April Fools Day

I was going to post the title of this blog “Quitting!” And then on the next page say “April Fools” but I have never liked pranks and don’t think they’re funny at all so I’m not quitting or even joking about it!

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Everyone is giving me all the credit for taking Reed and the chicks to Concord. I honestly I think it was Reed’s idea – I was just the driver! It was really fun though and so many would say things like “Oh, I had baby chicks on the farm!” or “it must be spring if the baby chicks have arrived”. The people at Concord and other senior homes and facilities just need to be asked and the questions jog their memory of things in their lives.

Here’s more show and tell —

Sue from Oregon sent Harvey and Bullseye.

Patricia made her first 3 blocks for the Shoofly Sampler.

And Carolyn sent the first picture made from Beyond The Battlefield – here is Freedom, Oh Freedom! I love the blue.

Someone asked about barkcloth – here’s a closeup so you can see how coarse it is compared to quilting fabric. It’s a home dec fabric that became popular in the 1940’s? I just last week threw away an article about the new popularity of barkcloth – I’ve got a whole tub of it from years ago that I love but will never use.

Since it’s April 1 I’m asking for any good book titles for our ongoing list. Right now I’m reading Runaway by Harlan Coben. If you’ve read a good book lately, send me the title and author in the comments section.

Here’s another color inspiration. This is a birthday card I bought because I loved the colors and now I’ll pull fabrics in these colors to see if I like the combo.

There is color inspiration all around you!

Here is the new issue of Our Iowa.

Here’s my picture inside taken with the owl I rescued last April

And here’s the picture I took that I really wanted them to print!

And the postscript to this story is that now I’m hearing two different owls in my grove late at night. One voice sounds mature and the other does not – probably mama and teenage owl.

I had an idea – so many of you have blogs and I invite you to send me the name of your blog and I’ll make a list for everyone. Sound good? And what are some of YOUR favorite blogs? I keep track of Jo’s Country Junction – right now her newborn grandson is at Mayo and needs our prayers.

We set up a separate table to ship out Goat Gazettes. Many of you have ordered. For $12.00 we will mail you 2 twenty page Goat Gazettes and some cards, maybe a couple emery boards and what ever else we can fit in the manilla envelope. Sound good? A bunch of envelopes are going out in today’s mail – watch for yours!

That’s all, Friends! It’s back to the laundry for me!

P.S. great games yesterday. Paula – I’m sorry your Wildcats didn’t win but I’m so happy to see both the Big 10 and the Big 12 represented in the Final Four! Go Texas Tech Red Raiders!

66 thoughts on “April Fools Day

  1. Christine M

    I don’t care for pranks either. But today is my 29th wedding anniversary! Most people don’t believe me when I tell them.

    The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is a must read and true story. It was very good!

    I do not have a blog but my daughter does: thepaige-turner.com. She mainly reviews Young Adult books. And yes her first name is Paige but her last name is not Turner!

  2. Ellie

    Two books for your list. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan. The last one is a bit long but quite readable and it goes quickly.

    I remember sewing drapes and such with bark cloth. That was a long time ago! Ha! Ha! Great story about you and your owl friend and I agree that they missed the best picture!

    Hope you’re having as pretty a day as we are. It SNOWED Saturday about an inch! Like a bad April Fool joke that came early!

  3. patti leal

    love the second owl picture with his wings spread. it looks like he has a helmet on. how nice that they wrote about you rescueing the owl. thanks for posting my blocks. i haven’t decided which quilt ‘from the battle field’ i would like to make. lots of time, right? patti in florida

  4. Janet Baer

    Mary, “The Witch Elm” by Tana French is a good book. It’s her latest.
    I am now reading “The Terror” by Dan Simmons.
    I remember my grandmother having slipcovers on her couch made of barkcloth.
    I loved the pictures of the chickens visiting the nursing home. What a wonderful thing to do.
    Thank you for your blog. I am a clicker.

  5. Joan Harrison

    Please send or save copies of Gazettefor me. Couldn’t always afford sub……
    Love on farm in Ill.
    Check in the mail. THANK YOU 🙏😇

  6. Diana Thompson

    I only read a few blogs and yours is by far my favorite! I was born in Estherville, IA (read the article above your owl story) and spent many road hours going by Garner while visiting my dad when he was living in Laurens. I’m a farm girl at heart and love all that your write about and picture! My memories of Iowa are very fond! We moved to a farm in Wisconsin when I was 8. I’m 67 now.
    I just finished Marie Bostwick’s – Hope on the Inside. Highly recommend. Also anything Mary Higgins Clark. All easy reads, and wonderful.

  7. Sue in Oregon

    Thanks for posting my photos. I wasn’t sure they would be large enough, but they are and that’s good. Now I won’t be nervous about sending them along.
    Your article in Our Iowa is great. They should have posted both photos. The close up is very interesting for people to see.
    The card idea is a good one. I might have to copy that one.

  8. Mary Stivers

    When Property Flees by Gregory LeFever. It’s fiction, set in 1854 and talks about slavery and the Underground Railroad. It’s a great story.

  9. Ruth Cozad

    Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves—it’s the last in a series of mysteries set in the Shetland Islands. Very good and now I’ll have to go back and read the others

  10. Candice Smith

    I love reading your blog! I can’t wait to receive my Goat Gazette issues. Subscribed years ago and enjoyed every issue . Loved the photos at the nursing home. You could tell the residents loved the visit friends you, Reed and the chicks!

  11. Betty Klosterman

    What a good idea — get rid of stuff by using it for packing the extra space in packages and mail it to other people?? Surprise. Absolutely love Sue’s Harvey. They are all wonderful.
    I’m not an April 1 prankster but there is a piece by Astronaut Scott Kelly about CO2 in space and teaming up with Soda Stream to make sparkling water….. The first part shows Kelly on the Space Station trying to brush his teeth. He burps and the toothpaste goes floating off his tooth brush. That made me laugh out loud. I think the site might be: NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly and maybe others could see it, too. It is very clever and I just loved the toothpaste! Guess he got bored on the Space Station, too.

  12. Lynn Handberg

    Yes, these were the best 4 games in the Elite 8 I have ever seen. Cheering for Purdue (after Gophers lost), but my goodness they were all so exciting. Final 4 in my home town this weekend… lots of fun!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lynn Handberg – will you go to the games? So exciting! And I had forgotten that VA beat out Purdue – I was cheering for Purdue!

      1. Lynn Handberg

        Mary, no, I Don’t plan to go, too expensive for tickets! I will be downtown on Sunday tho for Timberwolves game. Hope to see lots of nonMinnesotans enjoying the fun and excitement of the Final Four.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Lynn Handberg – a customer/friend from Texas Tech is flying to Des Moines and driving to Mpla

        2. CountryThreads Post author

          Lynn H – reply went before I was done! I think if it was my team in the Final Four, I’d be almost dead set on going but I’ll never have to worry about it! Haha!

  13. Kelli

    Would absolutely love a blog list! I have my favorites but am always looking for new ones to follow! So many wonderful ideas out there! Thanks for thinking of it

  14. Diane Bauer

    Sue’s Harvey is certainly a dapper fellow!! I may have to borrow a few ideas from her! I had a day of Harvey’s yesterday–binding one, embroidering several faces, putting borders on a few. I had gotten side-tracked with pin cushions!

    Your photo of your owl is fantastic!! How did you happen to catch him with his wings all spread out that way? I just love hearing owls in my neighborhood and love it when I catch a glimpse of one!

    My grandparents had summer porch furniture covered in bark cloth, though I never knew the name of it! What a treasure that you have a bucket full of different pieces of it!

    My pups are about to have their world rocked! The cousins are on their way over!!! We met at the dog park earlier this afternoon to give them time to check each other out again and sniff and play. They should all be worn out now! I’m actually looking forward to having them all here–crazy, I know!

    You and Reed made many folks very happy with your visit. I know so many elders do not get visitors at all and so many older folks love the opportunity to visit with young people. And we all know that animals are just good therapy!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane Bauer – I was in my pajamas when I went out to check on the owl. I put him on a branch the night before and when I turned around there he was. I startled him so he went into protection mode so he’d look bigger. The picture is perfect – taken with my IPhone! Look at his legs! They look huge!

  15. Launa

    Mary,
    Quirky Little Quilts arrived today! Now to get the first 3 Shoofly and the five 9 Patches cut n sewn so I am caught up with you and Connie.
    I got a weather notice on this sunny afternoon for light rain/possible snow starting soon. I always call that a winter mix! Snow is melting off the roof up here!
    Haven’t found old Harvey here yet!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – where did you find today’s post about the shoofly sampler? I couldn’t find it anywhere!

  16. Donna Petersen

    Beyond The Battlefield & Harvey patterns arrive today…many thanks.
    Learned from the book, Vinne Ream, a gal from Madison, Wis, was a sculptor & did the statue of Lincoln, which is in the Capitol Rotunda in DC.
    Books….Great, Small Things, by Jodi Piccolt
    Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

  17. Marcia Rocheleau

    Great books!
    Becoming, by Michelle Obama
    Radium Girls, The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore (true story; I couldn’t put it down!)
    The Address, by Fiona Davis (the story of The Dakota building in NYC in the 1880’s ascot is built and opens, and 1985 with descendants of some of the original occupants)
    A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles (beautifully written and a period/setting of history I am not very familiar with)

  18. Susan

    I just love the farm and all the animal hijinks! Originally from Wisconsin, I miss the farms and beautiful countryside in the mid-west. We live in the Georgia mountains now. My blog is wazoonewsbits.blogspot.com. It is mostly about quilting, but also features our dog Molly, who could be Hazel’s sister! I bought your latest book at the Asheville, NC quilt show, and can’t wait to start a new project. I sure hope Spring comes to Iowa soon!

    1. Janice

      Susan, I love your blog! The class with the barn quilt making looked like so much fun! Jan in Topsfield, MA

  19. Kate

    I’m reading The Beantown Girls by Jane Healey about three girls during WWll who go to Europe to serve on the Red Cross Clubmobiles. These were girls who followed the soldiers in clubmobiles and served them coffee and doughnuts and played records for them to keep their morale up. I had never heard of them before, but this is a very interesting read. One of the girl’s fiancé was a POW and she was in search of him while she served the soldiers.

  20. Kathy in western NY

    Hugs and prayers to Jo and family for your little baby to be healthy soon.
    We are all one big outer space family here so yes, Mary, don’t even think of quitting! Ha!

  21. Paula Philpot

    I’ll help you yell for Texas Tech and I am also for Auburn!! I love the new Harvey above. I have plenty of Goat Gazettes but if you don’t sale them all, let us know and I will order. Paula in KY

      1. Paula Philpot

        I took lid off the orange jar and I don’t think it smelled that good so I closed it back up. Paula in ky

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Paula – I smelled mine and it did smell wonderfully citrusy – gotta find a spray bottle.

  22. Jo in Wyoming

    My Dad could only remember 2 birthdays, my oldest sisters on April 1, and my second sister, December 25! The rest of us was “summertime”. Bless his heart, he got the season correct.
    I’m reading American Cotton, Farm to Quilt. By Theresa Wong…fascinating.

  23. Bernice

    I read you daily and you keep me inspired to do more. Your animal pictures are always so interesting also.
    You mentioned adding a blog we enjoy. For many years I have followed a web site in Iowa near you. It is the Decorah Eagle Live cam. The eagle’s eggs were just hatched yesterday and today. Maybe some of your readers would be interested in this.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Bernice – I love to watch those Eagles – thanks for mentioning it!

  24. Mary Lu Snodgrass

    A great first novel by Kelli Estes,
    The Girl Who Wrote in Silk. An example
    of how quilting can embrace
    generations.
    Thank you for all you do for so
    many.

  25. Julianna

    My favorite blog is Country Threads honestly but I do look at Bee Haven Acres, Freedom Farms and some others. I think the colors in the greeting card will be beautiful. Can’t wait to see your fabric choices.

  26. Tina zee

    I’m enjoying Rocket Men by Robert Kursen it’s about the men who first circled the moon in the 60s. Very well done.

  27. Katie in Gilbert, AZ.

    The barkcloth makes great toss pillows and tote bags..I have found some pieces of it in flea markets..by the way do u have any pieces w a light blue background.?
    The chick pictures were great, when my neighbors free range chickens ,they r out in front yards and crossing the streets … chick time I enjoy watching them follow Mom..I just pull over let them cross .🐥🐥🐥🐥

  28. Katie H. In Gilbert, AZ

    The barkcloth makes great toss pillows and tote bags..I have found some pieces of it in flea markets..by the way do u have any pieces w a light blue background.?
    The chick pictures were great, when my neighbors free range chickens ,they r out in front yards and crossing the streets … chick time I enjoy watching them follow Mom..I just pull over let them cross .🐥🐥🐥🐥

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Katie H – I will look thru the tub of barkcloth – I’ll let you know here in the comments section. Or better yet, give me your email address or send me an email so I don’t lose track of you.

  29. Joan

    The Gown
    A Novel of the Royal Wedding
    By Jennifer Robson
    Historical fiction about the making of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown. Very enjoyable.

  30. Donnie Brownsey

    Exuberant Color by Wanda Hansen is a favorite blog of mine. She makes beautiful quilts and has a beautiful garden.

  31. Rita M in CT

    I just finished Origin by Dan Brown
    And read the beach house series by Mary Alice Monroe they are:
    Beach House Memories
    The Beach House
    Swimming Lessons
    Beach House for Rent
    Beach House Reunion

    I haven’t had any sewing time in weeks. I am caring for aged dogs with health issues. I can read while sitting with them so I am catching up on books I didn’t get arount to reading.
    I have my Harvey patterns and fabrics pulled but just can’t squeeze a few minutes in to sew. I have enjoyed looking at other’s Harveys.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Rita M in CT – oh my goodness, Rita – please tell us about your dogs! How many, what kind, what’s wrong? Old age or another health issue?

      1. Rita M in CT

        Mary I currently have six dogs I have worked with Italian Greyhound rescue for 20 years. I have fostered, transported and did home checks for new applicants. I have driven out all times day and night to pick up surrendered dogs.
        There are some that have stayed with me due to medical issues and they were difficult or impossible to find homes for. I have nursed and rehabilitated many.
        Five of the dogs are between the ages of 13 and 16 the youngest is 2 ½ she was born with deformed back limbs that worsened as she grew. She was not able to stand or walk on her back legs. Four surgeries including an amputation and many many months of around the clock care and rehabilitation. She is a happy little dog and can run now. The remaining back leg isn’t perfect but it is functional.
        So five are Italian greyhounds and one is a toy poodle.

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Rita M in CT – I wrote you a very long reply and then it wouldn’t send so here goes again. Thank God there are people like you who rescue and care for unfortunate dogs! Do you have any help? Are the dogs still well enough to go for walks or do you have a fenced yard for them? I had an acquaintance years ago who worked in greyhound rescue but I don’t know much about it. I have done home visits and transports but I don’t think I could go rescue an abused dog on my own. There’s a gal south of here a couple hours who runs a rescue that I deeply admire. Some of the pictures of situations she’s run into cannot be “unseen”. If I lived near you, Rita, I would help you! Thank you for being such a good person!

  32. Cynthia A Lucas

    When I was in the 5th grade my Mom let me have a costume ‘pajama party ” remember those? My cousin Patty and I decided to go as Scarlet and Rhett from “Gone with the Wind”. There had been a reshowing at the theater I cant remember but I think it was the 30 anniversary, and it was all the rage for my friends and I. My Mom had a couple of panels of bark cloth draperies probably left over from the 50’s. She sewed 3 together to make a long skirt .
    Made a wide belt out of a scrap of old velvet to go over the pleated top, then made me a snood to wrap my hair in. I remember she let me use the crinoline from her wedding dress for Scarletts drapery gown. And I was allowed to wear her fancy ruffled blouse for my top. What fun we had. Wish I could find the pictures..

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cynthia- oh, I would love to see those pictures! Your mom sure did join in the fun! Yes, barkcloth draperies were the rage, weren’t they?

  33. KathyG from Oak Creek

    I love NCAA basketball as well. We were feeling greedy at the beginning of the tournament hoping for an all Big 10 final four- haha! At least we have one left.

    I am currently reading A Promise to Remember by Kathryn Cushman. It’s good so far, but I’m only through chapter 4.

    My blog is http://www.sunshinesews.com and I enjoy following Stitched in Color.

    I never heard of barkcloth but I sure would love to come across some just to see what it feels like. Next time I’m out antiquing, I will be looking for it.

  34. mary jane

    a quick mention of a quilting blog that I enjoy. The quilter does more of a contemporary style, bright colors, different patterns and beautiful quilting. It is SAVOR EVERY STITCH. Another one, probably more known is TIMELESS TRADITIONS featuring Norma Whaley. But I do love the connection we all have with you and Connie at Country Threads, seems like home and family. Where I get my “critter fix” also, seeing I don’t have my kitties anymore….mj

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