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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….
And here is what it looks like today… Continue reading

ROAD TRIP…Karl Style

Karl and I ran away on Sunday.  His birthday was the 5th.  Mine is the 14th so we took off and decided to hang out for the day and live up our common birthdays.  I told Karl I was up for anything.  He could plan the day…and he did.  When Karl plans anything a coffee shop or brewery is always involved.  I knew that but I didn’t know it would involve so many stops….

It’s okay it was a super fun day.

The morning started with a stop in Fayette at the Sweets Cafe.  I told you Karl is into coffee shops and breweries.  Well if the coffee shop is also a bakery, well, bonus points.


I am not a coffee drinker at all.  I can’t do straight up coffee and I never could.  I can do an ice coffee and actually like them and I find I can do a latte.  So I got a latte and Karl got coffee then we picked out five sweet treats and got a sixth one for free.

They were all yummy looking and hard to choose from.

We were back on the road again but not without a selfie first.  Here we are…. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Image result for thanksgiving clipartWhat a year it’s been here at the Kramer house!  Even in our sorrows, there have been so many blessings.

In January my husband of 32 years was diagnosed with lung cancer.  He lived 129 days after the day of his diagnosis.  Unbelievable, right??  It sure was unbelievable for all of us.

During that time, so many good things happened even in the hardness of it all…Gannon was born.


Georgia was born…


We found out that this girl is having a baby…our Kayla…and it’s boy.  We have less than TWO months to wait.


Scotty joined our family officially.



..and now baby Kramer of Buck and Lora’s is on the way.


A lot of family memories were made during and after Kramer’s illness.  I’ll always remember this day.


We lost Jody my dear niece.  6 years of dealing with breast cancer became too much.  Oh I miss her.  She was such a friend to me.  I’ve found in life that I don’t feel unconditional love very well.  Jody was terrific at making me feel it.  She loved me no matter what and I am so very thankful for that…but oh I miss her.


My cancer is back but even from that, we’ve learned so much.  I hear the girls talking and petty crap from work no longer cuts and bothers like it used to.  We used to complain about juggling schedules and trying to fit things in.  We don’t do that anymore.  We’ve done the ultimate juggling and scheduling.  We’ve learned to drop everything for what is important but most of all, we’ve learned what is really important.  I am thankful that we’ve learned to pull together and be #kramerstrong.


We’ve all learned to appreciate each other a little more.  We’ve all learned that even though we have our quirks…we still love each other.  We’ve been put to the test, and we’re managing to come through.  I am so thankful for that.  It hasn’t been with the most grace or beauty but we’re making it.

To often families go through this kind of stuff and they are left broken and hurt and estranged.  Not us.  I am so thankful for that.  I think we’re stronger than ever.

This year I’ve watched my children go from kids to adults.  I’m sorry that all these moments have come together in such a way that they had to be pushed to that place.   In the end, I am thankful I was here to see them grow.

I am thankful that Carver has learned to not be afraid of medical things…


I am thankful we were able to get this picture.

I am mostly thankful that through this all…We still have faith…and

…we are still Kramer strong!

A blessed Thanksgiving to you all from the Kramer home.

Big News at the Kramer House

I’ve known this for awhile..but I was told to not tell.  Then a few people got told…but I was told I wasn’t supposed to blog about it yet.  I finally compromised and said “Once you get a picture can I tell?”  The answer was YES.   I got the picture, so I’m telling….Well, actually I’m showing first.


It’s a BABY!!  This is Kramer grandchild #7.

Grandkids in order go
Scotty-Buck and Lora’s
Carver-Kalissa and Craig’s
Lucy-Buck and Lora’s
Gannon-Kalissa and Craig’s
Georgia-Kelli and Jason’s
Kayla and Spencer’s baby is due mid January

So any guesses on who is pregnant????  It’s…. Continue reading