Sunday, November 23, 2008

OU beats Texas Tech

Yeah, they did. Beat them like a rented mule. They did.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Wish you were here?

Here's two good reasons to wish that you were in Tulsa, Oklahoma today:

1. The weather...high temp today was 85F/29C

2. Gas is $1.93 per gallon.

Those are also the first two items on my thankful list, here's the last one:

3. I didn't have to work today, so I got to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

When the going gets tough...

The tough go shopping. And that's what I did today...all day. A little retail therapy will cure what ails ya, I'm here to tell ya.

It started at Coldwater Creek, it was a big Fall sale, I had to go in a look, didn't I? And look I did. I walked out of there with 2 sweaters, 2 shells, 1 blouse, and a necklace. Then I wandered down to Chicos Holy cow!!! It was another Fall sale. 2 more blouses, 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of earrings and another necklace. At JC Penney they were calling it a grand opening sale, which I don't really understand, but I bought a pair of shoes anyway. Then, and you'll never believe this, but Famous Footwear was having a Fall sale, so I got another pair of shoes and 4 pairs of socks. While I was in Claire's I was advised by the ever so helpful sales staff that it was a buy 2 get 1 free on all of their earrings, so I picked up 3 more pairs of earrings there. My last stop was FYE where I bought a Kid Rock CD. And that was pretty much all I got done today.

1. I'm thankful for my parents, they do so much for me.
2. I'm thankful for the beautiful Fall weather we're having right now.
3. I'm thankful for Fall sales!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I've been inspired

I took a break this summer from my knitting (not to mention a short break from reality) but I'm feeling much better now!

Sue started a mitered square project using left over bits of sock yarn and I just had to try it myself. I started playing around with the odds and ends of sock yarn that I had left over, I knew I would never have enough to make a throw of any size but I was having fun playing in the wool. Mom donated her left over sock yarn and it got a little more interesting. Sue and Emma donated some more bits and pieces and that's when it started becoming an addiction. Sadly, I didn't take a picture of the yarn that they contributed, but that doesn't mean that I didn't love every bit of it. This project wouldn't have gotten very far without it, thanks to both of you.

I mentioned this project to Julie who said that she had some leftovers that she could part with and she sent me this:

That is what's left after 15 pairs of socks PLUS a brand new skein of Spunky Ecclectic and a very nice card...just because. Thank you so much, Julie. I don't deserve you.

So anyhoo, this project has taken on a life of it's own. I can't seem to put it down. This picture was taken a few days ago, at that time I had completed 91 squares.

You can click on the pictures to get a better look. I love how all of the crazy colors and patterns look like they belong together, even though they don't. When you start a square you don't know how it's going to turn out until it's done and that's what makes this project so hard to put down.

I'm still thankful:
1. I'm thankful for all of the prayers and good thoughts and nice comments and emails I have received over that last several weeks.

2. I'm thankful for the last 14 years, regardless of the ending.

3. I'm thankful for leftover sock yarn to occupy my time.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The knit has hit the fan!

Things are out of control around the knit house these days. I need to step back and take deep breath, so there won't be much going on here for a little bit. I'll still be visiting your blogs so that we can keep in touch.

If you have a minute, you might say a prayer for the residents of the knit house, both current and former.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

She's got legs

It seems I started something over on Buck's blog when I made a comment about chubby legs that then bled over onto Becky's blog. So I feel obligated to participate.

Check out these gams...stems...pins...getaway sticks:

This picture was taken in May 1967 - and you'll have to do the math yourself.

While I was looking for the chubby-legged picture I came across another picture that I have always found odd:

To the far left is my granddad Omer, then my daughter Kate holding her cousin Leslie, my sister Penny behind the stroller, in the stroller is a family friend Trenton, then my mother Joyce, and me on the far right. This picture seems odd to me because, while we have always been a pretty close-knit family, we look like a bunch of strangers in this picture. No two are looking at each other, or even in the same direction. We're not talking or posing. And I don't even know who took it, I'm assuming it was my dad but I don't even remember it being taken. Judging from the ages of the children and my hairstyle, I would say that this was taken around 1993.

I'm thankful if nothing else:
1. I'm thankful that fat legs are cute for at least part of our lives.
2. I'm thankful I don't still have that big hair.
3. I'm thankful that I had 30 years with my granddad.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oh, for Pete's sake

I woke early this morning, about 6:ooam-ish, we watched a little news and had some waffles and a little coffee, things were going well, we were going about starting our Saturday. Then, the clutz that I am, was attempting to walk and carry things in my hands and talk at the same time. I may have even been trying to chew gum, I don't know, but a series of unfortunate events resulted in a US 7 (4.5mm) bamboo knitting needle getting stuck (about 2" of it) in my left heel.

Here's how the conversation went:

Robert: Oh jeez.
Amy: I can't pull it out, you pull it out.
Robert: I don't think we should pull it out, I'm taking you to the ER.
Amy: I can't walk, pull it out.
Robert: I don't think we should pull it out, I'll carry you.
Amy: It hurts, pull it out.
Robert: (grasping the knitting needle like he is considering pulling it out) I can't get ahold of it, it's slick, I don't think we should pull it out, I'm taking you to the ER.
Amy: Bobby, it hurts, please pull it out.
Robert: (reluctantly) OK, Let me get something to get ahold of it.

He leaves the room and comes back with some pliers.

Robert: (grasping the knitting needle with the pliers) This is not a good idea, we should go to the ER...are you ready?
Amy: (takes a deep breath) Yes

With one smooth motion Robert swiftly removes the knitting needle and Amy feels instant relief.

Amy: (suddenly feeling flush) I'm gonna faint.
Robert: Lie down

Robert holds Amy's feet higher than her head, at the same time applying pressure to the wound on her foot. After a few minutes the nausea subsides and the color returns to Amy's face.

Robert: Are you OK?
Amy: Yeah, thank you.
Robert: I peed a little bit.

So, how was your Saturday?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Now I've seen it all

Have you guys seen this? Snoop Dogg and Willie? And if I know my cute boys (and I think I do) I would say that is Brad Paisley in the reddish hoodie and ball cap playing lead guitar.

What a strange collaboration. Willie is 75 years old, shouldn't he really consider settling down a little? Seriously, just a itty-bitty-tiny-little bit. What are they talking about anyway? Medicine?? I don't get it.

1. I'm thankful that Willie can still be Willie at 75 years old.
2. I'm thankful that my daughter told me about this video, because I never would have believed it if I hadn't seen it.
3. I am thankful that September is just a few weeks away.

P.S. When I went to Brad Paisley's website to get the link I found a video there with him and Andy Griffith.(!) Holy smokes, has the world gone crazy?

Monday, July 21, 2008

We're dealing with a lot of stuff here!

I have seriously neglected blogging, both reading and posting, but I've been (as a very wise person once said) up to my @$$ in alligators around here. It's been a very busy summer so far.

There have been birthday celebrations:

One for Robert.

And one for my country.

There were ballgames to win:

There have been moderately successful attempts at staying cool in the Oklahoma heat:

There has been yardwork and wildlife to deal with:

Some soft and cuddly.

Some, well...not so much.

There were some more acts of kindness:

Ann from my knitting group made this hat for Dona. Thanks again, Ann. I have sent it off to Dona and I know that she will love it.

There has also been a (very) little bit of knitting:

This is another square for the Holly B and Tracy B blankie project. I loved that pattern, it was so quick and fun and easy that I decided that I would use some of the DK weight cotton I had sitting around here and size 3 needles and use the same pattern to make a pretty face cloth. However, that attempt did not go as smoothly as my first attempt at this pattern. It ended badly.

And there was this:

It may or may not become a finished object, we'll just have to wait and see how it goes. I took that picture in the house and those colors are not even close to the actual colors. Maybe if it becomes a finished object I will try harder to get a better picture of it.

Then there were some other things that weren't worthy of being photographed, like trying to get our house ready to put on the market so we can move back into Tulsa. I have decided that I am tired of working here for myself and I am trying to decide if I want to go back to work in a normal job or go to back to school, and doing what needs to be done in order to do one or the other. If there were pictures of these things, they would look a lot like me pulling my hair out. I've never been good at life-changing decisions.

Let's see if I remember how to be thankful:
1. I'm thankful to have so many career and housing options open to me.
2. I am thankful that Robert hasn't strangled me during this life-changing decision making process. Bless his heart. He's a saint.
3. I am thankful he won't be going back to Iraq in September.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

This one goes out to the one I love

Today is Robert's birthday.

I am so lucky to be his wife. He is my rock, he's my soft place to land, he is my friend, he's got my back. **He's a cowboy wrapped in a genius, wrapped in a dream, wrapped in another cowboy**

Happy birthday baby, this one will be better than the last one, I promise.

**That was a line from the tv show "Frasier" the person that said it was talking about Dr. Phil.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Groovy (?!)

When I mentioned what a moron I was for knitting my square for the Holly and Tracy's Blankie Project before I dyed the yarn. It was suggested that a tie-dye square would be cool.

I knew that tie-dying the lacy leaf pattern square wouldn't work, so I had to make another square, just plain stockinette stitch and then I tried to tie-dye it.

It became abundantly clear that I know nothing about tie-dying, however, that didn't stop me.

Oh yeah, that's really groovy, Amy. But just look at that lawn, that Robert knows how to keep a beautiful lawn, I'm here to tell ya!

Here is the Lacy leaf pattern square now that it has been turned green:

It's kind of a sage color, but you'll have to take my word for it because I couldn't get an accurate picture of the color to save my own life.

Becky posted a picture of a moth on her blog today (maybe yesterday) and since I had a very similar picture I thought I would post mine too. I don't think this is a moth, I'm calling it "undetermined type of winged insect".

For my last photographic entry, here is something I saw while out running amok errands this afternoon.

I'm gonna get all thankful now:

1. I am thankful for my beautiful niece, Leslie. Happy Birthday, sweetie.

2. I'm also thankful that she doesn't ever have to say "But I'm almost 18" again.

3. I'm thankful that it has stopped raining.

Monday, June 16, 2008

I'm going to grow some flippers

It's unusual, Mid-June, to have this much rain around here.

Holly B, Tracy B and the Zombie Prom Date Knitters have a fun charity knitting project going on. If you're looking for a project, go on over and check it out. They're looking for 12" squares made from worsted weight washable wool in any shade of orange or green. Tracy lost her sister to cervical cancer and they are making a blanket in her honor to donate to the Hope Lodge. Go on...go check it out.

I decided I would make a square for them, I knew I had some bare superwash wool that I could dye green or orange so I got it out and made a swatch to figure out my gauge, then I started playing around with a pattern, before I knew it the square was done - and it is not green or orange. What a loser! I always do everything bass-ackwards. I guess I will pull my head out and do something that will cause it to be green today.

It looks like this right now, we'll see how it turns out.

Hasn't been a whole lot of knitting going on around here other than that.

Here's some things that I am thankful for today:

1. I am thankful for places like the Hope Lodge.
2. I am thankful that the high temperature in my area today is 79F/26C.
3. I am thankful that I live on a hill.

Monday, June 9, 2008

I've been tag-teamed

I have been tagged for this meme by Tracy B. and by Kristina Miss-I've-Been-On-Vacation-For-The-Last-Two-Weeks B. so I guess there's no way out of it.

1. What was I doing ten years ago?
Laying the groundwork for my self-employment and blissfully co-existing with a teen aged daughter. Was that sarcasm? Surely not.

2. Five non-work related things on my to-do list for tomorrow:
Non-work related? Does that include housework? If it does then, I got nothin'

3. What snacks do I enjoy?
Popcorn, anything with cheese in it or on it.

4. Places I have lived:
Tulsa and Sand Springs - which is basically Tulsa

5. What would I do if I were a billionaire?
Nothing that I didn't want to do, bah gawd!

6. Jobs that I have had:
A Waitress
Temporary Staffing Specialist - for a for a work-today-get-paid-today labor hall
Sales Representative for a collection agency - I only did Sales/Customer Service, no collecting for me!
Background Investigator

7. Now I'm supposed to tag some people, but since I just did the tagging thing about a week ago it probably wouldn't be in my best interest to do it again so soon.

Thankful list:

1. I am thankful to have had all of the jobs that I listed above.
2. I am thankful that I am not still doing the first three jobs on the list above.
3. I am thankful that the girl and I both survived her teenage years.

Friday, June 6, 2008

I'm going to write a strongly worded letter.

Who is responsible for this weather?!? I am sicktofreakindeath of all of the thunderstorms and high winds and broken limbs and and and. And as soon as I can figure out where to send my formal complaint you can bet that I will send it. I was in the process of writing a rant er, I mean whine about the weather last night when another storm came through and knocked out our electricity. It was out until about noon today. I turned on the local news just to learn that there is another storm on the way. It's already looking dark off to the west, it may be too late to start composing that letter now.

Here is a picture that Robert took last weekend during one of the storms:

OK, I'll stop complaining about the weather.

Every so often I find myself in a situation that makes me say, "WHUT?" Yesterday was one of those times.

I do a lot of work for a company called United States blah blah, they normally just use their initials and call themselves U.S.x.x. I had to make a phone call and I identified myself as a representative of U.S.x.x. The woman on the phone asked me to spell my name, I did. She asked me again the name of the company and I repeated U.S.x.x. She then said, "Can you spell that for me?" don't think I can.

Now, to be thankful:

1. I'm thankful that the weather hasn't really been more than an inconvenience to me, even though I've complained like it was a big deal.

2. I'm reminded again how thankful I am for electricity.

3. I'm thankful that, because of the rain, the high temperatures in this area have stayed in the low 90s.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Congratulations Graduates!

On Friday I went with my parents over to Ft. Smith, AR to watch my oldest niece, Leslie, Graduate from Southside High School. The ceremony was held outside, in their stadium. It was a pleasant Spring evening, the weather was perfect.

Leslie is a member of the National Honor Society, received the President's Award for Educational Excellence, and graduated with Honors.

She will be leaving her home in Ft. Smith in August to go to Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX where she has received over $40,000 in scholarships.

During her senior year she played Princess Winifred in her high school's production of "Once Upon a Mattress". This part has been played by Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman. This part requires singing, dancing and comedic timing and she pulled it off like a pro.

So I've established above that she is smart and talented, you can see in this picture that she is beautiful as well. This one has it all, she does.

That is not the only graduation our family had this year, though. My youngest niece, Madeline, graduated from Sonshine Preschool. At her graduation ceremony they performed "The Hoochie Coochie Song" and "Jesus Loves Me" they not only sang the latter, but signed it as well. Madeline will be staying at home and attending the 4-year-old program in August.

We seem to have more than our share of smart, talented, beautiful girls in this family.

I have some finished knitting projects to show, but my camera is a piece of crap and I apparently don't have the intelligence, patience, or emotional stability required to operate Robert's camera. We'll have to wait until he gets home so I don't cause any harm to his camera or myself.

Let's see...what am I thankful for today?

1. I am thankful for blue skies with no storm clouds.
2. I am thankful for Bo Diddley. Rest in peace.
3. I am thankful that Robert has a camera for me to use, even though I can't seem to figure out how it works.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Becky tagged me for one of the most entertaining memes that I have ever done.

Here's the deal, you have to answer the questions using only pictures or graphics, no words.

1. What is your current relationship status?

2. What is your current mood?

3. What is your favorite band/singer?

4. What is your favorite movie?

5. What kind of pets do you have?

6. Where do you live?

7. Where do you work?

8. Who do you look like?

9. What do you drive?

10. What did you do Saturday?

11. What did you do Sunday?

12. What's your favorite TV show?

13. Describe yourself.

14. What's your favorite candy?

Now for the tags, in no particular order:

American Bea
Norwegian Bea
Kristina - I know you're on can do it when you get back.

In the spirit of this meme, my list of thankfuls:




Monday, May 19, 2008

Another beautiful weekend

The weather this weekend was so pretty, it was another perfect opportunity for outdoor activities. MAYFEST!

We weren't the only ones that thought this was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon/evening, look at all these people:

We enjoyed all of the music at the various stages, we checked out all of the artist's booths. It was probably the best Mayfest I have seen in recent years.

Since we were downtown we had dinner at Billy's on the Square. Billy's has been a long time favorite of ours, but we just aren't downtown much anymore and don't get many chances to eat there.

We spent a good part of Sunday in our PJs, not doing much of anything until evening. My parents took us to dinner at Charleston's in Brookside to celebrate my birthday, which is today. It's also Julie's birthday. You should hop over and read about her fabulous birthday present celebration and wish her a happy birthday.

Robert got me the most beautiful (and delicious) birthday cake from Ann's Bakery. If you've never had one of Ann's cakes, you have to try it. It's hard to beat Merritt's but Ann's does it every time.

Is that not the the prettiest cake?

Last week I won an amazing skein of sock yarn from Butternut Woolens in a contest on Chrispy's blog. My camera has stopped cooperating and I cannot get a good picture of it. I'll have to figure out how to use Robert's camera and get some pictures soon.

What am I thankful for today?

1. I am thankful that my husband thinks I'm an angel, even though I'm not.
2. I'm thankful there was nice weather for Mayfest.
3. I'm thankful that I live in a place where I'm entitled to my own opinion and (even though they might want to) no one can shoot me for expressing it.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Such a fabulous weekend

It all started on Friday, the mail brought two packages to my door. One was from
Bea and it contained this beautiful pair of socks and some chocolates for Dona.

The package has been forwarded to Dona and I just know she will love it.

The other package came from Holly just for no reason at all, just because she is such a sweetie. I don't know what I did to deserve her. Check it out:

Two balls of Hempathy in a beautiful dark red color, that's her knitting group's official t-shirt - Zombie Prom Date Knitters, Girl Scout Thin Mints, and a ball of Reynold's Smile, which by the way has already been turned into this hat. No pictures of it right now, it's soaking.

I had some good knitting time this weekend and I finished some WIPs that have been hanging around here.

This Quant is one of my Pay-It-Forward (Honest to goodness, I haven't forgotten about that commitment, the other two will be coming soon) projects and is ready to be shipped off to it's new owner.

These socks were made with Opal Sock yarn and they are a birthday present for a dear friend. She'll be very lucky if she gets them, I want to keep them for myself.

These two skeins of Tempted sock yarn were a Mother's day gift for my mom. I wish I could have bought her 100 skeins, but these two will keep her busy for a little while. I love shopping for yarn, even if I don't get to keep it.

I am going to have to make myself several pair of socks because my Mother's Day gift is the hands-down best way to showcase handknit socks, Clear Chucks! Aren't they great?

We spent such a fabulous day Sunday with friends and family celebrating Mother's Day. I wish every Sunday could be like that.

My weekend was great, but it wasn't so much for the people in Picher, OK who lost their loved ones and homes in a tornado that almost completely destroyed that whole town this weekend. That little town is in my prayers.

Createcraft wants to know the story behind everyone's blog name, why did you pick that name, what does it mean to you? There's no real exciting story about my blog name, no significant meaning. It is derived from the colorful old redneck Oklahoma saying, "Well, I could just sh*t and fall back in it." It's an expression of surprise or shock and I just always thought it was funny. So I just tweaked it a little to fit my application.

That's all I've got for now, time to be thankful:

1. I am thankful that my mom is the one that I call Mom.

2. I am thankful that Kate is the one that calls me Mom.

3. I am thankful for Zombie Gear in the mail.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Oh, I oughtta...

...tell you right now who the winner of this little contest is, but I'm not gonna do that. Not yet, first I want to tell you how much I love all of the blog friends I have made over the last 100 posts, some of which I speak with, via email, on a daily basis and I feel like I have known them forever. There are others that I am just becoming acquainted with and am anxious to get to know better. Then I am going to tell you about an Oh, I oughtta story of my own.

Imagine, if you will, a rainy spring day a couple of years ago. I had taken my only nephew and my youngest niece to McDonald's for lunch. We had a wonderful lunch experience. We dined on the finest that McDonald's has to offer, played in the Play Place until we couldn't play anymore and were on our way to the car to go home and (hopefully) take a very long nap.

As we approached the door we encountered a man with two children who appeared to be about the same age as my niece and nephew. The man held the door open for us and his children and we all stepped out onto the sidewalk. Just as we were all about to cross the parking lot to our respective cars, another car driven by a very young, inexperienced driver came screeching (yes, I said screeching) around the corner of the building and narrowly missed hitting the man, the four children, and me.

If it had just been me, I probably would have just watched him pass and gone on with my day, but there were four little kids and you don't do anything to endanger children when I am around. Besides, how would he have lived with himself if he would have hurt one of them, or worse? So I felt it was my duty to yell at him to slow down in the parking lot.

I won't repeat what he said to me, all I can say is that I hope he doesn't kiss his mother with that mouth.

It was at that point that my brain said, "Oh, I oughtta..." but before my brain was able to complete that thought my right arm took control of the situation and hurled the go cup full of iced tea that I was carrying. It landed smackdab in the middle of the back window on his car. Now, I don't know if you have ever thrown a paper cup full of iced tea at anyone (seems a lot of people haven't), but when it hit the back window the paper cup collapsed, the lid popped off and iced tea went everyfreakinwhere. It was like a little caffeinated, artificially sweetened hand grenade. It was beautiful.

The potty-mouth-punk-kid stopped his car and got out. The man asked me (told me) to take all of the kids and go back inside. He said something to him and the kid got back in his car and left. The man then came in to get his children and (laughing) told me to get in my car and go home without throwing anything at anyone else. I told him I would, and I did.

So there you have it, that is about the sum total of my bad-assedness. Now we'll move on to the real reason we're all here...the contest.

And the winner is...

From the great state of Michigan...

The beautiful...

The talented...

wait for it...


Email me with your mailing address so I can got your pink/brown/purple/copper yumminess in the mail to you right away.

Here's what I'm thankful for:

1. I am thankful that no one was hurt that day in the McDonald's parking lot.

2. I am thankful for men that will stand up for helpless children and loud mouth women in McDonald's parking lots.

3. I am thankful that I'd already had enough of that iced tea.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sweet revenge

This past week I was flipping through an old creative writing book and I came across an interesting exercise.

Write a story based on this mixed proverb: Revenge is bliss.

We've all seen the pictures that have been circulated and recirculated via email where one person has made another so angry that they have resorted to spray painting nasty comments on their house or car, or hired a plane to tow a banner defaming the person that made them angry, or hurt their feelings, or whatever. We've all heard the stories about women so scorned that they've used superglue in an unnatural manner. I'm sure we've all had situations in our lives that have made us want to behave badly, I know I have.

I'm not a very good bad-ass, though. Whenever one of those situations has come up in my own life, I always say, "Oh, I oughtta...(do whatever)" and I'm pretty good at coming up with ideas of things that I oughtta do. But when it comes right down to it, I am just a big wuss. I don't have the kahonas to actually do it, but I do get some degree of satisfaction just thinking about exacting a little payback. There are a couple of very lucky people in this world because of that, I'm here to tell ya.

Here's where it gets good:

Since my next post will be my 100th and May is my birth month we're gonna turn this creative writing exercise into a contest. The winner's name will be drawn out of a hat, here's what you gotta do to get your name in that hat:

You'll get one entry for leaving a comment telling me about a situation in your life that made you say, "Oh, I oughtta..." and you'll get another entry for finishing that sentence...telling me what you thought you oughtta do. You'll get a third entry if you actually did it.

The winner will get this pinkish-brownish-purplish-coppery goodness:

Also known as two skeins of Rowan Tapestry:

Which is not only good-looking, but fun to fondle too. I found all sorts of beautiful projects on Ravelry using this yarn. Oh, I oughtta...get some of it for myself.

In your comment you've got to make sure I know how to get in touch with you in case you're the winner, an email address or your Ravelry ID or something, K?

Now, no post would be complete without a list of thankfuls:

1. I am thankful that I am such a big wuss, otherwise "Oh, I oughtta..." might have led to "we, the jury, find the defendant..." at one point or another in my life.

2. I am thankful for having a husband that doesn't provoke such anger AND he has the ability to calm me down when I do have one of those "Oh, I oughtta..." moments.

3. I am thankful for The Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

On a beautiful Saturday in April

The weather yesterday was beyond gorgeous and Robert and I just knew that the only thing to do was to be outside. We decided to go to the ArtWalk festival at RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks.

We couldn't have asked for a better day, we had lunch on the patio at Los Cabos with a beautiful view of the river and City Plex Towers on the other side:

There were lots of things and people to see. There were several different groups of musicians playing along the walk:

We saw some of the areas more talented residents:

This guy's name is Yusuf Etudaiye and he has a pottery studio in McAlester, Etudaiye Studio. The weather yesterday was very pleasant but I don't know how he survives the Oklahoma summers with all that hair.

Here is a crappy picture of some of his work on display at the festival:

As with all of the pictures, you can see a little better if you click on them.

We saw some of the areas cutest residents:

And we saw a few of the areas more colorful residents:

Yes, those are fishnet stockings...(?!)

We named this woman Boobie McBooberson:

And this guy looks like he might be Northeastern Oklahoma's very own version of Dog the Bounty Hunter:

And finally:

I know, I know, I'm horrible. But doesn't it seem like some of these people were just begging for attention? So I really didn't have any choice but to oblige them, now did I?

Maybe I better just stop now and get thankful about a few things:
1. I am thankful for festivals on the river.
2. I am thankful for being able to spend an amazing Saturday afternoon with the man I love.
3. I am thankful for sweet tea with lemon.