On June 16, Father’s Day, we took a little drive to Lawrence, Kansas. Surprise! lol For those who read this blog now and then, you know we end up there often to see our eldest.
I’m about to take you along the path of an F4 tornado this Thursday Doors. There are actually doors that survived and many that didn’t. I tried to pare down the number of photos I’m sharing as there is,obviously, much destruction. That is the reason I’m sharing. The latest viewof a choice few of this tech-savvy generation is that you can take these things lightly. The very reason there were no casualties, I’m pleased to say, is that these Kansans were not outside taking selfies or storm-chasing.
So now with no further chastising, I have scenes of the May 28, 2019 tornado devastation. Our continued prayers for these victims as they try to rebuild lives and livelihoods.
To dispel certain notions, this part of Kansas is not entirely flat as you can see. Not a good idea to pass in other words. Sorry if you get behind a tractor. Their wheat crop is about to feed the world.
Doors here are intact. Roof, not so much.
Between the house and garage is a barn or other outbuilding crumpled into a heap.
This house was pretty much unscathed as is the way of tornadoes. One house damaged, the next untouched.
The picture in my mind of so many farmhouses I knew growing up. Does my heart good to see it still standing.
There’s a screen door in the distance that I bet withstood some pretty torential winds.
This my friends is Ground Zero of that tornado path. Scouring of the earth is what comes directly to mind. If you look at the horizon, you can see the trees that were in the path versus those that still have all their foliage. So thankful the city of Lawrence was not hit directly and that everyone is safe. And thanks to my eldest daughter for the guided tour to show the world the seriousness of this sort of natural disaster.
The collection today is a sequel of my daughter’s drive through Mid-Missouri last Tuesday and this particular set is from Boonville, Missouri. This town along the Missouri River is mostly high above on the river bluffs and so largely saved from the ravages of flooding thankfully. It has quite a few lovely old homes and I was delighted when Kirsten took some door shots for me.
Friday, June 14 is Flag Day in the U.S. and the collecton today features Old Glory in various ‘poses’. Hope you enjoy!
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!
A great portrayal is hard to beat when conveying the story behind a great set of doors.
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.
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.
Having reached middle age, the priviledge to take my mother places that she probably wouldn’t go on her own is ranking pretty high on my list. Not to mention being able to include other family members on these excursions. Such was the case for this Thursday Doors post.
I’ve mentioned a few times the Lawrence, Kansas destination we take and the main reason being to visit the eldest daughter, soon to be Dr. Daughter. (Pardon this outburst moment of pride.)
Sitting area overlooking a lovely view
Blake Hall to the right with Fraser Hall directly ahead.
The KU Campus was one of the places we took Mother, aka Grandma, to see. You can hover your mouse over each pic for a descriptive caption. It’s a lovely place to visit, with Fraser Hall’s flags flying in the above photo professing (no pun intended) its claim of being the highest point in Lawrence.
I present the only actual door for this Thursday Doors collection. I know there are many more eye-catching ones but, sorry, they’ll have to wait until next year.
A Bronze Wheat Bundle between Blake and Fraser Halls.
Waving the wheat is a long-standing KU tradition and this bronze is a tribute to that ritual as well as to the state of Kansas and its great farming legacy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Thursday Doors posts this past year and have taken a moment to check out other Door posts starting with Norm 2.0. Click the Blue Frog button at the bottom of his post for doors from around the world.
I attended an event on Tuesday evening at our local Municipal Court here in good ol’ Sedalia, Missouri, by invitation.
There was some construction or deconstruction of a fountain to your right in this photo which I decided not to include in the photo. This building is a 70-ish era building. I know because I remember the one prior to it. I suppose this is when I should insert that I have a long personal history of family in law enforcement. My claim to ‘riding the same train’ is real.
Above these doors is the proud ‘Seal of the City of Sedalia’.
You can make an echo in there. But No I did not. In fact I even kept my phone camera on silent.
I really loved how the light is behind Old Glory.
My daughter is being sworn in for the duration of the Missouri State Fair to work for the Security Force there. She is a student of Criminal Justice in college. It’s a career path she’s chosen that has been blazed ahead of her by several in our family, including her father. She even has a great, great, great? Uncle who was a Sedalia police chief. Lots of great heritage to embrace.
Note to my daughter: This event may have been by invitation, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! Love, Your proud mama!
Sunflowers are historically know for being happy flowers. So a little sun on your shoulders is just the thing to send cheer someone’s way. Which is the inspiration for my latest item on Katy Trail Creations on Etsy.
And then of course it helps that my daughter is enjoying these beauties in person in the Sunflower State.
In looking at rental options, the one thing that drew my daughter to her current choice was the cabinet space. She comes from a long line of cooks. A good supply of pots and pans is imperative. Not to mention, there must be a spot for her Bavarian China from her dad and I.
Then there’s the cleaning stash door. That is broom, vacume, mop.
Can’t have too many Doors when it comes to cabinets.
What would you think if your watched your neighbor and her twenty-something daughter leave the house on a Friday night in 93 degree heat carrying a little 6-pack cooler/ice chest? Try as I might, I don’t think we looked casual with that in hand. I’m almost sure I had a smirk on my face.
But just to settle the question, there was only “Ice” in the cooler. We were heading to another town to get some frozen yogurt. Rachel swore it was worth the drive. It’s 25 minutes from home.
Rachel ate hers immediately. I had the cooler for mine and a ‘companion’ container for the hubster. The rest of our food purchase was for dinner and reheatable and maybe I’ll show you that in another post. For now, just know this was definitely worth that drive time. Have you ever had Birthday Cake frozen yogurt?
It’s the Mother’s Day surprise from my daughter. We’d been to our town’s new Hobby Lobby recently and I’d pointed to the metal contraption you see here and said in passing that I could use one of those. It is a pair of pliers for plastic snaps. The ones in the store didn’t have the rainbow of colorful snaps you see here included. They were separate. Her economics degree came in handy since she found this All-in-one set with an awl and all those snaps.
And I just happened to have a bib hanging around that needed a fastener. This will be so much quicker that sewing on Velcro or a sew-on snap. Thank you Rachel!