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. 

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A Sunday Stroll/Thursday Doors

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We took a walk through the Missouri State Fairgrounds “Highway Garden”. This park inside the fairgrounds is a peaceful way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Path leading to the water garden complete with door opening. 

We weren’t sure how long we would be able to stay around. There were chairs set up for a wedding and we didn’t see a time. Guess we could have pretended to belong but I am pretty sure my casual attire wasn’t going to fit the requirements.

This water garden is complete with a covered promenade. During the State Fair there are benches lined all along this scenic spot.

Overloaded with begonias 
And what would a Thursday Doors post be without a real door?

Hidden away behind the rock wall is the maintenance door for the drinking fountains. They were winterized already with a little bit of duct tape (this is where you insert your redneck jokes) so no close-ups. But there are several around the front and sides of this man-made structure.

There’s even an ivy tunnel for the romantics, photo shoots (senior pics), or a reprieve from the sun.

Thanks so much for joining me this week for Thursday Doors. I hope you’ll click here for many more doors entries.

Keep Your Foot Hard on the Pedal/Thursday Doors

I’m giving you a tour this Thursday Doors of Uncle Bob’s Car Museum.

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Entrance to the museum

I won’t be showing the outdoor view because I’m a stickler for keeping folks valuables safe. Too many break-ins in our area of late, including your’s truly. But that’s a story for another day.

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My first ‘doormat’ feature.

Which brings me to this above photo of his theory on the subject. {please refrain from sharing the multitude of opinions on firearms. I’m only featuring the item, not the politics.} He and my aunt have staunchly supported the DARE program for many, many years and you may see signs of his extreme generosity within this post. We are very proud to have him as family!

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The use of cabinets is widespread throughout his building.

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He has hand-built these shelves as well.

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More mini cars (hotwheels) in those curio cabinets. Not to mention all the signs, hat pins, magnets and other memorabilia.

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Repurposed store displays.

We Are Talking Cases and Cases of Cars here.

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Remember those Christmas villages for under your tree? Yep. He has ’em.

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Trophies are in the rafters here as well as whereever they can fit alongside cars. I told you he was a DARE legend. I’d venture to say one of the top contenders in our nation. I’ll check in on that and write an update sometime.

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And my personal favorite of all the peddle cars (that I regrettably neglected to get enough photos of) is his identical replica pedal car of the racing legend, the Honorable Dale Earnhardt. Astonishingly, he has 2!!

And this seems such an appropriate post to be writing as I hear actor Burt Reynolds has passed. Who can ever forget Smoky and the Bandit?? I daresay, there’ll be a car here somewhere from that movie.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour of our local car collecting aficionado, my Uncle Bob. For other wonderful doors around the world, please begin at Norm 2.0 for the road map.

 

YarnBombed in Denver/#thursdaydoors

The photo below was the first part of a text from my eldest daughter.

I informed her that it appeared ‘yarn bombing’ was underway.

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I’ve crocheted since the age of 9 and lots of my family and friends will send me photo/ideas of things they think I might want to crochet. These knob covers happen to be in a Denver brewery called “Just Like Grandma’s House”.

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While they didn’t offer any g-free brews, the atmosphere grabbed her attention enough to text me some pics. She told me they had chairs like we used to have in our kitchen, cold couches (70’s-esque) and that this particular night they were doing cross stitch. They also had hard candy, board games and a tv with Atari. Above you may notice they had nicknacks and an 8-track tape collection. Player? Not sure. But you get the general idea of how much a throwback this place was trying to be. Very unique down memory lane. If only I wasn’t 2 states away 🙂 Thank goodness she was only on vacation!

And the mandatory door insertion goes here.

I’m not a grandmother (someday-fingers crossed) but we all have a favorite one or someone we’ve considered our grandma. I would have loved to take mine on this walk down memory lane!

For other Thursday Door memories-in-the-making, check out Norm 2.0 here and he’ll explain where to find all the weekly entrants. Have a wonderful rest of your Thursday!

Leawood / #thursdaydoors

I would have to research Leawood, Kansas (Kansas City suburb) if you really want to know much about it. For us, it’s a pass-through city on the way to dinner with our daughters. One rode with, and one met us. We were pre-celebrating a birthday for the youngest and went to an old favorite place. So you’ve seen it before and I’m not going to repeat that one.

You’re welcome.

The collage is made just to give the door interest. I personally love a screened-in porch and would dearly love to have one. And there’s that stone! But for now, I present this one with some play on filters.

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You’re probably going to tell me the only ‘real’ stone is the wall. I’m sure you’re probably right considering this is not The East Coast 🙂 But a gal can try right?!

Hope you’ll take some time to drop in on Norm 2.0 for some more doors by clicking here. He’ll direct you to the blue frog.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Columbia Repository/#thursdaydoors

A childcare training got us out of the house early last Saturday morning. The destination was Columbia, Missouri. It took us a little over 1 hour to drive to the meeting place, Daniel Boone Regional Library. Daniel Boone is a big deal in this part of Missouri. I’ve written a little about his Missouri home here.

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Pardon the lights smack dab in the center of the building shot. It is a library that I had never been inside. So this was something to look forward to…..of course Thursday Doors was first in my thoughts.

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The rear door is the main entrance, or at least it felt like it to me. The sculpture has its twin in the first photo so it’s hard for me to decide the orientation they want you to have. So I’m just going with the ‘parking is in the back’ mentality.

The present building was built in 2002 in the exact location of its predecessor, the first being built in 1959. Quite a short life-span for that first building but that seems to be the way around here. Not too fond of this pattern of replacement personally.

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This painting was in a side hallway adjacent to the room I spent training hours in. No label to explain which building it is. But Columns are definitely a thing here associated with the University of Missouri. Just google ‘Mizzou pillars’ and you’ll get plenty of examples.

One busy place for a Saturday in August! It took a dual effort between the hubby and I to come up with people-free pics of the inner door view. (Thanks Ron!)

Much unused space in my opinion. But what do I know about building architecture??

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View towards the stacks. They sure have a lot of help desks. A good thing to see.

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I found this ‘door surround’ the most interesting focal point in the building. I’m not sure the exact meaning behind the mosaic of faces and images, but it’s definitely eye-catching.

Side note: I want this carpet pattern for my daycare. There would be sooo many hours of driving hotwheels all over the place 🙂

Hope you catch up with Norm 2.0 over at the original Thursday Doors spot. He’ll direct you to the blue frog button where you can peruse doors from around the world.

DeBruce Center/#ThursdayDoors

The Groundbreaking for this entry into the Thursday Doors was in 2014. Not vintage doors by any means, but what lies beyond them are pretty cool.

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In an office somewhere back in 2013, a KU alumni purchased for a mere $4.3 million, the original rules of basketball. And these are the doors you enter to see them.

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James Naismith was the author of these original rules and KU has embraced both Naismith and the generously donated ‘rules’ with the DeBruce Center.  I’m a little short on time this week but hopefully the following collage will give it some recognition it deserves.

Please stop by Norm 2.0 for other wonderful Thursday Door entries. You’ll definitely be glad you did.

Throwing Some Shade/Thursday Doors

When your daughter has a request, you do what most mothers do…..Fill that request. On this occasion, I took myself through this door and got busy.

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The plan was to get some window treatments to keep the heat out in summer and the heat in during the upcoming winter months. Trying to save on the utility bill in other words plus stay comfortable. Not to mention, the daughter gets to control the thermostat for the whole building. Sounds good until she found out her apartment was always the warmest in summer and coldest in winter. The culprit….all those dang windows. shadescollage So rather than buy the store variety, we joined our resources and with a little elbow grease, thread and time, we managed to recreate for 1/3 the price what she could have picked up. The only downside was the wait. It takes time to measure, cut and sew it all up. But mission accomplished and if nothing else, the sun won’t be quite as bright in those east windows every morning.

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I think this is where I’m supposed to insert something about ‘on the backs of immigrants’ as I wasn’t tall enough to reach the foot pedal while making the shades. We are very proud of our immigrant heritage and I’m going to heist those books someday in the future for some ‘light’ reading. History is always worth reading and remembering.

For other wonderful Thursday Doors entries, please visit Norm 2.0 and he will direct you to the blue frog.