1892 Residence/ThursdayDoors

This Thursday Door is not currently on any historical registry, but listed on a ‘Walking Tour’ guide of Lawrence, Kansas. This is the home of Joseph McConnell, built in 1892. A really lovely home to pass by! (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned I’m a bit partial to yellow homes.)

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Described as a 2.5-story domestic building in the Eclectic style. Frame Style with wet-laid stone  foundation. Siding is original clapboard. (This means No Vinyl Siding!!) Its cross gable roof is covered with asphalt shingles.

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The old post and the brick-lined street are just another endearing part of the historical era that Lawrence has made efforts to keep. A great example for other cities to follow. Hint, Hint, Sedalia, Missouri.

 

 

The Wood Pile/ThursdayDoors

A simple Thursday Doors for your Friday.

While driving through Glasgow, Missouri, I asked my husband to turn around for a pit stop and this was our view for those few seconds. A few observations come to mind with the open door.

  • That truck has not moved for quite some time.
  • They are definitely ready for next winter and it’s only May (on the occasion of this pic)
  • Or maybe they are BBQ masters and have all the wood they need for smoking some ribs. This last observation might be pushing it a bit.

Have a wonderful weekend!

My Results Are In!

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I was trying to figure out a way to connect this daily challenge with my recent news of the weekend. And ‘by jove I’ve got it”!!! I found a picture that sums up how much I like history……

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Maybe you will realize my connection? I  am definitely a history buff. Always interested in my ancestry and so with a ‘SALE’ on ancestry.com, it was a no-brainer for me to try a DNA test. First off, I sent in the spit in the vial. This was April 2. A 6 to 8 week waiting period was to be expected. I waited a tad bit longer due to an apparently larger-than-expected batch of tests sent in after Christmas. I guess they did pretty good with their sale. My results came in over the weekend. And without further ado, I present my findings.

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My reaction? I had no idea whatsoever about the Iberian Peninsula connection. None. That translates to Portugal/Spain by the way. I mean it was even more than the Irish and Great Britain that I was fully aware of. Someone’s got some splainin’ to do 🙂

Those bottom 3 literally blow my mind too. And whatever happened to the Legend of our Native American ancestry? I think Great Grandma had an ornery streak and was quite the story teller. If you’ve ever had a DNA test done, were you convinced of the results?

Now time to dive in and do the family tree stuff. Stay tuned…….

BRGR/Thursday Doors

When a 3-year-old writes notes to “His One True Love”, you deliver. No hesitating. No batting the eyes. You make it happen.

This Thursday Door is where we entered to our meeting place.

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Not the best lighting when someone’s headlights are blazing behind you.

BRGR in Prairie Village, Kansas is a pretty cool place that happened to have an unusual door for a strip mall location. Points scored straight off.

BRGR (2) The outdoor seating is vacant in this pic, but when we arrived the tables were loaded up with the warmer temps we’ve been having. They even have the fire lit. Very cozy.

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The name of the dive was accurate in what they specialize in. Burgers. Catering to those who need the g-free version(my daughter & hubster) was another high scoring point of the night.

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Notes delivered and another successful Doors venture complete.

 

Jack & Jill(and Ben)/WPC

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means lasting or staying only a short time

A real treat to these boys is getting to roll down the hill. These moments make a heart full.

Sharing with you this week a fleeting moment in the life of a childcare provider.

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Jake/Weekly Photo Challenge

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This week for my entry, I’d like to share a piece of our heart. Jake gets to stay at home starting next week with his mother and soon-expected sibling. We have grown pretty attached to this little guy but we know he will still stop in to visit now and then.

I’d like to think I’ve shared a little bluegrass music heritage with him in his first year and a half.

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And now, dear daughters, you know why I collect banjos 😉

For other great Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge entries, click here.

My Folly/Thursday Doors

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 This week for my Thursday Doors, you’ll see the interior view of The Folly Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The handsome man you see here took me for a special evening out to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Weekend10a

I’m particularly fond of the earliest part of the evening as it was before ‘The Drink’.

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We had exclusive box seats. The one I circled is directly opposite ours. So Stage view was amazing!

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I do remember most everything. Especially meeting Brother Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives after the show. But to the person who slipped that something extra in my drink, just know that this ol’ girl didn’t fall off a turnip truck. I ended up with a nice policeman escorting me to the door with sincere interest in how I ended up in that condition. Your day will come.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

Stored Up/ Sunday Sampler

In my boxes and multitude of photo albums, I have quite a few gems. Sharing my wedding picture takes it back 30 years as of last Monday. We had recently lost my father to cancer 6 months prior, so the event took on a bittersweet spirit. At least in my mind. Mother took the bull by the horn so to speak to insure I had a beautiful wedding day. With a simple budget, we managed to pull it off. I understood the sacrifice this was to her and I am deeply grateful. And this year she joined FaceBook. Thanks to my aunt’s generous gift to her of a laptop, my mother can finally read my blogs first-hand, my sister’s posts, and those of all her grandchildren, and keep up with the huge family we come from. There are a ton of us!

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So Happy Mothers Day and have a wonderful day!

As a mother, I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters. So now it’s my turn to turn the table this Mother’s Day 2017.

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Sunday Sampler is a weekly challenge to showcase handmade items. This week I’ve chosen to reuse an old photo that I plan to have framed. Old photos of real moments in my life are the most cherished. Take hold of those stored up photos and Create!

Italian Villa-Style/ Thursday Doors

Returning this week to Thursday Doors with a share from Lawrence, Kansas. This is the historical home of Samuel A. Riggs. Built in Italian Villa style popular in the East during the time. It shares company with a very small number that survived the raid of Quantrill and his raiders in 1863. It was under construction at the time and had not been occupied. The brick walls stood the test of the fire and the owner repaired it and was able to move into it a year later in 1864. It was their residence for the next 50 years. Moving to Michigan in later years, they still retained ownership until 1931.  In its history it was also a hospital during WWI and has only been sold once, still owned by the widow of KU Professor, Austin Turney. For more interesting reading on the history of this beautiful home, check out kshs.org. So much to tell. If only these doors could talk!

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The next time we drive by here, I’ll hopefully get a good picture of the view down the road this home is on. There is a perfect view of Frazier Hall on the KU campus and it really appears very striking in the distance. Traffic just was not letting this happen on this particular day unfortunately.

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy forefathers have set.”

— Proverbs 22:28

Reflections/ #AtoZChallenge

Creativity can get stale, stagnant and cause a mental ‘writer’s block’ of sorts at times. In my REFLECTIONS post for the 2017 A to Z Challenge, I’m going to share some things that I’ve accomplised in the week since the end of April.

But first, I’m going to wish my husband a Happy 30th Wedding Anniversay as this is today. We’ll be celebrating later on in the week but I had to throw that in there. He has been my biggest advocate in The Challenge each year. Just when I think I am not going to go forward with it, he’s right there cheering me on. He even helps me catch up on the household chores in the evening just when I think I’ll never make the necessary adjustments to one of the letter posts in time. Everyone has a letter that stumps them and causes us to put it off until the very last moment. Thanks to my hubby for being there to give my mind time to work it out.

Back to the accomplishments. I haven’t written a line since April 30th. I have taken the needed break that many find rewarding after such an intense writing event. It’s not my usual practice to blog every day. The combination of blogging and quilting made it even more intense, even though I worked ahead most of the time. Working full time and blogging daily is indeed an Olympic-style event for me.

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This is a crochet round made with a new ‘scrubby’ yarn. I’ve been giving a few out to try out as both dish washing and showering/bathing use. The results have been good for both. It’s just a matter of personal preference. The yarn comes in many colors so I look for these to be a hot item this coming year as a gift item.

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And then there was more quilting. This is my latest project that is waiting for a ‘name sash’. I will be embroidering it and inserting it in the quilt. This is a special request and I’m trying very hard not to rush this one. Some things need careful planning.

In the middle of The Challenge, there was a custom order. I’m very thankful for #1, the patience of the customer, and #2, the volunteer model who helped me out in a pinch. The timing worked out in the end and I think everyone was happy. Thank Heaven!

As for the Challenge itself and the changes in posting technique, I found it worked out very well. I didn’t run across but maybe 1 or 2 blogs that weren’t legitimately participating. There weren’t near as many participants this year, true. But I found it pretty nice to see the conformists running the show and being fine with the changes. In the end, I am happy for the Team Leaders who run the show and were able to have a much less stressful event. Kudos to you all and many thanks for a great year!