Finally a bit of rain came our way – not even 1/2″ so far but we’re glad to get it. I picked all the cucumbers because there may not be anymore without some rain. These are for more hot dog relish.

I picked all the green peppers, too, but I’m hoping for more so I can make pepper jelly.

These smaller cukes and onions are for one batch of bread and butter pickles. The best part is the onions.

All sliced and soaking.

Now the cooking – look at that sweet little onion!

All jars have sealed making it another successful pickle day!

Reed was here yesterday while I made a batch of hot dog relish and then he worked on his punchneedle and I cut up these two tropical print shirts.

I have a plan for these two shirts – I’ll show you as I go.

Any readers from this area who eat at Unkie’s in Thor? We went there last night – delicious steaks!

Still no sign of the black cat named Reedo. The two girls and Mama are back – I wonder where they’ve been.

I finished my quilt with the fabric purchased at Hobby Lobby – pretty soon we will show our quilts here in the blog. Connie is going to quilt hers next week on a machine quilting adventure which she will tell us all about in a future post.

I think I’m caught up on any news from the farm. Reed and I are going to clean floors this week in the chicken pen as well as the gutter in the goat room again. It doesn’t stay clean very long.

I’ll leave you with this beautiful pickle picture!

29 thoughts on “Rain

  1. Becky from Iowa

    Looks yummy!!! I know we need rain so bad,too!! We are supposed to get some tonite and I have my fingers crossed!!!!
    Can’t wait to see what you and Connie are up to!!!!

  2. Cheryl

    I smiled when I read about your visit to Unkie’s. We live in St. Paul, but enjoy eating there when we come to IA.

    Our son and family went to the Hancock county fair. They, too, live in the cities. Our 8 year old grandson was taken by a furled flag made from yeast dough, he saw there. He came home, recreated it and got a grand champion ribbon at the Washingtoncounty fair!

    Your pickles and relish looks great and I’m anxious to see what you have planned for those shirts.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cheryl – I missed the yeast dough flag – can you send a picture to my email – marye@ncn.net. What brings you to Iowa and especially our fair in Britt?

  3. Janie

    Pickles look delicious! Too bad thosr weren’t ready for the fair. Looks like they could win a ribbon!

  4. Marilyn

    Always delightful to read your blog and see the pictures you post. I’m grateful.

  5. Martha Engstler

    Here in Penna. I think we set a record for the amount of rain in July. My 3 inch rain gauge over flowed twice. One of those days there was 5 inches of rain and lots of flooding around. Fairfield Made the front page of the Gettysburg paper in a Big colored picture. Wish we could ship a lot of this to California. Your garden looks like it did well even without much rain. Love bread and butter pickles and yours look great. I eat them every day.

  6. Launa

    Had some rain yesterday up here in Idaho….big glorious drops! Quite a surprise, too! Was cutting orange fabric and a background for the black n orange stars quilt pattern. Had cut the Star blocks last year!
    Your pickle pictures are wonderful. Love the one of your assistant gardener showing off the produce; how sweet she is.
    A sunny 47 degrees this morning! Will be up to low 80s later today.

  7. Judy

    Love that— “pickle picture!” You’ve been a busy bee! Hope we got more than 1/2 inch of rain! But like you said, we’ll take whatever we can get! Later…. J

  8. Lois Ann Johnson

    You mentioned eating at “Unkie’s” in Thor–I live in Humboldt and there are a group of us ladies who go out to eat every Thursday evening together. Unkie’s is one of our “go to” places. We love their food and the friendly service. The secret is to go early (we go at 5 PM) and there’s no waiting around for a table!

  9. Carol Schmidt

    Do you know what kind of cucmbers you planted. I used to plant some that loooked exactly like that. I’ve bought started cucumbers from the local nursery that are supposed to be the same variety buit they’re not nearly as nice as the ones you’re showing? Because of the rain this spring I didn’t get any planted. I’m hoping to do it the way I like it.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carol – I answered this in a previous comment. Cucumber seeds were Summer Dance Hybrid by Vermont Bean Seed Co.

  10. Debbie

    Beautiful pickles! My Mom used to make bread and butter pickles with onions and squash instead of the cucumbers. Wish I had the recipe but if she wrote it done I never found it. She also made different kinds of pickles with cucumbers and also chow-chow with the last of all the garden veggies.

  11. Pamela forsling

    I can’t wait to see what you do w the shirt fabric. Love your postings. Tell me again..what is Hazel?

  12. Kathy Hanson

    Those pickles look so yummy! I made some refrigerator pickles today (my husband has been growing a lot of them and giving them away). I have to stir them every day for a week and then they are ready. They don’t look as yummy as yours!! Fun to see Hazel “helping” you – she is such a sweet girl! My sweet llama baby is so wild but I have made some headway touching her lately. One day at a time!! So glad mama kitty and her girls came back, hopefully the little boy will show up soon!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy – do you have any free time this week for Reed and me to visit you and your baby?

  13. Angie

    LOVE BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES. Yours looking perfect. I am glad you finally got some rain. In Baltimore we have had enough to share but in 1999 we had 60 days of water left for the Baltimore region and I prayed we would get some rain and if so I would never complain about rain again and boy have my prayer been tested but I am not complaining but if God wants to move the clouds away a bit I won’t be up set as we got 17 inches in July and I don’t want to be greedy.

  14. Robin Boggan

    Your bread and butter pickles looks so good!! It’s a great feeling to have that behind you. One more ✔done on your list! 😀

  15. Joan

    Mary, what kind of cucumbers did you plant? I love those long skinny cucumbers and mine are all short and fat!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Joan – cucumber Summer Dance hybrid from Vermont Bean Seed Co. in Randolph, Wisconsin

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