Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tres Amigas

This was about 1954. I went back to KSTC of Emporia to finish my last year and stayed with my in-laws. That's my mother-in-law and sister-in-law with me. We really did get along and liked each other. I am showing off the size of my sponge soled house slippers.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sixty-two Years Ago Today

Would you go on a blind date with one of these guys? I did with the taller one.
He's still in the other room fixing coffee.

Monday, April 28, 2014


I think this looks like Richard Egan, movie actor.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rippling Siding

We have wind today.
Since this end of the motel has horizontal boards, it is hard to see that they are bulging.
A video would have been better but this was taken  by the passenger while I was driving.
I would take bets on when the first board comes loose and flies away in the 43 mph gusts.
Wind advisory till 7:00 p.m. with possible gusts to 50.
Land of the South Wind sounds about right for our state name.
(If you click to enlarge, the bulges show up.)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Waiting for Tickets

Many years ago people camped out near the sports arena, waiting for tickets for the
National Junior College Basketball Tournament
to go on sale.
For some it was fun but this looks like a chilly day with cloudy skies, fires going, and tents
pitched for spending the night.
The method for getting tickets was finally changed.
Sad to say, the tickets aren't as popular these days.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Imitation Thunder Coats

They may need these tomorrow. The forecast says storms - thunder and more.

These were made from old sweat shirts after seeing the ads on tv for Thunder Coats to calm your dog.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ellsworth County Jail

Ellsworth County Jail.

L. feels like he is sprung from jail.....out of the hospital today!!!
Enough, already. Twice in the past month.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hutch Skyline

Pretty sparse!
From the left on the horizon is the 1st National Bank, water tower at A and Adams, the
Wiley building, the Baker Hotel now called The Towers; the white dome is the
Reno county court house and the red tower is St. Teresa's bell tower.
That's it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Roof for Hospital

Also the small garden near the ICU for a resting place on a bench with trees
and flowers.
Taken from the 5th floor window and pointing SW from a building built on a lot that
is not squared up with the points of the compass -
unless you count catty-corner or whopper-jawed as straight.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jill During Haircut

She should be much cooler - if it stays hot. If it cools off again, she'll be very chilly.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New Tradition -

Throwing confetti filled eggs at your sister because you can.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slide Show - 1955

Watching slides while someone with a 35 mm stepped and took a photo of the fascinated viewers.
Sort of like most people who watch other folks' slides. Bored.

Jill Before Hair Cut

At 75 degrees this dog is panting. Hoping a trim
will help.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Antique Trunk

A few days ago the tv program Pawn Stars had a trunk similar to this one on their show.
It was not in the best shape and the shop bought it and had it restored.
This one is in pristine condition and was from the Amherst MA area.
I was so impressed with it that I had to  photograph it.
What a beautiful piece it is.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ike's Birthplace - Denison, TX

The message on the base of the statue says: "This memorial is dedicated to young people everywhere
that they may be inspired to greatness by the example of our most distinguished son, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Born October 14, 1890 in Denison, TX."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Multnomah Falls - Oregon

One of my favorite places.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 Just a Little Snow

It's 32 degrees at 8:00 a.m.   We hope this doesn't stick around too long.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yo-Yos from 1932

This clipping is from Capper's Weekly, a news
paper in Kansas during the 1930's and beyond.

I had to show the reverse which is a story about a boy in India having a harrowing experience. (Enlarge photo to read.) There are two
political cartoons - one about prohibition - and a grammar hint.
The next photo is the yo-yo bedspread my
mother made in the 1930's. She finished it after 1959 and used some (brighter) fabrics on the
last corner. They were from shirts I made for her grandson and from maternity dresses I had made.
This is all made by hand, drawing those little circles up by basting and fastening them into that shape.
Then all were sewn together by hand using an overhand stitch.
I counted them several years ago and there are 2450 yo-yos of color and 756 white yo-yos.
That is a total of 3206.
Just look what can be done if your eyes are not on a tv screen or computer monitor or an Iphone.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Lightning Shot

This was in May, 2013. The clouds were rolling and I was lucky to get some lightning - accidentally.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dorothy Wood Dancers

These children do not look particularly happy.
The girls with their crepe paper covered doll buggies
and the boys just standing back.
I am third from the left with the
Ishkabibble bangs.
(Think Kay Kyser's band.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Abilene Home of Ike

The Wichita city council and the airport committee (same group of seven) have voted
twice in their separate meetings, five to two, to change the name of the Wichita airport
from Mid-Continent Airport to
Wait for it:
Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport.
Now that's a mouthful.
Eisenhower grew up in  Abilene, was born in Texas and made Kansas proud.
However, he had nothing to do with the airport since he was in the army.
Oh well. Change is good. Right?
Except for the cost of changing all the signs.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Old Switchboard at Hospital

Also, an old PBX operator who still sports the same hair do forty-two years later.
PBX stands for Public Branch Exchange. Plugs and cords and lights and buzzers. Ah, those
were the days when "operators" were needed.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Big Prop

This photo is from Oregon in 2000. I have no idea what ship that
propeller is from. We should have taken a picture of the plaque.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Future Parking Garage

Here is the corner of First and Walnut Streets where the newspaper states that demolition in the lot
will begin Monday for the new parking garage.
My question: What will they demolish since there is nothing there. Maybe the cement
will be removed to dig a foundation.
The tall tan building at right center is the former Baker Hotel, now known as The Towers. 
William Holden and others
had rooms there during the filming of "Picnic." There were rumors of him leaning out of
a window but no proof was produced. Not everybody had a camera with them in 1952.
The other tan building above the famous Fox Theater is the Rorabaugh-Wiley building as it
was formerly known. It is being refurbished for apartments. A person out of state owned it
for many years after buying it for under $50,000! Let's just say he made quite a profit when
he sold it back to local persons.
The Fox was restored several years ago and is now on the National Registry of Historic places.
Built in 1931 it was a grand palace as so many of the old theaters were. All the old
chandeliers and lights are in place. They were even able to replace the carpet with the
same pattern used in '31.
And for the building on the left, it looks as though it could use a little help in the window department.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Maude (Pringle) Harken

This is my Great Aunt Maude, my grandmother's sister. She lived on a farm in Iowa with electricity
provided by a "wind charger." Yes, in the 1930's there was wind power. She was married to Uncle P.J. who had lost three quarters of his left arm in an automobile accident. I was fascinated that he could carry a full pail of milk on his stub, as he called it. Aunt Maude was a terrific cook and we had many good meals there.

She looks stern in this photo but she was very kind and had a good sense of humor.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Almost Out of the Picture

This was my dress for the senior prom.
Mom almost got me out of view.
I always heard it was better not to place your subject in the exact center of  the frame.
Maybe the tree was the focus in the view finder.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Home of William Allen White in Emporia, KS

He lived here from 1899 to 1944. The plans for the house were updated by Frank Lloyd Wright but not followed completely. Wikipedia has the whole story.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring in Portland, OR

Isn't this lovely? I am hoping for something blooming here soon.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jack and Jill

Our two pound puppies, rescue dogs, kennel mates - unrelated animals we found two years
ago on Hallowe'en. With a special on black or orange colored dogs, we got two
for the price of one.
I just recently heard that black dogs are not adopted as often as dogs of other colors because people
think they are mean.
What an odd concept.