Monthly Archives: September 2013

36|2013 …And Counting (September 23 – 29, 2013)

Monday Keith and I celebrated 24 years of marriage.


Wednesday, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday.  Happy B-Day cookie decoration specially hand-made by my brother-in-law.



Over the weekend a group came down to our lake place and went fishing on Saturday.  Then, on Sunday, we had a fish fry and enjoyed eating and visiting in our  screened in front porch.


35|2013 It’s Almost Chili (September 16 – 22, 2013)

Sunday we welcomed in the 2013 autumn season.  Keith made a big batch of chili…


Travis & Purrkins began the hibernation process.


I worked on organizing the old family photos.

34|2013 The wonder of it all (September 10-15, 2013)

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist & poet

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. ~ Maria Mitchell, astronomer

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. ~Wernher Von Braun, rocket scientist

Most of us wonder a lot and some of us follow our wondering with research and create beautiful things. My Dad and his friends began wondering and researching about rockets in the mid 1950’s. Among my family’s home movies are several 8mm films of my Dad and his friends’ rocket experiments. These films are best understood by those who participated so one of my tasks this week was to gather information to add to the movies to help the viewers see the relevance of the movies to my Dad and his friends as well as to understand what was happening in the film.

My Dad and I watched the footage slowly and repeatedly while the audio recorder captured his comments that identified the people and processes involved. Throughout the week, I pieced together pictures, audio and video clips to create a 17-minute movie presentation. The first showing took place Sunday afternoon when we had a nice gathering of family and food. Also on display were some of the actual exhibit posters used in one of Dad’s science fair entries. Following the home movie and grazing on delicious food, we watched October Sky, which has interesting similarities to my Dad and his friends’ experiments with rocket building.


Pieces of my Dad’s 1956 science fair exhibit along with a newspaper article

Another result of wondering occurred this week when, on Saturday afternoon, my mother and I visited with some distant Keithley relatives. This visit with the Tomany kin is a direct result of our collaborative genealogy research and strong use of what the Internet offers. I’m just sure that my great, great Keithley grandparents are pleased with how their descendants are connecting with one another.

33|2013 Bricks & Mortar (September 2 – 8, 2013)

Since the time we moved into our house, 21 years ago this month, Keith has wanted a brick mailbox. This weekend his good friend, who is an expect at bricklaying built us a mailbox. Below is the photo journal with Keith’s commentary.








Keith’s impression of a cat, supervising.


Checking the level on the way up. Notice the filler block inside.


The number goes up.


The blocks go in.


The blocks in place.


The blocks in place.


Setting the mailbox


First day’s work is complete.


Keith finally doing some effort.


Getting the angles.


Filing his nails.


Tucking the mortar.


Lining the cut.


Concentration is everything.


Nearly finished.




After 21 years of wanting a brick mailbox and a day and half of working in the hot weather, it is complete.

Sunday morning my Aunt Rusty died. I’m so very grateful we moved back to OKC and that I had the opportunity of getting to know her. We spent many hours visiting especially when I was in my 20’s and at a time I really needed it.

32|2013 A Piece of Cake and More (August 26 – September 1, 2013)

Wednesday evening after work Keith and I drove to our lake place for a 6 day vacation.  Our plans included scanning photos & painting.  Of the 700 photos I did get about 500 of them scanned!  Keith painted the south bedroom, which is the last room in the house with the dark wood paneling.


We love the new look!


Saturday was my birthday and we went to Catfish Platter with some friends and Keith made a delicious peach cobbler.  My Mom made a chocolate cake and I got to eat a piece of cake with my Mom and Dad on Sunday.  It was a weekend of many sweet things.

Sunday afternoon while Keith was out on the lake he loaned a life vest to a woman.  To express her appreciation she invited him to a cookout held annually called The Festival of the Testicle where they serve calf fries, as they are called here in Oklahoma.  Keith was thrilled to get an invitation so we went and met a whole bunch of really nice, friendly folks.


While there Keith got a special t-shirt to remember the event: