I grew up in a suburb of Oklahoma City. We were in a nearby township some distance to the east from town. It took about 25 minutes to get to a grocery store and when they put in a Braums (a locally owned ice cream store that served hamburgers) down the road from us, I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven. We were too far out for many of my classmates to visit (I went to a private Catholic High School) and I was excited when I got old enough to get a driver's license because I could suddenly spend time with people my own age, get a job, have freedom. Of course, less than a year after I got my driver's license I was married and expecting my first child so that "freedom" was short lived.
Below: My birdcam is all better, now!:
I raised my family in Bethany, a western suburb of Oklahoma City. It was a town built around the local Nazarene University that had a small city hall and its own post office. It was butted up directly to Oklahoma City with no obvious break in appearance, density and services so the only difference, to my mind, was that you had to drive more carefully in Bethany because the cops needed the revenue to pay their salary. My kids, like most of the kids in Bethany, didn't go to Bethany school. Instead, they attended a large public school district that covered several suburbs on the western side of Oklahoma City. Although Bethany had its own Main Street, by the time we lived there is was not much more than an Oklahoma City appendage. I would tell people I lived in Oklahoma City and it never struck me as less than accurate because for all intents and purposes, that is where I lived and what I considered to be my home town.
So where all that is leading to is that, other than as a very small child, I never lived in a small town.
Husband, on the other hand, lived in Mustang, Oklahoma, from the time he was about four until he left home to go to college. Mustang is an agricultural community just distant enough from Oklahoma City that although some people made the commute, it was much more affiliated with the town on the western end of the county called El Reno (the county seat) and Yukon, a robust small town with a picturesque downtown straddling the Mother Road, Highway 66. Mustang once had a thriving downtown but between Highway 66 (and later, Interstate 40) diverting travelers, and a tornado that took out much of the city in the last century, it never really developed a strong business section. Regardless, it had excellent schools and a strong community spirit held together by a number of families that settled in the area before the 1900's whose ancestors remain there, today. The FFA is strong in the area and the town puts on rodeos for the young people and annually have "Western Days" which amounts to a summer festival. During that time, they line the streets with American flags, sell fireworks and watermelon and just overall, do the small town thing.
It feels good.
Today, I went to the local Farmer's Market that is run by the Kiwanis's. They have a community Garden and sell their wares every Saturday morning during the growing season.
They set up tables under the shade trees and generally sell out fairly quickly because people come early before the sun gets too scorching. Today, they had baby turkeys for sale but I didn't get any.
It has been a tough, dry summer but the eggplant, peppers, onions and squash are doing well. The tomatoes were sold out by the time we got there, which is a shame because our own tomatoes are having a bad year.
The quilt I found most interesting was a tied Star Quilt made of the barest of scraps of feedsack material.
The interesting part of the quilt, to me, was that when I examined the back, I could see through the pale pieces that she had used part of an old quilt in lieu of batting. Sure enough, beneath the backing you could see several bright, sharp Dresden Plate blocks. The fabric in the blocks looked to have been of a similar vintage as the top and I found that intriguing.
Back home on the ranchette, we are battling Bagworms. Those monsters have all but defoliated three of my six baby Caddo Maples and I am mad as heck about it.
We also found a locust (cicada) shell.
I've made quite a bit of progress on Kate and Chris' wedding quilt.
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl