It Is My Job To Exist As...

...a shining beacon of hope in the heartland

By: Juli Eklund

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Friday, 23-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Museum in a small town

A horse-drawn buggy
A victorian music room
Displays from the grocer, who is still doing business in town
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These are pics from the Wamego Museum, which I toured during the Tulip Festival.

Monday, 19-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Tulip Festival

A real working windmill!
The Wamego Museum
Raccoons in the treetop
Every year the city of Wamego hosts a tulip festival on the third weekend in April. Last year was rainy so I skipped it. This year was cloudy with a small chance of rain so I went thinking that I could hide in the craft tents if it did in fact rain. We did get light rain and I did hide in the craft tents and took the Wamego Museum tour to avoid the worst of the showers, but the clouds made for great pictures of the Windmill. The crafts were wonderful, the tulips were beautiful, the food was average and I really enjoyed the small town museum tour. I will post pics of the tour later, for now here is the windmill, the museum as viewed from the windmill and a really cool wood carving (there are several of these in city park).

Sunday, 18-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Adventures in Household Plumbing

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One of the things we've received an education in upon moving to the country is managing a private wastewater disposal system. That's just a fancy way of saying septic system , which means when I flush my toilet, wash my dishes and do my laundry, all the water that I use stays on my land for processing rather than joining my neighbors wastewater in a city sewage processing system.

The first part of the system is of course, the septic tank. This is a 1000 gallon chamber that collects the solids which in theory sink to the bottom. You might think 1000 gallons sounds like a lot, but when you consider that one load of laundry at the highest water level uses about 45 gallons of water , it's not as big as it sounds. Bacteria work frantically to break down the solids and condition the water back to a pure state. When the liquid reaches a certain level, it spills over into part two of the system, the lateral field, which consists of 300 feet of chamber shaped like an upside down U. This is snaked back and forth underground approx 30 feet away from my house on the downhill side.

Saturday, 10-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
County Courthouse, Riley County [Manhattan, Kansas]

County Courthouse
Detail of face
I just noticed that to the left of the arch over the doorway, the bottom of the column has a face carved into the limestone. I am going to have to go back and see what other treasures this building hoards that I have yet to notice with the naked eye...

edit: added a cropped blow up of the face as you really can't see it on the first published photo...

Monday, 5-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Fuel Moon

Smokey Moon
Smokey Moon through Trees
Smokey Moon with Star
I have been busy indoors painting my kitchen and dining room.
.....This is a good time of year to do this sort of task.
..........The weather is neither too hot or cold.
...............Outside is not always pleasant right now in Kansas.
The weather is very changeable and you never know
.....if it's going to be sun or storm from one hour to the next.
Add that to the fact that this is the time of year when
.....they burn the fields and everybody burns their brush piles
..........and the air quality can deteriorate rather quickly.
You can always smell smoke when you
.....walk outside and if it's a day with not even a
..........hint of breeze, it can get rather oppressive.
I did go out about
.....midnight and shoot
..........these photos of the
...............moon peeking through
....................the smoke and trees.

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