Saturday, September 30, 2006

Pictures from our recent trip to Oklahoma

A Scissortailed Flycatcher. Oklahoma's State Bird, and one that we looked for every evening. A male like this one has a tail that can reach 14" long. Posted by Picasa

George at mom's house. I'm so happy he came with me on this trip. Posted by Picasa

Birdwatching in El Reno, Oklahoma Posted by Picasa

My grand-niece, Alyssa. Posted by Picasa

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mom's lemon meringue pie, which she made for us. Posted by Picasa

mom's house in Oklahoma Posted by Picasa

My mom. 96 years old, and still able to create beautiful things. Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 29, 2006

Michael and Michelle

I love these wedding pictures! What a wonderful day! Posted by Picasa

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Wedding Pictures

I am enjoying looking at the wedding pictures...occasionally without tears in my eyes.

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What a beautiful couple!

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Back from Oklahoma!

George and I just spent nine days at my mother's home in Oklahoma. It was an epic trip. We pretty much wore ourselves out keeping up with mother. She celebrates 97 years in November, and she keeps a tight ship. When we got there, she had a long list of things that needed doing, and the first thing she wanted to do was go shopping. I don't know if I have talked about shopping much in my blog. I am a good shopper, but my mom takes the cake. We went to Kohl's and she found eight blouses and bought two for my niece and I got two, plus a suede-cloth jacket in a beautiful turquoise. She refused the wheelchair, and walked with her walker all through the store, until she got to the middle and had a huge pile of clothing in her walker basket, and THEN we got her a wheelchair to finish the trip to the cash register. She loves to go places, and when she is feeling up to par, we took her out wherever we were going.

George and I visited my niece Crystal and her new baby Kaitlyn Faith in Muskogee while we were there. The three hour drive went right through "Indian territory", as mother said, and there were casinos tempting us all along the way. The drive was pretty and peaceful and we really enjoyed our visit to the toy store with Devin and his little sister Alyssa. They were polite and nice, and just lovely children to be with. I'll not forget that long hug that Alyssa gave me for a long long time!

We did a lot of birdwatching every evening. Sometimes with a delicious Braum's ice cream shake in hand, and sometimes not. There are scissor-tailed flycatchers in that part of the country, and in trips past, we would see one or two and get really excited. This trip, out near the El Reno Reformatory, near a field of wild sunflowers, there were hundreds of them! Mom cautioned me not to say "hundreds". She wanted to me to say "dozens". We certainly saw a lot of them, and mom got to see them with us too. We had a great evening trip out there. I say hundreds! They were so elegant and beautiful with their 14" long tails and their apricot and pale grey markings. They fly up to catch a cricket or bug, and their wings and tail spreads out like a giant scissors. It is beautiful to behold. More about them when I get the pictures.

Our flight back was horrendous. We got up at 3:30 a.m. to catch a 7:00 flight through Minneapolis. The flight was cancelled at 6:30 due to mechanical problems, so we were rescheduled to atlanta, with three hours to wait before we took off, and another two hour wait in Atlanta. We got home last night at 9:00 p.m. A VERY LONG DAY! The high point of the trip home was a delicious roast beef sandwich on panini bread at The Atlanta Bakery Co., at the airport. I never tasted anything so good. We had coke from a bottle, and a frozen yogurt. Delish! The flights were fine, once they took off. Who knew we'd be having lunch in Atlanta!

Thanks to my good friend Joan for her lovely letter. I'll be responding soon! So nice to catch up with old friends through a blog...very neat stuff--blogging.

Have a great day.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Where the wind comes right behind the rain

We are in Oklahoma, visiting my mother. So far, we have had one incredibly windy day which followed a gray morning of rain just like I remembered when I was a kid and had to walk to school. Today was bright and sunny and beautiful, with anvil clouds that looked like nuclear clouds on the horizon. The jet stream goes right over this town in the middle of Oklahoma, and the weather is always interesting and sometimes downright scary. George said to my mother that this was not the season for tornados. She replied that ANY season is right for tornados, and you never know.

We have had a good time, although somewhat exhausting. Not sure why it is hard, but there is a lot to do, and a lot of people to please. Mom keeps us all hopping.

Last night George and I took our nightly drive to find the scissortail flycatchers, and we hit the motherlode. Right near highway 66, George said, "there's one"...and then "there's a whole bunch of them". On the phone wires, there were about 30 of them, hanging in the wind with their long tails feathering out in a V-shape. It was a sight to behold and very exciting. (Maybe you had to be there.)

Tomorrow we drive to Muskogee, which I am looking forward to, and who knows what excitement we'll find here after that.

One day at a time. Have a great one.

Monday, September 18, 2006

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An apple pie I made this morning. Do you think these would sell on Ebay? Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 17, 2006

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A busy week

Mike sent me an email with links to pictures he and Michelle took while they were on their honeymoon. They were in Glacier Point on Thursday, and the pictures are incredible. There are pictures of Lake Tahoe, and the giant redwoods, and the scenery just goes on and on. I hope that being surrounded by so much beauty for two weeks will see them home safe and rested and ready for the rest of their journey as a married couple.

My week has been spent making and listing new jewelry. I have also been making some special orders, and delivered two yesterday. Tuesday we leave for Oklahoma to visit mother. I'm always happy to be going there, and she get so excited to have us there. She wants to take us out for the new Chinese buffet that they have in El Reno. She is truly amazing. Every day, when I wake up and stretch, I wonder what it is like to live 97 years and stretch out for a new day every morning. She is very flexible, and interested in the world, and doesn't give up on what she wants. She is formidable! I love her.

George is going to his flying club picnic today, and we are meeting friends who are bringing their 11 year old son. It is a fine day to fly and eat hamburgers, both.

Oh, the other thing I did this week was spend 5 hours total on the phone with tech support about my new Dell laptop. Unfortunately, it took us a lot of time, and three lengthy calls to three different technicians to finally fiqure out the problem: a bad memory card. By unscrewing the back and replacing and testing, we discovered why it took 10 tries to boot up my computer, and now I'm going to be all fixed when the new card arrives at my mom's house on Tuesday. I waited for George to come home to unscrew the back and replace cards. That whole idea of unscrewing a computer freaked me out. I'm not blaming Dell, and the technicians do good work over the phone and try their best. They are patient and it was amazing to see how they handled the steps on the process of narrowing down the options. The problem was compounded by the fact that the computer booted up fine when it was warm, we would think we had the problem solved and then the next day, nothing. All's well.

Have a great week. Happy Trails.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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Lake Tahoe Posted by Picasa

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Mike pointing out the year his mother was born. Posted by Picasa

Mike's moleskine Posted by Picasa

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The Honeymoon

Mike and Michelle sent pictures of their honeymoon in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Kitty sat on the back of my chair this morning, and we both enjoyed a half hour slide show of some beautiful people in some beautiful country! Wow.

I have added a couple of pictures to my blog. I couldn't resist.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 11, 2006

My newest grand-niece, Kaitlyn Faith, and her sister Alyssa and big brother Devin. What a beautiful threesome. Posted by Picasa

A glimpse of things to come Posted by Picasa