Travel to Texas

We spent a half-week in rural Texas this month because of a family funeral. Despite the sad reason for our little trip, I am so glad that we went. We spent a lot of time with Joe's nephew, a soft-spoken gentle soul and his delightfully energetic wife, a woman who'd apparently not only read but memorized the book on southern hospitality. In the midst of their grief, they were so eager to make us feel welcome. And they did.

One day Joe and his brother and I drove around to see what sights the area had to offer and we met this bird and his kin. The resemblance was undeniable. At one point we drove past a pair of emus and I still regret that I wasn't able to get a picture of them. I'd seen a billboard touting a Dr. Pepper Shake, available only at Whataburger. We don't have a Whataburger, so far as I know, Near Philadelphia, and while I really don't like most of what fast food has to offer, I was not to be denied a Dr. Pepper Shake. I'd checked with the great nephew (who truly is great) and his sweet girlfriend who surely is a pixy and they recommended we try one.

It did not disappoint.

One morning we went with the nephew to his late mother's farm to check on things. This beautiful gal greeted us, more curious than effusive. There were a lot of cattle of different hues on the property; they belong to the other Uncle Joe. Some were about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle and they were afraid of us!

We sat together in the home where he'd grown up for an hour or so, just talking and reflecting. The nephew showed us a quilt that his mom had been making for his wife; there looked to be about twenty-five good-sized blocks, mostly complete hand-appliqued Dresdens with kind of squiggly points so that they resembled sunflowers. I brought it home to finish for this lovely niece, and I expect in time it will appear on this blog.

We had a spacious room at a local hotel (that, incidentally, provided an excellent buffet breakfast with spectacular cinnamon rolls) and in our down time I worked on some appliqu├ęd diamonds that my friend didn't want to do herself. The rhythm of the button-hole stitch was soothing. Both Joe and I liked the time with family, being in a different environment, and the quiet pace.

Isn't it interesting that a trip for a sad reason turned out to be so wonderful!



Dora said…
I’m thrilled that you had such a nice visit in TX, even though for a sad reason. I was born and raised near Dallas and have lived my entire life in TX with the exception of a brief time in OK. I’m guessing from your pics you were in a rural area of E. TX. It’s lovely there. People are friendly and kind. I can hardly wait to see the quilt you’re finishing. So glad that you received a good TX welcome and enjoyed your time here.

Blessings from WTX
Barbara Anne said…
How wonderful that your sad trip for the funeral included such delightful time with family, good foods, and quiet time.
I, too, will enjoy seeing the quilt you'll be finishing for your niece.
Ah, lovely Blue Bonnets and Indian Paintbrush!

Quiltdivajulie said…
Sometimes it is all in the way we LOOK at the situation. Sadness doesn't have to completely take over as your lovely thoughtful post shows. I am SO glad that you found so many moments that you can treasure.
Well I wouldn't have been able to pass up the Dr. Pepper shake either!
Janet O. said…
Sounds like a great experience of family connections. I am so glad you brought home the quilt to finish for those good people.
I love gathering for family events--even funerals. Honoring loved ones brings us together, and that is always good.
I enjoyed the scenery and the people, but I am pretty sure I would not enjoy a Dr. Pepper shake. LOL
Nann said…
The "gathering" part of a funeral is important -- not only to remember and honor the deceased but to bring together those who had a connection to that person and in turn build the connections among those people. (A ripple effect.) .... And you got to see the bluebonnets!