It’s been such a nice day! 7-19-23

We enjoyed our morning coffee on the porch – what’s not to like about this?

And then on to very fresh eggs for breakfast – see how these eggs sit up in the pan? Straight from the barn to the frying pan.

I drove Red to the printers today and signed off on the second edition of Oh, Susannah! which will be ready next Monday or Tuesday and then my work begins. I will send these books out immediately and get your checks to the bank.

Book is $20.00 postage paid, cash or check only to Mary ETHERINGTON, 2345 Palm Ave. Garner, IA. 50438

If I ever forget to post your photo, please let me know. I received a couple more parking pictures to share – I hope I’m not reposting them.

Carol and I went on a long ride in Red and stopped for an ice cream cone so tonite all we had for supper was a slice of roast porch and a small salad. This is the way I, too, love to eat. Rick needed a big hunk of meat and beans. He’s doing well and today was a marker – he switched to a cane! I hope we can put the walker away.

You know those gorgeous hydrangeas? They’re called Annabelles and I got them from Carol’s mom Emma many years ago and just kept transplanting them around the farm. They are so so big this year. Here is Carol in front of her mom’s hydrangeas.

This is a memory from Jeannie – in 1996 I opened my upstairs as a quilting B&B with room for 6 people, I think. I had such plans for quilting retreats and then I married Rick. That was the end of the B&B. Haha! I loved receiving this picture. Thank you.

Our fair is starting next week and I have volunteered to bring my quilts again for display so the next two days will be spent taking quilts down and packing up the car with as many as I can pile in. It’s what I can do to make the fair a better fair for those who attend.

Here’s a picture to describe farm life – this beautiful red barn.

Here’s the other side of farm life – weeds! I pulled all these by the barn the other day when I couldn’t stand it anymore even though nobody could see them but me. Ugh. No wonder my back hurts.

Kathy is ready for next year!

33 thoughts on “It’s been such a nice day! 7-19-23

  1. Rosalie

    I live in Texas and have loved seeing your hydrangeas!
    Saw one at the nursery this spring and it was for my zone so I got it. It’s burning up in our heat!! Even with daily watering and afternoon shade.

  2. Pamela Dempsey

    Whoa, I’ve never had any roast porch personally but I guess it could be tasty 😋! I wish I could have hydrangeas too but in East Texas with the heat. 100 today and heat index of 110 🥵! Again, I hate summer! Your upstairs looked very inviting!🥰

    1. Cynthia from SW MN

      I am being snarky, but couldn’t help myself after you replied, hope the porch was tender! I know you meant roast PORK, sometimes the typos are so fun! Well, I do them often, hopefully one gets the idea of the subject spoken about! Beautiful weather this week!

  3. Sandy

    Hi Mary, what is roast porch.?finally putting the bind8ng on my quilt, sewing it down this afternoon watching how to get away with murder,l get more confused with all the possible scenarios presented! The hydrangeas look great, would like to plant some one day! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – hahaha! And I thought I proofread / obviously I didn’t. Roast pork, not porch!!!

  4. Carol R

    I really enjoyed reading your post today.. interesting as our fair just ended.

  5. Jo in Wyoming

    Boy, those hydrangeas are something. Nothing like that would grow here. But now the weeds, I’m sure we could compete.
    Congratulations to Rick, graduating to a cane. That’s improvement.
    Breakfast looks delicious and on the porch with coffee. I’m so readying

  6. Sue in Oregon

    Yea to Rick for graduating to a cane. Bet he is so pleased with his progress. And, you too.
    Your white hydrangeas are so beautiful. Ours always go to blue, but I’m not complaining. They are pretty too. It’s just that it would be nice to see a different color around here. Our soils are very acidic.
    Hello Summer would be a fun quilt to own and bring out every year. Love it.

  7. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Congrats to Rick on switching from the walker to a cane! Your hydrangeas are beautiful.
    We were excited to learn sweet corn is available from one of our local farmers.
    Thanks , Mary 🥰

  8. Sally J.

    Yummy farm fresh eggs!! Happy to hear of Rick’s progress and now using a cane. Weeding my flower garden today!! Happy Thursday everyone!!

  9. Sandra Painter

    I love your golf cart! Very handy to take away that big pile of weeds. Hydrangeas are beautiful.

  10. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Nothing like fresh eggs! Such a difference. Hubby just brought me a dozen from a friend. Hydrangeas and peonies are my favorite and yours are gorgeous! A huge row is breathtaking. Mine have done amazing well this year also. I have large vase of them on my table in all their beautiful colors. Love them!

  11. Duane, Sqyeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I am thinking roast porch might have some greens from house plants, stuffing from cushions, and beer b/c that is what is on our porch.😹😹 Great fir Rick to be using a cane.
    What fun for you and Sister Carol to zoom around in Red. Did Hazel go, too? Our neighbor has beautiful pink and blue Hydrangeas so we enjoy hers. I wish I could come to your fair to see all of your quilts! I have decided to go to our local county fair and I hope to go to the Ohio State fair in August🤞
    Kathy, I love Hello Summer. Is there a pattern?
    Off to walk before it’s too hot.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Thanks Diane, it was a kit I actually bought at Millers Dry Goods in Charm, Ohio in 2019. Poorhouse Quilt Designs is what is printed on the kit instructions so not sure if they have a website. Came with the “rhinestones “ so that was my first attempt at ironing them on. I am trying to make up these miscellaneous kits I bought as large quilts get in the mix for time and yet, I love how fun it is to make these up to use.
      Today we are taking a drive to Arcade to a quilt shop and also check out a new campground that opened in Pike, areas I know you are familiar with. I am on the hunt for a new line of snowman fabric that are hanging out laundry. I need more fabric like a hole in the head.

      1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

        I shop there a few times a year😃 Thanks for letting me know. I get it about kits! I bought a bunch for my retirement, but I still buy more.🙀 Yes, Arcade and Pike are not too far from Cuba. I did not know Arcade had a quilt shop. Have fun shopping. I will keep my eyes open for snowmen hanging laundry. That is because they cannot use a dryer😹😹

        1. Kathy in western NY

          Oh that was too funny that snowmen can’t use a dryer! I did find the whole fabric line and panel at Creekside Fabrics in Arcade. Nice store! They had a quilt sign barn painting class going on with 12 participants. Cool to see. Got a sub on Main Street near the shop and ate at the village park. I absolutely love the countyside with all the farms, woods, pines and hills but I can’t get use to those huge wind turbines on the farmers open lands high on those hills. I felt up close and personal to them on some of the back roads. I find myself staring at them and shouldn’t but I wasn’t driving.

  12. Kathy in Western NY

    What a sweet post to read this morning. Nothing like a good visit with coffee.
    Looking at your upstairs B and B quilt retreat, I imagine how much fun that would be now for you if it was just being your own stuff to work on and we’ll all sit in the porch and eat pizza and drink together at night! No plans, just visiting and sewing during my wide awake hours. I make too many mistakes when I try sewing at night when I am sleepy. Oh well – happiness came along. with Rick and a good companion so can’t turn back the clock on good memories. Glad the cane is this next step in his recovery.

  13. Tama

    Graduating from the walker to a cane is huge! Way to go, Rick!! Thanks for writing this blog, Mary. It makes my day, every day.

  14. Vicki Ibarra

    Great to hear about Rick’s progress. I remember “graduating” to a cane. May recovery continue to go well. For a few days, I am doing chicken care for my neighbors who are traveling. Whoopee! That means I get all the eggs I gather. Sometimes that means mass baking: loaf after loaf of zucchini or pumpkin bread. Sometimes that means potato salad and deviled eggs. Whatever I use them for, I am glad for the bounty. And the chickens are so funny. I call them “my girls”. They love their morning chicken scratch sprinkled on the ground. Well, got to go start the round of watering the veggie garden again. That has been an endless task this summer.

  15. NancyTD

    Glad Rick has graduated to a cane. You and Sister Carol had a nice outing in Red. So nice to share your quilts with everyone at the fair.
    My hydrangeas are very pretty this year too. We are still hoping for rain in the Rochester area. Watering only my garden and flowers.
    Roast porch— laughed because we are having pork chops tonite !

  16. Janet S

    Wonderful news for Rick – keep up the good work
    . Hubby and I were ‘up north’ in Grand Marais MN for a couple days. We go there often because I can’t get enough of Lake Superior. My husband likes to go to the casino and this visit he won $700., so that paid for our cabin lodging and food – yeah! The weather was perfect, days in the high 60’s with sunshine and nights in the 50’s. When we left, it rained for about the first 75 miles. They don’t have much for farm fields that far north so I was wishing the rain would move south(or up to the Canadian wildfires) but not such luck. While there, I went to the lake shore to pick up rocks. Husband thinks I’m nuts but I don’t care. After being pounded by the lake forever, the rocks are so smooth they are beautiful (in my eyes). I just set them in the flower garden and in the patch of decorative landscaping rocks we have behind the house. I love them.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – I’d love to go back to Lake Superior. I do have a couple smooth rocks from there – it’s beautiful there!

  17. Jan Hebert

    Your breakfast looks so good! We love our fresh eggs too, especially my husband. He will eat an egg all by itself. Me, I have to have something with it. Toast, or potatoes, or an omelet with lots of veggies. Mary, how do you transplant your hydrangeas? I have an Annabelle that is spreading and I’d love to divide it but I don’t know when or if there’s anything special you have to do? Oh, and do you get that little bug that sews up the leaves early in the season? Mine is loaded with them, I spend lots of time pulling the leaves apart and crushing the little wormy thing. Yuck! Jan in MA where it is finally a beautiful, sunny but dry day!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – I don’t know about the little bug, I guess. Does it eat the leaves? To transplant hydrangeas you have to dig up a piece with roots which I try to do on the right day of the moon like Emma did. My day was the 17th, 3 days ago and I was too busy. One year I actually rooted some canes but it didn’t work this year. The roots really spread and sometimes it’s hard to chop through them. I’m with you and the eggs –

  18. RS in IA

    The greenery around the farm looks so lush, as do the weeds! Summer finally came and everything has really shot up, hasn’t it? Hydrangas always amaze me that they come up from stumps and bloom so early. Did you get a new cart that Hazel seems to be guarding? She seems to have taken ownership!
    You are so generous to share your quilt collection with the fairgoers, but surely you will get help from fair board or department head to assist with all the effort it takes to move them there. Please take care of yourself, as it is supposed to heat up this weekend.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      RS – no help moving them there but they will hang them from the rafters and they will also being them back to me. The Open Show building also displays the flower show and arts and crafts. My quilts are not judged – for display only.

  19. Launa

    Say a prayer…Idaho has a forest fire! The Hayden Fire….has burned 1500 acres since yesterday….isn’t close, but I will be relieved when it is out!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – oh, that’s very sad! Think of all the animals being killed, too.

  20. Jeanine from Iowa

    Do you remember the cat name that was on the bed with me in the B&B? I remember several cats but this one liked us the best! A great memory. Enjoyed seeing all the pictures again today.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – I had several orange cats over the years and honestly I can’t remember.

      1. Jeanine

        I understand. That was 25 years ago. Orange cats were my favorite. We had some when I was a kid on the farm.

  21. Sharon in North Carolina (previously in Oswego, Illinois)

    Hi Mary,
    I totally agree with you about the fresh eggs. Nothing compares! I wish I could attend the Fair, if only to see the quilts, but not this year.
    I’m glad Rick is improving! Take care of yourself, too.

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