Tuesday Tidbits

Is it just me, or is the week after a holiday a little depressing? No more turkey. No more dressing. No more pie. Just laundry and dust bunnies and empty pantry shelves. In an effort to recapture last week, I’ve been pouring over last week’s photos. Some were taken in Tulsa, where we spent a few days with The Complete Package’s family. Others were taken east of Dallas, where my family gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas (we call it Thanxmas) and my sister’s new house in the country. Here’s a sampling from our week.

Tulsa Fall Color – this year the trees were glorious

Tulsa Tradition – No trip to Tulsa is complete without a stop downtown at Coney Island, where they’ve served the best chili dogs I’ve ever eaten since 1926. I don’t mean that I started eating them in 1926. I mean they’ve been serving them since 1926. Although I’m pretty sure I could 1926 of them, given enough time. And Fritos. And Alka Seltzer.

Tulsa Rose Garden – Surprisingly, there were still roses in bloom. Lucky me!

In the country, east of Dallas – nothing but peace & quiet & family

Sunsets in the country are just more spectacular somehow. So is star gazing. We don’t get to see the stars much in Houston with our bright lights and our urban sprawl. But out here, away from town, the sky seems darker and the stars shine brighter. Add a campfire and a cocktail, and it’s almost perfect. Oh, wait. The grandbabies were there this year, so it WAS perfect!

You had to know there’d be a gratuitous shot of the grandkids in there somewhere, right? I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the people you’re thankful for. And I wish you a happy holiday season as December approaches. Which reminds me… have you finished your Christmas shopping? Have you started? Are you sending cards this year? Or should we not go there?



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13 responses to “Tuesday Tidbits

  1. Beautiful photos – brightened my day – thanks!

  2. Oh my goodness! I can’t believe how big your grandbabies are getting! Beautiful shots of the country, trees, and especially the roses. Is this the part where I congratulate you for taking time to stop and smell them? Sorry…had to be done.

    Now go get yourself some pie!

  3. Gorgeous country! How lovely that you had some time with the grand-kids over the weekend. It really is depressing when the turkey is all gone :(

  4. I love to receive cards. So I send cards. When I was in High School my mom asked me to draw her Christmas Card. I’ve been doing ever since, which means approximately 26 cards. For the past 6 years I’ve also drawn our cards. As my Dad was GM of the World Trade Center for 6 years, there are several that incorporate the towers. The Christmas after 9/11 we took the 4 “best” and put them all on the front of the card that year. My Aunt and one of my Dad’s cousins still put out every one of the cards every year. I’m missing a couple of years for my scrapbook but have most of them.

    Beautiful shots. I love getting away from Suburbia to take photos. Glad that you had a great Thanksgiving.

    • I would love to see the cards you’ve drawn. They sound remarkable, especially the ones of the Trade Center towers. I’m sure those are family keepsakes now. I still send cards, as well. It’s a fading tradition, though. Each year we get fewer and fewer. Dang e-mail & Facebook. Next they’ll stop teaching cursive in schools. Oh wait… they’re already doing that in some states. Sad. :(

      • Remarkable, no. I can draw, but I’m not great at it. Some are sharper. Some are funnier. Some are cute. Some are less detailed. But they are all individual and most incorporate something about that year, like vacations or hobbies or a new house. And while I like photo cards, I like regular cards better. I haven’t posted on my blog in a while, but when I get the file out I’ll see if I can get some good scans of a few of them and post them. I should scan all of them for record.

      • I hope you’ll post them! I’d love to see them. I really would.

  5. Big Sis

    the photos are gorgeous!!! love them all, even the hot dogs! :)

  6. I had a few of the latest ones in my card cart, so I’ve posted those at LadyLisaBear69.wordpress.com. Once I get up into the attic I can get the other file of cards and post some of the earlier ones.

  7. Wow! Your photos look like oil paintings!!! I don’t even know how that’s possible, but they are gorgeous. I haven’t even come close to starting my Christmas shopping. *sigh* I made a list of gifts that I want to buy for people, but it would take a Christmas miracle to buy them, wrap them, and ship them by Christmas day. One day you can come and organize my life…please?

    • Thanks, Mads! What a nice thing to say. I really enjoyed the scenery on our Thanksgiving trip. Late fall in Tulsa really worked out to our advantage. I’m happy to come to CA and be your personal shopper/assistant. Anytime.

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