What a difference a week can make!

by CountryThreads on April 25, 2018

This was today – Wednesday, April 25.

This was last Wednesday, April 18.

See what I mean? Ha!


New Quilt

by CountryThreads on April 25, 2018

Here’s the quilt I gave you a peak at yesterday. I’ve wanted to make these blocks for a couple years now – I’ll add it to my list.

Connie has not added the border yet but here’s a picture of the pattern which shows a dark gray – wide- border.

The designer is Brigette Heitland of Zen Chic and I believe the fabric line is hers, too, called Comma by Moda. Here’s a closeup.

I am inspired to make this quilt, too – aren’t, you? Maybe a controlled scrap theme?


The chicks are all alive and well this morning and Reed will be here after school to take care of them. I am still picking up endless sticks, twigs and branches on the ground from that terrible wind storm a couple weeks ago. Then the raking will begin. It’s our third beautiful day in a row so I’m not complaining. Well, sort of complaining, I guess – a common whine that everyone in North Iowa is experiencing cleaning up after the long winter.


Baby Chick Day

by CountryThreads on April 24, 2018

Reed and I traveled to the famous Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, IA today to pick up our baby chicks.

We ordered 18 chicks, 5 different breeds, all girls. As the gal handed Reed the box, he was all smiles.

We couldn’t resist looking at them as soon as we got in the car.

When we got home each chick was picked up and its beak dipped in water. If it tipped its head back and swallowed, the chick was put into the brooder. The temp in the brooder needed to be right around 90 degrees. If the chicks got too warm they could move away from the heat bulb. If they all crowded under the bulb, it needed to be lowered therefore making it warmer.

It was Reed’s job to keep watch on the chicks, the temperature, the food and water while I went back to yardwork.

He knows a lot about chickens and will be taking several of these to his place when it gets warm so they can live in the coop.

He picked out a nice assortment, didn’t he? Here he is showing his mom one of the chicks.

It was a stellar day.

These pictures were taken last weekend when the snow was disappearing and everyone was enjoying the outdoors.

Rick and I are learning how to cope a little better everyday. The last two days I’ve been able to work outside and start the dreadful cleanup that our tough winter left us with – so many sticks and branches to pick up and everything is so dirty.

Here’s a teaser for my next post – Connie’s been sewing up a storm. This is one of her quilts – I’ll show the rest of the details in my next post – I hate to say it will be tomorrow because my days are busy.

It was a great day but it’s now midnight. Time for bed!


Miscellaneous Saturday

by CountryThreads on April 21, 2018

Rick got home yesterday – the dogs were delirious! He is wheelchair bound and I am his slave wifey – haha!

This is a typical picture – foot up, Hazel in his lap and the remote in his hand.

And for all of you who thought this was a tennis shoe, look carefully – it’s an old farm work rubber.

Last week at this time we were enduring a blizzard and church was cancelled for the next day. It’s melting but not fast enough for most of us!


April 18, 2018 Post #2

April 18, 2018

Remember I told you that Connie and I had a favorite new book? Well, Lissa Alexander has outdone herself with this one! It’s called “Oh, Scrap!” , published by Martingale. We love soooooo many quilts in this book including the cover quilt. This is the first quilt that caught my eye. I loved the colors […]

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Wednesday, April 18,2018 Post #1

April 18, 2018

This is the scene out my front door this morning. It began thundering about 4 am and the snow started about 8 am. 6-8″ is predicted by tonight but I think we already have 6″! I have shoveled the front walk 3 times and fed the birds at least 4 times. There are so many […]

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April 15, 2018

No church, no anything but snow. I’ve had several incidents I could tell you about but you’d be convinced God is punishing me for something . So if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all! I thought maybe you’d like to see Rick’s ankle x-ray with all the screws and plates. Looks […]

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Another Farm Story

April 14, 2018

The wind was sooooo strong from the northeast yesterday and I needed to get hay down from the haymow. The big doors open to the north and I was afraid I would have trouble getting them closed. I hadn’t used the inside trap door for several years but it worked fine and I climbed upstairs […]

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It’s Friday Already!

April 13, 2018

It’s been a busy stressful three days. I’ll tell you about Rick’s appointment in another post with pictures to explain. Yesterday was Daryl’s funeral, attended by 375 people in a church that holds 300. What a tribute to this nice man! Margaret and I were very nervous playing for such a large crowd and we […]

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Rug Report and More

April 9, 2018

The sun is shining and this snow is melting fast. I shoveled the walk but that’s all I’m going to do this time. I can wait it out. Look at these forlorn chairs – they’re just waiting like all of us are. It won’t be long now – there are 50’s in our forecast! Since […]

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