Monday, March 19, 2012

Taking Up Residence in Yukon, Oklahoma

Even as we loaded vehicles and headed toward Yukon, Oklahoma, it seemed unreal. Just doesn't feel right to be living and working here for a year. But, here's a pic of hubby leading me across the southern part of Ardmore, OK so I'm not dreaming. I sort of liked Ardmore--even though we didn't get off the Interstate. I like the mountains much better than flat land where we are. I missed snapping the best of the mountains. By the time I dug out my camera, we were past them. Ardmore is also the home of the Gene Autry Film and Music Festival.

We looked around the area on Friday evening and rented an apartment on Saturday morning. Lots of prayer went into finding a place because I did NOT want to be on the 3rd floor. Well, here were are in Building 13, ground floor. We move in Friday. The first complex we went to had a three-month waiting list. The second complex had two apartments available but both were on the third floor. God does answer prayer! Building Thirteen? No, I'm not superstitious. I'm really not!

The young apartment manager told us her grandparents used to live in Lake Charles, LA. Then when we bought our bed, the guy who sold it to us said his dad works for the same company hubby works for. I'm constantly reminded how small this world is ... and how transient.

I didn't get to the OK-RWA meeting as I'd hoped--just too much to do. Actually, I looked like a dozen kittens had taken residence in my hair and had a cat fight; yes, the wind blows constantly here. You know what they say about first impressions!  (And yes, I always wear two sets of glasses at the same time!)
The rain came yesterday around 4:00 and we've been watching the weather ever since. I guess that's what they do in Oklahoma. Counties west of us had their first tornadoes last night. The hotel people told us if a tornado is sited, an alarm will sound and we'll need to get downstairs to a designated room. Hope they have mattresses for us to crawl under. Guess I'd better get used to this sort of thing. I'm an Okie now.


Lynn said...

Glad you made it there safe and sound. Now don't forget to email me your new snail mail address!

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

What an adventure! Enjoy and keep us posted.

Jan Rider Newman said...

Angie's blog is about 'Burgh to Bayou. Let us know your Trials and Triumphs as you adjust from Y'all to Yukon. With lots of pics! Glad you made it safely.

Debra Harris-Johnson said...

OMG I miss you! Didn't think it would hurt this much since I don't think I've seen you in over a year but Lk Charles was a short drive and I knew I caould skidaddle over for my Jessie-fix if I really needed to.
Anyway God bless you all!

Charles Gramlich said...

A cat fight in your hair? That sounds dangerous. :) Glad you are getting settled in. It always takes time to feel at home in a new place.

Linda Todd said...

You may be a thousand miles away but you can still keep me motivated from there. Have fun.

Jess said...

Lynn - snail mail address coming!

Angie - I'm too old for adventures!

Jan - it seems so far. Both kids have called us every day. Maybe that's the benefit of being far away. Yikes! a poem. :)

Debra - you have a great bunch of writers over there with Wendy, Sylvia, and the others. Take advantage of them. :) And write!

Charles - I probably should have said they "groomed" themselves like crazy. My mother used to tell me my hair looked like a cat had been sucking on it. Blahhhh! I really enjoyed reading your book today!

Linda - boy, do I have some markets for you! :) Tweak that synopsis and get ready to do a mail-out.

James R Tate said...

Was thinking about your first few days in OK when I saw the news reports about the tornadoes. Be safe and keep in touch

Vicki Allen said...

It won't take long to get used to the tornado warnings and accept them as just part of "Springtime in Oklahoma" :D Enjoy your time there--it is such a lovely place!