Saturday, June 27, 2015

Baby Frog Season

The little frogs are climbing out of the water and enjoying the sun.  Others are still at the swimming stage.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kansas Capital Visit

We fit in a visit to the state capital building. My Mother wasn't sure she had been inside before.   
 

 
The dome...
 
The foundation and basement... 


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wichita Art Museum - Prairielike

Along with the paintings and other art, this Prairie installation at the Wichita Art Museum was more of an audio experience.   It has speakers at the tops of those vertical wires.  They emit different clicks and sounds at different intervals.  The wires also move a little due to small motors at their base. 
 
Overall, it sounds like the insects, rain and grasses moving in the breeze on the prairie!
 

Liza Lou's Gather (one million).  Made with 9 million beads on 1 million wires, arranges in mini wheat shocks. 
 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Coffee Choices in Har-Ber Village

In between rain showers, my mother, brother and I visited Har-Ber Village in Grove, OK. 
 
 
In the mid 1800 - early 1900, there were a lot of coffee choices!
 
 

It's a pretty spot on Grand Lake with lots to see and gardens to wander.
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Side Trip to Arkansas

I took a break from my OK trip to have lunch with a friend in Bentonville, AR. Afterward, I stopped at the square and visited the Walmart Museum at the first Walton's.
Sam Walton's office...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Alternative Skies

The blue skies in NE Oklahoma are a treat but the clouds bring a nice alternative too 


Sunday, June 07, 2015

Fenceline Rose

It's time for the rose that grows along our fence line.   They are a lovely reminder of the sweet couple who lived in this area long before our house was here.  

Link to wider view from a prior year.
 
 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

One More Step...or Roll

Rocks have been one of our garden specialties.  We were ready to remove some again and our 1989 wheelbarrow was having issues.
 
A new wheel and we are ready to go.  Time to remove both the bed endcap stones and all the rocks that collect throughout the garden.   Gradually, that is.  Instead of weeding in the nice summer evenings, I'll be stone/rock hunting to prepare for a fresh tilling of the whole space.
 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Garden - It's a Start

DH tackled the overgrown garden area. 
See this link for monthly garden views from prior years.
 
It had all been tall grass.  Part way through with the weed-eater... 
 

Trimmed.  Now I will pick up the stones used at the end of each bed, and other large rocks, before we can start over.
 
 
Hmmm... from August 2008....
 


Saturday, May 30, 2015

I'm back!

Tomorrow, a garden post.
Today, hill side roses.
Links from prior years:  Year 'round rose and Winter version


Monday, September 01, 2014

It's a Start

DH weedeated the overgrown garden. 

We will remove the garden bed end stones and give it a fresh tilling.  Eventually.   Maybe after the tomatoes are ripe. 


Sunday, July 06, 2014

Tomatoes, About Time

Finally planted the tomatoes.   They were getting tall in the pots, but I planted them as deep as I could dig so they are really short now.
 
This year, they are in this former herb row.  This area has been covered with burlap bags since last fall.  The garter snakes had made themselves at home and two large snakes were surprised when I removed the covering today.   Later, a small snake was watching me from under the lemon balm.  I think they will adjust to living under the plants.
 

This is one of the first rows in the garden and has had herbs in in since the beginning.  See links here:
First year - part I
First year - part II
First year - part III


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Baseball with 4th Graders

Caught two games during my visit.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pensacola Dam Stop

Grand River Project 1940


Long, narrow road across the dam. Lots of water on one side and a long drop on the other. 

Lunch Stop

Vinita, OK and Clantons cafe. The place to be for lunch (and a piece of pie to go).

Monday, June 09, 2014

Overhead OK

Grove, Oklahoma and Grand Lake.


Earlier in the day...



Here is my 4th rental SUV for these family visits to Oklahoma, Kansas & surrounding states.  Escapes here and here and a Jeep (that one came with waves from other Jeep drivers).   Fun for the drives, and, no, it's not all flat!

 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The New Plan


Our new inspiration, a beach in Spain.
 
"Whatcha doing?"   "Moving this rock I keep hitting with the mower."
 
 
And we have new additions to our rock collection.  The big one took two boards to lever it out. One more rock to go from the former blackberry bramble.  I recommended adding more dirt instead.
 

Monday, June 02, 2014

What's it called?


This fragrant rose (?) is a volunteer.  The bees like it too.   Do you know what it is called?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Destruction


A little destruction can be good for the gardener.  One less blackberry bramble, now cut and mowed.


It started a few weeks ago with just a little trimming between these two trees.  We just kept going to the left, until the rain started.  One more weekend and it was done.