Thursday, December 04, 2008

Thinking of a Christmas tour

Several years ago, we made a Trekker trip to enjoy small towns and their celebration of Christmas.

We are thinking of taking off on a similar trip this weekend. Destination? Abilene, Kansas. They are having a candlelight tour of homes Saturday evening.

Also, the Abilene Reflector Chronicle states,
“Along with the Homes for the Holidays tour and the Hometown Holiday Weekend events, there are daily tours of the beautiful Seelye and Lebold Mansions, both recently placed on the list of Kansas’ 8 Wonders of Architecture.”

We have a enough to do here at home to keep us busy. On the other hand, little holiday plans like this make special memories.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Gift suggestion

I just completed the coolest gift--a hardbound book.

Actually, a personal retirement memory book for our retiring postmaster. To put everything in, it took 20 pages. I had a 20 percent off coupon so the total was $32.00. Something like it would make a wonderful Christmas present.

I know there are other companies that do this, but I use Snapfish

They have other picture gifts such as calendars. Hmmmm

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I love Kansas

Thursday NPR program Talk of the Nation aired a program entitled "State by State." Several days prior to the program's airing, they asked for essays telling why we loved our state. Since we did not have big plans, I decided to send an entry.

Check here for the podcast of the program. I did not get read on the air but thought I would post my submission:

I love Kansas because its rich soil has nurtured my family for nearly 150 years.

I love Kansas because I see the red, yellow sunrise on a crisp morning or sunset over a sea of waving wheat or grass.

I love Kansas because living is honest. I meet family and friends in town, at work, at the lake, in church, or impromptu covered dish dinner at my house. We are there for each other.

I love Kansas not for nature’s magnificent miracles rather nature’s order. Rows of crops, hay bales and fence posts disappearing to the horizon.

And, yes, I love Kansas because its big cities have opportunities and its small towns have spirit. But, I can always escape to the countryside, feel the wind against my face and find my soul.