River Town/Thursday Doors

I sent my youngest daughter on a mission last Thursday while I was home trying to get over a case of the flu. She was questioning my request. “Doors? You want pictures of doors?” Yes, I told her, pretty ones, interesting ones. You got this. She hesitated but then said ok as she beebopped out the door.

Her destination, Rocheport, Missouri to stroll with her boyfriend along the Katy Trail and walk around that rivertown to basically enjoy an afternoon together. (they’re in love)


Since I have no idea what these doors are connected to, I’ll just give some information on Rocheport.

  • Founded in 1825. Missouri joined statehood in 1821.
  • They offer a winery, bed and breakfasts, restuarants and a nice variety of quaint little shops.
  • Historically, it was a trading post for early settlers and Native Americans and was near a stopping point (where the Missouri River meets Moniteau Creek) for Lewis and Clark on their well-known expedition. rocheportmo2)
  • Population at 2010 census –239


  • The village was noted by Zebulon Pike in 1806 (July 17, 1806 journal entry, The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike. ed. Elliot Coues, Vol. 2, (1895) Harper, New York)
  • The Flood of 93 covered a major portion of the town. So glad it was restored! Read some about the flood here.
  • This coming Saturday 22 thru the 29 they are celebrating Octoberfest. You are welcome Rocheport for the free publicity🙂

A wonderful place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of bigger cities if you’re ever in Mid-Missouri. The view in Autumn along the bluffs of the river are stunning!

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Thursday Doors


Local Boulevard/WPC


This week’s photo challenge had to wait for Monday evening. It began predictably with attending the first performance of the Sedalia Symphony. And my youngest daughter is our main reason for attending. They say honesty is the best policy.


The 82nd season of the Sedalia Symphony.

Their song choices this time were right up my daughter’s alley. One song medley included “Oh,Susanna” & “Shenandoah” among others. You see, we play some bluegrass in our home and she was quick to inform me at their first practice that she had no trouble with the timing of the pieces😉 You are welcome daughter dear.


There she is poppin’ in behind us for a photo thanks to Grandma Nancy’s help.

The star act was no surprise. Leroy VanDyke is Sedalia’s very own and as you’d expect, there was a very good turnout to hear him. Everyone knows he’ll meet you afterwards and sign stuff and talk to you. Very nice guy and so is his band. All Missouri natives. One is his youngest son.


But the surprise came when the mayor announced that our city has named a portion of U.S Highway 50 after Mr.VanDyke. He also was honored by the State of Missouri’s General Assembly. Read that here.

Sedalia and Pettis County is certainly proud of this legend of country music!

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A Little Sunshine/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

I just survivied 2 days of utter flu misery. Getting  vertical was out of the question. I’d sit, lay down, walk to any room in the house to just find a place to sit or lie down. Body aches of mass proportion. Le yuck!

So sitting and being idle after chasing children most weekdays is just plain hard to get accustomed to. I may never retire. Sigh!

So while the body healed, the mind wandered and I decided to take the plunge into creating a crochet pattern.


This is the finished product. A Crochet Sunflower Knob Bob. Ties onto pot handles to keep your fingers from getting burned, saves time by allowing you to check what’s brewing, and adds convenience of not misplacing your pot holder. And it’s pretty to boot!

Will I make another??

I only hope it’s not because I have the flu next time.

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S’more Scrubbies/Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

Autumn leaves

A few weeks back I told you how much I loved this yarn. And I seem to have quite a bit more of it than I thought. These washcloths sold pretty well back in the most recent craft show and so figured I’d experiment a little bit more.


As you can see these are multi-tasker crochet rounds. We even used some old ones in my stash for painting with my daycare children. Paint and Press we called it.(that’s a post for another day) But for those who need photo props or mantle decorating ideas, I’d like to suggest another alternative in photo form.


Grab some twine or ribbon and thread them along. Even strung with party lights on your deck, you’d be all ready for fall parties and events. Garlands are all the rage this season!

More crocheted rounds available now on Etsy!


Not the Roman Variety/Thursday Doors

Last August, I snapped a photo of The Coliseum located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. It has a long history and makes a pretty grand presence next to all the concession tents, parked vehicles and trailers.

But it’s hard to really appreciate it with all that overcrowded parking.



Yesterday evening, before sunset and before the clouds in the distance rolled in, I was able to dash over and get this opportunity at a picture. You see, there’ll be another crowd here this weekend with a “Tough Mudder Mud Run” event. It’s quite a big deal to some and I wish them well, but not my cup of tea.


My husband tells me at the time of this writing that he has a newspaper of the Reagan visit and a coin in our ‘safe place’. Nice to know now when it’s so safe, I can’t get to it until later.  (chuckle)


Here’s the back view. Fence in the middle left is leading to the cattle barns that I’ll show you some other time. Keeps the run-away steers a little less life-threatening😉


For the ‘Doors’ section of this post, I present some barn doors. Locked for now. Saving a view from inside another day.


My favorite is something you see now-a-days on home improvement channels. I love those sliding doors. I have an idea I could use this for as we speak.

gonna add it to my Honey-Do list. have to say these things softly.

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It’s Not Sunday/Sunday Sampler

Being a bit under the weather this last week has me a bit behind. Here in Missouri, we allergy sufferers are anxiously waiting that first frost. So feeling sorry for me, the hubby took my shopping list and dutifully picked out a pair of pillow cases for me. I had a wedding reception to attend and these pictured below would be part of my gift to the loving couple.



The work in progress and completion.

Now I haven’t embroidered for awhile. Since moving my sewing room to the basement to be precise. Ron kept asking me if I was figuring it out as I tapped away at the computer. You see, you have to execute the design before it ever goes into the machine. Takes more effort and time than most people realize. But waaayy less time than creating it by hand thankfully. But I was ok with the results and used the deco pillow as the test item before starting on the actual pillow cases.

Now for the fun part…..sharing the love🙂

Aren’t they adorable????


Love those cowgirl boots Angela!!

How fitting when they were having tractor pulls literally right outside that door!

Only in Missouri🙂


Just had to include our favorite 1st grader, Weston! He was quite the dancer!

And may they live happily ever after!

Words From a Song/WPC


A drive towards the old home place always works on my Nostalgia.

It never fails me.


Country roads, take me home,

to the place I belong

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The Mission Contd./Thursday Doors

I told ya’ll about that yarn shop last post.

Well just across the street, there was a set of doors pointed out to me by my hubby.fabricshop8-2

Right there next to the Kansas Sampler is the entryway to a lovely fabric store.


Luckily, you don’t see me in that reflection, but there is plenty of that mirror effect. That tends to happen with glass. The doors are still pretty though.


I left this inside-the-door shot rather large in case you would like to peruse the jam-packed fabric tables,the more-than-ample book selection, the adorable pajama set or that lovely tin ceiling. I was focused where you see the arrow; the fat quarter assortment. The daughter and I chose a few to use for some future baskets or other things. Like maybe ‘quilt blocks’??

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On A Mission/SundaySampler/WPC


I spent a couple hours Saturday on a mission. I was informed by my resident daughter of Lawrence, Kansas that there was ‘this yarn shop’. No more words needed. We hopped in the truck and headed downtown to The Yarn Barn.


Can you see the focus needed when perusing such a delectable assortment of eye candy?

Unfortunately, my focus had to be on the Price. And then there were the color choices running a close 2nd.


My eyes located the clearance bins at the back of the store eventually. (Special thanks at this time for the patience of the family for enduring my inspection of each and every single area of this store.) I found this “Jones” shade and we all instantly thought of my pen pal across the pond with the same surname. Not to mention a “Jones” or 2 we are either related to or dear friends with.

hrhendorsedAnd then there’s this Endorsement from the Campaign For Wool with Patron:

HRH The Prince of Wales. We are fans of those Royals and not just the Kansas City variety. Figured this was my sign from above to go ahead and choose this beautiful shade of teal.

100%Wool, to be washed separately, dried flat and no ironing. Directions to be followed to a Tee. Unless you want shrinkage.


Also in that clearance bin were these additional wools that are simply gorgeous. They are so soft and I absolutely cannot wait to make something special with them!!

Yarn Barn in Lawrence, I’ll be back! The Quest continues.

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