Several photos and stories are waiting for me so that’s today. Years ago, in the mid to late ‘80’s we began to write a quarterly newspaper called the Goat Gazette. We printed 10,000 at a time and sent nearly half to paid subscribers.
Today the Goat Gazette has changed its name to Chicken Scratch online – the concept is the same with news from the farm, quilts from customers, personal news, recipes, patterns for sale – just like this blog! I’ve changed the “vehicle” but the content remains the same.
One of our good friends, Moe Baly, recently went through 40 years of Goat Gazettes and painstakingly cut out articles for both Connie and me.
It was such a trip down memory lane for us and even though we have a single copy of every issue, we haven’t bothered to read them in a long time. Moe was cleaning her basement and the Goat Gazettes had to GO. As she reread each issue, she cut out those articles she wanted to send to us, and then fed the remainder into the fire pit, reliving 40 years of friendship. Thank you, Moe – we really loved our packed envelopes of articles! I might reprint some as time permits.
How many of you got the Goat Gazette in your mailbox? If you did, you’ve followed Country Threads for many years. We thought our journey was over when we retired in 2014 but those old patterns don’t go away! We are putting all patterns online – eventually. Please don’t mail money to me for patterns – download them online, please! If we’ve gone to the trouble of putting them online as a pdf download, please don’t ask me to handle your order. I’m going to start returning them instead of spending time mailing them.
So it’s a busy day for Connie and me, Amy and Anita – setting up the garage sale! Kind of exciting really! And yes, I will post pictures here on the blog!