Review and Catch Up, 9-14-23

DONT PAY THE RANSOM – I got away!!!! Haha – It’s been two days since I posted and in that time I’ve worked on plants and funeral music. Oh, today I mowed and got groceries. Talk about the blog about nothing!! Haha!

Here is what I’m using this year on my house plants that are coming back inside.

There are many brands out there – I have also used soapy water. I truly have never had many problems with bugs coming back inside. Each plant needs cleaning and debris needs to be removed from the top of the dirt – leaves, twigs, whatever. I also wipe the leaves down with just water to clean them. So far I’ve done about 35 pots.

Linda in Michigan – I have posted a question to you several times in the comments and now I’m getting worried because I’ve never gotten an answer. I want to know about Nelson!! How is his leg?

FYI – your email address is not readily available to me even though you enter it when you subscribe. it’s a long road to find it to send you an email.

Let’s review what new patterns are available:

Baby Bullseye, $5.00
Friendship Quilt, $5.00
Rambling Rows, $5.00

Please send $5.00 for each pattern to Mary ETHERINGTON, 2345 Palm Ave, Garner, IA. 50438 with a self addressed stamped business size envelope. I can fit all three of these in one envelope! We’re saving stamps here!

To review – each pattern is $5.00 and all three will fit in one business size stamped envelope.

The death of our young friend has been very disturbing to all of us and I have neglected the blog. Funeral is Saturday and I just hope I can play for 30 minutes prior to the service without tears to blind me.

On a lighter note – I think I’ve mentioned that I don’t like wearing shoes but this is why I should especially when I’m working outdoors. Ouch!

Now there’s a wasted pedicure, huh? And I don’t think a new one can fix this!!

38 thoughts on “Review and Catch Up, 9-14-23

  1. Diane in Colorado

    Ouch is right! Hope your toenail grows back quickly!

    I’m so sorry about your friend. Glad you can provide solace to the family through your music.

    It’s raining here this evening so think I will take my nook and go to bed!

  2. Deb in Idaho

    Oh ouch, I hate wearing shoes too. I do wear them outside but never in the house. I’m so sorry for the death of a young person. I will say a pray for all.

  3. Betty Klosterman

    The poor pinkies. We have to protect them. Amazing how even the smallest toe has a job to do.
    Our weather has turned rather cool, at least for now. Nights have been in the 50’s and the days have been between sunshine and cloudy with a bit of moisture. I’ve even slept for 3 nights in a row and that felt really good.
    There are a bunch of things to do outside, but it HAS to be cool. Right now I’m getting ready for my niece to visit. I’ve taken several car loads of stuff to the thrift store, but I’m the only one who would miss it. What is left are clumps of DUST. Oh, well.
    And while thinking of where to put my piles of fabric, I’ve almost come to the conclusion to put my piles of scraps into the dog beds!!!!! They have been multiplying and it takes a lot of time to cut up. Guess there is more where this came from? This isn’t saying if there is something really neat, it will stay…….. The animal shelter really appreciates the beds and the fabric makes its final trip.
    There are some things that require a great deal of resolve to do. Hopefully you will find it, but if tears are running down your face, don’t worry. You care. Many others will have the same problem. And have the kleenex near.
    We all will be thinking about you.
    In the meantime, take care. This will pass. Betty in Rapid City

  4. Martha W in WY

    Ouch! I’m sure your big toe hurts. Maybe you don’t have to wear closed shoes on Saturday. If you can concentrate on your music during the funeral, perhaps you’ll make it through. I always cry at funerals no matter who it’s for. I just wear my emotions on my sleeve. You’ll be in my thoughts on Saturday. We are having a nice light rain today and night. It is great for the newly drilled winter wheat.

  5. Sue in Oregon

    Oh MY Gosh, Mary. Your toe looks so sore. I hope it won’t become ingrown when growing back. Maybe you should try Outgrow when it starts to grow. Outgrow is kind of soothing, too.
    We will be thinking of you on Saturday. Such a sad event. My heart goes out to his family.

  6. SharonG.

    Thanks for the update. Glad there wasn’t a ransom to pay!

    So sorry about your friends son. What an honor you’ve been given to play the piano at the service on Saturday. You got this, Mary!

    Had both eyes done. So many people told me I would see better immediately after cataract surgery. That’s not even close to what I’ve experienced. It’ll take a while to heal and I’ll probably still have to wear glasses! 😂

    Take care everyone!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – I had cataract surgery and then some kind of lens procedure and I choose to wear glasses so I can see up close. I’d have to search for a pair of readers all the time

    2. Marty from Scottsdale

      I was shocked and amazed by how I could see vivid colors! I had not realized I was not seeing colors like I should. Cataracts made everything look faded. You just gradually get used to things when your eyesight is not up to par.

  7. Susan K in Texas

    I’m sorry about your toe. I usually wear flip flops in the yard unless I’m moving plants. Then I wear sneakers. That I learned the hard way.
    Sorry to hear about the death of a young person. Those funerals are hard for all and hope you’ll be able to play the music without tears.
    I’ve been cutting for the king size blue quilt. It’s taken days. I can’t wait to get sewing on it. A quilting friend is moving to Wisconsin this weekend. I will miss her greatly. We’ve become especially close in this past year.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – I was on the riding mower so never wear sneakers BUT I got off to move a very heavy gate “holder” for lack of a better word which has a rope handle and as I picked it up it swung over my foot and caught my toe. It will be ok but I sure won’t wear sandals tomorrow to the funeral – which was my first thought.

  8. Donna J in south central KS

    I love the Baby Bullseye! Great colors and setting.
    This summer I’m teaching my 12 yr old granddaughter how to make a quilt. She chose the bullseye pattern. We are having so much fun together!!! I’m learning a lot about her busy tween life and she’s learning so much about quilts and my life, too. Our next sewing session will be pinning and sewing the borders on. This child is very talented in art. I’m amazed at the batik colors and prints she’s chosen. And she tells me why she chose those fabrics because they convey how she feels about being at the beaches in Galveston. She’s on her way to being a quilter because the fabrics n patterns speak to her! I tell her that they speak to me, too. When we get far enough along I’ll send pics.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Donna – what a gift you’re giving her! Yes, she will be the next generation of quilters and I’m thrilled she chose the Bullseye pattern. Just a little warning – batiks won’t ravel as much as other cotton fabrics so the end result, although beautiful, won’t look quite like the originals. We will all want to see her quilt!!!

  9. Linda in MI

    Mary, I have emailed you three times keeping you informed on Nelson’s progress but maybe I am dumped in your junk mail.

    Nelson had his cast removed Monday morning and when they brought him back to the exam room I burst into tears! He lost all his muscle tone and his leg had been shaved when I had to take him to the emergency vet one evening – we were feeding the fish in the pond and he stepped back and fell off the dock and went completely under water which was horribly scarey! I was about to jump in when he came up above water and I knew he could swim the short distance to shore with the cast. But he was not to get it wet so off the the emergency vet we went. Well, when the vet brought him without the cast here was this limp little leg hanging like a limp noodle. He wouldn’t put any weight on it and he had open sores around the joint. They put him on pain meds, antibiotics for the skin infection and a spray wound dressing. Either it looks better or I am just use to seeing that skiny little bald leg hanging out of his super fluffy coat, but the wounds look almost healed and he puts some weight on it when he walks slowly, which isn’t very often, but runs on three legs like he still had the cast. I did send you a photo the day the cast came off but maybe it’s better you didn’t get it, it was heartbreaking.

    Of course he is getting lots of love and kisses, he is the sweetest little boy. He has golden retriever eyes under all that black fluff and he is smart just like a golden. The poodle part still piddles when he gets excited over new people but that’s ok, my house went to the dogs years ago when we had a house of 5 raising leader dogs for the blind!

    Trying to keep in touch – oh and my sweet little nephew Augie that Nancy rescued is doing good too! Love to you and yours. Linda

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – oh, Nelson! I wish I could make it all better for you. Such a traumatic terrible accident for such a sweet puppy. I have thought about little Nelson for all this time and I have searched every spam and junk mail folder I have for your email and I have nothing. The last correspondence we had was when I wrote to you on August 24 and told you about the citronella collars I have used in the past. Nothing since. I hate technology because I have wondered about Nelson so many times. I could see that Augie, the starving cat, was on the road to recovery – he looked great – an entirely different cat!
      Maybe it was a good thing he fell into the pond if he had sores around the joint – obviously he needed an antibiotic. Glad his vet addressed the pain, too. Has the vet ever suggested removing the leg? Doesn’t sound like he needs it if he can run on 3 legs.
      I hate it when one of my animals is unwell – just like kids. When my goat died last week I was relieved because she was no longer in pain. I can only imagine the picture of Nelson’s atrophied leg.
      I am relieved to hear from you, Linda – I was really worried that Nelson had died. Please check my address –
      Thanks so much for the update – I’m sure I’m not the only one appreciating it.

  10. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Ouch! I cringed when I saw your toe. That must have hurt big time! I do have an old pair of sneakers delegated just for outside because of the grass stains. Fall is my favorite time of year but there is so much work to do outside. I bought a carload of mums and have them waiting to go as soon as I get the beds ready. Trying to get to the Catskills for a few days to see the leaves changing. Love the mountains and peace and quiet!
    Death is always so horrible but the death of a young one is unbearable. I am so sorry.
    I still have not made a Bullseye! So many quilts yet to make!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cheryl – what a beautiful trip – I will never get there in person. When you get back put Bullseye at the top of your list.

  11. Linda in Michigan

    Mary, this Linda in Michigan does not have a Nelson with a sore leg. This Linda in Michigan has a stray cat named Boxcar Willie, who comes to be fed twice a day, and sleeps in a wheelbarrow on the porch.
    I hope the other Linda gets back to you about Nelson.
    I volunteered at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, and talk about visual stimulation!! It’s just mind-boggeling to me to see what some of those people have done with quilts! Whatever happened to sewing squares and rectangles together, Ha Ha!

    1. Linda in MI

      Hi Linda in Michigan from Linda in MI – I’m over southwest of Saginaw. I missed the AQS show this year because my sisters who come up from Kentucky – one is Augie the starved kitten’s mom – are coming later this year due to a husbands surgery schedule. I am guessing you are in the GR area, beautiful over there! If Boxcar Willie comes twice a day to eat and sleep I would think you would have him tame by now and made him your own.

      Take care, I guess I should say Linda in Saginaw MI!

  12. Kathy in western NY

    Good Morning Mary, I hope cooler weather brings a peaceful night so you can get lots of needed rest for all you have to do. It’s very hard to stay composed during funerals but remember playing the music is the comfort for the family they would want so you’ll be helping them too.
    I just learned of a good quilting friend who was hospitalized this week for several days with Covid and both her and her husband have it. All her symptoms that took her there sound awful for a 78 yr old tiny lady who loves to be out in her gardens. This is the third person I know being pretty sick ( 2nd hospitalized) with this new go round and the halls of ER were lined with gurneys. She’s a former doctor herself. So many escaped getting it all these years with precautions like myself as well as these friends so we are back to wearing our masks we decided as we need to go out today to buy a new stove.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – I want to know what kind of stove you buy because I’m going to need one soon myself.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        We ended up not going today as weather is too beautiful not to be outdoors doing projects. We went to a food truck in our village at lunch for burgers on the grill and just sat outside watching all the landscapers and workers pulling in to get their lunch and sit at picnic tables for a bit. Doesn’t take much to amuse me.
        I sure hope I find a simple stove. Some tell me get induction burners but I just want my plain ole smooth top electric stove that’s easy to clean. Our small front burners are shot on ours and only 7 years old. Use them all the time so using the back ones but now my large one is gone too. We priced replacing elements and those two were $350 so might as well use that towards a new one.

        1. Jo in Wyoming

          I got an induction hot plate for Christmas one year and absolutely loved it. So I shopped the dent and returned store. Found an induction cooktop. We put it in and I love everything about it. The heating area gets hot because the pot is heating. It’s faster than gas and I cook on a piece of parchment paper just so it doesn’t get scratched. I use a lot of cast iron pans and skillets. The tea pot is boiling in about 15 seconds! It’s magic like an iPad.

          1. Kathy

            Jo, not sure if you’ll see this but thanks so much for this information. It has me thinking now as we use alot of cast iron pans too. We also have an induction burner we use camping which my husband prefers for heat to cook consistently. I never thought of just replacing the cook top so a good option. Thanks again for enlightening me on them.

  13. Diane in Maryland

    Mary, saying prayers for you and the family tomorrow. Very sad.
    Linda in Saginaw… I was happy to read that Nelson is doing better. I am so glad he survived the fall into the water! Poor little guy!

  14. Diana in Des Moines

    I hate to wear shoes. I broke a toe a few weeks ago (don’t know how), but most of my injuries and bruises come from the grandkids.
    We lost a young mother from church a few weeks ago. She died right after childbirth. Unheard of in today’s age of technology and medical care. Funeral was very sad, and my thoughts and prayers are with her husband and child daily.
    Been sewing up a storm. My church has a craft sale for missions in November, so I am making quilted items for the women’s ministry booth. Table runners, wall hangings, ornaments, old cutter quilt trees, and whatever else I can scrounge up. Even a few things I no longer want to display in my home. Maybe a few ribbon winners from the fair. I can’t keep this stuff FOREVER!!
    Love this cooler weather. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diana – death after childbirth seems impossible in todays world. Our young man took his own life and of course we all wonder why.

      1. Diane in Maryland

        Oh Mary, I feel even more sad for all of his friends and family. One never truly gets over any loss but with suicide a person never stops wondering why. So very sad.

  15. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Mary, your photo makes MY toe hurt! I quit paying for pedis years ago because my feet are always a mess and my money’s better spent on fabric! Ha!! I’m going to look for spray like that as I move my plants back inside. Thx for that tip. Please know that you’re in my prayers as you provide music for this very sad funeral service, I’m sure it will all go smoothly and it will be beautiful. Prayers, too, for his family; such a tragic and heartbreaking loss.

  16. Joy in NW Iowa

    Thoughts and prayers for you Mary and you friend who lost their young man. So sad.
    I had to have my big toenail removed a few weeks ago so am still dealing with the recovery of that. I don’t like shoes either. I’m not sure how I got that way because I always wore shoes when I was young.
    Love your bullseye. Take care of yourself.

  17. Jo in Wyoming

    Oooh, that looks painful. I don’t like shoes either, so it’s socks inside, old shoes outside.
    Losing young people is always hard. Bless you for providing comforting music.

    I had to go to Walmart today for some supplies for jail. They are stocking Christmas trees.
    The inmates wanted new tweezers for pulling thread, the deputy told them to ask me for some. Now, I don’t mind providing fabric, thread, scissors, rotary cutters and blades, rulers, books and patterns. But to ask for tweezers was a little odd. Last I knew that couldn’t have them for their eyebrows. I will tell you, we have a new sheriff and many new deputies, so I guess the rules have changed.

    1. Susan K in Texas

      I keep a tweezers by my machine. I use it to pull threads all the time. You’d be surprised at how handy they are.

  18. Sandy

    Hi Mary, that looks painful! Prayers for the family of the young man who died, it’s hard to lose a child. We are going to have very strong winds tonight, l wonder whether to sweep the current pile of leaves at my door or leave it for later! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  19. NancyTD

    You will do great playing music at the funeral. It will be very comforting for the family. Hugs to you for doing it.
    I have been squeezing raspberry juice to make jelly tomorrow. Forgot what a long process this could be.
    We had a hot air balloon 🎈 land in our backyard on Wednesday evening. Really something to see— Big! It was a special ride for someone’ s birthday. champagne flight. I will send a picture to Mary to share.
    Had off and on rain showers today. Not enough to make brown grass turn green!

  20. Linda in Michigan

    Linda in Saginaw,
    Are you a Michigan native? My hometown is Holland, but we live in the Grand Valley State Univ. area. You missed a wonderful AQS show-I haven’t been to one in about three years, and this one didn’t disappoint. You and your sisters sound like animal lovers, my kind of people!

    1. Linda in MI

      Linda in Michigan
      No I am not a Michigander, I moved to Ann Arbor from Louisviille Kentucky when I was 16 and have been in Saginaw most of the years so I feel like this is home.

      I have some good friends who went to the AQS show Wednesday but they tell me the great Wisconsin Quilt Show they have gone to the last two years is better. I have always enjoyed going to Grand Rapids, always buy too much when I don’t need anything and need to live to be 600 to do everything I have and want to do.

      My younger sister and I are huge animal lovers, me probably more because I refuse to eat anything that resembles an animal including fish and chickens! Our older sister only tolerates mine babies when she visits but has never been to the barn because she is terrified of chickens. I am most proud of my three boys or men who inherited my love of animals. I only have one granddaughter but have 5 beautiful grand puppies.

      Glad you enjoyed the show, we will be there next year!

  21. Jeanine from Iowa

    I am so sorry for the family and church family that has lost such a young man. My prayers are with you all. I have been making applesauce all day. I started this morning about 8:00, and finally finished this afternoon at around 4:00. My back is telling me that was a long day to work at it but I wanted to get it all done today and be done with the mess. We love the applesauce in the winter. I wash and cut up the apple with the skins on, cook them, and then run them through a colander. Add sugar and a little cinnamon, and then freeze it. Lots of work, but oh so good this winter. I also did a few loads of laundry, so am tired tonight. Thanks for your blog, Mary. We so enjoy it.

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