February 2017

Mid-America Gateway Toy Show celebrates 36 years.

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This year, the Mid-America Gateway Toy Show celebrated 36 years. This iconic show brings visitors from all over. We enjoy seeing friends from way back and making new ones at this event. To mark the 36 year anniversary during the show auction, hosted by Aumann Auctions, Roy Lee Baker, one of the founders of the […]

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Bernie Kluesner and his beautiful wooden toys!

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At the Mid-America Gateway Toy Show, held the first weekend in February in St. Louis, Missouri, they hold a scratch built model contest and Bernie Kluesner from New Vienna, Iowa had his beautiful wooden tractor, a John Deere model with a picker patterned after a 237 picker on display. Bernie found that while he could […]

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A pink tractor and good food in Kentucky

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You never know just what you are going to find when you pull off the road. For years traveling past Grand Rivers, Kentucky, we had seen the sign for Patti’s 1880’s Settlement and I was always curious. After looking it up, we decided it would be the perfect lunch stop so I called to make […]

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Flea Market Finds - a reflection

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I see wheels and pictures And wonder what machine they ran And who drove them. Dishes, crocks, teapots and tools Flea market find Today Yesterday someone’s livelihood Kitchen talk And good night stories. We shop and look and like and love The new treasures That we have the perfect place for Back home And yet […]

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A new way to travel - Going Local: Experiences and Encounters On the Road

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Nicholas Kontis is an avid traveler that shares his time in between travels at his four home bases of San Francisco, The Napa Valley, Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Born in Santorini, Greece, Nicholas grew up traveling between Greece and San Francisco. I met Nicholas at one of the North American Travel Journalist’s conferences […]

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Bringing home a piece of history - an auction find.

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Harold Steele is a special man. This World War II veteran that served in the 3rd Army under General Patton and is a former President of the Illinois Farm Bureau for years decided to downsize his immense agricultural collection. Yesterday, February 19, 2017, was the second of three auctions. The last auction will take place […]

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Look Up!

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Look up, you never know what you are missing by not lifting your eyes to the heavens. This beautiful stained glass ceiling at the Lincoln, Illinois Public Library is an example. While stopping by to deliver Senior News & Time’s latest edition with Linda Keeler at the library, I took a second to look up […]

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Land of Lincoln Expo & Route 66 Tractor Drive

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News, news, news! A new tractor show is coming to Carlinville, Illinois. It is called the Land of Lincoln Expo (https://www.facebook.com/LandofLincolnExpo) and we are excited about this fun event. Along with the tractor show, there is also going to be (as I mentioned in a previous blog) a tractor drive on Route 66. Where: The […]

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Scratch Built Models at the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show

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The first weekend of February each year I look forward with anticipation to seeing old friends, and making new ones at the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show.  This toy show offers something special, a chance to see scratch built toys from some of the best modelers in the country.  This year I enjoyed seeing an old […]

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Statues and art forms in Key West enhance its natural beauty

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Key West is lovely on it’s own, but when you add in the art galleries, the architecture and the statues it just takes it up a notch or two.  At our hotel, The Reaches, a Wyndham Astoria Resort, we got our first look at sculpture in Key West with Seward Johnson’s life sized sculpture, “The […]

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