Burgers, Babies, Ponies and Puppies …

We went on an adventure last weekend.

The structure you see in the background is what is left of the arena that used to be on my grandparent’s place.

We headed down to Southeastern Oklahoma around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and met most of my family members at the Ringold Cafe. Dining at the Ringold Cafe is a family tradition. I’ve been going there for at least 30 years. I also believe they have the best burgers in the world. I could go on and on about these burgers, just trust me when I say that these burgers aren’t fancy, but they are are pretty much perfect.

I don’t know why there is a table full of Crockpots, but it is an impressive collection.

I always like to see my cousins’ kids when I go home.

This is Sadie. She loves horses and puppies. She is the newest member of my family.

This is Hayzn and Laykn. My cousins and I all learned to play pool at the Ringold Cafe. So, the tradition continues.

This was taken moments before my cousin and I read the huge sign on the wall that said, “please do not set your babies or small children on the pool table.” We are such rebels.

The big news of this trip is that Nathan and I recently made the life-changing decision to get puppy. We threw caution to the wind and thumbed our nose at sleeping through the night and picked up Annie from my cousins Jamey and Julie who live in my hometown. Never mind those sub zero temperatures and potty training duties at night, we need a puppy to make things a little more interesting around here.

My cousin Jamey and his wife Julie just recently moved up to my grandparent’s old place to live.

Jamey does many of the same things I used to see my grandpa do all the time — like feeding horses.

I also found a great VW van. It reminds me of Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine.

Between the burgers, the kids and the horses, we finally met Annie. She is 1/3 Rhodesian Ridgeback, 1/3 Catahoula and 1/3 Australian Shepherd. I also believe she is 1/3 Great White Shark because she has very sharp teeth and you never know when she is going to attack.

She may look a little scared in this picture, but it didn’t take long for her to get us right where she wants us. She has taken over the dining room and our hearts.


  1. Gail Woolsey

    Love the story. As I set here laughing about the Great White Shark. She does look like she has taken over quite nicely. You’ll really think Shark when she starts on the furniture.

  2. Paula

    Jamey reminds me so much of Buster. The way he lays when he sleeps is Buster made over. I’m glad they have moved up there…the place will come back to life! Love ya sweetie….glad you got a new dog! Springer turned 15 this Christmas!

  3. Gail Woolsey

    Misti I must add that this is the second Rodeo Arena your Grandfather owned. The Valliant A.S.S. Association was located at Valliant , Which sto0d for Altenbaumer, Stuart & Songer, the stock was financed by the now infamous Banker who owned the Blue Dolly Truck. That of course is another old picture in it’s self. He built the one in the mountains later and was not used quite as much as the Valliant Arena. Which was used by, Sonny Victor, Steve Slack and other famous ropers.

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