DAY TRIPPIN’ AROUND KANSAS

DAY TRIPPIN' AROUND KANSAS

Is it silly to want to take a trip out to Applejack Pumpkin Patch if you don’t have small children with you?  Can I tell you a secret???  I’ve never actually been to a pumpkin patch before.  I suppose it’s because I don’t have kids – but the second part of that secret is…  I’ve always wanted to visit a pumpkin patch!  It just looks like a lot of fun!  Having fun is not a sin – last time I checked.

So, this photo, taken just outside of the Applejack Pumpkin Patch is of my friend, Susan.  She posted it on facebook and I wanted to post it here today.  I love it when my Wichita friends post their day trips (even though I think she was technically on the job – which explains the vest).  I appreciate her giving me permission to share it with you.

The Minion Hay Bale... LOL!!!
Susan & the giant Minion Hay Bale… LOL!!!

I’m so thankful she posted this because we drove past it on the way to an antique store just a few days ago – and did I have my camera???  Well of course I didn’t!!!  I was kicking myself from that moment on.  I even suggested we take another trip just to get a photo of this.  That idea was not met with a great deal of enthusiasm, to say the least.  :-/

Applejack Pumpkin Patch is in Augusta, Kansas.  They have a facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Applejack-Pumpkin-Patch-306961532736120/

There are scheduled activities and loads of fun for everyone (even the childless – well – probably).  I may not have kids – but I feel as though I’m still a kid myself…  for better or worse!

I’ve seen bales of hay made into a lot of different things – I must admit this is the first Minion I’ve seen – how creative is that?  Usually we see hay bales made into  jack-O-Lanterns…  you know, painted orange with the scary black face – that’s usually what we see.

Susan’s husband posted that if she had her way, Susan would take this giant Minion hay bale home with her and put it in their front yard.  I replied by saying, “She would be fighting ME for it – LOL!!!”  In reality, could you imagine either one of us – or both of us together – lifting that thing???  I’d say the argument is moot at best, wouldn’t you?

If you would like more information about Applejack Pumpkin Patch, click on this link:  http://applejackpumpkinpatch.com/activities/

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I enjoy living in Kansas, especially this time of year!  We have a lot of farms, which means we have tons of corn mazes, apple festivals, fall harvest celebrations and of course, pumpkin patches!  Now, we apparently have added a giant Minion hay bale to the list.  Does it get any better than that?  I think not!  Wink!  😉

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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What does 10-4 mean?  It’s the APCO 10-code for “I understand your transmission.”

Cobra CB Radio
Cobra CB Radio

From 1980 – 1985 I drove a Pontiac with a moon roof and about a dozen long antennas!  I had a citizen’s band radio in my car back in the day (quit laughing, you had one too).  We didn’t have computers or facebook, but we got acquainted with a lot of interesting people – I guess you could say it was the social media of the day!

What was your handle?  Mine was SASSY LADY – and I was (and am).  As time goes by, we tend to forget some of the good times we used to have.  Along with the CB craze came movies and songs centered around it – we listened to tear-jerker songs like Teddy Bear by Red Sovine.  We went truckin’ down the highway to Convoy by C.W. McCall.  When Smokey & The Bandit came to Wichita, I remember standing out in the rain to get into the theatre!  It was showing at the old Crest theatre (which has been gone for a long time).  Of course, they made parts II and III.  They should have quit while they were ahead – in my humble opinion.

As long as we’re reminiscing, do you remember this?

This tin is now being sold on ebay for only $100
This tin is now being sold on eBay for only $100

When I saw that they wanted $100 for this, it made me want to kick myself.  I had this back in the day, but as I grew up and my sense of style matured, like many others, I got rid of it!  If I had known back then that some of this stuff would be collectible…  I would have hung on to it!

Back in the day, we drove the double-nickel and kept the bugs off our bumpers and the bears off our tails.  CB Radios were the coolest thing for vehicles since the 8-track tape!  We had fun as we drove, but sometimes we would scan the channels and do some ambulance chasing or storm chasing.  Trust me, in Kansas there are plenty of opportunities to chase storms!  There’s always a tornado brewing somewhere in the springtime.

Do those memories put a smile on my face because back then I wasn’t in as much pain?  Is it because I was happier then?  I don’t really think it’s either of those.  I’ve always romanticized the past for some reason.  I look back and think of the good parts – and maybe that’s a good thing.  I know the past was not better because life is so much better now.  I guess I just think nostalgia is fun.

We may not have a CB Radio anymore, but I don’t want to forget what 10-4 means because if I hear the Lord speak to me, I always want to be ready to say, 10-4, Holy Spirit – I understand Your transmission.  🙂

DAY TRIPPIN’ AROUND KANSAS

DAY TRIPPIN' AROUND KANSAS

Ah…  we had so much fun today!  I need to share.  While the country focuses its attention on the Republican debate, we decided to go to our KANSAS STATE FAIR in Hutchinson, KS.

I made a little photo journal…  I hope you enjoy it!  Have FUN!

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Whew!  I’m tired tonight.  I think sleep will come quickly.  Goodnight everyone!  Sleep Well.  Remember, give your worries to God – He’ll be up all night long!  🙂

DAY TRIPPIN’ AROUND KANSAS

DAY TRIPPIN' AROUND KANSAS

I know to people outside of Kansas this may seem a little silly…  but we get excited about the state flower…  the SUNFLOWER!

I LOVE KANSAS

FARMER TED'S SUNFLOWERS (1st week of September)

Early September in Kansas is pretty amazing!  There is a field of sunflowers about 3 hours northeast of Wichita – and we just got word that they now have ONE MILLION sunflowers in their field – and what a sight it is!  The farmer’s wife posted on her facebook page that on September 5th the flowers were wide open.  This is how Kansans know that autumn is around the corner!  They only stay open for two weeks.  They don’t stay open long, so it’s important to go see them right away – or you’ll miss them.  We didn’t get to the field until the 10th of September, and sadly, the rain came the night before, so the sunflowers looked a little sad.  Their little heads were bowed.  😦

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Muddy field and heads bowed low…

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Muddy field and heads bowed low…

https://www.facebook.com/GrinterFarms

Visitors call it the “sea of sunflowers”.  Farmer Ted Grinter has been growing sunflowers for almost 30 years. More than 10,000 visitors came last year.  I get a kick out of reading posts from the farmer’s wife – she is so funny!  She wants to make sure we know that there are no restrooms (apparently, she’s been asked that a few times through the years).  😉

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Muddy field and heads bowed low…

She also said that they are a row crop farm that just happens to grow a few sunflowers.  A few?  Yeah – one million!  But sunflowers are the essence of Kansas.  They are the Kansas state flower.  We wake up in September – the sunflowers brighten our wit and give us energy!

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Muddy field and heads bowed low…

And guess what?  Kris, farmer Ted’s wife – has a blog!  Check it out:

http://krisgrinter.blogspot.com/

May God bless the one who made this You Tube video!  It’s amazing.  Grab a cup of coffee and take a tour of the sunflower field for yourself.

https://youtu.be/EtoMQSrDrcI

It was an amazing trip!  Soon we will go to the State Fair eating Pronto Pups, but that’s for another blog post.  Now…  be honest, don’t you wish you lived in Kansas???  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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On June 26, 1807, lightning hit a gunpowder factory in Luxembourg, killing more than 300 people!

Every year in the U.S. alone, lightning kills approximately 73 people, but victims are almost always killed one at a time.  The Luxembourg disaster may have been the most deadly lightning strike in history.

In the U.S. we will see about 70,000 thunderstorms somewhere – and I swear most of them happen in Wichita, Kansas – LOL!  These storms produce about 20 million lightning strikes annually.  A bolt of lightning can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit in instant heat!  There are 100 million volts in an average lightning bolt, which can be as much as five miles long.

How did the Luxembourg tragedy happen?  In 1807, it was occupied by Napoleon’s army.  The country was used to stockpile weapons and ammunition.  A fortress built in 1732 was used as an armory.  When lightning struck the fortress, the ammunition inside ignited on contact, causing a massive explosion!

Two blocks were completely destroyed by the blast, which caused several other raging fires as well.  What an odd combination of man’s resources and God’s nature!

Living in Kansas, I’ve always had a healthy respect for lightning and stay indoors, away from windows during thunderstorms.  My mom used to tell me the story of how Granny LaVella was standing at a window in their little farmhouse in Oklahoma during a thunderstorm – and she got struck by lightning – and miraculously survived! 

I don’t think we have anything here in Kansas that lightning could strike and cause such a catastrophe, but by the same token, I’m not going to be out on a golf course holding a golf club either.  A scene from the movie Caddyshack just flashed through my mind – LOL!

Lightning will travel the easiest route from the cloud to the ground – and will strike the tallest object.  If you see lightning, go to a low area and crouch down until it subsides – go indoors if possible.  If you are with a group of people – spread out to make yourself a smaller target.

There are some common misconceptions about lightning:

  • Yes, it will strike the same place twice (like it has a brain and knows where it’s struck before – really???) 
  • No, rubber soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However the steel frame of a hard topped vehicle will protect you, if you are not touching metal. If your car is struck by lightning, you may suffer injuries and your car may be damaged, but you are enormously safer than if you are outside.
  •  Yes, you can tell how close lightning is.  It takes Sound 5 seconds to travel 1 mile. So, count 5 seconds for one mile, 10 seconds for 2 miles, etc.

This morning, around 4am, we had a dandy thunderstorm here in Wichita, but on this day in 1807 in a small European country – it was explosive!  :-/

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

March 8-13 is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK!  A few people can say they are self-sufficient when it comes to providing food for their family, but most of us don’t have our own garden, milk cow and wheat field.  Most of us rely on the great American farmers who make their living seeing that we are well fed.

As a kid I listened to the agriculture reports every day with my grandpa.  Of course, they meant something to him.  To me, it was more of a lullaby of sorts.

I don’t know how accurate this statistic is, but for years I’ve heard that one Kansas farmer feeds 128 people and me.  There are signs along the highways of Kansas that say it too.  Judging from the condition of those signs, they have been there a while.  Like I say, I think that stat is probably outdated.

There’s a facebook page if you’d care to check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Kansas-farmer-feeds-128-people-you/121495644603738

Some people don’t think farmers are ever really happy with their crop, and sometimes they can seem a little disappointed if there’s been too much rain or not enough rain.  It’s only that they have sunk so much time and expense into the planting and tending of the crop.  They want the very best harvest they can get – of course!  A good harvest equals more money.  If anyone prays for just the right weather conditions, it is the farmer!

I enjoy the You Tube videos the Peterson Farm makes – they crack me up!  There are a lot of them, but this is my favorite.

Christian farmers are great because they know where their bounty comes from and they know if there’s not a bumper crop, God is going to make a way through the lean times.  He always has and He always will.  It may involve some creative planning on the farm family’s part (and every member of the family has to help) – but farmers know that God gave man a brain to think and intelligence, so it’s a matter of praying and seeking God – then following.

I know when we walk into a grocery store, it’s not automatic to pick up a gallon of milk and say a prayer for the one who provided it – but maybe we should start doing that.  Farmers are just people making a living like everyone else, and they need prayer too.  When you pick up that next loaf of bread, make sure you say a prayer for a Kansas wheat farmer.  Thank you!  🙂

STEPHEN FOSTER DAY

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Did you know that Agnes Moorehead was a singer?  It blew me away – I remember her as the witchy mother-in-law, Endora, in “Bewitched”!  I enjoyed listening to this 1940 radio broadcast:

Today we celebrate the life and music of STEPHEN COLLINS FOSTER!

Some music written in the 1800’s came and went with little or no lasting effect, but the music written by Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864) lives on to this day!  Known as the “father of American Music”, he was known for his minstrel and parlor music.  I can’t imagine writing even one song, but he wrote over 200 songs, including “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”, “Beautiful Dreamer”, “Old Black Joe”, “Oh!  Susanna”, “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Old Folks at Home”, and my favorite, “Camptown Races”.

An excellent biography is the 1935 movie called “Harmony Lane”.  I was so pleased to find it on You Tube!

It’s so much more entertaining to watch a famous composer’s life story than to read about it!

History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity.  – Dexter Perkins

Now, let’s hear some very talented musicians play this great man’s music!

I like this arrangement of “Oh!  Susanna”, but there’s one line that will bother me until the day I die – THE SUN SO HOT I FROZE TO DEATH…  seriously???

Camptown Races

That would lead one to believe that Mr. Foster was a betting man…  well – perhaps.  I guess this is one of my favorites because it’s the first Stephen Foster song I learned to play on the piano.  Throughout my life I’ve heard Jayhawkers refer to Kansas as DOO-DA, so the song just felt like a part of my childhood.

The state of Kansas and Americana go together it seems.  We’re comfortable with it.

 Professor Johnston often said that if you didn’t know history, you didn’t know anything. You were a leaf that didn’t know it was part of a tree.  – Michael Crichton, Timeline

If I live to be 100, I’ll never play the piano this well – listen to this really cool BOOGIE arrangement of “Old Folks at Home”.  It makes me dizzy just watching him play!!!

Interesting choice for a recital piece…

Jennifer Warnes is one of my favorite singers – her strong, rich voice does justice to this Stephen Foster song, “Hard Times (Come Again No More)”.  I listen with my eyes shut and imagine the Civil War era…  let’s listen to it now.

And what mother did not sing this lullaby, “Slumber My Darling” to her child?  I know mine did.