Monday, 3-4-23

Wasn’t that a great tour of Gloria’s quilt lodge? She took all the pictures and sent them to me – she did a great job! Yes, there’s lots to look at in each picture.

We had a death in our church family last week and today I met the soloist at church to practice. This afternoon I hung out in the quilt shop finishing up some things.

I would add “….in the porch.” The best memories are made between the months of June and August – in the porch.” I’m going to hang this in the porch next summer.

I still have that neutral quilt to bind and today I put this on the longarm.

This is a tough picture for me to post here but I’m sending this to our vet tomorrow to see if there’s anything we can do for Telly. These bumps are appearing everywhere on her body. She’s in good spirits, eats anything, trots along on the wilderness trail but looks just awful. Maybe there’s something we can give her to make them go away and keep more from appearing. I can’t find anything online. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Reader photos

Ivy and Keeper

Iowa and many others are still enjoying Caitlin fever!

I’ve had so many messages and emails telling me they first heard of CC on this blog and became interested even though they typically don’t watch sports. Some even said they enjoyed watching sports but only the men. I don’t even dare go into that rant.

55 thoughts on “Monday, 3-4-23

  1. Pat Smith

    Everywhere I go in this retirement community in Florida, there is a picture on the TV of Caitlin Clark playing basketball. What a thrill it is to have even gone to the same university as she does even though my time there was almost 60 years ago.
    A 12 year old dog at our dog park has those same bumps as Telly and the owner says there’s nothing that can be done for her dog. I’m not sure what causes them. I’m glad Telly is otherwise healthy.
    I loved seeing Gloria’s “Quilt Lodge”. What a collection of beautiful things.

  2. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Beautiful finishes in this post. Poor Telly. I hope the vet can help.
    I’m working on an Easter table runner also.
    Have a good night.

  3. Shirley Andersen Smith

    Mary, love your quilt on the long arm. Simple block but soft comforting colors. Looks like spring. You will enjoy that wallhanging on the porch come summer.
    Telly, oh my. I have no idea but hope you find the answer.
    I never heard of CC before even though was born in Iowa. My brothers all born in SD where I mostly grew up but am glad you told me about her. Yes, that part of the country has the nicest people.
    Shirley from C Oregon

  4. Diane in Colorado

    I will be curious what your vet has to say. Akira had many similar bumps—vet always told us they could be removed but would likely return and really weren’t hurting her. I hope Telly’s are benign.

  5. Sandy in Eastern Washington

    Our 12 year old mini schnauzer has lots of black and pink growths, (moles?), on her body, inside her ears and on her eyelid, like Telly. The vet has seen them and is not alarmed. They do not seem to slow her down or cause her any discomfort. Her eye generates more “goo” and we clean it gently with a damp warm washcloth, but that is all we do. Many years ago we had the WSU Vet School Eye Clinic remove the one from her eyelid and it grew back, so it is just part of her. She loves us and we love her, lumps, bumps, and all!
    I love seeing Telly in your posts. She seems like a gentle soul.

  6. Marilyn Millet

    Mary, my two nearly 15 year old cockapoos have those randomly sprinkled all over their bodies, too. They don’t seem to bother either of the pups but it seems they grow and continue to show up. They are due for annual chk ups and vaccinations this month. We’ll know more then.

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    Poor Telly. I hope she isn’t in any discomfort. Sounds like it’s an old age normal process.
    Spring is so close. As soon as the time changes, we’ll notice a change in the temps, wind and color of the grass. I can’t wait.
    Your new wall hanging will be perfect in the porch.

  8. Karen

    What a great day yesterday was for Caitlin. Congratulations to her and her teammates for a great game and season. The Quilt Lodge is a true treasure. Great blog!

  9. Jeanne in Co.

    My daughter’s 17 year old Shih Tzu has those same bumps all over his body, some by his eye, just as Telly has. The vet told her they could be removed, but would very probably grow back. Sometimes they do pop open, probably from rolling on the floor or scratching with his paw. He is so very frail that it isn’t worth putting him through surgery to remove them. They don’t seem to bother him unless they might itch once in a while. There evidently is no pill or medicine that is a prevention or a cure.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – thank you so much! This is exactly what I assumed.

  10. Sandy

    Hi Mary, Bella has some of those old age skin tags, she is 13, some are bigger, but not worth surgery. I have some too and have had them removed with liquid nitrogen. More wonderful quilts today, some talented people out there! Tomorrow l have to gird my loins and do some overlooking on a dress l am altering! I have used overlockers for 60 years ,but not in the last 15 years and l am very nervous using it these days, wish me luck, haha! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  11. Martha W in WY

    That Texas quilt is wonderful. I’m lovin’ your porch quilt.
    We’re looking forward to watching CC play in the tournament.

  12. Carol Reents

    I have relatives who wouldn’t watch a girl’s game if their life depended. I’m all set up to watch the Women’s Big10 tourney this week. We are on vacation and will stream the Big10 network. Go Hoosiers!

  13. DebMac

    What a nice group of reader pictures today. Your quilt on the longarm is lovely. Such nice colors. That’s the second nine patch I’ve liked in a week. Maybe I need to make one…
    Some nice rain here today; we have been dry. I’ve started taking some plants out that are easy to bring back in should the temps drop again. Looked at seeds today and thinking about planting in our new raised garden bed this year. I haven’t gardened in years.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      DebMac – I’m going to have to give up gardening unless it’s a raised bed – I had trouble last year and just can’t do it again. I love peas, beans and tomatoes but I’ll find a farmers market.

      1. Bonnie Specchio

        Mary I garden in a small raised bed and containers – banana peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and yellow squash. I have enough for me and my husband and some to share with friends. I have a hose with a timer so don’t have to water by hand and almost no weeds. So much easier!

      2. Joy in NW Iowa

        Mary is there anyone that does a farmers market that is close? My dear hubby says he is having a garden again! I wish we were close, I would share!
        Love your porch hanging!
        It is just so good to log on in the morning and drink my coffee and read your blog and Jo’s blog. Maybe e should all get her address to send her cards?

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Joy – should I post her address tonight and ask for cards to be sent to her? I wish you were close, too, because I’m going to try to be strong and not plant anything.

  14. Cindy K

    Really like the quilt on the longarm. Looks so homey and cozy-a little house on the prairie feel.

  15. Carolyn Rector

    Yes, I’m glad you introduced me to Caitlin Clark. It has been great to watch her. I’m looking forward to the Big 10 tournament. Some years I get real interested in March Madness. I admire all the coaches and all the hard work the players have put in.
    Love the panel about summer. Beautiful! All your quilts are lovely. We had a nice day in the 70’s yesterday. Looking forward to summer. Thank you for the reader’s quilts. Amazing job everyone does! I am in awe.
    Carolyn Rector of Ohio

  16. Barbara Yarnell

    Gorgeous quilts today! Love the 30 stars and oh, that Texas quilt! A truly talented quilter to capture Big Tex in all his glory and so clever to drape a quilt over his arm and use the bluebonnet fabric at his feet. I hope we see another picture with the blue ribbon it will no doubt win at the Texas state fair.

    1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

      Hi! I found the Big Tex quilt at the Quilt Asylum in Denison, Texas on Saturday. My first day of the Texas shop hop. The owner took pictures last September and made her pattern, a young man at another shop did the quilting. I would love to make my own. She’s entering it in the fair this fall, I sure hope she gets it back okay! The original Big Tex burned in 2012 so the quilt with the new Tex is wonderful to see.

      1. Barbara Yarnell

        I agree, thanks so much for sharing! I used to live in Quitman…miss it so much.

        1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

          Hi Barbara! I’m in Longview and going to Stitching Heaven in Quitman in the morning on our Texas shop hop. A lot of driving! 😻

  17. Janet S

    Carolyn said it all. It looks like I will have to subscribe to the big 10 for the playoffs. High School basketball has always been one of my favorite sports to watch. When my boys were in high school, I wasn’t supposed to go to the games because I embarrassed them with my cheering. Oh well, it was fun and now Caitlin has single handedly (along with support from teammates and coaches) changed the entire sport in a very positive way.
    Great quilts today, I especially liked the 30 Stars quilt.
    Gloria’s sure has an eye for treasures to add to her collection and lucky enough to have a place to display them. Thanks for sharing pictures.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – before you subscribe and spend the money check the schedule – CBS is covering many of the games toward the weekend.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet S – Rick just corrected me – yes, Big Ten carries games until the final next Sunday at 11 am. Big Ten is part of our cable package – thank goodness.

  18. Rita in Iowa

    Love the quilts. 30 Stars is a stunner. Recognized the Texas State Fair quilt. We attended the Fair years ago when the statue was standing tall. Beautiful quilt.
    Still hand quilting a quilt. On the last border.

  19. Kelli

    Hello – I never want to steer anyone wrong but we did had an older dog that started to get bumps like that and we hurried to the vet thinking something was terribly wrong! He informed me that it was age and not to be concerned. Please keep us posted on what you find out about Telly!

  20. Marcia-Ohio

    The Quilt Lodge tour was fabulous. So much to look at. She has a gift for decorating. Sewing in there would keep the creative juices flowing for sure.
    Love the 30 star quilt in a brighter pallet also.
    The 9 patch is a comfort pattern. I did not get on the Yellowstone quilt bandwagon by setting the 9 patch on point in a red, gray, black pallet. Too many other projects to do.
    I was happy for Caitlin even though my Buckeyes lost the game. Both schools have had such an outstanding season. My folks loved to go the the OSU womens games.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marcia – Ohio – OSU has a great team, no doubt about it – a worthy opponent for sure. I think Iowa did not enjoy losing to them earlier this winter and that had something to do with Sunday’s outcome.

  21. Kathy in western NY

    We have another record breaking day of 70 so it’s been a gift to enjoy. Rain coming tomorrow and maybe something measurable since we too haven’t had a lot of moisture since end of January our weather people are reporting. I agree Mary is scary to think we’ll be too dry this summer if this pattern continues. Our grass is green now. Thank you Gloria for sharing your quilting lodge and collections with us and was interesting that you started your search so young in life. It’s nice you still embrace what you began collecting.
    Mary- Our dog that looks so much like Telly and ours is a rescue came to us with no fur and pink skin all showing. The vet said her skin will be sensitive most likely and to be careful in the sun. Her fur did grow back in after her trauma of transports and kennel cough that lasted over a month and various medications. She has these bumps all over her too and we recently had one lump by her jaw biopsy and it is not cancer like the others before that. It hasn’t kept ours from eating and trotting too in the backyard so I’m going to accept these are what her body does and let her enjoy her days.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – we have vowed to let Telly live without anxiety or distress so no vet visits – she sleeps a lot. Thank you for rescuing your dog even though beauty probably didn’t figure into your decision. The stress of transport is real.

      1. Kathy in NY

        Good for you Mary not to put Telly through that anxiety. I saw the stress in my dog as they led her out of the room to do the needle biopsy and I asked myself then, why put her through this? She doesn’t like separation from me due to her past. The vet gave me an estimate of almost $2000 to have the lump by her mouth removed but it doesn’t seem to bother her so why put her through cosmetic surgery and stress that just shortens all our lives more.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy – oh my, you made the right decision – if you asked her I’m sure she’d tell you to save your money and save her the anxiety! None of us are very cute as we get older. I just saw a picture of myself about 50 years ago at a wedding – oh my gosh, I was so thin! Damn

  22. Donna Jo

    Enjoyed the lodge tour and the quilt show today. That Texas quilt is fabulous but appliqué is not for me. After three classes in appliqué, I have decided to just admire it! From reading all the comments, the growths on Telly should not be too concerning. Hope your vet gives you good news.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna Jo – I should have said they’re old age related and not dangerous really, just hard to look at.

  23. Anna M

    Our Jack Russell has one of those on his head. The Vet said it was something they get when they get old. Our cat has one on her back. They don’t seem to be bothered by it. I love the quilt on your long arm it’s very pretty. I actually watched Caitlin break the record. Not usually interested in basketball but that was fun!

  24. Linda in MN

    We just had our first women’s sports bar ONLY open in Minneapolis, A Bar of Their Own. All Women’s Sports. All the Time. Long over due, in my opinion. It’s doing very well. 🙂

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MN – now that’s a bar I’d love to go to!

  25. Susan K in Texas (Iowa this week)

    Love the quilt on the longarm and your panel quilt. The Big Tex quilt is so much fun!
    We’re here in Iowa this week. Going to sign some important papers and then I can share the news. We had the shortest drive up yet. Traffic and weather was good. We had a nice wind pushing us along so gas mileage should be good.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan K – how exciting!!!! Can’t wait to hear your news –

  26. Margie from Ohio

    So many nice things except Telly, but I know she is living her best life with you and Rick. The quilt with Tex and the quilt is a work of art. I confess I don’t usually watch sports, but reading about it from you and other readers that comment makes me want to. The weather was so nice yesterday, 73, that I hung some laundry, with my husbands help, on the clothesline. Starting to rain today, but I think we need it.

  27. Erin

    As always, the pictures you post are wonderful, except for the poor pup. I’m sorry. I hope those bumps aren’t painful for Telly and that you get answers quickly.

  28. Mary Lou

    Morning Mary
    M y sweet dog Bingo who is 14 yrs old almost 15 has some of those bumps in various places
    on his body and head . Vet visit just a skip back said they are not harmful but in the future if
    any seem to be in his way they will remove them but not necessary. He does not seem bothered
    by them at all.. So hoping your baby will be fine and just enjoy the peaceful life they have with you!!

  29. Jeanine Waal from SE Iowa

    I made that Easter table runner a few years ago. I need to get it out now that February is gone and Easter is in March this year. I have enjoyed all the recent blogs so much. I’ve gone on You Tube to watch more videos about the Iowa Hawkeye girls. The 5 seniors are a class act. I wish them all much success in their future. Thanks again for all you do for this blog. It is the best!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanine – I’m glad you are tuning in – this blog is the platform that I just chat about what’s on my mind and this is what is on my mind right now so bear with me. Haha!

  30. Connie in NV

    Go Hawkeyes! Wishing them wins in the playoffs. I hope Molly’s injury doesn’t keep her out of the finals.
    Gloria’s sewing lodge is full of eye candy. I admire her organization and decorating skills.
    Lovely quilts from you and the readers, keep the inspiration coming. I’ve been binding ufo’s, on the last one then I can started finishing the pieceing ofUFO’s!
    Is 30 stars one of the patterns you have available to purchase?

  31. Sharon F

    The 9-patch quilt in your long arm is so pretty, such nice spring colors. Vicky’s 30 Stars in RW&B is gorgeous! So sorry about Telly’s bumps.

  32. Nancy Ann

    My old dog started getting those about 5 years ago. 9 he;s 18 now) Vet looked and said they were benign sebaceous gland tumors (oil gland) and not a problem. Some get really large.

  33. Linda from Georgia

    Mary, on your 1st photo of the porch panel I have the same cowboy fabric only in a light back round. I believe it is a Michael Miller. I need to use it! I have never met a nine patch that I haven’t liked. I am going to have to make another one soon. I watched the Iowa/Ohio State game. I was sad for the Buckeyes (where I went to school) but happy for you since you are such a CC fan. I know what you mean by the porch being a happy place. I love sitting on my porch(enclosed) reading and sewing.

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