I came across this photo this morning while going through my files looking for some lasagna pictures. This picture makes me kind of sad. See the pretty little tree in front of the hydrangea??? I killed it. Yep. It's a goner. I didn't pay attention to the settings on my sprinkler this summer and I drowned my poor little tree. There was a month that we were gone quite a bit and this tree went for about a month of having standing water around it.
This is what's left of the tree today. A stump that is proving to be difficult to get out of the ground. My husband keeps telling me it just needs to stay there but you know me.. I'm going to put another tree in the space. He isn't sure it can be done and I'm determined to get it done. What kind? I don't know. It has to be a small tree or an ornamental. Something that can take the Oklahoma winds, snow, ice, and extreme heat. I'm open for suggestions. If I can find a Japanese maple that is sun tolerant I'll probably do that. But I am always going to miss my little heart shaped leaves and cheerful blossoms of the Forest Pansy Redbud. I wish I'd been a better caretaker.
I am so ready for spring!! These days we have warm weather one day that tease us into thinking summer is right around the corner. And then the wind will pick up and it's cold once again. Yesterday my neighbors across the cove were out grilling and had a little fire in their fire pit. We had fisherman come into our cove to fish and it was so nice!! Today... wind and cold.
Lately I've been guilty of cooking and not thinking to blog. So today I'm going back into the kitchen to remake the stew we had a week or two ago so I can share. It might be a little late in the season for stew.. but in a day or two the weather might be cold enough for it! You just never know! The last time I made this we were expecting snow and I thought a pot of stew might last for a couple of days at least but this was so scrumptious that we ate all of it in one day. :)
My bulbs I planted a few weeks ago are coming up! I have one tulip! :D It gives me hope!! Spring will be here soon!!
My mother-in-law is coming in a couple of weeks! You know what that means.. time to clean house! haha I actually need motivation like that to clean really well. It also gives me a good excuse to meal plan. Not that she eats much! She's really laid back and easy to please, but I think it's fun to do something special when company or family comes to visit.
I noticed yesterday that the daffodils are in bloom everywhere! I'm so excited for spring! The bulbs that I planted a few weeks ago and have kept indoors are coming along nicely.
The tulips aren't far behind!
I hope everyone is having a great spring! I'm hopeful warmer days are coming!
This weekend was all about resting. It's the busiest time of the year for my husband and I knew after 3 weeks of a very hectic schedule he was going to need to rest. The problem is he isn't a very good "rester". We did manage to watch movies and even squeezed in a couple of naps over the weekend but I knew that by Sunday he was going to need to do something or he'd find a project to work on. So, I suggested we go for a ride in the Jeep and try to get lost. My goal was to follow a road I've always wondered about. Where did it go? So yesterday my husband gathered up some snacks and a cooler and we took off. About halfway down the road I realized we were NOT going to get lost because he kept looking at his phone and I realized he was following his GPS app! Good grief! I explained the concept of a leisurely, relaxing, Sunday drive and convinced him to put the GPS down. We ended up roaming through 2 states. I know that sounds impressive but we probably didn't go more than 50 miles round-trip. We went down a dirt road where the lake ends and the river begins then followed it some more up river. Then kept heading east. We went down a highway I've always wondered about. That's when I saw signs for a cave.
The last time I tried to go into a cave was at Devil's Den State Park. When it gets dark and you feel the wet cave walls squeeze you it's hard not to panic. I got down to where I couldn't see the hand in front of my face and told everyone to stop and back up- I had to come out! And I did. I sat and waited for almost an hour for my kids to come out of the cave thinking what a horrible mother I was for letting my kids go in there and without me! I was beginning to pace and get nervous when I heard voices coming back out of the cave. (sigh) They made it back out. They had stories of crawling through mud on their hands and knees because the passage was so small. I was mortified!
In spite of this nervous feeling we pulled into the drive of the cave we came across yesterday.
We got out and started walking towards the steps and I saw this sign.
Before I left (which was a certainty at this point) I wanted to get a pamphlet and learn about the cave. Then as if sensing my runaway tendencies a nice young woman came out and said hello.
Here is a link to their website.
After asking her ninety six hundred questions I decided I could possibly live through a cave tour and decided to go in. Joe and I both thought she was cute and funny. We were her only customers at the time so we had a personal guided tour that took about an hour for the cost of $12 each. It was delightful!!! For starters it was lighted. I didn't have to crawl and I never felt the cave squeeze me although it did kiss me. :)
I know I'm such a geek but I am absolutely fascinated by history. This place had artifacts that were found in the cave which is how it got it's name. There were human skulls found of the bluff dwellers and they're believed to be 7,000 years old dating back to the Paleo culture. There were other artifacts as well.
I really don't want to ruin the surprises for you so I won't tell you everything about the place but I really think it is worth the trip and the admission fee. I hope all of you go check this place out. It truly is a hidden treasure. This cave was was a subterranean corridor that was beneath the ocean floor. There are still fossils embedded in the walls of the cave.
I will share a few of my pictures. It was just amazing and I can't wait to take my friends there when they come to visit! :)
So I can't encourage you all enough to go visit this place. It's a short drive North of Fayetteville between Noel, Missouri and Lanagan, Missouri. It's near all of the float businesses on the Elk River and would make a great little day trip.
Yesterday as I was waiting for my valentine to come home I looked out and saw this family of geese enjoying a little sunset cruise.
I'm so thankful for my mother-in-law! She raised a son the right way! He's not always perfect but he sure does a lot of things right. When you've been married as long as we have (going on 23 years now) you come to appreciate the little acts of love that someone shows you. I don't always tell him how much I appreciate them but it doesn't ever go unnoticed. Every single morning my husband makes coffee. This has gone on for so long that on the rare occasion he's gone or can't make coffee I just go without because I no longer remember how. His coffee is the best and the best days are when he wakes me up by bringing me a cup of coffee. The days that I have to get up really early and go somewhere he always gets up early too to make sure I have coffee. THAT is love folks. I won't get over the top mushy and tell you every single thing my husband does or me out of love but there are about a million little things. Life truly is about the small things.
My husband thinks I've lost my mind. My friends just shake their heads and laugh. But how cute is this? I got my girls a puppy stroller. It's true, dogs need exercise but the problem is... I walk them and I get no exercise because of the frequent stops to sniff and mark their territory. But if I walk fast or very far they give out. The last time I took them all the way around the island (which is a 3 mile walk from my house and all the way back around) they gave out after a couple of miles and just sat down. I had to carry them for a while until my arms couldn't take it anymore then I had to make them walk.
Yesterday I took them about a block or two letting them get their fill of sniffing and marking and then I put them in here and off we went! I was nervous they would want out but to my surprise they loved it! They just took in all the sights and looked back every now and then to make sure I was still with them. And believe it or not adding that little bit of pushing to my walk added some burn to my walk. I got a couple of looks from golfers trying to figure out what the heck I was doing but that's ok! I can take it. <3
I'm a wife and mom! That about sums me up! I am blessed to be married to my best friend for 28 years now. I have 2 great kids that are grown! My hobbies include: Cooking, photography, gardening, reading, painting, and pottery, and feathering my nest!
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