Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday's Things.........Again.

Ironically this happened on the day we were trying to get to the train museum.  The train had to make a stop on the track to unload or pick up something.  We were very early so we had time to sit and talk and look at these two cars on the crossing.   While sharing photos yesterday with my advisory class one of the girls raised her hand and said her dad was an engineer on a train that carried coal across the state.

I have seen this before but it has been a while. It would be a great idea for anyone who has a train room. It looks like they have dowels all along the edge so if a break up took place they would fall down onto the public.

I shared this photo on my Photo a Day blog today.  It was purchased in California and it is quite a show piece for a train. The museum runs this as their dinner train and you take it on the same track and the other trains but it has a location where the pull it off the track.  It sits for a while out in the woods while people keep eating.

We discovered as we rode the train that we really were on the bad side of the car.  The valley views were all on the opposite side of the car as our side showed more of the ravines and and distant river sights.  You can see the dinner train across the way as we passed it sitting on its own special set of tracks.

Back home the neighbor's cat sleeps on the step.  We had not seen him for a while and he had lost a lot of weight.  He is eating at our place 5 out of 7 days a week.  I hope he is going home once in a while and not sleeping out in the cold somewhere.  Otherwise, he sleeps here night and day.

It is almost Friday but it is not.  The week has seemed to drag but Friday is coming soon.  My white morning glories are blooming in spite of the cold.  I have a lot of seeds that I am going to gather this fall.  

I am developing a batch of leaves now under the birch tree that I will have to start to mow and mulch.  The grass has really grown tall again so I will have to face that this weekend.  The silver maple will not drop its leaves for another month. I am getting a collection of neighbor's leaves that just blanket the top of the grass but they are not a worry to me.

I really am not ready for it to be cold.  I thank you for stopping by my post today.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday's Wonders......or Not.

We are having lots of days with lots of clouds.  It seems to be our weather for now as we keep cooling down for fall.

The river birch is making major changes in its color.  The height of the tree is tall compared to the garden shed.

The vines are almost dead but one of the vines is still very much alive. The big blue morning glory seems to be larger than normal.

The blooms were still out late afternoon yesterday and I think there are still a lot of buds ready to bloom.

The day seemed to be long as I was very busy for all of the day.  It appears that this is the first time that I was able to sit down.  I had photos and still wanted to share them today. Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday's Trees.........

Looking up the street while walking Barney I decided to try an iphone shot. You can see our birch tree is getting to be bright yellow and yellow-orange.

The neighbor's maple tree is showing off its color.  I like how the branches show up with a dark black or brown color.

Trees along the Des Moines River were not at their peak of showing color. The river is really high with all the rains that took place north of us. When we took the train ride we did see some really red trees but the show of fall was somewhat disappointing. It was still a great ride along the river and among the trees.

It was a warm day yesterday but a cool front is now pushing into the area.  Fall is here now and to have a warm day was a gift.   I appreciate your stopping by today.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday's Trip.....

Robert was 100 years old yesterday and we went to his birthday party.  It was a large crowd with family, old friends and neighbors.  He is my sister-in-law's father.  My brother and she have been married for 50 years so I have known Robert and the family for that long also.

He was a farmer all of his life and retired from faming when he was 65 years old. The farm home has been maintained and kept in good condition. The farm is east of Osceola, Iowa.

It is an old four square style house but has a two story addition to the front to give the house two extra rooms. Robert is still living there by himself with hospice care twice a day and a daughter that lives in Indianola.  The grandkids decorated the place with lots of pumpkins and mums placed all around the property.

The photo tacked to a decorated area shows the three children and Robert with his parents.  I am assuming Robert's wife took the photo so she is not in the picture. The girl on the left is my sister-in-law.  The taller guy, her brother lives in Alaska, and younger sister is in Indianola.

It was nice we could go down and join a crowd of 80 people or more to celebrate his day.  When we returned the sun was setting in the clouds.  It was a windy day, and Barney sort of let me snap this iphoto while I walked him. I can blame Barney on the lean as he really did not want me to stop for anything.

Mondays are slow in starting as we get back to the weekly routine.  I know it is coming but my body tells me we didn't get much rest after two adventurous days.  We are hot and humid today and it is cloudy.   We will be hot most of the week as we react to the weather of the past few weeks along the easter shoreline.  Thank you for stopping by today.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Visit.......

In Bonne, Iowa, north of us 25 miles or so is a train museum.  It has been there a long time but we had never visited.  Our oldest son said he had gone on a field trip there when he was in the elementary grades and he rode the train. I have a brother and his wife from Arizona who have ridden the train. A cousin of mine who lives in New Mexico  now just told me she had been on that train.  Well then it was our turn to ride the train.  The neighbor lady wanted to go and we went with her, or vice versa.  She did go with us to ride train.

The engine was made in China and was purchased to pull the 192's and 1930s passenger cars miles north and then bring them back.  The engine pulled the 11 passenger cars north to an old coal mining town of Fraser.  Once there the engine was disconnected and driven around on another track to connect to the back of the train and take it back to Boone. I took over 125 photos, so you will be seeing more of this adventure that we took.

I spotted that this car actually had upholstered seats, so we chose this car.  We sat in a private section of the car as you can see the partition that divided the area from the rest of the car.

As we traveled along the Des Moines River we saw many valley and river views like this one. The trees were there as they collected from the river on the bend of the river.  Also I think owners of the YMCA camp placed some of them there to help keep the river from washing away more soil from their camp.

It is fitting to end the blog with a caboose.  There are a few older train cars and engines sitting around to add to the theme of a train museum.

Our adventure today is to travel to southern Iowa to attend a man's 100th birthday party. He is the father-in-law of my oldest brother from Arizona.  I haven't seen my brother and his wife for a couple of years so it will be nice to see them.

I appreciate your stopping by today.  I hope all is well with you and your family.  See you tomorrow on the internet.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday.....a Visit.

At our last visit to the bookstore we shared a scone.  I think it was an apple with cinnamon one.  I snapped the view before we divided it and enjoyed it.

I took some shots from magazines to share some ideas that I liked.  I put ornaments in my jars also instead of hanging them from a tree.  I like the idea of picking a color scheme to follow.

This display of antique ornaments seemed like a good idea.  It looks like an antique glass compote that is being used for the decoration.  I could see displaying my brass bells in a more rustic kind of container.  I did finally find my collection of bells that had misplaced for a few years.

I thought this an interesting painting that I found in an art magazine.  I am always displaying my rocks in formations or arrangements.  I really don't think I will ever take the time to paint them as I like seeing the real rocks and being able to pick them up once in a while.

Our bookstore has a wonderful design with a two story ceiling in the front half of the store.  Sitting in the coffee shop area the view is looking like this. Every Saturday that we are there we see singles and couples who come there each Saturday.  One  day on a  weekday men meet and have a chess tournament. We have been there when a couple met for the first time having met on the internet.  That was a strange and different kind of experience to be viewing on the side.

I had photos that I had taken form a nature photography book.  I can't seem to find them.  It was a book of pictures of all the wildflowers of Iowa taken by a husband and wife team who are college professors from Iowa U.  I will have to go back and take pictures again.

I wish everyone to have a safe and good weekend.  My wife and I are out and about today and pictures, of course, will follow.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Final Finish of the Week......

One should always go buy donuts to get through Friday and the weekend.  I actually freeze them and dole out one for each us each morning for breakfast.

I had to rush out and pick on Wednesday evening as it was forecasted to be freezing.  It did get to 30 F. but mild damage was all that happened.  I had a lot of morning glory vines gone and then I had the ones next to the house bloom again.

The cherry tomatoes are hard to pick when you are in a hurry so I picked them by the bunch.  I didn't get all of them picked but we had plenty to eat for the past month. Most of these will ripen in the house as time goes by and it is nice for them to ripen slowly.

The burning bushes are feeding my birds with all those red berries.  I see them in the shrubs often.

The petunias were good for me this year for something I planted late in the summer.

It is good that it is Friday.  Our neighbor lady is taking us on an adventure tomorrow and I will share pictures of trains when I get back.  Sunday we travel to Osceola for a guy who has a 100th birthday.  It will be a filled weekend of many things to do.  I may get a project in there somewhere worked on but I won't be certain unless a large gap of time shows up in my life.
Thank you for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visit.