Author Archives: Jo

ROAD TRIP…Karl Style..Continued…

I told you, if you’re on a road trip with Karl, you are guaranteed to stop at bakeries, coffee shops and breweries.  Well in the earlier post I told you we stopped at a coffee shop and bakery…now I’m going to tell you about the brewery.  I’m not a gal who wants to sit at the brewery all day long but I love going with the right people and I love trying new things.

When Kramer and I first met, it was all I could do to choke down a beer.  I was in my early 20s and social drinking was a big part of our life but I new liked beer.  I just couldn’t do it.  So…I drank wine coolers and fruity kind of drinks.

While the kids were little, I rarely ever drank.  Social drinking went out the window and chasing the kids took over my life.  I was okay with that and didn’t miss drinking a bit.

Then the kids got older and social drinking came back into play.  Again, I couldn’t do beer…but slowly that started to change.  Then when the kids left the nest and we moved to our house here in town, beer started tasting a lot better.

Kramer…he was a beer drinker.  He loved beer.  Every night with supper he had two beers.  He was not an alcoholic.  He just liked two beers every night.  He jokingly would tease me that he “taught me to drink beer”….if it was him, it took a long time…about 30 years to finally acquire a taste for beer.

Now I actually very much like beer.  There’s rarely a day that I don’t have one after work.  Cider beer like Angry Orchard, is my favorite regular easily available beer.  It’s hard to believe but the other day Kalissa and I were talking and told her that I don’t drink to “have the beer” as much as I drink to have the flavor.  Seriously, beer has become my favorite “flavor” of something to drink.  Strange, I know, that I could go from not liking beer at all, to now it being my preferred flavor over even pop…so going to a brewery, well it’s something I thought I might enjoy…and I did.

First off, let me tell you about this place.  Their website says:
Our building was built in 1906 to be a gasoline engine factory. It was a sewing factory from 1910 – 2017! Everything in our taproom (besides the chairs and honed granite bar top) was found in the building when we bought it.”

…friends…not only did they make a brewery from a sewing factory, they kept the sewing as the restaurant theme.  Can you believe it?  Check out the logo.

I stole a few pictures from their Facebook page so you could learn a little more about the place.

In the photo above, it was the gasoline engine place…

Later in the next pictures it was a textile manufacturing place.

Can you imagine??
Here’s the inside later closer to the time in closed in 2017.
Here’s more what it looked like when the owners bought it….
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In My Mail….

I had some pleasant surprises come my way via the mailbox.

I got a thank you card and goodies from Marilyn.  She had sent something to me a big ago and had sent with a link to her Etsy shop (find it here) and several of you ended up following the link to see her goods.  She wanted to thank me for sending you all her way.  How sweet.  So not only did she send a card but fabric too.


Isn’t this charm pack so cute.  I’d love to come up with an idea for it.  Hmmm.


It’s been a bit since I’ve sewn with a charm pack.

Thanks for thinking of me Marilyn.

A box came from Omaha Nebraska.  There was no note and not a full name on the return address.

Hmm.  This box looks fun!!  At first I thought it was scraps…but they all kind of coordinated.


After a closer look…WOW!  There was a finished quilt top in the bottom of the box…see?? Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: Food Quilt

You might remember some time ago that Jean gave me a wonderful quilt kit.  I had first seen the quilt in Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations Facebook feed.  She often shows pictures of quilts she is working on.  At the time I had no idea whose quilt it was…only that I loved the idea.  How cute with all those food fabrics.

Later I volunteered to deliver some quilts Carla had machine quilted to Jean a blog reader, and now friend of mine, in Manchester Iowa while I was on my way to my daughter Kayla’s house. I drive right past so stopping was no chore.  I had no idea what quilts I was delivering…only that they were Jean’s quilts.

Well Kalissa was with me and she went in when we delivered the quilts.  Jean asked if we want to she the quilts…of course we did.

Jean showed us this…I had no idea the quilt I was delivering to Jean was the one I had admired on Carla’s Facebook page.

Kalissa saw it and said, “Oh mom, you have to make that for Vicki.”  Well at first I thought YES!  I do!….but then I realized I wouldn’t have time to collect the fabric.  I would love to make it for her though.  Then I thought next year.  Well the next thing I knew Jean was telling me that she a kit already started and I could have it.  She would gift it to me.  Oh my.

A couple days later…the package arrived and Jean did indeed sent me a kit.

I was so surprised and thankful.  What a lovely gift.

Well…After I got all the childcare kids’ quilt sewn I decided I better get this done.

Thankfully it was quick.  Here it is….. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Cilka’s Journey

I got an email from Audible.  In the past I had read the book The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and the author had a new book out Cilka’s Journey that chronicled the life of a person that was in that book.  Well I jumped at the chance to get the book as I really enjoyed the first book.


Although I was excited to read the book, a bit of me was meh.  I had read so many books lately on the topic and seriously needed a new topic.  I knew I should mix things up…read a mystery…read a murder or cop book.  But…this one really called so I listened and I liked it.  This book talks more about after the war in Siberian work camps.

The book is based on a true story which I loved.

I so aspire to be a strong person like Cilka.  Even when things were terrible she still found ways to help others.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:
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