Friday, November 25, 2011



Our Thanksgiving was very nice. I consider it a blessing to have found such wonderful friends as John and Kathy; here are two older couples whose children are far away, sitting down to enjoy good food and each others company and taking the time to be thankful for what God has given us. I think that is truly what the term "extended family" is all about.

The table was set so nice, with a mixture of "cowboy" and china!

We had a small turkey with all the trimmings (not shown :)

And lots of desserts! Our weaknesses in our "old age"...........

And a picture of Kathy taking pictures too!

We made it home around 4:30 or there abouts, and settled in to favorite chairs - after feeding the "kids" something. Because we ate early, about
6 p.m. I made two turkey sandwiches on yeast rolls for a snack! Yes, my dear friend sent home oodles of leftovers so we could enjoy the evening sandwich.....and more. At 8:30 p.m. we settled in to watch Lady Gaga's special and had some more dessert! As surprised as you might be to hear us say this, we really enjoyed her special.........she is quite the young woman, and very talented.

So! We had a blessed day, full of food and fellowship and knowing that all is right with our world. I hope you all had a day to remember too.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your blessings!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


Here it is Thanksgiving Eve, and I imagine most of you are busy prepping things for dinner tomorrow. We are going to some friends house, and Kathy loves to cook! So guess what? All I'm doing is making a pumpkin cake; which is in the oven as I speak! Can't wait..........and she is such a good friend, she sends leftovers home with us (we were there last year too). So I don't miss out on that all important turkey sandwich while watching TV in the evening. Just thinking of all that makes me happy!! :)

This picture below is of the pecans we bought from an orchard the other day on the way home from buying groceries. It was so interesting talking to the lady of the farm, and finding out about the pecan business. She said they have 300 to 400 pecan trees, and only one person working for them to harvest them! He uses a funny looking ball with spoke things on the end of a stick and rolls it over the nuts and it picks them right up! Amazing! Inside the big barn type building they had a fire going which was big barrels stacked up and the heat pushed down a pipe coming out under the pecans in a wire trough. After they dry them, they crack some, shell some and do a mixture of some and sell them to the public for $20 a 10 pound bag. I bought 1 bag and got about 10 cups of shelled pecans; works out to about $2 a cup, and you can't buy them in the store for that, as you know! She said the trees were planted in 1947, which makes them almost as old as me!

I'm thinking I might go buy another bag before the season is over........

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. It is my favorite Holiday of the year. I can remember cooking a huge dinner for 20 or more in days gone by. And I love to eat with those who have no family close by - which is what we do. It helps when my family is 2000 miles away! I know they will all be getting together and I wish them a wonderful day..... I'll miss them, but all the noise and hustle and bustle not so much.

I will count my blessings and give thanks to the Lord.

Until next time, take care and give thanks for all your blessings.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hide & Seek


This coming Saturday, the 19th, regular deer season opens. And for 16 days these little Bambi's will have to fight for their lives!

Top pic they are pretty visible, not so much in the bottom one as I'm looking through tall grass. So you need to do better little ones and HIDE good; cause some mean old hunters will come to SEEK you out!


And that very same night, the moon was very full and HUGE; but of course it didn't show up as such in my picture. And I was not steady......but you get the idea. It was very dark, but the moon lit up the area quite well.

Been busy today doing laundry as usual. It is Monday, after all. Not much else going on here today. Started another jigsaw puzzle yesterday, and a new book.

See you next time. Take care and God's blessings to you.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday Night Supper


A trip last night to Ronnie's favorite place for catfish! It was his reward for fixing the floor in the front room........... :)

See you next time. Take care and God's blessing on you.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Autumn Leaves


Well, here it is Thursday already! My favorite television night with Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Those are about the only 2 shows I watch faithfully that are outside of the Home and Garden channel.

Anyway, I know you are probably tired of seeing pictures of trees, but I am still amazed that I find these right in my own front and back yards! So bear with me. If nothing else, they show that most of the "color" this year is gold/yellow. There is some red thrown in, but not as much as last year.

This one shows the "rust" or "bronze" color, which is nice too.

And this one is of what they call a cedar tree. I prefer to think they are Juniper trees and these are juniper berries and they make gin out of them!
Whatever, they make good greens at Christmas time!

And this is my shadow on a clear, bright, blue sky, sunny day in Oklahoma!

Hope you weren't too bored. I finished a potholder and 2 hot dish pads yesterday and gave them and an embroidered dish towel to Tom and Mary for a house warming present. I think I'm getting better with the sewing machine, but I still need improvement! What I really need is some quilting lessons, just need to find the money! I know where the lessons are................

Until next time, take care and look for God's blessings in your life.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Another Road Trip


Saturday rolled around as usual, and I thought Ronnie and I would go do something, but brother Tom beat me to it. He and Ronnie took off in the morning and went to Muskogee shopping! And I'll tell you, I was so tired of being in this house for so long I decided I'd go by myself on a little excursion!

Of course, had to pass the chicken barns on the way out. Coming right along! These buildings are so huge I can't imagine the cost of all the lumber, steel for roof and cement floors and side walls. Amazing! Oh, they don't show in this picture, but there are 2 porta potties that keep getting knocked over by the wind and rain and earthquakes! Poor workers!

Once out on the road, I headed for Talequah, OK. That is the capitol of the Cherokee Nation, and a nice mid-sized town. The road I took up there winds through the Cookson Hills and I do mean it is hilly and curvy! But the colors on the trees was well worth it. Beautiful!! I came home another route, not wanting to do all the curves again, and that included the Muskogee Turnpike. A nice straight shot and good road all the way. I covered a little over 114 miles all totaled.

While in Talequah, I went to a farm/supply type store and bought an electric heater that looks like a small wood stove. Will be nice to take the chill off and pretend I'm watching a real fire! Once I get it all fixed "just so". Cozy.............

It was kind of dark in the living room, but you get the idea.

Sunday Ronnie went shooting - again - so I went to church with my friend Judy. This is a really small church, but is closer to home and everyone seems quite friendly. It's called Green Valley Baptist, and it does sit in the middle of a big green valley!

Yesterday, Monday, was of course laundry day. Also ended up going to Sallisaw to WalMart because I was out of flea medicine for Salli. And of course that means you might as well pick up some groceries, etc. I was really worn out come last evening. But, as I was sitting in my big chair watching Dancing With The Stars, my chair started shaking! and that really perked me up! We had another earthquake at 8:46 last night. It's the first one I've actually felt, and it only lasted what seemed like a couple of seconds. But there were also tornado warnings and watches last night and early this morning we had thunder and pouring down rain. If you need a variety of weather, come on down to Oklahoma! :) It has rained so hard our road is washed out again so I am home bound until the county comes to fix it.

Today is our 13th wedding anniversary! We were going to go out to dinner, but can't get out; so Ronnie made a huge pot of his yummy chili and we'll gorge ourselves on that! I am grateful to our Lord for keeping us safe and blessing our marriage.

Until next time, take care and enjoy God's blessings.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Recycled Shed


Back when I had my donkeys, Ronnie built a shed for them in which I used to feed them and curry/brush them; and hope they would come in out of the rain in (like that never happened!. And that shed was attached to the wall of the pumphouse below.

Well, we decided the shed was serving no purpose there anymore so we should move it! Ronnie tore it down piece by piece (and numbered them) and rebuilt it at the back of our back yard.

It now houses his 4 wheeler and my lawn mower cart, with a lean-to added in the back for the other 2 lawn mowers!

He put doors on the front (which it didn't have before) and it really looks quite nice I think.

I guess that just proves there is always some way to use and re-use things, and we should be a little more in to looking for ways to recycle!

Until next time, have a great day and take care. May God shower you with his blessings; and may you take the time to notice them.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fort Smith, Arkansas


Gosh, I'm really getting slow in posting some of my pictures. I took these on my birthday - October 22nd - and am just now posting. But I'm sure nothing has changed in that time between then and now! :)

Here is the cake I made for myself on my birthday....It was really good!

This is coming in to the "old town" of Ft. Smith. What I love about it is all the old brick/ornate buildings and that they all hold a business that seems to be flourishing. Something you don't find in a lot of cities.

This is a beautiful Catholic church at the edge of "old town", kind of on a slight hill. The architecture is amazing.

I love this: It's a "doggie wash" place with sink, etc. to give your pet a bath and no mess at home! And its conveniently located at a car wash.....

And this! This is why I'm glad I live in the country.........a normal "traffic flow" on a Saturday afternoon. Don't miss it at all!!

Fort Smith, Arkansas is a neat place. It is closer for us than Tulsa so we go there more. And it has all the shops, stores, restaurants, etc. you could want. It's nice to visit, but nice to know you don't have all that hustle and bustle to contend with on a daily basis.

Until next time, take care and may God shower you with his blessings.