Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Public Garden---Part 2

Today we are back at The
Ewing and Muriel Kauffman
Memorial Garden.
This two acre garden is located
in the heart of Kansas City.

I'm sure this picture is in the first
post but I wanted to tell you a
little about this building.
This is the Orangery and it is the
major architectural feature here
in the garden. It is one of the first
things you see as you turn the
corner and walk into the garden
itself. Orangeries originated in
Europe, where aristocratic families
built conservatories with the windows
only facing south to allow the citrus
to ripen in the winter months. In this
garden it is used for a gathering place
for visitors and a site for fragrant and
seasonal plants.

In the photo above and below
visitor's are greeted by these
very large trees as they enter
the Orangery.

Each of the trees had beautiful
flowers growing around the

There were several of these
hanging from the ceiling.
you can see how tall those
trees are.

I thought this sculpture was adorable.
There was a plaque but I could not
get a good picture. Look closely
and you will see what the boy is
sitting on while reading his book.

Another pretty one.

I think this is an orchid growing
at the bottom of this tree.

Let's go back outside again.


This was a beautiful garden back
in June and I am sure it was pretty
during these summer months when
Zinnias, Celosia, Coleus, Marigolds
and other beauties are in bloom.

If you missed Part One you can find
it here. You will need to scroll past
Part Two to find Part One.

~Keep on Dreamimg~

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Update, Update, Update


We are going to have an update
catch-up post. Life has gotten a
bit busy and I am a bit behind. :)

Up first--a DIY project. I bought
this black case at a garage sale
earlier this summer.


I thought it was bland so I
blinged it up with pink poka
dots! Love it!
The person who had it first
used it as a laptop case. But
I am taking it to school for  
field trips. We will use it in
a variety of ways. A lunch
carrier, books and small toys


Country Dreaming turned 5 during
our vacation-staycation. Thanks to
those of you who come by often and
comment, those who come by and
visit quietly and those who have
been a faithful reader for the past
5 years!!!! I appreciate you and
your friendship.


Mr. Ken had a BIG birthday earlier
this month!


We had a backyard FULL of people
helping Ken celebrate.


He got to wear this button at his
party and THEN on the day of
his birthday a week later. It
lights up! What fun!!


More birthday fun--we enjoyed
luch here. An authentic German
restaurant in the Freight District
of  Kansas City.


Ken and I had Goulash with
Spatzel, he also had Red Cabbage
on the side. Ken said that his 50th
birthday--ALL of it was AWESOME!!!

Last but not least---School has
started!  My first day was August
11 with inservice and training in
the morning and then time to work
in the room in the afternoon. Our
1st and 2nd graders began on the 12th
with a 1/2 day and another on the 13th.
Kindergarteners began on the 14th with
a full day for ALL of us.
Talk about hitting the ground running!!
The kids have adapted well to being back,
the adults---well, we are working on it.

That's it. We had an awesome summer
and now we are back to getting a routine
in place. Summer will be enjoyed in an
abbreviated way now.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lighthearted Humor

Today calls for a little fun...

*What did the Pacific Ocean
say to the Atlantic Ocean?

Nothing he just waved.

*What did one wall say to
another wall?

I'll meet you at the corner.

*What did the paper say to
the pencil?

Write on!

*What has four wheels and

A garbage truck.

*What kind of car does Mickey
Mouse's wife drive?

A minnie van.

Hope these put a smile on
your face today.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Week of Fun---Part 3

Today we are going to The
Strawberry Hill Museum
and Cultural Center.
Back in the day the museum
belonged to The Scroggs
Family and was "one of the
most outstanding examples
of the Queen Anne Style
house" erected in Kansas
City, Kansas.


As the marker says-it was built
in 1887 and the family lived
here for 32 years. Many years
later the home was turned into
an orphanage in order to accom-
odate the many orphans that were
left behind due to a horrible flu
epidemic. Today visitors can see
the additions made for the children
and many of the home's original
pieces of furniture, decorative items
and beautiful stained glass windows.
In 1988 the Museum opened when it
was acquired by the Strawberry Hill
Ethnic Cultural Society. The society
promotes and preserves the ethnic
heritage prevalent in Kansas City,
Strawberry Hill is primarily a
Croatian community but also
represents the cultural diversity of
the community. While touring the
museum, visitors will learn about
Danish, Polish, Slovakian, Russian
and several others cultures.
For those of you who are local and
if you visit here make sure that you
see the Pope John Paul's bed and
personal items from his private
trips to Kansas City via TWA.
Lastly this house has gone
through A LOT over the years but
it is still a beautiful and well preserved.
Volunteers take care of the house and
grounds, guide tours, run the gift shop
and the tea room. A job well done!


This is the city view from the
front porch.
There are no pictures from the
inside due to not being allowed
to take any.


In the evening after our museum trip
we came here to watch our Minor League
team play baseball.


It was First Responders Night at the
ball park.


The Kansas City T-Bones played the
Winnipeg Goldeyes. PLAY ball!


Lots of fans.


A cool treat for a hot night. Yum!


A beautiful sunset.

Those crazy kids. My seat neighbor
was kind enough to take our pic.


Fireworks to end the game and a
fantastic vacation-staycation!
I hope you enjoyed the various
places we visited.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, August 8, 2014

Week of Fun---Part 2-B

We are coming to the end of our
journey in Oz.


I love this carriage with all of
the characters in it!


Glinda's display case.


Follow the Yellow Brick Road.


Posters from different productions.


On the left of this case are items
from the Broadway production
of  Wicked.


The door to the right of the Tin
Man leads you back to Auntie
Em's house/gift shop.

The Tin Man is 8 ft. tall!

"There's no place like home" as
Dorothy says.

I hope you have enjoyed your tour
of the Oz Museum. We enjoyed our
tour. There is so much to see as you
can tell from the pictures. One really
should see it for themselves.

So if you are ever on I-70 in the middle
of  Kansas follow the "Road to Oz" also
known as highway 99 in Wamego and
stop at the museum, you won't regret
it. We may go back for "OZtoberfest!"

~Keep on Dreaming~

*A reminder that on Sunday--the
second Supermoon will be out.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Week of Fun--Part 2-A

Life has interupted posting again.
Ramping up for the beginning of
school on Monday.

We are back at the Oz Museum and
look who is greeting us today. The


Our friend the Tin Man was around
another corner.


A display case with items relating
to the Scarecrow and the Tin Man.


Well, look who Mr. Ken found!


And here is his display case.


Visitor's can compare their hands
to the size of the Munchkin's hands.


Oh, be careful! You don't know
where SHE might be and who
might be with HER!!


Watch out!


It's the Wicked Witch of the East
and her monkey friends. RUN!!!!


She had a case too.


Did anyone have this game, I
don't remember it.


Move quickly or they will put
you to sleep.


Here she is Glinda--The Good Witch.
She will save us!


Remember the balloon? The museum
is working on making this into an
interactive display in the future.

That is it for today, there is a bit more
and I'll save it for the next post.

If you missed the first post on this
incredible museum--scroll down.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Let's Go Shopping!

  • Encore-Shawnee, Ks
  • Garage/Yard Sales
  • Mission Road Antique Mall-Leawood, Ks

Goodies to Treasure

  • Children's Tea Sets
  • Snowmen
  • Vintage Linens

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