Monday, May 31, 2010

Haikey Creek Park

We have many walking/jogging trails in Tulsa County. To keep my new walking obsession interesting, I’m trying out several of them. This morning I went to Haikey Creek Park. It’s only a couple miles from my house and this is the first time for me to take advantage of it. It was a pleasant surprise.

The woods surrounding the paths are home to squirrels, beautiful songbirds—like this little guy—and heaps of poison ivy.

Some of the paths are pretty isolated and lined with trees and heavy undergrowth, so I wouldn’t walk it when there’s not plenty of light nor when it is deserted.

Despite the poison ivy, the walking experience at Haikey Creek Park was exceptionally enjoyable. I will definitely return to this one.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

~Thank you~

Angel Takes Over the Keyboard

Okay learning to use Mom's computer was a snap. Casper may call me a copycat but I think he just wanted to hog the keyboard. But, I love the old guy. He thinks I pester him, but if it weren't for me he wouldn't do anything but lay around grooming himself, sleep and eat.

Now I know we all need our 18 hours a day of beauty rest, but when we're awake, that's our time for running around like maniacs, exploring--any place we can squeeze into-- and loving on our mom.

You think I like picking on Casper to get him to run around like a youngster? No, of course not, I do it to help keep him young. I'm just thinking of his well-being. It's a dirty job but some cat has to do it.

Gotsta run now. Purrs and hugs~~ Angel

Friday, May 28, 2010

I'm an ISFJ; what about you?

I took the Myers Briggs Personality Test as an assignment for an online
course I'm taking called, "Making Age an Asset in Your Job Search".  So far it's a great course.
I've taken this personality test a couple of times over the years but had forgotten the outcome, so it was fun doing it again. It's amazing how these tests can come close to nailing a personality.
ISFJ - "Conservator". Desires to be of service and to minister to individual needs - very loyal. 13.8% of total population.
Myers-Briggs Personality Test at

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Whiskers Wednesday

Finally! I don’t know how many times I’ve stepped on, or stretched out across mom’s keyboard while she clicked around on it. At long last, she has taken the hint and said I could blog a bit. Now Angel is eyeballing the computer. I can already hear her mewing, “‘that’s not fair, Casper got to write something, why can’t I?” She’s such a copycat sometimes.
Anyway, I wanted to give some details about these pictures mom took of us this morning. We love our mom and we like to be close to her when she’s home. This is our favorite place to hang out when she’s putting her face on. That’s what she calls it – humans are so peculiar sometimes –MOL. It’s a good thing we have two sinks because I like to curl up in mine while mom stands in front of hers.

Angel likes to sit next to mom’s sink, mostly so she can sneak in and snatch up mom’s make-up brushes. She’ll grab one and take off running, with mom chasing after. I chuckle to myself and am thankful that Angel’s pestering someone else for a change. Good times. ~~Purrs and prayers to you~~

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bartlesville Buffalo

Here are a few of the Bartlesville Buffalo.  Bartlesville is a community with a lot to keep a gawker/walker entertained while working toward a consistent 10,000 steps a day.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Tale of Two Kitties

Casper is the best of felines, Angel is the orneriest of felines.

My two cat kids couldn't be more different. Casper moves with elegance and grace. He's laid back and adores anyone who pets him and speaks to him in a loving tone. 

Angel tears around the house, and has to explore every nook, cranny, cupboard, closet, and even fridge. She loves her mom and Casper, and that's about it.
With their differences, they still get along better than most siblings. I think they're good for each other. Angel helps Casper get in touch with his playful, run-around-like-a-crazy-cat self, and Casper provides an example of serenity that some day Angel may give a try.

The Baby Boomer Generation: Boomers Are Passing the Dutchie Again

Okay I admit I never heard them called Dutchies--doobies, yes; dutchies, no--but, anyway I thought this was interesting. That's all--just interesting.
The Baby Boomer Generation: Boomers Are Passing the Dutchie Again

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Walking along the Arkansas River

Because of yesterday's tummy situation I fell way short of my goal of 10,000 steps. So today I was happy to feel much better and to strap on my Sketchers for a little stroll at River Parks. Because I like to stop, gawk and sometimes snap a few pictures, I went on one of the less traveled trails. The bikers, skaters and joggers don't like it when you get in their way, and I don't blame them, so I stay on the extreme edge of the path, keep alert and simply stay the heck out of their way.

The Baby Boomer Generation: Boomers get SHAFTED, etc.

The Baby Boomer Generation: Boomers get SHAFTED, etc.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Not so Frisky Friday

Paranoia took up residence as I sat at my desk trying to gauge whether or not I could make it through the day. I felt lousy--not ready for a hospital bed--but lousy. Would the boss think I just wanted to play hooky? Would co-workers roll their eyes and grumble that it was certainly convenient to be ill, making air quotes around the word ill, on the prettiest Friday we've had in weeks? I'm a bit Dwight Shrute-ish about taking off work. I hate to be late and I don't call in sick, unless I'm, you know, sick. Do we ever outgrow this kind of insecurity and concern about the impression others may have? For some of us, probably not. Oh well. I'm going to go have a few sips of 7-Up, eat a few saltines and go back to sleep.

~~As I was pulling out of the parking lot I spotted this cute litte squirrel perched on a tree stump, enjoying a snack. No matter how crappy I felt I didn't want to miss one of Mother Nature's photo ops.~~

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Indoor Walking Day

Rained Out   
Today was an indoor walking day.

Getting There 


Every little bit helps. Tips for adding steps:
  • At work, use the bathroom farthest from your cubicle.  Use this tip with caution -- it can be risky if you're in the habit of putting off the inevitable.
  • Pace, or march in place while brushing teeth. For the coordination challenged, this is easier with a battery operated toothbrush.
  • Keep the ice cream bars in the garage freezer instead of the kitchen.
Do you have some tips for painless ways to add steps to the pedometer?

Monday, May 17, 2010

O Robert Where Art Thou

"All right, boys! It's the authorities! We got you surrounded! Just come on out and grabbin' air! And don't try nothing fancy! Your sityeachin is purty nigh hopeless!"

Robert, you're no Soggy Bottom Boy-- you best just turn yourself in.

(The May Brothers Building -- picture I took Monday, May 17th while adding steps to my pedometer.)

Related news report:

Warrant Issued For Bartlesville Man In Connection With May Brothers Fire

Posted: Mar 03, 2010
BARTLESVILLE, OK -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Bartlesville man, authorities believe is responsible for a fire that destroyed the former May Brothers building in downtown Bartlesville last year.
Former owner of a restaurant in the building, Robert Boyce, 49, is now a suspect in the fire which occurred on August 31. The Washington County District Court has issued a warrant for his arrest.
In the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hollander says he determined the fire was arson and that Boyce had "admitted to a third party that he participated in the planning of the arson fire."  About a week after the fire, Boyce was considered a person of interest in the fire.

Everyone in B'ville knows Robert--now we're anxiously awaiting the next installment in this story.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Favorite Walking Paraphernalia

 At work we are having a Let's Walk program based on the 10K a Day ( program. I'm getting into it and love the extra energy I'm starting to see from it.

I broke down and purchased the Sketcher Shape Up Shoes for walking. I've only worn them a little while--the information that comes with the shoes said to only use them for 20-25 minutes at a time until you get used to them--so far I am really happy with them. They make me taller and I like that! But most importantly, they are super comfy and make me walk heel to toe, without any effort on my part, and they do improve my posture. I'll keep you posted.

And to keep the stink out of my new shoes, I like the Sneaker Ball Shoe Freshener. I got mine on my last trip to DSW.
Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer---the most accurate pedometer I've had!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Stroll through Jenks, America

It was a cool, cloudy morning--a perfect day to take a walk in Jenks, a small town a few miles from my home. Jenks has a quaint business district with antique, and one-of-a-kind, shops.

Highway 75 Commute

Currently I commute between Tulsa and Bartlesville for my work. This is a little bit of what I see as I zip up Highway 75 every day.

I wonder what the story of this old abandoned Sinclair truck is and how he ended up being put out to pasture here.