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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

I forgot that I had this category entitled "Feelin' Good Wednesday" so I figured, "Hey. It's Wednesday. I'm feelin' good. Why not?" So here we are. Wednesday. The last week has been a ridiculous ride of graduations (Congratulations, nephew! I'm so proud of you, Kyle! I'll be posting pictures of that event soon!) and seeing my entire family, traveling to Oklahoma for one of the most fun times I've had in a while, and losing my makeup bag. THE ENTIRE MAKEUP BAG. This is particularly stressful because I'm carrying a little extra baggage under my eyes and it is not like carrying around some Louis Vuitton luggage. Makeup people out there? If you can spare an extra foundation, blush, eyeliner, eye shadow, etc... please send it to me because I cannot afford to replace all that stuff. Do you need to know my skin coloring? Here. I'm the Mocha one in the middle.


No, not like a reverse Oreo. Like a Zero candy bar. I hope you get that joke and laugh as much as I am right now.

Speaking of food (weren't we?), I have eaten a metric ton of junk in the last few weeks and need a really good detox. We didn't have enough time for The Pioneer Woman to cook me one of her famous meals, but we enjoyed a wine and cheese tray so I feel like I've done my part to encourage CULTURE and I'm ok with that. Ree and I were taping a show while I was there and we got to discuss shoes. Our giddiness over the topic got a little out of hand when we decided to start naming shoes. Instead of "red pumps" we might have named them something like "Lola" (because whatever Lola wants, know the rest) and a pair of pink metallic stilettos that could kill a buffalo with one whack to the head that we named "Hollywood". I think they look like shoes that one would wear to a poker game. One who might just have the nickname of "Hollywood" or one who has maybe been to Hollywood and has seen A GOOD TIME.


Instead of the obligatory plane shot, I thought it would be fun to see the shadow of the plane on the ground. Incidentally, I'm not fond of flying so the ground is really appealing when I'm in an enormous flying machine suspended in the air.

All I can say about Ree's Ranch is holy-incredible-lots-of-green-acres-and-wild-mustangs! Everything was beautiful and relaxing and calm and I needed the R & R just before I make a huge decision. If I haven't mentioned it here it's because I'm so nervous about the whole thing that I don't want to jinx it. In any case, I bought a house. A lovely, darling, well-kept, cute almost-everything-on-my-wishlist house that is just making me weak in the knees. I close on the house this Friday so I was sure to take one of those barf bags off the airplane with me because I'm pretty sure that signing all that paperwork is going to make me hurl.

But, back to the ranch. Here it is in the morning light. In case you ever go visit Ree and her Marlboro Man's ranch you should be warned about this: you will wake up singing "Morning Has Broken" and you won't be able to get it out of your head for the rest of the day.


Heaven is not, in fact, Iowa. It is Oklahoma. Right here.

No trip is complete without your rental car breaking down when you're with Lisa Stone of BlogHer. I mean it. You must try to swerve and miss every road kill carcass on the highway and then inadvertently run over a piece of metal which blows out your tire. And then you must pull off the road in front of a house where a guy named Larry rushes to your aid and grabs the extra tire and the jack and does it himself. You just MUST. It's an adventure if you don't! You must also bring Larry a case of root beer and some vanilla ice cream so he can be rewarded with root beer floats!


As part of your adventure, you must covertly snap a picture of Lisa, she of the BlogHer fame, while she gets down on ground to supervise Root Beer Larry.

Suffice to say, the time spent at the ranch was wonderful and a much needed rest for me. The end of the school year is nigh and doing my usual Whirling Dervish routine becomes, as usual for me, a bit tiresome. With all that the last year has brought (and even some of 2010!) I am ready for a break, a rest, a new direction, an unexpected sunrise, and love. I'm completely ready to let love rule. Or as Lenny Kravitz says, "Leeeeeet loooooooove ruuuuuule." I am devoted to being a happy person, saying YES to everything, and finding beauty in anything I am allowed to lay my eyes upon.


These teacups at the ranch were just so dainty and pretty that I couldn't help but capture their stillness.

So, get ready 2010. I hope you're prepared for the awesomeness that I expect from you. There is a break in the clouds for me and some sun is shining through right smack down on top of me. The universe is being kind and it would be foolish not to accept it.


Morning has broken. Indeed.

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Your happiness is infectious. So I will forgive you for putting that infernal song in my head.

(looks like an amazing time)

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren/Chookooloonks

all this is good stuff. love seeing happy posts from you chica.

the picture of the Lisa and Root Beer Larry... why is it that my first thought was... "is she trying to hear the ocean in that tire?"

if so, awesome

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfuriousball

You seemed like you had a great time and you deserve it! Glad I'm going to be around for some of those happy times!!!!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeLaMi

Trip sounds wonderful. Especially the shoe part. I think giving them individual names is a lot nicer than what I do which is basically label them all "hooker shoes." So generic. Lola? Personalized.

So glad you got a break--you certainly deserve one after all the madness.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

Oh. My. Gosh. I am having a Hermione Granger in Harry Potter III moment: "Does my hair really look like that from the back?!"

On to more important things, like how frightened I was that Root Beer Larry's head would be crushed by the woefully inadequate jack in our rental car. It's too bad you don't have audio of my voiceover: "Um, Larry? I'm really REALLY REALLY afraid this thing is going to come down on your head and your mother is watching out the window and please please can't I just call Triple-A and Kelly you better not be photographing me." How I missed five dead armadillos and hit the dang sawed-off washer is beyond me.

As for you, La Mocha, I have to say, you are one talented lady -- in text or on video. Bravo. That was so much fun. Let's do it again. Next time we bicycle from Tulsa to the ranch.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Stone

Glad sunny skies are coming.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Wait, let's get back to the part where you lost your entire bag of makeup? Yeah, that would represent a tidy investment disappearing for me too (brushes alone...!)

and then you were at THE RANCH?? With Lisa?? That soooo makes up for the makeup bag :)

just lubs you mocha one of many sweet delights :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeannie

I can see it now! Glad you had a good time.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterscout

Sounds like a great time - the ranch looks gorgeous!! Best of luck with your new home - signing all those papers can be a little nerve racking - but it will be well worth it in the end!

And total bummer about the makeup - it is crazy how expensive it is! And it is one of those products that probably costs the manufacturer pennies to make - and they charge us the big bucks for it!

Have a great day!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Dang. That flat tire looks like more fun than the time she tried to get us arrested and we were stopped by a HOT cop. Ms Stone is going to have to do better the next time she picks me up at the airport.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Yay!!! It looks so awesome and I'm trying not to be super jealous but I AM. But I am more HAPPY for you. That's all great!! Good luck on the house. That would make me hyperventilate, so you are handling it basically as well if not better than I would.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Barry lost me for the whole rest of the post because the idea of losing ALL your makeup? Yeah, that stops me in my tracks.

When I had to leave my cross-dressing husband, A LOT of my friends stepped up and sent me new makeup (or even gently used makeup that they knew they'd never use) because I'M THE GIRL (yeah there's a long story there). So I'd like to pay it forward and if you'd like to email me your address, I'd love to send you some things. I'm a pasty redhead so I'm little to no help with foundation, but I am certain I can find plenty of other things to send you in my enormous box of makeup (and/or in my local Sephora that I love to shop in but I'm running out of things I "need")...

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

You experience so much and know just how to welcome in life and all its beautys. I love you auntie! Keep on writing. By the way, I got the Oreo/Zero candy bar joke. You are so funny.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenneth Jamison

Sorry about the tragic loss of all your makeup. I don't know what I'd do if that happened to me.

The ranch trip sounds fantastic. Glad you had the chance to take a break.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Jane

I got the joke and you made me giggle so much!

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLu

Dang! I never knew you wore make up!

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTom

Love these pictures! Espercially the plane and coffee cup :)

May 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnah

Embrace the days of good fortune, Mocha Momma! So very happy for you!

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRD

Your reverse oreo picture gave me a giggle too! I loved your pics of the Ranch. I too, get to visit Ree. Very soon! And I am beyond excited. And can't wait to blog about it. I think I will be singing "almost heaven..... Oklahoma" (or was that West Virginia? matter I will be singing Oklahoma.)

June 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila

You are so funny. The kids at school must love having you for a teacher. You have four kids? How do you fit it all in? I have two and feel like most of the time I'm drowning in laundry, homework, work, life.

Busy lady! Root beer Larry cracked me up!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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