Monday, December 15, 2014

Alvin the Elf

Alvin thought with his red outfit I couldn't I spy him this morning! He is a sneaky one!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Alvin the Elf

I think Alvin and I have a difference of opinion. I said he could have a
 "little" whipped cream on his hot cocoa, and this is what I found!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Alvin the Elf

Alvin must have heard me talking about the upcoming 
Ugly Sweater Christmas Party
 and assumed he is going with me.



Friday, December 5, 2014

Alvin the ELf

Well one good thing about Alvin, he did his own laundry and hung it out to dry by the fireplace!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Alvin the Elf


Alvin found his way into the kitchen while I was in the living room watching a Holiday movie and this is what I came upon when I went to get some popcorn!



Last night (or should I say early this morning) around 2:45a.m. I came downstairs to use the bathroom and busted Alvin having a sugar snack attack! Where in the world did he find those       Nik-n-Nips? I haven't seen those since I was like 5 years old!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Alvin the Elf



There is Elf on the Shelf MISCHIEF going on at Acorn Cottage!  Alvin showed up yesterday and was passed out after his long journey from the North Pole.

 This morning while I had my back turned putting up Christmas decorations I busted him getting into the Scrabble letters!
Stay tuned for more antics!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Country Drive

Nothing is better to me than discovering a new country road to meander down, loads of fresh air with the windows down, and Blake Shelton singing.

 
Came across this little treasure the other day and saw a beautiful wedding being set up in this lovely setting.
Further down the road we chanced upon Aldredge Orchard. 10 years living in Kansas and never knew about them.  We were greeted by geese and chickens and could see the apple trees that were just loaded, ready for pickin'.


Dan-the-Man asked how this pumpkin would work for me, knowing what a fall fanatic I am :) Any place that has twinkle lights is a.o.k. in my book.  They sale fresh pumpkin butter, peach butter, apple butter, apples, cider and a few other treasures in this barn.
 
Rustic cute with a capital "C".
 They had a bakery too...oh my. Couldn't decided between apple pie ala mode, pumpkin cookies, peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pie, apple fritters, pumpkin squares with thick cream cheese frosting or a caramel apple!
Cute little custom bird feeder out in front of the bakery.


Drove home on a rural route and discovered this gem of a house that was so unbelievably amazing.  Trim work that just isn't made anymore these days. Straight out of Victoria magazine...had me day dreaming all the way home!

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.