Thursday, January 09, 2020

Cowboy Cafe in Elk City, Oklahoma

We stopped at the Oklahoma Welcome Center on I-40 on our way back to Tennessee from New Mexico. The representative there suggested Cowboy Cafe in Elk City for lunch. I told her we wanted a local restaurant within 40 miles or so that served home cooked meals. We also wanted it to be near the interstate.
The Cowboy Cafe met all the requirements that I laid out. These are the photos of our meal and the check. In addition to these entrees they serve breakfast all day. 
This is the Open Roast beef. It is a pile of shredded roast beef that is covered in brown gravy. I got the mashed potatoes and fried okra. It came with a roll and margarine. The okra came piping hot and the plate was lukewarm. It all had a good flavor. Im a huge okra fan and will say that this was my favorite part of the meal. 
Hubby ordered the patty melt. He said it was served piping hot and the cheese well melted. He also said it was flavorful without being overly greasy like some he's had. This came with a salad bar or choice of potato. 

He opted for the salad bar (which I forgot to photograph). It is small but had most of the bases covered. There was iceberg lettuce, boiled eggs, cheese, sunflower seeds, croutons, pickles and pickled okra as well as 5-7 other toppings. 

This is our ticket. We paid just over $20 for two before tip. Two unsweet iced teas rounded out our meal.

Cowboy Cafe is off I-40, exit in Elk City, Oklahoma. It is in the America's Best Choice hotel. The large parking lot had plenty of space for travel trailers, RVs, horse trailers and the like.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

How Much Does Moving Actually Cost Here's the Truth

While the thrill of moving from one home to another can take over your every waking thought - with visions of new memories, interior decorations, and a new neighborhood to explore dominating your concentration - there is so much more that goes into the moving process if you want to make it a seamless one. 
Moving boxes
You need to research areas you’d like to reside in, including school districts if you have children, what appliances or furniture you’ll need for your new home, and ultimately, if there will be any upfront maintenance or construction to take care of. 
And do you know what all these things have in common? They cost money. Moving can be a huge investment. But, how much exactly? 
Here’s a look at what types of costs to consider when budgeting for your move. 
Factors That Influence Your Move
To be perfectly honest, there’s never going to be a precise, down-to-the-penny number you can expect to see when it comes to total moving costs. There are so many different factors to take into consideration when it comes to budgeting your upcoming move. 
Here are some of the elements, among others, that can influence how much you’ll need from your piggy bank when moving:

  • Are you making a long-distance move or moving a few towns over?
  • Are you planning to rent or own your new place?
  • Are you bringing your car with you or are you planning to take public transportation? Similarly, do you need to pay for parking where you move?
  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms are you looking for?
  • How many people are you moving with?
  • Are you hiring movers or thinking of doing everything yourself? 
As you can see, there are a ton of components that influence the moving process and costs associated with that move. Organization is key when it comes to a seamless move. 
Do research into any potential hidden fees with moving and keep a folder of all the factors that will ultimately impact your move, so you can keep track of your finances and start painting a clear picture of what your move will look like. 
Let’s Talk About the Numbers
While final costs will be contingent upon your geographic location, the number of belongings you have, the time of year you’re planning to move, and a few other items, on average you can expect your move to cost anywhere between $500 to $1,400. The lower cost can be attributed to a one-bedroom apartment, while the highest price point is factoring in a multi-bedroom home. 
Here are some other prices you should anticipate when it comes to moving: 

  • Renting a small moving truck costs about $50.00, while a large truck can cost up to $2,000 for a long-distance move.
  • Hiring a moving company for a short distance move can range anywhere from $80.00 to $100.00 for an hour.
  • To hire a full-service moving company for a local move, it’ll cost an estimated $900.00, while a cross-country move could run you about $10,000.
  • In order to rent a moving container, it is about $250.00 and about $4,500 for a large container for a cross-country move.
Moving day
While all these numbers may seem daunting, just remember they are merely estimates and pricing can be higher or lower depending on your specific needs. And never forget the end-goal in this scenario: a new, beautiful home for you to enjoy!
Whether you’re moving to a new neighborhood or simply upgrading to a larger apartment in your own building complex, moving can be a truly exciting time in one’s life. Once you appropriately budget for the costs and get settled into your new place, you won’t even think twice about moving costs. 

You’ll simply be looking around with a smile on your face and satisfied that you are in between the four walls that you happily wanted to be in.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

My daughter will love the Cosyland Diaper Bag Backpack

Hi All! My daughter is going to love the Cosyland diaper bag backpack that I got her. This is my first baby gift to her for my first grandchild. I wanted something that would hold the goods, be durable and look nice. This diaper bag backpack fits the bill! Now, I can't just give her a diaper bag. I had to fill it for her too. That's how I know that the bag will hold everything she needs.

It's versatile enough to be carried as a handbag, backpack or on a stroller. The exterior of the bag is stain resistant. Dirt should only need to be wiped off. I really like the USB charging capability (battery pack not included) and the insulated pouches/pockets that Cosyland included. Those are valuable touches that any mom (or dad) is going to need.

 Here's my video on it and more photos below.
What do you think of the bag?

Can you believe all the baby gear it holds? I think she will adore it. The bag was under $30 on Amazon at