Farm News

by CountryThreads on September 18, 2014

The sale is going great guns!  We have been so pleasantly surprised at how many customers have visited us since we announced our closing.  Janet at Buggy Barn is saying the same thing – it is very, very satisfying that we have so many customers who have become friends over the years.  I hope we can keep in touch once in awhile after the shop closes.  My email remains

Front of Shop

After that very fast cool down in our temps, the weather has changed to those wonderful warm fall days with cool nights and the smell of harvest in the air.  I’m not sure just what it is exactly but I think it’s the corn drying.  Within a few weeks the farmers will all be harvesting – a very busy  but wonderful time in North Iowa.


Connie and I are spending our days in the shop helping customers and in the evenings our sewing has lost some of that anxiety and pressure.  Connie has just finished the September Civil War quilt which is also the quilt we will be working on in Camp the end of the month.  I have an order for 5 Grand Piano Pincushions for a lady out East who gives them as Christmas gifts.  The first quilt I’m going to make in my retirement is The Gypsy Wife which I have admired for several years now.  I can’t wait to clean up my sewing room so I can pull fabrics for this quilt and then jump into this new project.  What fun!

Gypsy Wife

This little boy visited the shop last week with his grandma and he was just delighted with Colton.


Remember the rooster struggle for dominance some years ago?  When the weaker one passed on I was relieved so there wouldn’t be any more fighting between the two.   Here’s the guy who won the battle but I can see by his “posture” and actions that he is not 100%.  I doubt he will be around much longer.


I went to the barn to see Susannah this morning and I think she’s feeling quite well.  At 5 o’clock she and Emma make a bee-line for the garage where I keep the crackers.  Emma still likes to stay up late – after dark even before she goes back to the barn for the night.

Sussannah Emma & Baby Moo

Someone on the blog asked about Sweet Annie.  It is a very fragrant herb that many gals like to use in their fall decorating.  Rick insists it is a weed and when I let it grow up in the fence lines, he is embarrassed that I am encouraging it.  Connie and Mary Baker sold every single one of the 83 bouquets at the Country Living Fair – at $5 a bundle!   I am going to pull it all up so we can use our gate which has been out of commission for the summer because of the Sweet Annie growing so thick.

Sweet Annie

Remember when Rick moved the carport?  Well, here is his new project – pouring a foundation and floor so the carport can be moved into place and used as a garage.  The carport is sitting off to the side in the grove right now and since Rick has only one day or so every week to work on this project, it’s slow going.


Rick made 2 corn shocks for me and I hung my corn husk wreath on the door – now all I need is some pumpkins and my entry is good until Christmas.  The grass was mowed for the very first time this week and it’s looking pretty nice – still sorta soft and cushy to walk on but that will firm up over the winter.

Corn Wreath Grass

That’s all for this week, folks – never a dull moment around here.  Our choir started practice last night so now I need to start practicing, too.  Pretty soon I’ll have plenty of time to do that.

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by CountryThreads on September 16, 2014

This little boy named Zander visited the shop with his grandma today and he LOVED Colton! We were very busy again while we were trying to unpack and restock. Many customers are making their last visit to Country
Threads. One husband from Arizona said he’d now be able to take us off his GPS– ha!


They’re Back!

September 16, 2014

Connie and Mary Baker got home yesterday afternoon and we quickly unloaded the truck into the garage. Guess what we’re doing today- putting stuff away which means our inventory just improved. They brought back what didn’t sell at the fair. I wonder how many people we told that we were out of Goat Sampler kits […]

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Sunday Nigh

September 14, 2014

I got the plants moved out of the middle of the floor so we can walk through but that’s all. The shop was very busy on Saturday which even included a bus. Iowa State won the football game – go Iowa State! I tried to get all the lawn mowed today but ran into some […]

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Farm News

September 12, 2014

Our retirement sale started yesterday and we were simply too busy to write the Farm News.  We had lots of customers who bought lots of stuff and by the end of the day, all 5 of us were exhausted but happy.  I wonder how many times I explained my need to retire and live on […]

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September 9, 2014

Cheerleader cactus is blooming again!!

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September 9, 2014

I am in the vet’s parking lot waiting to pick up Coltan who was neutered and vaccinated this morning. I guess he’s staying. I’m going to chop off one large part of the 4-H cactus today. It will look better and be more stable in the pot. Too bad I can’t send “starts” to all […]

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4-H Cactus

September 8, 2014

Way back in 1980 a neighbor and I started our township’s 4-H club called Garfield Go-Getters. One of our members gave me this cactus in a little paper cup and look at it now ! It’s huge and I moved it into the house today. Wonder if I could cut it off about 12″ high […]

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Photos Again

September 7, 2014
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September 7, 2014

I think this picture of the hyacinth bean vine was omitted on Farm News. See how it has grown nearly to the top of the light pole? Looks like I’m going to “plant” Jackie. I started to move plants inside – they all need to be treated for bugs first. Look at this dense cobweb! […]

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