Sunday, July 31, 2011


This was made by a friend, Roberta P, who does this beautiful work. My picture was a little fuzzy but with Picasa's sharpen technique, I was able to bring it into focus.
I can't remember if this is called Brazilian Embroidery or something else.

I enjoy the talents of others
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lawrence Welk

When my folks watched the Welk show back in the '60's, I thought it was really "corny."
Now I find myself watching; not just to hear songs with Johnny Mercer lyrics and memories of WWII, but to see the singers.

These programs were recorded in the days before everybody had perfectly straightened teeth. Everyone looks natural. No nose jobs; no Botox; no pearly whites.
Tonight, however, there was a group of sisters and one of them had braces!
Can you imagine anyone in a singing group today wearing such a thing on television?

 Perhaps this was the beginning of the end of natural looking teeth!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Rube Goldberg?

This is from our former address. It doesn't look efficient, let alone legal. It seemed to work fine for about 45 years though.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

1941 Chevy

This is the same model car we started out with in 1952. It was a gift from my folks when we got married. After a year or so we bought a brand new 1953 Ford. We had it two weeks before a woman t-boned us at an intersection. I almost made it across before I saw her and she was looking back over her shoulder. No tickets were given. Afterwards the two doors on the right side leaked water or sand depending on what was blowing in Kansas at the time.

Oh yes! This model was photographed in McMinnville, Oregon, in front of an aviation museum.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Napping on his Couch

Mork likes the big cushions on the back of the couch. They are much more comfortable than his dog mattress, which he chewed on to show his displeasure. Of course, there are also some chew signs on the smaller cushions from this piece of furniture. They are now safely placed in the closet. Since the chewed mattress and the chewed cushions are both very stiff, maybe he will spare the softer big cushions.

Any suggestions?
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Eggs of the Cardinal

We have a holly tree whose leaves are very pointy and sharp.
Every year there comes a pair of red birds to live there
through the summer.

Isn't it too hot for eggs to hatch with tempertures of 105
every day? I would think they would be hard boiled by now.
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Friday, July 22, 2011

Lyons Salt Mine

This is from 1924 at the Lyons salt mine. I'm thinking this might be at the
entrance. There is a lot of light for this being underground!
My mother, Selma, is on the right with a friend, Nell Brown. They both were married and the couples shared an apartment. It seems that Nell stepped out as did my mom's husband - not together! They just were "out." So that left my mom at home with dad. However, she swore that they didn't date till years later.
So, Nell's ex married my mom and three years after their marriage in 1928, I arrived on the scene.

Things were complicated way back when.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

1928 Fashions

This is my mother, on the left, and her sister on the right.
What the well-dressed young ladies were wearing in 1928.

I love the cloche hats.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Crocheted Trivets

On the left is a crocheted hot dish thingy to set a casserole on. It's probably not accurate to call it a trivet because there are no legs.
The orange, brown and green one was made by my mother-in-law many years ago. I decided I would try to copy it with the yarn I happened to have. First of all, the plastic rings that come on water bottles do not seem to be as round as those that used to come on soft drink cans. Second, now that the piece is finished I see that I did not make the stitches as tight as I should have. The red, yellow and white one does not lie flat - even after soaking it and letting it dry outside in the HEAT.

I also now remember why I quit crocheting. Can you relate to stiff and aching fingers?
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Packing the stuff

We had some visitors and they left with more things than they arrived with so there was a struggle to fit it all in. But they made it.

We loved having them here. Plans are a return visit for the fair.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cool Spot

L. ventured out while the thermometer said 107 to take a photo of this little guy who has found a cool spot in the center of the trunk of our backyard tree. He's close to the bird bath which we keep cool with ice cubes.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Oregon Coast

This was taken in 1998. I love Oregon.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hot Days

The heat seems to be all over the map (except the lucky Northwest!)  We're just hanging out inside with a couple of trips to see physicians who think they need to see us as the only diversion.

I am very thankful for A/C, TV, the internet and books to read.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Airport Steak House

Brunch includes dessert - right?

Of course, it does. M. journeys on today to ICT to visit the other grandparents. It was great to have her here for a week!

Wish ALL the grands lived closer. The two younger ones are way too far away.
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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pet Dental Care

To keep tartar off the dog's teeth, one must use either a brush or the appliance on the right that fits on one's finger. Mork didn't seem to mind the procedure or the taste of the tooth paste.
By the way, the dental card shown is for a "person's" dentist, not a canine one. His office supplied the plastic container for a new toothbrush some time ago.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Lunch yesterday at Jillian's

This is a super place to have lunch. Individual pizza and a salad or pasta; sandwiches of all kinds. Great wait staff and good food and a wood fired oven all make for a nice experience. (Wine if you want it, but I was driving.)
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beer Sampler

This picture is from a trip to Oregon in 1998. The wonderful breweries there let you sample (for a price) their different flavors. We were all sipping!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

That's all that's left -

If there is a recession, it was not evident in our town! I cannot imagine the money that was spent here.
Three evenings and one full day of lots of noise (and smoke.)
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Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sanitary Floors

Aren't these floors beautiful?

What an improvement over carpeted floors. I wish I had them in my home.

Someone finally decided that carpeting was not an easy thing to clean in a hospital setting and I hope these are made from bamboo or some other easily replaceable product. 

I'm pretty sure they are not wood, but a nice representation of it.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

South East View

This is looking south east from the front of Promise Regional Medical Center (formerly known as Hutchinsnon Hospital.) In the background is a wheat elevator which is known locally as a Mile Long. I have never personally measured it, but it is impressive.

You can tell there was a strong south west wind along with the 105 temperature. Very toasty.
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Problem Solved?

Or just an intermittant buzz in the backyard?
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Friday, July 1, 2011


As I was taking a photo of the sun the other morning (it was very orange, like a sunset), I noticed all the wires that serve our neighborhood. We appreciate them and love the things they allow us to do - cook, have cool or warm air as needed, see at night, use the internet, watch tv and have a landline telephone.

It's too bad they are so ugly. In some upscale areas all these connections are underground. No outages from ice or wind. I suppose it has to be done when an addition is being built. On the other hand, how would you find a buried outage?
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