Today we were treated to a fantastic sunset. It only took about nine minutes for it to start losing it’s bold, brilliant, and rich colors. But each of those minutes gave us pleasure watching as the sky changed from one orange to deep purple.
It wasn’t much of a snow but it was our first of the season and a little early. The snow was pretty on the changing leaves.
Today we were out and about. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining, a light breeze and we had a little time to roam. We went into Mount Muncie Cemetery which was started in 1866. This cemetery is tucked into a hillside along the Lansing/Leavenworth boarder and the Leavenworth National Cemetery can be seen from this cemetery. The cemetery is home to 25 different kinds of trees, which makes it a wonderful place to do a little leaf peeping. These are a few of the pictures we took doing our visit. They do not do justice to the fantastic colors or the number of trees.
We were invited to a Honey Harvest. We didn’t know what to expect, but we knew, from the invite, there would be food, drinks, music and maybe some honey. As we arrived, there were lots of cars turning into the road leading up to the ranch. We parked, grabbed our chairs and cooler and made our way up the long driveway to the barn. We found a nice shade tree to put our chairs under, then continued up to the big tent and barn. On the left of the tent were four huge grills with skirt steak cooking. Inside the barn was a very large batch of Margaritas, a samples of the honey that had been harvested the night before and many collectibles the family had gathered over the years. Beyond this barn was the horse stables and a large garden. There were about 200 people milling around having quite …
On Friday and Saturday night we had storms move through our area. Between the two nights we had 5 1/4 inches of rain in our rain gauge. On Saturday night the storm started about 9:30, with small wind damage in our area but parts of Kansas City had widespread wind damage and power outage. Some reports said the storms packed winds between 70-75 miles per hour with lightning, heavy rain and scattered hail. We had the rain, didn’t hear any hail. After the storm on Friday night we had lots of leaves in the pool so kind of think we had more wind then on Saturday night. Kansas city didn’t far so well with winds toppling trees, knocking down power lines and damaging homes and businesses. The severe weather canceled several events on Saturday night including Boulevardia, Funk Fest and a Willie Nelson concert. Kansas City Power & Light reported …
We have a male and female red birds that seem to have a nest in our front tree. They take turns coming for drinks. These Doves have been regular visitors to our fountain the last couple of weeks. The Robin couldn’t decide to take a bath or just sit on the water coming out of the top. Fun to watch all of them as they come and go.
We drove down to Holan’s on Saturday morning, way top early to be up and out for our normal mornings. However, the temp was going to be in the high 90s with heat index around 109, so it was a good thing to get started early. Farmers’ Market, Hobby Lobby and At Home was on our list of places to go. The first market we went to was the wrong one but we finally arrived at the BIG market and it was really nice. One of the booths had nothing but orchids. There were several different colors and larger than I have ever seen.     We passed The Big Biscuit and thought we would have breakfast, but the line was out of the door. So on we traveled looking for a cafe Holan had eaten at once. After having a little problem finding the place, we finally found it. …
So what is a Sarracenia? It is a plant that is commonly known as trumpet pitchers. We saw these at the Overland Park Farmers’ Market. We were very impressed with the market – there were over 70 stands with all kinds of vendors. There were booths with beverages, lotions, herbs, eggs, fruits, plants, oils, honey, pasta, meats and prepared foods. One of the vendors had several trumpet pitchers, which caught our interest immediately. Sarracenia is a class of carnivorous plants. The top part of the pitchers has a nectar-like secretion and a combination of color and scent which attracts insects . Once the insect starts eating the nectar, which has the effect of a narcotic drug, it causes the insects to lose it footing and to fall inside. Once inside they die and are digested by the plant. Pitcher production begins at the end of the flowering period in spring, …
Holan had a new store for us to check during are trip today. Scheels opened the company’s new flagship store in Overland Park, Kansas in Corbin Park in late June and has 220,000 feet two-story building of retail shopping. Shopping is a very good word to describe this store. It has something for everyone and if you don’t like shopping there are other things to do. The different shops offer technical running gear the latest fashion, hunting, athletic shoe, hiking boot, and casual footwear. Selection is largest in Overland Park with everything for toddlers to all athletes, serious hikers, beach goers, hunters and the fashion conscious. There is a World Class golf shop, bike shop, ski shop, canoe and kayak shop, and fishing shop. The gun and hunting shops has the largest selection of guns in Kansas to include collectible firearms. As we entered the store we first saw a …
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