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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9/11: 20 years later – the things I remember

September 11, 2021 NOTE: This is a republish of the post I did on September 11, 2020 with an updated title and corrected/refreshed content. The original comments are still attached. You do not have to read or comment on this post. I recorded it for myself. Horror in real time. I was 44 years old. We lived in central Wichita, Kansas at the time. I was still in bed, just starting to wake up, when the first plane hit the North Tower. I’d worked to after midnight on a rental house for our landlord. Jerry was down the block going through orders for a neighborhood couple who ran a courier service from their home. The Boss Lady had the tv on when the news broke in saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center. The Boss Lady told Jerry to go on home for a while as she needed to straighten out some of the order information and would call him later. Jerry walked in as I was just sitting up in bed and said, “The news says something happened in New York . . . a plane hit a building.” We turned on the tiny 12″ tv we

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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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