Sunday, April 2, 2017

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW....

The sun is setting as the end comes to Spring Break Week. We have lived through a variety of weather this past week. Had the temps as high as 80* and as low as 38* We saw some sun shine but mostly clouds and a lot of rain in the past 7 days. Here in my hometown it is drizzling rain right now!! Maybe we will start to see some true spring weather in the week ahead.

AS I PONDER....
Starting a road trip


As I ponder this past week I can honestly tell you Harley and I had a good time. We left on Monday, March 27 and drove to my cousin's house in Wagoner, Oklahoma. About 270 miles south of here. Had a really good road trip. Except for Tulsa, Oklahoma where there are way too many crazy drivers. Both going and coming back there were issues in Tulsa. As Mac Davis once sang it was good to see 'Tulsa In My Rear View Mirror.' We came home on Friday and as always it was good to get home. 


What We Ate....


Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich
Monday night we drove to Muskogee, Oklahoma, the home of Merle Haggard, and ate at El Chico's. Yummy, good Mexican Food. We paid a visit to the Boomerang Diner in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. This is home of the Chicken Fried Steak sandwich. I'm thinking they need to find a bigger bun for that Chicken Fried Steak! We cooked out on the grill one night and ate some of the best barbeque ribs I have eaten in a long time. And our last night there we went out to eat at the Santa Fe Steakhouse for rib-eye steaks with all the trimmings. Making my mouth water right now just thinking about that juicy steak. 
Ribeye at the Santa Fe Steakhouse


Barbque Ribs at Calvins






Where We Shopped....

On Tuesday we went shopping at the Woodland Hills Mall in Tulsa (Harley purchased some undies from Victoria's Secret)we shopped at the gift shop at Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa. My younger cousin works there so we stopped off to see him. Since Harley is underage we couldn't do much walking about the casino but she did find a 'glittery' tee shirt she liked in the gift shop. And we snapped a picture or two. We also found the thrift shops in Tahlequah..The Speckled Hen and the Briar Patch...(I thought about you Goodnight Gram) I bought a cool basket and an antique full size white chenille bedspread and Harley got a white elephant (ceramic). I only paid $12 for the bedspread so it was a real steal. We also shopped at a couple of thrift stores in Wagoner but they weren't nearly as impressive as those in Tahlequah. And I fell in love with BIG Dollar Trees. Our little Dollar Tree in Hutchinson has a lot to learn from those big boys. Harley was sick of stopping at The Dollar Tree. But I stopped at everyone of them we stumbled on. LOL! A total of four!! 
trying on hats

seeing if the tierra fits

a giant sunflower
heading out for a day of thrifting
Harley in front of the casino


Us inside the Hard Rock Hotel



WHAT I'M READING....


I am reading Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. It has been some time since I have read a book of poetry. Not too bad, so far. I am also reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards


WHAT I'M WATCHING...


At the moment I am watching The American Country Music Awards but I will soon be switching over to American Crime. I enjoy this show!


WHAT I'M HEARING...


What else, country music!!






WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE KITCHEN...


Monday...Grilled Chicken Salad

Tuesday...Baked Chicken Breasts

Wednesday..Sunflower Chicken Salad

Thursday...Chicken Pot Pies

Friday...Pizza

Saturday...Happy Birthday to Me!!!

Sunday...Spaghetti


A QUOTE I WANT TO SHARE...











A peek into my week...

This week we are getting back to normal. I am ready to kick my feet up in the recliner for a day or two and read my book. I have some laundry to catch up with. Harley will be working on Monday, Thursday, and the weekend. She is also going to hang out with a friend and do some practice 'prom do's'. And then maybe I will get back to working on my surprise. I bet you forgot about it, didn't you!!




A final thought...

We got a letter from Darian this week. He is doing well and seems happy. (I also was contacted by a little lady going to Fort Hayes State University saying she is in love with my grandson. What???) Darian has received his 'soft' orders. Means not set in stone. He may be heading to Kentucky!! We are still counting down the days to graduation and another road trip in June! Hope all of you had a good week. I missed you. I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on. See you soon!!

32 comments:

  1. You guys got spring break early. Ours is still tied to Easter, so it moves every year. So, two weeks until we get ours.

    If you think drivers in Tulsa are crazy, you'll never want to drive in L.A...

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    1. We will have a four day weekend over Eastertoo! Crazy! I think I'll pass on driving in LA. I can't even imagine

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  2. OMG, that rib-eye looks amazing ... and I could seriously make the drive for a bite of that chicken-fry sandwich!
    To tell you the truth, I never given much thought to Oklahoma, aside from driving through. (and, of course, that splendid song by the same name. Lovin' every stinkin' lyric!) Who'd have guessed?

    So glad your girls had a blast. Loving your pictures, in particular the sunflower!

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    1. Richard's favorite musical was Oklahoma! We did have a blast.

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  3. I am still waiting for that surprise, and no I didn't forget it. Looked like a great road trip for you and Harley. The food sounded (and looked) delicious! That is good that Darian could potentially still be stateside when he finished up his training. I bet you are looking forward to seeing him in June. How exciting for Harley and friends to be practicing prom do's :)

    betty

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    1. I can hardly wait to see him in June. I miss him so much! Yes, she will practice how she wants to wear her hair for prom. Her friend wants to be a hairdresser so good practice for her too!

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  4. Hi Paula - love the photos and so pleased you had a happy trip ... and have heard from Darian ... excellent ...lovely to see you back - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you Hilary! I hope to get around to the blogs now. Are you doing A to Z??

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  5. Haven't forgotten the surprise. Still waiting. I used to love road trips, but not so much now that I am old - older, whatever. Hope you have something yummy planned for your birthday.

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    1. I don't really have any plans for birthday yet!

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  6. How nice you got away for a spring break. Looks like lots of fun. Sometimes it feels like we need a vacation from the vacation so I hope you get to put those feet up with your book in between loads of laundry today!

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    1. Sadly I didn't get to put my feet up today Ma.

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  7. Sounds like you two had a great trip. I laughed out loud when I saw that chicken sandwich, but it sure does look good. I hope you have an amazing birthday.

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    1. That chicken sandwich is crazy, isn't it?

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    1. LOL! Me either. Hope no one is disappointed!!

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  9. Looks (and sounds) like a great getaway! You've got to tell us more about the girl who loves Darian!

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    1. I don't know much more about her yet! I hope to meet her soon. I hope they move slowly though.

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  10. Missed you too, Paula! Had fun reading about your road trip with Harley. Glad to hear things are going well with Darian too!

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  11. You have to show picture of the awesome 12$ chenille blanket. I love love love great steals like that. Sounds like a wonderful trip! Thrifting and eating are my favorite things to do. LOL. My mouth watered at that chicken fried steak sandwich. WOW!

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    1. I will take a photo and post it soon Holli! I know how much you love to thrift.

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  12. And to think I always thought Merle was born in around Bakersfield, Ca. He did live for years near us, northern California. He died a year ago, and we all miss seeing him. You should change wikipedia - they are wrong about where Merle was born.

    I missed you - I guess I had forgotten you were traveling. I enjoy road trips. Glad you're back, safe and sound/.

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    1. I do not think Merle was born in Oklahoma. I think it was where his father and his family were from. I think he did come from California. Thank you Debby!

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  13. Only problem with that chicken fry, toss the bun,lay it on a big platter with real mashed taters and pour on the white country gravy.
    Drivers in Baton Rouge are the worst in the nation, friggin crazy down here. I12 is 3-4 lanes wide, bumper to bumper at 75mph until 5pm, them stop and go for 30 out bound miles

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    1. Exactly what I thought with that chicken fried steak!! I'll pass on Baton Rouge too!

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  14. You hd a good trip! Sounds like fun to do all that thrifting and the food looked awesome:)

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  15. Forgot to say have a Happy Birthday!! :)

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  16. Thrifting, eh? I LOVE the names of the two shops you mentioned! I would want to stop there too. Looks like a fun getaway with Harley. Welcome back.

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    1. They were good thriftshops. Especially the first one. It was cheaper! But the second one was "styled" and had so many cool things!

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