Surprise Guests!

Yesterday, we were going shopping in Bandera when we saw a car that looks just like Blackie, Lee’s late-life crisis sports car. Out came the relatives, Kathleen and Chris. What a fun surprise!

Hey. We know them.

I now had a co-shopper, which made the last couple of stores way more fun. We stopped in a little boutique that is sorta like a mini Bling Box (they go to the same markets). The woman who was obviously the owner said, “You’re wearing Effie earrings.” I thought it was impressive she recognized who made my earrings. It turned out, she and her husband own the jewelry shop. That explains it. The original owner left it to them, so she’s getting a crash course in Native American jewelry. Ha!

Dang. Should have brought Apache.

We got a couple of things. I had to get this ring, of white buffalo turquoise, with a tiny blue spot. It fits so comfortably!

It’s big, but fits great.

We had a nice meal and got some jeans, then decided to go hang out at their bed and breakfast. We needed beverages, so headed out to the winery near our resort. We had a fun experience even though we were hurrying to get to the cabin before sunset.

White wine we had last night. Once it breathed a bit, it was great.

We found Chris at the brewery next door. He was having a great conversation with the owner about how they can their beers. We got Lee a surprise stout in a can. They canned it and made labels for us!

Cabin way outside Bandera.

We then went to the incredibly cute cabin they rented, and investigated the hen house, checked out the longhorns and took pictures that had such good lighting we felt like they could be portraits. Like senior photos for grownups.

Suna. Class of 1976.

The cabin was full of taxidermy, but really nice. There was good art and artifacts. I really loved the stuffed turkeys.

Kathleen gazes at the big deer.

We went back to our cabin, and have now packed up and left. I’ll miss all my walking trails! Wow, it was a peaceful and pleasant week!

Pretty hens.

Bonus: Kathleen and Chris went back to the brewery, and they opened it up just for them and canned two six packs! I can’t wait to try one!

Our future beer!

Back to introspection tomorrow, I guess. It will be good to see the dogs and equines.

It was good to have some bonding time with Lee!

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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