Wednesday, May 25, 2016

70 Years Ago

When I was working on a photo book entitled "Frank and Aileen", daughter Megan was nice enough to write the opening paragraph for the book:

"Frank and Aileen grew up on farms in the same mile section east of Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County, Kansas. Aileen was born in 1924 to Frank and Ellen Reardon. She and her brother Barney were raised in the southwestern corner of this section of land. Aileen honed her skills as a master pie-maker, thus gaining the attention of Frank, who was raised just to the north of her family's farm. Frank, born in 1920 to James and Johanna Sheehan, followed in his father's farming footsteps. Frank married the girl next door and they built their lives on a farm located between their childhood homes."

Here are some of my favorite photos of Mom and Dad . . .

 Mom bought her fur coat while working in Kansas City before she was married. I remember as a young girl snuggling up in this coat on cold winter nights.

 If ever there was such a thing as a dashing young farmer, Dad would be it.

 Mom (holding the bat) and Dad (second on the left) with friends for a baseball game.

Love this photo!

70 years ago . . .their wedding on May 25, 1946.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Springtime on Quincy Street

First bloom of the season was our Lenten Rose.

 Flowering almond

 Flowering crabapple blossoms

 Our pink dogwood bloomed better this year than in the last several years.

 The dogwood and azalea have been buddies for a long time.

 Eastern tiger swallowtail loved the azalea.

Sweet blossoms on the lily of the valley.

Mariesii viburnum blooms were abundant this year.

One of our first irises to bloom.

Black iris

Newly planted window box

Knockout rose

Our first daylily

Linda's lilies are beautiful this year.

Tomatoes are planted.

Herald the heron is back.

We put the hummingbird feeders out on April 15 and have seen quite a few scouts.

Red-bellied woodpecker

Baltimore oriole enjoying the oranges.

It's been a great spring so far!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Steel Wheels

Several years ago we learned of the group "The Steel Wheels" from a friend who saw them perform at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield. Last May we got to see them perform live here in Pittsburg at the Colonial Fox Theatre and we have been big fans ever since. Last Sunday we drove to Wichita to hear them in concert again.

On the way to Wichita we decided to eat lunch at Stearman Field Bar and Grill which is located north of Andover in Benton, Kansas.

 The restaurant is located right next to the runway where you can see planes land and take off.

 We sat in the covered patio portion of the restaurant which had a "Big Ass" fan, the biggest fan we have ever seen.

 Rita had the chicken fried steak sandwich.

 Katy had chicken fingers.

Chuck had the half pound Stearman burger (with a huge piece of lettuce).

At the airport, bi-plane rides are available and we just might go back and fly someday.

 The concert was held at the beautiful, historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Wichita. The theatre was built in 1922.

The theatre was beautifully restored.

Gorgeous stained glass on the bathroom doors and windows.

 Stage before the show

 Lower balcony

 The Steel Wheels gave an absolutely wonderful performance -- beautiful, tight harmonies blended with amazing instrumentals. 

The lead singer and songwriter, Trent Wagler, said he learned the song "Red Wing" from his grandfather. The video below was made during a trip to southern Indiana where his grandfather lived. This is The Steel Wheels version of that old song.

Wonderful concert!