About

Update! The name of the blog has changed. We have moved from rural Missouri to the Southwest Gulf Coast of Florida. It was always part of the grand plan. We are HAPPY!

I was born in BIG CITY, Missouri USA and raised in small town, Missouri USA. I was one of those little girls that loved horses, homeless kitties, and pups, played outside all day riding bikes, riding my horses, chasing down the ice cream truck, sledding the favorite places in the winter and driving the nuns crazy all through grade school and high school. But mainly it was all about horses. And cruising around town with my gal pals in our cars and hoovering cheeseburgers at the A&W and honking at other cruisers.

I married a guy my last year of college. I fell for that ROTC uniform. We began our married life with him learning how to be a good Second Lieutenant and my attempts at being a good officer’s wife. Instead I had my butt firmly planted in the saddle on the back of a horse most of the time.

I am, if you haven’t already gathered, horse crazy. Kitty crazy too. I love birds, flowers, lakes, oceans, mountains and cars. I also love to read. Books are dear to me. I am happiest when I am outdoors feeling the breeze, smelling the country air. And when we are lucky enough to head to Florida I love the smell of the ocean and the beach. I just enjoy taking in all that nature has given us.

I am also all about food. I LIKE to eat, talk about eating, read about it, cook it, smell it cooking, ask other people what they are eating and where and meet friends and family at our favorite places to EAT! And I love and appreciate Missouri’s sweet wines.

I love my Country Husband who isn’t really all that country. We are those city people turned country. Country Husband is a retired Army Officer and pilot and we are members of the “check of the month” club. Permanently retired! He is a wonderfully funny, kind, sensitive kind of guy with seemingly unlimited patience. We have been married 45 years and the patience has come in handy. I really LIKE him and that is a very good thing because when retirement comes along it is nice to know you really LIKE that person you chose for a lifetime. He spends his days maintaining our “Tiny Ten” acres. It may be small acreage but it takes quite a bit of work. I used to ask him what the heck he was going to do all day when he retired. He had no answer. Turns out he has a green thumb. He is a gardener.

While he gardens, I take pictures of things that make my heart happy. So, Country Husband, shoes, horses, flowers, landscape, barns, food, wine, birds, cats, ocean places, books, family, cars, the Tiny Ten and many more are reasons to snap happy. So, it’s all about pictures here at this blog with some words thrown in about living Under the Oaks.

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Thank you Isobel!

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Thank you Dianna!

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Thank you Just Ramblin’!

I truly appreciate the awards that have been given to me and thank all who thought of Under the Oaks for an award. I have decided since I am so terribly awkward and befuddled about awards and not able to follow the rules nor do them in a timely manner(PROcrastination) that it is best that I become an “award free” blog.

70 thoughts on “About

  1. Greetings UTO! I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog and all the photos. I was born in NYC and currently reside in Miami, but i’ve always dreamed of a life in the country 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    ~Nic

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  2. Like what I said in my reply to your comment, reading this page truly inspired me to settle in the province in the near future. You’re stories Under the Oaks keep my reasons (to live back in a rural environment) unclouded. I can’t wait for that day to happen already.

    Keep sharing your stories and the pictures of your paradisiacal place.

    p.s.

    I found your reason for marrying “your” man cute. I assume then that you have a thing for men in uniforms:-)

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    1. Welcome to Under the Oaks Sony! I hope you get your wish to settle in the province. Dreams do come true. Rural life is bliss for us, we have done the city thing and it wore us out. And yes, it seems I did have a thing for at least one man in a uniform but goodness that was almost 40 years ago!

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  3. It was your thoughtful comment on my post (that mentioned my Ma’s garden) that led me here. I too giggled at the ROTC uniform reference, haha! Your blog is just the kind that I like returning to, so I guess it’s fine if I follow? 😉

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am a country girl myself, raised on the rural Eastern Shore of MD, and I love the outdoors and birdwatching. I look forward to coming back to visit your blog!

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    1. Hello–I saw your reference to the Eastern Shore and had to pipe up. In the 60s and 70s, I spent much time visiting in St. Michael’s (well before it was discovered by the city folk). My aunt and uncle lived in a big ole house on the Miles River….

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  5. you’re definitely my kind of gal…educated by nuns…marrying your college sweetheart…in love with pets and mother nature…and award-shy…

    am in the midst of accepting an award…and spending hours trying to post about it…my, oh my…how do we do it all?…btw…hope 2012 has you counting your blessings…like king midas with his gold… 🙂

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  6. You have a very beautiful blog. I love photos of barns, birds, and the like, and your camera must be amazing.
    I also like your “award-free” blog thing; I was given the same award by two different bloggers, and the instructions for passing it on were completely different! I guess is like any other chain letter type of thing.

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  7. Oh my, a couple of things…

    Your “About” is wonderful. You are my kind of gal.

    I still have to nose around your blog and see your captures. I too, love being one with nature, my camera always at the ready, along with just about all the the other things you listed that make you happy.

    I wish I would have seen your little badge “Award Free Blog” before now. I have received several too and I, like you, don’t like to do all that usually comes with them. I appreciate the thought, but… I’m with your commenter Brenda above, they are like chain letters and I never do those either! I like the way you handled it having already received several yourself. I may follow suit and if you don’t mind, and post your badge on mine. I certainly wouldn’t do it without your permission of course. And, I’m a bird nut, so the badge is a perfect design too. Not to worry if you prefer I don’t, as I could make one of my own. ( – :

    I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It allowed me to find YOU! Off to nose around.

    Happy Sunday,

    Margie

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    1. Hi Margie! Nice to see you 🙂 It is always fun to meet and talk with someone that we share like things! I found you through E.C.’s blog. You were cracking me up in comments and I had to check out this person with the great sense of humor. By all means, absolutely take the Bluebird badge if you like. I borrowed it with permission back when I was blogging on Blogger. I loved it because the Bluebird is Misssori’s state bird. How dang convenient was that?

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  8. Don’t think I ever read your about page before, and I don’t know how I got here but it was a joy to read. I hear what you are saying about being award-free.
     
    And now I remember how I got here – it was a comment you made on my awards page. They are certainly well-intended and an honour, yet at the same time not to participate is very liberating indeed.
     
    Anyhow some of the barns posted here are delightful. Trust you are keeping well & happy blogging!

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    1. Good Morning Chris! Thank you so much for stopping by. Glad you find some of the barns “delightful”. I am all taken with the charm of barns and enjoying the Barn Charm Tuesdays. Awards~yep, they are an honor and very nice when someone thinks of my blog for one but I just get all flustered and befuddled by them 🙂

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  9. I have been following you, but somehow had never gotten around to the “about” page! Slacker that I am…I am discovering that blogging can occupy a lot of my time, but since I also am married to a retired Army National Guardsman, who also happened to retire from the railroad after 39 years), I am free to do what I love most…photograph anything I can find, sew quilt tops for kids for charity, and travel…not necessarily in that order! I always enjoy your posts!

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    1. Linda I know! How lucky we are 🙂 CH retired from the military and then from a second career in banking. Shoot I am just happy to have the health care!! Life is good! Makes me smile to hear you enjoy my posts. Blogging sucks up way too much time and I would rather read other people’s blogs and comment than get a post up of my own 😉 I was very happy to find your blog and enjoy our Missouri connection!

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  10. Just stopping by to say hello and THANKS for visiting Sam’s blog this morning to honor Isobel and her “remembrance day”…….I see you around various blogs I visit but hadn’t taken time to visit YOURS – and I’m sorry I haven’t….I love hearing about you and your happy life. I was an “Air Force Brat” growing up and know about the military life. My Dad was from St. Joe, MO (as he used to say). My hubby and I have been retired for several years now and enjoy things we didn’t have much time for when we worked – travel, gardening, reading, writing and of course waiting hand and foot on our Sammy the Ginger Boy ;). I’m signing up to be a follower of yours – I’m sure I’ll be mighty glad I did! Happy Sunday………………..

    Pam (and Sam of course)

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  11. Just wanted to say…you are missed. And I know what you mean about being “befuddled” about awards. I’ve yet to accept a few because of all that entails…especially the technical stuff. Hurry back! hugs… 🙂

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    1. Good Morning! Thank you so much for your visit and good words. My brain is empty when it comes to my blog lately and I have been feeling like I have said all I have to say. I have been blogging somewhere since 2003! Awards, befuddling me since I started blogging.. :)Take care!

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  12. Oh I am so happy to meet and another horse nut… they were are still are a huge part of my life and I blog about them often.. I am joining in you from 5 facts friday and hope that some time you can look in on me and my Farrier husband. wonderful blog

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    1. Hello Jolynn! I am happy to meet you.. 🙂 I just visited your blog and I am going to go back after I approve your comment. I don’t want to disappoint you, I am a horse nut for sure and love to talk all things horse but I haven’t been horsing much lately. I still ride here and there but I have some cardiac issues and my stamina isn’t the best. I will read about your horses and horsing and enjoy it.. 🙂 Your Hubby is a Farrier! Wonderful! Where would horse people be without the Farrier’s super skills? Thank you for the visit and the follow!

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  13. 39 years. That’s amazing. And you make retirement sound wonderful 🙂 As for eating, I love it. Unfortunately I can’t cook, but I’m with someone who can! i didn’t know it at the time when we decided to join forces but it was a wonderful surprise. And thank goodness otherwise I would starve.

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    1. TBM retirement is not all wonderful. I am having all sorts of trouble adjusting to CH, The Husband, being home ALL the DANG day! I love him but I thought he would go out and play a few rounds of golf. I swear until he hurt his back back in early June I hadn’t put gas in my vehicle since he retired for the second time in 2007. Don’t think I kid.. 😯 He is a good cook and I am a comfort food cook. We love our food. I have a day all to myself tomorrow. He has to go to St. Louis to take his Mom to the Dr. Ima party I think.. 😀

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      1. I love comfort food–I’m addicted really. I do wonder how I’ll feel when the better half retires. I have many years to get TBH involved in some activities that are outside the home 🙂 Fishing will be a good one. Need to move next to a river or lake. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thank you! Consider yourself welcomed.. 🙂 We have had bluebirds in that tree but the hole in that box is too small for them. We do have about 8 bluebird houses out and about though. I used textures on the header photo.. 🙂 To have had a bluebird in that picture would have made me delighted beyond words! It was great to see you post! No pressure.. 😀

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      1. I had heard bluebirds were picky about bird boxes. A true “birder” likely would have known the one in your photo was not right for bluebirds. Fun learning things. And all birds need homes.

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  14. I just realized that I never clicked on your “about me”, either!!! You are definitely someone I am delighted to know. 40 years married? Me, too!!!!! This year will be 41. Where have the years gone??

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  15. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your comments on my blog. You are set to “No Reply” so I couldn’t comment back. Anyway I think you sound like a really FUN person. Just got through signing up for updates via e-mail so I can always get your posts. Have a great day. Ida

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    1. Hi Sonia! I browsed your blog a bit and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thank you for your visit! Thank you also for following. I will be adding you to my Feedly reader or checking to see if you have a way for me to follow. Love your rural pictures. I am glad you found me too, because now I have met you and can enjoy your blog!

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      1. Good morning!
        I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog! I have a great pleasure visiting “Under The Oaks”!!
        Love so much your photos and your words too!
        I’ve adding you on my Inoreader to see your updates and on my blogroll too.
        Have a happy weekend! 🙂

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    1. Hello there McGuffy Ann! Thank you so much for stopping by. I don’t know if I am going to keep blogging. I feel like my blogging has run its course and I don’t have much interesting things to blog about. CH and I live a fairly boring life and I have been blogging since 2003 on several different blogging platforms. Of course just when I am sure I am done I get the urge to throw a blog up there. Also have not touched my camera for quite a bit. I am trying to stay connected on FB and I would really like to keep my Instagram up but I need to GO places and do interesting stuff to make that happen! Our life is a little crazy right now and I have been dealing with health issues since early September. My heart just isn’t in it right now. Probably more here than you cared to hear about.. 🙂 Can’t tell you how much it means that you stopped by!

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    1. Good Morning! CH and I both got excited over your video and I actually got teary (the good kind) when I heard you say to your husband, “nice landing”. CH hasn’t flown but a few times since he retired in 1995. I think he got flying out of his system. He golfs and gardens now. I am feeling better.. the really bad things turned out not to be bad but there is still an issue to deal with. I am scared but I am going to deal with it. Until it needs to be taken care of, I am going to enjoy every moment of November! I am tickled to connect with you and you have inspired me to get out there with my phone, or inside with my phone, and click some pictures for IG. Your IG is a wonderful treat and so is your blog!

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        1. I just need to get back in blogging mode.. or not. Maybe IG will be enough. I get overwhelmed with blogging.. my little brain can handle just so much.. 😀 Thank you so much for the thoughts and prayers.. it means so much. My issue is not all that serious but my heart issues make dealing with it more complicated. It will all work out.. 🙂

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    1. Hi Don. Thank you for the visit. My blog is really just a bit of fluff and not much substance. I am definitely not a writer and while I know some BIG words I just type my posts with words that are comfortable to me and I like to take pictures. Your comment today at Nancy’s just made me want to meet you and I am glad I did. I am a very inconsistent blogger with a big dose of PROcrastination. When I visited your blog this morning it made me want to get out there with my camera and get a post up… that happens to me when I visit new blogs I know I am going to enjoy visiting.

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  16. I’m visiting to say Happy Thanksgiving to you. Have you stopped posting? I hope not – your photos and words are worth sharing. It’s such a busy time of the year, isn’t it? I often go on blog break about mid-December. Anyway, I hope you and your husband enjoy the upcoming holidays.

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    1. Good Morning, Barb! Yes, I think I am done with blogging… but never say never. Do you have an Instagram account? Your pictures are so beautiful. I have an IG account but don’t do much on there… yet. Blogging took more energy than I had for now. Take care and have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season!

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        1. Kate thank you so much for this visit. I think it all started when I lost my desire to pick up my big girl camera. This blog was about my pictures with a few (or more) words. But the burnout is real for clicking pictures. I have been enjoying the less structured, fly by the seat of my pants posting on FB and Instagram. I would much rather read other people’s post and comment than get a post up of my own. I just feel like I have said it all… 🙂 Love your words filled with humor!

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  17. It’s so nice to meet you, UTO! I am Stephanie from north Alabama. I grew up on about 200 acres and now live on 1.06!

    We will be celebrating our 19th anniversary this June (yay!) if we can find a place to send our precocious dear daughter.

    I am also horse-crazy. Since we had a big place for them, I grew up around cows and horses. I nearly talked my peers to death about horses when I was 10 and got a pony. I miss riding so much.

    Hope to talk more soon. I found your blog from Beth Ann C’s post.

    Blessings,
    Stephanie

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    1. Hello Stephanie! So sorry it took me so long to free your comment. I haven’t been doing any blogging and my blogging days seem to keep coming to an end so I don’t make it to the blog often. I had a comment from a longtime blogger friend this morning and saw your comment. Thank you so much for your visit. I have a good blogger friend from Grant, Alabama. We actually got to meet each other when we stopped in Grant on our way down to Florida. Always nice to meet another horse crazy person! 200 acres is a lot of acres. We have trouble keeping up with 10. I am going to make a visit to your blog later today… 🙂

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      1. Hi there! Thanks for the great comment. We live near Grant. Could you send me a link to your blogger friend’s site? I was a part of a nice blogging group in Huntsville, and they must have lost interest because they hardly ever post on the FB page any more. :-p

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          1. It looks like she hasn’t written anything since 2013, but I really like her photography. I’ll be attending a writer’s conference in June and am looking forward to learning more things about blogging. It’s a lot of work, but I really enjoy hearing from people from all over the world!

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