Don’t Make Trouble/Thursday Doors

Mother’s have always been known for trying to steer their children in the right direction. I have a door this week that shows the worst result from a life of trouble.

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I first caught a glimpse of it here as I was capturing “Academy Boarding House” at Arrow Rock, Missouri.

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It’s really not too far from the boarding house. Just down the hill a bit.

I am glad my husband was willing to shut the door for me. I was kind of reluctant. Things break when I touch them. You can see we were treated with 2 doors. But I’m pretty sure both were air-conditioned. Well-ventilated is a more sophisticated way of expressing that I suppose.

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The modern roof is being held down with stablilizers. I imagine a good wind would topple the structure pretty easily otherwise. It’s surprising it is still standing to be perfectly honest.

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Here’s an inside view. Not sure where the lighting came from? There weren’t any windows. Only that little hole at the top. Spooky!

Calaboose is the title they give for this building and it means Big Cage. I find it rather amusing that the prisoner had enough street smarts to know he’d be upsetting all the students in the nearby boarding house. I can imagine they were kept awake til the wee hours of the morning with all that racket.

Thursday Doors, implemented by Norm 2.0 is a place to see doors from all over the world by simply finding the blue frog in his latest post on the subject here and clicking. You’ll see a list of entrants for this week and I encourage you to visit them for a wide variety of beauty we find simply in ‘doors’. They’re pretty awesome people too!

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Pulling the Plug/Sunday Sampler

Introducing my newest model for the Etsy shop. We were just about ready for breakfast bright and early one morning last week when I took advantage of a wide awake young lady in a very happy mood. Perfect recipe for some Fun photos!

Special thanks to her parents for giving me the chance to feature this little princess!            Love That Face!!

Thanks for stopping in for this week’s Sunday Sampler!!

Persimmon Report/ Thursday Doors

I have to give kudos to Google for ‘trying’ to make this into a panoramic photo. So we’re going to ignore the fact that this roof line is a little, shall we say misshapen. But it does give me a jump off point for this week’s Thursday Doors post.

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I present the Academy Boarding House, circa 1829, at Arrow Rock, Missouri.

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Arrow Rock, Missouri is a National Historic Landmark. It is a village along the Missouri River that has been restored and is now preserved in its 1829 version for tourists to see a typical river town of the time. My first visit there was on a 7th grade field trip. (Thanks Miss Carter)

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Since public education didn’t exist until after the Civil War, the students of ‘The Academy’ (no longer standing) boarded here for $2.50 a week back in the year 1843. This is a log house underneath that white clapboard siding.

 

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Peering inside one of the front windows, I was able to capture one of the back doors. And outside that door is a persimmon tree that I’ve used to find the ‘winter prediction’ a few times. Inside each seed you’ll find one of three: Knife, Spoon, or Fork.

  • Knife = biting cold
  • Spoon= lots of snow shoveling
  • Fork = mild winter

Do you want to know what the verdict is for this year??

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I’ll let you know after I reminisce about watching my little girls roll down this hill. They probably wouldn’t want to try that now that they’re in their 20’s. You can tell we’ve visited here often. Great place to take a stroll in the Fall!

And the verdict is in……………… The 2017 Persimmon Report shows

 

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1 Spoon and 1 Knife. The 3rd seed was undetermined as it fell apart upon slicing. Be ready for a snowy, sharply cold winter according to Native American legend.

For other wonderful Thursday Door posts, click here to stop by Norm 2.0 and find the blue frog button. 

It’s Yarn O’clock Somewhere/Thursday Doors

 On my outings, if a yarn shop is detected, we must stop. Such is the case when the sign below was in my sights at Arrow Rock, Missouri last Saturday afternoon.

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Not the best angle for a door pic. Please forgive this photographer-in- training.

We were across the street when I spied this sign. After taking some pics of some doors around this historic site (future doors stash for later), I dragged the hubby with me to give in to the call of the wool. Once inside, I asked the salesperson permission to take some shots of this charming little niche.

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Behold the masses of yarn. Not the Walmart or other-mart type. But true, hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn from artisans. Real. Good. Stuff.

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So with the required door pic taken, a few steps more took me to a little bin that had sets of yarn, which I bought one of. You could read about that here, but only if you’re so inclined. My focus this post is on the eye candy.

 

And a cabinet-to-die-for was sitting along this wall. I need one about half this size and have been carefully watching local auctions for just the right one to fit in my chosen spot at home. Doors attached would be a must. I would need a few items hidden away. Can’t have the hubby seeing All my yarn purchases 😉

To see other wonderful door posts from around the globe, I welcome you to visit Here and search for the blue frog button. Click it and find all the links to fellow door lovers.

Cheshire Cat

Sunday Sampler

Saturday we made a trip to Columbia, Missouri, for a child care training. Unfortunately, upon arrival, we had some terrible news. The trainer who had been planning to head the class, along with her office help, had passed away totally unexpectedly. We have known Annette for several years, had her in my home, exchanged stories of personal experiences and, I feel, were friends. You can imagine the shock and tears that were part of the reactions among our group of caregivers. That’s our job. To care. Being the training was canceled at that point, the decision was made that it was time for my husband and I to regroup and spend some time enjoying life. I think she would have wanted us to do that in her memory.

So we traveled along some side roads on the return trip home, took some great photos, and just took in some views of Mid-Missouri on a September Saturday. I will definitely be sharing some of my pics in the future. But for today, I’m sharing a little purchase I made in Arrow Rock, Missouri, at A Grand Yarn. I highly recommend a look-see.

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It’s in this bag. Great things often come in small packages. And this one will be used for me to create a ‘remembrance’ item.

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This choice is a definite splurg. I’ve never spent this much on yarn before but it Had to be meant for me on this particular day. 2 things about this package:

  1. I Loved Alice in Wonderland as a girl so much! I am Sure my mother was sick of reading it to me night after night. And notice the ‘Cheshire Cat’ “Wonderland Yarns” and ‘pigments of imagination’. Mother would agree this is the one for me.
  2. Notice the “Beautiful Soup: Pot No. 1”? Annette was always demonstrating recipes, helpful hints and reminding us of the importance of keeping up with our menus.

Yep, Annette, this is meant to be! Rest in Peace and See you on the other side!

 

 

Mini Cathedral/Thursday Doors

I’ve kind of held off on sharing this gem for Thursday Doors for a few weeks. It’s a work of art and my fellow Doors enthusiasts will be at least slightly amused at my take on it this week.

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I only wish I’d been looking at the detailed information just a little bit more as there’s no way to return to find it now.  The Missouri State Fair 2017 is long gone.

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There’s a whole page of details in the top right of this pic. I was so focused on the flash reflecting in many of my shots that I neglected to capture the entrant’s story behind this lovely cathedral in miniature.

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Some of it did ‘make it’ though and so if you care to read what was captured, you can get a fairly good idea of the main story for the piece.

Anyway, this is my entry for Thursday Doors and I hope you enjoyed and appreciate the time it took for the creator to complete this scrollwork cathedral — 3 months.

For other Thursday Doors entries, click here and find the Blue Frog Button to direct your path.

And many thanks to the guest hosts manning the challenge, past, present and future! Norm 2.0 is much relieved to be in good hands I’m sure 🙂

World’s First in Glasgow/WPC

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A rural Missouri town has the distinction of having a ‘World’s First’. I present the site of the first railroad all steel bridge that crosses the Missouri River into this town of 1,103 residents according to the 2010 census.

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In 1880, the population was 1,841 and a port for riveroat departure/arrival. I’m sure the first sight of that new structure gave plenty of excitement to those residents during the 1878 completion. This current one is the replacement. Maybe someday I’ll happen upon a picture of the original?

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Til then here’s the view of the modern version built in 1960 as it stretches across the Mighty Mo.

For other Weekly Photo Challenge entries, click here.

How’d It Go?/ Sunday Sampler

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The season to begin Christmas shopping officially opened yesterday here in Central Missouri at the Windsor Septemberfest 2017. We were stationed at the Windsor Elementary School gymnasium in Windsor, Missouri, respectfully, along with many other crafters from around the region. Mother, my husband, and I were set up by the 8:45 am deadline.

Special thanks to our family and friends that showed up to help out, purchase or even just say hello! We loved seeing you!

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Mother’s jams, jellies and salsas are a main attraction each time we attend an event. 

Kerchiefs are a great seller on Etsy and they get lots of Ooh’s and Aah’s during the day.

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Going to be in the Etsy shop by end of today.

And then I have a little collage of the ‘Sold’ items.

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A common denominator to purchases at these venues seems to be the desire to find that One of a Kind item. Even the LuLaRoe seller behind our booth tended to know this little tid bit. Nothing seemed to have a duplicate.

So, Sellers of the Land, let it be known that mass produced items are not in huge demand to small-town USA (exceptions: candles and other great scented items). I hope this trend continues because buying handmade truly supports small businesses.