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Woody Fest

In Okemah there is an Woody Guthrie festival and we attended the 19th annual this year and shared a campsite with one of Keith’s high school alums.  We saw a huge tree next to a park.  Wonder what stories it could share with us!


We found a great spot in a cool air conditioned spot in the Brick Street building and listened for several hours as folk singers performed.  Keith bought CDs of these two artists.


Wink Burcham


John Calvin Abney

Then we attended an evening concert as well.  Thankfully, the sun was going down and so was the temperature.


This is a festival we think we’d enjoy attending again.



Fireworks, ice cream and swimming

Celebrating Independence Day this year including two full meals one with friends and another with family.

The one with friends also included lots of fireworks and oohs and aaas.


A few days later we got together with family and enjoyed a great meal, homemade ice cream and swimming.


There was also the newest member of the family present…a puppy (not ours).


2|2013 Twenty-one! (January 31, 2013)

It’s official, our kids are 21 years old.  We celebrated with the requested meal of prime rib, baked potato, hot rolls and broccoli.


To accommodate the group, we put the extra leaves in the table.


The food smelled delicious and we were eager to enjoy it.


After the meal, we sampled some wines.


Next they blew out their candles and we sang “Happy Birthday” to them.

Blowing out their 21st birthday candles!

For dessert we had the very rich Oreo truffles, which I had arranged into a yin-yang design.


Spending time with our kids makes a day more perfect.

52|52 Week Fifty Two! (Dec 24-31, 2012)

Woo hoo!  With this post I’ve completed a second year of photo journaling.

Christmas Eve was a nice evening with family over.  We had lots of food and exchanged gifts. After the gifts, my brother-in-law surprised his girlfriend with an engagement ring and she accepted his marriage proposal.  Later we enjoyed playing a card game and laughing.


Christmas morning there was no rush to get up and open gifts since we had opened most of them with Kelsey the week before.  We did save a few gifts so we would have some to open.  The best part, for me, was when we did FaceTime on our iPhones with Kelsey.  We each got to see and hear her and she asked Travis to open her remaining gifts while she watched.


There was threatening weather Christmas Day but it didn’t really develop into much at our home.  It was fun to have it actually snowing on Christmas Day.  That doesn’t happen too often here in Oklahoma.  As Keith watched the snow fall in our backyard he alerted me to a wildlife photo opp.  There was a bird on our neighbor’s fence near the house with all the wind and snow whirling around him.


Later that evening when I looked out a window, Purrkins was all curled up on the loveseat with the snow as the backdrop.  Such a peaceful view.


When the weekend arrived we took our Christmas decorations down and put them back in the attic until next year.

As 2012 drew to a close, Keith got us some Martini Asti because I like sweet wine and because sparkling wine is perfect for New Year’s Eve.


Ready. Set. Go 2013!

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50|52 A Wee Bit Early (Dec 10-16, 2012)

Most people have traditions involving specific foods at special times of the year, like Christmas time, and one of ours has become making and eating Aunt Bill’s candy.  When you make a double batch it requires two people to stir and pour. The picture below is of Keith watching the candy thermometer for just the right temperature.


A few days later we had our family Christmas early because Kelsey will be in Montana over the holidays.  It will be the first time that we won’t all be together on Christmas.

One of the fun things for our kids has been the silly things in the stockings and this year was no exception.  They had their expected chocolate coins and a silly sucker that when you put it in your mouth looks like a character’s mouth.  Kelsey’s was Rudolph and Travis’ was the abominable snowman.  Then Travis put Keith’s gift in a backpack so Keith enjoyed pulling everything out one at a time before he finally pulled his gift out.  It was fun to see Keith’s ‘excited’ expressions as he pulled each item out: a used notebook, a pen, a flyer, etc.  Finally he pulled out his gift.


46|52 Festivities On The Way (Nov 12-18, 2012)

Sunday we met at my mother-in-law’s home to get together with family and put Christmas decorations up around her house.  This December our family has Irene and Wes’ wedding in addition to Christmas. So, the preparations are underway for both festivities.


Visiting until more of the crew arrives.


Irene became the designated hooker, you know, the person who puts the hooks on the ornaments.


Keith had the honor of putting the tree topper on…ta da!!!

18|52 From the Deep (April 29-May 5, 2012)

It has been a week where I tried to not do as much to allow my sore back time to rest from the week before.

Since we are going to give our chest-type deep freeze to our neighbors who have several children, we’ve been cleaning out our freezer. This weekend we hosted a fish fry and used up all the fish Keith caught on his fishing trips from earlier this spring. Keith really enjoys cooking for those kinds of things and it was fun having friends and our kids over.

I took only few photos all week and, of course, got a picture of Purrkins. Here he is looking longingly out our back window at the birds.


I also managed to get a picture of me when I set up the remote for my camera at our fishfry. Unfortunately, I neglected to encourage people to play with it so this is all I got.


6|52 Week 6 (Feb 5 – Feb 11, 2012)

Sunday, we ate Keith’s fab nachos and watched the 46th Super Bowl.


I played with an Phone app called Diptic this week and one day, as I waited in the doctor’s office, I snapped several photos and combined them. This app is pretty cool, it allows you to chose several photos and put them together in various templates.


Of note: Yesterday I got to visit with a distant Keithley cousin who I met online several years ago. He and his wife were traveling back home to Canada and stopped to visit on their way.  We shared family photos and enjoyed our visit.

5|52 Birthdays Galore (Jan 29 – Feb 4, 2012)

We celebrated our kids’ 20th birthday on Tuesday! The kids came over and we went out to Jamil’s Steakhouse for a delicious dinner and then came home.  I made the requested Hello Dolly bars and we put candles on top for Travis and Kelsey to make their wishes.


Yesterday I attended another birthday celebration for a cousin who will soon turn 9 years old! I got to take a few photos of her and her brother.


Sometimes I take photos with my iPhone and don’t publish them here or on Facebook so for those who don’t have or are unable to use you can also follow my instagram photos on the web:

4|52 Week 4 (Jan 22-28, 2012)

What happened this week other than the routines of going to work, tidying the house, paying bills and surfin’ the net?

The beer got bottled. The multi-step process requires having lots of clean bottles, bottle caps and other equipment and, in this case took about an hour.  In about a week the beer will be ready to drink.
Our kids moved out of the apartment they’ve been sharing for the past 6 months. Now our garage and my mother-in-law’s is full of boxes and furniture.  As you can see in the pictures, it was an gorgeous January day with the temperatures in the 50’s.