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