december 11, 2016

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“Walk in peace. Shine love into every dark corner. Show kindness. Maybe a little sassafras.”
~ Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

 

dastardly o'possum (snapseed)
dastardly o’possum (snapseed)

 

When the Thurman – Plested clan were here in the fall I told a story about Wally confronting a possum. It’s not as funny without the visuals, but essentially it goes like this: I heard unusual barking after I let Wally out for his evening constitutional. It wasn’t a, “Hey, I see you walking past my house,” bark, or a, “Hey, what are you doing in my driveway?” bark. It wasn’t even a, “Squirrel, squirrel, I hate you, squirrel,” bark. It was more like the talking bark he uses with Leo the cat. It’s conversational, not at all aggressive. Knowing the cats were inside, and the yard was fenced, I didn’t know what could be happening. I popped my head out the back door and there he was about five feet from a possum. Wally was talking. The possum was hissing. I was thinking, “Thank God he’s had his shots,” followed soon after by, “this could get expensive,” when I saw the possum’s teeth. But Wally wasn’t charging. He was just talking. The possum would take a few steps away from him, and Wally, in his best rabbit imitation, would hop. Yes hop after the possum as if he was giving chase…but not really. It was just part of the game, and clearly the possum was wise to the rules. The possum would stop and hiss. Wally would talk and hop. And on they went down the fenceline until the possum made his way under the fence and out of the yard. It was the funniest show Wally has ever put on. Barb and Pam remembered that story, and yesterday, this painting of a possum on a piece of cannel coal (yes, as in Cannel City cannel coal) showed up in my mailbox. I haven’t stopped laughing. Those two remember everything I tell them, and I love it! I love the possum, and I love them, too.

june 3, 2016

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“Do not become a stranger to yourself by blending in with everyone else.” ~ Unknown

 

note Y'all
not Y’all?

 

The picture below was taken last week by Angie Bliss Fanning after we had dinner with Barb Plested and Pam Thurman. Angie posted the photo on facebook, and someone unknown to me commented on my “Yale” t-shirt…adding that he personally preferred Duke. (He clearly didn’t realize I was from Kentucky) Anyway, earlier at dinner Barb also thought it said “Yale,” so when she read his comment, she didn’t feel quite so blind. It actually says “Y’all.” Stacy Yelton gave me the t-shirt for Christmas. They’re very popular in Kentucky at the moment made by the Lexington company Kentucky for Kentucky. There was a package in my mail this afternoon. I hadn’t ordered anything, but it had my name and address, so I opened it. There it was: a Yale t-shirt. I laughed out loud for a good while before I called Barb to thank her and her accomplice, Pam. I also thanked her for not sending me a Duke shirt. Barb’s a keeper, Y’all!

 

photo by Angie Bliss Fanning, Y'all
photo by Angie Bliss Fanning, Y’all

may 27, 2016

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“Never be defined by your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” ~ Unknown

 

good man
good man

 

Ever since last year’s visit to Oklahoma I’ve promised Ken Bailey I would see him the next time I was in the state. I stayed true to my word. Taking the northern route home, I stopped in Vinita, Oklahoma where Ken now lives. He was able to sneak away from work for a late-ish breakfast. I must rate pretty high for him to be willing to do that.

Knights and Ladies of the Rectangle Table
Knights and Ladies of the Rectangle Table

 

Pam Thurman and Barb Plested live in Grove, OK which is not very far from Vinita. They joined Ken and I. We four made the most of our time together, and to make the memory all the better, we dined at Clanton’s. This little mom and pop eatery sits on Route 66. It opened in its current location in 1947 and has been owned by the same family since 1927. In fact, the owner offered to take our picture. I returned the favor (below in the white shirt). The decor in Clanton’s is just how you’d expect a Route 66 mom and pop joint to look. It was super comfortable. The food was great. The service superb. And best of all, I got good quality time with people I love. I am so very, very fortunate.

 

playing tourist
playing tourist

may 25, 2016

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“Positive mind. Positive vibes. Positive life.” ~ Unknown

 

good egg #1
good egg #1

 

I got so lucky the day I met Pam Thurman and Barbara Plested. Lance introduced us, and frankly, as much as he bragged on them, he didn’t come close to just how incredible they are. I got lucky again today when Angie and I managed to hook up with them for dinner as they were passing through Tahlequah on their way to their home in Grove.

 

good egg #2
good egg #2

Barb and Pam make me laugh. Every time I see them we have big belly laughs. Today was no different, and throw Angie Bliss Fanning into the mix?  Lordy! I just ask myself how I ever got so lucky at times like these. Pam is always plotting to get me back out here (to Oklahoma) permanently so I can join a band with the über-talented Scott Eastman. If she only knew how much I want to. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy Pam, Barb, and Angie at every opportunity. They’re my favorite.

 

funny ladies
funny ladies

august 11, 2014

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“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

the fun bunch
the fun bunch

 

Tonight, I was watching the episode of Happy Days that introduced Robin Williams as Mork from Ork as I opened my browser to make this post. The first thing I read was that Williams had taken his own life. I thought it was a hoax. Celebrity death hoaxes have been popular on facebook for some time now. Then, I saw Pam Thurman’s post about him. It wasn’t a hoax. His early exit makes me sad. I wish he could have done as much for himself as he did for us. Peace be with you on your journey, Robin.

august 10, 2014

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“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phillipians 4:8

 

triple trouble
triple trouble

 

When I think of goodness, I think of Barbara Plested, Gary Thurman, and Pamela Jumper Thurman. Lance talked about them all the time, but it was years before we finally met. Even though he talked very fondly of them, he didn’t accurately describe their high level of total awesomeness. The three amigos are on a three week tour from Louisiana to Michigan. The closest they came to Lexington was Florence (Kentucky, not Italy). Stacy Yelton and I wasted no time in setting out for Florence (Kentucky, not Italy). It was a few hours of fellowship that was most welcomed. On the drive home, we were treated to a Super Moon on the left and thunderstorms on the right. The evening couldn’t have been more magical with four of the most incredible people I’ve ever known.

october 13, 2013

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I believe in working not waiting, in laughing not weeping,
in boosting not knocking, and in the pleasure of doing good.

~ D. Millson (from a 1907 postcard)

photo booth (snapseed)
photo booth (snapseed)

There was a photo booth photographer at The Alcorn’s reception. It was one the smartest ideas I’ve seen for a wedding. Everyone loved it, and not just the kids. Each person got a strip of their photos, as did the bride and groom. What a great way to remember their guests. When I got home from the wedding I had a package waiting from Dan Kibler. Inside was another negative of an outhouse, but also a simple, yet meaningful, postcard from 1907. It provided today’s inspirational quote. Have I mentioned how blessed I am to be surrounded by so many wonderful people?

october 12, 2013

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Right View
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration.
~ Noble Eightfold Path

families
families

The front room of our B&B caught my eye as soon as I saw it in the morning light. After we shared breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Alcorn, we gathered for one last photo in the beauty of the morning. What a glorious group of people, in color and black and white.

families two
families two