Goodbye, Ice!

by CountryThreads on January 18, 2017

It’s 42 degrees and this is what the parking yard looks like today.  Much better.  We did have it sanded yesterday which made it walkable again.

And Rick loves to carve out waterways to get the water running downhill and away from the middle of the yard.

What a difference a day makes!

And here is something I’ve been meaning to show you.  Some of you might remember the oriole nest above the screened porch.  2016 was the second nest in the same spot and it recently cam down in a windstorm.  Luckily I noticed and rescued it from the ground.

Here is a picture of the inside of the nest which is perfectly smooth and so comfy for those baby orioles.

It’s truly a wonder to examine how perfectly it’s been made!

Still working on the mystery blocks.

Connie’s getting ready to leave on the cruise this weekend.



by CountryThreads on January 17, 2017

Just so you guys can quit worrying — I drove the van to the barn and the mailbox – worked great!

And here’s what Telly and I are playing today. Beginning dog agility on a small scale.  We are practicing jumping over this yardstick and tomorrow we’ll raise it up.  By spring she’ll know what I want her to do outside.

Cabin fever can make one very inventive.



by CountryThreads on January 17, 2017

The storm could have been worse – the wind could have been fierce and taken down the power lines but it just rained and rained and then froze.

I made my way to the barn twice yesterday wth the help of an ice scraper to stab the ice but I’m not sure how I’ll get there today.  Rick suggested getting in the van and backing it slowly to the barn and then driving it back as a way to safely get there and I might have to do just that.

All schools are closed and many businesses as well.  I am so thankful I don’t have a business here and have to worry about someone falling on the ice!  Or employees driving to work! Ugh!

And as you can see, it’s also very foggy.  Telly tried stepping outside and almost fell down.

Here’s what I’m going to do today – work on my BH mystery blocks.  Here’s the first one.

I am only doing a half size quilt but Bonnie didn’t show a layout so I’m going to improvise.

I cooked short ribs yesterday and took the meat off the bone so today I can make beef and noodles.  Sounds good for a cold day, doesn’t it?

Just a few words about watering the plants.  Surprisingly the orchids spent the summer outside and were rained on repeatedly which I worried about because during the winter I water them very sparingly and never let them sit in water.  I wonder if all that rain has had something to do with the many blooms – I have done nothing special.  They sit in a south window and they require less water than a cactus.

I don’t have a watering schedule but I do use a water meter.  This one was purchased at Menards for about $5.  It takes the guesswork out of watering your plants.  After using it for awhile, you become very familiar with each plant’s water requirements.

My mom gave me this one over 40 years ago and I still use it.

I am never bored and can think of a million things to do today unlike Rick who is bored to tears.  How is everybody coming with their triangle square blocks?  I believe the discrepancy in the finished size of my blocks happened when I sewed the TS together, the Thangles were accurate.

Stray barn kitty is still in the barn but I can’t get near him.


Sew Along Triangle Squares Finished

by CountryThreads on January 16, 2017

Lots of football on tv meant time to work on my triangle squares which I finished and sewed together in fours.  Tammy, JB’s sister, helped.

Then I measured my blocks which should measure 3-1/2″.  As you can see mine are a bit shy of 3-1/2″.

Measure your triangle square blocks before you cut your spacer blocks and cut accordingly.  I am going to cut mine on the small side of 3-1/2″ so everything will match up better.

Do not cut your spacer blocks – those specified as red check – until you have finished your triangle square blocks and measured them.

I’ll give you a couple more days to finish your triangle squares and then we will start piecing rows.


So You Like Plants!

January 15, 2017

There are lots of plant lovers out there, aren’t there?  I found that out after my post yesterday.  But you didn’t really think that was ALL my plants, did you?  Ha!  That was just the sunroom on the southeast.  Here is the piano room on the southwest – more plants, some quite large! It’s really […]

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A Nice Day – Finally!

January 14, 2017

It’s 27 degrees outside and honestly it feels like spring!  I let the goats out this morning and the chickens, too.  The sun is shining and when they find a spot out of the wind, it will be downright warm.  I’ll lock them all up again after I do chores. What to do on a […]

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Friday the 13th

January 13, 2017

I haven’t had any bad luck so far today – how about you?  Went to the grocery store because we are in line for a winter ice storm this weekend and continuing into Monday.  More ice!  We don’t need that! Yesterday I took a pile of quilts into church that I had finished for the […]

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Sewing Along

January 12, 2017

Are you sewing triangle squares tonight?  I am!  Here’s a stack of Thangles all pinned on and ready to sew. I am able to chain piece the Thangles. I am just getting a good start.  Hope you’re working on your Triangle Squares, too!

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Sew Along – Homey Triangles 

January 11, 2017

Connie loves making triangle squares with Thangles and we always use them if we sew together on a project because they produce such an accurate triangle square and our pieces always match in size.  In this project we want 4 triangle squares that are matching and the finished size in the quilt is 1-1/2″ so […]

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January 11, 2017

Here are the four winners who will be receiving a copy of this book in the mail.  We had 608 comments which is almost alarming to me – maybe I should filter what I say if that many people are listening to me!  Eek! Carol Possi Kelly – she responded on January 9, 8:51 am […]

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