Skywatch Friday –

December 2019

I don’t have very many new Skywatch Photos this week. I have been baby sitting contractors in our house for over a week now on our new floors. I think they are a trustworthy crew for sure but things come up from time to time where a decision needs to be made and its just best if either Heather or I are there to talk it over with the guys. So the photo above is from last year when I was still running in the evening on the RiverParks trails here in Tulsa. I am retired this year so I don’t go running at night any longer. I can go run during the day. The photos are not near as good though.

I have an engineer friend who is in North Dakota right now working. He snaps pretty good photos but he is not on the internet at all except as a lurker. So he texts me photos and and edit them. This is a drilling rig at sunrise. You can tell it’s pretty much winter already in North Dakota. I think winter starts on July 5th up there and ends on the following July 3rd. Not too many rigs running up there right now.

Here’s another photo from Josh. These rigs are not drilling, they are “stacked” in the drilling contractor’s yard waiting for energy prices to go up. (And they will).

Black Lives Matter Mural - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Switching gears, I was able to get out of the house briefly yesterday. I went up to Tulsa’s Greenwood area and snapped a photo of Tulsa’s new “Black Lives Matter” mural. We had a mural painted on a street this past summer. I think a lot of people would like to have kept it but it became hard for the city because other people said they wanted to have their own street murals as well. The city put out a call for organizations to take over the street so the city could deed it to them but nobody wanted to so the city removed the mural. This new mural is a commissioned work on private property so its all good.

I think the way things work in Tulsa, eventually there will be another street mural and it will all be done legally and without liability to the city.

Switch gears again on you. We got some of the floor down. It’s like a 3rd generation laminate and the pieces lock together tight. It’s very laborious to install but it should last a good long time.

And one of those things that came up with the flooring guys. They told us about some wood rot underneath or big window. So we got to fix it. Not a big job but an important one. We hired a guy we’ve known since he was about six or seven years old. He is a contractor now. He works on everything from movie sets to our little job. Very precise, very careful and does neat work. It’s amazing watching kids grow up to be great adults.

Hey everybody, be safe and have a great weekend!

I am linking with Skywatch Friday

22 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday –

  1. Carol

    Floor looks great Alan. I choose a wood-look tile for my place. Florida is so hot much of the year, I like the durability and coolness to my feet when barefoot. I just have to wear shoes in January – no problem. Can’t wait to see your place when done. Be sure to share a few home photos please.

  2. Peter B.

    Flooring has really come a long way. We still have the original hardwood floors in our house, but they are starting to look pretty ragged. Will need to decide to either sand/refinish or just lay new flooring over the old, and never have to worry about sanding/refinishing again!

  3. Joyful

    Gorgeous skies Yogi. I think murals add a lot of character to the city. We have an annual mural festival here in the Fall. It means our public art is growing exponentially and it adds a nice, colourful vibe to the neighbourhood as most of them are in my neighbourhood. Good thing you had your floors done as it uncovered the rot before it gets too bad. You are fortunate to know someone personally who does a good job of things. Have a great weekend.

  4. Eileen


    The first sky image is beautiful. I like you new floor, there always seems to be an extra work and cost during renovations. I am glad the mural is on private property and will stay. Thanks for hosting. Have a happy weekend!

  5. Lea's Menagerie

    An interesting group of photos!
    I think you are right about the seasons in the Dakotas. We were there on vacation some years ago, and the high temperature one day in July was 50F! Though it did warm up to the mid 70s later that week.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Vicki

    Love the photos, especially the Skywatch! I’m planning on having new floors put down, going with gray.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Alana

    So many of us doing remodeling right now. We need to remodel our house in the worse way – been in it 34 years and the kitchen, especially, needs a big facelift. I’m sure you will love your floor when it’s all done, but it sure can be (just a little) disruptive. I loved the sunrise on the rig photo.

  8. Angie

    Alan – I liked your post this week – it was like “A day in the life of Alan”. You are spot on about North Dakota and its winters!!! Glad your flooring project is coming along – it looks great!

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