Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
has new photos of her glass house.
Notice the door knob. Old faucet knobs. 4
3The candles hanging in the center of the windows are jars, hose clamps and wire.....a tea lite candle in the jar....so easy to make and so inexpensive.
The cabinet on the wall is an old wood case in which Charlotte just mounted to the wall and put chains on the lid to make a shelf. 4
3And look at this . . . .
The old rake makes a great wine goblet holder.
3Charlotte wrote . . .
"The green items on the top are old wine bottles...of course they are empty...duh!! The deal in the middle of them are glasses and jars I glued together. Notice the old curtain rods with the arrows.....I recycle as much as I can....I'm a true junker!!"
3Everything on this shelf is from an auction, garage sale, or the Other Mall (thrift shop)...except the radio and the plastic utensils.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Larry's Father's Day Tribute
Each spring, a group of people representing the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, City of Liberal, Seward County and area Electric, Gas and Telephone Service companies make a trek to Washington D.C. to meet with our senators and congressmen. The Liberal delegation joins with delegations from area communities including Garden City, Dodge City, Hays, and Great Bend.
Sometimes fate plays a most interesting hand, as disappointment came when my dad’s answering machine answered the Senator’s call. Fate intervened, and without missing a beat, the Senator spoke loud and clear to the recorder: “Roy Howell, this is Senator Pat Roberts in Washington DC. Sir, our country is in a mess, and we need Marines like you to straighten things out! You served your country proudly, and we need you, I have your induction papers Mr. Howell, and your country is calling you back to active service!” Then with a laugh, the Senator explained “Everett, your son Larry is here, in my office, and I just wanted to call and thank you for your service to our country!” “God bless you Everett and I hope things are well back in the great state of Kansas!” As the Senator hung up, he told me, “Larry, I want to talk to your dad; I’m going to call him back later when he is home!”
I realized, some politicians, like Senator Roberts, understand Kansas values, Marine values, yet can joke and laugh just like us! I’m not sure how many times I thanked the Senator for his call to my dad, but I know this, it was a defining moment for me regarding the pride I felt as a son of his father! My dad, a Kansas farmer, in his eighth decade of life, receiving a call from a United States Senator thanking him for his service as a Marine!
After leaving the offices of Senator Roberts, I stood outside his door and called my father’s cell phone. He was out of town for the afternoon, and was quite shocked when I told him he had a very special phone message on his answering machine. He told me, “It’s a good thing I wasn’t home, because I would have thought it was some prank and who knows what I might have said!”
Later that night at a reception for the congressional staff, one of Senator Roberts aides came up to me and, as Paul Harvey would say, “told me the rest of the story”. Later that afternoon, during a work session, the aides noticed the Senator had left the room for a while and when he re-entered, was mumbling something. The aide asked what he was saying, and the Senator said he was talking about my dad. He told the aide that he called my father and summed the call up quite simply, “Everett Howell, one hell of an American, one hell of a Marine!”
As I reflect upon the events, I realized that Senator Roberts never once asked my dad’s political party affiliation. All the Senator needed to know was that my father is a Marine, served in the Pacific in WWII and after visiting with him on the phone, summed it up correctly. My dad is one hell of an American, but I want to add just one more phrase to the Senator’s, my dad is also, a tremendous loving father! Thank you Senator Roberts, thank you Roy Everett Howell.
Liberal Chamber of Commerce President
Happy Father's Day to all of our Wonderful Fathers!
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Cafe was closed, but Millard and Kelby had plenty of water and a Protein Bar.
As you can tell by the photos, Millard had several rest stops.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Terry and his wife, Kristine, live in Mckinney, Texas. Kristine is a teacher and will continue to teach for a few years and Terry is, according to him, "still working in telco stuff restalling and removing whatever comes up. I have my own company and bidding jobs for Alltel and Verizon wireless. I get work about 1 week per month and that keeps me in spending money." Terry and Kristine have two boys - Kevin and Vincent. Kevin and his wife, Jennifer live in Corpus Christi, Texas and have two daughters, Katelyn and Madison. Vincent, the youngest, lives in Ancorage, Alaska and is married to Rebecca. They have one daughter, Jordan.
Terry is in the process of building a garage for
his "toys". Although he is not the carpenter for this project, he is the electrician.
This garage is being built by their retirement home, which they built,
You can see the frame of the garage to the left of their lovely home.
It is neat to see the progress being made each week.
The painted turtle was near Miami also.
Terry said . . "it was the biggest one I had ever seen.
I wish I would have laid a dollar bill beside him, so you could tell. It was about 20 inches and must have been
200 years old."