Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Family Time and Heading Home

I sure did enjoy spending time with my three girls.  We went to a fun old time area of Osage Beach which had gift shops and an arcade and such.  We got the girls each a stuffed kitty and here they are with those and the Navajo Indian dolls we got them at the Hopi House at the Grand Canyon.  They're so cute!

Each evening as we returned from going out for dinner there was a small herd of deer in the same grassy wooded area, there were two fawns in the group.  Aren't they cute?

There were several does and we saw one buck with a small rack of antlers.

What a joy to get to see them often.

One day we took the girls to Randy's Custard and all enjoyed some ice cream.  It was EXTREMELY HOT AND HUMID there.  Like a steam oven.  

For one of our dinners we tried this place with the funny name and even funnier quote on their sign.  It had high ratings.

I got smoked ham and turkey and it was delicious!

In the arcade area was this fun painted VW Bus which I loved.

Did I mention it was HOT? :-)  It got up to 98 d. F while there.  Oh my.

I liked this old clock.

A pretty sunset sky on one of the evenings while there.

Here is a vintage basket that I got for a nice low price at the antique store.

It's an oak splint basket and I could tell it is old from examining the bottom.

I spent some wonderful time in the pool with the girls, they LOVE to swim and we all had a great time on our last full day together.

Grandpa took some photos for me from the balcony.

Water babies.

Our last supper - a cute little girl crawled up and joined us and we had fun with her.

Our only group photo - at Starbucks as we parted way.  Hugs all around.  

As we headed North out of Missouri we passed miles and miles of corn fields.  We passed through a corner of Iowa and into Nebraska.  Corn fields the whole way!

We passed over this neat bridge - can anyone tell me where it is and what it's name is?  LOL!

We stopped at this neat Amish store in Nebraska and I had to take a photo of the fun way they painted their water tower.

We love the Amish stores!  So many fun things in there!  We got a pecan roll and shared it as we drove.

Have you ever wondered where the "boonies" are?  This is where.

We made it to Grand Island, Nebraska and got a hotel, went out for a very late soup and salad dinner.  When we returned to the hotel this pretty moon was posing for a photo.  Goodnight, Moon.  :-)

We are now up and ready to hit the road again.  We have a whole state to cross into Wyoming where we'll head to Jackson Hole and to see the Grand Tetons.  :-)  Then?  Oregon or Bust!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Spending Time With The Girls at Ozark Lake MO

Hi my friends.  We are at the Lake of the Ozarks.  Dayle and I got here a day ahead of my daughter Amy and the two girls.  So, after checking into our hotel we did some driving around trying to get an idea of landscape.  Right next to the dam that created this massive meandering lake we stopped and snapped a photo.. if you look close you can see a boat pulling a parasail.  

Our hotel had a neat pool which I knew the girls would like.

Our girls arrived and we were all so happy to see each other!  I snapped a photo of the girls after lunch and the sun was blinding them! :-)

I'd been looking for a Cardinal since I arrived and asked my granddaughter Jenna that if she saw one to let me know.. she looked out the window and said "There's one!".. I didn't believe her at first, but grabbed my camera and looked and LO and BEHOLD.. look what I saw!  I'll never forget that.

On Friday we had some time to kill between checking out of the hotel and into our condo so we went to an antique store.  Oh my.. the Village Antiques was full to the brim of really nice things.. I should have taken more photos.  I thought those of you who like buntings and banners would like this.. they took vintage hankies, cut them in half and folded them to make this cute banner.

This entire old closet was filled with vintage linens.. embroidered and crocheted lace edging.. oh my!

I actually bought two vintage oak splint baskets, a tiny milk glass cream bottle and a wire laundry basket that I've been wanting for years!  But I have not photos at this time as they're still in the car! :-)

We finally checked into our condo and this is the view we have of a little bay of the lake.  This is from the nice deck off the condo.

This is Jenna in their cute little room.. I love the nautical decor on the wall.

Here is the dining area.

Here is the kitchen.  I didn't take a photo of the big living area as we've already piled it up with crochet bags, dolls, pillows everywhere, etc.  LOL!

Amy and the girls went swimming yesterday, I walked down with them to snap a few photos.  There is this gorgeous planter by the pool.

Does anyone know what this pretty pink flower is?  ETA - LacyKnitsDaily said it's a Mandavilla!  Thanks!

The girls ready to swim.. now my friends.. I'll be honest.  It's horrifically hot and humid here and I was about to die just walking down there and taking some photos.  I quickly retreated to the lovely cool condo with grandpa while they swam.  I hope to swim with them tomorrow - we might go on a boat cruise today.  We're still googling to find one.

The girls are happy in the water.

Snap.. snap.. and quickly back to the cool condo!  LOL!  It was 95 deg. F. and the humidity is 77%.  This Oregon girl and Dayle too.. are having a bit of difficulty with this heat.  We're looking forward to heading to a cooler climate on the way home.

Okay.. time to hear more stories from the girls.  Paige was just telling me about going to camp and walking in the mud there.  :-)  Oh.. forgot to tell you that we saw a little herd of deer the other night in the trees by the condo and last night we saw a bunch of fireflies in the brush, too!  I hope you're having a good weekend!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cowboys and Indians

Hi my friends!  First, I want to thank my blog friends who are still commenting on my road trip posts even though I rarely have time to comment back.  You are appreciated.  Now.. on to share more of our road trip across the SW and Midwest of the United States of America.  After we left our home town of Watonga, we headed to Oklahoma City to see the amazing National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.  The first thing you see upon entering is this huge and amazing sculpture called "End of the Trail".  It is by American born artist Earle Fraser. See more history here. (You really should read every word of that text as the end of it will amaze you.)

We were not allowed to take photos of the huge collection of paintings in the museum but suffice it to say, they were amazing!  Finally we found the Indian part of the museum and I was able to take photos of the artifacts with no flash and used my iPhone.  Here is a beaded Indian dress.  

I love the flag inspired motif on these moccasins.  Even though the US Govt. did not treat the Native American Indians well, a peace was built and many Indians became proud of being a part of the USA.

I was so impressed with this intricate coiled basket on display.

Another beautiful hand beaded leather dress. 

An impressive hand made silver and turquoise squash blossom necklace and bracelet.

Another coiled platter shaped basket and an amazing piece of Indian made pottery.  This was likely made using coils of wet clay and built up and smoothed as it took shape.

I was impressed with these hand-beaded gloves, aren't they amazing?

This museum was HUGE and we came upon this section set up like a rodeo set.  This is a life size bronze of cowboy holding his saddle and rope.

They had a LOT of vintage saddles on display.  This looks very similar to the saddle I used when I had a Quarter horse for many years named Lady.

The had a tableaux set up of a chuckwagon that was used by the trail cook to feed the cowboys on long cattle drives across the country to bring cows to the towns across the young nation.

They had a whole town set up in the middle - but it was very dimly lit and it was difficult to take photos.  Here is a gorgeous painted stagecoach.

That evening we met with all my siblings in the old stockyards part of Oklahoma City for dinner.

We dined here at this old and beloved steak restaurant.  They gave the eight of us a private dining room!  

While most of us had iced tea, Dayle and my brother-in-law Steve had a big bottle of "Double Deuce" beer.

This is a bit messy looking but I had to show you this big 10 ounce bacon wrapped filet mignon I had with a baked potato and fresh baked yeast roll.  YUM!

Oh.. before we left Watonga we stopped to visit my Uncle Dwayne, a real and true cowboy who raised cattle all his life and rode his horse a LOT.  He married our family friend Norma Lou Knisley some years back and they are so cute together!  

Their house is gorgeous and decorated with all kinds of wonderful Western art.  Here is a favorite of mine, showing how the old farmers would raise up a new windmill using their horses.  He traded a small herd of registered horses for about 4 or 5 of these amazing paintings.  They also have bronzes and a small covered wagon that was quite something.

After we left OKC we headed through Tulsa and on to Pryor to visit Dayle's older brother, Allen.  Here are the two of them together in front of his home.

His great wife Debbie, too.  She and I sat out in their back yard and had the best talk.  She is part Cherokee Indian.

The next morning we stopped at the Amish Store and next to it was this awesome old elevator.  Isn't it neat?

We sure had fun here.. 

Every flavor of jam and jelly - canned fruit and vegetables - pickles and relish.  We got cherry jam and orange marmalade.

Chocolates, licorice, nuts and gummies.. anyone?

Dried fruit, nuts, crunchy things galore.  They also had a cafe and a bakery - and even quilts for sale.  What a neat place!  We also got a roll of butter and some farmer's cheese, plus a few more things.

After a 4 hour drive we found our hotel in Osage Beach, Missouri and checked in and rested a bit.  Then we found our condo we move into on Friday for 4 nights with our daughter and GDs.  Our girls arrive in a few hours and they'll spend one night here before we move there tomorrow.  I am so excited to see them!

This place has a balcony overlooking the pool and lake.  We should have fun there!  OK.. I'll sign off for now.  Again, thanks for the comments, they keep me going.  :-)  I hope you're having a fun summer!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-)