The Kramer Clan Grows

It was some time ago that I told you that we were expecting a new grandbaby sometime in early April.  Buck and Lora were adding to their family.

They already had Scotty and Lucy….


Scotty is 4 1/2 and Lucy is 2.

On Tuesday morning they went in and Lora was induced.  The plans were to go in Thursday but things changed due to COVID-19.  The doctors are trying to not flip back and forth from clinic to delivery so much.  That meant that they wanted Lora to deliver earlier so thus inducing on Tuesday.

They didn’t find out if they were having a boy or a girl…so there was a lot of suspense with the family…They ended up having…. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Distress Signals

When I was sick at the end of January I tried a “new to me” author.  I enjoyed that book so thought to see if the author, Catherine Ryan Howard, had any other books I might enjoy.  This one, Distress Signals, was available so I put it on my list via Hoopla.

Distress Signals by [Ryan Howard, Catherine]
I both love and hate reading books by the same author.  Part of me hopes for a similar experience to the one I had read before…part of me is expecting this one to not be as good.  This one was somewhere in between.

The story is told from three perspectives.  It takes a long time before the stories converge and honestly, they never completely converge.  The reader learns the whole story as they see each of the three perspectives…the characters never do.  That for me was a different take.

Here’s what Amazon has to say: Continue reading

Community Quilt with Ronda

Ronda the longarmer was busy again…she finished up two quilt tops to send along to charity.  Ronda writes:

I have a couple quilts finished and ready for donation.  First up is a top sent to me from my friend, Debbie, from New York.  She made this pretty top using fabric given to her from another woman’s stash.”

She also made the backing.  There was enough backing fabric to use for the binding, too.  It finished at 57 X 67.”

The next top was sent to me from“… Continue reading

Ask Jo: Masks and Religion

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days. 

First off I want to thank everyone for using the Amazon link at the top of the right hand column on the blog.  As I’ve told you before, Amazon pays me a tiny percentage of your sales…and I really appreciate all of you who are using that link.  I so appreciate it as the money made there is used to help offset the costs of running the blog.

About Masks:
I recently put this picture up on Instagram and Facebook.


I got another flood of questions and comments:
What tutorial did you use?  This one.

Here is a LINK if you can’t view it in this post.

I also ended up with floods of other comments so I’m going to address some:

This is the mask (person gives me an example) I am making.  Is it the “right” mask?  I don’t know.  Is it the “wrong” mask?  I don’t know.  Is there a “better” mask?  YES.  There are better masks the N95 but, as we know, they aren’t always available.

Is it good to wear these masks?  I don’t know.  I figure it can’t hurt.  Should everyone be wearing them?  I don’t know.  The news is starting to make it sound like everyone going out might need to be wearing them.

What do you do if you run out of elastic? Make ties.  How long do you make them?  I don’t know. Every pattern is different.  Try the mask on and see what you think.  I can’t make a recommendation as I don’t know which mask you  are making.  I make mine the width of fabric.  One for each side.

I’ve heard I need to make them with a non woven.  Well to be honest I don’t really know what that is.  I don’t really know that it is available.  People have guessed.  Which guess is right?  I don’t know.

I’ve been told make them with batik fabric, it has a tighter weave.  That might be true…has it been tested and it’s factual based?  I don’t know.  It sounds good in theory.

I’ve been told the masks I’m making are so complicated.  Well I want mine to stand up and be washable and reusable so I’m making them like the tutorial….is it the right choice?  I don’t know.

I’ve been asked to make a pocket in them so…I have.  Do you need to make them with a pocket?  I don’t know.  Is it the best choice?  I don’t know.

I’ve been told the tutorial I’m using it to hard.  I’m sorry.  Find one that fits your needs.  I’ve been told this design or that design is better….Maybe it is.  Find one that fits your own needs.

I’ve been told that this hospital or that hospital wants this or that style.  Well then I’m not the person to be making them for that facility as I’m making the style in the youtube tutorial I linked.  Someone else can make them for the hospital.

I’ve heard make them with elastic.  I’ve heard “no, don’t make them with elastic because of ear fatigue”.  People wearing the masks get sore ears from wearing them all day as the elastic rubs.  Who knows what to do or listen to?  Not me.

I’ve been told “your fabric is so cute…I don’t have cute fabric like that”.  Seriously, if someone NEEDS a mask, I really don’t think they care about fabric.  There is no “proper fabric print”.

I’ve heard I must make them from two different pieces of material so the people using them can figure out how to put them on and know what is the front and what is the backside.  Mine have a pocket on the backside, I’m sure someone can figure it out.  But if that’s what you want to do, go for it.

People send me links to articles about “their” mask.  (a “better” one)  People are constantly sending me suggestions and comments.  Me, I smile and nod.

I’m going to go off on a little tangent here so beware.  I’ll come back around and link the two things PROMISE.  Here goes: Continue reading