The state fair (part 2)

September 19, 2021 Well, today is the last day of the Kansas State Fair. It definitely wasn’t as big a deal as in past years, but was still pretty good. Not having it in 2020 really hurt our city because of the lost revenue. Hopefully this year’s state fair helped. Today’s photos are of some miscellaneous entries and other items in the 4-H, Domestic Arts, and Pride of Kansas buildings. Our grandkids all love the movie “WALL-E.” I thought this homemade rendition of the cute little guy was very good! Behind it in the glass-front cabinet were neat little scenes made with Legoes! Cake anyone? She made Kansas silhouette scenes on every side! The “Ad Astra Per Aspera” is our state motto: “To The Stars Through Difficulties.” (Ugh. Sorry about all the light from the overhead windows. Could not get away from that for nuthin’!) And then the prairie house bread sculpture. Sharpies used to make the design of our state animal, the American buffalo. I love abstract paintings, especially with bright colors. My son has done many abstract paintings and has even had some at art auctions in our town (this is not his; John and I both use

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The state fair (part 1)

September 17, 2021 The Kansas State Fair is going on right now. This year it runs from September 10-19. The only Monday during that time is always free day – you can get in the gate with a Dillon’s shopper’s card (Dillon’s is a Kroger store), or pay $1 without the card. It used to be called Senior Day where everyone 65 and older got in free. I don’t remember when they changed it to the current entry requirement. Even when we woke that morning – which was almost 10:00! – we were still undecided about whether we’d be going that day or not. If we don’t take advantage of the free day, we don’t go at all. It costs too much for folks on a fixed income. We never buy food or drink while at the fair either… I carry bottled water and snacks in my backpack and we call it good. Well, ‘long about noon-thirty, we finally said, Let’s go! and drove on up to North Main where I found a spot to park on one of the side streets where we’ve always parked, got Jerry’s wheelchair out of the back seat, and went to the fair. Remember

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Pain, rain, watermelon, beans, and autumn

September 6, 2021 NOTE: In the past few days, I’ve had folks telling me that comments can’t be seen/seem to be hidden. I have checked all settings and they are as they should be. I’m doing research into this but not finding a “fix” … which tells me it’s probably a glitch with the template I’m using (I contacted the developer of the template but they always take weeks to reply). If you’re here and see this website changing the way it looks/runs, I’m testing out newer templates to see what I like. Thank you for your patience as I work to correct the problem. UPDATE: There! I fixed it! I’ve been having some rough days physically lately. Back on June 21, I had an awful day, what with getting locked out of John’s house in over 100Β° heat for 15-20 minutes because of the bad door handle (he fixed that), and then idiot drivers pulling out in front of me and other people later in the day. One of those idiots came off a corner with a stop sign, didn’t even look, just drove right out in front of me and another woman on one of the busiest streets

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One day haul and some rain

August 22, 2021 After supper on Thursday, when the heat of the day had lifted and the tree shadows from the cemetery across the road gave me enough shade to work, I harvested what I could from our garden in an hour. The weather people were saying we would have severe storms overnight with flooding rains and high winds, so I wanted to make sure I saved what veggies and fruits were ready to be picked and double-check that all the plants still growing were battened down good just in case. This, my friends, was my one day haul… 31 tomatoes (2 German Queen, 29 Early Girl); 8 butternut squash (look at that adorable little one!); 10 jalapeno, 7 purple onions (yes, I know people call them red, but in this house they are purple); and that bowl of onions (yellow and white). I’ve harvested three times that much since June, but all of the above was one day! The German Queen are heirloom tomatoes… these are from descendant seeds of plants that were from the garden of my mama and dad back when I was a little girl. I have a lovely ripe one from the other day plus

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