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.)
Sitting area overlooking a lovely view
Blake Hall to the right with Fraser Hall directly ahead.
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.
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.
A Bronze Wheat Bundle between Blake and Fraser Halls.
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.
I attended an event on Tuesday evening at our local Municipal Court here in good ol’ Sedalia, Missouri, by invitation.
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.
Above these doors is the proud ‘Seal of the City of Sedalia’.
You can make an echo in there. But No I did not. In fact I even kept my phone camera on silent.
I really loved how the light is behind Old Glory.
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!
Sunflowers are historically know for being happy flowers. So a little sun on your shoulders is just the thing to send cheer someone’s way. Which is the inspiration for my latest item on Katy Trail Creations on Etsy.
And then of course it helps that my daughter is enjoying these beauties in person in the Sunflower State.
In looking at rental options, the one thing that drew my daughter to her current choice was the cabinet space. She comes from a long line of cooks. A good supply of pots and pans is imperative. Not to mention, there must be a spot for her Bavarian China from her dad and I.
Then there’s the cleaning stash door. That is broom, vacume, mop.
Can’t have too many Doors when it comes to cabinets.
What would you think if your watched your neighbor and her twenty-something daughter leave the house on a Friday night in 93 degree heat carrying a little 6-pack cooler/ice chest? Try as I might, I don’t think we looked casual with that in hand. I’m almost sure I had a smirk on my face.
But just to settle the question, there was only “Ice” in the cooler. We were heading to another town to get some frozen yogurt. Rachel swore it was worth the drive. It’s 25 minutes from home.
Rachel ate hers immediately. I had the cooler for mine and a ‘companion’ container for the hubster. The rest of our food purchase was for dinner and reheatable and maybe I’ll show you that in another post. For now, just know this was definitely worth that drive time. Have you ever had Birthday Cake frozen yogurt?
It’s the Mother’s Day surprise from my daughter. We’d been to our town’s new Hobby Lobby recently and I’d pointed to the metal contraption you see here and said in passing that I could use one of those. It is a pair of pliers for plastic snaps. The ones in the store didn’t have the rainbow of colorful snaps you see here included. They were separate. Her economics degree came in handy since she found this All-in-one set with an awl and all those snaps.
And I just happened to have a bib hanging around that needed a fastener. This will be so much quicker that sewing on Velcro or a sew-on snap. Thank you Rachel!
A big part of our Fall craft booth is my daughter’s stone jewelry display. She has been a ‘rock hound’ since she could walk and for her to be creating jewelry is no surprise to us. For me, the names always evade me. I recognize diamonds, opals and turquoise. After that I make no guarantees of recognizing stones. You get a 50/50 chance with me. So for my sake as well as hers, I’ve decided to create a little lesson on stones using her jewelry as a guide. Maybe some of these names will ‘stick’ if I make this presentation.
Australian Jasper(greenish stones) and Magnetite disks. the remaining beads are glass pearls and spacers.
Notice the green doesn’t always mean they are the same stone. But both are equally pretty. Kirsten explained in simplest terms to me that a way to tell the difference is that Labradorite has a shimmer when held at different angles whereas the Jasper is as is –No sparkle. The color “stays true” in the light.
This stone was mistaken for turquoise numerous times. It’s actually called Malachite. I really like the look of this one and maybe I’ll have to throw an hint for Mother’s Day?
Above you see the slab of Agate known for it’s stripes/striations. To the right is a died Quartz bracelet. You won’t find those stripes on a Quartz stone. Gold Rush fans learned that the presence of Quartz can be a telltale marker for finding Gold. But that’s a story for a different day 🙂