Day in the Life – Friday

“Stand in the place where you live, Now face north

Think about direction, wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand in the place where you work

Now face west, think about the place where you live

Wonder why you haven’t before”

Mackenzie is having to wake up a lot earlier this year for school. She’s done well in getting out of bed so far but we are glad to be able to sleep in tomorrow.

Meow-mert was in the window sill this morning watching the birds outside in the bushes.

Mackenzie’s morning doodles • #mackaday

Gave Mack some strawberries for breakfast

Mack took a morning selfie to send her dad a smile

This afternoon we had a meeting and gave a tour to the Homebuilders Association. Job Corps currently has a division of the association in our Home Builders Industry trade. We want to strengthen the connection the members of the association has with the skilled students who are looking for employment.

Here James shows the ladies from the Home Builder’s Association a model set up in the classroom to give students practice in framing windows, working with different wall textures, and practicing finishing work.

After work this afternoon I came home and slept for about four hours. I haven’t been feeling good all week. It’s cvs stuff that I almost always get this time of the year. My new medicine that I’m on is definitely working better than any other I have ever taken, but it still might not prevent an episode from happening. My kitten stayed with me the whole time and when I woke up I felt a lot better.

I’m excited to buy this home from my brother soon and start the updates that we have planned for the inside. I want to get a runner to go down these squeaky stairs.

I wanted to go look at the damage from last nights fire at our neighbors house. It was so traumatic of an experience. I’m so grateful that we have individuals willing to dedicate their lives to walking into danger to save others.

Many thanks to Joe Messina for seeing the fire, reporting it to police, and then waking everyone inside to get out when he did. Without his quick actions, there may have been lives lost.

I think that may be smoke damage on the vinyl sticker across the postal service’s mail truck. The fire happened across the alley from the post office, so I’m hoping there is video footage of some kind.

The Colony Plaza

A Day in the Life – Tuesday

“Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane

Your love’s coming down like


Wash away my sorrow, take away my pain

Your love’s coming down like


Happily walked into work in the rain. These flowers were grateful, too!

Rain cleared for a while but by lunchtime it was starting to come down again.

Spent much of my day in the office calling students and putting together information for next week’s meetings and events. I had the pleasure of being introduced to a man who is interested in helping to place our students in his businesses as a work based learning site. I’m meeting so many new people!

When I got back into the car the rain was coming down so hard I felt like I was in the car wash!

This is through the driver’s side window looking toward the West. I was in a complete downpour where I was at, but blue skies on my left!

When I got to the Mug I had to borrow a towel to dry off because I was so drenched. Won’t let a little rain get between me and my Tuesday donut.

Mackenzie drew all of the Tiger Path employees on their white board for fun.

I love this tree, y’all

I could see the late afternoon storm coming our way and left work just in time to get home before it started again.

Oh, hello, week! Let’s do this!

Have a good day at school, Mack!

Happy Autumn

Quick trip to Richmond to drop off painting class fliers and found this lonely tree

Stopped back by the coffee shop for a meeting and had a bit of time to plan out my week over a cup of Ethiopia.

My friend Loretta stopped by the Foundation, donating $200 from her Scentsy fundraiser, and hooking me up with an owl warmer! Thanks, Loretta!!

Skeleton Selfie

Stopped by the high school

Dropped in on the rehearsal for the upcoming musical, Willy Wonka

Many of our elementary school students are performing in the production, too!

Picked up Mack from her Practice 5k with Girls on the Run! She and her dad will run a 5k race in Kansas City on Saturday! She’s been working all season up to this point!

She got home and finished getting ready for her piano lessons. She had some extra time, so she decorated the page in Fall doodles

Mack and Sketch

I made us some chicken and dumplings for dinner tonight and Mackenzie rushed to help

Her drawing for the day was made using an old Spirograph

In keeping with tradition, we carved pumpkins on All Hallows’ Eve

Happy Halloween

Stars are Aligned in Excelsior Springs

My Monday has made me feel like maybe the stars are aligned or something! I’ve had such an amazing start to my week!


Morning ritual


I love that she lets me braid her hair almost every time I ask.


We were early enough to school that we had to wait five minutes for the bell! That never happens! We are almost always sprinting to be there!


On the walk back to the house I couldn’t resist capturing these. It was super chilly this morning, we could even see our breath. Normally I’m freezing all the time, but this morning I felt fine. It was weird.


Hey! Hey! Hey!!!

Got in to work to find a letter from the Missouri Parks Dept of Natural Resources awarding our school district with a $10,000 grant to build a new playground for our Early Childhood Center! The kiddos there will be getting a new swing set, play equipment, and slide! We even plan for a special rocking play equipment that is meant to help those children with autism and a therapy swing, for those kiddos too big for a toddler swing but still in need of extra support.

This would not have happened without the early childhood teachers requests for a better play area for their students. We also have to thank our school board, who committed to match the project with another $10,000 to fully equip the space for the students. It has been a pleasure working with the Missouri Parks Department, and I look forward to managing this project.


Quick run over to Mackenzie’s school to copy 1,050 of these Boo Gram forms off so I can get them into the kiddos backpacks before next week. As a fundraiser students pay 25 cents to send their friend a blow pop covered to look like a ghost for Halloween.


Surprise lunch with my brother and parents at Wabash BBQ! I just happened to see my brother driving down the street when I was leaving Lewis and he was meeting Mom and Dad! We talked about movies and what’s good on Netflix. It was fun!


Finished counting out and delivering to the teachers all the boo grams! Phew!


This afternoon there was a call to the fire department for an apartment at the high rise being on fire. Since it’s right around the corner Mack and I walked over to check it out.


“Stand over by the fountain and let me take your picture?”
“Just because.”


She said the word for this challenge was “mysterious”. #inktober


After dropping Mackenzie at play rehearsal and getting home, it was at this moment that I realized the vintage set of steak knives my aunt gave me yesterday were still in my purse. Oops. They’ve been with me all day!


Looks like it’s time to harvest!


My husband loves cacti


I had about 45 min to kill before picking up Mackenzie to go to piano, so I brought Sketch out into the backyard for a bit. He chased a black cat out of the yard and was on the hunt after that.


Looking up


“Hey, Mackenzie!”
“Have fun at piano! Love you!”


When I got to the City Council meeting, I was just in time to hear the Mayor’s proclamation to John and Vera Brunke for the retirement in their 96th year of business here in Excelsior Springs with Brunke Hardware.


The Mayor Brad Eales then presented the Excelsior Springs Business Women a proclamation deeming this week as Business Women’s Week here in Excelsior! 


The proclamation the Mayor gave us for Business Women’s Week here in Excelsior Springs. We have an awesome Mayor, as you can see.


I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Solarium while in the Hall. It draws me to it. Can you see why?


Look how the film around the lights matches the tiles on the outside of the building.


Looking over the front lawn at Broadway below.


The lights kicked on just as I was leaving the Hall


This tree is just getting started. Soon she will be in a full vibrant color that will blow you away! 


Have a nice week, everyone! Thanks for following along!


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Catching up 

This week I have been knocking through some of my larger projects that have been sitting, waiting for me to get through prior priorities that were left standing in the way. Slowly but surely, I somehow find myself managing to keep up with the steady amount of challenges life throws my way. 

I’ve spent a great deal of time this weekend researching health statistics for our community. I’m working on applying for a federal grant that could possibly provide the funding needed to hire two qualified mental health professionals to be dedicated to helping students in our school district. When it comes to mental health, funding available is few and far between. This could provide a great opportunity for us to see how much of a difference having support in place for our students showing the greatest concern could have on our population overall. 

This week I finalized our order for tshirts for the Solar Eclipse Festival and now have the glasses for sale at the Chamber and Visitor’s Center in the Hall of Waters for $1 each. I’m hoping to have the tshirts online for ordering by the end of this week. Vendors are still coming in and we have entertainment booked. This week will be a big one for announcements! 

My next project entails an organizing workshop that I’m doing for the Good Samaritan Center. All the time I have people ask me, “How do you get it all done?” Well, I’m completely ready to share my secrets with all, in hopes we can produce more productive beings for a better future! Join us this Wednesday evening, if interested!