Friday, October 31, 2008

Galveston Island Rebuild and the beach

This is Zane this week at the beach in Galveston. Isn't he adorable, but notice how clean and pristine the beach looks after the horrible hurricane Ike came to visit. Jay is down working on the rebuilding on Galveston Island and Sarah & Zane go to visit weekends. It looks alot more fun than we had moving Ross' parents to a new place to live. We all worked our tails off, but I must say it was well worth it. The new place is very nice and I think they are going to be alot happier there. It is a very positive thing for them and the duplex is so adorable! They were in a cottage at a senior living development, but decided it wasn't for them. I totally agree and this is much more cheerful! Tomorrow is the garage sale.......... oh fun! :)

Monday, October 27, 2008

KICKING TIRES and Window Shopping

It is original!

It's a Chevrolet!

I wonder how many miles it has on it?

Wow only 2 owners......

Man, they don't make 'em like this anymore!

It has a clear title and it is only 68 years old to boot!

Just a few dings on it and just a slight bit of rust.................

Ain't she purty! Whew, I'm glad it is on it's way to Mississippi to someone else's garage!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Karly and Spot's World Championship Photo

This is Karly and Cool N Candid aka "Spot" World Championship photo taken this summer. From Left to Right are Gary & Sheron Neeley, Karly on Spot, me, My mom, Robin Furnas-Howell and Terry Sartain.

Friday, October 24, 2008


We went to the Cheesecake factory with Richard and Angela last night and Rayleen waited on us! I have missed Ray Ray so much and it was great to see her! She is such a sweetheart! She will be mad at me because she won't like this photo of herself, but I wanted you to see her!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I found this little guy in the road today....

I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch when I found this little guy ( little by about 70 lbs) in the road today looking all wet and bewildered. I opened my truck door and he jumped in to go home with me.... I took him to our house and told hubby to babysit until I could try to find the owners... When I got home from lunch we made flyers, went all around the neighborhood asking around if they new anyone who had a bulldog while Ross hung flyers for a lost dog. No they would say, we took him to the vet to get him microchip...great, just what I want to babysit all night. Well, when we got home we did have a phone call from the owners and they were so grateful. He had wondered off from quite aways and they had only owned him about 10 no the dog didn't even know where he lived yet. Mission accomplished! He is a cutie I must say and he was well mannered and very sweet!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

FALL and memories....

It has been raining today and the leaves are quickly changing and starting to fall. I am always thrilled with the beautiful colors of the trees. This is in the backyard and it is quickly going to be barren. I was thinking and it has been a year since we lost our dog Kelsey of a stroke, but she was very old and suffering from cancer. We had her 15 years and loved her more than we could believe. We grieved but still had Chloe, our miniature schnauzer to entertain us...she was so ornery but held out hearts captive in her little paws. She was diagnosed with diabetes just a short while before we had to have Kelsey put to sleep. We had her on insulin two times a day and a special diet. We had a terrible time getting her sugar down and it was a constant struggle, Chloe was 9 years old but still rowdy and playful. She got a really bad case of pancreatitis which is common in schnauzers and was so bad our vet sent us to get a sonogram at an internal medicine veterinarian in Tulsa. Dr. Upton did the sonogram on Chloe and kept her in the hospital overnight hooked to an IV and then took over the diabetes care. Chloe was very sick but came back to us to be mostly the same little princess she always was. This went on for several months and then they ran the test for Cushings and hers came back positive. We had to give her pills to shrink her adrenal glands so she would not produce so much cortisone in her little body. I would say Chloe had a fair to good quality of life for the time she had left with us. She had a stroke and her little organs started shutting down and we had to put her down 6 months ago this week. We were all in shock even though we knew she would not live a long life like she should. I am still missing my little munchkin like crazy. I have loved all my animals like they were my children, but Chloe was diffrent, more child like. It is amazing how much animals add to your life. My mom has her litter mate Zoe and Zoe misses her little sister still also.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Christian Bale in Bartlesville

Why would Christian Bale come to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to tour a sewage treatment plant for the city? Well that is the question I can not answer, but he did and my friend Erma works there and she is my source. I know he went to Starbucks for a coffee........and toured the plant. Wierd, just what I would want to do..... Well, Erma was out running errands and it was so funny, she would have gotten to the bottom of it because she is not shy! I think they planned her to be out because no one else would have cared...guys don't care, and she is the only female at the plant. Oh, I know they were afraid she would be so star struck she might have drowned in the "stuff" when they were walking around the holding ponds.... :) (we love ya Erma)

Right Here in Tulsa Oklahoma!

So this lady says that the other day she saw a man driving down the interstate at high speed with a dog hanging on to the tail gate for dear life.. She said if he hadn't been going so fast in the other direction she would have tried to stop him.

A few weeks later her son sees the same truck at Bass Pro Shop!

The guy is a taxidermist!

Poor taste perhaps,

but it is an eye catching advertisement

you won't believe it!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Has it been that long?

If I ever thought I was still young...I don't have long till I look old like these guys....No wonder I screwed up my page...look at Eddie Haskell, The Beaver, and Wally!

What happened to them!!! Is it that unhealthy to live in California? Must be the smog or something!

I am sure I am getting dementia now for sure! I think my Annie sent me this photo to screw with my mind! it worked...... a hum...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

God's Majesty

I have a love affair with this bridge at Yosemite National Park! I have to photograph it every time we go there! Funny huh? I think (know) I am suffering from travel withdrawal! I have been thinking of where I would want to go if I did not have so much tying me down here at home. I am ready to get things back to "normal" whatever that is, and be able to take a trip. We seem to have all kinds of things keeping us at home since hubby retired. We did a remodel on a house we bought across the street for my mom to live in....that was an experience in itself. I got over my fascination of the show "Flip this House", after that. Those words will never cross my lips again! :) During that adventure I had both hands operated on for carpal tunnel syndrome, and my husband had knee surgery. We got my mom moved in but we still have the exterior work to do. The house is adorable now, but it had not been touched since 1956! I am not exaggerating when I tell you we pulled up the original carpet either. Hello sinus infections!!! Well anyway....we have been still cleaning out stuff at the original homestead and still have it to redo before we put it up for sale...

Oh, and did I tell you we are going to start on our house too.........oh, do I dread another one so soon. This is what I dream about, standing in front of Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite again. I want to see the Grandeur of Yosemite Valley and soak up the beauty! It is truly one of God's most creative works of art, but then also is this...

The Grand Canyon is another one of those places you go and you think there is truly a God, because this is no accident, it is the work of a divine artist! As you sit on the rim and behold the immense beauty of it, you get those little chills going down your spine! We were there around Thanksgiving one year. It was so peaceful and tranquil. I would like to go there again also... I wonder where my dreams take me tonight......good night folks, I am going to go drift off and see where the sandman takes me! If I go to Scotland tonight I will let you know....

Friday, October 10, 2008


Ali Tuller 23 months
Walking With Jesus: Missing toddler found alive in a pond early Saturday morning By MATT CONLEY J-C COMMUNITY EDITOR
Little Ali Tuller will soon be sporting a bracelet that contains the inscription “Walking With Jesus.”That couldn’t be more appropriate, after the night she had on October 3.Tracy Ali Jo Tuller, who goes by Ali, is the 23-month-old daughter of Shanna and Robert Tuller. She crawled out of her bed and slipped out the sliding glass door of the couple’s home located a few miles south of town. She started her walk sometime between midnight and 1:30 Saturday morning, which was when her mom discovered her missing.“That night was my birthday, and my husband and I put the children to bed and stayed up late in the living room. When I went to check on the kids at 1:30 that morning before we went to bed, Ali wasn’t in bed,” said Shanna. “We have five children, and three of them were at home that night. We woke up the two boys, and frantically searched the house. She just wasn’t anywhere.”
Shanna called 911, and within minutes rescue workers, firefighters, people from the police and sheriff’s office, family and friends were on the scene, combing the area. The search lasted until nearly 4 a.m., when Gibbie Gibson, a rescue worker from Wynona, found little Ali standing in the middle of a pond about a mile from her home.“He walked out to get her, and the water was well up past his waist,” said Shanna. “When he got to her, though, the water wasn’t even up to her waist, and she wasn’t standing on anything. It had to have been God holding her up. Gibbie was in shock when he saw it, and really had no explanation other than a miracle.”The search seemed much more of an ordeal for the family and rescue workers than it was for young Ali. After all, right around the pond where Ali was found, people came across two cougars, a pack of coyotes, and even killed a copper head snake. Everybody was muddy, scratched up, and wet from the big storm that rolled through the area.Not Ali, though, who was unfazed, and practically dry despite walking around in the rain and wading out into the pond. She didn’t have a scratch on her, and her hair wasn’t even messed up.“She went out without her shoes on, walked all that distance, and even had to cross two barbed wire fences to get to where they found her,” said Shanna. “There had to be at least 60 or 70 people out searching for her that night, and after it was all over, they were all in worse shape than Ali. My daughter wasn’t even scared, she was just out for a walk.”Ali wasn’t sure why she went for her late night walk, and really didn’t have much to say later. But Shanna certainly has thought a lot about the ordeal, and she is convinced Ali wasn’t alone during her trek through the woods.
“There is not a doubt in my mind that God was with her, watching over her that night,” said Shanna. “God must have a special purpose for Ali. Our only guess as to why Ali was in the pond is that God must have put her there to keep her away from the cougars. I hope this story touches people, because it has certainly touched our lives. There is a God out there, and he is watching over all of us. God was definitely with Ali that night.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Albuquerque, New Mexico

My girlfriend Carolyn Mock, and her other half Bill, at the Rio Grande Valley Arts Festival held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in conjuction with the Balloon Festival this past weekend. Carolyn was there selling her paintings and prints. You can check out some of her things here on my blog. Carolyn specializes in wildlife, but works in some really nice horse pieces also. You can also find her work in Crow's Nest catalogs. I have the horse piece hanging above my bed that is just above them. I have many of her works and I love them all.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't Spit or it'll cost ya!

This Classical Revival courthouse in Pawhuska, Oklahoma was built in 1914. It has a very commanding position at the top of a high hill where you get a birdseye view of the town. The large grand staircase is its most unusual feature with 64 steps. Osage County is located in north central Oklahoma to the northwest of Tulsa. At 2,250 square miles, it is Oklahoma's largest county by geographical area. Almost 100% of the county, including this courthouse, is located within the Osage Indian Reservation, the only reservation that exists in the state. This is where we went to buy the house for my Mom from the previous owners estate. I saw this sign just as we were leaving the courtroom and headed down the stairs..........

I looked up and saw this and I could not believe my eyes! I guess we aren't civilized in the manner of all things sanitary....I started yelling at my husband, honey did you see this? I had to grab my camera phone to make sure I documented it! I have always romanticized Pawhuska to be part of the "Old West", but this was not what I dreamt about... :) I love going there still and we drive over to eat at Bad Brads , ranchers come in wearing their spurs, I just love the jingle jangle of spurs. I always tripped when I used to try to wear them, but I always was a Klutz! Hey, if you can walk and wear spurs I am impressed! Love them spurs! Osage County Oklahoma is where"Confessions of a Pioneer Woman" lives out on one of the big Drummond ranches west of Pawhuska and the Nature Conservancy Tallgrass Prairie. Check out her blog under my favorites. She is funny and has lots of great recipes, and she is also a great photographer. It gives you a romanticized view of life on a big ranch in Oklahoma

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pumpkins and Munchkins!

We have a traditional thing we do here at the Wildwood. We get our pumpkins and don't carve them so they don't rot...we just decorate with them. We keep them until Thanksgiving and then we have Pumpkin Bowling! Our house is on a hillside and we bowl them down the hill through the trees to see who can get theirs down the furthermost between the trees without breaking them open. Then the ones that don't break, we run down and carry them back up and start all over again. It is a riot and adults and kids both love it! This is when we had them gathered up and carting them to position! This was Zane's 1st time to do when this picture taken about 4 years ago. If you have alot of company coming for Thanksgiving you gotta buy lots of punkins! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Linda and Sarah!

We have 2 birthdays this month and they are only a day apart! My sister-in-law Linda is going to be celebrating on the 2nd and Sarah's birthday is the 3rd. I remember the day Sarah was born and I had just went to work at Phillips the week before and could not go see the new baby in Houston. I remember being so distraught about that.....I will never forget it. I did not see her until she came with her parents for Thanksgiving. I don't remember when Linda was born because she is too damn old! :) I love you both!

October Birthday Girls!