Saturday, December 11, 2010

O Christmas Tree.....(S)

Last year there wasn't a tree at our house because I was still sick with my Staph infection fiasco so it was exciting to get the Christmas tree's up this year!

This is my little Western tree I have next to my desk, and I think it is so cute!

This is my big tree that has all the ornaments collected over the years of my having my very own trees as far back as before my husband and I married.  Some of my most precious things on this tree are the tree skirt and the handmade felt ornaments my husbands grandmother made when she was in her 80's.  

It is so fun to have the twinkle of lights and the magic of Christmas in the air. 

I like to decorate the back yard as well.....

I hope you find the magic of the season and have a
Merry Christmas! 

It is really feeling like Christmas this evening
because the cold weather has moved in with high wind.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Down the stairs they go...
wrestling over a stick

The race is always on with these two.  We all have more fun watching the interaction between these two girls and are amazed at the patience and willingness the Jackie girl has with the Lexi girl especially with the age difference!  

Sunday, November 21, 2010


 I received this and I thought it was a very poignant
so I wanted to share the message.

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool  that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added,  "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have..

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your  family and friends!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Take off your Spurs and Stay awhile...

Our guest bedroom was fussy with blue and white porcelain with light yellow walls.  Very traditional and feminine.

  When we started our remodel I decided I was going with a Western  theme.  We had discarded our headboard when we got a King bed and I decided to resurrect it with hair on hide and nailhead trim and use it for the guest room.   I made a paper pattern to cut the hide to size and attached it with Barge glue.  Since the headboard was pressed wood with a veneer over it I had to rethink my just nailing....I had to actually drill every hole for the tacks because the nails would just bend and not go in.  It was a very time consuming process but worth the outcome.

The semi finished project,  I still have to make a cover for the window seat and a Roman Shade for the window.  I have a few more things to hang on the wall, but I am happy so far.  Notice in the top photo there was a door where the window seat is now. I have prints on the wall you can't see here that are a cherished gift from my dear "TrainWreck" over at Cowboys, Kids, and Sunsets blog.  
I am lucky to have several ultra talented artist friends, makes me feel so inadequate but we all have our strengths I guess, just don't know where mine are yet....!!!! 

Oh heck,
I will show you that wall so you can see what a great artist she is.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


A Veteran
is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable
to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including,
their life. That is beyond honor.

Thank you to  my brother and my father who served the United States Army
and sacrificing so much for our freedom,

 and to all the other military men and women who fought before, after and along side of them.


My dad served 12 years in the Army

 and the Korean Conflict

My brother served in Viet Nam

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Buddy Tough, RIP, a nationional disgrace on the face of Hydro and to OKLAHOMA

This is a follow up on the article Buddy Tough the POODLE and his owner Mr. Fry who police in Hydro, Oklahoma killed because the owner was jailed for breaking him out of the pound because he couldn't afford the $100 fee to do it legally.

I believe this was a gross injustice and other options could have been worked out . Whatever happened to bringing the owner in and trying to work it out instead of being a vigilante police force to an old man and his little dog? 
I am outraged and saddened that people can be so cruel and uncaring about such a petty problem as the Poodle and his owner were presenting to the citizens of this small place.   This has made the national and foreign news and I see this as a total disgrace by the city of Hydro toward a citizen of it's community and the state, now the nation. 

Another YES, BISCUIT blogger had this to say

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hydro man lands in jail over poodle rescue

 I am not ashamed to say I am extremely upset by this article and I want to know what you think of this situation that happened in Hydro, Oklahoma.
It was in our local newspaper and even made it to the CBS national news, MSNBC and other newspapers all over the country.
....yes it is a true story. 

  Click on the link below to read the article. 
 Elderly Hydro Man Lands in Jail Over Poodle Rescue

The Oklahoman Graphics

Note from me:
I am appalled by the Police department in the town of Hydro, Oklahoma.  I believe they did this for spite and to hurt Mr. Fry and euthanized his dog to teach him the lesson that they are the higher authority.  Yes, Mr.Fry,the owner was wrong, but he was desperate, they had threatened him by saying they were going to kill it, and his dog was his only family it appears. This dog was a poodle, not a Pit Bull or a large menacing breed.   I know that I am totally ashamed that this situation happened in the state I have always been proud of.  
I believe the State of Oklahoma should charge the city of Hydro, Oklahoma and the Police officer with animal abuse.  
I think this was a crime against Mr. Fry and his dog being euthanized was the price Mr Fry had to pay to satisfy the police department or Officer Chancellor, it's sad and cruel.
There is a lot more to this story than you read I am sure.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


It all started out when I first blogged about Christian Bale being in my hometown some time ago, and what the heck was that all about?  He visited the waste water treatment plant where a friend of mine works and then was spotted in Starbuck's locally.  The town was abuzz and then a friend of mine saw Rachael McAdams at a little downtown cafe one morning at breakfast, weird we thought.  

 Then there is a casting call for our town and also in Tulsa and Oklahoma City to be extras in a movie to be filmed here in our area.  Several people I know went to audition, but it was an unnamed project and no details were given.

Then speculation broke out when Ben Affleck showed up all over town with his beautiful wife Jennifer Garner, children in tow.  

They campused our short block to look at houses to film in and around.  My neighbor took the film scout into her home to see if they would be interested in using hers to film in.   She said they took lots of photographs of the neighborhood.  She was so excited!

A lot of people thought wow, they are doing Pioneer Woman's love story to Marlboro Man, but I did not think it was related to this since Christian Bale had been here before Ree's movie project had been talked about.  Then Pioneer Woman posted that it was in fact not her story, but her brother had gone to audition and got a call back.  You see Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, is a local girl from my town also.  This is the town where she grew up until she went to college, then came home met Ladd and married.  I know her parents when I see them, and she was a little ballerina at the same time as a friend of mine back in the day.


During the Indian Summer Festival they were filming at the Pow Wow the night my mom and I attended, but we really did not think much about it.  I thought they were just doing a promotion piece for the festival for tourism.


 They were filming all around my 87 year old mom and she was getting irritated because they were in her line of vision filming Olga Kurylenko and she was there to see the Indian dancers!  Oh my goodness, I am surprised she didn't give them a piece of her mind.  I was watching some of that while I climbed up to the top of the bleachers to take photos of the dancing.

Olga Kurylenko


My mom was sitting right in front of this.  Who knows she might be an extra by pure luck

The papers started reporting on movie starting to shoot and then it all got going.  Here are some of Ben on our downtown street taken by a local woman who was lucky to have her camera with her.


 They have been filming around town and in Pawhuska also.  One of the local  ranch lady Frances Gardner got a paid part at 92 years old.


The funny thing last week was the newspaper had on the front page for us to leave them alone while they are the streets of our lovely town filming!  It cracked me up, what do they expect?  Yes, there are people who want to see movie stars in their town and might want a autograph and a picture but all in all we are a respectful bunch here in Oklahoma, we are not like home grown paparazzi here! 

Our friends from the UK (Aberdeen Scotland) were here in town and Richard thought it was a joke we were telling him that they were filming a major movie in Bartlesville!   He heard it again when he reported into work here at ConocoPhillips, so he then had to believe us! Then as the week progressed they were all around town this week and even in the hotel our friends were staying in.  On the last night that our friends were here we saw them filming at the Romine house, so Angela got to see that happening before she left.


The project is still unnamed and it is reported to be an epic love story about a fisherman who works at the waste water treatment plant, and that is all I know about the plot.  Odd sounding story line if you ask me......

but I am excited for it to come out so I can see my town and some people I know in the big lights!  They could have the Premier here too when they are set to release it!


So I guess exciting things can happen to a small town in Oklahoma!

This is a report from the Tulsa World below:


Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz Starring in Terrence Malick's Next?

August 12, 2010
Source: The Wrap,
by Alex Billington
Ben Affleck / Rachel Weisz
What the heck is Terrence Malick up to? Although we haven't even seen his latest film, The Tree of Life, which no one knows when we even will see it or even what the heck it's even about, that's not stopping the filmmaker from starting work on his next film. The Wrap reports that Malick has already begun casting and location scouting for his latest currently untitled project. Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Rachel Weisz have reportedly joined the cast and interesting reports from various remote shooting locations are starting to trickle in, too. This is that same "romance" project announced in February at the Berlin Film Festival.

In that original announcement, Malick's next project was described as a "romantic drama" and a "powerful and moving love story." But as anyone who's seen Malick's work knows, referring to one of his films as just a "romance" isn't exactly accurate, as there's always a lot more depth to them. Christian Bale, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams and Olga Kurylenko were all announced originally, but word is that Affleck is replacing Bale, and Weisz may just be joining (not replacing anyone). Production is scheduled to begin the first week of October in Oklahoma, which is where some odd celebrity reports have been popping up recently as well.
Our friends at AICN point out that recent published an article saying that Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner were spotted at a local store in Bartlesville, OK buying fishing supplies. Malick grew up in Bartlesville and apparently Christian Bale and Rachel McAdams were also spotted in the same area last year, scouting for this exact Malick film, which is why it makes sense that Affleck has replaced Bale and is out getting familiar with the area as well. Affleck apparently told an employee at the fishing shop hat he was filming a movie in Bartlesville, playing a fisherman, and needed to buy some fishing equipment.
Considering Malick's projects are always very secretive, that's about as much as we'll probably know about this until he finishes editing it some two or three years from now. It's always interesting to learn about the next project from someone as incredible as Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World), but I'm more interested in figuring out when we'll finally get to feast our eyes on Tree of Life. We'll keep you updated on anything related to Malick and his two upcoming films, so stay tuned here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My Weekend....

I had tons of things to do this weekend, but for some reason I got bit by the "lets make jewelry bug"! 

I put on my IPOD and listen to Bob Wills and away the weekend goes...
I listen to more than Bob Wills, but this weekend he seemed to be my favorite.

My mom said "I didn't think you made jewelry anymore",
which I replied
"I haven't had time or the energy to dig it all out!"

The cooler weather and the adjustment to my thyroid has made me much more energetic!

 I have a companion who likes Bob Wills music too.

and she likes mink also....
nothing is too good for the princess.....

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Longhorns and Cowboys, Dewey, Oklahoma

Dewey had their Western Heritage Parade and Wild West Show last weekend. 
I thought this little team of donkeys and wagon were adorable!

to see the rodeo photos click below

The One Armed Bandit Rodeo Enertainers 

Opps, they were getting a little out of hand .....

and those horns were longer than most that you see....

especially since we were at eye level...
Mom and my friend, Linda

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bartlesville, Indian Summer Festival

Bartlesville is host an inter tribal Indian Art show and Pow Wow in each year in September.  I always like to go and it is a good opportunity to see friends who I don't bump into on an everyday basis.  It is very colorful and this year the weather was really hot, but no rain so that was good.




The Princesses were all so very beautiful in their native dress


I love the fancy dancers!