Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
My friend and I traveled to Saint Mary's Kansas, where my grandparents (both sets) lived. We shopped downtown in the little business and had chia tea in a bookstore. This was after we were given a personal tour of the Historical Museum and the Indian Pay Station. Pretty cool place.
Special thanks to the lady, LR, who gave us the tour. She lived next door to my grandparents when they first moved to Kansas. Her husband and family originated in Saint Mary's. She was from -- Los Angles. Talk about culture shock. We reminisced about my grandmother, the first house she lived in when she and her husband moved to Kansas - which was in the old McCoy house east of the grandfolks' house, as well as stories about several of the local businesses. We had such a great time and I hope to write a thank you note tomorrow.
As a child, I spent many summers with my Grandmother Muriel, a school teacher and lover of grandchildren. Many of the stores were gone, but I remember them as though it were yesterday: Grockle's IGA, Miller's Department Store, Jim's Pharmacy, and many other places where we (my brother and I) were allowed to walk -- downtown!
I did stop by to see my dad, who lives in their house now. He is 78 and was outside polishing his new car. I will see him next Saturday at the THD in Topeka.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Also, there were four special quilts before 1880. I recognized one of the quilts as the "Buck's Grove Quilt", brought by the Buck family from back east when they settled east of Holton, Kansas. My paternal grandparents (Grandfather Kenny) and his three brothers were born and reared near Buck's Grove. The quilt was very fine and was a signature quilt, probably of all the friends left behind when they migrated west.
Later, we took a windshield tour of Holton, as I had not been in the town for 35 years. It has it's finer points, beautiful old Victorian homes that are well kept and muched loved. And then the "poorer" section, I suppose like most communities. Small towns in Kansas are dying or, in the case of Holton, booming because of all the gambling places on the nearby reservations.
Friday, October 26, 2007
I wish the Legislature would make up their mind. Grrr.....
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Our neighbor feeds the squirrels. Those pesky little red/gray things that create havoc for homeowners come fall when they try to burrow in your house, garage, nest in your car, tractor. But not the bike, never the bike.
Tadah! My dear husband and our "HOG Harvest". Oh, yeah.
Friday, October 19, 2007
1. Keep busy. One cannot always work strenously, so have a hobby. Volunteer. Be with people.
2. Never induldge in Self-Pity. Maybe you did not have the opportunities as a child, but you can make them now. What is past, is just that. The past. Today is a new day, a clean sheet of paper to write your story.
Forgiveness is giving up the hope that things could have been different... even your childhood.
3. When you go out, prepare to give a smile to everyone who will take it. Look your best. Even if you don't feel like it, be your best and smile anyway. "No one is properly clothed unless one wears a smile."
4. Cultivate a cheerful disposition and a sense of humor. (see number 3).
5. Put yourself out to help someone every day.
6. Fill your life with worth-while things.
7. Appreciate people. Nothing gives more joy to someone else than appreciation.
8. Make at least one child happy every day. They are the hope of the world. They can be a light in your life.
9. Refuse to be discouraged. If you fall down, get back up and begin again. (See #2).
10. Read your Bible. Talk to God. He is your best friend just waiting for you to reach out. Get to know His Son. You can be part of His family, even if you don't have one!
Love God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
We are building a new porch, replacing wood and enclosing an existing small deck on the south side of our house. Yesterday, we took out the wood on the west side of the "porch" and today, we washed and cleaned the entire porch. Yep, it is going to rain, but that is tomorrow. It will still dry and in a few days - once the sun is out - we will prime and then paint under the roof, then add the west wall. Next spring, we will close in the bottom half of the south and east edge of the deck, add a screen and screen door... wah, lah. A nice, screened in porch for the kitties and us! vj
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
According to the World Bunco Association, Bunco began as a progressive dice game in England, later being imported to the American West as a gambling activity. It was not until after the Civil War that it evolved to a popular parlor game. The Association states that during Prohibition, Bunco as a gambling game was re-popularized and the term "Bunco-Squad" was born, referring to law-enforcement groups that busted up Bunco Gaming. Bunco as a family game saw a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
"Hey thar ya ole "TB"... about yo silver collection - you hurd it har frist... 1935 (the yar this precious dearest nicest wounderful ole man came bouncing out) me mudder went to work fir the International Silver Co. in Meriden, CT. me fadder was the silverman who handled the raw silver from boxcar to rollin mils in factory "R". Mudder worked factory "D" - all in the north end as they called that area of town. Mudder quit due to health in 1953 - Pappppy retired in 1968 - 69 - 70 - 72- finally leavin town to return to backwoods of Maine... so they'd quit rehiring him... most all silver boxes from around 1948 to she left have her intials on the bottom "MEM" - she was the final inspection b-4 a set of Wm. Rogers or International Silver could be sent to stores... and no - we have little sterling silver - only stanless... :>) so thar yo have it from Mr. Silver Ex'Pert... oh yaa - I eat me ceral with a long handled silver Ice Tea spoon ... Bird of Paridise pattern."
Thank you, my friend... long may you keep that silver iced tea spoon a'goin'. vj
Sunday, October 7, 2007
So do OUR country a favor and click on the link below, take the test and how the candidates rate on with your beliefs. And then, my dear folks, go read up on that candidate. Vote your beliefs, not for the person. You might vote for the person, but dang... look at the platform and look at the position of the candidate on the ISSUES. The person may be "good", but if their stand on an important issue is contrary to your belief and convictions, YOU, my friend are doing a big WRONG and an injustice to our country. For our country's sake, vote for someone who has your values and NOT YOUR NEIGHBORS!
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Having the least amount of interest in KU/K-State football game, I did what all women do when they are TV-widows... polished the silver. -- uh, probably not...
Now, it may not look like much, but these are part of my antique silverware collection - just bits and pieces, but they are all clean.
The big spoon on the right is a 1847Rogers Fiddle silver spoon from 1852. I am in the process of identifying the others.
Much ado about nothing. The game is over. I think K-State lost. Oh, poor purple babies whining into the night. sniff. VJ
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Yep, there is a place and it is Heaven's mountain in Glacier National Park. This was taken on our first ride on "Goin' to the Sun" Road in Glacier National Park.
It looks like you can almost touch heaven. Breath taking? Yes. Absolutely. vj
The Wild Bunch...
This says it all. This is the group that met in Whitefish, Montana in August 2007. Seven folks from the East Seattle HOGS group are also with us.
Hmmm... I wonder if anyone applied at the front desk for that job offer. Not a bad location to live - riding the bike every day across the "Goin' to the Sun Road". Except in the winter. That might be a snowy ride.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
I am the youngest of all the ladies. Most are over seventy; one I know is in her 90s. I think this will be a good experience. V