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The Coffee Shop / CLOUDS
« on: October 17, 2016, 06:53:47 pm »
I wonder who is blowing smoke rings in Heaven.

Buy, Sell or Trade / Golden Wheat"
« on: September 18, 2016, 05:22:10 pm »

Golden Wheat dishes.  I have two boxes of these dishes.  If you are interested, you are welcome to inspect them.   There are approximately 55 pieces, including 19 plates, dessert plates, salad plates, soup bowls, cups & saucers, etc.  The sugar and creamer.

If you are interested, you are welcome to come and inspect them.  Call me at 620 374-3033 for time and location.

Greetings, Birthdays & Anniversaries / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2015, 08:59:39 am »
MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone.  Our night was crisp and clear.  The moon the brightest that it has been on Christmas Eve for quite some time.  Santa didn't need Rudolph last night.

Today is clear and bright.  The closest to a white Christmas that we are going to get is a heavy sparkly frost.  Does make it look Christmasy outside.

You all have a good, safe day, wherever you are.

The Coffee Shop / Today's Treat
« on: December 14, 2015, 11:59:35 am »
Today's treat is a Cooper's Hawk that was perched on the arbor close to the bird bath.  He was definitely waiting to ambush a small bird if one flew in for a drink.  Daughter went out and made him leave.  That is the closest I have been able to see this hawk.  I don't think he went far.  If he was waiting for a meal, the bird bath or the feeder is always a good place to wait in ambush.

The Coffee Shop / Bald Eagles
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:37:57 am »
I am starting a new thread on these majestic birds because the old one I found hasn't been posted on for many years.

Yesterday, on our way home from Wichita, I saw two of these mighty birds.  Not one, but two and they were miles apart.  The first one was west of Beaumont and I identified it by it's white tail flashing in the sunlight as it made a turn.

The second one was about a mile west of the 400/99 junction.  I saw both the head and the tail as the eagle turned towards us.

That is the most eagles I have seen in one day since the day that there were so many of them at the Winfield Lake.

Is anyone else seeing more eagles than usual in this area?

The Coffee Shop / Broad-striped Skunk
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:30:08 am »
Here is something that at least a few of you might find interesting.  First, I hope there is such a thing as a broad-striped skunk, because I saw one yesterday morning. 

It was about 8:00 in the morning and we had just loaded up to go to Wichita, but Daughter had started the car and was just sitting there.  I noticed that she seemed to be looking at something across the street, so I checked it out.  Across the street, inside the County Road Yard fence there was a white spot that was moving north along the fence.  Upon closer scrutiny, I could tell it was a skunk.  The white stripe was so broad that it seemed to be dragging the ground.  The only black on it was it's face, chest, legs and underside of the tail.

I have thought about this maybe being some other animal, but a skunk has a distinctive way of moving.  I don't know whether to call it an amble or a waddle.  Whatever it was doing, it continued to the north fence, then followed the fence west.  It disappeared soon after turning west.

Now, tell me what I was seeing.

Miscellaneous / Life's Little Pleasures
« on: November 01, 2015, 10:04:12 pm »
We all have our little pleasures. Children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, well, maybe not all of us have great great grandchildren, but I will bet that we all do have small pleasures that make us feel better about life.  I have a lot of little pleasures.  Only recently have I realized what one of them is.

One of my life's little pleasures is having a lamp beside my bed that I can turn off after getting into bed.  That probably sounds odd to most of you, but almost all of my life I have wished that I could have a lamp beside my bed that I could turn off after getting into bed.  This house is the first one that I have ever lived in that it is possible to have a night stand beside the bed.  So for ten years now I have been enjoying turning off the light after going to bed instead of turning off the light, then groping my way in the dark.  Each night when I turn off the lamp I experience a small feeling of pleasure and satisfaction of finally having something that I have always wanted.

The Coffee Shop / Wichita Shockers vs: Kansas Jayhawks
« on: March 22, 2015, 06:34:51 pm »
The Shockers WON!!!!!!

Miscellaneous / Was There a Fire?
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:04:42 pm »
The fire whistle went off at 5:00 this evening and now at 6:00 there is a heavy burning tar smell in the air.  Was there a fire and where was it?  I didn't here the fire engine siren.

Miscellaneous / Christmas Past
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:49:35 pm »
Which Christmas in your past do you seem to remember the most?  For whatever reason.

At my age there have been so many Christmases from so long ago, it is hard to choose just one.  Perhaps I should choose one that I don't remember.   In December of 1930 my father's construction job was completed.  The next one wouldn't start until after Christmas and in a location a hundred miles away.  So my parents packed their belongings in Daddy's dump truck and with my sister and brother between them in the cab and me in Mother's arms, they proceeded to go to Grandpa's farm.  Grandma and Grandpa had a big house with plenty of room for a family with small children.  Only the four youngest children were still at home.  Mother and Daddy both were welcome help on the farm.

Unfortunately, Daddy's truck broke down before the trip was completed.  Somehow word was gotten to Grandpa and one of Mother's brothers was sent to the rescue.  He arrived in Grandpa's farm truck and we were all tucked in for the remainder of the trip.  Now for the memorable part. 

Grandma had a real tree with real candles and they were lit.  Remember this was 1930 and there was no rural electricity, so the only lights on a tree were real lights.  My sister doesn't remember much more of that Christmas.  Just the real lit candles on a beautiful tree.  I imagine it was quite a sight for a hungry, tired five year old.  I am sure that I saw it, too.  I wish I could remember it.

Now I have shared mine.  Won't you share yours?

PS.  Jo writes so beautifully, I hope she will share a story with us.

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