Some Housekeeping, 12-19-23

I’m trying to locate a couple people and I’m wondering if they still read the blog.

Barbara Kaup, Bassett, NE

Debra Britton, Fredericktown, OH

Please send me an email –

And a correction – TYPO! Maggie was 101 last week, not 106 that I typed

Does anyone collect vintage sewing machines? Someone contacted me about two old machines but I’m no sewing machine expert or mechanic.

Here’s a Christmas gift I made for Lucy who chose this paper napkin for her birthday party last summer.

I finished the 8th season of Suits and now I don’t have that to look forward to every evening. I loved it and hated to see it end. I’m going to look for a new series.

Sadly – that’s all she wrote!

60 thoughts on “Some Housekeeping, 12-19-23

  1. Tanya T. in Houston

    We watched THE BURIAL with Tommy Lee Jones and Jamie Foxx. No one dies and it is not sad. Based on a true story. Be sure to watch the credits at the end.

    We also enjoyed THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. A little science fiction, but a romantic love story.

    We are hoping to see KILLERS OF THE PRAIRIE MOON soon. The book was amazing, a part of history few of us knew anything about and such great research by the author.

    Merry ho ho to all of you! It’s supposed to rain here tomorrow and most of the weekend so we are herding cats to finish up all the wrapping and little chores that need to be done. Sweet Husband is ushering the Christmas Eve 4 and 6 pm services.

  2. Sandy

    We just finished the 8th series of Suits and then found out the 9th and final Series was out. We ended up watching it on Peacock. We had watched 1-8 on Netflix.

    I really enjoy your blog about nothing. It really enlightens my day. Take care. Have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. Judy - Michigan

    Mary – Try Jane the Virgin…….Loved it….Great characters, funny, serious, murder ,suspense. About 3
    women, Grandma, Mom and daughter….Dad is a hoot. Really enjoyed it. I too loved Suits!!!!

  4. Charlotte Shira in No. California

    I loved Suits also!! Watched the show every week for 8 years. Great characters. I didn’t know about season 9. I’ll have to look for it. I learn so much on this blog!
    I love the puppy pillow. 🐶
    We have had 3″ of rain in the last 3 days. It’s great because I hate dealing with droughts.

  5. Kathy Hanson

    Hoping that your looking forward to this Christmas! Sending you and Rick lots of love this season. Hopefully you both will have a really good 2024 as you have had lots of medical concerns this year.. Praying for you both to have a wonderful, safe, comfortable year ahead with lots of good times! I know your puppies are good company for you both. – we still call Penny a puppy but she will be 3years on January 3rd! She still acts like a puppy and we don’t know what we would do without her! She is such a sweet, loving little girl (when she isn’t a “stinker” ) So much fun! Love and hugs to you both!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – thank you and I wish the same for your little household. Yes, I’ll be glad to see 2023 go.

  6. Nancy Wingo

    On Netflix, there is a four part series of the book all the light we cannot see. I highly recommend it as I’m sure most people have read the book.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Nancy – I have watched it and it was wonderful!! I also loved the book.

  7. Sunflower from Michigan 🌻

    Morning, Mary,
    I love the doggy pillow ! So cute. Happy late birthday to Debbie.
    I’m working on some Christmas pillows for my couch. I need to hurry!
    The quilts and trees have been so festive and I’ve enjoyed looking at them. Thanks for this blog and the time you put into it, Mary.
    And Jan P, I’m so sorry about your dogs. Hugs.
    Have a good day!

  8. Linda in Estherville now of the SW (Yuma)

    Mary, We are in the 8th season of Suits…and will be sad to see it end. It is the one tv show “he” will watch with me. He is an MSNBC junkie. I wonder if there will be another season of Suits. I do like sitting with my honey in the evenings rather than off in another room.

    We are in the beautifully warm SW for the winter with our motor home. My sewing room is in the drivers area in the front with beautiful lighting, I have bags of fabric under the seats, in the “basement”, and on the upper bed. My closet is full of projects. My main project this season is sewing up two full bags of fabric given to my church group by a gal who grew up in the church and had the same addiction as the rest of us, and is preparing her home in her final days. She has Cancer…and has caused me to be very driven in getting photos of finished quilts to her. I am working on a small child’s quilt right now using MSQC’s Square in a Square. They certainly sew up fast. No precision piecing from them.

    I must cut down my sewing time…I wonder if day long sewing has caused me to have this last case of vertigo. A week of it so far. I do have have a doctor recommended video of an exercise to do at home along with the eye exercises. The Eppley manuever was just difficult to do in the motor home! “He” was very driven in making me well yesterday. Seems like the five sets takes about two and a half hours, but I did notice a difference in my gait and attitude. “He” said I was nicer last night.

    I just looked…the temp was 54 at 3:30 AM. We did Christmas over Thanksgiving…I feel left out on the forums this week, as so many are rushing to finish things. We still have to find a church for Christmas Eve. I want the real thing not a You Tube Service. There is something about a live choir and all the decor of the season over watching TV.

    Must be about time to go back to bed. I must be better with the vertigo. That is the only good thing about it all, I sleep all night (and a couple naps during the day). Ordinarily, I am up between 3 and 4 and then back to bed.

    Did I say….no pains in my joints for 3 weeks. As soon as we hit the middle of Oklahoma we were both pretty much pain free.

    Have a great day.

    1. Linda of Estherville now in Yuma

      You can tell…I wrote before I read. Now I can’t wait to see Season 9 of Suits. Can you imagine $1000 haircuts? Oofta!!!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – oh, I hope your vertigo disappears? Maybe the warm weather will agree with you – sounds like you need to rest more. If I could sleep, I know I’d feel better. Why is your joint pain gone? I really need to know.

  9. Wendy P

    Thanks for the blog about nothing, Mary. We loved watching Suits as well. Maybe have a look for Death in Paradise or White Collar.

  10. Mary Dyer

    I’d like to suggest Joe Pickett as a great series to watch. And, you’ve probably seen Three Pines, but if not it’s another really good one.
    Back to baking cookies. Have a lovely Christmas, from me, Mary to you, Mary

  11. Susan K in Texas

    I love the dog pillow! So cute. Lucy is so lucky.
    Jan P. I’m so sorry to hear about your dogs. I’m glad you have another dog to help with the loss.

  12. Jo in Wyoming

    I have a few vintage sewing machines. A beautiful Cinderella, a two level Adler. Actually it’s a cobbler, hand crank. A New Dearborn Model 9…it has a curved needle.

    I went to jail today…what fun. My “girls” are making pillow cases and have fallen in love with crazy squares. They got lots of fleece donations, so I demo rag quilts. Those will be easy and keep them busy. No one is getting out soon, so their Christmas will be rather sad.

    I’m blown away at all the cards and gifts I’m getting! They are all so kind and the messages are graceful. I can’t thank you enough for them. Loretta and walk out to the box and I show her what we got today. She sees every card and I read to her all your messages. Many of you have been in my shoes. Many of you are battling cancer. I did that 41 years ago, and my boyfriend still married me! Mary’s kindness its unmeasured.
    May you all have a wonderful Christmas. Bless you all.

    1. Vicki Ibarra

      Jo, So good to hear from you. I have fleece scraps in various sizes, not squares. After reading your message, I sought internet sites on instructions for fleece rag quilts. Now I have another project to add to the list. Thanks. (The list just grows and grows!)

      1. Connie R. in Wis. o

        Jo- What a wonderful gift you give your “girls” by teaching them sewing. Not the greatest environment but you make the best of it and give of yourself. I really admire that. Like the other readers said, if you need supplies, let us know. Take care.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – I love your comment this morning – you’re still getting cards? Aren’t people kind at the deepest level? And you’re back at jail – do your girls know about all your cards from “strangers”? You should show them. Does Loretta get to visit at the jail – just curious? When your girls need fabric or supplies, will you let us know? I know Steve is proud of you, Jo –

  13. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Oohhh! Love the dog pillow, so cute! We have enjoyed watching Julia about Jullia Child and are working our way through all the seasons of Survivor. The downside is I get hungry while watching either one 😵‍💫. Julia can cook and survivors are starving.

  14. Jan P from Cosby, TN

    Hi Mary,
    Long or short or in between, I just love hearing from you! Love, love, the puppy pillow gift – so cute!
    Some time ago, I wrote to you and mentioned that we lost two of our 13+ year old English Labs within three months. Ten days ago, we had to say goodbye to my girl, too!!! That makes all three within 7 months! So very hard!!! But she had cancer at six, eye removed, went through chemo (which we said we would never do, but she was young!) and lived 7+ more years with homemade dog food and supplements! I know she had a great life! She was my diva-dog and I miss her terribly! So glad we adopted another English Lab five months ago or I’d be lost with no dogs with us!
    Sorry this is so long! Didn’t intend it to be, but I know you totally understand and all the other animal lovers also! Jan

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Oh dear Jan this was so hard to read and not get teary eyed for all you’ve been through saying goodbye to your labs. I am so sorry and I hope you know we understand your holidays will be hard without all of them there. They say having another pet already at home helps so hope you find comfort.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – NO! All three gone since last summer? I do know how that heartache feels and am preparing myself to lose Telly next. English labs are wonderful dogs – so gentle and kind. And NEVER apologize for the length of your comment – everyone is interested in hearing about our friends’ lives. I look forward to every single one.

  15. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

    I love the little pillow you made. The fabric selection was just perfect.

    Thanks for sharing.

  16. Diane In Colorado

    Vintage sewing machines—do I collect? I have three, so not a big collection, but I do enjoy and value them for the history of the craft. Hoping one day to add my Mom’s vintage Husqvarna to my collection as that’s the machine I learned to sew on!

    Cute pillow! It will be appreciated!

  17. Brenda in Georgia

    Oh, that is so interesting that you mentioned Suits! I watched it this past year and also loved watching it. I got so attached to the characters and was happy that it had such a good ending. I felt forlorn when it was over and have not found anything yet that has caught my attention the way that it did. I will let you know if I do.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – I feel the same way! I always watched it late at night before I went to bed and now I’m just sad. I am in love with Harvey, Donna, Louis and many others. I’m searching for another that I love as much. I have chosen to not watch Season nine at this time because of the ending of Season 8 which I loved. I miss them!

      1. Brenda in Georgia

        I guess I didn’t know about season 9. You must know something about it that makes you hesitate to watch it. I suppose I will check it out. I really miss them too. It was really a compelling story. I also watched Virgin River and really liked it. I suppose it will continue. I have not watched The Lincoln Lawyer. I will check it out.

        Give Hazel a great big hug from me.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Brenda – I gave in and started watching Season 9 last night and it did not disappoint.

    1. Anne Thate

      I’m sorry
      I didn’t realize it was a tv series you were talking about
      The Louise Penny are books… some are on amazon prime, called “Three Pines”

  18. Kathy in western NY

    Well if that pillow isn’t the cutest. She will love it to cuddle with.
    I was reading through the comments in the last blog post about the commercials this year and so many have been heartwarming to see. I adore the one with the three ladies sledding down the hill and the Macys one where the little boy is walking through the store and then hands Santa
    slippers saying they are for him “after work”. So kind. And the chewy ones where the animals talk crack me up. I am looking forward to
    Christmas Eve now as we might have a cute video of you and Becky with Hazel and a barn picture.

    1. Connie R. In Wis.

      Kathy- I love those same commercials. I especially like how the little boy in the Macys commercial shields his eyes as he walks past the Barbie display. Love it!

      1. Kathy

        Connie- me too with shielding his eyes! I’m glad Macys aired a holiday commercial to think about others before yourself.

    2. Candy

      I agree about the sledding ladies … might be my favourite commercial ever! Whenever I hear that music I stop whatever I’m doing to watch it. I especially love the long version, where they remember tobogganing together as girls. ❤️

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – I do know there’s a Season 9 but I have chosen not to watch it because I loved the ending of the original series. Maybe I’ll go back but it’s all the previous characters except MM and I think it will be weak – haha, listen to me! What would I know? But I loved the last scene so much! It’s the perfect ending. I won’t give it away for any amount of coaxing. Ha!

  19. Lynette in Orlando

    Mary — Did you watch Virgin River? The Lincoln Lawyer? I enjoyed them both……..

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynette – yes – especially loved Lincoln Lawyer! Have you watched Suits?

    1. Diane, Squeak, Buddy in Central Ohio

      Hey, Mary. My comment must have gone to the cloud because you responded, but it’s not there! Never know with technology😹😹 Thanks for letting me know. I am going to try it.

  20. Debbie Miller

    Today is my 71st birthday so I love the dog birthday party pillow-so cute! I loved your and Hazel’s video also-you a truly talented piano player!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debbie – Happy 71st Birthday!! Pretend that little pillow is for you from me – it’s the thought that counts, right? The song I played is a pretty simple little tune – I’ll play something good for you one of these days.

      1. Debbie Miller

        Yes-Thanks for the thoughts! It might have been a simple little tune to you but to me with no musical ability what so ever it was quite lovely! I would love to see more piano videos.

  21. Phyllis Rosenwinkel

    I collect and use antique and vintage sewing machines.
    If I am unable to answer the questions, I may be able to forward the message to someone who can help.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Phyllis – oh, that’s great! A former staff member who is now a realtor is closing on a house that has several old sewing machines inside and I’m interested in the crank machine, Harris No 3, but have no idea what it’s worth or what shape it’s in at this point. It got me so interested that I got out one of my Featherweights and I’ve never seen such a perfect stitch. Could I send you a picture of this machine?

      1. Erin

        I’d love to see that Harris machine, if you could post a picture here! Some of them go for a pretty penny if they’re in good condition.

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