Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Colorful Room

 Our younger son painted and fixed up his room while he was in high school. I really liked it until we started to repaint. Seems it takes about three coats of flat latex to cover glossy paint.

We later converted it to a dining room since our small house had no place to eat! TV trays plus a small bar L. installed in the kitchen were the options.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

An Apartment Building

 Removed to make way for the library parking lot.
This is the last destruction photo.

Eventually, when it cools off, I plan to get outside and take some new pictures of more positive things.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012


Richardson Auditorium torn down. It had amazing acoustics and was dedicated to a teacher whose portrait was in the lobby.

Wonder what happened to the portrait.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hutchinson High School

Here is the shell of HHS. Actually, the top floor was used for Hutchinson Junior College before their building on North Plum was built around 1939. After the new high school was built, this was Central Junior High for several years.

This was located at 7th and Walnut - another place where Walnut was blocked by a building. Now the Salvation Army has a nice building and a parking lot where this stood.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Bisonte Hotel

Thumbnail of and link to The hotel was torn down and the train depot was moved in order to open up a street called Walnut. At the time, I was taking more photos of two small boys than I was taking pictures of buildings being destroyed.File:Bisonte Hotel in Hutchinson, Kansas.jpg

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Old Kelly Mill

I guess when it's no longer useful, there is a good reason to tear a building down; sometimes it's good to have an old landmark.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Wolcott Building

 This begins a series of stuff we've torn down in this town.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Doldrums Revisited

Today the words that I couldn't discover in the Word Game yesterday were printed in the puzzle answer:

lour, a variation of lower
sudd, floating vegetable matter that forms obstructions in the upper Nile
surd, an irrational root (mathematics)  

All new words that I don't believe I'll be using.

The common words I missed were: odds, soul and slur.

As for the rest: drum, dorm, dour, lord, loud, mold, slum, sumo, sold and sour.

You can tell there is not much going on around here but this morning I'm off to coffee with Linda which will brighten the rest of the day!

Monday, July 23, 2012


The word today in the Word Game in our local paper was  doldrums.

A period of depression or listlessness.  How appropriate. Not depressed; just listless here.
(This time of 100 degree plus heat is ongoing. Thank goodness for A/C!)

I got eleven words out of doldrums which is average. Evidently there are six more I did not find.

Time limit: 30 minutes.  I cheated because I've gone back to it several times during the day.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Moon Flowers Blooming

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crossing the Line

 This a Navy document that shows
the owner crossed the Arctic Circle in August, 1950. Little did all those sailors on the Washburn know that within two months they would be at the Inchon Landing in a place most of them had never heard of.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Coffee

Today was coffee with Linda at McDonald's. We were approached by two little old gray haired ladies (our age group) who told my friend that she had walked right by them earlier. Linda had a blank look on her face and said, "I'm sorry I don't remember your name." The lady said, "Aren't you ___?"  With my hearing loss, I didn't hear the name she gave but it wasn't Linda!
So L. told her what her name was, introduced me and the woman knew my name from working at SWB years ago!  I  had heard her name but we weren't acquainted. We all had a laugh over people looking alike, losing our perception of who is who and old age in particular.
Linda and I are just glad we can remember who we are.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Caller ID

For several days we've seen a call from "Cell phone NV." I didn't bother to answer because we know nobody in Nevada. Today I decided to take a chance and see who was persistent.
A pleasant voice with a strong accent asked me if this was our residence.  Yes, it was.
Next, do you use a cane, walker or are you having trouble getting around?
The answer was, No and thank you.  Receiver replaced.

 They must have seen my age on the internet.  Zsa Zsa Gabor said, "Never trust a woman who tells her real age." Now there is no possibility of deceiving your friends or the world.  I never did anyway. I remember the first time I asked for a senior discount the waiter said, "No way." I had to show my ID. Those days are long gone. The face tells the tale!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sun Over Montparnasse

Tonight I was watching Antique Road Show. They had a lithograph or three that were in a collection. In the 1930's and 1940's there was an Association of American Artists series. For five dollars membership you joined and received an autographed limited edition lithograph.

This reminded me that one of the gifts to me from my second cousin was one of these lithographs. Mine is by Aaron Bohrod with the information on the back from what looks like a newspaper clipping but is probably what was sent out with the work.

I have always liked the scene, especially the man with the loaf of French bread and the horse and wagon.

A quick look on the internet and I found one for sale.
Pardon the window reflection. . .the flash wouldn't work with the glass, of course, and I couldn't get an angle without it.
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Smitty - 1948

 A picture of our favorite policeman who  walked the beat on Main.

That's my friend, Lu, on the right. We were probably on our lunch hour from working at Kresses. I spent a lot of summers there selling everything from window shades which we had to measure and cut, to hardware, candy, dishes and records. We even worked the lunch counters and learned to make malts and ham salad sandwiches.    I miss the old five and dime stores.

And in the background, the Wolcott Building (just above the  man with the hat) which was torn down to make a park for the bank. I heard it was one of the first air conditioned office buildings west of the Mississippi when it was built.
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Thursday, July 12, 2012


Nice morning here and coffee with friends at McDonalds.  I wasn't the only one there with grey hair.

Later:  Got home with the order of biscuits and gravy for L. Opened it up, ready to serve.  They delivered pancakes and sausage and syrup.

Regular happening for us. Wonder what the percentage of mixed up orders happens there. . .
I should have checked before I left the area so it's my fault.  L. says, "We shouldn't have to check."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mistaken Identity

Our dogs are a year old now and housebroken for several months. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the dining room yesterday evening without my glasses and saw three brown "things" on the floor.

I could not believe it and called L. in to see. He grabbed a paper towel and picked up the three brown leaves that were brought inside.

There were no lights on and I guess that's my excuse. My distance vision is not as good as I thought it was without correction.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

4th parade (1970's)

 This is a neighborhood parade in the 1970's
with one brave mom and about half the neighbor kids.
At one time we had 15 young 'uns on our side of the street in one block of five houses.
Those were the days when they played outside all day and only came home to eat, drink and use the "facilities." Of course there were kids on the other side of the Drive so we had quite a bunch.

Friday, July 6, 2012

After the Family Reunion

We had guests. Since we have beds for six and ten lovely people came to visit, some of the young ones had to use sleeping bags. We are airing the bags for storing them away for the next visit.
A wonderful fourth with all the kids (two) and all the grands (four). We are a small but wild bunch. Thanks to all for coming at the same time!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July Birthday to Our Firecracker!

Somehow they forgot to put Happy Birthday on the cake so to correct it, they added it on the front in blue letters - barely legible here.
Our youngest granddaughter had lots of fun and noise to celebrate her seventh !