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In My Mail

I’ve had fun mail again…It’s so special and means a lot to me.

The bunch of goodies came from Marian in Minnesota.
I was excited about the gray.  I have plans down the road to make this quilt…Silver Linings.  It’s from Bonnie Hunter’s String Frenzy book.  I’ve been collecting grays in everything that gets sent to me.  Gray is a fabric I never buy so if I want gray, I have to be patient and collect it.  You all have been a great help.

The grays will come in handy for this quilt.  I originally thought about changing the gray to blue but I have gray furniture in the living room now so gray it is!!

Kelli and I both have been collecting John Deere fabric.  She’s hoping to get a quilt made for her nephew on Jason’s side of the family with some.  I have a boy here that I want to make one for.

That was so sweet.  Thank you Marian.

I got a HUGE box of scraps from Carla in Odessa, TX.  Carla has sent me scraps before and she has the best scraps.  Last time I was cutting out a scrap quilt, the mail came, I opened that package and immediately cut the fabric and put it in the quilt I was currently working on.  HOW FUN!!   …seriously the box is HUGE!!  See? Continue reading

Ask Jo: This and That

Every now and then blog readers send me a email or leave a comment in the comment section that I need to answer.  When I think other readers might be interested too, I answer them here on the blog. Today is one of those days

After Ruby’s trip to the vet and my mention that she was placed on a new allergy medicine and that the medicine was expensive but was working really well, I had a number of readers ask about the name of the medicine.  Seriously…who knew allergy medicine for dogs would be a hot topic but it certainly became one.  Ruby is on…


Apoquel 16mg.  She’s a beagle.  I’m sure depending on your dog’s size, you’d get a different dosing.

So far, I have loved it.  I think Ruby has too as she’s not itching.  Our vet did the explaining to Kelli and said this acts completely different than most allergy meds.

We were suppose to give her morning and evening doses at first.  Then I was suppose to back off with the evening dose.  There was a possibility that I could wean her off it once if froze.  Well Ruby is Ruby and is a nervous dog.  So I still have her on the allergy meds….full dosing.  It really works though and has been the best thing for her to this point.

Joyce asked, “Jo do you still have the recipe for tailgating. Some thing call garbage bag. Chex mix and other things”?  I do have that recipe.  It’s… Continue reading

In My Mail

My mailbox and the UPS man have have been busy here.  Recently a package came and it was from Amazon.  I knew I had ordered something but had knew it couldn’t be coming as I had placed the order that day.  I looked at the package…no, it wasn’t for Karl…I looked at the package again thinking someone reused the package…No.  It was from Amazon.  I opened it up to find this….

Can you read the note?
It says:
Hi Jo!  I noticed you had the egg holder that came with the fridge.  Not enough room to hold 2 dozen eggs.  I have this one and LOVE it.  Hope you do too~From Darlynn Venne

Oh my…naive me didn’t know there was anything except the egg holder that came with the frig.  I have been using this but Darlynn is so right it doesn’t hold 2 dozen and I’d love one that holds more.


This holds 2 1/2 dozen and I love it.  There are nice plastic cushions over the metal at the bottom.  I know some of you will ask so I am adding a LINK for the basket.

After looking on Amazon I see that mDesign the makers of the basket make baskets similar to this only in all sorts of sizes and designs.  They are made for organizing anywhere, closets, cabinets, desks…everywhere.  They are super sturdy and nice.  I’m sure I’ll be order a couple in other sizes for around the kitchen.  You can find other sizes HERE.

Thank you so much Darlynn.  I love finding good products that are recommended.  It makes me feel more confident ordering when I know the product is good.  My kitchen thanks you too!!

Cindy sent me a box of goods…lots of fun things.  Check it out… Continue reading

In My Mail….

I’m always shocked by all that comes to me via the mail.  So many times the things are timed perfectly.

Ila sent me a box of goodies….So many things.  There was a pack of toys for Ruby.  It was perfect timing as we’re celebrating the day she came home to live with us for forever.

Ila always sends things all packaged cutely together.  I end up taking lots of it apart and sorting it as to how I would best use it.


Lots went to the scrap bucket but I pulled these things.  Remember I said something about wanting to make a red, white and black version of Crooked Courthouse Steps.  Well…these are the start of that.

I pulled the whites to the left and immediately started cutting into them.  I needed some more neutrals for my Hour Glass quilt.  A few strips of them made it right into the quilt.  They didn’t even hit the stash bin first…that’s how “in need” I am of neutrals.


I set aside the bigger piece of black and white yardage as I think there will be enough there to be the binding on the quilt.

Ila didn’t treat me with that only.  She sent me pears.  They are always so yummy.


You were so sweet to think of me Ila.

I got a box of goodies from Leigh Ann.

There were lots of goodies.
…including the kit to make this.  Oh my, we’re all Eric Carle fans here.  The kids love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


The kiddos were here and grabbed the two variegated balls of yarn.  The rest of the yarn I am passing on to my friend that does the Samaritan Purse Shoe boxes.  She does about 100 boxes a year and puts a hat in MANY of them that she made herself.  She’s a worker!!  I aspire to be like her if I ever retire.

The boys were happy to see envelopes and stamps.  They were coloring pages and then “made a letter for their mommy”.  That means they put it in an envelope and put stamps all over it.  They are so cute!


Thanks so much Leigh Ann.  The kids and I appreciate it.

The next box came from Jean in Manchester.  Jean is the gal I delivered the quilts to.  Remember I admired her food quilt?  This is a picture Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations took after she quilted it.  Well Jean, cut out several of the quilts and gifted me a kit!!


I have a gal that comes in and helps the kiddos two Wednesdays a month.  She works with the Fayette County Food and Fitness Initiative.  It helps kids learn where food comes from.  She does a great job.  When Kalissa and I saw Jean’s quilt, Kalissa said, “Mom, you have to make one for Vicki”.  I agreed..and Jean, sent me a kit.

This was SO-SO SWEET of her.  Jean is so organized, she even went through and sorted the squares into rows and labeled them!


I’m thrilled and have this on my to-do list.  Happily Jean did the hard work on this and all I have to do is sew it together and quilt it.  I just know Vicki is going to love it.  I imagine she’ll take on many visits throughout the county and share it with all the kiddos throughout the preschools and head starts that she visits.  Thank you so much Jean.  Your gift to me will go on to touch many.

Jean has also turned into a huge support to me.  She has been sending cheerful cards over the last couple weeks and also sent me some money to use towards gas on my trips back and forth to Lacrosse.  It is appreciated.

I’ve had others send cards my way.  This is only a sampling.  I so appreciate them.  Some have had a gas card or some money for expenses as I travel back and forth to the doctor.  Oh my.  It is so appreciate.

Some are cheering me on or are a message of hope.  It is so incredibly sweet of you.  THANKS SO VERY MUCH!

This card made me laugh.

Honestly…every time a package or envelope comes I can’t but help start the tune of the song, “I Get By With a Little Help from my Friends”.  It is so true.  You all are so good to me and I so appreciate it.  From the prayers and well wishes, to the cards and packages, it means so much to me.