no stitching for me as i’m very tired. that should get back to normal soon also. hubby brought in breakfast so now i’m full. i’m thinking about upsizing the ‘leader/ender’ because i have more of the right sizes already cut. will also make things a bit larger a bit quicker. i think the thing with caitlin and the other players is in large part jealousy along with the normal ‘let’s break in the rookie’. you’d think they would be glad for the attention. ever onward and upward. hugs and prayers for all, patti in florida

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patti – good luck at the clinic. I imagine the heat is hard on your heart. Insurance is terribly expensive and I thought that was the whole idea behind insurance! I don’t imagine their profits have gone down tho, have they?

      1. patti

        thanks. insurance fraud is so rampant in florida. the top people in the insurance industry make lots of money. the heat and humidity is harder on the breathing. but i stay inside most of the time. off to bed. hugs patti in florida

  15. Susan in AL

    We are burning up in Alabama, but that is how it is supposed to be here in the summer. I’m from Georgia, and I remember visiting Montgomery, AL as a young teen and feeling as if I had been punched in the chest. There is so much water in the air that it can be difficult to breathe! Lately, though, our “rain forest” reputation is not being earned. All of our usual summer rain has been falling a lot further north. So far, there hasn’t been too much impact on local farming, as the first crops are done, and the second are just getting under way.

    Yesterday we headed out to the farm stand where we bought some just-picked-this-morning corn and “maters” and early freestone peaches and summer apples and cucumbers and summer squash and zucchini and new “baby” potatoes. The blackberries are nearly done, but two weekends ago we picked two gallons of them at a farm with thornless blackberries. I’ve already made one batch of salsa and one of pesto, but there will be more basil and peppers and tomatoes before long.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – all that produce sounds wonderful! Not much fresh fruit around here, sadly.

  16. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary! We spent a very enjoyable day having a mini-family reunion at my aunt’s house. We hung out in her huge three car garage, shared a meal and played cards. The last time we were all together was two years ago.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your porch.

  17. NancyTD

    Two days of sunshine! It is a nice change from all the rain. The corn behind us has really grown. I’m sending a picture of my garden minus the weeds. I was surprised that so much was growing. Today my garden looks dry—weird for sure.
    Be safe everyone who are in the path of bad weather. Yes, insurance rates and deductibles are crazy. Gotta have it.

  18. Ellean - AR

    Pray all people in line of the Hurricane make in thru safe and small amount of damage. Most of my family live in line of the bad side, of course all of it is bad. Enjoy reading and seeing all the good and beautiful pictures. I am new at making comments so hope this goes thru OK

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ellean – please let us know how it goes with your family – See? Now we can watch and probably worry right along with you. I hope it’s not as bad as they’re predicting. Your comment came to me just fine – thank you.

  19. Sherry Whalen

    Hi Mary –

    It was a beautiful day today in SE MN – it hasn’t rained since about 3am this morning – it doesn’t take much for me to think it is a beautiful day since we’ve had SO much rain in the past 4-5 weeks, probably 14-15 inches. I am thankful that our new sump pump and water mitigation system is working so well, so our complete dismantling and rebuilding of our lower level last year was worth every dollar, minute of work, and each and every ache and pain from doing all of that work!

    I haven’t done very much sewing since March/April, with being care taker for Mom when she got sick this spring and since she passed, we’ve been busy and I’ve got a little mojo problem. I sort of forced myself to sew up some Pfeffernuesse blocks (Bonnie Hunter pattern)over the weekend, just to get them finished up. I’ve had them cut since March.

    But I haven’t been idle – I didn’t know it but Mom had at least 20 photo albums, so I brought them home and have been going thru them and sorting. She has photos of my great grandparents and even one of a great great grandparent! She had started albums for each of my boys – taking the photos that I’d given her or she had taken of them and was putting them in an album for each. I can see where she started feeling ill and ran out of steam, so I am finishing them so I can give the to the boys for Christmas – from her. I think my grand kids will get quite a kick out of seeing their dads as kids in all of their goofiness.

    I’ve enjoyed keeping up with the blog and reading the comments, even the over 200 yesterday! The quilts are always beautiful (I really like the little bullseye – but then I like making bullseye quilts…I think I’ve made 5) – the little one is a great idea! Hazel is a hoot – in all of her digging in the ‘pile’ – did she find anything?

    Greetings to everyone – I really enjoy hearing about your local weather – so it is fun when everyone tells us where they live, everyone’s weather sounds wacky this year. We’ve had so much rain since mid May – after having almost no rain or snow all of last year.

    It’s time for me to put a couple hours in my photo project – I came up with a new idea today while doing some household chores, I need to see if it will work! Sherry from Kasson MN

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Liz – not sure what you’re referring to regarding our precious Telly but she died on May 30.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – coming right up – I took some pictures this morning and Big Red crowed for the first time!

  20. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary, I am envious of your temps…… was 88 here yesterday but the heat index was 105. yikes! I too have been watching weather across the country. Don’t like it a bit that they keep saying it’s going to be a bad hurricane season. Not good. I feel the pain with the insurance, they’ve done the same thing here in Florida. Many are just going without insurance. My comment was the same as yours…… isn’t that what they were there for?

    The heat just gives me a good reason to get in my sewing room and get some projects finished. 😃

    Take care all and stay safe!

  21. Jo in Wyoming

    Thanks for telling us about Caitlin…but, what is a double triple?
    The weather here has been beautiful. Not too hot and a slight breeze. That is forecasted to change later this week. Back into the 90’s.
    I have pulled weeds and racked till I’m pooped. Loretta and I worked till almost 7 pm yesterday.
    Anybody have a solution for grasshoppers? They are really doing a number on my petunias.

    Yep, going back to previous posts is another opportunity to click on ads.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – a triple double is more than 10 points, more than 10 assists, more than 10 rebounds, more than 10 steals, more than 10 blocks. Triple meaning she fulfilled three of these. I just love these games so much!

      1. Jo in Wyoming

        Wow…that’s a lot of action for one player.
        I don’t understand why she not on the Olympics team!!!
        I only have an antenna, so not a lot of sports for me to see on tv. Plus, I don’t have a tv in my sewing/quilting room.
        I did see where you were watching 2 games AND sewing quilt squares…no wonder you get so much done.

  22. Linda K

    We are envious of the back home in Iowa temps! We are visiting family out west and the highs are 100 plus! Even without humidity, it’s hot. Next week we head to the mountains to the next stop, so we’ll probably freeze! Ha! they are praying for rain here!

  23. San

    Congrats to Caitlin! Thanks for keeping us updated Mary.

    What a wonderful group of pictures. Iowa looks very green. We’re still having high humidity and heat! I ended up in the kitchen on the Fourth of July cooking and baking. Unexpectedly had the day off and it needed to be done. Made a double batch of my mom’s BBQ sauce. It’s great on chicken.

    I sure hope all of your readers in states further south are taking care of themselves and their animals. We’re not used to excessive days of high heat here in the mountains. Usually we cool off at night, but lately, that hasn’t happened much.

    Thanks for sharing Mary.

    San / Murphy, N.C.

  24. Martha W in WY

    Hi Mary, I still can’t see the comment box on the blog until someone else has commented then the box appears at the end of the comments section. I really wonder if anyone else has this problem. I saw your blog earlier this morning but no one had commented so I had to wait. It’s the strangest thing. It’s been this way since that update on WordPress.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      I experience the same thing. I always access the blog directly, but there is no “leave a reply” line when it is a new posting. After someone has posted a comment, then I get the “leave a reply” line. So, I just wait.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Vicki – did you read my instructions? I’ll post again

        1. Vicki Ibarra

          Here is what I read from your directions: You can no longer read the comments or leave a comment when you click on the email. You must click on “Blog” which will take you online and there you will find the comments at the bottom as well as the “reply” box.

          Does this mean the only way I can reach the blog and comments is by clicking on “read the blog” in the e-mail? I usually just go directly to the blog. I can do the former if that is what it takes.

          1. Mary Etherington Post author

            Vicki – yes, the only place to read comments or to leave one is online when you click Read in Blog. You can’t imagine how much time I’ve spent trying to figure this out as I’m assuming WordPress just sent an update through that changes it without notifying me. It’s going to take awhile to get everyone on board but I’ll try to keep up.

  25. Candy

    Glad to see Mama’s still there … I’d forgotten about her. What a beauty! For those readers who are worried about being ‘deleted’, just google Mary’s blog and read it. That’s what I’ve always done … no email involved. A bonus for you, Mary, when we have to search back through the blog and comments to find something, there are more ads to click on. Honestly, I’m sure I clicked on close to 100 ads one day while I was backtracking! It’s all good, and I’m always happy to look at all the pictures again.

  26. Paula S.

    I understand the frustration with tech issues. My son is helpful but I don’t want to bug him all the time since he has a family. We will get it figured out, I think! I’m with you – why do things change if it “ain’t broke”?

  27. Kathy in western NY

    Good afternoon. We came home from camp with sweet cherries, melons and sweet corn so good eating for next few days. Then we’ll return mid week and hopefully to some less humid air temps. You don’t have to tell me how tech problems baffle us….we still can’t figure out how the tv works in our motor home! So nothing but birds and bliss when there.
    Yesterday there was a golf cart parade and it was so funny with so many fabulous decorating ideas. Majority were all red, white and blue and USA theme. A man came by us last night and said “ can you tell most of us shopped at the nearby dollar store at the last minute” which explains why it was all America theme. One cart handed out red and blue popsicles. We as the spectators handed out glow sticks. Today was a fundraiser in the local park by the water for an animal rescue group. Pony rides, raffle baskets, vendors who paid to sell their crafts so it was fun looking at an outdoor show with such a variety. I was glad no animals were out in the heat other than the ponies which I saw hoses to keep them cool. I was happy doing a little shopping and donating to a cause close to my heart.
    I’m into reading Elin Hilderbrand last book she is writing about Nantucket (Swan Song) but I did sew more of some quilt blocks as I had to run my featherweight since I took that class and learned how it is oiled and cared for so ran it to disperse the oil. Such a perfect little stitch.

  28. Laurie Ann

    Hi Mary, I am in envy of your cooler weather. It is 93 degrees in MD today.. feels like 97. Love the meme about Caitlin. Thank you for posting it!! She is amazing!!

  29. Sandy

    Hi Mary, sitting here with the heater on having breakfast , chilly in New Zealand and l have got a cough and runny nose!so taking it easy for a few days,.Laughed about the chickens in the crate,have they been on holiday, or moving to new home? A quiet day ahead, Netflix and quilting, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  30. Carolyn S Knott

    I haven’t posted in a long time but i’ll catch you up. My son was diagnosed with colon cancer 3 years ago and this year it returned in his lung (small cell). He has gone through chemo and radiation and the tumor has shrunk from baseball size to marble size. The doctors say this will probably be as small as it will get. He has gone back to work full time now. He is an RN in ICU. He is expecting his first grandchild (my great) the middle of August. To say the least he is over the moon!! This has been a devastating thing as my daughter died 4+ years ago. Please pray as our family goes forward..

    1. Martha W in WY

      Carolyn, you have my condolences on the passing of your daughter. I can understand all the stress your family has been experiencing. I will certainly keep your son and family in my prayers. Oh, congratulations on becoming a great grandmother. Is that your first?

      1. Janet S

        Carolyn, I ditto what Martha has posted. Life sure can take some awful challenges. God bless your family.

    2. Patricia

      Carolyn I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Such difficult times. It is exciting to know there is a new baby coming. Surely an event to look forward to.
      Pat in Md.

    3. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – I am so sorry! But he’s getting a new baby in the midst of the trauma – so wonderful!!!

  31. Teresa in Indiana

    Momma cat looks so content and so pretty. Wow! That’s quite a steep deductible. Certainly not pocket change. It’s sunny and mid 90s here. I’m staying in and getting the guest room ready for a visit from a quilting friend on Tuesday. Hope everyone has a good day. Stay safe!

  32. Vicki Ibarra

    I decided I would clean up my sewing space today. I reorganized quilts, as well as supplies. I need more shelving, but made do with big cloth bags for some items. I still need to put a few things away, but feel a sense of accomplishment with what I got done. We have alternated between rain and a light sprinkle today. Our lawn is SO green! I pick a bunch of green beans every other day. (Today was not picking day, thank goodness.) They are a tasty side dish. I am hoping the flower beds dry out some day soon, so I can weed. Take care, everyone.

  33. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Good Morning, Mary. Mama is a beauty; does she ever let you pet her?
    We are still camping in the Nebraska panhandle, where the high is 77. I love having the camper wide open. It is a little too breezy to sew at the picnic table, but I also have knitting projects. Herb is working on genealogy inside, which I may do, also. We leave for home Thursday, so I am just enjoying this low humidity.
    Thanks, Mary 🥰

    1. Martha W in WY

      Jeanie, where are you in the NE Panhandle? We always loved the area by Ft. Robinson. When our son was in Boy Scouts their troop went up there once a year for several years to replant trees after a forest/prairie fire went through the area. Our son now is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Nebraska. One of the areas he oversees is the Parks and Recreation.

      1. Jeanie S, Central IL

        Martha W in WY,
        We are staying near the Monument in Gering. This is one of our favorite rv parks.
        We have stayed at Fort Robinson a couple times and also loved that area. We have recommended it to our non-camping friends, as there is lodging available on site. We also have gone up to Chadron to the Fur Trapper museum.
        Wyoming is another of our faves. We have been to Lander several times and the Tetons. Any recommendations? Thanks-have a great Monday.

  34. Tina W in Oregon

    Just finished reading all 216(!) comments from yesterday’s post. It was fun and I learned about things I’d never heard of before like the trombone year. Fun stuff! I love the bullseye table topper in rw&b. Will add it to my “someday” list. I picked a few Marion berries this morning and put them in the freezer. We only have a few vines but am hoping to have enough for a cobbler later this summer. I wear a leather glove on my left hand to hold the prickly vines and pick with my right hand. It’s going to be about 104° today and hotter through the week. Thank goodness for ac. My hubby and a friend went Walleye fishing on the Columbia River this morning. Good thing he’s got a top for the boat or else they would fry themselves for sure. Maybe we’ll be eating fish for dinner.

  35. Patty Brenner

    Mama is precious <3 I wish I could have a cat, but I am very allergic unfortunately. I make do with dogs, horses and chickens. I drove from Texas back to southern Arizona yesterday with my chickens (I have 1 rooster and 8 hens – they ride in large dog crates in the back of my truck). We had an unusual summer cool front, so the temperatures were pleasant for the majority of the trip. It was 9 hours from my house to El Paso, and the temps were 82 and below that whole portion of the trip. It heated up to low 90's in New Mexico and Arizona, so I give the chickens watermelon to keep them hydrated (they do have waterers in the crates). Our Arizona home is at about 4800 ft elevation, so thankfully we're 15-20 degrees cooler than Phoenix/Tucson.

    That insurance deductible is crazy, wow! We had a massive water leak (the ice maker line on my refrigerator broke) in our Texas home in 2018 – the entire house had 4" of water and lots of mold (I'd been in Arizona for 6 weeks and didn't know about the leak). We were so fortunate that our deductible was only $1000 and even that was reimbursed because our insurance company had an engineer take the parts and they built a case against the manufacturer. I don't know what their settlement was with the company, but the rebuilding cost for the damage was well over $200,000.

    I don't usually write this much, lol – I guess I had a lot to say today. Caitlin is a great role model, thanks for sharing her with those of us non-basketball fans!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Patty – ok, I have questions. Why do you transport chickens from TX to AZ? Do you live in both states? Do you take the horses, too, and where were the dogs riding? The chickens aren’t riding in the sun, are they? I’m sorry – these sound like ridiculous questions when I see them written down.

  36. Pat in AZ

    Mary, I think we are all 5th graders when it comes to tech issues. I have a grandson on speed dial and bless him, he still takes my calls.
    Momma is such a beautiful cat. She looks so soft. I miss not having a cat but the husband and one of the dogs aren’t fans. I have to live vicariously through you and the other readers.
    I’m slowly making headway on my quilt. Lots and lots of pieces parts to cut and stitch. At this rate I may be finished by fall. Hahaha
    Pat in AZ, who really really envies your cooler weather. Calling for 113 today

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