Then and Now

Jack: You should see Santa Fe. Everything’s different there. It’s all bigger. Y’know… the desert, the sky, the sun.

Sarah: It’s the same sun as here.

Jack: Yeah, It just looks different.


I’ll tell ya what though…. for those who can’t quite afford to go to Santa Fe yet, go stand in the middle of Perkins Road in Prophetstown, Illinois, and look out at the flat land that stretches as far as the eye can see. It all looks bigger there too, especially the sky at night; The moon, the stars.

The first thought that came to mind as we pulled in to our new house in Michigan was, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” Just to look at the vehicles constantly whipping by, and the houses and people everywhere. I actually had a hard time sleeping the first night because the traffic never dies here. Out where we were living in Illinois, we’d maybe get 15 cars to pass during the day.

The differences between where we were before, and where we are now astound me.

You can’t see the stars here, like you could in Illinois. I miss that. You can’t see around you for miles, and the sky seems smaller because everywhere you look there’s buildings.

Sometimes I get “homesick” for Illinois…. but can you blame me? 🙂

A photo I took last summer by the barn in our backyard.


Interesting bit of history for the day…

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National Angel Food Cake Day

Today’s Food History

1796 Traditional date for the creation of the metric system, 10/10.

1886 The Tuxedo was created. Griswold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, N.Y. fashioned the first tuxedo for men.

1892 Earle Dickson was born. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked as a buyer for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.

1913 Adolphus Busch died. Founded Annheuser Busch in 1866 with his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser.

1913 A dike was blown up by the U.S. engineers to complete the final stage of the Panama Canal, and the waters of the Pacific met the waters of the Atlantic.

1933 Waldo L. Semon received a patent on a method for making plasticized PVC, now know as Vinyl.

1933 Proctor & Gamble began marketing ‘Dreft,’ the first synthetic detergent for home use. Detergents perform better…

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