Kaylea Plays Ball

I finally compiled some little clips of Kaylea playing ball at a tournament this summer. In the very first clip she is playing short. She makes a stop and throw it to first for the out.

In the next two clips she is playing thirdbase. In the first, short misses the grounder and Kaylea runs to help. She runs back to cover third. I cut the camera too soon but the ball was recovered and thrown to third for the out. In the second, the ball is thrown to third but time is called before Kaylea catches it. The runner went back to second.

The last clip is Kaylea running after a really nice hit. You can see as she is running from first to second that her ball landed in the right outfield. She makes it to third before her coach has her stop.

Kaylea Plays Ball


Bike Riding

When I was 13 – 14 or so I rode my old, second-hand Schwinn bike everywhere. I was on that bike constantly. YEARS later my daughter Misty got a new bike and I got on it. I got right back off it again, too. It hurt to sit on it. Do you suppose when I was 13 I had calluses on my behind? If so, they are definitely gone now!

To get some exercise, some friends from church and my family have been going to a two-mile path around the lake we live near. They walk and I ride Misty’s bike. I have a problem with the heel of my foot and can’t walk for very long but I can ride! I think the calluses are coming back.

My husband and I are talking about buying two bikes and a bike rack to go on my car. The thought is we will go on trips, park our car, and head off on our bikes to see the sights. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it.


All the rain in Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma has raised rivers and lakes to near record level. The runoff is converging into the lake 10 miles from our house. Lake Oologah is expected to crest at 109% above flood pool. In 1986 Lake Oologah released 300,000 cubic feet per second which resulted in a 100 year flood. Our bottomland was more than 10 feet under water.

This flood will be nowhere near that level of disaster but it is plenty bad enough. We are watching the lake levels closely and the release of water into the Verdigris River.

Here are some pics:

David and Kaylea watching the water rise at the lake. It rose 6 inches in an hour.

David and Kaylea watching the water rise

This area of the lake has boat ramps, a large parking lot, volleyball nets, changing areas and bathrooms. It is now all underwater.

Oologah Lake July 4, 2007

Another view of this same area.


The channel below the dam. The channel is about 50′ deep. There is about 6′ left to the top of the channel.

Oologah Lake July 4, 2007

The Verdigris River about 2.5 miles from our house. It is typically 100′ or so from the bottom of the bridge to the river. Today it is 20′ below the bridge. You can see it is nearly out of its banks and will soon be seeping into the pastures near the river.

Verdigris River - Old Highway 88 bridge