Arrived Safely to the Ranch in Texas!

I guess this is a Gecco? Can you find it? It was outside our hotel room yesterday.

In the car I worked on crosswords with my much needed erasable pen – you know – so you can try a word out! lol I knew a lot of words but sometimes George knew ones I didn’t.

We headed Southwest into Texarkana and finally Texas. Traffic was pretty hefty the entire route. And it was a bit harrowing in a few places with big trucks, construction and lanes with barriers.

We stopped at In/Out Burger and got one!

Then George went in Total Wines. This was in Arlington TX.

They are so good!

Then we were only 2 hours to the ranch! We really ran later than expected as we mosied all day and took our time. Only to realize or remember that we had 5:30 reservations. How had we been so slow as we had gotten up at 6:00? I guess we showered, ate leftovers for breakfast, and repacked car and checked out, got gas refill and headed out. The rest I’ve told you about. But we were almost late! I guess it was a 6 hour drive left with a few stops. We made our reservation obligation with 3 minutes behind. We dropped dogs, and changed and headed out.

We ate at Canyon Road. Enjoyed it! Got a Grand Canyon margarita! Most of the girls did!

Sometimes you take the traditional first night sunset however you can!

Got a better view later.

We came home and gave Katy her “haven’t seen you in a while” gifts and the guys went hunting. We also went next door to the guest house and toured it.

Then I crashed into bed around 10 for a much needed and excellent nights sleep. We each have our own reg size bed and it is so comfy.

I’m out on the front porch as I write. While it was 103 here when we arrived yesterday it’s in the 70’s at sunrise with a pleasant breeze of 10-15 mph this morning. That will be gone soon.

Today is the gender reveal and in just a few hours we will know if our grandchild is a boy or girl and a second reveal will show the name.

We are so happy to be here on the ranch!

I will get to use the new camera today! It’s easy to use the phone as it’s already here. Anything taken in the camera I can’t put on blog til I get home. I think. Still learning but I sync it to my iMac. Need to get extra batteries recharged in case.

Better go get more coffee and get a shower. We have a family breakfast this morning around 9:30.

Ahhh the breeze! Ahhhh vacay! And foxes were seen on the porch this morning- here’s one!

Arkansas Bound

All packed and ready to go!

Great trip in to Arkansas. Maisy settles in but Roger was a bit stir crazy 😜 a lot of the way. Not able to find his comfort zone and trying to get in our snack bag. lol 😂 We stopped at a really nice Rest Area mid way between Jackson and Memphis!

The hotel here in Bryant, Arkansas is nice!

Mine and Maisy’s bed

I wiped everything down and sprayed Lysol! A storm was coming and I’m not sure it ever got here. I never saw it or heard it. It may have rained but I didn’t see any evidence of it when we took the dogs out.

George went next door and picked up our to go order from a Tex Mex place called Ta Molly’s . We ordered a steak and chicken fajita dish and also a chicken tamale dish. Of course we had chips and salsa and all the fajita fixin’s! We split it all and still have a few leftovers. There is no breakfast buffet anymore thanks to COVID-19 but we get a brown bag. If we are not too late going down to get it!

The ride was pretty as it was flat and green. Not as boring as Thanksgiving time when it’s all brown.

We enjoyed hanging out in the hotel room. I was a little annoyed at not having access to The Weather Channel- apparently a premium channel here. So we had to watch Accuweather so I pretty much ignored it as it gave no local data. None that caught my attention anyway.

The “kids” were soon sleeping. And slept good all night til Maisy woke at 6 barking and wanted to go out. We all slept good til then. It’s a hotel and the walls are a bit thin here. So we hurried out the door with both dogs. I had to go back and get mask. Who remembers at 6 am – I normally don’t wear a mask at home when I take the dogs out lol! So George took them on and I met up with them!

Is it me or is she smiling in her sleep?
Has monkey, well fed, had water, has his Daddy, and now will finally sleep!

Traveling with Roger today was like traveling with a toddler except he moans instead of cries. lol But we got thru!

Time for a shower and another cup of coffee. And we will hit the road again and onwards to Texas past Dallas and to the ranch!

Hoping for IN/OUT Burger 🍔 today as we get to Arlington on the West side of Dallas! Yeee Ha!

Eating Out Again and Packed and Ready

Yes! The day has come! Although I have to work about 5 hours today.

I like the look of my new desktop theme these days. Some days you just want to hop on into the computer! Not sure where that is, but looks like a good place to be.

We have someone going away at our office to go work somewhere else. And we are all very sad that she is leaving. I was asked to go to lunch yesterday for her going away. It was our normal lunch crew but grew to 9 people. I was a little concerned about 1) Eating out in a restaurant and 2) being close around 8 other people. We have been trying to lay low so we don’t take anything to Katy. I talked it over with George who really said two things: 1) You work with these folks every day and are around them anyway. 2) It’s really your decision. So I went. We had a great time. It was so nice to finally get to talk to some people other than saying “How’s your weekend?”, “How’s your day going?” and “Happy Friday”. I mean really – it was great conversation and much laughs and a few tears – we’ve just not all eaten together and talked in so long. It’s forbidden at work as far as having food brought in and having “gatherings” and 9 of us would not have been allowed in the break room at once. I think only 4. Anyway, it’s sad that she is leaving and I’m glad we got to eat lunch together. And I hope none of us had the Rona. We went to Santa Fe. I had grilled chicken but it was topped with some mighty sinful toppings: bacon and mozzarella. And there were mushrooms and onions. And I got the potato loaded and also got ranch on the side salad. I was really hungry and had been eating healthy most the week. I liked this dish. The piece of bacon was just awesome.

The cases of Rona are going back down in Nashville again. That is a good thing.

So last night was a big night of packing. It’s mostly done now. I just have to add in the cosmetics from this morning and honestly I just don’t wear a lot of cosmetics anymore. I’ll pack some eye shadow. I might throw some make up in there for the gender reveal party. lol

I will work a few hours and head home. Then we will head out and hand things over to our house sitter. Also have alerted the close neighbors and have the cameras and security system all set. Our Little Bit will be well looked after by someone who loves him a lot.

We will land somewhere in Arkansas tonight. I have it booked and have the address in my purse. Then we will drive into Texas tomorrow. I also have a In/Out Burger either Pick Up or Drive Thru – on my list for tomorrow’s lunch. And then we head into ranch territory for the week. Small towns and reportedly very little Rona. Of course family is coming from Nashville but just a few of us.

And so again, prayer requests and keep us in mind. I’ll be posting each day as I can. I just have to. It captures more of the trip that way.

I do want to say that it is extremely hard to not take the entire house when you go somewhere. You might need this or that. Especially as you get older. And we have the two dogs. It looks like we are truly going on some big expedition for the rest of the year. I’m not sure Katy and Cody will allow us in the house with all this stuff. But here we go with it all anyway.

So I will likely post some photos/videos on Instagram and Facebook Stories if you want to follow along.

I can’t believe the day has come and I need to get going too!