A Different Pioneer Trail

Last Sunday was a beautiful day here in Oklahoma and winter weather was predicted for the following week. I was feeling cooped up and needed a change of scenery.

I recently learned of the Barn Quilt Trail movement in America. A barn quilt is a quilting square painted on a wooden square and hung on a barn or placed on metal stakes and hung in front of a home or business. It’s a way of reclaiming our quilting and artistic heritage as well as promoting our often forgotten rural communities.

Blackwell, OK located in North Central Oklahoma with a population just over 7000 has a Geocache Barn Quilt Trail of over 60 barn quilts. I’m a beginning wannabe quilter so this seemed like the perfect Covid free way to spend the day. John is not into quilting but he loves the outdoors so off we went.

Each of the 50 states were represented on the trail. Many businesses and churches were part of the trail. Even the National Guard Armory had their own barn quilt.

Chances are that your state has a Barn Quilt Trail. It’s a great way to get out of the house!

For more information: http://oklahomaquilttrail.okstate.edu/maps/about-us and http://barnquiltinfo.com/map-US.html

Sudden Beauty and a Whole Lot of Fun

It’s Sunday morning, December 13th and we woke up to a very rare thing in Oklahoma, SNOW! Snow has a way of covering the ugliest things with a pristine white beauty. It has a calming tranquility that insists all work be put aside and enjoy the view.

No need to worry about using the storm cellar right now, except for extra storage!

But, for children, it means snowball fights and building snowmen.

Plotting the Battle and A Snowman in Progress

One Brave Hen Ventures out and The Summer Garden Put To Bed

You can tell from the pictures that we were not ready for winter. Cushions left on outdoor furniture, garden tool on hen house, trellises and tomato cages still in the garden. My son told his wife Sarah when clean clothes were still on their bed at night, “Could you move your good intentions?” Our “good intentions” got left out.