Farm News

It’s been quite a week already, hasn’t it?  If you’re a blog follower you know I had surgery on Tuesday.  I had an appointment today to remove the helmet which makes me feel 200% better.  It was so claustrophobic with it wrapped under my chin and my scalp got so itchy inside that it was nearly unbearable.  I was using a letter opener to scratch under the bandages, that’s how much torture it was.  I feel so much better today and I even remembered to smile when I took my picture!  I’ve been told these pictures are gross but my reason for sending them is that many women will need to have or want to have this surgery in their future and I wanted to take all the mystery out of it for them.  I looked at this as a teaching/learning opportunity and I am really sorry several readers were offended.  I am confident that the pictures will only improve from now on.

Close Up  Mary Picture

Tomorrow is February 1 which means another UFO project to pick, a new online sampler block to make, 100 more bolts on the $7.00 sale will be online and our $5.00 in store fabric sale starts.  That’s a lot going on for one day and I am sorry I will miss all the traffic in the shop.  I hope you’ll be here to take advantage of the sale fabrics.

Since I am not allowed to do too much for the first week, I have nothing to show you that I’m working on, no book I’m reading, no new recipes I’ve tried….nothing but an ice pack and the couch.  Rick has done quite well so far – I do have to remind him of what needs to be done but we haven’t killed each other yet so I think that’s a good sign.

Here is the newest Pinterest Club quilt that I finished last week.  I think it is so crisp and clean looking with all the muslin – maybe you’d like to join Pinterest Club so this will be in your mailbox soon?

Pinterest Quilt

Sweet deals abound in the quilt shop with the addition of single kits on sale, punchneedle and more fabric.  I hope the weather is not nasty so that many of you can travel our way to take advantage.

Sweet deals

Thanks for all your “get well” messages – the best is yet to come!


30 thoughts on “Farm News

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      To read about the Pinterest Club, go into the shop now page where categories are listed on the left. The 4th one listed is “clubs”. Click on that and scroll down to Pinterest

  1. Felicia Hamlin

    You are tough! Don’t let the critics let you down, they don ‘t feel good unless they someone down.

    Speedy recovery and take time to heal, Felicia

  2. Judy

    I don’t find it offensive at all and find it interesting as I didn’t know that drooping eyelids could cause vision problems. No matter what you do there is always someone that has to tell you that you are wrong for doing it. I just don’t know how we would get through life without those people to set us straight.

  3. Michelle Hilsabeck

    Good for you Mary! For sharing your surgery experience with us. I am a recovery room nurse and sooo many people think that surgery involves no pain or difficulties, only to find out after the fact. Good to know the real deal first. Best of luck with your complete recovery.

  4. Midge H.

    Thanks for the info on the surgery,..Good luck on a swift healing!! Doing nothing is a lot harder than it sounds!!! Midge H

  5. Claudia

    You are a brave gal !!….. Very interesting and very nice of you to share this experience with us.
    Thanks…..and again…….Good Healing !!

  6. Diane

    Hi Mary–You look a lot better than our friend who had the same surgery. He was many different shades of purple all the way down his cheeks. You’ll be better in no time:)

  7. Mary

    I am enjoying following your surgery and recovery. Yes, many of us may face this sometime down the road, and thanks to you for information and helping us to see what is involved. It is not “gross”, I am not offended. I praise you for having the courage to do this. So glad the helmet was removed. I think that would drive me ‘crazy’ too. God’s speed to your recovery.

  8. Susan Fuquay

    You are just the best — kind, brave and a whole lot of fun. Don’t over do it. Tell Rick the most important thing for him to do is keep you off your feet. Good wishes for a speedy recovery! Susan

  9. Ellie

    I’m not offended by your photos and thank you for posting them! I may have to have the same surgery one day.

    Glad to see you out of your helmet. The hair style is memorable! Hope the healing continues to go well.l

  10. Chris H.

    Glad to see that you are on the mend. I’ve found your photos very interesting and informative in regards to the whole healing process. Glad you got your helmet off. 🙂

  11. Mary Evans

    Ahh, Mary that would drive me nuts, just ice and the couch.

    Why not send Rick to the library or bookstore (or get one from a friend at the shop) and listen to a recorded book! They can be great fun! AND keep you from itching to go do something.
    Best wishes!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary Evans – I have The Goldfinch downloaded and ready to listen to – maybe I’ll start that tomorrow.

  12. Rose Mikulski

    I agree with Kay K. and I was not offended by your photos, you just care and share which is truly a gift to those who recognize this wonderful quality in you. I felt bad for you and for the four-legged babies who are going to miss your love–especially Susannah. You’re already looking good and can’t wait to see pics of you after you’re full recovered. It’s good that you have this done before the reality TV show starts filming. Hugs.

  13. Carolyn-Cold in Minnesota

    Looks like you are progressing very well. I really appreciate all the information. Glad that you got the helmet off, not long the swelling and discoloration will be gone. Onward!

  14. brenda a

    Now we know more about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Just think, they ALL go through the same recovery for vanity and you’re doing it so you can see better! You look better today without your helmet and I’m sure you feel better too.

  15. Kay Karstaedt

    Good heavens woman you have no reason to feel that you have offended anybody by the pictures – I think you are a gift from God to every woman that has thought about doing what you did – you go girl and best wishes to you.

  16. cathy zahn

    So glad you are improving. Not a simple surgery. Keep up the positive spirit. I was looking at your patterns on the website, I am blown away with how many you have. Wear Warm Clothes is my favorite pattern ever, sometimes I just get out the book and enjoy the journey again. I am planning a trip to Garner soon, just to meet you two and the animals.

  17. LornaD

    So glad to see looking less swollen! You are a braver woman than most of us posting pictures of yourself…thank you! You are an inspiration in so many ways !

  18. Jeanne

    So glad the helmet is off – you look much better when I can see your hair! And I can tell you feel better. Hopefully the recovery will go faster now.

  19. Paula S.

    I’m glad your helmet is off. This is a surgery that I have to look forward to thanks to the wonderful genetic bag I was given! You look great compared to what I’ve seen and it’s too bad some readers were offended. That’s what the “delete” button is for!

  20. Deborah Smith


    Hats off to you for putting others first and not your vanity. Many people, men and women alike, have to have this type of eye surgery.
    I don’t think you should apologize for your sharing as you posted ahead of time you were going to share your post surgery photos.
    I say go forth and enjoy your new look and celebrate that your eyes can now function as they should!

  21. MartyCae

    I appreciate the education you are providing. I am sure this is coming my way.

    I am just sad for you because you can’t be reading, sewing or just plain looking out the window!

    I hope your recovery is swifter then normal!

  22. Katie Hayse

    Glad you got the helmet off and are feeling better. Even tho’ I can see my eyelids off to the side it has not affected my sight badly enough to have surgery yet. Not looking forward to it but am glad you are posting. Don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t read, watch TV, sew, etc. you are doing great, I think. Hang in there.

  23. Donna Sproston

    I appreciate seeing the photos since my droopy lids might be an issue in the next couple of years. I am not showing the photos to my husband who will have to have this done if he wants to continue to read his ten or fifteen books a month. Your smile today is brighter–the scalp relief worked.

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