Thursday, August 18, 2011

We've Been Busy

I haven't blogged in several weeks.  I've been reading most of your blogs, just haven't stopped long enough to write a post myself, so now I'm playing catch-up.  

Our own Okie from Muskogee  -- our youngest son Adam -- brought our granddaughter, Morgan, to visit us...she stayed for an entire week!

Although in this picture, Adam is wearing an Arkansas Razorback shirt, he is an Okie from Muskogee, where he is one of the high school football coaches.  

Like I said, Morgan stayed with us for a week -- she is our youngest grandchild, having turned 9 on July 10th.  We tried to show her a good time.  Although we had seen Noah, we took Morgan and she loved it...

...Especially when the curtain went up for the second half and we felt like we were in the Ark as we were surrounded by all the animals.

We also saw Kirby, the Magician...

...The Hamner Barber Variety Show and SIX and Morgan's favorite -- 

Where we saw some interesting things like the car of the future -- not sure what future, but...'s part dentist chair, part snowmobile and part helicopter!  If it snows, you can glide over the top of it; if there is a rock slide, you can drill through it; and if the traffic gets really bad, you can always take-off and fly over it -- Believe It or Not!

A stagecoach made exclusively out of toothpicks

Terry Woodling of Warsaw, Indiana, is an amateur historian with a passion for 'Ole West stagecoaches and toothpicks.  After years of research, he set out to make a full size replica made entirely out of toothpicks.  Three workshop additions to his house, 15 years and 1.5 million toothpicks later, the masterpiece was finally complete.  Every inch of the stagecoach is made of toothpicks, including the "glass" lights...
...the round wheels, belt straps and even the bolts holding all the parts together.  The exterior is only a couple of toothpicks thick, but the inside benches are many layers thick and will actually support up to 60 lbs of weight -- INCREDIBLE!

A 1936 Wood Carved Topolino Fiat

Hand-carved from seven different Italian woods, the car can actually be moved on its wheels and is exact in its details right down to the derriere imprint in the passenger's seat.

This prehistoric Pterodactyl is worth a fortune, as it is made from over $500,000 worth of worn-out bills...

The U.S. government discards over $30 billion worth of bills every year!  Now we know why the government keeps making more money -- they keep destroying it -- in more ways than one!

Toast Art of Christ on the Cross...

The above portrait was made in 2009 by Adam Sheldon of West Yorkshire, England, from 153 pieces of burnt toast!  Using both a toaster and a blow torch, it took Sheldon four months to create this one of a kind masterpiece.

Following is a replica of the Seal of the President of the United States, as shown on a 50 cent piece, made exclusively from 4,000 ordinary carpenter nails!

World's Tallest Man, Robert Wadlow, at 8' 11".

"Time Stood Still"

All the watches in the above photograph were found at the bottom of McArthur's Lake in Los Angeles, California, when the lake was drained in 1973.  The watches document 92 years of lost time, collected and arranged by John Woods of Los Angeles.

World's Largest String Ball
Measuring over 42' in circumference and weighing in excess of six tons, this string ball is made from 29 different types of nylon binder.

Wishbone Collection
Mrs. Martha Beaulieu of Holyoke, Massachusetts, has been collecting wishbones since 1929!  Last time anyone counted, she had the wishbones of 493 chickens, 201 turkeys, 37 pheasants and 4 partridges.  The largest bone in her collection is 6" and once belonged to a turkey...the smallest is a 1" partridge wishbone.  Why anyone would want to collect wishbones is beyond me!

That's just a sample of what you will find in...

We enjoyed our visit with Miss Morgan and cannot wait to see her again.

We also bade farewell to one of the workamping couples.

Alan helped our neighbor put up a new sunscreen on his Motorhome.

Susan, also a Workamper, received some beautiful flowers for her birthday from her daughter in Washington State.

We had some very hot days, but nothing like our son and family in Dallas who have had over 40 days of 100+ temperatures.  We are so thankful for air conditioning.  

We are on the countdown -- with less than 30 days left in Branson.  

Thanks for stopping by...God bless and safe travels!


  1. What a wonderful time with Morgan! When we were in Branson (on a group rally with predestined visits) we didn't see any of that! Can hardly wait to visit Ripley's and see that car of the future for myself. Gload to have you back in Blogland!

  2. What wonderful memories you made for Morgan...and yourself!

  3. What a great post. Loved "meeting" your granddaughter, Morgan, and seeing all the fun things you did with her. That stage coach is just incredible as were the other things you took pictures of. What a great shot of Grandpa and Morgan, I'm sure you'll miss her.

  4. Welcome back to blogland! It sounds like you had a grand time with Morgan. We went to a Ripley's in Newport, WA, but we saw different items. Maybe each Ripley's has different items on display?

  5. Cute granddaughter! We've never been to a Ripley's. Actually looks like fun.