Newsletter – September 2016


Get Set, Bake!

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This month I bemoan my lack of a proving drawer, despite my rare need of such a thing! I am somewhat addicted to the Great British Baking Show.




Lynn’s Bridal Shower

The invitation to Lynn’s bridal shower tea said hats and gloves were required. This, of course, delighted me. I had reason to wear a vintage hat, to dress up, and to carry a vintage purse.

Before I say another thing, how did women fit their essentials into those pocketbooks? I realize they weren’t carrying cell phones, and perhaps not wallets. I couldn’t manage that on a daily basis.

The last two bridal showers I’ve been have been teas. I like this trend! Lynn’s affair was a modern take with some old world touches. I was delighted to be included.

It was a lovely afternoon and I got to wear a pair of gloves I’ve owned for more than 30 years. I’m not joking. They still had the tag on them from Dayton’s Department store in Lexington, Kentucky. They had originally been $10. I bought them for $1.97 apparently. All this time I’d not had reason to wear them, but they finally got their debut.

I’ll just say ladies obviously had much smaller hands than I do. I suppose that went well with their smaller purses!




Unique Experiences

Each year I attend an event that brings people from all over the state together to talk about a variety of issues affecting us all. We move around the state, and it’s always wonderful to have experiences only available in that place.

This year was really extraordinary. One of the members of our group was able to arrange for us to have our Friday evening activities inside the Kansas State Capitol. It was such a treat to be there and see the light change over the hours.

On Saturday afternoon another member of our group had arranged a series of tours of various sites in Topeka, including Constitution Hall, a house that was part of the underground railroad, and Monroe School. There were actors at each place and they were all amazing.

I’m always thankful for unique experiences. Of course, anyone can visit these sites at any time and if you haven’t yet, please do. They were really inspiring. Read up on Jim Lane before you do and you’ll be prepped for your Bleeding Kansas story.





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