Finally Fall!!!

by Tammy Ryan on October 14, 2014

in Random Thoughts

Cooler temperatures are finally coming to our area. And although it might be too early for me to start wearing my “Let it Snow” shirt it definitely puts me in the mood to put up the fall wreaths, plant some mums and start thinking about my some of my favorite Oklahoma fall activities. Of course, Saturday college game days are a must for many of us but our state also offers so many other family-fun fall activities. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope to see you at some of them!fallpic5

* The Oklahoma City Halloween Parade, “A Celebration of the Arts & Creativity,” will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Automobile Alley with floats, marching bands, unique automobiles and walking entries.  Event organizers have added post parade activities, including a costume party and Zombie Ball. Both the parade and all related events will all take place in Auto Alley this year.

*Chester’s Party Barn & Farm September 27 – Nov 2- Bring the kids and enjoy the Pumpkin Patch. Chester’s Party Barn & Farm offers hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, giant slide, bonfires, a ten ton sandbox, karaoke, fishing, snack shack, pumpkin bowling. Also, the three acre mystery maze is fun for any age.

*Haunt the Zoo.  OKC Zoo. October 26 – Oct 31 6:30 - 8:30 each night.  Rain or shine. Haunt the Zoo is a hauntingly good time for the whole family and a safe alternative to traditional Halloween events.fallpic4

*Frontier City Amusement Park Fright fest . October 3 -  November 2. Along with one of the top haunted houses around, Frightfest includes costumed ghouls and monsters, a trick-or-treat trail for the kids, live music, dancing and other Halloween-related activities.  Organizers refer to the event as “family by day and fright by night.

*Affair of the Heart – Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Oct 24-26 –Can you say shopping paradise! Buildings and more buildings of one-of-a-kind merchandise from exhibitors from across the country. Bring your walking shoes there is alot of shopping ground to cover. This one is definitely a Tammy favorite.

*Storybook Forest Oct 23-30 5:30 -8:30 each night.  Lake Arcadia Edmond- My kids are too old for this now but we have enjoyed this in past years. It is fun to walk through the not-so-scary Storybook Forest and to collect candy from storybook characters. Also fun to participate in the hayride, campfire for roasting marshmallows, warming up with hot chocolate and listening to stories.

fallpic3*Robbers Cave Fall Festival.  October 17- 19. Set amidst the spectacular scenery and beautiful fall foliage of Wilburton’s Robbers Cave State Park, the annual Robbers Cave Fall Festival invites visitors to enjoy an array of outdoor events and seasonal activities.  Grab a sweet caramel apple or a heaping bag of kettle corn and wander through the event grounds searching for handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment and amusement rides for the kids.

*Tulsa’s Octoberfest. October 16 -19.  As one of Tulsa’s most celebrated festivals,  Oktoberfest Tulsa has a long and storied history of providing authentic German food, drink, and fun to generations of Oklahomans. What’s not to like about bratwurst, the Chicken Dance, the Dachshund Dash, German beers, Bavarian cheesecake, great music, and thousands of your friends, all together at one place.

oupomoupomoupom*And of course let’s not forget to mention again my husband’s favorite part of fall…college football, college football and more college football. 2014 Season’s for both OU and OSU are in full swing.  Enjoy those crisp fall football weekends.

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Some of the Most Haunted Places in Oklahoma

by Tammy Ryan on October 1, 2014

in Random Thoughts

Since Halloween is right around the corner I thought I would share some “spooky” points of interest in Oklahoma.  This article is coming from Travel OK website. They list some great “haunts” to go visit.

Discover these locations that are persistently rumored to be some of the most haunted places in Oklahoma. These tales of ghostly experiences and unexplained paranormal activity will make you think twice about things that go bump in the night!  BOO!

It begins with the uneasy feeling that you’re being watched as your adrenaline surges and the hair on the back of your neck stands on end. Next, you just might feel a chill that wasn’t there before. You may catch a glimpse of something not-so-human from the corner of your eye, or smell a whiff of perfume with no identifiable source. Open your mind to the spine-tingling experience provided by Oklahoma’s most haunted hideaways and put your courage to the test as you become immersed in an eerie tale of ghostly manifestation.

Whether you’re a skeptic or full-fledged believer, read on to discover tales of ghosts, spirits and dark happenings in some of Oklahoma’s most prized museums, theaters and B&Bs. Not convinced? Venture into these alleged hotbeds of paranormal activity and judge for yourself!

Stone Lion Inn Bed & Breakfast – Guthrie

Stay at the Stone Lion Inn Bed & Breakfast in Guthrie at your own risk, as a mischievous ghost child has been seen and felt throughout the home. The spirit, said to be that of 8-year-old Augusta Houghton, has been known to squeeze the toes of sleeping guests or even crawl into bed with them. The eerie tap-tap-tap of a child’s footsteps has also been heard leading from the second floor to the third.  According to legend, the 8,000 square foot home was where the child met her fate when a nurse overdosed her with cough syrup containing opium.  The family later moved on, but little Augusta refused to leave. After the Houghton family moved out, the home changed into a boarding house and then a funeral home. Paranormal investigative teams have encountered several other ghosts, including a strong male entity who lingers in the basement where the morgue once was.  Get into the spirit of things at the Stone Lion with an overnight stay, or if you’re brave enough, sign up for one of the inn’s famous murder mystery events.

Gilcrease Museum – Tulsa

Strange whispers in the dark, the mysterious slamming of doors and a long-deceased Tulsa oil man can all be found at the famed Gilcrease Museum, the site of several paranormal investigations.  The year was 1913 when the young Thomas Gilcrease first spied the land that would later hold his legacy.  A multi-millionaire and oil baron by his early twenties, Gilcrease began collecting oil paintings, artifacts of the American West and Native American artwork, a nod to both his love of European art collections and his native Creek heritage. This collection, acquired over a lifetime, is now housed at the Gilcrease Museum, which is rumored to have a high turnover rate for night security guards. A collector until his death in 1962, it seems that Thomas won’t let death separate him and his beloved art.  He’s often spotted wandering the grounds of his original rock house, referred to as “Tom’s Place” during his lifetime. The oil man also seems to enjoy a stroll along the museum’s garden pathways leading to his remains, which are housed within a mausoleum on the grounds.  Visitors to the Gilcrease gardens may also spot the ghosts of several Native American children running throughout the gardens, as the original house was used as an orphanage when Gilcrease was away on business.

Cherokee Strip Museum – Alva

The patients of botched surgeries are said to lurk in this hospital-turned-museum, located in western Oklahoma near the area known ominously as “No Man’s Land.” From the unwavering gaze of mannequins to the uncomfortable feeling you get while roaming through the Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva, it’s hard not to feel like you’re being watched. If the otherworldly aspect doesn’t have you running for the hills, the creepy displays will, as there is a wide array of vintage medical instruments including an embalming table. The building has seen its share of death since it was completed in 1932, and whether or not you encounter paranormal activity at the museum, you’re sure to come across the bricked up second and third story of the building, a player piano that seemingly plays at random and a mysterious blood spot on the floor that refuses to be washed away.

Fort Washita Historic Site & Museum – Durant

A strong-willed female ghost named Aunt Jane is rumored to haunt the grounds of Fort Washita in Durant. Built in 1842 and used until the Civil War broke out in 1862, Fort Washita was the home of Aunt Jane until she was murdered by roving thieves when she refused to tell them where her money was hidden. In a vicious struggle, the thieves beheaded Aunt Jane, and her remains were scattered and buried on Fort Washita. Aunt Jane kept a relatively low profile until the late 19th or early 20th century when her spirit allegedly possessed a child named Molly Stalcup who lived near the fort. Aunt Jane threatened to cut off all of the child’s hair and only fled after Mrs. Stalcup began praying. Today, visitors can tour the grounds of Fort Washita including the officers’ quarters and original sandstone structures. The fort also hosts the annual Fur Trade Era Rendezvous, a popular reenactment of wild frontier days.

Constantine Theater & Poncan Theater -  Pawhuska & Ponca City
In a dark theater, it’s sometimes hard to tell who belongs there and who doesn’t. If you’re visiting either the Constantine Theater in Pawhuska or the Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, you may want to steer clear of the balconies, where it’s said that ghostly visitors often appear. Theater patrons at the Constantine describe the ghost as a beautiful young woman garbed in a button-down dress. Some claim she’s Sappho Constantine Brown, the daughter of George Constantine. Authors Ellen Robson and Dianne Halicki even wrote about the mysterious figure in their book “Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66.” Seat number four is the favorite of the Poncan ghost, who also wears a dress, sweater and old-fashioned shoes. This young woman has appeared quite frequently for theater workers and when spoken to, she sits quietly and appears to be watching something no one else can see.

Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa

Cain’s Ballroom has been providing a good time to Tulsans since 1924, and the spirits that call this popular music venue home seem unwilling to give up the splendor of the past. Located in the heart of downtown Tulsa, Cain’s ballroom was the site of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys’ first regular radio broadcast. The venue’s nickname—Home of Bob Wills—is more accurate than you can imagine, as Cain’s Ballroom is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Bob Wills himself. He is joined by a woman known only as the lady in red. Both employees and visitors have reported seeing, hearing and feeling the presence of this mysterious woman.

**Note- article is from TravelOK.com**



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10 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN OKLAHOMA

by Tammy Ryan on September 14, 2014

in Random Thoughts

Our Oklahoma temperatures are finally starting to cool making it a perfect time to get out and about and see the splender of our beautiful state.   Something about the cooler weather makes me just want to get out and rediscover our state.  So we put some destination names in a hat and decided to take a little road trip.  Our destination was Robbers Cave State Park.  It took a few hours to get there but it was well worth the drive.  The scenery of the rock bluffs and mountains was absolutely stunning.  I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when the leaves start changing colors. 

If you’re searching for something to make your autumn special look no further than our own Oklahoma.  There are so many awe-inspiring scenic locales right here in our own states backdoor. Browse through this list from the www.TravelOk.com website for a list of some of the most beautiful sites in the state.

#1 – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

With over 59,000 acres of ancient mountains dotting a sea of prairie, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Lawton is home to free-range American bison herds, prairie dogs, Texas Longhorn cattle, bobcats and coyotes.  The crowning jewel of the park is Mount Scott.  From the top you can marvel at the patchwork of lakes, stunning rock formations and miles of picturesque hiking trails.

2 – Quartz Mountain Resort

Nestled between the shores of Lake Altus-Lugert and the Wichita Mountains, Quartz Mountain Resort is the ideal setting for quiet reflection and solitude, family fun or a romantic retreat.  The lake glimmers in the sun and moonlight and the stars shine as brightly as any place in Oklahoma.  With the resort’s authentic lodge furnishings and delectable restaurant menu, guests can snuggle in for a memorable stay.

#3 - Chickasaw National Recreation Area

One hundred years ago, American Indians called it the “Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters” and the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur continues to offer precious serenity to visitors.  Travertine Creek meanders throughout much of the park and the babbling water is the perfect soundtrack for recreation.  From hiking to swimming, camping to picnicking or fishing to wildlife viewing, you are sure to find what best feeds your soul.

 #4 – Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park

Imagine mountains of fragrant pine forests intermingled with colorful hardwood trees and you’ve found Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park near Broken Bow.  The Mountain Fork River provides clear, cool waters for excellent fishing year-round.  A dream-like mist rising from Broken Bow Lake is the perfect vista while enjoying a morning cup of coffee at Lakeview Lodge.

#5 – Natural Falls State Park

Beauty often makes you quickly draw in your breath in wonder and Natural Falls State Park is no different; but what it also provides its visitors is a place to exhale.  At this quiet oasis in northeastern Oklahoma, a 77-foot waterfall invites visitors to hike down the rugged trails to an enchanting basin pool.  Seventeen different fern varieties thrive in the wet kiss of the cascades.  Once at the base of the falls, you can drink in the tranquility of the little valley and surround yourself with native flowering trees like the redbud and the luminous dogwood.  Camping and hiking are the most popular forms of activity in the park but a book read at the base of the falls on a sunny, summer afternoon could be the most soothing.

#6 - Talimena National Scenic Byway

The Ouachita National Forest in southeast Oklahoma loves to show off its colors.  The Talimena National Scenic Byway has become one of the most popular destinations for fall foliage tours in the region.  At each scenic turnout along the way, the vibrant colors on the mountainsides are breathtaking and almost unbelievable in their brilliance.

#7 - Grand Lake of the Cherokees

The result of the Pensacola Dam project completed in 1940, Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees is one of Oklahoma’s most popular lake destinations.  With 1,300 miles of scenic shoreline, bordered by five state parks, the Grand Lake Area is an outdoorsman’s delight.  This serpentine gem glitters and shimmers in the summer sunlight between rolling green hills which begs you to slow down and just and enjoy the view.

#8 - Glover River

The last major free-flowing river unencumbered by dams or water releases, the Glover River offers secluded beauty unmatched in the state.  Canoeing and small mouth bass fishing are popular on this gorgeous waterway.  The fact that the river is still un-commercialized lures the most experienced adventurer to this best kept secret in southeast Oklahoma.

#9 - Black Mesa Area

Located in the farthest northwest corner of Oklahoma, the panhandle area is the epitome of stark beauty.  The Black Mesa plateau is Oklahoma’s highest point at 4,973 feet and rewards hikers with a rare view of a tri-state area.  The nearby Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve feature amazing watchable wildlife including golden eagle, black bear and bighorn sheep.  In the amazing solitude of this scenic area, the wide open spaces dotted with blue sage evoke visions of cowboys on horseback and the prehistoric creatures that used to call this area home.

#10 - Robbers Cave State Park

Climb the steep sandstone bluffs and pretend that you’re an outlaw on the run with Jesse James at Robbers Cave State Park.  The Belle Starr View Lodge gives each guest a panoramic view of the lakes and forest that lay hundreds of feet below.  As a popular destination for equestrians, the best view of all might just come from the top of a horse.



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A Summer Trip Back in Time

by Phil Gibson on July 21, 2014

in Random Thoughts

Recently I have been visiting the many (MANY) lost communities in Oklahoma. There are so many of these places which once witnessed fortunes made and lost in the oil and agriculture booms of another era, places where lives were lived to the fullest, dreams hatched and futures set in motion. Then, ours was a nation of small,l tightknit little towns that bustled with commerce and boasted tidy houses with rose bushes and sidewalks.Impressive mansions built by craftsmen from first growth lumber and hand hewn stone were built as monuments to the egos, work ethic and good fortune of the local rich. Everything  one needed could be found in town as well as much of what one wanted. There were florists and milliners, dress shops and dry goods, hardware stores and car dealers, a druggist, banks, medical doctors ( who made house calls) and a lawyer and banks.  Shoe stores, furniture stores,  a butcher, a baker and a green grocer were always at hand.  Life in these towns was rich and full and promising and there was a distinct sense of community.

Today, so many of these small towns in Oklahoma are patches of weeds, empty shop fronts and decaying brick streets. Dreams don’t live here anymore, but the wonderful architecture, the tidy homes and the lavish mansions, the stately churches and public buildings still exist, in a much altered and neglected state I always imagine that it would be wonderful if some rich person would start buying up these communities and re- invigorate them in the same way that John D Rockefeller re constructed Williamsburg, Virginia. These are the kinds of atmospheres that todays planners and developers are always trying to re create… yet never succeed.

While we wait for someone to finally “get it” and realize the value of restoring, re making and re -using this treasury of  living assets, its worthwhile to take the time to visit them .It’s sad to see such treasure wasted, but nonetheless informative and mildly adventurous to eavesdrop on the lives that were lived in these places and a chance to make our own lives richer for the effort of looking back. The scale of these small towns is cocooning and the walkable proximity of domestic dwellings to commercial buildings are enviable in todays world of freeways to mega mall parking lots. Imagine  what it must have been like to send your ten year old to the corner store for milk and bread without a worry that he might be kidnapped, run over or assaulted. Imagine picking flowers from your garden for an arrangement on the Church Altar or sitting on the FRONT porch and greeting neighbors as they passed. One can almost close their eyes and imagine Peach pies cooling on a windowsill and neighbors sharing secrets over the garden gate. These forgotten towns are not Hollywood back lots. Rather, they are real settings that have slipped from memory but that once were recognizable and, for a time, important places.

These little towns are worth a visit. Get out of your car and walk around. Peer through the dusty windows and appreciate the brickwork, the tin ceilings and the wavy glass.  If there is a café, order the Chicken Fried Steak and a Sweet Tea. Take a vacation to an earlier time.

 



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Random Stats

July 16, 2014

Months Supply Hasn’t been this good in a while folks! Today there’s 6,543 homes on the market in the MLS and 10,194 have closed in the last 6 months. That means at current inventory levels, there’s a 3.8 month supply of homes. Five to seven months is considered balanced, so we’re definitely in a sellers’ […]

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PROTECT YOURSELVES!

July 14, 2014

 My very close friend recently had her life turned upside by someone who stole her identity. This thief stole her identity from credit card information that she used online. The thief then proceeded to charge $19,000 on her credit card. I saw firsthand how it turned her life upside down. It took her almost a […]

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Coffee & Cars OKC

June 2, 2014

Are you a car show junkie? If so, please make a note that the first Saturday every month is Coffee & Cars OKC. Lots of folks show up and show their toys. It’s held in the parking lot at Northpark Mall, NW 122nd and N May Ave. Plan on stopping by and having coffee and […]

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MY TOP TEN REASONS OKLAHOMA CITY IS GREAT!

June 1, 2014

     Being a military family we were excited when we found out that we were moving to Oklahoma City. We had heard so many positive things about the community and the quality of life in OKC. But most of all we thought it would be a great a place to raise a family. Boy, were […]

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Edmond Real Estate Market Recap

May 15, 2014

Edmond Market Statistics It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the entire Edmond market and looking back over the last three years is actually somewhat startling! Prices up significantly, inventory down significantly. Lets take a look… 90-day stats for Single Family properties inEDMOND, OK as of October 17, 2014Median List Price:$322,689Average List Price:$387,582Total Inventory:1,034Price per […]

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BUCKET LIST

April 14, 2014

In honor of my son’s 23 birthday today I am reposting a blog I did a few years ago.  He continues to amaze me with his zest for life and living every moment to the fullest. He is still going strong at working on crossing all his “must do’s” off his list.  I am proud that […]

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