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Shadow Shot Sunday – Shadows in the Heat

It has been hot here in Tulsa lately. Hot and steamy, just like a good movie (sorry couldn’t resisist). So I’ve been seeking out the shadows.

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Friday was my day off so I went running in the early morning. I captured a leafy shadow selfie.

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I like to walk a little bit downtown at lunch. I found myself this short, twisty turny path, with a bench. For some reason I never see any homeless people sitting in it. Everybody talks about how the economy is improving but it seems to me that the homeless population is exploding. Lots of businesses have taken out benches because so many homeless people sit on them all day. Of course with less benches, the people are now just squatting down on sidewalks. They are not threatening people and I feel for them.

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I love these purple flowers in the shade downtown.

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This is a repaired section of fence in our back yard. The two posts shown got rotted out. You can see their previous remains in the lower right hand corner. Years ago I used to help put posts in for my Dad on our acreage in Eagar, Arizona and then several years later, as summer help, in the oilfields of Texas’ Permian Basin I put in lots of posts for my employer. Fast forward forty years later when my neighbor and I were discussing this and I was thinking I’m going to have to do this. He said, “You know Alan, I am not much into manual labor any more.” Music to my ears. I found a contractor to do it and you know something it three of them two hours to dig the two posts out. It cost a pretty but it was hard work. I contributed to the effort you know. Yes I did, I took photos and passed out bottles of ice cold water. Nearly wore me out.

This is from my new personal weather station in my back yard. You can see, temperatures close to 100 every day an hardly any wind.

How about you? How are you beating the heat? Those of you in the southern hemisphere tell me how you are staying warm.

I’m linking with Shadow Shot Sunday

Abundant Life Building – former Oral Roberts Ministry Headquarters

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On my evening run I passed this big ugly hulk just south of downtown. It is the Abundant Life building that was built in the mid 1950’s by Oral Roberts as headquarters for his ministry. The building has been abandoned for many years now. It was last used as an office by Southwestern Bell in the 1980s. More information can be found at the Historic Tulsa and Abandoned Oklahoma sites. Abandoned Oklahoma has some shots of the interior including the marble entryway.

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The building is strange because it has no windows. It has changed hands several times and plans are announced for redeveloping it. I just cannot see how that would work for such a big ugly building with no windows. I hate to see old buildings torn down but it seems that options are few for this structure.

Birthday Weekend 2017

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Me and Rascal. Rascal adopted us. He just showed up at the house one day years ago. We tried hard for about a half day trying to find his owner. He is the smartest, most affectionate dog we have ever had.

I had my birthday last week. Or I should say birthdays. A birthday is much too important to be just one day. One day only is very harsh, don’t you think? Fortunately, my family plays along with the concept. I’m a blessed man for many reasons.

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Look at that big ole cake, look at the old man huffing and puffing, look at the young son looking doubtfully. Just so you know, I didn’t get them all blown out with one puff. Overconfidence I guess.

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And Heather sang.

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Look at the big pile of cards and gifts. Like I said I am a blessed man. I don’t deserve all that do I. My favorite line from Clint Eastwood’s character is “None of us get what we deserve.” That has an entirely different meaning to it.

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And I played some happy music on my way to work.

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Saturday morning we worked with the rescue kittys at the the Petsmart in Broken Arrow. We do that twice a month or so and it is really fun. The cats are fun. We are all about rescue critters in our house. You can see this one really likes Heather. Everybody really likes Heather, including me. She is awesome.

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Friday night she took me out to dinner in the Brady District during the area’s First Friday celebration. I found this beauty in the Philbrook Museum downtown.

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Yes indeed, life is good, and I am a blessed man.

Turkey Mountain Skywatch

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A late afternoon view of the trees adjoining a trail on Tulsa’s Turkey Mountain. Many of the trees have already leafed out but the oak trees always take their time. And I love the soft blue skies. We are having more of a normal spring with lots of rain and I’m loving it.

How about you, are you loving Spring so far? (Autumn for my friends in the southern hemisphere?)

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday

Ruby Tuesday – Happy Valentines Day

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I found this Valentines Heart painted on a tree on Tulsa’s River Parks trail on Saturday afternoon while son and I were taking a walk in some very unseasonably nice, warm, and sunny weather. I hope that you are all ready for the big day. Cards, Candy, Wine, Jewelry, Dinner Reservations? Get your act together!

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Speaking of Jewelry, Rustic Cuff is the big thing in Tulsa. They make very cool bracelets that can be combined in various combinations to form “stacks.” Rustic Cuff has quite a following including my wife who really enjoys her bracelets. The company is a local concern and it has been great watching the owner proceed from working the local craft shows to now four stores in Oklahoma and Texas. They make great reasonably priced gifts.

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And this is one of my MIL’s dogs, Reba all outfitted in her Valentines scarf she got after a haircut.

Have a great Valentines Day!!

I’m linking with Ruby Tuesday Too

Skywatch Friday – The Super Moon a Day Late

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Here is my Super Moon photo!! Actually I was a day late. I flew up to Idaho to visit my Dad in his Assisted Living Center and I neglected to take my moon camera. So I took this the day after the Super Moon Full Moon so I was close. I have a Canon SX40 SuperZoom and boy does it take great (at least I think they are great, okay) moon shots. I used to use a tripod with it but now I just hold in my hands on the auto setting a let her rip (as we say in Oklahoma). And if you know me, you know I cheated. If the skies are clear I haul out the Canon every time the moon is full and take a few shots . Of course the moon being the moon it doesn’t ever change much so I could really be cheating on this. But you know that I would never do that.

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Dad and I. I think this is like his third or so ever selfie. He has a lot of catching up to do. Not that he feels the need for it. He doesn’t understand why everybody spends all their time looking at their phones.

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This is a door wreath that my sweet, crafty, and considerate sister Ellen made for Dad. If you look closely at his US Forest Service Arm patch from his uniforms, a Smokey Bear, and a University of Idaho rifle team patch from his letter sweater. Dad had to drastically downsize when he moved early this year and Ellen was able to recycle some of the items into this wreath.

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I took a run on Idaho Falls’ river trails. It was ridiculously warm while I was there but is frosty now. Just so you know I’m going to recycle this pic at some point in the future. Idaho is just so beautiful!

I stayed in a separate room at the Assisted Living Center. I think he is in a good place. The staff is very nice and very patient and they know everybody. The rooms are nice and the food is pretty decent. They have lots of activities planned and a couple of vehicles to get everybody to their doctor’s appointments and shopping and such.

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The Falls that give the town its name are very dramatic. I never get tired of going to see them.

So we had a good visit. I got him to go to an exercise class and we both had a great time. The two instructors were very nice and inclusive and very supportive and the other students were having a great time so hopefully dad will go back.

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A cool link between Idaho Falls where my Dad lives and northeast Oklahoma where I live is that Wilson Rawls, who wrote “Where the Red Fern Grows” wrote it while he lived in Idaho Falls. He and the book are celebrated with this sculpture in front of the city library.

But I didn’t take my camera so I took the pic of the moon after I got back to Tulsa.

I’m linking with Skywatch Friday

Bridget Jones Baby with Renee Zellwager, Colin Firth, and Patrick Dempsey

Heather and I went to see Bridget Jones Baby on a rainy Sunday afternoon. What a treat it was. It is a dreaded RomCom but this is great. The movie open with Bridget tearfully celebrating her 43rd birthday. She is single, she has no one in her life, life is miserable. Soon thereafter her love life gets better twice within a week. First with a hookup at a glamping music festival with Jack and then later with her longtime beau, then married, then suddenly not, Mark.

Okay, so she got a little slutty, no big deal except a short while later she finds out she is pregnant and this is when the fun begins. First she tells each guy about her condition without telling her that their might be somebody else. You can see each man kind of falls in love with the idea with being a father. Then she has to tell them that there are two prospective guys. That is when it gets interesting as each guy wrestles with the idea of who they really love, Bridget, or the baby? How this plays out really elevated the movie for me beyond the usual romantic comedy.

The movie was totally satisfying and didn’t leave too many loose ends. Ms. Zellwigger at 47 years old is still sexy and expressive as ever. I can recommend this movie to anyone. Leave the kids home please.

More Rowers on the Arkansas River

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I’m cheating today. My post is a photograph that is also my new header photo. I captured it last Tuesday during my weekly after work run. Unlike most photographs I haven’t done anything to it besides cropping. I’m afraid to mess with it. I love the light and shadows on the bridge and the reflection of columns in the water and the different textures of the water. Sometimes it is best to live things alone.

We had a terrible tragedy last week here in Tulsa. A black man, Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer. The whole thing sucks. Crutcher was killed for no good reason and the police officer by all accounts was competent. So now she is charged with manslaughter and Crutcher is dead. Things are kind of chill right now but there is a lot of tension in the air.  And on social media the idiots on both sides are taunting and insulting each other. Oh bother.

So what is up where you live?