Thursday, November 26, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Faces & Smiles

This weeks topic was chosen by Sarah from Idaho. The only difficult part for me, was limiting the number of pictures I post of my grandchildren.


Same boys 2 years later.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Adventures of Verity

"Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, Follow the Yellow Brick Road!"

Looks like I hit the jackpot.

While I'm here, I'll just tidy up a bit.

Wishing you a "Happy Thanksgiving" and blessings to all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Morning Drive

On my way to work Monday morning.

This changed to big, fat, wet snowflakes in the afternoon. They melted on the ground and turned to ice last night. My driveway is a sheet of ice. The high today is predicted to be 49 degrees, but currently the wind chill is 27. Here's hoping the ice gets a chance to melt before night.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: My Town's Premier Attraction

This weeks topic chosen by Kent. I chose the Cooper Barn at the Prairie Museum of Art & History. First is a picture borrowed from the net as it looks today. It's touted as the largest barn in Kansas and in 2008 was voted one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas Architecture.

The following are pictures of snapshots I took when the barn was moved in 1992. It was moved from the original site of Foster Farms about 15 miles from Colby. I believe the Cooper family owned it at the time it was donated to the museum, hence the name. It was parked overnight on a county road near our house. The kids just had to go see it on the truck. It appears we weren't the only ones. I really need a scanner, these glossy prints don't photograph well at all.

For a better view of the barn and the dimensions read here.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pictures from my weekend weaving class.

We learned different patterns by weaving a sampler. The loose little ends are where the yarn was joined together. They will be trimmed after the piece is washed. I did make a lot of mistakes, but hopefully you can't see them.

I've been wanting to learn to weave for some time now. My son found this small loom for me at a garage sale this summer. I wanted to learn to weave rag rugs and was trying to teach myself using a book. I decided to take the class at the Yarn Barn to help me fix any bad habits. I learned a lot, but probably not enough.

The bottom pictures are of a rag sampler I tried at home. I wasn't totally displeased with it, but I need to do a little more reading about the warp.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Places of Worship

This weeks topic was selected by Rebecca. Be sure to click on her name and see what she has to show you. You can also check out the rest of the Friday My Town Shoot Out group.

This old church makes me think of cars with white walled tires, Easter bonnets, ladies stockings with seams and little girls with frilly dresses and white anklets. I wonder how long the bell will remain hanging.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Out of the Mouths of Babes.

I know you've all noticed what cute grandchildren I have. My grandsons are 6 months apart in age and get to see each other about twice a year.They've finally reached an age where they like to play together. Picture is from this summer just after they both arrived at Grandma's.

I want to tell you a story related to me by my daughter. Her son is the one on the right. He likes to talk to just about anyone. He was out on the driveway while his daddy washed the car. The teenaged girls from across the street came outside, wearing shorts that revealed part of their "hineys." Riley called out, "Where are your pants?" They got in their car and drove away. We may have to work on his pick-up technique in the next 16 years!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Numbers & Years

What does it say about us when we begin to reference everything by it's age? There is a man doing carpet installation at my house this week. He's a very nice fellow and pleasant to visit with. He mentioned that he had his 20th high school reunion last year, making him about 38 according to my calculations. It dawned on me that I'm old enough to be his mother. That is, if I'd begun my family at 19 like both of my sisters. Maybe it is the fact that his hair is going gray! This morning I calculated that I've had my waffle iron for 37 years and I've been saying all week that a everyone should get new carpet as least once every 25 years. I also remarked that I have lived in this house for 31 years next month.

How time flies when you are having a life. I think I need to write one of those "bucket lists" and get moving.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Fall harvest is finally in high gear. October, when it normally starts, was very, very wet. Farmers couldn't get into the fields without getting stuck and the grain was too high in moisture content for the elevator to take it. November brought very mild warm days, so the harvest is on!

There's a constant line of trucks waiting to unload at the elevators.

This was 7:00 pm last night.

Please excuse the bugs on the windshield. It's not wise to stand on the highway at dusk during harvest.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Unusual Clouds

This was taken yesterday near Bird City, Ks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Skylines

Kate, also from Kansas, chose the topic this week. She says, "My topic is up to bat this week and I picked Skylines. One of my favorite things to see when I go to a new city is the look of their skyline - and for me, skylines can be the look of a small-town Main Street or the giant buildings of a huge city's downtown or a field full of corn. What is the "skyline" that you think of when someone mentions your town?"

Well, I live on the opposite side of the state where it is very flat. This is a picture of the industrial part of my town viewed from the road that I live on. To be fair, most of the buildings are one-story structures.

The taller structures that you could possibly see from other directions are our courthouse:

and of course, the grain elevators.

I like this perspective best.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Who is that guy?

Two year old Mcclellan at the Mediterranean cafe in Lawrence, KS.