Monday, May 23, 2022

I took the plunge again..

yesterday, i decided it was a good
dyeing day.. 
i used a couple recipes from
Beautiful Wool - A Hand-Dyers Guide
by Laurice Heath
the Primitive Green was the first
and i love how it turned out..
i didn't stir much as i wanted some modeling.

then i did a Old Christmas Red
altho i neglected to read to dye over a red..
so i have Old Christmas Brown!
I am happy with these too! 
may go back and make more sometime
as i think a couple would be good for backgrounds

Last was going back and trying the recipe again
dyeing over some bright reds i have.
i love how they turned out!
much prettier in person.

so yesterday was a good 
Dyeing day for me! 
cant wait to have another!

I am working on this rug
for daughter Angela.
she wanted a teal bird..
the rest is up to me!

enjoy your day my blog friends!     jody

* we have been having so much rain, its been awful!
today its sunny and 46 above. 
will warm up so i will be out raking leaves
off the perennials finally!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

you always think your prepared..

 Dad did so well hanging in there for 6 years of dialysis with stage 4 kidney disease.

Mom took such good care of him.

 Dad is healthy now. 

Mom needs to rest a bit..

John Arthur Thomforde, 84, a lifelong Crookston, MN resident and longtime businessman, passed away at his home on his 84th birthday, Wednesday, April 27, 2022, with his beloved wife, Jean, and their children at his side.

John was born on April 27, 1938, to Harold Frederick and Lucille (Sommers) Thomforde. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, educated in Crookston schools, and graduated as a member of Central High School’s Class of 1956. John then began employment with the Crookston Milling Company. During this time, he also served with the Crookston National Guard from 1955-65. On December 27, 1958, John was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jean Marie Bratrud, with the ceremony taking place at Crookston’s Trinity Lutheran Church. Their union would be blessed by the births of 4 children: Jody, Jana, Joan, and Jim. In 1963 John started working for the Dahlgren Company and remained with them until joining his parents in their business established in 1966 and known as the Thomforde Yarn and Garden Center. After several years John and Jean became owners of Thomforde’s and successfully operated the Crookston landmark business until selling and retiring in 2006. Sadly, their daughter, Joan, passed away on July 15, 2011.

John became a licensed judge for the American Poultry Association at the age of 20 and gained a sterling reputation for his expert knowledge and judging ability at events in many states around the country. He was involved with poultry during the Red River Valley Winter Shows and the Polk County Fair for many years and served the poultry industry during the Minnesota State Fair for over 60 years. He was head of the Fair’s Poultry Department as its Superintendent for the last 10 years of that time. John truly enjoyed this huge part of his life and summed it up best in his own words, “many times I just liked sitting and enjoying the birds and having Jean’s hand to hold throughout.”

Jean was the love of John’s life. He always called her “his bride”. His favorite phrases were “yes, dear” and “I don’t know what we are doing today – Jean hasn’t told me yet”. John and Jean worked together for years at the Garden Center and poured much love into the Flowers and took such pride in providing the community with quality plants and their gardening knowledge. In retirement, John and Jean spent all their time together enjoying many of the simple pleasures in life: Spending time in his chicken yard (picking out the “prize-winning chickens”), long car rides, going out for dinner, and judging chickens at the County fairs. His favorite thing to do, however, was just sitting on the front porch of their home, drinking coffee and visiting with friends and family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was a patient, loving, understanding man of few words. John and Jean’s love for each other has set an everlasting example of faith, true love, commitment, and unconditional love in sickness and in health in their marriage for all of their children, grandchildren, and all who knew him. He was so loved and will be so missed.

John will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by Jean, his soulmate and best friend for over 63 years; their 3 living children: Jody Menge (Dennis LaFleur), Jana (Steve) Biermaier, and James (Shelly) Thomforde, all of Crookston, MN; son-in-law, Paul Mercil; 12 grandchildren: Angela Menge (Brett Meyer), Jason (Jessica) Menge, Jeffrey (Tonya) Menge, Eric (Tiffany) Biermaier, Lukas (Heidi) Biermaier, Nickolas (Taylor) Biermaier, Andrew (Kennedy) Resendiz-Biermaier, Joshua, Zachary, and Ethan (Haley) Mercil, Nathan (Heaven) Thomforde, and Isaac Thomforde; and 19 great-grandchildren. He also leaves 3 sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law: Norma Buckmiller and Pat Bratrud of Crookston, and Douglas (Mary) Bratrud of Erskine; several nieces and nephews; and a lifetime worth of “chicken friends.”

In addition to his daughter, Joan, John was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Mark Menge; parents, Harold and Lucille Thomforde and step-mother, Nellie Jefferson Thomforde; sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Stanley Turnlund; parents-in-law, Norman and Lulu Bratrud; and 2 brothers-in-law, John “Jack” Bratrud and Daniel “Jim” Buckmiller. May God bless the memory of John Arthur Thomforde.

The memorial service for John Thomforde will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2022, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Steve Bohler, officiating.

Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the funeral. The service will be livestreamed by going to John’s obituary page at and clicking on the prompt to view. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.

our friend who bought the garden store
from dad/mom is very talented.
she is also sister janas
sons mother in law..

enjoy your summer days my blog friends...      jody

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Sooo Cold..

Its been unbelievable cold here in 

Northern MN..

We have also had lots and lots of snow

which means, lots and lots of snow removal..

I have enjoyed being inside putzen, projects and playing.

here are a couple projects of late..

so if you look at the bread picture,
in the corner you can see a bit of this spice cabinet
before i painted it.

painted black, sanded and stained

years ago i had seen a tool caddy
for a wool cutter..
i even had started cutting one out.
i just knew i could find something old in the basement..
i found Marks old vintage shoe shine kit 
i had to disassemble a bit.
it was a cool blue but needed a new paint job.
its perfect!

i made a little hook holder 
and added a bit..

so i had washed and cut up a few wool
coats i have had..
and was thinking id use my dads old wool coat
for the borders but i think i like the black better.
and even have enough i think!
the black/brown would probably
 look good around the circles.
i tend to love these colors together...

Auntie Pat gave me Grandmas lamp
she used for her embroidery projects.

i ordered a new irish pencil hook,
what a difference it is for me!
i love love love it!

thank you for all your help and input 
with my dying questions..
hopefully i will have some show/tell soon!

i have a new grandpup!
she's a 13 week German Shepeard - Harley!
Oliver looks like he is pouting a bit here
but soon he will enjoy having a sister!

i love and am so thankful that
my childrens fur babes are
a very important part of their family 
and not out in a kennel.
But they grew up with fur babies inside
and part of our family..

enjoy your wintery days my blog friends!               jody

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Hookers, I need help!

So my New Years resolution this year was
to start another rug hooking project
so i got it out and drew out a pattern

i found a stack of backings.
with monks cloth, prim linin and these 3.
1st question - for you guys is do you know if
 these are rug warping?

i had bought books on dyeing, supplies ect.

i was all set to dive in.
then my husband got sick
well then it got put on the back burner. 
i have finished 5 rugs over the years 
and  have done just a bit of dyeing.
i reorganized my totes of wool and 
have lots i would like to over dye
alot of creams, beiges, tans, greys plain/plaids
 that i would never use.
i would like to do some antique blacks to use as backgrounds.
so a couple questions
2 - do you use one color black to dye black or is there a nice 
recipe for antique black someone will share with me?

3 - do hooker/dyers mind sharing a recipe?

4 - do i pick a color off this Cushings perfect dye color card and order that color
or is it better to have a recipe to get nice prim colors? 

there are nice recipes in this book,
just wondering what you guys do?

i think i have the process down but just confused on the dyes..

so if anyone can help me out i would love some input, 
or point me in the right direction, blogs ect..
and i very much appreciate it!

I rescued this lil gal from being under a tarp in my garden (at least 3 weeks)
right b/4 Christmas! she was so cold and could barley function..
was 7 lbs maybe 7 months old.
her name is Sweet Noel cuz she is so dang sweet!
and such a good supervisor!

Sam has been hanging out with Dennis!
hes a busy! big boy!
and Koa is here Monday - Friday
 still keeping us company!

thank you my blog friends! enjoy your winter days...             jody

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Oh my, its been like 8 months..

little catch up..

Thinking of our Veterans Today, especially mine.. up in heaven.

Happy 16th Birthday Jayden!
November 9th. Wow, Weird! Love!

JD of course was trying to get Brodies cake..

Cobblers are still cobbling! 
Will catch you up soon!

Mom and Dad are doing good!
mom had surgery in September. 
Sister Jana stayed with mom 
(Fargo,ND 1 1/2 hour drive)
I stayed with dad and got him back and forth
for his dialysis treatments..
and a visit to see his bride!

Kitty is still spoiled..

not sure who torments who..
(koa, grandpup whos at grandma puppy daycare everyday)

Grandbabe Brody broke his arm 
in like the 2nd football game of season..

youngest grandbabe Abigail is walking!
sister Elizabeth and brother Henry are good!

Brodys sisters grandbabes Avery and Callie
having fun with school! 

i just finished these 2 penny rugs
that i started i think in my march post
i worked on them a night and 
enjoyed every stitch,
Dennis had given my Cindys wool quilt
that i used as the base and in some pennys..
Cindy and i kinda competed in the garden
so these flowers reminded me of us..

this one is for Dennis..

a quick catch up from my house, 
hope all my blog friends are well!
i will get by to visit!!!
it is rainy, foggy and we are expecting
the white stuff...
enjoy your days my blog friends!         jody