by CountryThreads on January 21, 2017

I have 2 guests this weekend – Ginger and Hope.

Connie and Roy left early this morning from the Minneapolis airport.  I admit I will miss seeing many of our friends who are joining Connie on the cruise but I am not a good traveler.  Ginger is here just for the weekend.

Ginger and Rox, both built like little fire hydrants, actually like each other and have started playing.  That’s a good thing!

Got my mystery put together except for the outer rows to finish off the stars.  I am going to improvise a bit on the sides so it doesn’t get any wider.

So now it’s back to Homey Triangles and our Sew Along.

Of course Jackie wanted to help.

And here’s the quilt that hangs in the laundry room by the Dyson.  It is very old, I don’t remember the name or the designer.  BUT I think there are 2 readers that can help —Karen and Janine – I know this was designed by your friend so could you tell us in the comments the name of the quilt and the designer so the interested readers could search online for the pattern?  I hope you’re reading!  Thanks for your help!

I see the cookies I baked last Saturday are almost gone so maybe that’s what I’ll do next.  Cookies and college basketball!


My   Christmas Gift

by CountryThreads on January 20, 2017

I got a Dyson V8 cordless vacuum for Christmas and I love it!  We don’t have any carpeting and very few area rugs so the pet hair really collects.  I always hated getting the vacuum out, dragging the canister along behind and continually moving the plug to a closer outlet.  With this vacuum I can grab it at any time and I do!  That’s the real beauty of this vacuum.  When I hang it up, it starts charging again.  There is  40 minute charge on normal suction, less on high suction which I don’t have to use often.

Can you imagine how much dirt and hair falls into the cracks in the floor?  This vacuum gets it all out!  I grab it several times a day just for a quick pick up and I am always amazed at how much dirt is in the canister when I quit.  Where does it all come from?  Yuk!  

It came with several attachments – this is the upholstery attachment and it really cleans up the white hair from my dark red chairs.  Hallelujah!

I can do the stairs so easy and so fast and this thing is really lightweight.  I feel like a commercial for Dyson but I am so happy with it that I had to tell you.

Yesterday I needed a day out so I went to several thrift stores about 90 miles from here.  Several were having 50% off sales so I really looked for some specific colors in shirts.  I want to start another shirt quilt but I am resisting until I finish the mystery quilt.  Here is one stack of shirts just out of the washer/dryer.

I also got these 2 very old but very nice transferware plates.  About $2.00 each.

And here is my first Emma report.  I let her outside today – it’s 48 degrees!  Looks like spring is not far away – she is starting to shed her winter coat in January.


Goodbye, Ice!

by CountryThreads on January 18, 2017

It’s 42 degrees and this is what the parking yard looks like today.  Much better.  We did have it sanded yesterday which made it walkable again.

And Rick loves to carve out waterways to get the water running downhill and away from the middle of the yard.

What a difference a day makes!

And here is something I’ve been meaning to show you.  Some of you might remember the oriole nest above the screened porch.  2016 was the second nest in the same spot and it recently cam down in a windstorm.  Luckily I noticed and rescued it from the ground.

Here is a picture of the inside of the nest which is perfectly smooth and so comfy for those baby orioles.

It’s truly a wonder to examine how perfectly it’s been made!

Still working on the mystery blocks.

Connie’s getting ready to leave on the cruise this weekend.



by CountryThreads on January 17, 2017

Just so you guys can quit worrying — I drove the van to the barn and the mailbox – worked great!

And here’s what Telly and I are playing today. Beginning dog agility on a small scale.  We are practicing jumping over this yardstick and tomorrow we’ll raise it up.  By spring she’ll know what I want her to do outside.

Cabin fever can make one very inventive.



January 17, 2017

The storm could have been worse – the wind could have been fierce and taken down the power lines but it just rained and rained and then froze. I made my way to the barn twice yesterday wth the help of an ice scraper to stab the ice but I’m not sure how I’ll get […]

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Sew Along Triangle Squares Finished

January 16, 2017

Lots of football on tv meant time to work on my triangle squares which I finished and sewed together in fours.  Tammy, JB’s sister, helped. Then I measured my blocks which should measure 3-1/2″.  As you can see mine are a bit shy of 3-1/2″. Measure your triangle square blocks before you cut your spacer […]

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So You Like Plants!

January 15, 2017

There are lots of plant lovers out there, aren’t there?  I found that out after my post yesterday.  But you didn’t really think that was ALL my plants, did you?  Ha!  That was just the sunroom on the southeast.  Here is the piano room on the southwest – more plants, some quite large! It’s really […]

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A Nice Day – Finally!

January 14, 2017

It’s 27 degrees outside and honestly it feels like spring!  I let the goats out this morning and the chickens, too.  The sun is shining and when they find a spot out of the wind, it will be downright warm.  I’ll lock them all up again after I do chores. What to do on a […]

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Friday the 13th

January 13, 2017

I haven’t had any bad luck so far today – how about you?  Went to the grocery store because we are in line for a winter ice storm this weekend and continuing into Monday.  More ice!  We don’t need that! Yesterday I took a pile of quilts into church that I had finished for the […]

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Sewing Along

January 12, 2017

Are you sewing triangle squares tonight?  I am!  Here’s a stack of Thangles all pinned on and ready to sew. I am able to chain piece the Thangles. I am just getting a good start.  Hope you’re working on your Triangle Squares, too!

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