It's been a couple of weeks and I've been off gallivanting again. A few days after Dan and I got back from Red Cloud, I hopped a plane and went to visit my friend Pamela who lives in a suburb just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pamela and I go way back. I can't even recall the exact moment when we met in high school, but our friendship solidified during third period study hall when we would sneak off to the cafeteria and buy Cheetos and chocolate pudding from the vending machines. That was back when they sold that kind of thing in the high school cafeteria and considered it lunch.
We packed so much into my three day visit and did all the stuff we would do together if we lived closer. Target, Starbucks, talking, sharing recipes, talking, Hobby Lobby, sharing stories, sitting in our robes until late morning and talking, pedicures, watching The Good Wife together. I swear, in the evening it was like we hit the 'pause' button, went to bed, and woke up the next morning to pick up where we left off! Pam's husband, Jim, is a gem, but even he couldn't have kept up with us, so he left town for the weekend;)
We also spent a gorgeous, beautiful afternoon at The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. An Italian Renaissance villa on 23 acres, it was built by oilman Waite Phillips in 1927, as a home for his wife and two children. In 1938, Phillips gave the house and grounds to the city of Tulsa to use as an art center. (According to friends, he build the place so his children would have a place to entertain their friends. I guess, once the kids moved out, the place just seemed too big for him and the "Mrs." -- LOL!)
The mansion is filled with all kinds of artwork. It is absolutely beautiful. We also enjoyed walking the grounds. It was such a lovely fall afternoon.
I'm so glad to have my friend just an hour flight away, versus the four-hour flight to the East coast where she lived for the past 20 years! There are many adventures ahead for the two of us!