Conservatory of Sorts/ ThursdayDoors

My math equation for the week…..

Another busy week + Trying to Do it All at My Age = easy share for Thursday Doors.

We were headed this way, towards the Grand Stand at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

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I look forward to taking some ‘after’ pics for comparison soon.

But this item caught my eye. We’ve got some lumber and stuff and want to build ourselves a hothouse. This one gives us some ideas….

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The door is pretty much not what I’d pick personally. I’ve been exposed to so many options since joining the Door patriots here. Thanks everyone, by the way.

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The lighting prevented me from getting a good focus but you can see the sizes that are possible as well as the name of the company should you really be interested in what they offer. I’m a do-it-yourselfer when possible.

For other great Thursday Door posts, click the blue button at the bottom of Norm 2.0’s post here. It’s a wonderful way to see doors from all over the world.

 

 

Brandywine Pink/ WPC/ Sunday Sampler

Elemental

Our instructions are: For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, and fire. and to Take a moment to explore these elements, in or out of balance, together or individually, as you pick up your camera this week.

 

For me this week, there was some canning.mirroredelemental2017By some, I’m talking over 25 pints and some 15 or so quarts of canned goodness from my garden. And it’s not over yet.

Did you know boil water canning requires a perfect balance of the 4 elements for a successful run?

  • Earth: Bounty from your garden.
  • Water: Boil water canning is best for high acid foods such as tomatoes. It also takes way less time to process. Recommended as best method by the Ball Blue Book.
  • Air: You’ll probably prefer a cooler kitchen with a hood vent over your stove if possible. If nothing else, find yourself a nice fan.
  • Fire: A constant flame on my stove is an essential requirement. Do Not wear clothes that will catch on the cookery or create a hazard. In other words, no swimsuits for your canning experience, please.

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Might I add that if you ever get the opportunity to grow Brandiwine Pink heirloom tomatoes, do it without hesitation. They are the absolute best tomato I have ever sank my teeth into. Sweet and definitely a gift from above!

Enjoy your summer goodness!

For other wonderful entries in the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge, click here.  This will be an addition to my Sunday Sampler page as well.

 

Sworn In/ Thursday Doors

“Sometimes, you get on the same train you just got off of. And you wonder how you ended up with that ticket, again.” Quote by me, Stephanie. ©KatyTrailCreations

 I attended an event on Tuesday evening at our local Municipal Court here in good ol’ Sedalia, Missouri, by invitation.

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There was some construction or deconstruction of a fountain to your right in this photo which I decided not to include in the photo. This building is a 70-ish era building. I know because I remember the one prior to it. I suppose this is when I should insert that I have a long personal history of family in law enforcement. My claim to ‘riding the same train’ is real. Oath5 (2).jpg

Above these doors is the proud ‘Seal of the City of Sedalia’.

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You can make an echo in there. But No I did not. In fact I even kept my phone camera on silent.

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I really loved how the light is behind Old Glory.

Oath9 (2).jpg My daughter is being sworn in for the duration of the Missouri State Fair to work for the Security Force there. She is a student of Criminal Justice in college. It’s a career path she’s chosen that has been blazed ahead of her by several in our family, including her father. She even has a great, great, great? Uncle who was a Sedalia police chief. Lots of great heritage to embrace.

Note to my daughter: This event may have been by invitation, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!                                         Love, Your proud mama!

Thursday Doors finds its beginnings over at Norm 2.0. Please visit and find more door posts there by clicking the blue frog at the bottom of his post. You won’t be disappointed.

Black Work/WPC

Frame

I’ll be taking the Photo Challenge literally this week with my shot of this framed, intricate, embroidery black work that was entered in the Missouri State Fair.

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Along with many other entries it has a purple ribbon symbolizing excellence in a hand created item. It won Special Best of Division. The owner should be loaded with pride!

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Close Up

Here’s a close up of the details. I picture them getting totally consumed in the creation of this piece of framed art. It’s most definitely a true labor of love.

for other entries in this week’s photo challenge, click here.

Leave It To Me/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

The recent October Crochet World was full of ideas I’d like to try out. If I only had enough hours in the day.

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I did have an hour yesterday between laundry and more laundry. Oh, and more laundry.

Grouped together, I can see using them as a

                                                                     *      party favor

*   garland for a mantle

*     gift bag decoration

*    or applique for an Autumn blanket.

I’ll probably settle for the napkin ring idea. I happen to have a small supply of twine from an auction that was brand new in the wrapper. Score for me! It was only a $1 for the entire box of goodies.

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Now time to dig out those Fall colors in the yarn stash.

Define Ruana/ Sunday Sampler

Sunday Sampler

Before we know it, the cold winds of winter will be here. After record-breaking heat here in my area, I’m ready. And in my email, there was a  new word. Ruana. Let me define.

According to Red Heart: “A ruana is similar to a shawl, but shaped like a poncho with an opening up the front.” They have 2 crochet and one knit version at the link above.

And on Dictionary.com:
noun 1.a poncholike outer garment of heavy wool, worn especially
in the mountains of Colombia.

Here are a couple examples from Pinterest.

 There are sewn versions as well online. They are more blanket-like. As an accessory, I think the crochet version is very pretty.

Here’s my beginning in Homespun Yarn:

Thistle Stitch Ruana

Calling it “Thistle Stitch Ruana”.  If there’s not enough yarn, I have a plan B antidote.

Paper Bag

Joke

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After a grocery trip to the local Walmart, we watched this family leave the store and I saw them jokingly put the bag on the young girl’s head. Before this somehow goes viral, she was not being kidnapped.

The following conversation ensued in a group text. I was driving 😉

Bad Bag Day

I love when I don’t have to write this stuff. And that eye roll ……..

Practice/ Weekly Photo Challenge

Morning

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There’s a morning sun shining outside these shutters. But my eyes needed to adjust this morning. Coffee was the priority first.

To say I needed to think about this week’s challenge is an understatement. Silly that something so obvious should be so toilsome. But that is why it’s called a Challenge. So I am just going to show you a song that’s been in my head since the announcement of this week’s word.

Here Comes The Sun

For copyright reasons, it’s a minimal photo and it’s taken with my camera of my copy of music I paid for.

there. now that I’ve taken care of business……

would you like to take time to listen in on my practicing?


Gonna be practicing awhile.