Update, 12-27-23

From Linda Everett

It was so sad to hear of Norma Beckers passing but she is with her Heavenly Father now and we can be so blessed to know that.  I sent her a card when you asked for people to do so and along with the card I sent a teddy bear that was in my collection, made from old fur coats.  Her daughter Cheryl sent me a wonderful thank you note saying how much she loved the bear along with a picture of her holding it.  She said she placed it on a chair with a bear one of your readers knitted.  She said her mom was so blessed with all the cards and a few gifts too and it all brightened her days.  I sent both of them Christmas cards and Sheryl sent me one too and said “it would be nice to send cards to all of the new friends who sent cards to her mom but she got over 200 cards.  It was the Biggest Blessing!”

Mary, please know I’m not tooting my own horn by sending you this along with the picture of Norma holding the Teddy Bear. I want you to know how much you have meant to so many by doing all the things you do!  We all appreciate and love you!

Have a wonderful New Year!

Several readers have asked me for the address of the funeral home and I’m going to send flowers from all of us. I will call the florist tomorrow.

Slides Funeral Home

103 NE Mill St.

Leon, IA 50144

Did I have any idea how big a deal this was going to be? No, of course not but I can look into my future and see me at the care center, lonely and depressed just like the women I see at Concord now. I know what those cards would mean to me. So thank you all for your kindness. I have a couple others in mind but I’m going to wait until next week when I think more people will be reading the blog. Reader numbers are down over the holidays.

Kathy Nieman in GA sent me a pack of these cards – the size of a business card:

Aren’t these just the best?? I’m going to carry them in my car – I can’t wait to go somewhere – haha! Thank you, Kathy – who knew cards like this were even made? Guess I’m not the only one who feels a rant coming on when I see an inconsiderate parker.

The person who couldn’t read the book title – County Seat Quilts – quilt called Ruby is on page 57. This is concerning to me – and I need someone to tell me why you can’t see the complete comment. Sounds like another tech issue so will someone explain to me what’s happening on your end?

New Years Day Quilt – I have several possibilities and it will be hard to choose. Remember this fabric I just got?

So tempting

I’m not sure what I should decide first – the pattern or the fabric?

And remember that issue of finding Kleenex in the washer stuck to everything? Did you read the comment from Beamer’s mom who has tackled this issue “head” on? Way to go, M! My mind just doesn’t work like that – haha!

And another reader asked the name of Ryan’s band – Jenny sings on half the songs. The album is called “Ryan Davis and The Roadhouse Band – Dancing On The Edge. Thanks for asking and being interested!

I think I covered all my notes – I’m going to post toy sewing machine pictures starting tomorrow. I had no idea so many quilters collected these darling machines! This will be fun!

39 thoughts on “Update, 12-27-23

    1. Jane from St Marys IA

      As someone who gets funeral updates from Slades Funeral home in Leon I thought it was odd that I had never heard of that funeral home…I’ll have to look it up! Now I don’t have to as Slades is the only one in that town!
      Auto correct is not nice sometimes! Just another one of life’s glitches!

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Jane – I hate autocorrect! I’m a good speller and know what I want to say!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – too funny! I gave Becky and Jenny a card – just in case! Haha! What a hoot! Thank you for a good laugh!

  1. Kathy in western NY

    I went back to the earlier post to read the comment about the Ruby pattern in the County Seat quilts book and it shows completely for me stating she wanted to make Ruby and from this book title. Is she reading comments on a phone where lines could be cut down? On my IPad, it reads all of the comment details.

    I am up late as I got into watching Heartland on a cable station I never knew we even got and have been absorbed into embroidery. Gosh took me back to my 4-H days with all those beautiful horses. Thanks for all you do Mary to brighten our lives and those who are shut ins needing a small gesture of TLC with your music and cards. We all need to be lights in dark days.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – thanks for some clarification – I’m going to look into this.

    2. RuthW in MD

      I read her comment also – Perhaps! what she meant to say was that only the name “Ruby” showed up in the comment and she wanted a last name as well, and perhaps the full title of the book, both of which Mary included in her responding comment. So there may not be an issue at all with the comments.

  2. Martha W in

    I’m still.loving those dog fabrics that you were gifted. Mary, is there any identifying information on the salvage? I would love to find some to gift to my dog loving daughter?

  3. Dee from Shell Rock

    My friend sent me a whole batch of cat fabrics. The granddaughter, 21, was entranced and we had to get them all laid out to look at them, match the patterns, different colors, we just fondled them. She also sent me a new rolling pin, it has cats cut into it. She sent me another one a couple of years ago, I’d been looking for a rack that I could lay them on to put up on my cupboard. So the granddaughter bought me a cute rack, and we have now added another rolling pin to it.

  4. Jean

    Good morning Mary. I just have to say I agree with Linda’s ending comments. The things you think of you do for other people are so heart warming. I think we should continue to send cards to those seniors who may be lonely and need a little uplifting. And again you’re idea of people sending pictures of their Christmas tree was absolutely stellar! I loved looking at each one. Thank you for being you!

  5. Mrs. Goodneedle

    This is such a precious tribute to Norma and all of those kind hearts who reached out with cards and gifts. Such small expressions make such an enormous impact. Bless you, Mary, and this blog, for being the conduit that allowed this love to flow! You’re the best!! Those parking cards are hysterical!

  6. Angie from Baltimore

    Please share where she got those cards. Would love a set.
    I am using these days to do a clear out of my closet and cabinets. It is amazing how outdated food has found a home in the cabinets but are evicted soon before the new year. Want to start the new year fresh. Don’t do well with New Year’s resolutions so want to get all done before. Then I can start All over on the first
    Happy New Year to everyone

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie – I checked Amazon and there are many bad parking cards available.

  7. Beth

    I don’t comment very often but I read the blog religiously. I was happy to read that you give yourself permission to start a new quilt at the new year and so I am going to do that too. I just needed someone to say it’s okay!
    May the joy you give to others return tenfold to you.

    1. Janet S

      Beth, Sure it’s ‘okay’ to start a new quilt on the 1st of Jan. With this incentive, I will do the same. Good luck.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Beth – I always start a new one on that day and work on it pretty religiously the rest of the winter. This week I’m trying to finish up several things first to clear the deck.

  8. Dee from Mo

    Thank you for all you do! I read the posts early in the mornings with my coffee. Starts my day with inspiration to do more!! Lol.

  9. Fran

    Coffee and this blog go hand and hand. Very much appreciated. We have sun here this morning. I need a walk but I have tons of stuff I need to do before retreat

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fran – I, too, am drinking coffee and reading comments – a perfect morning.

  10. Maggey

    Wonderful post, my Mom was in elder care center for almost a year before she passed and I have seen the loneliness of residents.
    This wonderful jesture you know inyour hearts meant so much.
    Thank you Mary for this and all you do for all of us. Your post mean so much, we adore you.
    Back to new years quilt, I go for pattern first that show fabric I the best way? Is that an oxy moron😳

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Maggey – I have a couple pieces of fabric I really want to work with – I’m considering our pattern Wild Rice with the big floral.

  11. Brenda in Georgia

    That is such a beautiful photo of Norma and her lovely teddy bear. I was happy to join into sending cards. It is such a thoughtful thing to do and thank you for including us in your plans.
    I too really love those parking cards. Besides being funny, they might actually might help someone realize how clueless they are, but I do know some do it on purpose. Last week I went to a doctor’s appointment where I have to park in a big parking garage. You have to park in aisles where the spaces are at an angle. When I came out to get in my car, the HUGE SUV parked on my driver’s side had parked so its right front tire almost touched my left front tire and I didn’t have enough room to open my door and get in the car! Luckily enough I realized that the driver was still in the car – on her phone. I knocked on the window and informed her about the situation and she shrugged and said she would back up. I swear, some people are so inconsiderate and oblivious and unaware of their actions affecting other people. Needless to say, I was fuming. I guess I still am. Sorry, I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a photo. What a rant. Forgive me, please.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – thank goodness she was still in the car! I absolutely don’t understand how people can be so inconsiderate to strangers out in public. I know I would never do that – never. I’ve always thought cards were a true vehicle of thoughtfulness and Norma was a natural recipient. Maybe readers took it to heart?

  12. Launa

    Mary,
    I quit driving when we moved to Idaho….too many speed up here on hiway 93. Lots of Elk n Deer get hit n killed, too!!

    Enjoyed the pictures today!

    Launa

  13. Sandy D’Angelo

    I need those cards! I also just love the red dog fabric and would love to know the brand. You do so much and have since early country threads days been an inspiration as well as fun entertainment for me. Why is it that one of my favorite books has always be about using it up and wearing it out and I still have way more than I need?

    1. Charlotte S in No. California

      Connie posted it in the comments above. It’s Fabric is My Favorite Breed , Moda fabric by Stacy lest Hsu.
      Charlotte

  14. Charlotte S in No. California

    I have to get those Idiot parking cards! I love this blog! I learn so much from Mary and all of her followers

  15. Betty Klosterman

    Sounds like the lady in the SUV had a lot more problems than parking and her day wasn’t going very good. I’m sure glad that Mary doesn’t follow me around….. Luckily I’m not out and about that much and always try to park away from the spots close to the stores and my car is small. Exercise is good. I just cringe when I think of the big cars in the early 60’s — like Perry Mason drives!

    Our 1st storm of the season is over. We just got wind and drifts here, but Spearfish and Deadwood each got 12.” Supposed to be in the 40’s so the snow will be melting fast. My neighbor drives a big city snow plow and honks if we are out shoveling. I’ll finish the sidewalk on the west side this afternoon. Hopefully the pickups will have the alley packed down. It felt so go yesterday doing the drift on the apron to get out of the garage. The sun was shining, the sky was so blue with a few clouds and the air was perfect. And the wind wasn’t blowing hard!
    Time to get the shovel. It shouldn’t tak too long. Then back to Christmas cards.
    Happy New Year. Betty in Rapid City

  16. Anonymous

    Before I would call out some ignorant you-know-what who can’t park correctly or leave a card or note on their vehicle, i think to myself, “They might be a real committed jerk, having a really bad day, and carrying a gun”. Then I move on.

  17. Rita in Iowa

    I showed my husband the parking cards and he chuckled. Then this morning when we parked in a parking lot he said. “I would probably deserve one of the cards. He didn’t park very well.

    Thanks for sharing all your news ladies.

  18. Connie R.

    Such a simple thing, sending a card. Thank you, Mary, for reminding us how important it is to remember those in nursing homes. A small gesture that can mean do much. You have many kind readers to let Norma know she was thought about.
    I recently read an article where a Nun went to a nursing home and asked why all the residents in the main hall had their chairs facing the entrance. She was told the were all waiting for someone to visit but hardly anyone came. Made me teary.

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