Morning Motivation

You are a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.

Urban Farming 

My husband has a variety of different plants and flowers around the house. A few years ago he built raised beds for the backyard and for the past couple of years he’s grown tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, pumpkins, and various herbs. He also has gooseberries, raspberries, and blackberries planted. Tonight we harvested some of the blackberries from the trellis in the front yard. 


The vines aren’t producing as much as they have in the past for some reason. New chutes have sprouted, though, so hopefully future years will be more bountiful! 


Mackenzie likes to get in on the gathering action! 


Berry picker 


Blackberry vine 


I spent most of the day cleaning the house, trying to catch up from a busy week that gave me no time for my chores. This evening we ran to Liberty to go to the bank and hit up Planet Sub for dinner! 


The Crepe Myrtle is in full bloom on the front porch! 


Jason made a new Spider-Man sticker for himself and put it on his phone. 


Enjoyed this morning’s meeting with the Excelsior Springs Business Women. Our discussion stemmed around an article pointing out that in interviews, the focus for men is the return on investment that can be offered to the company, while for women being interviewed, the questions focus on the perceived risk she will be to the company. 

While women account for 40 percent of founders of US companies, they only get 2 percent of the nation’s venture capital investments. 
Our organization is working to give support to women in business and helping them to emphasize the growth potential they can bring a company with confidence.

My morning quote – 

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Garage Sale-ing, County Fairing, & Drama Camping

If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it. 


Today was our City-Wide Garage Sale and we were sure to hit up as many homes as we could get to, while starting our morning at the donut shop! 

Mackenzie then had a Drama Class that she attended at Slightly Off Broadway Theatre downtown. They are in the middle of Rocky Horror Picture Show right now, below is their stage set. 


Later in the afternoon we dropped by the Clay County 4-H Fair to pick up Mackenzie’s demonstration. We were surprised to see a purple ribbon signifying qualification to show her project at the State Fair in Sedalia! She was so excited! 

We stopped by a barbecue and then headed home where we found a bride and groom having their pictures taken on the boulevard! This is not uncommon to see living here! 


Then Jason installed new shades for our front porch! If only we could get the mosquitos to go away now! 

A Day In the Life


At first glance, it may appear too hard. Look again, always look again.


Started part of my day meeting with the wonderful ladies who are heading up the Middle School’s PTO this year while enjoying lattes at The Mug.


Drove to Clinton, Missouri with my mom to visit with their hospital about a grant opportunity for a new EICU hospital bed and robots that would provide direct access to health specialists through technology. They are in a very rural area, so when they refer people to specialists, they’re having to send them in to Kansas City, well over a half hour away. This would allow for their patients to get the special care they need without having to leave home.

I treated Mom to a taste of Pizza Glen before the meeting. It’s a hometown favorite there in Clinton.

I saw an actual pay phone at the hospital and had to take a photo.

Tonight the City had their fundraiser for furniture in the new Golf Course Clubhouse! Kris Bishop made her famous fried chicken and the crowds turned out to support the efforts! By the time we got there at 7:00pm, she already had over 125 tickets, some with multiple orders on just one!


They ran out of white meat chicken, so I opted for the ribs!

Up at the Golf Course, there’s an old cabin that’s been there since 1825. The entire clubhouse was built around it and it’s been kept preserved. When the new clubhouse is built, it will be preserved once again. I love living in a community that understands the importance of saving our treasures from the past.

Our First County 4-H Fair

About two years ago now I was appointed by the City of Excelsior Springs to serve on the MU Extension Council for Clay County, Missouri. I was unaware of all the benefits the extension offices around the state have to offer the counties they represent and was excited to establish those programs into our community.

Just one of their many programs is 4-H, an organization that has been providing youth with hands-on education in their field of interest since it began more than 100 years ago. Last count membership was over 6 million nationwide. Seeing that Excelsior Springs on the Clay County side didn’t have a chapter, I worked to organize one.

Now our group has over 30 parents and students participating in our monthly meetings that are held at the Good Samaritan Center’s Great Hall every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

4-H is youth led, with the chapter choosing their youth leaders as a group and then using Roberts Rules of Order to run their meetings. They all choose a topic they wish to study, with hundreds to choose from. Project leaders, parents and other adults in the community, use curriculum that is provided or their own knowledge of the subject, to help guide groups through the learning process. Each youth member then has the opportunity to work on a project that they enter to be judged annually at the county fair. If they receive a purple ribbon, they are then accepted on to a state fair.

Mackenzie’s first fair!

The Excelsior Springs 4-H Group 🍀

Mackenzie going in to be judged!

Members only for judging!

An Excelsior Springs auction basket was submitted thanks to Club Member Alisha Jack.

We were real proud of Mackenzie. She got a blue ribbon for her Cat Care project!

Good Golly, Aunt Molly!

My Aunt Molly has an art studio in Downtown Excelsior Springs that is truly one of a kind amazing! Not only does she sell her own art, but she also offers weekly classes for both children and adults, and has a full retail store with a lot of fun things, some of which I feature below!


This is her rooster Romeo who is the mascot for her studio!


Here’s Aunt Molly painting an angel!


​Lots of home decor! Gemstones, keychains, mobiles, sun catchers, metal art, jewelry, sage, cards and more!


Not only does she have a large assortment of well-made bags, but she also offers seasonal clothing and scarves!



Recently, Aunt Molly began carrying Dad’s photography work in studio! You can follow his pictures on Facebook and message him for the prints that you want, to pick up at Molly Roberts Studio! Click here for his profile page!


Always something fun happening in her store! Go by and visit her at 109 E. Broadway, where she is open 10-5, Wednesday-Saturday!

Also, join us for a Second Friday’s each month on the second Friday in our downtown. Shops will all be open! Aunt Molly will have a guest artist, Kevin Callahan, and have live music thanks to David Knopf. She will be serving tastings of Fence Stile Winery and Vineyards, as well! For more info, visit her Facebook event page by clicking here!

www.MollyRobertsStudio.com

A Day in the Life 

Each morning I have made it part of my routine for the last few months to share a photo I’ve taken of some flowers with an inspirational quote of some kind. I’ve had many people comment to me that they look forward to it each day, which keeps me flower hunting. This morning my quote was: “You cannot change people, you can only love them.”


My husband made it big at the plant sale today at Westlake Hardware! I saw them looking and stopped by for a bit to have a gaze myself. And while I was there, I did more flower picture hunting!


The 2nd annual city-wide garage sale is coming up this weekend! I was so excited to see the map come out in the Town & Country tonight! There are 69 homes participating this year! That’s exciting!

Thanks to the City of Excelsior Springs for paying for the ad space for the community! Good luck in finding great deals everyone!


I went to visit my grandma this evening and take her some jello cake from my birthday. I couldn’t resist in taking a picture of the foyer in her beautiful and historic apartment building downtown, The Oaks.


This evening on the boulevard was filled with noise as church at the Church of Christ let out across the street. After there are always sounds of children’s laughter and yelling as they play. I enjoy it.