Another First!

by CountryThreads on November 19, 2014

Connie and I joined other retirees at the movie theatre for a complimentary showing of “The Book Thief”. I think we were the youngest ones there but it sure was fun on a cold Wednesday morning in North Iowa.
Staff did not sew yesterday due to weather so we’ll try it again. In the meantime I have a couple of strong boys coming to move furniture and I will be shopping for carpet this weekend.
Because I know you’ll want to hear this sad news, Lori’s mom, Alice, passed away last Friday. She had taken a turn for the worse and Lori said her passing was a blessing.
I read my book this afternoon and had a nap.
Country Threads’ Retiree


Update From the Farm

by CountryThreads on November 17, 2014


Since the shop closed I have read three books and “Rainwater” by Sandra Brown was the best – not too sappy – I don’t enjoy romance novels. There was a disturbing “animal” issue within the story line but I got through it. Today as the wind kicked up and visibility decreased, I sat in my easy chair and started a new book. What a wonderful feeling!
Here is the quilt shop, emptied and hollow looking. Soon I will start moving in but the weather is not cooperating. Too cold and windy to move furniture and I need an extra pair of hands as well. When the weather clears, I will shop for carpet and then the transformation will begin.
Thursday night is the final episode for the fall season of “How To Get Away With Murder”. Are you watching? I have not figured it out yet so I can’t miss the last show.
Stay warm wherever you live!


Here’s where to find the Online Sampler Blocks:

by CountryThreads on November 13, 2014

Go to Mandy’s site, and search for November Block. It will come up on your screen. She will repost all the previous blocks along with the December block. For those of you who need to catch up, check Mandy’s site in December and you’ll find all the blocks for 2014.
Mandy will also tell you at that time when she is going to post the complete quilt layout diagram so you can finish.
It’s a cold day on the farm today and snowing lightly. Looks so pretty I hung the Christmas lights on the porch.

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Sampler Quilt

by CountryThreads on November 12, 2014

Please contact Mandy about the online quilt sampler blocks and layout. Her email address is


Our New Sign

November 12, 2014

The sign at the gate says it all – Business Closed. We are getting some time to catch our breath after 30 years of working nearly round the clock. As you all know, the weather changed drastically and last Sunday I mowed lawn in the beautiful sunshine. By Tuesday morning it was 21 degrees and […]

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So Long, Farewell…….!

October 31, 2014

Our last day is bittersweet but mostly sweet! We will celebrate with our staff tonight at the local pub. Don’t forget Mandy’s website – she is ready to take your order starting November 3. Her email address is and her phone is 641-430-6341. You can reach me at and on the blog, […]

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Farm News

October 30, 2014

Well, it’s hard to believe we’re down to 2 days. In many ways it seems to have gone fast and in others, it seems as if we’ve been on this journey for several years. During those years we wondered how we would know when it was time to close. We questioned the economy, our customer […]

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Four Days To Go

October 28, 2014

We are counting down the days till Friday – just 4 days left and we are FREE women! Oh, except for Mandy, whose new business starts the day after we close. Mary Baker brought lasagna for lunch today and Joan brought her bread-maker machine. It was a feast! More later about my visitors today.

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Last Monday

October 27, 2014

The sign on our door says 5 days to go – and our last Monday was a busy one! Many times we had to let the phone ring because we were simply too busy to answer. We sold our prized seed counter to our friend Gloria. She even remembers when I printed the picture in […]

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Happy Birthday, Susannah!!!!

October 26, 2014

Today is Susannah’s 13th birthday. She was born unexpectedly outside when the temperature was 17 degrees and her mother, Jill, rejected her. I gladly moved her to the house, bottle feeding her and training her as a house goat for 18 months. She didn’t weigh as much as a can of Diet Coke when she […]

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