Monday, June 30, 2014

Stone Church

I really like stone buildings. This church is in Odin, KS.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

House from the movie "Picnic"

This is the house in Nickerson, KS, that was used as the home for Kim Novak, Susan Strasburg, Betty Field and their roomer, Rosalind Russell in the movie "Picnic."
And  here is the alley behind the house where William Holden arrived to upset Cliff Robertson's
Labor Day picnic. 
Several other local areas were used: Sterling Lake, a railroad  track near Salina and grain
elevators in Hutchinson and the scenes at the picnic were in Riverside Park in Halstead KS.
 The movie is from 1955 but still fun to watch.
The play was written by Kansas author, William Inge and
two years earlier the play was on Broadway with Paul Newman in his debut role of
Hal's rich friend, Alan Seymour. Newman wanted the role of Hal but the director, Josh Logan, didn't think he was
muscular enough for the role (!) so Ralph Meeker was cast.
Later Newman moved into the lead.
(This information about the Broadway play is from the internet.)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cat on Coffee

I like cats but not enough to own one. This was several years ago at a friend's house.

Keeping warm!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rose of Sharon

This blossom reminds me of a hollyhock but the label said "Rose of Sharon."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bubba Stik

Don't you wish you had one?
Purchased in Oklahoma at a truck stop on the turnpike.
Last night I thought one of us might be using it soon.
12:01 a.m.
Ladder at the foot of the bed.
Large plywood table leaf on bed.
Husband on ladder with one foot on table leaf, trying to place a small screw into the
light globe on the ceiling fan.
Never did get the original Phillips head screw to replace itself.
Wonder of wonders! A brand new packet of ceiling fan screws was found in the garage.
After repeating "Righty-tighty) several times, the deed was done.
Someone (not me) was afraid if the bowl fell during the night,
it might hit one of the dogs.
Never a dull moment when an idea strikes.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Our" Snake

L. says he's about two feet long. In this photo he looks longer than that to me.
He wants to transport him to the country. I like  him here. I'm sure he eats stuff
that we don't want in the yard. The dogs see him but don't attack.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


My granddad was a carpenter. He built these small outhouses and I am lucky to have one of them

There is a star in the door and it is a "three holer."  He even made a small catalog from pages from a regular catalog, held together with string. My grandmother may have done that but I'm not sure.
On the reverse of the wooden box is the word "cobs."

Boy, am I glad we are past the days when we had to use these on the farm. I never lived in the country but I visited there every summer. I remember the heat, the wasps and a certain odor.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Moon Flowers

Yesterday at 10:30 the blossom was starting to wilt.
By 4:30, all were closed up. When it gets dark, they will open again - thus the name, moon flower.
I have mentioned before that they are poisonous for pets. L. pulled them all out when the pups were
still chewing everything in sight. Now that the dogs are three years old, the chewing has stopped and this volunteer plant will remain in the yard!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dallas Museum of Art Mosaic

We haven't been there for a long time. In fact, we don't travel very far but lots of good
memories of Texas and Oregon.
Wish the distance weren't so great!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Red Roof Inn?

Besides being red, this roof appears to be metal. I have seen a green one and a brown one
in our town.
This might be good protection from hail but how would it sound when it rains?
Or worse, when it hails?
I also wonder about the cost of such a roof compared to a regular shingled construction.
The house behind this one also has the same treatment.
Maybe there was a special deal - two for the price of one.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tote Bags

The last three days have been spent doing some handwork. The pattern for this bag called it a Two Hour Tote. I must be extremely slow because it took much longer than two hours each.
The difference in size is because of the thickness of the yarn and the larger needle used for the "all pink" one.
Who knew pinks could clash?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gold Card

I have a card at Starbucks thanks to a friend in Texas. I occasionally "buy" a drink there with that prepaid card. Last week in the mail I received this gold card. There seems to be a way to earn more points by buying more drinks but I never paid to much attention to these perks. I do believe that a customer has to buy a lot more coffee than I do to earn rewards! So why did they send me this card when I already have one? It isn't registered, it isn't loaded so I don't see the advantage. It is very pretty and eye catching - the photo doesn't show the shiny surface!

I believe I'll just keep using my green and white version.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Filet Butterfly as an Antimacassar

That word, antimacassar, always fascinated me. I never looked it up until today. It means anti (against) macassar (oil.) They are used on the back and arms of chairs to protect the upholstery  from oils in our hair or on our hands. I never see them anymore except in an OLD movie!

Monday, June 16, 2014

T - shirt

I have a drawer full of t-shirts. Some I haven't worn in years. This one I had forgotten about!

It always struck me funny so I decided to wear it - probably only around the house!

Love the light meter and the appearance of a khaki explorer shirt!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dad, His Brother and His Tool Box

Born in 1898, my dad was the younger of two brothers. I have  his tool box and baby shoes that his mother saved and many happy memories of him being strict but loving me and mom through the depression and the war. He didn't serve in WWI. His brother told him to stay home and evidently he wasn't drafted! In WWII, they told him he was too old and he had some weird classification like
"4 H" which meant he was vital to the war effort in his employment. He worked for Kansas Power and Light as a lineman. He lived to be 83, which is my age now. Love you, Dad.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Turkey (Bacon?)

My first taste of this  product today. I guess it'll do as a substitute, but I wouldn't dignify it with the label "bacon." Maybe I cooked it too long. Medium heat, 5 - 6 minutes didn't seem to produce slices that looked cooked. So I left it in longer. Very chewy.

Friday, June 13, 2014


For Christmas in the '70's, my husband had this apron made for me.
Yes, that is the man with the curly hair. How we ever got him talked into getting
perms is beyond my memory but we did. They were not quite afros, but close.
The message is "A loaf of bread, a glass of wine and" with the photo representing
the person to share with!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Name That Car

This is from the early '60's.  My mom and dad with their new car. My dad always parked the car in the garage and wiped it down after each trip - even to the grocery store. There was no dust on his vehicles.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

World War I Doughboy

I should have put this up for Memorial Day but just ran across it in my pile of photos (!)
A friend bought the original at an estate sale for $8.50. I borrowed hers and had it scanned at a large machine at the court house. Then I just followed the pattern to crochet it in filet. I gave one to my friend whose dad fought in France and then made another to keep.
Filet crochet is a type of crocheted fabric. This type of crocheted lace is grid like because it uses only two crochet stitches: the chain stitch and the double crochet. Filet is from the French and Latin meaning thread and net/lace.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bricklayer Needed

I saw this chimney on a trip to the hardware store. I hope it doesn't crumble away!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Kindergarten Handprint

Made in a tin lid from a chalk box, this plaster of paris handprint has moved with us. I think
we made them for a present for our mothers - maybe Christmas or Mother's Day. My thumb
went into the edge and I was afraid I had ruined it.
My teacher's name was Miss Schmucker.  I wonder if she was related to the jelly and jam family.
Do you remember the names of all your grade school teachers?
I do. Then I wonder why I can't remember important stuff from the near past instead of the long ago. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Half Price Day at the Greenhouse

We got some coleus. I wanted to buy some kale but they were fresh out.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Summer Fun

This was long ago, at Pete's Puddle. Reminds me of a lot of summers.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Advice for Visitors

This trivet hung in my mom's kitchen and I always like the sentiment. If we can stand the mess we live in, you'll just have to endure it for your short visit here.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Atom Pop

Hungry for  popcorn from my 1960 Atom popcorn popper - made in Quincy, KS.  Where is Quincy, you ask?  I have no idea!  Later: tells me Quincy is about 50 miles south of Emporia, KS.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

August, 2011

I like fields like this with our state flower. I hope we get a better crop of these this summer.
So far the wheat fields look mighty puny.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Defective Rain Gauge

Upon closer examination we received an inch of rain - but from the kitchen window, after the
storm, I saw no sign of rain in the tube!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Leaning Treat

As far as I'm concerned, summer is here. We had our first gui-dunk (rhymes with free, which it was not!) from the ice cream shop last night.

The off center tower happened when the sack fell over. Luckily, we asked for lids.

Peanut Buster Parfait is my favorite.