Such pretty trees! 12-2-23

Thank you for sending me pictures of your decorated trees. I’m going to devote the entire post to trees tomorrow after I clean up all the miscellaneous photos and info tonight.

This morning was the Christmas Brunch at church – it’s been held on the first Saturday in December for 44 years! The women enjoy brunch and the men serve and clean up.

Quilts made by the Sew and Sews are awarded with your brunch ticket being pulled. If my name is ever called, I’ll make them draw again!

Then it was home to start watching basketball and football which is still happening now. Here’s an update to my den – I hung pictures during the game. At least I didn’t fall off the ladder today.

I purposely leave the thrift store price tag on the glass just to give credit to the maker who worked so hard and did such beautiful work only to be so undervalued many years later. I feel like I’m rescuing these old beauties!

You might remember a reader who commented as Beamer’s mom. Beamer was preceded by Bentley who came here to visit as you can see here.

Greeting Mom after she had traveled to Europe for several weeks – such a joyful reunion!

Here’s my favorite picture of Bentley.

Bentley died in June 2022 after a short illness which was likely cancer. Two days after he died Michele emailed the breeder to tell her about Bentley’s passing. The following day the breeder called as she had a male pup that someone who waited 2-1/2 years, had to suddenly turn down. That pup became Beamer.

A few months ago Beamer died instantly in their yard – one minute he was playing and the next he was dead. Nothing concrete could be detected and the answer will never be known completely but he possibly died of a heart attack. He was only 17 months old.

I tell this story because I know how many dog lovers are reading this. No autopsy was performed – the heartbreak was just too complete. Michele no longer comments as Beamer’s mom even though she still is, isn’t she?

And now the next chapter–

Ruby, the mama golden, gave birth on November 17, 2023 and one of pups will be coming to live at Garner!

Is this just about the sweetest picture you’ve ever seen?

I tell you this whole story so that when this pup comes to visit you’ll know the back story. It’s been such a sad time for Stan and Michele and I know how much they’re looking forward to their new baby! I’ll keep you posted.

Please make a note – If you want to send me something, do not send via Messenger because I’ll never get it. Send to my email or text only. And if you forget and wonder why I have not replied, that’s the reason.

And a giggle at the end – last night I went out for supper with a friend. When I ordered my beer the waiter asked if I wanted a can, bottle or draft and I said draft would be fine. When he returned he sat down a very tall tankard of beer – very large – to which I replied, “wow, that’s a big one!” To which the waiter answered, “Huh, that’s what she said!”

Yes, he was very cute and about 20 years old!!!

37 thoughts on “Such pretty trees! 12-2-23

  1. Rita in Iowa

    Mary I love how you can start a blog and give so many details that a story is complete. I love the puppies and was so sad that Beamer left so early in life. You compliment the story with of course your end of the day ice tea although we know better. Have a good evening.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rita – I have been putting off the dog story because the reader needed all the details to understand the complete heartbreak for Stan and Michele. I debated on all the details but really felt my readers would appreciate knowing the whole story and as I post pictures of these puppies, I’ll be able to show them to you.

  2. Dee from Shell Rock

    I love the babies! and the big dogs and it all makes me miss my Calypso even more. I love your room. I am alone now, so I’ve been putting up lots of pictures since the husband was , don’t do that! He was only gone about a wofteek, I got out my hammer, told the friends, you will now hear him have a cow, and put up pictures! Starting with the new Aerial Picture of the farm we had just gotten. Couldn’t stand to put it leaning up against the the wall. Then came kid pictures, needlework (yes, mine will someday wind up at the thrift store), and anything else I want to put up. My friend often invites me to her church breakfast that the men serve. Fun times. Take care,

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dee – if it weren’t such a drive I’d invite you to the brunch next year! Yes, I hang up anything and everything! I like that cozy feeling of being surrounded by pictures and things – but you knew that.

  3. Carmen M.

    I love your new den! The pictures are perfect on that wall! This room is starting to look so cozy!
    So sorry to hear what happened to Beamer’s mom, just awful to lose 2 pets and really not no why? One of those beautiful puppies will make Beamer’s family very happy, hopefully in time for Christmas!
    Can’t wait to see more pics of your cozy den!

  4. Rhoda Ebersole

    I like how your Dennis shaping up and pics on the wall I have 25 on my bedroom wall in WI.
    I have begun opening my Missouri Star advent box gifts and what fun it is-my gift to me.
    It has been a busy week here of mechanical house repairs. The refrig was frosted up and I found a young man who repaired it completely. Then having the furnaces checked, the tankless hot water heater drained and finally a new toilet in my bathroom – an elevated one And a Kohler so I am happy.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – 25 needlework pictures? Can we see a picture of your wall? I have more than these shown – hanging throughout the house.

  5. Paula S.

    I love how your den is looking. Like an art gallery of forgotten pieces. Love the dog story. Yes, I’m still a dog mom even though my Riley has been gone 5 years. I miss him every day.

    I had a giggle over what your waiter said!

  6. Diane in Colorado

    I’m going to keep trying to see if I can post a comment again one of these days! I so miss being able to take part.

    Sending my Golden Mom condolences to Beamer’s Mom. My heart breaks for you! I pray this new litter of puppies will bring some peace and joy to your lives as you grieve.

    Mary, I absolutely love your wall of pictures! The hours of work that went into each and every one of them—they are treasures!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – this comment came through – does that mean it’s fixed for you, whatever it was?

  7. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Hey, you are not cheering loud enough! Iowa has some talent, but things are not going their way.. Hoping they get some breaks.
    The story about the Goldens is so sad, but I am glad they are getting a new baby.
    We went to the Ohio Theater to hear the Columbus Symphony Christmas program. It was lovely.
    Your room looks great. I love Samplers and handwork.
    The waiter was funny😂 52* here today.

  8. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas

    Oh, Mary, you are a flirt! Wish you could have gotten a picture of him too and your tankard….
    So sorry about the dogs but glad there are sweet puppies coming. They are beautiful! 😻

  9. patti

    condolences to beamer’s mom and dad. you will always be beamer’s mom and dad. i wish you peace.
    i love the pictures on the walls. my dad would never allow us to do that. it would devalue the home (the holes not the pictures). funny how some men think. i don’t ask any more. i know you will enjoy your den when it is finished. i bought myself a new plastic type cabinet (art bin) to try to corral some of the stuff on my sewing cabinet. the area just keeps getting smaller and smaller and needs to be corralled. will take a while to get it in there and then filled etc. am awaiting the tree pictures so i can live vicariously through others. hugs to all, patti in FL

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy G – really? I don’t know The Office that well – now it’s even funnier because I love Steve Carell. The kid was just having a little fun and I was not offended.

  10. Jeanne in Co.

    Mary, Add me to the list of another pet owner who is grieving the loss of a pet. My sweet Abby, a 15 year old Shih Tzu, died very suddenly in my arms on Thursday. She was at the vet’s the day prior simply because her breathing was different than it usually was and it concerned me. X-rays showed an enlarged heart and fluid around her heart and her lungs. They put her on oxygen for an hour, gave her an injection of Lasix and a tablet that was to help her heart perform more efficiently. Then prescribed three different kinds of meds and sent us home with instructions to monitor her closely for the next few days. After a restless night, she refused water, food and the meds. The vet had said if the meds didn’t work, I needed to euthanize her because there was nothing else they could do. Seeing her struggle to breathe that next morning, as soon as the vets office opened, I called to see if I could bring her up and have them put her to sleep. No, they were sorry but they could not get her in until 4:00. I begged them to get me in immediately because she was crying softly and I knew she was in distress. They instead recommended I call a group that would do euthanizing in your home. As they were looking up the phone numbers, Abby gave one big shudder and died in my arms. Needless to say, I am devastated. She had not seemed that ill at all when I took her to see them the day before. Could the medicine have been too strong for her little body and hastened her death? I will never know. I feel as if I’ve lost another child. She had been such a comfort to my husband the year he was on hospice and then has been my comfort these last 5 years since he died. I’m glad God intervened so she did not suffer any longer, but I am so angry at the vets office for refusing to euthanize until 4:00, 8 hours later. How is that showing compassion for animals who are suffering? They willingly offered to take back the three bottles of pills, but without a refund- $150 worth. I’m sure they would resell them to someone else. I may look into animal shelters to see if someone else can use them. With a broken heart,
    Jeanne in Co.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Oh Jeanne, my heart breaks for you this morning learning of this. Thanks for sharing your experiences as it’s the same story here with not enough vets to care for pets. It’s so sad what you’ve been through and my condolences on losing your companion.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jeanne- oh, how awful of that vet office! I’ve had something similar happen. Poor little Abby and poor you. Such heartbreak is devastating to a pet owner and I know how much you’re hurting. There are no words that will take her place and yes, thankfully she did die in your arms, the place she wanted to be. Oh, I know how much the days ahead will hurt but anytime you’d like to talk about her and your love for her, we are all here to listen and grieve with you. I’m so sorry, Jeanne.

    3. Melody in Wisconsin

      I have tears in my eyes reading your story, I can tell you are just devastated. It is so heartbreaking to know you can’t alleviate your pets suffering and then to have a vet be heartless is inexcusable. I have found in the last few years that any of the vets I have dealt with are all about the money and not the animals. Not all, but most. Abby dying in your arms was maybe for the better since she was close to you and didn’t have the stress of a vet visit. My heartfelt condolences to you.

      To Michele, you will always be Bentley’s and Beamer’s mom. The picture of Bentley has to be one of the cutest dog pictures I have seen – such soulful eyes! I am so sorry about both of your losses. Hoping that you get many years of happiness with your new puppy.

      Pets bring us such joy and happiness in our everyday lives but the sorrow and grief we suffer when we lose them is just so hard!

    4. Sharon G.

      Oh, but, Jeanne you were with her when she passed. That’s what is most important to remember right now. She was in your loving arms at the end, not on a cold steel table at the vets. You loved her and she loved you and nothing could ever substitute for that.
      If you want her cremated, call around and get it down by whoever you choose. It doesn’t have to be that vet! Losing a pet is very hard. My thoughts are with you. Sending hugs.
      The medication return policy or protocol for animals and people in this country is ridiculous. But maybe you can find a shelter that can use the meds.
      I am so sorry for your loss.
      Please take care of yourself.
      ~Sharon in WA

  11. Sandy

    Hi Mary, so many sad stories, it’s hard to lose a valued family member. Looking forward to seeing the Christmas trees, l bet everyone has beautiful displays, l just have a few pine branches in a pot, every time l put a few decorations on it, the girls take one or two upstairs! We are going to make a gingerbread house n3xt week, should be fun! A cold wet day in New Zealand, even have the heater on! Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  12. Shirleyf

    I love your wall of embroideries. “Let me live in a house” cross stitch has always been my favorite. It always had a special meaning for me. I finally found one at an antique store and bought it.

  13. Judy

    I read each of the sayings on the wall. It took a while to decipher remembrance on my iPad, but today’s blog shows just how true it is that “Remembrance is the sweetest flower…”

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Judy – I have more of these – one about dogs which I need to get framed.

  14. Linda in MI

    Mary, I conclude that every animal lover has what they think is the saddest story simply because losing the loves of their lives is so very sad and unforgettable. Every pet I have lost makes a very sad story, hard to tell to anyone because the pain of losing them never really goes away, it is definitely like losing a family member except maybe sadder because humans know our destiny and I don’t know if animals do and they can’t tell us what they are feeling, we just guess. Just like Beamers mom, I have been very lucky to be loved by some of the sweetest animals, I even knew my horses loved me and that I was their person. We are all very lucky to love and be loved by God’s gentle creatures.

    I love your ability to make cute groups of art. Your new den is looking so warm and cozy. I would love to come sit and chat away an afternoon with you and your puppies in your den!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – oh, I’d love to have you come and chat away! That saying “ Everyone thinks they have the best dog and they’re all right” is one of my favorites. And how is Duncan? I haven’t heard you mention him, just Sammie. I hope he’s okay.

  15. Frances E

    Love your picture wall, and I also love to find old handwork that nobody wants anymore. Somebody put so much time into those pieces. Your den is go8ng to be a lovely place.

  16. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    Oh, those puppies! I could look at puppy pictures all day. They are just beautiful, and I bet you can’t wait. Love the wall. I once found a gorgeous needlepoint at a church rummage sale. All in off whites and pale tan, very rich looking. it is a big tree with presents and ornaments. I did reframe it, a 10×13. It’s one of my favorite things to unpack and it makes me sad that no one in the family wanted this piece. I love it and am so proud to display it.

  17. Fran

    Are we really going there with the waiter? LOL

    Love the story behind Beamer. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Dee in Ohio

    Oh Mary I just love your stories. You are such a character. I can’t wait to open your blog

  19. Pat Smith

    The loss of Beamer, such a young dog, is just heartbreaking. Over the years we had 2 different golden retrievers, adored both of them and the loss was so hard that we decided not to have any more dogs. But, about a year later wasn’t I looking at pictures on the web site of our local shelter. There were 2 shelties dropped off by some breeder who couldn’t sell them, I suppose. We took them both and fell in love with that breed too. The older of the 2 was killed in a tragic accident. The younger is with us still and the light of our lives. At the age of 79 we know this is our last dog, and we are enjoying him so much. I’m so glad Beamer’s mom isn’t giving up but moving on to a new puppy. There is always the temptation to give up on having dogs when one experiences a terrible loss like that, and I’m so glad she isn’t doing that.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pat Smith – oh, that was definitely what they decided right after it happened and then they couldn’t stand the house being so empty, nobody to come home to, nobody to walk with – I’ve always said if you’re a dog person, you have to have a dog! And they’re dog people!

  20. Sally J. Mi.

    Oh Jeanne I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of little Abby. Praying that God will give you some comfort and strength as you are reeling from this loss.
    Mary I love your den!! Cozy!
    Can’t wait to hear more of the puppy story.
    Sorry we beat your Buckeyes last night! Hail to the Victories!!

  21. beth

    After the sad story about the dogs, your funny one hit just the right note. And thank you for rescuing needlework. I try to do the same, although I don’t have as many as you do.

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