We left home Saturday afternoon heading south on I35 for the ranch.
On the way out of Dallas, we stopped at a Cheddars for a late lunch.
It was DELICIOUS!!! The food was fresh and perfectly cooked and Louis Dean said that his steak was one of the best he's had lately!
It was good to arrive at HEB without being hungry!!
We filled our cart with all the makings for an old fashioned cookout for Sunday.
It was dark by the time we got to the ranch. After unloading and setting up house, we poured a glass of wine and sat out under the stars with our SWEATERS on visiting with Dean and Grandson Robert.
Ah, it's good to be back!
We are coming more often and not staying as long - a win! WIN! for both of us.
It was a lovely Sunday here at the ranch today!
We slept so well last night - as we usually do when we are down here - with the windows open and blankets to snuggle under.
After morning coffee, Louis Dean rustled around and hung up a bird feeder he bought at the HEB and we have been watching all day to see if it would attract any visitors. So far - only ONE!
I love it down here in our little camper.
The yellow flowers are growing right by the camper door - my own personal bouquet - compliments of Mother Nature!
We got busy getting food ready for a family get-to-gether.
Chairs were all out on the deck, two pitchers of tea made, menu prep underway!
We were looking forward to Roy and Ruth Ann arriving around noon.
Robert was so happy to see his aunt and uncle!
This was their first visit in SEVEN years!!!
We snacked on cheese and crackers washed down with glasses of iced tea while the food cooked.
Hamburgers, smoked sausage and hot dogs! A traditional cook out!
I made stuffed peppers and Ruth Ann had brought her mother's recipe for potato salad plus baked beans, a fresh fruit bowl, chips of every kind, and German Chocolate Cake!!!
We pulled the picnic table up on the deck under the awning so we could eat in the shade.
Father and son enjoying themselves with their feet up.
This is a special photo of Ruth Ann and Robert.
They had a lot to catch up on.
Amazing how time can slip by until you realize it's been YEARS since you've seen each other!
Ruth Ann was the cutest thing in her clever little hat!
This was her first visit to our camper!
She says we are 'Glamping' instead of Camping!
The girls gathered inside the camper putting finishing touches on the food prep while the guys visited out on the deck.
I love this little snippet of the guys talking and the girls chatting.
The soft drone of conversation was one of my favorite sounds of this day.
I glanced out the kitchen window and smiled to see Robert and his aunt and uncle deep in conversation!
Ruth Ann is the sweetest lady and my very best friend!!
Roy went on back home but left Ruth Ann to return with Sherry,
He knew she had not got her visit out!
Late this afternoon, Ruth Ann, Sherry and I walked up to the big tank and looked around.
Sherry got the ducks and geese from the McKinney Animal Shelter.
She also got some of her goats from there.
I like to look across the property and see our little camping spot!
We are ever so grateful to Dean and Sherry in providing a place for us here.
Full of country charm!
Being with family just made it even better!
We closed out our evening with a campfire - a perfect way to top off this perfect country day!