Whirlwind Family Visit

It’s not even noon on Saturday, and we’ve already had a busy and fun weekend. This may be a long post, but it’s just nice to write about something that went right. I’m hoping we were able to be good to others and relieve a bit of stress for them.

Yesterday, Kathleen and Chris came by, with Lee’s brother Jim and Eva, who is usually the caregiver for Jim’s wife, but was along on this trip to help out with Jim. Also among the visitors was 14-year-old Joe, Eva’s son, who gets to do some heavy lifting and helping out.

The gang’s all here.
Rose Gold. It’s subtle.

We all had a nice lunch at Dutchtowne, of course, where I spent a bunch of time taking pictures of my hair, because the light was good. I did also take a picture of the group.

After the business reason for the trip, in which Lee, Jim, and I signed a bunch of papers and Mandi notarized them, the family ran off to do errands in Temple (Vlassic asked to go with them, so he did, that traveling fool), while I tried to work as people took down the ceiling in our offices. I was forced out due to dust. This will be a topic of the Hermit Haus Redevelopment blog shortly.

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Penney, who jumped in my lap and is feeling good now

We regathered and of course had to take the visitors over to see Fiona and the horses! Were Eva and Joe charmed? I’m pretty sure the answer was affirmative, judging from the smiles. Apparently Apache kept trying to lift Kathleen’s dress. He’d probably never seen a dress before, and was just trolling for treats.

Fiona insists on having her picture taken with all new visitors!
As seen on Facebook, two thirsty gals.

It was 102 outside, so by the time we got back, we desperately needed cold margaritas. Off we went to Casa Carrasco, where we saw Evie’s entire family and all enjoyed our food. Joe doesn’t eat Mexican food, but he seemed to like his giant chicken fried steak. Eva really loved hoochie shrimp, and said she’d never had anything like it before. We told her we thought Evie’s mom made it up.

Kathleen hoping Fiona doesn’t mess with her dress, but Fiona is focusing on her hand, which recently had held treats.

We finally got home and had our Hearts, Homes, and Hands meeting up in our bedroom so everyone else could go to bed. I KNEW there was a reason for the seating area up there. It’s a meeting room!

Apache wanted to be in a picture, too.

And yes, we found places for everyone to sleep, even though we only have two bedrooms. The only bad thing was all the dogs kept wanting to sleep on the couch with Joe. He’s a trooper.

You can tell it was a breezy morning. But here are three strong women who are getting through all our family…stuff.

The plan was for the family to head out early this morning, but the back porch was too tempting, so much coffee was drunk, while I took pictures of spiders for iNaturalist. I really like the green ones I found on a doveweed plant. It’s a green lynx spider, or so I believe.

I didn’t know it had all those prickly things on it until I blew up the photo.

At last, Chris hooked up our big trailer to our truck, to take to Angleton to move some stuff out of Jim’s old house. I know it will be hot and humid, so we’re wishing them well.

Carlton makes sure the trailer is road worthy.

At least everyone got to have a nice break at the Hermits’ Rest and we got a visit. Chris is working almost every day of the week out in Monahans at the oil fields, so it’s always a treat to see him. And Lee got to visit with his older brother! The good news is we’ll see him again when they bring back the truck. I’m just glad we got Harvey out of it before they left!

Look carefully and you will see Harvey’s head in the truck.

Did I intend to write this much? Nope. But there you have it, a slice of less than 24 hours over here at the ranch.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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