The Week In Review, 4-26-2020

Another week of staying at home, working outside and then getting two puppies. I’ve had a couple of pretty miserable days with the puppies who have now finished 3 days of worming. The worming medicine gives them diarrhea – black liquid stools – everywhere! I’ll bet I cleaned up 100 puddles of diarrhea before I gave up last night and moved them out to the indoor/outdoor kennel in the quilt shop. Here they are looking pretty adorable.

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I’ve decided it was my stupidity that had them in my house in the first place – now I let them out of the kennel many times throughout the day and I sit outside and watch them. Hazel would like to join in their play but I just know she doesn’t want to stoop to their level – ha! She’s a diva for sure.

Life on the farm has always meant mowing the ditch and last year I struggled with the walk behind mower on the inclines. I’ve always used mowing the ditch as my benchmark for living on the farm. If I can still mow the ditch, I can handle almost anything around here. Today I mowed it for the first time with new knees and I was so pleased! I have to admit however that after I sat down for a bite to eat, my knees were extremely stiff when I stood up again. If any of you are contemplating knee replacement surgery, go for it! Last summer was very miserable with knee pain – I couldn’t do anything! And this summer is looking great – so far!

Here was lunch – cauliflower salad and garlic toast.

I know you’re gonna ask about the recipe. I made a small amount.

1/2 head cauliflower, cut into small pieces

4 green onions, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 small bag of frozen peas

Dressing: 1/2 c. Mayo

1 tsp. Lawry salt

Adjust the ingredients you like best.

Dirty Dozen:

That’s all I have today – it’s time to hang your little May Flower quilt that you ordered from us – send me a picture – everybody is interested. Also the two flag Itty Bittys – Memorial Day is coming up! Here they are again – $3 each and a SASE.

Hazel thought she saw a mouse in the feed room window today so I lifted her up to look. No mouse.

And I found Mama sleeping in the goat’s hay bunk.

It’s been another nice day – mid 60’s and south wind but Rick is busy planting the garden while I puppy sit. Another week of social distancing ahead.

44 thoughts on “The Week In Review, 4-26-2020

  1. Karen Gaither

    The puppies are so cute!
    I would agree 100% with you comment on Knee Replacement. I was working in my yard yesterday and a friend saw me and came over and said should you be doing that, since you just had surgery? I said 5 weeks ago and I know when I feel safe to do something or not. She stayed for a while to make sure.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Karen Gaither – I am so thankful I have new knees! That surgery is not for sissies but it’s doable for anyone and what’s the alternative??

  2. Betty Klosterman

    How did you get the puppies? Were they shipped or somebody delivered…..I’m wondering because they were so dehydrated. The first set had no chance, but these look good. Blackie is even perking up. That is a lot of energy in a small package. I think you said you would have them for 2 months. Nothing much exciting here. Still making face masks but kind of getting the urge to do some cleaning — maybe! It will be nice when life returns to whatever will be normal. Since March 2-April 24, I used 8 gallons gas and drove 110 miles. 15 more miles and the odometer will turn 197,000!
    Sure love all the pictures and show and tell. I miss going to the quilt shop most of all. The quilt show was cancelled. Makes me wonder how many quilts there will be next year since we have all been home sewing?

  3. Frances NC

    Looks like the pups are enjoying their new home. All of the pictures are so cute. Thanks for sending them. Hoping the pups worming results ends soon.

  4. Angie from Baltimore

    The puppies little belly will go down once those worms are gone. They are adorable but sorry you are dealing with the aftermath of the medication
    Bless you for taking up the task

  5. Paula Philpot

    So happy to hear you are moving around so good this summer and glad to hear it was worth it. I might be getting the gel in my knees for osteo arthritis but right now some medicine to Dr. gave me is working pretty good. The little puppies are so cute. Hope no one abused the black one.
    Paula in KY

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Paula Philpot – Little Blackie has come out of her shell and wants to be petted as soon as she sees me. Probably just a case of very little socializing.

  6. Rosalie

    Cute puppies. They are enjoying being outside!
    I agree that life on the farm is an active one. I have baby chicks- 3.5 weeks old and they moved out to the chicken tractor today with their brooder.

  7. Judy

    Someone mentioned that their quilt show was being canceled. I saw that the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show will be online this summer, July 11. Rather than making a trip to Oregon, we can all attend online. I went with my sisters to the show in 2017. Had a wonderful trip to Oregon and Northern California and visiting my niece who attended the show with us. When we arrive in downtown Sisters, my thought was “this is like the State Fair….lots to see, lots of people and hot (90 degrees that day!).” Thanks for reminding me of the quilt show. Wonderful memories of that trip.

  8. Judy Gnade

    Puppies are so cute and lucky to be with you. I have a tip for your stiff knees. I had both of mine replaced and use blue emu. No smell, not sticky just makes knees feel better after about 15-30 minutes. Get it at Walmart or drug stores as a cream or spray.

    1. Launa

      Blue Emu is so comforting on my arthritis. I use it on a wrist and my knees along with a pill for arthritis!
      A friend uses aspercream rollon. Whatever works in stormy weather!!

  9. Jan from TN

    Love those puppies but not all the work involved. More power to you, Mary.
    You weather was much better than ours. Our high today didn’t make it out of the 40’s & it drizzled rain all day so it was cold & damp — bone chilling dampness that goes right through you! Brrr! And we had big thunderstorms yesterday afternoon too! We are now 15 or 16 inches over normal rainfall & it’s still April! We’ve already had more than 33″ of rain in only FOUR months this year! More storms predicted this Wednesday! Ugh!
    Stay safe! Stay healthy! Enjoy those puppies! Glad your weather has been more pleasant so you can get outdoors!

  10. Cheryl

    It’s just a year since my new knee. It does get stiff occasionally and I keep a set of bike wheels..I call a wheeler and use it almost daily…helps my new knee and my old knee both. It’s cheap at walmart..cost about $20. I think works helps our stamina and I applaud you for your animals, the garden and foster puppies. Good for you!

  11. Kaye Kingsbury

    Did I miss the pattern using the blue plaid men’s shirts? Sometimes it’s hard to wait. Thanks for all you bring to the quilters across the country.

  12. Kimberly Lusin

    The puppies are adorable and so lucky to have you caring for them. Congratulations on a good mow! I look forward to reading your posts. Thank you! Have a wonderful week!

  13. Jo in Wyoming

    Those puppies are cute, but Miss Hazel…..she has seniority, always remember she is #1!
    Sounds like the knee job was a fountain of youth. Good for many more years.
    We may break a record for high temp this week, 2 weeks ago we broke the record for lowest temp. Gotta love it!

    1. Sheri B

      Same thing in the Salt Lake City area. That big high that is moving over us will bring 80’s.

  14. Tammy Guerrero

    Thank you for caring for these two precious puppies. Gods creatures are so sweet. I love the picture of them sleeping on top of each other. Tgat is priceless! Hope things start to get easier for you with these pups. Please keep us posted on them.

  15. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Amen on the knee surgery. Worth every bit of pain during the process, but so glad I did both of them. Nice pictures, thanks.

  16. Nancy Pleimann

    Mary – I tell everyone to have those knees replaced. I’m 74 and my first knee was done when I 50 and the second knee was done when I was 55. I tell everyone that it was the best thing I did. I was able to play with the grandchildren and help feed the cows for several years. Just the last two years I had to stop the feeding the cows trying to lift those 5 gal. bucket’s over the fence was to much for my shoulders. The knee’s are working great. Thanks, Nancy P.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Nancy Pleimann – is like to know if you can kneel on your replaced knees – everybody says I can’t do that anymore. What if I’d get some good knee pads?

      1. Kay Crandall

        Mary – I had my knee replacement surgery in 2014 and was finally able to kneel on that knee (gingerly, of course) last year. You just need to give it some time. I also use Bio-Freeze on my arthritic parts when they start aching – it works wonders!

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Kay Crandall – oh, that’s so encouraging to know you can kneel even if it’s gingerly. Is your other knee good tho.? Maybe it makes a difference if your weight can be mostly supported on the other knee. What do you think?

          1. Kay Crandall

            Yes, so far my other knee is good so I can use that for support. In my younger days all of my fabric cutting was done with me kneeling on the floor – I’ve often wondered if that was really hard on the knees.

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Nancy Pleimann – I went to bed thinking about lifting a 5 Gal. pail over a fence. I don’t think I could have even done it 20 years ago – a 5 gal pail of feed is HEAVY! I had rotator cuff surgery in 1999 – shoulders can be very painful.

  17. Jennie

    I had both knees replaced and was told not to kneel because it could cause a break. You should talk to your doctor. We have 2 puppies that will turn on May 5th. They are so fun and really keeps me moving. Love your blog! Blessings Jennie

  18. Beth Laverty

    Those puppies are so cute!!!
    As to the getting your knees replaced….. I will second your thoughts. I had mine replaced 20 and 18 years ago and they are still working. I would have been in a wheel chair at the worst case and using a cane at the best case if I had not had them done. SO WORTH IT!! I know after all this time I may end up having to have them redone someday but the ability to do normal things is so worth it. The most important thing I learned quickly was to DO THE THERAPY. And then to use them normally.

  19. Kathy in western NY

    Lovely pictures once again to look at and enjoy on your blog. Sure makes my day seeing all of them and feeling connected in these strange times. I had forgotten about the cauliflower salad till you showed it. Been a long time since I made it so thanks for sharing that. Poor little guys having those runny stools from the worming meds. And for you too cleaning it up. Just one more part of life that some don’t know about when caring for rescues. Can’t thank you enough though Mary for providing this kindness to their little lives. Off this morning to finish my May itty bitty! So refreshing to have a light hearted project to work on.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Kathy in western NY – I hope tomorrow, Tuesday, is the day the diarrhea turns around! They are little loves!

  20. Judy

    Glad to hear all these positive comments on knee replacement. Just got a call that my knee replacement will take place next week after being rescheduled twice due to the virus.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Judy – that’s wonderful news! Get it over with – you’ll be so glad you did!

  21. Debbie Miller

    I saw your question about kneeling and wanted to give you my experience. I had my first knee replacement in 2001 and they kept my original knee cap. The second knee replacement was in 2006 and they replaced my kneecap also. I have not been able to kneel since then because I can’t stand the pressure on either knee. It is very painful.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Debbie Miller. -well, that’s really too bad! I’m hoping with time I’ll be able to kneel again. Why did they replace your kneecap – was there something wrong with it?

      1. Anonymous

        It was severely deteriorated due to the arthritis that destroyed the knee joints.

  22. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    My husband totally agrees with you, Mary. He had his done two years ago and is thrilled with them. He suggests NOT getting on your knees for TWO years. He just knelt on the carpet to show me that he had no pain, but his doctors told him not to kneel for two years. He does use an outside kneeler in the garden and a piece of foam inside. The doctors also said he could not break them unless he fell directly on them or if he were to injure them in a car accident. I am still not receiving your blog, but do get it on line. I am not sure why it rejects my email, but accepts my husband’s?? I will keep trying. I love the two puppies and that you are the foster mom:) They are adorable!! Nice job getting little Blackie socialized. 🙂

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane and Squeak – do you have a techie friend who might be able to help you figure out why your subscription won’t go thru? When I can get together with Denise again, I’ll ask her.

      1. Diane and Squeak

        I am about as “techie” as we get in our family–lol. But, one of the grandkids might be able to help. It kind of seems that I am already on the list, but it is not coming to me??? Not sure. I’ll work on it.

  23. Kathy Hanson

    So glad to hear that Blacky has figured out what a wonderful woman you are and wants to let you touch him!! Knew he couldn’t stay away too long! They are so cute, Hazel seems to wonder about them. So glad to hear that your knees are just making such a positive difference in your life, You will be able to go to a quilt show and walk rings around everyone! Mama kitty is so pretty! Enjoy the beautiful weather and quilt when you have a rainy day!

  24. Nicole Hanson

    Am so happy that the new knees were worth all the pain and aggravation you went through!
    Those puppies are going to have to be adopted together! They are jointed at the hip! Bless you for taking them on!


    I tell you, those puppies looking at you from the kennel should have a quote underneath it saying, “So are you social distancing yourself from us? We were just getting use to you…”

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