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Saturday, May 20, 2017

What have you been up to lately?

For some strange reason, I thought that once I retired, I would have all of this extra time on my hands. Time to lounge around out on the deck, time to work in my garden, time to paint, time to practice photography, time to volunteer and even time to blog.  It hasn't really panned out that way this year, but it's totally fine with me. It has been crazy busy, but somewhat relaxing at the same time. When my friends who are still working ask me, "Do you ever get bored?" I want to laugh!  Not at all!! I have a list a mile long of projects that I want to tackle and am slowly, but surely checking them off my list. At times, I get a little frustrated with myself for the lack of progress in certain areas, but then I remind myself of what Valine told me: "It doesn't all have to happen the first year!" I guess that I felt like it was a short vacation--like spring break or summer--and I needed to cram every single project into that time. But, it's not! I'm going to be retired for a long time. If I do a little bit here and there, it will all get done.  And if it doesn't, oh well.

Ron and I slipped away for a short weekend camping trip over the Easter weekend. Because his work has been so busy and unpredictable lately, it is unlikely that we will be going on a real vacation until sometime in the fall. But, having a place to go that is only 45 minutes away gave us a much-needed break. I didn't break out my "big girl camera" the entire weekend, so he is an unedited, iPhone look at our time.
Callie and the crew came out to visit one of the days we were there and after dinner and s'mores, Luke stayed to spend the night.

While he was sort of interested in fishing, he REALLY just wanted to hide and hunt Easter eggs.
After a bit of a rough night away from mommy in the camper, we awoke to a happy toddler who was thrilled with camping again. We went on a little hike and to a visit to the nature center.
While we tried to interest Luke in more fishing, he really just wanted to hide and find Easter eggs again.
And again and again!
Oh the joy of being 2 years old!
When Callie came to pick him up, we all visited the small zoo where the peacocks really put on a show for us!
That night, Ron and I did a little more hiking and some fishing as well. I was on a roll---I caught 20 fish, many of them nice-sized catfish, while Ron only caught 6.

Easter morning, I got up, showered & dressed and headed into town for church before returning to spend the rest of the day at the campsite.
We had such a nice, relaxing weekend filled with family, fishing and fun!
And in case you're wondering, I have indeed reminded Ron of my fishing prowess several times since then!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Roundtop Antiques 2017

Last month, I posted each day for the Instagram Challenge, however, I rarely posted what was going on in my life since that took so much of my brain energy. So I thought I'd do a little March re-cap over the next few posts. Fresh on my mind is my annual trip to the Roundtop Antiques Festival. It is something I look forward to all year long, and this year did not disappoint. For the first time, I did not take my DSLR, so all of my photos were taken with my iPhone.

Valine and Troy drove up on Wednesday and we had lunch with Callie and babyD2 before doing some local shopping.
We headed to Henderson in the late afternoon, only to discover that Pam was feeling "under the weather".  Poor thing! She was trying to will herself to be well, but it just didn't happen for her. She left with us Thursday, but ended up having to drive back early because she felt so lousy. Fortunately, she is now on the mend and will be stronger than ever next year.  
This year, we made a slight detour from our usual route to stop at the Magnolia Silos in Waco. 
What fun! It was warm and VERY breezy, but that didn't deter the crowds at all.
We walked around, taking in everything. It was incredible to see how Chip and Joanna were able to bring about their vision into such a welcoming, efficient space. 
There were foods trucks,
and a lawn where kids could play, complete with lounging cushions for the adults.
The line for the bakery was quite long, so instead, we joined a much shorter line at the bakery food truck to get cupcakes. Delicious! My favorite part was the "the seed company"--an area with tiny fairy gardens, herbs and beautiful flowers.
After picking up a quick lunch, we were on our way, stopping in Rockdale at an antique mall there. Ron and I had stopped there several times on trips back and forth to Kerrville and San Antonio, but had never been during operating hours, so it was fun to browse before continuing our journey to the Hill Country. 
Our home-away-from home for this trip was new to us--a cute blue cottage right near the town square of Fayetteville. It was not fancy, but had everything we needed, with room to spread out a little. 
The only drawback was the train tracks that ran right behind the house--trains traveled past several times each morning, but in the end, it really didn't bother any of us enough to keep from reserving the same place for next year.
Friday morning, Pam headed home and we prepared to shop. Storms were predicted and the weather forecasters were right this time, the first time it has ever really rained during our shopping.
We began in Warrenton, dodging the rain in between shopping in various booths. 
Eventually, we took shelter in a large pavilion until the rain had slowed enough for us to make a run for the cars.

We did some a bit more shopping down the road and once again got caught in the rain.  
We both had rain shoes/boots in the car, but for some reason, never thought to put them on.  
It was late though, and we'd had a great day (despite the storms), so we headed back to the house.  On the way home, there was a giant rainbow stretching out over the fields.
We woke up to beautiful weather on Saturday. After a hearty breakfast in downtown Fayetteville, we hit several of our favorite shopping spots, and explored a few new ones, as well.
Each day was packed to the brim, and a highlight is always our "show and tell" in the evening after dinner. This year, we initiated Troy with some impromptu silliness. (What happens in Roundtop stays in Roundtop.)
We packed up Sunday morning, with hardly a space to spare, and headed back home. 
 Just outside of Industry, we stopped again for pictures in the wildflowers.

I came back with several treasures--nothing huge, but all fun.
My favorite purchases were probably the vintage planters I bought to hold our cell phones. I gave the squirrel to Ron and the birds are for me!
We had such a great time and can't wait until next year! In fact, I think Pam is going to need to do double-the-shopping since she missed out this time!


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