To Dr. Alex/ Inez’s Clippings

Kate Douglas Wiggin was an American author who wrote Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Included in her other accomplishments was that of beginning the first free kindergarten in San Francisco in 1878. I like to begin with this lady pioneer in education as I feel women trailblazers have really had to work to get us to where we are in this day and age. Her life and the triumphs she made despite adversity give us something to emulate.

While deciding on this post topic, I found a little tidbit in my grandmother’s clippings. This grouping includes a quote from this great lady and I’ll share it in a bit. But first, I wanted to give my daughter’s best friend a huge congratulations on this day, the day after her graduation. Today she is officially Dr. and there was much sacrifice for her to get to this place. And along the way, she gave safe harbor to my daughter. Seemingly alone, when miles away from family and friends, she stepped up to stand beside my daughter during what seemed like there was such a formidable mountain to climb. This is the trait of a great, kind and beautiful person. Alex, we certainly wish you many, many blessings in your life and career!

Clippings kept from Grandma Inez meant for Alex I am quite sure!
Clippings kept from Grandma Inez meant for Alex I am quite sure!

To all the graduates out there, not much has changed since the 1920’s era of this publication in what is important in your success. I say, be like Dr. Alex. Start with kindess.

The hooding of Dr. Alex at the University of Kansas, May 18, 2019
The hooding of Dr. Alex at the University of Kansas, May 18, 2019

Inez’s Clippings is a page on my blog with periodical entries based on a small yellow box of collected newspaper clippings belonging to my grandmother Inez Hunter. Click the ‘Inez’s Clippings’ tab to read more entries as they are published. Thanks so much for visiting!

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For the Record Books/AtoZ Reflections 2019


I promised a reflection post per the survey so here I am–by the skin of my teeth. Another year of surviving the AtoZ Challenge is done. And I had both success and unfinished agenda for this year. Wanna see??

Here’s the completed blocks—-

I actually intend this to be flipped but oh well.

I took several weekends to finally decide on a layout. And this one above isn’t exactly what I’ll have in the end, but it’s close. I really struggled with indecision on this quilt top. I’m not usually so wishy washy but, hey, I’m a girl right?! I have the priviledge of being that way once in awhile. hehe So,all in all, I’m just happy the blocks were all sewn by the end of the challenge and I was never late on posting. Two out of three ain’t bad.

I’m happy to say I kept a list of links to visit regularly and most everyone I visited returned to view, like, or comment on my blog as well at least a time or two. I sincerely understand the time restraints for those of us who work fulltime and attempt these blog challenges. It’s a miracle we ‘survive’. Add to that, family, sick days, yard work, home repairs, and you have the stress level of a parent of triplets going through a divorce. That being said, I am so thankful for supportive people in my life. Number one is my dear husband who never bats an eye when I ask him for help during these challenges.

Other stuff I had in the ‘workbasket’ during the challenge and beyond this year include the following items.

Just needs binding and it’s finished.

The first item I worked on was this quilt top purchased on eBay by my husband. It was partially quilted so all I had to do was finish 3/4 of the hand quilting.It even came with the heart template to finish the marking. The sunbonnet girls represent 12 months of the year and were all hand appliqued. I have a special plan for this one. More on that in the future.

Crazy Anne #2 from KC Star patterns

This a project I found in a FaceBook marketplace purchase. I agreed to meet a lady to purchase a significant tub of fabric and notions. This was in the tub, wrinkled and bunched up and, I believe, missed completely by the seller. Lucky for me. It is going to be such a pretty quilt once I finish the quilting. Still in progress.

What’s this have to do with my Reflections post?? Well it is just my way of saying I haven’t totally focused on finishing that quilt top from the AtoZ. Sometimes you have to walk away from a project to make decisions on it. Definitely the case here. I will have it completed sometime during the AtoZ Roadtrip so please check back for updates.

Time to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the 10th AtoZ Challenge, the hosts, and to the readers who peek in anonymously. You are all appreciated! Til next year….

Calaboose/Thursday Doors

Calaboose
kaluh-boos, kal-uhboos ] Definition: Noun Slang. jail; prison; lockup.

Today’s Thursday Doors is another donation project of which I am always grateful. The youngest daughter is my enabler this week, along with her bestie/cousin’s girlfriend/future cousin.

Not wanting to prolong the post this week as I have a kazillion things calling, I’ll cut to the chase. The pictures following are from Springfield, Missouri of an old 1891 police sub-station; nicknamed ‘Calaboose’.

Wow. This is the first time WordPress has allowed me to caption all photos in the new editor! Sorry, got sidetracked there. It’s the small things sometimes.

The sign will tell you that it’s a police museum but was closed at the time. Might be a future stop for them? Bet it has a few gems inside!

Make your stop over at Norm 2.0 for more fabulous Thursday Door entries. Wonderful entries from all over!

Peacock Door/Thursday Doors

From the computer ‘vault’ this Thursday Doors, I’m presenting a donation door that I hope to see in person some day. Until then, I hope you’ll enjoy this little taste of Chicago from my daughter’s latest conference trip. She sure hit a home run with this one!

Letting this speak for itself.
Letting this speak for itself.

A great portrayal is hard to beat when conveying the story behind a great set of doors.

The aforementioned lobby
The aforementioned lobby

The Palmer House Lobby is pretty lavish. I wish the lights had a little less glare to see the fixtures. But even so, they definitely spared no expense here.

Peacock Door
Peacock Door

Now that’s a ‘spensive door! Fenced off for good reason. I’m pretty sure most folks would have all stopped to photograph it to avoid staring.

To sum it up, I think lots of Thursday Doors are a result of not wanting to be caught staring at the wonderful doors we find. I hope you’ll stop over at Norm 2.0 and check out his doors as they’re always wonderful. He’ll tell you where to find the rest of his followers as well.

The German Table/Thursday Doors

Returning this week to Thursday Doors posts. Just want to say I’ve missed the Thursday Doors gang but I’m glad I participated in the A to Z again just the same. Couldn’t miss its 10th anniversary now could I? If you’re curious about my contribution, you may click the 2019 AtoZ tab above to see the posts. There will be a reveal for the Reflections post that hopefully includes my sampler quilt top. Look for it May 6.

So we had a surprise birthday party for the brother-in-law. And the location couldn’t have been more charming. You might drive by it if you’re not looking goin’ down Missouri state highway 52.

Before the honoree arrived, I got a shot of these farmhouse style tables. Bestill my heart!! Oh, and there’s the inside door view.

The ambiance was wonderful, food was outstanding and no complaints on service. The only thing lacking was the company of a couple of our children…..my niece(& her hubby) and my eldest. But already making plans for a return when everyone is back home. Til then, I’ll share the rest of the photos for this Thursday Doors from Cole Camp, Missouri.

Did I mention the dessert??!! Bavarian Cream filled and layered German Chocolate cake. Oh my Word!! No pics to taunt you with but I’ll be trying the duplication of this one. No doubt about it!