Monday, December 31, 2007

Treeburn 2007

Another year bites the dust, and as we say hello to 2008 we rid ourselves of some of the spare baggage of 2007, i.e. used Christmas trees. A small gathering this year but still lively. Hope all your new years glow like a tree on fire!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

David Jaden Gramblin

I will have a link to more images by this weekend.

Merry Christmas from Eastside Orbans

Happy Christmas to all!!

(Mom's earrings designed by Cathy Orban)

Monday, December 24, 2007

The stockings were hung by the chimley

Sugar levels enhanced with fudge and xmas cookies, Wild Orbans prepare for the annual visit from Santa and the elves.....

Sunday, December 23, 2007

10 Fingers 10 Toes

David Jaden Gramblin. 12/23/07 5.33am. 8lbs 1 oz, 20 1/2 inches. mother and baby doing very well. I'm into hour 33 of the baby extravaganza and running out of steam. I'll add some photos soon, and announcements via snail-mail to follow.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice Offerings

From the bottom of my audio bag, I offer a story which draws my spirit to and time to time which I draw from. Hope you enjoy...

Another Solstice

A Happy Winter Solstice to all ye pagans, and anyone else who cares. Taking the rare opportunity to use someone's digital camera, I humbly offer these photos from the day.

Another Birthday

Another day another birthday. That pretty much sums up December on our birthday calendar. We've got 16 birthdays spread throughout the month as well as a few anniversaries and of course "the big one". Haven't heard any news from DGram but soon should have another name to add to the list.
We love you P.E. , glad you've made it another year and hope you're here for many more.
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Friday, December 21, 2007


Yeah, they both have joined the quarter century club. Congrats!
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sometimes it seems like...

thanks for keepin' the blog alive. Sorry to hear about your troubles, glad to hear you're dealing with 'em. Sometimes it's a good kick in the ass to know you're not suffering alone. Talked to 'Hawk" yesterday; they finally got power back on and "prairie" is home for a visit. The rhythm of the season has been bent but not broken; we're trying to get back on track...finally have a tree in the house and made fudge and cookie dough last night. Unfortunately C's mom is in hospital with broken hip so we'll have another strange holiday. Thanks for all b-day thoughts and wishes and by the way Wild Horse Feed & Seed has received the package...thanks babbling brook!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

12 Broken Days of Christmas

Upon Monday the heat went down and the teeth were a chatter,

Tuesday night Gwen and I awoke with fright from a cabinet crashing clatter,

Last but not least the house was finally settled at peace,

When today while away,

With no more than a creak, the damn cold water line sprang a sky shooting leak!

We are skipping Christmas caroling and moving straight to liquored eggnog this year ;-)

Hope everyone has their heat back on in O.K.

Happy Happy Happy Birthday

Felize Cumpleanos you rascals, One good looking family there. Here's my imeem addition for the errrr (year?). I know its not May nor Spring but its my version of Christmas...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Birthday Girls

We survived the storm and celebrate in style with lots and lots of sugar. Of course the twins don't need any more sugar as they are quite sweet enough. Here's a few photos from years past...time sure flies!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

How Tinman shared his big day

Even though the twins don't turn 9 until tomorrow, eleven girls took over the kitchen and made Christmas ornaments and ate commercial quantities of sugar. Very fun. Ivy and Alaina hosted 9 friends and Steve documented the extravaganza. Happy birthday to all and to all a good night.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Ice Storm Cometh

Woke up this morning to a quarter inch of ice on everything. Luckily the ground is still warm enough to keep the roads safe and we happen to be in the corridor with the least accumulation. Expect more of it the next 48 hours so probably looking at a day or two off for the kiddies.
That's it for the weather report, now back to the news...
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Friday, December 7, 2007

Feral Carols

The debate rages on: what is the worst Christmas carol? My pal Beth would cast her vote for the 1950s ditty "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas," which, according to Wikipedia, was performed by a little OKC girl as a fundraiser to buy a hippo for the zoo. Go figure!

Personally, I would pick "Christmas Shoes," which is the sappy tale of a little boy who wants to buy a pair of shoes for his sick mama so she'll look nice if she "meets Jesus tonight." That's nice, but ... shoes? It's just too melodramatic and weird for a Christmas carol, in the country song "I lost my car-dog-house-wife" tradition. And the children in the chorus who sound like aliens .. bizarre.

Any nominations?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Winter Evening

Horses scrounging for bits of green. Soon it will be down to seeds & stems. Thank goodness for a barn full of hay!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Centrally located in the confines of the WildOrbanRanch, Mt. Manure is ever changing. From meager beginnings it grows day by day ,wheel barrow by wheelbarrow. As it grows it compresses under it's own weight untill it must be turned over. After it has been turned several times and has a chance to 'stew in it's own juices' the manure becomes a nice organic fertilizer. This black gold is mined by local and not so local gardeners but no matter how much is taken away the mountain continues to grow.
You might think someone with access to this bottomless supply of fertilizer would have the best garden in the county, but unfortunately this is not the case...I do grow a nice bed of weeds! We get our share of peppers and tomatoes, cucumbers and such but can't seem to keep up with the ever encroaching weeds and grass. I guess maybe I'm still rebelling against my childhood which seemed to be filled with weed pulling, bug picking and cultivating. More respect to Jim Orban who still gets the job done and does have one of the best gardens in the county!
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Monday, December 3, 2007

Heavy Horses

The Girls are very excited about leaving their Cloverbuddies behind and becoming "big" 4-H members - they got to vote in the officer elections for 2008 held last weekend. But, while still happy little cloverbuds, we went to visit the Clydesdale's who live west of Claremore in October. The kids got to ride in the cart, drive the 1-horse hitch and to ride a Clyde too. Very gentle giants but could squish your toes if they step on your foot.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Down on the Farm

Here's a classic scene from the old homestead. Every morning five stalls, about 25 pounds each. In foul weather when the horsies are impounded it's necessary to clean the stalls twice. Needless to say, we endup with quite a large pile-o-crap...not all bad.
Next up: manure mountain.
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Saturday, December 1, 2007

In a one-horse open sleigh

Here is an ever-so majestic example of the beasts on display at today's Christmas parade in Lawrence. I like this parade because it forgoes all the overhyped, plasticky, gimmicky, wasteful nonsense of this "religious" holiday (who are we kidding?) and instead what you have is a parade that is very quiet and almost... boring. About 80 sleigh teams from around the central Midwest come to town, put bells on their horses, and trot four blocks downtown. This year the attraction was the "Express Personnel" Clydesdales, who were so wussy (or high profile? are there clydesdale assassins?) they actually drove the team down the street in a semi truck.
Coming back to the George Costanza post, it would be nice to regress to a time when I could enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty about how much I have compared to other people, how much energy is consumed by little old me. What is to be done? Maybe this is just a "new adult" feeling that will subside with time, cynical as that sounds. I can't change the world by fretting and frowning, but I can do a little here and there and otherwise try to make those around me feel happy. Just like these wee donkeys pulling that cart, real progress is slow going.
So instead of being a grinch, I think I'll count a finch. (Audubon Christmas Bird Count)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Holiday Glow

Thanks to a nice warm-up after Thanksgiving, I've managed to get some lights up outside. Next on the list, get decorations out of attic. Christmas shopping getting done on the web. Hopefully we'll get a tree this weekend. Soon we'll be baking cookies etc. Christmas better hurry 'cause the twins are beginning to vibrate!
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Over the River

...and through the woods to grandad's house we go. Looking forward to a day of thanks all too short but rewarding just the same. We'll bring rolls from Jan's blue-ribbon recipe, cheesy cauliflower, Cathy's cranberry relish, pecan and pumpkin pie and a flourless chocolate cake m-m-m!
Hope everyone's day is joyful, restful and safe. GO PACK!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Nobody here but us turkeys...

By some unknown cosmic circumstances, I have found myself in possession of three turkeys - the eating kind. Which is funny because I don't eat turkey. So one is promised to Brenda for Christmastime. The other I have tried, unsuccessfully, to give to a soup kitchen here in town - but they're all turkeyed up for the holidays (I guess that's a good thing). The third one I am going to attempt to cook for my fellow. This will be my first turkey and, in fact, the first anything I've had to cook using a syringe. Working at a daily newspaper is not that charitable when it comes to holidays, so I only have one Tofurkey Day off - hopefully I'll get to have a Latesgiving with my folks this weekend. But for now, I have my Grand Turkey Experiment to keep me busy. Coworkers have suggested their favorite ways of cooking the bird ("deep fry it!" "inject it with Cajun seasoning!"). As long as I don't end up with a Clark Griswold bird, that will be fine. And just in case, I'll have some pasta on standby.

The only real turkey this week will be MIZZOU after KU roasts them up at Arrowhead! .. some Misery-ans have taken to wearing a particularly idiotic shirt that depicts the pre-Civil War sacking and burning of Lawrence, which is essentially advertising "look what my pro-slavery yokel kin did to yer abolitionist capital, hyuk hyuk." To be fair, most Mizzou fans would steer clear of such nonsense .. but they'll be serving alcohol at Arrowhead, so I'm glad to stay home.

Be very, very careful driving, everyone, wherever your travels take you this week.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sam the Man

2007 Route 66 Marathon - Marathon

event logo
date: Nov 18th, 2007
location: Tulsa, OK

number of finishers:1058
number of females:402
number of males:656
average time:04:26:56
Samuel Orban
bib number: 1490
age: 43
gender: M
location: Nowata, OK
overall place: 21 out of 1058
division place: 7 out of 105
gender place: 20 out of 664
time: 3:10:00
pace: 0:
chiptime: 3:09:58
10ksplit: 42:51
15ksplit: 1:04:10
halfsplit: 1:30:00
27ksplit: 1:54:58
33ksplit: 2:20:35

The Inclination & the Time

Had the crusts ready to bake and decided we hade to document. Ivy took the pix.
Nothing healthy here except for cooked tomatoes and partial whole wheat flour. Of course the soul needs food too! Cathy likes hers w/ garlic-butter sauce, feta cheese & grilled chicken. Alaina, cheese; pepperoni for Ivy & me, and any meat we've got for Kale.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Party Crashers

The Irish invaded and stopped the Sooners cold.

Well, I'm trying to point you to an article about ND closing the door onOU's 47 game win streak, but looks like the Tulsa World doesn't want to let me. So follow the link to the error page,click on sports then look for the story'End of History'. SHEESH!


Meteor shower

In case anybody's out late Saturday night.

Happy Birthday

Seems like only yesterday we were a bouncing baby territory. 100 years in the blink of an eye!
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Solitary Traveler

Came across a Monarch caterpillar a couple weeks ago in near freezing temps a week after other Monarchs had passed through. Butterfly emerged today and almost immediately
it was attacked by a preying mantis hiding in a house plant. Rescued with no apparent harm done. Properly fed and tagged he was released to the elements (20-25 mph S wind).
Chances for reaching Mexico I'm sure are slim but better than none.
At what point do we say 'hands off, let Mother Nature take her course'? If a butterfly beats it's wings in Oklahoma does a typhoon blow up in Okinawa?
Good luck little guy.

Oklahoma Autumn

The season is providing a subtle change for a change, this year in Oklahoma. Walked to the neighborhood park and chased leaves. Breezes drift through open windows around the house, bringing in the odor of decaying summer vegetation. Filtered light recalls days gone by and foreshadow the winter to come.
Anybody still getting tomatoes?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Another Bowl

Looks like quite a bit but of course the Smarties and Dum Dums cancel each other out.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Current project

Paul is beginning to feel the first pangs of doubt & indecision with his creations. I can't help but feel guilty. He compares his work to published authors, recognized artists and employed craftsmen. The days of making stuff for the joy of making stuff are fading. Frustration and angxt lie ahead.
I mention this only as a backdrop to my attempts to recover childlike notions of what's "good". I may never be free of inhibitions while I work( a worthy goal in all phases of anyones life), but even in the attempt, the opportunity for discovery and growth unfold.
The kids return this afternoon and I can take a break from fretting over meaningless contemplations and get back to being "Dad" and a well meaning but struggling carpenter.
The attached photo is of an acrylic piece, tentatively named "Come Out To Play".

Saturday, November 3, 2007

More Pizza

You weren't dreaming RW...guy in front of firing squad refusing blindfold is asked "What do you want on your tombstone?"
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Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Haul


The girls hit the neighborhood near the golf course for about an hour and hauled in about 5 pounds each. Ivy was a Black Ghost, Alaina a Vet. Just love those last minute school projects...hope it got done on time.
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Lots of candy..

Hope you all had a good one! We had to run to the store and get supplies for a ping pong ball launcher project for nick that is DUE FRIDAY - we thought it was NEXT week. So we flew thru the neighborhood of a friend of mine...our neighborhood was so dead(no pun) it was kind of creepy. So Nick worked on the report part when we got back. Was thinking of the twins and wondering if they were the same hump back and hook hand as the party.

xxoo mo

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ghouls Rule

Seems the twins got a little carried away with their Jack O Lantern carving this year!
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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Greetings earthlings

Just saying hello! - Hope everyone is doing well. I may start showing up at your doorsteps soon :) xxoo mo

shoot, i tried several times to put pic on here - but i'm getting an error. i'll try again tomorrow morn.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Upcoming meteor shower

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Flutter by


We've seen many monarchs drifting by out of reach for the past couple of months. With the cooler air we've been able to catch a few warming in the morning sun. Tagged 4 today and hopefully will manage to get some more during the girl's fall break this week.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

WildOrban Horses visit school


Ivy & Alaina got to show and tell TC and Diez at Westside Elementary to the delight of classmates.
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Friday, October 12, 2007

Wednesday, October 3, 2007