Ernie Joe Mauer

by CountryThreads on August 30, 2016

I am quite sure I’ve told the story of how he got his name before but I am happy to tell it again.  Wish I could lay my hands on those first pictures.  Ernie arrived in July 2009 – one morning he just appeared in my hay shed.  He was an older kitten, very tame, I had never seen him before and I have absolutely no idea how he got to my hay shed.

On closer inspection we discovered he had 6 toes – he was a polydactyl cat.  We learned that Ernest Hemingway raised polydactyl cats in Key West and so his name became Ernie.


My mom still lived in her own home by herself in Garner and was a healthy 89 year old. She still mowed her own yard, led an exercise class every morning and was sharp as a tack.  We knew Mom would actually enjoy a cat once she gave in and agreed to one but to entice her further we knew she loved the Minnesota Twins catcher/first baseman Joe Mauer.  Both positions required big baseball gloves that resembled Ernie’s big paws.  How could she resist a housemate named Ernie Joe Mauer?  She turned 90 that September and during the party when we announced that we were giving her a cat named Ernie Joe Mauer she announced in a very firm, un 90 – like voice that she didn’t want a cat.  So that was the end of that.  EJM lives with us to this day.  He is so big – he’s like a small child.  Holding him is like holding a toddler – no kidding.  And he is always underfoot.  

Three months after her 90th birthday party Mom had a bad stroke and remained paralyzed on her right side for the rest of her life which was spent at the care center in Garner.  And as Mom said “we never knew anything about this place and it’s the most popular place in town.”  She made the best of it for 2-1/2 years but Ernie Joe Mauer should always have been her cat.

I’ll tell him he has a fan club.

{ 20 comments }

Mo Fun!

by CountryThreads on August 29, 2016

Oh my, but puppies are sure fun!  And just like grandparents, we could just play with Mo and leave the training, discipline and teaching to her parents for the most part.  We didn’t let her misbehave but we thought her antics were hilarious and entertaining.

See that strip of hair down her nose like a Mohawk?  Thus her name.

On Sunday morning I wanted Rick to try to get my picture with Mo – a nice picture – but then Ernie Joe Mauer had to get involved and as you can see the pictures turned into action shots.  Common around here.


Every time I looked at Mo I wanted to call her Abby.  Maybe you remember Pam who worked at Country Threads.  She had a black golden doodle puppy about 9 years ago named Abby and Mo looked just like her so I called Pam who brought Abby to meet Mo.  Mo loved Abby instantly!


Oh but play biting is such fun!  Her owners said they have never heard Mo snore before last night.  I know she was exhausted from all that playing – she could hardly keep her eyes open before she left.

One more picture of Mo and Emma.  Even Emma played with Mo, putting her head down and stomping her foot which caused Mo to run in delighted circles around the old goat who could just stand in one spot and continue the game.  Then they  both needed a drink.


Ah, what a fun but exhausting weekend for all of us.

{ 26 comments }

Meet Mo

by CountryThreads on August 27, 2016

My newest boarder, MoEllen, a 5 month golden doodle puppy!   And Telly loves her.  She has not played with any dog like she has with Mo in years which makes us happy.  Telly and Mo wrestle on the ground and chase each other round and round, giving us hope that the old Telly is still inside.


Mo discovered the swimming pool pretty much right away and a ping pong ball that she played with endlessly.


Notice that Roxie got a haircut yesterday.  Today her name is Rat Dog.

Last Saturday I gave Sam the quilt for the baby – we had a small party on the porch knowing it would be our last one for the summer.  The baby, Owen Charles Lund, was born yesterday and weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz..  Sam and Owen are both doing well.


I am feeling lots better – thanks everybody!

{ 14 comments }

Silence of the Blogger

by CountryThreads on August 25, 2016

I’m still here – just under the weather.  Last weekend I felt that nasty cough coming on and prayed it would hold off until after my fun day at Connie’s lake home.  By Mondy night the handwriting was on the wall so to speak and Tuesday morning I had to call Connie and tell her I was too sick to come.  Oh but I was disappointed!  Went to the clinic but was told I probably had allergies.  Really?  So now I’m just hoping I can get well on my own.


Someone asked which Bernina we bought – here it is – a 740 and it stitches beautifully.  See the wide throat area for machine quilting?  It also has a scissors.  It does so much that I will want to take the class this fall at Calico Hutch in Hayward where we bought them.  One of our customers, Kathy from Rochester teaches the class – can’t wait!  This machine is so solid I can’t explain it – it’s quiet – like a Lexus compared to a Chevy.  Ha!

Just talking about it makes me want to go visit it.

{ 26 comments }

Ben’s Birthday

August 19, 2016

By Connie Ben is turning 4 on Saturday the 20th!!! First let me thank each of you who has kept Ben in your prayers over the past 5 months.  I truly believe it has helped both him and his family.  On the whole he has been such a trooper through his chemo treatments — he […]

Read the full article →

Iowa State Fair

August 18, 2016

Our big day at the fair started with a big mistake – we left home too late and we just happened to go on Senior Day!  We waited in traffic 1 hour and 50 minutes to enter the fairgrounds!  We were having State Fair Rage!  Car after car zoomed around us and crowded into our […]

Read the full article →

Who the heck is Jill Fisher?

August 18, 2016

This is my first post from the fair yesterday.  Becky and I picked out every single quilt entry by Jill Fisher because we loved every  one of them and we began to “recognize” her work.  Jill, if you’re reading this, congratulations!  If anyone knows Jill, please refer her to this blog.  Her quilts look like […]

Read the full article →

Tuesday on the Farm

August 16, 2016

I have three boarders today. Jackson is here while his parents are in Guatemala on a mission trip. Bentley is here while his parents go to the State Fair to watch granddaughters show cattle. And Ginger came at the last minute this morning just for the day.  She’s a little pistol – I love terriers! […]

Read the full article →

Connie’s Garden

August 15, 2016

I know it’s time for an update on Connie’s garden project.  The lot was hydro seeded and within a few days we had several hard rains which was really tough on that new seeding.  Parts of the grass grew beautifully but right down the middle it seemed as if the rain literally washed the seeding […]

Read the full article →

Now I Can Relax

August 14, 2016

Mom had 2 brothers and 5 sisters so I have lots of cousins and  I guess I have taken on the responsibility of keeping us connected.  Yesterday was our reunion and we all enjoyed seeing each other.  Two years ago we had 75 people here but this year we were only about 40  – several […]

Read the full article →