Monday, July 15, 2019

*T Stands For 6th Anniversary* and an Asterisk*

T Stands For Tuesday turns six today.  I hope Inlinkz works, because I may not be here when this party starts.  I'm taking the youngsters to the airport, where I will wait until they are in the air before I leave the gate area.  Regardless, let's celebrate.

It's time to throw a party

and celebrate the event.

I'm drinking water to which I've added a wedge of lemon.

I've also created a tag for your enjoyment.

The sentiment reads:
Six years celebrating your chosen drink.

I have to admit this looks really quite delicious.

I would gladly drink this if I had it in front of me.

It's now time to get down to business.

Let's review the "rules" for the ATC swap.  Sorry, even though I don't like rules, this time we must follow them.  I've been assured Inlinkz works on this blog and I even tested it Friday when I joined Try it on Tuesday.   

1.  Link your DRINK related post below using Inlinkz.  Add an asterisk (*) after your name.
2.  If you forget the asterisk, simply look for the trash can (below your name) and delete your name and URL.
3.  Link your name and URL a second time with the asterisk after your name.
4.  Do this ONLY if you plan to pass on an ATC to the next person on the list who has an asterisk after their name.
5.  The next person with an asterisk whose name is after yours is the person you send your ATC to.
6.  Contact them and get their snail mail address.
7.  Send the ATC to them sometime before T time next Tuesday, July 23 (or 23 July), preferably the sooner the better.
8.  The last person who links with an asterisk will send to the first person on the list who has an asterisk.  The circle is now complete.
9.  This swap is called Pay-It-Forward or PIF, and that is what you are doing.
10. DO NOT show the ATC you plan to send to your PIF on your blog this week.  Wait until your PIF partner has received it, please.  It would be nice to have a reveal party in two weeks.

If you are not swapping an ATC, please link as you normally would and make sure there is no asterisk after your name.  You do NOT have to swap an ATC to celebrate today.  Please join in regardless.  Put on your party hat, bring out the noise makers, and help celebrate six years of T Stands For Tuesday.  I'd love to see a record number of participants joining this 6th anniversary.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

ICADs, week 8

These are my ICADs for week 8.

Day 39
Day 40

Day 41

Day 42

Day 43

Day 44

Day 45

Thanks for stopping by to see this week's ICADs.  If you want to join, please see the ICAD on my right sidebar.  It will take you to Tammy's blog.  Thanks, too, for your continued support of this summer project.

Also, I want everyone to know that the T Stands For Tuesday post is scheduled, but in case the link doesn't work, I may be late to the party.  I'm taking the youngsters to the airport today and, providing the flight is on time, I will be home.  However, be aware, I will stay in the gate area until the children's flight is in the air.  Only then will I return home.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ulrich Art Museum Mural

This is the second post from the Wichita State University (WSU) Campus.  Please see yesterday's post where we checked out the Pizza Hut Museum.

Wichita State has an impressive collection of sculptures.  There are 76.  In my opinion, this is the jewel in the crown.  It is a Joan Miro.  It is titled Personnages Oiseaux or Bird People.  I'm not sure you can call this a mural, but that's what I'm calling it so I can join Sami at Sami's Colourful World and her Monday Murals.

There's a story behind this original mosaic of Venetian glass and marbles, the only one of its kind.  First, it is the only piece like it that Miro ever created.  Second, he donated the design, while WSU students and private donors funded production which took five years to create and install.  It was completed in 1978.

In the early 2000s, this beauty was beginning to show its age.  In 2009, the museum decided that it needed to be repaired.  It took two years to determine the best way to achieve that, because it had to be studied before it could be removed from the side of the museum building.

This is a huge mosaic at 28 X 52 feet (8,53 X 15,85 meters). Each of the 88 panels was removed and taken to a restoration specialist.  It took five years to complete the restoration, which included developing and implementing new methods and practices specifically for this work, while staying true to Miro's original design.  In addition to the glass and marble restoration, the original particleboard backing of the tiles was removed and replaced with stainless steel to prevent deterioration.  This beauty was reinstalled in late 2016 and now shines much like it must have when it was first created.

For those of you unfamiliar with Miro, he was a Spanish painter, who also worked in sculpture and ceramics.  He was born in Barcelona.  He is most famous for surrealism and abstract art, both of which are evident in this installation.

As the youngsters and I walked on campus to the museum, we saw several sculptures, but were too far away from them to get good photos.

Finally, I did everything I could think of to get this map to show on my blog.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get the PDF to work.  I hope you will click on the link below and see all 76 of these wonderful sculptures that sit on the WSU campus.   There are some incredible works, including a second Joan Miro, two by Auguste Rodin, a Henry Moore, a Salvador Dali, and a Fernando Botero, among others.

Please note the map is old and the Original Pizza Hut is shown at its old location, not in the new complex.

Thanks for visiting this gem with the youngsters and me and thanks for dropping by on your day of rest.  Don't forget to visit Sami's Colourful World, especially if you like murals.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Pizza pizza

One of the first things the siblings and I did

was search out the original Pizza Hut.

I had read that the original Pizza Hut had been moved from its previous location

to where it sits today.

It originally sat at Kellogg and Bluff.  Once Kellogg was widened, interested friends didn't want to see it demolished, so they moved it to the Wichita State campus.

For years it sat in this location on the Wichita State University Campus.

Plans were completed in 2017 to turn this into a museum and build an entire area where it would be located.

It didn't move far, though.  An entire complex has now been built around it.  Check out the move in the less than two minute video below:

Moving the Hut
I was ready to see this museum in all its glory,

but once we got there, we immediately saw the museum was closed.  It was Sunday afternoon, so that may have been the reason.

It was definitely hard to see inside because of the windows that created a reflection over the interior.  It reminded me of digital art where layers had been used to create a unique entity.

I hate to admit it, but the children seemed to be able to read the information better than I.  They were all taller than I, which could be why.

I'm fairly certain most of you have heard of Pizza Hut.  You may have even eaten in one in whatever country you visited my blog from today.

However, you may not realize that the original Pizza Hut was born in Wichita, KS. (USA) when two brothers, Dan and Frank Carney, both students at Wichita State University (WSU), borrowed $600.00 (USD) from their mother to open the restaurant.

Two things happened nearly simultaneously that led to the start of this world wide pizza phenomenon.  First, a friend suggested Dan and Frank start a pizza restaurant geared to students because in 1958, their friend told the brothers that pizza was under utilized.  At that time, pizza was primarily served to, for, and by Italian emigrants, not to main stream America.  Second, a zealous bar owner was looking to find a tenant for her bar near campus.  Dan and Frank rented it and completely overhauled the space, by purchasing and adding second hand equipment.  The "restaurant" was so small it could only hold 25 people.

I loved how they showed one of the original tables and different style chairs.

Within six months, the restaurant was so popular, the brothers opened a second restaurant in Topeka, KS, again catering to college students.  Soon there were hundreds of Pizza Huts.  There are now nearly 19,000 franchises across 90 nations.  From their initial investment of $600.00 (USD), Dan and Frank sold the  franchise in 1977, which included over 4000 outlets, to PepsiCo for over $300 million (USD).

Both Dan and Frank still live in Wichita, KS.

Ironically, there are now many types of pizza sold at Pizza Hut, like pan and stuffed crust.  However, their “Thin 'N Crispy”which has a thin, crisp dough was Pizza Hut's original style.  It's the one I was introduced to as a young girl on a field trip (although it was to a red roof Pizza Hut).  I had no idea until years later that pizza should have anything except the wonderful thin crispy dough, but it seems harder and harder to find that type of dough in today's pizza market.  

There were lots of interesting facts the children read through the windows of the Pizza Hut Museum.

We had access to three sides of the building, but the fourth, this side, was covered with beautiful landscaping.

Next, we headed to an area where we could sit, rest, and contemplate.  The columns were dedicated to those contributors to this new area created just for the Pizza Hut Museum and surrounding area.

We then drove around the campus, looking at various sculptures.  Wichita State is known for its 76 beautiful sculptures, purchased by friends of WSU, Student Government Association funds, the Museum, and given as gifts by various artists.  Tomorrow we will look at one such beauty.

For those of you interested in my flower bed, here's what it looked like the day after we went to the WSU campus.  More rain was in the offing, too.

Thanks for joining the children and me when we visited the original Pizza Hut, now a museum, on the campus of Wichita State, which also happens to be my final alma mater. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Smiles 328: playing home ec teacher

Once again, I'm joining Annie (at A Stitch in Time) and the ladies at Friday Smiles. This week I feel like I'm playing a home ec teacher.

On one of the days the youngsters were here, we were out and about and near the sewing center that carries my type of sewing machine.  I wanted to see if there was a part for my sewing machine I could buy that would allow my feed dogs to drop, so I can do free motion sewing, something I really want to do.  It seems I need a plate and a foot, both of which I decided to order.  However, I didn't have my book with me, which had the model number that would ensure the proper parts for my machine.  

There was a big sign on the door that all cotton and poly cotton thread was 50% off.  Granted, JoAnn's sells 50% off thread often, but their variegated thread is quite limited.  Here, I was a kid in a candy store.  What I didn't realize was the middle sibling is interested in sewing.  Imagine my surprise when the child helped me pick out these incredible spools of variegated threads.

I don't have the tools to allow this child to create to a full potential.  I use my guillotine cutter when I can't tear fabric, so I may need to buy one of those cutting tools to cut both shapes and designs.  After rummaging through the fabric I have, the middle child was set and ready to start creating a sewn masterpiece.

The other two siblings wanted to cook.  Goodness, I'm a lousy baker.  However, I have all the ingredients needed for quiche.  I almost expected Ted Allen (the host of an American cooking show called "Chopped."  Think Mary Berry judging children bakers) to show up and wave the coveted Chopped Jr. chef's jacket to the winner.

I can't wait to see who is more proud of their skills, the sewing sibling, the crust making sibling, or the quiche filling sibling.  I know I'm the lucky one in all this.  All I have to do is eat and wash dishes.  Even the sewing sibling cleaned up the sewing machine area.  Have I not mentioned these are also very tidy youngsters?

Who needs funnies when you have home ec lessons!  Let's find out what others are smiling about this Friday.  Please don't forget to start your weekend off right by visiting Annie for a few Friday Smiles.  We would love to have you join us, too.

As a late entry, I'm joining Try it on Tuesday's fortnightly theme, Colors of the Rainbow.  For those of you who participate in T Stands For Tuesday, I have contacted Inlinkz and they have now assured me I can use my e-mail address I've always used with Inlinkz AND they have registered it with this blog.  Just to make sure, I quickly made this tag to see if it was true.  I don't expect anyone to visit because of this tag, I just want to be sure I can use Inlinkz with this blog on Tuesday of next week for our 6th Anniversary Party.  Try it on Tuesday is the only blog I know that still uses Inlinkz.  You might say this is a test!

I call my tag "Rock on!"

Thanks for allowing me to test Inlinkz at Try it on Tuesday.  Be sure to join them there, because they have fabulous themes and challenges.  I'm a proud supporter, too!

UPDATE: Inlinkz worked as promised.