Shhhh…It’s a Secret!!!


A post from Kelli–

If you missed the post this morning, I told mom not to worry about blogging today.  I know she’s been pretty busy this week and has some things she’d like to do before hosting Thanksgiving so, I gave her the day off….but I also have other plans!!!

On December 14th, Mom is turning 29 for the 22nd time…also known as 50!  If you know mom at all, she’s not a person that would ask for anything for her birthday, and has requested nothing except for us kids to come home and spend time together.  I, however, do not quite think that this is sufficient to celebrate such a milestone and I would like to do something a bit different.

This is my plan–but I need a bit of help.  I want to make her a quilt, but not just an ordinary quilt.  This is where I’m hoping all of you blog readers out there will be able to help!

My plan is for any of you wonderful interested blog friends and readers to send her a quilt block of any kind that measures 3 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 9 1/2″, or 12 1/2″ unfinished (would measure, 3″, 6″, 9″, or 12″ finished).  After she oogles and googles them, my plan is to arrange them all into a quilt top that she can treasure.  I know she’ll love it!  You can make any kind or color of block that you’d like.  Some things that she really likes are the color red, polka dots, and stars of any kind.

If you’d like to send her a block, her birthday is December 14th.  You can send it to arrive on her birthday or anytime before.  I’m hoping to start arranging blocks and get the top put together over my Winter Break from school.

If you want to send a block, here’s her address:

Jo Kramer

111 2nd Ave NE

Waucoma, Iowa 52171

And if you happen to have any questions, you can reach me at and I’ll try to respond to you as soon as I can!  Thanks for your help!  I’m hoping to make this one of her best birthdays yet!

Ha-Ha Mom…you can’t delete this when you see finally see it because it will be too late!

Jason the Silo Climber–And a little secret….


A post from Kelli–

As you all know, I’m still in nursing school, for what has seemed like a million and a half years.  Last Sunday, I was working on medication summary sheets that we have to do before our clinicals so that we can learn the medications that we give to patients during our clinical rotations.  I had been doing them for a few hours and was really needing a break.  So when Jason came in and asked me if I could help him for about 10 minutes, I jumped at the occasion before I even knew what I’d be doing.

When I got shoes on and went outside, he told me that I just needed to watch a ladder for him while he climbed the silo.  If you don’t know, a silo is a very tall structure that holds silage or corn that can be fed to the cows at a later date.  Periodically while filling the silo, they have to climb the ladder on the outside of the silo to check a few things inside and make sure all is working well.

For quite a while, Jason didn’t mind climbing the silo, but one of his friends once told him to “think about all of your fingers falling off as you are climbing the silo,” and ever since then, it’s bothered him a bit because that’s what he thinks of.

The ladder to the silo starts about 10 feet from the ground and so they bring a short ladder in to get to the big ladder on the side of the silo.  Jason set up the small ladder and my job was to make sure that it didn’t fall over while he was climbing up the big ladder to do a few checks.

Silo (225x400)

While he was busy climbing, I of course had to snap a few pictures.

Silo-With Jason (225x400)

If you didn’t see him, I circled him with a little red circle.  This particular silo that he’s climbing is 80 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter.  I’m happy to report, he made it up and down safely and my ladder that I was watching didn’t fall over, so the final silo check was successful. Ever since I took these pictures, Jason has been asking me what people thought of his silo climbing and if anyone had any questions, so if you do, I’ll ask him the questions and get you the answers!  I think that he actually likes to share his farming stories more than he’ll admit!

And now for the little secret–Check back in around 9:00 or so this morning.  I told mom that I’d take over blogging for the day and so I have the regular posts scheduled for the day, but little does she know, I have an extra one…with a little secret…planned for 9:00!


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