1. I haven’t gone on a country road jaunt for way too long. We used to do that a lot when I was a kid, growing up in Payne County – we often took the back roads to wherever we were going and I grew to be really fond of those trips. You never know what you’ll find.

    I think it’s time for me to do a little backroad trip of my own around the OKC area and see what I can find. Love this. I could use some “cobweb blowing” in my own soul.

  2. I’m so happy you had a nice drive and outing to take pictures with Steve. From the head on it, I think that bird is a turkey vulture. They like to ride the thermals high in the sky. Fun to watch them floating up there against the blue!

  3. We are thinking about spending a few days in Tulsa and surrounding towns just going to small shops, flea markets and junk, and interesting stores. Could you do a post on things for us to shop at around Tulsa? You used to mention a flea market in Jenks. I want to be sure and go there. Thanks JackieSee

  4. Hi there…I am your age, got divorced about the time you pushed that fateful button, on that fateful day. I garden a lot but I also do art. I started doing sewing/quilted wall hangings for deco…my art. It was cheaper than a big quilt, and I can do the quilting etc on my singer. Then I moved last year, to making my own felt from wool roving. I now make AND SELL and exhibit my felt art pieces. I started making junk journals this past year, but I’m not sure that would be for you,,,I am sure you could sew, quilt or try another form of art. Some of the senior places like yours even have a small shop where their residents have a gift shop, where you might be able to sell things.
    Please look up Jackie Cardy the fwlt maker, and Tracie Fox of Love Junk Journals. Fascinating even if you go no further.
    The felt is pretty cheap to do, and you can get everything on line and delivered. I will be happy to answer any questions.

  5. Enjoyed today’s post. Thank you for your beautiful photos and words.

    1. You are speaking my language today. Being in the country side speaks serenity. Don’t get to do much if that now. Thanks for this post.

  6. Oh Brenda what a delightfully wonderful you had! I think this was one of the best things Steve could have done for you. I know you hold on to the memories of the day deep in your heart.

  7. The cows – all of them looking right at you. I can imagine the biggest one saying to the others “Alright now, pose pretty, ladies.”

  8. Glad you had such a wonderful day out where you could enjoy taking such beautiful pictures. Have a good evening.

  9. Bless Steve’s heart!!! What a wonderful friend! I loved the first old barn you captured ~

  10. Your photos are just beautiful! I love them all. Seems like it was a lovely day all around:)

  11. What beautiful pictures! That was so nice of Steve to take you out for a beautiful ride in the country side! My father used to say you had to blow the cobwebs out of the car too!

  12. Steve is such a wonderful guy. I’m sure he enjoyed the outing as much as you did and giving your car a spin. I always drive the backroads whenever possible.

    We just went to a Farm Day Saturday as much of
    our county is agriculture and farmland. We then drove thru several
    little towns I’d not been to in years. We are planning a day trip
    back to them soon as they were so inviting.

  13. Yea heard it called blowing out cobwebs frequently as I grew up…so nice Steve took you for a ride plus it was good for the car to be used a bit too!!

  14. These show me how much I enjoy your pictures. I have missed them.
    How can the roof be so blue and so near perfect on a barn that is falling apart?

  15. These show me how much I enjoy your pictures. I have missed them.
    How can the roof be so blue and so near perfect on a barn that is falling apart?

  16. In your photos, I read loneliness. A beautiful loneliness. Serenity unspoiled by the increasingly nasty world we live in. A place every soul wishes it could find rest in until the strength to fight again comes back.
    I often envy people who live simple lives in those “one traffic light towns.” Until you need medical care. Or affordable groceries. But it seems like those people stick together more and don’t mind offering a hand when they see a need. I guess my melancholy mood is due to a few posts on Nextdoor Neighbor this morning. Residents in an apartment complex had catalytic converters cut off from their cars. Police have bigger things to pursue. Nothing left to do but absorb their losses – and maybe wish they lived in one of those desolate areas you drove through.

    1. The one traffic light towns appeal to me too, to a point. But I’d hate to have to drive to the next city to buy stuff.

  17. What a wonderful day for you. I agree with Ann’s statement 100%. You are blessed to have found a friend like Steve. I enjoyed your photos today, more than you can imagine. Thank you for that!
    Bonnie in Chilly WI. Winter is just around the corner.

  18. It’s great that Steve went with u Brenda bc it’s not safe to go riding around by yourself anymore. That was prob that guy’s land and he was making sure that u weren’t going to live off his land. It’s a crazy world we live in now! Love the pics!

  19. Your pictures are stunning. I am so thrilled you had the opportunity to do this. It sounds like you had an amazing day.

  20. Oh my. Beautiful photography. So glad Steve was willing and able to take you for your outing. We all reaped the benefits.

  21. What a lovely way to spend a fall day and what a kind friend you have in Steve. You are blessed.

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