Wagon Ho! /Thursday Doors

It’s not every day that you see a couple wagons parked on the front porch.


And for once I don’t have to say ‘only in Missouri’ do you see these things ūüėČ I can thank Lawrence, Kansas.

wagons2And I only noticed the side porch and peek of a door after the fact. But hope you enjoy this little pioneer-style doorscursion. Please take a moment to visit Norm 2.0 for other great entries in his weekly Thursday Doors challenge!



I’ve mentioned umpteen times that we visit Lawrence, Kansas. This week is another instance (& probably won’t be the last). In short and sweet form, I present a home I’ve been keeping an eye on for about a year.

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This is the ‘before’ of a home in Old Lawrence, a historical part of town that is extremely protective of its old homes. And with good reason. They are gorgeous! This one just happens to sit at where we take a turn to our daughter’s.

Next is the “after”.


I hope it warms your heart as much as it does mine to see these parts of history saved.

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Campanile/Thursday Doors

Definition of Campanile: A free standing bell tower especially associated with a church or other public building, especially in Italy.

EX: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a campanile.

For people in my locality, the definition may be needed. I speak for myself for sure. I know I’ve asked my daughter half a dozen times for the name “of that tower” before it finally sank in. Guess I’m not a person who associates pictures with memorizing. But maybe it will help you in this Thursday Doors post.

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To serve the purpose of the topic of ‘doors’ I present the doorway of the University of Kansas Camponile in which KU graduates pass through during their commencement ceremony. I’m pretty ecstatic that my eldest will pass through here twice in the next year or 2. In May she’ll get her Masters Degree. Woot! Woot! And tentatively, the next May will be for her Ph.D. Such a proud mama in case it wasn’t pretty evident.


The bells are housed in the top of the tower as the photo on the far right says.

As it is naptime, I’m not checking to see if this video works, so please excuse my methods if it’s a fail. Notice the eagle didn’t decide to endure them. chuckle


Main point to make is that it’s a very meaningful monument for the university. The engravings along the doorway each have symbolic meaning as well. Wish I’d have spent more time studying up, but maybe another time. Naptime is nearly over.

Leaving you with some outward views from this beautiful spot on the campus.


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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.

Outing with Grandma/ Thursday Doors

Having reached middle age, the priviledge to take my mother places that she probably wouldn’t go on her own is ranking pretty high on my list. Not to mention being able to include other family members on these excursions. Such was the case for this Thursday Doors post.

I’ve mentioned a few times the Lawrence, Kansas destination we take and the main reason being to visit the eldest daughter, soon to be Dr. Daughter. (Pardon this¬† outburst¬†moment of pride.)¬†

The KU Campus was one of the places we took Mother, aka Grandma, to see. You can hover your mouse over each pic for a descriptive caption. It’s a lovely place to visit, with Fraser Hall’s flags flying in the above photo professing (no pun intended) its claim of being the highest point in Lawrence.

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I present the only actual door for this Thursday Doors collection. I know there are many more eye-catching ones but, sorry, they’ll have to wait until next year.

Waving the wheat is a long-standing KU tradition and this bronze is a tribute to that ritual as well as to the state of Kansas and its great farming legacy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thursday Doors posts this past year and have taken a moment to check out other Door posts starting with Norm 2.0. Click the Blue Frog button at the bottom of his post for doors from around the world.

Happy Holidays from Central Missouri, USA!

Henry T’s/ Thursday Doors

It is such a hectic time of year for everyone that it’s been hard to fit in family time. Not to¬† mention all the ailments meandering their way around these parts due, in my opinion, to the mild winter we’ve started out with. The persimmons are not holding up to their legend. At least not yet. But we finally managed to saddle up and head to Lawrence, Kansas last Sunday to spend some long needed time with my eldest daughter.

She always has a neat place to take us to try out. This time was no different. And we also got a little history lesson in the process. Enter, Henry T’s.

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Sweater weather in Kansas on this December evening. But we were given a little break from the wind that seems always present out here. So this furthest parking spot was not a problem since we needed to stretch out legs anyway.

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Hard to get a good shot with or without any filter but I wanted to show the history part of the visit. This is the family plot of the land owners that is Henry T’s namesake. It sits just a few yards from the restaurant. On the business website, they give this little account.

“In 1858 New Hampshire native George Burt moved to Lawrence and Purchased the 160 acres surrounding Henry T’s property in Lawrence. While farming and servicing stagecoaches along the California Trail, he sold half of his claim to his friend Henry T. Davis. On August 21st, 1863, Burt awoke to murder and mayhem. Quantrill and 300 of his Bushwhackers which included Jesse and Frank James, and Cole Younger, attacked Lawrence burning more than 80 buildings and murdering 150 men and boys, including Burt. Henry T. Davis, Davis’s wife and their family were buried in a family cemetery still located in the northwest corner of our property in Lawrence.”

Not a fancy door by any means. Sometimes its the legend that gets the attention. Definitely the case here at Henry T’s.

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Not to mention the delicious meal.  Deep fried pork tenderloin with waffle fries for the farmgirl in my chromosomes. And it was scrumptious!

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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 ūüôā


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!

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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.



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

Missouri Star/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

The Missouri Star block is another Civil War era block. A story of Mattie Lykins Bingham is a popular one associated with Missouri during that time in history. She was a Southern sympathizer married to a Unionist who happened to be a Kansas City banker as well. The story goes that she was suspected of spying for the Confederates and in particular blamed for what led to the Quantrell raid of Lawrence, Kansas. Quantrell and his men claim to have burned the town of Lawrence in an act of retalliation.

Historically the block name was given by the Nancy Cabot column in the 1933 Chicago Tribune.MOStarcollage

This one required a bit of pinning to match up the lines. If you ever attempt sewing/quilting, don’t sew over your pins. (My tip of the day.)


I present a quote from a Missourian from the opposite side of our state:

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Maya Angelou

I can hear her voice when I read that ūüôā

Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!