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The Friday Favored: 20th Edition

Hope your week was lovely.  Ours has included mild weather like autumn – in July.

I must say – this weather has made my week.



The Friday Favored: 20th Edition



1.) We may as well get the bad news out of the way first:

They’re back.


Truth is, they never actually left.  They were just unseen for a spell.


These guys have been on the move here in my little cottage and the dime size ones…

IMGP1652…are actually the medium size.  We grow them in pennies-nickel-quarters, too.

Lord have mercy.


Some day I’ll be able to talk more about Brown Recluse Spiders, but today is not that day.  I don’t edit them in pictures, either.  Placing my Pentax MX-1 about 1cm away from one still writhing on a sticky trap sends a little prickle up my spine…


…but otherwise, I just roll with it because farmers have been contending with noisome pests longer than I’ve been a farmer’s wife.  I married into a pest-resistant heritage.


We don’t give up – we fight back and we feed people.


Suffice to say, I’m a really big fan of sticky traps.

Praise be.


Thanks for taking the bad news with the good, y’all.  Don’t worry, we will win.



2.) I’m feelin’ this victory pose:

IMGP1022The elephant on top, not the trainer dude.

And yes, the spiders can seem like a large elephant on the floor of your living room – pinned to a sticky trap, like a proverbial elephant rump sitting on their chest.

Happy thought! 🙂




3.) In other news:

IMGP1640Meet Matt & Cate – my Farmer’s great-grand-daddy’s pair of mules.

That means their sire (father) was a donkey!  I.Love.Donkeys.

They are in the pasture directly behind our main farm house – in the 1950s.  The structure you see in the background is a laying house for hens.  My Farmer’s grand-daddy raised eggs in addition to cattle.

My mother-in-law gathered a lot of eggs growing up and tells the story of how one day she was toodling down the row of nesting boxes gathering eggs – the next box she came to, she reached in for eggs and got a black snake instead! 🙂  No worries, she skidooed back to the house sans snake – and didn’t break a single egg in her basket.  Go Farm Kids!





4.) my Farmer’s Family Quilt Square Patterns:










We are looking for a quilt square pattern to mount on the side of a building here at the farm.  These are a few choices from my Farmer’s side of the family.  I’m going to take a few pictures of quilts from my side, too, and maybe we’ll find a common one or ones we can blend together.

Are you familiar with the Barn Quilt idea?  Do you have a favorite family quilt or quilt pattern?



Happy Weekend,
Emily Grace


 How are ya? 🙂  Talk to me!



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26 Responses to “The Friday Favored: 20th Edition”

  1. crookedbrandranch

    Oh my! The spiders and snakes were almost too much for me! lol I ALWAYS check the laying boxes before putting my hands in!
    Enjoy your weekend!


    • Emily Grace

      Thanks for stopping by, Lori. 🙂

      I’m sure the childhood version of my mother-in-law checked the nesting boxes while gathering eggs after that! LOL

      Sorry to be heavy on pests this week. It’s just the way things were this week – present spiders and stories of past snakes. 🙂

      Emily Grace


  2. Caitlin | belong with wildflowers

    Ugh, spiders — why do they have to sneak in every crack + crevice in a home? I hope they bugger off quickly + do no harm. I live in an area that has very little venomous spiders, are they common where you live?

    Also, I love the photograph of Matt + Cate. At first glance, I thought it was a two-headed horse!


    • Emily Grace

      Well, Matt and Cate were quite inseparable according to family lore. 🙂 LOL

      Yes, the spiders are quite normal around here and even more so the farther South you go. The thing about spiders is once you have an abundance of them, they are really hard to get rid of.

      Thanks for chiming in. 🙂


  3. Divya

    It’s the lizards for me…! Everytime it rains a tiny one creeps in. Luckily I usually have my maid around, who shoo it away. They give me sleepless nights !

    The quilts are lovely !


  4. FlaHam

    Emily, you are not alone in your distant for the brown recluse, in the 12 years we have lived in Florida my wife has been bitten twice. Neither experience was pleasant, and in both instances it took a week of antibiotics to get it under control, and the brown swelling and ugliness didn’t go away for over a month. Next subject, and much nicer, quilting my Mom (herself a farm girl) made quilts and made them by the score. I do wish I had a couple of the hand stitched ones, but they are long gone. I do have 5 she made the bulk of with her sewing machine and I believe it was equipped with a quilting bob. Love those quilts but don’t get to use them often. Take care, Bill


    • Emily Grace

      Bless your wife’s heart. I’m glad she handled the bites well.

      I, too, prefer the hand quilted ones. Either way, what wonderful quilt memories! Thanks for sharing.


  5. Robyn

    Hey Emily Grace!

    I like Matt and Cate. My Grandmother is 94. Every once in a while I stop and think what I know about life in the early 1980’s when I was born and how things have changed. I can’t imagine life in the 1920’s and witnessing the advancements.

    Good story about your MIL and her eggs. Some days I can’t wash eggs without breaking one or two.

    I have a pallet that is a little over 2′ X 2′, it’s not quite square but close enough. I want to paint a barn quilt pattern on it for my Sister. She lives in Iowa. I am going to send her your link to look a pattern ideas. Thanks!


    • Emily Grace

      Hi Robyn!

      You’re right – I would love to be able to realistically envision the progression your gmaw has lived.

      Indeed, the shells must have been thick and m.i.l. must have been careful, though startled.

      What a great idea. I would love to see the finished pallet project. I think Old Blue Silo recently painted a US flag on a pallet and I was very impressed with the look.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂



      • Robyn

        Emily Grace
        I made the pallet flag that Kelly shared on Old Blue Silo. I have seen several other pallet flags, but don’t like them as well. The thing that makes Kelly’s flag pop is the star. The barn start adds the 3 dimensional look.


  6. inesephoto

    Nasty spiders! 😦 I know little about them… They must be a seasonal disaster? I have read the comments, stay safe!
    My daughter has framed a few quilt fragments. On some stage you cannot keep a whole quilt anymore…
    Have a great week, and let the spiders disappear!


    • Emily Grace

      Hi Inese. Yes, the spiders flourish in the warmer seasons, so the recent appearances is a result of the season. Thanks for the good wishes for safety and disappearing spiders. 🙂

      You are right – at some stage in the life of the quilt, it is not able to be kept whole. I have seen people make pillows, Christmas ornaments and framed art, like your daughter has. And truly, these quilts are art.

      A good week to you, too!


  7. thefarmpaparazzi

    This post was a roller coaster of emotions. I cringed at the pests, admired the mules and felt giddy about the quilts! Love old, hand stitched quilts. Mine are machine done, but I hope to one day pick up hand quilting. What did you decide for your barn quilt square?



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