Random Acts of Living

Friday, January 29, 2010

I'm Still Here!!!

Have you missed me? I've missed you. You don't have to answer that. :) To catch you up it was a really busy weekend last week and I had a head cold on top of it. Thursday and Friday of last week my daughter and I cleaned out my Aunt's apartment. Mom helped on Thursday and gave us directions on where a lot of things should go and met with friends of Aunt Leta's that came to collect mementos. See the storage containers in the picture below...

I purchased 14 of the large white ones, 13 of the smaller size on the table plus one large flat box and 1 smaller flat box. Every one of these boxes were filled. My Aunt was an artist and a seamstress. The serger sitting on the table was hers. One box is full of nothing but paints and supplies. Several boxes are nothing but material. There's thread, yarn, beads, buttons and all sorts of crafting tools and supplies. In crafting, there wasn't much my Aunt didn't do. She did beautiful work. One of her recent projects was making teddy bears for the Wellington Police Dept. One of the Red Hat ladies told me they had planned on contacting Larry Hatteburg to tell him about her work but she passed before they had a chance. Thursday we got home around 11:30pm and Friday we didn't leave till we were done. All we left in the apartment that I still wanted was Aunt Leta's big heavy chest of drawers that mom said she'd had 'forever', bringing it up from Texas with her when she moved here, a metal typewriter table and an office chair. My daughter and I talked about coming back in on Sunday to get these, but we weren't sure how we'd get them in the back of the truck, her tailgate is difficult to get down. We made it home around 1am and I had to be up and ready to go at 7am on Saturday.

Saturday was the Big Boys Toy Show at Century II in Wichita KS. We were setting two screens up at the show this year. One screen next to the Entercom booth showing the main stage and the second screen at the Roller Derby with the track on the screen. The first event up on the main stage was the Tanganyika Wildlife Demo...

The Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a few miles outside of Wichita. They raise wild and exotic animals.

You'll notice the logo on the shirt above says "Jack Hannah's Into the Wild". Tanganyika provides the cats that Jack Hannah shows on TV.

I had a difficult time getting good pictures of the cats. They were constantly moving.

I had to post two pictures of the cat above. That picture because I thought it was a good shot of it's face and the one below because it's so cute.

The little fella below was the only bird they displayed. With all the animals they gave a lot of information. How they live in the wild, interesting facts that you might not have known and whether they are endangered or not.

We set up our green screen at our booth again this year. There was one glitch though, we couldn't get the picture to show up on the TV we brought for it. With the second projector over at the Roller Derby on the second screen we didn't have a way to present the green screen. So the only time the green screen was available was when there wasn't an event on the main stage. Which turned out to work just fine.

Below is an over view of the show. This picture was shot from the stairs to the balcony where our camera was sitting for the Roller Derby screen. You can see our big screen on the far back wall, right of the big doors and left of center.

I'll post more pictures from Big Boys Toy Show later after I get them all processed. After the show I convinced my son to load up Aunt Leta's dresser and the other things in the equipment trailer, there was plenty of room. This worked on so many levels. The trailer is lower to the ground than the bed of the pickup and has ramps on top of that. So running that heavy dresser on the hand truck down the elevator, out the door and up the trailer ramp was a breeze. Added bonus, I didn't have to go back into town on Sunday! All done, apartment cleared out in three days. Thanks kids, I couldn't have done it without you!!


Anita said...

Cats are my favorite animals, but gosh that little penguin is the cutest thing!! Looks like you got a lot of things to remember your aunt by... she sounds like she was a really interesting and talented lady!

Moonshadow said...

Those cats were all just babies. The bigger one had the softess coat. Yea, the little penguin was a big hit. My Aunt Leta was an inspiration in more than one way. She was a very independant, strong woman. She traveled crossed country alone on many occassions. I remember she took a course in small engine repair so she could fix her lawnmower herself. When I was in elementary school she came for a visit and brought me 3 big coffee cans full of beads, broken jewelry, and jewely pins and findings. I spent many hours going through the cans and making my own jewelry. :)

Oz Girl said...

Aunt Leta sounds like an amazing woman. I'm so sorry she's gone. But it sounds like you have lots to remember her by... not just her beads and chest, but her strong spirit too. Hang in there my friend!

Those cats are absolutely beautiful!

Moonshadow said...

Thanks Oz Girl! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, Aunt Leta was so much more than her arts and crafts. :)

You should see those cats up close, the one looked fluffy enough to be a cloud.