The Blog About Nothing, 2-12-24

Nothing but fun! Look what was in my mailbox today – this article about Caitlin Clark from Pat Farrell in West Boylston MA! This is just so much fun for a women’s basketball fan like me and most of Iowa for that matter. Her note at the bottom of the page says:

Thought you would like to know we care about IA!

I’ll be watching on Thursday night when she breaks the scoring record – it won’t take long – only 8 points.

Many thanks also to Karen J for sending me first class stamps and Sheila N for the sweet Valentine that says “you’re old school”. Yes, I am old school!!

Trying to make some connections:

Did the person who asked me about selling the old hankies get anyone to contact her?

A reader asked me for the pattern Homestead Reunion #665. I don’t even remember what this looks like so I don’t know what I’m looking for. I need a picture of this quilt before I know where to search.

I forgot to ask DebMac about Jack and Robbie about Biscuit.

Does anybody look at Instagram? I love the posts from “notaminimalist” – she has lots of stuff and definitely lives up to her name.

Here is Big Harvey! $5.00 and SASE. I’ll be taking him into Concord this week.

Oh! I see I forgot the buttons on his shirt cuffs – I’ll add those.

41 thoughts on “The Blog About Nothing, 2-12-24

  1. Diane in Maryland

    I love Harvey and his colorful buttons on his shirt! Would not have known he needed cuff buttons until you mentioned them. He looks perfect! Happy Mardi Gras, Pancake Day or Fat Tuesday to you. What do you call it in Iowa?
    We are all happy for Caitlin Clark!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – haha! I think we call it the day before Ash Wednesday. Thanks for your sweet card!

    2. Lois Ann Johnson

      Diane: Isn’t the Tuesday before Lent called “Shrove Tuesday”? That somehow popped up in m y head when I read your query.

      1. Diane in Maryland

        You are absolutely correct! Parts of PA celebrate Fastnaught Day, which is German for doughnut, I think. Friends who are of Pennsylvania Dutch decent have made many donuts on the Tuesday before Lent begins. It’s interesting how different parts of the country have their own traditions. I loved Mary’s reply to

  2. Cindy from Dubuque

    I love Harvey. I made him over 20 years ago! My daughter has him now, but I need to dig out the pattern again, because I need him too! Thank you for this blog about nothing!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Cindy – after just remaking him, I’m wishing he were staying home instead of going to the care center. But I know they’ll love him.

      1. Launa Peters

        Still have Tall Hat snowman up….had snow all day on Sunday!
        Waiting to hang Easter Bunny later!
        Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow….hope you n Miss Hazel received the card?

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Launa – yes, I showed it on a past blog post – you must have missed it. No snow here – we’re worried about drought.

  3. Deb in VA

    Thanks for the new Instagram account to check out. Wow…you’re right. HE definitely lives up to the account name! That’s right…it’s a HE. Can you imagine a man keeping that much stuff?! Very interesting. I’m sure I spend too much time on Instagram…but it’s very fun, especially the quilting accounts. Great ideas.
    Great job on finishing the Mr. Bunny!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Deb – it’s a HE? Oh my. Lots of great stuff – he told me the striped rug came from Wayfair – I love it. I really need to get back to IKEA for rugs….and so much more.

  4. Chris in Alaska

    Hope your hands are feeling better , Mary ! I am a lifelong knitter and I feel as you do about your piano playing : if I didn’t knit every day I’d be crippled !

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Chris in Alaska – better than pills, creams or lotions!! Just keep moving!

  5. Lynn from Iowa

    I need to get Harvey out of the closet and take down Mr Snowman. Today was a beautiful day and it does feel like an early spring, but as you know, this is Iowa and the weather will change. Our family will celebrate my parents this coming weekend with a family dinner. They were married January 24, 1954, which was 70 years ago. Dad is 90 and Mom is 89. They still live in their own home and do all the things that need done to take care of it and them with very little help. Mom still gardens and has flowers. There isn’t a spec of dirt on Dad’s Jeep. They both do jigsaw puzzles and word puzzles every day. They are firm believers if they keep moving and doing they won’t feel so old. I am blessed to still have them!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Lynn – oh , my goodness! They are remarkable! Please pass on my anniversary wishes. Their own home??? And take care of it all? That is simply wonderful – you come from good genes!!!!

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    I’m with you, my arthritis flares up often, but I’m not going to start pills for it.
    I saw something on the internet. After sewing long strips together, push them up against a metal straight edge and iron. It will prevent the rainbow. I’m going to try it. I cherish learning something new every day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – when I press long strips I press up and down to set the stitching before I open them up. But I’m also very careful. What would be a metal edge to push them up against? I just can’t think of something.

  7. Kathy in western NY

    What generous readers you have to gift helpful items and nice cards to remember you!
    I’m up late cause I couldn’t put down a cozy mystery book – Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble. Remember it’s an hour later here so midnight. This was my first of many I want to read now.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        I sure did. 😄 it’s been a long time since a book kept me that awake and engrossed in the plot.

  8. Susan K in Texas

    I use instagram quite a bit. I had to go check out notaminamalist. He certainly does have a lot of collections. He displays them so nicely.
    The big Harvey is so cheery. I’m sure the care home will enjoy him but I understand you wanting to keep him. 😉
    I pin basted 4 quilts this weekend. Today I made a few zipper bags out of linen calendars from 1999 and 2000.

  9. Linda in So CA

    Thanks for asking. I still have the old hankies. Contacted local quilt groups. They don’t take up much space so I’ll keeping asking around. We’ve had some beautiful spring weather but more rain is on the way. Eagles in Decorah are working their nest! Eggs on the way? Now have a squirrel tearing up my yard. Flowers are blooming. Enjoy your blog about nothing.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – I could not remember who had the hankies! Did I post them on the blog???? If I didn’t, I will – send me photos again. Did you price them?

  10. Cheryl

    I think Biscuit is home and on the rode to recovery. Still a mystery. We have a Corgi and so I’m tuned in!

  11. Barbara Yarnell

    We got about 5″ of thick, heavy snow yesterday and the hubby took our dog, Molly out for a walk after it stopped coming down. She is a 5 yr old Shihtzu-Poodle that was used for breeding so lived in a cage all her life before we got her last August. At first she thought the snow was fun but after she romped around for a while, that snow packed in little balls all over her legs and belly. When she came back in she just stood on the rug and looked at me, like she was saying Help! I tried toweling her off but the snow was just too thick so I ended up putting her in the shower and used the handheld sprayer to melt all that snow. Poor baby! Its supposed to be 50 degrees later today so it will be gone later.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Barbara – the best part of your comment was – you rescued her from a life in a breeding cage!!! How can horrible people keep a little dog locked up in a cage – God knows and He wouldn’t approve!!! Good idea to put her in the shower.

  12. Christina Dickerhoof

    Guess I missed the post about old hankies. I recently moved and found a few. Do you need them?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Christina – no, I’m not collecting them but a reader had dozens she was wanting to sell

  13. Susan in VA

    It’s snowing here right now. Big, heavy, wet flakes. It’s starting to stick to the grassy areas and roads are getting slushy. We live just beyond the county line. Our county schools closed, but the other county did nothing. Not even a delay. Love your Big Harvey!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Susan – we see this on the news – you’re going to have a snow day for sure!!!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dot – never thought about Pinterest – I looked on EBay. Oooh, good! Another CC fan!!!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dot – sill can’t find it but I’ll look further later. If the reader wants it very bad she can send a picture.

  14. paula mckinlay

    I am the person asking about the Homestead reunion quilt..what is your email and I’ll send you a pic…
    I am also the girl that you took our girls to the wilderness walk with the dogs so we could have an hour to shop…and we did…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Paula – my email is shown below my picture on blog home page but here it is again
      Please keep in mind how many comments and emails I get every day. If you wait to send it I will not be able to search all those pages to find it again.

  15. Lorna PdC

    Hi Mary & all the followers!
    I’m also going to check out “notaminimalist” on instagram!
    I received my Harvey patterns, Mary & need to finish a tee shirt quilt before I can tackle the Harvey boys! I want to use parts from my dad’s old work coveralls! We’ll see how it turns out.
    Happy Valentines Day!!

  16. Joy in NW Iowa

    I should have sent you a hand made valentine! Ugh! I am so sorry! Please be my valentine!
    We are suppose to get a 1/2 inch of snow…I doubt it!
    I am cutting blocks for Gudruns sew along – Dina. Check it out at GE designs. They are easy and quick!
    How many readers go out on Valentine’s Day?

  17. Marcia-Ohio

    I love Harvey and have both size patterns plus pictures of previous postings. It took me 45 minutes of a scavenger hunt. I found it finally and started to pull fabrics from my stash. It may not get done by Easter but I plan to get it started. Thank you for sharing your new Harvey.

  18. Lorraine

    Love your Harvey. He is so cute and colorful. I have that pattern and you inspire me to make it now.

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