Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Little Art Walk ~ Emporia

Yesterday was the day! An art walk in Emporia, the little town where my granddaughter goes to college. She and her flatmate were the presenting artists, with other showings in various shops around the downtown area. 

There are a lot of towns and cities with these First or Last Friday's; shops stay open late, people are out and about enjoying art and wine and nibbles. I can think of a lot worse ways to spend a Friday evening.

L-R: Teddy, Sloane and Lexi,
with Lexi's beautiful new kitten
(who has the biggest feet I ever saw on a kitty)
The first thing you notice when entering Soul Ride (a donation based yoga studio that is also a store with a lot of very cool things) is the whole front window section is devoted to succulents of every sort. A couch, a chair and some wine while waiting for the show to officially open had my tranquil vibe in gear.

The money earned from selling plants, clothes, jewelry, etc. allows
the donation based yoga studio to carry on. Very cool.
The painting on the floor is of Sloane and Teddy, by Sloane
The owner, behind the desk, was as nice as everyone else we met.
Kansas has a lot of really friendly people, just so you know.
A good turn out from the opening bell.
Ok, there was no opening bell.
There was more to see down the street so with map in hand, we started following the numbers. These are a few of my favorites. Other favorites weren't really into photo op moments.

The works below were in Maud's Tattoo Company. You can read about why it's called Maud's here. You tat people might find it some interesting history. The space itself was full of antiques - old stoves, old lighting and a guillotine. For real. I could have photographed it but it sort of creeped me out, even though it was pretty intriguing, in a weird way I don't even want to try to explain.

I was given permission to take photos as long as the artist,
Brooke Drescher, was given credit, which I'm very happy to do.
 I love her work!

The installation below might be my very favorite. Such a whimsical piece, all four sides of each block change the face, torso and legs, a close to four foot tall toy. I could have played with it awhile before getting bored. Someone is going to have a great interactive conversation piece.

Humor in art is good!

Along the main drag, it wasn't raining, which it has been doing for days.  That was a good thing.

I love the limestone and design.
All I could discover history wise was that it was build in 1897.
I want more!!

There isn't a bad angle on this building

Too bad the Burnap Bros. have lousy taste in signage

A pigeon family gathering 

Just a cool thing

And another really cool thing! I'd love to have one of these at home.
Count your blessings. Then share them. 

Have a salutary Saturday. Do something savory.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day MishMash 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon drenching south Florida, is keeping family and friends on my mind. But with Ram Dass's advice to be here now, that's what I plan to do!

Maybe my favorite flag that I saw honoring John McCain
Labor Day 

As usual, I could go all political here about Labor Day. But dear readers pretty much get enough of that from me every other day, so never mind. But it IS important to remember why we have this three day weekend. Thank your fellow laborers of days gone by and days ahead. 

"As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. 
Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history." from
A different day -
We took some time off a couple of days ago from sorting and shifting moving things, which is good, because I still know where the propane torch is. Shhhh. 
Michelle took me to a wonderful little place in Lawrence call Bon Bon! A menu that made it difficult to choose (but as usual, we had already mentally picked the same two items), a very cool building that was an armory during the Civil War - 'the ceilings are so high because the ammunition would often blow up while they were making it' - and, maybe best of all, a very big garden across the street where they grow many of their ingredients. 

While waiting for drinks, I headed over to check out the beauty
A perpetually open gate
All the expected garden goods and sunflowers (see cut stalk) too. 

I don't know if this really was just removed or
if it's an arty bit. Either way, I like it. 

Another beckoning open gate


Some pretty adorable peppers

I just liked the color and light contrast
While I was chatting with the bartender about the aromatics from the garden used in various drinks, this bar mat (one of two there) caught my eye. Since it was about a foot wide and a foot and a half long, it would be hard to miss. I'd never seen one like it before and wanted very much to steal it to bring home to one of the bars. Even the bartender said she'd never seen one like it before. Super cool. Sorry it wouldn't fit in my bag...and sorry I didn't take a photo of the bar either!

Back from the garden, a VERY spicy Bloody Mary for me and 
Rose Vodka with Rose Lemonade for Michelle, the Thai bowl, and the dumplings awaited (you can check out the menu from the link above). Luckily, we didn't know the dumplings would be fried instead of steamed or we'd have not ordered them - and would have missed a really delicate, delicious dish.

A lot of yum and attention to details
On the way there and back -
Who knew there were wetlands in Kansas?
Or that they would build a road right through the middle of it?

A nice stop in a park, where I got a water fix


Limestone. I've always really liked it, maybe because it reminds me of coral.
I only caught the tail end of this car, one of three oldies but goodies

Zoom zoom!
The day had started out with morning on the porch with my Numero Uno granddaughter, who had come from college to spend the night. I want to grow up to be her. 
G'mornng, darling girl
And finally, for long time readers, here's Kobie, the Alien, who came along with Sloane. He's just as crazy as ever.
No, I'm not getting the ball AGAIN, Kobie!
For all you who are laboring today, I salute you! 
Have a motivating Monday! Do something multifarious.