Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Happy 94th Birthday Party

A great family celebration.

Today is my Dad's 94th birthday.  George Stone was born on the family farm, in Byars, Oklahoma, in 1919.  After spending his "growing up" years on the farm he and my mother moved to Oklahoma City in 1937.  He now lives back down in McClain County, not very many miles from his birthplace, in a nursing home in Purcell, Oklahoma.  Although he gets around better than most of the folks at the home, including still driving himself around town, he enjoys the care and attention he receives at the nursing home.  Dad has led a very exciting life and still keeps up to date with things.  He has not only traveled all over this country but has been to all corners of the world in his business career.

This afternoon my brother's and I met up at the home to celebrate his birthday with him.  In addition two of my sisters-in-law were there along with my fiance, Jimye Faye.  Some of Dad's fellow church members also joined the celebration.  We brought a cake large enough to serve all the guest plus all the other residents and the staff of the home.
Here is Dad with his four sons.  Standing in the back are David and Bill.  Seated on each side of Dad is Chester and myself.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013

The Son has risen.

Today was the annual celebration of the resurrection of our Savior.  We decided to have a family outing at the park with a picnic.  I was surprised that some of the granddaughters said they had never been on a picnic.  We trekked over to Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany, the next town over from my city of residence.

In addition to Jimye Faye and I we had my son, Alan, and Cathy, his significant other.  Also had granddaughters Emma, Cadence, Katlyn and Madison.  (Actually, Emma has been spending the whole weekend with Grandpa.)  While the kids headed to the park playground equipment Jimye and Cathy hid the eggs for the girls to find.  We all had a good time watching the "hunt".  Once the eggs were found everyone came to the table for dinner.  After a brief talk about the reason for this particular holiday we all dug into a meal of fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw.  Afterwards the girls had fun on the playground while the adults visited.
Katlyn, Madison, Emma & Cadence posing as Easter Bunnies
Although Easter Sunday is a day many people get together to spend time with their families we need to take time to stop and think about why we celebrate this day.  On Good Friday we remember the dark day that Jesus, our Savior, was nailed to a cross and died in atonement for the sins of the believers.  Our bible teaches us that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God".  It also says that the "wages of sin are death".  God sent his Son to our world to be sacrificed on the cross.  His death was the atonement for the sins of those who truly believe in Him.  By accepting Jesus as our personal Savior our debt is paid with his death and we are promised eternal life.  Yes, there will come a day that we will give up this human body that we reside in while on this earth.  But the Christian believes that we are more than just this earthly body.  We believe that we have a sole that will live on.  By accepting Jesus death on the cross as our redemption for our sins our soles will spend an eternal life with God in Heaven.  Without this belief it is hard to understand what people live for.  Christians believe there is more to life than just this existence for so many years here on earth.  So, Happy Easter to all who read this.  All glory be to God.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It's official, I'm engaged

A new ring for a special lady.

Made it official tonight by buying an engagement ring for Jimye Faye.  She was a bit overwhelmed by it all and it has taken her a bit of time to realize this is all real.  After picking out her ring we stopped at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.

Jimye Faye and I first met when our families attended the same church in the 1950's.  My family moved away in 1958 and did not see each other again for many years.  We reconnected through a Facebook group for people who grew up in Southwest Oklahoma City.  Last year we met for dinner a couple of times, since we were both single and were tired of going out to eat alone.  Our first actual "date" was this past December when we went to dinner and then drove around town viewing Christmas lights.  From there we started dating for real and things moved on from there.  We have many things in common and this has just felt "right" since that first date.  No wedding date has been set for now.  Just taking life one day at a time so stayed tuned for future announcements.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shooting Smurfs

We have a new shooter.

When Jimye Faye and I first started seeing each other she was a bit put off by my fascination with firearms.  She pretty much indicated she was afraid of guns.  As we have gone along I've reassured her that guns are just inanimate objects that are good when in the hands of responsible gun owners.  She has warmed up to the idea of my carrying a firearm.  Today we went to the gun range to give her a chance to do some shooting.  This, of course, was after some gun handling safety training at her house first.

She started out shooting a .22 caliber six shooter (old fashioned single action "cowboy" gun) and then moved to a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  She also tried my 9mm Glock semi-automatic but felt the kick was a bit much.  (Although I had told her about proper hand placement when holding a semi-automatic she still got a "slide" injury, which usually happens to all novice shooters.  Fortunately, the folks at the check-in counter have band aids available for this type injury.)  She really enjoyed our time at the range and really did not want to leave when the ammo I had brought with us ran low.

She did an amazing job for a first time shooter.  She was very proud of herself and even posted her target on the wall of her kitchen.  If you look close you'll see she really had a pretty good grouping of shots on that target.  Now she is hyped about shooting and can't wait until we can go back.  Guess I'll need to take more ammo next time.  (We refer to these targets as "Smurfs" due to their color.)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dinner with the family

Had a family dinner with all the kids tonight.  Had reservations at the Belle Isle Brewery Restaurant for all of us.  Jimye Faye and I were first to arrive followed soon after by Alan and Cathy.  Carrie and John joined us along with their son, J.J.  Finally Alex and Christi arrived and we were able to start ordering.  Had a good meal and everyone got a chance to visit with each other.  With everyone's busy schedule it is hard to get all of us together very often.
Alan & Cathy
Carrie, J.J. & John

Alex & Christi

Jimye & Rick

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A visit with Great-Grandpa

A day with Emma.

Have not had a chance to spend much time with granddaughter Emma lately.  She always like to go down to Purcell and visit her great-grandpa (my Dad) so that was our destination today.  Picked her up around 9:30 and headed south our first stop, Jimye Faye's house.  This was Jimye's first time to meet any of my grand kids.  Emma enjoyed visiting with Gigi, the dog, along with Johnny, a dog that Jimye has been sitting with this past week.  (Actually, this was the least shy I've seen Gigi since I've known her.)

Finally got underway for Purcell, with a stop in Moore for lunch at Jimmy's Egg restaurant.  This place is always a good stop and was very full this morning.  After waiting in line we were seated and got our order in.  Took longer than normal due to the crowd they had today.  Finally we arrived at Sunset Estates Nursing Home in Purcell.  This is Dad's new home.  After a couple of weeks in the hospital it was decided he needed more care than could be provided in the assisted living center where he has lived for several years.

The three of us had a good visit with Dad.  He still has some problems walking and some residual effects from the pneumonia that he had while in the hospital.  He is receiving physical therapy each day but is using a wheel chair to go out into the dinning room for meals.  All in all he is doing pretty good for being almost 94 years old.  After our visit we stopped by my brother Bill's house before heading back to the city.  

We had a good day.  Emma and Jimye Faye bonded well and have become good friends.  It is always good to spend time with family. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Defending the Caveman

Another evening out, another play.

The Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (or City Rep) is one of the many acting companies here in our area.  The main difference in this group compared to others is that all member of City Rep must be members of the Actors Equity Guild, the national union for professional actors.  I have attended several shows by this group since my friend, Jonathan Beck Reed, is a principal with them.  Tonight's show was:

This is a one man show dealing with the differences in men and women.  A great comedy that was the longest running one man show during it's run on Broadway.  This production had a very good actor, John Venable, from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

Tonight my date was Jimye Faye Baker.  Actually, this has been my companion for most activities the past couple of months.  Although we've known each other since around the second grade it has only been recently that we have gotten close.  Jimye has become a very important part of my life.  So, for my friends and followers who are interested, here is the lovely Jimye Faye: