On December 10, 1954 my parent purchased the house at 509 Silkwood Ave. It was a single family home with 904 sq ft. Across the front of the house was was a living room, dining room and a kitchen with a washer and dryer behind louvered doors. Today this would be known as an open floor plan. The living room had a very large picture window, with smaller windows in the dining room and kitchen. There was a small T shaped hall way created by walls from the living room, the laundry area and the bathroom. In the T part of the hallway, a cedar chest sat where the telephone was located. The chest was also used as a place to set while talking on the phone. Across the back of the house was a bedroom, bathroom and the second bedroom. The house was a small square with an offset …
It was a few days late but we celebrated Steve’s 70th Birthday with family and friends. It was an evening filled with food, laughs and good conversation. For the celebration he wanted carrot cake . . . . very good choice with lots of cream cheese icing, his favorite. When it came time to open gifts we it seems we all had the same idea. After all, what do you get the man who doesn’t really have a hobby. Unless you count planning cruises, making list, working out, working in the yard and surfing the web . . . . ok, guess you could count these things as hobbies. Anyway, he does like to play slots and doing scratch off cards. He did VERY well on the last cruise with the slots. He doesn’t do as well with the cards. We all chose to get him scratch off/raffle tickets for …
Our day was a day of eating, sharing, playing games and just being together. Mr Booker (a local caterer) did the cooking for us, Mr. Sam (Club) provided the upgraded plastic plates and silverware and everyone jumped in to helped with the clean up. The girls added deviled eggs and desserts to our meal. We discovered Mark and Val were alone for the day so invited them to join us. After dinner we enjoyed our drinks of choice and played Rummiub and Mexican Train. During the evening Rick, Rumi and Chris stopped in for a visit. Our cups runneth over with blessings
Miss Samantha and I went out to a paint and glaze shop for an afternoon of painting. I kind of think it was suppose to be a couple hours of painting but turned into the afternoon. I chose a fairy house and she chose a mug to do for her Dad. After Samantha finished her cup, I was still working on the house, so she picked out a bowl to paint. The bowl was finished and I was still painting so Samantha picked out a pineapple to work on while I finished up. Did I say finished up? Not so fast . . . . she painted the pineapple and started on a ring holder for Mom. After 5 hours, a smoothie and a very patient granddaughter, the fairy house was finally finished. Miss Samantha has said I am no longer allowed to paint another fairy house! I don’t have …
This is Riley, our grand-niece is about seven months old now. While we were attending her brother’s birthday party, Steve was busy entertaining her and at one point she even drifted off to sleep as he was trying to teach her some new sounds. You have to turn up your volume to hear the noises they are both making.    
Our grand-nephew turned three recently. The party was held at a park and it was a wonderful afternoon to be outside. The kids enjoyed the park and the adults enjoyed chatting under the shelter. There were balloons, poppers and of course cake and ice cream. Amy decorated the Spider Man cake, really cool, and she did a great job, and tasted good, an added bonus. This is a short video of the group singing happy birthday.  
This video was made on November 26, 2008. We had just finished dinner and were recording Samantha doing some of her sign language she was learning at day care. By pointing down she was wanting to get down from the table and patting her stomach she was saying please. She then was encouraged to interact with her Great Grand Father, also known as Pop. This was the last time Samantha and Pop got to spend time together.    
The kids got dressed up for the holiday, they did a great job!
To layer the liquids in the American Flag you use the lightest liquid, then a the next layer must be 10 proof higher than the first with the last being 10 proof higher than the middle. The top two layers are poured slowly over the back of a spoon to keep the liquids separated. The lemon drop martini’s glass is rimmed with sugar and the lemon floating has had sugar sprinkled on it then vodka poured over the sugar and set on fire with a lighter. The lemon is then placed into the glass while burning.To prepare a Black and Tan, first fill a glass halfway with the ale, then add the Guinness Draught. The top layer is best poured slowly over an upside-down tablespoon placed over the glass to avoid splashing and mixing the layers.A specially designed black-and-tan spoon is bent in the middle so that it can balance …
We took a bartending class downtown Kansas City MO at the Professional Bartending Schools of America. We are holding our Mojitos. A mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, sparkling water and mint.The bar station had three compartment sinks, stainless steel ice bins, Wunderbar soda gun and liquor speed racks. We had time behind the bar to practice pouring shots without using a shot glass.Holan was having just a little too much fun! Holan and Kristie are tasting the drinks from the cascading bar trick Kristie tried to do. She wasn’t given very clear instructions by Beth, our instructor, so it didn’t work out too well. After watching Kristie Holan tried it and is part of this video.http://youtu.be/fVcBTeStwFsThis is Kristie doing a shot with no hands.This shot is the American Flag until you light it on fire then it …
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