The lucky winners of the Charlie kit and Jack kit are Diane Moffet from Maryland and Jennie Cruzan from Texas.

Charlie and Jack are going out in the mail today!

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day – wish we had 30 more coming but I know better.  It was a great day to take some pictures of the animals.

But first the pumpkin crop – pretty, isn’t it?

Emma on the stairs – her favorite place to hang out.

Colton has taken up residence in the barn – good boy!

Mama Kitty is always around and “talks” to me but won’t let me touch her – yet.

Here’s an interesting fact I’ve learned about chickens – they prefer drinking out of these waterers and it has to be something about bending their head down to get the water and then tipping their head back to swallow.  I can’t take any chances with buckets so this type of waterer is everywhere making chores difficult because they’re hard to fill –  but wait till you see the “tribe”!

Mama Hen runs these chicks over two acres – look at how they’re spread out with Mama in the lead clucking all the time to keep the tribe close.


And a closer picture as I fed them.  Such a variety of colors and their wing feathers are already showing – this will be so fun to see what kinds they are depending on who laid the egg in the nest before Mama starting setting on it.

And just a warning – I’ve had a hard time posting these pictures so if you don’t get them, I won’t be surprised.  One last chuckle picture – working on HIPS.  Has this ever happened to you?  I’ll bet it has and I just wanted you to be comforted by the fact that it happened to me last nite as well.


61 thoughts on “Winners

  1. Beryl in Owatonna

    I am sorry you made the mistake on your star, but so glad other people do things like that. More than likely b/c of the time of day and what all we have been through all day!! LOL! The star will look nice!
    Looks Mama hen loves to run, gives her babies lots of exercise! It must be fun to watch them grow.
    Your pumpkin patch looks very nice, so inviting.
    Are you on the snow forecast for Friday and Saturday? It doesn’t sound like much but will be cold! Be careful doing your chores. Fall is here. I love all of the maple colors, it has been a long time since I have seen them.

    1. Beryl in Owatonna

      BTW…many ads no X’s Will look again later, sometimes they come through the second time around!

      1. Paula Nordt

        The ads I see now have a little arrow instead of an x. I clicked on the arrow and the ad closed.
        Also, got all the pictures today! Love the chicks.

  2. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    The baby chicks are a real smile. It will be fun to see them as they grow. Your pumpkins make a beautiful yard the way you have them arranged.

  3. Diane Bauer

    The chick pictures gave me a big smile this morning–what a tribe Momma has to keep track of!!

    Looks to me like perhaps you got a little tired last night, Mary! Yes, I’ve definitely had similar issues–and not always when I’m tired!!

    Congrats to the winners of the Halloween kits! I need to get busy on my #7!

    Colton is a smart kitty! We are supposed to get snow Wednesday night into Thursday and, according to my Mom in MN, it’s heading your way next! The sprinkler companies are out in force trying to get everyone’s sprinkler systems blown out to avoid burst pipes. Glad mine got done last week as I was one of the unlucky ones last year with the early snow we got!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Yup, we are right in line for that same storm. We emptied our rain barrel today and drained the hoses – it’s time. I hope Mama moves her tribe into the barn before we have snow on the ground!

  4. Debra Miller

    Congratulations to the winners and love the “tribe”. I bet it will be interesting to see them as grown-ups. 9 ads but unable to close any of them-no x’s.

  5. Carla

    Love seeing your farm. We don’t own enough land to have the chickens, and having bird dogs for the last 20 yrs I would have had a struggle. Bad enough with a mini dachshund and a cockatiel for a couple of years…
    photos came through, I’m going to reload the page as I had no ads to close.
    Jack the sea ripper is my friend this morning too. Repeicing something I’m not happy with, if I leave it I may not finish the project.

  6. Sharon Ray

    Yes, that sewing job looks familiar! Love the pictures of the animals. Goats are my favorite.

  7. Janice Hebert

    Wow! How many chicks are in that tribe? I’m counting 13 but I might be including some shadows in there, haha. Congratulations to the winners! And yes, I did a similar thing just a couple of weeks ago. Very frustrating but easy to fix if you catch it early enough. If you don’t, then it’s ok too – adds interest, right? I hope your weather stays nice for a long long time. Still fairly warm here but no sun today. Jan in MA

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Janice- there are 15 chicks in the tribe – the largest hatch I’ve had in 40 years!

  8. Arrowhead Gramma

    Loved all of your photos and enjoy seeing the animals, specially the baby chicks. Wish I had all those wonderful pumpkins in my yard. So festive!

    Received all the photos. Just an FYI, had five or six ads but no “X” on them to close them only the small arrow to open them.

    Enjoy the wonderful fall weather while it lasts!

  9. Patti in W Barnstable

    Your pumpkin patch looks great! Yesterday we had temps in the 70’s. Thanks for the pictures from around the farm.

  10. Chris H. in Washington

    Congratulations to the winners! I closed 3 ads and got all of the pictures. Yeah!

  11. Sunflower from Michigan

    Congratulations to the winners. I loved the farm pictures. Your pumpkins are very nice. I had only 1 large pumpkin in my garden despite lots of vines. Had oodles of little decorative pumpkins though. I need to get working on my #7 also! We are having some nice days in a row in Michigan right now. I have a raspberry pie in the oven. Picked the berries yesterday. Have a great day!

  12. Judi Leventhal

    We finally got a cool front here in Houston. Unfortunately, I know it won’t last long, but I’ll take whatever the weather gods will give us for a while. Looking forward to Quilt Festival in about 3 weeks. Hoping we have a the World Series then, too. Go ‘Stros! Oh, and I was able to close 4 ads today. WooHoo!

  13. Janet M

    The pictures came through just fine. Our neighbor has chickens and they love our yard. We don’t
    mine. We are glad the noisy rooster is gone. In soup???
    I also had several ads but could not close them. I will check later.

  14. Diane in WI

    All the pictures came across perfectly! The pictures of the hen and chicks made me smile. She is being a great mom. Your pumpkins look really nice. Autumn seems to come and go too fast. The sky is cloudless and so blue. I, too, wish we would have another 30 days of this weather. By the weekend it is to get cold, raining, and windy. There is also a chance of frost on a couple of the nights. It was 38 when I got up.

  15. Deb

    All pictures came through as well as ads to close……funny that some people get no pics and no ads….must be very frustrating. I am on the east coast and the wind is blowing with overcast skies so I’m sewing tumblers cut from scraps.

  16. Mary Hawk

    It is so great to have sunshine but still no harvesting over our way.
    Love your pumpkin picture!
    And I just finished washing our sunroom windows with the cornstarch recipe. This is the bomb. Bill and I did several a few weeks back, then we had 7 inches of rain. Those windows STILL look perfectly clean.

    1. Pamela Forsling

      Hi..what is the cornstarch recipe for window washing?? I missed that 1 and sure sounds interesting. Thanks!

      1. mary hawk

        It’s 2 c. water, 1/2 c. vinegar, 1/2 c. rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. There are many variations of it if you google cornstarch window washer. Shake it up frequently.
        My nurse brain had to look up ? why cornstarch? It said it dissolves into very fine particles that are micro- abrasive to clean well. Something in it also makes the water bead up, acts kind of like jet- dry and I think that repellant part is what keeps the windows clean longer.

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      I think that cornstarch is the answer, don’t you? You have been dumped on with rain – poor farmers!

      1. mary hawk

        yes, I do think that is the secret!
        We had such a dry summer after that super wet spring, and then it was like someone turned the tap back on a couple weeks ago. There is zilch harvested in Eastern Iowa. At least it was warm and windy today.

  17. Linda Baker

    All pictures showed up today, but no ads. Love the chickens and pumpkins. We’ve had two momma turkeys and their broods who’ve come almost every day to eat my bird seed. They’ve grown so much over the summer that they can reach right into one of the low-hanging bird feeders and help themselves. So fun to watch! Farmers disked and planted winter wheat in the fields around us yesterday. A storm is coming to us this weekend.

  18. Pam in NC

    Love the chick photos! Pretty amazing the size of her little flock. Loved the photo of Hazel yesterday too-peeking out at you! Thanks for all your time and sharing!

  19. Jan/ Lowell Indiana.

    Ads are generally at the bottom of the Emails, and dispersed in the comment section. Scroll down to the end to close ads. Love the pumpkins!

  20. Marcia in ID

    All the pictures came through just fine this time. I love the pictures of your animals. Mama kitty I just want to hold. She has such a sweet face.

  21. Jeanine from Iowa

    The ads have been have a backwards check mark in the corner instead of the x, but I clicked on it and that also closed the ad. I closed several today. All my ads are always by the pictures at the beginning of the blog. I love seeing the mama and baby chicks. Our two baby chicks are growing so fast. They are 6 weeks old now and look to be half grown already. They still hang with mama most of the time. Your mama has a big responsibility taking care of 13 (I think) chicks. How can they all fit under her at night? That will be a problem when they get bigger. Thanks for all the pictures. They all came through just fine.

  22. Charlotte S

    Great pictures!! Congrats to the winners. I had 7 ads to close today. I think that is a record.

  23. Meredith

    Love those chick pics! You’ll have that beautiful cat eating out of your hand very soon, I’m sure. Wonder why Emma likes the stairs so much?

  24. Teresa

    Your sidewalk is very festive for fall! We get too much wind to decorate outdoors so I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s homes.

    The baby chicks are so fun, makes me want hens again. 🐓 🐥 🐓

  25. Rainie in Maryland

    My HIPS is all pieced and together (I was almost finished before you started). I call it my WWIT quilt (What Was I Thinking). After it was all together I was so pleased. I held it up to admire and noticed one of the Jacobs Ladder blocks turned the wrong way. Was it close to the edge…no. It was down in about 3 or 4 rows. I fixed it. Now all I have to do is press it and select a border or two and sew them on. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be the one to quilt it. I am happy that I stuck with it and finished this quilt top.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Oh, I am so jealous – I wish I was done! And I haven’t even started my #7!

  26. Kathy Hanson

    Love all the pictures, pumpkins, and animals. So glad that mama kitty “talks” to you and stays there, she is just too shy yet to let you touch her but it is obvious that she is happy there! What fun watching all those chicks must be – fun for us to see them with your pictures. I can tell you that I have certainly done that little switcheroo too, I have only 4 of my star blocks done with the HIPS sew-along but I have finished #7 and have cut out some other projects to take to a couple of retreats that are happening this fall. Congratulations to the winners of the halloween kits.

  27. Sharon Lowy

    Love the pictures. I closed 7 ads today..that is some sort of record? I think 5 was the most until today!

  28. Anna m

    Mama chicken has gorgeous feathers! I love them.
    I’m sure not ready for the cold that’s coming.

  29. Rita In Iowa

    Love all the pictures, my pumpkin vines grew but no pumpkins, oh well! It so much fun to watch the animals, thanks for sharing.

  30. Sue Hoover

    I got ALL the pictures this afternoon – spectacular! Your pumpkin crop looks fantastic!

  31. Becky from IA /TX

    Got all the pictures and they are as usual just wonderful! I love living the farm life through your eyes. Love that huge chicken or rooster in all the pumpkins! Mama chicken what a hoot! Love the posts always!

  32. Sandy

    Working on some blocks I started in 2006,a chicken sampler, and thanks to your UFO encouragement and will put it with some new chicken blocks.will send photo when finished, hope it’s not another 13 years! Love seeing the goats

  33. Earlene in Arixona

    I love your pumpkins. These pics made my day and I closed 6 ads. Happy fall

  34. Launa

    Great pictures! Your harvested Pumpkins look festive. Saw on tonight’s news Idaho potato farmers are rushing to finish the harvested potatoes before the snow and freezing weather hits. It’s raining a bit here and will be 2” – 6” snow tonight. Only one ad to close, but I want to look there first!

  35. Jennie

    Enjoyed all the pictures and closed 7 adds. we have had several cold fronts come thru but leaves and back to warm. Working on #7. Our church is having our craft show Saturday so things should settle down next week. Blessing Jennie

  36. Jackie Baumhauer

    Love the front of your house with all the pumpkins. I bought some pumpkins from you years ago after a retreat. They would reseed in my compost every year. I would have so many to give away!
    Almost sewed a star that way this morning, but caught myself.

  37. Nancy TD

    Pics were great. Closed ads too. Everyone has a goof once in awhile. Usually notice it when the quilt is together. Thank goodness for seam rippers! Too nice to stay inside today so worked outside. Rain is coming back for Thurs. and maybe the “S” word for the weekend. Loved all the pumpkins and the animals. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Rosalie

    We have one of those buckets that you hang from a tree or something else and it has little nipples on the bottom and they can get a drink by nudging it. Of course it would not work for the chicks unless you have s ladder and teach them to climb!!!

  39. Kris in Naperville

    What a wonderful way to start my morning! Thanks for sending all the pictures. Funny how Mama kitty talks to you but won’t let you touch her…she loves you in her own way! Have a wonderful day Mary and thanks for sharing your life with us!

  40. Nikki M in Tx

    Great pictures, especially enjoy the chick pics.
    Congratulations to the winners & thanks Mary for sharing.
    90 degrees yesterday & projected in 30s for Friday, but back to high 80s by Monday. Welcome to fall in Texas!
    Bella adjusting to her new home. Took a bag of nuggets down to her pasture yesterday and put in feeder then rang dinner bell, she was only about 8 feet from me & gave me this look like I was nuts. Kept Polaris between us.
    Much to get done, second eye surgery Monday. Then before can turn around good will be time to go to Houston for Quilt Festival. So looking forward to Festival & have room across street!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Oh, how I wish I were sharing your room across the street from Festival! Some of my greatest treasures were purchased during opening night. I had cataract surgery a year ago but I have to admit I don’t see that great. I have an appointment the end of November – I wonder if she’ll just say “oh, well”.
      Glad you’re making friends with Bella!

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