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Here are a few of the pics I took at the park on Saturday.

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           Do those people have peanuts?

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         Did somebody say peanuts?

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                             Crunch! Crunch! Crunch!

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        Maybe I can eat just one more.

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                  I can’t believe I ate all of those peanuts!


Below is a picture of the Nighthawk that visited the yard a few weeks ago, it was taken on a bright day so it’s kind of washed out.

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And a pic of the “Herb Guardian” doing what guardian’s do best.

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Tomorrow I will be going to the Centennial Celebration of Quilts 2007 quilt show, that is put on by the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild.  I’m going to meet a couple of the Skrappies, from Lawton, for lunch then we are going to the quilt show.  I’ll give a full report this weekend.

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That’s what time this morning, that I finished reading “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.  I started reading it Saturday night when we got home from Tulsa, but it had been a long day, so it wasn’t long before I started dozing off.  I read for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon, then really started reading in earnest at about 8:00 last night.  Even with the book being 759 pages long, and my concentration not what it used to be, it was a fast read.  It’s good to have all the questions answered, but sad that there won’t be any future adventures with Harry.

Saturday we went up to Steven and Jessica’s and went to eat calzone and then to the park to feed the squirrels.  Our 1lb. bag of peanuts didn’t last long at all, but I think I got some pretty good close-up shots of the squirrels.  Since I was using my 35mm I have to wait till I get the film developed before posting pics. 

Bill took pics of the front flower beds yesterday, so at least I have one pic to post.

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As I mentioned in earlier posts, I’ve been rereading Harry Potter books #5 & #6 in preparation for #7 the final book.  Almost finished with book 6, will have it finished by the time we get back from Tulsa tomorrow evening.  According to Amazon tracking, my copy of book 7 arrived in OKC at 6:14 this morning, and is awaiting delivery tomorrow.  I wonder how much sleep I will get Saturday night?

Went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix yesterday.  I wondered how they could turn the longest book into the shortest movie, now I know.  They just picked out the highlights and left out the heart of the story.  As far as movies go, it was a good movie.  But it could have been much more.  I love going to the movie on a weekday afternoon.  There were less than 20 people in the theater.  Plus you save $2.00.

For the knitter’s out there, I’ve found 3 new sock patterns.  And they are Harry Potter related.  Hey, I’m sticking to a theme here.  Socktopia has the patterns Nagini, Fawkes and Bellatrix.  I don’t care so much for Bellatrix, but I like the other two. 

Tomorrow morning we are off to Tulsa (Owasso – home of Garth Brooks).  I get the latest Garth sightings, usually in the grocery store, from Steven.  Anyway, Bill and I are headed up to Steven and Jessica’s in the morning.  Play with Josie.  Then we plan on going to Umberto’s for lunch.  Can’t wait to have the calzone and garlic knots again.  Afterwards we are going by the park so Bill can feed the squirrels and I can play with my 35mm camera.  Back to S & J’s, play with Josie some more.

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Now there’s no backing out.  Yesterday I bought my ticket to the Family Values Tour: Korn / Evanescence, at the OKC Zoo Amphitheater on Aug 21.  Now Kerry and I have to make sure we have hats and plenty of sunscreen, since the show starts at 4:00 in the afternoon.  If it wasn’t Korn and Evanescence, there’s no way I would sit out in the hot Oklahoma sun in the middle of August.  People are surprised to hear that Korn is one of my favorite groups.  When Kerry was in college, it was a 3 hr drive up and 3 back.  So to make time pass faster on the highway I would put in a Korn CD and crank up the volume.  Great driving music. 

My other highway driving favorite is Alannis Morrissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”.  Of course with that CD, you are supposed to sing along at the top of your voice.  Helps get rid of all your anger at men and life in general.  It’s very therapeutic.

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When I walked in the kitchen this morning, I happened to glance out the back door and there’s a bunny munching merrily on my ornamental sweet potato plant.  Then I noticed Mrs. Cottontail further out in the yard making for the garden beds.  Then the smaller bunny jumps up in the pot where the 2 jalapeno plants reside, sniffs the leaves and tries to bite one of the peppers.  That’s when it decided that maybe jalapenos weren’t what it wanted and moved on down the row of pots.  I like watching the rabbits, but not while they are eating all my plants.  I can’t do anything about the petunias and impatiens in the front of the house, but hopefully when the extended driveway and sidewalk are put in later this month, the rabbits will no longer be able to get under the gate into the backyard.

There are only 3 more chapters left to read in Harry Potter #5.  Then I can start #6 which isn’t quite as long.  I think I’ll be finished before Saturday.  We have a lot to do in the next couple of days and Bill says he will wait until it comes out on DVD, so I’m going to go see the new Harry Potter movie Wednesday while he’s at work.  Kerry says it’s good.  She took the boys to see it at the IMAX in Tulsa ().  You would think that Oklahoma City would have an IMAX, but noooooo.

I need to get ready for our biweekly trip to the commissary.  Afterwards we are going to grill steaks, and then it’s back to the books.

Added 7/26/07:
Just learned that IMAX is coming to OKC in 2009.

 

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1344 more pages to go.  I made the mistake of watching “Severus Snape: Friend or Foe?” videos on the Borders website.  I evidently missed a lot of things or didn’t attach the same significance to certain events as other readers.  So now I have set myself the task of rereading Harry Potter books 5 and 6 before number 7 arrives on my doorstep, July 21st.  Sometimes when I’m reading, I get so involved in the story, that I miss little “red herrings?” that the author threw in.  So this time around I’m paying special attention to Snape’s worst memory and the unbreakable vow that he makes with Narcissa Malfoy.  There are other parts I’ll be concentrating on, but those are the 2 main ones.  Since I will have my nose in a book for the next week, there may not be many posts to the blog.   Nothing new.  Right? 

We had several days of sunshine which brought extremely high humidity due to the waterlogged soil.  But now the rains are back.  We have already received the equivalent of our yearly average.  The garden is struggling but it’s pretty much a write off.  One struggling eggplant got a bloom, but then it fell off a day later.  The only herbs that are doing well are the globe basil and the salad burnet.  Of course the rosemary and sage that I have in pots on the patio, are doing fine.

While the sun was out, we did get the big flower bed in the front weeded and mulched.  Looks good.  I’ll post pictures when I can.

A little knitting has been done here and there, but not enough to talk about.

I’ve found fabrics and patterns for my first blocks in the Progressive Blocks Round Robin.  Now I just need to get busy.

The other day, I drove across town to Oklahoma Quiltworks.  Didn’t find the fabric I was looking for, but that didn’t stop some other fabrics from following me home.  When I left Quiltworks, I walked down the sidewalk to “get the point…”.  It’s a needlework shop that Ann had told me about.  Chatted with the friendly ladies that worked there about Ann’s crazy quilting, and promised to bring some of my work when I go back.  Then I found some Needlepoint Silk and a skein of Silk ‘N Colors in the color “Monster Mash”, that I thought might work for my CQ seascape.

The rain has stopped and the radar isn’t showing any more coming for a while.  So I’m going to try and get to the grocery store and back without getting wet.

 

 

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At least the last 2 days have just been short showers and not torrential downpours.  The backyard has dried enough that it may be possible to mow later this afternoon.

On Sunday I got the smaller flowerbed in the front yard weeded, then laid down weed barrier and a layer of mulch.  Now it makes the larger bed look really bad.  Hopefully it will soon be dry enough for me to work on it too.  My Impatiens and Caladiums in pots on the front porch are doing really well with all this wet, cooler weather.  Just hope they stay looking nice when the hot, dry Oklahoma summer finally arrives.  I started some Viola seeds really early in the spring and they just didn’t seem to want to grow.  In the past couple of days they have really taken off and started blooming.  I’m going to try and take some pictures of the yard later today.  I’m not promising, because I have to start prepping for tomorrow’s big cookout.

We’ve invited family and friends over for a 4th of July cookout tomorrow.  So yesterday, while we were at the commissary, I bought a mosquito repellant lantern for the yard.  We have a lot of mosquitos this year with all the rain.  In fact the mosquitos are so bad, that we have squadrons of dragonflies patrolling the neighborhood.  I’ve never seen so many dragonflies all at once, and they are huge, almost the size of small birds.

I’m headed to the kitchen to make Spinach dip and Rosemary Asiago Foccacia.  At the commissary, they’ve put in an “Antipasto” bar.  You can buy different types of olives, marinated peppers and artichokes, etc…  I bought some of the mixed olives and some marinated veggie mix.  The mix has whole garlic cloves in it, that are so delicious, creamy and sweet.  Wish I knew how they were prepared.

Have a great Independence Day!

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