Many Thanks, Andrea!

Quilting Alert!!

Last weekend I was given the opportunity to be interviewed by Andrea R Huelsenbeck over at ARtisticLicense. I just want to extend my humble thanks for the shout out and if you have the opportunity, check out her blog! I’ve followed her for quite some time and I believe we first met during an A to Z Challenge — testament to the great friendships formed during blog challenges. I highly recommend participation in these blog events. You never know how much of a connection you will have with another. Here’s the link to check it out: https://arhtisticlicense.com/2019/10/12/an-interview-with-quilter-stephanie-finnell/

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A Week in Autumn/Inez’s Clippings

Big changes came this week in our weather. And boy were we ready! The children couldn’t get enough of the outdoors. I am right there with ’em!

Jacket weather at last!

I even found an appropriate clipping from grandma and I’d bet she loved this time of year just as much.

It wasn’t unexpected this year but much anticipated.

In the past, I have had several Persimmon Reports. The first in 2011, followed by 2012, 2013, and after skipping a few years, I resumed after enough requests from family and friends in 2017 and last year. There’s only so much you can say about winter predictions with a persimmon so I’ll keep it simple. Remember this is not scientific.

  • Fork = Mild winter
  • Knife = Cold Cutting Temps
  • Spoon = Lots of moisture whether it’s rain or snow, you’ll be getting your fair share.

Drum roll………. For the Winter of 2019-2020 ……….

With the exception of the dud seed in that last pic, you can expect much moisture this coming winter. I do hear your groans and I apologize profusely. Grab your shovels and snowblowers or have that extra cash handy to pay the neighbors kids to shovel for you.

For me, it means I will have to be pretty creative in helping children expell all their wiggles. Prayers as well as suggestions are welcome and appreciated!

Speaking of creativity, I was gifted a cute lil’ pumpkin this last week as well as a bounty from a neighbors community garden.

There were enough beans to share with my mother! And I did snap them ahead for her ’cause that’s what you do for you mom.

Leaving you this Sunday with a photo of the Katy Trail. May your week ahead bring you much sunshine and wonderful autumn days!

The Katy Trail- Sedalia, Missouri

The Island/ Thursday Doors

Pattern to me is usually referring to a set of instructions to create. But for this Thursday Doors, I’m going with the aesthetic form.

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But first a pre-Halloween greeting from one of my daycare kiddos. He was so proud of his new Blippi suspenders this morning and let me take his picture with them — beside the front door naturally. 🙂  This little guy has to give hugs before he leaves us each day and tells us “I like you and love you!” The world needs more of his attitude these days.

When you need more storage in your kitchen, an island is one way to get it. Thus, the reason we’ve added this one to our well-used, lived-in, kitchen/dining room. I have my husband to thank for the granite choice (that is the Pattern I mentioned) and the extra length of the island. It was originally only supposed to be 4 feet long. Not complaining!!

 I will leave you to check out what’s behind them if you should choose. A quick mention that the makers of both the cabinet and the granite top are top notch in our area! Not from a box store. These are hand crafted and I am very proud to have them as part of my home. I highly recommend choosing to purchase from small businesses when and if you have the opportunity.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Thursday Doors post and will take time to visit Norm 2.0 where he will direct you to many many more wonderful door posts from all over.

Hacksaw Ridge/#thursdaydoors

I mailed a package today. The door it is headed for will most likely take 10 to 14 days as they had wave after wave of typhoons (no pun intended) hit their island. So naturally mail is a bit delayed lately while they do some recovering/repairing/regrouping.

Are you curious as to what was in the package? Well it turns out I can tell you because they saw pictures ahead of time.

This is a cash budget envelope system for my niece who lives for the next few years in Okinawa, Japan. She’ll be able to allocate her cash and reduce overspending with these envelopes. She is to be credited with sending me Pinterest ideas to create this pretty cool idea. And of course, she knew her aunt has plenty of scraps. So in return……….

I get a few door posts.  (not that I wouldn’t have made these for her anyway) 🙂

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One of her favorite places to eat. I believe they serve familiar food there.

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For your shopping convenience, this is the Japanese equivalent to Target called ‘Nitori’ according to my niece.

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A door at the bottom of the hill of Hacksaw Ridge.

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A gorgeous view from the top of Hacksaw Ridge looking out over the ocean. Forgive me for not knowing which direction this faces. But it definitely gives you an idea of how crowded the island is.

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Glad to see this historical area is given some honor. A beautiful spot for reflection.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Thursday Doors post and will take time to visit Norm 2.0 where he will direct you to many many more wonderful door posts from all over.

The Open Gate/#thursdaydoors

I hope you can endure yet another one of my momma brag moments.

Progressing closer to securing that PhD. The eldest daughter has passed her exams. Now a few steps left. In other words, oral defenses, a dissertation, and a mountain of research. Don’t even ask about the job application process.

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Steps up Mt. Oread

One of the photos she’s shared over the last 2 years. 

Thursday Doors is a weekly blog event in which you are welcomed to visit or participate in each Thursday. Just stop by Norm 2.0 to learn more.

London House/#thursdaydoors

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Childhood hometown, Green Ridge, Missouri.

It’s a long way from Green Ridge, Missouri, (population 476) to Chicago, Illinois. The last time I was there was before cell phones. There were only car phones actually attached to your car. Nonetheless, this is a Thursday Doors post and I’m using photos donated by my one and only sister. Last weekend, she flew to Chicago on a business trip and happened to think of me. Here is how I’m going to tell her story.

Tootsie is a big deal currently in the windy city. And on this evening, I’d venture a ride on the water would be pretty enjoyable. I’d hope for a guided tour myself along with a nice bottle of wine to warm me up in case it’s cool.

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A “Show-Me-The-Money-Green” Mercedes would do just fine for a tour of the rest of the weekend.

And dropping me off at the London House Hotel would be the icing on the cake. Look this one up on Google. Wowza!

A shout out to my little sister for sharing her views of Chi-town! Evette, you’re next! (my family is pretty awesome like that)

And a thank you to our stand-in hosts the past 3 weeks for our Thursday Doors blogging. Much appreciated!!

Greeting Committee/ Thursday Doors

My entry this week in the Thursday Doors realm will coincide with an Instagram photo-a-day challenge. So the “twofer” will share space here this week. Thursday Doors, in case you hadn’t heard, is a weekly photo challenge hosted by Norm 2.0 here. Check it out and all the lovely doors around the world who join him each week.

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Enter Warm Springs Ranch, and the Doorway (aka gate) to the home of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

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There are tours available, but we chose just the drive-by variety. That is some barn!

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A more typical modern rural barn looks like this one.

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Of all horse breeds, draft horses are my favorite. They are such gentle giants.

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Pretty sure these little guys would have greeted us up close… if they could only have found that gate.

 

Dr. Matthew Hall / Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in the words of Norm 2.0 is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time)

Number 15 on the walking tour of Arrow Rock, Missouri is the Dr. Matthew Hall House. Dated 1846, it is nearing 172 years old.

Arrow Rock was established in 1829.

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Dr Matthew 1 (2).jpg  The description in the self-guided tour of Dr. Hall’s influence on this town’s history is stated as saying:

15 Dr. Mathew Hall House,1846|Dr. Hall was a noted civic leader and community physician. In 1856, he moved his family to the country to escape “the evil influence of a river town.”– MDNR       To see more of this guide, click here. 

It must have been a rough place to reside at some point. Hard to imagine now.                              

For me, this town represents much of a ‘frontier-era Missouri’. It sits along the path taken by Lewis and Clark on their famous Expedition.

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I’ve been posting on this town several Thursdays now and I think it’s time to let it go with a slide show of extras. If you happen to be driving down I-70 in central Missouri though, I highly recommend taking the exit to Arrow Rock to see this River Town time capsule. It’s not a tourist trap and comes with a very scenic drive along the way. A real gem!

 

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Property-No Acreage/Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors in the words of Norm 2.0, ” is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time), by using the blue link-up button….”

The jaunt through Arrow Rock, Missouri continues for yet one more week. No promises to be finished with it, although I reserve the right to take a break from it. Time will tell.

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In case you were in the market for some business real estate in the area, here’s one right on the boardwalk of Down Town Arrow Rock. Antique/novelty shop, bakery, hair salon or photo/art studio would be my own personal suggestion. Hint, hint. 😉

Across the street is this pretty significant place in history in the state of Missouri…..

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I think the best approach to convincing you of the appeal of this Mid-Missouri real estate is with a little slide show. So hope you enjoy this slice of Huston Mercantile.

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Burglars/ThursdayDoors

“Burglars know there’s more than one way to skin a vault.” James Chiles, American Writer

(not the Missouri Confederate Outlaw, just to clarify)

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A collage of the Arrow Rock, Missouri, Friends of Arrow Rock Office ‘vault’. This building houses a display of many early Missouri firearms as well as other objects of interest of the era. This is along a row of storefront buildings with an 1800-style boardwalk. Original buildings were destroyed by fire in 1872 and 1901. We noticed but didn’t partake in the refreshments in the alcove.

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