Posted by: tgonzales | June 8, 2015

June 6-7, 2015 Weekend, Sad News, Moxi Junction Meeting, Watching the Garden Grow, and Another Tutu

Sad and tragic news here in Wichita, one of our beloved restaurant owners was murdered in her own home sometime between Wednesday and Thursday night. I found out the devastating news on Friday morning. I have talked about going to Tanya's Soup Kitchen many times here on my blog and how I love her soups and the freshness of the food she served. I always enjoyed seeing her flit about talking to her many friends and customers. The last time John and I were in her restaurant she stopped to talk to me as she often did. But this time she told me how much she loved my purple in my hair and that she might just try that some time. Tanya will be sorely missed, but I have heard that her family and employees will keep her legacy alive by keeping her restaurant open and ran just like she would have ran it. Rest in Peace, Tanya.

Sad and tragic news here in Wichita, one of our beloved restaurant owners was murdered in her own home sometime between Wednesday and Thursday night. I found out the devastating news on Friday morning. I have talked about going to Tanya’s Soup Kitchen many times here on my blog and how I love her soups and the freshness of the food she served. I always enjoyed seeing her flit about talking to her many friends and customers. The last time John and I were in her restaurant she stopped to talk to me as she often did. But this time she told me how much she loved my purple in my hair and that she might just try that some time. Tanya will be sorely missed, but I have heard that her family and employees will keep her legacy alive by keeping her restaurant open and ran just like she would have ran it. Rest in Peace, Tanya.

Saturday morning was spent in Newton teaching four lovely ladies; Alicia, Alexus, Zelly, and Megan. I'm looking forward to seeing them again next Saturday to start them off with a chain. they all caught on quite rapidly and I do believe that I may have hooked four more. :)

Saturday morning was spent in Newton teaching four lovely ladies; Alicia, Alexus, Zelly, and Megan. I’m looking forward to seeing them again next Saturday to start them off with a chain. they all caught on quite rapidly and I do believe that I may have hooked four more. 🙂 Thank you Catherine for letting me teach in Newton and for letting me use your little mannequin to try on the olive and purple tutu. It helps to see it actually on a body, even though it’s not real. 😉

After I left Newton, I met up with my dear friend and fellow crocheter; Susie to

After I left Newton, I met up with my dear friend and fellow crocheter; Susie to

talk to Joanna who owns Moxi Junction in Maize, Kansas. We have chosen her lovely coffee house to have our KS My Stitch Crochet Guild Annual Retreat there. We worked out all the details of the rental and the food and then I left for home.

talk to Joanna who owns Moxi Junction in Maize, Kansas. We have chosen her lovely coffee house to have our KS My Stitch Crochet Guild Annual Retreat there. We worked out all the details of the rental and the food and then I left for home.

I found John watering the plants.

I found John watering the plants.

I love these geraniums that my sister-in-law, Andrea planted for us.

I love these geraniums that my sister-in-law, Andrea planted for us.

I am so excited to see some of the seeds coming up that we planted last weekend.

I am so excited to see some of the seeds coming up that we planted last weekend.

The rose moss makes me smile every time I see it. I can see it from my kitchen window too and I know why it makes me smile so much, because it reminds me of Mom.

The rose moss makes me smile every time I see it. I can see it from my kitchen window too and I know why it makes me smile so much, because it reminds me of Mom.

The little tomato plant that is called the Tami G. plant is getting eaten by some kind of insect. Probably a tomato worm. John will have to get his trusty garlic concoction bug spray ready. Anyway, after we watered the plants we ended the night by watching a movie.

The little tomato plant that is called the Tami G. plant is getting eaten by some kind of insect. Probably a tomato worm. John will have to get his trusty garlic concoction bug spray ready. Anyway, after we watered the plants we ended the night by watching a movie.

Sunday morning I decided I wanted to go and find a plant for the box that John built that sits under our mailbox. I knew Stuzman's greenhouse had some little planters that would be a perfect fit. I was so glad I went because all of their flowers and plants were now 50% off. I also wanted to go by the cemetery to see about planting the little portoluca moss plant into the planter on Mom's headstone. I was upset with myself that I forgot to grab a little dirt and my planting shovel before leaving the house. But I asked the nice lady that works at Stuzman's if they had any shovels or little bit of potting soil that I could buy? I told her that I was going to transplant a little plant at my Mom's gravesite. The nice lady said I have a shovel in my trunk of my car that you can borrow and just take the soil.

Sunday morning I decided I wanted to go and find a plant for the box that John built that sits under our mailbox. I knew Stuzman’s greenhouse had some little planters that would be a perfect fit. I was so glad I went because all of their flowers and plants were now 50% off. I also wanted to go by the cemetery to see about planting the little portoluca moss plant into the planter on Mom’s headstone. I was upset with myself that I forgot to grab a little dirt and my planting shovel before leaving the house. But I asked the nice lady that works at Stuzman’s if they had any shovels or little bit of potting soil that I could buy? I told her that I was going to transplant a little plant at my Mom’s gravesite. The nice lady said I have a shovel in my trunk of my car that you can borrow and just take the soil.

I told her that I would be right back with the shovel. I arrived at Mom's grave

I told her that I would be right back with the shovel. I arrived at Mom’s grave

and replanted the moss into the little vase on the side of her headstone.

and replanted the moss into the little vase on the side of her headstone.

I decided today that I would sit a while and look at all the views from where Mom's gravesite is.

I decided today that I would sit a while and look at all the views from where Mom’s gravesite is.

Mom used to tell me how she loved the site of her grave, because she was surrounded by some of her neighbors and friends, the Duttons, Niggs,

Mom used to tell me how she loved the site of her grave, because she was surrounded by some of her neighbors and friends, the Duttons, Niggs,

Cochrans,

Cochrans,

and her Mother-in-law and Father-in-law.

and her Mother-in-law and Father-in-law.

There are wheat fields all around as well. Mom always loved talking about how pretty the wheat was this time of the year and this year it looks exceptionally good.

There are wheat fields all around as well. Mom always loved talking about how pretty the wheat was this time of the year and this year it looks exceptionally good.

Since I was traveling down Tyler road to go back to Stutzman's to return the shovel I decided to stop by Carlson Products.

Since I was traveling down Tyler road to go back to Stutzman’s to return the shovel I decided to stop by Carlson Products.

Carlson is where I worked when I first got out of High School.

Carlson is where I worked when I first got out of High School.

I bet most of you didn't know this but I made insulated aluminum doors for a little over a year. You talk about hard work. They had no heating and no air conditioning in this building when I worked there. I remember I had to wear steel toed boots and worked on a cement floor all day long. At night I would have such bad pains in my legs that I would have to run ice cold water on them to numb them in order for me to sleep. I used a table saw, drill, rivet gun, and an industrial sized glue gun. I'm so glad that I don't have to work there any more. :)

I bet most of you didn’t know this but I made insulated aluminum doors for a little over a year. You talk about hard work. They had no heating and no air conditioning in this building when I worked there. I remember I had to wear steel toed boots and worked on a cement floor all day long. At night I would have such bad pains in my legs that I would have to run ice cold water on them to numb them in order for me to sleep. I used a table saw, drill, rivet gun, and an industrial sized glue gun. I’m so glad that I don’t have to work there any more. 🙂

Anyway, I didn't have much time to crochet this weekend, but I did manage to make

Anyway, I didn’t have much time to crochet this weekend, but I did manage to make

this adorable tutu dress. I love the way the black looks with the aqua and those buttons are pretty adorable too. So what do you think? Did you all have a good weekend? I hope so. Have a wonderful Monday.

this adorable tutu dress. I love the way the black looks with the aqua and those buttons are pretty adorable too. So what do you think? Did you all have a good weekend? I hope so. Have a wonderful Monday.


Responses

  1. Oh Tamara, I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I hope they find who did it and get justice for that poor woman. She looked like a fun lady. Hugs. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend after that part. It was neat seeing the tutu dress on a mannequin. You can tell what it would look like on a child. So pretty. Yikes on what you had to deal with at your after high school jog. Lovely area for your mom. And so sweet that you planted her moss roses. She is very happy, I’m sure. Hugs!

    • Hi Jeanne! It was a truly sad day on Friday and I have been having trouble dealing with her murder. The man who murdered her turned himself in and I listened to the 911 call he made to the police about how he turned himself in. It was so eerie. Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by to comment. I know Mom is laughing and loving on all of her family members who went before her. I felt such a peace of mind as I left the cemetery on Sunday. I know she is at peace now. Hugs, Tamara

  2. Oh Tammy, I am so sorry to hear about your friend at the soup kitchen. We ate there a time or two and the food was always delicious. Hope they find the person responsible. Your garden is looking good. We haven’t been able to get to ours because of all the rain but suspect it is all rotted. Love the cemetery pictures. I still miss my aunt Toots so much. She was vey special to me as I know she was to many people. I didn’t realize you worked at this place after high school and wore steel toed boots. After I got married I worked at a factory making panty hose. AT that time I had the record of making 240 pair a day. Love the blue and black tutu dress. The white one that I bought from you was delivered to the new baby. Momma and grandma loved it. Love you girl. sw

    • Hi Sue! Thanks so much for stopping by. I remember you told me about making panty hose for a while. I didn’t remember at the time because I was probably too young to even think about working types of things. 🙂 I got your message about giving the little white on white tutu to the baby. I’m so glad that they loved it. My hope is that they might have her picture taken in it and maybe you could send it to me to see? Love you too, Tamara

      • I will ask the next time I see them.

  3. So sorry to hear such awful news about Tanya. What a terrible world it is sometimes.
    Your geraniums are gorgeous. Did you know that geraniums (pelargoniums) are indigenous to South Africa?
    xxx

    • Hi Jill! Oh my gosh I did not know that geraniums were from South Africa. Now I feel so much closer to you in some silly way. Love you, Tamara

  4. Oh!! What devastating news about Tanya!! Absolutely horrible!! I won’t be surprised if they learn Tanya knew the killer. Such a loss!!

    Great place to have your annual crochet retreat. What fun!
    Loved all the gardening pics. I’d like to see a pic of that statue (6? people in a circle) that is beside your Tami G. tomato plant. 🙂
    Sheesh! What a job right out of high school .. or ever!!! That sure toughened you up, huh? LOL
    Hugs for you!!

    • Oh Kat! You are so right about Tanya’s murderer. It’s so sad and tragic; she was such a well known and respected person in our community. Anyway, the statue that sits beside of the Tami G. tomato plant is very primitive and some of the people are falling off. I will take a picture and show you what it looks like in the next post. 🙂 As for the job at the factory; yes it did toughen me up and made me realize that I have it pretty good now. Working in a climate controlled building and not having to stand on that concrete floor is pretty wonderful. Thanks so much for reading and commenting; you know how much it means to me. Love you my friend, Tamara


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