Monday, June 10, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - June 10, 2024

After a stormy, hot, and muggy weekend, it's a beautiful morning here in southwest Missouri! The sun is shining and, at the moment, we're sitting at a cool 68 degrees; a high of 79 is expected. 

Pale Purple Coneflower

How was your week and weekend? Most of my week here centered around work. I was invited to present a program at the Golden City Public Library on Tuesday. It was the first time that I had presented at that location. There was a nice turnout and I really enjoyed it!

I worked from home on Wednesday and at the park on Friday and Saturday. 
Friday morning I presented a program on cicadas. The children had a great deal of fun learning about the life cycle of a cicada, about how to tell the difference between an annual cicada and a periodic cicada, about 2024's duel emergance of Broods XIX and XIII, making cicada notebooks to take home, and exploring the picnic area. It was a lot of fun!

Annual Cicada

Periodic Cicada

Friday night we celebrated granddaughter, Kelly's, second birthday...

...and Saturday night Shawn and Dee invited me out to eat after work. Afterwards, we went for a drive and I showed them some of my favorite area places. It was nice getting out with old friends and extended family. I really enjoyed it! 

Queen Anne's Lace

Well, it's time to get on with it! Let's take a look at this week's to-do list and menu plan, shall we?

Butterfly Weed

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Present 'Grow as we Go' at the local library
- Go through progam boxes and locate supplies for upcoming summer programs
- Figure mid-month budget and bills
- Work on setting up an online shop
- WIsh daughter-in-law, Christy, a Happy Birthday
- Work


This week's menu plan...

Monday - Turkey Italian sausage with fried cabbage, baked potato, and corn on the cob
Tuesday - Stuffed pepper casserole with corn-on-the cob
Wednesday - Meatballs with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables
Thursday - Turkey burger with oven fries
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Tuna and noodles with peas
Sunday - Beef Tacos

That's it for today! Have a nice Monday and a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary Cast Tour Meet and Greet - Independence, Kansas (LITTLE HOUSE EVENT PART TWO)

In PART ONE, of this two-part series, I shared a little bit about our visit to the Little House on the Priarie Museum near Independence, Kansas on the morning of May 31, 2024.

In the afternoon of that same day we attended a 'Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary Cast Tour' Meet & Greet and, oh, what fun we had!

The main reason that I wanted to attend the Meet & Greet was to meet my long-time, on-line friend, Wendi Lou Lee who, along with her twin sister, Brenda, played Baby Grace on the long-running series. 

But...we got to meet several other members of the original cast, too, and ohmygoodness! We enjoyed it so much! 

Honestly, these were some of the nicest and most humble people I have ever met! They were all so kind and they seemed truly grateful that their 'Little House' fans were there.

On the way in to meet the cast members we got to see several replica costumes that were worn by cast members on the show. Do you recognize any of them?

By the way, the pretty lady in the background in the burgandy dress with her hair up in a bun? That is Laura Ingalls Gunn. She is an interior designer, the creator of the Little House 50th Anniversary costume collection, and she is related to Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

Lansford James Ingalls

Charles Phillip Ingalls

Laura Gunn's great-great grandfather, Lansford James Ingalls and Pa, Laura Ingalls Wilder's father, Charles Ingalls, were brothers. 

As we were moving through the line a Nels Oleson impersonator approached the girls and offered them candy from his pocket.

As he was handing the candy to them, an indepentent film crew approached us wanting to know if they could film the girls for a 50th-Year Anniversary documentary that they are doing. 
Of course it was! 

After signing papers and making it all legal, the film crew had Mr. Oleson give the girls more candy and, from that moment on, continued to follow us and others around the rest of the afternoon. They will contact us when the production is finished so we can get a copy of it.

We enjoyed observing and visiting along the way as the line moved slowly towards where the cast members were. Once in the room our first visit was with Victor French's (Mr. Edwards) children, Victor French, Jr. and his sister, Tracey. 

They were so sweet! They interacted with the girls and shared many stories with us as we waited in line. One thing we learned that we didn't know was, that Victor, Jr. was his dad's double on Little House! Anytime you see Mr. Edwards from the back...that's Victor, Jr! 😲

Next in line was Jonathan Kovacs (the 'Wild Boy' in Season 9). 
He and his interpreter were both very nice and a couple of the girls were able to communicate with Jonathan a little bit in sign language.

Next came Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson) and she was a hoot! 

We got nice Nellie...

And we got nasty Nellie...

Other cast members that we met and visited with included 
Jennifer Donati (Baby Rose)...

Pamala Roylance (Sarah Carter)...

Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle)...

And, in the words of one of the granddaughters', "the real star of the show", Dean Butler ( mean...Almanzo Wilder)...

He was so kind and very pleasant to visit with!

It was a great day and a lot of fun!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Little House on the Prairie Museum - Independence, Kansas (LITTLE HOUSE EVENT - PART ONE)

We acquired the tickets months ago and the day had finally arrived! Unfortunately, Aaron, was sick and unable to go with Amanda and the girls and I. As a result, twenty minutes before leaving, an extra ticket was acquired and granddaughters, Esther and Mercy, received a last-minute invitation to go along.

"Wear your prairie dresses," I advised. A flurry of activity ensued, but they were ready to go when we arrived to pick them up.

A few minutes later we were on the road and on our way to Independence, Kansas to visit the 'Little House on the Prairie' Museum, and attend a 'Little House on the Prairie 50th Anniversary Cast Tour' Meet & Greet!

At the Little House on the Prairie Museum near Independence, Kansas...

The girls in front of the well that Charles (Pa) 
Ingalls and Mr. Scott dug by hand. The well was one
of the things that marked the original location of 
Laura's 'Little House on the Priaire' Site

We met so many nice people along the way. This 
lady was one of them. She runs the gift shop at the
"Little House on the Prairie' site and had quite a
story of personal 'Little House' connections.

The cabin (reproduction)...

Inside the cabin...

Reproduction of Caroline's (Ma's) China Shepherdess

There are several other buildings that have been
relocated to the 'Little House' site. One of them is
the Wayside, Kansas Post Office.

Another is the Sunnyside School

On the Way to the Gift Shop

After we left the 'Little House' site, and before attending the Meet & Greet at the Civic Center, we stopped by the cemetery to visit the grave of Dr. George Tann. Dr. Tann was the doctor that happened along and treated the Ingalls family for 'fever 'n ague' (malaria). In reality, he probably saved their lives. Just think...if it hadn't been for Dr. Tann, the 'Little House' books might never have been written!

Well, that's it for PART ONE. In PART TWO I'll share more about the fun that we experienced at the Meet & Greet!

Until next time...

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