Peggy Kiefer-Steed - Writer

Peggy Kiefer-Steed - Writer Freelance Writer

We certainly do not lack beauty here in the foothills of the Ozarks. The lake provides colors and reflections. Like a mi...
06/18/2019
Beauty through photographer’s eyes

We certainly do not lack beauty here in the foothills of the Ozarks. The lake provides colors and reflections. Like a mirror, the water captures the amazing colors of the sunsets and storm...

Peggy's thoughts and experiences from Grand Lake. Hope you enjoy!

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06/18/2019

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Peggy Kiefer-Steed - Writer
06/18/2019

Peggy Kiefer-Steed - Writer

06/06/2019

A thought about lake hospitality

Feels good to write. Life without a cell phone, even for just an hour, is good for all of us. Very peaceful. This story ...
02/26/2018
Thoughts, Pages and Stories

Feels good to write. Life without a cell phone, even for just an hour, is good for all of us. Very peaceful. This story was from a couple weeks ago. Just getting to posting it on my blog thoughtspagesandstories.com.

A Couple Hours without a Cell Phone I was abandoned at Chickenellas. The dispatcher said there was a fire near Grove Middle School. Ro...

Peggy's Ponderings ~ Butt hurtMy butt hurts. Seriously. I think I broke my toe, my knee is scrapped up and my tush hurts...
07/09/2016

Peggy's Ponderings ~ Butt hurt

My butt hurts. Seriously. I think I broke my toe, my knee is scrapped up and my tush hurts.
I guess I let myself get so stressed and busy during our rainstorm yesterday I crashed and burned on the back deck of our office.
Flip, flops do not give you traction on wet and slippery concrete.
As if in slow motion, I went from walking to the back door to sitting in a giant puddle of slime, rain coming down to soak me and every page in the file I was holding suffered some form of water damage.
I must have looked like a drowned rat when I stepped inside and asked if someone could get me a towel. We don’t have towels at the office (why would you?) so it was nothing a roll of paper towels couldn’t handle.
Why have I fallen so many times since moving here?
It’s so embarrassing, and no I wasn’t drinking!
I have fallen on the ice at least twice. I now have good snow boats.
I fell in the hallway at the old Grove Sun office, wearing boots with heals. Again the snow wins, Peggy losses because snow doesn’t stay outside. It likes to stick around on the bottom of your shoe until it melts and makes the floor slippery.
I fell into a boat (ok that happens).
Am I just getting old?
Maybe I’m turning into my Aunt Judee. Fearless, fun and always injured from some silly accident. She even stabbed her own foot to the floor of the camper on one of our camping trips. She dropped a knife that went into her foot and out and into the floor. She was stuck to the floor. Several stitches later she was fine, but it’s never fun going to the emergency room on vacation.
Maybe there’s a ghost here in Grove that follows me around and trips me. I thought that when I was walking across the street at Third and Main and fell on my derriere.
No rain or snow that day. Just sunny, hot and me in flip flops again. One second walking. The next I am down! Maybe if we review the footage from the security cameras we will see the shadow of ghost tripping me, then laughing as he glides away to play a joke on someone else.
The most likely culprit of my falls if not my lack of coordination is God. Yep the big guy upstairs sees me all stressed, tells me to slow down, but I don’t, so he trips me. It’s his way of saying “Stop! Smell the roses. Take a deep breath. Listen to the rain. Do some yoga. Be at peace”.
I think he threw the yoga in to help with my lack of coordination but I’ll keep striving for peace. So if you see me walking slowly, determined to make each step count, just remember I am focusing on the moment at hand. Not what I have to do later, or in an hour or tomorrow. For the sake of my behind and other very sore body parts, I am focusing on having peace in my heart.
Peace out until next time.

As you know, it's against the law to pay American Citizens to vote. But did that really mean they had to take away our r...
04/08/2015

As you know, it's against the law to pay American Citizens to vote. But did that really mean they had to take away our reward stickers? It felt like a 1st Grade disappointment today when I voted and I was told stickers weren't allowed anymore.
Then I was shown a paragraph stating why it's illegal to pay someone to vote.
Today I voted and it made a difference. I found my own "I voted" sticker and I'm posting it here for anyone else that voted and missed getting one.
Thank you for doing your part, exercising your right and voting today.

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01/26/2015

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01/16/2015

Are you working at your "retirement job"? If so, please message or call me. I would love to hear more. I am writing a feature about 55+ working jobs they plan to keep forever. Those who have no plans to retire such as Billy Richardson. Although he is retiring from a 30 year career, he has now started a lawn care business.

My pantry door is normally covered with Christmas Cards and photos sent from friends and family, but this year, we got a...
01/03/2015

My pantry door is normally covered with Christmas Cards and photos sent from friends and family, but this year, we got a measly dozen cards. We all received plenty of holiday wishes through Facebook, text messages and email so I don't think the fact that there were fewer cards this year has anything to do with me.
Have Christmas Cards that actually come via snail mail become obsolete? I understand that times have changed, but I am wondering, how many of you were also disappointed with the amount of cards you received this year.
Personally, I plan to help keep our United States Post Office working hard and "keep those cards and letters coming."
Any thoughts Facebook friends?

07/11/2014

Hello it's been a while since I've used this page, but I have started writing a book about the many different people from all over the country (and especially California) who move to Grand Lake, OK. Facebook seems to be a good place to find people, places and things.
I meet someone new about once a week and I they have such great stories. Friends and family keep encouraging me to write a book so here goes...
If you or someone you know moved to Grand Lake and want to participate and tell your story. Please message me or email me at [email protected].

Can't believe it came and went.  What a great event for Grove and Tulsa!
02/25/2013
Cliff Pace wins Bassmaster Classic

Can't believe it came and went. What a great event for Grove and Tulsa!

Cliff Pace shows off two of his bass on Saturday at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.

02/25/2013
Grove Sun

Grove Sun

Grove girls will play Bishop Kelley at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation playoffs. Two wins for the state tournament!

02/24/2013

One hour left to fish. Cliff Pace is unofficially ahead by two pounds with only four fish. Hank Cherry and Brandon Palaniuk are tied behind him.

Bassmaster
02/23/2013

Bassmaster

Day 2 has begun! Fans enjoyed a flyover right before takeoff.

Isconelli still in the lead
02/23/2013
Isconelli still in the lead

Isconelli still in the lead

GRAND LAKE - At noon today, Michael Iaconelli leads the pack of in the second day of the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake. The anglers will be coming in at 3 p.m. to head to Tulsa for the official weigh-in.

Willa Mae entertaining visitors
02/23/2013

Willa Mae entertaining visitors

Grand Lakes Willa Mae is out welcoming visitors at Hickory Inn restaurant. Willa Mae was also at the Classuc launch this morning.

Ready for the Classic
02/21/2013
Ready for the Classic

Ready for the Classic

What's a little snow when you've made to the Classic? Most of the 53 contenders of the Bassmaster Classic came out to practice on Wednesday on Grand Lake O' the Cherokees.

Timeline Photos
02/19/2013

Timeline Photos

02/19/2013

The day I am going to be on a boat on the lake is the day it finally decides to snow :). It's great for the anglers, but... oh boy!

2012 Bassmaster Champion Chris Lane talks about Grand Lake and what it will take to win this year.
02/18/2013
Chris Lane pre-fishes at Grand Lake

2012 Bassmaster Champion Chris Lane talks about Grand Lake and what it will take to win this year.

Last year's Bassmaster Champion Chris Lane took a break from practicing on Sunday (day three of pre-fishing) to talk to Grove Sun and grandlakenews.com reporter Peggy Kiefer.

They are definitely here...
02/17/2013
They are definitely here...

They are definitely here...

Day two of practice fishing for the Bassmaster Classic was Saturday and pros could be seen around Grove in their trucks that match their boats, that match the jersey the are wearing, covered with sponsors and the B.A.S.S. logos.

Spectators will be in boats on the lake following the pros, read for a few tips from the pros on Saturday.
02/17/2013
Spectator etiquette at the Classic

Spectators will be in boats on the lake following the pros, read for a few tips from the pros on Saturday.

Thousands of spectators are expected next week in Grove as professional anglers take to the waters of Grand Lake for the Bassmaster Classic. Included in that is media and people who will brave the cold and launch their boats in hopes of following their favorite competitor.

Are you ready for some fishing?  Grab today's Grove Sun for updates on next week's Bassmaster Classic.  Next week we wil...
02/15/2013

Are you ready for some fishing? Grab today's Grove Sun for updates on next week's Bassmaster Classic. Next week we will have bios on the contenders and much more.

Grand Lake Sports Center's Sam Williams is always fun to interview.  I apologize for the shaky video and audio, sometime...
02/15/2013
Are you ready for some fishing?

Grand Lake Sports Center's Sam Williams is always fun to interview. I apologize for the shaky video and audio, sometimes you are hard to keep up with Sam :).

Sam Williams, owner of Grand Lake Sports Center in Grove, gives his take on what's in store next week at the B.A.S.S. Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake.

I don't always share my column but this one means a lot to me.
02/04/2013
Come on in...everyone is welcome

I don't always share my column but this one means a lot to me.

I keep harping on this, but those of you who think we aren’t going to see anything come out of the Bassmaster Classic are wrong. The way I see it, we have two choices. We can either believe that and sleep each morning and go on with business as usual, or we can get up early, open our doors and turn…

This week's Grand Lake Magazine features getting ready for the Bassmaser Classic.
02/03/2013

This week's Grand Lake Magazine features getting ready for the Bassmaser Classic.

Check out the special box on grandlakenews.com for the Bassmaster Classic.
01/29/2013
Grove Sun - Delaware County Journal

Check out the special box on grandlakenews.com for the Bassmaster Classic.

Grove's News Leader brings you the latest news, sports, and weather coverage.

Imagine how much money would be collected for cancer patients if everyone did this...
01/25/2013
Lizzie's gift

Imagine how much money would be collected for cancer patients if everyone did this...

Eight-year-old asks for donations for cancer fund instead of gifts at her birthday party.

Please be careful driving tonight...
01/13/2013
Wintery mix creating slick roads

Please be careful driving tonight...

Slick roads have been reported in Delaware, Washington, Nowata, Craig, Pawnee, Mayes and Okmulgee counties according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, Okla.

Grove animal shelter asks for help
01/03/2013
Grove animal shelter asks for help

Grove animal shelter asks for help

Grove Animal Shelter seeks your help in finding homes for the seven dogs currently in the shelter. All seven have been at the shelter more than five days.

12/31/2012
Grove Sun

Forget New Year's Resolutions that we always break, what are your hopes for 2013?

What are your hopes for the new year?

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!
12/28/2012
Winter weather advisory in effect until 6 p.m.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a winter weather advisory for snow which is in effect until 6 p.m. for the Cherokee, Adair, Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Pawnee, Ottawa, Washington, Osage, Craig, Nowata, Pittsburg, McIntosh and Muskogee counties...

12/20/2012
Christmas open houses

Check out the photo gallery from local holiday open houses.

Grove's News Leader brings you the latest news, sports, and weather coverage.

12/16/2012
Jingle Bell Run

Jingle Bell Run

Hundreds come to Grove on Saturday to cheer and run in the annual 5K Jingle Bell Run.

12/15/2012
Firefighters burn vacant building

Firefighters burn vacant building

Peggy Kiefer and Samantha Edwards/Grove Sun Grove Fire Department burn a vacant building on Highway 59 and 124th St. just south of Sail Boat Bridge in Grove. The build has been vacant and unsafe for several years. Firefighters used the burning building for training exercises.

Grove Sun
12/14/2012

Grove Sun

Where is Sunny the Elf today? He is sitting on the staircase of this downtown establishment greeting customers. Comment on this post with the correct guess of Sunny's location and your name will be put in for a drawing for a gift from the owners. Deadline is 4 p.m. We will do the drawing shortly thereafter.

12/12/2012
Grove Sun

Are you doing anything special today for 12.12.12?

12.12.12-Are you doing anything special on this once in a lifetime day?

12/09/2012

Watch the grove Christmas parade live at grandlakenews.com

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