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August 2011

Wordless Wednesday

by Julie Kohl on August 31, 2011

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

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Laura Ingalls Wilder House at Rocky Ridge Farm

by Julie Kohl on August 30, 2011

I love the Little House on the Prairie book series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  In fact, I love just about anything to do with “pioneer” times and prairie culture.  I have such a place in my heart for it that if I believed in reincarnation I would believe one of my past lives was during the pioneer times.  I have always loved the idea of self-sufficiency and living off the land.  As a child, I was often making things as they may have in the pioneer times.  I felt as if Laura was a part of me.  That somewhere deep down we “knew” each other and were connected on some level. I have even been known to dress in Pioneer clothing from time to time.

I knew that Laura was a ‘real’ person and that the stories, although fictionalized, were based on actual things that had happened to the actual Laura.  However, it never really occurred to me that places might exist where I could go and see the things that Laura saw.  It never occurred to me that her house could still be around.  After all the pioneer times were sooooooooooo long ago.

Several years ago, shortly after I moved to Arkansas it dawned on me that Laura had spent most of her adult life in my new neighboring state of Missouri.  In fact, it was in Missouri that Rose (Laura and Almanzo’s daughter) was mostly raised and it was also where Laura wrote all of the books in the Little House series.  In the back of my mind I knew there must be some kind of museum, or at least an historical marker, that commemorated the place where these event had occurred, yet for some reason I never really looked in to visiting the museum.

As this summer was nearing it’s end, Richie and I were looking for something fun to do before it was over.  We often make the trip to Branson, Missouri.  It’s far enough away that you feel like you are actually getting away.  The last time we visited Branson we felt  a little bored.  We go there so often (several times a year) that we had already seen and done everything we wanted to do and see and this time we were looking to do something different.  That something turned out to be visiting Rocky Ridge Farm, the adulthood home of Laura and Almanzo Wilder.  After a  little research we discovered that Rocky Ridge Farm was just a little over 3 hours away from our house!  It had been so close all this time and I had never even realized it.

The site includes the original home built by Laura and Almonzo, a museum and a bookstore.  Just down the road is a rock house built for Laura and Almonzo by their daughter Rose from a plan she ordered out of a Montgomery Ward Catalog.  Although the museum is old and in need of some updates it was still a really neat place.  I am so glad we went! Here are a few pictures from out visit.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

That's me on Laura's porch!

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Rock House

Laura Imgalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Cold Storage built by Almonzo

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Laura Ingalls Wilder home and museum is located in Mansfield, MO about an hour east of Springfield. The museum is open from March through November. Several times a year they have special events where “Pa’s” fiddle is played.   Additionally just down the road is the cemetery where Laura and Almonzo are buried.

 

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Cambric Tea

August 29, 2011

When I am not feeling well I like to have chicken noodle soup, ginger ale, saltine crackers with cream cheese and hot tea.  These food are comforting and warm and can instantly make me feel better.  My favorite tea when I am sick is Cambric Tea.  There is some controversy over when and where Cambric Tea […]

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5 Tips for Preparing Your Kitchen Pantry for an Emergency – Hurricane Irene

August 26, 2011

As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Irene it got me thinking about how to prepare your kitchen pantry for an emergency. I would guess that most Americans are not prepared as well as they should be. Fortunately with a hurricane we are typically provided with some advanced warning so we can ‘stock up’ on […]

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Elmer’s Glue Crew #bagitforward

August 24, 2011

Have you heard about Elmer’s Glue Crew?  If you haven’t, take a quick hop over to their site to check it out!  I’ll wait! Welcome Back! Isn’t Elmer’s Glue Crew cool?  Elmer’s is helping to teach kids about recycling by allowing them to save empty liquid glue containers and stick glue containers and turn them […]

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Wordless Wednesday

August 24, 2011

Ozark Medieval Fortress, Lead Hill, Arkansas

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If I Could Make-over a Room…

August 22, 2011

If I could make over a room in my house I would choose my bedroom.  I think a bedroom should be a place where you can feel relaxed and get rest.  Our bedroom doesn’t really do either for me and I would love to redo it.  In my mind I have BIG plans for it. […]

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Gusano’s Chicago-Style Pizzeria

August 22, 2011

I am a lover of pizza. I have been known to drive over an hour to eat pizza, especially good pizza.  I am not talking Dominoes, Papa Johns or Pizza Hut Pizza either.  I’m talking about the restaurant where they hand make their crust daily, where someone is actually back there cutting up the onions […]

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Want to be a Guest Writer? (A Guest Post Recap)

August 21, 2011

I am so thankful to everyone who has offered to do a guest post on my blog. It has been really neat to link up with some new people and to get to see the thoughts and ideas of other people! I hope you, my readers, have enjoyed reading these guest posts. I would like […]

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Blind Contour Drawing – Drawing 101 – Part 2

August 20, 2011

Welcome back! If you didn’t get a chance to view my Drawing 101 – Part 1 post I highly encourage you to do so before you move forward.  Each of these exercises will build on each other to help you improve your drawing skills. Today we are talking about Blind Contour Drawing and I am […]

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