This and That, 12-7-23

I’ve got a couple of finishes to show you tonight – nothing really major especially this snowy panel to hang outside when the temperature is 54 degrees!

Another finished top – next to go on the longarm – a divided four patch. This was my neutral project for November. Yes, November!!

I’ve been trying to get these blocks sewn together for several days and this is how I found them every morning. Gracie had a good time!

Hazel was very bored today so I gave her a toy that her Aunt Rose sent some time ago – after she destroyed the first one.

And this is 6 minutes later – total destruction!

And that was our day! Here are a few more reader photos – please send your Christmas tree photo if you have one.

Reader said this is a dress form

Poor Telly is so tired. 🙁

27 thoughts on “This and That, 12-7-23

  1. Beamer's Mom

    Oh Telly. 🙁
    Hard to imagine life without her on your farm. She’s been such a good dog.

  2. Betty Klosterman

    I don’t think I’d trust that toy around the house where a child or animal could tear it up so easily. Sounds dangerous. And a waste of money for 6 minutes of fun? I’m rather thrifty/cheap. The “toys” my cat got was one of my tape measures, a hazel nut, a cat nip mouse and aluminum foil crushed up into a ball!

    How interesting to see how people decorate their trees. Love your red pickups! Simplicity!
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – so here’s the thing – Amazon must agree because it’s no longer advertising these as dog toys – and the packaging doesn’t even show a dog playing with it so what were they thinking??

  3. Beth Haynes

    Beth in NH here. I am just amazed at how beautiful each tree is even though all are so individually decorated. Once ours is up, it is different than all of these. Thank you all for taking the time to send pictures in and Mary fors taking oodles of time to then publish them.
    I went to a friend’s house to layer some lap quilts. I proudly brought the bag of batting in but totally forgot at home the tops and backs. Will have to schedule another time after Christmas. All super scrappy.

  4. Fran

    Telly and me–very tired at night time because days have been so hectic!

    Loved the manger setting!

  5. Diane in Colorado

    Oh, Hazel!! You and Skyler would get along swimmingly! Haha! Bet that was the best 6 minutes of the day for her!

    Love the neutral palette of your split four square! That’s a pattern I would like to try!

  6. Kathy in western NY

    Telly reminds me so much of our rescue dog with the same fur and face. Our dog never liked long walks and would sit down, then lay down and the vet said she has a heart murmur so we don’t let her do a lot. Ours is getting older like Telly too and we’ll just let her lay out her senior life as comfortable as can be.
    Diane’s photos of her tree books is nice as I always put out my Christmas books on the coffee table to browse thru. I’ve saved special ones through the years. Some are children’s books from way back and some even have that button you press for sounds. Now wouldn’t that make Hazel a terror!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – we’re quite sure Telly has congestive heart failure because she pants so loudly at times and then at other times she runs all the way to the grove! Sometimes when she’s laying on the floor sleeping we watch to see if she’s breathing. Sad but part of life.

  7. Carmen M.

    Beautiful Christmas Trees today! My friend got that toy for her dog to and she destroyed it just like Hazel! There should be a warning with this toy so people know it doesn’t last with certain dogs?
    Your pick up truck panel came out so cute and looks perfect where you hung it! I hope Telly is ok as she does look very tired??

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carmen – Telly is 12-1/2 so she’ll never be truly ok again. I’m trying to imagine our life without her.

  8. Sandy

    Hi Mary, poor Telly, probably worn out watching Hazel and her antics! My friend Maureen and I had a lovely lunch out at a garden center, then checked out the plants and gift area, then we went to a couple of dollar stores for craft supplies. Had cookie and cream ice-cream at my place next as it finally was a proper summers day! I then had a nap! The disappearing 4 patch is a block l would like to try (one day). Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – now that sounds like a really fun day! And who wouldn’t be worn out with Hazel around?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dorothy – yes, it’s possible except that I stood right there and picked up every broken piece and watched her like a hawk. It could be very dangerous and frankly if I had known what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have given it to her. Once I had it was too late.

  9. Rhoda Ebersole

    Is the divided four-patch a four patch sewn together then cut apart and resewn again???
    Love seeing all the trees .
    Las Vegas dealt with a gunshooter yesterday at UNLV with thousands of students but the 67 year old professor was the lone shooter and no students were killed. Three faculty were killed???? Madness and at this Holiday season yet.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Rhoda – I thought of you when I heard this news – horrible!! This divided 4 patch started out as a layer cake but of course any 4 patch will work. I personally like charm pack size better.

  10. Chris H in Washington

    Love the Christmas tree photos! I took a picture of our tree but can’t figure out how to put it in this comment. Hmmm~

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Chris, you can’t send your picture in with your comment. You have to send it to Mary at her email address at the top of her web page. She then adds it to her next blog post as she is the writer of it only.

  11. patti

    i’m sorry telly is so tired. is this new? love the pictures you shared. hazel has that destructive gene doesn’t she? enjoy your warmer weather. hugs to all, patti in florida

  12. Sue in Oregon

    Cute quilt on the porch. It reminded me of Your red pickup.
    Such lovely trees, everyone. The post before this one also has lovely Christmas trees too.
    Hazel is quite the little dog. I don’t think she knows she is little, only fierce. She thought of the toy as another fox, I’ll bet. Have you seen any more of them?

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda – yes, Hazel had the fox – she is a force to be reckoned with at times

  13. Charlotte Shira in No. California

    Wow! 6 minutes! Is that a record for Hazel?
    Beautiful wall hanging and quilt! I really enjoy seeing everyone’s trees.

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