100HappyDaysChallenge post #9 Great quotes to inspire and uplift

100HappyDaysChallenge post #9 Great quotes to inspire and uplift.

via 100HappyDaysChallenge post #9 Great quotes to inspire and uplift.

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#100 HappyDays Challenge Post #2

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“Oh happiness, there is grace enough for us and the whole human race”. Oh Happiness! by David Crowder really makes me happy!

“Oh, Happiness”

[Chorus]
Oh, happiness
There is grace enough for us
And the whole human race

[Verse 1]
From the full streams
Of Your care
All who come
Begin again

Hard or friend
Rich or poor
All who need
Need fear no more

Such a thing to give away

[Verse 2]
All regrets
Let go, forget
There’s something that
Mends all of that

Such a thing to give away

[Bridge]
Sound the church bells
Let ’em ring
Let ’em ring
For everything can be redeemed
We can be redeemed
All of us

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Bring back the Monarchs

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Image source: http://monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/

While at the Oxley Nature Center today I noticed a Monarch Way Station. According to Monarch Watch,  “The goals of this program are to restore 20 milkweed species, used by monarch caterpillars as food, to their native ranges throughout the United States and to encourage the planting of nectar-producing native flowers that support adult monarchs and other pollinators”. The monarch butterfly population has been steadily declining in recent years due to a variety of factors such as use of pesticides on roadsides and in yards which kills the plants on which the monarchs feed. The lawns in our local overly manicured neighborhood are devoid of any plant except Bermuda grass! The site offers information on how to start a Monarch Way Station, and I am hoping to start one in our yard. We also enjoyed viewing a very busy beehive. It was a great day to learn about…

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Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa is Worth the Visit

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According to their website, the Gilcrease Museum in west Tulsa houses the world’s largest collection of western art and artifacts. The museum is in an area of Tulsa which offers amazing views from atop the hill on which the museum is located. As you enter the beautifully landscaped grounds, you will see a variety of bronze sculptures, along with seasonal gardens. This time of year things were a bit bare, but it was still peaceful, with the birds singing the woods beyond the museum. Inside, we were greeted by a large Christmas tree in the lobby. As we headed into the museum, my daughter and I picked up some activity backpacks which are free of charge and come in several different themes. We enjoyed a variety of galleries, along with a special hands on area for children which focused on the ancient civilizations of Central and South America. There…

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Festival of Trees – Holiday Fun

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One of the things I have noticed as I age is that I worry less about what other people think. Today my kids and I enjoyed running through the leaves on the grounds of a local museum, dancing with elves and visiting with bassoon players. Just a few years ago, I would have quietly walked by the elves, but now I feel free to dance along if I feel the need or throw leaves at my kids! The bassoon players took the time to explain how the bassoon works and played several holiday songs. The occasion of all this frolic was the Festival of Trees at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa. Every year donors create beautiful, unique Christmas trees and gingerbread houses, which are offered for sale. The proceeds go to the museum. What a amazing variety of creations there were. The gingerbread houses really caught our attention. Besides the usual…

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Late Fall Pictures in Oklahoma

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Need to print Late November 2014 036My daughter and I went exploring at a local nature park this fall. Oklahoma is in the middle of the North American continent. Without having the ocean or any mountains nearby to moderate our temperature, we are at the mercy of the prevailing winds. During our hike we noticed the temperature dropping rapidly. It was a cold front that dropped the temperature over 30 degrees in just 2 hours. It is a good thing we had our jackets! I can’t say the same for some of the other hikers, who looked like they were freezing. I know we should prepare for changes in temperature, but Oklahoma can really catch you by surprise. We did not see any wildlife, other than birds, but I did manage to snap a few pics with my cell phone.

So cold!SO SO COLD!!

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Oriental Market Taste Testing

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There is an Oriental Market in town that I have always wanted to try, but always felt a bit awkward, although I was not sure why. So, after I picked my daughter up from school, we headed over the the Oriental Market. Well, the place smelled like fish, really strongly, but not to be deterred, we headed in. There was a large fish market in the back, but we headed to the dry foods section, hoping to try some of the packaged treats. We took home several crackers and treats. Our favorite was a potato/fry chip, which tasted like potato chips. We also tried seaweed wrapped rice crackers and a cookie whose packaging was all in Chinese (I think). The cookie was awful, but the seaweed cracker was passable. It was an interesting taste adventure.

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