Tuesday, October 14


 We had such a wonderful Columbus Day weekend!!
  One of us gals (Lacey) went out "sailing the lake so blue" with her dad that day.

Luck you ask? 
Well this was the first time in over seven years of Musky fishing that they didn't see a fish! 
Guess even the fish can take a holiday.

But prior to that. . .

We participated in the Inaugural Highway 23 Road Rally with the fun shops that happen to be along Route 23 in Marshall, Granite Falls, New London, Paynesville, Waite Park & Foley.

We lucked out and had such a wonderful weekend weather wise and hope that the leaves along the route were beautiful to look at.  They seem pretty hit and miss around our house but further up north they are just lovely.

We absolutely enjoyed our time and seeing everyone again. . .but we'll get to that!

On Friday Night. . .

The Handyman took the Pastthyme Gals to the Belview winery. 
We are very fortunate to have two fabulous vineyards close to our shop/home area.
But Friday night is wine and pizza night...or at least this Friday it was.

We enjoyed a lovely evening and even seen some familiar faces in the Belview river bottoms.
Some of us enjoyed a glass of Squirrelly (note we didn't get squirrelly...its just their clever name for a delicious bottle wine they create.  We enjoyed delicious chicken alfredo and four meat pizza.

Then we went home.

We took a different route home to avoid all of the beet traffic on Highway 212.
All was fine until we got close to the last stop sign to turn onto our county road.
There was a nice panel of corrugated steel.  We swearved slightly to miss it.
The front seat thought all was well. . .the back passenger didn't realize what we had just hit.
After what sounded like paper in window fan, we decided we must have hit it.

We turned on our county road and kept going, hoping for the best.
After a couple miles up the road it was determined the ride was getting bumpy...
and we needed to pull over.

What did we find? 
Yes, as you would have guessed it...we had a flat.

We slowly limped the truck up the road.  The back passenger then found her usual commentary during times of slight trouble and began to giggle. 
Then we all did because now...well it smells like burnt rubber.
And our ride is starting to get pretty jerky.

The handyman decided to pull into the field. It will be safer than trying to change the tire on the shoulderless road that was busy with trucks and it will save the rim.

So we pull into the approach.  We all get out to examine the tire.
And in respect to the situation, chose to leave the phone camera off...
Even though all was well and calm...you still don't press ones luck.

The spare tire? Well it's rusted on. 
When you live in the land of salt and sand in the winter and have the very fortunate luck of not needing to use it...it sometimes can leave you hanging.

We are close enough to home, the handyman decides to take the scenic route home.
As in...through the newly picked field.
Problem...being the beans aren't out in that section.  So that plan won't work.

We bounce out onto the road and travel up to the next approach.  We pull in.
The back seat passenger (not Darci) is thinking this isn't a good idea and keeps giggling at the predicament we are in and how the new owners of the land are probably wondering what in the heck a random truck is doing in their field.

We meet one of the beat trucks who proceeds to stop.
(Probably wondering what we are doing.)  Lacey starts to think this isn't a good idea. We all laugh about the conversation that is probably taking place on their radios.

Soon the tractor is coming towards us.  Lacey is starting to get sweaty palms thinking this isn't a real great idea and is worried the bumpy ride + pizza and wine may make her sick if we don't get home soon.  We hold our breath in wonder if we all will meet the new farmer in the middle of his field with a flat tire.  Nothing says "hello" like this situation.  He keeps going and so do we on his picked beet field and onto the newly picked bean field.

We finally get home with no red & blue lights, no meeting of the new farmer and a rim that wasn't wrecked because we didn't have to 'tar it' the whole way home.  Moral of that story...hope you never have a blown tire...and if you do...hope it's near the field behind your house!

Never a dull moment with us.  Keeps life interesting. . .

Back to business.

Both of us gals were truly excited that we were able to be in the shop during the hop last weekend.
It was absolutely unbelievable to see all of the wonderful and smiling faces come back into the shop.
Your comments were truly humbling and trust us, we were truly excited to see you all as well.
It meant a lot to catch up with some of you and hear that all is well. We truly meant what our sign said that was in our shop: "Enter as strangers and leave as friends"  We thank you again for such a wonderful weekend and we hope you enjoyed the hop.

We have decided to add another day to our open list.
We will now be open on the first Wednesday AND Saturday of each month.

Wednesday hours will be from 10am - 7pm
Saturday hours will be 10am - 3pm

November will start the Saturdays out with a bang...or buzz?
That beehive at the lake Lacey was fishing on was right by the public access!

We are NOT going anywhere but rather making room for all of the 2015 fabric collections that are planned to arrive in our shop.  So in light of that and in conjunction with the Clara City craft sale we are having a Black Saturday sale!

40% off bolts of fabric (cotton/wool/batik)
50% off all non-Pastthyme Pattern books and patterns

 We apologize for the lack of "new" samples to show you.
It was nice to hear comments about the full walls of samples in the shop.
For the first time every...all but 2 (yes two) samples out front are our own designs!!!

We have been busy working on some new stuff that we hope to have done for fall market in of weeks.  It's a good goal for us but time is ticking!!  Haha.

Watch for new stuff soon...but until then Daisey will guard the quilt.
And don't worry...we'll show you the clear picture when it's all done!
Gotta keep some kind of suspense...right?!

Until next time
May your bobbins be full and your rippers safely tucked away.

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