Watching the Football Game

by CountryThreads on November 27, 2015

Iowa is playing Nebraska.  I have 1 cat and 2 dogs on my lap, a cat on my head, a cat on my right and on my left and a dog under the footrest.  So relaxing.



by CountryThreads on November 26, 2015

Today I’m thankful for so many things, more than I can list and near the top of the list is my friend Lavohn at the care center.  I am thankful that today she is in Heaven with her husband and other family members and she is no longer suffering.  She can walk and communicate again, two things that have been impossible for the past 5 years.  I told her to say “hi” to Mom and to tell her we miss her.  Lavohn died yesterday at 4:45 pm.

This stray cat is thankful for my warm room above the garage where it has been living for about a month or so now.  Don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, can’t get close enough but it eats, drinks and uses the litter box so I have no complaints.  Guess IT will be spending the winter there.


I am also thankful for the community thanksgiving meal which was held at my church this year.  With 9 dogs under foot, I wasn’t going to attempt cooking so I picked up 2 meals “to go”.  And some of you thought I could cook, too – ha!  No!

This afternoon I’m going to clean up the Gypsy Wife Aftermath on the cutting table—–so I can start something new.


I wonder what that will be? 



by CountryThreads on November 25, 2015



9 dogs to start my day

by CountryThreads on November 25, 2015

I laugh to myself many times – as I go upstairs to get dressed,  7 dogs trail behind.  Finn and Sir Charles are in the kennel because Finn can become excited with too much stimulation that easily translates to aggression.  I thought you might be interested in how I avoid food arguments.  Every dog brings their own food and I put their allotted amount in an ice cream pail.  Even Telly and Faye’s food goes in the pail and I mix it all up together.  Then I measure everyone’s amount into their own dish so that they are all eating the same food and all food arguments are solved.  I do stand watch while everyone eats and it’s not a perfect feeding plan but it’s like going to Grandmas house.  Nobody will starve, it might not be exactly the way they eat or the amount they eat at home but it’s the best I can do under the circumstances.

And here’s Big Jackson who arrived this morning.  He’s a handsome guy who is easy going and never gives me any problems. 

 And here’s Libby who barks at any little thing and sets everybody off – either running out the dog door or barking themselves.  She is very adventurous but doesn’t use the dog door and I’m not going to teach her.    The first time she discovers she can fit through the pickets, I will refuse to keep her ever again,sad to say.  I simply couldn’t stand the worry and stress of trying to keep track of her.

Had to put runners down over the light area rugs because we now have mud everywhere.  That wasn’t easy either.  You can’t imagine how many times I say “Move” or “Get out of my way” to 7 dogs.

Hmmm…what should I do today?



November 24, 2015

   Millie is trying to look innocent but she’s the one who likes to lounge around on top of the pincushion display case where this plant was living and doing quite well there, too, if I do say so myself.  So I’m off to find a new pot, new soil and a new spot to […]

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Thanksgiving Monday

November 23, 2015

The snow is melting and the forecast for Thanksgiving Day is rain.  Last week’s storm was forecast so I was forced to cut the pampas grass – for those of you who asked.  On the other hand, the weather forecasters are so wrong so many times that I wonder why I believed them last week […]

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I’ve said it before…..

November 20, 2015

What a difference a day makes!  This was yesterday when I finally made myself take on my most hated fall chore – cutting down the pampas grass.  It was sunny but very windy.         I use a shrub trimmer and it’s a hard job but the grass surrounds our entry gate so if we […]

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Another Dreary Day

November 18, 2015

It’s been raining for 3 days and now we’re under a winter storm watch.  It was a good day to go to Walmart and buy cat food and this sweet poinsettia.    When I got home I couldn’t wait to start working on Gypsy Wife only to discover my book has disappeared!  I think I […]

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Free at last, free at last……

November 16, 2015

And you know the rest.  We shipped off the last 5 quilts and their alternates today and we both felt a huge weight lifted from our shoulders.  The book won’t be out for a whole year but now Martingale will take over and they are very good at what they do so the pressure is […]

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A Book Review

November 12, 2015

   “Remembering the Past” by Julie Hendricksen, Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites We’ve attended many markets and shows with our friend Julie and have watched her purchase some wonderful antique quilts that would likely end up in a book at some point.  Oh, what fun to recreate them with Julie’s excellent directions!  I can […]

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