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.
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.