We really do exist here. You don’t see us much though. Often the ‘childfree’ people in Altus fall into the following categories:
1. We don’t ever want to have kids.
2. We don’t want to have kids just yet.
3. We recently lost a pregnancy, and may feel uncomfortable around other people’s kids.
4. We can’t have kids. Period.
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Not sure what to do this weekend in Altus?
Are you more of a nurturer, a wanderer, a volunteer, or the life of the party? Whether you typically stay-at-home, or spend your weekends on the road, let me help you find a weekend activity that aligns with your personality and interests.
Take the new interactive quiz and answer ten different ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. Then leave a comment and let me know what you got!
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If you enjoy hiking and being outdoors then you may be surprised to find that there’s more to see than cotton fields. Less than an hour from Altus is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, and the Elk Mountain Trail, featuring scenic views of the area.
Elk Mountain is a weekend opportunity to get outdoors and stay active. Kids will enjoy this short hike, and it’s very well marked so you don’t have to worry much about getting lost along the way.
This trail is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your best buddy along on a leash, and prepare to have a tired dog on the ride home.
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Hey there! My name is Kimberly Blankenstein, and I own and maintain the Life in Altus website, and operate the related social media accounts. I moved to Altus in the Spring of 2016, but I passed through town four other times, while my husband was TDY for training at Altus Air Force Base. My husband Dave and I currently live off base with our two Australian Shepherds, Skylar (5) and Kylie (1).
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Well, I may have been raised in Northern California and pronounce ‘pecan’ like ‘pee-kahn’ but I still appreciate a good old slice of traditional Southern style pecan pie.
Yes, I’ve got a strange vocabulary mix, by the way. So, for the record, I love ‘Carra-mel’ candies, I drink ‘Soda,’ and I drizzle ‘Sear-up’ over my pancakes. Let’s move along now…
Nuts About Pecans!
Pronunciation confession aside, I love pecans. Pecans are incredibly versatile nuts! You can coat them in sugar and cinnamon, or turn them into delicious little bars with shortbread crusts. For the holiday season I’ve been collecting highly-praised pecan related recipes to try, and just in case you’re a pecan aficionado, I figured I’d share the links. I’ve organized these pecan based recipes, by course.
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Geographic bachelor-ing (or “geo-baching”) is an unofficial slang term used when, for whatever reason, a military family chooses to have their family or spouse live in a different location from the service member.
Commonly, in these scenarios, a military spouse is enrolled in school or has a successful enough career they don’t want to lose, and this commitment takes them away from the base their serving spouse is assigned to. For these reasons, I know a few Air Force wives who don’t live in Altus –and more power to them for making it work. It isn’t an easy decision, but for some, living apart is the best option.
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If you’re in the military and you’re TDY or permanent party assigned to Altus Air Force Base, then you likely have this weekend off to spend with family and friends. We thank you for your service, and hope you can use one of these Veterans Day offers this weekend in Altus.
Free Meals and Veteran Discounts – Altus
Applebee’s – is offering a free meal to military veterans and active duty, from a select menu tomorrow, November 11th. See website for details. Applebee’s is located in Altus at 3501 North Main Street.
Billy Sims BBQ – has announced that they will give military veterans a free meal and a collectors cup on Saturday 11/11/17. Billy Sims can be found at 1126 North Main Street in Altus, OK.
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October 15th is recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which includes, but is not limited to: miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and the death of a newborn. Part of my goal this year is to spread awareness and participate in the Lights of Love International Wave of Light, a worldwide lighting of candles that encompasses and spans the globe at 7:00 p.m. (local time). This will be my first year participating.
Candles are lit around the world, in all time zones at 7:00 p.m. and they remain lit for exactly 1 hour. As the candles are extinguished at 8:00 p.m., the next time zone is lighting their candles. The wave of light continues as a symbol of the love of our children filling the world.
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Fall is just around the corner here in Altus.
Get your lederhosen ready for the Tulsa Oktoberfest! Pumpkin spice is en route to food items everywhere, and people are anxious for the seasons to change again! The excitement over Fall is so real that I even bought a flannel shirt! If you can’t sit still until the official start of autumn, then head over to White Buffalo Coffee Bar, where they’re already serving up Pumpkin Spiced Lattes.
Things to do during the Fall › › ›
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Last week I had the privilege of taking a Mixed Media art class through the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council in Altus. Our instructor was Lyn Johnson and there were about twelve students in our class.
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The first time I came to Altus was in September of 2010. My then boyfriend Dave, who was TDY for training, flew me out from WA State, and I stayed with him for a few weeks. That was my first visit to Oklahoma.
Altus Air Force Base was quite busy then, and lodging was full, so Dave got a “Non-A” and a nice room at the Holiday Inn Express on East Broadway. He would later make IHG® Rewards Club Platinum Elite status because of the length of his stay there. Sometimes these perks pay off!
While Dave trained, I puttered around the room, enjoyed the free daily airshow, and ate delicious cinnamon rolls. It was rough!
Everyone was super nice, and most of the other guests were TDY aircrew, and their spouses or significant others. I’d meet people in the hallway as we hunted down the plate of scrumptious afternoon cookies.
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16 kind hearted people donated in support of the Altus Animal Welfare Association, and I raised $770 during the month of August. AAWA received $744.93 after paying the associated fundraiser fees, and used 100% of these generous donations to support animals at the Altus Shelter.
August is for the animals!
I’m happy to announce that for the whole month of August I’ll be raising money for the Altus Animal Welfare Association. My goal is $500, and as of today, I’m almost half way there! Thanks to everyone who has donated!!!
Your tax deductible donations will go towards helping animals in need in our local community, at at the Altus Animal Shelter. Every little bit helps. Most of the donation money is used vetting animals that come into the shelter sick or injured, that the shelter budget cannot cover, and there are also costs associated with vetting and transporting animals to out-of-state rescues.
Thank you to all the compassionate and dedicate local heroes who work for the Altus Animal Welfare Association.
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