Down on Main Street/Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors is a weekly blog event hosted by Norm 2.0. For my entry this week, I’m concentrating on details.

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First glance of this delapidated building on Main Street in Sedalia, Missouri is not something to really write home about.


But when looking closer, there’s a half post missing that would give this door more symmetry. And that’s just the beginning. What about the little hand carved diamond detail on the remaining post? Too bad about the trim hanging by a thread. Not to mention the warping an peeling paint. Guess this one’s got a lot of tales to tell. BlueDoor2 (2)

And the unusual shape of this transom window is something the original builder must have wanted to give a little charm to. You can see just where to begin scraping paint if you wanted to tidy it up a bit. I think it’s a beauty. I sure hope someone in this town realizes what treasures we have before tearing them all down. I hope it’s not too late for this one.



1957 Airstream/Thursday Doors

Sharing someo of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis this Thursday Doors.

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Can’t say I’ve ever visited a museum with a motel sign out front.


The Missouri History museum is located in Forest Park, the grounds of The World’s Fair of 1904.  As we strolled through the Route 66 exhibit, we came upon this. It was pretty fabmazing!

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Inserting Doors here:

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And here, with a little peek inside. Wish they’d let you open that door but the alarms would have sounded. (I learned that from a curious little boy who wandered a little too far from his family.)

I tried getting a view through those slat-glass panes, but it was very hard to see. But there is a couch that I imagine folds down into a bed. Shelf above the couch for ‘stuff’.Airstream4 (2)

I wish I could have gotten a clear view of the receipt to let you know the cost of this 1964 road trip as well as the location of that Camp’otel.

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I was a child of the 60’s and I can tell you I’m glad I wasn’t subjected to this style of camping. Sleeping on top of the car had to have been pretty unrestful if you had young children. I guess what I’m suggesting here is that you probably didn’t take them along until you knew they wouldn’t fall out of bed/tent.

A clear window view.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed this weeks Thursday Doors. Please visit the esteemed leader of our Door Band, Norm 2.0 for more great door entries. 



Kerchiefs/Sunday Sampler


No bottle of hair color needed when you can cover your hair with accessories. Scarves come in a splendid array of styles, materials and colors. For the purpose of Sunday Sampler, I’m sharing my latest vintage-inspired creations.


After a recent request for a scarf with cloth ties versus the crocheted ones, I took some time to fill the order, add an extra one for good measure in the shop, and waited to see if it was a good option. And guess what?! It sold. So without further ado, I’m making some more and giving some options for the Fall craft show season. These are size small. Hoping to gather my volunteer models this coming week for photos. (crossing fingers)

Have a Wonderful Sunday and Happy Father’s Day!

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.



My Results Are In!


I was trying to figure out a way to connect this daily challenge with my recent news of the weekend. And ‘by jove I’ve got it”!!! I found a picture that sums up how much I like history……


Maybe you will realize my connection? I  am definitely a history buff. Always interested in my ancestry and so with a ‘SALE’ on, it was a no-brainer for me to try a DNA test. First off, I sent in the spit in the vial. This was April 2. A 6 to 8 week waiting period was to be expected. I waited a tad bit longer due to an apparently larger-than-expected batch of tests sent in after Christmas. I guess they did pretty good with their sale. My results came in over the weekend. And without further ado, I present my findings.

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My reaction? I had no idea whatsoever about the Iberian Peninsula connection. None. That translates to Portugal/Spain by the way. I mean it was even more than the Irish and Great Britain that I was fully aware of. Someone’s got some splainin’ to do 🙂

Those bottom 3 literally blow my mind too. And whatever happened to the Legend of our Native American ancestry? I think Great Grandma had an ornery streak and was quite the story teller. If you’ve ever had a DNA test done, were you convinced of the results?

Now time to dive in and do the family tree stuff. Stay tuned…….

The Womans Building/Thursday Doors


For the genteel among us, the Womans Building was built following a need to give women and children a better place to rest at the Missouri State Fair. The philosophy of the times dictated that women and children be segregated rather than encouraging family togetherness. The desire to improve conditions for women and children followed the  popularity of the first one built at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.


Full view of the current building. In the back and on the ground floor of the building is a museum of the history of the Missouri State Fair. And it’s also a little more like a basement and a good place to spend time during severe weather. There always tends to be at least one heavy storm during the fair each year. When you live across the highway from the fairgrounds for as many years as we have, you tend to recount these things pretty accurately.


Original cost is said to have been $30,000. An investment well spent.

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Time, The Longest Distance


Stumped by that old arch enemy “time?” How to get everything made in time for Christmas? Even though you went to all those craft shows and told the vendors you could make it yourself? And some of them (me) actually encouraged you to make it yourself and keep traditions going. There are never enough crocheters, quilters, creators.

But then the closer these holidays get, the less time we seem to have. It’s a riddle how it gets away. “Time flies when you’re having fun.” “Time is what we want most, but we use worst.” And the list goes on and on.

Well by creating those handmade items at all those craft shows, I’m selling you back that time. Hand crafted items can be found by just perusing local markets even up to Christmas Eve. Or you can go online and find an Etsy store that has just about everything hand made you could imagine.

After all, “Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.”     

The Snowman/WPC


One of the most frequent questions I have ever been asked about in my job as child care provider is, “How do you get them all to sleep at the same time?”

Enter one of 1 million ideas I’ve tried over the last 21 years


This naptime ploy (Miracle Melting Snowman) brought to you by my eldest who thought the kids would like to see some “Magic” after they wake up. Thank you Miss Rachel!

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It Ain’t Pretty/WPC


Somehow I manage to make this space work.


Probably good thing it’s hid away in the basement.

Note: Do Not call the makeover police. I’m perfectly content in my organized chaos.

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