Cold Thursday

by CountryThreads on April 27, 2017

I ran some errands today and it was actually snowing lightly – ick!  Stopped at Sam’s to see how she was doing and she took this picture of Hazel and me.

Lucy and Owen were home, too.  I think it’s so cute when they call him Owie!

I’ve made some progress on the wedding quilt and since it’s such a nasty day I think this is how I will spend my afternoon, too.

I’ve reached the point in my life where I think it’s OK to actually use an antique quilt on a bed – ha!  What and who am I saving it for?  Isn’t it wonderful?  It makes me want to start making New York Beauty blocks again.

Here’s the latest and best photo I’ve been able to get of the kittens.  I think maybe they’re older than I thought as their eyes are open.  Still can’t tell how many – I think 4.  Anybody needing a sweet kitten in about 2 months?

Hazel is bored in the house and I don’t want to work outside when it’s this cold – she loves to sit in my chair, with or without me.  Oh my, a yawn!  Maybe I’ll take a nap, she says.

Our friend, Rose, was playing around with photo editing and sent this to me.  Rose is sooo good at this – this repeated picture could be wrapping paper.  Anybody know someone in the “paper” design business?

One of these days I’m going to try posting a short video on the blog – I’ll get Hazel in action!

I am guilty of shopping online and this morning I ordered fabric from Jeanne Horton’s new fabric line called Riverbend.  I am in the mood to make a subtle beautiful quilt for my living room and I think this will fill the bill.  When it comes I’ll show it to you.  Jeanne owns Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI.  Such a beautiful shop – if you haven’t ever visited, you should.

Connie and I both have quilts to show you – as soon as the weather gets nice enough to stage them outside.  Remember Wildflower?  She is finishing up hers – it is an extra large queen size!!!  Wait till you see it!

I bought potting soil this morning to pot up some more clippings.  My mother was right – I make so much work for myself!



by CountryThreads on April 26, 2017

Doesn’t she look angelic?  How could this sweet thing turn into a piranha every evening?  Ha!


Dogs Deserve Better

by CountryThreads on April 25, 2017

On April 25th, 2007, 51 dogs were rescued from a horrific life on 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA, where Michael Vick ran a dog fighting operation.  Ten years later 1915 Moonlight Road is a rehabilitation center for abused and neglected dogs – home to Dogs Deserve Better.

This is one of my favorite non-profit rescues and I proudly “wear” their magnetic sign on my van.  I am always surprised at how many people mention it to me – shoppers in a parking lot, bank tellers and fast food drive-thru employees for example.

If you’re aware of an abused or neglected dog, do something!  Call the local authorities, your local shelter or even Dogs Deserve Better for advice.  If you’d like to read the whole story about the dogs and Moonlight Road, Jim Grant has written a new book called “The Lost Dogs”.  Go to their website to see what wonderful things they’re doing for neglected and abused dogs.


Snack Mix Recipe

by CountryThreads on April 24, 2017

1-12 oz. Crispix cereal

1-14 oz. mini pretzels

2-10 oz. cans mixed nuts

1-10 oz. honey roasted peanuts

1-10 oz. chili cheese Frito chips

1-10 oz. Frito corn chips

Melt together:

1 c. Butter

3 T. Honey

5 T. Brown sugar

1-1/2 t. Chili powder 

2-1/2 t. Garlic powder

1-1/2 t. Curry powder

1-1/2 t. Celery salt

1 T. Onion powder

1-1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce

9-12 drops Tobasco

Pour over cereal and coat all. Bake 1-1/2 hrs. At 250 degrees.  Stir every 15 minutes.

This recipe came from one of our employees, Linda U.  I can take no credit for this yummy snack!



April 24, 2017

I cut up a watermelon last Saturday and took the rinds down to the chickens.  Hazel made a beeline to the barn and decided she’d like to chew on a watermelon rind, too. I also made snack mix – it is delicious! Everything is growing in North Iowa including the pampas grass which is just […]

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Birthday Party at Concord Care

April 21, 2017

We had a change of plans today.  Becky and Jenny couldn’t come and actually Bo went home early so I took Bentley along with me to the care center.  I put the leash loop under one of the piano bench legs and made sure I didn’t accidentally stand up.  He sat by the piano for […]

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It’s a Dog Day

April 21, 2017

It’s a dog day here on the farm!  Bentley, the golden retriever, Bo, the Labrador retriever and Mia, the Australian Shepherd are all here plus my three.  Nobody would stand still long enough to pose for a decent photo. Mia is the oldest in the group but probably the most tolerant of Hazel – surprisingly. […]

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April 20, 2017

We have not received checks for 5 quilts so this is just a reminder.  If you haven’t sent your check for us to receive it by the 25th, the quilt will be resold and you will not be able to “bid” on another one in the future.   If you “bought” a quilt, send your […]

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Farm News

April 18, 2017

So much going on at the farm that I don’t even have time to write about it!  Connie and I have sent out all but 3 of the quilts and I suppose we’ll be receiving those last 3 checks very soon.  We definitely have to make some more rules before we ever do this again. […]

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Leo Lund

April 15, 2017

Leo, Sam and Brian’s goldendoodle that often stayed here, died this afternoon from complications of kidney and liver failure. We will never know what caused the kidneys and liver to fail – a year ago Faye was dying of the same thing and my heart breaks for the Lund family.  My own heart is incredibly […]

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