What Brings You To Oklahoma City?

The Move Is Coming

We had known for weeks, the move was coming. As the time drew near, I grew more anxious. This move would be harder than the last. We were down a truck, both motorcycles would not go into the travel trailer, though mine usually does. I detest that chore, sometimes, I think I should sell it and replace it when I get there. Scratch that, too much paperwork.

Once the trailer was resting on the 5th wheel plate, the job box ( large tool chest) would not go into the truck. We were still facing a second trip, and Christmas is just around the corner. Time is growing short, still there is some time left here.

On Thanksgiving eve, hubby is told to be in Oklahoma City on Monday morning! Monday morning, no way. Plans have been made, and the Granddaughter will be here for the weekend. My daughter has to work, the daycare will be closed, I am committed to her! This won’t be changed.

Everyone gets something from the kitchen......
Everyone gets something from the kitchen......

Get Set, Get Ready

Hubby leaves me behind. It has been so long since I have had a week completely alone. It is a vacation. The time is spent reading, sleeping, writing, visiting and making some Christmas gifts from the kitchen. This is so relaxing.

In a week, he returns for me, and to make one last minute adaptation to the Air Force Base, where he has been working. My kitchen and bathrooms are packed. We are stepping over boxes of items that have been secured for the move. The adaptation takes two days, my house is packed, I am mentally ready. A five acre spot has been secured. Utilities are ready to go. I will be back in the country.

My youngest brother appears at the door, he will trailer our bikes, and air compressor, and deliver them to OK City for us. What a gift. What a surprise.

Now, to move the the slide out, back in.  Photo is from a previous move.
Now, to move the the slide out, back in. Photo is from a previous move.

Get Going

My last day is spent tearing down the portable garage where the bikes are parked, gathering up the outdoor odds and ends, and bringing them inside. We will be leaving in the morning. The excitement builds, it is just a short trip from Little Rock to Oklahoma City, one I have made for a variety of reasons. We will have supper at our new place. Even pulling a 5th wheel, we should make it in about 6 hours or so.

For someone who has gone coast to coast and back again numerous times in a tractor- trailer rig, and for someone who spent a very hot summer pulling FEMA trailers out of the New Orleans area, a trip of 350 miles should be a short ride.......should be.

What a terrible trip. My car is built for economy and not comfort. Following the trailer is slow going. The truck needs fuel. The dog needs a break. Coffee is needed, my own gas tank is getting low, maybe I should get some. Hubby needs a snack, bathroom breaks are needed. At Fort Smith, the trip is only half done. A 6 hour trip is beginning to feel like 60. There is no counting how many times I told myself, ‘ well, you don’t have to go all the way into the city’, looking for relief.

Years ago, my teen daughter took an interest in the F.P. Murrah memorial, and as hubby was working on a GM plant in the area, she and I made the trip together. She kept wanting to drive, she had not mastered county roads at that time. She clearly wasn't ready for the interstate. We made the trip very quickly.

A comfortable vehicle makes a difference!

I like this rural setting!
I like this rural setting!

The Arrival

Finally, nearing dark, we arrive. This is an old hobby farm---pastures, barns, sheds. I have spent years trying to get back to this. There will be chickens, compost, gardens, maybe a goat and a calf, maybe.

We pick our spot and hubby maneuvers the trailer into place. It is time to take the outdoor items back out, and put the kitchen in order. The nearest neighbors have come to help. They seemed to have had a bit too much to drink, but still they are friendly. Hubby discovers the power has not been turned on, but we have 12 volt lighting, and our heater will work on 12 volt power also. Just hook up the water, and we will be ok. It is well water, that part is ok, except the water pipe is broken  several yards up. The neighbors suggest that we pull forward, and use their water and electrical supply, until ours is repaired. Hubby does not really want to move the trailer, but I do insist on running water!

Welcome Wagon can't top this!
Welcome Wagon can't top this!

Settling In

The power was turned on the next day, it took about 3 days to get the water pipe dug up and replaced. My brother delivered the bikes and compressor.

The neighbors were so friendly and helpful. I baked them a loaf of bread, and a pound cake.

Another neighbor has delivered some farm fresh eggs. So, I will do some more baking. The practice will do me good.

The grocery, a store that impresses me, is less than 3 miles a way.  So is other shopping, though limited, revenue offices, the library.    Malls, home improvement stores, fine restaurants, hospitals.....all things familiar are within 20 miles.

We have set up business with a local and small bank.  On my second visit, they remembered my name.  The postal courier brought a package to my door!  Small town America does have its rewards.

In the past few days, I have set up a clothesline, a compost pile ( for the coming garden), a birdbath and scattered feeders.  I daydream of honeysuckle vines and backyard chickens.  My dog runs freely, without being leashed.  He is young and playful again. 

Oklahoma City, once a distant city, is now, 'going to town'.  It is my new home.  Private, rural, and yet, a only a few hours from family, should I be called home to them.

 

The Coming Spring

 

I do hope it is a short winter. There is a strange need to till the soil.......

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

Enjoyed the story of your move. The place you have sounds great. I'm here in the cold wishing I was in the south.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Thank you for sharing this experience with me. "Moving" is the one experience I dread most except for visiting a dentist. I hope I never have to face either again.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Moving I hate moving more than anything as we have moved across the country so many times. but now I get to enjoy retirement on Keuka Lake,NY where we finally settled . I hope you enjoyed your move. God Bless


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I enjoyed reading this. You seems to be very well organized, and use to moving around. I remember those few times I have moved, it was terrible hard work! It always is. I hope you enjoy the new place, it seems to be fine. And good neighbors are worth gold and can make such a difference for the feeling of a new place!


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Hi I enjoyed reading about your move. Moving is not easy, or enjoyable. You seem to have a a handle on it though. My grand mother lives in Oklahoma city. She said she loves it there. It sounds like a beautiful place. Good luck. I hope you enjoy your new home. Merry Christmas and have a safe holiday season.


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Judicastro 5 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

I was settling in with you Yvonne!! Lived outside okc and loved it. I can hear the contentment in your words, praise God!! Thanks for the pics and fill in, have a very merry Christmas, I know I wished you one already but can't wish it enough.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Moonlake,

Thanks for coming by to read my hub.

Glad you like it.

I probably shouldn't complain, but

it's a bit too cold for me also!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Dave Matthews,

It is the most effective way I have

ever known to get those cupboards and

closets cleaned and organized!

Merry Christmas~~


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

VietNam Vet68,

I have made smoother trips, but the

setting here, is right up my alley.

Thanks for stopping in.

Merry Christmas........


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Thougtforce.....

How good to see you.

I wasn't good at it when I started, but

along the way, I learned to roll clothes,

and label the boxes.

Taking down the 'bike port' was a lot

easier than putting it back up!

Merry Christmas!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

RhondaWaits,

I had been through OKC several times, always

on I-40 and I -35, just passing through.

This week, I have had the need to go into

the city and be on on the bypasses and loops.

It is an easy city to navigate.

Thanks for stopping in, and

Merry Christmas to you as well!


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

JudiCastro,

It seemed like, as a teen, I couldn't wait

to leave the farm. After a while,

'city life' was out of my system and

I have spent years trying to get back

to it! Yes, I am very content. That

is all I really want from life, along

with a good cup of coffee.......

Merry Christmas to your family also.

ps....my 2 years old granddaughter, told

me last night, it was going to be Jesus'

birthday, but she was getting the presents~~~


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tmbridgeland 5 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

...a strange need to till the soil...

Love that line! I know it, to the dirt under my nails. Love winter and snow, and love when it melts and I get my spade and hoe out the first time in the spring. Last year we had a long warm spell in March. Two months early I dug and planted the garden. 50% wasted effort, it froze solid again...


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

May God bless your new home OGW and may you enjoy many happy moments there. JR


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Timbridgland,

How terrible! My Granddad always planted

by the Alamanac. Reading the planting charts was

something I refused to learn. Silly me.....

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Jrsearam,

So good to see you here this morning!

I set a large bird feeder and bath,

in the back yard. They are visible from

the dining room window, where I spend a

lot of time. The birds found it quickly,

and so have some stray cats and squirrels.

At the sight of the first deer, I will

be putting out salt blocks!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

Wonderful! It's not home if we don't share it with God's furry and feathery creations. My little island is devoid of land mammals but we have beautiful parrots that perch on a mango tree next to our bedroom window on some mornings. Seeing them on mornings when the tree has fruit really makes my day. Many blessings OGW


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Judicastro 5 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

That is so precious about your Grandaughter! Love it and I know you do too!! You are a blessed woman indeed dear friend!


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J Sunhawk 5 years ago from South Carolina

Ah, the joy of moving. You capture it perfectly.


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Kind Regards 5 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

onegoodwoman, There's nothing better than living out in the country 20 miles from town. It's the best life. Kind Regards


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

J Sunhawk

Your comment brought a chuckle,

a good way to start the morning!

Thanks for coming by and getting

me started~~


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Kind Regards,

Good to meet an Ozarks neighbor! The eastern

side, just inside the Arkansas line, is where

I reared my family. Left there for Texas, years ago, and have been going ever since!

We are in agreement, country life is the

most relaxing and offers more for personal

contentment.

Of course, there are also those, who are

are more at home in the big cities.

Thanks for coming by!


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Hello, neighbor. I live outside OKC. I've been here many years. The weather is harsh and the people friendly. If you can put up with the first the second will keep you here.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town Author

Pamela N Red,

Thanks for the hearty welcome, and welcome

to my hub.

I am east of the city, and under the snowfall.

I have been to New Jersey 7 times, and no one

ever spoke a kind word to me. No one here, has

been too hurried to be kind! It has been a

good move.

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    jrsearam 6 days ago

    Wonderful! It's not home if we don't share it with God's furry and feathery creations. My little island is devoid of land mammals but we have beautiful parrots that perch on a mango tree next to our bedroom window on some mornings. Seeing them on mornings when the tree has fruit really makes my day. Many blessings OGW

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