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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Weekend Roundup - B

This weeks assignment: Starts with B, Favorite, and Big.

Starts with B: BARNS start with B. This one is starting to lean a little and has some tin missing. Hopefully someone will take pity on it and fix it up.

Favorite: Anyone who knows me even a little is aware of my love of nature and especially BIRDS. This BLUEBIRD fits the assignment.

Big: This is one of my grandsons. When he came for a visit, I took him on a tour of the BIG THINGS in Casey, Illinois. He posed across the street from the really BIG wind chime.

Just Because: I would love to take a ride in this BUGGY. 

And Finally: I've probably posted pics of BUFORD the BEAGLE at some time or another. He is such a handsome fella. His full name is BUFORD PUSSER. He belongs to our neighbor.

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Oklahoma National Memorial Part II

Outside the memorial is moving. Inside one gets a better understanding of the terror the victims felt. The self-tour starts with a short film in the Orientation Theater. 

The next section provides information on the Murrah Building and the neighborhood.

At the time of the blast, a board meeting was in progress at the Oklahoma Water Resources office. We took a seat and listened to the recording. Two minutes into the meeting you hear the horrific explosion and chaos that followed.

This is all that is left of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building sign.


These exhibits show a snippet of the destruction.


This clock marks the time.




This exhibit really pulled at my heart strings. What a beautiful shoe. I imagine this lady getting dressed on that fateful day, perhaps wearing a matching outfit, slipping her feet into these shoes, before twirling around in front of the mirror—blissfully unaware this would be her last day on earth.

I wonder what these people were feeling when they made this sign. Terrified comes to mind.

Then there are the mysteries. How did this coffee pot survive?

This is the image I remember most from news reports.

The world reacted to this tragedy by sending their support.


 The Gallery of Honor has pictures of all the deceased victims.



Next post will be the evidence and capture of McVeigh.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

Since moving to Oklahoma last year, I've wanted to go visit this memorial. It's one of those horrific events we will never forget.

The explosion occurred on April 19, 1995.

The Gates of Time frame the moment of destruction. The explosion occurred at 9:02 a.m. The 9:01 on the East Gate depicts the innocence before the attack. The 9:03 on the West Gate marks when the healing began.


The Reflecting Pool was once NW Fifth St. Now it is gently flowing water meant to soothe and calm.

The Survivor Tree is a century old American Elm which stands at the highest level of the memorial. This is what the tree looked like after the explosion.

This is what it looks like now. It stands as a symbol of strength and resilience. 

A rescue worker painted this on the wall during search and recovery.

Children's Plaza. This is a wall of hand-painted tiles from children around the world.

This fence was built to enclose the crime scene, but has turned into a place for people to express their sorrow by leaving tokens of love and hope.

The survivor wall has more than 600 names of those who lived through the blast. This picture is only one of the sections.

The Field of Empty Chairs. The chairs are arranged in nine rows. The rows reflect the floor where victims were working or visiting. There are 168 chairs. Each is etched with the name of a person killed in the blast. The 19 smaller chairs represent the children. There is also a row of five chairs set away from the others. These represent people who were killed outside the building.

My next post will be pics from inside the museum.

Friday, July 5, 2019

The Weekend Roundup - A

I missed the hard letters, not on purpose, but it worked out okay. Hubs has been back in the hospital, so I haven't had much time for pics.  At least things are going well for now. 

This week's prompts: Starts with A, Favorite, and Architecture.

Starts with A: Arachnid starts with A. This is a Oklahoma Brown Tarantula. He was crossing the road. This picture does not properly depict his size, but take my word for it, he was huge!

Favorite: One of my favorite places to visit in D.C. the ABRAHAM Lincoln Memorial. 

Architecture: This is the Ada, OK Post Office/Court House. This building might look familiar if you watched the John Gresham movie The Innocent Man

Just Because: This is a pic taken last spring of the ADA water tower.

And Finally: Can't have an A post without including an APPLE. These are from my tree in Illinois.


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Friday, June 7, 2019

Weekend Roundup - W

It's been a very busy month: Grandson's graduation trip, Hubs hospitalized with pneumonia, moved from tiny living RV to a little bigger tiny living home, and suffering from resulting back pain. I'm still wondering how we got all that 'stuff' in that RV. Anyway, things are starting to settle down so I can get back to having fun visiting blogs.

This week's assignment: Starts with W, Favorite, and Wall.

Starts with W: WATER starts with W. WE sure have been having more than our fair share. I'm ready for sunny skies. This is a picture from Northwestern Illinois about 3 weeks ago.


Favorite: There's no doubt about it, my favorite hamburger comes from WHATABURGER. Yum!

Wall: A friend of ours recently built a house. The kitchen WALLS are made from knotty pine. Beautiful!

Just Because: Our all-time favorite vacation spot, WYOMING!

And Finally: WELCOME Gnomes on my step-daughter's front porch.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Weekend Roundup - V

This week's assignment. Starts with V, Favorite, and Vertical. 

Starts with V: VEGETABLE starts with V and broccoli sure is a tasty treat.




Favorite: VOLKSWAGENS are always a favorite of mine. My first car was a 1964 Red VW Bug. Loved that car. I once packed 9 high school kids inside and drove 30 miles to the fair. It wasn't a comfortable ride, but not one person has forgotten that fun summer adventure. 



Vertical: I saw this old abandoned screen from a drive-in theater somewhere in Missouri. It has a nice VERTICAL pole.




Just Because: This isn't a VIOLET, but it is a VIOLET color.



And Finally: Since hubs is on a strict diet, I use VEGGIE pasta instead of the regular kind. We think it tastes pretty good.



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The Weekend Roundup - U

This week's assignment: Starts with U, Favorite, and Unusual.

Starts with U: This barn swallow lives UNDER our porch roof.

Favorite: This is my favorite because my grandson is in this picture. He is wearing his graduation UNIFORM. 


Unusual: We were driving down the interstate and pulled up behind these strawberries riding on a truck. Seems UNUSUAL to me.

Just Because: This red-bellied woodpecker is perched high UP on a light pole. He stops by every morning to check the pole for insects.

And Finally: This turtle lives UNDERWATER, but he doesn't have any trouble figuring out when humans throw fish food in the water.

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