Monday, May 30, 2011

Potato Salad and Memorial Day

I hope everyone's holiday weekend was as nice as ours. We didn't do anything fantastic. We decorated family graves, shopped a bit and generally stayed around the house and took it easy.

The Husband smoked ribs and I made potato salad. I found the recipe in the "Colorado Cache" cookbook.
Prospector's Potato Salad is found on page 94.
The final result:
The Husband and I both thought the salad was tasty. The inclusion of diced cucumber gave it an interesting texture and flavor. Next time, I will tweak the recipe a bit by reducing the sour cream from 1 1/2 cups to 1 cup, using fresh dill and adding some chopped celery.

Do you own a copy of "Colorado Cache?" If yes, which are your favorite recipes?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rotation in Ramona

I mentioned to you a few months ago that The Husband has temporarily rejoined the work world. On the spur of the moment yesterday, I decided to make the short drive to Bartlesville for a "dinner date." Of course, it being May in Oklahoma, severe weather was brewing and the National Weather Service was predicting tornadoes.

As we entered the restaurant, we walked towards the bar where a TV displaying weather radar was visible. We started to take a seat, but the manager approached and told us they were preparing to close for the evening because of the approaching severe weather. He explained, "My kitchen staff is nervous." "No problem" we say and out the door we go looking for another restaurant. The next place we went to was already closed, we assume because of the weather.

We ultimately decided to check if the Copper Bar in the Price Tower was open because it would be neat to see the storm roll in from the 15th floor of the building. We seated ourselves, ordered a cocktail and then ordered dinner. Of course, the bar TV was turned to local weather, but we only had to look out the windows to see the storm rolling across the country towards us, with thunder and lightening. And the wind, oh my, the wind was whipping the trees down below!

Our dinner was delivered and we had eaten about 1/2 of it when we heard the sound every Okie knows from birth - the tornado sirens. Immediately, we were told to evacuate to the basement of the building. Fortunately, the bartendar was an understanding girl who refilled our cocktails as we left the area.

Here is The Husband with new friends in the basement. Forgive the blurry photo, but I was laughing.
One advantage of this situation was we had the "Tornado Tour" of the basement. They have interesting photos of the construction of the building.
They have lots of equipment.
More equipment.
Even more equipment.
We were in the basement approximately 20 minutes before the sirens stopped. We climbed the stairs to lobby, but the hotel staff kept us there for a few moments because, even though sirens were silent there was "rotation in Ramona" and they wanted to make sure it wasn't headed for Bartlesville.

The phrase "rotation in Ramona" tickled us both. As The Husband said, "Rotation in Ramona sounds like it's either a country western song or a bad p0rn flick!"

We returned to the Copper Bar, finished our dinner and chatted with our "new friends" from the basement.

This is how hiding from storms is supposed to be!

Okies take storms very seriously, so we immediately responded to the sirens and took cover. The staff at Price Tower took great care of their guests. Thanks to them for executing their emergency plan flawlessly. This was a "fun" experience for us, but unfortunately was not for many other people who suffered unimaginable losses during this event.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Louisa May Alcott Elementary School - Tulsa, OK

If you live in the greater Tulsa area, you know that Tulsa Public Schools is in the process of closing 14 schools due to reduced enrollment. In the 1960's, enrollment was 80,000+. Today, enrollment is 41,000+.

The 14 schools hosted open houses yesterday to allow alumni and neighbors to visit the facilities one last time. The Husband and I visited Alcott Elementary, which is located at 525 E. 46th Street North.
The Husband started Kindergarten at Alcott in 1955 and attended through 3rd grade, when he then transfered to Kiefer. I started Kindergarten at Alcott in 1964 and attended through the 6th grade.

As we walked the halls of the school, we laughed about our elementary school antics and reminisced about teachers we had in common. I pointed out to The Husband where every one of my classrooms was located. We stood in the gym and marveled that it felt just as big as it did when we were kids.
The library has moved to what used to be the art room. The current librarian used her own money to have Louisa May Alcott's portrait painted on the door. She is working to ensure the door is relocated to another school. Here we are in front of it:
Not the best picture of me, but what the heck. Isn't The Husband cute?

We were both happy we attended the open house and were able to relive some childhood memories. When is the last time you visited the elementary school you attended? Was it long ago, or do your family members attend it today?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rapture

The much publicized "rapture" of May 21, 2011 has garnered a lot of media attention.

It has also caused a lot of family conversations.

How has your family handled this discussion?

Edited to add:
We're still here!

D'Novo Lean Gourmet

A few weeks ago the Tulsa LivingSocial deal was 15 gourmet meals and 5 snacks delivered to your home for five consecutive days. The regular cost of this service is $207, but the special offer was for $99. I jumped right on it!

Beginning last Sunday evening, a D'Novo Lean Gourmet insulated bag containing the next day's food was delivered to my front porch.
I'm talking breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack and total calorie count never to exceed 1,500. This is a photo of my food for today, minus the breakfast, which I had already eaten.
D'Novo made me feel like I had a personal chef cooking for me. I love that the meals are freshly made and never frozen. I doubly love that the total calorie intake for the day did not exceed 1,500 calories.

If they ever offer another coupon like this one, I will be first in line to purchase it.

If I ever win the lottery, I might just sign up for the service on a long term basis! I could then afford to have meals delivered for both me and The Husband.*

I encourage you to visit D'Novo Lean Gourmet here to learn more about them. They publish their weekly menu in advance, so be prepared to drool.

*The Husband didn't starve this week, just in case you are worried. He was out of town and was responsible for feeding himself!

I received no compensation for this post. I just wanted to share my good experience with this local company.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Christmas Decorations in May

I shopped several Tulsa estate sales today and came home with some adorable items to add to my Christmas decor.
The cross stitch Santa was stitched by Lois and framed by Lowell. Unfortunately, it is not dated. The cross stitch house was stitched by Lois in 2004. No information about the framer. Both of these lovely piece were mine for only $3.00 each.

The sleigh drawn by two horses deserves a very close look.  Do you see the subjects are made of Canadian money with watercolor accents? The picture on the sleigh is of King George VI. The piece is signed in the lower right hand corner "M.G. F.M.M."
The inscription on the back of the piece:

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
F.M.M.
188, Grande Allée
Québec
"Canadian Winter" Souvenir

I absolutely adore this piece and it only cost me $6.50. A bargain, in my opinion!

I am keeping these three lovelies for myself, but I purchased some other pieces of Lois' work that will be available in the future Cindy's Cupboard antique mall booth. If you like, click over here to get a sneak peek.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Blue Whale and Totem Poles

The Husband and I had no obligations on Saturday, so we decided to do some local sightseeing.

We began at the drive through of Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken by picking up an order of fried gizzards and two cold drinks. Why gizzards, you say? Why not, we say! They are one of our favorite roadtrip snacks.

As we munched on the gizzards, we enjoyed the drive to Catoosa, the home of the famous Blue Whale.
 Here I am at the mouth of the whale.
 There's The Husband peeking out from one of the slides.
Some of the picnic tables have whale posts.
 Or how about a whale chair?
The folks working at the souvenir stand were very nice and one of them is the person behind the Blue Whale twitter account, but they wouldn't confess which one!

After leaving the Blue Whale, we drove to Claremore and stopped at couple of antique malls and A Gallery of the Arts. We found one of the antique malls to be terribly over priced, but the other one was full of interesting items at reasonable prices. We found many items we liked at the art gallery. I even purchased a hand painted gourd bowl that will become a part of my annual fall decorations. The gallery owner, after finding out we'd been to the Blue Whale, encouraged us to drive to Foyil and visit Totem Pole Park. So we did!

Here's a photo of the big totem pole, plus one of the smaller ones.
 The big totem pole is on a turtle's back. Here I am at the head of the turtle.
 Here is The Husband with another totem pole.
This is the souvenir shop, formerly his workshop. The creator of the totem poles also made custom fiddles and furniture.
He made cute picnic tables for people to use. Here's one:
And here's another:
After leaving Totem Pole Park we returned home and told everyone we saw for the rest of the day about our adventure and how much fun we had sightseeing in our own backyard.

How about you? When is the last time you went sightseeing in your area? What fun and/or quirky thing did you see or do?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tulsa's Designer Showcase 2011

The Sister, a good friend and I recently toured the Tulsa Designer Showcase 2011. The transformed property is unique because it is not a private residence, but a small hotel.

The building was built in 1927 and became a hotel in the 1940s. My mother remembers it being the Casa Loma when she moved to Tulsa in 1950. Here is another article about the project.

If you live in the greater Tulsa area and have not visited the Designer Showcase, I would encourge you to do so next week. Their last day is May 22, 2011.

We have always recommended out of town visitors stay in our local establishments, such as The Ambassader Hotel, The Savoy or The MayoThe Campbell Hotel will now be at the top of our recommendation list for out of town visitors. (Amy: I'm looking at you!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Scenes From A Lead Paint Work Area

As I mentioned here, the work on the house is ongoing. Following are a couple of scenes from today.

I've never had the skull & crossbones posted on my house before. With duct tape, no less.
First thing I thought when seeing the lift (named Falcon 125) was too bad it was not the Millennium Falcon.

Later in the day, I thought it looked like a praying mantis.
More scenes tomorrow...if you're lucky!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Really?

I absolutely know that world history has been reported via the lens of male dominated politics and/or religion for thousands of years. However, SERIOUSLY? You photoshopped Hillary Clinton and another female out of the photo in the White House situation room during the Osama bin Laden raid?

It is 2011.

Did you think women wouldn't catch this?

Did you think women wouldn't call you out on this?

Wrong.

On all counts.

Shame on you.

You need to figure out how to report the truth to your readers, even when it may differ from your core belief.

I do believe God values truth. Just saying...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

My mother as a teenager.
With my Dad, before marriage and kids.
And now, as a grandmother.
She's a good mom and we love her.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Mother's Day Gift?

Another sad donation at a local thrift store.

Renting Sounds Good Right About Now

I've posted here many times about projects on our 95 year old house. We started another project a few weeks ago that I've not yet shared with you. I wanted to wait until it was completely finished before posting any pictures.

A project that should have taken 3 or 4 days at the most is now in it's third week. Coordinating different contractors, obtaining suitable materials, workers not showing up, as well as the lovely roof replacement project have all combined to delay our latest (unnamed) project.

The latest problem was unveiled with the removal of the gutters, revealing rotten fascia boards. Before new guttering can be installed, all the wood must be replaced. While this discovery was not unexpected, it's still disheartening and will be expensive. *

As I always say, you can fix anything. It just takes time and money. We'll spend a bit more money and, in due time, I'll reveal our finished project!

Edited to add:
* When I said the repairs would be expensive, I was right. Of course the house tested positive for lead paint, which means the contractors have to follow strict rules when doing this work resulting in additional labor costs. I guess I'll have to harvest our secret money tree soon.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Donations

I've recently visited a few thrift stores. I found 18 little ceramic shoes priced at $1.99 each.
Each shoe had a range of dates, in addition to a woman's name.
Are these place cards for a ladies group?
How did these shoes end up in a thrift shop?
Did the custodian of the shoes die?
Did the custodian's family not know any of the shoe ladies?
Aren't they cute?

I loved them. However, I left them.

P.S. The ceramic Easter Eggs mentioned at the end of this post are still at the thrift store. They were half price. I still did not purchase them, even though I thought about it.