Moving Day, 9-20-21

Yesterday was a busy day for me but I had to take the time to move the chicks to the barn. They definitely needed more room and they are loving their new home!

It won’t be long until I open the gate so they can wander outside on a nice day. Meet Bob!

I think Bob is probably a mistake that got into my box at Bomgaars – I think he’s a broiler but of course he’ll live his life as a regular chicken here. It’s just that he’s so BIG!

Reader quilts –

This is my #9 on the quilting machine! Jo inspires me every time I see how many quilts she has finished! On to binding – this time by machine.

I haul rain water from the barrel every few days – it’s a big barrel!! All my house plants and succulents have had nothing but rain water this summer and I think it’s made a huge difference in how well they’re doing. I use these plastic kitty litter jugs to haul the water.

The corn is ready for harvest.

Colton really knows how to pick the best places to nap, doesn’t he?

Oh, I forgot to tell you about Little Red – tomorrow for sure!!

21 thoughts on “Moving Day, 9-20-21

  1. Diane in WI

    The corn here is turning brown too. We are waiting for a storm to come through tonight. I think we are 9-10 inches below normal for precipitation. Part of our soybean field was cleared to start my daughter and son-in-law’s new house. The ground is so hard and dry it took longer to clear it. Colton looks really comfortable. Take care..

  2. Launa

    Good to see all the photos! So many in your huge quilt pile under Colton! Going to be below freezing 🥶 up here early morning again! We had a tad of SNOW and rain last night.
    Thankfully I found the right ESPN football channel for tonight’s Lions and Green Bay game as Peyton was becoming a bit too chatty for us on his n Eli’s other ESPN MONDAY NIGHT channel! Something for everybody!

  3. Arrowhead Gramma

    Nice blog tonight and loved the last photo of Colton. Anxious to hear the story about Little Red. ❤️

  4. Sherrill

    A few years ago, the city had a class on making your own rain barrel & they had everything to complete it. I asked my nephew if he wanted to and he did. So I took him
    & supervised (didn’t do one myself) & he got it done, took it home & hooked it up. He really had fun and it was something useful. I love your #9. No way I’d ever keep up with Jo!!!

  5. Karen Gaither

    The first quilt is a Country Threads pattern. Do you remember the name or if it was in a book? I love it!

  6. Bobbie

    Mary you stay so busy. I love Cottons napping area bet it’s comfy.
    I have my fabric now to start your quilt in the new book. I just love that quilt. I’ve got a few things to get done before I can get started sewing. I have a freezer to clean out as we have half a beef ready to pick up. A trailer we have decided to redo for a niece to live in. Have a guy coming to put the new floors in a new sink and stove hood. We have did all the painting putting up new blinds and making valances. Had to buy a new stove and do several other things. We weren’t planning to do anything with it but she needed a place. We aren’t very fast doing these thing either, my hubby is 85 and he doesn’t have a lot of stamina any more. It is really turning out cute. It’s a small 2 bedroom. We lost power the other night for over 3 hours. I went to town got some new wicks and lamp oil. Winter hasn’t started yet. But those high winds get us ever time.
    You chicken and goats sure got a wonderful forever home when they come to live with you. It’s like heaven good food and heat in the winter. I hope what ever was killing your chicken has moved on. It sure had easy meals. So sad when you can’t find what doing it to.
    Have a great week, ❤️ Little Red to!

  7. Jo in Wyoming

    I remember last year’s corn harvesting. Amazing.
    I didn’t repot the geraniums this year and they did beautiful. The hanging baskets…very sad. Oh well, there’s always next year.
    Cool quilt. Yes, Colton can find wonderful places to chill out.
    You’ll be in your own parade driving little red. Wave and honk to everybody.

  8. Sandy

    Hi Mary, Bob looks like a shaver to me(l presume you have that breed of chicken in America). Tomorrow is more cleaning up day, then a couple of new masks to make as the basic ones ride up to my eyes.Looking forward to meeting the new chickens, best wishes from Sandy

  9. Margaret in North Texas

    Moving that rainwater seems like heavy work! I heard a few years to run water from the faucet in a container and let it sit overnight. Removes the chlorine from it–better for plants. I agree nothing is better than rainwater.

  10. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Colton is a beauty; I love seeing cats settle in for a nap.
    There was lots of corn picked this weekend a half hour west of Peoria. We have not had rain for several weeks, and they knew it was coming tonight.
    I love the pieced borders of the first quilt; they are all lovely. I hope I have a finish before the end of the month.
    Take care. 🥰

  11. Jeanice Domino

    Colton looks like Mr Personality. I had a boy that looked just like him. What a smarty he was! I am 75 and have had cats my whole life. I loved them all dearly but there are always a few that have been extra special and he was just that. RIP, Oliver!

  12. Kathy in western NY

    Colton shows he is the prince of the quilt pile. Rightfully sew as he is so sweet.
    Love the kitty pictures you show. The harvest full moon was spectacular last night here and I am sure it was all over for those who could see it. I am so drawn to Scrappy quilts so love that one. I guess it is because you can put so much of your beloved stashes in them.

  13. Deb

    I love your rain barrel — I’ve been tempted to look into those, especially living in drought sticken California. There’s probably a law against it, though, the way California is!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb – but if it fills with rain water (hopefully it will rain!), how can that be against the law? I got it for my birthday a few years ago and it is great!

  14. Marian Stever

    Mary, you work so hard!!!! And, you accomplish stuff! Great! The picture of Colton is a prize winner. I love it!!!! Enjoy these beautiful days. I am doing yard work getting ready for winter. It is so pleasant to work outside at this time of year in Minnesota. Plenty of rain yesterday but today is so fresh and inviting. Quilt on!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Marian Stever – working hard is a choice I make. If I didn’t want to work, I’d move to town! And I’m not ready for that just yet.

  15. Jay

    We collect rainwater in barrels around the house and garage, then my husband pumps it into the cistern under the garage. He keeps a plastic trash can outside the back door full of rainwater to water the houseplants and patio pots, but the garden gets watered with a long hose going from the cistern all the way out to the garden. it’s a bit of work, but the man is retired & needs to have a project or two!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jay – it’s a very long way to our garden so I’m not even going to tell Rick what you said! My plants look so good because they’ve had nothing but rainwater for over a year now.

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