A to Z News/Sunday Sampler

Each year since 2014, I’ve participated in the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. It’s a blogging extravaganza in which you blog every day except on Sundays. There is no big prize involved. You are only required to enter a blog post for each letter of the alphabet and to visit at least 5 other bloggers each day and let them know you were there. It’s a wonderful way to meet tons of new people, and keep in touch with old acquaintances. I have read some wonderful writing, learned new things, and, hopefully, given inspiration to others by completing this challenge for the last 4 years. I encourage you to visit this link right here to see for yourself what all the hoopla is about.


This is not the time for the big “Reveal” of my own personal theme. That comes on March 19. But you are welcome to visit the tabs at the top of this page to read some of my past ones. I would love to know if you are thinking about participating.

Sign up list goes up March 5. Whatever you can contribute in the realm of an A to Z theme, feel free! There are categories for everyone. Hope to see you there!!


February of 2011/Thursday Doors

I was reminded of a memory by FaceBook of a Smilebox I’d created back in the early days of my membership to that social media site. Little did I know then that I’d captured several doors and some winter scenes to boot. I did you all a favor and removed the music. I find that it isn’t as appealing to everyone else’s taste. So you’re welcome 🙂

Hope you enjoy this slice of Missouri of February 2011.

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For more wonderful Thursday Doors please visit Norm 2.0 and locate the blue button at the bottom of his Door post.


Nope. Don’t Have One/Thursday Doors

Guess I’m antiquated, but no, I’ve never been tatooed. But I like the way this door is accented with the winged windows. LawrenceTatooShop

It’s not a fear of needles. I’ve had 3 reconstructive knee surgeries. I’ve seen plenty of beautiful tatoos and meaningful ones. It’s not that I’m against them. I just don’t want one.  Kudos to you who have them. I will continue to admire them from afar. From Lawrence, Kansas, I present this Thursday Doors. Please visit Norm 2.0 for other door entries from around the world.


Some days call for an undemanding entry in the realm of blogging. This is one. I present a panoramic view of a back lot parking area of downtown Mexico, Missouri. Doors to feast the eyes on in an array of types and conditions.


Back Doors, Tail Gate Door, Dumpster Doors Blocked Doors.

For other Thursday Doors entries, visit our host Norm 2.0. Thanks so much for your visit!

Help With the Dishes/Sunday Sampler

It’s snowing here in central Missouri this morning. Not our first, but another one of those little 1 inch varieties. Just enough to keep me home. The plus to that is I find things to do that need doing. Dishes are always on that list.

This Sunday Sampler, I decided to share a little something from the shop that you might be interested in using to dress up the kitchen counter while doing the dreaded dishes.

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Should you decide to make one yourself, all you’ll need is some fabric sewn together in a pleasing pattern, cotton batting for the center, another fabric for you backing and some bias binding for your edge finish. I would recommend the cotton batting for good absorption. You might also upcycle an old towel or cotton blanket for the middle layer. Be creative!

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Here’s a little peek at the backing and binding.

In case the dish mat is not your thing, there are a few other ideas for its use.

  1. Dresser Scarf
  2. Candle Mat
  3. Place mat
  4. Doll blanket
  5. Wall hanger
  6. Pet Dish Placemat
  7. Snack Mat
  8. Mug Rug


Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!

No Stone Wasted /Thursday Doors



With this home in rural Pettis County, Missouri, you get the arch entrance on the front porch, a side door, and an open garage door. The front door was blocked by stacked boxes. And there is a lovely front door. I’ve seen it in days long gone on the way to school. Sorry I couldn’t get a good view for you.

What I’d really like to do is stand under that arch on the porch and see the view they have from that perspective.

Maybe someday.

For other Thursday Doors entries, please visit our host, Norm 2.0. You’ll find even more fellow participants by finding the blue frog button at the bottom of his post.  Have a wonderful rest of your day.

2017 Favorites/WPC/Sunday Sampler

2017 Favorites


This is the last post for 2017 Favorites”>2017 and as the title states, it’ll have my favorites for the year. So without further ado, I hope you’ll enjoy my little rendition from various photo/blog entries of the past year.

To begin on the Sunday Sampler portion of the blog, I introduced my lovely bride-to-be-niece shopping with me for a quilt project. This was a true delight to me to have another member of the next generation interested in creativity of this kind. I was very honored to make the couple a quilt for signatures and sentiments at their wedding reception. And of course, love went into every stitch 🙂


The post that went with this pic also had the most likes for the2017 Favorites“> WordPress Photo Challenge this year. Seems roads to fabric stores are favorable to many.

Which leads to the next pic which won the 3rd most Hearts on my Instagram page for 2017…

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But it was my personal favorite for the Little Moments app project. (yes, I have been neglecting you a tad bit WordPress) 

And at this point, I would be amiss to not mention the A to Z Challenge from April 2017.


The vote for here on Word Press was a tie between black and blue. On my Facebook page, the blue was the winner. Sadly, I still need to make those sashings. It is coming soon. Gotta be ready for the A to Z of 2018 so wouldn’t want to leave this behind. It will be hand quilted by myself and will be no small feat with my schedule.


For my Thursday Doors entries this past year, the post with the most likes was my post on Route 66. I’m pretty sure it must be the idea of Ice Cream that did the trick. Ted Drewes being world reknown might have a teeny bit of influence as well. 😉 And my lovely models truly enjoyed that refreshment–as did the hubster and I.

Here’s to a Wonderful, Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New 2018 to all of you!!                 As always, thanks for reading!

World’s First in Glasgow/WPC


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.

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Sweet Memories/Thursday Doors

Last Sunday, another Lawrence trip to spend with both daughters was the agenda. Oh Happy Joy!

Being it was a birthday celebration, we slipped through these doors for some pre-dinner treats. Yes, dessert came first 🙂


dappled lighting was my struggle for a decent pic. 

Once inside you can see what a lovely little place this is! Delicacies and yummy items for whatever tickles your fancy.

We had the place all to ourselves for a little bit and so I was able to take advantage of the moment with this indoor view without offending any diners.


“Life is Short, Eat Dessert First!” Especially if celebrating your birthday!

For other wonderful Thursday Doors posts, click here.

Mother-lode/#Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors

I’ve talked about our Missouri State Fair a few  lots of times. I hope my readers will endure one more post. You see, I found the ‘mother-lode’ this year. I don’t recall ever seeing so many quilts in one building with doors on them as I did this year. And I’ve seen a lot of fairs come and go. After all, it’s only across the highway from our home. It’s The place of the year to see or be seen in Sedalia, Missouri. One of these days, I may enter my own quilt. But for now, I’m sharing this door extravaganza in quilts. Hope you enjoy!

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This next one, however, deserves extra inspection. I haven’t counted the doors, but someone has an enormous amount of patience to piece this work of art. I salute you as, apparently, do the judges this year. You were rewarded that purple ribbon. Much congratulations sent your way!

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The Motherlode for sure!

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.