It’s raining in Red Fork!

This is the first time we’ve had rain since Christmas Eve, and we really need it. The back yard will probably get all muddy, and the dogs will track up the kitchen floor, but I don’t care. We need the rain more than I need a clean house. Especially since the frogs will be emerging in another month or so, and I don’t want the lack of moisture to drive them away.

Hooray for rain! Hooray for frogs! Hooray for us!



I didn’t spend a lot of time outside today. It was cold, I was busy, and it’s too dark now to see anything.

We had the owner of Harvest Solar Energy out today to look at our attic and figure out what it will cost to put in a solar attic fan, a radiant barrier and some more insulation.

On my way home from work today, I saw some birds sitting on a wire. I didn’t have my camera with me, so I couldn’t get a picture (plus I was driving by at 60 mph), but they looked sort of like this:


The weather has gotten cold today. The forecasts are talking about a chance of snow. I don’t like snow, but it’s so dry around here right now that I’ll take whatever I can get.

If it snows, I will take some pictures.



I spent most of this evening working on a mural painting project at Paintmaster, a body shop on Route 66 here in Tulsa. It’s not quite finished, but it’s getting closer. It’s been slow going, partly because I’ve been busy with other projects and haven’t had time to work on it as much as I’d like, and partly because I ran into some problems with the paint not wanting to cover the wall surface right.

Anyway, here are pictures of the work in progress:

1. Before I started:


2. Here are the oil company logos before I outlined them with black paint marker:

During 1

3. And after I outlined them. I’m always amazed at what a difference the outlines make. The images look cleaner and stand out more with the outlines.

During 2

4. Here’s another example of paint marker making a huge difference. Look at this sign in the first picture, and then look at it here. White paint markers are awesome for making images of neon signs look more realistic:

After detail

5. And here’s how it looked by the time I finished up tonight. Still lots of work to do, obviously — there will be a car on that road, the shield will say “Route 66,” and I’m going to add in the Paintmaster logo in the lower right-hand corner, among other things — but it’s looking much closer to being finished:


And here’s a project I did a while back, at the behest of my friend Jane, who was tired of looking at the worn, weathered condition of the old Shoe Tree sign in Stroud. When I asked the owners if I could paint a new sign for them, they asked me to do something a little fancier. This design was their suggestion:

Shoe Tree

I do a lot of stuff like this on the Mother Road, just for fun. Hopefully it helps the businesses a little bit.