Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Jefferson City Tornado May 22, 2019

On May 22 appropriately 11 PM an EF1 tornado hit Eldon, Missouri, a community of about 4,600 people. It then traveled down Highway 54 into the community of Brazito. There an entire mobile home court was demolished, as well as a church and many homes. 

. . .  it continued into Jefferson City . 

First ripping apart the Braun's automotive business. Their storage units also took a direct hit. It looked as if bombs went off there. 

Doug Schrimpf, a contractor dealing with his loss at the storage site. 

By 11:43 when it hit the outskirts of Jefferson City it was classed and EF3 with winds up to 160 miles per hour. 

Riley Automotive

Riley automotive

Riley automotive

Riley automotive vehicles were tossed like Matchbox cars.

Riley automotive. . . . A family owned business that has been in the Capitol City since 1936.  It had an inventory of 800 autos. Approximately 95% of the vehicles sustained damage.

The downtown historical section was hit hard. Beautiful big, old homes were shattered. Look at the debris piled in the street.

Down the street, the old Missouri State Prison walls even went tumbling down.

The Lincoln University president's house. It was built in 1916, bought by the university in 1965. A city landmark. It is not uninhabitable.

Miraculously no one was killed !!!  32 storm related injuries.

As if the tornado wasn't enough, Jefferson City is still dealing with flooding of the Missouri River. This is the Capitol City Memorial airport.

It will be a long time for our beautiful city to recover.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Road trip . . . to Georgia

We left Jefferson City at 6:30 am on Wednesday. Headed south to DeSoto, Missouri to exchange some blacksmith tools. 

We got back on the road about 10 AM.

At dinner time we pulled off in Manchester, Tennessee. This place looked good.  The parking lot was filling up fast.

This sweet dog was left in the truck. The owner left the back window open, where he was free to come and go. We had a nice one-sided conversation with the sweet fellow.

Prater's BBQ did not disappoint for southern BBQ. It was the sweet tea that sent me over the top.  It was unbelievably sweet, but still delicious.

We drove on to Calhoun, Georgia, where we over nighted in a rest area with a million Semi trucks and one other Casita. I am surprised that we had a good night sleep. The white noise of the trucks lulled us to sleep instantly. We woke at 5:15 and was on the road in a matter of minutes. We wanted to clear Atlanta Georgia traffic before it even formed. 

We found our destination at Country Boy RV park before 8 AM. The office wasn't open. We followed directions on the box, found a lot, set up the Casita and headed to the Lions Club for the Southern Blacksmith Conference. 

All was good until about 12:30 in the afternoon, when the RV park called to ask us to move to a new site. Although it was an inconvenience, it only took a matter of minutes to change. 

The blacksmith spent most of every day watching Steve Parker demonstrate. He's hoping to have him to our place later this year for a trip hammer work shop!

We broke bread for two meals with John Watson and his wife Sally. They had our friends Kirk and Helen staying with them in their camper, same RV park as us. 

John  taught a tin can class making a rose out of 5 lids. He gave me one of his beautiful creation. 

This is my friend Alfred McClure, we are both rejoicing in being cancer free!!!

This picture isn't the true story, but here's how it went. During set up of the portable potties they were all set in one place. The association decided to move them around. Alfred went to lift a port a potty, got it off the ground, when a hand sprung out the door waving!!!!

Believe me, I teased him the whole conference about it.  

He was a good sport!

I took the BAM boutique merchandise and sold $300!  My blacksmith also sold lots of his hand made tongs. 

The lady with a booth next to mine came to visit. She found out I was a quilter, told me to hold on just a minute. She came back with this sweet brooch. 

On Friday afternoon I took a gourd class with my friend Pattie Bagley. Believe it or not this took 4 hours to make. It was the first time I had ever heard of alcohol paints. 

On Saturday we left before noon for home. Not sure if we'd drive the full trip. It is after all about an eleven hour drive without stops.

That is until this happened!  Interstate 24, 6 lanes wide!  BAM! Blowout. 

We made a good team, 18 minutes we were back on the road. 

As we were headed to Missouri, reports of bad weather at home were developing. The closer we got, the more we were determined to go all the way to Jefferson City. Luckily the storms were over and we missed them all.

We pulled in at 1:20 AM, so much for an 11 hour trip.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Another Blacksmith Association of Missouri conference is in the books!

Our Blacksmith Association of Missouri conference is always the first weekend in May. We look so forward to it!!

However this year we had to leave our new toy at home. It just had it two days before we had to leave. Our son got one identical to it.  Looking forward to lots of fun with the side by side!!

Thursday night at conference for the annual Phil Cox memorial pot luck dinner, bib overalls in honor of Phil was suggested.  Here is Margie Cox, Berni,e and myself in our attire!

We got as many as we could together for a group picture!

My favorite silverware maker Josh Rhodes was only there for one day!

Aaron, isn't he a cutie?? He and his mom were two of my great helpers in the BAM Boutique. It was able to use his math skills in making lots of change!

This is the Boutique. I am in charge of supplying it. However many wives help me run it. For all of them I say "thank you"!

Jymm Hoffman from Pennsylvania was one of two of our demonstrators. He worked the entire time in wooden shoes!

My quilt brought $525 at the auction on Saturday night. It now hangs in this beautiful log home!

My hubby purchased this for me at the auction. It's fused glass made by my sister by another mother Tami!