Theme Layout

[Rightsidebar]

Boxed or Wide or Framed

[Boxed]

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

Featured Slider Styles

[Boxedwidth]

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

5/recent posts

Display Author Bio

Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

Display Instagram Footer

[No]
Brenda Pruitt. Powered by Blogger.

Search This Blog

Loading...

Down A Country Road


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.

Cozy Little House
50 Comments
Share :

50 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Brenda! It's been a while since I've done this...it's over due. Isn't it amazing how God's creation is so beautiful to behold and how it does soothe the soul!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  2. I loved visiting the OK countryside through your eyes, Brenda. Made me remember how much I miss those mighty oak trees and their sweet acorns. I can sure relate to missing being able to have the relationship you'd like with your grand children. Mine all live so far away that I can't really be a part of their lives as I had always dreamed I would be as a grandmother.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am so glad you got to spend some time with your grandkids and you photos are gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  4. The countryside photos are gorgeous! I am glad that you got to spend time with the grands though I know it is heart-wrenching not to be able to on a regular basis.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Brenda, I am so glad you got to spend some time with your oldest Grands. I know the estrangement from your daughter is so hard on you. The country photos are gorgeous and very soothing.
    hugs,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is hard. But I want a relationship with my grandchildren.

      Delete
  6. Just beautiful pictures. The drive into the country gives you such peace of mind. Glad you had a great day with you grands. take care and have a great day

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your pictures are always so amazing. I love how you see beauty in so many different things.

    ReplyDelete
  8. These photos are glorious, Brenda - I wish you had yourself a little sweet cottage in the country to call your own so you could find your peace and tranquility right outside your door.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I spent a lot of time in the country when I was growing up so I really enjoy your photos of the countryside especially the animals. I know it is bittersweet but I'm so happy for you that you got to see your older grandchildren - they will think of you when they read the books that you got them!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Absolutely beautiful pictures Brenda! You captured beautiful scenery and farm animals - my favorites. I too find peace when I am in the quiet country.
    ~Lori

    ReplyDelete
  11. It's difficult not to feel peaceful in the country. It's so quiet, and there's so much beauty everywhere you look. Glad you didn't get lost ;).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was afraid I might get lost. So I tried to be very aware of the roads I was on. I went farther and farther, but stayed on the same parallel streets that would get me back to town. In TX I could just drive a few miles in any direction and find countryside. It was really hard to find it here. Just one new housing addition after another for miles and miles on any of the roads I tried.

      Delete
  12. I'm so glad that you did get to spend some time with your precious grandkids. Praying that things can be worked out so that can happen more often for you. ((((HUGS))))

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hey sweeted..your pictures were so nice...but I do believe wee donkey is about to give birth....to stay in touch with wee grandkids...write letters with interesting things they can look up....funny jokes....pictures of you and animals and their antics....keep it casual....and short....do not wait for a reply but keep writing...so they get to know you...tell them your favorite color...funny things that you and your daughter did as she was growing up...tell them about their great grandparents...again do not expect answers yet...send family pictures of their mother...and family with something written on the back with dates....or they will never know....share with them your trip to take pictures....do not share at this point what is going wrong with your health...I am sure your daughter has told them...and it might have scared them...let them see light and fun part of you...your loves of your animals...your trips to take pictures...your love of books...colors.....everything that is light and funny...your childhood and growing up...suggest book to read....girl you have a chance to be part of their life that can be exciting and interesting.....pick a place that you get to know how to get there and home...ask your daughter if she will bring the grands to meet you there....treat...even it is every 6 months...make it a place that doesn't cost an arm and leg...like an ice cream place...but get to know it and how to get there and back home without fear, doubt and and worry....you can share so much that is nothing but fun...like your road trip and pictures...one day they will ask what is up between you and their mom...and I suggest you keep it light...such how busy she is being with them and how much time it take to be a mon...keep it light and never talk about her or what you two's problem are...it is none of their concern...just start a routine communication about them and their life..about friends...favorite subjects....what they like to draw, write, favorite type books....keep it short and sweet...but share about you....and your love to decorated...and colors...you have so much to offer...and who knows, bet they have never gotten mail before....BUT on to happy things...only.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That never occurred to me. But I'm getting excited just thinking about it. I got so excited I started thinking of how I could arrange the living space to accommodate their doing arts and crafts. Getting ahead of myself, I know. But the thought of that, it kind of brought me out of my funk I've been in all day. Thanks!

      Delete
    2. And it never occurred to me that that donkey was pregnant!

      Delete
    3. Such great ideas. What a blessing to be able to visit with your grandchildren.

      Thanks for the pictures. I miss the north Texas, Oklahoma country side.

      Delete
    4. Such a good idea! I had no grandmothers but my great grandmother kept in touch by mail and even though I had little time with her she was dear to me. I cherished a dish she gave me and she sent date fudge at christmas and when I married she sent an apron she made for me.

      Delete
    5. These are all wonderful ideas to try!

      Delete
    6. forgot...I thought the donkey was probably pregnant, too. :)

      Delete
    7. I love these ideas! You deserve to be a part of their lives.... It isn't only hurting you - it will hurt them in the long run. Thanks for taking me on a virtual drive in the country.... I desperately needed to get away! :)

      Delete
  14. CJ is batting 100 - absolutely right in ways to keep in touch with grandkids. Stamps don't cost that much and when children get a letter or package, they get so excited. You have an opportunity to get to be a loved Granny; take it and run. Let us know when you send off your first round of letters. Send one to Andrew, too. (Print them or type them-kids sometimes can't read cursive.) My Mom used to send letters to my sister Rosie's children, from Texas to Louisiana, and always included a stick of gum for each child and they were so excited to get that...can you believe it - excitement over a stick of gum! That's just how kids are.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can't even read my own writing. I'll type them. I've already got ideas swirling in my head about what to tell them.

      Delete
  15. Your country pics are where I live....in between pastures and woods. When I go to cities, it is fun for a while, then I can't wait to get away from the traffic and hordes of people. Ha! Wishing you the best with your older grands! And I agree, books and reading are so important. Fondly....sheila

    ReplyDelete
  16. Does that cow have only one ear? I kept trying to decide.

    I agree that a ride in the country does wonders for the spirits. You always take such great photos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just went to look. And at first I thought you were right. But it seems to be an optical illusion type of thing. It has both ears.

      Delete
  17. Your photos are fantastic, Brenda; and I especially love the horse. Driving in the country can be so peaceful, with no traffic and being surrounded by Mother Nature. I'm sorry about you and your grandchildren not being able to spend more time together. HUGS to you!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Brenda, Cj is right on! You do what you have to do in order for your grandchildren to get to know YOU, not the person they have heard you were or weren't. Love your pictures! I'd love to know what country road you drove down. I have a hard time finding good ones to take pics on! If I still lived in Texas that would never happen!

    Grace & Peace.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's what has been so frustrating. I've thought many a time that I found lots of countryside in TX.

      Delete
  19. Brenda, I'm glad you had that chance to see your grandkids. My 3 children sure got short-changed on being able to see theirs. We lived 2000 miles away from both sets of them with neither of the sets of parents living near each other, so we weren't able to kill 2 birds with one stone, so to speak. It's far more expensive to fly up here in Canada (lots of taxes on gas, etc.) than in the USA, so planning trips for 5 people is rather costly. If we visited one set of parents, the other set were demanding equal time. But the money!!!

    A couple of times, we drove from here to Buffalo, NY to get flights down to AZ to save the money from flying directly from Toronto. It was just plain hard to keep the kids familiar with their grandparents and neither set ever wanted to come here, the reason being it was "too far". Money wasn't an issue for either set.

    I would write letters to the kids. I know my kids loved getting letters from other people. The letters or note cards were never long in length but it sure excited them to get something in the mail!

    The scenery in your area is really spectacular. I just love the look in that horse's eye. It makes me wonder what he was thinking. I know nothing about donkeys but I was also thinking that it looked pregnant because of the way it bulged out on the sides. *shudder* I can't imagine trying to deliver something as large as a donkey. A human baby is bad enough!!

    I'm having foot surgery on Nov. 24th to repair/rebuild my Achilles Tendon and remove a Haglund's deformity. Hopefully, things will heal up well. I will be recasted 3 times over a 6 week period and then will be able to move into a walking boot. I am getting a bit nervous after having followed you for some length of time and hearing about all the difficulties you've had. But, I'm known to be an optimist so I'm going in hoping for the best! I'm just not looking forward to being housebound unless I can con someone in taking me out and about once our winter snow and ice arrive. I've become a klutz on ice and managed some serious neck injuries/concussions in the last ten years and that was when I was 'supposed' to have been sure-footed. Hobbling on crutches could prove interesting! I can only hope for the best. A new adventure in my life for sure.

    Enjoy your evening and thank-you for sharing your day with us. You are such a lovely person to know, if only from a great distance.

    Jan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I COULD NOT handle crutches. But I became a whiz with the boot. I can probably go faster in the boot than without it any day of the week.

      Delete
  20. Hi, Brenda. My car is also 10 years old - and has 107,500 miles on it!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I am SO grateful that it has such low mileage. I've owned it since the beginning.

    ReplyDelete
  22. My car is 10 years old and it doesn't get the best mileage but it runs. It has 101,081 miles clocked on the odometer. Your car is just a baby!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I think the comment from Allen is spot on...I hope you found it helpful.

    I love your pictures. I feel the same way when I get out of my house. At the lake i can enjoy nature and wide open spaces. I also find simple things like grocery shopping or browsing a gift shop a diversion from my own problems, just getting out of the house I guess. I'm so glad you are doing that. Finding adventure in the smallest of things makes our world grow larger by leaps and bounds.

    Jane x

    ReplyDelete
  24. I am so sorry about your grandkids, Brenda. We have 12 grands but never see four of them (ex-DIL's choice). It is very sad- and she/they do not realize what they are missing out on not having loving grandparents in their lives. Your grands know that you love them, I'm sure. Hopefully, when they are a bit older they will come to you on their own. Just sad all the way around.
    I do love all your country pictures and I am pretty sure the little donkey(or mule) is about ready to have a little one. So cute!
    Hope you have a good night, Brenda. God bless you and God bless those grandkids, too. xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
  25. I see you have some beautiful countryside in OK like we do here in PA....I wish people would learn that you shouldn't use children as weapons against others...the most damage you do is to your own precious children..Take care Brenda...and thanks for the ride in the country...

    ReplyDelete
  26. I am so glad you were able to spend time with the kids, and what fun in a book store. My wish for you is that you will get to spend more time with them next year. I really enjoyed "our" drive in the country. It does a soul good!

    ReplyDelete
  27. That donkey was definitely pregnant. Looks like she was ready to drop anytime now. I am so happy that you were able to spend that time with your grandchildren, Brenda. It is so important for all of you. I hope that things will ease up with your daughter so that it can happen more often. Beautiful photos from your drive, and how wonderful that you are now feeling like getting out in the country and driving alone. xo Laura

    ReplyDelete
  28. From time to time, I have wondered how your two older grandchildren are. I'm just thrilled that you shared a trip to the bookstore with them! It sounds like you all had a very enjoyable visit! And what a wonderful grandmother you are....wanting to spend more time with your precious grandchildren! Some grandparents can be so indifferent, satisfied with just various holiday visits. Simply beautiful photos from your country drive! Thanks for taking all of us with you. I would have had to write down what turns were taken or I would have gotten lost!

    ReplyDelete
  29. What a beautiful drive! I wonder if the donkey is preggers. :)

    ReplyDelete
  30. Brenda,
    Your pictures are always great! I think it is so important to have a place to go that totally relaxes us, even if just for a little while. I really do wish you the best as you try to establish and keep a relationship with your grandchildren. As a mommy farmer to 13 donkeys, I'm pretty certain that sweet donkey is pregnant. They are pregnant for 11 months and my girls that have found themselves with child usually will look just like that the last 3-4 months of their pregnancy. Surprisingly, they will give birth and will be standing up nursing their baby within 20 minutes. Now me on the other hand, gave birth and laid around in pain for days!! I hope you enjoy your week.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I always find it peaceful and calming to head out to the country, too...the minute I leave the traffic behind, I just take a deep breath and am able to think. I'm so glad you were able to spend some time with your grandchildren...they will remember the day and think of you when they read the books. It's such a hard situation...

    ReplyDelete
  32. My Pathfinder is 13 years old now.... runs like the day I bought it, and now has over 80.000 miles, which for a pathfinder is child's play. Regular maintenance has kept it young! We live in the country, so I see peaceful, calm scenes every time I look out my windows. Sure is different than our city life of some years ago. Our grandchildren all live thousand or two thousand miles away, so we seldom see them in person... Facebook helps keep us all in touch though... xo

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'd say the sweet girl is pregnant, not fat!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Gorgeous photos Brenda! This is similar to what I do when my heart hurts....just ride and let the natural beauty wash the sadness away. Looking back at the photos is always bittersweet, but somehow soothing! Hugs my sweet friend!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. THANK YOU, BRENDA, FOR THE COUNTRY ROAD TRIP!!! And it sounds like your adventure with the Grands went very well. A great first step! How creative of CJ to think of all those great ideas to engage them in the future!
    .....But you know what thrilled me the most? Your feeling comfortable enough to go out and roam the countryside!!! I know you have been housebound for long stretches of time, so how liberating to just get in the car and take off! A thought: contact your newspaper and see if they will feature photos from citizens....you could certainly share some of yours! Once a week our newspaper has a photo on the front page, and a bit about the person. It is fun to see them....

    ReplyDelete
  36. A ride in the country is a cure for most things. I'm sorry about your grandchildren and your adult child being somewhat estranged. My dear sister is dealing with this right now and there's nothing more painful and heartbreaking for a grandmother.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Brenda I think you should consider writing your memoir for your grands. But I bet many of us who follow your blog daily would buy such a book. In it you could include life lessons...recipes. ..photographs...family stories..etc...You are such a resilient...courageous...creative...talented lady...I know you have lots to tell and share. Just another grandmother musing.

    ReplyDelete

I always enjoy reading your comments and having you join the conversation here at Cozy Little House. It is like having a gathering of friends sitting in my cozy apartment. Enjoying coffee and dessert, chatting and having a good time. I appreciate each and every one of you!

About Author

[name=] [img=
] [description=Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.] (facebook=https://www.facebook.com/brendampruitt) (twitter=https://twitter.com/cozylittlehouse) (instagram=Instagram Profile Url) (bloglovin=https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/cozy-little-house-4048071) (pinterest=https://www.pinterest.com/brendak) (tumblr=Tumblr Profile Url)

Follow @georgialoustudios