Reading Late Into the Night, 10-7-23

I don’t often read in bed so immersed in the story that I finish the book but I did last night.

When I got up this morning and heard that Palestine had bombed Israel I felt like I was still reading the book which told the story of a Palestinian family who came to America. The older family members attempted to keep the old world customs and culture while the young family members embraced American traditions.

The Palestinian culture is so bizarre and unconventional to me that it’s extremely hard to understand – interesting but disturbing. This was a Read With Jenna selection. I recommend it.

And a story about a quilter’s thoughtfulness – when an avid quilter experiences dementia, her friend enlists the help of another quilter friend to help meet the goal of finishing the quilts. My first thought was “these are not 9 patch quilts to finish!” These are difficult quilts to pick up where someone else left off but look at the results – two gorgeous quilts!

Meet Gus and his camo quilt – well done, Gus!
Look at this gorgeous house plant! Sent by a reader.
Harvest 2023
My favorite youth chair

Church tomorrow and then MORE BALLGAMES!

45 thoughts on “Reading Late Into the Night, 10-7-23

  1. Grandma Rabbit (Pat) in AZ

    Mary, thank you for the book recommendation. Reading is my original passion and exploring other cultures is a fascination. I’m sure this book will be enjoyable.
    Gus did a great job on his quilt. Just look at that smile! And the two quilts finished for lady with dementia, wow! That was a labor of love.

  2. Kat L

    How do you feel on all the times you hear of Israel bombing Palestine of course they never mentioned those times in the news very much. 😞

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kat – I hate hearing about all the turbulence and fighting – anywhere. It was just so startling this morning because of the book I had been reading. I was not speaking politically.

      1. Kat L

        I’m sorry I just got a little defensive, I look so forward to reading your post everyday I love all the quotes and hearing about all the animals

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Not to worry – I think the violent fighting among any people is simply sad and disturbing.

  3. Diane Deibler

    It is interesting to learn about other cultures different from ours. This book was an eye opener for me for sure. Would highly recommend it. Isn’t it fun to find a book that you can’t put down?

  4. Carolyn Boutilier

    Mary, Glad to see the photos are back. Thank you for sharing. we had a cool fall day today. The first of many more to come.Made a apple cake to fit the season. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  5. Diane in Colorado

    I so admire the quilters who picked up and finished quilts for their friend with dementia. No easy task to complete a job someone else has begun. What a labor of love!

    I had a very long list of projects today and completed all but three of them. Tomorrow is another day! Church in the morning first, and then more to-dos. I need an extra set of hands so a friend is coming to help. House projects are never-ending!! Soon I will be raking leaves endlessly!

  6. Deb E

    Thanks for the book review, I’ll see if my library has that one! The pictures of your place look wonderful – it looks very peaceful there. I get so many ideas from pics of other quilters quilts – which I often save so I can make something similar to give away to someone who needs a quilt. Love the animal photos, too. Thank you for such lovely blog posts! Deb E / N. California

  7. Gail in Ohio

    I love watching the crops come off – they are running soybeans in our area now, but the down side is that the Asian lady beetles will be swarming soon. Fall is in the air, for sure!
    I love hearing about the quilters who finished the quilts for the lady with dementia – what a lovely thing to do!!! Bless ’em!!
    I may look for that book – perhaps it would help me to understand the culture. At the moment, I’m struggling with the insanity of the attack on Israel and other clashes in the world….

  8. Carol R

    I don’t know how you have all your collections, keep them dusted and clean, and yet look so nice in your house. Im struggling with my “stuff” right now and sometimes I feel the need to get rid of it all. Off my pity party soap box now.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      I change things up pretty often and the rest are probably dusty but I don’t inspect them too closely. I’m not a fussy housekeeper – I live with 3 dogs and 8 cats – nothing is that clean really. Pictures hide a lot. Smile!

  9. patti

    thanks for the book recommendation. i have read before bed almost since i learned to read. aren’t books wonderful? we can travel to so many places and learn about so many cultures and never leave our home. i did want tto mention that the ‘five minute quilt’ i mentioned yesterday can be found at . it is a free pattern. today i spent working on moving things in my bedroom studio. added a new three shelf roll-about (36×18 – yeah, big). but now i can use my small cutting table without having to put everything on the bed and then back again. i am tired though. i spent time today looking at photos from my angel group for the last three years – the majority of the quilts are simple – squares in all manner of designs and rail fences with multiple rails in each one – using up strips. our group has grown so much in the last two years. we started with five, then a couple years into it, we finally had around 10-12, now we have about 25 with a normal attendance of around 16. we are quite prolific. yesterday we collected 57 quilts plus about 10 sets (tops, backs, binding). i am so proud of us. some of us are home bound and just send in the quilts. thanks for letting me tell you all about it. patti in FL

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Patti, I so enjoy hearing of the enthusiasm your Angel group has to make that many quilts. And I commend you for sharing their growth with us and never mentioning the cost of any of supplies, etc. You truly are Angels who give from the hearts. I imagine you then dream of all those who will be wrapped in your compassion.

  10. Charlotte S in northern California

    Way to go Gus!! Keep on quilting! I’m so glad I’m getting the pictures again. Great quilts. So nice to hear about the quilts being finished for the lady with dementia. They are beautiful quilts.
    My grandson spent the night last night and really enjoyed reading Oh Suzannah!

  11. Martha W in WY

    I can see that Gus is so proud of his camo quilt as he should be. It looks great. I loved the farm/harvest photos.

  12. Pat Smith

    I love to see young people learning to quilt. Gus should be proud of his efforts and from the look on his face, I’d say he is. To finish ones own quilt is a big deal but to finish someone else’s and difficult ones too, that’’s a big deal at a higher level for sure. I thought they were really beautiful.

  13. Vicki Ibarra

    Great to see Gus learning to quilt and his end product. He created something that is special.
    Love the youth chair with the doily. I have a drawer full of my mother’s hand crocheted doilies. She crocheted and quilted. I couldn’t get rid of the doilies when she died, but I don’t use them anymore. I have started sewing them to fabric for quilted pillow tops. They remind me of snowflakes or stars when I do that.
    I gave a few quilts away to her friends, whom I knew loved quilts, but still have most of them. I have quite the quilt stash at my house.
    Lovely to see the harvest.
    I had cataract surgery 4 days ago. My vision in that eye is still a bit blurry. I can’t wait for it to clear. I went for the “near” correction as my hobbies are more important to me than seeing far. I decided I could wear glasses the rest of my life if I could simply see up close really well.

    1. Pat Williams

      That was my choice as well and have been very happy with it. My surgery was around the first of the year and took several weeks before I was able to get the correct prescription glasses. I have worn glasses all my life and just decided, along with the recommendation of my optometrist, to just stay near sighted. I do a lot of cross-stitching and crocheting as well as quilting. I can see really well up close without my glasses. I think you will be happy with your decision as well.

      1. Vicki Ibarra

        Good to hear you are happy with your surgery. I really debated, but decided on what gives me most pleasure. Plus, I have worn glasses for 59 years, so am really accustomed to them. My husband had the “far” correction and even with prescription glasses for the up close correction he still can’t read small print. I think of all the tiny print things I read for him and that was another push for the “near” correction.

    2. Cynthia from SW MN

      Vicki, perhaps you could take photos of your quilts and email to Mary so we can see your wonderful collection! Just a thought!

      1. Vicki Ibarra

        I probably have nearly a 100 quilts in various sizes: bed size, throw/lap, table toppers, runners, and pillows. I have some on my Etsy site. Quilting is my way to restore my spirits/rejuvenate. I would say it is cheap therapy, but we all know fabric is costly. Laugh.

  14. Kathy in western NY

    Gus is quite a good sewer! The colors of his new quilt are wonderful and I am so glad he made himself this treasure.
    I read in bed every nite before going to sleep.
    Harvest is all around us with tractors and farm wagons going by with loads of potatoes, pumpkins, cabbage, corn, and squash. We live on a busy road but still have farm lands all around us so I get upset when I see young drivers speed around a tractor impatiently as I know they probably were not taught to know it goes with living with farms. They share the road just like bicycles and people.

  15. Kim from Wi

    Congrats to Gus on his quilt top, its great fabric and his smile says it all. I went to the local library the other day and got my card (since we moved its new to us) and I had to check out the crafting section. It was so much fun. I will have to see if they have the book. It was 35 this morning and the fall chill is in the air for sure. I may need to bake something, apple bars come to mind.

  16. Marie C

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I’m always looking for a great book to read. Lovely quilts today. I will soon have three finishes . One quilt top, one cross stitch picture and one refinished dresser. It’s funny how things work that way.

  17. Judy

    So happy to see your pictures back again. Love scenes from the farmland and your animals……and plants. Wow! Reminds me of my youth in Indiana and the farm that I loved which is now being surrounded by housing developments. So sad.

  18. Sharon F

    I was so excited to see the SASE in the mail yesterday! Mary, thanks for sending the patterns. Rambling Rose and Bullseye are on my list to make now, but there are quite a few other patterns on that list too.

    Thanks for the book recommendation, too.

  19. Diana in Des Moines

    I am just sick about Israel. They have now declared war, and I am praying for the lost souls. Not good Sunday morning news.
    My quilt group from church put our quilts out yesterday on the pews for all to enjoy this morning before they reach their final destinations – Ronald McDonald House, Camp Dodge, and the Veterans Hospital Hospice here in Des Moines. Almost 100 quilts! I will email you some photos.
    We drove to Luther yesterday for some barbeque. Lovely day for a drive, many fields being harvested. This is truly my favorite time of year.
    Today is the day for rest, recharging and preparing for the week ahead. Enjoy your day today!!

    1. patti

      loved hearing about your group quilts. wonderful to show them off to your church congregation. patti in FL

  20. Diane in Maryland

    Congratulations, Gus! You will enjoy your quilt and remember the experience forever. Love it! Nice job!

  21. Margie from ohio

    Nice post full of everything. So glad to see a young person sew. All animals and quilts and harvesting. I had not heard any news in a few days and didn’t know about the world news.

  22. Cathy D

    The blue quilt finished by friends is gorgeous! Also love the camo quilt made by a young man. So nice to see that young or old, male or female, quilting is living on. Harvest in Iowa. Love to see the fruits of the farmers labors, but not excited about the next season! We had our sons and their families out yesterday to pick the pumpkins. 4 little grands and they had so much fun. Finished the evening with a campfire, roasted hot dogs, and S’mores. Our boys helped clean the garden too – bonus! It was a perfect fall evening with family 🧡.

  23. Launa

    Mary, Congrats to Gus on his camo quilt! My grandma always had a quilt in her big frame and my two married uncles would sit a while and tie a row or two when they visited! These were quilts to be used!
    Am watching football games today…waiting for tonight’s 49er game. Raiders n Packers tomorrow!
    Sat out in sun a while on our deck; the leaves are turning colors and the air was so fresh. 41o here up in Idaho early morning! Enjoyed the stove fire, but no need to add more logs.

  24. Sunflower from Michigan

    Mary, beautiful day here but a bit windy. Went to the Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo with my sister and her 3 grandkids, 8, 5, and 18 months. We had a blast. There were 12 treat stations and of course all the animals to see. I dressed up, too! Wore my sons bear costume from last year. Also had 2 other adults so 4 adults, 3 kids and they still wore us out!! We’ll all sleep well tonight.
    Lovely photos today and great job, Gus. That Greta is a beautiful kitten.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sunflower – I had to think for a minute what Zoo Boo meant – how clever! And sounds so fun!

  25. Brenda archambault

    Re the blue ( soon to be) quilt: How about choosing about a dozen blues and line them up in descending order, add one opposite color, maybe yellow, and do a bargello quilt. May be stunning.

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