Greeting Committee/ Thursday Doors

My entry this week in the Thursday Doors realm will coincide with an Instagram photo-a-day challenge. So the “twofer” will share space here this week. Thursday Doors, in case you hadn’t heard, is a weekly photo challenge hosted by Norm 2.0 here. Check it out and all the lovely doors around the world who join him each week.

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Enter Warm Springs Ranch, and the Doorway (aka gate) to the home of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

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There are tours available, but we chose just the drive-by variety. That is some barn!

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A more typical modern rural barn looks like this one.

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Of all horse breeds, draft horses are my favorite. They are such gentle giants.

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Pretty sure these little guys would have greeted us up close… if they could only have found that gate.

 

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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 🙂

Remembering/ Thursday Doors

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I’ve waited a few weeks to let some time pass before posting this particular ‘doors’ entry. In saying little explanation needed is pretty clear as you’ll see, so I’ll leave you with a pictorial this week of our somber tribute visit to a dear friend and law enforcement partner of my husband’s and treasured friend of our family.

Til we all meet again……

 

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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!

Path Through The Woods for X/#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.

My childhood home was at the edge of the woods. NellieFramedI would often wander into them, following a path worn down over the years by our horse, Nellie. As children, my sister and I would hop on without the saddle (bareback) most times because she was pretty good at holding her breath. In case you aren’t aware, horses do that so you can’t get the saddle cinched up tight. That leads to the saddle slowly sliding sideways and you dropping off onto the ground. Not a very dignified way to find yourself. We were just lucky she always stopped and didn’t run off with us halfway on and off. No morbid tales to tell here . I think the lesson learned here was Trust and Patience. We had to be patient as she would side-step away as we tried to hop on. In the meantime, she learned to trust that we just wanted to enjoy her company. And we always had a sugar cube to sweeten the deal.

Friendship is like that. No motives. Just enjoying the companionship. I’m a firm believer in this quote: “We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our paths for a reason.” Author Unknown

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This was not an easy block. Ripping out a couple sections taught me to read twice, sew once. I gave my Patience and Trust to the book author that this had been done before. I will survive this Challenge with so many new blocks under my belt. I feel pretty exuberant about this let me tell ya. Mom, all those tears cried while sewing for 4-H have paid off!

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So the X in Path Through the Woods reminds me of paths taken, friendships formed and kept, as well as those walked away from. Kind of bittersweet at times, but mostly good.

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

West Wind/#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.

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West wind is considered the mildest and most favorable of the wind movements. The heralder of light spring and early summer breezes in Greek mythology is known as Zephyrus. Wind definitely has a part to play in weather changes and I thought some weather superstitions would be appropriate for this post.

The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.” Thin, wispy clouds are good picnic indicators. Remember Mother’s Day is not far off.

Clear moon, Frost soon.” We are not in the clear yet in Central Missouri for a late spring frost. Keep an eye on the weather forecast.

When clouds appear like towers, the earth is refreshed by showers.” A sure sign that April is here are those spring showers.

Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.” Meaning, rain is West of your location.

And for the sake of a “Quilt’s and Quotes” theme, we’ll move on even though we hear many others here in the rural heartland of the country. I welcome you to share yours in the comments.

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Introducing the West Wind quilt block. It was one of the easiest and at this point in the quilt-making, I’m pretty darn thankful for that. I have had to set aside a bit of extra time for hemming prom dresses, creating a custom order from the Etsy shop, and will soon return to finishing a wedding signature quilt. I am a bit panicked but things are going to be ok.

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I really like it when the cutting plan in the book gives you pieces for 2 blocks. (Hint, Hint to any future quilt book writers out there.)  Any extras are a good start for other projects.

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

Pavement Pattern/#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.

“Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavement, even if it leads nowhere?” Adele

This block is apparently supposed to resemble brick pavement. With the quote above, I attempted some views around town. They went something like this….

It’s lovely the way they enhanced this intersection in our downtown historic district.

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I find a bigger beauty in where there’s no pavement. Where land meets sky and colors are not man-made.

Quilts, though they are made by hand, give us a chance to mimic shapes, colors and scenes around us. I’m sure the name Pavement could also be substituted with Tiles, Square in a Square or Four Windows. And the color is all in the hands of the maker. I’m just thankful for photographs to get me through this post.

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

Our Village Green/#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.

Being proud of your community is what this quilt block brings to mind for me. I grew up in rural Pettis County, Missouri and the gatherings took place at one of 2 spots. The Manila School or Antioch Baptist Church were those places.

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Manila School now stands abandoned where a bridal shower was held for me 30 years ago this month. Antioch Baptist Church is still alive and well. There, I attended Sunday School and Worship Services.  The grounds of both are lovingly attended to thankfully.

Until this blog post, it never occurred to me to take a photo of these two places from my childhood. I even had to ask my mother if we have any photos of them. Her answer was “probably somewhere”, but I’m not so sure. I think I would have remembered them. I was the camera hound at an early age. I have photo albums of my own and in none of them are these places. I believe I must have been too busy socializing to think ahead 45 years. So I have to appreciate even more the way this challenge has shown me those memories I need to hold dear.

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For the record, I need much more practice at completing one of these blocks. It was not user-friendly and I am not sure I am up to another attempt. What you see is what you get. As long as it holds together, we’re using it.

“Knowledge is power, Community is strength and Positive attitude is everything.”     Lance Armstrong

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

The Loneliest Road in America/Thursday Doors

Bloggin A to Z this month but still wanted to send in my contribution to Thursday Doors over at Norm 2.0.

Displaying a couple doors that are on a busy highway in the middle of Sedalia, Missouri. These are located along U.S. Highway 50 which  stretches from Ocean City, Maryland to West Sacramento, California. Both places of which I’ve never visited.  U. S. 50 has been labeled “The Loneliest Road in America”.

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While sitting at a drive-thru I found myself staring at this one. It’s been here as long as I can remember.

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And so has this one which sits right to the west of the yellow house. It has doors on each side but the highway was too busy to try to get a different angle. On a sunny day you could see the detailed woodwork under each porch roof. We’ve had quite a bit of clouds and dreariness here lately.

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I think what appealed to me was the way these two houses seem to be built symmetrically. Not in an identical way, but in a way that makes them meant to be placed side by side. I’m glad the doors face towards the road so I’d have an excuse to photograph them this week. 🙂