Enter Winter/WordPress Photo Challenge


Just after our last craft show today when leaving Windsor, Missouri (population 2858 respectively), we saw the entrance of winter in the form of thousands of Canadian geese. The transition to winter this year is definitely abrupt in Central Missouri.



Craft Shows in my Future

Took a break this week from the Victory photo challenge theme. Instead, focusing on work, family and more work.

Work related post can be seen on this link. But those of you who know me, know my work is also childs’ play. Lucky me! :)

With a craft show season in full swing, I’ll be seeing (hopefully) a restocking of my inventory so that I can have more to post about. Until then, hope to see my local folks in Cole Camp, Missouri this coming Saturday. Windsor, Missouri the following.

Going to be a cold one so wrap up!


Hand crocheted in “Edwardian” Homespun, very soft             Sold, sorry. Other lovely colors ready to ship on Katy Trail Creations on Etsy



Loch Lomond for Our Veterans

L is for Loved:
Honor Flight is making our Veterans feel “Loved” by escorting them via air on dedicated flights to visit memorials built to give tribute for the sacrifices they made.

One local photographer has documented in pictures his trip with one of these Honor Flights.
For a commentary of Kevin Walker’s experience as well as more pictures, see Here:

I wanted to present it to you in a slideshow with music. Hope you’ll thank a Vet today.

If you are a Veteran,

God Bless You!

Reblogged from my ‘other blog’ http://stephaniesstuff84.blogspot.com/2015/04/loch-lomond.html

Kickin’ Back/ WordPress Photo Challenge


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ornate.”Ornate WPC

My crochet spot.

I got to pick out this ‘ornate’ fabric when I purchased this recliner. The throw is for some chilly nights we’re about to have thrown our way.


My evenings aren’t’ complete without a pair of glitzy, over-the-top house slippers.

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Tonight’s choice was the ruby red.

Treat/WordPress Photo Challenge


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Treat.”


Indulging in a little crochet this weekend,


A little prep for more crocheting,


Hemming some jeans (I’m short),


And being the recipient of this ‘treat’ from the hubby.


The Royal treat would be to see my Boys in Blue win the World Series.                   (That’s Herrera after striking out Murphy in the 8th inning)

Time will tell…….

It’s A Winter Warning– WordPress Photo Challenge

My mother has been searching High and Low for walnuts this year. She’s single, retired, a stroke survivor and is instrumental in teaching my sister and I the meaning of being frugal. Those walnuts are a way for her to supplement her income. So in the evenings and on the weekends, we help her search favorite spots for the fallen nuts. This year has been slim pickins. A late frost and a very rainy spring has resulted in a small harvest.

For the photo challenge theme, Careful, I have a forecast for this winter in the form of these photos.

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Maybe you’ve noticed the hornet’s nest? And how high it is?


In my mother’s words, “I’ve never seen one so high! They must be preparing for a snowy winter.”

She’s heard all the old-timer’s tell their tales and superstitions.

I believe she’s become one of them old-timers.

So there you have it. A nest preparation by a swarm of hornets warns us to be Careful this winter. We’ll see if they are correct.

81 Years/ Weekly Photo Challenge



Mundane and meaningful objects. Beautiful everyday things. This week, surprise us with something or someone (extra)ordinary.

This week I’m sharing my Extraordinary daughter in her violinist role in the Sedalia Symphony. Last night was the opening of the 81st year of performances. Since no flashes were permitted, I decided to play with colour and have a little fun with my pic.

Too bad there’s not a challenge for Sound.

They were truly (Extra)ordinary!

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20151019_193329(1)pinkIn response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

Under the Stars: WPC Happy Place


In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

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Sometimes even a night of crochet can’t recharge my battery. But a night by the fire will sooth the soul.

Boundaries: WPC

Time to do a little test.

Do you know anything about VWM? (Vanishing White Matter disease)

My family has learned a lot about it since my daughter befriended a mother and son dealing with this disease. They have both endeared themselves to us with their continued smiles and enormous amount of courage through this whole journey.

We went to a little extra effort this morning to support mom, Bethany, and son, Isaiah. A little west of us (78 miles to be exact) there was a walk event…..

Isaiah’s Walk to Cure VWM. There was a very supportive turnout and we are so honored to have been a part of it. In Bethany’s words,

“If you do not know anything about Isaiah, he is a 4 year old boy living with a rare brain disease called Vanishing White Matter Disease. He is 1 of 129 people in the world living with the disease. VWM is caused by a mutation in the DNA, which is a result from the parents passing on mutated genes. Isaiah has 2 mutations in his DNA. It is believed he is the only person living with those two types of DNA mutations, individually and combined. We are doing this event to raise awareness and funds to support VWM research to find a cure for Isaiah and the other 128 people.”

Today we celebrated his 5th birthday……one he wasn’t predicted to see.

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Love holds No Boundaries.

When it came to helping a child, there clearly were no boundaries today.

Happy 5th Birthday Isaiah!