First Harvest

This evening was the first harvest for our little urban garden that we have growing around our house. The front porch is covered in blackberry vines, making it a favorite for all who see them, but especially get to enjoy them. We have caught an older lady stealing some recently! Jason said, “Some people have to get nets to keep out deer! Not me, I need nets to keep out old ladies!”



Jason also has a bountiful harvest of gooseberries that he grew in buckets in the backyard! We stemmed and froze them to make a gooseberry pie. (Jason’s favorite!)

Stemming gooseberries is what my husband calls "true love". 🍇

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Jason transplanted the plants he got earlier this week at the plant sale into the raised beds in the backyard. Mackenzie and the cat then came out to help while I documented everything.



Now it’s time for our weekly Sunday snack platter dinner and popcorn!

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.

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.

Seven Hills Art Camp

For the past four years our daughter, Mackenzie, has been attending the Seven Hills Art Camp that is held during the summer. For the first time, they expanded it to two weeks this summer. The theme for the first week was wings, with a focus on birds. Mackenzie’s favorite part was making bird kites! The camp was founded and taught by Roberta Hammer, family friend and local artist. Throughout the year, Roberta also hosts an art class weekly at the Good Samaritan Center and gives lessons on various art methods to the students of various ages.

This year, Roberta asked my husband, Jason, if he would co-teach the camps with her. He enjoyed getting to be a part of the experience in teaching the camp! Here’s a feature of some of their work together over the past two weeks:

They made a giant nest that was big enough for all of the campers to fit in!

These photos above were all taken by Dr. S. Jason Cole. :)

The second week of Art Camp was themed “Pollinators”

Jason taught all of the students how to make their own insects out of wire by bending and shaping it to look like their pollinator.

My husband Jason taught the students lessons in stop-motion animation. Here are some videos from the two weeks:

 

 

To see another feature on the Seven Hills Art Camp, click here!