Warm Saturday

by CountryThreads on February 18, 2017

What a day!  February 18 and I’m raking the yard, cutting back the grasses and picking up sticks.

  The dogs loved it and after many hours outside, they all crashed – muddy and worn out.

Bentley was sleeping outside.

Our neighbor, Tim, just got a black lab puppy – meet Tim and Bo.

Tim brought Bo over to meet all of us because Bo will be staying with us in the future sometimes.  

Can you see all 6 dogs?

I forgot to include Dakota’s  picture yesterday – I love having her here!

And here’s the short goat report.

Here’s Emma – losing her winter coat like crazy!

Tucker likes to be close to me at all times – ha!

Have a great Sunday, Everybody!  I’ll be at two church services and then home with the dogs.


Connie Has Been Busy!

by CountryThreads on February 17, 2017

If you recall Connie spent the last 10 days in Chicago with Grace and Rex while Andy and AdreAnne went on vacation.  Here’s some of the projects she worked on.

Kim Diehl’s Pineapple Quilt.  Connie is a Kim Diehl fan!

Leftovers from the Pineapple Quilt.

Here are her Gardenvale  Stars blocks by Jen Kingwell made with Jen’s fabric.

This is Beemer, Connie’s little sewing buddy.

Grace and Rex loved having Grandma Connie stay at their house.  She’s teaching them how to sew.

And here’s today at home.  This is what she’s working on today, Wildflowers.

Hope is helping.  Most of you can identify with this picture – ha!

And here’s a current picture of Ben – he looks good!

And Claire, the big sister who loves to collect “stuff”.

It’s a gorgeous day in North Iowa – we might even get fooled into thinking spring has arrived.

Tucker is still here and Dakota arrived for a week’s stay at Lucky Dog Farm.  I love this little dog – she’s showing her age of 12-1/2 years.

That’s all folks!


Today’s Project

by CountryThreads on February 16, 2017

Bentley spent the night with us and he and Tucker had a big time!  Here they are looking out the door to my sewing room – too exhausted to go around to the dog door to get outside.

After a good night’s rest in the kennel, they were happy to go outside to “rassle” this morning.  Telly just barely tolerates them.  Poor girl.

I bought this frame at the thrift store for $5 – the picture isn’t even too bad but that’s not why I bought it.

Here’s the back.

I removed the cardboard and took out the matted picture.

I cut a piece of paper the same size and laid over the picture.  Then I used double stick tape to layout 12 photos.

Flip it over.

Put it back in the frame and use glazing points to secure the cardboard back.

Flip it over to reveal 12 of my favorite photos.  I love it!

Now I have to find an empty spot to hang it.


Playing in the Mud

by CountryThreads on February 14, 2017

Bentley came over to play with Tucker Monday afternoon – Telly was sick to death of Tucker and Bentley just can’t get enough of him!  

This big puddle in our yard was irresistible to those two.

And after an afternoon of tearing around the farm, this was what they all looked like.

And after Bentley went home…..

Here is my beloved porch – full of firewood mess.  I can’t wait to clean it up, buy a new rug and move my chair out there!

I spent 1 hour 20 minutes on the phone with my blog “guy” this morning trying to straighten out my many questions regarding the blog.  One very cool fact was noted on the Stats page – this blog has had over one million visits!  Thank you, Readers, for making my day!



February 12, 2017

My sister, Becky, retired from teaching 3rd grade and this winter has taken up watercolor painting.  Look what she painted for me!  Reminds me of Janey a lot.  I love it! Finished 3 books recently – this was the best one. I also read these two but can’t rank them in my favorites. Owen was […]

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Hint Hint

February 10, 2017

The cookie container from the freezer was left out where I couldn’t miss it – hint hint.  So, with another slow day ahead of me, I baked cookies again. As I turned around, Rox was sitting there looking up at me just hoping there might be a crumb for her. I’ll bet I can find […]

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Snow for our Eastern Friends

February 9, 2017

I watched the news this morning about the big snowstorm in the Northeast – I’m thinking about all of you in those parts today.  Stay home and stay safe!  Our weather is sunny but very cold.  Hope was glad to come out to the farm again today.  She loves going to the barn and is […]

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A Slow Day

February 8, 2017

It’s cold here today and other than choir practice tonight, it’s a pretty empty day.  I cooked eggs for the dogs again. Spray the muffin tin and crack an egg into hole.  Bake in a 400 degree oven about 10 minutes.  They will tip right out of the muffin tin.  See? Since Connie is in […]

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I’m Still Here!

February 7, 2017

Where has the time gone?  Last Friday Elmer Short arrived while his parents went to Jamaica.  Elmer is a 12 year old goldendoodle and the first dog I ever kept for anyone.  He’s a great guy but showing his age. The next day Michele came home to a thrilled Bentley – as these pictures show! […]

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February 2, 2017

Didn’t mean to get you confused – I just threw those blocks up on the design wall.  Here is the correct alignment.  However — all my triangle blocks will be different lights and darks because I have short pieces of yardage to use up.  I’m hoping I’ll still get the same effect.  I don’t have […]

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