We stayed at home for the most part yesterday until the middle of the day. It was nice to relax, drink coffee, blog (me), look up some items for Christmas and so forth.
The doggies loved having us stick around for a while, and I do believe they are happy here. They know they are loved and are used to it as it’s their 2nd trip here. They do not like the grass though as it has sandburs in it that gets stuck in their feet. Even in the house they are not protected as we track them in. I try to leave my shoes at the door when possible and switch to house shoes, but still…when you see a dog limping you have to pick them up and pull out the sandbur from their paw. Roger had a deep one the first day and bit Katy when she pulled it out – she says he has a powerful bite even though he has not many teeth. He is not a biter unless he feels he is being hurt. But they love it here I think other than that sand bur. They avoid the grass like it is a hot field of tar. lol So yes they prefer to “go” in the driveway or as near to it as possible. Bless their hearts.
I tried to take in our being here as much as I could yesterday, just enjoying moments of the day. Being away from work, helps you think a bit as your mind has space to do so.
Around lunch time we headed out to a special place Katy wanted to take us, but it was closed. These are Mom and Pop businesses and so since it was the day before a holiday, many businesses were closed. And many of the restaurants close at 2 and re-open at 5. They truly take the siesta here it seems. It’s a ranch town and I guess everyone is working so they open for lunch, close down, and then open back up for a 5 to 8, 9, or 10 stretch, accordingly. So we didn’t get to eat at that one. No one wanted to decide where to eat next. I knew I was BBQ’d out. I’m not even convinced that we were all that hungry. I threw out “Chicken” and George kept mentioning Hamburger and I said “fine hamburger”. He was driving and didn’t know where to go, but we passed Ken’s Chicken so I figured he must rather want a burger and I could live with that with my love of burger. And this week there has been no cap on calories, not much of a consideration of what to eat healthy – although I have made some good substitutions – so we ate a hamburger and I got fries with it. They were homemade after all. 😉 So…..we got a Buckaroo burger. It is the home of the Buckaroo’s after all.
And it might have been BETTER than IN/OUT Burger. Watch out IN/OUT these Buckaroo Burger folks may give you a run for your money! Maybe they would come into the SouthEast where IN/OUT refuses to cross the Mississippi for some reason!
After our Buckaroo Burger we went to Walmart. I went to the clothing section and found 3 garments for purchase right off. I have been needing some warmer sweaters that were not too HOT to wear. And I think these are good and were very inexpensive and so George has several things to wrap up for me and by Christmas I will have forgotten about them til I open them up.
While there, we decided to go ahead and buy Katy and Cody a TV for their bedroom. The one they have now is no longer showing color. And they needed an upgrade. They are buying themselves a King Size bed and mattress for Christmas and so we needed something for their birthdays coming up. So this is it. And we will just leave it here and they can go ahead and hook it up or put a bow on it for later. She has to get a stand also.
We caught the dogs sleeping in Synchronization, lol. Well it reminded me of Synchronized Swimming and cracked me up. Better than sleeping in a pretzel knot for sure.
After Walmart, we came home and Katy turned on Christmas music. I baked my fudge pie and loved every minute of my “holiday baking time” that I really didn’t think I would get much of this season. Then George made his corn bread. I played games on the iPad which I enjoyed. I captured the peaceful moment as best as I could. I think the picture says it all.
I was glad to not go back out again. Rain had set in while we were at Walmart. A nice gentle and misty rain. We were happy to be cozy and inside. I had read up on my drone. And was hoping to get to fly it yesterday but there was not a good window of time as you cannot fly in wind or rain. I will have to find a place at home, I think to do it unless it clears and I give it a shot tomorrow, our last full day here. How sad is that? Tomorrow is our last full day here! Yesterday it seemed so far away.
Tomorrow we are looking forward to some Black Friday shopping. That is quite different from Black Friday anywhere else as we probably won’t get out until about 9:30 or 10. Well except for Walmart is a normal Black Friday situation but we won’t be going there tomorrow. And Walmart is staged already as they have pallets of shrink wrapped items in the aisles already making it hard to get to whatever you need to get to. I like to never have “mazed” my way to the dressing room yesterday. It was like an indoor corn maze. lol But there are shops we will go to. One is my favorite and it’s a 50% off anything in the store – or at least it was last year. Have been looking forward to that again!
Katy cooked dinner for us last night. Sliders, pasta salad, and regular salad.
We got to see Clint, one of the ranchers here that works with Cody and is a friend of his from TN. It’s always fun talking to him. He has met a girl here in town that is Katy’s pet groomer. They have been dating for a few months. It was amazing going anywhere here with Katy and Shelby as they know everyone. Walmart was a reunion center I think. We got to meet Shelby’s parents as we ran into them and were introduced. They told us we needed to move down here. There is some land for sale! But being able to pull it off would be another thing. I could get used to it here. But I’d have to have a storm cellar, lol. And what we would do for work? We’d have to have our own business I guess. We know how to cook. I could run a gift shop. We could dual it up and put it in the same building. I guess we could do a Nashville Hot Chicken thang! George would love to start up a tap room, I bet. ha.
Anyway, fun to dream. I’m not sure we have that much life left to dive into that kind of entrepreneurial activity at this point in our lives, so close to retirement really- what six years away if I retire early around the time that George does (he is older than me by about 3 years). That is the plan anyway.
My nose is about to run away, if you see it jogging by catch it for me. lol
Happy Thanksgiving to you! From the bottom of my heart I hope you have a wonderful holiday if you are reading from the US. I’m thankful and blessed to get to come to Texas two years in a row. It breaks my heart knowing we can’t be here next year due to my job of all things. But who knows, lots of things could change b/w now and then. But it makes it too hard for those that have to do payroll in a short week.
Anyway, I gotta get going so I can get by creamed potatoes made and my cranberry salad. Time for cup of coffee number 2. I hear that we will eat around Noon although it’s almost 9 now and I doubt everything will be ready by then, lol.
Ya’ll take care! Enjoy your day today.