TGIF Miscellaneous

Another week gone – and what do I have to show for it? Not too much but wanted to put everybody “on alert” for tomorrow’s blog post when I’ll be giving you the fabric list for Bullseye.

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Arlo update – his wonderful vet in Marshalltown, Iowa finished the leg/plate surgery last night at 9:30. Now he needs to get stronger on that leg, walk on it to let the swelling go down but no running or roughhousing at home with Cyrus. Ginny is going to have her hands full when Arlo gets home – oh man, I do not envy her!

The booklist I posted last week was incomplete – so sorry – but I’ll add the ones I forgot to next month’s list and I’ve gotten several new ones in the past two days so if you’ve got one to send and want to do it when you think of it, go ahead. Don’t wait till I ask next month. My friends at Novel Idea discussed Educated last Wednesday – I read that it’s one of Bill Gates’ top 5 books for 2018.

I read this book “Finding Gobi” this week – a true story of a long distance runner who was accompanied by a stray dog while running a race in the Gobi desert and I loved it.

I do not read animal stories usually because they upset me so much I can’t get it out of my mind but today Gobi has an Instagram account so I knew the story was going to end well – check it out.

Yesterday I discovered this broken window in our mud room – now how in the world could this have happened? I’m sure it was fine the day before and the screen on the outside of the window is intact. It’s a double paned window so cold air is not coming in but it is a real mystery to us! Could a bird hitting the window actually break the glass through a screen?

I laid out a couple Christmas mats/runners – maybe if we start earlier next year we could make these in time for Christmas?

I read on Moda’s blog that they are going to work on string piecing – quite a coincidence because clue #4 which posted today is string pieced rectangles- I can hardly wait to start. On January 14 Carrie is going to start a Pincushion Quilt Along from her new book Pin Pals. Connie and I are both going to join in the fun. How about you?

And before I close I walked through the house – nobody stirring, not even a mouse!

25 thoughts on “TGIF Miscellaneous

  1. Cheryl

    So sorry about your window. A few years back, while a neighbor was on vacation a wild turkey came through aclosed window and made a big mess inside. Fortunately, a son was checking on the house and came inside to find the furnace running nonstop and then discovered the turkey in the living room.

    Your fur babies look so comfy!

  2. Rita Mulvey in CT

    I don’t read animal stories either they upset me terribly.
    That’s a real mystery how the window was broken with the screen on the outside.
    I have the pincushion book I may just join in. I hope things will be fairly quiet around here in January.
    Good news on Arlo sounds like he will be fine. He is one lucky pup.

  3. Sarah F.

    I loved “Finding Gobi”! The last book I read was “Burial Rites” by Aussie Hannah Kent. Next up is her 2nd novel “The Good People”.

  4. Ada

    Looks like Hazel is have some difficulty keeping her eyes open. Poor puppy. She works so hard. Just like my guys.

  5. Kate

    I love your house and all the creatures “not stirring.” If I believed in reincarnation, I’d want to come back as one of your beloved animals. What a life they have!

  6. Jeanie, sw IL

    Same here when it comes to dog stories; some of them are just so sad. Your house is a lovely, tranquil place. All the animals are comfy and sleepy; what a great way to spend the afternoon. Have a great weekend!

  7. Rhoda Ebersole

    Bad Blood by John Carreyou and another of Bill Gates top 5 picks. Just excellent about the Theranos scam/debacle involving a finger stick of blood to do a multitude of tests. It was never created before people invested millions of dollars in its development.

  8. Colorado Sue

    I love all your cats (and dogs), but especially Ernie Joe.

    How do we find out more about the pin cushion quilt along?

    AND do you have an instagram account?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Colorado Sue – I think I’d subscribe to Moda’s blog which is written by Carrie, the author of the book. I do not have an Instagram account – do you think I should have one? I don’t know if I want to spend any more time on my computer.

  9. Launa

    Good to hear about ARLO coming through his late night surgery.
    When we lived in CT a Pheasant flew through a friend’s storm window into her living room! What a mess.
    Great red ornament print bordering your quilt, Mary. I would have bought it, too.
    Was a chilly 6 degrees this morning. Snowbowl three miles north of me have 17” for skiing! Last year their total was over 200”… a few more months of winter here. Pepper comes in with snowballs clinging to her fur now; too cold for her to be out very long.

  10. Kathy in Western NY

    The Humble quilts blog is also starting a string quilt along after the first of the year. I have always wanted to make a string quilt. I love your table topper with the border of ornaments. You have a good eye for what goes together. Looking forward to trying the bull eyes quilt. All your pets look so content. Such a peaceful feeling seeing them. I can’t read animal books either for the same reasons as you and the others. I was so encouraged to hear Arlo is recuperating from a very extensive surgery. Such a good outcome from a terrible accident. It’s going to be hard to keep him quiet so I wish them all well. A babysitting break might be needed for her some day!!!

    1. Colorado Sue

      I am now a subscriber of the Moda Bog — Thank you!
      I have an Instagram account, but haven’t posted anything.
      I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.
      Don’t change a thing — I love your blog.

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Jean – sign up for the moda blog written by Carrie Nelson – if you can’t find it, let me know

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Mary – absolutely! A 10 year old great niece recommended it to me and actually passed on her copy of the book so now I passed it on to Reed!

  11. Kathy

    I love your blog. It’s so interesting to read. I only use butter in baking and I don’t have any trouble with the tv mix. I just made mine in the microwave this year. I did it while baking star cookies. The recipe for the tv mix is on the cereal box with the microwave directions. Thanks for having your blog.

  12. JoAnn Borges

    I have made this quilt 4 times. It is great fun and any fabric will work. My original is on my bed, it has been for about 15 years. It gets better with age, more fraying, more softness. It looks vintage.
    I hope lots of people join the fun and make this wonderful quilt, I just may do it again!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      JoAnn Borges – thanks for that vote of confidence! People aren’t going to believe how easy and fun it is, will they?

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