52 Years Ago

by CountryThreads on March 16, 2018

This is Rick and me in front of his car in 1965 – we dated throughout high school and planned to go to Iowa State together in the fall of 1966.

Don’t you just love the matching madras shorts? Haha!

When we attended high school, the senior class went on what was called “skip day”. Our class went to Minneapolis where we toured several industrial plants, went to Cinnerama and ate at a buffet. We stayed overnight at a motel with a pool and none of us slept much that night. The next day the tours were continued and we arrived back home late that night. Rick brought me home in the car shown here and since Mom knew we were both sleepy, she suggested that Rick spend the night on our couch. He said he’d be OK and took off for home.

Sadly he did fall asleep at the wheel and went in the ditch hitting the gravel road intersection. His right foot was crushed and his right leg had a compound fracture. Our local hospital did the best they could in 1966. Rick came home after we graduated with a cast from his toes to his hip and that changed our college plans.

I went on to Iowa State and he recuperated. At our 25th class reunion we talked for a brief moment – that was 1991. In 1996 we were both divorced from previous marriages and we got married in 1997. The first thing we did was have that troublesome ankle looked at and had surgery to fuse it.

Fast forward to about 10 years ago when he had knee replacement in the left knee and then the right knee a little later. The doctors told him that since his right leg was then straight, his right foot would have to be re-broken, straightened to match the knee and fused again. He has not been able to walk much for several years. That brings us to next Tuesday, March 20, 2018 when he will be having ankle surgery at Mayo.

He will have a NON -WEIGHT BEARING cast for 3 months and then a walking cast after that for another month. That takes us to August. Holy Smokes! We have discussed the care center for a couple weeks so he can have therapy and become confident with his knee scooter. All the spring yard work, the garden, the mowing, the spraying, the housework, the animal work will be on my shoulders. Many have offered to help and I’ll take them up on it when the time comes.

I have been stressed about this since last December and now I just want to get on with it. I feel somewhat responsible for his accident since he brought me home first way back in May 1966. I can think of a good life lesson here — listen to Mom!

The blog is likely to change along with my lifestyle but I’ll try to keep you updated when I can. Say a little prayer for both of us.


Volunteering with Reed

by CountryThreads on March 14, 2018

Our church takes turns with other churches and organizations serving at the Community Kitchen in Mason City. I decided to help out this month and asked Reed to go with me. He’s a good worker!

Glen and Terri also volunteered – they had done this in the past so they told us what to do.

Everyone should perform community service for those who need a helping hand.

We served 40-50 people. This was a good life lesson for both Reed and me.


Death of a Dog

by CountryThreads on March 14, 2018

Concerning the death of the little bulldog who was put into an overhead bin by a stupid stewardess — he barked for 2 hours! And then died. How can the stewardess say she didn’t know there was a dog in the bag? This is so horrible I can’t stand to hear any more reports about it!


Goat Sampler Pattern

by CountryThreads on March 13, 2018

Does anyone out there have a Goat Sampler pattern they’d like to sell to a reader who raises goats?


Bird Nests

March 12, 2018

I wrote yesterday about the tiny eggs. Here are some tiny nests found in my yard in the past. And here’s a closeup so you can see what those birds used to make their nests – goat hair! Remember the orioles that built a nest in 2016? The nest finally blew down and I brought […]

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A Gray Sunday Afternoon

March 11, 2018

A walk through the house on this gray afternoon produced these everyday photos. A look at the plants in the piano room. This fern is in the opposite corner – it is huge! The dogs are having a tough day. Plants in the “porch area”. Reed and I bought a new orchid last month. Easter […]

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Storm Update

March 7, 2018

The wind blew Saturday and Sunday 30-40 mph from the east, the direction that we have no windbreak. A friend arrived for a visit on Sunday and Monday morning it was raining, sleeting, snowing and blowing harder than ever. Knowing we couldn’t go anywhere, we each settled into a chair by the windows and as […]

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Saturday Night

March 3, 2018

I’ve been watching college basketball all day and March Madness is right around the corner. March Madness is the only thing that makes the month of March tolerable and when the tournament is over I will suffer from basketball withdrawal! By then I should be working outside again. The snow and ice are slowly disappearing […]

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Let’s Talk

February 28, 2018

Remember my friend Sam who has Aidan and Lucy and Owen? Her wonderful dog, Leo, died last year around Easter time and now she’s getting a new puppy named Ivy so I made the puppy a quilt. No masterpiece by any means – just a puppy quilt. Owen, with the deep dimples, actually sat on […]

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Connie’s Latest Project

February 27, 2018

Connie used a tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew called Jelly Strip Stash Buster. Don’t you love it? I see another quilt in my future! I washed the doilies in Dawn – if it’s gentle enough to wash a small bird or animal after an oil spill, I think it’s OK to wash the doilies in, […]

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