Whirlwind of Winning

No doubt I’ve mentioned at some point on this here blog that winning and losing aren’t really important to my goals (which may surprise anyone who ever played board games with me in my past). But nonetheless, I declare today a win all around (other than my exercise routine, which has suffered due to too much sitting and chatting). And it’s all thanks to all my friends and contacts in little old Cameron, Texas.


Snazzy stripey.

I got to sleep in and then had a fine time getting beautiful new navy and sparkle nails. I wanted something wintry, and you know, dark blue matches every outfit I have, since I usually have on blue jeans. Still not sure why I like fun nails so much, but I just do.

It’s one of my girly things, I guess. That and all those rings, huh?


We’re thinking the vultures were looking over at the Hermit Haus, thinking how dead its rentals were.

After lunch, Mandi and I stopped by the Central Avenue Bistro again, because Mandi craved their Caesar salad so much. I had a light soup, which was good, but not as spectacular as the white chicken chili yesterday, which was loaded with chicken. Anyway, that’s beside the point. The winning came when we followed up on yesterday’s conversation with my friend Jenecia, who said her husband really wanted to come see the Hermit Haus to potentially rent it. OH BOY.

With all the stuff going on with Hearts Homes and Hands, we’d had to let publicizing the Hermit Haus as an event venue slide, so all we have is a couple of board meetings and the Master Naturalist class going on. We really want to make enough money to cover the building’s expenses.

Hey look! They opened up the window to the interior of the house!

So, later today, Burt, Jenecia and the adorable Ripley came by to check out the space. It went over more spectacularly than I’d dreamed. It turns out they want a space to do Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering games. Well, we have an actual dungeon, sort of!

We had a blast touring the church building and the Pope Residence, too. Burt knows a lot about fixing up old houses, so he had lots of fun insights and ideas. Sometimes I am amazed at all the things my friends know about and how things can work out.

We look forward to having the meetings at our event venue. Hosting games and that kind of community-oriented stuff is exactly what Mandi and I want for the Hermit Haus.


Maybe those Pope people will have treats, Harvey hopes.

Also at the Bistro, I talked to Marilyn, one of the owners. She had tagged a friend of hers from Houston on one of my posts about the Pope Residence. This friend happens to be one of the descendants of the builders of that home. She said there is also a brother who comes back to Cameron often. What a coincidence that Marilyn met one of the Pope descendants in her career outside of Cameron!

I am really, really looking forward to getting in touch with one of these folks to see if they have any stories, memories, or maybe even photos of the house’s early years!


I can’t forget my oldest friends in Cameron, either. I joined Sara, Cathy and Kayla, who I’ve known since I first came to town, in the restaurant we eat at most, Casa Carrasco. There we spent a long time chatting. We caught up on all our mutual events, discussed local politics like only locals can, and I even got a lovely gift from Cathy and Kayla, that I intend to use at the Austin house. Such sweet friends. We didn’t worry about taking a long time, since everyone in the restaurant is also our friend and came by to say hi to us.

This thing locks. I dare any raccoon to get into it!

As I was leaving, one of the restaurant family members ran out with a business card to give to Lee. He knew Lee needed a place to get his car detailed and cleaned, and he’s started a new business. That’s just so cool.

And if that isn’t enough excitement, I finally managed to get a secure storage bin for the chickens’ food. I got it at the Cameron Ranch and Supply place, and they were nice enough to deliver it to the Hermit Haus, when it would not fit in my car. Way to go, Vaculin family. That is just another reminder that there are many very nice people in little Cameron, Texas.

I’m pretty impressed with all these small-town connections. It sure leads to full, fun days!

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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