Does anyone know why Elk County has not participated in controlling the big fire in Barber County? This fire has currently decimated approximately 400 thousand acres, several homes and numerous cattle. Any input? Anyone?
We have had several astonishing things happen around the world and close to home in recent days. First there was a murder by a mother of her ten year old son not too far from here. Second, the Taliban has slaughtered at least 122 children in Pakistan, and third is the flood in northern California where folks are just now returning to their homes from shelters. Any input on these happenings?
I just returned from a week spent in northwestern Oklahoma where it is dry, dry. They have had only 1/4 inch of rain in the last six weeks. The only thing outnumbering the dust devils are the seismic crews and republicans. Every inch of land all through that area is being thumped, tickled, and seismicly recorded so as not to miss a single possibility for further oil discovery and/or fracking opportunities. Helicopters hover overhead with dangling cables and large machines gathering information from all these seismic implants in the fields, looking like weird aliens from an old Sci Fi movie. Pretty interesting really until you try to go down a paved road and truck after truck pass with all kinds of grampus looking machinery, followed by pickup after pickup carrying the men who work on all this. Every lunch stand is packed with workers, and I saw several "roach coaches" set up beside the road doing a brisk business. Times for that area of Oklahoma are a-changing.
The scheduled basketball game with the famous sweet mans' granddaughter playing for the first time this year was cancelled due to an outbreak of Menengitis in the host clubs' athletic department. One game I am not sorry to have missed. So we spent the time watching the chickens chase grasshoppers and going garage saleing, and visited the junk shops in Enid yesterday. I found some nice things for my greenhouse venture in the spring, and some books and such for the kids. And of course books for me too.
Saturday we went to Red Lobster in Ok City and indulged in endless shrimp. Boy, did we ever. I was one stuffed lady when we left there. Then we went to Remington Park hoping to see a horse race, but the afternoon races are done for the season. So we visited the casino for awhile, where I came out forty dollars to the good. Hooray!
Nice trip and a nice visit, but I am happy to be back home. Got my outdoor fountains going, the plants watered and the birds fed. Welcome home to me!
Some would probably say that this should be in politics. But since there is no category for history, I am posting here how much I am enjoying the series on PBS this week about the Roosevelts. I really like big documentaries and this is a whopper. The T.R. footage was priceless. Anyone else watching?
By now most everybody has received at least one phone call from someone speaking in broken English wanting to "fix" your computer. But this morning I received a call from a person speaking broken English who knew my name, address and telephone number. He said that all senior citizens were going to get a new medical card and that he needed for me to verify my banking information. I told him not so very politely that my bank was not any of his Damn business and hung up. The number of the call was 786-358-6691. I am going to try and look it up but I bet I don't find out much. Sigh! I get so tired of trying to protect myself from all the scammers all the time.
I like to hear about gardening activity no matter from where. I am especially fond of flowers but do grow a very few veggies also. Right now I am busy getting some plants in the ground as I visited Lowes' mark down racks last week and again yesterday. I brought home lots of nice perrineals and a few plants that I had no previous experience with. That is always fun. One is Fiber Optic Grass, and I found on the internet that it likes wet conditions so I set its' pot in the shallow end of the minnow trap in my tub out on the patio. The minnow trap is a hideaway for any baby goldfish that hatch. Right now there are so many plants in there you cannot see the fish. Anybody want a start of water lettuce? I have some to share as I forgot to send a supply home with Lawrence when he left this morning. His horse is very fond of them and fishes them out of the horse tank to eat. We also added some water arum that I found on the creek and Lawrence collected for me. Tub is full! Nice clear water though.
I almost named this thread "Cheeseburger". I stopped by there yesterday and brought home the bestest cheeseburger in the county! Maybe the best one in the state! Awesome fries too! Yummers! Thanks guys! Mmmmm-mmmm good!!!
We recently took a trip to Las Vegas that involved flying in a jet. I had never been aboard a large aircraft before so i was totally in the dark as to the process involved for boarding. First was the all important boarding pass, (don't lose that piece of paper)! Then the ordeal of TSA. Well, I was unprepared for the feelings I would experience during those next few minutes. I had on a pair of jeans that have embellished back pockets. You know the kind, they have studs and jewels and shiny metallic appliques. After all, I was going to Vegas baby! But TSA did not understand, and all of a sudden I was singled out for a thorough scan and a personal patdown as well as a swab of my hands for explosive residue. The people were very nice, and I had a moment of panic when asked if I had anything in my pockets. I knew I did not, and said so but then nearly panicked when I remembered that I might have a wadded up kleenex in my front pocket. It is allergy season after all. But I passed the patdown, and the hand swab test. Then they discovered my one pound jar of triancinalone acentonide that I had set out for inspection from my luggage. Now everybody knows that must be an explosive hence the exotic name. So they tested that for explosives. It is a prescription that I use for excema, and i knew that I would probably need it in the dry climate of Las Vegas. I finally made it through TSA and joined the rest of our traveling party, feeling as though I had escaped some sort of ordeal. I was shaking as I tried to tie my shoes and sweet man came to my rescue calming me down as he tied my Dr. Scholls for me. He had suffered a little grief himself as he had forgotten to remove his belt before going through their machine. But Mr. Do-Right made it through without any further problems.
On the trip home I was all ready for them; ready for my free feel which I got when my butt bling rang their bell. I was so elated when I got though there I almost did not notice that my triancinalone acetonide was missing. But an agent brought it to me after it was again tested for explosives. I tied my own shoes this time, so now I feel like an experienced traveler. I plan to wear butt bling again if I ever go again!
I have been away from home almost six weeks. It all began with a fab trip to Las Vegas but went downhill from there. Upon our return to Oklahoma I was stricken with a virus that knocked me silly. Started out like a cold, but the cough got worse, then the back door trots and vomiting. All this with temperature, and passing out from dehydration. Finally made it to the doctor after ten days and was told I had pneumonia. So I had all the antibiotics, and a nebulizer that medicare would not pay for since it was not for a condition that was ongoing. But by that time I was ready to try anything so I paid for it myself. After another week I felt well enough to start for home. About fifty miles down the road, the transmission decided to disintegrate in my van. Luckily, I was able to coax it into a large pumping station and called for help. My sweet man not only sent a wrecker fron the nearest town, but sent his daughter who was shopping in a nearby town to render moral support until he could get there. We had the van hauled into a dealership in Kingfisher and discussed options with the service manager that sweet man had known since heck was a pup. We decided to look at another van for sale in the area, two years newer and a few miles younger than mine. It was okay, but I wasn't really impressed. Nevertheless, the old feller would not dicker at all so we left. I decided to have my van repaired with a rebuilt transmission; three year or 100 thousand mile warranty including labor. I could have gotten a salvaged tranny for less, but there wasn't but a thirty day warranty. So I decided to go for the more expensive but safer route of a rebuilt one. Wouldn't you know it--- the old farmer who had the other van called next day, ready to dicker on the price of his van. I think I have made the correct decision, sometimes I think the angels look after us if we listen. Got my van back this last Monday, and came home on Tuesday. I am glad that I had to spend the extra week there since sweet man came down with my virus during that time. We were able to get him some help earlier than i had so he recuperated very fast. When I left yesterday, he was moving fence, getting ready for a carport he has ordered to protect the vehicles from hail. So he is much better, and so am I. Just taking awhile to get my spizz back. Anybody got a band-aid I can use for my checkbook?
So proud of this team! I have followed the Shocks since the 1960s; they have given me many exciting times. Saw something this tournament that I never thought to see. Since cable came to the little city of Wichita, I got interested in Gonzaga. They had the same up and down whamma jamma style of play as the Shockers. I loved watching them and was absolutely delighted to see the Zags and the Shocks play one another. Thanks to both teams for some exciting times! And congratulations to the Shocks for once again playing in the final four!
I have just spent a very busy month with several firsts for me. The first one was a Christmas trip taken for pleasure only. The first leg was spent on a leisurely drive through the Ozarks where we stayed the night at a very nice place in Mountain Home. It was about 15 degrees when we left here but the magnolias and chrysantemums were in full bloom there. Some of the trees still had their foilage making the drive very beautiful. Had my very first Jacuzzi bath at the motel, and they had a full brekfast the next morning. I had strawberry waffle and sausage, good! When we left there we let Nancy, (the lady who lives in the GPS), plot our course through the mountains. There had been a freezing fog the night before so everything was covered with white frosting. Very beautiful and it put you in the mood for Christmas. The motel was beautifully decorated and when we got outside, all the flowers were coated with that gorgeous layer of frost. Luckily it wasn't cold enough for the roads to be slick, and I enjoyed that drive immensely. Nearly every radio station was playing Christmas music and that set the mood even more.
We arrived in Mississippi early in the afternoon, and stopped at a casino just on the other side of that great river. No luck there and I didn't expect to win anything. Just spent my usual piddling amount but enjoyed seeing that gorgeous place all dressed up for the holidays. From there we drove north to Tunica. That county in Mississippi had been one of the poorest in the state until the casinos came. Now Tunica has huge new schools, hospitals, and parks. Quite a turnaround for that area. We stayed at The Resorts where the price was right at only $19.50 per night. Nice room and nice place all around. We gambled a little and ate at their buffet that night. I can't say that the food was really good, but acceptable. The next day we went to Ballys', hoping to have a late breakfast of those scrumptious crepes I had there last spring. But No such luck. They had stopped having breakfast until business picked up after the first of the year. We stayed awhile, then went to Harrahs where I found that I could spend some of my credit card points at the Paula Dean buffet. Needless to say we ate a late lunch there. I had some of the best prime rib I have ever eaten. Also tried and liked shrimp and grits. Went back for a second helping of prime rib along with fresh fruit. For dessert I had bread pudding with some kind of rum sauce. Yummers! But I was full to bursting after all that great food. And that called for a nap. Wasn't hungry for supper so we got all gussied up and visited Sams' Town. They gave me a t-shirt which I will probably never wear, and I lost a bracelet somewhere that night. It was the first time I had worn it although I had it for a long time. Too bad, it was a pretty nice piece of sterling. The next morning we went back and checked the lost and found. I left my name and address just in case it turned up. The next morning we went to the Fiitz for breakfast where I had another 'first'. I am totally in love with cheese blintz. I had two helpings of that along with bacon and fresh fruit and grits of course. Then off to Graceland.
I was a little nervous about driving in Memphis but Nancy got us there without any problems at all. I have one caveat about Graceland, bring money! Everything is sooooooo expensive. It cost ten dollars just to park! But we had coupons we got at the casino so it only cost eight. Parking is on one side of Elvis Presley Blvd and the home on the other with a traffic light between. After you pay the $36.00 admission you get on a tour bus and they give you a headset with all the tour information prerecorded. That way you can tour at your leisure. It is a grand old mansion with the big pillars in front flanked by numerous cammilias and magnolias. The grounds are immaculate so you can see where some of that big price goes. After entering the front hall, you see the grand staircase and it was all lined with poinsettias for the holidays. You can see a picture of that on the Elvis website. The living room is to the right, almost overpowered by a huge long white sofa that Elvis had made to accomodate all his 'Memphis Mob'. The fireplace at the far wall was decorated for Christmas and a large aluminum tree was set up in the corner of the room. To the left was the dining room with a huge table and buffet. Impressive house, but smaller than I might have imagined for a star of his magnitude. Upstairs is off limits as that was private for the family and remains so. The kitchen was smaller than I would have guessed to serve all that retinue. I can imagine that there were numerous people aroound most of the time. That must have gotten pretty tiring. We did see his parents' suite from the hallway and you could glimpse the bathroom with purple ceramic tile on the walls. We visited the playroom downstairs where there were three televisions so that Elvis could watch all three networks like Lyndon Johnson. There were pinballl machines and of couse records and sound systems. And a bar. All the vintage things he might want were there. The jungle room was something else, with a piano and guitars and recording equipment. And a bar as well as numerous leather chairs and oodles of fake greenery. It must be a total nightmare to clean. Elvis designed that room and had it built onto the back of the house. A part of the garage had been turned into display area for all his gold records, and believe me they were numerous. Lots and lots of Elvis music throughout. It made me a little teary eyed listening to all that old music. Then I realized the tears weren't for Elvis as much as for my own lost youth. Where did it go? They also had a lot of his clothing displayed such as his military uniform and the clothes they wore at the wedding. From the garage we went back into the yard and there were some of Lisa Maries' yard toys. Then the building that held the raquetball court. It has been turned into a display area for the costumes he wore on his famous last tours in Hawaii and Vegas baby. Along with film clips and music. I must admit that they looked better on him than on the manniquins.
Next came the kidney shaped pool and the horses, some of whom are descendants of his own horses. And then the meditation garden where Elvis is buried alongside his parents. It had been beautifully built and Elvis would have been proud to know how many people visit each day. His grave has flowers sent from all over the world, and new bouquets arrive every day from fans all over.
Then we got on board the shuttle and back across the street to see his cars and including a little Mercedes that he gave to Priscilla. And his first limo, that was something. Then we toured his planes, both a small craft and a big bruiser with lounges and a bedroom for him. That was pretty awesome. Then off to a gift shop where I was determined to buy something. I settled on a wallet with bling on one side and the TCB, (Taking Care Of Business), logo that Elvis had designed. It has Elvis Presley embroidered across the back. Now I have never spent thirty dollars on a purse in my life much less a wallet. But it cost that much and I bought it as a Christmas gift to myself. And I love it too. Very enjoyable day.
Then back to Tunica and to Harrahs again for supper. Paula Deens' buffet has some of the best fried shrimp I have ever eaten. So I had salad and shrimp and clams. Then some more shrimp topped off with more shrimp. Then a little of that wonderful bread pudding! I was stuffed needless to say. Then back to Resorts for a glass of wine and to watch the Griswold Family Christmas on TV. I have seen this movie several times and enjoy it every time I see it.
Next morning we left for home and took the fast track on I40 west. With me driving, and another first for me. I drove across the Mighty Mississippi without falling in or getting run over. We stopped in Arkansas for breakfast at McDees and changed drivers. Early that afternoon we changed again and I got to drive into Oklahoma and met rain. And more rain all the way through Tulsa where I stopped at a quick trip and took a little break. We changed drivers again and got here about 5:30 in the evening.We had supper at the Swinging Bridge. It was a grand trip and good to be home. The rest of the month will be told about another time. The downside is that I gained five pounds! Wonder why?
I am thinking about getting a Jitterbug cell phone and wonder if anyone has one and how they like it. Can we get good reception here with their provider, Great Call? If you have a cell, what is the one that you reccomend for this area. I do know that AT&T service is iffy here in Moline. You have to go outdoors to use it. That's no good. Anybody?