No Sunday Post, 9-25-23

I am so relieved! I can breathe again! Gracie was gone for two days and I was beside myself with worry. Greta comes in the house all the time so I decided late last week that Gracie should come in,too. For the first two days she hid behind a cupboard and on Saturday morning I was holding the door open for Hazel and Gracie bolted! I have looked absolutely everywhere on the farm for two solid days with just time off to go to church.

On Sunday afternoon Finn and Ivy were here and they were very “interested” out in the woodshed. Could it be Gracie behind those stacks of firewood? I called and called, even went out late last night without the dogs so I could maybe hear her cry. Nothing.

This morning I came out of the quilt shop and Gracie sauntered out of the hydrangeas! I couldn’t believe my eyes – I yelled “she’s baaackk!!” She’s got a little ouchy on her back but otherwise is fine.

Wish she could tell me where she’s been for 2+ days.

I’ve gotten absolutely nothing done since Gracie’s been missing. This morning I’ve been cleaning but now I think I need to stay close to Gracie in the quilt shop. I won’t be moving her back to the house any time soon. Like Rick said, she’ll let us know when she wants to come in.

Just a quick note about church yesterday – it was a full house with many little kids of pre-k through elementary age who come up front for the children’s sermon and that doesn’t count the babies, toddlers, older kids and teenagers. We must be the envy of churches across North Iowa – an active church with many many young families and a beloved pastor. We have him to thank for our very active church and a congregation willing to step up and help where they can. “It takes a village” has never been so clear to me.

33 thoughts on “No Sunday Post, 9-25-23

  1. Sue in PA

    Will you put Greta back in the quilt shop to keep Gracie company? Otherwise she will be all alone again when you are not there with her and they seem to get along so well together.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – yes, they’re both in the shop now snoozing away but if Greta asks to come into the house, I’ll let her. When Gracie is ready, I’m sure she’ll ask at the door.

  2. Dorothy in Chicago

    So glad that Gracie came back from her adventure! Wonderful that you see so many you g families at your church. Gives hope for the future.

  3. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m so happy for you Gracie came home. You do worry about all the kiddos having a safe, warm place to stay.
    We had a cat once that snuck in the coat closet. I called and called…called the neighbors, the shelter, everywhere. 3 days later opened the coat closet door and she sauntered out!!! What a pistol.
    It’s warm and nice here today. The leaves are turning.

  4. Jill Klop

    So glad that Gracie is home again! We would envy your church too. Ours is failing. Covid was difficult, but we are also a part of the United Methodist Church. There’s some politics going on and people are leaving. It’s so sad!

  5. Cheryl

    Consider taking Gracie to the vet for the bite. Our 6 year old fully vaccinated and UTD on everything plus spayed got out ONE night. She came back the next morning because she was hungry. But 10 days or so later the smell was so terrible I separated her fur and she was oozing infection. Vet ER who confirmed it was probably a male cat that bit her. Antibiotics…. But seven years later she died of feline leukemia. We had a vet who specialized in cats and he was shocked. She was always an indoor cat before and after that one night. I don’t know if there is a treatment that can be started early to stop the leukemia. Just wanted to let you know.

  6. Jeanne in Co.

    So glad Gracie is back. There is never a full moment for you, is there Mary?
    It is wonderful that your church has so many young families with children. Without them the churches would cease to exist. Does your church have the services on videos on their website. I’d love to watch and listen to one of your Sunday morning services. Your pastor and his congregation must be doing something “right” or his flock would not keep coming back. Too many churches are just elderly, retired people. We need both the young families for new blood and the elderly for their experience and wisdom.
    Have a blessed week everyone. Jeanne in Co.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne – yes, it’s on Facebook under Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church in Garner, pastor is Brian Lund. 10:30 am

  7. Rita in Iowa

    Mary I think anyone who has animals/pets can tell a story of mishaps.
    We are currently in Texas and I read Oh Susannah to my Grandson who is 8. He also read some of the story. Had lots of questions and was curious about all the animals. Thanks for a beautiful story. We also learned how to gather a circle of fabric to make playing card holders using CDs. The first try was not quite there. I then drew a line for him to follow around the circle and he did much better. It did pull around the CD so it was left as it was. I will try to get a picture of these as I made 7 so far. He will have them when his friends get together to play cards.
    He asked if he could sew on the sewing machine sometime. So that will be the thing we try to do the next time.

  8. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary — glad to hear that Gracie is back…… how we love our furry children!!!! How we worry so about them.
    Your church is definitely blessed to have all those young families. Warms my heart to see all of them running around church and hear them in their children’s church. So good to see and hear!!!

  9. Beryl in Owatonna

    S0 glad Gracie reappeared!! Those two kitties are so cute together.
    It is thundering again…must have some more rain coming! It has sure perked things up. The warm temps have kept the hummers here too. I’ve never seen them here this late but love it.
    It is fun to see a church that is alive with all ages!! God is good and He is coming for us soon!!
    Have a great week!!

  10. Jean

    Oh thank goodness. Speaking of missing animals…we didn’t see any sign of Betty when you visited Connie. What’s up?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jean – I took several pictures of Betty but she was always rolling over or something. Betty is fine – I’ll have Connie take a picture and send to me.

  11. Angie from Baltimore

    I am so glad to hear she had come home. Wouldn’t it be great if they could talk? I talk to mine all the time telling her when I am leaving and telling her about how long I will be gone. Usually I am saying this as she is walking away from me. I almost expect to see her putting up her paw and saying”talk to the paw because I am not listening “.
    I don’t think she realizes how much she means to me.

  12. Kris in Naperville

    Oh I am so sorry for you upset and worry…. Gracie is a naughty girl… the best place for her is with you… hopefully she has exhausted her fright running and will behave herself… sending you a hug!

  13. Sharon G.

    Mary –
    So glad Gracie’s back home! Might want to consider getting her back checked at the vet just to rule out a bite and possible infection.
    Take care everyone.

  14. Carolyn Boutilier

    Glad Gracie is back. It has always bothered me when I can’t find one of my animals. we were blessed to receive 1 inch of rain from this storm but the creek still does not have running water. At least it is not so hot.
    Love your stories and love seeing Connie’s sewing room.
    Thanks. Carolyn b Shenandoah valley VA

  15. Barbara Firesheets

    Thank goodness Gracie is back! I know you were worried sick about her. Maybe she’ll stay close from now on.

  16. Kathy in western NY

    I too would be worried sick if one of my pets were outside too long. We have too much danger here for them so my brain can only take so much worrying so my cats now stay indoors. Like you, fenced in yard for the dogs. I loved Angie’s comment about talk to the paw, and would love to see the CD card holders made, Rita. Clever idea.
    Our church had a new beginning this Sunday with a young woman pastor who left a good social worker position to follow her calling. It’s so exciting as she is a breath of fresh air with her enthusiasm and love for others in community. Like you say it takes a village. One of the older ladies commented it was too noisy during the children’s sermon with chatter but the kids were all excited to sit up front together and listen to someone new so they will adjust and learn just as adults will with some things that can be different in her style but it gave me hope Sunday. The congregation actually whistled a verse for her favorite hymn In the Garden as she remembered her grandfather whistling that while he puttered. Then we let the choir sing it giving the song its beauty.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I LOVE the idea of whistling the melody of the hymn! How about humming one verse? It will be fun to watch your church come alive!

  17. Janet S

    My step-son had a house cat for about 20 years. One day when the door opened and the cat bolted. The family looked and called for days. Finally the kids were told the cat probably went out because it was his time to die. Several more days went by when someone opened the door and cat came in without so much as an explanation as to where he had been. Cat lived a few more years and never tried that again. The moral is, don’t try to figure out a cat.

  18. Kim from Wi

    So glad that Gracie came out of hiding and that she wasn’t hurt more while on her adventure. You are indeed lucky to have such a young and vibrant church. It does take a village to make everyone feel welcomed.

  19. Judy - Michigan

    So happy little Grace is back. We sure can get distracted with our pets.
    Happy for all that your church is thriving.
    Stay well!

  20. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    So happy Gracie returned from her adventure and has that out of her system. She is one lucky kitten and should remember that. What is the latest on Fluffy; is she still home?
    Thanks for sharing about your fun visit to Connie’s.
    Take Care & Thanks 🥰

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanie – I haven’t seen Fluffy for about a week or so. I’ve given up.

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