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In front of the star

Filling the bags

Holding the bags

The girls are settling down nicely in their new home state of Texas.  One is working already full time, one has been working off and on with a temp agency and one is still pounding the pavement, having interviews.  Life is going pretty good right now for these three, they are figuring life out on their own...and...Isn't that how it's supposed to be?

don't anyone complain how dry it is

Unless you live in an area that looks like this.  The watering holes or ponds were getting pretty low in Oklahoma.

Low pond

You can see where the water level in this photo was at one time.

Cattle to drink

This is a skinny cow and I don't mean the kind you buy in the freezer section of the grocery store.  I took this photo while driving along the highway in Texas.  Most of the cattle and horses here were pretty skinny.

Skinny cow

Crossing this river was pretty shocking and I missed a shot of a big river like this that was pretty much bone dry.

Sand bars

Brown land

One of our daughters commented along the way how the corn looked.  She thought that they were "way" ahead of us...We told her no...they were in a drought.

Her response was...WOW!

This photo is a drive by shot while it was raining on our way back home from Texas, finally some rain and a double rainbow.

Double rainbow

I'm sure the rain is much appreciated, but I think the damage is already done.


the fruits of our labor

Cucumber pickles


Refrigerator Pickles

7 cups cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups white sugar

1 cup diced red onion

1 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup cider vinegar

1 teaspoon celery seed

Directions: Mix the cucumbers and salt and let stand for one hour.  Do not drain mixture and follow by adding the sugar, onions, bell pepper, cider vinegar and celery seed. 

Mix well, cover and refrigerate.

it wasn't all crazy

Life in the Glore Psychiatric Asylum wasn't all bad.  The patients there made a baby quilt for one of the nurses.  The nurse ended up using it for all her babies.

Baby quilt

What is so interesting about it all, is the patients were in the "Violent Ward" of this place.

Baby quilt gift

So tell me...Do you think everyone there was really crazy? or Did the kindness of one person get through to them who were considered "violent"?

the "not so insane"...

In a span of a couple of days I got to see the inside of two separate minds.  One that was full of darkness and one that was full of sadness.  I call them each "the insane" and the "not so insane".  The "insane" one lived life outside of a locked place.  Being able to come and go as he pleased.  The "not so insane" one was locked up inside 4 walls not being free to come and go as she pleased. 

I will first post about the "not so insane" one.

On our way down to Texas we stopped at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.  We thought that it would be interesting to see since a couple of us had read a book called The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.  Esme Lennox was sent by her family when she was in her 30's to live in this asylum after she had been raped.  Esme lived there until it closed its doors when she was well into her 80's.  We didn't really see anything about Esme, but we did get to see into the mind of a woman who spent time at this place.  I'm not sure what happened to her or how her life ended.  I don't even know her name and I wish I did.   


The "not so insane" one was given a needle and thread, it's been told that she expressed her "thoughts" and "wishes" through the embroidery.  I have a hard time believing that she was expressing her wishes here.


The embroidery sampler was very colorful and the words she wrote were all about getting married.


If you can read some of the writing you will see she writes of cake, the preacher, the church, to have and to hold, for better or for worse....take this man to be your husband.


I have my own theory on what happened....I think this woman was going to be married to a man who she loved with all her heart and all her soul.  I think she was planning her wedding and all the wedding preparations were set and in place and the day before her wedding she got word that her soon to be husband had died.  One of the writings in the sampler says "I am getting married in the morning".


My theory continues that this woman loved this man so deeply and couldn't live life without him, that her mind just couldn't move forward.  She was stuck at the time in her life when she was to be married not able to move on with her life.

She wasn't crazy or insane...She was grieving.