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The Nieces Quienceanera #34

By: GardenGrrl , 12:17 AM GMT on June 13, 2012

Hi All, thanks for coming by the last blog and leaving your thoughts about whats next in space exploration.

I'm back from vacation and here is a quick blog. Will be working OT for rest of month starting tomorrow so won't be around much. Eat, sleep, work.

We went to Beavers Bend State Resort Park in beautiful Oklahoma. It is the part of the Ouachita Mountain Chain which is made of sedementry rock thrust upward during a collision of North American and South American plates.

I snapped 525 pictures. Here is a quick peak. Have some really neat shots yet to come. Saw lots of wildlife and had a great time hanging out with some of the nicest folks you could ever meet outside of WUville. Our hosts and guides have been coming to Beavers Bend since 1969. They have known each other since grade school and still are tickled with each others company. It was just as fun being with them sharing stories at their camp as walking the trails together.

Time to call it night and get ready for the long work month. Thanks for stopping by.

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A field of sunflowers outside of Paris, Texas.
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Deer coming out at dusk
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Wren inside fence
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Dragon fly on rock
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Kids discovering their first crawfish
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Kids discover crawfish
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Cypress tree on the bank
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53. Ylee
9:39 AM GMT on July 01, 2012
White rabbitsx3, GG! Hope your July turns cooler and wetter!
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52. Ylee
4:39 AM GMT on July 01, 2012
29? Nah, I didn't like life when I was 29. 37 was much better, and I was in shape, too! :)

At least this heat has allowed me to sweat off some of my blubber! :)

Are you off work now?
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51. GardenGrrl
10:21 AM GMT on June 30, 2012
Good Morning,
can't seem to access the main blogs this morning. WU must be doing maintenance. Hope this comment goes through.
Made the mistake of looking at the news as an alternative. Yikes. Now I want to run back to bed and hide under the covers.

Hey Sandi, yep, thats the thing I want to avoid. Did like those Aaron type sweaters though back when I lived in Minnesota. They were great when it got below freezing and everywhere, even indoors seemed cold.

Hi Janetlee, yeah we are part of the sister survival club. For every year we have a birthday we can subtract two years from our other age. Wouldn't it be great to be 29 again ;) And yes, the playing ball picture is my favorite too.

Hi Ylee, that just tickled me for some reason. Really hope it cools down your way. Between heat, hail and deer this is not a good crop year for you. Please drink lots of water and stay healthy.

Hi Karen, I think the sweet sixteen started falling out of favor during the 70's. Guess the generic right of passage now is getting a learners permit and drivers license. Sparkly flip flops and painted toes, now thats a summer look I can fully endorse.

Okay, off to work.
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50. SBKaren
3:31 PM GMT on June 29, 2012
Well, speaking of rituals, when I was growing up it was common to have a Sweet 16 party. I don't really remember having a party, but I do remember receiving a necklace with a heart on it.

I was also a tomboy growing up - how could I not be under the influence of 3 brothers! I still don't like to get dressed up and I'd be like your niece, with tennis shoes on under that dress, or better yet, fancy flip flops!
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49. Ylee
2:14 PM GMT on June 29, 2012
Somehow, jumping around and shouting "Yippee! It's hotter here than it is in Texas!" has lost most of its' appeal! :)

Have a good day at the batcave!
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48. janetlee
12:18 PM GMT on June 29, 2012
Thanks for the balloons! You deserve some yourself!

Love the photos of your Neices celebration. I think my fave of all is the playing ball in the formal.

try to stay cool!
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47. sandiquiz
12:15 PM GMT on June 29, 2012
I know what you mean about frying and lingering aromas.

My first husband's father thought himself a chef, and loved to be in the kitchen. His favourite kitchen equipment was his deep fat fryer! He also insisted on wearing an Aaron sweater his wife knitted him. It always smelled of frying - it was horrible, but I think he couldn't smell it!

Hope you have an exciting Saturday planned!
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46. GardenGrrl
10:07 AM GMT on June 28, 2012
Good Morning, yes this blog really is going in all directions. Had meant to start a fresh one this weekend but time per usual got filled with other things.

Sandi, while I like some fried foods, especially breakfast potatoes, I will not fry anything in the house except bacon. With almost all carpeting, the smell of fried grease just will not leave the house. Guess thats a good thing. Keeps me from frying stuff thats not healthy.

BriarCraft, you are so right about kids needing a "right of passage". Left to themselves they will discover their own and it's generally not the best choice. While some people can say Quienceaneras are kind of sexist, it dos fill a function of helping an adolescent girl feel special. Then again, I was such a tomboy that I would of hated the whole dress and heels thing. Would have argued for a Bat Mitzva instead.
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45. BriarCraft
5:49 PM GMT on June 27, 2012
Funny and loads-of-fun how blogs sometimes take on a life of their own and evolve in unpredictable ways. You start out with great pictures taken on your recent camping trip and now we've got battered and deep-fried Mars Bars. Oh my!

Your pics and talk of the Darwin Awards got me to thinking. Almost for certain, every winter around the holidays, you can bet on seeing a turkey-frying fire on the news. Also just as sure, when there's a long-lasting power outage from a winter storm, some bright individual is going to bring their grill inside to heat and cook with, or fire up a generator indoors. Not such happy stories, but certainly qualifying for Darwin Awards.


It wasn't too long ago you took your niece out for a photo shoot in preparation for the Quienceanera. And now, it was the real thing. Some kids might scoff at an elaborate ritual like that, but I think it symbolizes something important that has been lost in most of modern society. Rites of Passage.

I hear about parental silliness like spending a fortune on a 2-year-old's birthday party or having a graduation from kindergarten ceremony. And I think how people need to get a grip.

On the other hand, a Rite of Passage to mark the transition from child to young adult is important and mostly over-looked. Teen years are so difficult. Teenagers often feel conflicted, feeling grown up but still treated as a child. Just guessing, but it seems that your niece will have more confidence going forward, knowing that she's special, well-loved, and is understood to be a young adult now. That's a great family you've got there.

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44. sandiquiz
1:01 PM GMT on June 27, 2012
I have seen those photos before, I think Gams posted them, or something similar, a few years ago!

I do not own a fryer, not even a frying pan! I can over indulge, quite easily, on much more pleasant foods than frying. - ie chocolate!! lol
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43. GardenGrrl
12:54 PM GMT on June 27, 2012
As long as we are doing fried things here is a wonderful Thanks-Giving delicacy froom the South; Fried Turkey.

An amazingly good way to fix a turkey, very yummy. It is also responsible for whole familys to compete for Darwin Awards. (An award for people that do stupid things that could kill them, thus removing said idiots from the gene pool to help smarter humans evolve).

Many a house fire and burn victem are the results of fried turkeys. Important rules; oil in a big kettle over flames is hot. Never put a frozen turkey into hot oil. It makes the oil come flying out of the kettle like an explosion.
Never do this type of cooking, even with propane, inside the house or on/near anything flammable.

Now there's a holiday meal they will be talking about for years ;)
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42. GardenGrrl
12:08 PM GMT on June 27, 2012
Hi Calpoppy, fresh picked apricots sound great. It is peach season here through July. My "flying saucer" peach tree which stands three feet high now, had two peaches that I allowed to set this spring. They were awesome. Can't wait for the tree to get bigger.

Hi Sandi, the first picture looks good. The second fried one...ewww. Guess it is the perfect desert to go with the Scots haggis.

Hi Rob, thanks. She really enjoyed being queen for the day. It cracked me up to find out she was wearing sneakers under her dress.

Hi Prose, your garden looks beautiful. My flowers are about done now that we are hitting the 100's. Only the honey suckle vine and well watered pentas have nice blooms. As for gelato, oh Prose, life is short, never skip a good gelato. Just eat less of the main dish so you have room ;)
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41. Proserpina
10:49 PM GMT on June 26, 2012

What a beautiful traditional Quinceanera! What a fantastic celebration it must have been!

I am afraid that my stomach feels sick with photos and talk of fried twinkies, candy bars, etc. The only thing that I will eat fried is ice cream! Especially the Mexican variation prepared with sopapillas.
Believe it or not today I chose not to eat authentic gelato at an Italian restaurant in Annapolis, MD. I am patting myself on the back! I did manage to buy a concoction made with ground Hazelnuts and cocoa! It is a spread for toast and it is yummy. I have not sampled this latest jar, I will when the mood hits me.
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40. RobDaHood
7:12 PM GMT on June 26, 2012
Your niece is lovely in her big girl outfit! Glad she got some practice in the shoes before having to waltz in them. :o)

Congrats to her!
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39. sandiquiz
5:52 PM GMT on June 26, 2012
Just some plain old chocolate please.

LOL - they are chocolate, with a caramel centre :)

Have you heard of Mars Bars? The Scots dip them in batter, after removing the wrapper of course, and toss them in hot oil. The first one was made as a joke in 1995, but now they are a popular snack in the north! They are produced by the fish and chip shops, and some even ask for a portion of chips with them! lol

Look - I found a website that shows you the original bar and then what it looks like after it has been fried.
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38. calpoppy
5:00 PM GMT on June 26, 2012
The kids look a little nervous for their dance! Neat pictures! I love the red colors and the boys and the girls, so festive.

100 degrees to hot for me! Though I see ours is coming up soon.

I picked some apricots on Sunday, peaches will be ready in July!! Can hardly wait.
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37. GardenGrrl
1:32 PM GMT on June 26, 2012
Good Morning, we are looking at the 100's again so I guess it's summer. Darn the next door neighbor for cutting his grass this morning. Neither of our yards looked bad. It's the managements "lawn patrol" day. But now mine does look un-cut. In this heat it's better to leave the grass a bit longer. Oh well. Will leave it and hope there is no "nasty gram" on my door.

Hi Karen, thanks for coming by. A whole family of blonds is so unusual, unless of course you are from Minnesota and your last name is Anderson, Peterson, Halverson some kind of son... ;)

Hi Sandi, those are either fried twinkies with some sort of sprinkles or perhaps someone from Texas came to the UK and fried up some raisin scones. Either way. No thanks. Just some plain old chocolate please.
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36. sandiquiz
7:39 AM GMT on June 25, 2012
What a wonderful ceremony, I cannot ever imagine a fifteen year old here partaking in such a traditional celebration, their reply - "Oh, man, that's gross - o way!"

I am so glad to hear that you and Karen don't eat Twinkles any more. I think the medical facilities would be full of heart attack victims within a year if they became popular again!

For fun... do you know what these "heart attack" treats are?

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35. SBKaren
3:50 AM GMT on June 25, 2012
GG -what a wonderful celebration!!!

We have no Swedish in us, I'm half German, quarter Irish and quarter Belgian. Hubby is half Italian, half Irish -that's our best guess. But my grandsons, of course have half of their dad, and I'm not sure of their heritage, but they are all mostly blonde!

And just for the record, I haven' t had a Twinkie in over 50 years, and I doubt I'll have a fried one any time soon!
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34. GardenGrrl
3:02 AM GMT on June 25, 2012
LOL, they are really awful Sandi. I didn't even like them as a kid. The fried cherry pies were good though.

Today was my neices Quienceanera. It's a celebration that Hispanic girls have when they turn 15. The birthday girl gets a fancy dress, a big party full of ceremony and are presented to society as a young woman.

Thankfully my in-laws go for simple. Some of these get really elaborate. You might remember the photo shoot from a couple months ago at the rose garden. This is a quick tour through a Quienceanera celebration.

While the space is getting set up the birthday girl and friends play ball in the gym next door.

Here Mom is doing some pre-party directing of the kids on what to do when the waltz comes up.

The pastor from their church gives a short sermon and blessing to the birthday girl.

Now Dad gives his little girl her last doll.

All the girls still seem to like dolls even though it's not "cool" anymore.

She removes her little girl shoes and Mom gives her grown-up shoes. (Grandma had her practice walking around they living room in them with a phone book on her head.)

Her escort is standing by with a bouquet of flowers and a bigger tiara to present to her.

This is her first dance as a young woman.

I knew this kid and some of the others since they wore diapers or were in grade school. They grow up so fast.

Thanks for sharing this memory.
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33. sandiquiz
7:14 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
..... lard and sugar cream filling

Urgh!! I think I will give it a miss!

Sounds similar to our Arctic roll, but at least the middle is REAL ice cream!!

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32. GardenGrrl
7:10 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
Karen, What good-looking grandkids. Are you all Swedish?
I think crawdad fishing is hands down one of those childhood experiences you never quite forget. Ten years from now you can bring it up and they will smile.

Hi Shore, no, did not realize we had any earthquakes until I saw the little earthquake blurb on the weather page. Have my fingers crossed that Debby doesn't give the Oak high winds or excessive rain.

Hi Ylee, Sp, Briarcraft (mmmmm fried turkey).
Gotta go get dressed for the shin-dig. Will say hi in your blogs later.
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31. GardenGrrl
6:57 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
Hello All just a quick check-in. It's Quiencenera Day for the niece.

First, we must introduce Sandi to the ubiquitos pop-culture culinary phenomenon known as the American Hostess Twinkie.

The Twinkie is a type of sugery sponge cake injected with a lard and sugar cream filling. It is said to have a shelf life of ten years if you don't open the package.
Many fringe level survivalists keep a big stock of Twinkies.

Here is a picture of Twinkies fried with bacon. Uh. Ewww. Yum?

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30. shoreacres
6:14 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
Did you feel the 3.6 centered in Burleson? It's sure in your neighborhood!

And Sandi doesn't know what a deep-fried Twinkie is? OMG. The only thing better is deep-fried ice cream. Yum!

ADD: No, no, no! Hushpuppies are made from corn meal!
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29. sandiquiz
11:57 AM GMT on June 24, 2012
Half a day has to be better than a full day.. but still!
Any overtime on the cards next week? I do hope you get chance to recover before you have to go in again!

Linda has mentioned Lady peas, you had hushpuppies and now "deep-fried Twinkies"! What on earth are they! lol
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28. SBKaren
2:40 AM GMT on June 24, 2012
Hi GG! I can't believe I haven't been here in forever! Your vacation sounds like a true adventure. My favorite photo is the sun flowers. I LOVE sunflowers. Their faces make me smile!

I'm done with work/school for a bit, but I've been staying busy around the house with painting and cleaning carpets and such. We head for Lake Tahoe for our vacation July 7th - can't wait!

We went crawdaddying for the first time about 3 years ago when we were staying in Tahoe. My niece took my grandsons (and all of us), down to the pier and we used bacon and string to catch (and release) them. The boys, even though it's been 3 years ago, still remember that!

I don't have a picture (on WU) of the crawdads, but the pier we 'fished' from is just to the right of the pier that juts out into the lake.

And here are the boys that year....

And them today!
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27. Ylee
9:01 AM GMT on June 23, 2012
I know your're snoozing, and that makes me jealous! :) Hope your short shift goes by quickly!

Your vendor's grandma sounds like my grandma; bacon grease in creamed corn, bacon grease in spaghetti... :)

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26. sp34n119w
9:03 PM GMT on June 22, 2012
Gosh, it's hot in your part of Texas, gg. You'd think it's summer … :)
I brought you a rainbow.
Enjoy your rest tomorrow, even if it isn't a whole day.
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25. BriarCraft
8:40 PM GMT on June 22, 2012
Isn't that great when you work out a win-win compromise? Not as good as having the whole day off, to be sure, but getting to sleep in and work a half day isn't half bad. Maybe you can do that again some time.

Bacon grease does add flavor to just about anything. I don't indulge too often, but once in awhile I do add a teaspoonful to green beans and onions. It seems like folks in the South really went in for deep frying, as well as bacon grease. I think it was southerners who invented deep-fried turkey and deep-fried Twinkies, among other things. I have to say that when I've had deep-fried turkey, it was really, really good. Never have tried deep-fried Twinkies though. That just sounds too over-the-top bad for you.

Probably the original Hushpuppies were fried in bacon grease. I wouldn't be surprised. Even fried in more heart-healthy vegetable oil, they're pretty darned good.
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24. GardenGrrl
9:43 AM GMT on June 22, 2012
Good Morning All,

Hi Prose, I'm not surprised Koko doesn't care for over the top hot and humid days. Koko is a smart dog.

Hi Sandi, another road trip? Retirement sounds fun.

Okay for Saturday it's a compromise. I just wanted it off for rest. My partner wanted it off because his daughter is coming to town. So, I sleep in and report to work at noon, then he leaves to spend time with his family. We all win.
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23. sandiquiz
7:26 AM GMT on June 22, 2012
Did you? Eh? Did you!

Did you get Saturday off?

I have Saturday off.. I am going down the the south East corner of the UK to visit some friends....

I do hope today is the last day at the batcave!
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22. Proserpina
12:48 PM GMT on June 20, 2012
GG, yes, the weather has lost its mind. A few days ago it was cold enough for a sweater, today is impossible to breathe properly due to the heat and humidity. Even Koko dislikes these dog days.

Were you able to get Sat. off? I hope so.

May the weather gods treat you well today.
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21. GardenGrrl
9:59 AM GMT on June 20, 2012
Good Morning All,

To Calpoppy; Woooo Yeah! three cheers for the three steps.

Prose, has the weather lost it's mind? Those are Texas temps not East coast. Stay in the air conditioning.

Briarcraft, was just chatting about Southern cooking with one of our vendors. He said that after years he finally discovered his grandmothers secret for great pork chops....she added bacon grease to the pan when she fried them. Infact he says she added bacon grease or bacon to just about everything.
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20. BriarCraft
9:46 PM GMT on June 19, 2012
It seems I sparked a bit of interest in Hushpuppies last week. On WhatsCookingAmerica.net they not only provide photos and a recipe, but some interesting background info as well.

My first husband was an Okie (Sandi, that means he was from Oklahoma) and was always trying to get me to cook southern-style dishes. He didn't know how to cook and could only describe flavors and textures to me. It was a tedious and frustrating process of trial and error. I did discover that southern cooking is very tasty, if not particularly healthy. Of course, now that he is gone, there is the internet and all sorts of websites with regional recipes that make it so much easier. I confess I do indulge in a bit of southern cooking from time to time, even if it isn't good for me. Sure is tasty.
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19. calpoppy
1:30 PM GMT on June 19, 2012
Good morning! All work and no play is no fun! Hope you get your Saturday off! There was a time that I worked 2 jobs 7 days a week! I handled it then, now I just want to slow down and do things I want to do.

My little grandson just took 3 steps! He will be graduating before I know it, Lol!!
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18. Proserpina
1:05 PM GMT on June 19, 2012
Good morning, I see that you will try to take Sat. off, I hope that you succeed. By the way, I read this on Sandi's blog. I wonder what fun thing you have planned for a day of rest and relaxation.

Today we have begun a period of oppressive temperatures, horrible humidity, boomers in the making. Yes, we will have fun with temperatures hitting the 100 mark and feeling hotter because of the heat index. I will probably stay inside my AC house, provided we do not lose electricity in one of the thunderstorms to be. It that's the case, I am going to a hotel!

Have a wonderful day GG.
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17. Proserpina
11:46 AM GMT on June 17, 2012
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16. Proserpina
11:17 AM GMT on June 17, 2012
Sandi, hush puppies are also little fried pellets made of grated potatoes. I love them even if they are fattening.

Good morning GG. I should not be surprised that there are wolf hybreds, after all dogs are a domesticated form of ancient wolves. Still, mention wolf and I cringe.

I plan to do a lot of nothing today, how about you?
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15. sandiquiz
10:32 AM GMT on June 17, 2012
I am sorry you have to work OT today, especially when you wanted to be somewhere else.

Think of the extra funds you will be making... a new camera lens perhaps?


Thanks for the photo in my blog. One thing I always find strange about electric plugs and sockets in the USA is their lack of "earth" pins! How do you make sure your electrical product is "earthed"?

Take it easy... don't over do it!
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14. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
Good Morning, we have a light show outside. The rain is a few counties away though.

Hi Sandi, Hushpuppies were also a popular shoe here when I was a kid. The fried bread I think was around before the shoe.

Oh the crawfish, those kids were having a blast looking for them. One young fellow happily showed me his prize catch. The one being held by an antennae.

Wait. Hold the phone. There are rain drops on my rooftop. That wasn't on the radar.

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13. sandiquiz
9:05 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
I don't think I fancy "fried shoe"!!

Happy Friday, hope the Bat cave behaves:)
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12. RobDaHood
11:36 AM GMT on June 14, 2012
Good Morning!

Thanks for the video!
'Twas cute!
(yes, the sound worked)
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11. GardenGrrl
10:11 AM GMT on June 14, 2012
Good Morning All, today was run through other peoples blogs real quick and say something.

Ylee, the wonders of digital is I can snap and snap and half will be decent. Was having problems with camera shake and over exposure so only about half are okay.

Hi Rob, I keep meaning to bring you another goofy animal video. How about now?

Hi Sp, I think the vacation was good for them too. I sure enjoyed being in the woods. Ps, your blog had me laughing at work again :-D

Hi Briar,the front is big multipocket pockets and the back is a rucksack with a camelback water pouch plus places to clip and stow more stuff.

Sandi, hush puppies are fried soda bread dough in little pellet shapes....
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10. sandiquiz
8:13 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
"fried catfish and hushpuppies" -... hushpuppies??
To me hush puppies are a type of shoe!
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9. BriarCraft
7:55 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
Birding vest? Looks like big pockets with suspenders to me -- fanny paks on steroids. 8-D What fun! And all the more so because you're getting to wear and enjoy. And remember what you've been through and survived. If you were steel, you'd be "tempered" now -- tougher, stronger, harder to break, better able to hold an edge. A living, breathing, equivalent of fine tool steel.

Seeing your crawfish makes me think of other things I've heard them called -- crawdads, crayfish, mud lobsters. Were there enough that you could enjoy your own crawfish feed?

To my mind, no trip to Oklahoma would be complete without some fried catfish and hushpuppies -- at least that was the case every time I've been there. Did you manage to fit any of that into your itinerary?
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8. sp34n119w
5:52 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
The story of the vest is wonderful testimony to your strength and good sense, gg.
Terrific pictures! My fave is the dragonfly, partly because of the lovely rock upon which it sits.
So glad you had a good time and that Syd and Roxie both managed the change in routine well. Thanks for sharing your vacation!
In keeping with what others have said, don't forget the "eat" and "sleep" part of "Eat, sleep, work" schedule :)
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7. RobDaHood
3:54 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
Quoting GardenGrrl:

This is me bird watching in Oklahoma. I'm wearing a birding vest that I ordered last year on the internet. It showed up the same day I got the news I had cancer and needed surgery within the week. Counting my blessings and am grateful for all your prayers that I got to do this.

We're glad too.
And glad that you share your great photos with us!
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6. Ylee
3:39 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
525 pictures? Thank goodness for digital cameras with big memory cards! :) Who exactly was holding the crawdad by the antennae?

Is your plant on shutdown? At least this plant for the most part have scheduled shutdowns in November and December, when it's a lot cooler!

Take care, and pace yourself!
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5. GardenGrrl
9:58 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Good Morning!

Hi Prose, I'm still tickled to see that you have celebrated a 49 year anniversary. The couple we met up there (along with another friend and our God kids) has been happily married forever too. Such a great thing to see.

Hi Calpoppy, oh yeah it was way too short of a vacation. We really packed in a lot of trail walking. Am thinking about trying to get the same cabin for late October early November. It was secluded on top of a hill. We really only slept there and didn't get a chance to lounge around. You would have loved all the cypress trees along the river bank.

Hi Sandy, of course you can use the sunnys for wall paper. The field was beautiful. We drove past on the way to Oklahoma. There were quite a bit of wildflowers still showing along the way although the sunnys are crop flowers.
Syd was a good boy and has been delightfully well behaved since our return. Roxie is wore out from doggie camp.
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4. sandiquiz
7:29 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
I am so glad you had a great time, and hopefully stored up some surplus energy to get you through the overtime.

How did Syd behave whilst he was on his own?

Lovely to see you wearing your vest - it looks like something I could do with when I go out with my camera!

Take care, and as calpoppy said - rest up between shifts:)

PS - May I use your sunflower pic as a screen wallpaper? I need a daily burst of sun when I open my laptop - I am so fed up of the rain and greyness!
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3. calpoppy
3:23 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Glad you had fun, it seemed an awfully short vacation. But it sounds like you have a full schedule at work. The sunflowers and cypress tree are my favorite pics. And you look fabulous! Neat bird watching vest. Vests are so handy!

Get your rest between shifts!
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