Friday, December 6, 2013

Steady Sparkles

We've had two snow days, this being the second. Today...snow. And all the lovely snow fluttering down keeps me gawking out the windows, front and back.

The back view at first light this morning was pretty lovely, but since then I bet another inch has accumulated on the chairs we not-so-long-ago gathered in around the fire pit bathtub.

The front view. Thus the "steady sparkles" title of my blog today. We are so blessed with a beautifully decorated park as our out-the-kitchen-window view. (I might enjoy them a little more if they twinkled, but then again, maybe steady sparkles is what this girl needs in a world so frenzied.)

So on this very special snow day...days that don't come often enough...I bet I'll be mesmerized by the quiet fluffies falling outside my doors, but throughout the entire Christmas season I'll be gazing upon those steady sparkles in the park.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Home for Sale by Owner in Holdenville, Oklahoma

701 North Oak, Holdenville, OK
Built in 2009 by owners, Vaughn and Tracey Johnson
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms; bonus room; flex room; crown molding; built-in shelving throughout; granite countertops; hand scraped hickory wood flooring; skip trowel hand-textured walls; well-insulated; safe room in garage; storage room in garage; established trees; fenced-in backyard; vinyl siding; low maintenance home
Call for appointment: 405.250.1116 (Cell Phone)

Located on the corner of North Oak and 12th Streets. No neighbors across the road (Rose Garden Park).

701 N. Oak

Welcoming front porch
Entry/Living Area

Entry with Built-In Bookcases

Flex room (used here as office)

Vintage door to flex room

Great room

Gas fireplace/custom double mantel

Dining area with bay window on back of the house

Built-Ins on each side of the kitchen to hold dishes/collectibles

Living area; TV can be put behind 2-way mirror above fireplace.

Custom cabinets complete with two pantries

Black granite countertop, custom island with storage on one side

Upstairs bonus room is large enough for a bedroom and/or den area.

Another shot of the upstairs bonus room with great view of the Rose Garden Park.

Master bathroom, complete with soaker tub and shower, 2 sinks, 2 vanities

Tile floor in master bathroom; lots of storage. Painted and glazed cabinetry.

Soaker tub with tile surround.

Walk-in Closet off of master bathroom

Master bedroom

Master bathroom

Master bedroom
Hallway to master, upstairs, outside

Laundry room/1/2 bathroom, storage

1/2 bathroom/laundry room
Laundry room/1/2 bathroom
Hallway to west bedrooms, bathroom

Back bedroom on west side, nice closet

Back bedroom on west side

Main bathroom, west side; custom vanity; soaker tub/shower

West hallway includes storage cabinets/drawers on each end.

Front bedroom on west side

Front bedroom on west side

Front bedroom on west side

Backyard has a brick patio with pergola, shed with pavilion for dining.

Pavilion and shed combined.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


I remember as a child looking forward to my birthday like no other day of the year.

It could be a regular day of going to school or running errands or kicking around at home, but in the back of my mind, in the corner of my giddy heart, I knew it was MY day. 

I knew there was something special to come that day.


My favorite meal!


Besides all that, it was about the extra bit of attention I could anticipate on that day.

Oh, the year my parents had a Barbie cake made just for me. I was on top of the world!

This year, my 49th year for feeling giddy and special and important, Mom and Dad gathered as many of our local family together at their house (a little early this year...we celebrated on Mother's Day), prepared some of my favorite food, plus the richest banana pudding I love...

The candles wouldn't stand up in the larger bowl of pudding, so Mom made me my very own.

Look at my cute vintage cherry hat I was given for a birthday gift.

I received so many special gifts, carefully chosen for me. A cherry hat, lovely hankies, two small vintage prints of the cutest people, money for Tybee, a Kelly Rae Roberts wall plaque, a vintage girl with bird print.

And this morning, on my actual birthday, the day after school was out at Moss Elementary, two days before our 30th anniversary trip to Tybee Island, I'm feeling exactly as I did as a child.

Special. I'm feeling special because I'm not rushing to get ready for a regular day of school or just running, like normal.

Special. Because of the piles of cards in the mailbox yesterday.

And for so many special Facebook messages, texts and sing-songy birthday phone calls. 

Special food planned by Mom and Dad for lunch (new potatoes are a regular item for my birthday meal but they weren't ready on Mother's Day, so I invited myself out to their house today).

Another special meal planned by Vaughn for this evening.

And he's agreed to my request for a fire in the backyard bathtub this evening (weather permitting). One of my favorite, most special, activities in the world.