Thursday, December 20, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

14 At Last and the 2012 Tree Hunt

Ivy and Alaina turned 14 years old today, enjoyed semester finals at school, did a little Christmas shopping at Stillwater Milling, and then helped with the tree hunt before dark (Alaina's turn to saw but Kale helped).  Happy Birthday!

Sunday, December 16, 2012


This was when steve and i were bowling together on a team...1980 something.. we were the only ones in the bowling alley dressed up for halloween!   i can't find the pic were we are both standing side by side so i just put 2 pics together.  happy birthday steve and thanks so much for sharing so many happy times with me.  you are the greatest!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Winter Holiday at Home

Here is a link to a family treasure Steve gave to us many years ago--a photo journal of Thanksgiving and Christmas in Nowata in the 1970s.  The photo captions are what Steve wrote on the back of each picture.  Thank you, Steve, for all the many wonderful pictures you have shared with us over the years!  We hope you have a great 60th birthday tomorow!

Jetta and David

Monday, December 10, 2012

colorado hike

'nother favorite
not sure what year..2005?  but it was also one of the best times i ever remember having.  thanks guys!
oh..and HAPPY 30 JOE....WOW LOVE YA

Monday, November 12, 2012

Favorite photos

hi.  i ran across the photo below in my old address book.  I think it was 2001.  I had gone to florida for work, and this is what i came home to.  one of my favorites! 
:)  i had this idea a while back to put some of my favorite pics out here...dont worry liz, i won't leave you this is the beginning.  what's one of YOUR favs?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Day

I know we need rain, but today was as beautiful as a November day can be.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ironmen 5k!!!

Hey, just wanted to invite everyone to the 1st Annual Ironmen 5k, 1 mile fun run/walk, basket auction and other fun family activities.  I have put together this race for the Nowata Elementary PTO and would love to see you all there.
Date: November 3, 2012
Time: 2:00p Fun run and 2:45 5k
Where: Jack Gordon Park, Nowata
Cost:  5k is $20 (shirt included); 1 mile fun run/walk is $10 (shirt not included, but can be purchased for $10)
Online Registrations:

It is a certified and insured race.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rogers County Fair Fun

The girls and I took three horses to the county fair last weekend.  After weeks of treating Sunny and Pico for some lameness issues, Sunny was sound enough to show but (alas) not so for Pico.  So, we took Sister, Sunny, and Splash.  Ivy showed Sister in Halter and Showmanship and then Splash in Western classes.  Alaina showed Sunny in Halter, Showmanship, English (except Jumping), Western includingTrail and used Sister for Cross Bars.  I showed Splash in Halter, Showmanship, English (except jumping) and Western including Trail.

Sunny and Alaina were pretty good considering Sunny has not been riden since early August - they were Reserve Champion Palomino Halter Geldings/Stallions.  Ivy did very well with Sister and Splash although she didn't make the top 4 placings - so no money.  Splash was pretty good for me after some summer training with Dawn D Performance Horses.  We were Reserve Champion Appaloosa Geldings/Stallions as well as First in Adult Trail.  Very exciting.
The girls also entered bread, wood burning, and (Ivy only) photography in the 4-H division.  They placed in all their classes but no first placings which would have gone on to the Tulsa State Fair.  The county fair had a small carnival this year so the girls learned about carnival economics.  In otherwords, how to buy small toys for lots of money.  I think we need to practice that cover the dot game before we hand over cash again.  Next Saturday we will go compete at the Tulsa State Fair 4-H/FFA horse show now held a week before the midway opens.  Drop by and say hi.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

School Starts Already!

Who's idea was starting school on the 9th of August?  Rogers County!  So the girls will start 8th grade this week.  They are already practicing volleyball and we picked up schedules LAST WEEK. 

Fires broke out in several places west of Tulsa resulting in ash fall in Owasso and Claremore and a strange pink sun with ominous smoke patterns.  Very scary.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

the FOURTH in Nowata

Fun...  Food.... Fireworks!  Yeah!

Monday, June 18, 2012

World Travelers visit the Wild O Ranch

The girls and I spent a few days in Shawnee for the 2012 4-H State Horse Show last weekend followed by a work shift with our Green Country Chapter of ODS helping with the Green Country Classic Dressage Show at the Claremore Expo on Sunday afternoon.  Steve recieved solitary spendor for most of his father's day but we had fun visitors Sunday evening when Brandon and Liz visited the Wild O Ranch.  We snacked on fresh salsa and refrigerator pickles with a quick pony ride out back before a dinner of Car-Nee-Tahs.  Yum.  I think the strawberry daquiries made the riders more relaxed.

Liz and Brandon are planning a 500 mile hike from Denver to Durango and I look forward to seeing photos and hearing all about their adventures when they finish later this summer. Good luck hikers!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

In Case You Missed It

I was hoping for clear skies to get a good view of today's solar eclipse but had clouds up until the beginning. We had about 45 minutes or so of good viewing before some low clouds obscured the view. Still,it was pretty cool! Shot these with a Canon dslr attached to a 6 inch telescope with a solar filter. Hoping to get some photos and video of Venus transit on June here :"Green Onions" by Booker-T & the MGs.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Successful Tick Hunt or Happy Mother's Day Hike

Mother’s Day in Oklahoma was a beautiful day and I wanted to hike at Skull Hollow - Steve and the girls were game.  So, sunscreen and bug spay applied and we were off.
We took the loop along the lakeside and saw a little wild life along the way – two snakes (one very large Black Snake and a tiny little Green snake), a centipede, trapping spider, water turtle, butterflies, and birds.It appears that 90% of the greenery is poison ivy, but the trail is clear. We did collect more than enough TICKS! Alaina had dozens of them in her shoes, socks, all over her jeans and a couple of them were already eating a mid-day snack before we finished our walk.  Ivy and Steve had some as well. 

Yikes, retreat is the better part of valor so we went home. Guess that lovely mild winter means a big year for ticks.  Ugh.

It was still a lovely evening for a nice dinner followed by my new favorite dessert:  REAL Key Lime Pie with Strawberries and Whipped Cream.  Yum.
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mom's out there.

Friday, May 4, 2012


Classic BEFORE run picture.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Birthday To Sam!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ready in 5 minutes

 Eschewing makeup as always (lip balm doesn't count) and letting her hair fall where it may, Kiah had time to chat and pass time with Donna and I before Prom. Her date, while late, was charming and sweet and even made the effort to match Kiah's dress with his tie!

Friday, April 27, 2012

This Day in Sporting History...

Thirty years ago today, sporting history was made and a champion was crowned. The things I'll do for a Wal-Mart gift certificate.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ivy and Alaina Jump

The event started with 20+ 7th & 8th graders and was whittled down to two 7th graders(Ivy and Alaina) and two  8th graders.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Meanwhile, at the Center of the Solar System

NASA's solar orbiter captured an enormous eruption from the sun today, reports.
The "beautiful prominence eruption" occurred at 1:45 p.m. ET and was captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. Although visually spectacular, the resulting solar flare registered only in the middle of the intensity scale (M1.7 class).
No danger to Earth, however. The burst of super-hot plasma, called a coronal mass ejection, went in another direction. But the sun is in an active stage of its 11-year cycle, which is expected to peak next year.(copied from USA Today website)
  This actually occurred a couple days ago.

(video from NASA website)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hoppy - Happy Easter!

The Easter Bunny Challange took about an hour and a half - that pesky rabbit hid green eggs in green grass, red eggs on red trucks, blue eggs on/in blue items as well as in several very evil locations.  But candy will be sweet and deviled eggs will be yummy.

Oh - pace yourself with the chocolate.