You can’t make this stuff up!! 9-8-23

Kathy finished binding the Friendship Quilt and we are taking it to church this Sunday. Here’s the first picture we took.

Then we took it over to the fence and hung it up when suddenly Kathy said, “What’s this on the bottom?”

You can probably just imagine what I screamed! Yup, dog poop! Now, mind you, I had just walked in the same spot with the other quilt and evidently a dog came along and pooped while my back was turned. I don’t even want dog poop on my lawn mower tires, for cryin’ out loud! I have pooper scoopers in 3 spots in my yard but nonetheless there was dog poop in the lower corner of the quilt – on Kathy’s name patch!!!!!

To the hydrant I ran with the quilt and held the offending corner in the stream of water. Good grief!!! We blotted the corner with paper towels and it’s now drying. Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up!

Before Kathy arrived I had put meatloaf in the oven. While we were rinsing out the offending corner of the quilt, the meatloaf bubbled over and set off the fire alarm upstairs. Rick had to struggle up the stairs to turn it off. What can I say?


And that’s tonight from the blog about nothing! Hahahahahaha!!!!!

51 thoughts on “You can’t make this stuff up!! 9-8-23

  1. Rita in Iowa

    They say shit happens!! And on Kathy’s square no doubt. She will have quite the story to tell and it will make the quilt that much more memorable. Glad Rick was in the house to shut off the stove.
    We just never know what life has in store for us.
    Went out early this morning and worked on cutting more plants down in the flower beds. Left the hostas so the deer still have something to munch on. Tomatoes are drying down, probably aa week left on those. Peppers are still going strong. Tomorrow will be spent working a garage sale for my brother.
    By the way the quilt is beautiful, you did a nice job.

  2. patti leal

    you are so right. you cannot make up this stuff. things happen so quickly. hopefully ‘stain’ was cleaned up quickly enough. priorities right – stain over meatloaf. haha hang in there. we love you. patti in florida

  3. Pat Farrell

    You are right u can’t make this stuff up the blog is great
    I enjoy reading all your days events. Tonight I’m sorry but I had to laugh. Thank u Mary

  4. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy

    Mary, I am so sorry, but I laughed out loud at this post. You sure can tell a funny tale! Glad it is all cleaned up. I left home at 8:00 AM, picked up three women and off we went to part of the All Ohio Quilt Shop Hop. We had a ball😻 We arrived home at 6:45 PM. Long, but fun day and we made it to seven quilt shops.

  5. Jan Hebert

    Omg, Mary! Isn’t that frustrating??! I think we all had a laugh tonight! It’s a beautiful quilt, the family will love it. Very stormy here today. I drove from our camp in NH to our home in MA and hit a really big storm. Lightning and wind but I didn’t hear too much thunder. I think it’s because I was driving fast to avoid the lightning bolts! Supposed to have lingering storms overnight. Ugh… Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – actually I did hear on the National news tonight that the northeast was getting hit with storms.

  6. Marsha from Kansas

    My Mom always said things happen in threes. Good luck for your evening. Lol. Wonderful memory quilt that will be treasured for sure! Good job! Fact can be stranger than fiction. You are right, you could not make that up.

  7. Kathy Hanson

    You are right about that!! There is always something! You help us to understand that we all have crazy things happen and it will always turn out just fine!!!!!

  8. Kathy in western NY

    I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry for you. The quilt came out so lovely and will be cherished. You are like me, I am sure, with the pooper scooper in my hand as I walk around the yard and many times it’s as soon as they go cause I won’t remember where they went!
    It’s meatloaf weather coming on here.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – yes, I might not see it and I’d drive the golf cart through it so I’m very, very careful to pick it up asap. Shit happens!!!! Haha!!

  9. Sue in Oregon

    I am still giggling over your horrendous day! You sure can tell a funny story. I am sure the quilt is still perfect, but it will always remind you of your crazy day, (Wondering which dog it was? Aren’t you?)

  10. Susan K in Texas

    The quilt turned out beautifully – I really like the colors. Too bad about the dog poop – it always seems to happen to one you want to gift.
    We had a get together tonight for a quilting friend who is moving to Wisconsin. I’ve really gotten to know her well in the past couple of years. It is hard to say goodbye to a good friend.

  11. Carolyn Boutilier

    Sorry you had such a day. We all have those 1 step forward and 2 backwards. We are still hot hot and no relief in site. Our county has been put in a severe drought. We have a creek that runs through our property and the 40 years we have lived here it has never dried up. It dried up 3 weeks ago and all it is cracked dirt. I am glad we do not have cattle any more. Two properties down from us there are 50 head of cattle but he said there must be a spring feeding the creek as on his property the creek is running but not like it usually runs. Working on a small table top quilt and appliqueing 2 wool pumpkins. Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Carolyn – oh, that’s so devastating! I would be glad, too, not to be trying to water livestock. I heard in the news that the northeast US is going to get lots of rain this weekend. I suppose it’s not your area?

  12. Pat Smith

    You are right, you just can’t make this stuff up. I wonder which dog it was? It’s still a great quilt that now has a funny story about it that I hope follows it into the future. Meatloaf is my favorite meal, and I hope yours was salvageable.

  13. Diane in Colorado

    Oh my, what a day!!! That means the rest of the weekend should be fabulous!!
    The quilt looks wonderful, despite the oops by the dog. I love the idea of friendship quilts though I have never made one.
    I finally set up my sewing room at the new house! Hallelujah!! I have so missed sewing the last many months!! Tomorrow I will continue to unpack boxes and find the rest of my supplies!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – what will you sew first? It will be exciting to operate in a new location, won’t it? Are you happy with your house?

  14. MaureenHP

    The quilt is lovely! For a blog about nothing, you had an interesting day. I hope you enjoyed your meatloaf and it didn’t mess up the oven too much. Enjoy the weekend!

  15. Kris in WI

    Nice layout for the memory quilt and what a memory. But I won’t tell.

    Diane, I like your comment! What a day, indeed. With all the *crap* out of the way, Mary should have a great weekend!
    Have fun putting your sewing room together. Just think of all the treasures you’ll find in those boxes. Kris

  16. Sandy

    Oh Mary! You have to laugh,l spend half my life walking around with a proper scooper, and l have only one dog!l have had to up my st John’s wort capsules up to 2 per day to cope with life!Seeing my husband and his dementia was getting too much. Thank goodness for your blog ,family and quilts, l manage to cope. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sandy – I started taking a supplement to calm my nerves – I hope it works. I told Rick that if I ever have a nervous breakdown he won’t need to wonder why!

  17. Martha W in WY

    Yup. You just have to roll with it. When this happens to me, I just think it can’t get any worse.

  18. Janet S

    On the bright side, I remember Andy Rooney’s quote about dogs “Most dogs are nice people than most people”. So true as were his other ramblings. Just keep moving forward.

  19. Linda in MI

    I agree, that quilt will always have a very “special” memory! I laughed when I read the stories about your day, it certainly wasn’t a blog about nothing! You had a day much like my days seem to go, if I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any! Hang in there, on a farm there is always something happening that makes life an interesting experience!

  20. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

    Oh, Mary! The quilt is wonderful and they will treasure it! I made a new to me recipe on Labor Day, orange zest cinnamon roll monkey bread. It’s from tipper in Appalachia’s blog. She said you could make it into monkey bread so I tried. Forgot about it rising more while baking and had one pop out of the Bundt pan and more ready to escape. Had to put half in a loaf pan and they were fine, so good 😊. Bottom of oven had to be cleaned from butter, cinnamon and sugar mixture. My Darrell’s favorite is meatloaf. We had some strong storms come through last night, a lot of thunder all night. Thank you,Lord, for the much needed rain 🌧️ 🥰 we got a cat water fountain for Penny and Lucy and they are going to love it! They always want to drink from the bathroom faucet when on 🤣

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Pamela – welcome rain!! I’ve seen those cat waterers and think my cats would love one – please let me know if Penny and Lucy love it!

      1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

        No, the smoke alarm stayed quiet, thank goodness! The girls were very curious about the water fountain and drank a little. I took up their water bowl and filled with food so they each have a bowl. I think they like the fountain, there were paws tapping at it and getting wet. From the gnome rain gauge we got 1 1/4” , I sent some pictures 😻. We are in north Longview. Only supposed to be about 91 today and then down in the 80s this week! So excited 😆 😻

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Pamela – your poor flowers are burned up!!! I hope you get more rain!

          1. Pamela Dempsey in Northeast Texas 😻

            Yes, that was my lantana and it is starting to come back. Temps over 100 for so long have baked us all. My moss rose is only thing still blooming. 😔I hate the dreadful heat!🥵🤬

    2. Susan K in Texas

      I got a cat waterer for my cats. I haven’t caught either one drinking from it but it does need filling often so at least one is drinking from it. My cat sitter suggested putting it where their old water bowl was and gradually they will drink from it. I hope they like it.
      We had lots of thunder but hardly any rain. We’re near DFW. I hope you got a measurable amount.

  21. Joy in NW Iowa

    Oh phooey! Well, at least it wasn’t cat pooop! That stinks so bad ! We had 25+ cats for a while and you can image the whole yard by the machine shed was their litter box. Our son was sitting in his office one day, and he sniffed, sniffed…yup he had a little on his shoe. Ugh!
    It is smoky here again, nice and cool. I wish it would rain.
    Mary you are a special lady…making meatloaf for your hubby when you don’t like it! I actually was thinking about putting some in the oven too. Wish I had some apples to make apple crisp! Add some fresh baked potatoes! Sounds like a harvest meal! Yum.
    Your blog about nothing is so entertaining! Love you and your friendship quilt!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Joy – do you ever travel my way? I live right on Hwy 18, 6 miles east of Britt. Let me know and stop in. And lest you think I’m such a caring wife, I didn’t make the meatloaf. My friend Mareen made it after Rick’s surgery and I put it in the freezer – just found it. Ha!!

  22. Fran Dixon

    Days like that remind us that we are living–we are alive. How easily we are distracted. Multi-tasking is not easy the older we get. I stand here guilty!

  23. Connie R. In Wis.

    Doesn’t it always happen on something you’re making to give away. Kinda like when you make something for a bake sale or funeral lunch- never turns out. However, great that you found the “problem “ on the quilt and were able to fix it. What a beautiful quilt and equally beautiful gift for the recipient. Love the colors too.
    It has been in the 40s for the last few mornings and leaves are quickly changing colors. Looks like an early fall here in NE Wisconsin. Clear blue skies and sunshine this morning. Perfect day.

  24. Mrs. Goodneedle

    This will be a day that you’ll always remember. You certainly can’t say that your blog is about nothing because today’s installment is full of it. 😉 The quilt is wonderful, every quilt tells a story, this one is no exception (it just might not be a story worth repeating)!

  25. Sharon F

    Some days are just like that! Aren’t you glad Kathy saw the dog poop before you took the quilt to church? I’m glad you were able to clean it up right away; it’s a beautiful quilt. Must be the time of year for meatloaf. I’m planning to make one tomorrow. I like it and so does DH, and leftover meatloaf sandwiches are the best.

  26. Brenda

    Whoa, no wonder you screamed. That kind of thing gives me GI problems. But you handled it well and the beautiful quilt will continue its journey!
    Speaking of journeys, a loved one is moving a long way away for new job. Long story short, movers came and moved the big things and that went well. Now loved one (alone) is readying to move the rest of the household items and three cats in the car to drive the 17 hour trip with one stop along the way and the night before starting the trip – The Check Engine light comes on!
    The timeline is short to start the new job – what to do? Rental car and deal with the check engine light later. Oh, my goodness, I am worried, worry wort that I am. I am too old for the stress. I wish I knew what to take for stress but my kidney disease limits me.
    May all go well for everyone and may our problems be small and have good resolutions!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Brenda – oh no!!! This person must be young – none of us could stand the pressure. When will she get her own car if she’s driving 17 hours away? I don’t quite understand. I am worried now, too

      1. Brenda

        Family and friends will help. Hopefully the car can be fixed and then some of this village of folks will drive it to her and then fly home. It takes a village. We all need folks to help us sometimes. Sometimes the ask is a really big one and pride must be swallowed and gratitude greatly expressed. Thanks for caring. All those long hours of driving are concerning to me.

  27. Lorraine

    Oh No!! When we all have a bad day it seems to just keep on going. When it rains it pours!!! Hope your luck changed the next day.

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