Photos and Answers, 8-14-23

You won’t see anything cuter than this today – Ada holding her Oh, Susannah! book. Ada is Mary Hawk’s granddaughter.

And meet Nelson a black golden doodle puppy owned by Linda in Michigan. Nelson and several other black doodles were born to a breeder who doesn’t want black puppies, only apricot puppies. Now, you all know how I feel about breeders anyway – with all the dogs that need homes, this breeder didn’t even want the puppies that resulted from her breeding! Linda came to the rescue and adopted Nelson even though she had two other dogs. Thank you, Linda!

Well, Nelson and Sammie were running and Nelson turned a corner too fast and broke his leg! Poor baby!

Linda tried to wheel him to the barn but he wanted to run so he skips and hops as if it’s the most natural thing in the world. I hope his leg heals fast so he can be an active puppy. I knew you’d love his story.

This quilt is called Bluegrass #167 by Lella Boutique, Vanessa Goertzen.

Reader photos:

Greta and Gracie
Thanks to the reader who sent this.

Did anyone else buy this Amazing Grace panel years ago?

47 thoughts on “Photos and Answers, 8-14-23

  1. Rhoda Ebersole

    Sad a breeder wants a certain COLOR of dog!!! They are in the wrong business.

    Loved the little girl holding your book.

    You could do an entire series of books about your animals. A to Z

  2. Linzey

    Yes! I bought the Amazing Grace panel! It is quilted and I’m working on the binding! It is my favorite hymn!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linzey – did you piece any blocks or borders around it? I’m thinking of doing that.

      1. Linzey

        I added nothing! No blocks or borders ….. I wanted the words to be the focus! The binding is “big floral” that came from the stash of a wonderful quilter friend that had passed away! Another friend inherited the floral fabric and then cut it into bindings for us to have as a memory binding!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Linzey – when it’s quilted and bound will you send me a picture?

  3. Martha W

    My grand daughter, Ada, would have been 3 this past March. She was stillborn just three weeks before her due date. And it happened just when covid started and everyone locked down. No reason for her death was found at autopsy. Sorry for my digression. I love the names you settled on for the kitties. They are so cute.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Martha w – oh, how sad! I am so sorry and then you have to see a beautiful little girl about the same age also named Ada. It’s hard to believe no cause of death could be found. If you lived in Iowa I’ll bet Mary H. would let you meet her Ada.

    2. Mary H

      I am so sorry for the loss of your Ada. Heartbreaking. I worked as an OB and NICU nurse for 40 years. It can be the happiest of places or the saddest. So so sorry. It’s the hardest when no reason is found. Our little Ada is named for my mom, who would have loved her to bits. Ada told me this weekend that her grandma Ada didn’t last long enough to meet her. True, altho my mom made it to 89. My mom was named after her grandma Ada.
      You have my prayers for peace.

  4. Suzanne

    Love how far Gracie had come, and all with a little love shown to her. Tells a story doesn’t it. John Lennon was right when he sang – all you need is love

  5. Melody in Wisconsin

    What is Gracie miffed about in the one picture? She looks like “how dare you try to sew”! So cute.

    The parking photo is the best one yet. I think you do need to start carrying chalk with you – too funny.

  6. Diane, Squeak, Buddy

    Aww. Little Ada is just adorable. Sooo sweet! The breeder did.not want black Dogs—ugh on him/her. That stinks, but it was so nice of Linda to take one. Sorry about the little still born Ada, that is very hard.
    I love the quilts and the redwork is neat! I should have another one bound soon. Gracie and Greta are so good for each other—great idea, Mary. I don’t remember seeing the Amazing Grace panel, but I like it. Thank you to everyone who sent the 1 1/2 inches of rain😀

  7. Brenda

    Gracie and Gretel – so adorable. I love how they find the boxes to sleep in or get in the middle of whatever you are doing!

  8. Pamela Dempsey

    Ada is a doll! 🥰 I haven’t seen that panel. Love the chalking around that car🤣! SO glad Gracie and Greta are buddies now. Gracie reminds me of my Nellie Jane from back in the 80’s. Beautiful solid grey. They are gorgeous! Poor Nelson, hugs!

  9. Sue in Oregon

    Martha W…I was so sad to read about your little granddaughter. The name Ada is special to me, too. Ada was my grandmother’s name. Mary Hawks little Ada is adorable.
    Blue Grass is such a pretty quilt. I really love it.
    The kittens seem to be making themselves very much at home.

  10. Kris in WI

    Martha, I’m so sorry for the loss of your granddaughter. It is so hard not to think about “what might have been.” Perhaps your sweet Ada is looking over this little Ada’s shoulder and enjoying “Oh, Susannah”, too.
    Prayers for you and your family, Kris.

  11. Linda in MI

    Mary and everyone who commented about my sweet little Nelson. The breeder in this case is a truly good person, she has shown English Cream Goldens for years and adores all her dogs and those she breeds for others. Everyone wants a goldendoodle or labradoodle but unfortunately, they prefer the apricot, cream, mixed or caramel colors. The don’t want a black goldendoodle as a matter of fact when I take Nelson to the vet patients look confused when I say he’s a goldendoodle. None of the breeders customers wanted to purchase a black goldendoodle and of course I feel in love with all three when I saw them and played with them but Nelson was mine from the beginning so I brought him home. Please don’t think bad of his foster mom, she is a wonderful person, not a puppy mill mom, only making a lot of people happy with beautiful puppies.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – whatever the reason Nelson came out the winner living with you. He looks like a happy little pup for sure and a joy to live with.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – I’m sorry if I came down hard on your breeder friend but I still think there are many ways to make a living rather than breed dogs. Doodles are part of our world now but they wouldn’t be if people would quit spending huge amounts of money for them. People who wanted a dog would have to rescue a dog and the shelters wouldn’t be packed with dogs who languish and die there because no one wanted them. I’m sorry I’m so dead set in my opinion here. We don’t live in a perfect world – I’m just wishing we did, I guess. I’m still happy you took Nelson and I hope his leg heals quickly so he can enjoy puppyhood.

      1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

        Mary, I agree. All of our cats have been strays, parking lot cats, or someone didn’t spay a cat and we got one. Our Irish Setter, Arsenic, was at a house where my husband was working in the summer on their AC. They bred Irish Setters and he was the one nobody wanted so they sold him to my husband for $25.00. He had a great home with us for 16 years:) Our other dog was the neighbor dog’s puppy–Heinze 57 variety:) On the other hand, our ex daughter in law bought a miniature labradoodle–black–and he is adorable:) Of course, she dumped him on our son and the two boys who LOVE him to pieces:)

        I am working on the cutest panel to donate to our Humane society. When it’s finished, I’ll share.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Diane – I’m so happy to hear that doodle is loved by your grandsons – I’d love to see his picture

  12. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Ada has the most beautiful eyes! Beautiful! Yes, it is sad about people not wanting black dogs. My daughter rescued two black greyhounds and she said there is an entire organization that specializes in adopting out black dogs. That is sad people have a thing about not wanting them. Shame on that breeder. Just about the money. Ugh!
    I can imagine nothing sadder than losing a child. So sorry Martha.
    And what is it about kitties and boxes? All the toys in the world but give them a box and they are in heaven.

  13. Kim from Wi

    Ada is super cute, and the book says it all. They go together like 2 peas in a pod. I think the chalk idea is hilarious, someone had a good sense of humor with the parking. As parking spots get smaller and trucks & SUV get bigger it seems to be really difficult to park correctly. Martha W I’m so sorry your family suffered the loss of Ada, I know she would have been amazing. It rained for 2 full days here in central Wisconsin and we needed it. They are starting to harvest early potatoes for canning and lots of beans. I always smile when I have to slow down for farm equipment moving down the road to a new field.

  14. Margaret Holzinger

    Love your blog! It’s the first thing I look for in the morning! It’s like having our morning coffee together!

  15. Kathy in western NY

    Pictures are once again so welcomed to view. You do a nice job of visually making our day as it does make a big difference. If only our world was like those two kitties getting along just fine. I have not seen that panel so anxious to see how folks finish them that do use panels. The font makes it very easy to read.

  16. Jackie in NY

    Hi Mary – Ada is just the cutest ever! I can’t imagine a breeder rejecting dogs based on color, but I guess I’ve never wanted a “perfect” dog. I just love them all.

  17. JoAnne

    All the pictures of the crazy parking – just a comment, when you get to wherever your going and someone has parked really dumb, and there is only a spot next to them, so you have to park dumb, what’s a person to do? I’m not about to park at the end of the lot, with a ligament tear and walking is painful as it is, just saying sometimes the vehicle ends up that way just because.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      JoAnne – why don’t you qualify for a handicapped space? Sounds like you do

  18. Marsha in MI

    Cute little girl with your book. I need to order one for my granddaughter!

    Poor puppy!! He’ll heal fast, being so young!

    Love the Amazing Grace panel!

    Parking can be a bear! Sometimes I have to park wonky because someone else did, then they leave and it looks like I’m the idiot. lol

  19. Janet S

    Mary, Maybe you should have named Gracie ‘Juki’ as she spends all her time cuddled up with the machine. Ada is absolutely adorable and I’m sure she enjoyed your book.

  20. Polly Perkins

    Greta and Grace look like they have settled in.. Hope they know how lucky they are.

  21. Marcia

    The chalk art picture is genius. Wish I would have thought of that. Tesla owners may think they are special. They put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us🙃 Need to get chalk at Dollar Tree.

    I have been finishing several projects that were started at a quilt retreat in July. I am just in time to prepping projects for a September retreat. It keeps me moving.

    Nice panel. Has anyone noticed some.digitized panels are polyester and fray?? I had a problem when I had to seam rip some digitized yardage. I was not a ‘happy camper’.

    We received nice rains the last few days in SW Ohio. It was needed.

  22. Debra Reber

    So glad to see the kittens are settling in! I hope Nelson’s leg heals soon, it’s so sad that the breeder didn’t want black dogs. I also can’t understand why people don’t want black dogs, it’s not just doodles, it’s true for many breeds. I currently have a very sweet black mixed breed rescue dog, wouldn’t trade her for any other color!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debra – I agree. I’ve had a black dog of some kind very often in my dog days. My first dog, Carly, was a black lab mix and we still talk about her today. Maybe next to a fluffy cream colored puppy the black one isn’t as attractive. ???

  23. susie Q

    seems my grands had Samatha with breakfast and “lots of giggles at silly goat who jumps on furniture”.

    have not heard from the second group…..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susie Q. – thanks for that report. It’s such a reward to me when I hear kids are enjoying the book – as that was my goal!

  24. Beamer's Mom

    Mary, I’m going to buy you some chalk, and myself. I would so totally do that in a parking lot!!!! 🙂

  25. Beamer's Mom

    Sunflower from Michigan:

    Your potholders are too pretty to use. I love the decorative stitch on the binding. 🙂

  26. Jayne

    Mary, are the Oh, Susannah! books still available to order? I would like to order one for my grandson.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jayne – YES! You can still order Oh, Susannah! – $20 each ppd, cash or check only.

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