Hello Autumn!

Finally got cooler weather. Time for a pinion fire and adult beverages on the patio.

My Tiki enjoyed the company.

My brother had surgery early this week. Because he lives in a long term care facility under lockdown I had not seen him since March. So the upside of his surgery was that I got to spend many hours with him in his room. That was nice but it got cut short. Tulsa is running out of hospital rooms because of our Governor’s refusal to address the pandemic so brother got kicked out a couple days early. He’s in good hands though, the place he lives has skilled nursing facility so he’ll spend some time there recovering.

In the meantime the Tulsa area is having some great Fall colors on display. I love it.

I did another geocaching Adventure Labs outing, this one at Tulsa’s Gathering Place park. I thought I had been over square inch of it and knew all there was about the park. Turned out I was wrong, I found out several things I didn’t know before. I had the whole place to myself.

For example this is the Reading Tree. It was the first attraction at the park and Reading Partners sponsored readings there for thousands of kids before the park opened. One of the challenges for the Adventure Lab was to find out what corporation sponsored the physical facility. That was a problem because they were asking people to please stay off the grass. I didn’t want to be “that guy” who thought the request didn’t apply to him so I called the park office and asked them and they told me. Don’t tell anybody I cheated though, okay? I’m not going to say just in case you want to do the Adventure Labs outing.

So we finished the floors at our house and are waiting on the painters to start next week. We have been shopping for new light fixtures. In my new office I am going to get rid of the ceiling fan and put in just a light fixture. What do you think of these?

So after my brother got booted out of the hospital I was a little blue since I don’t know when I am going to see him again so I went on a walk on Turkey Mountain. That always cheers me up. I am working on a geocaching type thing for Black Friday on the mountain. The Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition is sponsoring it in an effort to get people into nature. Anyway I got about 12 to 14 temporary caches that we will be planting along a trail. More on that later.

So I’ve had a busy week, how about you? I’m linking with Skywatch Friday.

17 thoughts on “Hello Autumn!

  1. Ellen

    I love that kind of light fixture. Can’t wait to see pictures after your update is complete.

    I was a little bummed that Bob got released early too, but I totally understand. A walk in the forest is always good for the soul. Thanks for all you do for our brother.

  2. Eileen


    I was just watching your Tulsa mayor being interviewed on the news. It is a simple request, wear a mask.
    The election is over, it is not political and the virus is not going away. I like the reading tree, pretty sky captures. The fire pit looks nice! I hope your brother has recovered and is doing well. Thanks for hosting. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a great weekend ahead!

  3. Angie

    Alan – nothing says Autumn more than a night around the fire. I hope S’Mores were involved!!! I am so pleased for you that you got some time with your brother. Yours is not the only state in trouble with the virus. Montana was doing so well earlier in the year, but now things are spiraling out of control! Spending time in nature helps maintain my sanity! Stay well!

  4. Nancy Chan

    Good that you were able to spend quality time with your brother after his surgery even though it was cut short. Hope he is recovering well under good care. Beautiful fall colours all around you. Looking forward to see your new home after the painters have finished their work.

  5. Carol

    Hope your brother is getting better. Looks like you’re still having fun outside. I’ve been sort of imobilized by the new tile going in but he finished yesterday!

  6. A ShutterBug Explores

    Lots of healing energy hugs to you and your brother ~ Xox

    Gorgeous autumn photos ! Angel sends a kiss. Zoe will always miss her.

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Joyful

    Fall is such a beautiful and usually all too short season. I’m so glad you had a visit with your brother. That has to be one of the hardest things during the time of Covid, not being able to visit with our loved ones in care homes. I’m glad he is in good hands.

  8. Sallie

    I’m glad you have these great places to de-stress and relax. I remember reading about your brother and knew he had moved to a long term care facility, but did not realize it was in Tulsa. I am glad his surgery was successful and hope this all gets over soon so you can visit oftener again. Isolation in LTC facilities is so necessary, but so sad. And his too-brief hospital stay points out something people don’t think about — that the pandemic is affecting everyone’s medical care, even if it is not Covid-related.

  9. Barb

    So glad to hear Bob came through his surgery OK and you got to visit in the hospital. I’ve been thinking of him. Our state and county have high #’s – no complete shutdown yet, but we’re definitely in that category. I like the Gathering Place.

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