This is the day the Lord hath made!6-24-2020

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

How can I possibly explain how much stress I’ve experienced in the past 10 days? I simply can’t! And I know I don’t HAVE to blog but I have missed all of you so much! I do have to warn you however – IF it happens again, I’m done and I will post that information on the Country Threads Quilt Shop Facebook page. I’ve literally had arguments with people who I thought were still involved with this blog – arguments that have kept me up at nights in tears! The one shining light has been Kayla Pins, Jo’s Country Junction’s daughter. She had to take my hand and lead me step by step for hours! I try to keep reminding her I’ll be 72 years old in a few days – this is all foreign to me. Domains, servers, hosts – I do not understand any of it but she does!

The corn is getting so tall – we can no longer see the ground between the rows!

Hazel was avoiding going outside – I don’t think she likes being hot so I gave her a home haircut – not a very nice one however! With just my scissors, I cut her thick wavy hair – getting a little too close to the skin in a couple places! She looks like a puppy again!

Here’s some Dirty Dozen projects:

Some of these might be repeats but I can’t remember where I left off! I’m ready to receive your Dirty Dozen photos now – on July 1 I’ll be drawing the number for the next Dirty Dozen finish. Get your projects located and numbered 1- 12 so you can join in the fun!

I’m going to set up my machine in the porch this afternoon – as a celebration that the blog is fixed! Wish you could join me!

Be Still…..(I didn’t do a very good job of this in the past 10 days, I’m sorry to say!)

110 thoughts on “This is the day the Lord hath made!6-24-2020

  1. Celene

    Oh, I’m so glad to get an message from you! I was worried something had happened. Sorry for the distress over computers – I am right there with you. My husband often wonders what we cursed before we had computers! Be well and know you are loved!

  2. Lisa B

    It’s great to have you back! I have a love-hate relationship with my computer. And basically I just want it to work. I don’t want to know how or learn all those words either. Thanks to everyone for sharing their dirty dozen’s. I especially like the idea of canning flowers. Something I can save and savor in the winter months.

  3. Holly in Two Harbors, MN

    I’m so sorry you’ve had all this trouble, Mary! I feel so badly that it’s had you so upset, I can’t tell you. I don’t blame you for wanting to hang it up if it continues to cause you so much stress. Just know we really appreciate you and love hearing from you about your days, your projects, your farm and your lovely animals. And if you can’t continue, you need to do what’s best for you. Sending hugs.

    (I’m sorry I couldn’t close any ads. All I got were empty yellow boxes.)

  4. Deb

    Thanks for years of your blog, Mary! So glad you’re back. We’ll understand if you have to be done at some point. Keep on keeping on!

  5. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    You’re back!! Yippee😊😊. I hate that you had so much stress over the blog and computer—ugh. THANK YOU to Kayla for her many hours of work and to you, Mary for putting up with so much frustration!! If you have to
    give up the blog, I will rejoin Facebook so I don’t lose you. It is not my favorite thing, but you and all of your peeps and pets are😊😊

  6. Jan from TN

    Welcome back! Yay! So sorry to hear about blog/computer problems. Luckily I rarely ever have issues with my PC but then again, I don’t blog at all but I love to read many quilters’ blogs!
    I think Hazel looks cute! I have our little Brody groomed pretty short for summertime. I’m sure he should be a more shaggy/scrappy little dog, but too bad. We have a mobile groomer who comes to our house. However, new people just acquired the business & upped the prices quite a lot! But Brody gets carsick easily so we’ll just have to bite the bullet & pay the piper, per se…. This groomer comes to a lot of houses in our neighborhood. I wonder how much business they’ll lose as the others find out how much the charges went up!
    I hope blogging continues to go well as I really don’t know what I’d do without hearing from you on a regular basis. You could make a private group on FB and share with us there instead of in blog form. We can share our pictures with you & vice versa. FB groups are free & so easy to create & maintain. Just sayin’……………….

  7. Frances

    I’m so sorry for your distress. I do understand. I don’t do Facebook, but maybe I can see you on Instagram, if you do decide to stop the blog. I’m hoping you won’t because I love seeing your pictures of the farm, animals, and of course, the quilts. Best wishes.

  8. Janet M

    Thanks for all your sweat and tears getting the blog up and running again. As everyone else, I would certainly miss hearing from you.
    I love the dirty dozen projects – any of them would fit in my house!! It has been a great idea and we are
    all waiting to start again.
    Enjoy sewing on your porch. It is a great day to enjoy the sun and nature.

  9. Julie Erickson

    Mary I’m so so happy to see that you are back! I’m with you on understanding how all this works. Guess that’s part of being 69 for me. I’m ready to roll of the next set of DD projects.
    Hazel looks like she loves her haircut 😉

  10. Montana Kathy

    Mary, it was so good to hear from you again. The days without the blog have been so empty. I know how you feel about computer issues and can imagine how hard and frustrating it has been for you. I just hope things go smoothly in the future; we would all be miserable without you brightening our day. Thanks for your perseverance. Keep well.

  11. Jean

    Mary I just don’t know what to say. If there was nefarious deeds done by an individual they will be punished. God knows how many of us out here look forward to your blog. How we look forward to your newsy tidbits about life and quilting. I pray it doesn’t happen but if it does I want to thank you for all the happiness you bring to us readers and will understand your reason for quitting.

  12. Sandy

    Hi Mary, lovely to see Hazel and all the quilts again. I would have to do Facebook if this doesn’t work out,not something I like, but would do for you! Take care, relax and have a beer, best wishes from sandy

  13. Sue in PA

    Mary, I am so happy to hear from you again. I was so afraid something had happened to you. I really love hearing about all the things you blog about and seeing the pictures. A great big thank you to Kayla for the help she gave you. I love the red and white quilt pictured today. I think I will have to make a red and white quilt some time in the next year. Perhaps a snowball quilt like one of yours that I have admired.

  14. Diane Bauer

    So, so sorry for the frustrations with computers and servers, etc., but so glad you are back!! Thank you for being so tenacious in seeking out the problems and the solutions! I am not a techie person so have to rely on a great IT guy!

    Warm summer weather has hit MN!! I am thoroughly enjoying morning walks. The storm clouds that build in the afternoon are so very different than storm clouds in Colorado!

    Such pretty Dirty Dozen finishes!! Will be looking forward to seeing your first porch project of the season, Mary!

  15. Julie B from Cedar Falls

    Sadie was a Chow, St Bernard mix…a hair ball from day one. She would stand on the picnic table and I would give her. Summer haircut with my scissors. she had such a heavy undercoat, I could have spun it into yarn. We had her for 16 yrs and miss her dearly.

  16. Jeanine

    I figured you were having computer problems again. I’m so happy you got through it in spite of all the frustrations. Thanks, Kayla, for helping Mary. You were a Godsend. I missed hearing from you, too, but wonder why we have no ads now, just yellow boxes. Take care and Be still…….

  17. Janette

    I’m so glad you’re back. Thank you for your perseverance and thank you to Kayla for the help!

  18. Betty Klosterman

    Mary, we are all so glad you are back, but sorry for the problems. Whenever something happens to my computer, I just call the experts. I don’t know what to do, but they do, and I gladly pay for their time and expertise. From what came on my computer looked like somebody was trying to force you to buy a domain name, but that is just a guess. I wonder why people get their jollies by crashing computer sites and business. Seems like they could put their efforts into productive projects. My cousin set up a family site and it is good.
    Love the DD, especially the courthouse steps runner. Have been wanting to make that for a long time. Show and tell is always great.
    Especially now with quarantine, you are so nice to come and visit along with all the other people. It is such a bright spot in our lives. Seems like we know people thru their comments about lives, etc. I’m still staying home except for the basics and making face masks as I don’t think this stuff is going away in the near future. We just have to be patient and be glad we are quilters as we have so many things to make from our wonderful piles of fabric.
    Oh, the last I knew, JoAnns didn’t have a single spool of white thread. And the fabric for sale is getting less and less every day. Thank God for for our stash along with TP! Chin up everybody. It can’t last forever.

  19. Lois Ann Johnson

    SO happy to see you back, Mary! It was dull and dreary without you. Hazel is adorable in her new “do.”

  20. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary, good to have you back! I missed you. Domain name registrations can be a pain, glad you got it sorted out with Kayla’s help.

  21. Barbara Kuhlman

    Years ago I had a rat terrier poodle. I took her to the vet one time for grooming. She was miss behaving so poorly that they asked me not to bring her back ever again! So every once in a while we would go to the backyard. I would give her a home haircut. She had a hard time sitting still so it would sometimes take all afternoon with little breaks to run around the yard. She also thought it was her job to check every small hole, nook and cranny in the backyard and would often get cockleburs in her fur. She didn’t like the feeling, so she would roll in the grass and the whole thing was one big mess.

  22. Diane in Maryland

    Am so glad you are back! You have been missed! I will say a prayer that it all keeps working! I got our laptop back from being repaired today. I just asked the guy at Best Buy if it were fixed because there was no point in my asking him what was wrong with it! Love Hazel’s curly hair – wish mine was. She probably feels cooler. I don’t like the heat and humidity either! Stay calm, cool and well!

  23. Jan

    Mary, sorry you went through a stressful period because of the computer/blog issues. If it happens again, please don’t get all stressed out about it. Just sit down and have a beer, ask for help and it will be resolved with time. The entire Kramer family is so nice and Kayla has been your savior to help getting you back to blogging. I’m sure she would help you again in a heartbeat. Here’s to better, calmer days ahead.

  24. Pam

    So sorry you had 10 days from hell…know computers can be so frustrating…so glad you had a friend someone you are comfortable with to help you..Know that you were missed while you were gone..Even my husband asked where you were… we both enjoy you blog…and appreciate all your efforts…I don’t often comment…but wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated…we are elderly and you are a bright spot in our day.You are almost family..lol..
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and life with us..

  25. Chris in Washington

    So glad to hear from you. I’ve missed all the news from the farm. Computers are the bain of many of us. They are endlessly frustrating except when they work and then they save us a lot of work. Sending love & blessings your way. 💕

  26. Debbie Miller

    Gorgeous Dirty Dozen finishes and Hazel is too cute as always! Beautiful homeplace photos.

  27. terri

    glad your back I would be very disappointed if you stopped but life happens. Happy Sewing

  28. Joanne

    Happy days are here again Mary is up and running! Missed the blog and the farm life! Beautiful dirty dozens

  29. Lynn, who weaves rugs in Scottsdale

    Sorry for your distress! I am going to document your address and e-mail address in my address book and enter it as a contact in my phone just in case your blog disappears. I would at least like to greet you on your birthday which is 7/3 even if your blog disappears. Hope a party is in your near future.

  30. Denise

    Really missed reading your blog. Was so happy to read Kayla’s post in Jo’s blog. Glad things are back to normal. You did a good Job on Hazel’s haircut. She is so darn cute.

  31. Rhoda Ebersole

    Mary you are going just fine. Pat yourself in the back!!

    Whatever you send out we will be happy with.
    I am flying to Wisconsin tonight!!! Hurray!!!

  32. Jan

    Chin up! I do so enjoy your blog. Technology is changing daily and difficult for us of a certain age to keep up.

  33. Dee Dee Peterson

    Good to hear from you. Sorry about all the mess with blogging. Those Kramer’s are wonderful people I think. Each of them seem so helpful. Beautiful dirty dozens shown today! Chin up and continue sewing.

  34. Vickie Devore

    I wasn’t sure why I was missing you (we lost my husband’s 97 year old mother which was rough for all of us — Mamaw outlived most of her friends and it will take us forever to accept she is gone. I’ll be 71 this October so I know how you are feeling with computers and all those things. I am going to have accept some of the changes and have a wonderful son, daughter and son-in-law to help me move through so much AND am so happy you are back!! I hope you never give up as I know I will also at that point. I love your pictures of the farm and crops (corn here is just beginning to show — to dry); and love the picture sent by all your quilting followers. Love and health for all of you. Thank you so much for EVERYTHING!

  35. Mary Kannas

    So glad you are back! So sorry for the issues you’ve been having. I look forward to your blog entry everyday and when it didn’t come I wondered if there wasn’t a problem. So sorry for the stress it caused you…but glad it was a computer problem and not something with you or your loved ones, human or animals.
    I sure would miss your blog and all your news but understand that you don’t want to go through that again.
    Thank you for giving us so much of yourself to us.

  36. Jan in NW WI

    So glad to hear from you! I was worried that you or a loved one had gotten sick. Glad to hear that you are well.

  37. Caryn Goulden

    So glad to hear from you again! Sorry for all the stress. Many thanks to Kayla for helping you through it. Computers are certainly mixed blessings! Loved all the dirty dozens, and Hazel—well, Hazel is adorable!! Glad you are back!

  38. Pat Smith

    So glad you got back on line as I missed the pictures and commentary from life on an Iowa farm from a quilting perspective. When you disappeared from my computer in March, I was just sure either you or Rick had the virus. It never occurred to me that my computer had ousted me for reasons I’ll never know. As I tell my frustrated daughters, “You are natives in this land, I will always be an immigrant.” If you have to give up the blog at some point, I’d understand. It would cause me to finally join Facebook for the first time!

  39. Gwen

    I am so glad your are back. I just turned 71 last Sunday and I don’t understand any of it either. Lucky for me, my husband earned a living doing IT so I say I have my own personal computer consultant.
    He keeps trying to teach me but I really have no interest in learning, I would rather spend my time quilting.

  40. Sheila in WI

    Glad things are up and running again. Please thank Kayla for her help! Love your blog and all its homey type news. Thank you for persevering. But will certainly understand if you ever need to quit. ❤

  41. Wendy P

    Hipp HIpp Hooray – a post from Mary complete with photos that work. Today is a good day!!. Looking forward to the next round of Dirty Dozen. Didn’t do too well with the last set, but I finished three of the twelve. Thanks to the Dirty Dozen idea I’ve been more aware of what needs to be completed. I’ve actually got a spreadsheet set up now with my WIPS and tracking my progress. Feels good to be in control again. Thanks for running the challenge, Mary.

  42. Sue in Oregon

    All of the above and more, Mary. Everyone said it so well. WE MISSED YOU!! That said, I for one will completely understand if you give it up. Frustration like that is too much, especially at our age. Well, actually, I am older than you, so I know what I’m talking about. lol
    I am going to try so hard to be a better Dirty Dozen girl this year. I completely bogged down on one quilt top. I just need to DI IT so I can get passed it. Good Grief.
    I love all of the finishes from this past year, and loved seeing them. So, that is why I am going to try harder.

  43. Sharon

    So glad to see your blog again. Don’t worry, many of us seniors are in the same boat as you when it comes to technology. We totally understand.

  44. Sandra

    I love this blog! I am so sorry that people are unkind! I hope things work and we continue to hear from you for a long time to come.
    Take care, Sandra

  45. Marie Fibelstad

    Am happy your back, I was concern you were ill.
    Love Hazels hair cut.
    Are all your chickens and ducks and goats gone, as haven’t seen any pictures of them lately.
    Love all that you do for us! Marie, from Storm Lake

  46. Charlotte

    Mary, I love your blog, and you have been so generous with your time and effort sharing wonderful stories, quilts, patterns, animals, church, neighbors, and on and on. I am VERY upset that anyone would upset you! Sending prayers of gratitude for all you do, and for God’s protection and provision for all near and dear to you, especially YOU!

  47. Susan Sundermeyer

    Mary, Mary, Mary, what would we do without you?! Be broken-hearted, that is what we would be! I’m so glad you hung in there. We LOVE ❤️ you, Mary! Always remember that!

  48. TN Mary

    So glad you are back and thank you, Kayla, for helping! Most of us seniors don’t understand it when computers mess us up. We are a few years older than you & today it took my husband over an hour to make a simple hotel reservation that should have taken 10 minutes by phone!

  49. Jo in Wyoming

    My word, have you been missed! How are the chickens, geese and goats? I don’t do social media, so I figured you were extremely busy. Computers are great when they work and make life miserable when there is a problem. Life is too short to stress over computers. Worry about things you can control…beer, cookies and quilts.
    Hazel is adorable with her new do. I’m sure she’s happy with it.
    Please know we love you, your country life and appreciate all the trouble you go through keeping us together.

  50. Paula S.

    I’m so happy that you’re back Mary! I’m not computer savvy either, and that’s why I don’t have a blog. I am on Facebook, so if you disappear again, I will check there.
    Love seeing the pictures and especially the corn growing and Hazel’s haircut! I had a cairn terrier and he didn’t like the heat either, so I had his hair trimmed short during the summer.
    We just finished our wheat harvest. Yields were very good for our area (south central Kansas) 45-62 bu. per acre. Now if the price on wheat would go up!

  51. Launa

    WELCOME BACK, MARY. I know all your blogging friends are happy to see today’s post!

    Many thanks to your helper, KAYLA PINS, too!

  52. Diane Cannon

    I wrote you my ‘dirty dozen’ yesterday so I can join you this next year–
    so I really hope and pray that your computer woes are over–
    love all your post and photos and the encouragement I get from your site–
    and I just turned 72 in May–so welcome to the ’72’ club!!
    luv, di

  53. Pam Kay

    I’ve missed your blog! I’m a Minnesota gal who moved to San Diego 20 years ago. I visited your wonderful shop several times when I lived in MN. I admire your straight line quilting and wondered if you could give some advice. Perhaps I should contact you be email?
    Keep up the great work!

  54. Jeanie S, Central IL

    Yes, Mary, we are rejoicing your blog is fixed! I love all the pictures; Hazel and the playhouse both look adorable. The Dirty Dozen pics have given me several small quilt ideas. Thank you so much for your hard work and perseverance these past ten days. Kick back and have a beer; it is almost five o’clock. Love You!

  55. Chris in NW PA

    It is good to have you back online again. I certainly missed not hearing from you.
    Kayla was so great to work through all of the problems & bring you back to us.
    Thank you for showing all of the finished DDs. That Vickie really did a good job
    of finishing her projects-they look so nice. Hazel looks so comfortable & probably
    feels so much cooler.
    Thank you for all that you do for us as everyone appreciates your time and
    efforts. Bless you!

  56. Marj Roach

    For those of us who were not part of the dirty dozen before, would you please include “rules” – I would love to join in and be part of this lovely group.

  57. Brenda Ks

    Mary So glad you are back. Have a beer on the porch.
    Ignore all the hurtful comments and block them. Life is to short to worry about hurtful people.
    Praying for great days ahead.
    Ron still can’t believe how wonderful Hazel is.
    Told him!!!!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda Ks – haha!! Hazel IS indeed wonderful! I cannot imagine my life without her! I’m having that beer on the porch right now!

  58. Elaine Kopischke-Trejo

    Thank you for your persistence! But I absolutely understand you not continuing if it happens again. You had awful issues around a year ago or less. And the time does come when it is not enjoyable any more when you are having to continuously redo or get help. Thank you fir the years you have given us. I hope you can continue but please do not let others upset you if you don’t! You have given YEARS to us…and I thank you.❤️❤️❤️

  59. Nancy Wines

    So glad the blog is working again. I get so much pleasure from your pictures and all your news. I especially liked the history of the barn. You are such a kind person – why anyone would argue with you is beyond me. Thank you for all you do and for your perseverance.

  60. Theresa

    Hi Mary – glad you are back, you were missed. Also glad it was just technology and not something more serious.

  61. Rita in Iowa

    Mary so glad your back. Thank you for all your pictures on life on the farm. And ladies your quilts are beautiful. You all do good work and it keeps the mind busy.
    My husband and I have been staining our log home and cedar sided garage between the rains. We are down to one side left and trim work. Weeding is fit in between. Hopefully this will be the last major cleanup till fall, with everything fully grown the weeds don’t stand a chance. Ha!
    I started “25 weeks to better quilting” with Lori Kennedy, it’s free and hopefully after 25 weeks of practice I will be more confident. Notice I didn’t say great , as done is better than perfect. Lol

  62. Patty

    I’m so glad you had the help with this that you needed! With everything that is happening in our country and the world, plus the every day annoyances, I can understand how upset you were.
    Hey! You are fine now, and Hazel looks great!
    Keep your chin up. Thanks for persevering!
    You give us courage.😉🥰

  63. Dianne M Cook

    Oh Mary I have missed you so much. Computers and the internet are wonderful, but leave us feeling very
    inadequate.. At our age it is worse than learning a new language.
    Thanks for hanging in there.
    Dianne Cook in Ontario

  64. Carol in Memphis

    THANK YOU for your perseverance in solving the problem. I am so glad you are back! And so many beautiful dirty dozen finishes- it inspired me!

  65. Marian F Stever

    Oh,Mary, I have missed your musings! Hazel looks fuzzy and cuddly. The quilts are special. Thank you for posting mine. It is fun to see it published!!!! Next, would love to see all the animals in the barn and outside these lovely days. Thank you for being up and running. Enjoy your days.

  66. Jeanne

    So good to hear from you again Mary! Glad you’re up and running but I understand how frustrating it can be. I’m 70 and I can’t figure out how to set up a blog either. My daughter lives in Indiana so she’s a little far to help me out. Oh well, I can live through yours!!! Thanks again for your efforts! Take care.

  67. Elrid

    What a relief to see your post. The technology intimidates me and I feel like it is magic. After all, I can remember growing up in Minnesota before we had electricity on our farm! My grandchildren find this incomprehensible.

  68. Sue inMarion, IN

    Hi Mary! So glad to see you back! I’m glad you figured out the blog issues…I sure couldn’t, but when in doubt, call a young person!

  69. Linda in TX

    Oh, how I would miss you if you go away!
    Thank you, Kayla for saving the blog & Mary, thank you for hanging in there!

  70. Wonda Myers

    I understand that computer problems are very stressful. I really enjoy your blog. We enjoy the farm pictures and stories. The barn and the wedding pictures were wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  71. Arrowhead Gramma

    Mary, really missed the blog. A huge thank you to you and Kayla for making it happen.

  72. Arlene

    Thanks for making the effort to get it up and running. I so look forward to the animal pictures and what’s going on in your life.

  73. Nicole Hanson

    Am so happy and relieved to see that you are back! Maybe a bit frazzled, but back!
    Have missed you and always enjoy “life at the farm” God bless you and keep you safe! Deep breath and remain calm!

      1. Pam Kay

        I have tried posting twice, to no avail, then tried to email you and it keeps bouncing back saying your mailbox is full. I had a question regarding your beautiful straight line quilting, wondering if you mark for even spacing, or just do random. Also, how in the world do you get the top on straight?

        1. CountryThreads Post author

          Pam Kay – where exactly are you trying to post? Your comment came thru to me.

          1. Pam Kay

            Oh, dear, Mary. I’m sorry to bother you with this. I think I may have clicked on some wrong buttons. This is working now. I’m computer challenged!

          2. CountryThreads Post author

            Pam Kay – well, join my club! None of it makes sense to me so if you’re back on board, I’m glad because I couldn’t help you! Haha!

  74. Margaret in North Texas

    Mary, It’s a great day everyday in spite of computer and blog problems. You did a good thing—- giving Hazel a summer haircut, moving the sewing machine to the porch and enjoying a beer!!! Enjoy!! Loved all the finished projects.

  75. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Thank you Mary for returning. Thank you Kayla for your efforts. Great DD. Hazel…..how great you look!! Carry on and again, thanks.

  76. Linda

    I join with everyone else, so very glad you are back. I too was concerned something was wrong with either you or one of your babies so I’m glad everything is ok. I loved computers when I was working because if I had a problem I simply called for tech support but now, left to my own devices I am often lost and super frustrated. I hope things work out, you are the only blog I look forward to daily because you are so relatable and I share your love for all things nature, especially animals. Hang in there, a lot of us are with you , supporting you and sharing your pain with computers! Love to Hazel and her new haircut!!

  77. Susan Boyd

    I don’t blame you for not wanting to continue with the blog if it gets too hard again, but, I sure did miss you! I really love everything about your blog and enjoy keeping up with it so much! I’m going to jump in and do the DD this time around. Should have done it the last year, but didn’t. I’m the worst at starting and not finishing projects, so here we go……. Thanks for all you do!

  78. Brenda in SC

    We are so glad you are back Mary! Kayla is a wiz at those computer programs it seems. So a BIG thank you to Kayla for getting you back up and blogging again!
    Love all the DD. They are fantastic. I bet Hazel is a lot cooler with her new haircut. I will dig out some UFO’s and get them numbered for sure this time!

  79. Sally J.

    I sure missed your blog and am very thankful that your up and running again. Sorry for all the stress this brought you. Love all the quilts today!! Hazel is so adorable!! Thank you for all that you share with us. Stay safe and God bless.

  80. Gayle Shumaker

    I’m so glad you’re back but unhappy to hear that you were not gone for vacation but due to terribly upsetting problems with your computer. Mary, I enjoy hearing about your life, quilting, Country Threads and of course your animals but please know I would want you to choose what is best for you. Hugs

  81. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    Dear Mary, I echo all the good things everyone has said. For me you are the only thing I look forward to in my emails. You are so very special. Your plants in the first picture look so nice. You really seem to have a green thumb. I have wondered who won your contest (wonder if any one else saw the ad in the magazine) and I’m guessing you didn’t take that dear puppy to foster. I’m have more than enough to take care of. Thank you for all you do for your fans.

  82. Kris in Naperville

    Missed you… glad you’re back… sorry for the trouble… I appreciate all that you go through for us… you add tremendous value to the world in so many ways… be still and take good care…

  83. Kathy Hanson

    So happy that you were able to get help to get the blog up and running again. So very sorry that it has been such a hassle for you! I am sure that you know just how much so many of us miss you when this happens and pray that someone will be able to help you get it going again. Loved how cute Hazel looks with her new haircut! she is so special!! Off to doing some more quilt making – but…
    doing so much over these 3 1/2 months had given me tendonitis in my left wrist that is so painful! Have to get a cortisone injection on Monday. It certainly has helped me keep my sanity, however, during this crazy time. So glad you are back!!!!

  84. Sarah

    A little bit of normalcy has been restored – your blog! Thanks for sticking with it, for us. Now enjoy your day of sewing and breathe.

  85. quilting sister

    Please update us on whether or not you “adopted” Spyro, the little dog you were thinking of bringing home. Your computer crashed at the same time you’d planned to pick him up on a Thursday …. he was such a cutie, and just needed some love!

  86. Moe Baly

    Hi Mary, I’m glad you are back. Feel so bad for you and the trouble the blog has given you. Glad you have Kayla Pins to help. Welcome back.

    I will write my list of UFOs again but like last years I probably won’t finish any. There’s just no time considering the long hours I spend at work. I am working toward finishing my Emily Munroe Wool Applique. 8 blocks left to hand see out of 54! Then putting it together will take time. I enjoy it so that’s ok.

    Hazel looks adorable! Nice cut. Put a comb between scissors and skin to keep from getting too close. I remember cutting the hair in my dog Todo. Wish I knew about the back comb then.

    Wishing you an early Happy Birthday! Love Moe

  87. Carla

    Not sure if you’re still wondering, but I kept hearing Jo mention you off and on. But the dirty dozen idea really caught my attention and is what finally got me to check out your blog. I’m going to give it a try and see how I do! I’ve looked back a bit at some older posts and I think I’ll enjoy your content. Blessings from West Michigan.

  88. Marsha Ivers

    Mary,Glad you’re back on line! I always love seeing the photos of the quilts, I admire them so much! I have been sewing since before I was 18. I can get it that close because I received a sewing machine as a graduation gift from my paternal grandparents. I will be 72 also, but not till August 17.
    I’m wondering what happened with Sparrow since I haven’t heard anymore about him from you. Unless I missed it somehow. Hope the computer curmudgeons are gone now forever. You’re in my prayers.

  89. Carolyn Meadows

    I can’t tell you how much I look forward to each blog post. I do not like facebook. I am older than you are and I have no one to help me with technology. It is hard for some of us. As soon as I learn one thing it changes. I know you must be discouraged but please don’t give up. I still miss The Goat Gazette. You are a gifted writer. Your readers are so lucky to have you.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn Meadows – being part of the older generation is not easy, is it? Technology doesn’t come easy for me – I really struggle and I hate all the updates! I can’t follow it all. I’m not sure I’m a great writer but I can talk a lot! Haha!

  90. Gloria Gleason

    Mary, I’m thrilled you are back! I love your blog, your house, flowers, yard, scenery, quilting, church and playing the piano!! I’m about 75 and all this computer, cell phone, business puts me out of my mind! “Replace your browser.” What? I know Bowser…he was our neighbors dog!! God bless you! Gloria from Bellevue, NE

      1. Mary Says Sew!

        I actually know this one!

        A browser is the computer program or software we use to get on the internet and go to websites.

        Examples are Firefox, Edge, Explorer, and Google Chrome.

          1. Mary Says Sew!

            You might have more than one browser. We have Firefox, Edge and Explorer. Explorer is an older one, and is being phased out.

            When you first turn on your computer, tablet or phone, do you see a bunch of small squares with letters, symbols or words on them? Do you click on one to get to a screen where you can type in or select a website’s address?

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