Welcome to December. . . start of the long, lonely winter in Afton, OK. Even though Robin only had one visitor yesterday, we were lucky to have greeted six today. All were reasonably local, and all but one were men. After a very quiet morning visiting with guys from Miami, Tulsa, and Owasso, OK and Baxter Springs, Kansas we were almost ready to go home when old friends Jim and Becky Buck (also from Tulsa) dropped in to chat for a while. Jim and Becky used to own a very neat Route 66 store in Sapulpa, OK which I enjoyed visiting, but they closed it a few years ago due to lack of business. After a day like today, I can sympathize. December and January are rather dismal at Afton Station, or have been in the past. I can't imagine this will be any different. We'll be open only on weekends for the rest of the winter, so plan accordingly. I will absolutely miss being there four days a week, but it's a waste of gas and utilities to open up on days when nobody comes to visit.
Today I had the company of Ron M., Tattoo Man, and Marly to keep me sane. There was also the steady pounding from around the corner where a new building is going up. We don't know what it's going to be, since this is the first time we saw it, but we hear it will be public housing for people placed there by the county. We shall see. Of course, we wish that it would be some sort of retail establishment, but it seems that is not to be.