Friday Update

This was one of my jobs today – cleaning the goat pen and rebedding with bales of wood chips that have been in my garage for much too long.

We were at Mayo yesterday and Rick’s surgeon gave him the go-ahead to start helping around the farm. I think we have survived!

And I promised to show pictures of some gifts I received.

Helen from Alabama sent this cat sewing caddy made by her husband. The thimble goes on the tail, the spool in the middle and needle on the magnet. Very clever!

I have always, always wanted one of these kneelers and my good friends, Les and Diane thought I could use one this spring. I can turn it over for a place to sit and the sides help in standing up. We older gardeners need help.

Becky painted this “portrait “of Hazel -probably more of a caricature.

Our cousin, Jill, gave me this penny candy that we remember as kids – only it’s no longer a penny.

And remember those two cakes Reed and I baked?

This is Reed’s family before going to the parade on the Fourth.

June is thrilled to be eating cake on the holiday.

So so sweet!

And here’s my latest thrift store find.

A classic old German picture, 12″x16″,for $4.00. I believe it says God Bless Our Home. Can anyone confirm that?

Connie and I want to THANK YOU for sending your address label with your order. It has really made a difference in the time spent filling orders. There are many envelopes on their way – watch your mailbox.

More mowing and weeding today -my tan never gets a chance to fade. Ha!

31 thoughts on “Friday Update

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Fiona – Thank You! Are you still in the Virgin Islands vacationing?

      1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

        I was when I sent the message. Got safely home today after a wonderful trip.

  1. Carolyn Boutilier

    Glad Rick will be able to help around the farm. thanks for sharing the pictures. We finally have a change of weather no humidity. from VA. Carolyn B

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Rita -thank you for confirming God Bless Our Home! I love It!

  2. Angiey

    Glad Rick is progressing and can help you with the farm. I love the squirrel sewing buddy. If he ever decides to go into production please let us know.
    Your blog makes me miss the goat gazette but I LOVE your blog and you sharing life on the farm.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Angiey- this blog became my writing outlet when it became financially impossible to print and send the Goat Gazette but I miss that old pal, too.

  3. Kathy

    You received useful and handy gifts but I am sure you are best gift was having your husband up and about on the farm. I’d say you have a very nice picture to frame of Reed and his lovely family. They have been good to you as you have to them and that today is one heck of a blessing!

  4. Martha Engstler

    Cleaning the goat pen looks like to big a job for one person, super woman stepped in, you are amazing. Looks like you got fun & useful birthday gifts. You will love the garden kneeler.

  5. Anna M

    I need to weed also, but the mosquitoes are so bad, I can’t stand to be out very long. SE SD

  6. Carrolyn V

    Oh happy birthday, dearMary!

    What wonderful gifts and friends! L love Hazels pix…it seems to capture her devious but adorable personality. And yes, as a professor if German and Spanish, I can verify it says God blesses our home!

    It is written in Fraktur script…what looks like an F is a S in present German. My gift to you is coming soon!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn – why didn’t I think of you first to ask?

  7. Linda

    I hope it is not to late to order your latest Americana quilt pattern. My money and mailing labels are in the mail. Love your blog and I am jealous of your beautiful farm and your family. I look forward to your emails. Thanks

  8. Jan

    Hi Mary! I have the same garden kneeler. It is awesome. You will love it. Your blog is always one of the best parts of the day! So glad you write to all of us. I also miss The Goat Gazette, but certainly understand why you needed to stop! Have a great day! Jan

  9. Kathy Hanson

    So glad you had such a nice birthday – and such special gifts. I suspect the best gift of all it that Rick can start doing work on the farm! We have a new baby llama at the farm here. She is 2 weeks old and I haven’t figured out how to get the pictures from my phone to the computer (although I could do it before!!) so when I do I will send you a picture. She is wild and crazy, mama is letting her be as independent as she wants (this is baby #8 for her) and we call her Sunny. Her registered name will be High Meadow’s Summer Sunshine as she was born on the first day of summer and brought the sunshine the next day. It is going to be a challenge to train her. With your work with so many animals I am sure you understand! Lots of work cleaning and re-bedding that you did – you are never still. Hope you will get a chance to take a break!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy Hanson- and we just talked about you Thursday when we passed the Kwik Trip! I’m coming someday!

  10. Janie

    I received the Hometown USA pattern today! Thank you….it looks like fun! Looks like someone received some awesome birthday gifts!

  11. Launa

    Mary, I took Norwegian two years in high school so can’t help with the beautiful Fraktur script. Lovely tho. Enjoyed the pictures of your gifts n Reed’s family photo. Nice Rick can get out n about to help now.
    Hope the Iowa Corn 300 is better than DAYTONA is this evening.
    Summer is finally here in Idaho…we topped out at 85 degrees today after a mid 40’s morning.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Launa – both you and Carolyn supplied the work I was struggling to remember —-Fractur. I have always admired it! Yes, it says God Blesses Our Home.

  12. Colleen

    Love your blog both words and pictures I am so glad you are computer savvy enough to did
    Reed and family are darling
    Your presents are perfect
    Best wishes for your husbands continuing recovery and hopefully his foot /ankle will serve him well without much discomfort
    Also I hope he can go slowly using his foot
    I say this as too often I have done too much too soon
    It’s so easy to do that and gosh he has been through so much to get to this point as have you
    Anyway enjoy your life it’s the only one we get

  13. Peggy

    Hello ~ Planning to send for the two patterns. . . Still available?? And what size envelope will they be returned in?? Regular business size??
    Love all the farm pics. . . Thanks. . 🐐 🐐

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Peggy – yes, both are still available and will be mailed in a regular business envelope. Can you include an address label?

  14. Brenda

    I asked my husband who majored in German in college says you’re correct. The picture does indeed say ‘God Bless Our Home’. It’s a beautiful picture. It will go perfectly in your home.

  15. Sharon Cervenka

    Love the portrait of Hazel. I received my pattern, too. (Will do better with having a label-have to order some!) Thanks!
    Plus you are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of extended family and friends. A beautiful gift!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sharon -no worries about the label. I do know how lucky I am to have such a great family in my life!

      1. jane boyer

        Love the garden seat/kneeler. I’m ready for one. Have been taking a thick dowel out to the garden for a little extra support but the kneeler with side bars would be great.

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