“Don’t give up the day job.”

April 2018
One of my father's favorite sayings.  It seems appropriate today. Going into the Antiques Roadshow we knew we were not going to find we had a nest egg for retirement in some item.  None of our things are that outstandingly special.  Except to us, of course.   And that is as it should be. One thing that happens when things are seen on AR (at least in my opinion) is that everyone that has one like it comes out of the woodwork and the market is 'flooded' with that same object and the price goes down.   This always makes me think of one of the early advertisements for AR where an Indian throw is being valued and they cut to various people watching the show and everyone is trying…
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‘The bags are packed, we’re ready to go…’

April 2018
Tomorrow Antiques Road Show visits Tulsa and we have a pair of Willy Wonka Golden tickets.  We've been trying to decide what to take since the tickets arrived in the mail.  Each person (ticket) get to bring 2 items for appraisal.  What would you take? My mom and dad both collected items of interest.  There is one story of my mom cleaning things out of the attic and leaving them on the second story hall and telling my dad to bring them on down to 'go out'.  He went up and looked at her selection, took the items back to the attic and brought down his selection of what should 'go out'.  My mom went up and looked at what he had selected and hauled it back to the attic. …
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Remember the Cold as Blazes?

April 2018
Now we've got the heat off and I'm seriously contemplating turning on the AC.  That old joke..."If you don't like the weather wait five minutes." Today the windows and doors (with screens) were open.  I wore a sweater this morning thinking I would need it.  I've been a tad too warm all day long.  I've nothing against a warm day, but it does make me wonder two things. 1) how long with the spring flowers last at this temperature? 2) how warm is it going to be this summer if this is spring? Meanwhile we haven't had much rain and that is showing up in Oklahoma with wildfires mostly in the western part of the state.  Those getting spring snows they don't want in the upper Midwest, just send that…
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Cold as Blazes

April 2018
How does that even make sense?   But it has been cold this weekend.  The neighbors covered their azaleas again.  Mine are on their own.  We did get close to freezing, but I think we stayed right above.  Saturday the temperatures were in the 40's all day, the low and the high!   Not sure I'm going to get the other pictures to upload.  Grr.  They were spirea (bridal wreath), Angelique tulips, more of the azaleas and the mess of plants I have inside on the desk from the plant sale this weekend.  It was just too cold to leave them outside.  The peonies are still swelling, so I am assuming the cold didn't 'nip them in the bud' quite literally.  Also there was going to be a picture from…
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Friday –

April 2018
That was the week that was... Teachers look like they will go back to classes...I think they should maintain the walkout, but they have to do what they think is right.  Seems to be a lot of support for those holding posters at the corner of 41st and Yale. The weather is up and down.  We had snow last Saturday and it is currently 71 o F at 8:30pm.  Tomorrow morning will be close to freezing. Flowers are coming on.  I will have to take pictures tomorrow as I don't have anything newer than the last post.   But columbine, tulips, dogwood, and azaleas are blooming.  My peonies got through the frost and the buds are starting to grow.  I love spring.  (I repeat myself., but it can't be said…
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Go, Teachers, Go!

April 2018
Oklahoma teachers have descended on our state capital.  You know this, unless you've been under a rock this week.  (Oklahoma City is the capital if you are geography challenged - however Kansas City isn't the capital of Kansas and mostly not even in that state - go figure.) Even if you don't live in Oklahoma...the teacher walkout has made the news.  Now Oklahoma is not exactly a hot bed of activism which should tell you all you need to know about the teachers' cause.  The last time they got a raise that put them anywhere in line with the cost of living was 2008.  Other items voted in at that time like class size limits have been eroded since.  Some money may have flowed to the schools, but was ear-marked…
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April – Writer’s Blog Hop

April 2018
April 4 question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing? I like the question as I have not really twisted my mind around this previously. When it says 'cloudy or filled with rain' are they referring to my personal outlook/mood?  Or just a general drying up of ideas?  Or has the writing turned into a morass with you having no idea of how to extract a positive outcome? Personal outlook/mood - I don't know that I only write when I'm happy.  In fact, I believe that in the past some of my more prolific writing periods were when I was under personal stress as writing allowed me to do something totally different than…
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Easter Fooling

April 2018
Well the Oklahoma weather is fooling a round.  If this was Illinois, I would say it is about right for Easter.  I remember at least one high school Easter where I had made a new dress to wear.  Light cotton and short.  Boy, it was cold as blazes out and of course I didn't wear a coat as I wanted that pretty white dress with the sprigged violets to be seen.  The dumb things we do as kids.  lol Tonight we look to have a freeze.  I've brought in my newest plants, but didn't cover the azaleas as my neighbors have done to theirs.  I hope the lilac blossoms don't get blasted.  I probably should have picked them all.   We'll see what the morning brings.  Reminder of the stage…
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Teaching Old Dogs!

March 2018
        Okay!  You can teach an old dog new tricks.  I figured out how to get the photos upright!   I hear the eye rolls out there, but I did get it...eventually. And I did tell you I love flowers?  Right? My brother Al had a saying, "If some is good, and more is better, then too much is just about right." I think I am only at 'more'.  Never 'too much'!   Hello, SPRING! By the way, that is not the 'old dog' up there.  That is the teenager about to be legal drinking age dog, Apache, with her Easter bow tie, because every dog needs a bowtie.  Talking about eye rolls, I used to, eye roll that is, when I saw people walking dogs that were sporting cutesy…
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