Railroad Crossing/#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.

Sedalia, Missouri’s rich railroad background is evident in many business names. There’s the Katy Trail Community Health, Katy Trail Children’s Center, Katy Park Baptist Church, Katy Motors, as well as Kehde’s (say Kay-dees) Restaurant which features a train car dining area. There are more but you get the idea. Recently I found someone on Facebook had shared some old pictures of the M.K.T Shops. Many thanks to them!

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Our family connection to the Shops goes back to my husband’s Grandfather, my Uncle and I’m sure there are many more I’m not aware of. I have a rather large extended family.  I would love to have seen the place in its hayday. Now it’s just a fraction of what it was then. Much of it torn down or abandoned.

The Railroad Crossing block has come in different variations, changing with the times and/or interpretation.

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Mine was from the book, naturally, to keep the size consistent with the previous ones.

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Here’s my finished block.

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I could see a whole quilt with this one turn out beautifully.

Some sage advice in today’s quote: RailroadWillRogers

Photo taken at the 3rd & Engineer crossing in Sedalia, Missouri, April 2017

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. 🙂

 

When I Walk Past Here

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The below announcements can be heard on radios here in the Mid West.

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Good morning. A weaker Dollar has boosted commodity prices in general and grains/soybeans in particular during the overnight hours. The weaker Dollar has been a “buy the rumor/sell the fact” type of reaction to the Fed’s decision yesterday afternoon to raise short term interest rates by ¼ %. Weather focus is beginning to shift from the southern hemisphere to U.S. forecasts. Dry conditions across much of the winter wheat belt will persist into early April while a wetter pattern is forecast to set up across the Midwest over the next two weeks . The northern Midwest will turn colder than normal during this period. The deep south will be dry enough the next two weeks to allow timely corn planting there. Export sales for the week ended March 9 were as follows (million bu.):

2016/17                                                   2017/18

Corn 49.4 8.6
Soybeans 17.3 8.3
Wheat 9.7 2.7

 

While walking past this elevator on the Katy Trail, occasionally my thoughts turn to this.

 

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Tree lined March 4, 2017

I shared this sneek-peek recently. Now for some closer looks.

Pointing out some ‘door’ detail.

Close and closer looks at the lighted door at the bottom. We are only seeing one side here as it was getting late and we needed to head home. The Katy Trail Park closes at sunset.

I hope you enjoyed our evening stroll.

Check out Norm 2.0 for other Thursday Door blog entries. Just find the blue frog link at the bottom.

Uncelebrated/Thursday Doors

The often uncelebrated,underappreciated and unnoticed are in my spotlight this Thursday Doors post.

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US Post Office in Sedalia, Missouri March 2017

One evening recently, while standing in line, a young woman insisted she be given a package (of meds) without the appropriate signature. Those of us standing by were suddenly privy to a very tense moment between the post office personel and this woman. It didn’t end with a positive note as the young woman stormed out with some choice words. But the employees of this particular office were very professional and stood their ground. Pat on the back to you! My question is this:

Why cause such a brouhaha? There wasn’t time to bring a signature back since they closed in 5 minutes?

Now it’s confession time. I’ve been that upset before and it was not  A-Door-able. Hopefully I’ve gained at least some wisdom with age.

At this time I’d like to extend my sincerest apologies to any of my victims.

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.”  For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

Finally! The Road Taken/WPC/SundaySampler

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We’ve had our driveway blocked for about 2 months. January 8th to be precise; the water main broke sending a river down the road. With no warning, the cavalry arrived to patch it up on Wednesday.

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The Road Taken – Literally

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Another road taken down the Katy Trail with one of my daughters and husband. At least I didn’t receive bunny ears (eyes rolling).

Some more of our walk on the scenic Katy Trail.

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Another Road Taken with my neice to my favorite section of any store – The Fabric Section! Let me just say this is a gigantic step for the next generation. Fabric purchasing and selection is an unknown territory for many of them. I’m beaming here if you can’t tell!

And guess what?! She sews! Zach you have a good catch…. but I’m sure you know that 🙂

Back to the subject at hand.

Our 3-generation project has begun. Above are the fabric choices she made, the blocks that she and my mother cut out, and the sample arrangement suggestions I sent to her via cell phone. We’re making a special something to use in her July 1 wedding. Can’t tell you what we’re using this for yet, but I can tell you she chose view #2. I am in total agreement.

Have a Wonderful Rest of Your Sunday!!

The Dinner Car/ Thursday Doors

 

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A birthday party on Sunday is the occasion. The look on my daughter’s face is that ‘get this over with’ look from yet another “Door” photo moment. I believe it was a “do you really need to do that here?” that you’re seeing in her eyes. And yes I needed to right? For this…..

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Sedalia’s very own Kehde’s Barbeque with an authentic dining car experience.

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This is not inside the dining car but in the original part of the restaurant. It is chock-full of photos and memorabilia railroad and “Sedalia” related. A definite must-see if you are ever in town.

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However, my daughter and I did not eat here, which is why I failed to photograph the dining car. If they offered a gluten-free option without a fear of cross-contamination for Rachel, we would have gladly eaten, and brought the other half of the family as well. But we kindly conveyed our well wishes to the birthday girl with a smile, a little gift/card…..

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And made our Ghettoway.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world.”  For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

Historical Hotel Bothwell/WPC

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I took a step back in time this week for the photo challenge. During our youngest daughter’s graduation party, a few photos were taken inside Hotel Bothwell.

Responsible for it’s establishment in 1927 was local historical figure, John H. Bothwell.

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The Ballroom has it’s own ambience with the details and warmth.

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But those chandeliers!!!

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For more Weekly Photo Challenge entries, click here.

Owl Be Darned/Thursday Doors

With all the hubbub about that supermoon, of course I had to take at least one photo.

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I’m sorry, but not really impressed that much. With the photo I mean. 😉

In order to collect some material for Thursday Doors, we took an evening drive through the one and only Downtown Sedalia.

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I can’t tell you what resides behind this door. It could be a residence for all I know.

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But I can assure you, the owl is not real.

I wonder if it really keeps the pigeons away??

For other Thursday Doors entries, click this link and then the blue button at the bottom of Norm’s post.

 

White House/Thursday Doors

As this is the first Thursday following our national election day, I’ve saved a particular photo of a favorite house from my city. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve passed this one in my lifetime. It’s on a very well-traveled street in the middle of Sedalia, Missouri.

Presenting a”White House” pic for my Thursday Doors entry. This is a drive-by photo as it’s at a pretty busy intersection. This is 803 West Broadway. This section of Broadway was recently named after Scott Joplin, whose Missouri hometown was Sedalia, Missouri. But I have yet to hear a local say 803 Scott Joplin Memorial Highway.

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According to a real estate website, this home, on .53 acres, was built in 1925.

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But I wonder what the 1878 means on the bottom of that post??

Maybe it now has 2 addresses??

For other Thursday Doors entries, click this link and then the blue button at the bottom of Norm’s post.

Nostalgia/Thursday Doors

This week I’m feeling a little nostalgic after a loss in my family. Attending a Catholic funeral brought back some memories of my childhood and figured I’d just go with the stuff on my mind.

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My Doors entry for the week is our local Sacred Heart Church. According to a local historian, it was dedicated in 1893. The style is Gothic like the European cathedrals of the 13th century.

The inside is exceptionally beautiful. Maybe photos sometime after I ask permission?

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A view looking up. Sedalia, Missouri has some real treasures.file_005-2

Cornerstone laid 1892.

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Can’t we just take down those powerlines for a minute?

Some side notes:

  • I  first entered these doors with my childhood babysitter. She is the one biggest influence leading to my adult life. Loved her like my second mother. I can pretty much blame her for my chosen career path. Miss her so.file_003
  • My grandfather, father and his brothers were all local painters and at some point or other were hired to paint in, on and around Sacred Heart Church and it’s other buildings. But that cross on the top was only tackled by one of my uncles. He was the only one brave enough to climb it. Don’t worry OSHA. This was before you were formed. His story I’ll save for another day…..after I find that photo of him.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.