Sunday, August 31, 2008

After the Service

Children of the church always enjoy the little fish pond in our courtyard garden.

Celebrating David Pendleton Oakerhater

Fr. Rick preached today on David Pendleton Oakerhater, a Cheyenne warrior, taken prisoner in March 1875 in Oklahoma, educated, converted, baptized and ordained an Episcopal deacon. He returned to Oklahoma in 1881 and ministered to his people until his death on August 31, 1931. Canonized by the Episcopal church in 1985, his feast day is September 1st.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tulsa Brookside Library

Internet access is provided by 16 computer terminals. On Saturday afternoon most of them are occupied by kids playing online games. Several more are available to access the catalog. Any item in the system is available for delivery to your neighborhood branch in a day or so.

Tulsa Brookside Library

Books, periodicals, recordings and framed reproductions of fine art are available as well as work tables and comfortable chairs.

Tulsa Brookside Library

This is our neighborhood branch of Tulsa's excellent public library

Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama Makes History

Big news and an historic event. The times are a-changing.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama Watch Party

There are not many Democrats in Tulsa, but a group of us gathered at The Brook Restaurant on Peoria to watch Barack Obama give his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Memorial Garden

Fellowship United Church of Christ, Tulsa, OK

Monday, August 25, 2008

Leron's Birthday

Mac, Leron, David, Ed, and Bill with Smokey in front.

Happy Birthday Leron!

Lunch at the Korean Garden

Here is Jeyook Bokeum (pork stir fry) with rice and an assortment of side dishes.
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The Korean Garden serves the only authentic Korean food in Tulsa and one of my favorite restaurants of any style. It is a small family owned restaurant, clean and simple with a very good menu. They serve a variety of bulgogi, soups, bibimbap, roast fish, and stirfrys, all served with rice and multiple side dishes. Many of the dishes are spicy but not all. All are interesting and delicious. If you are unsure what to order they have a nice variety of dishes to choose from on their buffet. They are on the North West corner of S. 41st St. and 129th East Avenue in Tulsa.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tulsa River Park

The interior of The Pedestrian Bridge, formerly a bridge for the Midland Valley Railroad, now connects East and West banks of the Arkansas River for bicycles and pedestrians.

Tulsa River Park

The exterior of The Pedestrian Bridge, formerly a bridge for the Midland Valley Railroad, now connects East and West banks of the Arkansas River for bicycles and pedestrians.

Tulsa River Park

The focal point of River Park is often considered to be the Pedestrian Bridge, located adjacent to Zink Dam near 29th and Riverside Drive. The Pedestrian Bridge was formerly a bridge for the Midland Valley Railroad and is now a pedestrian walkway connecting foot and bicycle paths on both East and West sides of the Arkansas River.

Zinc Dam, shown here, retains water North of the Pedestrian Bridge to fill the river bank to bank. Downstream it becomes the Arkansas Sandbar during the dry season.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Proud But Humble

Smokey got a bath and a new neckerchief today from Love On A Leash. He's feeling special.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tulsa Garden Center

The Teaching Gardens extend along a long shaded walk bordered by a variety of plants that do well in the Oklahoma climate. The Tulsa Garden Center exists to promote learning about plants through education and demonstration.

Tulsa Garden Center

At the end of the walk is a memorial to Carl Linnaeus, (1707-1778) a brilliant Swedish naturalist and educator who considered all of nature his classroom. Like a botanical prophet, he led students on long excursions through woods and countryside, reeling off colorful anecdotes and observations on plants, insects and vertebrates.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Crepe Myrtle

We wanted something to provide a little color and shade for the deck. We planted 5 "Red Rocket" crepe myrtle bushes, 3 on the North and 2 on the East. As they grow we will prune them to arch over the deck. They are small this first summer but will grow quickly. They are an intense red and will look very nice I think.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tulsa International Airport

Alan flew back to Maryland this morning after a nice visit.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Dinner For Marjorie

Susan fixed a nice dinner of roast pork and sweet potatoes for us to
enjoy. Alan returns to Maryland tomorrow.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Christ Church Cross

This beautiful Christus Rex is a gift from St. Dunstan's Episcopal and is used as our processional cross.

Marjorie at Church

Marjorie with both of her children, Alan and Susan.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dinner with Alan

Susan's brother Alan is visiting from Maryland this weekend. We took
him to the Korean Garden.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chandler Park

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Evening Sky

Clouds rolling through.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Clever Home Garden

Just few blocks from our house a home owner has made a wonderful garden down the strip of land between their property line and the street. Where most people do little more than mow occasionally, they are growing a variety of lovely vegetables and ornamentals. It is a
beautiful garden and not a weed to be seen. This photograph really does not do it justice.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

At the Dentist


Monday, August 11, 2008

Tired Dog

Smokey has slept a lot since the grandkids left. He enjoyed the attention but they wore him out.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Together at Church

Jenny and the grandkids will head back to St. Louis after church. We
will miss them.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Birthday Girls

Marjorie is 89 today, and Molly is 10 in 3 days.

Birthday Girls

Susan, Molly and Jennifer watch Marjorie open her birthday gift. Four generations.

A Nice Breakfast

We to to the Blue Dome Diner to celebrate with breakfast by Chef Luke.

Mommy's Here!

Jennifer drove down from St. Louis in a brand new Nissan Versa to take Molly and Willy back home. She came in late last night and will go back Sunday after church.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Philbrook Museum

They especially liked "The Thinking Rabbit.

Philbrook Museum

They enjoyed the lovely gardens.

Philbrook Museum

They walked down the hill through the back gardens.

Philbrook Museum

Willy liked the Shields.

Philbrook Museum

They enjoyed the "Objects" exhibit.

Philbrook Museum

While I stayed home and kept Mr. Vasquez company, Sue took Molly and Will to Philbrook.

New Toilet

We to from 5 gallons per flush to 1.5 gallons per flush. We are green!

New Toilet

He carefully fits pieces in the old footprint so the new tile well lay flat. Even though this will not show, it is done very carefully.

New Toilet

Mr. Vasquez prepped the floor and laid down new tile prior to setting
the new toilet.

New Toilet

Mr. Vasquez did a beautiful job on the kitchen plumbing so we asked him to install a new toilet. The old one worked OK, but used 5 gallons of water for each flush. The new one only uses 1.6 gallons per flush. Over the course of a year that's a lot is water.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Viet Houng Restuarant

The food is wonderful!

Viet Houng Restuarant

Sure enough we rooted the sprigs and planted them and they have

Viet Houng Restaurant

Our favorite Vietnamese restaurant serves fresh basil with soups. The waitress told us that if we put the sprig in water it would root.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Smokey and Friends

On the bed watching a baseball game.

Swimming on a Hot Day

Willy Frog

Swimming on a Hot Day

Molly Frog

Swimming on a Hot Day

Cooling off at the Whiteside Park swimming pool