Progress – Finally!

by CountryThreads on May 15, 2017

I went to the barn about 9 pm with a can of food for Mama Kitty and I was surprised to see her out of the box and 3 kitties with her.  She ran back to the box which gave me the chance to pick up the black kitten who didn’t hiss at me or anything!  I put the food on the plate and went back to the house for my phone.  These are pretty bad photos but at least you can see that the kittens are out and about – one was even in the carrier!


By the time I got back to the barn the food was gone!  I think the kittens are even starting to eat on their own so tomorrow I’m going to mix up a feast and sit in the pen with them.  This is a great improvement!

Reed came to help me plant today but we had a thunderstorm so we stayed in the porch.  Reed is 9 which means if I’m really good to him he’d be around another 9 years to help this old lady.  And he loves animals!  I’ve never had a friend who really liked my barn animals very much.  Here he is with JB.


Hazel has started a very bad habit of jumping up to get the cat I’m holding.  I can only wonder if it’s jealousy.   I will have to nip this behavior in the bud!

I put the leftover blocks from the wedding quilt into a small quilt which is on the quilting machine now.  


Chick update – he/she is very brave and forges ahead leaving his mom to keep up with him.  He is almost able to fly up to a roost which Mama Hen jumps up to and then clucks to him to follow.  Soon – he’ll be flying up to that roost.

That’s the update around the farm, folks!

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Ann Barlament May 15, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Yeah, success with the barn kitties!! Wow JB is as big as Reed!!

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CountryThreads May 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Ann – I am so encouraged with this progress! Maybe she won’t be a “wild child” after all! Prayers needed for complete success!

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Louise May 15, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Reed sounds like a keeper…two likely buddies.

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Louise May 15, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Reed sounds like a keeper…two likely buddies. I like what you did with the leftover blocks.

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Angie Rowland May 15, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Can you imagine the torment Mamma kitty has been through to be so scared of someone that is trying to help her. She must be terrified that something will happen to her children. Poor baby. Thank you for your patience and understanding that she is so scared.

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CountryThreads May 15, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Angie – and she is still terrified but I won’t give up trying to get her to the vet after the kittens are weaned. Then she’s welcome to live in my barn full time!

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Julianna May 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

Mary, you are so generous and welcoming to all God’s creatures. Look at all those years you welcomed quilters! Mama and her kittens are blessed to have found you. Reed seems so sweet from your pics. Love that age when they are so willing to help and at ease showing their true selves with their love for animals, and people too. Cheerful, honest help always so welcome 🙂 But I think in the next 9 years he’ll have giggling friends tagging along. I’m sure you can put them to work too. HA!

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Peggy May 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm

Great update, Mary. Glad to hear the good news about the kitties! Hoping they will learn to be friendly!! Maybe Hazel can be a friend!! She’s so cute! Keep the spray bottle handy if she’s trying to get to the cats!! Keep up the good work!! And good luck with sittin’ in the pen for a feast!! 😺😸😼😽

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Patty McDonald May 16, 2017 at 12:45 am

It’s always nice to have a young helper who enjoys the barn. Also, the white kitty with polka dots is very cute. Wish I lived within driving distance to adopt him/her. Patty Mc

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Patsy May 16, 2017 at 4:50 am

If you handle the kittens as much as possible now, they will love you forever. I’ve had this same experience twice. Mama who is here now still doesn’t trust me much, but her kitten loves to be loved.

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Cindie May 16, 2017 at 7:07 am

I think she is saying, I am keeping an eye on you, but keep bringing food! Can’t wait to read the next chapter Mary. 🐾

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PJ May 16, 2017 at 7:26 am

I don’t always comment on your blog, but just want you to know how very much it brightens my day to read it n see all your photos, I simply love it. Am so happy that Momma kitty is getting more trusting, soon maybe she will let you get closer!!!! Thanks!!!! PJ

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Kathy May 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

What a heartwarming tale to read this morning. Life is good! Mama kitty will learn eventually you are providing a safe shelter and nourishment to her and her babies. It’s all about patience. And such a blessing to have an eager helper. Yes I would be looking long range too and figuring out how many batches of cookies I would be baking to feed him to keep him around!!

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Carolyn W. May 16, 2017 at 7:46 am

Hazel is probably a bit jealous, but in time she will learn you have time for all….including her.

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Paula (Texas) May 16, 2017 at 8:05 am

Good to hear about all your critters and Reed!

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Loris Mills May 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

Wonderful progress with Kitty Mama and her babies. It’s good to know they are so safe!
It is also wonderful to see Reed enjoying helping you with the barn animals. He sounds like a delightful friend. The friendship will be helpful for both of you. You get the enjoyment and help with your animals and he will surely benefit from knowing you and your care for the animals. A great way to grow an awesome man!

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Jan May 16, 2017 at 8:30 am

Good news! Sounds like everything is coming together on the animal front.

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Ann Roth May 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

Reed is a cutie!!!

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Kay Crandall May 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

Love it that you are able to pick up the little kitties – they are so cute! So is Reed! I’m betting that you two are going to develop a special bond that will last forever! You are both very fortunate.

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Dee T. May 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

I finally got your mail in spam but, not able to remove it from there permanently. I need to get some help. I have several that have gone to spam. Don,t know why. It was not me. Glad to hear about the kittens. I don’t know anything about cats. Just dogs. To stop dogs from jumping, give them the knee. But Hazel is probably to short. Ask your trainer when you go.

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Diane May 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

Yes, Reed will be around for many years to help. He is a cutie:) You are doing great with the kittens and even Mama. She’ll come around eventually. If we lived closer, I’d love the little white kitty; it looks just like my old buddy, Spike who was in the “Goat Gazette”:) Maybe hubby will be willing to “drive over” to Iowa from Ohio–lol. I love the colors in the big and little quilts. Happy and sunny quilts. Our oldest grandchild climbed into my lap when I was holding the second one and pushed her little butt right on my left knee. #2 stayed on my right knee and they’ve been friends ever since–14 1/2 years. Hazel will figure out that you have a big enough heart (and lap) for all!!!

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Sue May 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

Reed is a very cute boy. Perhaps a veterinarian someday? Good choice for a boy who loves animals so much. Glad he is there to help you.
The kittens are getting so cute. The white one with black spots is my fav so far.

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Carol May 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm

I search for your posts first thing every morning, before I read anything else. They make my day. Thank you!

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Carolyn Van Petten May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Reed is a cutie! Thank you for your blog!

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Betty Klosterman May 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Is school out already? I think our RC schools have at least a week left. The country schools are probably done this week if they don’t have to make up snow days.

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Kathy Hanson May 16, 2017 at 2:09 pm

How great that you have a new helper – hope that he wants to stay and help you with your animals, etc. He is a cute kid! Good progress with the kitties, hope that continues to go well. Hazel is giving you some challenges, but you will get her in line I am sure. Such fun to hear about your farm and furry friends!

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Kate May 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Where can I get a helper like Reed?

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