Happy Fourth of July, 7-4-2020

It’s another quiet day here on the farm and we’re going to have more quiet days ahead. Remember when I kept Moe, the black golden doodle, last weekend? Her owner called today to say that he has tested positive for Covid-19.

And once again, I am living proof that no good deed goes unpunished! It’s been one hell of a summer so far. Lots of sewing and reading ahead of me.

51 thoughts on “Happy Fourth of July, 7-4-2020

  1. Jo in Wyoming

    What a glorious picture!
    Happy 4th too all.
    I do hope Moe comes out ok.
    What next?

  2. Carol Shaw

    I just can’t fathom dogs getting covid. Makes me wonder if animals also contracted the plague! I love love love your pictures Mary, they just make my day. Thank you for being so generous with your time for all of us. Let freedom ring!

  3. Sue in Oregon

    OH, my! Poor Moe and her owner. I had read that dogs can get it, but can they transmit it to humans? And, do they die of it? This is all getting so weird.
    What a beautiful photo. I would say, Award Winning.

  4. Susan from Good Hope

    Mary, I’m sorry to hear about Moe. I suspect your quiet times ahead are due to self-quarantining and I hope you stay healthy and happy. Looking forward to seeing all of the projects you’re working on. I swear you’re Wonder Woman with all of the things you do!

    Thinking of you and hoping you have a good week!

  5. Jamie in AZ

    I believe it’s Moe’s owner who has Covid since Moe is a female. 4 of 9 residents in my assisted living home also have it. These are very scary times, thank goodness I can count on Mary to add some brightness to my days

  6. Colleen

    I think that I’m understanding Moe’s human person has tested positive for the virus, not Moe the dog. I hope the limited amount of contact you had during drop-off and pick-up will be little enough that you’ll be safe. Reading and sewing are good. Take care.

  7. Diane Bauer

    Oh, Mary!! What next is certainly right!!! I imagine you will be getting tested now, too. Prayers for all of you. Please take gentle care of yourself and keep us posted!

    I just love your barn and today is the perfect day for a picture of it with its wonderful flag!

    1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

      Oh Mary, that is a blow. I hope Moe’s owner recovers okay, and dosen’t have a serious bout of Covid. Is his the first case in Hancock county? (I remember a few posts back you wrote that no one local had tested positive yet).
      You and Rick take good care of yourselves: if you had Moe staying last weekend, and that was the last time you had contact with her owner, then you are, in effect, half way through your ‘quarantine’ period already. Hang in there!

      1. CountryThreads Post author

        Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts – yes! You understood my post! Scott lives in a different county and we all have a few more cases now. Scott and Sara picked up Moe on Sunday night, the same night Scott started to feel sick. They brought her the precious Thursday night so if they were infected then, I’m really close to being done with my quarantine!

  8. mj

    This is strange news to me.. Domestic animals get the virus and then could give it to a human? This is worse than one thought. So this means you and Rick are quarantined for 14 days ? What about Hazel and the rest of the critters.. I am trying to process this. Why did Moe get tested? Do they know where he picked it up? Alot of questions….
    I am so sorry to hear this Mary. But with all of your friends here, in the blog world, we’ll be keeping you all in our prayers for sure.
    Tomorrow, on Sunday, I will be starting my 17th week of staying at home.. I wear a mask to the market, once every two weeks, I have entertained a family member in my garage, (car out and 6′ apart). Have gotten sewing and reading, like you said, done and also been bored…..this week too hot to go out on the patio and etc. But we can do it…follow the scientist and be safe.
    I know you will keep us informed of your process. GOD keep you safe.

  9. B. J.

    I’m pretty sure that Mary means that that the owner has tested positive for the virus. I’ve never heard anyone say that animals get it. Never heard any scientist or medical person say anything about animals getting COVID!

  10. Kate Schloemer

    Oh no!!! I’m so very sorry!!! I pray your dogs don’t get it and will keep Moe in my prayers. This virus has us all upset. I don’t even know what normal life is like anymore. I guess between my garden and the sewing machine is how I’m spending the rest of my summer.
    Stay safe

    1. Diane Bauer

      Yes, my vet told me in March that animals can get COVID, but at least at that time they did not believe animals could transmit it back to humans.

  11. Rita in Iow

    Mary you have had so many positives in you life and plenty of negatives. Keep the faith as this too shall pass. You will have to entertain us with your blog, the highs and the lows as this is an outlet to share both.

    Lots of sewing and book reading as it will be too hot to be outside in Iowa the next nine days. I went out this morning and weeded only for a hour as It was too hot. Our morning walk before breakfast and the traffic gets to busy. We live on a road that goes to a park (Matsell Park) and has the Wapsi River, horse paths, and a shooting range that the police use. So it can get busy.

    Stay safe. Be Still, and know we love you!

  12. Chris B in NW PA

    I think Jamie is right. Her owner has tested positive for the virus. It is sad that you were
    exposed while providing a service to help a friend. You do so much for your church &
    community that your help will be missed. This will be time for you to rest, sew, & read.
    I hope you will share farm pictures(loved the flag & barn) and sewing pictures.
    Take care of yourself. Everyone is thinking of you & Rick.

  13. Carrolyn V

    Be safe Mary! Yes, animals can get and spread covid…..a FACT…….often on the REAL NEWS……it doesn’t happen often but a proven fact…sadly true.

  14. Carolyn Boutilier

    Hello Mary, If Moe tested positive does that mean her owners have the virus? Love the picture of the flag and your barn. I take it that you and Rick will be quarantined for 14 days. Just when we think we are safe it comes back and bits you. 92 degrees here in the Shenandoah Valley today. I will watch fireworks from our deck. We have Massanutten Resort on the mountain and it may be 20 miles from here but we still see the fireworks. Happy 4th. I made straight raspberry tea, even my granddaughter liked it. Carolyn b

  15. Linda from Oconomowoc

    So Mary, you need to tell us more as this is confusing. Does the owner of Moe have the virus or does Moe have the virus? If the dog has the virus, what made his owner take him to the vet to be tested? What symptoms was he having?
    Either way, if the owner has it you have been exposed and if the dog has it can you get it from a dog and does this virus transfer to other dogs or animals?

  16. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, is Moe a male or female? Is the dog’s owner male or female? And which one tested positive? Why was the testing done? I’ve read and re-read your posting and it could go either way.
    The corn across the road is absolutely beautiful. Iowa has a beauty all of it’s own.
    The fireworks went off as planned last night at Mt. Rushmore. They had the whole program on TV for the rest of us to watch. The governor and former Miss South Dakota had a very even covering of the stuff that makes you look like you have a good tan!! It was a good night to stay home. Personally I wouldn’t want to be with that many people on any day. And it was so hot. I’m going to have a hard time keeping track of what day it is. Seemed like Sunday today. And I was really hoping to see the big Airforce 1 plane. No luck. Darn.
    Glad you had a peaceful birthday. That is always nice. You know dull and boring isn’t bad.
    Betty in Rapid City

  17. Jean

    Mary prayers for your well being. I will pray that you are ok. Please stay positive and I know that you know our Lord is a powerful God!

  18. Peggy Sanford

    Soooo, the owner tested positive. . . Doesn’t mean he HAS it. Might just be a carrier. One good thing is that Mary’s already one week into the two weeks of waiting to see if it shows up. Take care down there!!

    Peggy S

  19. Diane in Maryland

    I am thinking it is Moe’s owner too who has tested positive. Praying that the owner and Moe will be fine. Of course we will all be saying lots of prayers for you Mary! It is scary that you were in contact with Moe’s owner last weekend. However, I personally know of people who have been in the same house with someone who has had Coronavirus and no one else in the house came down with it. Saying prayers for your continued good health! Hugs!

  20. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    That photo of the flag and barn is definitely frame worthy!
    Take care; hopefully, the two weeks will pass quickly. 😘

  21. Patricia

    I’m sure you’ve been in touch with your doctor. From what I remember, it is easier for an animal to catch Covid from a human than it is for a human to catch Covid from a dog or cat. However I suppose you have to quarantine for two weeks to be sure. I’m praying that You don’t get it and I will be well.

  22. Janette

    Oh no! Mary, I am so sorry to hear that. I hope it is not too serious of an illness for Moe and that everyone else stays well.

  23. Kathy Hanson

    So sorry to hear about Moe and do hope that Hazel (who loves having Moe to visit) and Telly don’t develop anything. Will be thinking of all of you and praying all will be well. As you say “be still”! 😊❤️

  24. Joyce from NY

    Oh my goodness Mary, how unfortunate for you, it’s going to be too hot to do much anyway, as you say you can read & sew 🧵 please stay safe & still!

  25. Sue in Marion, IN

    Oh, no! Sorry to hear about the positive covid test. I just read(like 10 minutes ago) an article from an online science digest I get describing some odd things they have learned about covid-19 and one of them was that we can give domestic animals covid and we can catch it back from them. In April, tigers in the Bronx Zoo got covid from a keeper ( they all recovered). The article also mentioned, and I heard the same story on NPR, that thousands of mink living on mink farms in the Netherlands are being euthanized because they have covid. Another odd thing is that covid causes blood clots at a much higher rate than other inflammatory diseases…up to 49% of people that get it have blood clots. The clots can cause heart attacks and strokes. Scares me. I suppose you have to quarantine for two weeks…be safe and hang in there!

    1. Betty Klosterman

      I was visiting with a lady who worked as a surgical nurse at the hospital. She said that all of a sudden a patient IN surgery would start getting blood clots, which just doesn’t happen under ordinary circumstances.

  26. Linda in So Cal

    I guess we need clarification … which one tested positive… Moe or her owner? My interpretation is the owner is sick, not Moe. Beautiful day in So Cal….mid 80s, nice day for a walk. Beaches are closed. On Thursday I spent the day with one of my quilting groups. We kept our distance but all were glad to get out of the house & noted how lucky we are to have quilting in our lives & quilting friends. And thankfully we have your blog to add sunshine to our lives. Keep up the good work! Belated birthday wishes.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Linda in So Cal – thank you for reading between my lines. I just posted a clarification – Moe is the dog – the owner has Covid-19, not Moe!

  27. Kay Crandall

    Mary, The picture you posted is wonderful. I am SO sorry you were exposed – I hope your contact was minimal and you will probably want to get tested. Praying for the best news for you. Because my husband goes to dialysis three times a week we can’t be totally isolated, but other than dropping him off and picking him up, we haven’t gone anywhere in months! So far no one at his dialysis center (staff or patients) has come down with the virus – keeping our fingers crossed that continues. I just checked The Swedish Death Cleaning book out of the library yesterday – looking forward to digging in to it. I hope I can be as diligent about cleaning as you were after reading the book.

  28. Jan from TN

    Happy Independence Day to you & Rick also! So sorry you’ve been exposed to the “novel corona virus”. As others have said, you should already be almost done with quarantine as long as you haven’t left your property to expose anyone else. Church? Anyway, praying 🙏🙏that neither of you will “catch” it? Do you plan to get tested so you know for sure? I think I would but that’s just me.
    Enjoy your weekend. Sew, read, repeat! 🤩

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jan from TN – I went to the chiropractor on Weds – with my mask and everybody there wore a mask, too. Stopped at grocery store for one item on way home.

  29. the other Angie

    Mary!! That is such an unbelievable bit of news. Who would think ? I am glad they told you about the positive test and that you are half way through the quarantine period. It seems we are all constantly trying to figure out if we should or should not do something. Very frustrating.

    Your picture with the flag and the barn is beautiful. Thanks for sharing that one!

    Happy Fourth! Stay safe…

  30. Tammy Guerrero

    So sorry to hear this. You have had a hard time lately. Hope you do not get the virus. Prayers your way, stay safe, stay home. Best wishes to you.

  31. Vickie Lemonds

    Thinking about you and wishing you well. What a good heart you have and you do so many good deeds. Surely, that earns you some brownie points from up above.
    Sending wishes for good health!

  32. Diane and Squeak

    Gosh, Mary, I hope you are correct and your quarantine could be almost over. I am guessing you and Rick will be tested. This is such an insidious virus—ugh. Good luck to you humans and to the animals. I hope none of you get it!!

  33. Joy Van den top

    Hi Mary! So sorry you have been exposed! I live in Lyon County, the number of cases are increasing. Our church is in Sioux county. My good friend and her hubby (70+) both have it and are miserable! They have run a fever for over a week. Hope you stay healthy! We go to the grocery when necessary but that’s about it. Take care!

  34. Sharon Lowy

    So sorry you have been exposed. I so hope you will escape this virus.🙏🙏🙏🙏

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