It’s almost time! 8-24-22

Our new book will be released September 1 and I’m ready to accept orders. The book retails for $26.99. My guess is it will cost around $10 to mail it to you. Sad but true. Connie will return to Garner to autograph your book and then it will be off to your mailbox.

Both Connie and I love the cover quilt – in fact Connie is making it right now – king size! We’ve tossed around the idea of a sew along for anyone wanting to make the cover quilt.

Tomorrow I will take my book to the post office to make sure about the postage cost and if it’s different from $10 I will post that info immediately.

This was taken today. I’ve been really sick – not with Covid but with a strain of flu. So sick I could not walk – so dizzy, weak, diarrhea, body aches and it came on suddenly last evening. Up all night between the bathroom and the couch. I’ve spent all day on the couch with my buddy but I definitely feel better tonight – eating some crackers now and I’ll spend tonight on the couch, too, just in case.

I don’t get sick very often but this was bad – I crawled partway up the steps in the night to tell Rick to help me. Ugh.

Here’s looking at a better day tomorrow!

Iowa Roads – a classic quilt made in a fall palette – just in time for the new season.

99 thoughts on “It’s almost time! 8-24-22

  1. Debra Reber

    So sorry you have been sick. Hope you are feeling better soon! Your new book looks great!

  2. Kathy hanson

    So sorry that you are so sick! You really don’t look very good, glad you have a puppy to take care of you!! Hope that you are better soon! I will send what I need to for the book when you know for sure what it will cost, I am looking forward to having it! Get well really soon!!!

  3. Nancy

    I fully expected to see Hazel on the couch with you. Bah Hah! Hope you fell better soon and Rick does not get it.

  4. Diane, Squeak and Buddy

    Ouch,Mary. I hope you get better very soon. It is awful to be sick. Any kids around who can help with chores. Maybe the FFA or 4-H might have someone. I’d help if I lived closer. Take care.

  5. Diane in Maryland

    So sorry you are sick! Like Nancy, I was sure your buddy was going to be Hazel. So sweet that the puppy was comforting you. Hope you are feeling better tomorrow.
    Mike and I went to Middletown, Delaware yesterday and we saw Little Red’s twin! I’ve shown him pictures of Little Red and at the same time we said, “Look – little red!” I think it’s the first time I have ever seen one. So cute!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – Wow-another Little Red! Chevy didn’t make that many of them so it’s rare to see one out in public. Lots of people who bought them have them stored away – not me! I love driving Little Red!

      1. Diane in Maryland

        It is adorable too! This one was bright red just like yours. I’d drive it too if I had one!

  6. Janet Snyder

    Hope you get feeling better quickly. I think your buddy is going to be hard to separate from. Love, the Iowa roads quilt. Something about those fall colors always appeals to me.

  7. Debbie Miller

    Hope you feel better soon! Can’t wait to get your new book! I suddenly got sick two weeks ago after just feeling “a frog in my throat”. High temps and feeling awful. Not Covid either. I bet Hazel is jealous of your couch buddy!

  8. Debbie G in SE WI

    Oh dear, Mary! Sorry you are under the weather! Hoping tomorrow finds you feeling better. I love the Iowa Roads quilt! May have to add it to my “must make” list! Can’t wait to see the new book. Will have to add it to my Country Threads collection.

  9. Sandy

    Hi Mary, sorry your not well, pleased that the pup is n nurse duties, they know when you need comforting. I hope Rick is able to help with the animals, take care, best wishes from Sandy

  10. Pat Smith

    SO sorry you are having everyone’s worst nightmare. It usually comes and goes pretty quickly after it makes you miserable first. So glad you have a little couch buddy. I wish I was younger—I’d adopt that pup.

      1. Jan

        Aw, I love that you love them so much Mary. They really are adorable. I hope Hazel has accepted them to her tribe. Will you keep them both? I hope this “bug” passes quickly! Jan in MA

  11. lorraine bujnowski

    So sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Let’s hope that tomorrow you’ll feel much better. Love that Iowa Roads quilt!

  12. Marj in Western Wisconsin

    Hope u feel better soon. My husband came down with similar symptoms yesterday. Still not feeling good.

  13. Vicki in Seattle

    Sending you get well wishes, Mary! Hope tomorrow is a better day. Glad Hazel was there to comfort you. Can’t wait to read your new book. I love the Iowa Roads quilt too!

  14. Kathy in western NY

    Oh you poor girl! Let’s hope it leaves you as fast as it came on. I do love the company snuggled up tight making sure you are being comforted. Those paws crack me up. Don’t hurry to the PO, as long as we know you will have books we will order them. Drink the ginger ale, tea and toast tomorrow that I wish I could bring you.

  15. Sheila

    Oh Mary, sorry to hear this. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Perhaps a sign you need to slow down a little. Good to see you have a couch buddy to help you rest.
    Readers quilt is beautiful. Get some rest, tea and toast tomorrow.

    Sheila in MA

  16. Marsha from Kansas

    Get well soon, Mary. I, too, thought Hazel would be your couch buddy. But glad to see the puppy comforting you.

  17. Beryl in Owatonna

    Hope you feel better soon! It is supposed to be a little cooler tomorrow.
    I like the fall quilt and subtle colors.

  18. Chris in Alaska

    New book !!! Yippee ! Count me in 🙂 and hope you feel better soon Mary 💕

  19. Betty Klosterman

    Looks like you have a good nurse. We forget about the nasty flu! It can be really tough. You definitely don’t want Rick to get it. Men are such wooses. Get well quick. It can be a near death experience, or at least seems so.
    My neighbor broke her foot – she doesn’t know how – around June 1 and it isn’t healing. Now they are going to put a screw/rod as her weight would break it again. She is getting very tired of getting around with the cast. She is has always been on the go all the time so this has been very hard.
    Yesterday I was mailing the I Spy quilts to Alexandria and a lady was getting copies for applique shapes. Guess what, she does the Country Threads blog with us. Now isn’t that nice? We have a great number of quilters all over the area.
    Schools have started so things should get a bit quieter in the daytime. One mother couldn’t wipe the smile off her face!!
    Monday is Project Warmth and my stuff is almost ready to go. Only 2 months before the holidays. Sure don’t know where the days go, but they have to get better.
    Take care. Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I love that you ran into another Country Threads reader! I am better tonight after feeling like it really was a near death experience. I’d have gladly chosen death if I had to live feeling like that.

  20. Rosalie

    Glad you are on the mend!
    So hard to be so sick anytime but when you have so many people and critters depending on you it is doubly hard.

  21. Deb in Idaho

    So sorry you’re sick. I want to get a flu shot but it’s to early. So many people sick and not with Covid. It’s hard for me to get excited to quilt, to hot. I can’t wait for cooler weather.

  22. Shirley from Oregon

    Looking forward to the book.
    Oh my Mary. Take care of yourself. Get some Gatorade and get your electrolytes back in order. I hate being sick and have not been either for years. Get well soon. I do love your buddy taking care of you on the couch.

  23. Billie

    So sorry to hear that you have been sick. Must be some nasty stuff you got. Take it easy. Looks like you have a good buddy there to keep you company.. Feel better.

  24. Jo in Wyoming

    I hope you feel better soon. Your much too busy to be sick for long.
    Have you given this puppy a name yet?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – no name yet – I should ask for suggestions, shouldn’t I?

  25. Joy in N W iowa

    Not good to hear you r sick! Get well soon! Glad you have the buddy to watch over you!

  26. Diane in Colorado

    I love both Iowa Roads and the cover quilt!! I’m working on a Quilt MN 2020 quilt for my Dad at the moment. Not crazy about the colorway—told my niece I am afraid it will keep him awake!!!! I will get it done and send it to the quilter. Dad will love it because I made it for him. Then I need to work on some fun and beautiful!!

  27. Marilyn Miller

    Mary, I hope you will be up and back to your energetic self before the end of the week. Could it have been food poisoning maybe? Your Buddy in the couch with you looks like a smuggler!

  28. Cheryl Regan

    It’s common that you would test negative for Covid, but be positive after a few days. I think that segregating from your partner is wise. Count on 48 hours of misery…then better each day. Hope it stays negative and tomorrow you are up and at ‘em. Be well!

  29. Jeanne in Co.

    Mary, sending prayers for a much better day tomorrow. Hopefully this will be short lived. Could it be that God is telling you to slow down a bit? Your couch buddy senses that you need a comforter. Hopefully this is just a one day flu. Hugs, Jeanne

  30. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Oh Mary, I hate it that you are so sick. Even at a young age, Puppy knows you need a warm body for comfort.
    Love the fall quilt and excited to order your new book.
    Take Care, 🥰

  31. Sherri

    Oh no, I hope you are feeling better soon! Sending prayers your way, so glad you have a furrever helper.💜
    I love that Iowa roads quilts, so pretty in those fall colors.
    I would LOVE to do a sew-along with that beautiful cover quilt!
    Take care of YOURSELF

  32. Gloria b.

    Hope you get better quickly and completely. Your pup is solidifying her place in your life. How could you let her go when she’s sticking with you in sickness and in health?

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Yeh Gloria I am too sensing a bit of loyalty and devotion shown on the part of this beautiful dog staying with our Mary through sickness and in health.

  33. Agatha B

    Sorry to hear that you are so sick can’t even imagine not being able to walk. This sounds much worse than when you had Covid. Not looking forward to that strain of flu going around.
    Sending prayers for you to get well quickly!

  34. Kris in WI

    Adding my get well wishes to those above and smiling because it seems he is solidifying his place in your HEART!

  35. Nikki in Tx

    So sorry to hear sick. Hoping for a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹. When you post final cost will definitely order.. lost my others in tornado. Rest, hydrate & don’t worry about doing anything.. it will wait for you. Have a blessed day & put yourself first , you’ve earned it.

  36. Charlotte

    Mary, I am sooooo sorry to hear you are so ill. But glad to know you are already feeling better.
    Nothing like a puppy to help with the healing process. I’m sure all the dogs are worried about you—they know when you are not well, sad and so forth. God bless you and heal you quickly and soon.

  37. Carmen Montmarquet

    Sorry to hear you are sick, but good you had such a cute buddy to cuddle with! Hope you feel better soon!

  38. Kathy in SW Minnesota

    Hope you have a speedy recovery. Iowa Roads is just beautiful. Take care.

  39. Meredith in Cincinnati

    That sounds like a really nasty flu! Fluids and rest, and special care from Rick and your snuggle buddy sounds like the best cure.

  40. Cathy D

    Sorry you have been sick, but glad it seems to be short lived. Take time to recover, things will wait.

  41. Susan Sundermeyer

    Oh Mary, I’m so sorry that you picked up a bad virus. Sending prayers that you are back on your feet quickly. You have the best kind of quilt keeping you warm I have ever seen! ♥️

    1. Nilene Thompson-Finn

      Oh Mary, I am so sorry to hear you’re feeling ill. Sure hope you feel better soon! ❤️❤️❤️

  42. Gloria from CC

    So sorry you were so sick! I hope this morning finds you feeling much better. Isn’t it amazing how animals sense when we are sick and know we need to be loved and comforted? My little Pooh Bear wouldn’t leave my side when I had a migraine. He wouldn’t move to eat, drink or go to the bathroom until my migraine was gone which sometimes took 24 hours.
    Absolutely love the Iowa Roads quilt and would be interested in a cover quilt sew along. Hugs, Gloria

  43. Amy Kollasch

    Oh no! Sorry to hear you are sick. Hope it was just a 24 hour bug and you are feeling better. Congratulations on the book release.

  44. Linda

    I’m glad you have the comfort of a loving puppy. Mine sense when I am sick and stay close but are quiet and will only walk close to check on me. Hopefully you will be up to your busy self real soon. God bless

  45. Michele

    Feel better quick. A dog (or two) by your bed side does help to heal faster.
    Please ask about Media Mail for shipping your books. Also Flat RateEnvelope.

  46. Nancy Broers

    If there are no ads in your new book it should be able to go at the book rate, much cheaper!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nancy – no ads! Thank you – I forget how I did this for the last book.

  47. Susan Boyd in VA

    I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better. My son had COVID about a month ago and it started with similar symptoms. He thought he had food poisoning from something he’d eaten at lunch. He was very sick for awhile. He also tested negative at first, but tested positive later. Love the new book!

  48. Kris in Naperville

    Oh Mary – so sorry to hear you are under the weather… praying that you recover quickly and are back to feeling better real soon. The book looks amazing, congratulation!

  49. Susan K in Texas

    I’m so sorry to hear you got sick. It sounds like a miserable illness! The puppy is a good caretaker. Get well soon!

  50. Pat in Ma

    Hope you are feeling better today it is awful to be ill in the summer heat. Thank you for all you do
    and the inspiration to get some DD projects out of the closet and onto beds or tables. Take care and
    you are a wonderful person to so many people and animals. God Bless

  51. Mareen

    Hope this finds you feeling better Mary – I talked to my brother and their whole family had it too – kids and grandkids – they said it was bad as well……..ugh looks like you had a great warmer for your legs tho. Take care

  52. Mary Lou

    Oh my gosh don’t you just so dislike when you do get sick and feel so yucky… I am hoping for
    a speedy recovery and getting your strength and energy back sometimes that takes longer
    than we want… Just know thinking of you and hope soon you will be back to feeling much
    more live… love how your fur baby is keeping close contact with you they know when we
    are sick sad or whatever…Makes you wonder how God knew to make them so in tune to
    with us…
    May today be a better day,…
    Mary Lou

  53. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

    Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way!

    Congrats on your new book.

    Buddy would be a good name for your puppy.

  54. Launa

    Praying you make a speedy recovery from this 🤒 malady! So sweet your sofa pal is keeping in close contact with you. Pets sense these things!
    Congratulations to you & Connie on FRESH STARTS QUILTS!

  55. Virginia

    Hope you start feeling better. Never any fun when you aren’t feeling well. Love your couch companion. Can’t wait for your’s and Connie’s new book to arrive..will definitely order it. It’s rainy here for the past week.

  56. NancyTD

    Hope you are feeling better.
    A sew along sounds fun with the cover quilt on FRESH STARTS. Congrats to you and Connie on your new book. I will send the money for the book when you get the cost all figured out.
    Glad Rick had a good report at Mayo.
    Looks like you have a new member to your family. ( your couch buddy)

  57. Rhoda

    Dear Mary hope you are well again and done with that nasty flu. Take good care of you.
    And yes I sent out one of my During Historical books and postage was almost $10 in my own envelope. Last year it was around $3??????
    I do not know if FedEx or UPS is any less.

  58. Sandi

    I hope your feeling better!! Just rest until it’s all gone. Your Iowa quilt is beautiful. Hugs,

  59. Micky

    I’m sorry you are sick. At times we all have these experiences . Myself I don’t like not being able to be active. Maybe it’s our time to slow own. You have such an active life and relish it so, it must be hard to rest. Take care of yourself and wishing your health to return.

  60. Marylou Krish

    It’s exciting having the new book coming out!
    I wish you felt better. Your pup is a darling being with you thru the night.
    Be well. Will keep prayers going.

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