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Hello from snowy Kansas! We could get up to a foot of snow before this storm is over, but I’m staying warm and cozy in my office today. Luckily the electricity is still on and I’m typing away, while watching the snowy scene just outside my window.

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Added by Linda Hubalek on February 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

A scrap of fabric and an 1881 photo

I remember the thrill of seeing the final cover design of my first book, Butter in the Wel…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on October 3, 2012 at 9:43am — 5 Comments

Yellow Iris guarding the Cemetery

Our early and mild spring weather has given us beautiful flowers this year. My back patio is a fragrant experience with roses and iris blooming right now.

When my yellow iris shows it first bloom, I think of the old cemetery that is on the top hill of one of our family’s pasture. There hasn’t been anyone buried there for decades, but years ago someone planted…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on April 26, 2012 at 9:39am — 4 Comments

Sobering Thoughts on Past Tornadoes

Kansas made the news this last Saturday with over 100 tornadoes spotted on the ground or by radar. The approaching bad weather—thanks to modern technology—was forecasted both well in advance and during the tornado outbreaks.

We knew exactly when to go to our tornado shelter because of the radio announcer’s commentary on the paths of the three tornadoes…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on April 19, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments

Plastering Dugout Walls

We’re in the process of building our own house, doing almost all of the work ourselves. This week I’ve been pounding in nails on wall edging, and taping and mudding sheet rock. My finger joints and wrists feel like they could break off as they are so tired and sore.

But then I think of this diary entry from Butter in the Well

April 25,…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on April 11, 2012 at 7:30am — 20 Comments

Pleats and Photos in Prӓrieblomman

Looking through old photos I used in the book Prӓrieblomman (which means prairie flowers in Swedish) I came across one of Alma…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on April 4, 2012 at 9:40am — 3 Comments

Julia's Potato Rolls

Last week I mentioned Aunt Julia who grew up in the same house as I did, and married Joe Olson, the boy “next door”.

Joe’s parents, Peter and Hannah, lived in a dugout before building this house featured with this blog. (A larger home was built on their farm before I was born, so I was never in the original home.)

We were frequent visitors to Joe and Aunt Julia Olson’s house…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on March 28, 2012 at 8:52am — 4 Comments

Passing Back the Quilt

I’ve been going through old photos recently and sorting them (and my memories) by the decades they were taken. It’s interesting to see the old “Butter in the Well” house in the background. They were all snapshots of everyday life at that moment, and now so many memories…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on March 21, 2012 at 10:10am — 7 Comments

Can you find the Well?

The first home on the “Butter in the Well” homestead was a dugout. Two years later in 1870, the Svensson family built the first section of their wood-frame house. They added on at least two more times over the next two decades.

Here are excerpts from Butter in…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on March 14, 2012 at 1:11pm — 4 Comments

Birthdays in the Old House

I’m 58 years old today and thinking about my childhood home where I celebrated birthdays for eighteen years until I started college.

We celebrated birthdays during breakfast, complete with cake and opening of our presents before we got on the school bus.

The earliest birthdays I remember was my 5th birthday party with hats and friends, and marking off the…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on March 7, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Digging your own Home

Our family doesn’t have a photo of the original dugout dug in 1868 that was on the “Butter in the Well” farm, so here’s a photo from Kansas Memory to give you a visual view to contemplate while reading a passage from my book …

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Added by Linda Hubalek on February 29, 2012 at 8:58am — 7 Comments

Details in Pioneer Photos



Photos of Mead family dugout, Ford Co., Kansas

I post pioneer photos on my …

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Added by Linda Hubalek on February 22, 2012 at 9:18am — 8 Comments

How Valuable is that Quilt?

(This post is currently featured on The Quilting Gallery, so be sure to read it to see more photos and enter in the contest to win an ebook copy of Butter in the Well …

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Added by Linda Hubalek on February 8, 2012 at 8:31am — 5 Comments

The Loss of a Friend

One of my grade school classmates died suddenly this week from some yet-unknown health issue. Eventually, after the autopsy is finished, family and friends will know what struck down the man liked by so many, but now all we can do is just wonder—and remember.

He was the class clown, often times the start of mischief in our boisterous large class of almost thirty students (all in one room those days).

In his adult life people knew him as a family man, auctioneer, their kid’s…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on February 3, 2012 at 12:35pm — 6 Comments

The Buffalo Chip Lady

I love looking at old photos collected on historical  internet sites like KansasMemory.org. One of the most famous photos, that of a woman gathering cow chips, depicts the typical life of a pioneer woman in many people’s minds.

Here’s this woman, stuck out on the Western Kansas plains, with…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on January 20, 2012 at 2:08pm — 7 Comments

Why were these Quilts kept?

We had a warm sunny day this week, so I pulled out a tub of quilts I inherited from Lois, my mother-in-law. They had been stored in a cedar chest, made as a high school project by her future husband back in about 1925.

I spread a white tablecloth on the driveway and unfolded the first quilt. The double wedding band quilt is a beautiful display of color, stitching,…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on January 12, 2012 at 8:56am — 15 Comments

Orphaned Quilt Blocks find a new Home

I found three quilt blocks, tucked in different drawers in different dressers, when sorting for my parent’s move from the farm into town recently. I wondered when these orphaned blocks were sewn, and why they were not incorporated into a quilt.

I handed the first one to…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on January 2, 2012 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Pick a Trail of Thread for a Christmas Gift

Need to finish your Christmas shopping? Or maybe start your shopping?

I heard from one reader that bought…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on December 16, 2011 at 2:29pm — 2 Comments

A Great Story is a Great Gift

I got an email from another author with this headline today and I thought—this statement is so true.

The author was promoting his books for the Christmas season, and it was a good opening line.

I like the statement because the stories written in my books are gifts of insight to me—and the descendants of every pioneer that homesteaded out in the middle…

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Added by Linda Hubalek on December 7, 2011 at 9:58am — 7 Comments

The Pioneer’s Cyber Monday Sales

While we’re ordering our holiday gifts online today because of Cyber Monday sales, I can’t help but think of the contrast of now, versus 150 years ago, when Kansas was being homesteaded by pioneers of several different nationalities.

Think how simple and thankful the pioneers were for their holidays and gift giving. When you read the diary entries from …

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Added by Linda Hubalek on November 28, 2011 at 8:50am — 5 Comments

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