Saturday, August 23, 2014

Salt Mines in Hutchison Kansas

We had a BEAUTIFUL drive down to Pratt, Kansas to visit family.  The drive through the Flint Hills was magnificent.  This is what "wide open spaces is ALL about".
 
 
We went to STRATACA Salt mine which is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Of course, now I need to find out what the other seven are!

It was AMAZING inside. You have no idea what to prepare for...and it was about 1,000 times larger than what we were expecting to see.  We rode down 650 feet underground in a pitch black shaft anticipating what we would see when we arrived.  This picture was taken on the ceiling and I wish all the glittery sparkles would have shown up to show you just how magical it looked.
These are actually some old coal cars that the owner of the mine purchased to help haul the salt after being mined. Now remember, everything that came down 650 feet had to be dismantled, taken down the same shaft we came in, and then reassembled once down.

Of yes, the classic photos that will live in history within our family.  We went on not one, bit two train ride in the mine, yes....it's that big!

That is a cardboard cut out of mike Rowe from DIRTY JOBS.  He was toured around the mine in this beauty of a car that he dubbed the Marvinmobile, since Marvin was taking him on a tour for the show.  Now of course, I need to watch that episode, and already think Mike Rowe is a hoot.

My daughter Nadia and her man Jon.  EVERYONE had to wear helmets and carry respirators (just in case), but they made everyone at ease stating in all the years the mine has been open to the public, they haven't be used.

We were told "What comes down to the mine, stays in the mine"....so many cool artifacts over time to see.  I felt like I was at Disneyland.


After our tour that was a blast, Jon and Nadia took us out to dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Jillian's in Hutchison which I would highly recommend to anyone!  The fresh rosemary bread hot out of the oven with evoo & spices....HEAVEN! (do you hear me sing when I say that?)

The two happy campers. Always game for a road trip, and even better when you get to have a new experience, and of course, the best thing of all FAMILY!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Artsy Craftsy

 Having a BLAST participating in the Documented Life Project!  My good friend Kim invited me to come play with her in a group where you learn to make an artistic journal.

I learned a new term called "tip-in's" where you add extra pages to your journal and use washi tape to secure the pages.
 This was my first week of the month, more of my scrapbook style, but getting BRAVE as time goes on!

This is some random doodles from week two with things I HEART.

These are my tabs before I put them in my journal.  Used scrapbooking paper, then Mod Podged them for reinforcement.  Can't wait to see what the year ahead will behold!

Janaury and February are usally cold, grey months here in Kansas and I LOVE having something fun and colorful to work on and am making some nice artsy craftsy friends along the way :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

So Stinkin' Proud

This is my handsome son Faris....who worked so hard to become a Firefighter. Months of training, testing, doing ride-alongs, live burns, pushing himself physically and mentally all leading up to this day of glory.

Here are the two best kids in the whole wide world !

My son went from "cadet" to being an official Firefighter on Friday, August 9, 2013. This is his custom badge that will go on his helmet.

Ceremony of being sworn in by the City of Shawnee City Administrator.

Proud Papa pinning on his Firefighter Badge.

The family beaming with pride!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Belvoir Winery

 Welcome to Belvoir Winery, located outside Liberty MissouRAH on 170 sprawling acres.  The approach and drive up to the winery in grandness in itself.  If grandness isn't a word, I'm making it one, because that is the only way to describe the drive in.  There was a wedding to be had later in the day. I was daydreaming about the bride, walking down the terraced steps down to the fountain and gazebo. Chairs were set up and a huge tent awaiting for the festivities to begin.
This sweet angel greets you as you walk into the winery.
Beautiful stained glass flanks each side of the tasting bar.

Beautiful rooms that have been lovingly restored by the current owners.

A skeleton.....WAIT A MINUTE..... "A SKELETON?!?!?!?!"  Yes, meet "GEORGE".  He was a resident when the winery used to be an Odd Fellow Home.  Basically a non-for-profit home that operated for years on the property.  George wanted his body donated to science and then asked that he be "returned' to the place he had such loving memories.

 If you are interested, you can go on Wikipedia to read about the Odd Fellows.  Remarkable good works that they did for people and the Winery had a nice little museum with items on display, along with other items found during some of the renovations.
Majestic pictures that look like they should be in a museum in France.

Wanted to give you a sense of the grandeur of the hallways, just beautiful views through every room.

An original chandelier recovered and on display.  One can only image when the building was originally erected in the 1800's as the Reeds Springs Hotel, what the building used to look like back in the day.  There are curative mineral springs that brought an international crowd to visit and take in the waters.

Okay, now for the fun stuff....Over building number #2 which has NOT been restored, there were a group of birds circling overhead.  I think they were turkey vultures, Dan kept disputing me. Turns out this is the building that was the MORTURARY.  Oh, did I tell you that my co-worker planted the seed for us to visit the winery because she went on a HAUNTED TOUR?!?!? Oh, did I leave out the little fact? Read on....

 There are several other buildings next to the winery building.  You can imagine what it looked like in years gone past, but with overgrowth, and broken windows, weathering, some of the buildings look...well a little creepy.
This looks like at one time to have been a beautiful pergola on an upstairs porch.  NOW back to the wine tasting....as we were enjoying going through the whites and red offered, we struck up conversation with the bartender.  Dan just flat out asked if she had seen any ghost.  She said she hadn't but has HEARD things.  One day just when they opened the doors for business and no one had yet arrived, they heard footsteps on the floor above.  Another day she was working in her office and was the only one there, and heard the distinct sound of a women in heels walking down the hall with a key ring on her hip.  She went out to greet the "customer" and no one was there.  Positive she heard footsteps, she assumed they must have gone to the tasting room, and again as she went into the room, no one there.  On that juicy note we found out that the Ghost Hunters show is airing an episode on Wednesday, June 26th.  As the t-shirts in the gift shop say "Come get your wine and SPIRITS at Belvoir Winery".

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Home Improvement #39


Yes....I realize it's April and you are looking at a Christmas picture...BUT I have to dig in to the achieves to show my before and after pictures!!!!  While working on restaining ans refinishing our floors, we decided we might as well go ahead and give our fireplace some TLC.
Our little Acorn Cottage was built in 1942, so it's always kind of an adventure taking things apart and seeing how things were built back in the day.
This is what our living room looked naked with one color of stain on the floors.
This is the floors with the second coat of stain and 3 coats of varnish!
We decided the color "Clam Chowder" lloked like pastel yellow on our walls, and opted for Eddie bauer "Pecan".
Here is the finished product!  We selected Travertine stone and are VERY HAPPY with the results.  I think Dan-the-Man has a massage coming to him after all his hard work.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow Storm

This is a picture of our backyard this morning and the snow is still coming down.  Looks like an Enchanted Snow Forest outside. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

House Project #29

 Our little 1942 Acorn Cottage needed some TLC.  When we bought the home, the bedrooms and hallway had carpet on them, and it wasn't until we had lived here a couple of years we discovered there we hardwood floors underneath. TREASURE TROVE!!!  They were pretty battered, with stains and dings, but we saw the potential of what could be.
This picture really isn't out of focus.....it's the blur from all of the dust floating around from Dan-the-Man sanding them!
 We decided to do two colored stains. A dark walnut with English chestnut over the top to add a little warmth.
 Coat numero uno of varnish.....2 more to go!
The final product!  Love the rich warm colors!  Just have to put the trim back up on the bottom of the baseboard and then I can move get the art room back into place. NEXT...The Guest room.  So excited as I have projects I have been working on such as a ceiling medallion to frame the beautiful chandelier I found at an Antique Shop. STAY TUNED!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Chapter

Hard to believe that my little peanut is 10 days away from graduating from college!  Don't mean to brag or anything.....BUT she got offer a job before she has even been handed her diploma.  Am I proud? Ridiculously!  Does she deserve it? YOU BETCHA!  Years of sacrifice, hard work, who knows how many packages of Top Ramen, all nighters studying for test....it has all paid off!  Stand tuned for more....this proud Mama is going to have many more pictures to post, and can't tell you how excited I am with the pending celebrations to take place.  I LOVE YOU NADIA WITH ALL MY HEART XOXOXOXOX MAMA :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Here are two of the cutest kids on planet earth!   We had such a good time going to Voigts to get our pumpkins this year.  It was a nice brisk fall day.

 

 

Our drive out west on Hwy. 56 to Fieldstone Orchards.  Don't blink or you might miss the sign.  I always remember to look out for the big white barn and know my right hand turn is coming up.

 Here is one HAPPY camper.  Nadia with a fresh dipped caramel apple!
HOLY SMOKERS....a vat of hot carmel on a brisk fall day. Does life get any better I ask?  I heard the "trick" to keeping the caramel supple is to keep adding cream....that works for me.

Just love the Orchard team mascot truck!