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 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    July 9, 2020 

Country Roads

Just before the first day of the month, I check my “Days To Remember” book and birthdays and wedding anniversary dates are written on our desk calendar. This book was purchased at the variety store in my hometown just before I was married. I...

 

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America is set to celebrate it’s 244th Birthday, July 4th, 2020! Yes, it was 244 years ago that the forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence from England. With some of the usual firework displays postponed, this year’s celebration will...

 

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I’ve been what some people call a “history buff.” For many years the history teacher at my home school was Mildred Mullins. She was a strict teacher with her pop tests and memorizing historical speeches, but she made sure I learned what was...

 

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It's cherry picking time! The only problem is I don't have any cherry trees to pick from. Several years ago a cherry tree start was ordered from a seed catalog. After selecting just the right spot,...

 

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Summer came early! What happened to spring? It somehow was blown away by the strong hot Kansas south winds. With the hot winds went my beautiful flower blooms. Since hardly any rain has arrived in our area, the rock roads are blowing. Dust is...

 

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While working in my yard this week doing some weeding, planting and watering, I came across five snakes at three different times. Let me say I’ve heard it all before, that most of the snakes around here are harmless, and my farmer husband said...

 

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As people prepared for their Memorial Weekend cook outs shopping for steaks, ground beef and ribs to BBQ, they found out beef was either in short supply or had almost doubled in price. Some shoppers found the meat shelves almost empty and asked the...

 

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This Memorial Day will be unlike any other Memorial Day in the past. Most all Memorial Day services are cancelled including the one at my hometown cemetery. It is sad but with the virus pandemic, coming together in a large group as is usually done...

 

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This month of May is living up to its name. It “May” be cold. It “May” be hot. It “May” rain and then again it “May” not. We never know what “May” may be. It has also been a May like no other May before. Because of the COVID-19,...

 

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Some women spend their best shopping days in a dress shop, craft store, a gift shop, fabric store or a culinary store. Now, I enjoy shopping in those stores, too, but my best place to head especially this time of year is a greenhouse or garden center...

 

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Bring on May! May is much needed this year to bring some needed cheer. It’s a month of colorful flowers blooming, including two of my favorites, lilacs and peonies. It brings warm spring days which draw people outdoors into the sunshine. Bonfires...

 

Jewell County celebrates 150 years

Jewell County, Kansas, is celebrating it’s 150th Anniversary. Out of the pages of its past comes many interesting and historical stories. The first settlers began to arrive in the early 1860s. They were encouraged to migrate west mostly because of...

 

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I try to stay on the positive side of things but today’s situations make it difficult. We’ve all heard the old saying, “April showers brings May flowers,” well I’m still waiting on those April showers and the calendar is saying that there...

 

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This Easter will be like none other for people trying to “social distance,” during the COVID-19 epidemic. Easter usually is enjoyed by all communities hosting Easter Egg Hunts, where the children take their baskets and sacks, running here and...

 

Historic Judy Barn disappears

A 100-year-old landmark barn is no more. On Saturday, the octagonal built Judy Barn was disposed of. It will no longer be a landmark for travelers making their way along Highway 36. For Jewell County...

 

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Looking for things to do while remaining mostly at home, following the Coronavirus distancing requirements, I found myself going through old family photos. This stirred lots of memories made as a child. One photo was of a sister and me looking...

 

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The country roads are pretty quiet these days with only a few farmers checking on livestock and doing chores. These days of the coronavirus warnings and status reports have made most of us decide to become “home bound” to try to stay away from th...

 

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Happy first day of spring! Though as this is being written, the weather doesn’t seem to be spring like at all, but the calendar is telling us that it officially has arrived. My thoughts are about my flower beds coming to life, making Easter plans,...

 

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Hey, you out there buying all the toilet paper rolls, wearing face masks and filling your shelves with bottles of hand sanitizers, let’s not panic! The news media is broadcasting moment by moment reports of the latest Coronavirus happenings. Maps...

 

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Today as I write this column, we are celebrating Presidents’ Day. In earlier years George Washington’s Day and Abraham Lincoln’s Day were celebrated on separate days in February. Students would learn all about these two presidents on their...

 

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After attending a musical concert called “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” it made me go back to a more care free time in my life. I may be giving away my age but as the three women belted out songs like “Be My Baby,” “Twist And Shout.” “My...

 

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Since Kansas and Nebraska officially consider the “windy month” a month away, it’s time to get your kites ready to fly. Recently I attended a kite flying festival. It was amazing to see all shapes and sizes of kites flying high into the blue...

 

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Just about every loyal and dedicated Kansas City Chief’s fan is anxiously waiting for Super Bowl Sunday to arrive. I’m proud to admit that I too am one of those Chief fans. During the fall and well into the winter months, Chief fans have been...

 

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Taking “Road trips” have always been looked forward to. Once in a while I can talk my farmer husband into getting into the pickup or car and heading out for a fun day, seeing different scenery and exploring. The road trips are usually not so far...

 

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The subject given to create a story at a Writer’s Club meeting was “What is the oldest thing you have and why do you still have it?” For me it is an old and cherished quilt. It is nothing like today’s quilts which are made using brightly...

 

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