Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Red Sky at Night . . .

Last night, to be exact.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Memories of local 2001 explosion

In late January, 2001, a gas explosion happened in our downtown. Gas was trapped underground after leaking from a storage area west of town.
The second picture is one of several "burn off" torches that were constructed in different parts of the town to get rid of any excess gas.
It was a very scary situation.
Nothing to compare what happened in New York the following September, however.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kansas Day

Posted by PicasaToday is the 151st birthday of the state of Kansas. in honor of that,
sunflowers, of course, with one of our little sunflowers in a field of them.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sunrise 1999

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Sisters in 1928

This is a picture of my mother, Selma, on the left and her sister Iva, on the right.

Selma would have been 24 and Iva, 32.  I am pretty sure this was near the time when my mom was  married. The dress seems to be the same one she wore in the wedding snapshots.
She was a registered nurse and had a great sense of humor.
 Missing her for 47 years.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Nap Time

Visiting canines - Ingrid and Mork. As you can see, they make themselves at home.

They are not here now; this was from their last visit.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wrong way out

Today I had an appointment at an office where I had been once before about a year ago.
After the meeting, I walked out the door into the hall, saw the exit sign and proceeded toward it to the parking lot.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the door and saw no cars, no parking lot and and an empty street. Afraid the door had locked behind me, I tried the knob. It did not turn, but the door opened as I pulled on it.

Back inside, I saw straight ahead another exit sign. Imagine that! Two exits. This one led to the parking lot.

Moral: When entering a doorway from a hall, make a note of whether you turn right or left and do the opposite when you leave.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Painting the chimney

It took three but they got the job done!
(Last September)

I need to get out and get some new photos.....
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Saturday, January 21, 2012


They look very calm and most of the time they are - but then the chewing, snarling, fake biting and fighting takes place. Doggy peanut butter in a pair of kongs quiets them down.

The best thing about them? They are HOUSE BROKEN and have been since the first month here. A doggy door is the only way to proceed!
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Cold Friday

Soup for lunch; an all vegetarian meal for supper (potato pancakes out of a box aren't that bad) plus fried cabbage and some other odds and ends.  Sometimes we just have no great ideas for "eats."  Yesterday pork chops with Bavarian kraut in the crockpot was tasty.
It's a good thing that L. is easy to please.

He even likes casseroles!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The newest gadget in our house...I'll be busy today using videos to learn all the possibilities. . .
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Some more quilts

I think this will be enough quilts for a while.  It's hard not to use the quilts we have now because there might be a lot of chewing going on if we put them out on the beds! Maybe someday, if the water squirting ever works to discourage the gnawing.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

A Few Quilts

Posted by PicasaI used to quilt and it seems I took a picture of every one of them.
Here are a few.
The individual block and the full quilt is called Dahlia. Those pieces were cut out by my mom in the 1930's after being traced around a cardboard template.
Then she basted the edges under and all I had to do was assemble them and applique them down. I really like this quilt because I was able to finish something that Mom had started.
The frog was just for fun and the purple blocks were an exchange on an AOL quilters' site.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Emporia State Teachers' College

Some scenes from Emporia State University (as it is known today.)
In descending order: The Ad building, Morse Hall (women's dorm), silent Joe and Brewster Lake.

Lots of improvements since these photos were taken and many good memories from time spent there.
In the spring of 1952 a blind date was a life changing deal - Marriage 3 1/2 months later.
And they said it wouldn't last......

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Linotype Machine

Posted by PicasaThis is an old linotype machine, resting in the lobby at the Hutchinson News office.
I remember visiting the News during the '40's and watching my cousin use this clanking monster.
It actually formed the words used in printing the paper  in metal and set them in order.

It was used from the late 1800s to the 1960s and 70s, when it was largely replaced by offset lithography printing and computer typesetting. The name of the machine comes from the fact that it produces an entire line of metal type at once, hence a line-o'-type, a significant improvement over the previous industry standard, i.e., manual, letter-by-letter typesetting using a composing stick and drawers of letters.

Molten metal was involved!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Lebo, KS

One more location - LEBO, KS.

This is east of Emporia, famous as the home of William Allen White.

Lebo is not as famous but it's where L. spent most of his school years. A nice, small town near Frog Creek and the Neosho and Cottonwood Rivers.

And east of town is BETO Junction. . . A point where roads to Burlington, Emporia, Topeka and Ottawa point four directions.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Last Bottle of Simply Orange

Posted by PicasaI love orange juice. I guess we'll be squeezing our own from now on if we can find oranges grown in the U S of A.
Enlarge photo to read where this came from. . .in the list of ingredients the reader is directed to the neck of the bottle to see where the juice originated.

I'm all for a global economy, but I would like some inspections or safe guards along with it.

Quote from the internet:
The beverage giant, Coke, which makes Simply Orange and Minute Maid, would not say which brands had shown the fungicide. Both brands contain juice from Brazil.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/01/12/coke-says-it-found-fungicide-in-orange-juice/#ixzz1jFkf0RQo

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cottonwood Falls Courthouse

Back in Kansas, these are pictures of the court house at Cottonwood Falls.

That was the town where L. had his first job out of the navy - with the railroad as a telegrapher. He rode to work every day with an old gentleman (he was probably at least 50) named Whipky who according to L. was a terrible driver.
As soon as his application came through for the FAA, the railroad lost a telegrapher and  a new air traffic controller was created.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

McKinney, TX

This is an unusual cafe in McKinney, TX. The site of an old jail and some pretty good food!

And of course, the Blues Brothers out in front with two folks in a cell who were just pretending to be "held."

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