Thursday, October 8, 2015

Barns Have Personalities

To get anywhere from Wilmore, Kentucky you have to travel the back roads. Over time I've decided many barns have their own personality.

Some barns are modern and fancy. Other barns lean so far left you wonder how they still stand.

Some barns store hay, and other barns house cattle.

Some barns have a shiny fresh coat of paint, and others look faded and worn.

But no matter what the barn looks like now, I know in the beginning a lot of hard work went into constructing it.

For now this is my favorite barn. Thanks to Kellianne Crouse and Scott Layton who took a picture of this Kentucky barn for me.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Flag of the Week

When I visit the coast of North Carolina, I enjoy seeing all the homes flying flags. I had come to think maybe coastal families were more patriotic. Visiting New York City showed me how much this city loves our country. I couldn't help but feel patriotic as I walked down streets and saw our flag proudly displayed time after time.

I want to share how nice New Yorkers were to us during our trip. Not once were we treated rudely during our week in the city. Sometimes I initiated the conversation with an employee or a stranger on the subway, and each time the person turned out to be kind. I understand why so many people proclaim, "I love New York!"

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Quilt Is Not Just a Quilt

When Grandmother Hubbard gave me the first quilt she ever made, I learned every handmade quilt has a story.

This weekend my mother-in-law, Frances Layton, gave us the quilt she made when she was pregnant with my husband.

She told us the pattern is Rose of Sharon. The most sewing I do is to replace a loose button back on a garment, and I'm in awe of women who sew and quilt. The attention to detail on every petal and stitch is amazing.

I won't tell you how old this quilt is, but it has stood the test of time. It is beautiful and a true work of art. Every time I look at it, I will think of the love Mrs. Layton put into a quilt for her child who had not even been born yet.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Welcome to the U.S. Open 2015

We went to the U.S. Open for the first time this year.

We arrived early Monday morning full of excitement. When we stepped off the subway, we were greeted with the American flag. Despite the overcast morning, it was a beautiful sight. So today's flag of the week comes from Flushing Meadow and the U.S. Open.

If you enjoy tennis, I recommend you try to attend the U.S. Open one day. People from all over the world were there. The fans from Australia brought their flag and were proud to wave it when one of their countrymen were playing. It was fun to watch their pride for the Aussie's playing.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Flag of the Week

This week's flag of the week comes from New York City.

I was thrilled to see so many flags proudly flying in the greatest city in the world.

Wherever you live, I hope you fly your flag this week!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The National 9/11 Flag

We've all heard the story of Betsy Ross making the first American flag.

But do you know the story of the National 9/11 Flag? It's a story of the American spirit.

"The National 9/11 Flag is living proof that love is stronger than hate." Jeff Parness, Founder, New York Says Thank You Foundation.

On Sept. 13, 2001 an American flag was hung on scaffolding across the street from where the World Trade Center had stood just days earlier. Because of smoke and debris, the white stripes soon turned gray and dirty. Charlie Vitchers, a construction superintendent for the clean up crew, had the flag removed so it could be retired with honor. Charlie stored the flag in a shed until 2008. Charlie was a volunteer with the New York Says Thank You Foundation, and they took the flag to Greensburg, Kansas a town that had mostly been destroyed by a tornado. While the volunteers helped the community of Greensburg, a group of senior citizens began to stitch the flag back together. In the missing gaps of the World Trade Center flag, the ladies sewed American flag pieces destroyed by the tornado. Thus began the journey of restoring The National 9/11 Flag.

Between 2008 and the tenth anniversary of 9/11 the goal became make the flag whole again. Survivors of the Fort Hood shootings sewed a patch on. WW II veterans sewed the Hawaii patch on.

A patch from Georgia came from the retired flag that flew over Martin Luther King Jr.'s grave.

Blue threads were sewn onto the flag that President Lincoln was placed on after being shot.

Survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and Hurricane Katrina added to the flag. The flag toured the United States and on Sept. 11, 2011 The National 9/11 Flag was raised in Joplin, Missouri. The journey was complete.

And then The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Museum donated three red threads from the original Star-Spangled Banner. These threads were stitched into The National 9/11 Flag.

On May 21,2014 the flag completed its journey and can now be seen in the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Flag of the Week

For the University of Kentucky's first football game of the season, the American flag arrived in style.

God bless America during football season and every season.