A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Iowa to Nebraska

Continuing across Iowa, we headed for Nebraska.  More corn fields!  We began to wonder if anybody ate anything but corn.  And soy – lots and lots of soy fields.

One little side trip was through the hometown of John Wayne – Winterset, IA.  The street where apparently his birthplace was located was blocked due to road construction, but there was a statue!07

Which reminded me – I was going to try to discover which president’s home states we’d driven through on this trip:

Ohio: US Grant, RB Hayes, JA Garfield, B Harrison, W McKinley, WH Taft, WG Harding

Massachusetts: J Adams, JQ Adams, JF Kennedy, GHW Bush

New York: M Van Buren, M Fillmore, T Roosevelt, FD Roosevelt

Vermont: CA Arthur, C Coolidge

Illinois: R Reagan

Iowa: H Hoover

Nebraska: G Ford

Pennsylvania: J Buchanan

New Hampshire: F Pierce

Interesting – none born in Montana, N Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Maine – or in the states we think we’ll travel through from here: Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming (and back through Montana into Canada).

Just a little trivia from the trip, as if it isn’t all trivia, eh!  Had to throw in a little bit of Canadiana there! 

Anybody keeping track?  How many states have we traveled through already?  How many will we have traveled through by the time we get home?  How many states were or will be repeated on this trip?

Anyway, back to the roadways.  Along the road throughout the mid-west, we spotted several of these old brick silos, sentinels to a way of life of the past:02

At Council Bluffs IA/Omaha NE the bridge sculptures caught our eye:1009

That’s some imagination!

This area is known for ballooning, apparently – we could only get a picture of this one in the distance:11.Balloons


We settled for the long weekend near Kearney NE, got some vehicle maintenance done, did some exploring, and just plain did our best to stay cool in the relentless heat of the sun on this prairie.

Before the heat got too much to bear on our second day, we headed out to see what there was to see in Kearney.  We found the Platte River Road Archway Memorial – commemorating the Platte River which pioneers followed on their westward search for new lands and new lives.  From the Platte River Road (Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail and others), eventually came The Lincoln Highway and then Interstate 80.

15.Platte River Road Archway Memorial

In that archway that spans the I-80, is a fascinating display depicting pioneer travels, and then with the advent of cars the development of the Lincoln Highway which eventually became the first highway to cross from the east to the west coast – I-80.

Pioneer collage

Outside, the Culture trail allowed us to visit an earthlodge:26.Earthlodge28

And a sod house:


I loved the quilt hanging in the doorway.  To keep bugs out?  To give some protection from the elements?  Or just for decoration?  Didn’t get a chance to ask before some kids came along and the interpreter got busy telling them about ‘sleeping tight’.  I honestly think that if a quilt was hung in a doorway, it would have had no more purpose than to afford some privacy, and maybe put a little color in an otherwise drab environment – but that’s just my thoughts.

Here we finally discovered what those sunflower-like flowers we’d seen growing in the wild all along the roadways were called:71.Sunflowers72

Arizona Sunflowers – no wonder they looked like sunflowers – but they’re really small compared to the sunflowers we know, and I couldn’t see any seeds in the center, but it may be the wrong time of year.

The pamphlet we had said Kearney is known for it’s brick streets, so we had to go and take a look for ourselves:77

They were indeed brick, as were most of the buildings, and about as rough to drive on as any pioneer trail.  Might be pretty, but wouldn’t want to drive on it for long!

Around and about were several historical markers, one telling about a huge farming/ranching operation that had a barn placed exactly 1733 miles from Boston and 1733 miles from San Francisco.  So we were near the latitudinal center of the US!  Today, the site is marked by a housing development, appropriately named:82.1733 mi to Boston and SF


Oh, and those stars on houses in the US mentioned a post or two back….well, at a rest stop on I-80 in Nebraska, there was a memorial to ‘those who served in defending their country’, and called the highway the Blue Star Memorial Highway.  So it appears that the stars are for military service.



This is post # 500          And I have 100 followers (welcome along Carol A).                    This means that the promised give-away will happen when we get home.  We have another about 17 days of travel before we get to Alberta, then will spend a few days with our kids there before heading home.  So sometime near the end of September.  I’ll keep my goodies a surprise for then.      Thanks to all of you who faithfully follow, and who have tolerated all this ‘stuff’ about our travels, with no quilting of any kind happening.


Blessings, Peg


  1. Boy you have sure put some miles on. I would have thought that quilt would have been faded right out hanging there but those colors are still bright and beautiful.

  2. I always thought Abraham Lincoln was from Illinois .. who knew. I think their license plates still say "land of lincoln". Anyway, thanks for the education. I had thought the blue stars were for military service -- I thought that if you had a member currently serving in a combat zone you could also have one. (Though I'm not sure that you couldn't just put one up anyway.) When the heat is unbearable do you just crank up the AC or do you find a hotel to stay in?

  3. That "stuff" you have writing about is interesting bits of local history that you just don't get from the history books in school. Thank you for the effort that you have put into this every day.