July 29, 2019

Monday morning on the farm. The fair is over, all my company is gone, and I’m willing to try this blog once again. I am not smart enough to figure out how a hacker gets into a blog site but last week just capped off a miserable month of July.

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I’ve learned lots about the blog program and we bought into a somewhat expensive security program that we hope will forever stop hackers and viruses. With these additional protections we hopefully will be able to determine who is helping support this blog by closing the ads and who is not. I’d like us to be one like-minded group and those that aren’t willing to help will be blocked. I’m hoping to add PayPal at some point with another blog program but will need some time to work on that. None of this is easy and if I continue to have days like last Wednesday I will close the blog because I can’t stand the stress and the pressure that comes along with my readers receiving 50+ emails from a post 2 years ago! The comments coming in bam, bam, bam were stressful – the name of the post was “Let’s Talk” and one comment came in that said “STOP TALKING!!!!!”

I am going to play “catch up” for a bit and then I will post the RugAlong next in a separate blog post for those who are working on their rugs.

I will report on the fair and Reed’s quilt results, his upcoming trip to Florida, book giveaways, new patterns coming, and all the finished #8’s of the Dirty Dozen. If you haven’t already sent me a picture of your #8, please do that ASAP because I will post them on Wednesday, July 31.

Went to church at the fair yesterday and sat with Reed’s family.

That’s all for this post – come back a little later for the RugAlong post.

I sure missed you guys!

119 thoughts on “July 29, 2019

  1. debby

    There were ads today but couldn’t close any, as there were no ‘x’ available. Please don’t stop your blog, I enjoy it everyday. It’s like visiting with a friend.

  2. Debra Miller

    So sorry for the added stress created by hackers! Just to let you know-there were 7 ads visible on my blog post and none of them could be closed-no x’s. There also were no pictures, just blank boxes.

  3. Judi L.

    I missed you, too, Mary. Let’s hope August and going forward will be better. Looking forward to the RugAlong post.

  4. Tina W. In Oregon

    Good Monday morning! I’m so glad you’re back. Wouldn’t it be nice if the hackers used their talent on something for good instead of ruining people’s lives? I’ll email you a picture of my #8 soon. Can hardly wait for the next number to be drawn. I’m also anxious to hear all about the fair and how Reed did!

    1. Diane, Squeak's Mom

      I”m with you, Tina. Why don’t they do something good for people–work in a soup kitchen, help a neighbor, shovel a walk, give $ to cancer research. Hackers are Ugh.

      Mary, I hope everything can be worked out. Squeak and I look forward to your posts; she is usually sitting by me at the computer and pats at the mouse:) I love hearing about all of your animals, your trips with Reed and others, and your rug making and quilt making.

      I had 6 or 7 ads with the X’s that I clicked, but no pictures. Don’t stress about it, just try to enjoy the day:)

      1. Tina W.

        I got ads but no photos. Some of the ads I couldn’t close but I closed several others.

  5. Vicky Montag

    I am sure glad you are back. I enjoy hearing about what all is going on in your life. Whoever said “stop talking” must not be interested in your animals, quilting, etc.

  6. Diana in Des MOines

    So sorry that this has happened to you. I know you do this blog out of the goodness of your heart, and I was afraid you would just say that’s it and sign off.
    I consider you a friend, and look forward to your observations and photos. Too bad some people have no patience and cant understand that crap (hackers) happen. I knew something was up, so just deleted the comments and knew you would try to fix it.

    Thanks and hopefully August will be better. We are having our first grandbaby in about 3 weeks, so I am SOO looking forward to August!

  7. Lisa in sunny hot eastern Washington state

    So sorry for all the blog stress. All of us would miss you if you had to stop! I also can’t click on any ads today as there are only pictures and no X’s.

    1. Launa

      I looked at two ads and then closed them. Waiting for news of Reed’s fair news and more good things you share with us, Mary.
      We’re still having electrical storms up here in Idaho. Love when they bring heavy rain 🌧, but a huge hail storm in July…last Saturday! It’s 75o @ near noon up here now!

  8. Dorothy Sheldrake

    Dear Mary, you are a dear to I believe thousands. PLEASE DO NOT STOP TALKING TO US. You are an encouragement to me by sharing your life on the farm. If you encourage those of us out here to do one more thing to serve others, then it is well worth your many efforts. There are always those out there that want to rob us of the JOY that the Lord gives. Please keep on keeping on. You bring much JOY to me and my lady friends here in Riverside County, CA.
    Bless you dear Mary,
    Dorothy Sheldrake

  9. Vickie Lemonds

    I don’t really care if I get a blog post from you 50 times! I just LOVE hearing from you!

  10. sandy

    Miss you too! I so enjoy your blog & really have missed it…. I had computer issues a month or so ago & since then I get no ads to close, not sure why….. 🙁

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy – please read other comments and replies for some suggestions

  11. Susan in PA

    I felt your frustration every time I got one of those bogus emails (all 93 of them). I truly missed your real daily emails and am so glad you are back up and running. I missed reading your blog with my coffee. Computers and tablets are the greatest when they are working right but they are the absolute worst when things go wrong. Welcome back and God bless.

  12. Micky

    I also appreciate your blog, replies and yes like a visit from a friend. I close all ad’s I can, as others say some I can’t. You are an inspiration to me.THANK YOU

  13. Jacque

    Mary – You’ve mentioned closing ads before but I’ve never known what that meant. I read your blog on my iPad and the only ads I see are on the side. Are those the ones I’m meant to “close”? I definitely don’t want to be voted off the island – I love your blog posts!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Jacque – when there’s an X in the corner of an ad, you can click on it to close it and we will be paid a nominal fee from google. We use the money to pay blog expenses and to offer free patterns, etc. thanks for asking.

  14. Gayle Shumaker

    Well I learned something new today. I did not know that the ads on your blog benefited you so I will start closing them. Glad you are back and hopefully everything goes smoothly with the blog now, no stress.

  15. Sharon Ernst

    We missed you right back, Mary! Hopefully everything will get better for you!
    I truly enjoy seeing you in my email! 😊😊

  16. Deb Harrison

    Mary, how about doing your news through Facebook instead of a blog? Or YouTube as a video? I, too, would hate to lose you. Or is there a regular blogger in Garner who would post if you sent her a regular email every day?

  17. Gwen

    I love your blog and would close ads but I never see any. Please don’t block me. I grew up in small town Iowa (Nora Springs) but haven’t lived there for a long time. Your blog keeps me in touch with my roots.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Gwen – read some of the other comments and replies for possible solutions. Thanks!

  18. Suzanne Crane

    I can’t believe anyone got impatient. It took me about 60 seconds to close all those emails. Not a big deal. Please don’t close your blog.

  19. Helen G

    Love your blog and even though I may not close ads (whatever that means) I have made purchases from your website and love what I have bought. I do hope you will continue as I thoroughly enjoy living your farm-life with you and your church and Reed. Please keep it going. No pictures showed with this post. Sorry! Hope all goes well from here!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Helen G – closing an ad means that you click on the X found in a corner of the ad. Each click pays us a nominal amount of money which we use for blog expenses. Thanks for asking, Helen!

  20. Mary in Owensville

    Those of us who love you and your posts were not upset by the repeating post… just waited for it to end and felt bad knowing you were dealing with the aggravation and stress.
    There were 6 ads that I could close on this post; I had the x available this post, sometimes they are not there.
    Enjoy this week. I am in east central Missouri and once the rain passes, we are to have a beautiful week to start August.
    I finished my #8 and will be emailing a pic as soon as I find a spot to hang it for a good pic.
    You take care!

  21. Louverna Tomer

    Hi Mary:
    I read your blog each time you post. Today’s came through – but no pictures, just blank boxes.
    Also, I have NEVER received an ad on your blog, so I CANNOT close any ads. Now, that being the case, you can see that I haven’t closed any ads and you will block me.
    I enjoy reading your blog so much and have purchased a small wall quilt when you sold them. I’ve also bought a lot of kits from you when you went to shows. I was raised on a farm and enjoy reading about your life with animals, Reed, church, etc. If you block me from your blog because I didn’t close any ads, so be it. There’s nothing I can do about it. I’m 77 years old and have been blocked from a lot of things in my life, and if I live long enough, will probably be blocked from a lot more.
    You have a great day and I’ll keep reading until you block me.
    Louverna Tomer

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Louverna Tomer – keep reading the comments – I’m sure someone will have some advice for you – do you ever try clicking on the blog post itself or look for the blog through an online source? Or do you only read via email? Do you have an ad blocker installed?

  22. Luci

    It took a couple of attempts to get your blog with ads. There were no pictures, though, just empty boxes. I hope all of this gets worked out, as I really don’t want to get blocked from your blog. It is fun to see the variety in your world in Iowa. Also, you encourage me to get busy with my unfinished projects. Goodness knows, I have a “few.”

  23. Ellie

    Glad to see you back in a normal fashion! I must say I went into some of the duplicate emails and just closed ads on them. I hope you get credit for them! I knew you would fix things as soon as you could and there was no point in hassling you . I would be so sad if you closed up the blog. It is one of the highlights of my day!

  24. Judy In MO

    I was able to close ads, but could see no pictures on my IPad. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it, but thought I would mention it. I love your blogs and would sure hate to see you abandon it, but understand your frustration.

  25. Arrowhead Gramma

    Mary, so very sorry you were hacked. Why can’t the hackers leave all of us alone.

    That said, I was not able to close any ads from my phone. Now on my Chromebook and no ads are showing up. Interesting I do have ads showing on other blogs on both my phone and Chromebook (i.e. Jo’s blog). What to do???? I don’t want to be dropped from your list.

    Hope you are able to hang in there for all of your faithful readers.

  26. Patty T.

    So glad you are back Mary! I knew something was up with the numerous posts that were the same. Just deleted them- that’s all. I look forward to reading your blog- it’s a little bit of Farm, animals and quilting- my favs. Thank you for all you do!

  27. Barb Rydell

    Sorry you went through this but good to have you back. Closed some ads but couldn’t see pics.

  28. Diane, Squeak's Mom

    Am I the only one who had ads to close today? I usually read you on an Apple Mac computer, but I don’t know if that makes a difference. Hmmmm. I do get ads on my iPad, too, and I do close all of them. Or, sometimes, I check out what is being sold:)

    Mary, I used to subscribe to The Goat Gazette so if you needed to have us subscribe to your blog, I would do it. I’d send money just like when I subscribed to the Gazette. 🙂

    Hang in there. August will be better:)

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane, Squeaks mom – I appreciate your willingness to subscribe but I just don’t want all that hassle – this has got to be easy for me or I’m out. You know how much I have to do – I just can’t add all that bookkeeping to my workload. Ads are the easiest way but you’re sweet to offer!

  29. Roxanne

    Oh my, hacking is just so nasty. Bleh. So sorry you’re dealing with that. Please don’t block me. I love reading your blog and sometimes comment and have bought patterns but don’t close ads because somehow I don’t see them (I view on my iPhone). I finished my #8 yesterday!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Roxanne – maybe the ads would appear on a different device?

  30. Sunflower from Michigan

    I’m glad to hear from you today. Pictures and ads came through just fine and I closed the ads. I’ve been looking back thru older blogs trying to find the picture of the table mat Connie made in orange, black and whites so I’ve closed lots of ads today! Can’t wait to see the #8s and the fair pictures. Take care.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sunflower from MI – I will be glad to repost that picture of Connie’s Halloween Gameboard – it’s on my list this week.

  31. Patty

    We all felt your frustration !
    I look forward to reading about all that you are doing. Please don’t stop. You encourage, sometimes give us a reason to giggle, as well as teach or remind us of things we have forgotten.
    Thank you.

  32. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    Glad you’re back, hoping August turns out to be YOUR month of joy!
    Looking forward to hearing about Reed’s quilts and the fair.
    People who make rude comments should be given a chance to apologize and if they don’t… bye bye bad spirited reader!

  33. Gloria B.

    Mary, thanks for pulling through the stress you had with the hack. We missed you.

  34. Marilyn H

    After getting many emails from you, one right after another, I guessed hack. I quickly closed them and none the next day. Did not disturb my computer as well as I can tell. It is just something that happens and I am sorry for the pain it caused you. From the comments today I have the same thinking as others…we love hearing from you – everything from the daily farm life to quilting!

  35. Charlotte

    Love and look forward to tour blog Mary and thank you so much for your patience and perseverance.

  36. Charlotte S.

    So sorry for your stress last week. The emails didn’t bother me…I just closed the 4 or 5 at a time. I closed a lot of ads today but didn’t get the pictures. So glad you are back!!

  37. Donna C. in Kentucky

    Dear Mary, so sorry for your experience. I was able to close two ads today. Please don’t give up, I so enjoy your blog. I look forward to it each day.

  38. Deb

    Please do not stress over your blog……..I knew something was wrong and wasn’t upset when I received dozens of emails from you! Your followers will wait patiently for a fix. I love your quilts, fabrics, patterns rugs and life on a mid west farm.

  39. Nancy Schulz

    I did not get your blog notice on my e-mail subscription, nor did I receive the pictures. Adds are usually hit or miss to close? I do close them when possible. Missed your daily blog as it is always so inspirational. Hope I will be put back on your subscriber list and that this hacking problem will be solved long-term for you.

  40. Donna Sproston

    I have discovered that it I open your blog a second time, I can close more ads. About half the ads do not have an x but if I open those ads, do you get some cash?

    It is frustrating when hackers mess up the works. Thanks for all your efforts. I know from comments how much we all love reading your blog. I would even pay to subscribe!

    I was inspired by your teaching Reed to quilt. This weekend I asked my soon-to-be sixth grade grandson Henry if he would like to make a quilt. He drew a pattern, a four patch pin wheel, then picked out fabrics from my stash. I did the cutting because I have no mesh glove nor ruler handle. He took to the machine and quarter inch seam quickly. His mom left to run errands and was surprised when all the squares were sewn together two hours late and he was pinning the quilt sandwich together. He did all the quilting on the machine, attached the binding, and finally decided I could help on the hand sewing because the tail of the blind stitch thread kept coming out of the eye! Next he wants to make a twin size quilt. I will send you a photo of Henry and his quilt.

  41. Martha

    So glad you are back. I am so sorry for all your trouble. I don’t usually comment, but I have the problem of not having ads on my desk top computer. I had trouble with my computer, and the repair man put an ad blocker on my computer. I’m not smart enough to take it off, so I use my IPhone to read your blog and the ads are there. I close them several times. I know this is a problem for many, I hope they can find a way to help by closing ads. Love your blog and you for all you do for the world.

  42. Sue in Oregon

    Hi Mary–It’s so good to have you back.
    I have been reading through these comments about no ads and no x marks. I have noticed with mine that very often the same ads where I have been or purchased something appear. Like today. I have had quite a few and have been able to close them all. Strange though, that some have lots with x’s others aren’t getting any. Maybe it is their own computer that blocks them. I always read your blog on my PC and I usually have plenty of ads.
    Anxious to hear about Reed and the fair. I hope August will be a bright and shiny month for you.

  43. Sandi McGuire

    I sure missed your blog. I new you were hacked when all the same blog kept showing up. So sorry you have to spend so much energy on this “stuff”. Love that you are back!! I visited your clothing ad but couldn’t find an “x” either so just had to get out and go back in to your blog. Don’t know if that helps you.

    1. Sandi McGuire

      Forgot to mention that I’m not getting any photos with your blog today.

  44. MartyCae

    Hackers will have to answer at the pearly gates for their misdeeds.
    Please do not stop your blog! I love hearing all about you, your family, Connie, Reed and all the animals. I cannot tell you how many times you have made my day.
    I hope the rest of the week is stress less and full of friends, cats, dogs and goats (doing cute things)!

  45. Diane Bauer

    Sweet Mary, I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with the stress created by a mean-spirited hacker. I know this is not the first issue you’ve had with the blog either, and it has to be so frustrating to have to try to untangle the mess. Please know that those of us who love to hear from you don’t care if we end up with having to spend a minute deleting the extra emails. Not a big deal here!!

    I had 7 ads to close as I read this post and I will stick around and close those that pop up when I post my comment. I don’t know if others know that or not, but I do always try to make at least some comment because doing so gives me more opportunities to close additional ads. I did not receive photos today either, just blank boxes where they had been. Glad there are some programs to help protect the blog!!

  46. Jess from FL

    I’m so sorry you had to experience all the stress that came from the “Let’s Talk” post. It’s disgusting that there are people in this world who seem to take great joy in causing others misery. I’ve missed your posts and I’m glad you’re back!

  47. Sue in Oregon

    Oh….I forgot to say, I am nearly done with #8. Just the binding left to do.

  48. Katherine Gourley

    Hi Mary,

    I felt sorry for you last week. There was no need for anyone to be nasty. When I replied, it was just to let you know that something was going on and kept going on. I hope I did not stress you. I stopped posting once I was aware that you knew about the problem. I would love it if you had PayPal (my favorite way to shop online).

    I closed a bunch of adds today. I just thought that you may like to know about this. If I open the blog on my PC, I get the adds. If I open bloglovin on my iPad there are never any adds for any blog. I love following Jo Kramer’s blog, but some times the adds on hers go crazy and close the post, so to read it I need to use my iPad. I always try to close adds for you and Jo — my 2 favorite blogs in the whole wide world.

  49. Dianne Cook

    Hi Mary,

    I’m so sorry you have had so much trouble with your blog posts. I missed you very much. Hope all will be better now, sorry you have all the extra expenses. Would be able to help with a small subscription price as mentioned by others.
    I have started my third week of radiation and met with the oncologist this morning. She was pleased with my progress, as I am too. Am half way through now.
    I try to close all ads, but sometimes there is no “X”, but will keep it up.
    Please keep on blogging. We all love to read your farm and quilt happenings.

  50. Patricia

    Mary, Glad to see you back. I understand your frustration and I am sorry. At one time I thought I had to actually open the add and go to it. Easier to just close it. I don’t know what makes the difference but sometimes I have adds and sometimes I don’t. I’m sorry but I don’t have pictures today either. Besides the blog I always enjoy your pictures , no matter what they are. I love your animals, your barn, your veggies and pumpkins and plants. Your quilting and quilts are wonderful and all that you do for others is inspiring. I hope your frustration decreases and August brings calm. We all would miss you if you shut down.

  51. Rita in Iowa

    Mary, welcome back, shame on those hackers. Got the ads but not the pictures.

    This weekend we had our second Family Reunion on the farm that my dads parents farmed in Watkins, Iowa. My cousins lives and farms the place. We had between 100-150 family members and 47 just from my immediate family.

    Yesterday my brother came to our home and I presented him with a quilt. The last of the 10 quilts that I made for my siblings. I also gave my sister-in-law a small quilt that was made from leftovers from a quilt I had made for her daughter. She was trilled because she recognized it right away. She said the quilt is on the guest bed when they visit. So cool. We then went and ate at the General Store in Stone City, Iowa.
    Great place to eat Wednesday through Sunday in the summer.

  52. Carole S

    Mary, I would be so sad if I couldn’t read your home and farm and community updates. I feel like you’re a long-lost relative, and we’re catching up. You’re probably one of very few people I’d be happy to have drop in any time for coffee and not worry about the shape my house is in. Too bad people who are savvy enough to get an email aren’t clever enough to recognize when someone has been hacked. I hope all that stress goes away. You really mean a lot to a lot of us.

    I just found a copy of “Rugs from Rags” on my bookshelf! I need to get my frame in shape and do rugs with you! So excited!

    I had a bunch of ads to close today on my iPad, but like others, no pics. I also had ads to close on my iPhone, but no pics.

  53. Jeanine

    I, too, along with everyone else is, am so happy you are back. I refresh your page several times during the day, and close the new ads each time. I also did that on the “Let’s Talk” entry. I hope they helped, because I closed a lot of ads. I love hearing about your farm, quilting and anything else going on in your life. Don’t stress, but I also did not receive any pictures today. Have a wonderful day!

  54. Linda

    I’ve missed your blog & glad you are back! Sorry you had to deal with the stress, I didn’t mind deleting all the posts….I knew you wouldn’t do it deliberately!
    Welcome back!

  55. Anne

    Using my phone to view your post, and I was able to close several ads. No pics….but that happens frequently with my phone. Sorry about the the frustration for you with hackers. Like other readers, it only took ten seconds to delete the extra messages….I just figured there was some internet glitch and you’d eventually work it out! Keep doing what you do….I love reading all of your posts!

  56. Mary

    Thank you – so sorry for all the posting problems and the rude comments.
    I received several ads and closed them all.
    No pictures received.
    My device is an Apple Ipad Pro, if that helps.

  57. Kathy in western NY

    I too had no pictures on my iPad but did have ads to X out so that works and that is good for you. I don’t use bloglovin to read your blog, I get it in an email subscription so by clicking on the title it takes me to your post with the ads to close. I must share with you that I very much appreciate that your ads are on the side of your words and not smack dab in the center as I read it. I have stopped subscribing and reading a number of blogs for the reason it’s very hard seeing ads pop up all over as I scroll to read so I just give up. I understand it is for money and I am not into a lot of social media like reading on phones and Facebook so reading your blog is a bright spot in my day.

  58. Delores

    Thankful you are back inspiring each of us to be better in whatever we choose to do. Love all the pics and comments you make regarding animals, farm life in general, flowers and plants, friends, church and retirement visits , sewing and YOU! The list could go on and on. Again, thanks!

  59. Sharon Ray

    Can’t imagine a reader not realizing that something was wrong!! I simply deleted the emails from you, knowing it would be fixed eventually. I close ads when I get them but don’t always have any?? I always look forward to reading your blog, thanks for your efforts.

  60. Joyce from NY

    So glad you’re back Mary, I closed just one ad & I also did not have any pictures. I know how frustrating it must have been for you. I don’t think i’ll have my #8 finished by the 31st, would it be okay to post a photo later, when it is finished?

  61. Julie B.

    GOOD Monday to you Mary…I love your blog and it is the first thing I read in my email. I had noticed numerous emails from you, but just deleted them…was sure it was a fluke. I love your animal pics and stories, along with the quilting info.

    Keep it going..it is a joy to read!

  62. Felicia Hamlin

    Six adds closed. I had the message, but if you had pictures they didn’t come thru. Those hackers are scum of the earth and I doubt that they have any good in them. Enjoy the day, Mary.

  63. Montana Kathy

    Mary, so glad you’re back to writing. Your blog is the 1st email I open and I so look forward to it. Too bad hackers can’t get a life and move on. What rotten souls they must have. Closed the ads as usual, but no show of photos. Hopefully, life will get better. How frustrating. Hang in there.

  64. B. J. Berlo

    Love your blog Mary! Closed all the ads I could find … Didn’t get any pix today … Just blank squares.

  65. Anne at Walden Woods

    Mary – it’s hard to put into words how much I enjoy and appreciate reading your words. I feel like part of the family and can hardly wait to find out what you all have been up to lately. Thank you for the joy you bring to me and a great many others.
    I do not get ads on your blog because my computer has a program called “Adblocker” that automatically closes them. I can check every day to find out how many were blocked that day & how many total of all the days I’ve been reading your blog. Some people may not realize they have Adblocker or that it is available.
    When I saw all of the “Let’s Talk” emails I knew you were probably very frustrated about some glitch (hacker?) that was sending them out. I am sure that we all realized that it was not you being computer happy. Please continue making us part of your family – we’d miss you so much after all these years. And don’t forget the pictures! Cats & dogs & kids make life worth living.
    You & Connie have been a blessing in our lives and we love you for it.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Anne at Walden Woods – and you could take off that ad blocker for Country Threads Chicken Scratch. All computers have the program called Adblocker but you can remove a site if you choose. It’s up to you now.

  66. JudyE

    I closed 7 ads just now. Sometimes I have gone back into the blog for a second time and get more ads to close. No photos today. I usually read your blog on my cell phone.
    Thanks Mary for trying to solve the hacker issues. Could we contribute to the cost of the program you just purchased for the blog security? No need to do any accounting on your part, Just consider it a gift. I know many of us would be happy to help you out in this simple way.
    If this is ok with you let me know and I will put it in the blog comment section.
    Have a great day, enjoy the cooler weather!

  67. Terri

    I’m so sorry it was stressful for you. Those that don’t get that it had nothing to do with you should just unsubscribe. I love here in from you and your farm life. It really wasn’t a big deal just to delete the messages. Please just take a chill pill and blog on my dear Mary. Love you, an everyday reader.

  68. Kim J LeMere

    I knew the minute I got the same message multiples times that something was messed up. I figured you would get to fixing it when you had the time, no worries for me. When I read your blog and see all the things that you do in day I know that the blog is the least of your worries. Happy to close those ads and looking forward to less stressful reports from the farm.

  69. Nikki M in Tx

    Sorry got all the pain in the ass the hackers have csusrf…you definitely need & deserve a feet up , cold beer evening on the porch.

  70. Moe Baly

    Mary, I’m so sorry that happened to you. I think or hope, all of us know it wasn’t you. We love your friendship and your ideas and your adventures!

    Welcome back, love Moe

  71. Linda Carpenter

    I can’t close ads, we have an ad blocker because we’ve had some trouble. Mary please don’t block me. I love your blog. I check it every day and I love buying your patterns and hearing about life on the farm. So sorry you’ve had technical problems. I can relate, my husband and I are trying to keep up on new technology.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Linda Carpenter – would you be willing to take the ad blocker off Country Threads Chicken Scratch to help out?

  72. Bobbie

    Hi Mary,
    I got quit a lot of your post, but I just laughed. I read the one and deleted the rest, no big deal. I’m not very computer illiterate either and it seems like something that would happen to me. I hate when I type something and spell check just changes it. If people get upset about something that small maybe they shouldn’t read blogs. I love your country life except to work to hard. Just keep blogging we love it ❤️.

  73. Teresa

    Mary, the multiple emails were no big deal, don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t let complainers ruin your blog experience. I took advantage and opened most of them and closed the Ads. I figured might as well make hay while the sun shines!

    And…I’m starting that two year old quilt so it was a happy accident for some of us. 😊

    Seriously though, internet glitches happen frequently whether it’s technical difficulties or malicious intent. Most of us have learned to chill out and wait for the situation to be righted. So glad you’re back online, I don’t think you realize how big your fan club is that enjoys your online newsletters.

  74. elizabeth a hinze

    Please don’t stop blogging : (
    Love your blog
    I always hit the x when I see it : )

  75. Denise Harkins

    I love reading your blog! The way I receive it, I don’t ever see any ads. I haven’t done anything to block ads so I don’t know why I don’t see them. Please, please do not block me. Thank you for all your effort writing the blog and taking so many pictures. It is appreciated!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Denise Haskins – maybe you could read the blog on another device or click on another part of the blog to see if that might produce ads and you can take Country Threads Chicken Scratch off your ad blocker if you so choose and I hope you will.

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Denise Harkins – please read Denise’s post about technical advice

  76. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Please don’t give up your blog! Don’t let the gremlins win!! I couldn’t close any ads today and the pics aren’t coming through. I know how frustrating this must be for you, I am so sorry for the trouble this has caused!

  77. Dot

    I set my ad blocker to allow your ads, and those of several other bloggers. My blocker has an icon at the top of my browser app, and I just click the icon to turn it off for the site I’m visiting. Easy! Closed a bunch today.

    I’m wondering whether you’ve considered using Patreon to help support your blog? I use it for several blogs I read, and would be happy to add yours!

  78. Gloria from CC

    Hi Mary – I was able to close 8 ads with this blog. I always have at least 4 more ads to close if I scroll past the comments and your picture. So sorry you were hacked. I knew something was wrong when I got repeat emails – no big deal to close them compared to what you had to go through to get it fixed. You know the feeling you get when you have no electricity for a couple of days due to a storm? That’s how I felt when I didn’t have your blog to read. It felt like something big was missing in my day. I don’t make many comments but I close ads like crazy, then I refresh it and close them again. Give Hazel a hug from us.

  79. Alice

    Mary, I would think most people would know that something was wrong when they received multiple emails from you. I simply deleted them! I’ve also found that if I can’t close ads, I refresh & usually there’s some to close. I’m viewing this on a smart phone. Not sure if this helps, but having ads to close seems to change from day to day, but refreshing does help…at least for me. Love your blog!

  80. Candy

    Welcome back, Mary! Some days I’ll get 1 or 2 ads to close … some days a dozen … today there were 7 or 8. I usually check back a couple of times a day and close any that are there for a 2nd or 3rd time. It’s quick and easy, and I just never know if there’ll be an update from you, so that’s worth the effort! Anyone who doesn’t agree shouldn’t let the door hit them on the backside on their way out! 😉

  81. MarleneT in upstate NY

    Hi Mary-I just closed 2 ads. I never noticed the date on that old post, but crazy as it is I went and dug out my book for the pattern and decided that I had a bunch of Christmas fabric scraps to make the Split Square quilt, and possibly maybe even larger than a table square. Hackers are sick in the head to think that they can get into a wonderful group of quilters and ruin our fun. Obviously, they have never encountered a group of loyal quilters at a guild meeting or quilt show!!!!! United we stand. I kept checking several times a day to hear from you, so glad you are back. I haven’t finished numbering my UFO’s but I am so excited to report I am on my way to finishing 3 projects and working on a 4th for the month of July.
    I can’t believe it. Thanks for you inspiration. Take care Mary and hang in there.

  82. Minnie Homans

    I was able to close two ads today. Sorry for all the broblems you are experiencing. Love reading your blog every day. Hang in there we love hearing all about the farm, Reed, and your life in general. My life is kinda boring next to yours.

  83. Starrla from Mi

    I would sadly miss your blog if you stopped it. It must have bee very stressful dealing with it but it shouldn’t have taken folks very long to realize you had been hacked.only saw 1 add today but sometimes there are several. Glad your hanging in with it.

  84. Jennie

    Welcome back Mary! really missed your post. Every day I read I close adds and refresh and close more. Must be frustrating to repeat and repeat info. Keep up the good work. Wish I could help more. Jennie

  85. Jan B. from TN

    I’m late to the party, I mean reading the blog today. But here’s my 2 cents worth………………..
    I have no pics. I was able to close at least 5 or 6 ads. I get an email from you, Mary, & then click on “read more” & it brings me to the full blog post with the ads to close. I primarily read your blog & comment using my desktop computer & Google Chrome as my search engine. Not sure if any of this will help anyone else but here it is.
    I know you’re frustrated & I would be too but PLEASE don’t give up on the blog! I read every one tho I don’t necessarily comment on every one! I know you’re retired & you don’t need this kind of stress in your life but we do love you, your blog, your animals, your farm, your quilts, etc. Please keep going! Or maybe you can create a FB group (not a hard thing to do, I promise) & it would be lots cheaper & maybe easier on you & your nerves. Just sayin’! 😉

  86. Diane Deibler

    Sometimes I can’t close the ads because there are no x’s on them. Sorry. Hope you can straighten things out; I do enjoy reading your blog,Mary!

  87. Liz Schrader

    Mary, so sorry about your trouble with mean hackers. I had one ad to close today and no photos. I truly hope you can continue your blog. It is like being back at your farm for classes again. I was on a long trip in July so worked on Apron Hanging Towels that I make for gifts before I left. Please don’t block me . I would miss your daily news!

  88. Sandy N

    There were 7 adds but I could only close 3 of them. The other 4 didn’t have an x on them. I love reading your blog every day. Hope Reed got good results at the fair.

  89. Sue in Marion IN

    Hi Mary…I closed ads today, but sometimes I can’t close them. No x’s, or when you click it takes you to the ad site or an “opt out “ side that doesn’t get rid of the ads. I have an iPad…don’t know if that’s a reason…could be. Sorry you’re having such a time with the blog …I really enjoy it. Only blog I always read.

    Sue in Marion, IN

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