Farm News

My calendar says it’s the first day of spring!  Spring in North Iowa means days above freezing, snow melting, and mud so I think we’re having spring.   Last night we got an inch of snow but it’s already gone by this afternoon and the water is running across the driveway.

News from the farm is just continued from last week.  Everybody is ready to get out of the barn and scratch in the dirt. A few days ago when I came home from town I went to the barn and caught Emma sleeping in the chair with a chicken keeping her company.  Isn’t that just sweet?  If you read the blog, you’ve already seen this but it was too good not to post again.

Guineas, Chickens & Goats  Goat nap

Last fall I bought this charcoal drawing of a dog which was framed in this large frame with a baby blue mat.  Recently I found this old crusty white frame which was a perfect fit.  I just love this drawing now – I knew it had potential.  It is signed “Joyce D. 1982”.  Does anyone recognize that name or the dog pictured?  I picked it up at a thrift store, I don’t remember where.

Picture frame

Last Tuesday, my church girlfriends and I went junking and this was one of our favorite stops – it was in Hope, MN and the store was full to the brim – mostly of books.  Another store we visited in Owatonna, MN had a dog – his name is Ranger.  Of course, I loved seeing a dog in the store but I was likely the only one who felt that way.

antiquing Books more books Ranger  Ranger with Kathy

I am working on Susannah’s book and copied these photos taken when she was a baby.  I thought you might enjoy them – Rose, I know you will enjoy them – ha!  Those months were magical for me – a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll never forget.

Susannah pictures  Susannah picture

The March Madness ballgames start today and I’m ready to watch for hours and hours.  These are my favorite two weeks of the year when there are games on into the late night.

The dog rescuer that I asked you to sign a petition against is closed now.  I do not know if it is temporary or permanent.  Either way, I hope all the animals got out.  If they did not, I hope they die quickly.

I have several more completed quilts to post on the blog but we have to catch up first.  Thanks for reading the blog – it is such fun to hear from all of you in the comments section.

That’s all for today – Thursdays roll around fast, don’t you think?


Just for a laugh…

A  teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to  when they could discuss his use of the car.

His father said he’d make a  deal with his son, “You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your  Bible a little and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.”

The  boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer and they  agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said,  “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been  studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair  cut.”

The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and  I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the  Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there’s even strong evidence  that Jesus had long hair.”

(You’re going to love the  Dad’s  reply!)

“Did  you also notice that they all walked everywhere they  went?”

6 thoughts on “Farm News

  1. LMK

    “thanks!” next time we up that way we’ll look for both stores. maybe find something i can’t live without.

  2. LMK

    where is the shop you went to in owatonna???? i go in the salvation army, didn’t know of any thrift shops. i enjoy the pictures, this time they were sideways, also one other time too. the calender sounds like a good idea. a great day today, lost some snow, a lot more left to melt though. we are going to new ulm, mn. sat. to the quilt show then after i hope to get to all three quilt shops, went to new prague last weekend, not a big show but nice.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      There are 2 consignment shops on main street. The one on the west side of the street is where we met Ranger.

  3. Linda Lutz

    Hi Mary! Geil and I just love the store in Hope! We stop there almost every time we leave the farm. It’s a hoot, don’t you think? Did you also get into the store a door or two down from there? Fun stuff as well! I hadn’t heard you were writing a book about Suzannah! I look forward to that!

  4. MjB

    Forgot to say how cute all your goat pics are. Have you ever done a calendar of your animal pics to sell? I’d surely buy one – be great!

  5. MjB

    That shop dog, Ranger, looks like it needs a good meal – so thin, but such a sweet face. You have so much enthusiasm for March Madness I may have to check it out. My Lakers are having a hard time this year and hard to watch. Enjoy!

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