Hot In Iowa! 7-25-21

RAGBRAI started today with 15,000 riders in 90 degree heat. Roy, Joe and several of Joe’s staff members are riding several days. Here’s Day 1. This event has been taking place in Iowa since 1973.

Regular readers of this blog might recognize the name Tanya T. from Houston and yesterday she and her husband Lee stopped by the farm on their Midwestern road trip. She brought all the Country Threads books she owns for me to sign – we had to sit outside in the shade because both are allergic to cats and dogs. Can you imagine? I just can’t and from my point of view it would be one of the worst things that could happen to me!

I am thankful I have no allergies. We talked about the very tall corn so I went across the road and stood in the field.

“The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye and it looks like it’s climbing right up to the sky!” Sing along with me!

As soon as I get a picture I’m happy with of my succulent garden I’m going to have it blown up to poster size and framed so I can enjoy it in the winter.

Reader quilts:

Hazel and I visited Pam and her puppy named Ava.
The Tilda fabrics I’m working with – aren’t they beautiful?

The fair starts next week and I’m loaning quilts to hang for display only in the textile/gardening open show building. It’s only going to be 95 degrees or so the day we have to hang them. Ugh.

Wish I could haul this planter to the show – it’s never been this pretty!

Mistakes in my earlier post!

I do know the name is actually the Stone House so why I wrote “city” is beyond me! Remember how old I am! And Father Stenzel is 81, not 83. This is what happens when I hurry.

Such a pretty day today – for cutting weeds, hosing down the garage and now for sitting on the porch. I can tell it’s fair time next week – I CAN SMELL THE CORN!

My Minnesota Trip, 7-22-21

I drove to Blue Earth on Tuesday to meet up with my friend Felicia who then took me to visit Father Stenzel’s Stone City in the country outside of Wells. First I located Welcome Stitchery for Connie who wants to visit some time. As I sat in the parking lot, a customer walked out and I knew her! It was Linda B. who has been a Country Threads customer for years.

Then I found the quilt shop called Michelle’s on Main Street where I bought a single piece of fabric – I could have enjoyed shopping there but no time. Off we went to Wells.

I have to say right here that I was stunned at the beautiful rock work – my mouth hung open as Father Stenzel showed us around his yard. This lovely man is 83 years old and has been working on this project since he was 10. The grass was beautifully cut, there were flowers planted in many spots and pots of ferns were everywhere. This fern is over 100 years old!

Here is a series of photos:

I hope you got some feeling of the beauty! Tuesday night Kay, a Country Threads employee and neighbor, invite us to her garden for a quick get together but it turned out to be just 4 of us.

From left – Connie, Lori, Kay

Breathtaking, isn’t it?

So today is feed delivery day, groceries and finish mowing. It’s going to get very hot for the next week or so – back to my sewing machine! Is anyone familiar with Tilda fabrics? Both Connie and I are using them right now and they are very beautiful florals.

Stay cool, Everybody! We’ll talk again soon!

Millie napping in the porch.