...The Grass Grows...
...And the Water Flows...
My mother-in-law and I went to Carnegie, OK today to take care of some business at the Kiowa Tribal Complex. We decided to take a side trip to Saddle Mountain and check on the property her grandparents used to own and where she grew up.
The creek had flooded, causing the water to flatten the grasses. This is Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. The weather in Oklahoma City was stormy when we left, but by the time we outran the rain, Carnegie was sunny and warm with a nice gentle breeze. But, this IS Oklahoma...The saying is, "if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes". By the time we took some back-roads to Saddle Mt, the wind was picking up and the temperature dropped.
The property has been abandoned for while, it needs restoring. And thankfully the weather was still cool enough to keep the snakes in their hidey holes. The grasses are THICK and padded, and TALL, so I did not want to worry about tangling with a snake. The rattlers LOVE hot weather, so I was not worried about them, I was worried about cottonmouths (water moccasins) . Rattlers warn you, cottonmouths come AT YOU.
This property was an allotment given by the government when they deeded land to the Kiowas.
I gathered fallen branches and assorted wild grasses for my bunnies. The whole time, I am looking for cottontails. I found none. I did find evidence of a giant bunny...
GIANT Cecotropes...Just kidding. It's probably scat from some varmint. But it DOES look like a giant cecal cluster, right?
Saddle Mountain Baptist Church (trailer), butts up against the Kiowa Tribal cemetery. By the time we got there, which is about 1/2 a mile up the road from the house, the wind was trying to blow us to OZ and we were freezing! See that little white bowl almost center of the picture? Under that cluster of weeds is a rabbit warren/den. It's been there for years. It is nice to see they leave water out for the bunnies!
Found some bleached bones and brought them home for my son. You know boys...I believe they are from a deer, but it could have been a big dog. I am ALMOST CERTAIN (pretty certain...) that they are NOT human! Joshua says I be haunted for sure if they ARE human. My husband was joking with Josh about going with me and his grandmother to Cutthroat Gap, a place where his relatives were slaughtered, beheaded and their heads put into their water buckets. It is supposed to be haunted. Joshua asked WHY he would want to go to such a place and his dad told him, in his best faked Indian (Native American) accent "To gather Medicine". Sheesh...So...if these bones are human, oh what "medicine" that would be! When my husband's great grandfather Walter became a Christian, he took his "medicine" (his assortment of things, for lack of a better word, 'magical') and buried them in an unknown location. He was worried about the consequences of any of it getting into the wrong hands. Now THAT has to tell you something! What? Don't mess with the supernatural!
These hills are a part of the Wichita Mountain Range in Southwest Oklahoma, Fort Sill area.
Lots of these wind turbines all over these hills.
Grass grass grass, wild wheat, etc.
Mesquite branches, wild wheat and other wild grasses from the property, picked and served up to happy bunnies. Minnie ate some, then she got great big mouthfuls to carry around. She does that. She is weird. She sure loved the branches!
The bright green in the bowl is Sherwood Forest Natural Rabbit Food. It is VERY green and smells like tea!
Dem Bones Dem Bones Dem Dry Bones...
I couldn't catch them, they were so fast, but Joshua was holding that bone in the pen, and they were going nuts, trying to nibble and bite it and drag it out of his hand.
Dem bones dem bones dem dry bones...
...Now hear the word of the Lord!!!
Oh, man, I DO hope those are NOT human bones! And NO, I only put them in there for the picture. They DID want to keep them, though. Silleh Ebil Bunnehs!
As long as the wind blows, the grass grows and water flows, I will love Rabbits. I even realized that I want my grave marker to be a rabbit!