A Day in Abilene, TX and Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, TX

Adrianas Taqueria, Breckenridge

We started out the day with a breakfast burrito in Breckenridge TX. We took two cars today so Katy would have her car as we would be headed to Abilene later in the day.

Bacon and Egg Burrito, Adrianas Taqueria

We went back to the ranch house and each of us worked on our “piles”.

If you see yesterday’s post you’ll see the big tangled mess I had in the floor. A bit of reorganization led to this. Looks much better.

I really did not need to bring all the shoes! I have only worn one pair since I’ve been here.

We then set out for Abilene after going thru Chicken Express drive thru. I ate mine while George drove and then we switched up!

Wind Turbines, near Abilene,TX

We shopped around Abilene and then found a tap room that was open, much to our surprise.

Carters, Abilene

We enjoyed shopping for the grand baby buying some clothes.

Taylor County Taproom, Abilene TX
Taylor County Taproom, Abilene

Then onto grocery shopping! we loved Market Street.

We love grocery shopping! Just mainly looking for different items we don’t see back home. We bought sacks to wrap the baby items in. The grocery store was cute, and with a Starbucks!

Market Street, Abilene TX
Market Street. Abilene TX

Then we headed out for our dinner reservations. We managed to fill the afternoon time nicely. So we headed out to Buffalo Gap on the outskirts of Abilene to our restaurant.

I loved this area. It reminded me of home a bit except for the mesquite trees. The trees were gorgeous and numerous.

These were taken thru the windshield. So the color is green. I also think that the sun/heat make the pics look more yellow green and grainy. I take pics thru the window all the time and it rarely looks this bad. But you get the idea.

I would compare this area to Brentwood- less the congestion in our area near Nashville. The houses were big and there were some very unique hills. Til we got to buffalo gap and it reminded me of Savannah with sprawling trees over the roads- only smaller ones.

Then there was this as we pulled into the Perini Ranch Steakhouse property. lol

George changed shirts and shoes in the parking lot. Nobody was around thank goodness lol.

Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, TX

We pulled on around closer to the restaurant as we had reservations at 7:00.

Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, TX

We got a drink at the bar and was taken to our seat to wait for Katy and Cody.

It was about 105 degrees and they led us outside and out of the a/c. I said “oh can’t we get a table inside?” But George said our reservation choices were outside at 7 or inside at 8:30 and that was too late. But we made do. Our table was mostly in the shade. It was not humid at all. And I went to bathroom and got a paper towel and put ice in there from my ice water. I kept my neck and face cool with that since I don’t do heat very well. So the heat was a non factor. Then I spotted the kitties!

See him?

Then there more kitties! I loved this!

George in his new birthday shirt!

Doesn’t George look nice in his new shirt?

See the paper towel on my neck ????? lol

There’s kitties in them there bushes.

Above was my view of the back of the restaurant.

Fried Quail Leg appetizer

We had a fried quail leg appetizer. It was very good. We ordered and George opened “his gifts” lol 😂 lol 😂 And we have them to Katy and Cody of course.

Then suddenly I had a visitor! since I had hand sanitizer I petted him. His name was Squeakers. Or might have been a she. lol I didn’t ask but I think it was a HE.

Prime Rib, Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, TX

My steak was about as awesome as they can come. I got the Prime Rib.

Our waitress was great and she even brought a glass of ice!

Grilled Zucchini, Perini Ranch Steakhouse

I loved the zucchini but it was way too salty.

This kitty kept climbing up the tree!

Just as cute as can be! They were very entertaining.

Texas Sheet Cake, served cold

This fudge cake dessert was heaven in a slice. It was mine! Katy got jalapeño cheesecake.

Jalapeño cheesecake, Perini Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap TX
Katy and Cody

We had a great day packed full!

The road back home seemed long but we got back about 10:30 as the ranch here was about an hour and fifteen minutes away. We looked at the stars as we came back and it was completely black except for my phone that I turned on the flash light so I could see.

We were in bed by 11 after taking dogs out!

I know Katy and Cody are tired. Just a lot going on. We’ll be out of their hair tomorrow as we leave in the morning for Hot Springs and head home. I know Katy is concentrating on school and being pregnant and Cody busy on the ranch. It’s nice of them to let us hang. But our time coming to an end. I’m sure we’ve overstayed at this point. But glad they’re being patient with us and our stuff and our doggies and our shenanigans- as defined by however they would define them.

Today we are staying in except for a mid day run to the store for tonight’s dinner and to grab lunch somewhere.

It’s supposed to be 110 today. That’s a bit extreme and will be the hottest temp I will have ever experienced in my lifetime. So we decided to hang back and rest. Not much else around to explore that we haven’t already and we don’t really need to be out in this in case the car broke down or something. But tomorrow we will leave war and I bet Hot Springs won’t be as hot.

Lots of military planes about this morning- some very loud. George said there was a base near Abilene- these are fighter jets we are hearing. Interesting. Scared me at first.

This was a long one. Let me know if you made it to the end.

More Eating, Shopping, and Visiting Katy’s School

We started the day taking Katy to school- like old times. We went the local donut shop for breakfast. I got a cinnamon roll and after so much sugar which I’m not used to, realized I needed protein to offset it so I got a egg and bacon taco – which was really a burrito and included potatoes.

See those cinnamon rolls on the bottom there? Yum.

Then we dropped her off at school and headed home, got our showers, cleaned up a bit, and “leisured” around.

Maisy & Roger

While we were at the donut shop my chest started hurting when I breathed in deep. It scared me but I realized that also I had pain in my shoulder and up into the back of my head and it hurt worse when I moved in certain directions. It was either from lifting a heavy thing of water bottles the night before or from the way I slept. I took acetaminophen and it barely took the edge off. I was miserable sitting, laying, and it felt ok standing but who wants to stand all day?

I had no other signs of heart attack or distress – I felt great otherwise so a couple hours later I took another acetaminophen. Still no impact. I try not to take anything else but was going to Aleve a few hours later if nothing else worked. George gave me two back rubs and could tell it was inflamed. He suggested a hot shower and then ice pack. That did the trick! Plus I prayed so God had a hand in that! It didn’t hurt again. Once that was all fixed we went shopping. lol Then I never thought another thing about it. George said he figured that would work lol!

Rustic Charm, Breckenridge TX

We stopped at a place that made candles and had a lot of rustic pieces for decorating- a whole porch and side yard that went in forever!

It was was fun looking around but there was no a/c and it was already 100 degrees! We said hello to Max the cat.

We went to a little boutique and I wasn’t expecting to find much but surprisingly found some adorable winter shoes that were a cross between tennis shoes and boots and a top! Pics later when I get home!

We went to the General Store Gebo’s and I bought a comfy blue t-shirt with a message that says “cherished girl” as God loves his own. I plan to wear it to Hot Springs as it’ll be a comfy shirt for travel.

I took a pic of some plaques, like I like to do. This must be what George dreams. lol

Then we went to a place that has clothes and trinkets inside and yard art outside. It’s a bit pricey on their tops, but I love our bed spread we bought there a couple of years ago. It’s like a quilt made of polyester blend and I can wash and dry often and it’s never faded. It holds up well.

Bunkhouse Divas Boutique, Breckenridge,TX

Then we rode around a bit to kill some time. And went to the store. We had a cooler in the car.

I’ve never seen cacti in a store! That I recall.

We bought a few things that were different that we can’t get back home and some pizza toppings for dinner. And we headed over to pick up Katy from school by 4:00 and was asked to come in and see her classroom and meet teacher friends and principals. Got to see Katy’s good friend Shelby again. Everyone was so kind.

Katy has done such a cute job on her room. As did Shelby. Here’s Katy’s classroom. Can you imagine how many hours and dollars goes into this? I love those little curtains!

Her classroom is so relaxing. I love the colors. My favorites….colors of the ocean! And here is Shelby’s room. Hers was very cute also with a lot of red and blues and was jungle theme. There’s a monkey hanging in the middle. These are some lucky 1st graders!

We got a lot of compliments on Katy. And they raved about her teaching skills. We are proud of her.

I think she said there are five or six others that are pregnant there. So will be a busy year of showers and substitute teachers!

George found a tree to climb. Aren’t these hallway trees cute?

We then headed back to the ranch!

George set into making his pizzettes!

After they came out of the oven there are no pics as we were too busy eating lol! We lazed around with doggies for a while then headed to bed.

I am horribly dismayed at my tangle of existence in my corner of the room. The more we shop, the more I dig in to look for things, and every day that passes, the more tangled it all gets. I have to laugh at this, because it is the total opposite of who I am. But I can’t lift the suitcase to organize it. So it will be this way til we pack to leave. I may try to organize it today if I can to at least bring “some” order. It’s driving me mad! lol I have to pile it on top of each other so we can walk around the room! lol

We are going to go to Abilene to eat dinner at a nice steakhouse tonight. George and I may go early – we aren’t sure if there is anything for us to do though. We can shop but I’m about shopped out. The high is going to be 107 today. Wow- just glad it’s not humid. It’s just hot with very bright sun and a 12-15 mph breeze.

Ok tomorrow is our last full day here. It’s going by fast. But we have really run out of things to do in these COVID times. Around here you can hardly tell it exists. Most don’t wear nor require masks unless it’s a chain store like Walmart or United. Some people have them in boutiques in case the customers prefer the worker wears it. We are told not to worry about it unless we just want to in most stores but we walk in with masks available and in our hands. We mainly look and see what others are doing. I use hand sanitizer before and after every store.

It’s been fun to shop again. Abilene is a bigger town though. So… we will wear masks there if we go.

Ok that’s all for yesterday. A fun little day!

Burgers for Breakfast and A Little Trip to Graham, TX

We hung out at the ranch house drinking coffee yesterday morning.

Findlay, Roger, and George

We took our time getting showers and getting dressed. One of the perks of vacation.


Findlay discovered treats on the table. She jumped up in the chair and put her paw on my shoulder to let me know she wanted one. She might’ve gotten one! Her “Nonni” loves her! lol

Coffee and a View

We headed out for a breakfast burrito in Breckenridge which are extra special but we were too late at 10:30 as they were getting ready for lunch. So we had a burger. No arguments from me!

The place is called the water store.

Water Store, Breckenridge TX

They have a drive thru too but we sat on front porch as it was not too hot yet. But we waited inside for our order.

We stopped at The Tattered Pearl. I bought some cute cactus earrings. Their decor outside was cute!

This shop was on the outskirts of Graham as you come into town.

At this point I took a lot of photos on my camera instead of phone. I mainly took shots of the square. I was able to find some tops – all at good prices. Cheaper than home and some were half off! Then we went for tea at the tea shop, Oh My Tea and Coffee. Well, I had tea and George had coffee. We sat a while here.

George always the humor clown….

Then we headed over to United for a few things. George needed some things for pizzettes tonight. Those are little personalized pizzas that he makes. He made the dough last night. We also just like to go in grocery stores in other towns to see if there’s anything different.

On the way back to the ranch we stopped and got tacos at Taco Casa.

We stopped under a shade tree to eat. The temps hovering around 103. I will say that Taco Casa’s surpasses Taco Bell by far. A lot of meat, a lot of cheese and it was real good beef and fresh ingredients.

Then we headed home to see doggies and do a few things. I set the table, put up dishes, and folded laundry, and mopped the floor. George vacuumed and made the pizza dough.

Maisy and Roger
Roger and Maisy

We had the Pit Stop BBQ – take out. I had steak as did Cody. George and Katy had beef BBQ and also peppered turkey And after dinner I had to catch the sunset!

Today is Wednesday and we are halfway thru vacay. It goes by so fast. Always.

It’s George’s birthday today and we plan to do some more shopping around in Breckenridge today for places George wants to go. Like the general stores. And a couple more that I like. And we will have the little pizzettes tonight.