Hey Y’all! I hope you have a wonderful and happy 4th of July!
If anything take time to slooooow down and have fun with friends and family.
Enjoy good food and a shandy or two. Float down a river or hike a trail. Watch fireworks loud and proud.
Enjoy all your freedoms!
There are a lot of old adages, like work hard, play hard or if you love what you do you won’t work a day..etc. I have always worked hard and I have always taken extreme satisfaction from the feeling I get when I accomplish a task that I have worked hard to achieve and often times before one challenge is accomplished I am thinking about what I can do next.
I think work is important and whatever your work is do it with all you have and I think while you work you will accomplish great things and learn a lot along the way.
This Maya Angelou quote resounded with me when I read it and I hope it makes you think and take a look into what you are doing and moving towards.
Last night I watched an interview with Dolly Parton and I became enamored.
I love Dolly’s voice and have long enjoyed belting out some of her hits! However, it wasn’t until I watched this interview that I felt a lot of respect for her. I was amazed at her honesty and how genuine she came across. One might think, as I did, that she was as fake as her exterior but that really could not be further from the truth.
She is a smart lady who is very perceptive and cunning, she knew what she wanted and she has gone after it.
Below you will find a portion of the interview and I hope that you enjoy getting to know more about Dolly Parton just as much as I have. She is one rad woman and someone to be admired!
Coming from California I am very used to accessible fresh vegetables and fruit. I was excited to make the trip to a local farm stand to obtain some fresh vegetables! My family loves this little farm stand about 15 miles away called Custar Farms. My dad and I stopped in late last week to pick up some veggies and we were like little kids in a candy store! I think we bought a little bit of everything they had. We had called before we drove over and they told us what they had picked that day! Talk about fresh – how wonderful.
The couple who owns this little gem is so adorable – I hope to be half as cool as they are.
If you happen to be traveling on I-40 and pass a sign for Okemah, get off and take a little trip to Custar Farms, its small but worthwhile!
Its the time of the year again where I pack up my cowboy boots and head to the mid west for some good ole family time.
I love summer in Oklahoma.
It amazes me how it always smells the same here – I can’t completely quantify it. But its this grassy, manure smell that is unlike any other place I have been and I love it! Year after year, the same smell greets me and it makes me think about moving to the country side and having a farm of my own.
Last night, we had a summer storm complete with thunder and lighting – it was magnificent and scary and allowed me to put off my run for another morning.
My goals while I am here are to cherish this time with my family, spend time in the sun, live life a little slower and with a little more meaning AND try as many Oklahoma brews as possible!
For your listening enjoyment, one of my all time favorites, Alan Jackson with She’s Gone Country.
Do you ever read Thrillist? Chances are if you live in or like one of the cities they talk about on the reg you get their emails daily and waste a few minutes checking out their new articles!
One article today caught my attention with the header, “Best NorCal Breweries“, really now, the best, I thought to myself as I waited for my page to load.
While I may not agree with their list completely, they showcase a few breweries that I have not been to yet ( and can’t wait to try when I get back to CA! ) and a few that I like.
I’m no Cicerone but I do fancy myself a beer lover and I try to pick up knowledge on the topic whenever I can! So any article about beer you betta believe I am all over it!
My personal NorCal fav is Lagunitas. Great beers paired with a great outdoor space and often times live music.. I am in love!
Do you have any breweries I should try? Bay area or beyond? Let me know!