Sunday, January 29, 2006

313 Ridgeway

We moved into this house in 1957 after Grandmom died. A two bedroom wing was added off to the right of this picture for my sister and I. The basement was huge with a large part of it dedicated to a play area. That room to the left was what Grandmom called a sun room which wrapped around to a breakfast area off the kitchen and lots of picture windows. The formal dining room had one of those big wallpaper murals.

The property covered a few acres with a playhouse, barn and a couple of pastures out back that blended into a wooded area. It seemed so big to me. We lived in town, population about 5,000. which was the county seat.. with TWO stop lights! We were in the BIG town with the court house. The entire county population was about 10,000. On Saturday the farmers came to town to shop.

UPtown was approximately 5 blocks long from Fair’s Drug store to the court house with “five points” right smack in the middle of main street. One ladies shop; two men’s shops; Montgomery Wards; Western Auto; JC Penney; Kress and Woolworth's dime stores. One paint store; one hardware store; three drug stores and a flower shop. Grandriver Press print shop; a bank and a movie theater. A couple of diners and a hotel. The rest were professional offices. Today there are several offices and only a handful of small businesses left, thanks to the Rock Island Railroad pulling out and then finished off when WalMart showed up 30 miles away in the 80’s. When I lived there as an adult I opened another flower shop on Main Street - Petal Pushers.

Neighborhood grocers abound plus an A&P, then HyVee moved in to make two big grocery stores! Three neighborhood elementary schools; one high school which included the junior high. We walked. The country kids were bussed in. They were the only ones allowed to bring their lunch. No cafeterias. We “city” kids walked home and back. Our big meal was always at noon and it was called dinner not lunch. Leftovers or sandwiches for supper in the evening.

On Sundays, after Sunday school & church, we’d eat at one of the grandparents homes or the HyPower. HyPower was really a truck stop but had a dining room in the back. Pats of butter on those little wax paper squares, cream in miniature milk bottles and the best fried chicken dinner in the world which included home made parker house rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans then home made pie. Mmmmmmmmm. I can still taste it.

We were lucky to have a few doctors in town. They made house calls if you couldn’t get to the office. There were a few other retail outlets and eateries down 9th Street. My three favorites were Maid Rite (loose meat sandwiches and blue plate specials), A&W drive-in where the car hops wore roller skates; and Lazy Kay which was also a drive-in with car hops but no skates. They made the best tenderloin sandwich in town.

We belonged to the country club which was just down the street from our house. The club house then was a log cabin. We went to the municipal pool to swim in the summer at Moberly Park. Crowder Park was out by the water tower and sewer plant. The Rock Barn by the County Fair Grounds.

It was peaceful there. Comforting. No one locked their doors. People were friendly and honest. Everybody knew everybody... and their business. Parades on holidays, chili suppers, cook outs, ball games, picnics. If you were sick or had a death in the family everyone brought food and helped out. People cared about each other. Small Town USA in the 50’s... Mayberry.

Thursday, January 26, 2006


We don't go to many live theater performances these days, though I love it. However, last evening we traveled to the Tampa Performing Arts Center to see WICKED and it was absolutely awesome! If you have the opportunity, GO!!! If that's impossible, read the book & listen to the CD. You'll be blown away.

The story of the witches of Oz is witty, wonderful, surprising and Stephen Schwartz's music completely fabulous. At the end of the first act, Elphaba (Wicked Witch of the West) sings "Defying Gravity." The actress' beautiful voice combined with some amazing special effects literally covered me with goose bumps. It's been a long time since that's happened and I LOVED it!

Live musical theater... nothing else like it!

Yes, RQM, I know I've been tagged. Maybe tomorrow I'll get to that.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Dad's family

This photo was taken in 1950 or 1951 in my grandparents living room. That's my dad and mother standing on the left. His parents, Grandpop and Grandmom (holding me) then dad's brother.

In front (from left) are my dad's sister, her husband and two children. Brother's wife and daughter.

Grandpop died in '55, Grandmom in '57 and Dad in June of 2004 at age 80. Dad's brother lives here. We had dinner at their house on Friday, he's 94! His sister is 92 and also lives in Florida as do both her children.

Grandpop and Grandmom were great loving small town folks. Grandmom was a sweet god fearing woman. Grandpop a local car dealer. His handshake was an iron clad contract. His word was gold. I loved them both so much and spent a lot of time in their home. The youngest of their grandchildren and the only one who lived in the same town, I was spoiled rotten!

Grandpop raised horses and gave me two Shetland ponies on my THIRD birthday. Midget, a dapple grey, and Penny, a paint. Midget was my favorite. He had Monroe Veach (who was a famous local saddle maker) make me a custom pony saddle. I still have it... black with silver studs and matching bridle. Naturally you MUST have the cowboy outfit to go with all that. The suede jacket with fringe and hand tooled belt are hanging in my closet. Somewhere along the line I lost the hat but that's ok, I still have a Davey Crocket coonskin cap. Until about age 10 I had a wonderful childhood... living in a small rural town in North Central Missouri... both sets of grandparents to know and love... lots of friends... no worries...

We moved to Ohio when I was eleven and that's when & where I learned just how cruel the real world could be.
(click on the photos to enlarge)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


My boss came into the office this morninig with a copy of "The Weekly Planet" that he'd picked up at THE TIN CAN cafe. (Yes, that's a real eatery.) He wanted to share an article titled, "the WEIRDEST WEIRD NEWS of the YEAR." Many were quite amusing. I thought my blog friends would especially enjoy this one...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Art of RQM

These photos were taken in the summer of 2004. RQM was fairly new to the Sunshine State and this was my first visit to his lovely home. The quilts are magnificent... beautifully crafted... artfully designed.

On my last visit he had started one using all batik fabric. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me.

Thank you, dear cousin, for allowing me to share my photos with our blog friends.

To fully appreciate the handy work, click on each image to enlarge.


The bedrooms; sewing/computer room; dining area; another wall in sewing room; pillow top; Dot relaxing on her favorite; and Dash in the loving arms of the gifted artist.
I love you.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Preview of Coming Attractions...

In my personal photo library, there are images of RQM's charming home. Predictably, there are quilts everywhere you turn. He even uses them for tablecloths!!! I have obtained permission from the artist to share the photos I have of his beautifully imaginative creations.

So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.... on the ever popular Photo Sunday you will be amazed at the talent of my dear cousin. Somewhere our darling Grandmother is looking upon us with great pride. She too was a fabulous seamstress and wonderful quilt maker.

Here is the Divine Dot with a little teaser peak of one of her favorites...

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Family Photos

March 2005... a family reunion of sorts... my mother, the sons of her brother and I were all in the same place at the same time... here are a couple of pictures we took while we were together.

Dinner table from left: RQM brother # 1 & 2 & sister-inlaw; RQM: my mother, son-inlaw & youngest daughter; RQM sister-inlaw & me.

A day or two after our dinner at the Clearwater Beach Hotel... RQM’s sister arrived to complete the group. Everyone gathered at our house for a ham dinner feast and LOTS of visiting and catching up. Added in this photo are RQM’s darling little sister and my husband.

RQM with the most adorable Dot and Dash.... how cute is this family?

As always, click on image to enlarge... enjoy.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Ordering Pizza in the Year 2010

  • Ordering Pizza 2010

  • Sunday, January 01, 2006


    Sorry I'm late... "I was making rather merry yesterday."

    Dear STB encouraged me to start this blog in 2005 and I'm glad I did having met so many new and wonderful friends.
    Thank you all for YOUR blogs and friendship.

    My New Year's wish is that the entire Bush administration is impeached, fired, indited, replaced, and otherwise removed from office/appointment/their position. Would be the most wonderful gift of all.

    I'd like to kick off the first photo Sunday of 2006 with a family photo... circa 1957.

    click on image to enlarge
    adults L-R: RQM's mother holding his little sister; my dad and mother; grandparents of RQM & me; RQM's dad (my mother's brother)... last but not least, RQM. My sister and I are the two little girls standing in front.