Farm News

I became an official foster parent today. I gave Bailey to a wonderful family and I know she will live a life of luxury in Florida. Jeanne and her husband Doug came to Iowa for Christmas in their motor home with daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandsons. Jeanne called me 2 weeks ago to ask if she could adopt Bailey and I, honestly, could find no reason to refuse her. Rick and I drove Bailey to Iowa Falls today and met Jeanne who cried when she met Bailey. I cried as we drove away. The details of Bailey’s previous life remain questionable but the fact remains that she needed a new home. It would have been so easy to keep her but now I can foster another dog and hopefully find another great family who is looking for a dog. And you, my dear friends, will be the first to know.


And here is Christmas Eve with Tom, Becky holding Faye and Danny holding Ernie Joe Mauer. Becky brought Simpson toys for all of the dogs and they did love their gifts! Why won’t Faye sit on my lap like she did on Becky’s?


Earlier in the evening I attended the children’s Christmas Eve program at church – always a tradition.

Remember the blog post where JB posed as the table centerpiece? It really prompted many replies, both pro and con. So here he is again – on the table! Ha!

Had to rescue this goose who is not acting right – can’t walk very well and I think she might be blind. In the bitter cold last week, she could not find her way into the shelter out of the wind so I moved her into the barn. The dogs were very curious about her.

Next week on Thursday, January 2, when the store reopens again, we will post the January online sampler block. This year we will again make 2 blocks per month but they will be different sizes. Last year they were always 12” and 6” and I’m changing that up this year. Get ready to start again! We’re also doing the UFO game next year. We will draw the January number on the 2nd and announce it on the blog. For those of you who didn’t join us in this game last year, here are the rules. List 12 unfinished projects, one through 12 and each month we will pull a number and you will have that month to finish your project. Send us a picture of your finished quilt and we’ll post it on Pinterest. Prizes will be announced.

Wow – it’s been quite a day for me!

Happy New Year!



Your smile for the day…..

A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, “Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?”

The little boy replied, “Sure! Just go straight down this street a coupla blocks and turn to your right.”

The man thanked the boy kindly and said, “I’m the new pastor in town. I’d like for you to come to church on Sunday. I’ll show you how to get to Heaven.”

The little boy replied with a chuckle. “You’re kidding me, right? You don’t even know the way to the Post Office”

20 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. Lynn Willis

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Mary!
    I did not play the UFO game last year but I think I will try this year.
    Love your Farm News and always smile when I see it in my Inbox. Thanks for the smiles!

  2. Rose Mikulski

    So sad but very happy to see Bailey going to her new home. I am truly going to miss seeing her on your post. Thank you for rescuing her and finding her a forever home, it gives me peace in my heart knowing that she will be loved. Hopefully we will get updates from her new parents. Have a happy and joyous New Year and I am ready to participate in the Block of the Month and UFO.

  3. Susan

    Well, you did it, you’re a foster mom! I know it must’ve been hard, but you drove him to his new family, and he found his new home, you did a great thing. We all will miss him looking for black kitty, but will know he’s warm and making up for lost time.

  4. Diana Weirich

    I’m so happy for Bailey that she got her “furever” home! Sad that you lost her, but you did a wonderful thing just by taking her in. God Bless you!

  5. Barbara Jansz

    Thank you for sharing this happy (and sad ) news. I,m crying too. God bless your work. From another animal rescue supporter.
    Board Member at Safe Have Humane Society, Elizabeth, IL

  6. Carolyn Knott

    Oh my I hate to Bailey go. I’m new to your site and loved the posts on your blog. I will still enjoy it but will miss him. Really enjoy your site.

  7. MartyCae

    I personally love the table centerpiece! Can’t imagine one day of my life without cats! Good luck to Bailey and new family. I hope they send pictures. Wow – that must have been hard on you to see such a lovely dog go.

  8. Diana Slifka

    I cried at Bailey going to a new home but I know he will be loved very much, we love Goldies! Next question, where do I obtain the pattern for the red, white, table quilt? It is beautiful and red is my color. I could add this to my list of 12 +. Thanks.

  9. Vicky Davis

    I am going to join you in the unfinished projects game this year. I will have to get my list made up right away! Cute joke…I shared it with my grandson.

  10. Diane

    Hurrah for Bailey and blessings to you for finding a good home:). I have my 12 ready!!. Diane

  11. Anna

    I too had a huge lump in my throat when i was reading about Bailey. I’m so happy that you found a good home for her. But i will miss seeing her beautiful face on farms news 🙁 Hope you can keep us updated from time to time on how she is doing. Bless you for being the person you are. Best wishes for the new year.

  12. Patrisha

    Congratulations on finding Bailey a forever home and bless the new family for their love of animals. Yes, I want to do the bom and also the unfinished project game as well in 2014. The motivation will be an incentive. I received my red log cabin kit and the fabs are absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much. Loved the packing as well. It was a hoot.

  13. Renee A

    What a wonderful story about Bailey’s Christmas miracle…thanks to you! Happy New Year!

  14. Carol

    You did a wonderful, wonderful thing Mary! You saved Bailey and found her a forever home…there is no doubt in my mind that there will be another to take her place in no time…you are an angel!

  15. donna j

    A big thank you to Jeanne and Doug for adopting Bailey! And an even bigger thank you to you, Mary, for saving the lovely creature.
    A blessed and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  16. Marilyn

    Mary, Thanks soooo much for the smile/belly laugh for today!!! Cannot wait for the new mystery quilt. And, will try to get organized for UFO’s….if I make the list, then I will follow-up on completing each one. Also, I might have a source for Hyacinth Bean Vine for us this year!….cannot promise but I will know in a few weeks. Marilyn

  17. Ann Barlament

    So happy to hear that Bailey got a “forever” home!!! I will have to hurry up and get moved so I can be reunited with my UFO’s and join you. Looking forward to another mystery quilt…

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