Tag Archives: America

Round and Round

I grew up in the north east of the USA.  We had many traffic circles.  When I became a driver I thought they were awesome.  Then slowly they began to disappear.

We moved to the mid-west about seven years ago and lo and behold…… mini-traffic circles seemed to appear in the oddest of places. By that I mean on roads less traveled and they call them Round-Abouts…….

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Life goes round and round and round in a circle game…..

Have a great weekend!

Enjoy!

Cate B

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Field of Dreams

Yesterday my husband and I took a drive – we do that a lot.  I just love getting into the surrounding countryside to see what I can see.  I know I’m not the best photographer and my camera needs an upgrade, but I just love trying to capture what I see.

the drive started out with lovely cotton ball clouds

the drive started out with lovely cotton ball clouds

more cotton ball clouds

more cotton ball clouds

It has been a desire of mine to see a sunflower field.  We tried, a month ago on a trip to Kansas, to find one.  After all, the sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.  But yesterday we went off into the countryside looking for a Missouri State Conservation Area that I came across on Google that shared our last name – Bryson.

We were only about thirty minutes from home and couldn’t find the area.  My husband wanted to turn back but I wanted to go a little further. I love going the extra mile – the adventure of the unknown.

As we turned the bend in the road we spotted a large field full of yellow.  Do I dare to hope?  As we got closer this is what we saw:

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field of yellow

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We were thrilled beyond words!  I wanted to go a little further and then turn around and go back and get out of the Jeep to get closer pictures…… But there was a side road up ahead (not paved) that ran along the side of the field.  There was another car there already taking pictures.  We pulled over and here is what I captured:

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Isn’t it amazing??  We were so blessed.  It got better – thanks to my adventure spirit – we kept going on the gravely dirt road.  The unknown.  And guess what?  We found our Conservation Field:

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Made our day!

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

This Land Was Made For You And Me

I have had the opportunity to travel across my nation at least ten times.  I have lived in about six out of fifty states.  I have entered many more – but not all fifty -yet.  There is such a vast difference in landscapes and climates in the USA.  I have yet to see the Grand Canyon and Alaska………. so much to see.

I am presently vacationing in the state where I grew up.  Therefore, this post will be short – but sweet.

This Land Is Your Land
Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land This land is my land
From California to the New York island;
From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and Me.

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.

When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me.

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

More pictures will follow soon.  But until then, here is a pic of the New York skyline – minus The Twin Towers of The World Trade Center 😦

New York Skyline

New York Skyline

Enjoy!

cate b

Heart and Soul

After the Storm

After the Storm

My heart and prayers are with all those effected by the storms across our nation this week.  Such loss, such upheaval.  I’m so sorry these people have to go through this.  It is truly life changing.  https://wingedprisms.com/2012/07/22/our-darkest-day/

Our area of the mid west escaped much of the devastation.  For that I am thankful.  I am thankful that more lives weren’t lost.  I am thankful and I am praying that the “season” ends quickly.  I am praying that these now stronger Americans can pick themselves up and start again and keep going forward.

cate b

Groundhog Day

It is February 2nd, 2014.  Each year, on this date in the USA, we celebrate Groundhog Day.  We anxiously await the prediction of the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, to tell us when spring will come.  This winter, in particular, we want to hear of an early spring arrival.  Didn’t happen. The famous furry creature has told us six more weeks of winter .

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Punxutawney Phil

 

It’s an amusing celebration that we have acquired over the years.  But what made it even more fun for us Americans was Hollywood’s production of Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andi MacDowell.  Totally enjoyable and some watch it every year to add to the fun of it.

Great movie

Great movie

This year is extra special.  The Superbowl is today also!  And the game will be in New Jersey (my home state) where it is very cold right now.  But even more special for my husband and I is the fact that five years ago, this very day, we drove all our possessions into Kansas City, Missouri to begin a new adventure.  Here we are.  It has been an adventure of ups and downs and adjustments.  Now we look forward to more………….

Here we are with our team, waiting for grub - just kidding

Here we are with our team, waiting for grub – just kidding

is that a groundhog on the side of the road?

is that a groundhog on the side of the road?

Happy Sunday everyone and oh, Happy Groundhog Day to y’all!

Enjoy!

cate b