New RTFDT Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/Almost Finished-Days15-16

Here we go…almost to the finish line!!!   Hooray!  🙂

We’ll now have the story with the blanks filled in…all except the RTFDT which will come when the entire rug is shown!   I’ll post the story on each of the three days so it finishes on Thursday also.

I’m starting at the TOP of the rug center (not including the borders) and will post today and tomorrow …and then go on to the entire rug on Thursday.   So unless “Life” intervenes (as it has the last couple of weeks!!!!!) we should be finished by Thursday this week!   (I know you are heaving a sigh of relief!!!!!!)   lol

“Hagatha Smoth and the Nighttime Noises”   (a story of extreme silliness by Sunnie Andress…lol…)

“Once upon a time, an old woman lived outside the village of Porky Pie on Pond Scum Road.   She lived in an odd little house with no doors!   Hagatha Smoth loved her country life and spent many happy hours wandering up and down the hills beside her house collecting oddly shaped twigs.   However, she and her neighbors had a problem of sleepless nights!   Not only that, but their electric bills were getting higher all the time.

All of the families on Pond Scum Road were getting more and more grumpy.   The nights were filled with screeching and sounds like fingernails on a blackboard and coughing too…all mixed together.   Nobody slept, lights burned all night and people tried in vain to find the source of the awful racket.   But even if a dark shape was seen sneaking down the road, by the time everyone blinked…it was gone!   Even the shining moon could not help Mrs. Smoth and her neighbors.   In fact, I wonder if the bright moon could be part of the problem!

Hagatha’s youngest daughter, the lovely Mildew Smoth, was very concerned about her mother during this time.   And to make matters worse, Mildew received a notification that there had been a terrible mistake made at the Poultry Experimental Lab nearby and specimens had been injected ,NOT with the correct formulas, but with genetic material from a screech owl, a naughty schoolboy and an opera singer with a very bad cold!

  “Mother, Mother”, Mildew shouted over the phone.   “I am afraid that you and your neighbors are victims of an experiment gone wrong!”   Mrs. Smoth, upon hearing this news, climbed in and out of several of her windows holding her head and a handful of oddly shaped twigs (for comfort).   “I must call my older daughter, the lovely Mold-Ann Smoth”, she cried.   “She will know something to help!”   Putting through the call to Mold-Ann, Mrs. Smoth reached her lovely daughter on the phone and she asked for Mold-Ann’s help.   

    “Calm down, Mother”, said Mold-Ann.   “Don’t you remember what Great Grandma Prunenita always said when she had this trouble?”   “What?”, said Mrs. Smoth.   “Of course, she didn’t have to deal with an experiment gone wrong”, answered Mold-Ann, “but when dealing with this same problem from time to time, she would grab her rolling pin and her walking stick and run out of the house shouting “RTFDT”!!!”  

    “Thank you, dear”, said Mrs. Smoth.   “I had forgotten that old Russian saying.   When I see the large dark shape again, I’ll try it.”

Night after night, Mrs. Smoth would hear the awful noise outside.   She looked out of every window but did not see the dark shape she had seen a few times before.   The electric bills still came in large envelopes and the neighbors were sleep-deprived and groggy!  

    Hagatha even tried calling the Poultry Experimental Lab, but although they were very sorry for the “experiment gone wrong” (mistakes were made!!!!…lol…), they could offer no solution.   So Mrs. Smoth was determined to carry out her lovely daughter, Mold-Ann’s suggestion.   She had her rolling pin at the ready each night so that when she saw the dark shape, she could climb out one of her windows and run to Pond Scum Road to confront the noisemaker!


Continued tomorrow and Thursday as we see the rug center and finally the entire rug.

Here is the rug center top…as you can see, I have put my initials in so they look like “oddly-shaped twigs”!   I thought that would be appropriate!   Happy Hooking!  Sunnie  🙂





Author: Sunnie-oldcrowfarm

I am a folk artist now living in Vancouver, Washington. We loved our Vermont "Old Crow Farm" but now I live in a little cottage with a bright yellow front door! I no longer have my business but still love designing and hooking rugs and experimenting with colour...! I do "mystery rugs" on my Blog and that is great fun!

4 thoughts on “New RTFDT Mystery Rug/Sunnie/rug hooking/Almost Finished-Days15-16”

    1. After this rug, you might have a “silliness overload”!!!!! lol
      It really has been great fun…but I can’t believe I thought I could do this rug in a hurry!!! (Maybe I should go look for a few “oddly-shaped twigs” for comfort..!!) Hugs, Sunnie 🙂

  1. Sunnie,
    So happy you decided to tell us eager readers the back story of your latest rug. Your rugs are always so charming and whimsical that the story behind the rug always is interesting to know. Can’t hardly wait until the conclusion.

    1. HI Trisha…I think I am getting goofier every year!!! 🙂
      This really has been a fun rug and the silly story would have had my dear husband banging his head against the wall and muttering “Why, Why?” lol
      Thankfully, he always enjoyed my silly work!!!
      Hugs, Sunnie 🙂

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