Farm News

Chew-E, a 7 month old golden doodle, has been here for one week today. He is a very busy young guy, very big, and very happy but he’s a lot of dog and when he first arrived he thought the cats were here for chasing. It took five days but I believe he is now trained for cats. The owners don’t have cats so really this training is of no value to anyone probably but me – ha! I have included several pictures taken in the past week. His owners are in California and will pick him up next Tuesday. Two more dogs, little ones, will be here all next week while their owners go to Wisconsin snowmobiling. I truly believe this could be a full time job – if I were looking for a full time job. If anyone out there loves dogs but maybe doesn’t have a dog of their own, this would be a perfect job with extra income. The dogs that need this service are those that are family pets, spoiled rotten, who would not fare well at the vet’s office in a cage. For someone living alone, retired, loves dogs, this would be perfect.


Weather today is icky – very, very windy with light snow blowing around. Not bad enough to cancel school but nasty all the same. It is winter in North Iowa.

Connie and I are spending many hours at our sewing machines and we love it. The girls rearranged all the fabric in the shop yesterday and it’s looking great. The 100 Bolt Sale continues to be successful and in February we are having another fabric sale, $5.00 per yard, of those older bolts that are not our favorites and they’ve been around here just too long. Might be a good time to buy backs for your quilts you’re finishing in Connie’s UFO game?

I hung blue and white quilts in the living room last week – the feathered star is in rough shape but has incredible quilting. The small quilt hanging on the cupboard is the February Charm School quilt which will go out next month. Charm School is a monthly charm pack and pattern for $15.00 per month.


Thinking about baby goats this spring and believe I have found a source via another friend. I think this is the year for several new babies, don’t you? Also got my Murray McMurray Hatchery catalog last week – it’s a baby chick year, too. What kinds shall I order? Hmmmm….

Watch the blog for pictures of new quilts Connie and I have been working on – we have gotten in so much new fabric – fun Pinterest type colors and we can’t wait to get started. Even though I don’t reply to each and every comment on the blog, please be assured that I READ each and every one and appreciate them all.

See you on the blog!


Just for Laughs

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.

Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad.


7 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. helen freese

    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit
    Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad.
    But did you know really ripe tomatoes (with skins bursting and sugar oozing out) makes the most wonderful tomato jam that has thinly sliced lemons in it. Found it in a Farm Journal cookbook. We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with and gave a lot away but felt embarressed about giving split ones. So I made tomato jam–wonderful on saltines. Would you like the recipe?

  2. donna j

    Chew-E has to be one of the cutest dogs ever! Such a fun-loving and ragamuffin looking pup.
    I have the feeling that the woman who made the blue/white feathered star is happy that you have rescued it and appreciate all the work she had put in it.

  3. Debbie R

    Love the pictures of Chew-E! He looks a lot like my grand-puppy, Lupe, also a golden-doodle. We get to keep Lupe every once in a while, & she is a handful! She wears out my 2 older dogs, both labs! I think she will be here for a little while this weekend! Have fun with Chew-E!!

  4. Caryn Bravos

    Hi Mary,
    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Farm News. I look forward to the stories and activities of all the animals. Thank you for uplifting my daily email.

    PS. I enjoy the quilts too!! 🙂

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Hi, Jane!
      You know what Iowa weather is like in January- be glad you’re in Montana. My sympathies on your loss of Kathy!

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