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By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 14
~ Scissortail ~ Marilyn Monroe Moment The Scissortail is Oklahoma's State Bird. I caught this one's "Marilyn Monroe Moment" and tailwind recovery on the perimeter of a pasture on GlenMar Ranch in Caddo, Oklahoma. _____________________ I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Le...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 35
We were celebrating Sue Simpson's 89th birthday at the Caddo Cafe when the tornado siren went off. Sue is the matriarch of GlenMar Ranch in Caddo. The Caddo Cafe has a television in one corner, and we all looked up as the newsman announced that a tornado had touched down west of us in Tishomingo...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 28
Dogwoods in bloom on GlenMar Ranch, Caddo, Oklahoma   ___________________ I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage Lender. NMLS #223495SUNSTREET MORTGAGE llc ~ Mortgage Bankers, Not Brokers!Offices in Scottsdale, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ, and Albuquerque, NM. Reach me any time on my Bla...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 28
Friday afternoon the Colonel picked me up at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.  Tucson was cold when I boarded the plane at 6:45 a.m., much colder than it had been only a day ago.  It was raining in Dallas when we landed, but as we drove up Interstate 75 and crossed the Red River into Okl...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 36
The crescent moon and the morning star were visible in the eastern sky when I started my morning walk at 5:55 a.m. today.  There was something unusual in the way the clouds scudded past, pushed by a brisk westerly wind, and the sunrise was spectacular. I'm used to a vivid pallette in my hometown...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 9
                    Taffy is an ususual name for a working ranch bull.  That's what happens when you let a five year old name your animals.  Kristin named Taffy.  Yesterday I tricked him out in his new bright orange fly tags so he could impress the ladies.  That red tag in his left ear is his nu...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 21
Lenn Harley got to laughing at me "working cows."  I told Bessie here, and she took exception.  I shoulda' had video with a sound track!  (You can imagine what she's saying!) We had a lightning show the first night we were here (Saturday) and I got a lucky shot of one of the clouds backlit by a b...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 25
This was our sunset this evening.  The location is GlenMar Ranch in Caddo, OK.  My Darlin' and I come out here every April, and have been doing so since 1996.  Working cows is so unlike everything I do the rest of the year that it's a vacation to work the spring roundup. It used to take us more ...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 19
You're looking at history.  The creekbed is solid limestone, a layer geologists call the Goodland layer.  It runs through the GlenMar Ranch in Caddo, OK.My Darlin' and I spent a day together, walking the creek, looking carefully at the limestone beneath our feet.  It had just rained the night bef...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 5
No one has written a history of the rock post.  They anchor barbed wire fences on most of the ranches in southeastern Oklahoma.  This post on your left is a typical rock post along Route 22 between Caddo & Kenefic.The Colonel isn't a typical rancher.  He's made his rock posts into works of art, a...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 9
Pastures in Southeastern Oklahoma are full of rocks.  Ancient rocks, actually.  There's one layer of rock called Kiamichi.  Pieces of the layer are laying in the pasture there on your left.  Look closely, and you'll see fossilized oyster shells from way back when.  The entire place used to be at ...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 9
Southeastern Oklahoma is blooming with color by the beginning of the third week of the month.  That's when my Darlin' and I visit GlenMar Ranch in the little town of Caddo, OK.  My friend the Colonel (pronounce that KerNel if you're not a military type) spends many hours during this period of spr...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 24
Mike in Tucson will be less visible on the blogosphere for the next ten days.  I'll be working cattle. "Well, who will you get to help work cattle in the spring?"  I put the question to my friends Dick and Olivia in early 1995.  Dick, having retired from the Air Force, had decided to ramrod a cow...

By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
Comments 7
 Southeastern Oklahoma is home to some very rocky soil.  Ranchers anchor their long barbed wire fencelines with "rock posts" because it's a whole lot easier than sinking anchor posts.It's cheaper, too.  You don't have to buy the rocks; you just pick them up.My friend Dick Carson in Caddo has take...

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