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House # 2, 3, & 4


House # 2, 3, & 4


The second house I lived in was only for about two weeks. I don’t have a photo of it.

We’d just gotten married, while my husband was on Christmas leave from the Army. His parents said we could stay at their house while they were gone back to east TX for the holidays. They didn’t come to our wedding on the 23rd. I guess it was no big deal to them, or didn’t really think we’d get married, or maybe just couldn’t change their plans. I don’t know.

After the two weeks, he had to report back to his Army base, and I went back to my parent’s house. It was almost a year before I saw him again. We did have a couple of breaks, where he came home from Viet Nam for a week or so, and another when I went to meet him in Hawaii for R & R.


Then we got to be together again, and we moved to his next station, which was in Lawton Oklahoma at Fort Sill Army base.

This house was a duplex, and most of the neighborhood had Army wives staying home while the men were at work on base.

None of us worked, so we’d get together to hang out during the day. We’d play board games, cards, and watch TV.

We were there for awhile in this one, which had a very small living room, one bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. The rent was 60 dollars a month.

small grey house with white lattice for red climbing roses


Then we moved around the corner to another duplex. I don’t know why, but I liked it okay. It was 65 dollars a month rent, and had the same small number of rooms.

One or two things stand out while we were living there. I was pregnant, and lost the baby a few months into it.

This house was where we had all the tarantula spiders crawling everywhere.

We had a nice part beagle dog Sam, a Siamese cat Mr. Kat, two gerbils, and my long time parakeet, Igor.

Then the Mr. was transferred again, this time to Germany. I went back home to my parents house until I could join him.


Oh, before I go there was one thing I remember that was weird when we lived here. I’d had a bad feeling all day of something going to happen. The feeling just wouldn’t go away. Then later that evening we got a telegram at the door. It said my sister’s fiance had been killed with two of his brothers as their car stalled on some railroad tracks and the train hit them. So sad and awful. I must have had a sort of premonition of tragedy.

small yellow house with big evergreen tree in the front


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Sandy’s Restaurant Logo (on an original napkin)

photo found on Pixabay by Metsi


Here’s the short, sad saga of my foray into the world of fast-food jobs. It was in the early 1970s, in Lawton OK, when I needed another job. I applied at McDonald’s and got hired right away to be a cashier. I had a uniform and everything. The day of my interview I specifically mentioned our plans of going out of town for Thanksgiving. I was told there would be no problem with that. I began work, and all was good. The job was just right for a part time job for me, and I enjoyed it. A week later, as the holiday approached, I mentioned that I would not be there for a couple of days, as we still had our going out of town plans. I was assured that this was fine with them, come back when we got back in town. So, off we went. On our return, I went in to my regular job schedule, only to be told I had no job after all. What? How could this be? Now what was I going to do? I really needed a job to earn some money.

I was in a state…what do I do now? I went on down the road to another fast-food restaurant to put in my application. This place was called Sandy’s. It was a lot like McDonald’s, but better. The menu was more interesting, and very good. I was hired immediately, so I didn’t have to come home with no job to my name. I worked at Sandy’s for quite a long time, until we moved to Germany. The boss, and the other employees were very nice and fun to work with. I was a cashier there, too. When a customer would come into the restaurant, we were all to say, with enthusiasm, “May I help you?” We loved doing that, and we’d make it into a contest to see which register station the customer would choose. As it was winter, we had some snowy days, and those days brought in the most customers, it seemed. I had a lot of fun working there. Later on, when we were back stateside, and were stationed at Ft. Sill, again, I was disappointed to learn that Sandy’s restaurant was no longer there. I found out it had been merged/taken over by a Hardee’s restaurant.

Even today I miss the food from the Sandy’s menu, and wish I had some more. They had a large burger called the Big Scott. It was similar to the Big Mac, but had shredded cabbage, and a sweet relish sauce that was oh so good. There was the hi-lo double cheeseburger, and a deep fried pork tenderloin on a bun, that was a favorite of mine.

Do any of you remember having a Sandy’s restaurant where you lived? 🙂


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