Monday, April 27, 2009
This is Dad taking down a 50-60 foot tree. I think this was the tree he took down in my back yard at Palmer, not sure of the year? Seems to me Andrew was helping him and had to leave to work at Independence Center, so 2000/2001? Unbelieveable since he had heart surgery in Aug. 1999. He also took down a tree about the same size for their neighbor in Lee's Summit in July 2004.
Dad would put on his tree climbing gear then throw ropes into the tree to tie himself in and to hoist his power saw up to where he needed it. He then climbed to the top of the tree and would start cutting the branches and limbs off the top of the tree. After that he would work his way down and start cutting the larger limbs, tie a rope to them and drop them to the ground. After he cut the entire tree down he would cut up the tree into firewood size logs. Just makes me tired talking and thinking about it!
Dad became a Tree Trimmer when we lived on Cherry Street as a 3rd job. He worked full time on the Police Force and part-time Janitor work every evening or early morning (depending when he was on duty) Dad was the only one on the crew who would just climb up to the top of the tree and start cutting it down! The other men stood on the ground and helped him. He made a lot of money trimming trees. When we were kids and he had left the house early morning to a tree trimming job and we did not know where he was, we just jumped on our bikes and followed the sound of his power saw. I loved to watch him up in the tree's, he was like a Super Hero!
He was an amazing man and the hardest working person ever!
I talk about Martha and Mac a lot but never have posted any pictures. I have none of Mac for he was always taking our picture. Martha was our next door neighbor on Cherry Street. She was older and never had any children. She was a retired music teacher from Cottery College and was working at Dr. Spencer's Optical shop on Cherry Street. When we moved to Cherry Street and met Martha she sort of "adopted" Marilyn and me. I guess she saw Mom and Dad with 6 kids and thought they would not miss a kid or two for short periods of time.
Martha was married to Maxwell Braswell, he either was an Attorney or a Banker, I can't remember. He lived and worked in Kansas City and traveled back and forth to Nevada. Martha aand "Mac" as we called him loved us! Martha would take us to Kansas City with her to visit Mac. We would hop on the Greyhound bus, she gave us experiences we would never had the opportunity if she had not taken us in.
Mac lived in an apartment in KC, on the East side around 35th street? Bill looked it up once in the Polk directory and we found the exact apartment. Since then I have lost the address. I was in the 1st/2nd grade Marilyn was 3rd/4th during this time. Martha and Mac bought us anything we wanted, clothes, toys, food. There was a picture of me holding a new Barbie Doll Mac had bought me on his front balcony, not sure where this picture is now?
They took us to The Plaza to Putsch's Cafeteria where outside was the Organ Grinder Man with his monkey who would walk up to us with a little tin cup to put money in, the Plaza Theatre (I remember the red carpet walk to our seats escorted by a gentleman dressed in a British solider-like uniform) the Zoo of course & baseballs games at the old KC stadium. They once tried to take us to Starlight but it was closed that night.
Oh the memories!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Operating in the same crevasse of Westport for 20 years makes Murray’s Ice Cream & Cookies an absolute institution in KC. Owner, Murray Nixon, still makes all of the ice cream in the shop by hand. Try her signature flavor Chocolate Flake Fromage and taste cream cheese flavored ice cream with flakes of chocolate chips throughout. A single dip cone is around $2. Other favorites are One Drunk Monk (chocolate, Frangelico, hazelnut) and Lemon Sorbet. Her flavors change daily, and she offers handmade cookies, ice cream sandwiches and Brown or Black Cows. Come when the sun goes down and see families, art students and neighborhood groupies all sitting outside together enjoying a collective creamy group hug. CLOSED: during the winter months, December-February, when open hours are Wednesdays-Sundays 12:00 noon to 10:30 pm.
Foo’s Fabulous Frozen http://presentmagazine.com/full_content.php?article_id=1287&full=yes&pbr=1
TROY, Kan. (AP) -- Residents of a northeast Kansas town are mourning the deaths just hours apart of an elderly couple who were married 67 years. Arnita Yingling died in her sleep early Saturday at the family's home in Troy. She was 93. Six hours later her 95-year-old husband, Lyle, died at a nursing home in the nearby town of Wathena.
At their funeral Wednesday, friends and relatives described the two as inseparable. Some found comfort knowing neither would have to live without the other.
The Yinglings were married in 1941. Both were born on northeast Kansas farms and were active in Troy as members of their church and civic organizations.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Marty Says: This was Thanksgiving 2001. Amy's first trip to Missouri.
I will have to have Marty help me with the year? Amy took this picture, it was Christmas and it was before 2003 when they moved to Lee's Summit. Marty Help??