Thursday, June 28, 2012


Yes, my squirrels are spoiled!    If you live in Oklahoma you already know this, IT"S HOT!!!. 106 today. My squirrels are really hot, so I thought I would be nice and give them a treat.

"Thanks, mom!!"  Sorry Ronald McDonald.

I'm just going to lay here....

His brother is going to lay in the bird bath and let the sprinkler hit him.  Dennis told me that today the squirrel came to the window and tried to jump into the house, twice! And he also moved Ronald over to lay next to him in the mister.   I wonder how my dogs would like a new pet???

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Aline, hometown (cont)

When I was little and lived in Oklahoma City we went to a certain denomination of church.  When we moved to Aline, there are two churches Methodist and Christian Church.  We tossed a coin and picked the Methodist church.  I am a firm believer that God does not care what denomintaion you are for we will not be split into groups in heaven.  Every denomination is made of man- made doctrine with their interpretation of what they believe the written Word of God says.  I do believe that you have to believe in Jesus Christ, His son.  Now having said that, I do not condemn anyone who believes otherwise, that is your choice and that is between you and God.  I'm hopping of  the soap box now!
I was married in the Methodist Church 32 years ago!  I was 12...
Most of the buildings are abandoned now but I love the history here.

 And, if you get lost ;) the street signs will let you know where you are.  5th and Broadway!!
There's more....for next time!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vintage Weekly Again!

It's Sunday and time for my Vintage Weekly Post!
Les Baux-de-Provence is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France, in the province of Provence. It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south.

This is the remains of the castle that sits on top of the hill at Les Baux. This is what Wikipedia says about the castle.

Standing on a spur of rock in the heart of the Alpilles, the castle in Les Baux-de-Provence covers an area of 7 hectares and is one of the most majestic locations in France. It is also a Historic Monument. From the castle, there is a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alpilles Valley and the entire region. Thanks to the audioguides available in 10 languages (F, GB, D, I, NL, E, J, R, C, P), visitors can listen to the chaotic, tumultuous history of the Lords of Les Baux and their mediaeval fortress, as they visit the keep, the Sarrazine and Paravelle Towers, the dovecote, the castle chapel and the Chapel of St. Blaise, the former Quiqueran Hospital etc.

This was what was left of the chapel.  Below is a huge catapult they used in battle. 

I loved everything about visiting this old medievel castle and village.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aline, hometown

This is Main street of the town I grew up in and loved with all my heart. When I moved there the population was 312 and it has gone down since then.  I came from the "big city" to country life when my mom and my dad met at a dance out here while she was visiting relatives, and he swept her off her feet.  He adopted my little brother and I, ages 4 and 10, and treated us like his own from that moment on.  I went from big city life to living on a dairy with 70 holsteins and raising Poland China and Duroc pigs.  If the wind was from the south you got the dairy smell and if the wind was from the north you got the pig smell .  It was the best thing that ever happened to my brother and I, and I know that God had a hand in shaping our lives.
This is the old hospital, it was out of commission when I moved there in 1969 but we used to think it was haunted and we would play there or hide.  Some people fixed it up now and again and used it for different things.
This is the Aline Community Theater, when I was in school it was the community center and it was where we showed our livestock and had dances and dinners.  Back in the day there was a theater there and we still had the seats to prove it!
This abandoned building was Goodno's drugstore and gorcery store.  They had the best fountain drinks ever!  We lived 3 miles from town so we would beg to walk to town or ride the cycles so we could get our cherry phosphates.  Everyone heard about everything at this store.  If i had got into some trouble (not that I EVER did) my mom would hear about it here.  I always wanted to be in town where everything was going on and all my friends always wanted to be on the farm with me.

I will continue with my tour because it is just to big a metropolis to get into one blog!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

To go or not to go...

This year Dennis feels a lot better than he did last year so he is wanting to go to Grand Lake on our usual vacation.  I am torn.  He was so sick last year and it was a nightmare and just plain sad.  I had kind of said my good- byes to the place we have grown to love, so I was just getting to be OK with not going when he annouced that he wanted to go.  In my heart I want to go also but I don't want it to be like last year.  I have a feeling this will probably be the last time we go to the particular resort we stay at, so we kind of want to go, but I don't want it to be like last year.  (Am I getting the point across?)  We have discussed and thought out and rediscussed.  It is always a little sad because the memories we made at that resort will never be the same.  Our kids are grown, Dennis can't jump on that jet ski and go up the river, I can't go shopping whenever I want to.  We have to watch Dennis and make sure he doesn't over heat and that he stays hydrated.    We have to pack so much stuff and machines and meds.  I always feel so bad if people try and help because it's their vacation also and I don't want to be a burden.  And it doesn't matter how much they tell me we aren't a burden the feeling doesn't change.  We seriously have the best friends in the world and would do anything for us, so knowing they are there makes this a little easier.  Do we not get out and try to do something because Dennis is in a wheelchair?  I know it's hard but should we do it now while we still can?  To him the scenery is way better there at the lake than it is here at home.  It's a hard decision and I have been looking online for places that are easier for wheelchair patients.  All I know is last year my friend Debbie and I spent most of our time crying and that was not good for either one of us.  So "To go or not to go"?  My heart says yes, but my head says something else.  Maybe we should turn this over to the One who knows best  and quit worrying and fretting.  :) One day at a Time....

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Don and Darla Olson

My daddy is no longer on this earthly planet, he is in the heavenlies doing what God has equipped and prepared him to do.  This is my 3rd father's day without him here and I wanted to convey to people still here that even though I feel like Father's Day is really a holiday that Hallmark came out with to help them keep their staff paid, don't go through this day without making sure you let your dad know how much he means to you.  If not your earthly father then your heavenly father or both for that matter.  My husband's blog this week touched my heart so I am going to reprint it on my blog for Father's Day.

June 11, 2012
In honor of Father's Day, this post will be about my dad.
Check out the photo.

Many years ago my daughter bought me a plaque that is now mounted above my workbench in the shed (my man cave). When I see that plaque not only does it remind me that I'm a dad, but also that I am a son. I've been told many times that I look like my dad, and that in many ways I act like my dad. I consider that to be quite a compliment. I've learned lessons from him for many years and I continue to learn from him today. Many have made sacrifices for me to be doing as well as I am, my Dad is at my house six days a week and many hours each time. He is our carpenter, mechanic, plumber, electrician, handyman, barber, K-9 disciplinarian, and basically first on the call list for anything out of the ordinary. I haven't told him near enough how much I appreciate and love him.
As a Christian I honor my Heavenly Father continually. He is at my house seven days a week, 24 hours a day. . I know that My Dad (take your pick) has my best interest at heart. He wants me to have life and enjoy it to the full. He will never leave me or forsake me.

I've had a discussion with some of my friends about how hard it is for people without a positive father figure in their life to accept the idea of a Heavenly Father. If your earthly father is not a positive influence on your life you would expect every father to feel that way about you.
At this moment, while I'm writing this, My Dad is in the shed repairing my lawnmower.
At this moment, while I'm writing this, my Heavenly Dad is watching over me, repairing my life.
I love my Two Dads.
Much love, Dennis

Thursday, June 14, 2012


As part of our therapy for being stuck at home more than we used to be before Dennis's accident, we sit on the deck in the evening and do our devotions.  Something is very calming about God's Word in the evening with His beautiful nature all around. ( also the squirrels!)  I  try to keep my backyard as pretty as humanly possible by a busy caregiver.  Tonight when I got home from work, I made two batches of salsa for thank you's to some special people, then I went to weight watcher, yes, I am a lifetime member and I dislike am jealous of skinny people with high metabolism.  Then I mowed our Grandma's yard and my front and back.  A caregiver's life is busy but it is also rewarding.  I would not trade being able to sit out on the deck with my husband for all the Paris's in the world. 

Luke 12:27
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Squirrels ....again

This is Ronald McDonald!  He is a toy out of a happy meal and we gave it to my dogs.  They hate him...
This is my squirrel from the last liter we had in the squirrel house (we are guessing, two of them would not leave)
We watched him play with him the other day and my camera was in the other room.  They would throw him in the air and wrestle around with him.  Well, I finally got a picture of him.  One is not so great cause he was fast but you can tell he loves his Ronald!

Monday, June 11, 2012


OK, I haven't had a garden in years, but this year I had gotten rid of a flower bed and there was some space, so I put down some tomatoes and a cucumber plant. Dennis and I love both tomatoes and cucumbers so I was pretty excited. Well, now we are treating Dennis for an ulcer and he can't have either one, so now I'm SUPER excited cause they're all mine. I have treated these plants with the tenderest of care and we I had our first cucumber the other night. YUM. I also got some cherry tomatoes off of one vine. My other three big tomato vines have nothing, absolutely nothing on them. :(

This is what you get to cut up with vinegar and onions!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pont du Gard

I'm sharing this with  It's a blog that puts photos on before the digital age!  You can put them on every Sunday and share your old photos.
This is my friend Cathy, Rockel, Meagan and my daughter Whitney at the Pont du Gard in southern France.  here is the description fro wikipedia:
The Pont du Gard is a notable ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gard River in southern France.   It is part of a 50 km (31 mi) long aqueduct that runs between Uzès and Nîmes in the South of France. The aqueduct was constructed by the Romans in the 1st century AD .  The bridge has three tiers of arches, standing 48.8 m (160 ft) high, and formerly carried an estimated 200 million liters (44 million gallons) of water a day to the fountains, baths and homes of the citizens of Nîmes.
 Pont du Gard Oct 2007.jpg

I didn't take this picture but I wanted you to see how enormous it actually is.  Happy vintage Sunday!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Guard Dogs

Dennis and I love feeding and watching our squirrels.  We have some video that is so entertaining and we have had 2 seasons of babies born in the house in our trees.  I think we are getting ready to have a third.
My dogs chase them some but this is how "true" guard dogs watch over the property.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Caregiving 101--hard parts

One of the hardest parts about being a caregiver,  especially to an SCI patient, is that you are very limited in the time you can spend away from them.  This is the hardest part for me because Dennis and I were very independent before his accident.  Today I was missing my daughter big time so I called her and she is missing me also.  We decided to meet in Enid, Okla which is about half way for both of us.  Good plan right?  This is where being a caregiver gets tricky because only a caregiver can know and feel the way we do.  Guilt starts to trickle in because I am leaving Dennis with my mom and Dennis's dad all day.  They have him everyday while I am at work and now I am taking a play day to go see my daughter.  They sacrifice so much for Dennis and I and I don't know what I would do without them. Then, there is the reasoning side that says you are a mom and you need time to spend with your daughter and to go do something with her.  Then, when you are there doing something with her you  are looking at your clock wondering if everything is OK, should I hurry, should I call, etc, etc. It is seriously a no win situation.  I just have to let God give me peace and calm my heart. 
                                                             Love her!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Driving around

When Dennis and I took a road trip to get out of the house a couple of weekends ago, we went to Roman Nose, which I blogged about, and then we came through Watonga. I have a lot of relatives that live there and we just drove around the town to see how much it had changed. This little guy was quite the guard dog.

They had added a seating area downtown that I thought was interesting.
But it was on the drive home that I thought this field was just beautiful!  If you click on them you can see how far the hay bales go.
It was as far as I could see, filled with round hay bales.  I think that you are truly from Oklahoma when you think this field is "pretty"! :)