Arlo Visits the Farm

by CountryThreads on August 15, 2017

Arlo, a nine week old English black lab puppy came to visit with his owner, my friend Ginny.

 He differs from an American Labrador in his shorter wider stature and square head.  I call him “wide load” and he is the cutest black lab puppy you’ll ever meet.

I made him a quilt with his name on it.

I think it likes it!



by CountryThreads on August 12, 2017

Reed came over yesterday and we picked some ripe tomatoes.

We also checked on the pumpkins and gourds, planted a coneflower, played with the kittens, moved several plants to a sunnier location, checked out the wool batts in the trailer ( leftover from years ago) and watched the Fab Five.  The Fab Five are those four last chicks and the lone chick that was just a bit older.  They now all hang out together and we are debating on their sex.  Honestly I’m afraid I’ve got 3 more roosters and 2 hens in the Fab Five.  Can’t say for sure yet but that’s what Reed thinks, too.  He talked about putting a harness on his hens and taking them for a walk so when I took him home I threw in a dog harness and a leash.  We tried it but the harness just didn’t fit quite right (imagine that!) so I think we’ll order a couple harnesses from Amazon and give it a proper try.  I have a feeling Myra and Vera would like to walk a hen, too.  They were all so excited!  Now who do you think is getting the most fun out of this little adventure?  That would be me, of course!

And now I’d like to introduce my “new” friends, Arlo, Zippee and Pepper.  Three of my friends have recently gotten new puppies.  Here is Arlo, an English black lab.

And Zippee, a Golden Retriever.

And here’s Pepper, the Border Collie.

None of these puppies live close to me but I am going to meet Arlo on Monday – I can’t wait!

I finished Beartown by Frederik Bachman and loved it.  The story revolves around a small town and their high school hockey team – I want another good book!


No Recipe Today

by CountryThreads on August 10, 2017

I forgot to take the final picture of the Danish Puff so will wait until the next time I make it to post the recipe.  It’s nothing but butter, flour, eggs and water –  you’ll have everything on hand.  I’m working on a gift quilt for a friend.  More on that later.


Recipe Update!!!

by CountryThreads on August 9, 2017

See what I mean about posting recipes?  I think I have a mental block when it comes to them.  Please make this addition:

Bread and Butter Pickles need 4-1/2 cups sugar!

Thanks to all who caught this – I read them over each time – it’s like proofing math in a pattern – I always make the same mistake!



August 9, 2017

Hot Dog Relish Makes 5 pints. Do not double recipe. 5 c. Ground cucumber 2 c. Ground onion 2 hot red peppers, ground, 2 sweet red or green peppers, ground 3/4 c. Salt 1-1/2 qts. Water Combine all ground vegetables.  Add salt and water.  Let stand overnight. In the morning drain vegetables. Heat: 1 qt. […]

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Time to Make the Pickles

August 8, 2017

Last week I asked Rick how the cucumbers were doing and he said there were lots of blossoms but no cukes.  Hmmm, I decided I’d better check it out myself last Sunday.  Does this look like no cukes to you? The cukes are now huge!  Too big for bread and butter pickles so I had […]

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My Treaure From Our Trip

August 5, 2017

On Sunday morning we traveled from Lincoln to Omaha and stopped at Platte Valley Antique Mall.  I look for dog pictures everywhere I go and they’re getting scarcer all the time.  I thought I’d seen them all until I laid eyes on this beauty. I actually hugged it when I read the title on the […]

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Our Trip To Lincoln

August 3, 2017

Last month Connie and I went to Lincoln, NE to the International Quilt Museum combined with an event in Omaha the following day.   We also visited several quilt shops – we “needed” fabric – ha ha!  Here’s our shopping show and tell from the hotel. One of the collections on display was Bill Volckening’s […]

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It’s been a tough summer. 

August 2, 2017

I appreciate the kind and considerate comments and emails.  I do not appreciate those that have not been so kind and considerate.  I miss many of you and some of you I do not miss at all. In fact I wish you would unsubscribe.  If I could “unfriend” you, I would.  I have read and […]

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More Sad News

July 26, 2017

Laura Boehnke, former employee and quilt tester for American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, died Monday, July 24 at home of unknown causes.  Since most of you are quilters and are likely familiar with Laura’s work, I thought you’d like to know.  Her funeral is Saturday, July 29, 10:30 am at St, Johns Lutheran east of […]

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