Friday, June 29, 2018

Let's go north on I-35!

Sam and I go across the Red River to Oklahoma often.

Lately we've been awed by the wind turbines that are just south of the Arbuckle Mountains.
Here's Sam taking a picture ...
There is no way he could get a good picture of all of them,
unless he used a good camera, maybe.

Well, even a super camera couldn't capture them all.

Not long ago we saw a segment about wind turbines on TV. I took a picture, so as to show you how big they are compared to how small that person is up there.
(Actually, I thought he should be smaller.)

You can click HERE to read Wikipedia's description of how wind turbines work.


 Before we get to the wind turbine area on I-35 near Davis, OK, we drive past the biggest gambling casino in the world. Yes, I said, "in the world."
It's WINSTAR and it's just 3 miles north of the Red River, in Thackerville, OK. (I just found out about Thackerville.)
And boy, do they have great concerts there. Bob Dylan is scheduled there October 13.
Jerry Seinfeld is there tomorrow!! (June 30th)
Sam and I keep talking about attending a concert or comedy routine there - or just eat, but we have yet to take the time.


Going north from there - at mile 15 on I-35 there is a new STUCKEY'S in Marietta, OK!
(And I thought 'new Stuckey's' was an oxymoron!!)
Seriously, they've opened a Stuckey's there, but don't get your hopes up.
We had to stop, of course, to relive our childhood, but it didn't measure up. Memories often outdo the present, but this Stuckey's REALLY needed help. They'd been open 3 weeks, and they needed to do some work well before they opened. (It's an old quick stop on the southwest corner of I-35 and HWY 32.) I did see some pecan rolls for sale, so there's that. 

It wasn't quite as nice as this picture...


Going on up I-35 you'll (and we) enjoy the Arbuckle Mountains, and can stop and get a delicious fried pie at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies, off of Hwy 77, west of I-35. (If you click that site you might get the Cincinnati edition - because they have Arbuckle fried pies there (yeah!).)  You can click HERE for the Oklahoma fried pies Facebook page.
And here's their menu...

I'm getting hungry.

Now we'll take a diversion off of I-35.
Let's go to WINTER CREEK!! Isn't that a great name?
It is a country club/ golf course housing development near Blanchard, OK.

For the Winter Creek country club click HERE. 
Recently they had a golf tournament and had some sports celebrities there! 
You can click HERE for their Facebook page and maybe find the video on that. 

For info on the Winter Creek housing, click HERE.

Here's a map of where it is in OK...
(It makes sense to me.)

Here's a map for when you're there...

It's very nice yet affordable,
though a little off the beaten path,
which can be a great thing

Well, that's all for my Oklahoma tour today.
More later.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

- from LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX -

Hmm. I think Marty Robbins looks like this Indian...

That needlepoint piece is only for wives who don't have wonderful husbands.

 Those are the treasures for today.

I enjoyed them. I hope you did, too.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Coffee was first discovered when goat herders noticed the goats acting very energetic after nibbling on the coffee beans.


Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter.


The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.


The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

In a process called triboluminescence, Wint-O-Green Lifesavers give off little sparks when they are eaten in the dark.


Montana has the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.


The lifespan of the giant tortoise is about 150 years, making it the longest-living animal on the planet. In captivity, some giant tortoises have lived as long as 177 years.


And there's this...


Oh, and today (June 26) is National Chocolate Pudding Day!

That's it for today.

Have a great week.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Celebrating 40 years

Sam and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last weekend in San Antonio (where we went on our first vacation).
Sam had ordered these beautiful roses to greet me when we got to our room at the historic Menger Hotel Thursday night.

He also had ordered some chocolate-covered strawberries.
Sam can be quite the 'romantic'. 💗

For me (and for you, if you're interested), here we are through the years...

Our engagement picture... 
(We're looking at my engagement ring.)

Then here is my bridal portrait.
As some of you know
when I took this picture in three months after the wedding to get it framed,
the lady who was going to frame it

asked me if that was my daughter.
I was so flabbergasted that I said merely,
"Um, um, that is me, three months ago!"

"Oh dear. of course!" she said.
 So I picked out that frame,
and never forgot how marriage must have aged me!


The first summer we were married we went on the first of three mission trips to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Here is Sam performing a magic trick to entertain the crowd.... and he impressed me - and Sharon (one of the students who went with us).

After two years of marriage we moved to Brazil and served as Baptist missionaries in Teresina, PI, Brazil. Here we are on the porch of the house we lived in.

This next picture is of us during that time, getting ready to get on the boat to tour the Amazon River...

Then we came back from Brazil in 1983, and, among other things, started a family.

Here we are a few years later ...

And then later - when I turned 50 Jennifer Howes (THANK YOU!) orchestrated a surprise party for me - and I will never forget it. (THANK YOU, JENNIFER!!!)

I so enjoy this next picture at that party particularly because Sam is kissing me - and our dear daughter is loving it!!!

Those pictures were taken at nephew Justin's wedding reception,
at a fun photo booth.

Here we are later... with pictures of my dear dad on the piano,
as we celebrated his 80th birthday in 2005.


Then later cooking up Christmas breakfast....

And well, I liked this group of pictures in our kitchen, so why not share them?


And here we are more recently.

And then last weekend in San Antonio...


Well, I have more to tell about our 40th anniversary celebration (like where we (over)ate).
And places we'd recommend in San Antonio (mainly eating places).

See you later - after we've recovered from our fantastic 40th honeymoon!!!


Life has been so good with Sam-the-man.

Thank you, Lord.

Trivia Tuesday

He was nominated on five occasions but Mahatma Gandhi NEVER won the Nobel Peace Prize. Where will you find an annual hair-freezing contest? ...