Friday, May 22, 2015

A Busy Week

Thought I'd share a few things with you from our week of traveling. Tonight we will be enjoying a rehearsal dinner sponsored by the groom's parents.

1. My graduate! Kenze Beth is the last of my three granddaughters to finish high school. She is the one you saw in those cheerleading competition pictures. She plans to go to two years at a local college, then transfer into Eureka College (alma mater of Ronald Reagan).


2. Are you familiar with the Arch in St. Louis? This first picture is of the arch, just as we were approaching the bridge over the Mississippi. The second picture is of the old railroad bridge between St. Louis and East St. Louis.



3. Things are progressing at the new house. Here is a shot of the front of our new house. Note the bobcat there ready to get the ground raised and leveled for the sidewalk to the front door.


4. Brother Dave has his corn planted and it's coming up quickly with lots of rain in Central Illinois. I took a walk to the field and took this picture of the corn just a couple of weeks old. Sorry about the shadow, but I was trying to get my foot next to the corn so you could see how small it is. Keep in mind that when this corn is full grown it will be wayyyyy over my head, up to 7 - 8 feet tall with tassels. Then about in September it will begin to dry out in the fields and finally harvested. The beans were planted this week.


5. My small hometown library, The Ayer Public Library, hosted a book signing event for me while I was in Illinois. I remember going across the street to the library as a grade school student from the elementary school. We walked quietly and stayed quiet in the library. It's funny how big the library used to look compared to how it appeared to me on Monday night. I've known the current librarian, Mary Ruth Lowry, for many years. The building was constructed in 1914, making it 100 years old. It was a delightful time with lemonade and cookies.


Lucy and Mel are former classmates of mine. We were together for a class reunion a couple of years ago, and it was fun to have them stop to say hello. 


Tomorrow is our granddaughter's wedding bringing this week to a close, except for the long drive back to Texas. Linking in today with Willy Nilly Friday 5, Five on Friday, and Celebrations. Thanks for hosting!

Linda Kay

35 comments:

whiteangel said...

Lovely photo of your granddaughter and yourself. Always lovely too see photos that are up to date of fellow bloggers.
Love your house, the bricks look good and I'm surprised at the small windows. Bet you can't wait till you move in.
Hope the Wedding goes well and I'm sure it will.

biebkriebels said...

I have been in St.Louis a couple of years ago and have seen the arch, not to the top but on the ground. So nice to see your future house is progressing. To see a library is always fun for me as an old librarian, it looks great 100 years old.

Lin Floyd said...

how fun, what a great new house...

Cathrina Constantine said...

What a beautiful granddaughter, she looks a lot like you! Your house is lovely. Have a wonderful weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, you have been busy.. Congrats to both of your granddaughters on the graduation and the wedding. Your new house is beautiful! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Congratulations to Kenze!

It looks like a lovely trip to your home town in Illinois!

Rebecca said...

I love that railroad bridge!

Marilyn Parel said...

You've had a busy week. Your granddaughter is beautiful. Enjoy the weekend.

Maggid said...

Libraries are Total Magic . . Anything seems possible . . . i agree with everyone - YOU have been BUSY. Great Weekend to you.

mamasmercantile said...

You are truly blessed with a beautiful Grandaughter and a lovely new home.

TexWisGirl said...

congratulations to the graduate, congratulations to the (almost) newlyweds, and congratulations to you on a home-town book-signing! awesome! be safe coming home!

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

Much to celebrate in your life! Congrats on the book signing and enjoy the wedding and your new home :)

Linda W. said...

Congrats to your granddaughter! Nice pic of the two of you.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Linda Kay - you've really had the busy week!!! I love the brick of your new home. Have fun with family at the dinner!

Lexa Cain said...

What a thrilling week - and even more to look forward to over the weekend. Congrats to your granddaughters about the graduation and marriage! Your new house is lovely, and yes, it's amazing to know how high the cornstalks will be. I spent my childhood in Indiana, and I know from corn fields! lol

Marie C said...

What a lovely post! Congrat to the grand-daughter who is graduating, and to the one getting married! I know how proud you are! Love the photos of the arch and the corn, and the book signing at the library! I need to look at your book. I don't think I realized you had one! Have an awesome Memorial Day weekend, and be safe in your travels back to Texas!

Mike said...

When you were driving up I44 in St. Louis you were about 3 miles from my house.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

So many things to send along my congrats...to the graduate, the book signing and the newlywed couple, upcoming event!

And yes, I know the arch AND the bridge. Been there and across the Mississippi several times through that area.

William Kendall said...

A big day for you tomorrow! I haven't been to St. Louis, but I see it regularly in photos. If you don't follow Bob Crowe's St. Louis Daily Photo, check it out.

DeniseinVA said...

How wonderful, two very special celebrations. Congratulations for both. A super photo of you and your granddaughter too, and enjoyed the other photos. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Gwen said...

You can tell by her smile, what a sweetheart she is, that youngest granddaughter of yours. Glad you had a great trip!

Lisa from @intotheglade said...

Oh gosh you have been so busy! Your granddaughter is so beautiful, a huge congratulations to her! Have a wonderful time at the wedding and safe journey back home x

M.R. R. said...

Congrats to your granddaughters. Have a good weekend.

Tom said...

WOW, indeed a busy week, busy with wonderful things! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Janie Junebug said...

Such a beautiful granddaughter. I can tell by the look in her eyes that she is intelligent. It's nice that you had a book signing.

Love,
Janie

Lilly's Mom said...

Congrats for your beautiful granddaughter's graduation. I'm sure you were so proud of her. I hope you are having good weather in your part of the country. Enjoy your weekend!

Rose said...

Interesting read....hope all goes smoothly tomorrow.

Terra said...

Your new home looks gorgeous and congrats on the book signing. I am a librarian and writer, so you know I liked the photos of the library.

Gosia k said...

Nice granddaugher... Have a nice wedding

Far Side of Fifty said...

Your granddaughter is a beauty! Best of luck to her! :)

Mascha said...

Beautiful graddaughter, congrats to her :-)
What a great bridge, I'm so rare seeing bridges here, we haven't big rivers...
And a nice house for you -
Have a great time

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

A book signing in the library with lemonade and cookies - what a lovely idea, especially with old friends there too. I hope the wedding was wonderful and Happy Memorial Day. x

Beth P said...

As you can see I am very behind on visits for this past Five on Friday, eek, where does time go?
I loved your post for this week, wow were you busy! Culminating in a book signing... can't get much better than that! :D
Hugs for now,
Beth P
#17 Five on Friday

Ayer PLD said...

Linda Kay presented a GREAT talk about her books, the cookbook with her mother, her present books, and what we can look forward to in the not too distant future. She is such a lively and lovely "Delavan hometown gal."
Looking forward to the next time we see her....there will be more lemonade and cookies on the lawn! Mary Ruth

Tanya Breese said...

well congratulations to both granddaughters!! i've been up in the arch, what a view! we used to live outside of springfield for a few years! sounds like you had a wonderful trip and how nice to have had the chance to meet up with friends! thank you for linking!!

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