The Red, White and Blue Dress, 5-28-23

The choir is singing this Salute To Veterans today in church. I’m playing the accompaniment but each branch of the service is represented by their theme song. I’ll bet you can pick them out.

Well, that was a bust – it’s 6 minutes long and my IPad won’t let me play it here. Darn – this was going to be so good! (The blog is living up to its name (the blog about nothing) today.

Our choir director requested we wear something red, white and blue and I said right away that I had a great dress from years ago. The key here is “years ago”.

The dress is so old it has shoulder pads which I took out. As I struggled to get it over my head I began to panic. When I did get it pulled down, the buttons wouldn’t even meet! Oh, good grief! I was skinny in the mid ‘90s, I guess. It was such a colossal failure it began to get hilarious!

So I’ll be wearing a black skirt, white ruffled top and a patriotic scarf – haha!! And when I get home from church maybe Becky can help me upload the song.

I quilted this old Sandy Gervais panel for the outdoor hanger. I took closeup pictures of this hanger for someone – I asked for their email to send them but never heard. Was it YOU?

Off to church!

43 thoughts on “The Red, White and Blue Dress, 5-28-23

  1. MaureenHP

    I would love to hear the recording of all the theme songs. Both my parents are WWII veterans. My dad was in the Battle of the Bulge. Nothing stirs my heart more than hearing these songs.

  2. Sue in Oregon

    OMG, Mary. I think I was the person that asked for the close-up photos. I will email you immediately.
    What a cute dress. Bet it looked great on you back then.

  3. Carmen Montmarquet

    Loved the dress and the panel. I remember when longer dresses were in! Perfect little quilt for today!

  4. Rhoda Ebersole

    Love the dress. Love the SG panel too.
    I am back in NE WIsconsin and enjoying the green and all the birds and NO AIRPLANE noise.
    Enjoying blueberry nut bread from my friend in Amazon City.
    Also enjoying my McCaslin Brook.
    Jay swears this is our last year to drive up here???

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – saw your picture by Culver’s in Mason City, didn’t I? Really? Your last trip? Nah, say it ain’t so. What’s McCaslin Brook?

  5. Sheila in WI

    I always enjoy PBS’s Memorial Day concert. During the concert they do a salute to the different services with people standing for the group they served in. It’s always a great way to remind us of the many people who have and are serving our country. Very touching!

  6. Lynn in Scottsdale, AZ

    Oh, Mary, don’t you just hate it when old clothes don’t fit anymore. Glad you had a laugh out of it.

    The panel is just right to hang for Memorial Day.

    Having our niece and her family over for lunch and swimming today.

  7. Teresa in Indiana

    Mary, you are right! That dress would’ve been perfect. Oh the 90s. Have a great memorial weekend.

  8. Tina W in Oregon

    I remember another dress you have (had?). It was red with white stars I think. It looked cute on you and everyone wondered where you got it. The little outside quilt is perfect! Enjoy the rest of your day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Tina – hmmmm, red with white stars? I gotta think which one that is. I’ve always loved red, white and blue clothing because my birthday is July 3 and the 4th was always such a big deal.

  9. Carol Reents

    Well you just sent me to the Sandy Gervais website and spent $54 ordering two panels and extra patriotic fabric for trim. Your posts make money for others. I wish she had still had the panel you have. I may tea dye my new one to look older. Thanks for helping me decorate outside with something other than flags and bunting.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carol – Sandy lives just 30 minutes from me – I’ve had this panel a long time but I never got rid of it because I loved it! Now I am enjoying it. I need to look at her website myself, don’t you think?

  10. Darlynn Venne

    OMG, I was LOL when I read about the buttons not meeting!! Only because I can totally relate.
    Decorating the house for patriotic season which begins tomorrow, for me. Why? I’m the only one that really notices but it does make me happy!

  11. Arrowhead Gramma

    Oh Mary, I truly understand and sympathize about the dress. Know though that you will look great and your contribution to the choir will be wonderful!

    1. Darlynn Venne

      I KNEW there was a good reason those older clothes no longer fit!!! hahahaha

  12. Jo in Wyoming

    Years ago I went to a show in town and in the end the closing song was of all the arm forces. When they played the song of your service, the veterans from that branch stood up. It was heart wrenching to think what they went through.
    Now my veteran is going through his own hell again. I’m very proud of him, but it’s heart wrenching. He deserves a 4th Purpled Heart for this service related injury.

    On an upbeat note… our sky’s blue again, after much rain, the smoke has been washed away from the air. I hope our friends in Canada are getting relief.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo – I’m so sorry for that pain in your life. Tell him thank you from me.

  13. Rita in Iowa

    Mary thanks for sharing your dress shrinking over the years. Everything get redistribution as the years go by.
    Spent most of the week before it got too hot pulling all the trees sprouting in the flower beds. Finished the south beds today. Need to check the black raspberry patches. It is so dry out so it getting hard to pull them. Also have a summer squash about two inches long setting on already.
    Have a great Memorial weekend everyone!🇱🇷

  14. Alice in SW Ohio

    My sweet granddaughter graduated from HS yesterday (Magna Cum Laude)! One of the nicest graduation ceremonies I’ve been to! They honored those who served in the military, then all first responders, teachers, etc! College is picked along with scholarships! She has a job as a lifeguard this summer & OU has offered her a job as a lifeguard. Yes, very proud of our little social butterfly! Today my friend & I celebrated our two year anniversary. We both lost our mates 2 wks apart & I invited him to a picnic 2 years ago. The rest is history! Mary, love the story about your dress!! Love your patriotic panel, it’s just perfect!! ❤️🇺🇲❤️

  15. Marsha from MI

    Memorial Day: a solemn reminder of those who gave all.

    Love the outdoor flag!!

    It’s quiet around our house as our granddaughter is spending the weekend with her mother.

  16. Pamela Dempsey

    Oh, Mary, sorry about the dress, blame it on the gremlins!🤣 I worked about 3 hours Saturday morning on pulling/hoeing grass and weeds out of a thinly mulched area. I had on gloves but my fingertips are still sore along with arms, knees… I think I got overheated 🥵, felt like I was going to be sick 🤢 and pass out. I did get 3 bags of red mulch down and looks good with the blue bottle tree. Hubby bought 12 more bags and 2 bags of river rock to add to the “stream”. Sore today and plan on tackling it again in the morning before it gets too hot. Have been looking online for some yard art, maybe a nice Bigfoot silhouette. Hubby says in the backyard please 🤣

    1. Pamela Papazidis

      Would you send Mary a picture of your blue bottle tree that she can post? Is there a significance to it being blue?

      1. Pamela Dempsey

        Hi Pamela! Yes, I will send pictures to Mary of the blue bottle tree. I bought mine from Cubby’s glass bottle trees online. Bud light premium comes in beautiful cobalt blue bottles. First we had to find some people to drink it and then I soaked them in the sink to get the labels and glue off. I prefer Moscato wine. Bottle trees originated in the Congo as a way to ward off and trap evil spirits that may be lurking around your place. They are attracted to the blue glass, go inside and in the morning sun they are destroyed. That’s the gist of it and I enjoy how pretty it is.

  17. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, I watched your church service
    online and you looked great with your white blouse and patriotic scarf! I thoroughly enjoyed your piano accompaniment and the choir number….was so perfect for the Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you to you and all those who served our country.💙🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸💙

  18. Gloria from CC

    I’m still laughing about you and your dress. I think as we get older our weight moves to new places. Ha!
    Love the patriotic panel. Some of my favorite projects are from panels. There are so many neat things you can do with borders and I love making window pane quilts using panels. Hope you’re having a great Memorial weekend.

  19. Kathy in western NY

    Well boy guess I am not the only one who hangs on to cute clothes in hopes they can wear them again!
    At our grandsons college graduation ceremony all armed services were recognized in the huge audience once they gave out ROTC scholarships. Every service branch was asked to stand up one by one so glad they all got the ovations they deserve. I know it’s not enough but our VA services seem to help many of our friends who served by giving them their prescriptions . Years ago we paid for my husbands Cpap machine as insurance didn’t cover much but yesterday a friend told us his was given to him and it’s the same brand as my husbands so I said to him, “these are the good things you so deserve for protecting our freedom and I am so happy these benefits are there for you”.

  20. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Love services for the Veterans. Love the patriotic music, thanks for honoring those whom serviced and those still serving. God Bless America !

  21. Dorothy

    I love the idea of using panels for outside quilts. When the fade no trouble tossing them and making another!

  22. Janet S

    Our granddaughter graduated high school yesterday, It was a nice ceremony but I was really dismayed when they didn’t recognize any of the military even though 22 graduates (out of 153) are going into the services and they scheduled it on Memorial weekend. Along with same line, I don’t agree with school functions being held on Sundays – families have to choose to attend school functions or church. Tomorrow, I plan on trying to email the school board of their poor choices. Sorry to gripe in the middle of such a fun blog but it burned me up.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Janet, I agree that Sundays are no longer the Sundays of my past. I see families traveling so far for soccer games they are up before dawn to get on the road. It’s a commitment they chose for their children like I chose church but not so today with many sadly. Yes you share my dismay but highly unlikely it will change with so many options now that we didn’t have.
      I believe our problem in this area is finding suitable places for high school graduation that holds the number of people wanting tickets for relatives and friends to come so they have to book arenas, sports complexes, and theatres early to a accommodate every school district. Hence Sunday being the reason. I couldn’t believe it was a packed Eastman Theater for our granddaughters graduate degree ceremony and it was Friday afternoon. And there was one that morning and one in the evening for all the different schools of the university.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janet – I couldn’t agree more! Schools evidently don’t think kids attending church on Sunday morning is important. I feel like my parents when I say “when I was your age” – the general public just doesn’t CARE about the same things I do. They’re young and their phones are their best friends.

  23. Sandra Pierson

    I remember that dress! I think you wore it when you taught Lickety Split as a mystery at The Buggy Barn.. such great memories.
    Sandy Pierson

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandra – WHAT????? You remember the dress I wore nearly 30 years ago??? You have a fabulous memory, Girlfriend!! When our choir director requested red, white and blue clothing I just knew I had the dress – haha! What an eye opener when it wouldn’t even button! Gosh, I wonder where the pattern for Lickety Split might be – it would be a fun one to make in current fabrics. Thanks, Sandra, for this fun comment.

  24. Susan K in Texas

    The dress story sounds familiar. I think I look like I did in my 30’s and it just isn’t true any longer.
    We are in Iowa this weekend to celebrate my grandson’s third birthday. A Memorial Day trip will happen every year. This side of Iowa is dry but the weather is beautiful.
    I love the patriotic music and the song with the music from each branch of the service is a favorite.

  25. Connie R.

    A couple years back, I was at a mall where I saw a cute dress in the window. It was a sheath type dress and, after I got it on, I couldn’t get it off! I could just see myself having to yell for help.After much panic, I finally wrangled myself out of it. Now, when I try on something, if it doesn’t go on easily, I put it back on the rack.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Connie – oh dear! Kinda funny really – I’ll remember this story.

  26. Sue Hoover

    Oh boy!! Do I know that feeling of trying to get into something that I wore not so long ago! hahaha! I’m sure you looked great playing the piano at church. Wish you could upload the military songs. I’ll bet I would’ve loved it. Guess i just need to move to Iowa! ha!

  27. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Hi Mary, This is a response to both 5/28 and 29. I couldn’t hear you play and I was so disappointed until I remembered to turn up the volume😹😹 I love hearing you play.😃 That Tee shirt quit has to be huge and the blue and white is stunning. Thanks for posting our Irises. Ha, I say “ our”,but my husband is the green thumb. I just clap and cheer😃
    I am still not able to get the blog. I soooo wish I had never unsubscribed. I don’t get on the web site as often😿

  28. Deb C

    I love Sandy Gervais panels and have several. I hope I get to do something with them before it’s too late.

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