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…
After I told about Craig fixing the ice maker in my refrigerator this question came from Carolyn: “So I have to ask, what was wrong w the ice maker? Ours is on the fritz too. Recently we found that the door was not shutting tight either. We found a youtube video to reset the door. But still afraid to turn on the ice maker and try it.” You can read the whole post about this HERE.
My ice maker acts up and doesn’t allow water into the ice cube trays. We’ve learned that what happens is the water in the line freezes. We’ve learned that if the power goes out, we can expect it to act up. We’ve had the power go off twice and in the last six months and both times, the water line froze with a tiny bit of ice…just big enough to plug the line. It’s a pain but at least we know what is wrong and Craig can fix it in minutes.
He takes this top hose out of its place, pops out the ice in the line…
…and then we reset the ice maker. For us, there is a reset button inside of the freezer. Then he puts the hose back in place and it works. I’m so happy Craig figured this out. I love having ice and use it often.
Cherie said, “I can’t thank you enough for this post! Our dishwasher was doing exactly the same as yours and sure enough, we looked and several of the spray holes were clogged. We cleaned them out and it’s working amazingly well again!! If I hadn’t read your post, we would have been out the experience cost of a service visit so thank you, thank you.” You are so welcome Cherie. If you missed the post about repairing my dishwasher, you can find it HERE.
Cinders asked: “I hadn’t heard of the Popcorncrack before, suppose it’s an easy recipe..everything you made sounds so good! Busy household, your teamwork gets a lot done! ✅ Is there’s a recipe for the popcorn crack?” To read more about our big baking day, follow this LINK.
That’s Kelli there putting it out on the table to dry.
Crack Popcorn really is wonderful. It’s also great if you are needing a filler to go in with a plate of homemade cookies. It’s big and fluffy and takes up space.
To make a batch you need one bag of puffed corn and one package of white almond bark.
Melt the almond back in the microwave. Put the puffed corn in a large bowl. Pour the completely melted almond bark over the puffed corn and stir until it’s coated. Pour it out on wax paper to dry.
Some people add peanuts or M&Ms to the mix. I don’t. They seem to just fall to the bottom of the bag. Some people sprinkle it with red sugar sprinkles. I don’t do that either.
If you take this to a gathering, I promise, it will be GONE!
Next up, Frances sent me a Facebook message saying, “Do you not put your initials on your work? I was taught to give my credit for my work.”
This note came shortly after…
I posted about my cross-stitch. There is no direct reference to what Frances is talking about so I’m guessing it’s this piece…
Newcastle Bouquet by Teresa Kogut. I do not have my initials on this piece. I have debated about it. I figured until I find a frame, I didn’t need to worry about it. I think I could stitch one over one near the mouth in the lower right-hand corner if I decided I want my initials on it.
As for labeling and putting my initials on stuff. I’m really not into that. I rarely label a quilt. I know, many of you are gasping. When I make a quilt, it’s generally for me…I mean the making of it-not the actual quilt. I enjoy the process of creating and the quilt is just the end product of it all. I often gift them away and believe that people likely don’t want my name on their quilt. I got what I needed from the quilt by the simple making of it. I don’t wish for accolades and recognition for my work. What I make are not masterpiece quilts…what I stitch isn’t a masterpiece either. Yes, they are nice but it’s really just not my thing to label quilts as my work.
When I’m gone, my kids will all get my quilts and stitched stuff. They will all know who made it…Nothing will end up at the thrift store. We’re not that kind of family…and by chance, if it does, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t want people to have stuff in their house that they don’t want…I don’t want stuff in my house that I don’t want. I know I’m the rare person that thinks that way…but it is how I think.
Whatever I do, I do not want to put my initials on it like the maker of this vintage piece that I own did.
Notice the name in the lower left in black. It totally distracts from the piece.
So, I might label this…I might not.
I’d love to hear how you all feel about labels…but please don’t completely blast me. Labels are a matter of preference and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
I think that sums up the “Ask Jo” for today…if you have a question or comment that I missed, please ask again.