Two Wheel’s Challenge

I belong to a Photo Challenge group and each month they change what we need to find and photograph.

This month it is: TWO WHEEL’s – anything from motorcycles or bicycles or whatever you find.

I took the challenge and have posted a few and still have a few to go but I will post them here.

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When I stopped to take this one today, the older gentleman that owns the property was mowing his yard. He must have been close to 90 and still on a riding lawn mower. After I took the shot he said he was going to get some water. Thank goodness I was a little concerned about him!

Air compressor

This is my hubby’s pride and joy. He blows out our water system in the late fall, he airs up tires, he blows the dirt out of the garage with it. I have hinted for a power nail gun for crafts but I think he is afraid I will hurt myself with it.

Power lift

And of course something every guy needs to change his truck tires in the winter.

Trash cartI

I believe we all have one of there that go to the curb once every week.

Look around and see what you can find on two wheels.

Colorado – Bucket List item – Ziplining in the mountains

Last weekend my husband, daughter and grandson went to Colorado. Brenton’s first time in the mountain’s; kind of his last woo-raw before starting WSU soon.

Jennifer hadn’t been to CO but twice before and different places each time. Once for a family reunion in Coaldale, CO where we had a ball; she rode horseback but got so sunburned that she didn’t get to go on the White Water Rafting trip with us. Hundreds of hummingbirds were around us all the time. Her twin brother found out he liked rhubarb and strawberry pie, and proceeded to eat it every night. It was down in a valley and we had the Colorado River right behind our cabins where my father would fish every day.

This is their trip to Colorado….. I hope they were stopped when they took this photo. I think they had stopped for lunch in Colby.

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Brenton’s first time in Colorado…. so he and his mom had to jump for joy.

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Then they got to Estes Park where they would go on the ATV trip. What is with the jumping? ha
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Dad was in the middle with Brenton on one side and Jen taking the photo.

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Water falls.

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The guide let them get out and walk around so it wasn’t like they were stuck in the ATV.

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Photo bombed by a minivan!

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He took a photo of all of them. You can see my grandson is getting to be a tall guy. He turns 18 this month. He is much taller than grandpa and his mom. His great-grandpa would be so proud of him.

 

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO; there are haunted tours of this hotel, but after our last adventure to Wilson, KS by daughter said NO, thank you.

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Note Brenton on both sides of this photo – the guide showed my daughter how to capture that. Pretty cool. I will have to try it sometime.

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Leaving Estes Park, they headed back to Idaho Springs, CO. Now it is time to rest and get ready to Zip Line tomorrow.

The first night they ate at The Cheesecake Factory, the second night at the California Pizza Company. (So jealous, as I stayed home to care for our doggies.)

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Bob checking out how high they are. He doesn’t like heights.

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All geared up and ready to Zip Line. There were six different zip lines they got to go one.

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Bob going down

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Brenton going down

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And Jennifer coming down.

They LOVED it, after the worry about the height there were no problems after the first ride they were ready to hit all of them and did. Bob even said he might have done the Bunging Jump had they had time. What will be next jumping out of an airplane?

Haunted Hotel Bucket List

My daughter has been starting to check off items on her bucket list. As she says it is not for the dying; you can do it anytime. I belong to a group called The Adventurous Babes Society. The group was going to spend the night in a Haunted Hotel in Wilson, KS. I ask Jen if she wanted to join me. She was all excited.

So on a Saturday we drove to Wilson, KS. It is a very small town between Wichita and Hays, KS. They have a hotel called the Midland Railroad Hotel.

Midland RailRoad Hotel

Beautiful Stair well

Stained glass windows

 

You can read the history of the hotel at: Google: http://www.midlandrailroadhotel.com

We arrived at Wilson on Saturday by 3 PM. Jennifer couldn’t believe how tiny the town was. We drove around for all of 10 minutes and that was the town; she thanked me for not having raised her in such a tiny town. I found the buildings to have been beautiful at one time. There was a building built in 1889 in midtown. So that was 10 years before the hotel was built.

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The other investigators were in the car behind the SUV.
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Everyday-Legacy PARANORMAL Investigators

Above is the Hotel as we found it; below that is the side of the car of the Paranormal investigators that would be with us through the night. The town had a beautiful church and a Czech painted egg, the railroad ran through the middle where the old Sunflower Coal plant had been. Yes, I heard the train coming through town a couple of times in the night.


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Of course we found the little store and the liquor store for snacks and drinks before we started doing anything.

We got checked into our room. The whole place was beautiful inside. It was all done in Mission furniture.

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This photo hung in our room; it fascinated me as I used to work for the phone company and we used cord boards like this. Below the first two photos are of our room.

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Below is the original safe from the hotel. Below that is a baby stroller that was in the common area.

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Our room was in the new wing that was added after the third floor burnt in 1902 taking 24 lives. They restored it and then added on the newer section. There was a little girl in one of the rooms on the third floor; she has been seen wearing a white dress and looks out the window in the back. There was also a sheriff in room 305 that was found hanged. The stories are mixed up as to the real reason he was hanged. Something happened with his son; and either the towns people hung him or he hanged himself out of sorrow for his son.

Talking to the staff, all of them have experienced things at one time or another. Beds having just been made and when they came out of the bath; the bed was turned down. Items moved and unexplained noises.

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Before our investigation began we gathered outside, this was not everyone. We started at sun down and had lights out shortly after that. We all had dinner downstairs in the “Sample Room” which was where retailers could come through and set up shop for people to see their goods. They have left the name the same. At our appointed time we all went upstairs to the third floor.

First we went into the room the little girl is reported to stay in. They had their monitors all set up and the infra-red cameras set up all over the hotel to map any sounds or movements that were not human. Once the lights went out everyone got every quiet and the “hunt” was on.

Now, I am not going to say I believe the monitor’s or equipment; all I know is what I seen, heard, smelled and felt. I for one am a very sensitive person to the supernatural; having had my own NDE  and encounters with other spirit beings. I was not afraid or worried. However, Jennifer was FREAKED OUT.

I heard the investigators talking to the “spirits” and trying for communication from them. I myself did not see anything. However, it was so hot in the room where everyone was I was standing in the hall way. All of a sudden I smelled a very strong odor of sulfur. One of the investigators was down the hall a bit and I ask him if he smelled it. He said he did and wasn’t it strange that we were on the floor that had burned down. By this time the girls in the bedroom were starting to smell it also.

I was one of the last people to come up to the third floor because I have a lot of trouble with my knees so I straggled behind. No one shut the door to the floor as we went in. Later I was so hot I was going to go sit on the stairs and the door was closed. I went back and ask on the team if they had closed it. They said no and tried, unsuccessfully to get someone to close it again. Nope. Yet, later when I was back around the corner I heard it slam shut again. No one had passed me and they radioed to see if anyone had come up the stairs and no one had.

After everyone had left the little girls room and went downstairs the investigator, my daughter and a lady named Trish were still in the little girls room. They started around the corner to leave and left a teddy bear in the center of the bed. They then left. I was sitting down the stairs a ways and could hear them talking to the little girls. It seemed she had followed them around the hall. The lady was talking to her and after a while she ask her if she could sing a little song. Jennifer said she heard a tiny voice start singing “Ring around the rosy”. And the miter lite up to 5.0 the highest it had been all night. (Jennifer said she wanted to talk to her but was afraid she would follow her home!).

Another investigator (sorry I don’t remember your names) came down the hall from the other way (my friend had been standing in the hall outside the little girls room this whole time, it was so dark you couldn’t see anything), the guy shined his flash light in the room and the teddy bear was face down in front of the door.   Hum did the little girl pick it up and drop it when she followed the three out of the room?

They called the other floors and no one was having much luck finding anything. It seems we seen more action than the other floors. We all went downstairs to go out and across to another building and then to the old jail.  Jennifer said the investigator was trying to get the little girl to follow them down when Trish told the little girl she needed to stay in the hotel; she would be safer there. They had no more readings after that.

We went to a deserted dentist office which to me was just old, dusty and nasty – didn’t feel a thing there. Then we went to the jail – that would not have been a place I would have wanted to have been locked up. Here are photos:

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Here you can see the key hanging on the door and the “newer” toilet.

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Here is the ball and chains they would be tied up with.

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The outside of the jail.

Okay that was our experience. Hey, I didn’t have a problem with any of it. The sulfur smell was strange, the door shutting, the bear being moved. There could have been reasons for all of them with so many people in the house.

HOWEVER, my daughter was still FREAKED out of her mind over the little girl. Now I did not hear that. When we went to bed she ask if I could leave the bathroom light on. Sure not a problem, there were slates in the door so it was dark enough to sleep. I slept like a baby other than being cold and could get the covers comfortable.

Jennifer on the other hand had wanted me to leave ALL the lights on; she didn’t sleep a wink all night. Between 3:00 and 3:30 (the witching hour) she just knew something was going to show its face through the window above our door or worse come inside.

I am not laughing at her (yes I am) but she no longer has any desire to go to a haunted hotel, house or anywhere.

Okay that one is checked off the bucket list…… Love you babe!

 

 

Monday again – It is a beautiful HOT day

I believe most of you can say that. It has been pretty much HOT everywhere. I feel so bad for those who have had so much rain it is flooding their homes and in some cases washing them away! Fire, Floods, Tornado’s, Lightening are causing havoc on a lot of places. I am sorry for anyone who has been through any of these disasters.

Once again = on my blog going away……. I have not renewed my Premium account so I am not sure what will happen when August 19th comes and goes. Sandyisms… is under the https://sjkeathley.wordpress.com name right now but when my membership is up I am not sure what name it will go to or if it will disappear.

If you use WordPress and have gone through this would you let me know please? 

My prayers and heart go out to the families of the Service men that were killed this weekend also. We all need to be on guard all the time for these Muslin’s who are in our Country to destroy us. It is going to get worse I am afraid. I would love to go on a rant but that is not what my blog is about so I will keep it to that. Pray people pray.

Now to my weekend story – we have taken our two dogs on two trips to KC from Wichita and they traveled very well. This weekend we went to MO to my two Aunts homes. My Aunt B had rotater-cuff surgery and was wearing the black harness one has to wear. Our dog Nicky did not like that at all. She would not go to Aunt B and would bark at her when she came near her. I felt so bad. Having not seen my Aunt P, B and Uncle D Nicky was very on guard all weekend. She did not like any of them.   Buster on the other hand just went with it. He thought they were all fine. Nicky is a very timid dog where Buster is 9 pounds of German Shepherd spirit!

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This is my Aunts picking blueberries to make pies. You can see the brace on Aunt B’s arm.

Picking Blueberries

Remember when I told you we were going to start training them to Kennel again. Hey, they are pro’s at it now. Nicky even went in when she was uncomfortable around the family. It was her safety zone. I felt bad for her and them. I guess she won’t be going back to Springfield for awhile.

Okay, I wanted to show you my backyard flowers:

Pretty

Replaced Dad's mums

Lemon Grass

The bottom one is Lemon Grass – it is suppose to keep bugs off you, but not sure if it helps. I planted 3 big pots of it. It is pretty though. The flowers around the tree are the ones I replaced my dad’s mum’s with. The mum’s were getting too large and woody, so I pulled them all out. They lasted for five years and were beautiful every fall but it is nice to have color all Spring through Fall now. I can always buy the same color mum’s as his for the Fall.

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Tornado shelter

My son sent me this from Shawnee KS right outside his hangar where he works. In the mean time they had his wife in the storm shelter with everyone at her work (she is on the far right). Like they say what happens when they say there is a tornado in Kansas? Everyone runs out with their camera’s! Yep, about right.

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Peace everyone until next time!

Monday – again

I guess I really don’t have to worry too much about Monday. Being retired has it’s perks!

I had an 11:00 AM appointment with my chiropractor this morning (another fall story). I called mom (about 10) and told her I would be over after I finished; about 11:30 or 12. She was going to Wal-mart to put her prescription in. I got to Dr. Wheeler’s office early and got in and out in no time. I got to mom’s about 11:00. Mom was standing by her car…… in the heat —- what?

When I got out she explained she had opened the passenger side and set her purse in it and her car keys, locked the door and went around to the drivers side. Her door was locked – with the car keys and house keys in the car. No her phone wasn’t in there it was by where she sits because she never takes it with her…. not that it would have done any good in the car. She gets so upset with herself when she does that. I ask where her key was she put outside. She can’t remember where she put it.

She had ask a neighbor to call a Locksmith. The neighbor came over just as I drove up – so here she had been in the heat for about and hour – at age 86. I got her into her house and a/c and we waited for the Locksmith. He came pretty quickly and was able to unlock her car. I am so glad I had gone to the doctor early, no human or pet should be in this heat for an hour!  We proceeded to get something to eat and she was fine.

We took a trip to Kansas City (really Shawnee) for the Forth of July; my hubby, daughter, me and our two fur babies. They are really traveling well. Casey and Jeremy invited us and we all had a great time. Casey started a fire in the fire-pit the first night to make s’mores. Let’s just say we are glad the tree above it did not ignite. (She is one brave gal; she moved all the wood out of the pit to make sure their Garden Snake was not in the bottom. I would have said burn baby burn!)  The wood burnt pretty fast so it was all good. I had my first s’more and it was really good!

On Saturday we went to IKEA and had Swedish meatballs for lunch (they are freckin’ good!) and introduced my daughter to the wonders of IKEA. To say the least I am glad we hadn’t driven a U-Haul she may have filled it up! ha Kidding. Then that evening we went to the parking lot of Casey’s work and watched fireworks. Jeremy made hamburger and brats that evening and Casey made wonderful Strawberry/Jello/dessert with a pretzel crust. It was to die for. We had a wonderful weekend of visiting. This was the first time our daughter had seen their place.

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Patsy’s – Skillet Enchiladas

Ingredients:
1 lb Ground beef
1/2 C Chopped onion
1 can tomato soup (small)
1 can enchilada sauce (medium)
1/3 C. milk
2 T. Can green chilies (optional)
8 corn or flour tortillas
Cooking oil
2 1/2 C shredded cheese
1/2 C Chopped, pitted ripe olives

Directions:

In 10 inch skillet, brown ground beef and onions, drain off excess fat
(Electric skillet 350 degrees – if you have one)

Stir in soup, enchilada sauce, milk and chilies.
Reduce heat to 225 degrees. Cover and cook 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

In small 6 inch skillet heat a little cooking oil until hot, dip the tortillas in the hot oil, cook just until limp. Drain on paper towels.

Reserve 1/2 cup cheese.

Place a little amount of olives and ground beef mixture, roll up each tortilla and place in baking dish with fold side down.

Cover with foil and back at 350 degrees until heated through, (about 10 minutes).

Sprinkle the reserved cheese on top and cook until melted, about 5 minutes.

Number of Servings: 4-6

Serve with chopped tomatoes, chopped lettuce and salsa and Spanish rice if desired.

From: Ghan’s Family Cookbook

She’s Not Herself – Book Review

She's Not Herself

She’s Not Herself

By Linda Appleman Shapiro

A Psychotherapists’ Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother’s Mental Illness

 

Review by Sandy Keathley – just read and enjoyed although rather sad – it is true.

Having been diagnosed as clinically depressed in my 20’s I found this book to be very informative and very thankful for the new age of medication we have now to help people with this problem. My depression and anxiety is kept in check as long as I take my medications. Only recently seeing what can happen when I take myself off of them for a week.

Linda write honestly about her experiences as the daughter of an immigrant mother with mental illness…coping with the confusion of mood swings, her struggles to understand and the stress of keeping it all a secret.

As a child she is born to help her mom “feel better” but it is not the cure her mother had hoped to make her happy and her “demons” go away. Linda is the guardian of her mom from childhood to adulthood. Never really understanding what is wrong with her mom and no one tells her.

It is a compelling story of self-preservation; and  a child that has no childhood; she has to be a caretaker of her mother. An excellent read for anyone who suffers with depression or had a parent in the 1940’s or 1950’s when electric therapy was used for treatment.

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