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… and meanwhile, back in Kansas – What is John Coyote up to?  Let’s take a look at his latest videos!

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He said this video was taken at Little Walnut River, ten miles southeast of Augusta. Kansas.  There is a unique beauty here in Kansas – or maybe I’m just biased in my opinion – ya think? 

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I want today’s post to serve as a gentle reminder that we should get outdoors while we still can.  Before long the weather will be too bad and we’ll be stuck indoors – and you know what that means…  CABIN FEVER!  What will you do before the first snow of the year?

If you live in or around Kansas, you might want to take in the 16th annual Homemade Holidays Craft Show in Ottawa on November 14th.  It’s held at the Ottawa and Franklin County Visitor Information Center at 1230 S. Ash from 9am – 4pm.  I believe it’s free – (at least I saw no mention of a charge).  For more information you can call them at 785-229-8030.

Are you in the mood for some relaxing music and a bunch of friendly folks?  THIRD SATURDAY is also going on in Ottawa through December 19th when everyone in the community comes together for a fun relaxing day.

November 21st is the annual Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights in beautiful downtown Salina, Kansas.  I didn’t see what time it begins, but I’m guessing it’s around 10-ish.

The Downtown Holiday Parade in Hutchinson, Kansas is also on November 21st at 10am.  Good luck being in two places at the same time.  Why do they do that?

Kansas has a Swedish community not far from Wichita called Lindsborg.  It’s a college town and they have unique shops and restaurants.  Every Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat from November 8th – January 24th they will have the Birger Sandzen Holiday Gift Show at the Memorial Art Gallery at 401 N. First St.  For more information about that you can call them at 785-227-2220.

An evening stroll may be a little brisk these days, but in Wellington, Kansas they have the First Friday Art walk at the No. 7 Coffee House at 115 S. Washington from 5pm – 7pm.  I guess you grab a cup of their coffee to keep warm before you walk – or even while you walk – good thinking, No. 7!  For more information you can give them a call at 620-326-6777.

There’s still time to get out and go before we get stuck indoors!  These are all fun activities – but I think my friend John has the right idea – just go out and enjoy nature!  You never know what you may learn.  🙂

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I know I’m not supposed to question God’s plan, but I see others with their children this time of year and think, “You know, if I had children, we’d go to the pumpkin patch and we’d rent the big inflatable things for them to play on once in a while.”  I watch the neighbors with their children – and they throw the coolest birthday parties!  October would be the coolest time to be a parent.  How fun to take them to pick out just the right pumpkin – or at Halloween to go to the Field of Screams or some other fun place.

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.  – John 1:16

You’ve seen the images – the children tug at my heartstrings!  These are photos that are just too precious not to share.  I really love fall – especially where kids are concerned.  I could imagine myself taking these kinds of photos with my kids…  if I had them.

Little Apple Cheeks
Little Apple Cheeks

If I had a child, I imagine I would dress them in orange at this time of year.  I tend to wear orange and brown more, I suppose because of the colorful leaves falling all around.  I think I would be a frequent flyer at Zulily.com and be on the lookout for the newest and cutest clothing and shoes for my child.

Such a sweet face
Such a sweet face

When I was a kid, we had a big maple tree in the back yard and I loved to play in the leaves.  I was supposed to be raking them, but mostly I played in them!  I imagine if I had kids we would play in leaves – every day of autumn!  What a wonderful motivator to remain active children must be.  The desire to keep up with them is surely strong.

Playtime would be every day
Playtime would be every day

I would be more enthusiastic about decorating if I had children.  Most of what adults do are for their kids.  I would decorate with hay bales and potted mums and pumpkins – if it mattered.  I’m not excited about doing those things for myself necessarily.  If I had kids I know I’d want to surround them with beauty and give the very best I could.

Everyday Autumn Moments
Everyday Autumn Moments

If you have a child, do me a favor and enjoy every moment you have with him / her.  You are blessed beyond measure to have that charge.  🙂

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY

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Today we lift our hearts and our hands to our Creator in thanksgiving once again!  We do that every day to thank Him for another beautiful day, but today we add a note of thanks that we as Americans have the right to enjoy RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DAY!!!

I was reading this really interesting article in the American Psychiatric Journal…. research shows that going to church actually boosts your immune system, decreases your blood pressure, and reduces stress. It’s kind of like an antioxidant from God.   – Bones, “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank,” original airdate 2014 March 17th, spoken by the character Seeley Booth, writing credits M.Peterson, H.Hanson, and K.Reichs

Each year on this date, the President calls upon Americans to “observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes, schools, and places of worship.”  It is the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786.

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Today we should promote and protect students’ right of religious expression.  These liberties need to be encouraged by parents, educators and others who work with children.  This is not a time in history when such opportunities should be ignored or taken for granted.  If we are to reach our youth for Christ, we must be proactive and aware of the doors that open before us.

Will we dare to walk through the door today, or will we sit back and wait for someone else to let a child (or adult) know that God is love and Jesus loves them?  It not only takes a village to raise a child, but it takes the whole family of God to help that child come to Jesus.  There are many religions, but there is one God and one Son of God, Jesus Christ.  He is the One we need to show to others.

Don’t think that you as one person cannot make a difference.

Through an activity or event – (or just one on one), tell someone that Jesus made a way for them to live forever and He is worthy of praise and He can be trusted with their heart, soul and life.  Once a person catches a glimpse of the plan of Salvation, it’s amazing and exciting to watch them grow in their faith!

They won’t know if we don’t share our faith with them.  They won’t understand if they are not taught.  Your faith in God was meant to be shared.  Look around you – people need faith and hope that only God can give.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.  – John 3:16-17

Leave “religion” at the door and speak the truth of God’s Word to someone today.  That is the best way you could possibly celebrate this special day.  Jesus is my Savior, not my religion.  🙂

 

 

 

BRIDGE DAY

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10-18 THE CARS CROSS OVER THE BRIDGE

As I was researching today’s special day, BRIDGE DAY, I was directed to a website about a festival that sounds like it would be great!  I live too far away and won’t be there, but I thought we could go virtually – come on, let’s GO!

Today in West Virginia they are holding their annual BRIDGE DAY FESTIVAL.  They expect more than 80,000 folks to show up!  The day begins with various vendors selling their goods in parking lots around 5:30 am.  Yeah – that’s too early for me.  The Farmer’s Market opens at 7:30 am until noon at Diogi’s parking lot in Fayetteville.  OK, if I have a cup of coffee in my hand – I’m game.  Yes, you get coffee too – we gotta wake up!

The shuttles start running at 8:30 am.  That should make life a little easier, huh?

The New River Gorge Bridge Day Festival begins at 9 am.  Yee-haw!  Here we go!

The XPOGO Stunt Team performs at the Crossroads Mall at 10 am.  That would be fun to watch!  There’s a car show at 10 am in Fayetteville as well.  Decisions…  decisions.  Can we catch both of them?  Oh wait – I lost my keys…  digging…  digging…  there they are – whew!

Music will fill the streets of Fayetteville at 2:30 pm.  Are you getting hungry?  I’m hungry.  Let’s head over to the Chili & Cornbread Cook-off in Downtown Fayetteville at 3 pm.  Well, I assume we get to eat the chili & cornbread.  LOL!  Yes, I know what it means to assume.  LOL!

That all sounds terrific – but here’s what caught my attention:

There will be B.A.S.E. jumpers at the festival all day long!  I admire people who can do that – I mean to put things into perspective, I don’t like to hop down from the bottom step of the bus, ya know?

If you’re not familiar with B.A.S.E. – it stands for BUILDING, ANTENNA, SPAN and EARTH.  These are the platforms from which these brave (or crazy) people leap!  B.A.S.E. jumpers have special parachutes designed for rapid deployment.

John Walsh demonstrates some pretty fancy B.A.S.E. jumping in this commercial:

What is the criteria for B.A.S.E. jumping?  No, people can’t just register and jump.  They have to be seasoned skydivers before they can be B.A.S.E. jumpers.  Well, that leaves me and most of my friends out – and probably always will; however,  I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video from last year’s festival.  The chick dancing in front of the trash can was pretty entertaining.  LOL!

I hope everyone close to and in West Virginia gets to the festival today (for real, not virtually) – if you do get to go, leave me a comment, OK?  I like reading what you have to say!  😉

PRAIRIE DAY

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9-13 STATE FAIR

It’s PRAIRIE DAY and we celebrated big this year!

Our Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS is in full swing and the party on the prairie is a great place to go for a fun learning experience.

Today was Heritage Farming Day at the fair. Beginning at 8am there was a 4-H/FFA dairy goat judging at the Sheep, Swine and Goat Building. That’s not really our thing, so we went over to the Expo Center to watch the 4-H Horse Show. Horses are such large creatures, yet they were so graceful and amazing. We don’t spend much time in the Sheep, Swine and Goat Building. If I have to explain why, you are obviously not familiar with the downside of farming.

We watched the 4-H demonstrations over at the 4-H Centennial Hall for a while, then took a walk over to Dr. Goddard’s Lab at the Do Art Building. I enjoy the Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, so we spent a little time there. I left with all my digits intact, so I feel very blessed.

I’m convinced that a person has not lived until they have at least watched one pig race. Yep – that was a hoot, like it is every year!

It’s fun to see the Antique Farm Machinery Show. Technology has brought farming a long way. Oh, and we had to watch the “Give a Chicken a Bath” demonstration in the Poultry Building. I thought it was fun giving my dog a bath. Oh… pleeeeze!

We caught just a few moments of Glenda & Mike’s Magic Show at the Nex-Tech Wireless Stage. Have you ever seen a guy carve wood with a chainsaw? It’s quite a sight! It’s like whittling on steroids! Of course, no trip to the fair is complete without junk food for lunch. We always get a Pronto Pup and it’s one of the few times I give myself permission to have a soda.

While we sat at the nearly clean picnic table, I did some people watching. You see everything on the fair grounds – and at the local Wal-Mart. Jus’ sayin’…

We just walked around a little, then watched the Simental Beef Cattle Judging at the Prairie Pavilion. We didn’t stay there long – it got boring. We watched the Milking Demonstration at the Milking Parlor for a while.

My Pronto Pup was making me sleepy and my feet were getting tired. We sat down to listen to an outdoor concert for a while. I can’t remember who was singing, but he was sure good. I’ll be honest, that bench sure felt good.

We wandered around aimlessly for a while, looking at the goods for sale along the midway. We went into the Young Injury Lawyers Arena for a Quilt Auction for the quilt made from 2013 Quilt Block contest entries. I wish I could have bid on it because it was so pretty.

I admire people who can quilt, or can, or grow things. I have absolutely no inclination in that “domestic” direction whatsoever. I write and play music, neither of which will come in handy if my family is starving or cold.

We debated about staying to hear the Show Choir and watch Disney’s “Frozen”, but decided we still had a drive ahead of us to get back to Wichita, so we left.

It was quite a day at our Kansas State Fair! 🙂

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THE SEASONS OF THE YEAR
Today is the first day of summer. I have enjoyed seeing vacation photos as well as kids at the pool posted on facebook. I am enjoying the day indoors under the fan in my living room. After I finish the round of antibiotics I’m taking I may venture outdoors a little more. For now, this is my spot to stay cool.

My motto was to keep swinging.  Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was to keep swinging.  – Hank Aaron

A few people have told me they enjoy the hottest days of summer, but most of us dislike the extreme temperatures I think. Just as the coldest days of winter are uncomfortable, so are the hottest days of summer. Whatever you prefer, nature has seen fit to offer a variety. I guess God does not want us to get bored!

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
– Bern Williams

Romance is the fault of June, as is baseball and people on diets eating ice cream. I’m just extremely glad we can get outside and do things! I still remember last March when cabin fever nearly drove me over the edge! There are only so many jigsaw puzzles you can put together, ya know!

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll

The best weddings happen in June. Ball games and fireflies entertain us on a June evening. It’s the beginning of summer. We all give in to our wanderlust this time of year. We almost feel like celebrating by the time we make it to summer. After all, we survived the harsh winter months and we deserve a prize for that!

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Wow – learning makes me hungry! How about some ice cream??? 😉

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BE GONE CABIN FEVER
Yesterday I was sitting at the computer and actually heard birds chirping outside my basement window. It was a reminder of spring, and I am so ready for it, aren’t you? When you have cabin fever, what do you do? Where is your “happy place” when being indoors is making you crazy?

I escape into the internet. Last week I was researching tropical climates and by the time I was finished, it felt as though I had been on an extended vacation. I like those kind of vacations because I don’t have to pack or hassle with security at the airport!

My husband watches movies that take place in tropical settings. Not long ago he watched “Donovan’s Reef” with John Wayne. Movies have long been an excellent way to escape the harsh reality we live in.   “Donovan’s Reef” is not in the public domain, but it is posted on You Tube, so go on over there and watch it.

I’m so blessed in my life and there seems to be an endless supply of inspiration around me. I also like to work on my scrapbook on occasion. Most of our vacations were taken in nice weather and looking at the photos again allows me to re-live the trips!

Of course I’m so thankful for my keyboard and for music! I don’t know what I’d do without that to pass the time during the winter. My keyboard even has headphones so I won’t disturb anyone. I just play for my enjoyment.

The truth is, I’d rather not be stuck inside the house. I am thankful, however, for the ways of escape that are available to me. Some women like to bake when the weather is cold, but in our house that is not a good idea since we are diabetics. Baking would automatically involve eating, and most baked goods are not the most wholesome.

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.  – Carl Reiner

It’s my hope and prayer that you have stayed sane through this winter. Some days it can be a challenge, but I know you can do it if you put your mind to it.