Friday, June 20, 2014

Blue Skies and Trains

Mural in downtown Mattoon, Illinois. A mix of old and new.
Linking to Skywatch Friday





I'm terribly behind on visiting and commenting. It has been a long week both work days and evenings. Plus, Wednesday night I had no sleep. Autistic grandson went missing. I've never been so frightened in my life. The police were wonderful. He was found about 3 hours later. Seems he decided to go for a late night jog without telling anyone. He couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.

Have a great day!

28 comments:

eileeninmd said...

So glad your grandson was Ok, sounds scary.. Love the beautiful murals.. The men in my family are all train collectors.. They would love the train murals.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh.....that would have just scared the livin' daylights out of me. Glad he was okay.

LOVE these murals. All we have here in our city is gang graffiti.

Sarah said...

Stunning mural! There is a very old one down on the Barbican in Plymouth that I keep meaning to photograph, I will one day.

So glad your grandson was found safe and sound, How frightening for you all!

Beth said...

I love those murals. I haven't been to Mattoon in a long time.
I have an autistic niece so I understand your fear. I am glad that he was found safe!

Debby Ray said...

What a fantastic mural...wow...that's some a amazing artwork! And I am so glad that your grandson is OK...oh my gosh...so very scary!

Marie said...

First of all, that mural is GORGEOUS! Wow! Secondly, I have a nephew who is autistic, and I could so relate to your scare the other night! I don't think my sister slept for twenty years, more than two hours at a time. She was always his endless mentor, protector, teacher and advocate. She always loved him and cared for him no matter what, even when she didn't think she had anything left to give. He is twenty-one now and lives in a group home and the family sees him often. And though my sister is my hero; the person I admire the most in this world today--I also want to say that Owen was one of our greatest blessings over those years, and continues to be. By the way, my sister and her hubby started the Autism Coalition that later morphed into Autism Speaks (they are on the board, but no longer are in charge) and they do the Wingfoot Autism Challenge Golf Tournament every year to raise money for Autism research...it's going on right now. I am so proud of them. Glad your grandson was found well and safe. It's such a challenge caring for an autistic child, but such a joy.

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

now that is an amazing mural. someone knows how to paint. it has such 3D effect. too great!! i love Abe Lincoln. ( :

you enjoy your weekend. how is your pup?

nookworm said...

Very glad to hear your grandson was found safe and sound. VERY glad!
The murals are wonderful works of art. I have never seen one.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh this is truly beautiful Roan. I am having trouble keeping up myself no worries I think most of us are this time of year, no one worries about it. Hug B

Buttons Thoughts said...

I am so glad your Grandson was found safe. Take care that must have been very frightening. Hug B

TexWisGirl said...

i am SO glad things turned out well! i am so sorry for the terror, though.

beautiful mural! i like how the painted sky meets the real sky. :)

Tanya Breese said...

oh my gosh, what a scare! i'm so glad he was found safe and sound! christian did that to me once right after we moved to missouri. we lived on nearly 200 acres and he wandered off with our dogs. i was frantic, had to call 911 and a woman had just called from a farm that joined our property, he was there with our dogs! phew!
love those murals that show the history! have a great weekend, hope you get a chance to take it easy!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So glad your grandson was found!

This mural is amazing.

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, dear. What a fright your grandson caused. Glad he is okay. Love your photos. Hope you have a restful and enjoyable weekend.

Dicky Bird said...

Love the mural! Glad your grandson was found safe and sound! Praise the Lord!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

First and foremost, so very happy to hear your grandson was found and is okay. Can't imagine how terrifying that had to be!

The mural is quite a work of art and your images of it are gorgeous! You should link this up with Mural Monday
oaklanddailyphoto dot blogspot dot com/

Hope you have a relaxing weekend!

~Lindy

marilyn said...

this is a superb mural... love that different eras are combined...

Ginny said...

What a terrible scare, I can't even imagine. I am SO glad he is back and safe. This mural is awesome!! It has all the time periods, the children, the way they dressed...and is that even Abe Lincoln? Fabulous!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

What an awesome mural! I have never seen one that big.
So glad you found your grandson safe and sound, What a scare that must have been

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Fabulous mural..all the details are so wonderful! I'm sorry about your scare with grandson. My daughter used to be a sleep walker, and those nights are some of my worst memories. I'm glad he was found, safe and unharmed.

Janey and Co. said...

The mural is beautiful.....So sorry about your fright. Nothing is scarier than a missing child.

Brian King said...

That's a fantastic mural! Glad your grandson is okay!

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! This is GREAT!

EG CameraGirl said...

Sorry you had such a scare. Three hours is a long time to worry like that! Glad it turned out OK.

Amy Burzese said...

I am so glad that your grandson is OK. That sounds so scary . . . And, WHOA. That mural is awesome! Just beautiful.

Tom said...

Wow!!! I've seen a lot of murals, but this one is amazing. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Snooty Primadona said...

Amazing mural. I wonder how long it took to do it.

SO GLAD they found your grandson. Whew!

Sandra said...

these are totally awesome. love each one