We got a flat twenty minutes into our trip
but FORTUNATELY, it was after the terrible one-lane construction zone, and I coasted the car safely to the shoulder. Fortunately, we had AAA and they came and changed our flat. The spare was only a temporary, but fortunately there was a Walker Tire at the next exit. An hour later we were on our way to Kansas.
The shortwave radio you see to the right enabled Eisenhower's mother to listen to news of the war from Europe, and to hear her then General son speaking to reporters. The lacework you see over the chair was done by Ida, and the woven blanket you see in the corner was made by President Eisenhower's Grandfather and is the oldest item in the house.
The wooden box on legs you see to the right was for mixing bread dough (it would be placed near a warm stove to rise). When the guide mentioned that Ida baked bread three times a week, I couldn't help but think, "So what? I do too!" but I don't have six boys to feed.
We posed for photos on the back steps, as you do.
But then, it was time to head off to Grand Island to see the State Fair.
Wheat Bread-1st place
White Bread-2nd place
Cinnamon Buns-1st place
Oatmeal Cookies-1st place
Cherry Lime Quick bread-3rd place
White Cake-1st place
Cream Biscuits (scones)-1st place
Apricot jam with pectin-4th place
Apricot Butter-5th place
Pickled Mushrooms and onions-1st place
Rosewater Cherry Jelly-2nd place
Let's just say he's delighted. We're very proud of him, but we would be, ribbons or not. That's a whole lot of work. Fortunately, we get to relax until next year!
We took a look around the fair to see all the other great exhibits.
"Heh, heh, nice pumpkins."
This photo is for Mim. Just when I was saying we never see Massey Ferguson tractors anymore, this small lawn tractor shows up at the fair. I wouldn't really mow the lawn with my handbag at my side-I haven't gone completely Moominmama. Yet.
What you can't see on my hat are the tiny silk bees sewn on. I didn't make the hat, but as soon as I saw it in the thrift store, I knew it would be my 2015 State Fair Hat (because you need a State Fair Hat!). The dress was purchased back in the winter, and it needed buttons which I only got around to replacing on Monday. I'm glad it still fit (nothing else does).
Hauling laundry up the stairs is a hassle. Fortunately, this young woman invented a sled utilising pipe to make the job easier. This was one of my favourite displays from the students.
Okay, I promise, you won't need to hear about the Nebraska State Fair again until late spring, at least.