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New Light Fixture

About a year ago, our fridge died, and we bought a new fridge. When the Lowe’s people delivered it, they broke our light fixture in our entryway. We weren’t incredibly thrilled with the light fixture anyway, so it was a good excuse to get a new one. But, it wasn’t a priority. So, for the past year, we’ve had a light in our entryway that looked like this.

Yesterday, we finally bought a new fixture- and actually installed it the same day we bought it! I was so impressed that it didn’t sit in the box for another year before we (Jeff) did anything about it. Our entryway is really tall, and our ladder wasn’t tall enough, so our awesome neighbor, Jim, let us borrow his extra tall one. It’s great to have good neighbors! Here’s a picture of the finished product. The only down side is that it takes a much higher wattage light bulb, so it shows just how badly we need new carpet and flooring. Oh well, it will all happen in time!

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Field Trip

Yesterday I took my class on a field trip to a living history museum called Missouri Town 1855. There were three different people there that helped the kids learn about what life in 1855 in Missouri would have been like. We met the mercantile owner, the woman who trained the oxen, and the blacksmith. The blacksmith was my favorite, since that was the profession of some of my ancestors, the most recent being Grandpa Finke. I could just imagine him in his shop; the hot fire, the anvil, all the tools surrounding him, and the hot iron coming out of the fire, him working to shape it from a piece of iron into a useful tool.

There were also many things that reminded me of home on the farm. When I left home for college, I didn’t think I would miss farm life a whole lot, but as I’ve gotten older, I miss it more and more. I miss being able to sit outside and hear nothing but nature. I miss seeing the wide open sky, full of stars at night. I miss the old buildings, full of such amazing history.

Even though though I didn’t move to the farm until the 1990s, after it had been established for over 100 years, there were always remnants of our ancestors around. I think that’s what fascinates me so much now about the farm. I feel the need to go and take pictures, to preserve what I can of what seems like a foreign world, to walk and explore and imagine what it would have been like to fully live off the land before all the modern conveniences and distractions of this world took hold.

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The blacksmith making a gate hook

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The cluttered workbench in the blacksmith shop reminded me of the workbench in Grandpa Klaustermeier's shop

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The students learned all about the different animals used to help a Missouri farm run smoothly.

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The kids were able to pet the oxen, which our guide had raised from bottles. They were so calm!

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2011 in Uncategorized