Greetings From Country Threads’ Farm

by CountryThreads on March 24, 2018

This is the drift in front of my gate this morning – yikes! We had over a foot of snow with driving winds all night long. We haven’t had a total of 12″ of snow all winter and tomorrow morning is Palm Sunday.

On the positive side, I brought Rick to the care center yesterday – before the storm! The dogs were thrilled to see him – as you can tell.

I waded through the snow to the barn – everybody there is snug as a bug in a rug.

I could hardly get the door open!

The wind is still blowing – I’ll go out later to start clearing the snow.



by CountryThreads on March 21, 2018

I got up at 5:45 – not 6:45 as was written. We left at 6 – 6:15. This gets funnier every time I think about it!


Surgery Went Well

by CountryThreads on March 21, 2018

Rick’s surgery yesterday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN took 3-1/2 hours and went well. He is now hospitalized next door at Methodist Hospital until Friday. When he left the recovery room they wheeled his bed through the skywalk and into his hospital room – so easy.

Here are the screws that were removed from his ankle – they are huge! And he says he couldn’t feel them – they’ve been in there for 20 years. Yikes!

The doctor removed a wedge of bone from the top of his foot, put in a plate and screwed it all together again so that his foot will sit straight when he walks. We are so hopeful that he’ll be able to be more mobile in the future. Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes!

Doesn’t every situation have a funny side? Monday night I couldn’t sleep – naturally – and the last time I looked at the clock it was 3:45. The next thing I knew Rick was calling me on my phone wondering if I was up. I said no, I had just gotten to sleep and by the way, what time is it? It was 6:45! We were leaving between 6-6:15! I jumped out of bed, stepped into my clothes and threw on some makeup. When I checked my alarm, I had set it for 5:15 PM – not AM!!!!! Yikes! Becky arrived to stay with the dogs and we checked in at the surgery desk at 8:30. As we sat down in the waiting room, I looked down at my feet and this is what I saw.

Yup – two different shoes – one an everyday black slip-on that I’ve even worn to the barn on occasion and the right shoe is a church shoe! Oh, did we ever have a laugh!

So that was my day – all is well. Tomorrow a guy from Antiques Road Show is coming to the library and I signed up to take a picture in for him to evaluate. I’ll let you know how it goes.


One More Finished

by CountryThreads on March 18, 2018

Remember these plaid brushed cottons? Watching March Madness gives me time at the sewing machine so this UFO is finished.

The front of the quilt took much less time than the back which I pieced with yardage and scraps on hand.

I think I can call this a reversible quilt.

We are definitely in mud season – I’ve been giving dog baths every day for three days now. Why you ask?

Telly looks the same. They have had a blast digging in the brush piles in our grove.


52 Years Ago

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”. […]

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Volunteering with Reed

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. […]

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Death of a Dog

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 […]

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Goat Sampler Pattern

March 13, 2018

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

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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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