In our wonderful Nextdoor Larkins Meadow online community, a neighbor, Terrie, gave us a reminder that's good for all of us to keep in mind. If your street light goes out, you need to call OG&E to report it: 800-522-6870. OG&E doesn't check them, so they depend on us to report when the lights are out. Thanks, Terrie!

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It's amazing to see the number of empty brochure boxes in the yards of home sellers around Shawnee. Why start a marketing task you know is going to end poorly? You're not exceeding expectations. When I see empty brochure boxes, my assumption is the real estate agent is too lazy to keep them stocked. My next thought is why use a method to attract attention to the listing and then have absolutely no way of tracking the lead for the...

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One day this week driving home I passed a spectacular display of spiraea in a front yard. So showy, I had to pull in their driveway and snap a picture. Spiraea was a favorite of my parents. Growing up in OBU faculty housing, I remember seeing them around the neighborhood. Seems they're more beautiful the more out of hand they get—like cascading waterfalls. Another flowering favorite is also the State Tree of Oklahoma: the redbud. I remember seeing them grow wild...

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