Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Dad and his Baby Girl

This  photo is from about 1941. It is my father-in-law holding his third child, a little girl.
After two sons, I'm sure everybody was surprised and happy!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Building Recycles in Our Town

One hospital now contains some businesses; one hospital restored and made into lovely apartments; an old salt company office building made into a residence; one large Wiley department store is being remodeled into apartments with the lower two floors housing some shops. And now, the rebuilding of a closed bowling alley into a church. The parking lot is paved and the sign is up. I missed getting the word "Love" in the photo. A nice thought:  "Love God   Grow Up  Serve All."

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hutchinson High School Band 1946

The building is gone. This is the "A" band. The present band for HHS is terrific! A lot better than we were.  I was in the "B" band as a sophomore so not in this photo with my saxophone. My dad always wanted to play a sax so that's "we" chose. I loved it and the good times we had with all the crazy musicians. Band trips were fun - on the bus for football  games.
(Click to enlarge)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


This was going to be Chinese Pepper Steak.
Multi-tasking is not a good idea when simmering beef, green peppers and onions
in beef broth.
I'll eat the rice for breakfast tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Good Advice from the Humane Society

This could apply to us as well as to our pets.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Let's all remember those who served.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


One of my "aunts," which is what we called our mother's friends in the long, long ago, gave me this bracelet. The idea was to have your friends sign it. They did and I can't believe I still have it.

(Click to enlarge.)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Crocheted Coat 1960's Style

I wish I had kept that coat. I gave it away.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sad Sunflowers

This was taken six years ago last November. Were they waiting to be harvested?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Web

That is one big construction site for a small spider.
(Click to embiggen!)
Term I learned from one of my favorite bloggers.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weather Station - 3

All you need to know.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Younger Versions of Jill and Jack

I don't know how this partial picture arrived here. And I
don't know how to delete it. Please ignore.
When in the presence of these two, do not ever say out loud, "Go for a ride in the car."
Chaos ensues.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Treat for Sunday Dinner

This product from Germany has delicious ingredients that made a piece of beef taste great! I wondered if it would be spicy but it was not. Just a perfect Gulasch....not like Mom used to make, however! Our goulash had tomatoes, cheese, hamburger and macaroni. It was good too but very different!

Thanks, Elke, for the packets. We had the burgers last week. Schmekt gut!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

A New Medical Facility

This is being built at the intersection of K-61 and 30th Street in Hutchinson, KS. I'm not sure who is going to be in charge but it's another good thing for the town.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Men in My Life

In 1965. PN, MN, LTN and DRB

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dutch Quilt and Detail

This quilt was designed by a quilter who patterned it after some tiles she saw in Holland.  My dear quilting friend brought me some fabric from Holland which is the small square in the center of each block. When we left Texas, I gave the quilt to my new friend from the Netherlands, Lena.

I thought it completed the circle.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kitchen Chores

It must have been close to Christmas. That's the only time we bought that many walnuts.

Check out that stove - a Frigidaire double oven with slide out burners and storage down below.

I wish I knew how much we paid for that.

I used to talk about my messy kitchen. This is a good example. When our three year old younger
son visited a friend's house, he looked around their kitchen and said, "My mom has a messy kitchen too." Always the diplomat.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Church Camp - 1946

So Stylish, we were.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Topeka Trip, 1949

In another time and another place, we used to "dress up."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

It is also my dad's birthday - May 11, 1898. Many times Mother's Day and his birthday fell on the same date. Gift and card buying done in one short time period!  

Did I mention?  It was also their wedding anniversary?  They were a happy pair. I never heard a harsh word between them. Maybe when I wasn't around?  But Mom always said, "When your dad gets mad, he gets quiet."

I miss them both. He was with us until March of 1982 - almost 84 years old.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

She was a nurse, graduating in the class of 1923 from the Halstead (KS) school of nursing.
She married my dad in 1928 and they adopted me in 1931. She went back to work during WWII because there was a shortage of nurses. She told them she had a 13 year old daughter. They replied,
"She can take care of herself." She gave the painless shots in the geriatric ward at Grace Hospital.
A  great mom, a good cook and a wonderful nurse. She has been gone fifty years this coming October. Miss her.

Easter - 1949

Heels and gloves. At 18, we felt grown up.

Friday, May 9, 2014


Ready for church.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Friends - Continued

Drinking tea. One trying to look sophisticated and one looking cute. She succeeded and I didn't.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Round - a - About

These are the answer to dangerous intersections without the use of signal lights.
I am amazed there haven't been accidents related to people staring at the sculpture in the center of the
five flag poles.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


This is a scan of a photo done in TX, mailed to me, and then a photo of that scan - so it's not very clear. About 1948. Look at the size of that "portable" radio. I don't think it was heavy enough that we both had to hold it.
Sent to me by my friend since 1941 - Jo, in the skirt and scarf.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Our bush looked puny for a long time and we thought there would be no white flowers on it.
It has finally bloomed and looks very healthy.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Selfie Before I Heard the Term

Taken  with an old box camera in 1950. I think I had just had a new hair cut and took this of myself.

Bird Nest

So yesterday L. told me there is another bird nest in the small holly tree near our back door.
In past years there has been an unpleasant incident following the same discovery.
Small bird leaves nest to fly (or falls out.)
Dogs find bird.
Disaster ensues.
To prevent this L. suggested removing the problem. I thought he meant the eggs.
He meant the whole nest.
Who does he appoint for this job?
One guess only.
Gloves protected my hands from the pointy, sharp holly leaves.
I'm sure when the birds returned,
they were confused.  No  nest.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Main Street - North from the Wiley Building.

On the left, the Midland Hotel (long gone.) It was replaced by
the Wolcott Building. It was torn down and now there is
a park at that location.
The building with the awnings was a Santa
Fe freight depot, also gone. Yes, the tracks are between that building and the
one with the Coca Cola sign. At the top of the photo is the Stamey Hotel, still there.
It was changed into apartments several years ago without much improvement.
In the lower right is a sign for Foltz Drugstore and a shoe store.
(Click to enlarge)
These last two entries are postcards .

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hutchinson Flood

The sign on the building on the right says The Davis-Child Car Co. On the front there is a sign that

looks as if it were placed there when the building was built. It says The Kirk Building. When I was

a kid, that building is where we bought a Hudson. There was a huge elevator that took the cars upstairs.

I was impressed that such a thing was possible.  Later Davis-Child was across the street and they sold Chevrolets.