Monthly Archives: April 2013

14|2013 All Around (April 28, 2013)

It was a week of fast travel all around.  Sunday I took a flight to Denver and by Tuesday afternoon I was on another plane for Burbank and yet another plane headed back home late by Wednesday night.  While in Denver on April 22 it snowed!

2013-04-22-19.42.05Thankfully, while in Burbank the weather was dryer and warmer, although not gorgeous.

Thursday I met my Dad at McDonald’s where I had my first Frappé Mocha.  Both the drink and the visit were certainly nourishing for my soul.

Getting to the lake Friday evening was a bit more involved than some of our trips.   While Keith was putting Purrkins in the back of the van he unknowingly dropped his wallet in the parking lot of the restaurant. When we stopped for gas many miles down the road he discovered he had no wallet. Thankfully, the restaurant had it. On the way back to get the wallet, a bottle of ammonia in the back of the van spilled on the carpet.  By that time I was ready for that ‘adventure’ to end.

The next day, Keith put up a hand rail on the porch at the lake and we both did several odds and ends of tasks.  Since my Dad was already at Lake Texoma on a fishing trip, he stopped for a brief visit and got to see our place.


Later that day our huge pile of brush was burning nicely and I sat in a lawn chair and enjoyed the wonderful evening breeze.


In case you’re curious about how much wood we have from cutting all those tree limbs down a few weeks ago, here’s a picture of most of it although some of it has already been given away.


Once we got back home Sunday I resumed planning an upcoming genealogy trip with my Mom to North Carolina and Virginia.  More on that next week.

13|2013 In the Movies (April 21, 2013)

All of footage that has been converted into a digital format.

All of footage that has been converted into a digital format.

A few weeks ago Keith borrowed some family films from his cousins to have it converted to a digital format.  There is a total of 4 hours of film, one portion is from 1939 and the 8mm film is from about 1962-1966 then there is some 58mm film with sound from about 1978 & 1979.  As you may have guessed by now, this week I began my task of assembling this into chronological order and eliminating the bad portions so that we can get the family together and learn who is in the footage and circumstances of the events. There is footage of Keith’s paternal grandparents, his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.  I’m excited about the outcome but the process will be laborious.

Here’s a portion featuring Keith, when he was about 2 1/2 years old, and his father while the family was stationed in the Philippines.  Keith’s uncle visited them and thankfully brought his camera so we have this film today.

12|2013 Piles (April 14, 2013)

Keith and I got up Saturday morning and worked all day plus a good bit of Sunday picking up tree limbs.  Thankfully, we were able to borrow a neighbor’s small flatbed trailer so that we could load more without having to lift the branches up and into the truck bed.  Saturday the burn pile slowly burned down as we continually added to it but Sunday the branches never did really burn so we left a huge pile for later along with about 18 stacks of firewood.  It was exhausting, physical labor and I’m sore.

Early Saturday evening with my camera in hand I walked around our yard and noticed a butterfly on some lavender colored blooms. The butterfly was about the size of the palm of my hand and stayed busy with the blooms allowing me to photograph it.   Below are some views I saw this weekend.

11|2013 Removing Limbs (April 6, 2013)

10|2013 Our Journeys (March 30, 2013)

At some point something must have been glued to the side of the shower and it got ripped off leaving an unsightly spot.  Last weekend Keith put 2 coats of primer on it and one top coat but since it was so humid he had to finish painting this weekend.  These two photos, taken with my iPhone, show the before and after one top coat, it looks much better now.


Last year we took our analog TV to the lake place and, using a converter box and rabbit ears were able to get good reception.  I want to be able to hook up to my iPad to watch movies and show my photos but that requires a different set up.  So, we bought a digital TV and thankfully it was on sale.  We get 6 TV channels now and all you have to use is one remote instead of 3 to operate it.  When I download my photos to my iPad I just plug it into the TV and all my photos are visible on the big, sleek screen!

Keith getting ready to install the TV in the den

Keith getting ready to install the TV in the den

We took a trip into Durant this weekend, which requires us to drive across the narrow and long Roosevelt bridge (built in 1942, it is the longest highway span bridge in Oklahoma).  That bridge allows us to go places we might otherwise not reach.  Interestingly, events of my week are beautifully symbolized by this bridge.  Notice how low the lake is right now; we definitely appreciate the rain we’ve been getting.


It’s a shame that I didn’t take any photos with my camera to get more pleasing photos.  Maybe next weekend.

More information on the Roosevelt Bridge: