July 2, 2016, Enid- John Glaze and I have visited one another, back and forth, for about five years now- both online and in person. My latest stop in Enid found John going about his usual business: Mowing lawns, working out ideas about improving the back part of his house, and visiting with the Saturday morning crowd at da Vinci’s Coffee House, not far from his house.
John tended to the yards, front and back, first thing this morning, before the heat set in. I remained on the screened porch, for the time being.
John is justifiably proud of the garden spot.
He also showed me a couple of ceramic tiles, sent him by a mutual friend.
We went to Grand Avenue Cafe, Enid’s oldest restaurant, for a fine breakfast. Then, it was off to da Vinci Coffee House, for an hour or so, enjoying rich java and home made pastries, brought by a couple of the fine ladies who help comprise the Saturday morning gathering. The young couple who own this establishment were on hand to greet everyone, with a handshake and a hug, for regular and visitor, alike. We were regaled by the stories of a well-traveled local resident, who had been everywhere I mentioned, except Alaska. I
After da Vinci, John brought me over to an antique emporium, where I picked up just the right coral serving dish to gift my cousin, whom I would visit the following day, in southwest Missouri. We also went to a Catholic thrift store, where I was happy to visit the Chapel of St. Ann.
I didn’t have as many photos of this solid town, in Oklahoma’s northwest, as I might have. It all was part of being unobtrusive, and being a polite visitor. Being in John’s company is always a pleasure, though.
NEXT UP: Chief Joseph’s Memorial and Ponca City