That we changed our citizenship . . .
Both Husband Jim and I were born and raised in Missouri
(Kansas City to be exact)
and I'd never lived anywhere else.
Even though Kansas City spans two states
(Missouri and Kansas)
I thought to live in another state you had to have a passport!
But thirty years ago we switched our allegiance
from Missouri -- The Show Me State
Kansas -- the Sunflower State
Fort Scott, Kansas to be exact
Which was only 20 miles from where we lived in Missouri
It wasn't like we had to trek half way across the country --
we really only moved 20 miles!
The move happened because Husband Jim's employer
wanted us to move.
I didn't want to --
especially to Kansas
But one blustery day in March (a Tuesday to be exact)
on his way to work, Jim happened to see a for sale sign
|this picture was taken in 1924 -- not the year we bought it|
on an American Foursquare Craftsman
on National Avenue -- the Main Street in our little town
It was the only house we looked at!
We made an offer, it was accepted
And because we had been to England a year earlier and had fallen in love with the fact that houses had names rather than addresses, we decided this house had the same charm that those
English cottages had and needed a name!
At Husband Jim's suggestion, we named it Linderhof
for the builder was of German descent as was I.
That was in 1988
We've been Kansans for 30 years, we've lived in Fort Scott for 30 years
and we've lived in Linderhof for 30 years
It's the longest we've ever lived anywhere!
And that calls for a celebration!
Using the 1924 photo, we made postcard invitations and mailed out a goodly number
We don't like to do things the easy way . . .
We were in Minnesota for Mother's Day and arrived home Tuesday night
The party was Friday --
Three days to put a party together!
Jim was in charge of the patio and setting up drink
I was in charge of the garden . . .
And the house . . .
And the food!
We got it all done in three days --
The weedy needy garden was made presentable
(and received many compliments)
The house was clean
The patio and drive were made leaf free
and Jim set up the bar with wine, spirits and beer
And our guests came . . .
A whole patio full
And then off in the corner were the Pergola People!
It was a perfect evening --
Not too warm, no rain, no bugs
The drink flowed
And the food was in the dining room
Rainbow Vegetable Tray
Fresh Fruit with White Chocolate Dip
Oh, and meatballs, we can't forget the meatballs even though I forgot to take a picture of them!
Dessert was served in the breakfast room
Texas Sheet Cake
A classic recipe but a good one
For crowds, it is my go-to chocolate cake recipe
And the good news is that it feeds a crowd.
We were happy to share our home of 30 years with our friends as we celebrated
our 30 years in what we consider now our "adopted" home town.