Country Woman April/May 2020

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fast friends

In a way, this issue is a bit of a nod to the friends we hold dear—both human and animal. Stories of friends helping friends abound on the following pages. On page 13, we meet Shannon Alexander, whose love of her equine companions led her to start a horse rescue in Montana. Backyard chicken expert Lisa Steele shows us on page 20 how she lets her hens do some of the garden work each season—to the delight of both gardener and foraging flock. And on page 48, Molly Jasinski offers a sweet story about her mom, who met her childhood pen pal from Australia after writing to her for more than 40 years. A lot of you still love to write old-fashioned letters to friends—even in this age of digital communication. More…

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check-in with the chicks

The adorable cover models this issue were born at the Sunnyside Hatchery in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in November 2019. Art director Jessie Sharon and her daughters, Sophia and Violet, took loving care of the 14 Rhode Island-cross chickens for a few days until they were ready for their debut in our photo studio. There they spent a full day posing for the camera and charming everyone who came to meet them. (Check our Facebook page for some behind-the-scenes pictures taken on the day of the photo shoot.) But they couldn’t live in a photo studio forever, so after making the big time, they moved to the Bristol Valley Farm in DeForest, Wisconsin, where they joined Crystal Belter’s flock of about 30 layers. The Belters raise laying hens to sell to backyard…

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let’s chat

Check Checked I just finished (and enjoyed reading) your December/ January 2020 issue. I’m a family genealogist, and one thing I noticed in the “Mad for Plaid” feature is that the buffalo check pattern was around long before 1850. In fact, it’s called the “Rob Roy MacGregor” tartan. SUSAN BROUWER ONTARIO, CANADA Editor’s Note: Thank you, Susan, for directing us to the Scottish Register of Tartans, established by an act of the Scottish Parliament in November 2008. The Rob Roy MacGregor tartan listed there dates to as early as 1704, and does look like what many in the United States refer to as buffalo check. Visit to search the database, or maybe even register your own family pattern! Curb Appeal The “Seat Saver” feature in the October/November 2018 issue inspired this project. I rescued…

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friendly advice

Q: What are your best spring-cleaning tips? I keep a salt shaker filled with baking soda next to my stove to take care of burned spills on the glass top. Just sprinkle the area with baking soda and add a splash of water. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then wipe it off. DORY MUIR CHEROKEE VILLAGE, ARKANSAS Every year after spring-cleaning a room, when everything is nice and organized, I take pictures and a video as documentation for insurance purposes. Store them in a safe place on a hard drive or other storage device. I take a copy to my daughter’s house. DARLENE FOSTER DODGE CENTER, MINNESOTA I buy inexpensive tablecloths in clear plastic and cut them up to line my fridge shelves. Any spills are a breeze then to clean up. I just…

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join in!

Garden Tour With the spring planting season in full swing, we want to see what you’re working on—especially on the small scale. Send photos of any creative containers you’ve planted up this year, as well as any solutions you have for growing in tiny spaces. Make Us Laugh In every issue, readers share their funniest stories in the Lots of Laughs column. We’ve giggled over embarrassing moments, assumptions gone awry and farm mishaps. Do you have a funny tale to tell? You could see it in an upcoming issue! Do a Good Deed Do you know someone who goes the extra mile for her community? Share her story—along with some pictures—and she could be featured in our Good Neighbors column. Consider it a good deed done! WASHER PLANTER: SONJA STEVENS; GOOD NEIGHBOR: JO GREY…

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welcome to planting time

WHAT YOU’LL NEED Seed packets for bird-, bee- or butterfly-friendly plants String Grapevine wreath Card stock Corrugated cardboard Decorative scrapbook paper Wire Decorative ribbon Dried seed pods or flowers Hole punch Craft knife Craft glue Hot glue gun Wire cutters Needle-nose pliers DIRECTIONS 1 Punch a hole in corner of each seed packet and tie to wreath with string. 2 Print “For the Bees,” “For the Birds” and “For the Butterflies” tags on card stock. Cut out, punch holes and tie them to appropriate seed packets. 3 Draw a template for the butterfly, bee and bird shapes on card stock. Cut out and trace onto the corrugated cardboard. Cut shape with craft knife. Scale templates a little smaller; print on card stock. Cut out and trace onto cardboard. Cut shape with craft knife. Repeat process at least once more. 4 Stack the cutouts to create a 3D effect and glue…