Hank’s Here! 5-16-24

We love having Hank visit! Keeper has a friend to rassle with – both will be exhausted tonight!

It might be sooner than tonight.

For those of you who also follow Jo’s Country Junction, you’ll know that she was doing a Broken Four Patch sewalong so I thought I’d show you the one I did last winter. I thought it would be so cool to make it from neutrals only but then I got the big idea of using one red square which I didn’t like in the end. Oh, well, it won’t be the last quilt I ever make.

So as you can see, even an experienced quilter like me has failures. Don’t take it too seriously if you also end up with a quilt you don’t love. Just make another one!

Vicki sent a picture of her gorgeous irises.

Here’s our Iris Door Banner, available for $5.00 and a SASE as always. Here are a couple more spring patterns, all the same price and instructions.

Did one of you readers possibly purchase this original quilt at our sale?

And of course, Wedding Day. I have the quilt which is so faded you can’t make out the clothes anymore. Each pattern is $5.00 and requires it’s own SASE.

Sitting in the porch watching and listening to the birds while the dogs have a short nap. There are so many spring birds – love to see them and wish they stayed longer.

We tried the wilderness trail with Hank this morning –

And then the pool.

A very thoughtful reader told me I’d be getting a surprise in the mail. She was very kind to send me this gift of feed bag totes.

Remember when I started making these?

Wow, this got long! All I’ve written about this week was moving the plants so now I’m caught up. Here are a couple reader photos:

I’m going to find all my cut triangles and do this!

If this looks intriguing to you, go online and look up “slow stitching”. I would love to do this but I can’t hold the needle. This would be a great porch activity, wouldn’t it?

My day will be low key with dog duties only. Home game for The Fever tonight – Caitlin didn’t have her best game the other night but still was the high scorer with 20 points. Each game the players will learn more about playing as a team!

Sorry I don’t have more reader photos to share. Hmmmm.

62 thoughts on “Hank’s Here! 5-16-24

  1. Robin

    Oh Mary I have one of you feed sack totes. Just love it and each time I use it I think about you!

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  2. Connie in NV

    Great pictures today! Love the one of Hank in the wilderness, he is getting so big. Hazel was the leader of the pack in the wilderness, most likely letting Hank know she is #1 at your farm.
    Looking forward to CC game tonight and hopefully they will play better together tonight. It would be hard to play under the pressure placed on her and it will take time for her to adjust to a new coach and teammates.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie – that girl has nerves of steel! Once she and her teammates get their groove on, they’ll be so good. I question the coach – player relationship. I think Lisa Bluder probably let C set up the plays and Coach Sides isn’t about to allow that – I could be wrong. C never ever fouled much and she had 2 fouls in the first quarter! Hmmm…

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      1. Sue in Marion, IN

        Really excellent commentary in the Indy Star today about how the WNBA is putting maximum pressure on Caitlin and the Fever . Quote from Gregg Doyle, the sports op-ed guy:

        ‘The WNBA is crushing the Fever right out of the gate, serving them up to the league’s best franchises, currently or historically or both, because the league wants to maximize on the moment.”

        Totally agree. In another article, Chloe Petersen writes that WNBA play is far rougher than NCAA play, and it’s allowed. In regard to Caitlin’s play, Doyle says,”Clark doesn’t need Basketball 101. She’s a prodigy, Beethoven in basketball sneakers, and prodigies do what they do.”
        There’s a learning curve in pro sports, and if anybody is going to grasp that, it’s Caitlin!

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        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sue in Marion – good to know! My bet is on Caitlin but tonight was painful to watch.

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  3. Carla J from the mitten

    Play dates!
    Our dogs love them, so do we as naps are the result.
    Busy pups. Lately its been keeping our year old English Setter from using the bird bath as a water dish
    Wondering who owns the young setter pup? Beautiful markings coming out.

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    1. DebMac

      Thank you. That is Jack and our grandson the day Jack came to live with us. Calvin wore his dog shirt to make the day more special. Jack will soon be a year old and is a handsome lad. He hasn’t tried using the bird bath as a water dish yet; too busy chasing the birds, squirrels, and planes. What color is your setter? Please post a picture as English setters are all so different.

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      1. Carla in the mitten

        Belle is a 2 1/2 yr old blue belton and Tig is 26 month old orange belton. We also have an almost 7 yr old dark golden retriever, Blue. The all upland bird hunt here in Michigan and an annual trip to North Dakota – grouse, woodcock and pheasant.

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  4. Marilyn Miller

    We live about 5 minutes from the Mississippi in West Central, Illinois. The epicenter of the TWO types of cicada s that are said to hatch this year in the BILLIONS. The epicenter is Springfield, Illinois about 120 miles from here. This ugly, loud nuisance is emerging all over the place, you can’t go outside without ducking and dodging these lunkers. I know this isn’t one of the cute pet photos or beautiful works of art that I’m sharing. Sorry.

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    1. DebMac

      Marilyn, I think we must be near neighbors (Quad Cities area) but haven’t seen nor heard the cicadas … yet…

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  5. Cindy K

    Hank is growing like a weed. Still as cute as ever. Enjoyed all of the photos today. My daughter made the purse quilt for her younger sister’s graduation several years ago and I quilted it so that brought back memories.

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  6. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Ohh, that Hank is so handsome and getting to a good size! We’re expecting storms today and rain so getting a break from working outside. My arms, shoulders and knees just ache, getting too old for hard work 🤭. Just south of us there’s flooding, Houston, Austin and places in between. We only saw the Orioles one day and since then the purple finches have taken to the hummingbirds feeders. Didn’t know they would do that. Going to send you some photos 😻 hugs to all your babies!

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  7. Paula S.

    I’m so glad Keeper has a rough and tumble playmate. As for Caitlin’s game, I thought she did very well. It will take time to get used to a new team. She’s just getting started!

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  8. Sheryl Harrison

    You have had lots of great ideas of photos for your readers to send for the blog…quilts, gardens, decorating, animals…but the cutest thing ever are the kids and pets. Cute overload!!!!

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  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l have a feed Sach coming up as l have just started to feed the sparrows on the driveway. Lovely to see them waiting after breakfast. Did you hose Hank off after his dip in the pool? The dogs are living the best days of their lives, fun, friends, food and lots of love!Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – it’s an understood agreement with Hank’s mom that I send him home dirty. Unavoidable!

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      1. Hank's Mom

        We are more than grateful to bring a dirty dog back home when he’s been happy all day and tired at night. WIN! WIN!

        Although most of the dirt this time dried and fell off. He’s not bad at all.

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  10. Diane, Squeak,Buddy in Central Ohio

    The Purses quilt was made by Mary and Connie. Connie’s name fell off the bottom🙀. The Irises were actually grown by my husband, not Vicki😹😹. Funny😀. I love Hank and his buddies at your house. They are having so much fun. Caitlin and team will get their feet under them
    and do fine. Warm here today.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      And actually Connie made the purses, not me. And it seems I got pictures out of order – so sorry!

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      1. Diane and the gang

        Oh gosh, no worries at all! I truly appreciate all of the time and effort you put into the blog,Mary! I always put the purses out for May for Mother’s Day😀😀. Now, wine on the screened in porch😋

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    2. Vicki Ibarra

      I, too, sent Mary a picture of irises. I don’t have any beautiful yellow and wine ones. I envy you those. Mine are three shades of purple: light, medium, dark; as well as white, and blue. I once had peach colored ones, but no longer. Thanks for sharing those beautiful colors.

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      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Vicki – we’ll, somehow I can’t find your picture – can you resend?

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  11. Another Shirley from Oregon

    Enjoy your visit with Hank. He looks like he’s having the time of his life. If you get the chance, watch the Best of 2024 Masters Agility Championships from Westminster Kennel Club. It’s on Youtube and just over 9 minutes long. I think you’ll enjoy it, especially Nimble the Papillon/Border Collie mix. She’s fantastic!

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Another Shirley – I saw it and my mouth dropped open! Wasn’t she great??? Stephen Colbert also showed it last night. I know if Hazel weren’t such a challenge – a turd sometimes – she. Hold do this to a certain degree.

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  12. NancyTD

    Orioles have eaten a half of jar of jelly in a day! It is constant at the feeder!
    Did a 6 hour Mastery class on my new Bernina sewing machine yesterday. Learned a lot.
    Worked like crazy cleaning my living room. No chloride on the road until the 21. The dust was terrible from having the windows open. It is so clean now—might never open the windows all summer.
    Hope to be able to sew something soon after I get flowers planted and my garden in.
    Enjoying all the pictures. Thanks everyone for sharing.

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  13. Louverna Tomer

    I love the pictures of the boys and their puppies. So cute!
    I saw on a sports show today that the referees called two phantom fouls on Caitlin in the first few minutes. They were not fouls according to the show host and was done on purpose. I didn’t watch the first part of the game and can’t pick out fouls. I just enjoy watching her play. Just keep playing your best!!

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Louverna – really? Haven’t heard that but things didn’t go well for The Fever tonight either.

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  14. Mrs. Goodneedle

    So you’ll know: whether there’s huge content or not, your blog is a highlight in my day~every day! Thank you for always being here.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle – oh, please, Deb – I need help from my readers as often as possible. This blog is only as good as the readers – and I always need content! Haha!!

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  15. Barbara Yarnell

    Those two boys near the end of the post are the cutest I’ve seen….since my own boys were little. I have so enjoyed all these pets and kids pics. Thanks to everyone who shared their family and friends

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  16. Viv in idaho

    The last three dogs a have are senior dogs from the pound and that is what I will continue to do but…the pictures of sweet Hank make me wish I was younger🥰.

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  17. Pat in AZ

    Mary, I know you aren’t a fan but I just love the chair the dogs use in your sun room. It’s just such a classic and the fabric is so pretty.
    The little man with the cowboy hat is adorable. This latest series has been so fun. Thanks Mary and all who have shared.
    My mom had lots of different irises when we were growing up and my favorite was the purple ones. They smelled like grape Kool-aid. I can almost smell them now.
    We had a weird weather day. Started off clear, low 80’s then the wind picked up, clouds moved in and it actually sprinkled. Lasted for about 4 hours and then it cleared and heated up to 95. I don’t know if I’m coming or going!
    Hope everyone else had a more predictable day

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat in AZ – I think I should put a bug in everybody’s ear to be taking some kids and pets photos any time they can so that when I call for them again, they’ll be ready! Agree?

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      1. Pat in AZ

        Totally agree with that. I’ve been enjoying these so much. We have 13 grandkids and 15 great grands but none of them live anywhere near us so I’m not help.
        I have been working diligently on some quilts to share. Maybe if I would use a real live pattern instead of winging it I could actually get one finished??

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          1. Pat in AZ

            Well apparently it wouldn’t be any fun since I don’t seem to able to do it! Guess this keeps my brain healthy . Haha

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – if I could find someone to reupholster that chair, I would! It’s very comfortable for people, too.

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      1. Pat in AZ

        Mary, I just had some dining room stools done and I seriously could have bought new ones for what they cost.

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        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Pat – oh, dang! That’s sort of what I figured – same goes for my very comfortable old lady couch. I hate to search for new furniture.

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          1. Pat in AZ

            And the problem with new furniture is that it isn’t made as well as the older pieces. If you do actually find well made furniture, it’s horribly expensive so reupholstering in that case is more economical. I have 2 recliners that have been recovered twice and the original cost plus refurbishing is still less than a flimsy new one. You can’t win for losing

  18. Meylonie Schatz

    Connie, Did you see that a number of Caitlin’s opponents have moved the games where she will be playing against them into a larger stadium because so many people continue to want to see her play. I think Illinois has moved their games from a small stadium to one that holds a bucket load of people! Good for her!!!!!!
    Now we are not going to just watch women’s university games but also her profession ones. Woo Hoo.

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  19. Meylonie Schatz

    Forgot: We read an article in USA Today on May 10. ” ESPN Goes Behind the Scenes with Trio at College” is the headline. Full Court Press is the name of the the episode of the new ESPN docuseries. ABC will air a four-episode series that goes behind the scenes with Clark, Kamilla Cardoso, and Kiki Rice There will be lots of scenes with Caitin’s boyfriend. The most compelling parts of the series feature Cardoso, who left her poverty-stricken family in Brazil in hopes of changing their future financially. The episodes 1 and 2 will be broadcast first on ABC at 1 pm EDT on Saturday. and episodes 3 and 4 airing at 12:30 EDT Sunday. All episodes will be available to stream on ESPN+ as well. The coaches were very helpful saying “We want people to see inside our program; we want to grow the game” People are craving more female storytelling” I retyped these descriptions from that issue of USA Today.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Meylonie – that was LAST WEEKEND!! So this tells me you don’t actually read the blog because I talked about this. Peyton Manning was the producer along with Caitlin.

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  20. Jeanie S, Central IL

    How fun for Keeper having a play date with Hank! Hazel and Hank looked so cute negotiating the wilderness trail.
    The little boys and their pets were adorable.
    I had an errand to run this morning and an unexpected lunch with friends. So, this afternoon it felt good to make one pair of curtains for the camper; it is a start! Thanks, Mary 🥰

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanie – I am struggling with 20 valances – I recut one last night and will try it today. My sample valance was just too skimpy looking and like an inexperienced sewer, I cut all 20 before I began!!!!! What was I thinking???

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      1. Jeanie S, Central IL

        Mary,
        20 valances is a big job! That would take me all summer. We turned on our air today for the first time this season; it was quite humid in the house. I always love heading west to higher elevation/lower humidity.
        Have a good weekend. 🥰

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        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Jeanie – I have made and recut 6 types of valances and I THINK I’ve got it figured out how I want them. Part of the problem is that I’m just trying spring rods before I actually install the wraparound curtain rods because I didn’t want to screw into the woodwork until I know if I like the “look”. Wish I was piecing quilt blocks instead!!

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  21. Donna Jo

    Glad Hank came to visit. He is always fun to see. The irises are just beautiful. Watched the game tonight and it was tough to watch. I agree they will get better the more they play together. CC seems frustrated and doesn’t look like her old self. I know she’s learning. Wasn’t it great to see the Iowa coaches there last night? Did you watch the commentators during halftime? There was a dog doing tricks to entertain the crowd in the background.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I missed the coaches and commentary because I had it on silent on my IPad. We had to watch the final episode of Sheldon which brought tears to my eyes. I feel sorry for C – everybody is expecting miracles from her as part of a team that was dead last for the past two years! Fire the coach!! That would be my first suggestion!!

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      1. Jeanine from SE Iowa

        Mary – Other professional sports writers agree with you that the coach should be fired. Yes, I also feel sorry for her, and then she has to talk to the media about the game afterwards. I think that would be really hard. She does handle it well, but I’m sure it is hard.
        Enjoyed the blog. I have some quilts I need to take pictures of and send to you. It had been so windy it was hard to do it outside. Today is much nicer, and not so windy.

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      2. Candy

        I always feel sorry for college sports athletes, knowing that if they’re the first draft choice, they’re going to be chosen by the worst team (who have first draft choice). I don’t know how else they could do it … maybe the draftees, being as good as they are, should be given a choice. Obviously, no one’s asking my opinion … lol!

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        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Candy – no one’s asking but I’m agreeing. The Fever has come in last the past two seasons and yes, they have Caitlin. The team needs some real adjusting – maybe start with a new coach. What men’s team would tolerate two losing seasons in a row? That coach would be gone. Kate Martin got the better deal – she may have gone 7th in the draft but she is a member of the Number One team.

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  22. Jackie Baumhauer

    I like your quilt!
    I have tried the slow stitching and will turn it into a pouch. Very meditative. I have always thought hand quilting and even piecing(machine and hand) is very relaxing too.

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    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jackie – my friend Rose also does slow stitching and I agree it looks relaxing

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  23. KathyG from Oak Creek, WI

    I have a friend who makes bags like those you posted. She has a very successful craft business selling them! They are so cool.

    As for what you call a quilt failure, all I know is that when that happens to me, I have my husband take the failed quilt down to the homeless veterans initiative headquarters. They love getting them so it’s a win-win. I gain experience and someone gets to stay warm.

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