Saturday, February 18, 2012

After two days of skiing….

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….no bones broken and smiles all around!   We gave each of them a little money for a t-shirt.  It looks like Aaron must have liked  black diamonds or maybe it’s the name of a run.  Trent and Adam liked Mary Jane.  I know that’s the name of a run.  Evan now has a moose t-shirt like Papa’s from a previous ski trip.  As far as I can tell, Carly’s shirt says Winterpark.  Dan and I have wonderful memories of ski trips.  So glad their families are creating some as well.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Small town grocery stores

The Kansas Sampler Foundation  is a non profit organization with a mission to “preserve, sustain and grow rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and by networking and supporting rural communities.”

Each year they sponsor the Kansas Sampler Festival the first weekend in May.   I’ve never attended this event but have heard so many good things about it.  Maybe this year…

Anyway, I received an email from the Kansas Sampler Foundation today requesting names of small towns who have recently lost their grocery store.  I can’t help them with the request, but it got me thinking about our small grocery store when I was a kid.

We did our grocery shopping in Junction City at Sheridan's because Mom sold her eggs to the small store.  I’m not sure on this, but I think the eggs bought most of our groceries. 

There was a meat counter in the back and a butcher that cut to order.  Everyone knew us so it was fun to go into the store.  For many years, Mrs. Sheridan was the checker.  There were no bar codes, they remembered the prices of everything in the store. 

I can’t remember where the candy was displayed in Sheridan’s.  I do remember the candy at a tiny store near my grandpa. Was it Shelton’s or was that the name of the lady who owned it?   I can’t remember much besides candy there.  That might be all she had.  That was the big deal when we visited Gramps—running to Shelton’s for candy. 

One of Dan’s early, right out of high school jobs was delivering Royal Crown products to small town grocery stores.  He said they were all similar.   It would be interesting to trace his route and check on the stores.  One store he visited was the Skiddy store—down the road from my cousins.

Our contribution to a small town grocery store is Obryhim’s, a 4th generation grocery store in Overbrook.  We try to shop there at least once a month.  It has most everything  and the prices are surprisingly low.  And, they employ local high school kids who carry the groceries to the car! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Best Valentines Days

Magazines, internet and television make sure we know it’s Valentines Day.  It’s not that I need reminding because I have always enjoyed this day.  For many years, I sent Valentines instead of Christmas cards.  I actually thought of doing that this year.

Even with the lovely poems and fancy red Russell Stover's candy boxes, I think true Valentine fun is for the young.  I know I’ve written before about this, because I can remember with such clarity opening the little Valentines from all my classmates.  And, believing all those little sayings about how special I was.  I know I have a Valentine from grade school somewhere around here from Dan. 

I attended Evan’s Valentines party today. 


This was an exciting party for all.  And, there were still little Valentines with special messages in everyone’s box.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Birds gathering in the snow

I am not sure of the official amount, but it appears we received around two inches of snow.  We have quite the bird population at the feeders.  Here are a few.