Friday, April 27, 2012

Talent and then some...

The other night we attended a talent show.  Two of my wonderfully talented grandchildren were in the show.  If the display of enthusiasm, sweetness, and caring is any indication of what this generation of young people is all about, we are going to be in good hands.

Being a small town, everyone finds themselves often wearing many hats.  The children are no exception.  A baseball game was also taking place that night in the field next to the school.  And you guessed it.  Some of the children in the talent show were also on the baseball team.  The program was adjusted as needed so the kids could perform and then run back out and finish their game.  Only in small town USA...

These kids performed their hearts out.  They cheered each other on, no matter what the talent.  They were behind each other, lock stock and barrell.  It was one of the most heart warming events I have ever attended.  Go kids!

I am going to leave you with a couple of videos.  I'll have to admit I did not come prepared, tripod in hand.  So the handheld camera is not as stable as I'd like, but this biased Grandma will tell you these little numbers will leave you with a smile on your face.

In this short video our little Anna is the pig-tailed pixie in purple on the right.

Our sweet Cara sang her heart out.  I'll have to admit to have been blown away by her performance.  She had us all in tears as she sang You Can Have Me in her clear twelve year old voice.  If her smile doesn't melt your heart, nothing will. 

I have to include this little guy singing Rainbow Connection. Ol'
 Kermit the Frog would have been mighty proud of him.   I thought he was the sweetest, bravest Kindergartner on the face of the earth.  I'm not sure who he belongs to, but he belonged to the crowd that night.

Thanks to all of the children for a wonderful evening of fun and talent!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

I am once again joining in with other barn enthusiasts at Tricia's for Barn Charm Tuesday.

For this barn charm, we traveled the country roads in and around Osage Bend, the stomping grounds of my friend, Patti, at Osage Bluff Quilter.  We waved as we zoomed past her driveway, but I don't think she saw us.

As I hang out of the car window, hanging on tightly to my trusty camera, I sometimes a bit conspicuous and trespassing where I am not exactly wanted.  Aren't these guys beauties?  They don't look particularly happy to see me, though.

This farmstead is just beautiful.  I couldn't get close enough to get details, but with this many buildings, along with the fence, feeder, and hay bales, who needs a close up glamor shot?  I think it is perfect just the way it is.  What do you think?

I still have the feeling something is watching me...


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Anything is possible

Yesterday I was invited to attend a fundraiser for the Food Bank.  It was a scrapbooking day with Lisa Bearnson, founder of Creative Keepsakes magazine, as a demonstrator and keynote speaker.  Being an avid scrapbooker and card maker, I couldn't resist and said "Yes, I'd love to go"!  I'm glad I did.

First of all, I'll tell you that I forgot my camera.  We were about 30 miles from home and 5 miles from the event before I even thought about it.  That's ok.  Jenny and I both decided to pack light, even though we knew many others would be bringing in cases on wheels full of scrapbooking tools and supplies.  My thought was that I was there to learn and wouldn't have time to do much scrapbooking.  Boy was I wrong.  Many of their vendors didn't show.  Just didn't show!  Those that were there seemed to be trying to unload yesterday's tools, papers and embellishments.  It was really very sad.  The one other scrapbooking event I went to in St. Louis many years ago, had vendors everywhere demonstrating new techniques.  There was none of that.  Hour after hour women (and one man) just sat scrapbooking and visiting with each other.  Since I had brought some paper and photos, I worked on scrapbooking some pages of a trip we took years ago.  But with having just brought a few basic tools and supplies, I soon found myself frustrated.  Jenny needed help on a layout of a collage of pictures she was doing for a Down's Syndrome client of hers, who had just lost her mother.  That one moved me to tears.  Since the day started with registration at 7:00 am, it seemed to drag on forgever.

Howeve, the highlights outweighed the disappointments.  The Director of the Food Bank talked about their needs and the work they do.  She especially talked about their Buddy Pack program.  About the kids who were being fed through federally funded programs during the school year, provided with breakfast and lunches.  However, they were left hungry during the weekend, returning to school the next Monday famished.  Children who are victims of abuse, divorce, drugs, alcohol, and often of parents who were trying to do everything right and yet were victims of the economy and no jobs.  The Buddy Pack program simply was providing these children food for the weekend.  The Food Bank would give the schools back packs filled with food on Fridays.  While the children were outside playing, the teachers would place those packs along with the needy child's book bag to be taken home. 

They were trying to help these kids without embarassing them and giving cause for other kids to make fun of them.  But kids are smart.  They quickly figured out if a child was carrying home two back packs, one must contain something other than books.  But as far as Eva (the speaker) knew, there was no tormenting.  Quite the opposite happened.  The other kids felt sorry for them (something nobody wants, but...) they told their parents these families were hungry.  The community began to pull together and help each other.  We all need to help each other more. 

Then it was Lisa Bearnson's turn to talk.  What a sweet, uplifting, lady.  She talked about following your dreams.  She had been in a lucrative but boring job as editor of Work Perfect Magazine.   (How many remember the Word Perfect program?  Anyone besides me?)  A friend asked her if she could do anything, what would it be? Without hesitation she replied, "I would create a scrapbooking magazine".  And that is what she did.  She admits it wasn't easy, but with the support of family and friends she did it.  She told of how she pitched her idea to a media consultant and he laughed in her face.  He gave her many reasons why it would never work.  The biggest reasons were 1. 80% of new magazines fail (I think she said 80%); 2. She need at least $1 Million in start up money (she had $150,000; and 3. It was the dumbest idea he had ever heard.  I believe she said the first edition sold over 40,000 copies (I really should have taken notes).  Years later she sold her very successful magazine to the consultant's company.  Her message was one of love of life and family.  It was one of believing in yourself.  I came away feeling like anything is possible.  I've never met such a down to earth celebrity (for lack of a better word).  She sat around and visited with whoever would give her the time of day.  She was as moved as I was by the Food Bank's program.  Her appearance was free.  She paid for her own travel, lodging and made a substantial donation to the cause.  She definitely has my admiration.

And today?  I keep telling myself that anything is possible.  I guess sitting from 6 am (have to factor in travel time) til 9 pm is not a good thing.  As I crawled out of bed this morning, I found my left leg would not cooperate.  I think I have a pinched nerve in my hip.  I'm sure, though, with a little heat and careful movement, I'll be good as new in no time.

Here's to sunshine and smiles for everyone!  (Am keeping my fingers crossed the wish works since it is rather dreary here).

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

Hi everyone!  It is once again time for Barn Charm!

First of all, thank you for all of the lovely comments about how charming last week's barn was and what a lovely house it would make .  I had to agree.  Unfortunately, it would not be a good candidate for a home since it is one of the few barns along the Missouri River bottoms that the Flood of 93 did not sweep away. But your comments brought to mind a barn turned home, that sits beautifully high and dry.

This home sits on a remote country road not too far from Jamestown, MO.  We happen to know the lovely young couple who restored this barn and call it home.  Isn't it lovely?  It is for sale if anybody is interested....

The countryside of Missouri is dotted with barns.  Yesterday we happened to be headed to the oldest German Catholic community West of the Mississippi River, Westphalia, MO. - an area we know well.  It was time to take some pictures of a well known, prominent barn.  It can be seen from Highways 50 and 63.  It overlooks the Osage River.  Built in the 1890's, it is stately and beautiful.

This barn is part of Huber's Ferry Bed & Breakfast.  I was sad to see how much it has deteriorated in recent years, and in all of the overgrown vegetation surrounding it.

I found this photo posted on the bed & breakfast's web site.  Can it possibly be the same worn and faded building that I took a picture of yesterday?

The unique venting system that gives this barn such old world charm is called a cupola (thank you google!).  Faded and worn?  Definitely.  But she is definitely charming!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring 2012

I know, it is a lame title.  But I am so far behind on blogging, I needed an all encompasing title.

Spring has definitely sprung in Missouri - and then some.  We have gone from 90 degrees a week or so ago to freeze warnings, to thunder storms.  Daytimes are usually getting up to 60 degrees, so I'm not complaining.  It is just beautiful here in Missouri right now.  Flowers are blooming and everything is Ireland green.

For the record.  I found the camera lens cap.  In a cookbook.  Don't ask...

It seems I have gotten away from blogging about my daily life and, as the title of my blog cries out, the loves of my life, my family.  I need to do something about that.

My dear oldest daughter, Tessa, had a birthday at the end of March.  March 29th, to be exact.  I can't tell her often enough how proud I am of her and how much I love her.  Happy Birthday Tessa.  Here she is with her wonderful family on Easter Sunday.

Then Allen turned nine the day after Easter.  Nine!  How is that possible...  His birthday party was held a week early, since his big day was so close to Easter.  We birthday shopped in Boonville, coming home with a movie, book, pokemon cards, and some toy I can't remember.  It was a fun day and a great party with lots of great food. 

As you can see, Allen is fearless.  I swear the rooster is thinking, "are those freckles I'm seeing, or chicken feed?  Hmmmm".

James turned 7 on Thursday.  Talk about a busy time of year!  We'll be celebrating his birthday at the end of the month when things slow down a bit.  Until then, it is Happy Birthday James! 

I am the ultimate proscratinator.  That boils down to me working on taxes all day today.  Yep.  Once again I waited until the last minute.  I finished them and for the first time in many years we are getting money back.  That means I need to adjust my deductions.  I hate letting the government use my money interest free!

For those who want to be bored with pictures of my family, just click on the video below.  They are all, each and every one of them, precious to me!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Barn Charm Tuesday

I'm once again joining in the weekly Barn Charm

We always see this beautiful barn in the distance along Hwy. 94 every time we head into town.  But Sunday, after everyone headed home from the Easter fun, we took a relaxing drive along the old rutted, sometimes gravel and dirt, river road, and got up close and personal with this beauty.

Barn along Old Hwy 94 along the Missouri River close to the State Capital

We had a beautiful Easter.  The weather was perfect, making for a wonderfully relaxing day.  Hopefully I will get some pictures posted later in the day.  Until then, stay safe everyone and thanks for visiting.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

There's no doubt in mind....

There is no doubt in my mind...


  • That given enough time, I can do anything...

  • That once a camera lens cap is misplaced, it is gone forever... (now I wonder where I left the dog leash)

  • When you have arthritis, it really does help to reverse activity (which is why I am taking time to write this post).  Win!

  • That it doesn't matter whether a household is made up of one person, two, or six, it still gets very dirty...

  • That pollin is the scurge of all things once clean...

  • That pollin is also the plague of those with allergies (of who I am glad I am not one)...

  • That last night's full moon was the biggest, prettiest, one I have ever seen.  According to the full moon of April is commonly referred to as the "egg" moon.  I'm sure that name has no association with the fact that it is the Easter season.  Right?  It is also referred to, among other names, as the "pink" moon.  Both names are perfect.

  • The 90 degree temperatures we experienced last week were utterly ridiculous for this time of year...

  • I got spoiled, thinking summer was here already, and keep forgetting to grab a jacket when I leave the house...

  • That it is too cold to be sitting on my screened in porch while I type this... (be right back)

  • That Whiskey plays us like a fine tooth comb... or fiddle.. or a yoyo... or a fool... He barks when he wants something.  I say "Don't bark and I'll give it to you".  So he sits there, head cocked, sad eyes... and gets what he wants.

  • That a 20 lb. ham takes a very long time  to bake.  I'm glad I decided to bake it today instead of tomorrow.

  • That a brunch is the easiest meal to fix for a crowd.  So many things can be made ahead of time.

  • That sometimes Pioneer Woman makes me feel just plain stupid.  In all  these years of cooking, it never occurred to bake my potatoes before frying them.  Frying potatoes is now so quick and easy.  I can do them in quantities and they are nice and crispy brown.  Just the way I like them.  I'll be serving them for Easter morning brunch.

  • That this is my favorite time of year - with the exception of Fall, of course.  But right  now, it is my favorite!

  • That I need to blog more...

  • That my knockout roses are already blooming!

  • That I am thankful for my health and refuse to worry about what the future might bring.  There is no point to it...

  • While I'm being thankful, I am also thankful for my sweet and loving husband,  wonderful children, their spouses... and their awesome children.  Each and every one of them is very dear to me.

  • That I am thankful for all of my blog friends.  You are pretty awesome too.

  • That I am thankful for my religion and for God.  Especially during this Easter Season.

Speaking of Easter, I hope everyone has a wonderfully blessed Easter!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Barn Charm in Missouri

I’m so glad I hooked up with Barn Charm Tuesday.  I‘ve found it difficult to put my thoughts into words lately and have seriously been considering taking a break from all things electronic.  Especially computers!  Spotting barns has become an obsession with me.  And of course once I’ve spotted them, I have to photograph them.  And once I photograph them, I have to share them.  And to share them I have to log on to… you guessed it!  What a vicious circle, huh.

The landscape of the back roads – and even highways – of Missouri are dotted with charm.  Many of the paths we follow are windy and hilly. 


One never knows what is going to come into view around the next corner.


Generation after generation of hard working folks have worked and sweated together to build barn after barn, surrounded by out buildings and storage sheds.  They built these not because of want, but because of need.

Barn Landscape

They didn’t wake up one morning and say, “Gosh, I wish I had me a barn…”  They more than likely said, “Ma, we’ns need somewhere to store the hay this winter.  I’m goin’s to talk to some of our kin folk and see whats if they might help build us a barn”.



Barns scream of simpler times. Times before the fast paced world of the internet, interstate highways, and cars that do everything for you except go to the bathroom.


Barns come in so many shapes and sizes.  I believe the below one is called a hip roofed barn.


Some are obviously loved and in good repair.  They are still part of a working farm.
Others might still be loved, but left to go in disrepair, like the shed roof barn below. 


No matter what, they all have charm.


Meet little Mose.  I don’t know what his puppy’s name is, but I’ll guaranteed that little dog is Mose’s best friend in the whole wide world.

Please take a minute to visit all of the other barns featured in Barn Charm!

These barns were all spotted along Hwy. 87 near Prairie Home, MO