Photos of the horizon and full moon

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It may seem like summer still, may even feel like it with the temps, but we ALL know that fall is just around the corner…that means cold again.  We went to a bonfire last night with friends because of the Blue Moon celebration. It doesn’t happen often but when the full moon happens in the same month, TWICE, well then you have what is called a blue moon.  I don’t know that I have experienced this before so it was fun to be among friends and talk about that among many other things.

I took a picture of the full moon the night before and then I took a picture of the sunset the next night, last night.  I think that we have beautiful sunsets even though our horizon is flat, flat, flat.  See what you think.

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What is going on in Kazakhstan?

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Today I saw there were severe mudslides in Almaty. I have a suspicion I know where this might have happened.  When we went up to the mountains towards the end of our stay in Almaty, we traversed some rugged roads where a LOT of the Kazakhs liked to go for a weekend out of town.  I had heard something of a dam and some disaster that had happened many years ago.

Then I also saw something about a sleeping sickness that leaves a mystery about why people are taken down and sleep. Different theories about that illness. The place where it is happening is north and northwest of Astana, the current capital.  I can’t recall the small village’s name where people have suffered from this sleeping sickness.  It was a long article about how one woman named Lubya had been stricken down about five years ago.

On another note, we had our 75-80 year old box elder tree come down. It just tipped over from its roots. We had to have three guys who are professional tree removers come and move it out of the back yard.  Now I put up some yard art to make it look more decorative.  Thus the photos. I have been busy with other things going on as well. I’m glad that I have two composition classes for next fall…at least that much, maybe there will be another class.

We are enjoying the GREEN of summer.

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Saw Three Fox at Sunset

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Our old swing tree came down the other day and now we are left with the debris to clean up. It must have been at least 75-80 years old and was a box elder that leaned into the sun. It had a long arm that had been used for years by us kids with a swing on it. I noticed it had been low about a week ago as I walked under it.  I thought how strange that I barely went past going under without brushing my hat against it.  I mused that it had been much lower than I had remembered it to be.

Little did I know that gravity and age would take it down a week later.  What a mess to clean and I appreciate my parents help in getting the chain saw to get the bigger limps taken down. My Dad has all the right equipment except now we will need to hire a tree expert to come and cut up the heavy trunk and get it out of our back yard before all the company comes in about 3 weeks.  We will have our Century Farm celebration then with all my siblings here to help remember and celebrate the old farm. My cousin and his wife will be in attendance as well.  It should be a grand old time with an old fashioned picnic and maybe some entertainment that my family will put on.

Last night as I was picking raspberries in our west shelterbelt, I heard an “ARF” and looked up to see three fox in the soybean field.  Two were fox pups that were playing around about 25-30 feet from me and I saw the mama fox running after something down the straight rows.  They leaped over the rows totally oblivious to me because I was downwind from them. Fun to have them in our farmyard, if only they would take out the pesky rabbits that seem to like to eat our vegetables in the two gardens.

Back to the Century Farm celebration, this family event will happen after FOUR days of working at the Carnegie with the Art show and sale of 100 year old pictures from old books. I have framed over 300 pictures and artifacts so that people can donate to the cause of refurbishing the Carnegie for public use.  We will also have nine painting party events going on downstairs in the former children’s library.  On Saturday we will have the 5K and 10K race start at the Carnegie so I hope that I can keep up this pace.  We have a LOT of cleaning to do before the people from everywhere arrive.  I hope we have a LOT of people to come and see what we have, the more people, the more money we will make.

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Found my third pottery piece this summer

009 (2)Early this spring when the field was dry enough, I went out to see if I could find more Red Wing pottery pieces. Right away I found two and then I have found nothing since…that was probably three months ago.  Tonight after I had picked raspberries for the second time today, I went walking in the soybean field again and found other glass pieces that shown because of the rain we recently had.  I also found a smaller shard which makes it THREE for this summer.

I was pleased that we got a plaque for our mailbox that reads “Century Farm.”  My husband and I along with my parents went to our county fair to be recognized as living as the third generation on the original farm that was started in 1915. I have reason to believe that there was another occupant on this property before my grandpa and grandma came along. I saw in an old plat map someone who had written in many different townships notes to themselves.  I saw that there had been a fire in December of 1912 at our house.  So, that would explain that my grandpa could erect a house so quickly because there had already been a foundation formed.  I don’t have anything to prove that but I am going on that info from the plat map.  I need to go to the government records to find out who was the original owner of my grandparents farm.  There were no trees that I know of, it was pretty sparse as prairie land goes.

Above is a picture of sweet peas which is a traditional farmyard flower to have.  I would also like to have hollyhocks but do not have time to turn over the soil and free it from the deeply entrenched weeds.  I was happy to have put in 35 hostas from my sisters and about 30 irises I got from my Mom.  I also put into the ground the larkspur.  There’s a lot to keeping up a Century Farm…I mowed the lawn tonight and picked raspberries AND found my third shard.  That made my day!

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Sadness about what media reports can do to people

We went to a wedding of a son of some friends of ours who we know from Ukraine days. We first met them in 1997 and have continued the friendship by letters, visits and e-mail.  They LOVED Ukraine so much that they studied the language and adopted a little girl even though they had three of their own boys (the second son got married today) and one daughter of their own.

The reception was held in an area that was separate and actually on the other end of town that I was familiar with.  I had gone to visit Dr. K. many times at his beautiful home but found on my searching that he had died a year ago.  He was very knowledgeable about Ukraine’s history and very winsome as well. I also found out that my former Ukrainian landlord and landlady are going through their own trials.  She has dementia and he at age 95 is being accused of being a leader of an SS group who massacred people back in Ukraine during WWII.  How preposterous is that?  He is a gentle soul and now the media, through these unfounded reports, are going after him to demoralize a very gentle soul.

I believe already that we live in a very wicked world, it is in a fallen state.  No matter how many laws are passed or how much is done to rectify the problems of this world, it always gets back to how greedy and malicious people are.  What is the point of victimizing this old man without any solid proof that he actually did what they accuse him of.  Why have the authorities going after him now?  To demoralize his more outspoken son?

I’m sad over this whole affair, what kind of lies are being repeated in Kazakhstan?  The enemy perpetuates these half truths or lies to further his agenda.  However, I know God and HIS truth are more powerful than all these lies put together.

Need some very good news about now.  At the wedding I heard about gas lighting which is an affliction of using manipulation to victimize people.  That is a small dose of that compared to what has happened to my former landlord.

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Vintage clothes and people who don’t know…or care

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We will have the vintage clothes person come up today from 75 miles away to look at our holdings of clothes at the Carnegie. She is more interested in 1940s and 1950s clothes.  We have a LOT of 1960s and 1970s clothes and want to find buyers who are interested in these kinds of things.  We have taken photos of nearly 250 pieces and we probably have about 500-600 more pieces of clothes to go through. That is NOT counting the shoes, hats, purses, etc. that are stored above the ten stuffed cabinets.

We are in gridlock at the Carnegie building right now because we have no where to turn with all the STUFF that has been collected over the years.  We had a yes/no vote taken this weekend by e-mail to find out if people on the historical society board were willing to sell some of these clothes.  Most all on the 15 member board said yes, there were a few dissenters. One said that he thought it was illegal to conduct an e-mail survey…what does he know?  Talks uppity but doesn’t do anything and is so eager to leave the meeting that he is always the first to adjourn our monthly board meetings.  I’d like to see what happens when we start talking a LONG time about clothes and how to store them properly and see what he does…or says.

Some people don’t really know anything and yet spout off about things as if they DO know something…also, there are others on our board who don’t care.  They show up once a month for the meeting (and the food) and vote and maybe make a motion so that their name will be in the minutes…but they don’t care about what is really happening.  We are running out of money and we need to be sure to go down with the Titanic. That is what we are on right now, we have hit an iceberg of reality. We have soooo much of everything, six treadle sewing machines, 10 grandmother clocks, six pump organs, 20 irons…the list goes on and on.  Supposedly we can’t get rid of things because they are on loan from a certain family, we don’t want to hurt that family’s feelings.  What do we have on loan at the museum? We should NEVER have taken anything on loan but instead told the people who “gifted” the museum that we would use the article of donation appropriately for display purposes or sell it.  We have to pay for the lights, electricity, heating, etc.  There are about ten buildings that are on the 8 acres of museum grounds. We don’t run on fumes and yet there are board members who don’t have a clue about what business sense it is to NOT make some money for this non-profit organization. We still need to pay the bills even though we are a non-profit entity.

Okay, enough venting…this has nothing to do with Kazakhstan, I realize that. However, I do know that this old country, the ninth largest in the world, currently has many painful growing pains to go through. Our museum is going through the opposite with having a dying population in our area where the grandkids purge grandma’s house and attic and “gift” us with all the rejected material that they don’t want.  In some cases, that is more than less.  Kazakhstan has many older kind of ideas about how the country used to function before communism took over. Probably after one hundred years, that has all perished.  There may be pockets of the country that still have some of the lingering old customs.  However, I think for the most part, people who still live in the hinterlands are living in poverty and are prey to the human traffickers.

We live in a fallen world, I realize that. Especially after getting some of the dissenting comments about what we are trying to accomplish at the Carnegie. Leave it to a few “do-nothings” who want to throw their weight around and express ideas that are NOT based on realism or on forward thinking functionality.  Here are some of the clothes that we are documenting and hoping to sell…eventually.

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Been awhile, been busy at the Carnegie

Carnegie frontSometimes life goes on and other times it rushes past. I have neglected this site because there has been so much activity at the former Carnegie library and our county museum.  I have had GREAT volunteers who I have brought in to help with sorting through books and cataloging about 1,000 pieces of 1960s and 1970s clothes that have been stored.  We have discovered some GREAT vintage clothes in the ten jam packed closets. Both jobs with books and clothes are no small tasks.

The picture below is of our university intern. He is shown with one of the 45 WWII posters that we found in the stack of books. So far I have put under frame and glass about 6-7 of these posters. We have discovered some other great things as well.  Who will value them? We hope to have a sale of the 250 things I have put under glass when we open the Carnegie up in mid-August.

If I were to count all the different things I have done in the last month and a half, it would be a long list.  People who do not do anything are the ones who seem to kick up the most fuss.  I have to be patient with them. Life goes on and volunteers are important. I have been volunteering many, many hours at the museum and Carnegie. I should add these hours up to see what it would all be worth to the rest of the members on the board.

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