Month: May 2020

A unique custom made storage/tote

Those of you who follow my social media sites know that when I find an especially useful or unique product, or a good book, I like to share it. The other day I went to pick up a chair I had reupholstered and saw this unique product. It is a storage/tote bag made of upholstery fabric. It comes in different colors.

As someone who sews, I liked the use of the upholstery fabric instead of quilting fabric for its durability and substance. It is rigid enough to stand on its own but also has a wire metal frame in the top edge that helps keep its shape. The frame is inside the top edge of the fabric which folds over the frame holding it in with Velcro.

note the outside pocket and the three inside

The Velcro is out of sight on the inside of the top edging. You can leave the wire frame in or take it out easily. The storage/tote has one or two pockets on the outside and three on the inside. They have nice size handles.


Each storage/tote is custom made by George Gesell my upholsterer. They come in three sizes, 6 x 14 x 61/2” deep, 9 x 18 x 9 ½” deep and 10 x 20 x 10 ½” deep.

the green plaid top rim lifts up to hide the metal frame

I can think of a million uses for these storage/totes such as storing kids toys, tailgating, picnicking, pet supplies, traveling, books, a trip to the beach or pool, storage for knitting, sewing, crochet or stationary supplies. They also work well in closets. The handles make it easy to pick them up with vacuum cleaner attachments in them sitting at the bottom of the closet. The small size sits nicely on the back of a toilet with rolls of tissue handy. But use your imagination.

If you are interested you can contact George Gesell at or call him at 410-346-6421 for colors and prices.

Coronavirus structure clue to high infection rate

This is an interesting study and one that everyone should read. According to the study conducted by Gary Whittaker, professor of virology, is the senior author on the study at Cornell University, primates, cats, ferrets, and mink are the most susceptible to the human virus.

cat under sheets kitten

According to Whittaker, further research into feline coronaviruses might provide further clues into SARS-CoV-2 and coronaviruses in general.

New strain of canine distemper in wild animals

A new strain of canine distemper has been found by pathologists with the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of New Hampshire. The infected animals were from New Hampshire and Vermont. The animals infected are fishers, two gray foxes, one skunk, one raccoon, and one mink. This is a distinct strain has not yet been found in domestic dogs. There is no way to determine how many animals are or have been infected that are undetected by veterinarians and researchers.


Symptoms of distemper in domestic dogs include respiratory disease, oral and nasal discharge, gastroenteritis and in advanced stages, neurological disease. If your dog should show any of these symptoms, take it to your veterinarian immediately. It is very important that you get your dog’s yearly shots to prevent infection.

What is important to note is that pathologists discovered that this distinct strain was identified in one raccoon in Rhode Island in 2004. This means that the disease has traveled.

The questions now are how far it will travel and how likely is it that some domestic dogs will catch it and spread it among the pet dog population. Dog owners should be diligent in watching their dogs, especially if they have an encounter with a wild animal.