Thursday Update

Rick’s mom’s flowers are still blooming today, October 21.  They are a lovely reminder of her around our farm.  She called them miniature hollyhocks but I believe they are actually prairie mallow.

  And Pammie is doing well – so well that I wish I hadn’t said anything but neither Rick nor I thought she’d live through Saturday night.  I hope the medications continue to work.
Several readers noticed a rollaway bed out in the shop and wondered about it.  If I have a problem dog here that won’t quit barking or has severe separation anxiety but needs to stay in a kennel, I sleep in the shop with them rather than have them disturb the whole household.

Such nice weather – we are so lucky!  

And thanks for lunch, Tom and Shirley!

28 thoughts on “Thursday Update

  1. Emily Pittenger

    So glad Pammie is doing better – sweet little kitty. And I still can’t believe you slept out in the kennel with Pepper. She is such a baby!

  2. Janet Snyder

    Glad Pammie has improved. We sure can worry about our furry friends. What a relief when their condition improves.

  3. Jeri Niksich

    I had a cat named Pie years ago who contracted Feline Leukemia, the vet I had then suggested giving her raw calf or cow liver. Unfortunately she didn’t make it, but anything is worth trying.

  4. Pam Klemm

    I love the Prairie Mallow. We have the larger version here in Maryland and it is beautiful for a couple months in the spring, so bright and green with tiny purple buds, promises of things to come, but by August it is straggly and unkempt. I would much prefer that smaller version. Pammie does indeed look better. It is amazing how quickly they can mend. I had two into the vet on Monday and they, too, are much better. Love that rug!

  5. JoAnne K.

    I have some of these flowers that come up whereever they want on the farm, a plant or two given to me by a neighboor several years ag, she called them mock hollyhocks. Glad your cat is much better they are a hardy animal, a few years back we had a stray cat get hit by a car, and it was laying by the driveway in the morning, so since it was lifeless we gave it a burial, the next morning after that it was sitting by the barn door waiting to get feed with our other approx. 13 cats. She is still here and doing well!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      you’re kidding, right? You buried a cat and the cat dug itself out of the grave? Are you sure it was the same cat? My mouth is hanging open!

      1. Rose Mikulski

        Here’s another story, a co-worker found her cat on the side of the road and was hysterical. After she buried it with her husband helping her and still sobbing, her cat, alive and well, walked up to them by the burial site. It turned out it was someone else’s black cat.

  6. Diane

    Way to go Pammie and Mary:) That is so neat about Rick’s Mom’s flowers. I have a Christmas cactus that belonged to my grandmother. It never bloomed for my mom or for my husband, the green thumb. We keep it with others that do bloom–power of suggestion–but it never does. Any suggestions?
    Mary, you are so good to your “guests”.

  7. Dianne

    I just found your wonderful blog through Pinterest! Is there any way to buy a copy of your beautiful pattern, “O Holy Night?”

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      I can make a copy and mail it without a photo for $10. Send to Mary Etherington, 2345 Palm Ave., Garner, IA 50438

  8. Rose Mikulski

    You know how the computer cursor turns from an arrow to a pointed hand when you go over a photo, I just petted the heck out of Pammie. I’m so glad to hear she’s feeling better. Can you give her a real hug for me? (BTW, I’ve been busy with GW but I am sending you the check for the rug making DVD).

  9. Holly

    What you have is Zebrina mallow. It’s so pretty, but when I put it in my garden (I ordered seeds), it took over everything. It took me a long time to eradicate it. I’m glad you don’t have that problem with it. I was sad to see it go, but it was going to end up one of the only flowers in my garden at the rate it was going. I’m also glad to hear Pammie is doing so much better! What a relief.

  10. Jane

    Mary I so want to be you when I grow up!!!!

    I am so glad Pammie is doing well!!!

    I love how you sleep with the puppies if they are having a hard time!

    Just food for my soul!! You are the biggest animal lover I know!

  11. Marilyn Morley

    Why am I not surprised that you sleep with the anxious guests?? So happy Pammie is better too.

  12. Susie

    So happy to hear that Miss Pammie is doing so well!
    What a trooper you are to sleep with your guests.

  13. Tammy Guerrero

    Glad to hear Pammie is better. Prayers are wonderful things. The flowers are what i have always thought as hollyhocks. They are beautiful. Summer is holding on.

  14. Rickie O.

    I’m so happy to hear that Pammie is doing better. I agree so with your comment about Quality of Life. We have that gift we can give to ailing pets that we can’t bestow on our loved ones when they are suffering. I love the fact that you sleep with a frightened pet. It’s beautiful.

  15. Judy

    Mary, I also have the little mallow, variety called “Zebrina”. One of my favorites. Starts easily from seed. Happy for Pammie and her family!

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