Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Quote of the Day

American conservatism has grown so angry that it has become a parody of its former self. Tax cuts are always right (even if they inflate the deficit);  government activism is always wrong (even if stimulus helped to avert depression). And the right's hypocrisy when it comes to spending on conservative projects (prisons, the armed forces, government subsidies to big business) is breathtaking. George W. Bush presided over a huge growth in government.

The Economist

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hot Rods and Customs

Hunter and Jenna are staying with us this week while Kelly and Marley are in Toronto. Most summers would find us at the creek every day but the severe drought and extreme temperatures have reduced the creek to a few shallow pools along the gravel bar.  So our activities are being confined to air conditioned spaces.  Today we went to Darrel Starbird's Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame near Grove, Oklahoma. I was sixteen years old in 1961 so these cars came along to feed my adolescent dreams.

The quintessential American hot rod of the 1950's

1951 Mercury

Ed Roth was a custom car designer, and artist who created iconic
hot rod culture characters such as "Rat Fink"

Ed Roth artwork

An Ed Roth design

I probably had every issue of Hot Rod magazine from 1961 -1965
(and every Mad Magazine from 1957-1965)

On the way home we stopped at the Parrot restaurant.
Hunter and Jenna pose in front a cage housing the
restaurant's resident Macaw.

The restaurant sat at the edge of a marina with a view of Grand Lake.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Oklahoma Hot Dog

For lunch we had hot dogs. Along with all the usual condiments we added Dorothy's red tomato relish, chopped onions, and fresh from the garden tomatoes.

Pasta and chesse and fried okra rounded out the meal.

The evenings have been cooler and less humid. Perfect for a walk
down the lane.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


It's a cool evening so we sat outside enjoying the sounds of the
birds and cicadas.


Jenna stayed with us for a week while her mom, sister, and brother went to camp.

We took her to see the 3d movie, Brave, and she decided the
special glasses looked rather fashionable on her so she kept them.

Dorothy had an appointment in Tulsa so Jenna
and I tagged along. The office was at the top
of a twelve story building and Jenna wanted a
picture showing how high up she was.

Jenna thought it necessary to show the floor
number in this photo.

Sometimes it's hard for Jenna to contain her energy.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Picking Tomatoes

Although the heat and the insects have ravaged
our garden we are still able to gather tomatoes. The
greenery around their feet are not tomato plants but
weeds that seem to thrive in drought conditions and
the onslaught of bugs. Jenna and Gracen are good

Sunday, July 08, 2012

When I saw this butterfly contrasted against the
purple cone flowers I grabbed the camera.
(photoshopped to enhance the colors)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A plague of biblical proportions

This is how our garden looked before we went on vacation.

After ten days we came home to this:

Not only was the garden devastated by extreme heat (family and
neighbors watered while we were gone) but the insects had a
feast while we were gone. These squash plants were killed by squash bugs.
When we came home we treated the garden with insecticidal soap, pyrethrin,
sulfur, and other organic pesticides but in the battle between man and insects
the insects always win.

The tomatoes have produced well this year, but look how the
grasshoppers have eaten the foliage. Trying to spray for grass-
hoppers is like dipping a bucket into the ocean and expecting a
bucket shaped hole to remain in the water.

4th of July

The Fourth of July. I have my smoker and grill going and the
flag waving.

I smoked baby back ribs, beef ribs, and chicken wings. Then I grilled some
hot links and brats. We had a potato casserole, several salads, and desserts. The kids
shot off fireworks. For the most part I stayed indoors except to tend to the meat.
It was just too hot yesterday.

Gracen displays her patriotism with
this red, white, and blue ensemble.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Down the Lane

We were working in the garden this evening when our neighbor's two grand daughters rode up on horse back.

Gracen was intrigued by the horses.