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Necessities Past, Present and Future

All those years of living in Hutch and I'd never shopped at Necessities! On the south end of Main Street there are many little antique and curiosity shops in original old buildings! Mike and I decided to have a look. "What a fun photo op..", I thought! It seemed more like a collector's backyard than a place to shop for necessities, but now we know where to look for what we need!

"Past, present and future" sums up when,  but not why.
Enter the packed-full side yard past the yellow chair through the parted fence...

Galvanized Tubs!  Many uses! Many sizes!
Pretty Pink Maytag and a sink cabinet!

What are those spiky metal things?

Necessity, no doubt!
There was a time I wanted a VW van  about this one's model and year. I still do…  but I don't need this particular one!

"Super Thinner"  A desire, but not a necessity.  Seriously not a necessity.

I might need the bench,  but the tree has the bench.
For a few minutes, I considered needing this donkey for our garden.

From Shameless: The Art of Disability: "Disability is a valued human condition."

"Perhaps I do stand when I am still.
Perhaps I am a tree, but not a potted tree.
This wheelchair does not define me; It does not contain me.
It is my home like the ship's iron hull to the barnacle, but it is not my substance.
My substance is flesh and earth, root and impulse, instinct and aspiration-
My healthy tree that is every bit as much nature's plan as the grasses that grow in the watery marsh and the mountains that rise up out of the velvet forest." Catherine Frazee

Shameless: The ART of Disability by Bonnie Sherr Klein, National Film Board of Canada

Grandcuties by "The Tree" Then and Now!

The grandcuties beside one of our young Blue Atlas Cedar trees:
August 2012
I can't help but think of P.D. Eastman's Go Dog, Go! when I think of the kids running to the tree for a photo! In Go Dog, Go! the dogs don't go to the tree to take a photo (or even to "lift a leg") but to have a dog party! The grandcuties go to the tree to pose for a photo, yet whenever they're all together, it's a party! Here is an unknown cutie reading one of our favorite books, Go Dog, Go!!

Looking Back

"I a dude." (That's what he said!)

Playin' with Cooties!

Big Sis and Lil' Bro "Dude"!

Dad, Tab and the Kids

These were taken while Tab and the kids were visiting us in Kansas!
My Dad (Great Grandad) and the Grand Cuties (James' and Tab's)
Dad and Toby
Tab, Toby and Grandad B.

Happy Toby


Confession Revisit

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end.  Nor do I really know myself,  and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.  But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."  ~ Thomas Merton

Along The Road: Inman, Kansas

Mike lived in Inman for about a year before he moved to Hutchinson where we met. He worked at Chase Grain primarily mixing and delivering feed. Chase Grain has been closed and even the grain elevator where Mike worked is gone. Highway K-61 used to run directly beside Inman presenting Inman as a stop along the way, but the highway has been rerouted to bypass the town. Now, Inman is easier to speed by than to notice. (That seems a shame.)  Recently, we decided to detour into town and have a look. We stopped for lunch at The Harvest Cafe where they offer smaller meals for smaller appetites and delicious brewed iced tea!

Inman, Kansas
Here are other grain elevators, but I don't know if they are in operation.

Tractor in a downtown shop window
Despite the decline in traffic, Inman is still a busy little town. We were impressed with a good amount of sidewalks, nice parks and friendly folk!

Bach Prelude Suite #1 Featuring Michael Manring & Hannah Alkire of Acoustic Eidolon

Slowly begin Draw us in Build the high Bring us nigh!

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport Goodbyes

My brother, John came to say goodbye…
and to bring good cheer!
While waiting to board the plane, Tab fed Toby…
who is reported to have been an excellent traveler!
Dad and Linda came too. Dad is learning about a digital camera!
Mike and Nay Nay with sun in their eyes!
"Let's see how much my back pack weighs!"
"Here's how much I weigh!"
"I'm this much!"
Six weeks sped by. The time together was a blessing, indeed! My heart aches at the distance between us. I pray for God's peace, provision and joy!

Bloggy Chain-Thang (without the chain)

This here is primarily a fun and friendly bloggers' exchange and exercise!  
I'm not actually passing it on, but if anyone reads this and wants to join in answering the questions, please do!~

1. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and share the link back to the awarding blog. 2. Name 5 fabulous moments in your life. 3. Name 5 things that you love. 4. Name 5 things that you hate. 5. Pass the award to 5 deserving bloggers. 1. Thanks to Zoanna, my blog buddy and friend, for linking me in on a fun post! When I began blogging back in 2008, I prayed for a blog buddy. God seemed to skip from A...  to Z in his answer to me! That’s when I met Zoanna! I’ve come to know her a little and love her a lot! 2. Five Fabulous Moments in my life:  Meeting Mike at the Chinese restaurant where I worked! Marrying Mike! Meeting our first daughter, Tabitha! Meeting our second daughter, Olivia! Meeting our third daughter, Christine! 3. Five things I love: God  (not as much as i should) Family food seasons G…