Monday, August 18, 2014


I have this picture in my mind of a place in Junction City Kansas. It was a basement with a stairs off the street. There might have been a sign but not sure. It was known as the place where soldiers from Fort Riley got tattoos. I picture it as dark and scary. After all, tattoos were a macho man/military thing in the 50's.

Today I witnessed two of my friends get tattoos. It was not down a dark stairs, rather a bright, clean setting and an experienced hip lady as the artist.

My feeling is many of my lady friends might actually give some consideration to getting these tats.

Eyebrows and eye liner!

This was not a quick accomplishment--at least one and a half hours each.

First, they put on a cream that supposedly numbed the area. According to my friends, they didn't feel too numb. Then the "artist" donned her rubber gloves and grabbed a small electric contraption about the size of a wood burning tool and started in. She kept dipping it in ink and hummed away. At least it sounded like a hum. It must have felt more brutal. Both girls stated clearly and emphatically negative thoughts about having the procedure done again. (It needs to be touched up every few years)  When I asked what pain could compare to having the procedure done, one said when she broke her ankle. Oh My!!

But, the pain was brief and it looked to me to be very well done. My guess they both will be glad they went through with it. Unfortunately, I promised no pictures or names in writing this. So, their secret is with me. I guarantee no one looking at either of them would know they don't have makeup.

Was one of them me? Nope, I seldom wear eye makeup. I was the driver. But...

I've been rolling around this thought of Dan and I getting matching ring tattoos for our fifth wedding anniversary--neither of us wear wedding rings. If we do, there will be full coverage right here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Who Knew?

Here is a deal any Kansas State University fan will want to bid on.  At auction on Ebay is a postcard taken from southwest Lawrence looking at (what it says) is Kansas State University.  I don’t think it would probably be a hot item for a KU fan, though!  Here is the link.

Check this screen shot…

KSU from Lawrence KS

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

USPS delivers

What happens when a GPS is out of date?  You find your little car indicator off the road sitting in a field.  At least that’s what has been happening with ours lately.  I think the unit must be at least six years old. 

What to do but give EBay a look.  Turns out there is a company in the state of Washington that has reconditioned Garmin GPS units.  A Garmin Nuvi 40 LM 4.3" Portable GPS w/ Lifetime Maps to be exact.  Cost – $55, free shipping.  I ordered it and signed up for USPS tracking.

Here is  the trail.  The seller used USPS Priority Mail.  Even though I might be a little prejudice since I was a rural carrier for 30 years, this is impressive.  And,  by signing up, I received an email at each scan location.  There is no way “brown” can do this better.

USPS Label 1

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Married to a carpenter

Dan started out our married life as a teacher, a junior high school industrial arts teacher.  I always thought he might have stuck with it had he started with older students.  His reflections on his teaching years are mostly of  7th and 8th graders hardly listening to his safety talks and behaving badly around the power tools.  My guess is that there are some 45 year old men out there who remember Mr. Hanney and appreciate what they learned, though.

After Doug was born in 1972, he quit teaching and began a career of carpentry work.  He and his brother Paul built houses at first.  Eventually, they moved into finish carpentry.  Dan is an artist with curved stairways, fireplace mantels and fancy trim.  He worked in many beautiful homes mostly in and around Topeka. 

A carpenter never retires, especially if he has family.  Dan has helped both our kids in projects over the years.  In the process, they are actually very good woodworkers themselves so in many ways he never completely gave up teaching.   And, he has completed many projects for me—I probably should know more about woodworking than I do.

So, here was our day.  This morning I gathered up all the dirty clothes to take downstairs to wash.  I commented that one of these days I’m going to fall down the stairs with my arms full of dirty clothes.  Dan says why don’t we move the washer and dryer upstairs.  I say I like the laundry room downstairs.  For one thing, I can walk right out the back door and hang clothes on the line.  We got to thinking and decided to put  a clothes chute in the kitchen.

Now, there might be some who say, “dirty clothes in the kitchen?”  Well, what about those new cabinets that open and out slides a waste basket.  I am thinking dropping dirty clothes isn’t far off that concept.  Besides, this cabinet was in a perfect spot for the laundry room in the basement.  

Remember, the idea came about this morning. Tonight, we have emptied a small base cabinet in the kitchen of Tupperware that I don’t use, cut a hole in the bottom of the cabinet and floor and now I can open a door, drop dirty clothes down a completely lined “chute” right into a basket in the laundry room. 

Isn’t it great to be married to a carpenter!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lake Texoma

Who would have thought that we would be on a trip to Lake Texoma in July and turn  our furnace on for a short time.  Granted, it was rainy and we got a little chilled with that, but still, furnace, July and Texas.  I think it actually did set a record low in Dallas that night.

It was beautiful weather and good times with friends Dwight & Cheryl and Dwight’s brother Glen and Kathy in Preston Bend campground, a Federal Park,  on the lake.  Preston Bend campground is near Dwight & Cheryl’s son Dan and Kim’s lake house so we spent a lot of time there. 

The highlight of our trip, though, was our guided fishing trip out on the lake. 

Dan and I have only been on a guided fishing trip one other time.  That was in Canada and we were fishing for Walleye  by dropping our line over the side of the boat.  Fishing for Stripers on Lake Texoma was mostly the same. Other than our Texas guide had a fish locator.  He could tell us exactly how deep to drop our bait.  My trouble was knowing when the fish had the hook and set it properly.  Honestly, I might have lost as many fish as I caught—the big ones anyway.  I’d feel that tug and my reflex was to yank.  A little more finesse is necessary.  I think I got better.  So did everyone else.

Our guide was patient with us so we all caught our limit. 




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Garden surprise

Remember that tomato that showed up in a potted plant?  Well, we have a similar situation in the garden right now.

Before I write about the surprise vines, I have to brag a bit about the garden. 


It’s looking good this year.  Of course, it helps that we have had timely rains and Dan had just rototilled.  And, I had cleaned out the okra rows and added mulch to the….

Watermelon and Cantaloupe! 

It happens where the watermelon and cantaloupe came up, I had dumped recycle stuff from the kitchen, obviously including watermelon and cantaloupe seeds.  For a long time, we didn’t know what they were.  Until this:


I look every day to find more and to check on these.  Looking forward to some vine ripened goodness later this summer.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day Three With Grandkids

Yes, I did say that there could be something better to eat than pizza and Hazel Hill chocolates.  That would be The Cheese Cake Factory! 

But first…

CARLY from Linda Hanney on Vimeo.

Sky Zone in Kansas City is a great place to burn off energy.   The whole place is trampolines.  You can bounce up and dunk a basketball, jump playing dodge ball and flip into a bin of sponge. 

I did not bounce, although enjoyed watching a lot.  Just watching worked up my appetite for lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory.  You can imagine how hungry those kids were.

I did not take a picture of my piece of Raspberry Fudge Cheese Cake.  It was a work of art but I guess all I could think about was eating it. 

After lunch, the kids graciously allowed Kim and I to take a quick tour around Crate & Barrel.  Then home.

On our last day, we visited Moon Marble Company.  We watched a marble being made—which is always interesting.  When we first visited in 2006, we saw Bruce Breslow, the founder and owner make a marble.  Although he didn’t demonstrate, he was there today.   He has an interesting story.  If you have time, follow this link that I wrote on our first visit.

After Moon Marble, we took Adam to his music lesson and then back to Kim’s.  Trent and Carly went to their other grandparents for the remainder of their visit.  It was so much fun to not only spend time with the grandkids, but also Kim.

Now, back to gardening and catching up.   

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Fun with all five grandkids

Doug and Drue returned to Monument on Sunday morning.  Trent and Carly stayed here.  Their home base is with Kim, Marc, Aaron, Adam and Evan until it is time for them to visit their other grandparents.  On Sunday evening, they sat down and planned their time for these few days.  They did a good job.

Monday, we headed west to Manhattan to visit the Flint Hills Discovery Center.  It is in the background of this picture. 


I’ve heard good things about this facility and it is all true.  We were there for a couple hours and could have spent more time.  The educational film was excellent.  When there was prairie wind, we felt wind.  When there was rain, we felt the vibration of the thunder and when there was fire, we smelled smoke. 

There were interactive experiences, including these 3 dimensional puzzles of early life in the Flint Hills.


Even the grounds were interesting and well maintained with wildflowers and a running stream. 

After the tour, we ate pizza and desert at Hazel Hill Chocolates in downtown Manhattan.

Can that menu get any better?  Yes it can.  Wait until I tell you about our day today.  I will do that tomorrow as I am waiting for the little movie to be completed. 

Sunday, July 06, 2014

July 4th is in the books

Great three days.  Click here or on the picture for the link.  So that it will play on Apple, I am not embedding.  Just go to the web page and click on “slideshow” in the upper right hand corner.   These are my favorite people.  Enjoy!


Thursday, July 03, 2014

Family is all together—pictures begin

It is always fun to have all the family together.  So for a few days, there will be pictures.  Here are a few from the first evening:




Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Dan’s 70th birthday

Yesterday was the celebration of the beginning of Dan’s 70th year.  Is it around this birthday we start to believe that we are old?  Nope, not yet. 

Anyway, who cares about whether we are old, or not.  Dan had a big celebration for his 70th.  I let our friends know he had a big day coming up and suggested maybe we establish a card shower.  I thought about a surprise party, but June is just not a good month.  Our extended family is busy with crops and hay, it is hot, humid and buggy.  He really enjoyed all the cards from friends and family.  Thank you to everyone who sent one. 

Doug & Drue and family are coming home on Thursday.  I am looking forward to more celebrating and pictures. 

After the delicious steak and salmon, here is Dan with his cake—even with a little missing—and his grandkids.  Evan reminded us he celebrated a “seven” a couple weeks ago too.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Symphony in the Flint Hills 2014

The Kaw Nation call themselves people of the South Wind.  Variations of the tribe’s name by French traders and other Europeans was Kanza or Kansa, eventually Kansas.

While most of those attending the 2014 Symphony in the Flint Hills could not count themselves as members of the Kaw Nation, they did experience the relentless wind from which those original inhabitants received their name.

Despite a wind so strong that all matter of ropes, bandanas and belts were used to tie down hats, it was a magnificently beautiful site with music that can only be experienced rather than described. 

One of the requirements for a Symphony site is no visible signs of civilization.  This year, there seemed no signs of civilization even driving into the site.  For me, it was the most beautiful site for the concert in recent years. 

As I mentioned, we arrived in the area on the Friday evening before the Saturday concert.   The sun was starting to drop as we looked out on an expanse of pasture near the concert site to see not cattle, but horses!


This is the Vestring Ranch and these are wild mustangs.  The Vestring ranch receives $1.20 a day from the Federal government to feed and care for the horses.  We learned about wild horse ranching at an educational tent after our 9:00 am until 3:00 pm shift at the seating area. 

Here is an early morning view of the concern area.



The people are starting to fill up the seating area.


The conductor looked very young as did some of the members of the orchestra.  We wondered if some of the youth were members of the summer program.


The hills seem a bit flatter in this southern area. Aren’t the shadows stunning.


As the sun went down and the music drew to a close, they drove the cattle so they and the horses were back lite.



The sun sets on another beautiful day.