More Thoughts, 10-5-23

I have loved reading your stories of thoughtfulness – each one is special. I just wanted to point out that I have used Norma as an example only. She is going to benefit from your kindness but think of all the elderly people in your community who might love to receive a card in the mail. (You’d think I was working for Hallmark, wouldn’t you?) I’m going to take away something from this discussion, too. When Mom was in the care center, I knew most of the residents there and now I probably don’t know any of them. I’m going to make a point of visiting.

I can just hear my mom saying to me “Mary, you make so much work for yourself!” I heard it for 50 years and today I thought of it again as I moved more plants into the house. I have gotten so adept at starting and growing these plants that I am drowning in big pots of succulents and other houseplants. I trimmed all the Hoyas and as I was bemoaning all the work, Rick pointed out to me that I was rooting more! I grabbed them all, threw them in the garbage and took the bag to the trash can outside. Enough already!!

Old youth chairs make great plant stands
Have I ever mentioned that this was my mom’s table from 1965?
These will probably be gone by Sunday

If you have a grove you probably recognize these burrs. The minute I stepped off the golf cart yesterday my clothes were covered with them. And they’re not easy to remove. I was getting off the golf cart to look at these strange mushrooms that have popped up. Anybody know anything about these? Are they poisonous?

From the readers:

Just look at this quilting!

You might recognize the name of a local reader and friend of mine who comments as Beamer’s Mom – this is Beamer who died suddenly and tragically 2 weeks ago from unknown causes at age 17 months. There are no words for such a devastating loss. Such a handsome lovely dog – his mom says that maybe some little boy in Heaven needed a best friend and Beamer had to go.

Thanks for all your lovely thoughts and words today – this is such a great group of friends isn’t it?

P.S. The chocolates were scrumptious but I can’t have any more unless I want to be size 3XL. Yes, one of the boxes is already gone. 😏

78 thoughts on “More Thoughts, 10-5-23

  1. Amy Falise

    I am with you, there are lots of elderly folks in our own communities that would love a card or a visit. Same goes for veterans! I have seen some great ideas that others have done such as donating stuffed dogs for the men in a nursing home and dolls for women. They loved the gifts!

    I love your plants. They remind me of the cacti/succulent collection I had years ago. At my peak of collecting I had over 300! Now I only have 4 house plants, given as cuttings from a friend of my son’s. They are enough!

    So sad to hear about Beamer but I agree he’s a good friend to someone in Heaven now!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Amy – 300????? I have only about 80-100 and I can hardly handle them. Where did you keep them all? And why did you get rid of them and who took them for you? You didn’t just throw them in the trash, did you? I can’t do that.

      1. Amy Falise

        I had the species that could handle it outside on the south side of the house. The rest were on windowsills inside. I just had way too many so I ended up giving them all away to coworkers who loved them! I shudder to think how much they all cost me, but it was time to move on to something else. I’m very content with just 4 house plants now, but if I lived closer I would beg a cutting or two off your snake plant!

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    Great post today.
    What kind of cats are those 2 slick ones? They are unusual.
    I have a very soft spot for Golden Retrievers. We’re on our 5th rescue, 3 pure, 2 mutts. Loretta is a mutt, but she is a doll. Tiny little one.
    I could do bindings at your porch table all year long…you’re view and light would be so comfy.

    1. Jo in Wyoming

      Ps, I almost forgot…a lady in Ft. Collins Colorado donated 5-6 huge bags of fabric and 5 large, brand new, in the box cutting mats for the jail. Isn’t that overwhelming!!! Plus a box of notions. I’ve only peaked into.
      I’m the one blessed to get to run this program for them. With all that my husband is going through, it’s an escape to “go to jail”. I love it.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Jo – that is outstanding!! Now how did she know about your program? I so agree that “going to jail” must be the highlight of your days. Is there anything we can do to help you, Jo?

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – I believe she said they are Abyssinian – aren’t they beautiful? I can’t find her email now – will the owner please confirm?

    3. Karen G.

      Jo, those are my one year old Abyssinians in a rare quiet moment. They are bother and sister. One is a cinnamon, the other is a ruddy. I love this breed – very active, always into whatever you are doing, love heights, but not for everyone. They are my 7th and 8th abys. I hadn’t had kittens in years so it’s been an experience! The last two abys I had were rescues and were one and four years old when they “found” me.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Karen – are they are solid and wirey as they look? Such fun looking cats! What’s a ruddy? And why aren’t they for everyone? I’m just curious and want to know.

        1. Karen G.

          Mary – Abys originally came in four colors – ruddy, red, blue, and fawn. Several breeders have developed colors in between, hence my cinnamon boy, a toned down red (described as a coppery base with chocolate brown ticking). Per the breed standard, their hair/fur is ticked with 5 colors, like a wild rabbit. Ruddy is the darkest color, with a reddish-brown base and black ticking. The ruddys have black tipped tails. My girl has a fine black stripe down her tail leading to the tip. Their larger ears are their other distinctive feature which is the giveaway that they were the cats portrayed in ancient Egyptian art. Less seen are the blue which is a pale grey with a beige base and the fawn has a creamy peach base.
          As for not being for everyone, they are very active, interactive, curious, smart, and dexterous. They can get into all sorts of “trouble”. Last boy I had was long enough to stretch up and open doors. So my sewing room door had to be locked from the inside! And he checked the door ALL the time. When he boarded at the vet, he was often found roaming the office because someone forgot to lock a door. The girl I have now likes to stretch up the back of a door to shut it and has been shut up in various rooms for hours when I’m out of the house. I have folded towels over the tops of the doors now so she can not fully close them. They are often referred to as the dogs of the cat world. My girl brings a toy and drops it in front of me and I toss it down the hall and she retrieves it, multiple times. We do this daily! You just have to be aware that Abys don’t have “owners”, they have STAFF! Haha! Because they are so interactive, they are often very loving. So they do reward their staff!

          1. Mary Etherington Post author

            Karen – oh, I just loved learning about Abyssinian cats!! They do look long and lean and obviously very smart – good grief, opening doors! You need one of those little door jambs I see advertised on FB. The color of their fur is just gorgeous – I even look at Gracie’s fur and it has a different color on the tip and is extremely dense. Well, I love your cats obviously – send a new picture now and then. What are their names?

          2. Karen G

            Their names are Tiggy (Cinnamon boy) and Zovy (Ruddy girl). Will definitely send more pics.

  3. Barbara Glover

    Your plants are beautiful. Do you happen to know the name of the plant in the light brown youth chair with the spikes? I have one and have no idea what the name of it is.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – I don’t know the actual name but don’t you imagine it’s in the same family as “mother in law tongue”? I’ll see if my book has a picture.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara -Sansevieria cylindrica is the name of the tall spiky plant

  4. Launa

    Norma will have a card from me, too! It was plain inside, but I wanted her to know you n I were old friends from your Country Threads and I explained that! Then I wondered how long ago I had subscribed to the newspaper and have you n Connie on a magazine cover. Memories!

    So sad to read of the loss of Beamer!

    Was 41o up here in Idaho this morning, but we had a nice stove fire; can’t do that tomorrow as the young man who comes to clean our tall stove pipe comes to do that and also the lower level fireplace insert .


  5. Martha W in WY

    I proud of you. For me it’s hard to dump anything. I am working on this problem though. The readers’ quilts are all beautiful. I’m sorry about Beamer. What a beautiful dog!!

  6. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    You have beautiful plants Mary! Love the pictures, beautiful kitties and poor Beamer, handsome boy! The quilts are great 👍. I wonder if the second intertwined pattern is very hard? Enjoy your chocolate!

    1. Sherry Whalen

      Hi Pamela – the pattern is called Tangled. I got it in a kit that I bought while I was in Paducah this spring. It was the white yardage and one jelly roll. I made it during a retreat I went to a couple of weeks after that. It was an easy pattern to follow even with all of the distractions at a retreat lol. Sherry

      1. Beth T.

        Sherry, I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for filling us in on your quilt, which is so striking.

      2. Meredith In Cincinnati

        The Tangled quilt pattern is by Alison Harris at Cluck, Cluck Sew. Love her patterns!

  7. Gloria B - northern IL

    To Beamers Mom, I’m very sorry for your loss. Beamer must have brought you joy that you can hold in your heart forever.

  8. Katie in Gilbert,Az.

    I love getting cards in the mail, I love sending cards, it’s a GOOD THING..I pray they never do away with CARDS, so many people use the computer cards, they r nice, but I like the real thing.,
    Morning glories one of my favorite specially the purples, I grow them in AZ. For a lil bit, right out my front door So I can admire them lots, I grew up in California they grow everywhere..
    The table that belonged to your MOM, by any chance is it Formica top, could it have been made in California, looks familiar to Cal-Style furniture out of Los Angeles, Ca. I worked for them, back in the 60’s..
    Thanks for sharing, have a GREAT weekend..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Katie – where could I look for the style of the table? Yes, I assume it’s a Formica top.

  9. Beth T.

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Beamer. What a beautiful boy. You can tell that he knew how much he was loved. When our dogs and cats go, I remind myself that they don’t have any expectation of how long they’ll be here. What matters to them is whether they were happy and loved. I know for sure that Beamer had no doubt about that. Sending my heartfelt condolences to everyone who loved him.

    1. Brenda Furlong

      Oh, that touched me very much about how to think about your pets’ passing. I have had four pass and it was so painful, but now I can think about how happy I made them. They were all rescues. I will also pass this along to my son, who agonizes over his beloved pets passing.

  10. Carol Reents

    A friend f mine gifted me with a small box of chocolates for a job I had done. Just 1/2 dozen pieces that I shared with my husband. The great was so appreciated. I must tell her.

  11. Sharon G.

    Mary – Nice post.
    Quilts and plants are pretty.
    So sorry to hear about Beamer. A very handsome dog.
    It’s hard to lose such a young pet. My thoughts are with Beamer’s mom.
    Take care everyone.

  12. patti

    mary, glad to hear you are feeling better. isn’t it just like husbands to remind us of what we are doing while we are complaining about it. mine does the same thing. to beamer’s mom, you were such a good mom to beamer and he kenw it. now he is probably helping some child in heaven who had a dire need for him. such a wonderful sentiment. my condolences for your loss. sherry, thanks for telling us the name of your quilt pattern. i admired it also. also love the halloween quilt. must pull mine out. love seeing the animals also. i would love to use mary’s sunroom as a sewing studio. i have three tops/backs/bindings going to my charity group on friday (tomorrow) for someone else to finish for me. photos to you soon. hugs to all, patti in florida

  13. Linda Carpenter

    I have downsized my plants to only 2 . A jade which goes outside in the summer and a Xmas cactus. It seems as I age (I’m 73) my world gets smaller. It’s ok, but sometimes hard to adjust. I took up crochet, for my old age I thought, then developed a bad tennis elbow and it wrecked my rotator cuff (which I have a history of). Then arthritis in my left thumb from gripping hand work. I have a wonderful PT woman but she allows me only 15 min of hand work in the a.m. and 15 min in the p.m. Oh how I love hand work. I can still sew at my machine, but I have millions of quilts and quilt tops. And must be very careful of rotary cutting. My favorite now is Single Irish Chain, just lovely little 9 patches. I wish I had your stamina Mary. 15 min is just not enough, but I am fighting to get stronger and am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who dotes on me and I on him. And a precious kitty who is aging with us. I love this blog and all the lovely friends on here. Linda in Colorado

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – 15 min am and pm? I’d have to just sit and piece at my machine and leave them as tops when I die. I don’t need more quilts anyway – good luck with the crocheting. I quit after making two identical wool (back in the day) afghans that are gorgeous but too itchy to use.

  14. Linda in MI

    Blessings to Beamers mom, my heart hurts for her I can’t imagine losing a beautiful golden suddenly, unexpectedly. I was truly blessed to have my Elliott for almost 15 years and I miss him every single day.

    A neighbor went through that when his little boy was just a year old, apparently the puppy had a undetected heart defect. I only met the puppy once when my deaf yellow lab Oliver wandered off and I found them playing together which was adorable, but his loss bothered me for a very long time. But I know he is the best friend of someone in heaven. If puppies don’t go to heaven I don’t want to go.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – I have a sign in my window that says the same.

  15. Judy

    We had some of the golf ball mushrooms in our yard this summer. I looked them up. Most sites recommend not eating them. They are a type of puffball. I also had one in one of my house plant pots.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy – golf ball mushrooms? Puffballs? Wow, I need to get educated.

      1. Judy

        The internet is my source for a lot of info. I will look up things that I never would have with just the encyclopedia. Of course one has to decipher if it is true or not.

  16. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    Youth chairs! : ) Gosh, they make really nice stools, um, back when I could squeeze my butt in one. 😉 There was a classic style, a bit different than yours – more rounded, that I had when little, then my sister-in-law got one the same style when she had little ones. And that was the last time I had the opportunity to fit my butt in one. sigh.

    The Abyssinians looked like they had Attitude, but interesting, such big ears.

    So sad about Beamer. It’s hard losing a pet, no matter their age or ours.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – the classic round top youth chair is a favorite – I have one, too – just not as a plant holder. They’re perfect because the pots don’t slide off!

  17. Ginger S

    As I was writing my card to Norma, I thought that I should send some to local nursing home as there must be people there who do not have family or loved ones nearby and who would enjoy getting a card. My heart goes out to Beamer’s Mom. So sad.

    1. Cynthia

      Yes Ginger! I was thinking the very same thing!!! So many lonely people in the world, especially elders in resting homes. I am going to try to be more intentional about this in the future.

    2. Marsha from Kansas

      I thought about doing the same thing. Did you call to get the name of someone to write to? I’m also going to write more often to my aunt who just had her 100th birthday party last month. It was a wonderful weekend event her children hosted. My brother and sister got to go and reported 19 of my 30-something cousins were able to celebrate with her. I email my aunt in town but I’m going to try to send her holiday cards.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Marsha – what a good idea! We all can do better for the elderly in our communities. Some day it will be us.

  18. Donna

    You might want to listen o your mom and Rich.
    Mary you make so much work for yourself.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – not you, too!!! Evidently I was born this way – Becky isn’t at all like this so it must be a first-born problem.

  19. Kim

    I’m so sorry for Beamer’s mom. Such a sad loss. 😢 Thanks for the news and photos from around the farm and from readers, Mary. You and all of the readers here are good company. I’m finding that I have fewer places to keep house plants and, like kittens, it’s a challenge to give them to good homes. Have a good weekend!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – love the analogy regarding plants and kittens – I obviously can’t say no to either.

  20. Joy in NW Iowa

    Oh Beamer’s mom, I’m so sorry! That is so sad. Our daughter and son-in-law have two male Goldens. My daughter is always having trouble with her back, neck or knee….I’m sure it is from being jerked around trying to walk a big 90-100 lb. Golden. They are lovers tho! Plus, they live in the house….oh the fur. I make a note to never wear black to here house.

    I think after I mail Norma”s card, I should go to visit some ladies in the nursing home! That would be a good thing to do. I think I know mor3 than two in our local home.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – Goldens certainly are lovers! And I’m so glad you added that they live in the house – ha! You know that’s one of my biggest issues with people who leave their dogs outside.

  21. Sheryl K Harrison

    So sad about Beamer. He’s beautiful!

    About your comment, Mary, about knowing residents in the care center…there have been many who have touched my heart since mom moved in the nursing home. There is a precious man who sits in the same chair in the dining room all the time and is so sweet and friendly. He has a sad story that includes having no family. He wears a cross necklace. When I was cleaning out mom’s apartment, I put wooden plaques with religious sayings or scripture, one was the Lord’s prayer, in a box for the service center. One day this man asked me to see his room. Nearly every inch of his walls was covered in religious/Jesus pictures or horse pictures. I asked if he wanted the plaques I was donating to the service center and he was happy to have them. The next time I visited, he wanted me to see his room with the plaques I gave him.

    A lady always wheels over to me to show me her mother’s or grandmother’s necklace. She wears a lot of jewelry and it seems like it mostly belonged to her mother or grandmother.

    Another lady lives down the hall from mom and she has a sewing machine in her room. I plan to visit but catch her at nap time every time I’m visiting mom b/c she is always sleeping. I asked about her and was told she does get some sewing done. I asked if she needed anything and was told NO! she has plenty of supplies.

    There are 3 women who sit outside at the assisted living part of the care center who always wave big when I’m leaving the parking area. I am really going to miss them when the weather gets cold.

    These are just a few of the precious people who have touched my heart since mom moved to the nursing home in March.

    I get the nursing home newsletter. After reading this blog, I am going to send birthday cards (and have mom sign them too) to the people on the list of birthdays that month. Thanks, Mary, for the idea!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sheryl – haven’t I lit a fire? Your mom looks so sweet and I’m glad she has friends there. And today I’m going to our care center to meet some people – first I’m going to ask who doesn’t get visitors and that’s who I’ll visit first.

      1. Sheryl K Harrison

        yes you have lit a fire! I have a friend who had a bed and breakfast and her motto was “kindness begets kindness.”

        another thought…one time I saw Bingo winners picking out prizes and I planned to give the nursing home prize items…things like adult coloring books, Pringles, etc. I totally forgot about it until now so I just put it on my shopping list.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sheryl – I will write this tonite – I went to the care center this morning and asked about someone who didn’t have family or visitors – they introduced me to a woman – SHES IN MY MOMS OLD ROOM!

  22. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I am so sorry about Beamer. What a shock.🥲. I love the Tangked quilt, too! The skeleton quilt was our son in law’s favorite at our 2022 quilt show so I bought the panel, added two borders and had the longarm quilter who made the original quilt it. She used sparkly metallic thread for outlining and made the spider webs! He loves it❤️
    After my mom passed away at her assisted living facility in 2004, , I continued to go have coffee with her table while they ate. They were happy to keep me and I enjoyed them. I am in charge of Honor Flight Quilts in our Guild so I connected with a Commander of our American Legion. There are always to help people😀

  23. Jan Hebert

    I can relate, Mary! A box of chocolates doesn’t last long in this house! They keep calling to me… but such a nice gift. I am so sorry to read about Beamer, my sincere condolences to his family. The quilts are great, love Tangled and the Halloween one is really cute! I’m glad Rick pointed out that you were making even more work for yourself, haha! And I’m glad that you threw them out! I’ve been growing seedlings on my kitchen counter and still have some waiting to be planted! It’s time to throw them out! My knee is acting up again, I guess I’ve got to actually make that appointment to have it replaced. I’ve been procrastinating but wow, I am afraid to drive anywhere for fear that it will act up and I won’t be able to drive back home! Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – make the appointment!! You’ll be so glad you did – my knees are great and I can even run – not my 100 yd. dash speed but not bad.

  24. Kim from Wi

    I admire you Mary for your green thumb, I can’t grow anything in pots, so my houseplants are both cactuses and they struggle to survive. I do better with flowers outside, but our season is limited in Wisconsin. I have the Tangled pattern and I was glad to read that it is fairly easy to do though it looks complicated. Beamer will be missed but someone needed him in heaven, such a lovely dog. It turned cold here in central Wisconsin and the cranberries are being harvested.

  25. Lyn

    Beamer …… precious and way too soon I have “twin” but thankfully 10 years now.

  26. Matsha in Michigan

    Hi, Mary, I’m not into plants, though I have kept a jade plant my daughter got me for Mother’s Day alive! I have a garden window just so we’d have a deep enough counter to put a full-size deep sink in. I also am trying to keep an aloe plant alive that someone gave our granddaughter!

    I have my mom’s 1955 table which my daughter used in an apartment for a while. I’m not currently using it but it’s available in the barn loft if one of the kids needs it! The chairs weren’t worth saving.

  27. Linda M Lutz

    Aren’t those puffy mushrooms wonderful? have one in our yard that is bigger than a basketball!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – there’s a soccer sized one in the grove, too. Are they poisonous???

  28. Sunflower from Michigan

    What a nice post today. My heart is so sad for Beamer’s family. The quilts are lovely.
    The morning glory is beautiful. I don’t like those sticky little burrs on your gloves either! Worst of all is when Biscuit gets into them. With the coat of a doodle, they’re hard to remove.
    Speaking of Biscuit, my son is going to Florida today so we’re on dog duty till Monday. I took him to the groomer as he really needs a cut. On our walk this morning, we met a 10 week old puppy. Her name is Maisie. Her family lost their 14 year old Dalmatian last fall. They said the house was so quiet without a dog, so I’m glad they got a pup. Have a peaceful weekend!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – Biscuit looks so handsome with his new haircut! Saw the picture before your post. When Ivy and Finn come I just shudder to think of those burrs in their coats. Impossible to comb out! Such a cute dog – I wouldn’t mind dog sitting him at all. I think Michele’s house is too quiet as well.

  29. brenda

    You are blessed to have such a green thumb. My hairdresser has one and has plants everywhere at the salon and at home. I can barely keep anything alive, although I do have an aloe plant that a friend gave me years ago. Another friend is a wonderful gardener and sells some of her surplus plants at our city yard sale every year, very reasonably priced so that anyone could afford them. She would probably give them away, too. When I read about your mother’s table from the 60’s it reminded me that my table and chairs that I use all the time are from the 60’s. They were purchased soon after I started my first job out of college. Does that make them an antique? Which reminds me, I still use my Mom and Dad’s bedroom set in the guest room. It was purchased in the late 30’s. And I am so sorry about Boomer – gone way too soon.

  30. Tammy Guerrero

    My heart breaks for Beamers family. How tragic this is! He was a baby. What a beautiful pup!!

  31. Deb

    Instead of working on the last of my Scarecrows for etsy ( 110 done , 72 sold, “only” 40 to finish!) I’m bringing in plants today too. The weather says 37 tonight. As I was doing it, I decided I’m not into all the mess in the house anymore, and half of them were left to nature.
    I like to have dragons blood begoinias on our covered south facing porch so started 3 flats of them. They NEVER stop blooming! Even if I bring some in for the winter, they just keep blooming. (but that’s messy) So, only 2 came in this year. They root from cuttings with no effort, so I will have plenty next year.
    My other self-battle was over the pretty sun-coleus I have in many big pots. Again, too easy to start more, and I did! But I made myself pick 2 only to keep over winter. They get really ugly in the house over winter, but I just cut them back and set them out when it warms up in spring. A couple years ago I brought in a huge pot and plopped it in hubbys man-cave. A while later there were hundreds of baby mantus all over! Yes, I will check for egg cases in all plants I bring in.
    About the puppy….so horrible and heartbreaking. I lost my best buddy tuxedo kitty shortly after they INSISTED he get a rabies shot. He was super healthy and suddenly had fluid around his heart. I did not want it done. Our kitties are not outside beyond the deck and fenced area.We no longer use that vet. 🙁

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Oh, Deb! He was your cat – why would the vet insist on a rabies shot? This is heartbreaking and I hope this vet’s other customers have been informed. So so sad.

      1. Deb

        I don’t know, they seem to be all about money. The way of the world now it seems. money and evil. Depressing.

  32. Barbara Borglum

    as it was national “do something kind” day on Thursday, I did send Norma a card with a little message. Makes me feel good to do that. Thanks for the suggestion

  33. Carolyn Howard

    Charley the cat is cool, so sad for Beamer’s owners, breaks your heart to lose a dear pet.
    Cool weather to hit our area, Fayetteville, GA by tomorrow evening, am not quite ready to give up the warm days yet but do not have to move my plants indoors yet.

  34. Betty Klosterman

    Jo, you are so lucky to have your “girls.” You get just as much or more out of teaching them as they do. You teach them how to quilt, something they will always love–making something with their hands.
    Mary, we just HAVE to shut our eyes and throw the plant clippings away otherwise they will take over the whole house.
    And, Beamer’s Mom, there is something worse about loosing a dear pet than a human friend. They have an absolute love that a human friend does not have. You are their whole world. They give everything to you. I still cry when I remember my 16 year old cat I lost 42 years ago.
    Mushrooms, etc. sure grow into wierd, interesting shapes. Could they be dried and used in arrangements?
    It was 37 degrees when I got up this morning and supposed to have a freeze tonight. Whatever will be. Our days are beautiful and the trees are turning almost over night. We don’t have any red trees, but some bushes and vines do turn red.
    And how good people are: When the ranchers in western SD lost 41,000 head of live stock in the 2013 blizzard, other ranchers from all over the country got together and each sent 1 bred heifer (pregnant) to help our ranchers get their herds started again.
    Take care. Betty in Rapid City  

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – Beamer’s mom is going to change her “commenter name” because this is too painful. It will take awhile to not cry every day and she will NEVER completely get over his loss.
      Yes, I did throw away the trimmings and I took a whole box of small plants to a friend in town. Then I went to the care center and the first two offices I visited were full of plants! I can take them the next box! The next thing I want to try is bonsai.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I remember that heifer campaign! I also remember farmers taking hay to ranchers – was it 1991? That “anniversary” is coming up and I remember it like it was last year.

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