Pickle Gap Village

Pickle Gap Village is located somewhere is Arkansas, near Conway I believe.  I had to stop there because of the name.  It was enjoyable and entertaining.

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With a name like Pickle Gap, you would expect to find pickles every where.  Alas, pickle were only found in one barrel.  But, other interesting items were found.

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Pickle Gap had a little play area and goats.  Please wash you hands after petting the goats.

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Precious Moments Chapel

If you are ever near Carthage, MO, a stop at the Precious Moments Chapel is worth the visit.

Samuel J. Butcher the creator of the Precious Moment figurines journeyed through the United State in search for a location to place the chapel.  Once he found Carthage, MO, he knew, with the rolling hills, water stream, and caves, it would be a perfect location for the chapel.

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Most of the painting were down at his home in the Philippines and brought to the Chapel via an UHaul.

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Samuel Butcher painted the ceiling laying on a scaffold.

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After his son Phillip died, he dedicated a room in the Chapel to Phillip.

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This is a playhouse for his grandchildren.

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Rescued Houses – Part One

In August 2016, the storage unit where I kept my belonging flooded.  In those belonging was all my Christmas Village Plastercraft Houses.  Many of the houses, painted and unpainted, was either wet or underwater for about a week.  I was going to abandon them because I had no means of drying or cleaning them.  My sister, who showed up to help me salvage what belonging I could, insisted that I could not abandon my houses.

She took all the wet houses to her flooded house, unwrapped, cleaned, and let the houses dry out while her house was drying out.  After everything was dried, she carefully packed the house.  In June, I was able to retrieve the unpainted houses from her.  She did an amazing job.  All three of these houses have minor damage, but no house is perfect.  Of course, the inserts with suggested painting is gone, so I choose the colors myself.

These are the first three houses that she recovered that I have painted.

Don’s Donuts:  I decided I would paint it the colors of the best donut shop, Krispy Kreme.  The car had to be blue.

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Bowling Alley:  I thought this building needed to be bright and metallic.

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Toy Maker:  Deciding the colors were a little difficult.  What colors would Santa have on his shop?

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There will be more houses to come.  I usually paint three at a time.

Klingon Adventure

During Kur’Den’s recent travels through the Universe, he used his communicator to send back fascinating images from his adventure.   Below are the photos:

Since Kur’Den’s day of birth was about to be recognized on Stardate 70989, I remotely accessed his Klingon log file, a.k.a. Facebook, and obtained an official picture of him.

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I then proceeded to combined the adventure pictures with the official picture.

Meet Kur’Den, Tuq BelmoH Yotlh!  Sorry, Captain Kur’Den.

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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Located at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park is the home of J. Sterling Morton, who is the founded Arbor Day. The home features furniture and art work that is original to the home. It also has an original Tiffany Window that take 15 men to open it.

J. Sterling Morton is the father of Joy Morton who founded the Morton Salt Company.
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Arbor Day Farms

I finally got to visit Arbor Day Farms.  It has been on my stop list during previous travel adventures, but something always happened and I had to readjust my plans.  Now, my only regret is that I was not able to spend more time here.  A few hours does not allow you to explore the entire area.

Arbor Day Farms is the birthplace of Arbor Day.  Julius Sterling Morton moved to Nebraska in 1954 and decided to start planting trees.

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The Archway

Along I-80, in about the middle of Nebraska, crossing the Interstate, erected high, stands the Archway.

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Inside the Archway is a museum that covers the history of the Great Plains of Nebraska. From the settlers, to building of the interstate, through today’s modern history.

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Outside on the west side, is a maze that resembles a fort. It probably depicts Fort Kearney, which is only a few miles away.

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Across the bridge there are sculptures of bison and walking trails that will take you to Kearney or the Fort Kearney State Historical Park.

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Art Show

I attended the Art Show of some very talented students from the Hall County area of Grand Island, NE. The event was held at the Sturh Museum. These are just a few of the hundreds items on display. Their parents and teachers should be proud.

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The students put in a lot of time and effort on each piece.

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The little added pieces provided an excellent enhancement.

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Many of the students showed that they had a steady hand and a lot of patience.

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Transforming one dot at a time into a work of art.

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Even the creepy, crawly turned out beautiful.

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Some pieces should their whimsical side.

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Other pieces showed their creativity.

Jewelry Box

In August 2016, my parents house flooded.  They had 44 inches of water in their home and they lost most of their belonging.  For Christmas I stained and put mosaic on a jewelry box for my mother.

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The box was purchased from Hobby Lobby.  The mosaics was done with polymer clay, and for the grout I used glue and micro beads.

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Several coats of polyurethane was placed over every surface, including the mosaic.