Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hometown Visit Part 2

After we left the anniversary party at the church we decided to drive around town to see the places that were  a part of my life during my growing up years.  Our son also enjoys remembering the fun times we shared here together.
Visiting my hometown is always bittersweet.  My parents passed away 24 & 14 years ago.
This is the home my family lived in from the time I was in 5th grade until my Mother passed away 14 years ago.  
My parents owned a shoe store here in this building until my mother closed it in 1995.
It is now a book/antique store.
When we stopped to take this picture we noticed it was open.
I haven't been inside since 1995.
When I walked inside I heard the familiar sound of the bell that rings when the door is opened.
 I didn't see anyone.
I heard music.I 
I called out with, "Hello?"
No response.
I walked over to the left of the store & saw a friendly lady sitting on a stool putting book on a shelf.
 I told her who I was & that my parents had owned the shoe store that was here at one time,
She remembered my parents & buying shoes for her family.
She was so friendly & agreed to let me take pictures.
This aisle is where the men's shoes were.
As I explored with Bobby, Kari & Ethan I got emotional for a while crying a few tears remembering what this store looked like when my parents ran their business for over 25 years.
The children's shoe corner.
Lots Buster Brown Shoes were on these shelves.
Can you believe how many books there are?
Everything was very organized.
Bobby found some of our family signatures that were on the ends of some shelves.
Fuzzy picture of my sister, Susan's, name.
attic stairs
Bobby was willing to brave the heat & take these picture of the attic area.
That is the original tin ceiling.
My parents used the attic for storage of seasonal decorations & store fixtures.
The old bank safe.  At some point in time this building was a bank.
Mother & Daddy used it for store record storage.
Occasionally it was a tornado shelter.
inside the vault
The work bench.

Where women's shoes were kept leading to the office.
This was the office.
The break room.
Ethan had as much fun as his Daddy exploring & checking everything out.
Setting in the display window where his Great Grandpa worked so hard to arrange the latest shoe styles.
Standing in the window area.
We spent about 45 minutes looking around while Hubby stayed in the car with Emma, who was sleeping.
Thanks Linda for taking our picture & letting us snoop around your book store.
Also, thank you for giving Ethan the little stuffed dog.

I want to go back in the fall when the weather is cooler & do a little shopping.
I saw lots of books & antiques that I'm interested in.

Before we left town we stopped by the lot where my high school stood.
It was a beautiful building, I wish it was still standing.

Things end, but memories last forever.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Hometown Visit Part 1

We visited my hometown Saturday afternoon.
Click on picture for information on Cushing, OK.

My Uncle Earl & Aunt Norma were being honored for their 60th wedding anniversary.
They're still going strong.
Uncle Earl works 20 to 30 hours a week & mows his lawn & the neighbor's.
Their actually wedding day is August 1st.

We enjoyed visiting with cousins, their kids & grandkids.
This was the first time Ethan & Emma had meet my aunt & uncle.
Uncle Earl & Bob
Issac & his Grandma, Gina
Tony & his girlfriend
Kim & Terry
Kortni & Nana, Kelly

I didn't get everyone's picture because I was so busy talking, HA!
It was so much fun seeing everybody again.

Tomorrow I'll show you part two of our hometown visit.

Happy 7th Anniversary to Bobby & Kari!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekly Words To Live By #110

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Wishing you a Sunday filled with a renewed outlook . . .

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hometown Bound

Today we're heading to my hometown.
We're going to attend a party to help my aunt & uncle, my Mother's brother, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.  This is the first time for the grandkids to visit Cushing.
Here is what downtown looked like back in the day before I was born.  My Mother worked at the Woolworth store when she & Daddy were first married.  Daddy worked at the JC Penney store across the street.

Come back Monday to see pictures of our adventure.

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Summer Olympic Favorites

Tonight we will see the opening ceremonies on TV.
I'm anxious to see what the creator, British film director, Danny Boyle, has dreamed up.

Here are my favorite Olympic events.

synchronized swimming
grace & strength

men's basketball
Three of the Oklahoma City Thunder players are on the team this year.
James, Kevin & Russell 

By the way, here are the 2012 mascots.
Paralympic mascot, Mandeville & Wenlock

Will you be watching any of the Olympics?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Garden Fresh Veggies

You just can't beat fresh veggies from a country garden.
We have English cucumbers, small tomatoes, cantaloupe & this watermelon.
I plan on making this with the cucumbers.
Simple Overnight Pickled Cucumbers and Onions
And this one with cucumbers & tomatoes.
Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Onions!
Click on pictures for link to Pinterest source.
Go here to see more recipes I have pinned to my Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by!
Hope you're having a fine day!

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