Farm News

I had forgotten how miserable really hot weather can be!  The dogs don’t want to go outside and I don’t either.

Here is a picture taken last week on the porch when both Faye and Linus wanted to sit on my lap at the same time.  We miss Linus this week – he was easy to have around.

 Meet Bill and Rose from Illinois who stopped at the farm on their way to Colorado.  Rose has loved Susannah since she was born and she arrived with treats!    Does it look like Susannah enjoyed them?  She put her mouth right down into the animal crackers container and started chomping away.  Thank you, Rose – that was very sweet of you to bring her treats and the dogs as well.  You are spoiling them!


This is Sally, Susannah’s twin sister, who lives with the other goats.  I’m somewhat concerned about her because she isn’t eating and I find her lying outside in the hot sun during the middle of the day.  I have given her a private area now so I can keep my eye on her.  Goats are notorious for butting another goat down when they aren’t feeling well.  There is a real “pecking order” among goats and I separated Sally to let her rest in the shade just in case one of the other goats was preventing that.


Here’s a shot of Buckwheat and Alfalfa.


And here’s Rosie – for those of you who remember Zach, Rosie was his mom.


We are starting to plan our fall event for some Saturday in October.  We’ve got some new plans to implement and I’ll tell you all about it when we finalize everything.

Labor Day weekend – Rick’s son, Eric and fiancée, Nikki, are traveling to our house from Greenbush, MN – about as far north as Minnesota goes and we are looking forward to a relaxing weekend with them.  Hope it cools down a bit so we can sit on the screened porch!


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Have a safe holiday weekend, everybody!


Customer recommended books:

“The Heist” by Janet Evanovich

“Ladies Night” by Mary Kay Andrews

“The Gin Lovers” by Jamie Benner


I’m going to make these muffins this weekend:

Cranberry Walnut Muffins

4 T. softened butter

1 egg

½ c. applesauce

6 ounces plain low fat yogurt

1 t. vanilla

1-1/2 c. flour

2 T. sugar

2 t. baking powder

¼ t. baking soda

¾ c. dried cranberries

1/3 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter, egg, applesauce, yogurt and vanilla.  Mix.

Mix dry ingredients in another bowl.  Add fruit and nuts.

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

Spoon into muffin tins.  Bake 25 minutes.

Makes 6-8 large muffins.

8 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. Felicia Hamlin

    Do you have a regular copy of the Goat Gazzette? I would love one.

    I am still working on all my blocks. Have a anice week, Felicia from Blue Earth, MN

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      We are completely out of the summer issue but we could send an older one. Cost would be $6.00.

  2. Patrisha

    Received my pattern and the copy of the goat gazette, love it. Thanks. Also your love for the animals and your opinion about puppy mills. Hopefully one day they will only be a bad memory. We are doing the bom also.

  3. LMK

    love the pictures of the goats. always enjoy reading what’s going on over there on your farm (with you and the critters) enjoy the weekend, yes, sure hope it cools off tonight like they say, these last few days have been awful!!!! ENJOY THE WEEKEND!! hope i can get over for your fall doings, always a fun time over there.

  4. Rose Mikulski

    Mary, Bill and I had so much fun visiting the shop and finally meeting Susannah. Two hours was not enough time to shop and look around, two days would have been better. Country Threads is definitely Quilters Heaven, there wasn’t a piece of fabric that I didn’t like. Would you believe there were other things I wanted to buy and forgot. I’ll guess I have to do an online order. Thank so much for showing us around, we love the shop and your home. I plan to visit again, soon. Also, I never knew about Sally, sorry to hear she’s not feeling well. Tell Susannah to share her treats with her. Also, is Susannah wearing my sunglasses; I think I left them behind. Thanks again!

    1. Rose Mikulski

      Hey Mary, I found my sunglasses; they were in the car. When we were in Estes Park, we happen upon a ranch that had over a hundred goats, all different sizes, grazing in the field. I took some photos and will send you one when I get home. Bill was joking that we would probably need to move to a farm in order for me to have a pet goat and my friend told us that in Colorado, people have pymgy goats and chickens for pets in Fort Collins and Loveland. Bill was really happy when he heard this. Ta Ta for now.

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        So glad you found them! Susannah is so enjoying the big tubs of treats -I let her eat right out of the tub but pretty soon she won’t be able to reach them! Ha! Every day I remind her that Rose provided the goodies. Hope you get your own goat one day.

  5. Judy Moore

    How I love your home spun news. Enjoy the book recommendations as well.

    Eager to hear about your October events. I am moving back home to Texas when my townhouse sells, and may be able to make it up to Iowa this fall.

    Judy Moore

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