You know that when GARY says to me, “It’s been a while since you posted”, it’s about time I got on the stick and figured out if there was anything to actually post! Last week was, as most of our working weeks are, full of the mundane – working, laundry, a nap or two, peanut butter for lunch and “any ideas for dinner?” questions. There was also a fair bit of Christmas sewing going on, and a trip to the Walmart (just a mile down the road instead of an hour down the road like last month!:)), but all in all it was just one of those regular, ordinary, not much to talk about weeks. But if I looked hard enough, and thought long enough (and scrolled through the pictures on my phone), I realized that this week DID have some interesting parts to it.
Take last Sunday, for instance. We joined our hosts in worship at their church in Lawton. It was a little farther away than we normally travel for church, but it was a lovely drive (and since we’re leaving town that way at the end of the month, it was good to “preview” the road (and note all of the RR crossings!))
As usual, it was good to be in the House of the Lord, and following the service we were invited to lunch by one of the church members. Now, that’s always a good thing, but in this instance it had extra goodness involved because our host was a Lt. Colonel in the army and lived not only on base at Ft. Sill, but in one of the original officer quarters (Ft. Sill being the ONLY fort built during the Indian Wars that remains active today). After lunch Chris gave us a great tour of the base – not too many pictures, since I was in the back seat of a van, but it was very interesting. Along with all of the modern day military base “stuff” (it is home to the US Army Field Artillery School, many other artillery based programs and is one of four Basic Training locations in the country) there was, of course, tons of history. We did make a special stop at the Native American Cemetery and Geronimo’s Grave(although we heard today from a local Native American that he’s been exhumed and re-buried where he was from (Arizona?)).
I don’t know if we’ll get back to visit any of the museums and other historic parts of the Fort, but it was really wonderful to have a tour from the viewpoint of one of our military.
Now there’s a sign we don’t see very often!
So then there was the week –
Gary’s making great progress on his “move-that-wall” project
I’ve been helping out in the office (a nice change from the last several months) and I’ve also been busy with that Christmas sewing!
Blah, blah, blah – more on the Wall Project later….:) I promise!
Today we thought we’d check out Anadarko, and some of the rich Native American history in this area. We started at the Southern Plains Indian Museum . It was small, but very interesting. But sadly,
From there we headed to the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians.
We experienced a fair bit of “I didn’t know he was Native American” (Will Rogers – 9/32s Cherokee according to the literature!) to “Well, of course!” (Sitting Bull-Sioux and Pocahontas – Powhatan).
This is Oceola – Seminole – “who held a homeland in Florida for the Seminole as their chief”.
A very interesting walking tour – 42 statues – and lots of good information on these folks in a hand out. (Anyone doing a Native American school report in the near future? Send me your address, and I’ll get this to you!).
There was another museum in town but it was closed, so we headed out of town to a local winery (ok, not so much Native American history here, but did you know that before Prohibition Oklahoma was the 4th largest producer of grapes in the US?). We were delighted to discover a little bistro inside the winery and enjoyed a lovely lunch to wrap up our little Saturday jaunt!
Yes, in OK the cattle get to roam the vineyard during the winter!
(Um, do you think we need to get Gary some better fitting jeans?????)
So I guess there was something to write about after all! But I was very aware, all during our mundane week, that there were so many of our East Coast friends and family going through a week that was devastating. Most of the folks that we heard from came through Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage – power outages, shingles ripped off and the like. But so many others lost so very much. We will continue to hold them up in our prayers as they begin the long and arduous task of recovery and rebuilding.