Life is full of serendipitous moments. You answer a call out on Twitter, and suddenly, you’re having coffee with some of the nicest Oklahoma bloggers out there. A year or two later, you ask one of them, a gardener, if she’d mind you taking photos of her. You’ve become good friends through Facebook, Twitter, email etc., and she says yes.
So, lucky me, I got to visit Marie’s animal menagerie and veggie garden. Where else would guinea hens, chickens, a gaggle of geese, a beautiful paint horse called Chanta, a blue and gold Macaw named Pacino and a teenaged buffalo named Chunk-Hi, but called Chunk, all live happily together? At the Lazy W Ranch, of course! Marie is supremely good at keeping everyone happy.
There are even llamas, a mommy, a daddy, and baby makes three.
Marie interviewed me and wrote about our adventure on her lovely, fun and eclectic blog. She is a true Oklahoma girl, an artist, well versed in the Sooner State. I also discovered Marie is Pottawatomie. I have some Cherokee from my maternal great-grandmother too. You almost can’t hail from Oklahoma without a bit of tribal blood running through your veins. Maybe we have a little red dirt in there too.
Marie made smoothies with watermelon, cantaloupe, honey and mint. Yum. We also ate boiled eggs from her hens. There is nothing like eggs from your own chickens.
We finished our visit with a trip to Tony’s Tree Plantation. I rarely get out there because it’s so far south. I bought a couple of coleus I don’t have–couldn’t resist–along with a variegated canna for one of the containers on the deck. In a week or so, I’m going to take pics as Marie and a friend capture a wild bee swarm. She’s stopping by here too before a beekeeper meeting. She may entice me to keep honeybees too. You never know. Isn’t life exciting?
Writing a book is hard. Laughing and talking with Marie was a respite from my self-enforced, daily word count. I feel recharged today, and that’s a very good thing. You never know where the roads of social media will take you. On the news, we hear about the bad, but I’m telling you the Internet takes good care of me. Just make sure you know the person well before you meet them. Oh, and since I don’t date that helps too. LOL!
Life is full of serendipity. Don’t forget to grab the gold ring when you can.