Tuesday Relief, 9-5-23

The weather started to change late this afternoon – so glad. Ive had a stressful day at the accountant, the lawyer and two banks – all in an effort to close our corporation. Since I will continue to send out patterns I need to set up another business with the permission to use the name Country Threads and my own name. More details later regarding Xerox copy machine, pattern sales, mailing etc. I need to get it all nailed down before I post.

Sending out lots of Rambling Rows patterns so I know you liked it. Here it is again – it’s $5 with a SASE.

Very soon I will have three new patterns to send you but I’m not quite finished. As I was going thru the quilt shop I found this old Thimbleberries panel.

I did machine binding so it’s finished.

Wow, I got one block together.

From readers:

Oh, he really thinks he’s special!!

Something else I came across – this little tray of old scissors – tiny scissors.

I’m heading out to the shop now to bind a small bed quilt – I can’t wait to show you because I loved making it and had never intended for it to get this big … but I loved making the blocks!!!

The porch is so perfect tonight but it will have to wait.

Ending on a sad but relieved note – my goat was dead this morning and I’m just glad she’s no longer suffering. If I could have gotten a vet here she wouldn’t have had to suffer as long as she did. I’m a firm believer and supporter of euthanasia.

37 thoughts on “Tuesday Relief, 9-5-23

  1. Kim from Wi

    Mary, I’m so sorry you had to find your goat dead, how sad. I know its suffering is over, but the loss of another living thing is painful. We are back in Osage to help my mom with the end of her garden stuff and the 70-degree weather is wonderful. It makes working outside and cleaning her garage so much nicer. It managed to rain just a few drops, but the thunder was boisterous tonight.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – I could see the lightning off to the northeast – which would eventually be your area. We got zip, nada, nothing.

  2. Marsha from Kansas

    Mary, I am sorry your goat had to suffer but is in peace now. Sorry for your loss. I loved Thimbleberries fabrics and still use them in my scrap quilts. I have that panel, too. Who am I kidding, I had almost everything Thimbleberries – BOM, Thimbleberries Club projects, and her books. Lynette’s Favorite Throw pattern is still my Go To pattern for a pretty print I want to showcase. Always enjoy your Antique findings and that is quite the collection of little scissors. I sure hope the cooler weather makes its way south.

  3. Char

    So sorry to hear about your goat, but I understand…
    I would have loved to see that truck get out of its spot! Looks like it was boxed in 😁
    I do hope you get your business affairs settled soon. A pain in the rear and expensive too!
    Enjoy the cooler weather and please send it my way!
    Char in MI

  4. Jo in Wyoming

    It was much cooler today. I picked 2 pints of raspberries and 6 tomatoes from this garden that I neglected badly. I get a lot from it. I got a lot of mowing done too. It’s easier when it’s cooler.
    It is sad when one of our pets pass, but the end of suffering is a blessing.
    Boy, that truck needs an old wreck to park so he couldn’t get out.
    We had a door to door salesman tonight, in the middle of supper….selling vacuum cleaners! When is the last time that happened? It takes all kinds to make the world go around.

  5. Henners

    Mary so sorry to hear your goat passed but I know you felt this was best and sorry the vet couldn’t get to you/her. I await your new project that you’re working on tonight. I’m looking forward to temps in the 70’s too.

  6. Lynn

    Mary, so sorry about your goat. I am with you a 100% on euthanasia and not letting an animal suffer.
    Love your autumn quilt.

  7. Ann in Virginia

    Three more hot days here in Virginia & then a bit of relief., Rain is needed.
    I’m truly sorry about your goat. I know it hurts your heart to see them suffer. I agree about Euthanasia for pets.

  8. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Oh, Mary. I’m sooo sorry about your dear goat, a painful goodbye I’m sure. You gave her a very wonderful, happy life and that is so sweet and special 🥰. Looking forward to seeing your new quilt project! High supposed to be 98 tomorrow and 103 next day. Mid 80s next week, thank you, Lord! Hugs 🤗

  9. patti leal

    closing a business can be such a stressor, so many details – almost as many as opening a business. was sorry to hear about your goat but at least there is no more pain to feel or watch. love the quilt show tonite. take care all, patti in florida

  10. patti leal

    i’m afraid i would have been tempted to park my car on the edge of the parking guidelines to make it extremely difficult for that truck to get out of that parking space. i can be a royal brat. patti in florida

  11. Martha W in WY

    Mary, I’m so sorry about your goat. I love the photo of the little scissors in the metal dish. So simple yet elegantly displayed. I’m looking forward to a cool day tomorrow (Wednesday) in Southern MN.

  12. Sandy

    Hi Mary, sorry to hear about your goat crossing the rainbow Bridge, no more pain. The scissors are fun, lhave sev3ral old pairs, not all of them work!Looking forward to seeing the new patterns, take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  13. Sharon G.

    Mary – So sorry to hear of your goat passing. It’s so hard to see an animal suffer. I’m in favor of euthanasia, too.
    Looking forward to seeing your project.
    Hope your end of business goes smoothly.
    I’m still dealing with paperwork since my hubby died in January. Lesson learned: NEVER assume anything!!.
    I’m taking a short break this week and next while I recover from cataract surgery. My sister will be with me tomorrow (Wednesday) so we will visit and catch up on all the family and extended family gossip! We might make it to a local quilt shop or the last known Ben Franklin store in Monroe, Washington while she’s here! 😂
    Take care everyone. Love this blog, Mary.

    1. Kathy in western NY

      Now there’s a blast from my past, Sharon G, mentioning Ben Franklin stores. I loved shopping at our local one when our children were young. It was where half the town shopped for back to school supplies, craft supplies, cards and fabrics. So much of my first sewing supplies came from them. It was such a loss when the owners retired and closed their 2 local stores. Can you imagine owning one of these franchised stores today and competing with Amazon or Walmart or Target to keep your stock stocked? I hope you share your shopping experience for those who remember their stores and best wishes for a speedy cataract surgery recovery.

      1. Vicki Ibarra

        I agree – blast from the past about the Ben Franklin. Ours closed several years ago. They had a small fabric selection and at closing, all fabric was 70-90% off. I bought SO much fabric. I still have some in my stash that I draw from. They were a cool store to wander through. I even bought the makings for jewelry (bracelets and necklaces) and tried my hand at that a few times. In the small town I grew up in, the Ben Franklin was a source for so much.

      2. Mary Etherington Post author

        Kathy – Garner had a Ben Franklin on Main Street when I first moved here – the owner is now a friend and one day I said to her – I wish you’d open your store again! She said never. Then she said to me I wish you’d open your quilt shop again and I said never. Haha!!

        1. Joy in NW Iowa

          Mary, thee is a Ben Franklin in Sheldon, Iowa. I have been there years ago. I think it is the last one.
          It cooled off here also. I had some windows open and closed the one in our bedroom….I was getting cold. Haahaa…what is that?
          Sorry about your goat. Do you have any other goats, or was that your last?
          Smoking some pork on the smoker today, hope it is good.

    2. Connie R. in N. Wis.

      Sharon, I love Ben Franklin stores. You’re right, so few around anymore. Sure wish they had a comeback but, who can compete with Walmart.
      Mary, so sorry about your goat. You gave him/ her a wonderful life.
      Got heavy rain along with thunderstorms last night. Much cooler today with fall weather in the forecast.
      Good seeing weather.

    3. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – I had cataract surgery and had no problems – my distance sight is great and I can do everyday life perfect without glasses but I can’t read my phone or small print up close so I chose to leave glasses on my head rather than look for a pair of readers all the time. When I work outside or do housework, etc. I take them off. Good luck!!!

  14. Linda in MI

    I’m glad your dear goat is now at peace, it’s so very hard to make the decision that it is time to euthanize a beloved pet and even though it is time, it’s still so very difficult. I know you gave the baby a wonderful home and he had a good life on your farm. Let the love of your other babies help with your grief and know that your goat is now in that heaven where we all want to go.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda in MI – and here’s the thing we should all remember – the best is yet to come! I will talk about her a bit today on the blog

  15. Cheryl from Niagara Falls

    I am so sorry about your goat. My daughter and I stayed at an airbnb in Ohio last weekend and there were 8 goats on the property. Two babies and two more pregnant mamas. So cute. It’s so hard to lose an animal that was a part of our lives.
    Love the scissors! HOT here also. Fall can’t come soon enough for me!

  16. Bridget

    Um, some trucks are soooo long they do not fit into a parking space which is set up for the length of a car or a short bed truck. I have to say I think the truck owner did the only thing they could do in the parking lot. I do have to wonder what possible reason they had for buying such a truck…I mean what are they hauling??

    1. Dot in NC

      I agree, Bridget. It was better to park that way than to have the truck extend halfway across the driving lane, as they often do in my town.

  17. Joy in NW Iowa

    Good morning. The truck, there are a fair amount of those here in NW Iowa. They have huge livestock trailers hooked to them. It is their business truck and some of the truckers have more than one. Expensive. I am not sure where they could park that kind of a rig.

  18. Sharon Geiger

    I believe in euthenasia, too. It’s the most humane thing we can do for our fur babies. I’m sorry for your loss. Now on a happier note, I love the panel you did! And of course, the pictures of quilts and all things quilty and sewing related.

  19. Betty Klosterman

    Your goat was so lucky to have a home on your farm. He lived a good life and had the very best a goat could want. And you will never forget him, either.
    It cooled off here, too. Yesterday it was 55 degrees when I got up. We only had over 100 here a couple days. That makes it easier than so much of the rest of the country. It does feel good to pull the covers up at night. Now to get everything done that it was too hot to do before. Labor Day afternoon we had a nasty storm come thru, but we didn’t get the bad stuff. Straight line winds at 70+ mph came up just east of me and took down a bunch of utility poles along the Interstate. I got lucky, again.
    In the meanwhile, I’ve got to get the downstairs bedroom ready for company. I don’t have any plans to move, but I want to take stuff I never use to where it is needed. There are a couple places here that needs everything. If all my sewing stuff was gone there wouldn’t be much left. Don’t worry as I am very happy in the middle of all of it.
    Take care. Betty in Rapid City

  20. Jackie in NY

    Some great finds in your sewing room – especially that tray of embroidery scissors! Sorry to hear your goat passed away. I hate to see anyone or any animal suffering.

  21. Kris in WI

    I’m late to the party, as usual, but the Ben Franklin talk brought back sweet memories. The ladies at our Ben Franklin were so nice. They never blinked an eye as they would cut a 1/4 yard of lace and an 1/8 yard of fabric for the chubby little red-head who was sewing doll clothes. I still have a few outfits and should get them out to display in my old sewing basket.
    Your thrift store finds in Iowa are the best! I love seeing the additions to your treasures.
    So nice here today. 77* and high humidity, but cool enough to pull a few weeds. I swear I pull the same ones every time. Then I finally chopped off the hickory saplings the squirrels planted next to the house.
    Mary, I think when you get to heaven the angels will be laughing as they open the gates and all your beloved animal family comes rushing to meet you! Blessings, Kris

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kris – I almost can’t wait for that day – I miss them all so much. After my last few days I told Rick that days like these are why old people don’t care if they die. The world becomes just too hard.

  22. Janice Brown

    Mary, My thoughts are with you on the loss of your sick goat. Weather change? . . . . The thermometer at our house on Monday showed a high of 96 degrees and 100 degrees on Tuesday. That is way too hot for me. Today, we are at 66 degrees with heavy rain since about 10:30 am. I am wondering if we are getting all the rain we missed out on during the dry summer months in one day. Enjoy your cooler weather.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Janice – sound like here minus the rain. Wore a sweatshirt into Target!!

      1. Janice Brown

        Mary, On our local news: In 6 hours Leland MI got 7″ of rain and Suttons Bay got 5.5″. That is a lot of rain in a short period time for us. It is suppose to be cooler on the backside of this storm, and yes I want sweatshirt weather too. I was spending the day sewing until my iron caught fire. I had just set it down while ironing a binding, and I then heard this crackling sound and I saw a flame in the cord by the handle. I blew out the flame and immediately unplugged it. It is now sitting on the cement floor in the garage. Bummer, I had this iron close to 20 years. It is a commercial professional iron by Rowenta, and it was the best one I’ve ever owned. Guess I have to go research irons now.

  23. Charlotte S in northern California

    Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about your goat. I totally agree with you about euthanasia. No need for our pets to suffer. I love the metal dish with the little scissors and all the quilts!!

  24. Sunflower from Michigan

    Susan K. could you share the name of your quilt pattern? It’s very beautiful. All the photos are nice.
    Love your scissors collection!

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