A Messy Situation, 6-24-2020

With Kayla’s help the blog has been brought back to life.  If I do something wrong and it disappears again, that’s it for me.  The new name is chickenscratchcountrythreads.  Gotta catch my breath and then I’ll be back to tell you about farm life in North Iowa!

119 thoughts on “A Messy Situation, 6-24-2020

  1. Helen Glover

    My virus protection says this is a suspicious connection and won’t open it. It says it has a suspicious url and certificate. Maybe you can put in a go-around for this. I missed you and wondered what had happened. What a mess! so sorry this keeps happening. danged hackers!

  2. Pat Williams

    Got the same message about this being a suspicious connection. Have really missed you! Hoping things improve. Pat from Ia City

  3. Sandy Bessingpas

    I got the same message about a suspicious connection and that it was not safe to open..said someone was impersonating country threads chickenscratch

    1. Cathy Davis

      Mine opened just fine! Wondering what happened to you Mary! Happy to see you back.

  4. Diane and Squeak

    Happy to hear from you and sorry for the problems! I hope it works; I would MISS you. Good luck:)

  5. Frances

    Oh Dear! I understand your frustration, but I hope you can fix the problem. We would all miss you.

  6. Paula S.

    I’m glad you’re back Mary. I hope this situation stays cleared up for you. I’ve missed your posts!

  7. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    I didn’t get any suspicious tags, but there are a lot of yellow boxes with no photos, I think you didn’t post any, so maybe no ads?
    I thought maybe you dropped me as an infrequent commenter. Some of my days, dealing with my 90 year old mother, are so exhausting, I enjoy reading your posts but have no energy to type a response. I’ll do better.
    Telling my mind and heart to be still. Sometimes it works.

  8. Stoney Monte

    I believe this is my first visit to your blog. I am a regular reader of Jo’s blog and got here thanks to Kayla’s post. Iowa has some wonderful people with great talents!

  9. Sandy

    Glad to have you back Mary,was it Jo Kramer s daughter that helped you? It would be a sad day if we didn’t hear from you, but I understand how frustrating this can be.love and best wishes from sandy

  10. Jean

    Oh gosh mary. I didn’t know what had happened to you. I was unaware that evil crossed your path again. I will miss you terribly if you go away. We all need to PRAY about this!

  11. Launa

    Got a warning, but all is working now!
    Thanks for keeping all of your followers with 😊 BIG SMILES today, Mary!
    Always good to hear from Garner, Iowa!

  12. Sandra Goddard

    I’ve had no messages. Been wondering what was wrong. I would miss you and your blog very much

  13. Nancy TD

    Glad you are back. Sending my June DD soon. The last and I completed them all plus a few extra. A great feeling thanks to you and Connie.

  14. Sheila

    Got a warning when I tried with my computer. But now it went right through with my phone. Sorry you need to go through all of this and I appreciate your persistence (or Kayla’s). I enjoy your blog so much and would miss it if it stopped. But you need to do what is best for you!

  15. Jeanne

    Missed your blog so much! Glad to hear you are back in business! Keep the great posts coming!

  16. Judy

    Glad you are back. I start my day with breakfast, then check The local news. Do I really want to read any of that? Then I relax for a while and check to see what you and Bonnie Hunter are up to. I enjoy reading about your life and quilting projects. Hope you can keep it up.

  17. Pat Smith

    So glad you’re back! I was sure my computer had ousted me again No warnings for me, hope things continue to go well as I’d miss my window on Iowa farm life, especially the pictures.

  18. Debbie B

    So glad you are back. I missed you! Fingers crossed that all stays well with your blog. Thanks for hanging in there.

  19. Lois Ann Johnson

    Mary: It has been a very LONG ten days without you and your tales of farm life in northern Iowa! Sometimes technology can be so frustrating–and yet, what would we do without it? Keep the faith and here’s hoping all goes well for your blog from here on in!

  20. Connie Heffner from Ohio

    Your link is working here and I am so glad you are back. Missed reading your blog .

  21. Liz Schrader

    Ok. So glad you are back . I looked everyday and wondered if there were problems. Hope everything works for you now. I would miss my connection to Garner and all your quilting ideas.

  22. Andi

    Hi Mary!
    How incredibly frustrating for you!! So sorry this has been such a headache for you, but am so happy you are back. Glad Kayla could help you. Our younger generation is so very much more tech savvy than I know I could ever hope to be.
    Just wanted to encourage you by letting you know how much i enjoy your blog, and to say “Thank you!!” for all you hard work and all that you share with us.
    Sending a virtual hug!!

  23. Beryl BC

    It’s good to see your blog is fixed. I was thinking of sending an email; wondered if the last post with so many comments caused things to go down. Good luck!

  24. Jane lamborn

    Hurray, you are back! We love your posts that include quilting, garden, pets and country living! Thanks for all the encouragement and friendship. Keep calm!!! Hang in there. We love you!

  25. Ellie

    Have really missed your blog posts! It’s good to have you back and I sure hope this works for you.

  26. Nicole Hanson

    Oh, thank goodness! I have been sooooo worried! I began searching my spam mail.
    Glad everyone ok! Understand hackers, and scammers! If these people would put half that energy to good use, I’m sure they, and I know us!, would be so much happier!
    Waiting to hear from you. I have missed you!

    1. Rhonda in Urbandale

      Curious/worried why we hadn’t heard from you! Sorry for the troubles. Earlier in the day when I clicked the link I got a warning that it was a suspicious site and that someone might be impersonating you. Now it opened up but only your text and yellow boxes. I am on an iPad. Glad you’re back!

  27. Kathy in western NY

    Do you see me waving to you from New York!!!! I am so happy. First this afternoon I got the same impersonation message and so I just gave it time and now it worked just fine!!!!! Yippee!

  28. Margaret in North Texas

    So glad you and Kayla got everything in order!! Missed you but read Jo’s blog and she said Country Threads was down but yeah—- WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU ARE BACK. Just ask for help.

  29. Nancy Schulz

    Never crossed my mind that you would be having technical problems again, but I was getting very concerned that something had happened to you! Glad to see you up and blogging again – you are part of my every day, especially now that we are all at home. Stay well, and may the angels guard your computer!

  30. Pat

    I know of you through Jo Kramer’s blog. I tried to follow you previously but never managed to get signed up. Hope this works for you!!

  31. Jeanie S, Central IL

    After a few days of not hearing from you, I tried to access your blog. I could not connect, said the server was down. I was worried something bad had happened to you, Rick or one of the dogs. You are a part of our lives. 🥰

    PS: I restrained myself from sending you a text or email, as I assumed your were aware of the situation.

  32. Joan

    Oh Mary , got nervous that you threw in the towel.
    Glad you didn’t, would have of really missed getting my farm fix.

  33. Carolyn

    Went to the website and it looked like your domain expired. Happened to a friend of mine and she had to recreate the entire site. Lost pictures and everything. Glad you’re back!

  34. Marilyn Morley

    So glad to see your message – have been worrying about you – take all the time you need to recover!!

  35. Meredith from Cincinnati

    Hooray! Heard from Jo Kramer at her blog that you’re back. Such good news!

  36. Rosalie

    so glad it is working! Looking forward to seeing what you and the critters have been up to.

  37. Peggy

    Oh it is great to see this post. I have been checking regularly, hoping for the best and fearing the worst. Technology can sure be frustrating. I am so happy it was a computer issue and that you are safe and sound.
    Just for info sake, your post came thru fine, no warnings or anything. There were a couple yellow boxes, no images/pictures. One box above the text and one below. I am not sure if you posted pictures, but if you did, they came thru as yellow boxes on my pc.
    Fingers crossed the blog will work now, sure have missed your posts.
    Regards from Alaska, Peg

  38. Pat in Michigan

    Hooray, we are so glad you’re back.
    Thank you for all you do for us, Mary.
    Thanks also to Kayla for her help. Can’t wait to catch up with farm life!

  39. Teresa in Port Coquitlam

    I missed your blog and thought I had done something to stop me from getting them until I tried to search for your blog and it wouldn’t open. I knew something was up. Sorry for the issues and the frustration it brings. Glad you are back. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  40. Sandy O

    Mary, So happy that you are back. Just love your blog. Always look forward to reading it and all you are doing. Hope it works and you have no more problems.

  41. Lisa in eastern Washington state

    So glad to hear from you. I wondered what had happened. I also got the suspicious notification when I tried to open it on my Windows PC and it wouldn’t open. I am reading this on my Android tablet just fine but there are no pictures or ads, just yellow boxes where they should be. Hope all the bugs get worked out OK.

  42. Paula Philpot

    Just happened to see a notice on my phone that you were up and going and thank goodness. I miss this blog so much when you don’t post. Paula in KY

  43. LaNan Eldridge

    Missed your posts so very glad you are back! I really like the counter cross stitch pattern. Can you share the pattern name? I hope to start again with the dirty dozen!

  44. Debbie Miller

    Came through fine here in SC. I have been out of town for 5 days due to brother in law’s sudden death and funeral. Wasn’t aware there was a problem again, but glad to see it is worked out!

  45. Bonnie McKee

    Hi Mary!
    So happy to hear from you again!
    I didn’t have any trouble opening your message.
    I’m looking forward to reading more about you, your critters and your quilts! 🥰
    Bonnie in Oregon

  46. Cinders

    So glad you were able to get technical help to get back to us! I tried to connect via the web and got a go daddy site that said the domain was available so then I wondered if it was renewal time or something…I missed your daily updates. Glad you are back to us!! June is certainly zipping on by. Take care.

  47. Beverly in Blanchester

    Thank goodness you are back! I thought there was something wrong at my end and was so upset that I was missing all the animal & farm news that I so enjoy. From reading all the posts, it’s clear that you are well loved! Can’t wait to hear about your new foster dog! Hope there’s no more problems with the server from here on out

  48. Norie

    Love your blog! Was aware of problems they Jo Kramer. Totally understand the technology frustrations. Hope you can continue to post. Thank you.

  49. Joyce from NY

    When I opened your blog last night I got a warning message, today it opened fine.
    Glad your back Mary!!

  50. Robin Boggan

    Oh Mary I would miss your blog so much! I hope that it is fix and I thank Kayla for helping you! Looking forward to see what you have been up to. Take care and have a great week!

  51. Jody Irwin

    I think my Sister sent me your quilt store information, I loved seeing the store and your farm . Hearing you tell about it was great . Felt like listening to a friend.
    Thanks Jody

  52. Jody Irwin

    I think my Sister sent me your quilt store information, I loved seeing the store and your farm . Hearing you tell about it was great . Felt like listening to a friend.
    Thanks Jody

  53. Connie

    WOW, MARY!!!! Look at all the love you have received on this post. We all have missed you! Glad to have you back.

  54. Joannie B

    Missed missed missed your blog. Love everything you post. Know it gets frustrating, so thank you for hanging there and not letting it get the best of you. Glad you’re back!

  55. Kathy Hanson

    WOW! So glad to see you back!! will continue to hope that this will continue without anymore glitches ! Whoopee!!

  56. Connie R.

    I joined Jo’s Country Junction blog in order to get updates on your blog status. Happily, she informed her readers that you were up and running and even listed the link on her blog which worked just fine. So glad to have you back. Thanks so much for working through the problems.

  57. Norma

    Had a warning earlier but no problem now. Thank you Kayla. It’s great to have a daily dose of Mary.

    1. Cinders

      Mary, I read about your shop in magazine articles!! Then I think I read of your blog online, and I have the article yet from Quilt Sampler, 1995 Country Threads! So there was publicity too!! Also was hoping a photo of you in your flag dress ! PINCUSHION.

  58. Charlotte Shira

    It’s great to see you back. I was worried about what happened. I missed you and your blog!

  59. Brenda in SC

    OH!!! Am I glad you are back!! I was about to email you this morning as I was getting worried about you!! So thankful you are back! Be still my heart for now.

  60. Linda West

    I’m so glad to find you again. The link to your old address goes to Go Daddy and says your Domain Name expired on June 12. Welcome back!

  61. Beth Haynes

    You have been sorely missed. It was so much fun to read about your barn. Yes I wish I had heard about your shop back then but first I live in NH, and second. Did not start reading your blog just as you were closing. Found it through Jo’s Country Junction. Hope you never have this problem again. I too would struggle with a blog. Thank you for those that help you to keep going.

  62. Sue

    Hi Mary, I hope this new name/address
    works well for you. I would miss you if you no longer blogged! Good luck.

  63. Julie D.

    Oh thank heavens I checked your Facebook page and saw the new post. I’ve been very worried about you! So glad you’re back because I really missed your posts.

  64. Ruth

    Congratulations on the new name! It will certainly be easier to type in! I noticed that your blog instructions would just loop around and around at the bottom of my computer – you know, the line that says what your computer is actually doing. I figured you had neighbors or friends close by who would let you know that they couldn’t get into your blog. *Big Sigh Of Relief*

  65. Lois Palmisano

    Hi ya, you are magic, but the ad boxes are EMPTY, EMPTY? I LOoK FOREARD TO YOUR (our) blog .closing the ads is like popping the plastic bubbles!!! Lois in omaha

  66. Pam

    I love your blog, just as I loved your quilt books and patterns! They are timeless. I still have them and refer to then often when starting a new project. I never did visit your shop as I have a seer cat allergy.

    I understand your frustrations. Just know that there are so many of us who look forward to reading your blog. Many never will have a chance to see country life. Your animals are so precious and you take such good care of them.

    Good luck with this latest glitch! You will prevail.

  67. Deb E

    Don’t know how I missed your blog – its wonderful! Found you via Jo’s blog (which I read every day). Love your blog now, too — quilty, but also sharing everyday activities. I live in Northern California (Placerville), where its HOT these past couple of weeks. So not much going on outside! Our 11 yr old granddaughter is here for a couple of days, and our plan is to work out in the carport today (its the size of an airplane hangar) and open the big barn door to catch the lovely breezes coming through. We’ve got birdhouses to build!
    Have a lovely day! Deb E / CA

  68. Ruth Chapman

    Nice to see your blog back and will change your name in my contact list. My Grandma used to do a cross sitich on gingham and she called it Chicken Scratch!!

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