Thursday on the farm, 9-9-21

The chicks moved to the barn today – into the infirmary with the crippled hens. They won’t likely even go outside until next spring unless we have a very warm fall.

The kennel is back to normal.

Look at all these little succulent “pups” sprouting on these leaves – just laying outside on a table! It can’t get any easier than that!

I have played the piano for hours every day this week preparing for the funeral tomorrow. Without Margaret playing along with me, I’m a nervous wreck! I’m sure it will go okay but there’s a lot of timing that goes into church music – processional and recessional being the biggest issue – music needs to be timed so that I don’t stop playing too early or playing longer than I should. Ugh. You get the picture.

I got these small panels of hymns from my friend, Amy. This afternoon I made a pan of lasagna for Margaret and while it was in the oven, I made this very simple little quilt to give her instead of a card. It says “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” from the song Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. This is my wish for her!

Reader quilts

It was a beautiful 75 degree day with lots of sun and no wind – just perfect! We’re still enjoying homegrown sweet corn – anyone else? Connie and Roy are on their way to Shanksville, PA for the 9/11 ceremony.

Keep in touch!

40 thoughts on “Thursday on the farm, 9-9-21

  1. Susan K in Texas

    Mary I love your little quilt. Such a lovely way to give a friend a hug!
    I love the quilts today. Karla T and Nancy TD yours turned out great. And the colors in the teacups are so happy. So many really nice projects!
    I hope the chickens enjoy their new home and do well.
    September 11 is my son’s birthday. He turned 16 in 2001. We live near the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. After September 11 I can remember the days of silence with no planes. It was peaceful and scary in its own way.

  2. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, I have had you in my thoughts all day.
    I’m sure your piano music spoke to many.
    This week is filled with memories from 20 years ago.
    We pray that all will be comforted in some way.
    I too appreciated the “card” you made for Margaret.
    Karla T., your quilt is gorgeous! I hope the recipient will realize how much time and love you put into it!💜

  3. Janice Hebert

    I love the Patriotic quilt as well! The string border is so appropriate with the red, white and blue strips. I hope your playing went well Mary. The quilt show was, as always, wonderful! I didn’t know that Connie had lost her nephew that terrible day, how sad. So many people lost. And now we have some of the same people in charge of the new Afghan government that were there before 9/11. Scary to say the least. Well, here in MA the weather has cooled off a little. It’s in the seventies today and hopefully things will dry out after yet another day of pouring rain yesterday. I almost fell on my kista feeding the chickens this morning! So slippery. I hope your little chicks stay safe Mary along with your remaining chickens. Jan in MA

  4. Janet M

    I am thinking of you today, Mary, and all your funeral music. I am also a church organist and understand your busy week. I have played for many years but still spend many hours preparing and try my best to have just the right music for the family and to honor the deceased. I know your music will be a comfort to them.

  5. Anonymous

    Mary, I am the organist at a small country church. Accompanying funeral congregations are my favorites. Funeral congrations produce the most beautiful harmonies ever. Sometimes I just want to stop playing and listen. It’s an honor to use your talents to pay your respects to someone so well known in your community

  6. Tanya T.

    Calm heart, nimble fingers today! I love Margaret’s little wall hanging, too! Can’t wait to hear what music you chose to play at the services.

  7. Marilyn Cook

    I know what you mean about all the practicing as my son is a church organist and has played several memorial services recently. Lots of beautiful music in our house.

  8. Marilyn Cook

    I know what you mean about all the practicing as my son is a church organist and has played several memorial services recently. Lots of beautiful music in our house.

  9. Erin

    Miss Mary, you strike me as a sensitive soul who will be a blessing with your music today. I understand the feeling of “going it alone,” but God will be with you.
    Those hymn panels are wonderful, and you used them beautifully.

  10. Diane in Maryland

    Mary, hoping all goes well for you playing music today. Interesting about timing the music and picking out the songs to play, etc. I don’t play the piano and have always thought was a wonderful talent that is but also thought those who do just know the right song and time for each piece. Those of us listening are enjoying it very much. What a wonderful little quilt “card” for Margaret! Plus the pan of lasagna! You are a very thoughtful friend!

  11. Pat Smith

    I was the pianist for both a church and our daughter’s chorus. Like you say, church music is difficult timing wise. Sometimes you have to extend what you are playing to meet the moment. If the offering isn’t finished being collected, you have to keep playing and pay attention to when they are ready to bring the offering plates forward. The timing is not easy. I loved the little quilt card you made Margaret. What a great idea!

    1. Lois Ann Johnson

      Patty & Mary: Being a violinist, my experiences playing for weddings/funerals are limited, but I do remember one particular wedding where the officiating pastor is late! The pianist and I did not have a lot of extra music planned so we just kept repeating the same songs over and over until the pastor arrived. Of course, by this time, the congregation had probably tired of hearing the same thing over and over! It wasn’t funny at the time, but it is nice to be able to laugh about it now.

  12. Noeleen Taylor

    There’s something lovely about old hymns. they have such meaning and lovely melodies. It is well is one of my favourites. Thanks Mary for sharing. Noel

  13. Karen Gaither

    I am glad Connie and Roy are going to Shanksville for the 9/11 Memorial. A year doesn’t go by that I don’t think about where I was that day. Janine & I started in Des Moines at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel and was headed to Coutry Threads Camp. Such an emotional day and then when we arrived to find out Connie’s nephew was killed. I hope and pray that their family is doing well. The Americans will ever forget!

    1. Kathy in western NY

      I often think of the bravery of that flight heading to the White House and my husband read the book Let it Roll about it. When I see bad rude behavior now on flights and how people act, they should be reminded them of that day and lucky they are to put their feet back on the ground after flying.

  14. Terry

    Love the panel you used for your “quilt card” I would like to purchase a panels for myself. Any tips who made it, where you bought it or when?

  15. Beryl in Owatonna

    ” Do not be anxious about anything; but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God. which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. ” Phil. 4: 6-7
    My brother keeps reminding me of this!! God will help you through tomorrow.
    Your quilt cards are so cute and will be appreciated more than a card! You are so thoughtful!

  16. Debbie Miller

    Sherrill my thoughts are with you as my older brother passed away last night. He was 72. He was a Vietnam Navy Veteran diagnosed last year with stage 4 Large B Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. He underwent chemo last year which put him in congestive heart failure but he was declared cancer free for Christmas. It came back in April-very aggressive and non treatable. The VA declared him a war victim of agent orange. He said during his 2 tours of duty on the aircraft carriers stationed offshore of Vietnam they forgot to mention that 50 years in the future you would be considered a war casualty. He made peace with his situation and was truly prepared. He said he was blessed.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      I am sorry for your loss Debbie as he served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I remind my children I am glad servicemen now are very much thanked for their time served cause the Vietnam vets were never treated this way. It becomes another whole tragic story of what many of our friends are still dealing with today.

    2. Sherrill

      So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. He was one of our heroes, fighting for our country. I got a QOV made and presented to a friend’s DH who was also in Nam and a victim of Agent Orange. He has suffered for years with issues they believe related to it. My DH passed away 9 years ago from a very aggressive brain tumor. Only had one year from diagnosis to death with 4 brain surgeries during that time. My niece has it everywhere and only diagnosed earlier this year. So, so sad.

    3. Mary Etherington Post author

      Debbie Miller – my deepest sympathies on the loss of your brother – very sad.

  17. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    The DD finishes are so very beautiful! And yes, life is better in flip flops.
    I love your idea of making Margaret a quilted card; it is lovely, Mary.
    Kathy in New York, thank you for sharing your 9/11 story; I am so glad you did not lose your daughter.

    1. Kathy

      Jeanie – it was the worst feeling knowing she was in a plane there and news stories said planes were involved. I was working in a health care facility and a travel agency was located in the same building so they kept trying to find the status of her flight number but her screen showed nothing.

  18. Mary Beth, Huntsville Mo

    I love the panel quilt. I’m sure Margaret will too. Praying for calm nerves and total recall tomorrow for you, Mary.

  19. Jo in Wyoming

    Mary, I’m sure your music will fill the church with love for this special person. No one will notice if timing is a little off.
    We are harvesting a ton of tomatoes this year. Even the volunteers are good and getting plentiful.
    Great idea sending a get well quilt along with supper. Both will be appreciated.
    The quilt show today is lovely…I do enjoy seeing all of them.
    It was 91 degrees here today and windy, well a breeze for us. Last year today we had snow, about 6” of snow.
    The weekend is coming 😊

  20. Sherri H.

    Your quilted cards are beautiful! It is well with my soul…one of my favorite hymns! Well wish’s for tomorrow Mary, I know you will do a great job…you got this!

  21. Carrolyn V

    Dear Mary,
    Your efforts and music will be so appreciated regardless . We are always our own worst critics. Peopke will hear your heart! You are so special to so many!

  22. Diane Bauer

    I love your quilted card for Margaret!!! What a lovely gift!

    Best of luck tomorrow!! I understand the anxiety!!

  23. Sherrill

    Ooo, I LOVE the reader’s Quilt of Valor made with the panel. I have a few panels but they intimidate me for some reason. I never knew ‘leaves’ could sprout like that. What are they? I know you’ll do fine playing at the funeral..just a little nerves gettin’ to ya! I’m sure that little quilt will be cherished. I was notified this evening that they don’t think my 49 yo niece will live thru the night. So sad!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sherrill – oh my! What very sad news – only 49, so very sorry, Sherrill!

  24. Dorothy

    So much talent displayed with the lovely quilts and I love your quilted card for Margaret. I’m sure she will treasure it!

  25. Kathy in western NY

    Really wonderful quilts to see tonight from your readers. Good job everyone.
    I like how you made Margaret the fabric card from the panel. And the verse is so appropriate. Much nicer for her to look at while recovering. I am glad she is home now. Yes we are still enjoying sweet corn too. Good for Connie and Roy to go to PA to pay tribute. It’s hard for me to watch some of the specials this week on tv on 9-11 without getting emotional. One of the hardest days of my life fearing I had lost a child who was flying into NYC at the same time the towers were hit by aircraft. Her plane turned around and came back here as the pilot thought it was a nuclear attack. She changed jobs as she told her company she would never travel again. She lost coworkers on that deadly day. I thank God she is here. Everyone has a story about that day and that’s mine of the day I really felt the power of prayer.

    1. Sherrill

      Oh my gosh, that had to be AWFUL not knowing until you actually knew she was OK. My DH was an air traffic controller working that morning and they had the daunting task of emptying the skies of all aircraft in record time. We were supposed to go to NY that weekend for a wedding. Obviously we didn’t.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Sherrill – I can’t imagine your husbands job that day. My daughters plane was only one of 2 that were allowed to land here when it returned back so quickly and they were instructed to run out quickly. Otherwise she would have been not here for us to hug safely in her home at noon and been in Newfoundland for days where they flew most. I am so sorry you are losing such a young niece. Prayers for peace.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy in NY – oh my gosh, Kathy! So frightening for you! We were starting quilt camp and some of our campers flew out of the same airport as one of the terrorist planes – they had to land in Detroit and ended up driving to North Iowa.

      1. Amy M

        As they say we all remember exactly where we were that day. It was early in Kansas City so we were just leaving for Garner to come to camp. I’m grateful we were at camp instead of spending the week glued to the television. I remember one of the gals from
        Boston who ended up driving after their plan landed in Detroit couldn’t get ahold of her husband because he had flown out that same morning. Then the news of Roy’s cousin really made it real. I’m glad Connie and Roy are going to PA.

  26. Kathy Hanson

    i love the little quilt(card)you are making! what a special gift! nice quilt show too.

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