Rainy Sunday, 8-6-23

I had hoped to drive convertible Red to church today but it was raining this morning – what a welcome .6 of rain! Church was packed nearly to the front pew and it went late plus I practiced with the men’s group who will sing in September. And then such a fun afternoon with Kate and Brian home from NJ with daughters Quinn and Hadley.

The 42 year old golf cart made many rounds on the wilderness trail with Hazel and Keeper joining in on several trips. There isn’t a kid who visits the farm who doesn’t love to drive the golf cart through the grove!

Several of you googled the Hubbell House and if you’re ever able to visit you’ll never regret it or forget it. It was worth the drive even though I found myself nearly falling asleep on the interstate. It’s another reason I don’t go far – I can’t stay awake driving.

On my lap!

I was too tired to bind my pink project – maybe tomorrow?

Quinn went from being a bit afraid of Keeper to petting him goodbye!

Weather changed and our high today was 67! I closed all the windows!!

49 thoughts on “Rainy Sunday, 8-6-23

  1. Jo in Wyoming

    Cool and rainy is a great break. Are the kitties getting along? I can’t tell the color difference.
    I think kids and adults both would love the golf cart ride.
    Rest up, mowing follows rain.

  2. patti leal

    beautiful picture of the kitties on your lap. i think we all of us have over reacted and the kitties will figure it out on their own. praise the Lord for giving you rain, even if you couldn’t drive big red to church. hang in there. patti in florida.

  3. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Looks like real progress with the kittens! After weeks of extreme heat and no rain, we have now had a week of almost constant rain: everything in the garden that is still alive is greening up nicely, especially the grass, which had been almost totally dead. There have been a couple of cloud bursts where everything (road, patio, graden) has been briefly completely under several inches of water as it is more than the drainage/runoff can deal with, but luckily the bursts haven’t been long enough by us to cause actual problem flooding. Weirdly, although it is raining it is still very warm, so it feels more like the tropics than northern Europe! I totally get the popularity of the golf cart! I think it would be fun to drive through the grove too!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fiona – I didn’t mention that the ancient golf cart has been in the “hospital” most of the summer and the repair shop said they can no longer get parts for it so the next time it quits we have to let it go. I’m going to park it out in the grove where I can sit and read while the dogs play nearby. With rain it seems like it’s either feast or famine.

  4. brendalynne1

    nice to hear there is a break in the weather somewhere in the USA. I was wondering if the item in the dog’s mouth was something that grossed out the young lady. Glad it was just her being sensible about becoming acquainted with the dog. It amazes me that you are so efficient and productive in so many different areas of life. I’ve thought the reason I have less than an excellent level of accomplishment is that I like so many different things rather than zeroing in on just a few things and becoming more proficient in them. All the things you accomplish blew that theory out of the water. !!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brendalynne1 – oh, please don’t overestimate what I do!!! I so want a cleaning lady because I always feel guilty and would really feel better with a clean house. It’s not only messy it’s dusty and all the floors need scrubbing. The thing in Keeper’s mouth is actually a piece of firewood – no twigs for Keeper!!

  5. Sharon Ray

    Oh, lucky you for the weather. We are sweltering here in Florida of course. It’s the worst time of the year for heat, time to stay inside and sew!

  6. Teresa in Indiana

    It looks like your pretty kitties are coming around. Snuggle on a lap must have done it. I woke to a light drizzle this morning. It is much needed!
    We have been in progress of remodeling our 1957 vintage bathroom. Removed everything and finally get to start the painting. Yeah! Have a great day everyone.

  7. Kathy Wilking

    If you ever get to Minnesota again would love to get together with you and Cousin Rick!!!!
    Aunt Roberta gave me information on your blog. So thankful!!! Love it!

    MN Cousin Kathy

  8. Vicki Ibarra

    Sounds like a fun day. Am glad to see the cats together on your lap – that may be the key: on your lap. If they share that space, the gray kitty may come to know tabby kitty is OK. Nice to see Rick in the background. We had 0.6 inch of rain overnight. Yay! Our last rain was July 12, so this is much appreciated. Since I don’t have to water today, I will have time to quilt. Double yay!

  9. Pat Smith

    To see both kitties on your lap tells me that they are getting along and that gray kitty must be becoming more socialized from the way she was at the beginning. That’s great news to get a frightened cat to socialize more. Those kids must have had such a great time on that golf cart. I live in a golf cart community in Florida part of the year where we drive our carts everywhere like cars to the grocery store, Target, Walmart etc. Visitors must be 14 years old before they can drive a golf cart with an adult in the seat with them. Kids can’t wait until they are 14 to get to do it. I Googled Hubbell House and have added it to my places to stop the next time we are in the Mid West as it look

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat – Mantorville is a pretty little town with antique stores and picturesque river and dam in a park on the way into town. I didn’t tour the old Opera House this time but also fun. Does Sonny ride the golf cart? My dogs love to ride along.

  10. Carla

    One would think that weekends would be a good time for reading the blog, but I always have to catch up on Monday. It’s like a visit with friends, truly. I love the variety of pictures and stories from everyone. Loved the rocks in a bowl, and good one, Hazel, for killing the woodchuck. I about choked on my coffee when you said they are harmless Ha! Sounds like many other readers share the experience of damages from those critters. When we have corn planted around us they don’t come by, but when soybeans are in the fields they come in droves. Destructive droves. I hope you all have a blessed day!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carla – I stand corrected about the woodchucks – we’ve never had them around here so I guess I don’t know about their destructiveness. My main concern is what kills my chickens and I’m always on alert for those critters. It was just a year ago I lost half my flock to an owl or a hawk.

      1. Deb

        Ugh, wood chuck ( or ground hog we call them) are a Pain in the A$$! One thing that will send them away from a hole is used kitty litter! Just the pee, not poo. When they show up here in a big hole or under our shed, I toss the pee scoops in and don’t see them again. Well, unless they make a new hole. Then do the same. I only wish it worked for gophers!

          1. Deb

            I found it years ago on the internet. We had plenty of pee clumps,so gave it a try!

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Deb – thank you for your prompt reply – this is going to happen at my house!!!

      2. Carla

        I remember that happening to you, and even though I don’t have chickens, yet, it stayed in my mind.

  11. Frances E

    So good to see gray cat on your lap with the younger kitty. You achieved success. I’m so happy for you. Sounds like you have had a busy week. Best wishes for your week.

  12. Mary

    Love hearing that your Church was full yesterday. So many Churches in our area are loosing members (older folks) but not getting new young members to fill the gaps! And it’s great that you are getting rain. We had a terribly dry July…don’t think we w en got a drop all month.

  13. Deb

    Looks like a great day! So happy to see the kittens together ❤️
    We went from a house full of fur kids to just one now. Heart wrenching losses for this old dairy-farm kid. I have always loved kitties. I get VERY attached. Still tears for the best buddy I
    lost suddenly last year. If you know cats well, you understand what I mean about the ones with special souls that don’t just look “at” you, they connect with you. He was only 6.
    We think about getting her a sister, but we hope to retire soon and move. (Now in IL – ugh) Which means some traveling first, and kitties don’t travel well!

  14. Jeanine from Iowa

    We are very thankful for the inch of rain we received this past weekend. That is the most we have had at one time all year. We have been so dry. My garden is about done, but will enjoy the tomatoes. Also happy for the farmers in our area. It was good to see the picture of the two kittens on your lap. Looks like they will eventually get along. Hoping to spend some time in my sewing room today.

  15. Linda

    The kitties are so cute together.

    ….We are so dry where I am in Minnesota…Just drops come down and we need real rain…..I am out to water everything….I was so hoping over the weekend that I would be thrown a bone….So glad for you that you got some real rain…

  16. Joyce from NY

    We always get your weather the next day! I got 1 and 1/4” last night. Very humid today, expecting more rain & storms later today! Our weather has been up & down all summer. Hasn’t slowed the mowing down at all! Waiting on Dr. Office for my annual appointment!

  17. Kim from Wi

    Kitty progress! so wonderful to see. I can recall being able to drive the go cart my father built us to drive around our farm. One had to have long enough legs to reach the peddles. Later in life we drove tractors for farm work and for mowing, the fun was worn off. It’s nice here in middle WI but we are to get rain later tonight. Will get a nice walk in and perhaps a haircut. School will be starting soon so it now or wait until the rush is over.

  18. Sherri Huff

    It’s fabulous to see Gracie girl and Percy on your lap together! Yes, I named them for ya! 🙀😂😂😂🐾💕

  19. Denise

    Happy to see the kitties in your lap. Progress. Hope they become good friends.
    On falling asleep driving, I have the same problem. Don’t go very far because of that. Take care and have a good day.

  20. Holly in Two Harbors

    Both kittens on your lap! Such great progress! It looks like you made the absolute right decision to get gray kitty a companion. 😊❤

  21. Margie

    Mary, love reading all your news, first thing in the morning! And all the comments too!
    Now a word about NAMES–fun meeting Quinn and Hadley — we have 2 great-granddaughters named Kensley and Harper, 9 and 11. Not to forget the rest: Olsen, Stellan, Elias, Anna, Hunter,
    Landon, Fox and MARY — 2 more coming soon!
    We are so old we remember TOM DICK AND HARRY, the good ol’ days!

  22. Vickie

    i see both kitties on your lap at the same time. that’s a step forward. good lucky.

  23. Sue Hoover

    What a full, wonderful day you had. I hope adults are able to drive the golf cart around the grove. I’d love to give it a go!

  24. Joy in NW Iowa

    Such a fun visit!
    I am shredding zucchini and making zucchini bread (4). The Michigan family is hoping to come on Thursday! They plan to be here until Tuesday. So, all you ladies know how the getting ready for company is, washing the sheets, get out the blow mattress, dust, etc.
    Jays got something excavating and chewing in the garden 🙄.
    Have a good day Mary and friends!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – that’s 6 days! Of meals, entertainment,noise and FUN! I wonder what’s in your garden?

      1. Joy in NW Iowa

        Mary, there are lots of cucumbers, a couple of cantaloupe about ready, some tomatoes, watermelon, and potatoes. The two zucchini plants gave up but not before I got the 4 zucchini breads and some shredded frozen. But, this is Jays garden! I just go out and check for ripe things. It looks like the beans are going to regroup and bloom again after the rain!
        The kids have two relatives on her side to visit. But, we do easy things to cook and they are not fussy eaters at all! Plus, Jay is really a handy guy with the smoker! They have five children ranging from 1 to 14! We are planning to take family pictures on Saturday! That’s 27 peeps!

  25. Betty Klosterman

    Is that a smile on Rick’s face? Maybe he needs to be around more kids? They do tend to change things.
    And the gray cat probably never had any fun in life and here is this new little thing all full of pee and vinegar discovering everything new in the world and playing all over the place.

    This morning I heard on the radio that Sioux Center (?) got 8″ rain yesterday, Sunday? Mercy. That could make big puddles. And water problems. Saturday it was rainy/misty all day which is very unusual for here. The gauge said we got 2/10″ rain. Had to cancel the Mayor’s ride at the Sturgis Rally, a first. The roads would have been slippery not good for motorcycles. Sunday, it was absolutely beautiful with a breeze, bright pretty sun and 70’s.

    School starts in 2 weeks. Summer is over. Time does fly.
    Betty in Rapid City

  26. Marilyn Miller

    Hi Mary,
    Still loving your blog “about nothing.” I look forward to reading every time you post. Your golf cart and the grove would be an attraction to any kid, even big ones like me! You mentioned not being able to stay awake when on the road. Take it from one who knows….buy some No Doz. It’s only funny when we remember ‘Clark (Chevy Chase) behind the wheel dozing off in pleasant dreams in his old, yet epic movie, ‘Vacation.’ What a hoot! BUT, it is DEAD serious in real life. Be well.

  27. Diane, Squeak, Buddy

    Two kitties in one lap—perfect. Looks like you scored an ace with new kitty. That is wonderful😻. We had a good rain last night, but poor Buddy did not like the thunder. It is fun to see the kids with the golf cart and Rick enjoying them
    so much. He is getting better 😝. Off to see our grand daughter!s first apt.

  28. Kathy in western NY

    Waiting on your rain to get here. Still have clothes on line drying so hoping they finish drying before storms hit here.
    Well bummer about our old golf carts not being fixable soon. We have used ours just like yours with rides, kids driving them, and I even get a ride to church on mine! We take back way in to stay off roads. Yesterday we saw new ones at Lowe’s sitting in front but they looked more heavy duty than our golf carts. Ready for the price? $9999. Guess we better start checking out golf courses around here that get rid of older ones as we would be lost without ours like I know you would be too.

  29. Pamela Dempsey

    Looks like a friendship blooming with the kittens! Yay! They’re too cute. We have had Penny and Lucy a little over 3 months now. I use their names a lot but I think they may come to “little darlin’” and “sweet baby girl “ just as much 🤣. I think your babies will come to whatever you call them. When I sing to them it’s Penny Lane /Beatles and the I Love Lucy theme song. Desi Arnaz was my first crush at 5. That golf cart sounds like a lot of fun! We are praying for rain 🌧️.

  30. Mrs, Goodneedle

    The kitties are so sweet! Nothing like having children in the house to inject a healthy dose of joy and happiness. You’re right about kiddos and golf carts, such fun!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. Goodneedle – I want to bring them into the house but they’re too little yet – I’m afraid Rick might accidentally step on them.

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