Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Great Visit with Long-time Friends!

On Thursday morning around 10:00, we checked out of the Holiday Inn Express and met Ann at Cracker Barrel. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast/lunch and a great visit with her before finally departing and driving back south about 30 miles to McKinney. There we had a wonderful visit with friends who left Premont many years ago to make their home north of Dallas to be near their two children and the grandchildren!

Lou and Nolon Daily welcomed us at their home, and then we drove to their daughter's home just a short distance away where she served dinner. We were joined by the Daily's son, Paul, his wife, Becky, and three of their six sons.

The next morning, we checked out of the TownePlace Suites where we had stayed and began the drive to San Antonio where we had reservations at a Fairfield Inn. Due to highway construction, we arrived ten hours later. It's only a little over 300 miles and is supposed to take about 4 1/2 hours, but traffic on IH 35 between Waco and Temple was horrendous. The highway resembled a parking lot, as the cars in all four lanes were mostly at a standstill. We had not encountered this much trouble when we went to Dallas in March, or even going north on this trip. We were caught in it; there was no way out but to keep on at this slower than a snail's pace!

Since there was more highway construction south of Temple, we decided to head west at Belton, through Killeen, and then on to Lampasas. At Lampasas, we turned south on Hwy. 281. We had planned to eat dinner in San Antonio, but it was getting so late that we decided to stop in Marble Falls  at The Bluebonnet Cafe where we had not eaten in years.

Arriving in San Antonio rather late, we checked into the Fairfield Inn near the airport, and being extremely tired, we went to bed! The next morning, after breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we headed home! The wonderful thing about where we live, is that there is just one stop sign between our ranch and Falfurrias. There are four stop lights between getting off the expressway at our main street (Rice St.) and arrival at H.E.B. (always our main destination). It's wonderful to live in such a rural setting! Visiting in the big cities is nice and entertaining, but it's aways wonderful to get back home!! Give us the country life!

So, this was a very short vacation, but we had fun and really enjoyed the visits with family and friends.

Another Beautiful Day with Ann and Elayne

I don't really think that Elayne was planning to spend another day with us, but we five have such a good time together that we convinced her to come along on our next day's adventure. We went the opposite direction from the day before. This day we went to Whitesboro, which is about 18 miles west of Sherman. We used to have a cousin and her husband who lived there, Frances Minten Johnson and Kenneth Johnson. Frances passed away in 2000 and is buried there. We have lost track of Kenneth, having seen him for the last time about 4 years ago. Kenneth had taken us to the cemetery a number of years ago to visit Frances's grave, so I really thought that I remembered where it was located. It's a small cemetery, and the graves are laid out in a very organized away! We drove all over that cemetery, especially where I thought she is buried. We finally gave up and went back into Whitesboro. I called the funeral home and was told that the city manager would have that info. I called him several times, but he was "not at his desk." I left a message, but he never called back. After lunch, we went to City Hall which was just across the street from where we ate, and there we found the city manager!!  I don't think he ever listened to his voice mail. He was very nice and extremely helpful, finding the information we wanted and giving us a copy of the "map" of the cemetery. We drove out there once again, and there, just where I had thought it should be, IT WAS!! We had driven right by it earlier in the day.

Whitesboro is a little Texas town, but like many others has a plethora of antique shops and boutiques all along their main street! Towns like this are blessed to be near enough to larger towns and cities (Sherman, Dennison, Denton, McKinney, and even on into Dallas). People from larger places flock to these little towns on the weekends to shop and eat! There is a quaint boutique/restaurant/bakery/ice cream parlor called Lovejoy's on Main Street that is a favorite of Ann's, and that's where we had lunch and did a little shopping. We recommend this place, because the food was delicious and the atmosphere very inviting.