Thursday, August 7

Hauntingly Good Thymes at the County Fairs

This past weekend, the number of Pastthyme Pets grew in size.
No. . .Lacey didn't acquire Moses (the dog from Iowa). . .our cat had kittens.
And with the help of the two canines, we found them.

We should admit that we generally give her a hard time about not being able to keep her kittens alive.  All you farm goers know the reality of kittens on a farm.  Stuff happens and we never see the litter they have.  It's no fault of the momma cat, it's just how things work.  She has had numerous litters (even tried having them on Joe in our house the last time!) and we've never seen them.  But not this time.  This time, success.

 Beatrice kept all SIX kittens alive.  We have absolutely adorable little kittens trying their legs out under our porch, driving our dogs crazy. They are a joy to watch teeter-totter around.  We love watching them so much we forget our camera power in the house. . .and will have to supply pictures later.

Why do we mention this. . .well, if all keeps going well, we may be asking to find homes for these little guys.  We don't have desire to keep them and have told the men of the family we will find good homes.  While we have some ideas for placement, we'll plant the seed for a few more.  If interested, keep watching. . .we may be looking in the near future, or let us know and we'll keep you posted.

 Cramming in projects before the leaves (or snow) starts to fly. . .

Speaking of farm cats.  Most know we come from the country.  About fifteen years ago we painted the barn.  As I type this, I realize I should dig up some oldies to show you. Next time!

Our barn had been white and the paint was chipping off.  A friend of the family, who worked at a paint place, came up with a "barn red" paint for us.  We primed the barn with this special stuff that would make the paint last.  This stuff was pink.  (Now I really need to find is too funny to not to!!) We painted it pink for primer and then "red".  It was quite job, and the idea of doing it again wasn't exciting.  But, over the years the "red" faded and we were left with the only pink barn in probably the state.  Nobody in their right mind would want a pink barn. . .trust us.

You can image this wasn't real attractive. It was a good laugh for us. 
So barn red paint was bought and a painting party had. 

We managed to get the barn done as well as the chicken coop and I promise once the white trim is done I will post pictures. (A tease is all ya get for today) A nice view of the barn. . .and a few of the pink.  It looks so nice when you get up on the yard.  It's a wonder why we didn't do it sooner. . .

 County Fair Thyme

Last week was the Chippewa County Fair in Montevideo. Our whole family winds up attending this event and we always seem to have a good time.  This year, the fair board really put a lot of work into improving things.  They had an excellent variety of entertainment, a nice midway, and building full of people.

As a bonus, the WCCO (channel 4) news guys Frank and Mike hit the road "Going to the Lake" in our neck of the woods.  They had three really nice segments on the area we live in.  If you didn't see them we suggest checking out the WCCO website (or facebook) as they were quite good.

It especially hit home for Darci as Lac Qui Parle lake is just downstream from where she grew up.  Our family fishes that lake and the river that flows from it.  It was fun to see them spend time at the Watson Hunting Camp, Arts Dairy Freeze, and at the fair.

We specifically went to the fair for the races.  Big shocker, right? 
Well this. . .might be.

Neither of us like "haunted" things.  Haunted houses.  Shows about haunted houses.  People in haunted houses.  Not our thing.  Not real fun for us.  We both avoid people who dress to 'work' in those places like the plague.  And. . .well. . .they seem to "smell" our fear.

Darci and "dad" and Lacey were all headed home to the shop in the same vehicle and the timing of the event that took place next could not have been planned more perfect if you'd try...

 As we are leaving, two gentlemen dressed in their haunted house garb exit the food stand in front of us.  They spot dad, who slightly slows down.

 And us Pastthyme gals?  We start walking fast to get away.

And while we walk..."Dad". . .well he stops to chat with them.

Lacey makes the mistake of turning around to see what happened. 
And this is what follows:

Lacey: Oh no!!! They are following us.

Darci: DON'T LOOK AT THEM!!!!!!!!!

Lacey: (looking backward) They are still coming Mom!!!


Lacey: They know dad.  They aren't gonna quit following us.
Walking fast isn't going to work!!!! We should just get it over with.

Lacey now decides she doesn't want to be ambushed by the duo. 
(We should make a quick side note that when Darci was growing up her dad, Stan (who hates this type of stuff more than us girls do) went into a haunted house at the MN State Fair.  When a haunted house guy grabbed his shoulder while walking through the house, Stan threw a punch and heard a the guy groan in pain.)
Truth be known, Lacey did them a favor by stopping. . .and facing the reality they would have went to great lengths to follow them as they knew we were both freaked.)
Darci lucked out and they went for Lacey.

 Fortunately, the really creepy zombie took pity and stook back.  

Dad admitted later that Darci was the intended target...and the nice guy he is, he sent them to get Lacey.

 Lacey put on a smile and took a picture to the request of her family with an "Ugh, I don't like this." "YES I'm freaked out", "I'm really sorry, it's really not you I don't like." and "Let's just get this over with" phrase or two while the cameras were snapping pictures.
Facing a fear. . .only because we knew the guy behind the mask.
And can't thank him enough for taking it off while he chatted.
AND that his zombie friend didn't photobomb the photo.

We are currently drying our eyes as we relive this terrifying moment!! And hope you all have found humor in it as well!!  Looking at the picture now...he doesn't look so scary.  He was famous too, he was on the news segment, earlier in the day. And Frank the news guy. . .he acted the way we usually do.

Speaking of haunted houses.  The place that this wearwolf assists at is suppose to be a really, really good one.  They have done a ton of work to make it something to remember.  We speak solely based on what wearwolf has said and what we hear from those brave enough to visit it.  If you are into "hauntingly" good times, make sure you visit Sherods Fright Farmily by Montevideo. If you are into that stuff we don't think you'll be disappointed!!  Haunted barn, grainery and maze.

 The Kandiyohi County Fair

We just didn't get enough mini-doughnuts in Monte and so to Willmar we went!
Lacey and her brother did the sibling hang out night and did the fair together.
Darci and "dad" did the husband and wife thing and did the fair together.

This is what they saw. . .

This is one of the dozen draft horses at the fair.  
It's a family stop every year before we leave as we all  have to rub their face and feel that soft, velvet nose.  This year, one of the horses didn't like our nose touch and sneezed on us.  This brought on good laughs from the boys who had moved on, anticipating its happening. . .and not only did we get blasted once...we got it twice.

 Lacey scored a victory by getting Joe to agree to watching Pig Races before they went and watched the cars race on the dirt.  Joe will swear that the only reason he went was because his "older" sister was acting like a "six year old" trying to get him to go  but would have to admit that he laughed just as hard as she did while the little piglets raced around the track.  It's an absolute hoot, and truly entertaining. 

If the fair near you has races (or you can attend Willmar the next two days) you should really make a point to watch a couple races.  Sometimes, it doesn't take much to amuse us and we all love to laugh.

We should also note that Lacey was excited to get Joe into most of the animal buildings.  She is an animal lover who would tell you "I would take them all home!!"

Here's a little known fact.  She had (2) rabbits as pets.  One was a black and white rabbit with upright ears that lived to be an old rabbit. His name was Flopsey.  The second was a floppy eared, really fluffy rabbit named Thumper.

While the younger duo went to watch the stock car races, the parent duo took in bull riding.
Those that know Darci know she loves bull riding and doesn't miss bull night at the fair.  She joined a sold out arena and sat on the edge of her seat while the brave cowboys gave their luck a whirl on big, burly bulls who don't like to give rides.  Her and "dad" were also able to cheer on three local guys from our Clara City area, but it ultimately came down to a gentleman from Missouri who took home the buckle.

Of course we all took in the 4-H building (shout out to the girls from Kerkhoven on their projects) and the arts and crafts building (shout out to the familiar names who had ribbons on their projects) the mini-doughnut stand, delicious pork chop on a stick stand, fresh lemonade stand and peanut stand.

Good food. Good entertainment. Good people. Good times. 
We are fortunate to have great local county fairs.

Now onto some quilting fun.

 "Hidden Stars"

We have a bunch of people waiting on this gem so we decided to test the pattern with a whole different color scheme.  This little guy works awesome with candy packs (or would with a charm pack) and is lots of fun with it's prairie points and miniature size.

Fabrics shown above were Floral Gatherings by Lisa Bonean and Primitive Gatherings.

 "Patches of Friendship"

Lacey was excited to finish up this lap size quilt that uses up one jelly roll.
We apologize for the bad photo, we tried this in different lighting and this was the best we got.  
We'll attempt it again once it's quilted!!
The fabrics shown in this quilt (which utilizes a jelly roll just grand!) is Somerset by Fig Tree & Co.

Patterns will be coming soon as well. . .those of you who follow us on Facebook.  This was the quilt Lacey would have showcased on a segment of "Chopped" if a TV crew would have been with us.

 "Prairie Pinwheels"

This was one of our first charm pack patterns that we decided to revisit.
This guy is fun!  This guy is quick! This guys only takes 1 charm pack!

The photo shows off the beautiful new Sandy Gervais fabric called Rambling Rose.

 How do you like our new binding method?  Did you catch the safety-pins?
This is what happens when the Busy Binder goes on vacation. . .haha

And last but not least. . .is the new arrival of LuLu.
Lulu is by Chez Moi (we just love that name...makes us yearn to learn French) and has just super sweet tones of pink, yellow, blue and green.  We are dreaming of fun projects and are sure you are too.

Piece and Blessings until next time