Category Archives: Life in The Middle

Lions Lake

Hello All.

This Autumn is so fresh and slightly crisp around The Burg.  We get some color changes in the trees but really don’t have enough of those gorgeous Maple Trees that Vermont is famous for.  But our trees still change and I love it.

Here are some snaps of our walk around Lions Lake this morning.

and a video of the geese…..

Enjoy!

cate b

Autumn is Coming to The Burg

I must have several posts swimming around in my mind that I could write about…..

BUT, it is autumn and my most favorite time of year.  Therefore, I daydream way too much and enjoy more drives around our lovely town.

So here you go.  We found this unpaved road just out of town and went exploring today.

Enjoy!

cate b

Around The Burg – Again…….

As I have posted before, The Burg is a small town in the mid-west.  It happens to be the county seat.  One of the treasures in this area are the other towns surrounding us.  Some are in the same county and some are not.  But most are only between eight and 30 miles away.

I went to Leeton, MO a week ago and went back the other day with my camera.  Leeton is quite small with a population of a little over five hundred people.  The buildings from down town are awesome, but sadly, vacant or used as housing, I think.  I always feel sad when small town America is no more.

I’ll let the images talk.  Please know that the last photos are something I do not understand totally or agree with.  I’m sure (hopeful) that the resident is not totally aware of how this affects others.  Especially when you read some history of the town and how the founder served in the Union Army for several years.  Also, given the recent occurrences of racial tension in our nation (or should I say ongoing?) I can’t help but think this is a problem……

Enough of that.  Enjoy the photos.  I love this area of our country.

cate b

Around the Burg…….

We had a great time with Friends this weekend.  We drove about an hour to a town that has a population of 159!  Say what?   Yes, 159.  That’s one hundred fifty-nine people.

They have a restaurant that is famous for it’s pie.  The lunch was also good. But best of all getting together with Friends is the whole pie!  We went with a couple from The Burg and met up with a couple from Springfield, MO.  Now the Friends have more Friends.  I love to connect people.

After we left the booming town of Collins, with a population of 159, we took the old highway and enjoyed nature!  The wildflowers were in full bloom and I was so caught up in the enjoyment of The Creator that I did not take so many pictures.  Not to mention the two turtle crossing the road were left behind (much to their delight I’m sure).

Next stop, Osceola Cheese store! Samples galore of all kinds of cheeses.  A must stop if you find yourself in western Missouri.

Without further ado, here are some photos.

Enjoy!

cate b

Old Drum Festival – Happenings Around The Burg

The Old Drum Festival……. no drums to be found.  However, the story of the dog, Old Drum, is what put The Burg on a map…… maybe.  Here is part of a short article about the true story of Old Drum:

“Old Drum, a hound dog, was shot dead in 1869 by Samuel “Dick” Ferguson, nephew and ward of Leonidas Hornsby, an irate neighbor who thought Drum had been killing his sheep.”

Every year, in April, the Old Drum Festival happens, whether I go or not.  This year was my first year.  It is held in the original site of the  town.  Stop getting so excited, Dear Reader!  The festival appeared to be only a block, maybe two, long.  A few vendors, a band was setting up, a bouncy thingy for the kiddies, corn dogs and fennel cakes…………….

See for yourself…….

 

And there you have it!  Another day in The Burg.  The weather was perfect! You can read more on Old Drum here

Enjoy!

cate b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around the Burg

Yesterday I met up with a friend who owns some beautiful horses.  We went to meet them.  These horses get to roam around and munch on fresh grass and hay and run.  They have a great shelter and barn when the weather gets rough.  They are very happy horses.  The stallion was so calm and sweet.  He amazed me.

I am sorry for the photo quality – camera batteries died so iPhone was it.

Enjoy!

 

cate b 😀

More Views Around The Burg

As some of you know, I post about the area I live in, known fondly as The Burg.  Check out some of my other explorations.

We moved here the end of July, 2014.  Small town, mid-west USA.  The Heartland of America.  I love small towns.  But I do like a little convenience.  The Burg is great is that way.  We even have a University here (UCM) and that makes for a touch of youth.

While driving out in the surrounding countryside of this area, we came across the town of Chilhowee, Missouri.  Talk about small town.

I’m sure the people in Chilhowee are wonderful people.  The mid-west is good that way.  But I do get sad when I see buildings empty – I imagine better times. Hopefully it’s a happy town.  The school there looks awesome and speaks of pride and accomplishment.

Hats off to Chilhowee!

Enjoy!

cate b

Thinking Too Small

I’ve mentioned before that I have a passion for seeing people progress into their destiny.  For seeing their potential and hopefully I can encourage them to get there.

I am not a professional in that area.  Heck, I don’t even know what to call it.  It’s something that I can do.

Let me tie the title of this post and the paragraphs above, together.  Bear with me on my thoughts here.

Today, I went to a function in our lovely town.  It was a Christmas event where people dressed as characters from Dicken’s era.  Some set up in shop windows weaving a basket or drinking tea, etc.  Some were on the streets strolling around town.  Some were singing Christmas Carols and some were carrying instruments to local businesses.  There was a cart pulled by two horses that you could ride in around the town.  There is to be a tree decoration and lighting in about an hour.

All great ideas but poorly attended.  The very dreary weather and penetrating dampness could have been a factor.  We went into the old courthouse building, mostly to get warm, but some students/faculty from University of Missouri encouraged us to go inside for a hot drink and cookies.  We did, apprehensively.  You see, our town is a University town.  But not for University of Missouri.  We have UCMUniversity of Central Missouri.  We went in and I asked the people if they knew they were in Mules territory.  We all laughed.  I was secretly trying to scare them.  No where did we see recruiting for our beloved UCM.  Just a banner on the courthouse lawn. 🙂

Now, I know I’m new to town and I am still new to the way of thinking of the Mid-West.  I admit that. But I just couldn’t help it, as I walked around I saw potential.  I saw potential in the community, the locals, the ones not even connected to the University.  I realize that towns in the midwest are likely not to be connected geographically – there are a lot of farms out there – like a vast ocean between towns.  But The Burg is the county seat.  I could see building up this type of event to the point where more people will want to come.

So now, where I’m really going with this.  It got me thinking about my own life and potential.  I think too small.  I get ideas of things I can do or see others with their ideas and then I get discouraged.  I actually talk myself out of those dreams and desires and ideas.  They look too gigantic and just down-right impossible.  But are they?

I do not see the whole picture.  I do not see the hows and the whens.  I give up way too easy.  I think most of us do.

I also have a firm belief that my dreams and desires do not start with me.  They start with the God that I put trust and faith and anchor my hoper in.  But do I really believe that?  I confess right now, that when I doubt and talk myself out of pursuing my desires and dreams, that I do not believe that they can happen.  That’s not good.  I’m my own worst enemy.

What makes me doubt?  The delays mostly.  I read an encouraging post today from a fellow blogger here: http://howleadersmanage.com/2014/12/06/go-the-extra-mile/

This part shined right out at me: “For the longer payment is withheld, the better for you. Compound interest is this law’s greatest benefit. While you wait consider it an investment in your character.”

Payment being what I dream and desire……my character is being greatly invested in.…. if I let that happen.  We really need to stop looking at delays and discouragement as failures.  Failures should be the very instrument that makes us succeed.  We need to get a new perspective on our life.  Many great people will tell you of their failings and how they were necessary.  We do not see the whole picture of our life – we just don’t.  But we can gain a new perspective.  A higher view, so to speak.  A God’s – eye – view.

I can do this.  I can dream and I can slow down and gain new perspective.  I can also encourage others that I see doubting and floundering around, on the verge of giving up.  Let’s help ourselves to rise up to new heights and let’s help those around us.  Every human being has potential to be great.

I’ll leave with this thought.  From the movie, Saving Mr. Banks, the main character, PL Travers, handed her driver (Ralph) a piece of paper for his daughter (who was disabled).  The paper had a list of names on one side:

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Even with their deficiencies, these people succeeded to greatness.

Now Let’s go!

cate b

A Bit of History in The Burg

After my last post, featuring this image:  https://wingedprisms.com/2014/11/21/friday-in-the-burg/

Brick Building - Go UCM Mules!

Brick Building – Go UCM Mules!

I did a little digging.  Well, that was after a couple of friends of mine pointed me in the right direction.

Seems that it was a Mule Barn back in the day – late 1800s, early 1900s – owned by The Jones Brothers.

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It is no longer a True Value Hardware store……. they have moved to another part of town.

I did find out that this building is registered as a National Historic building and apparently maintained by the National Parks Service.  I may need to research that some more……. it looks neglected in some respects.  Where is Teddy Roosevelt when you need him 😉

So there is one mystery solved.  If you drive around The Burg you can see mules here and there out in pastures.  My next quest will be to meet one, face-to-face.  I have never been close to a mule.

 

Enjoy!

cate b

 

More Around The Burg

An incredible day in the mid-west, USA.  We put the top down on “The Jeep” and the two images of sky is me looking up.  Clear, perfect temps and just plain relaxing!

Enjoy!  And have a wonderful weekend!

cate b