Every year my siblings get together for what we call a ‘Sibling Trip’. My Brother and his wife, my sister & her hubs, and RancherMan & I pick a fun location and then vacation together. We’ve been to many fun places, but on this occasion my SIL suggested Broken Bow, OK.
I’ve heard of Broken Bow, but I don’t think I’ve ever been there. We’d decided to rent a 3-bedroom, 3 bath cabin so we could all stay together. It had a fully stocked kitchen so we could bring food and cook at the cabin a couple of nights to save some cash. Love it! Let’s get on the road.
In a continuous push to purposefully spend more time with our family, RancherMan & I always look for opportunities. We have a tradition to drive to one of our kids’ homes once a month to have dinner together & spend the day with them. They fix whatever they’d be having for supper that day, but with two more servings to accommodate RancherMan & me. We bring something to go with the meal such as dessert, a side dish, or maybe a bottle of wine – hostess’ choice!
We also try to drive to Oklahoma when we can to visit my dad, or to west Texas to visit my favorite aunt & uncle. There’s an important message here:
Spend time with the ones you love. If life is busy – make time! Tomorrow is never promised…
But recently RancherMan & I enjoyed a weekend at Surfside Beach on the Texas coast with several family members. What a special time! And RancherMan really loved the beach fishing too. (Always wearing his cooling UV-Protective Shirt of course)
As our anniversary drew near, RancherMan suggested we take a short road trip somewhere relatively close to home. We didn’t want to spend lots of money but we wanted a fun, romantic getaway. After much discussion we decided to drive to Granbury, Texas. We’ve been there on several occasions and it’s a fun town to visit.
RancherMan & I often get together with my siblings and their spouses and go away for a fun vacation. We’re running off together typically on a long weekend once or twice a year. I love that our family is still that close! We’ve been to many various places, mostly within the great state of Texas but also out to New Mexico. We’re even planning a cruise together.
On this occasion we conceded that our lives were all too busy to get away for a long period of time. But we still needed to plan a fun getaway. Family is important! So we decided to stay close to home & go all touristy in Ft. Worth, Texas.
OMGosh what a great idea! I’ve lived in the Dallas area almost all my life, so of course I’ve been to Ft. Worth many times. But it was always to drive to a specific location or event, never to stay & play. Now this is gonna be fun!
I needed a way to feel comfortable that we hadn’t forgotten something when locking the door to leave for a weekend trip. Don’t you just hate when you leave for the weekend and worry that you’ve forgotten something? Me too!
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I wrote recently about a basket. A handmade basket. A beautiful basket. MYbasket.
You see, I’d wanted an open-top basket for a long time and I was really trying to find one at a thrift store. Not only would it be less expensive but I wanted it to be used instead of new. I always prefer to buy used whenever possible. It’s just an environmental thing for me.
But for months I was patient and searched for one. Alas, a suitable basket was nowhere to be found. Then one fateful day as RancherMan & I were strolling through an outdoor fair I saw her.
Oh she was a beauty! A handmade woven basket with leather handles. Deep sage greens and vibrant pink accents.
“How much?” I timidly asked. “Forty Dollars” came the reply.
Wow. Forty dollars? That’s more than I was planning on spending. But oh how I loved her! And it was certainly worth that much, having been sturdily made.
Plus I love to support artists whenever possible. So I bought that beautiful basket with the bright pink accents, hoping I’d use it as much as I thought I would. And I’m pleased to say I have!
Although we now enjoy smart phone capabilities, RancherMan & I resisted getting one for quite a long time. We just couldn’t justify the cost of it, including the increased cost for data usage. Plus we kept saying to ourselves “I only need a phone for calls, not for text or surfing the net!”
But now several years down the road we’re certainly wondering how we ever got by without it! Yet it’s not just for fun or convenience reasons, there are several ways having a smart phone has been really helpful on the homestead.