Monsters/WPC

Transmogrify

Sharing some daycare photos this week. Started out with a monster ‘creation’ by giving my little group of monsters choices of which way to create this crazy-looking goul. They were all about it and made their own versions later.

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We use recycled wallpaper samples for many projects. The back worked well for a poster in this group activity.

Another ‘photogenic’ idea was the Cookin’ With Kids segment of our week.

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They looked appealing, but let me tell ya, you can’t fool children.

The green tint added to peach flavored cream cheese was not well received. If I could show you their faces, you’d see the Real transmogrify.

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Port Fonda/Thursday Doors

It seemed I was going to have a “School” look to my Thursday Doors entry this week. We’d been spending the first half of our weekend on yard work, namely emptying the compost corral. And the second half got off to a late start even after missing church in the A.M.

So once arriving at our Sunday afternoon destination, we were entertained with a lil’ tour of our daughter’s shared office space. As she reads this she is cringing while wondering if I’m going to put her picture in here. But a promise is a promise and I will refrain from letting you see her and her office mate in today’s blog. Maybe they’ll model for me another time? So I made a collage to show you instead.

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Looks like a typical set of school doors right?

then we had dinner.

And I found hope for this post.glass-doors4

Not exactly what I would have expected to use in my weekly entry except for the frost decorating they did to set their business apart. Port Fonda was an excellent choice made by our daughter for the evening meal.

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And here’s a better view of that decorative glass across from me at the table.

For those of us who celebrate Halloween, this felt kind of fitting on this Thursday Doors ahead of that observance.

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Thursday Doors

2 Hours and 30 Minutes South/WPC

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We took a road trip one weekend to pay our respects to my husband’s family. This was during a busy fall weekend, around this same time of year. The nearest town was celebrating with Civil War reenactments and a festival. Beyond that a few more miles was our destination. A 100-year-old-or-more country church where his family had attended and the adjoining family plot. The road to the church and cemetary had one way in and one way out. The old church was still in use and there were sawhorse tables outdoors probably waiting for pot luck dinners and that were left out year round. No indoor plumbing and very limited electricity.

We had our 2 daughters with us and they were both under age 10 at the time. The surrounding area was very remote and very pretty with the trees all turning. But my husband kept telling me he felt like we were being watched as we went around reading the names of the departed and finding those familiar to us. He also told me he noticed a distinct aroma and that he had a feeling we had better not stick around there much longer. ( I now have to come clean and admit I thought he was over-reacting) It was nearing dusk and time to start heading back home anyway so we all loaded back up in the car.

That one road out was met with a pick-up truck of 3 men. My husband, being a law enforcement officer, told me to tell the girls in the back seat to duck their heads down and hold on. We then took a little detour down a ditch and around the pick-up. Clearly it was blocking the road intentionally. I was not sure why on earth he’d leave a perfectly fine road like that and possibly ask them to let us by? The word indignant would sum up my attitude about the whole situation.

My WordPress Photo Challenge entry this week will explain why we needed to leave there in such a manner.

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In short, if you ever travel into the backwoods of Southern Missouri and smell a little corn mash cookin, best be quick about your business and don’t stop to ask questions.

Just to set the record straight, that is a picture of Legally purchased ‘Shine’ and will only be ingested in very small quantities.

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Let the Sun Shine In/Sunday Sampler

Sunflowers are historically know for being happy flowers. So a little sun on your shoulders is just the thing to send cheer someone’s way. Which is the inspiration for my latest item on Katy Trail Creations on Etsy.

And then of course it helps that my daughter is enjoying these beauties in person in the  Sunflower State.

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See you next time on The Sunday Sampler

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)

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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

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To get your copy of the pattern, check out this link.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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 😉

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

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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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