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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Hill Country Weekend!

A few weekends ago we had one of our girly weekends and this time it was at Ruby's home in the hill country near Marble Falls.  This is where Ruby and hubby plan to retire in a few years. It is a lovely home and with my little camera I could not capture the whole house. lol  Believe me when I say there is a whole section on the right I did not manage to capture.

Lot's of things I love about this home but my favorite place is the back patio! Everyone but me enjoyed their first cup of coffee and me of course was my diet Dr. Pepper.  We planned our day  while listening to the early birds serenade us.  I could easily retire with a patio like this greeting me every morning.

Hope Ruby doesn't mind that I am sharing part of her master bath. This is the huge walk in shower behind this circular wall.  I have seen these in magazines but never thought I would actually ever use one. Pretty darn cool if I say so myself.

Since Ruby's hubby was working in London for the week she brought her precious little King to keep us entertained. He actually kept me from being bitten by a scorpion so King is my new best friend. Sorry about that Tinkerbell!

 Saturday morning the first place we stopped was a outdoor furniture store that has everything imaginable for the out door life. Ruby is wanting to redo her patio so she had to show us some of her selections. Here on the way to the car I made Ruby, Oscar and Bonnie pose for this pic. I grew up with these three siblings and their sister Linda who also happens to be my sister-in-law is missing this girly weekend. So we let their brother Oscar join in the fun since he is a hoot and never a dull moment when he is present.
Then Oscar made me trade places and he took our picture. Ruby on the left, myself and Bonnie.
I love these chairs and they come in every color even pink for my porch.

After this they pretty well made me leave the camera in the car while we walked the tourist town of Fredricsburg. It was Market Days so every body and their cousin just happened to be in town for the day. At times I thought I was in New York City instead of a small country town. Gosh everybody came to town that day. 

Ruby had gotten us tickets to a theater called the Rock Box and we had to rush our shopping to be there by 4:30. I wish you could of seen Bonnie and myself trailing after the two long legged Oscar and Ruby. Man I was glad when it was theater time so we could sit down. 
The Rock Box was cool. A cast of about 10 entertained us for two hours. They sang songs from the 50's and 60's. A lot of times it was hard to believe that they were imitators and not the real thing.  They reminded me of a group I saw in Vegas years ago. 

What really brought the house down was the last song when all the cast came out and we all joined them in Amazing Grace. Then a moment of silence for our troops. 

For a small town this was an impressive performance by these talented actors. I thought of Gretchen and how she wants to have a small theater like this one someday.

When we have these girly weekends we laugh ourselves silly. I think it is because of the subjects we discuss while playing cards. 

I thought with their brother Oscar there we might not have these talks but  boy was I wrong. He joined in and  only made us laugh harder with his man take on things. His wife is a sweetheart and was glad to let him get away with us for a weekend. 

Since I have know the Oliver's all my life these talks can lead to places only friends can go.

Oscar was trying to give his sister Bonnie and myself advice about dating again but his advice is not one I would want to repeat on here. His advice made me realize why I don't  date. lol

Oscar and I were partners in playing cards and we whopped them so bad that were told we could never be partners again.
I made the mistake and showed them how to find my blog so how do I tell you about our crazy antics. Maybe when the newness wares off for them. lol 

I do know that when God gives us friends to enjoy that we need to as often as possible. That is my reason for blogging. Sorry I fooled so many of you with the last post but I laughed every time I thought of Tinkerbell waking me up at that very moment so I had to share it with you. Your comments are always funnier that the actual stories and it was worth fooling you just to enjoy your comments. Several of you mentioned I sounded like a romance writer and maybe should write one. I hate to admit it but I have never read Romance books. I guess it's never to late to try something new.

On my way to Marble Falls I drove through Bastrop where one of the horrible wild fires destroyed thousands of acres and homes. I tried to find a place to take pictures but too much traffic and construction crews mowing down trees. For miles it looked like a war zone and my heart broke for all the families who have no place to call home.

In this picture you can't really see just how heartbreaking and overwhelming these fires have been to Texas during this drought. We have been told that this drought will not end for at least another year. Hard to imagine a dry winter.

For the last two days I have been sick with my back. I have over did it trying to work on the house in town. My son Clint came down Saturday and helped me and then by Sunday evening I could not function. I tried to work there yesterday but gave up after a few hours and then took today off. I just can't get down completely because there is so much left to do. It scares me to think that I may never be able to hold a full time job again. You guys that live off of just social security may have to give me lessons on living on such a limited income. I admire you for being able to do so.  

I love you!


LuLu Kellogg said...

Ohhhhhhhh Dear Maggie...I love reading about your adventures!

I hope your back will get better.

Let me tell that the Commander has retired, it's tough living on just retirement. I have a ways to go before I can retire and you know being an artist, my income is never reliable and with 7 dogs there is not much money left over after all the bills are paid so we just get creative and watch what we spend. Not much left over for frivolity but we have LOVE and that helps!!!

Love ya Girlie!

Marydon said...

You are a 'hoot' of a writer, but until someone meets you in person they'll never know what a REAL hoot you are. How fun you had such a grand time.

Well, I commiserate with you & your back. Hope you get it under control. nothing worse than back pain. I went in & said to the Dr. as he opened the door 'shoot me up, Doc.' He got those big long needles & fixed me up. Pain is subsiding.

You make my mornings just sparkle, sweet sister.

Surgery is on the 4th & 11th now. I will welcome it as I can't drive anymore.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Have a beautiful day ~
We love you ~

Vicki/Jake said...

Hey girl! What fun to see you again:} I miss having girlie weekends. I live so far away from everyone now, that just don't happen much. Maybe I should move to Texas....

I've worried about retirement myself but if ya don't grab the SS now, you may not get any. And I think you can still work part time too. Big decisions...

I need to hear the tips on dating again :P

Have a great week Maggie and don't overdue so much.

Anonymous said...

What a fun, fun time it sounds like you had sweet Maggie. I am so happy for you that you have wonderful friends to spend a 'girly weekend' with. Oscar sounds like a ton of fun.

That house is gorgeous and oh, I would love a patio like that, would spend most of my time on it. :)

So sorry that all the work on the house has stirred up your back pain again. Sure hope you are getting some rest and letting it get better. Are you all finished with the house yet?

I enjoyed reading this and the pictures are great.

Hugs sweet you!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

sorry about your back hurting Sweetie. do rest a bit so you can enjoy the holidays.

what great photos of you and your friends. I know ya'll made wonderful memories that you'll cherish...


Olga said...

Forget about the rest of the house. I'd be happily retired just on that patio. Sounds like a super weekend spent with old friends and i'd say you were about due. Rest and take care of that back.

Debby said...

So glad that you took some time to have fun. What a beautiful home.
I was afraid your back wouldn't make it through the cleanup. I hope you can rest and there isn't much left in the house to do. Can't believe family did that to you.

Nezzy said...

Girl, I'm hangin' on to God's promises with your back.

I want that back porch and just love those rockers under the fans. Heck, I wouldn't even have to shoo flies myself!!! Woohoo!

I know...we saw how very dry Texas is as we drove through but also Ok, AK and Mo are dry as an menopausal woman too! It's sad!!!

I'm thrilled ya got to have some great 'friend' time and tons of fun too, I'm sure.

Ya always make me laugh out-loud sister!!! Heeehehehe!

God bless ya and have a most wonderful day!!! :o)

Sue said...

What a wonderful trip you all had, but I'm sorry to hear that your back is acting up.

I guess I don't have to tell you that you shouldn't be doing deep cleaning, Maggie. But you are a girl who is hard to keep down, I think...


Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

What a wonderful weekend! I love hearing about your get-togethers with the Olivers! And what a lovely place to spend your time together!

So sorry to hear about your back acting up again, Maggie. I hope you feel better soon!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I love prowling around the town of Fredericksburg--your blog reminds me I need to plan a trip there soon, and I will definitely look into the Rock Box--that sounds like so much fun!

Lisalulu said...

WHAT a fun trip, with FUN people!! and I agree that you SHOULD NOT be doing all the cleaning yourself.. or at least I hope you are taking good care and drugs for your back! we all wish you such good things, you are such a positive person that they will come true!

yaya said...

That little town is always in the country magazines because of it's cute homes and shops. I'm glad you had such a good time. Their home looks amazing! Hope your back feels better..but then you'd just go back to over doing it again! My hubby's patients do the same thing...then have to come back for another adjustment..wait, that's a good thing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie, I'm so glad that you had a great time but so sorry about your back. Try to get some rest.

I can't access my blog or leave comments on people blogs. Hope it will be fixed soon. I keep trying.

Julia from Petals and Wool

Grandma Honey said...

I enjoyed looking at the house you stayed in. I sure hope your back gets better quick. I know how hard that can make life.

Garden of Egan said...

I'm so glad you had a great getaway. It looks like it was so much fun. I can't believe they made you leave your camera behind though.

You are a great story teller and a sweetheart. That's why I love coming over. Blogging is amazing isn't it?

Sorry about your back. It seems like once something like that happens it's never the same. I've overdone this last week and I'm paying for it now.

Hugs and love to you my friend.

Darlene said...

It sounds like you had a super wonderful girlie weekend. It is so fun to get together with really good friends, isn't it? And you got to go to the theater and everything. I was impressed.

I know how Texas has suffered from the draught. Water is very precious there right now. I just got home from Dallas and as I told you, I'm so sorry I fell and hurt myself so badly or I would have tried to look you up.

I do hope that your back gets well enough so that you can go back to work if that is what you want to do. After working in that prison so long, what kind of work would you want to do? It is hard to live on a limited budget. We have to do that because Dick and I decided that he had to retire at the same time I did. He was only 55 and I was 64. We saved and planned for it, so we did make it, but it had been hard lately. When we retired, we were able to save a thousand dollars a month and now we are having to use our reserve money in order to live. This economy is the pits. Groceries have doubled since then. Everything is so expensive because of gas prices. Everything has to be shipped in and I wish someone could tell me why deisel gas is more expensive now than regular gas? It used to be so much less.

I do wish you luck, Maggie. I think you know that. Love ya

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Maggie, sounds like you had a wonderful time with great friends. Oscar sounds like a great guy if he can spend time with the girls and enjoy it. Most guys would go running in the opposite direction. Loved your cowboy kissing story. ha! I've been abrumptly awakened from sweet dreams and really wish I could go back to dreamland and finish the story. :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Hope your back is better soon. Tammy

Arkansas Patti said...

Aw Maggie, so sorry your back is giving you fits. Pain just sucks. Take it easier and get better soon.
That house is a dream and that patio to die for. I would spend entirely too much time there.
As for living off social security, I do and it takes learning how to say "No" to yourself. I used to never question buying anything under $100.00 when I worked. Now I question purchases over $10.00 but I honestly don't feel deprived unless it is for a bucket list trip I would like to take. Just put Pearl in charge.
Thank you for your sweet comment. I am doing a bit better.

Susie Swanson said...

Hope your back will get better for you and I always love visiting your post, they make me laugh. Even on a rainy day.. Take care..Susie

Retired English Teacher said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your girls only weekend looks like such fun. I loved reading about it. I look forward to reading more on your blog.

Jennibellie said...

Great post as ever Maggie, great to hear about your trip. I hope your back gets better soon, warm wishes Jennibellie xx

Donna said...

Wow...ask Ruby if she need another friend?? That shower and back porch are worth any yard work I would have to do!!
Have a wonderful time with your friend Maggie!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maggie, Julia from Of Petals and Wool here. I no longer can do blog post on my blog and my account has been deleted by Google because they say that there was some illegal activity or that I have violated Google terms of service??? I don't know what I did wrong but I now have no Gmail account and no identity. They deleted my second blog and also my new Gmail address.

I've spent a lot of time trying to retrieve my Gmail address but got the run around. It said that they were sending me an email but I was not getting my emails, so couldn't get it fixed.

This is to let you know of my situation. I still can visit blogs through Firefox by googling the name but it's time consuming and I only can leave comments on blogs who allows Anonymous.

Your anonymous friend from the lost paradise of Petals and Wool. Hugs. Julia

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Sounds like you had a blast on your weekend excursion! Good for you! Take especially good care of your back and don't overdo!

Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Jennifer Richardson said...

I send you loads of love
to help bear the load
of a bad back
...may mending happen quickly
and may giggles and beauty
brighten the time
and may provision come
in unexpected ways
with a side of happy surprises!
Much grace to beautiful you,

Connie said...

It sounds like you had a grand time!

So sorry about your probably hurt it while doing all that dancing with the cowboy! :)