A Throwback event was planned by my husband and I for our daughters. We bought them tickets for Christmas and the event was held last Friday evening in Kansas City. But as you can see from some photos below, we were kinda worried if we’d get to make it there. Ice is the worst! Can’t stress it enough. There’s nothing moving, unless it’s you falling on your rump or other body parts that happen to land first. Such as my youngest hitting her head on the pavement headed to work. So glad she wasn’t hurt badly! Scary stuff and not the best part of living in the Midwest.
The Throwback Event as I have dubbed it was a concert to see Sara Evans who happens to be a Missouri-born country music singer in case you weren’t aware. Three of us met the eldest daughter at the Ameristar Casino to see the show. We took a couple prints of the 2002 pic below along for autographing.
Little did we know we’d get to take another photo or 2. They’re all grown up now clearly and this mom is feeling all sappy and stuff. My how time flies. Some song lyrics from Born to Fly: Hey, ’cause I will soar away like the blackbird I will blow in the wind like a seed I will plant my heart in the garden of my dreams And I will grow up where I want, wild and free Who doesn’t want this for their children? Some more photos below of the fam and some doors that are the best I could do with an icy parking lot on the outside. I.Don’t. Skate.
There are a few well-kept secrets here in Mid-Missouri, but it’s high time I spilled the beans. I am super excited to introduce a couple friends of mine. They are Wendy and Doug Needy and they have created ‘The Silos at Prarie Vale’. This Airbnb rendevous on the Prairie is a gem! Tucked away in Rural Pettis County, Missouri–near Windsor’s Amish community, the Missouri State Fairgrounds, state parks, annual festivals and historical places. Who needs to stay here? Honeymooners, Fair-goers, World Travelers, Bikers (it’s a short pedal off the Katy Trail) or anyone who needs to destress their life. What an experience!!
Yeah, I know. This sounds like an ad. But I know these folks. I graduated with Doug. His mother, Judy, graduated with my aunt Glenda. Growing up, those 2 spent lots of hours as our room mothers, preparing cool parties for us. So many good treats and wonderful memories. And when I first met Wendy, we were planning one of our class reunions. Judging by the hard work and thoughtfulness they’ve invested in this venture I’d say creativity is just in their genes.
This Thursday Doors, I hope you’ll enjoy the selection of photos Wendy sent me. They will tell you so much more than I can. If you are interested in a more detailed description of The Silos, please click here.
Thanks to Norm 2.0 and all the Doors family who are so kind as to allow me to have this brag moment for one of Green Ridge, Missouri’s finest families. Please visit Norm 2.0 and find the blue frog button for door entries from across the globe. You will be awestruck by the superb views.
I’ve talked about our Missouri State Fair a few lots of times. I hope my readers will endure one more post. You see, I found the ‘mother-lode’ this year. I don’t recall ever seeing so many quilts in one building with doors on them as I did this year. And I’ve seen a lot of fairs come and go. After all, it’s only across the highway from our home. It’s The place of the year to see or be seen in Sedalia, Missouri. One of these days, I may enter my own quilt. But for now, I’m sharing this door extravaganza in quilts. Hope you enjoy!
This next one, however, deserves extra inspection. I haven’t counted the doors, but someone has an enormous amount of patience to piece this work of art. I salute you as, apparently, do the judges this year. You were rewarded that purple ribbon. Much congratulations sent your way!
Because of the lighting (or lack thereof) and shadows this isn’t the best shot. It is, however, a huge inspiration to us quilters who try to use up all our fabric stash in one fell swoop. The Corner to Corner division in this quilt is what makes it different and loveable. The hand quilting is what got it a ribbon. Personally I think the creator deserved a blue one.
Another busy week + Trying to Do it All at My Age = easy share for Thursday Doors.
We were headed this way, towards the Grand Stand at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.
I look forward to taking some ‘after’ pics for comparison soon.
But this item caught my eye. We’ve got some lumber and stuff and want to build ourselves a hothouse. This one gives us some ideas….
The door is pretty much not what I’d pick personally. I’ve been exposed to so many options since joining the Door patriots here. Thanks everyone, by the way.
The lighting prevented me from getting a good focus but you can see the sizes that are possible as well as the name of the company should you really be interested in what they offer. I’m a do-it-yourselfer when possible.
For the genteel among us, the Womans Building was built following a need to give women and children a better place to rest at the Missouri State Fair. The philosophy of the times dictated that women and children be segregated rather than encouraging family togetherness. The desire to improve conditions for women and children followed the popularity of the first one built at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.
Full view of the current building. In the back and on the ground floor of the building is a museum of the history of the Missouri State Fair. And it’s also a little more like a basement and a good place to spend time during severe weather. There always tends to be at least one heavy storm during the fair each year. When you live across the highway from the fairgrounds for as many years as we have, you tend to recount these things pretty accurately.
Original cost is said to have been $30,000. An investment well spent.
Last August, I snapped a photo of The Coliseum located on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. It has a long history and makes a pretty grand presence next to all the concession tents, parked vehicles and trailers.
But it’s hard to really appreciate it with all that overcrowded parking.
Yesterday evening, before sunset and before the clouds in the distance rolled in, I was able to dash over and get this opportunity at a picture. You see, there’ll be another crowd here this weekend with a “Tough Mudder Mud Run” event. It’s quite a big deal to some and I wish them well, but not my cup of tea.
My husband tells me at the time of this writing that he has a newspaper of the Reagan visit and a coin in our ‘safe place’. Nice to know now when it’s so safe, I can’t get to it until later. (chuckle)
Here’s the back view. Fence in the middle left is leading to the cattle barns that I’ll show you some other time. Keeps the run-away steers a little less life-threatening 😉
For the ‘Doors’ section of this post, I present some barn doors. Locked for now. Saving a view from inside another day.
My favorite is something you see now-a-days on home improvement channels. I love those sliding doors. I have an idea I could use this for as we speak.
gonna add it to my Honey-Do list. have to say these things softly.
Caught in thoughtful reflection was this moment of my daughter reading a description of this piece entered into the Missouri State Fair exhibits. I love seeing her in such concentrated interest. Here’s what captured her so.
After she read it she asked me, “Mom did you See that? Can you Imagine having to display your sewing abilities to Marry?!” This brought on some thought-provoking discussion of the times they lived in compared to ours.
None of the photos do the piece any justice, but you can see why we were spellbound and in awe of the delicate beauty displayed in this woman’s needlework of 1841.