It’s been three days since we told you we are closing our store at the end of October. We have had dozens and dozens of emails from you that have thanked us, congratulated us, reminisced with us and agreed with us that we deserve some time off. Thank you to each and every one that wrote – there are too many for me to answer personally but I loved reading them all. Gosh, where did 32 years go?
The main request from most of you was that I continue to write the Farm News. When our website goes down, our email will also disappear and the program that we use to send Farm News will no longer be available. That means I would have to continue Farm News on the blog and for those of you who have not signed up for Chicken Scratch, you would need to do so. Farm News as you know it now will continue through October and then I will have to decide if I will continue to write.
One thing I don’t think I’ve mentioned is that we have a new book coming out with Martingale next April called “Civil War Remembered”. Our most recent book, “The Blue and the Gray” has been very popular and this one is even better. Connie has outdone herself with these quilts and now even I will have time to make some of them. We hope to continue sewing for other publications if the opportunity arises.
And now for the Farm News: Susannah continues to improve although after hearing from my vet friend, Bill in Montana, I have not gone ahead with the amputation. He suggested I take her to Iowa State and I’m thinking that might be best. Rick will be home next Monday and I’m hoping I can get an appointment then. The drain seems to have helped and her lameness has even improved but she’s still got a swollen udder and I’m not sure what to do next.
And within 5 days of hydroseeding my lawn, I began to see green grass. Look at it now! Green!! The dogs have run through it several times which is unfortunate but I’ve been too busy to put up any kind of barrier.
And look at Colton! Do you think he seems at home? You people who said you couldn’t adopt another cat because you have 6, or 3, or whatever – you’re lightweights! I don’t need Number 16 either but it will soon be 2 weeks since he arrived and I guess he’ll have to go to the vet for his shots and neutering. Pretty soon I’m going to love him and not want to find him a new home. Why, oh why, do all these cats find me? Yes, I’m a good person who loves animals but I simply cannot take in any more cats. I moved him to the main quilt shop because we have a group of gals sewing in the classroom and they didn’t need a pesky kitten to help them. Last night I brought him to the house and he acted terrified so after an hour I returned him to the shop where he seems quite comfortable.
These gals flew from Ohio and drove from Minneapolis to meet here at the farm and sew in our classroom for the next few days. I think they’re sewing up a storm so they can leave their tops for Ina to quilt before we close. We had no idea we would be so busy since our announcement. Internet orders and walk-in customers have kept us all working in the shop from 9 – 5 and the sale doesn’t even start until September 11.
Thank you again for your support of our decision to close – who could ask for more from their friends?
Scenes from the farm and shop: