Friday, July 04, 2008

Have a nice 4th of July

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words and music by Woody Guthrie (words below) **

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Mrs. Jim made this poster, actually two each of them, for our float in the 4th of July parade in Tekamah, Nebraska. Adi couldn't come so we at least could put her picture on the float.

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On the way to Tekamah with our posters we stopped at the Herman Cemetery to visit Mom and Dad's grave. The mowers had left a lot of caked grass on the tombstone and on the base. We didn't have much to wash it off with but did what we could with a bottle of drinking water.

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This was part of the crew working on the Blogstock '08 float. On the left is Mrs. Jim being supervised by Mrs. Morrow, next Cliff Morrow, Rachel of Sliding through Life, and Mrs. Morrow's mother.

Jim likes to hang out with people who like to eat. Here is a part the Jim Bunch but more so, the Cliff Bunch this time, having our salad before eating. From the left, Jim, Mrs. Jim, Terry , News Editor of the Midwest Producer, Jerry of Back Home Again, and Cliff of Cliff Morrow's Blog.

The meal was completed with Karaoke singing. Here Terry and Cliff are belting out a tear jerker Country and Western song.

words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

©1956 (renewed 1984), 1958 (renewed 1986) and 1970 TRO-Ludlow Music, Inc. (
The Lyrics Connection

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Thursday, July 03, 2008


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Last night (July 1st) we stayed in Salina, Kansas. Today (July 2) we visited the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, got gas and ate at Abilene, and then drove on to Blair Nebraska.

This post has some things that I liked about Kansas with our brief visit this time.

Of course the first is this beautiful gain elevator at Concordia. Kansas agriculture is famous for wheat growing. Wheaties anyone?

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Gas was $3.75 in Oklahoma City so we sure filled up to drive through Kansas. With this Ford Guzzler (20 mpg on the road) we needed all the help we could get.

And on to Abilene after our stay at Salina. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum were wonderful. This is the seventh of the twelve Presidential Libraries I have visited. Next picture shows President Eisenhower's growing up home in Abilene. Please remember that he was born in Denison, Texas.

Before we left, we visited his and Mamie's graves. Their tombs are located in this chapel.

Kansas has the bluest skies I have seen since Texas! This was the sky with a few clouds above the Burger King where we ate lunch. Next stop was for gas, price here in Kansas was $3.89 a gallon, still fairly respectable considering parts of the U.S. are way over $4.00.

Lastly we saw wheat fields of all sizes. This was a small one. All of the wheat has been combined (harvested for grain).

Now we are here in Blair we will visit our cousins, help get the Blogstock '08 July 4th float ready for the parade, and attend Blogstock '08 activities.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A real catnap

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We know this cat as Amber, she is Karen's cat, boss at that home.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Off to Blogstock '08 -- will post sometimes from on the road. Things may resume to normal on or around the 13th. Check in now and then to see if anything new is here. (Click for Blogstock.)

Let burning coals fall upon them;
may they be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, never to rise.
Psalm 140:10

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