Sunday, July 20, 2014


Our nephew Jack Dunaway's daughter Sarah is visiting from California. We had a big country dinner today to give her a taste of southern cooking.  It was the first time she had ever tasted okra. We topped off the meal with blackberry cobbler and cinnamon rolls.

Sarah, Marley, Hunter, Jenna, Gracen, and of course Riley.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

That Time of Year

As the years go by the seasons seem to come around quicker. For me, winter is barely gone when the summer heats up and brings all the things we expect from the season, such as:

One of my favorite summer bloomers, the purple cone flower.


We are picking black berries every day.

Ripe tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, squash, and okra make summer meals a delight and bring to mind family meals of years gone by. Accent those meals with the heat and humidity, the sound of cicadas in the trees, and fire flies at dusk and a person gets a feel of one's place in the universe and a feeling of belonging to that place.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Perfect Summer Meal

Steak hot off the grill, baked potato, sauteed summer squash, a salad
of kale, chard, spinach, and arugula, and fresh corn. And don't forget
the iced tea.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

4th of July

The family came down for the holiday. We had lots to eat including apple pie and home made ice cream.

Waiting for the sun to go down.

Tara and Marley

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Leaving Jinja

Two more days and Kelly will be heading home.  Here are more photos of her trip:

Typical meal during their stay.

A painting Kelly purchased from a local artist.

African supermarket

chicken guacamole wrap

At the market

Girls going shopping

Plenty of money to spend

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fossil and Farm

Thursday morning we took the kids to Norman, OK to tour the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. It's a museum that traces the fossil record of life over millions of years in the region of what is now Oklahoma. The next day we visited the Braum's farm, a ten thousand acre enterprise that grows and processes the ingredients that go into their food products.  Braum's is a chain of ice cream/fast food/grocery stores that span the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.

Ready to start the trip

This was the kids' favorite. The Triceratops.

The Brontosaurus. This picture was taken from the second floor.
He is standing on the first floor. His head is 19ft above the floor and
he is 90 ft from nose to tip of tail.

Lots of fossils.

One floor was dedicated to the Mississippian Indian culture of North America.  A civilization that flourished from about 800 to 1500 CE. 

This family was attempting to take a picture of their dad and daughters in this ancient
dugout canoe when Jenna and Gracen jumped right in and made their selves at home.

My sciatica requires that I find a 
place to sit down from time to time.

Up to our hotel room
Waiting for the Braum's tour to begin. Gracen is looking back where
the ice cream is kept. Hunter is looking at?

Posing by the tour bus. No photography was allowed inside the bakery
or ice cream plant.

The farm spans the Canadian River

Free ice cream and cookies after the tour.

Heading home.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kelly Helps in the Kitchen

Kelly helped sort beans today and got a first hand look at the kitchen and cooking procedures.


Cooking the evening meal.

View of Lake Victoria

Kathleen's Kreek

Today we went to Tyner Creek at a spot owned by our friend Kathleen.  She and her husband Rick have it looking like a park.

Clouds began to gather and thunder rolled. We were about
to pack it in then it all went away.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Helping in Africa

When Kelly and her mission group arrived in Africa last Thursday they were dismayed that their luggage did not arrive also. Yesterday 8 out of 29 suitcases arrived and were taken to them.  They are 60 miles (as the crow flies) from the airport and the luggage was carried by two men on a very small motorcycle.

They had already unloaded the luggage when this
photo was taken.

Looks like a 125cc motor. Very small.

Piling up sand to be mixed into mortar.

Sore muscles at the end of the day.