Friday

by CountryThreads on March 10, 2017

It’s already Friday – where did the week go?  Mia arrived yesterday until Monday while her parents traveled to the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.  Kansas, the Number 1 team in the nation, got beat out in the first round.  Just like March Madness, you never know what’s going to happen in these games which is what makes it all so fun and so exciting!


I did not think Mia would like Mo and her fun loving antics but they are getting along great.  Mo is the only dog that boards here who will go outside and play by herself.


Telly loves Mo and this morning they were gone for over an hour.  When they did come back in the house, it was apparent that Mo had waded through the cockleburrs.  They were thick in places!  So thick that I had to cut them out in her feet.  She was chewing at her feet and trying everything to rid herself of those itchy burrs.


This long philodendron was very small when it came home with me from Gladys’s room at the care center several years ago.  It has gotten leggy and unattractive so today I cut it all back and I am rooting many pieces of it so I can start over again.



While I was in the piano room I watered the fern for the day – it requires almost a quart of water every day because there is no dirt left – it’s all roots.  It’s beautiful but it’s soooooo big!


It’s time for the spring quilts to go up and the Easter decorations to come out.  I managed one out of two.


And here’s what I’m sewing while watching basketball – spring tablerunners from shirts for the sale April 1.  Here’s some work in progress.


And Ethel still has my new chair – you’d think I brought it home for her!


Another dog is arriving tomorrow morning – Ginger is her name.  We have a full house for the weekend.  I have had to tell my customers not to give my phone number out to anyone because I can’t take on any new customers.  If I do, I will have to turn my regular customers away when they call.  So if anyone is out there wondering about leaving their dog with me, please don’t put me on the spot and ask.  This part time endeavor has become nearly full time and even though I love each of the dogs dearly, I am supposed to be retired.

Have a wonderful weekend, Everybody!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Susie March 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

I’m quite sure Ethel knows you bought that chair for her :-). Your fern is just gorgeous, it looks
so healthy and robust.

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Carolyn March 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm

There is not another retired person that has as much adventure as you do. The love of a dog, cat, or other animal is true love. Yes, I realize some of them act like an unruly four year old and bring home a collection of cockleburrs. Hopefully, they won’t play in the that spot again. I can hear them say, “uh-oh, we need to get Mary to help us.” They all know you hold a special place in your heart for them.

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Ellie March 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

Not surprised you are busy with dogs! You take such good care of them and they are happy even though they miss their owners. That’s not an easy thing to find!

Love the table runner! I wish I lived close enough to come to the sale!

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Susan Sundermeyer March 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

You home is a constant party, Mary! I want to come snuggle with Ethel in her NEW chair. 😄

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Kathy Hanson March 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Hooray for Ethel! She has found her nest. Sorry that you aren’t able to enjoy your new chair but it appears that it has been claimed! What fun……..as you would say – Ha!
Love your shirt projects – they are great! Hope the sale goes well.
Have fun with your dog friends this busy weekend, I agree that you need to make sure not to get new customers, after all, you ARE retired!!

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Diane March 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

I’m with Ethel; no need to recover that chair, just throw a quilt over it. She is getting lots of naps out of it:) Poor little city dog, Mo, didn’t know about the cockleburs. Are they the same as burdocks? I’d love to come to your sale, but I’d buy everything!! The ones you are working on are great; I love the colors:) I’ll be watching basketball this weekend, too. FUN.

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Susan March 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Maybe you should help me with my NCAA bracket, Mary :). I love March madness!!!

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Pam March 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Love all the pets and quilting. Are you recycling real shirts or did you buy shirting. I’m curious because my hubby retired several years ago and has a closet of beautiful shirts barely worn and probably other than funerals and baptisms will never wear them again. I’m thinking of confiscating most of them to do something with them. Love your newsletter and the snow scenes. We barely got snow this year and I’m missing it.

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CountryThreads March 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Pam – these are recycled shirts from the thrift store.

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Sue Blazevski March 10, 2017 at 1:11 pm

It’s a good thing that I don’ live near you since you aren’t taking any new customers. You are such a loving caretaker and I would be very upset that you couldn’t take care of my dog. P.S. I don’t have a dog, but would be upset if I did. Lol. I love reading about your houseguests and their adventures. Keep up the good posts.
Sue

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Michele March 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Wouldn’t Gladys give you ‘the look’ if she saw that philodendron now??? The thought of it makes me smile!! Thanks for the memory. Mo is darling!!!

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Kate March 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm

When people find a good dog sitter, they want to keep them forever. We have a couple who will come to our house and take care of our pets. They stopped taking any new customers years ago and are getting along in years themselves, so don’t know how many more years we will be blessed to have them work for us. My doggies will not like a kennel should it come to that. You are doing such a good service to the people who are fortunate to be on your list.

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Betty Klosterman March 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Philodendron’s need a real attitude adjustment every so often or they would grow out the front door. I have a problem tossing the cuttings, so I just shut my eyes and they hit the garbage. I love your fern, wish it was in my bathroom, but we are too dry for it.
A weather report. We have icy roads with a bit of snow right here, but it is much worse north of us.
In the morning paper they write about a passenger train going east from Minot, ND. After one hour out near Rugby, they hit a snow drift—25′ high by 200′ long!!! It took 13 hours to get the snow cleared so they could continue….. Now that is a drift.
I’m staying inside because of the ice, but I don’t have anywhere to go and plenty to do inside besides sew, but I’d rather sew. Oh, there is the income tax, too.

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Martha Engstler March 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

When my philodendron gets long I start winding it around the plant itself in the pot and it soon looks like a very full plant. It tried to do some serious snowing this morning here near Gettysburg but it soon melted and a little while ago a snow shower blew through but didn’t last either. It’s just over freezing so it won’t stick. It’s been in the 60’s so many flowers are out and the fruit trees are budding. I fear for their crops. Crazy weather this year.

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Suzanne Kent March 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Well Mary, it is Suzanne in FL again with a philodendron story for you. Many years ago I placed on, in a pot, at the base of one of my Camphor trees. Come winter, I somehow missed putting it in the greenhouse. It never missed a beat! Since then, it has sent runners up into not only into that tree at least 70 feet. plus across the ground and up into 5 more Camphors, a pecan tree, and several oak trees. If we get a real cold spell a few leaves get dinged, but replace themselves as it warms up. Makes for a few more points of interest in my jungle yard!
Suzanne

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CountryThreads March 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

Suzanne – amazing story – wish it could live outdoors here! Would love to see your jungle!

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Sneed March 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

So many eggs!! And here I have one little tiny girl that is laying and the others are all senior citizens.

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Sue March 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm

I really enjoy hearing about your life, the pets, plant life and Iowa life. Keeps me in touch with “home.”

I’m on day four of my knee replacement. I went to physical therapy today which is pretty good recovery. I have my hand applique blocks and cross stitch near my happy chair ready for needle and thread and floss.

Thanks for your blog.

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Christina Mejer March 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Ok to put it simply – I just want to be you !

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CountryThreads March 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm

Christina – I don’t tell you the hard stuff – what fun would that be?

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Sharon B. March 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

You have so many adorable customers! I’d love a Mia…. and an Ethel… and maybe even a Bo! 🙂 Happy weekend!

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