Yesterday I met my two oldest grandchildren at Barnes & Noble. It was so great to see them. They will be 7 and 12 next month.
I want very much to encourage reading, so I bought them books. I just love to see the excitement on my granddaughter's face when she sees a book she likes.
Then I had a drive to the country planned. I really needed to find some tranquility and let the sadness I felt dissipate. And I usually find that away from the traffic and stores. Away from the constant activity of the city.
So peaceful. The windows down. Cool air blowing in my face. Enjoying the beautiful leaves still on the trees. I find this time of year magical when the foliage is so vibrantly colorful.
And when I saw something that caught my eye, I'd pull over. It's good I have the 4-wheel drive SUV, because I end up turning around in all sorts of places!
It's 10 years old now, my Pathfinder, but still going strong. I almost have 40,000 miles on it. I know, many people find that hard to believe!
I ended up in Okmulgee County somehow.
I was looking for old barns.
But mostly what I saw were gigantic homes. Palatial homes. I've never seen such houses like this in my whole life.
Shoot, I'd get lost in a house that big.
The barns were rather grand as well. I have zero interest in taking photos of grand barns.
Up and down the hills I drove. Wondering what was up ahead. What was around the next curve and over the next hill.
I'd say this poor creature needs to be on a diet. He/she could barely waddle out to the fence to greet me.
Soon all the leaves will be gone from the trees, where they're hanging on so tenaciously. Before long, the mighty Oklahoma winds will send them all spiraling to the ground.
Thanks for taking a ride with me to the countryside. It was truly what I needed yesterday.