WE’VE PACKED OUR DUDS… LET’S GO!!!

WE'VE PACKED OUR DUDS... LET'S GO!

There’s a major snow storm coming our way!  We’ve known about it for a few days and as temperatures reached the mid 60’s last Friday and Saturday, we decided to get out and enjoy it!  We headed south on 1-35 and on to the Kansas Turnpike.  In winter the Kansas prairie is not terribly interesting and there are leafless dead trees lining the highway, but as we got closer to the Oklahoma border, we saw the wind turbines waving at us!

In case you’re wondering, yes – I waved back.  Yeah – I didHello, happy little wind turbines!  Yes, I am FUN on a trip – pray for my poor husband, will ya???  IMG_0003Once we got past the waving turbines, we knew the Oklahoma border was not far away.  We stayed on the turnpike for another hour and a half once in Oklahoma – we got off at exit 194 and drove about 30 miles west on highway 412 to Enid, Oklahoma.  I love brand new adventures, don’t you? 

We found a few really nice antique stores, but sadly, a couple of the stores had gone out of business.  😦

Broadway Mall gets a 5-basket rating from this Longaberger collector!  The baskets were all over the store, so some hunting was required (but that’s part of the fun, right?)  https://www.facebook.com/broadwayantiquesenid/  LIKE them on facebook!

IMG_0004IMG_0005I took this photo from inside the truck – that’s why it looks like there’s a car driving on the roof – it’s just a reflection.  I assure you there was NOT a car driving on the roof!  https://www.facebook.com/Broadway-Exchange-528702237171093/  LIKE Broadway Exchange on facebook.

Not everything was antique, but I like to look at new stuff too, so that’s okay.  I found a couple of small baskets there because most of the antiques are large pieces like beds and dressers.  I liked this place because it’s so well-organized and there was plenty of room to walk around.IMG_0006Just a block from Broadway is Maine St. and look at that sweet ride setting there!  I just had to get a picture of it!  Then we went to the thrift store to look around.  Larry was looking for antiques (because sometimes you find the unexpected in thrift stores) and I was looking at vintage clothing.  Neither of us found a treasure – but that happens sometimes too.IMG_0007Here’s another blast from the past!  We were on our way to eat dinner at Chick-fil-A and were stopped at a traffic light.  I think that’s probably the original paint too – isn’t that neat?  Someone has taken very good care of it!

IMG_0008There are so many reasons to LIKE Chick-fil-A, but they impress me because:

  1. The employees serve their customers as if they are serving their MASTER, Christ Jesus (it’s Biblical – and it makes such a difference!)
  2. I heard children in the booth behind me saying EXCUSE ME (in a nice tone), PLEASE, THANK YOU, and they asked their parents… MAY I GO PLAY?
  3. There are literally DOZENS of condiments as well as straws, napkins, etc.  They are in a clean and tidy area.  I’m not sure how they can have mayonnaise in packets unrefrigerated…  regular and light – but they DO!  It’s a good thing, because I like lite mayo on my chicken sandwich.
  4. This goes in the GO THE EXTRA MILE FILE…  They put fresh carnations in a little vase on every single table – every single day!  I was looking around and thought about how SPECIAL they make their customers feel.  I feel special when I’m at Chick-fil-A.  https://www.facebook.com/chickfilaenid/  LIKE them on facebook!

Friday night we stayed over at a local motel…  I won’t say much about it because we were less than tickled with the experience.  But then Saturday morning rolled around…

IMG_0009There’s a Wally World in Enid – YAY!!!  If you know me, you know that Walmart is how I roll.  We ate breakfast at McDonald’s located on the market side.  I tried their new maple and fruit oatmeal, and it’s pretty good – and surprisingly did not raise my blood sugar too much.  Since it’s maple and fruit, I expected a significant rise, but was pleasantly surprised.  It’s also under 300 calories.  Good to know.IMG_0010You know how some folks go on vacation and they take beautiful photos of the sunrise – it rises over the beach or over a large body of water???  This is my sunrise photo for this trip – the sun is rising over the Walmart.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Who needs palm trees anyway???

As we were traveling down 412 west, we saw the funniest thing – and I didn’t get a photo (sorry, I was too slow) – but there was a little piglet grazing in the median!  I’m not joking – we laughed – and I said, “ONLY IN OKLAHOMA!!!”  I wish I had taken a photo – but it just came up on us so fast!IMG_0016We got back on the turnpike heading for Tonkawa, Oklahoma…  I like this sign – it’s a business that fixes big rigs – but that sign – well – it’s a TRUCK!  It’s been there for years – I think it’s really cool.  I don’t know if you can read it, but it says, WE FIX TRUCKSIMG_0017Welcome to Tonkawa, Oklahoma!  This is a Santa Fé caboose.  I think trains just look naked without the caboose – but I’ve had time to get used to the idea.  LOL – 😉IMG_0021This restaurant caught my attention for two reasons:  (1) The spiral staircase and (2) I was HUNGRY!  We didn’t eat there, but I still think it’s a really neat looking place – I’m keeping it in mind for a future trip.IMG_0022About two years ago we were in Tonkawa antique shopping and had good luck finding things in this store.  Apparently the place changed hands, because it is now more of a thrift store.  I didn’t mind, because I found some vintage clothing and a coffee mug that says SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU that Hallmark made years ago.  I didn’t get one back then, but I have one now.  Works for me!  I can afford $1.00.  I remember looking at those mugs at the Hallmark store years ago – but they were so expensive, no way could I get one.  I love how God works things out if we just let Him have it – big or small.

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We got off the turnpike to go to Blackwell, Oklahoma.  There was a VERY long truck with a wide load driving ahead of us at about 20 MPH.  Once we got to Blackwell, we decided to try to get ahead of the truck by taking some back roads to get downtown.  Sounded like a good plan to me, but the trouble was – we got about halfway to our destination – and an Oklahoma State Trooper came around the corner – lights flashing.  LOL…  it was the big rig!  Instead of getting ahead of it – we MET it.  But – I got this really cool photo of the monster in the intersection.  Isn’t that massive???  With two Trooper cars and a Pilot vehicle, hopefully that thing will get where it’s going.  What is that thing they’re hauling, anyhow???  Does anyone know???

Eventually we got to Ashby’s in Blackwell.  We didn’t find much there – went to the Braum’s for lunch and got back on the turnpike to go home.  LIKE Ashby’s on facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/ashbysantiquemall/

We’re thankful to God for another safe journey!  We’re so glad you got to come along!  🙂

For more information about the places to visit in Enid, OK, go to http://Info@VisitEnid.org  The Enid Welcome Center is at 201 W. Owen K. Garriott Rd., Enid, OK  73701 / 580-233-3643 / Open Mon-Fri 8am-Noon, 1pm-5pm

Antique / Thrift / Consignment Shops in Enid:

BECKY’S CONSIGNMENT SHOP 123 E. Broadway  580-297-5118

BROADWAY ANTIQUES & UNIQUES 129 E. Broadway 580-297-5113

BROADWAY EXCHANGE 211 E. Broadway 580-540-9171

PARK AVENUE THRIFT 507 S. Grand 580-233-7275

JWL RETURN ENGAGEMENT 123 N. Grand 580-234-0624

LOLA’S BOUTIQUE 224 W. Randolph 580-542-0133

COMMUNITY THRIFT & GIFT 130 E. Randolph 580-297-5133

BRAND NAME EXCHANGE 114 N. Independence 580-237-8336

CHER-DEN’S 827 W. Maine 580-237-6881

KARMA’S RETRO SHOPPE & FLEA MARKET 1713 S. Van Buren 580-748-0353

HOPE OUTREACH THRIFT STORE 215 S. Van Buren 580-237-4673

Most of these shops have websites and are on facebook.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (29)AWell, we are nearly a month into winter and it’s not been too bad yet here in Kansas.  We’ve had a couple of earthquakes, but not much snow so far.  Every day that we have mild temperatures and no snow, I thank God because I’m not a big fan of ice and snow – at all.

LEFTOVER SNOW

But what’s Coyote John up to???  Looks like he’s LOST IN THE WIND!  That’s not difficult in Kansas – trust me!  😉

https://youtu.be/I5pE_T8dZh0

I enjoy watching videos on YouTube that my friend John makes.  He shows us the outdoors like nobody else does!  Most of us drive along the highway, passing by all that Mother Nature has to show us.  Let’s watch his most recent video recorded last December.

https://youtu.be/UuU6iLJif5o

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more          welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.  – Helen Keller

GOD'S THEREBetween RA, sciatica and type 2 diabetes, there are days when I can barely function.  I wonder if people like John know how much it helps to be able to watch their YouTube videos?  It’s the next best thing to getting out for a walk myself!

https://youtu.be/2SoMjOMfXrI

O, money can’t buy the delights of the glen,
Nor Poetry sing all its charms:
There’s a solace and calm ne’er described by the pen
When we’re folded within Nature’s arms!  

 – James Rigg, “Nutting Time,” Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

https://youtu.be/OE2SIy64oTI

POEM FROM THE PRAIRIE LADY

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  – Osho

A great big THANK YOU to John for showing us nature in winter – while we sit indoors all snug and warm.  😉

PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

TL 12-1 PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORDI know that it’s more difficult to get into Christmas because of the terrorists attacks.  Believe me, I’m very saddened that once again our country has been a target – a soft target.  In spite of these happenings, we as Christians have a HOPE – in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is worthy of our praise and worship.  He came to earth to save us and we celebrate that fact.

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Today’s goal is to take some photos of God’s beautiful creation.  I find photographs of beauty soothe my troubled soul.  Let’s take a moment today to thank God for all the beauty around us.

I need this flower in my hair - and matching gloves!
I need this flower in my hair – and matching gloves!
What a lovely shot of the sun with the snow!
What a lovely shot of the sun with the snow!
Awe... how cute are they???
Awe… how cute are they???
Will you walk toward the sun or away from it?
Will you walk toward the sun or away from it?
When was the last time you made a snow angel?
When was the last time you made a snow angel?
The allure of this photo should seem obvious... COFFEE!!!
The allure of this photo should seem obvious… COFFEE!!!
A frosty pine tree branch. Isn't that pretty?
A frosty pine tree branch. Isn’t that pretty?
Isn't this nice?
Isn’t this nice?
Alpine... wow!
Alpine… wow!
Do you ski??? Not me... I'm not even almost athletically inclined.
Do you ski??? Not me… I’m not even almost athletically inclined.
I don't know much about birds, but aren't they pretty?
I don’t know much about birds, but aren’t they pretty?
Covered bridges are so romantic - even in the snow!
Covered bridges are so romantic – even in the snow!
I like that fence - it looks better covered with snow.
I like that fence – it looks better covered with snow.
Isn't God's creation majestic?
Isn’t God’s creation majestic?
This looks so serene.
This looks so serene.

grand-canyon-981717 grand-canyon-956723Did you know it snows at the Grand Canyon???  I didn’t – but then, I’ve never been there – not even in good weather.  It’s on my bucket list to visit – and I’ll get there someday – sure hope to.

This forest is a wonderland of snow.
This forest is a wonderland of snow.
They look like crystal, don't they?
They look like crystal, don’t they?

The last ice storm we had here in Wichita was back in 1993.  I remember standing outside where it was so quiet – then suddenly there would be a loud CRACKLING noise – the sound of branches breaking off trees from the weight of the ice!  It’s a weird sound to be sure.  The folks just northwest of us had an ice storm over the Thanksgiving holiday – just in time to mess up their plans.  😦

Hopefully these photos have helped us focus on God and have reminded us that He is in control – of nature, the climate, man and the future of everyone.  May God richly bless you today.  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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… and meanwhile, back in Kansas – What is John Coyote up to?  Let’s take a look at his latest videos!

http://youtu.be/xlWjvaKDpGk

He said this video was taken at Little Walnut River, ten miles southeast of Augusta. Kansas.  There is a unique beauty here in Kansas – or maybe I’m just biased in my opinion – ya think? 

http://youtu.be/yoqQ95QLcOk

I want today’s post to serve as a gentle reminder that we should get outdoors while we still can.  Before long the weather will be too bad and we’ll be stuck indoors – and you know what that means…  CABIN FEVER!  What will you do before the first snow of the year?

If you live in or around Kansas, you might want to take in the 16th annual Homemade Holidays Craft Show in Ottawa on November 14th.  It’s held at the Ottawa and Franklin County Visitor Information Center at 1230 S. Ash from 9am – 4pm.  I believe it’s free – (at least I saw no mention of a charge).  For more information you can call them at 785-229-8030.

Are you in the mood for some relaxing music and a bunch of friendly folks?  THIRD SATURDAY is also going on in Ottawa through December 19th when everyone in the community comes together for a fun relaxing day.

November 21st is the annual Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights in beautiful downtown Salina, Kansas.  I didn’t see what time it begins, but I’m guessing it’s around 10-ish.

The Downtown Holiday Parade in Hutchinson, Kansas is also on November 21st at 10am.  Good luck being in two places at the same time.  Why do they do that?

Kansas has a Swedish community not far from Wichita called Lindsborg.  It’s a college town and they have unique shops and restaurants.  Every Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat from November 8th – January 24th they will have the Birger Sandzen Holiday Gift Show at the Memorial Art Gallery at 401 N. First St.  For more information about that you can call them at 785-227-2220.

An evening stroll may be a little brisk these days, but in Wellington, Kansas they have the First Friday Art walk at the No. 7 Coffee House at 115 S. Washington from 5pm – 7pm.  I guess you grab a cup of their coffee to keep warm before you walk – or even while you walk – good thinking, No. 7!  For more information you can give them a call at 620-326-6777.

There’s still time to get out and go before we get stuck indoors!  These are all fun activities – but I think my friend John has the right idea – just go out and enjoy nature!  You never know what you may learn.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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1-27 PRAYERS FOR MY FRIENDS IN THE EAST

When it seems as though we are brought to a halt, by an act of God or by circumstances in life, may we always remember that God is the architect, the Master of our lives.  He is the one who performs miracles, great and small, every day.  If we lean fully on Him, we will be brought through all situations and shine brightly on the other side.

The East Coast already looks like a snow globe thanks to winter storm Juno, but the worst is yet to come.  Thousands of flight cancellations and everyone is required to stay off the streets except emergency personnel.  It sounds so scary!  I just want you to know that little ol’ Linda in Kansas is praying for you.

 Lord and Master of all seasons,  I pray for everyone affected by winter storm Juno.  Protect them every one from the elements, for Father it sounds so very dangerous.  Protect the animals as well I pray.  May they instinctively find shelter from the brutal cold and strong winds.  May the sick have enough medicine and may the elderly have enough blankets and food.  Bless families everywhere with real moments during this time to have conversations where normally they wouldn’t.  Help them to make the best of this situation and reconnect as a family unit.  May everyone show genuine concern for everyone else during this time, and may we all be better people after the storm passes than we were before it came.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Major impacts from the storm are expected in the Big Apple.  I pray that everyone has shelter and all the animals have shelter.  They are calling this storm historical because it will leave some areas with up to 2 feet of snow in a very short time.  There will be blizzard conditions and winds are expected to gust up to 65 MPH so it is definitely deadly out there.  Please stay indoors. 

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you…. In spring, summer and fall people have sort of an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.  – Ruth Stout

I pray you have enough to sustain you and that you do not experience power outages or any other devastating conditions.  I read stories and saw photographs of empty shelves in grocery stores and very long lines at checkout counters.

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Empty shelves at grocery stores

So…  If nobody’s supposed to go out unless they are emergency personnel, how do all these TV people in N.Y. get to work to do their anchor jobs???  Huh…  huh???  Yeah – good question, right???  They had better not shut Fox News down – I mean – it would be like – well – like I have DISH or something!  LOL – I had to say it!

May you have everything you need to ride out the storm, and may God Himself see you through it.  ❤

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (13)It’s cold and flu season again!  I hope everyone in your family is well, but it’s a good idea to have a great recipe for chicken noodle soup or chicken and noodles.  It’s a mystery, but something in the broth makes you feel better almost instantly!

Here’s our favorite recipe for chicken and noodles:

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles (serves 8)

Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of celery soup

1 can chicken stock

1 package egg noodles (16 oz. bag)

salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Place the chicken breasts in a 6-qt. slow cooker, then add the soups and stock
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and turn the heat setting to low.  Cook for 8 hours
  • Boil 1 bag of egg noodles according to the package directions
  • While the noodles are boiling, shred the chicken with two forks, directly in the crock pot
  • Drain the cooked noodles, add to the slow cooker, and gently stir.  Cover the crock pot and continue to heat on low for 15 minutes before serving.  Add some parsley for color if you want to.

When we’re sick we surely don’t mean to share, but there are just viruses going around this year.  Part of taking care of yourself is to feed your body what it needs.  Make sure you also take your meds and get plenty of rest.  It’s not always easy to declare to everyone around you that you’re going to bed for an undetermined amount of time until you feel better, but that’s part of what it takes to feel better.

Sleep has restorative properties.  We don’t give it the credit it deserves in our society.  We’re so determined to tough it out – working through it instead of taking a time-out.  I give you permission…  if you feel sick, please give yourself a time-out.  🙂

 

 

 

NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY

TL 12-17 NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY

 

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Since we just have a few short days before winter officially sets in, let’s spend the day enjoying some real maple syrup!  NATIONAL MAPLE SYRUP DAY is the perfect time to enjoy and appreciate this delicious American treat.  Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into a thick syrup.

It’s a common misconception that maple syrup is harvested at this time of year, but it doesn’t take place until late winter, from February through March, when the sap is flowing.  It’s recommended that maple syrup be poured over pancakes, waffles or on vanilla ice cream.  Some folks drink the sap straight from the tree!

When you buy maple syrup, make sure it is not pancake syrup – most syrups labeled pancake syrup do not contain any maple syrup.

I haven’t enjoyed “real” maple syrup for many years – so of course when I go into a restaurant and order blueberry pancakes, I have to request sugar-free syrup.

So – how do I plan to celebrate?  Oh – don’t worry – I have a plan!  I found the most wonderful flavored coffee at a cozy little boutique in Belleville, Kansas called “The Feathered Nest”.  It’s called GOOD MORNING MAPLE and when I pair it with some fat-free, sugar-free pumpkin flavored coffee creamer, it turns into Autumn Morning Magic in my coffee cup!  While everyone else is moving on to the scents and tastes of peppermint for winter and Christmas, I’m hanging on to my fall scents and tastes until it is officially winter – on the 21st.  I still have a few more days to enjoy the spicy flavors of maple and pumpkin!  I’m still using my pumpkin coffee mug.  I won’t rush the season.  I’m stubborn like that!

However…

I do admit that when I think of maple syrup, I think of Buddy the Elf…  yeah.

This is my favorite scene – I can stay???

And while he’s on a sugar high, the announcement that SANTA will be in the store is made.  I don’t like the OMG, but it is what it is I guess…  sigh.

Before that movie came out – maple syrup was totally autumn in my brain – ELF changed my way of thinking.  It’s like a really cool ADOPTION STORY…  sort of twisted, but cool.  LOL!  😀

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

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