Great American Baseball Tour — Day 10

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

clipart carAnother travel day, not quite as long as some but still tiring. Instead of seeing mountains off in the distance, they were on either side of us (and off in the distance, too). Rocks and sand and what looked like weeds for miles and miles along Interstate-10. It  sure was nice to see green grass again once we got to California and back to civilization!

Update: Jim did get the car repaired yesterday — it needed new brakes and rotors. We are so thankful that he was able to get into the dealer and have it done. He didn’t feel safe with the brakes the way they were, especially on steep, winding mountain roads. Then today the control arm came off his wheelchair! Thank goodness that was a repair that he could do himself.

We checked into the Holiday Inn Express in Colton, CA where we are staying for nine days. There are three stadiums in Southern California so we are using this as a home base; Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow, San Diego Padres on Friday, and Los Angeles (Anaheim) Angels on Sunday.  We hope to do a little sightseeing on our off days and before we head to Fresno.

Today’s Special

clipart tee shirts on clotheslineToday we have something completely new and different to share with you. Our oldest son, Jimmy, is starting an online tee-shirt business.

Baseball Diamonds! This is one of the shirts he has to offer. I don’t think his website is up and running yet. But if you would like a tee shirt with this design on it just let me know OR contact him directly.

baseball tee -- Diamonds are a girls best friendCarol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke

You can order any of our specials by emailing
CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com
OR by sending a pm to our Facebook page.
If you want more information on the tee-shirts you can
contact Jimmy directly — his Facebook name is “Jim Warneke”
(My husband’s is “Jim Warneke Sr.”)

 

 

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 9

Monday, April 23, 2018

  • clipart alligator relaxingToday is a day to relax and recuperate from all the walking I did at the baseball stadium!  Should have practiced walking more at home before leaving for vacation. LOL
  • We went to a Holiday Inn Club Members presentation this morning (that’s why we got three free nights at the Scottsdale Resort) and upgraded our plan. Hope to stay at the resort in Las Vegas next February and attend the I.A.D.C.C.T. convention.
  • Jim took the van to the Chrysler dealer this afternoon — it seems to be shaking at high speeds and he wants to make sure it is safe to drive.
  • I went to the Activity Center and made a tote bag this afternoon. Thinking about having a kids craft class later this summer. We had a choice of tote or backpack but could probably also include an apron. More on that later after I think it through some more.

AZ foilage #4

I keep admiring the different kinds of plants and trees in this area. This is the entrance to the resort we are staying at in Arizona.

More foliage as we walked about the complex

Today’s Special

AZ cactus plantersThis  picture of plants on the coffee table in our living room  inspired Today’s Special. We are offering any small planters ordered today for only $5.00 in bisque ($6.00 if you want the inside glazed) or $7.50 finished. Just paint & plant your own succulent (available at local stores such as Home Depot or Walmart). Here is our selection:

Planters are a nice accent on your patio table and make a great hostess gift when visiting friends and family this summer.  Order several for your friends; or paint a bunch and sell them at a local craft fair.

All bisque will be poured and shipped in June.
To order email CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com
OR send a PM to our Facebook page.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 8

Sunday, April 22, 2018

clipart baseball logoChase Field in Phoenix
San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The home team won 4 to 2

This is the 1st of the 8 ballgames on our vacation. As usual, we purchased a Diamondbacks pennant, mug, and mascot to add to the collection in our game room.

Outside the ballpark; the playing field.

Jim at the game; Carol at the game
the Scoreboard

Today’s Baseball Special

Gare 1349 Roly Poly Baseball Player Bank

On the left is the one painted in the studio standing with
his friends, Sports Fan, Football Player, and Lady Shopper (all banks).
Notice that the catalog picture (right) shows him as a pencil holder.
He stands 6″ tall and sells in bisque for $7.50.
Today’s Special is only $5.00 for the bisque (for him or any of his friends)
OR $10.00 painted in team colors of your choice.
There is room to add a logo on the right side of his jacket if you want one.

Remember that bisque will be poured and shipped in June.
To order email CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com
OR send a PM to our Facebook page

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 7

Saturday, April 21, 2018

clipart carAnother travel day, this time from Albuquerque, NM to Scottsdale, AZ. My backside is definitely thankful to be out of the car! It took us a whole week but we finally made it to the beginning of the baseball tour. The first game is tomorrow in Phoenix.  We get to stay here in the Scottsdale Holiday Inn Club Resort until Tuesday morning when we head to California.

4-21-18 #2

4-21-18 #5Traveling in Arizona brought a change of scenery from scrub pines and dirt to evergreen forests, cactus of several varieties, and even palm trees. There was an 18 mile stretch of highway with 5-6% downgrade and several S-curves. Elevation changed from 5312 feet in Albuquerque to 1257 in Scottsdale!. When we  pulled into Outback for dinner our clocks were out of sync — seems we are now on Pacific time.

Todays Special

Club David 1401 Monument of the Valley Incised Tiles

CLUB DAVID 1401 Monument of the Valley Incised Tiles

This workshop is a David Hoff Design, the scene depicting very well the landscapes we traveled through today.  We will set a day in June or July to suit your schedule, then the workshop will be announced to the public. The workshop fee is $25.00 but if you sign up before the end of The Great American Baseball Tour (6/1) you can do it for $15.00. Work is done with Concepts underglazes and then the tiles are clear glazed. These are 8″ tiles that can be framed and hung on the wall or used as a trivet.

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Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — day 6

April 20, 2018

clipart carToday was a short travel day, compared to the others. We slept in till noon, then left Amarillo TX for Albuquerque, NM.  There were weather advisories for high winds and we sure did experience them on the road. Not only was that car effected but you could see what looked like sandstorms on the horizon.

Brandon Wilders squirrel Preschool Winner

While we were traveling today, Laura Gilbert and Sheryl Wilder from our studio were at the Midwest Ceramic Show in Hamilton, OH. They drove down on Wednesday to enter student pieces in the ceramic competition. Today Laura posted pictures of this pieces with their ribbons. Check out the Facebook page.

Preschool from Carol’s Carousel wins the preschool show again! Brandon Wilder’s squirrel:

 

Today’s Special

We have lots of Native American pieces but
choose this piece to represent our stay in New Mexico.

Kimple 2359 eagle dancer shield paintedKimple 2359 EAGLE DANCER SHIELD
bisque $13.00 (regular $15.00)

Please remember that your bisque will be poured and shipped in June.
To order email CarolsCarouselCreation@gmail.com
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Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 5

April 19, 2018

clipart carToday was another travel day, the longest so far. Starting from Branson, Jim commented that all we did was go up and down hills.  I reminded him that we also went back and forth with many turns in the road including several right angles. I never realized Missouri was the land of rolling hills (worse than Pittsburgh, no guard rails).

End of Trail statue in MuseumNext we drove through Oklahoma where we saw 1,527 black angus in the fields (haha, Jim’s number but there were nearly that many).

Two years ago on our way to Texas we visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This very large statue graces their lobby. It is called End of Trail. 

As we entered Texas we noticed a lot of black turf and blackened trees, like their was either a forest fire or a controlled burn. It went on for miles and has us curious as to the cause.  Than came the wind farms — literally hundreds and hundreds of turbines. We must have driven over an hour and they just kept coming, even out along the horizon.

Our planned stop in Texas was the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. (www.BigTexan.com check it out!) It is the home of the free 72-ounce steak; that is, free if you can eat it in 60 minutes with the baked potato, salad, and rolls! A gentleman tried it when we were there but he was done in about 30 minutes and took the rest home (for $72.00) We enjoyed our sirloin and patronized the gift shop before retiring to the Holiday Inn just down the road.

Today’s Specials 

Provincial 586 End of Trail Bookends bisque $12.00/pair
Provincial 409 End of Trail Statue (without rider) bisque $10.00
As seen in the museum photograph, the actual statue is all white.

Note that bisque will be poured & shipped in June.
To order email CarolsCarouselCreations.com
OR send a PM to the Facebook page.

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Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 4

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

stampede horsesToday was a day of rest in Branson,
so we got tickets to the Dolly Parton Stampede dinner theater show. Since our pictures are not yet downloaded, these are from the web. First, some of the horses that were in the show.

stampede finaleThe show was very extravagant with stories of settling the west, complete with buffalo, longhorn steers, and wagon trains. Then there was fancy riding, including going through fire, riding off the side, and barrel weaving. There were competitive games, some including folks from the audience. And, of course the grand finale pictured here.

stampede dinnerWe were seated at a continuous one-sided table where everyone could easily see. Dinner was served during the show (without utensils) and was way more food than either of us could eat. As you can see, there is a whole Cornish hen on each plate, plus fresh ham, potato, corn, biscuit, a soup appetizer, and an apple turnover dessert.

Today’s Special

boot with picture

Duncan 0163a COWBOY BOOT BANK
This boot is quite versatile—it can be used as a bank, a pencil holder,
or even as a vase for a small arrangement. Shown here with silk flowers,
it was painted to match an embroidery picture in a handmade frame.
Carol did the machine embroidery; Jim made the picture frame.
Bisque $6.50, Picture $15.00

Please note that bisque will be poured & shipped in June.
Order by email to CarolsCarouselCreations@gmail.com
OR by sending a PM to the Facebook page.

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke 

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