October’s Dirty Dozen Number, 10-1-2020

Are you ready to pull your October Dirty Dozen Number???

It is 6 – number six. You have the month of October to finish your Number 6 and then please send me your quilt photo with your name on it in the picture. EVERYBODY loves to see these pictures so won’t YOU send it to me?

I have fallen off the Dirty Dozen band wagon but I have 9 good excuses – Nala and her 8 puppies. I will catch up when I have time to sew again. Bear with me.

And today is a new day – to start again and wipe yesterday out of my mind. It’s very chilly here and I still have a few plants to bring in. I can’t wait to see what my number 6 is but first I’ll have to finish number 11. Yikes!

I have a few fun things to post later today – new books, new projects and new finishes! Check back with me later!

20 thoughts on “October’s Dirty Dozen Number, 10-1-2020

  1. Diane fromTN

    My goodness, you have your hands full. You stay so busy. Where do you get all of your energy? Hope today is less traumatic. It’s a beautiful day in the Carolinas today.

  2. Kelli

    Hello! Love your spirit! You are am inspiration to keep on keeping on. I have a question and hope it isn’t a repeat – Id we see a quilt pictures from the Dirty Dozen we like, how do we go about contacting the quilter about the pattern? May be too complicated and if so, disregard this. Carry on with Nala and the 8!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kelli – you should ask the question of the quilter in the comments – and that’s assuming everyone reads the comments. If you still can’t get an answer, email me and I’ll ask within a post.

      1. Kelli

        Thank you Mary for answer! With all you have had to deal with, my question almost sounds silly! Thinking of you and proud of your forge ahead attitude. Keep posting we all love it! 🙂

  3. Betty Klosterman

    Mary is in shock after yesterday. Mary doesn’t see the “bad” in animals. Nala is an unknown. Nothing is known about her past behavior including mistreatment, abuse and survival. Mary is totally shocked when it happens, but it happens. Ask about when the weasel got into the chickens?? Law of survival: smaller animals get ate by bigger animals.
    Please don’t be too hard on Mary. She will mellow a bit, take good care of Nala and the pups. Remember Mary’s critters ARE her family and the rule is “you don’t eat family.”

  4. Anonymous

    Oh Mary, my heart goes out to you. You really are between a rock and a hard place. I know you have to be big time disappointed in Nala which is natural, she seemed to be doing so well and you trusted her. You love all your animals as family so of course you will be sad about the loss of a favorite chicken. Hope Nala can restore some of the faith you had in her in time.

  5. Lynn in Scottsdale

    Mary is doing her best, and she isn’t ignoring Nala. It is just she has to be on heighten alert now with her other animals to make sure they are safe. It is very tiring being on heighten alert for days on end.

    Praying for you.

  6. Teresa

    Mary, I’m sorry you lost your chicken. It’s devastating when it happens in front of you and you can’t stop it. We had chickens and Guinea Fowl for many years and experienced the same tragedy a few times. It’s ideal to start with a puppy so they learn when they’re young to be afraid of the rooster and leave the hens alone. We had a grown dog given to us that I tried to get used to the chickens, she was always on a leash with a muzzle and after a couple months of that she seemed to ignore them and had stopped chasing them. Well, the day I decided to take her outside with muzzle off, leash still being drug, she went after one of the chickens and caught it. I was fast enough to catch the leash and get the chicken away from her unhurt but that was her first and last chance and we found a new home for her where there weren’t chickens. I’m still surprised that Hazel, being a Terrier, leaves your chickens alone. Sometimes we get lucky but dogs and chickens generally are not a good mix.

    I’ll share another story that was a learning experience and had a happy ending. Our poultry were loose during the day and then shut up in the barn at night, including the Guineas, they’d go in and roost at night with the chickens. One cold fall evening, I notice our dog has a Guinea in his mouth! That was odd in itself because the dogs could never get close to them, they’d fly up in the trees. So I go out to investigate and the Guinea was alive but when I set it on the ground it didn’t move, just laid there, and the dog had run off and was coming back towards me with another Guinea! What happened is, the temperature was cold and the Guineas got too cold to get back to the barn and all thirty of them were laying in the yard, too cold to move. Some of them we had to carry but half of them got scared of us being so close and were able to snap out of it and get themselves to the barn where they were officially closed in for the winter.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Teresa – omg! The guinea story is unbelievable! I have never heard of them getting so cold they couldn’t get back to the barn! The only other time I had a bad experience with a dog was our first dog named Carly. I had rescued an ancient Muscovy duck when it fell off the truck on the highway – his name was David. One day Carly messed with David and after a stern scolding and yelling, I sat in the garage and cried. I actually took that duck to the vet who pronounced him fine and David lived many more years – so did our dear Carly who never messed with another fowl of any kind. I have always taken every dog who visits here with me to the barn on a leash around my waist so they know that the chickens are just ordinary and nothing very interesting – that includes Hazel. She is such a diva she can’t be bothered with a lowly chicken! Haha! Thanks for your support!

  7. Sandy

    Oh Mary, lm sorry someone blames you for Nala, s transgression, it was a very hurtful comment,not only to you but the rest of your friends.lm almost half way through quilting a queen size quilt for my best friend and this weekend we are off to a quilt show,yippee! Have a happy day and kiss those pups for me please,take care and best wishes from sandy

  8. Kathy in western NY

    Yes Mary today is a new day and sounds like we don’t have to talk you off the bridge today! 😁It was a stressful day yesterday and all the anguish you felt. Your readers know how big your heart is and many said the same thing that it wasn’t Nala’s fault due to her abuse which you acknowledged. Nala got a good walk in with you and the kids visiting yesterday so she got to experience some good fresh air and wasn’t in for the doom she previously had experienced.
    I admire you for completing your last month DD before pulling out this months!! I don’t have that much perseverance which is why mine is going to be another DD for next year now!!! And mask making slowed me down too.

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