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Author: Sally Jadlow

Sally is an award-winning author and likes to write historical fiction, poetry and short stories. She teaches creative writing and serves as a chaplain to corporations in the greater Kansas City area. Sally is the wife of one, mother of four and grandmother of fourteen.
Patio Redo

Patio Redo

The old patio was a hodgepodge of concrete and rotted wood with pots of okra, tomatoes, and flowers. The concrete man made a clean sweep with his jackhammers . . . then came the re-bar, and soon we were on the way to a new look. When he finished I got to work with this result. I can’t wait for the weather to allow me to get the potted plants from the basement and begin again. Next week I’ll show…

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Living Room and Garage Redo

Living Room and Garage Redo

The living room didn’t change much except for decluttering and a new floor treatment. Here’s the new look. The garage is another matter. As you can see, the floor had disintegrated and re-bar came up through the surface. I don’t have a picture of the terrible clutter that covered that mess because I didn’t have to nerve to take one. When my sister-in-law and I finished cleaning we had removed 123 cans of spray paint and a half-pickup load of…

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Kitchen Bath and Dining Room Redo

Kitchen Bath and Dining Room Redo

Over the years the bath off the kitchen gathered an eclectic conglomeration of stuff. (That’s a nice way to put it.) In an attempt to declutter, I went for the simple look. The cabinets match the kitchen ones as well as the paint. A new taller toilet finished this room. The dining room had the same heavy beams as the family room. All the floors were carpeted on the main level. One of the last things to be accomplished was…

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What A Difference A Year Makes

What A Difference A Year Makes

Last week I mentioned I’d begin a new series. It’s been almost a year since my husband died. When I look back, the changes seem astronomical. I contracted to have the main floor of our fifty-year-old home redone, cleaned the garage and put a new floor in there, and replaced the patio. That’s just a few of the changes. I think this week I’ll show you some of the main floor redo. Anytime you decide to tear something out, it…

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New Service and New Series

New Service and New Series

  We’ve got a new gadget for this blog. I recently got a request from a reader who has trouble with their eyesight. They suggested a free service that I could add to my blog to read the content aloud. They suggested two free sights.  https://websitevoice.com and  https://www.text2speech.org . I chose to try the first one. You can also use this service to read this blog to you while you do other stuff. To engage it, click the black button…

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

  Okay. March is finally here. Winter appears to be loosening its grip (hopefully). It’s time to start spring cleaning. I took a hard look at the garage floor the other day. Because one of our cars spends a lot of time on unpaved roads, I had great globs of mud caked on the new garage floor. After spending too much time shoveling several pounds of the stuff with the snow shovel, I swept, then took a hose and did…

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Sharpen Your Observation Skills

Sharpen Your Observation Skills

At a conference last weekend I learned of Norman Rockwell paintings that appeared on Saturday Evening Post April Fools editions. There are 57 mistakes in this painting. Finding these mistakes can help you with your observation skills. Can you find them? To find a more clear copy of this painting go here. How many did you find? Below is a list of the mistakes.   Two Kinds of Molding on cupboard top North American Pileated Woodpecker head is on body…

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Great Reminder

Great Reminder

Last Sunday at Colonial Presbyterian Church,  Overland Park Campus, the congregation enjoyed a play by the youth choirs about Daniel in the Lion’s Den. There were many good messages throughout, but one in particular stood out to me. There is no god greater than the One who shut the lion’s mouths and who joined Daniel’s three friends in the firey furnace and even kept them from smelling of smoke when they came out unharmed. He hasn’t changed. He’s still the…

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Winter 2019

Winter 2019

City living with its many conveniences causes us to forget the harsh conditions which lie beyond the city limits. Conditions that farmers face every day when caring for their animals during this seemingly-endless winter. My son, Josh, needed a little assistance this week and asked me to accompany him to feed and water the horses at our farm. Snow hid the metal plate covering the turn-on valve for the water supply in order to fill the stock tank. We had…

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What Goes Around . . .

What Goes Around . . .

In off times I write on my memoir. Below is an excerpt from one of the pages. The rest of the story sits at the end of this blog. We moved back to Fort Scott, Kansas from Ottawa, Kansas after WW II when I was four. Our house sat on a corner not far from downtown. Across the street to the west lived an old lady. Because there was a housing shortage at the time, her son, his wife, and…

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