Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Back to the COUNTRY!!!

I admit that I do so love everything about going to the ranch!
We aren't ones to wake up at the crack of dawn and hurry out the door.
Not even when we are going some place that I REALLY want to be!
So first - we had coffee and did our reading.
Then we packed up, cleaned the fridge, and loaded the truck.
I ran a load of laundry and the dishwasher plus made sure Summer knew where I put her food and how to turn on my thousand points of light every morning.
She assured me that she would take her medicines, check her blood sugar and eat healthy.
"After all," she said, "I am 53 years old!"
Still, I lost the last misgivings I was feeling about leaving her alone after I talked to Sherry and she told me she would be in town and will come over and check on her.
Praise God!!

So it was with a light heart that we headed out this afternoon!
Summer came out to record the moment!
She IS her mother's daughter!!

Wish I had taken a picture of HER!!

We were OFF!!!!

I love that magic moment when we drive away!

Our first stop was right there in Irving to Years to Your Health.
Summer reminded me that Louis Dean would greatly benefit from taking Fenugreek for his lungs.
He's been hacking and choking and carrying on something awful.
I went right in and came right out with that plus some Thieves Oil and CoQ10 for his heart health.

Then, since we were right up there close to  Loop 12, we hopped right on and were really on our way!!

Louis Dean doesn't look too happy here. Not sure why. 
But just wait - you will see him laughing and smiling soon!

We stopped at Collin Street Bakery where I hoped to buy an apricot pie.
Wish I had taken a pic of the cookie cases there. They were EMPTY!!
NO pies and not many cookies left.
Cinnamon Bread and Pecan Bread were about the best we could do.
She said Spring Break hit them hard and they were swamped earlier in the day!

We nearly always stop at HEB on our way in.
It is my happy place.

We took two baskets......
I met up with Louis Dean and he had a guilty look on his face.

"WHAT???? I'm only getting some bacon!!"

When we checked out, I saw LOTS of items he had snuck in the basket!
Just how many bags of chips does he plan to eat???

We ate dinner at Luby's and this time he did NOT get a dessert - making progress on his diet!

It wsn't even dark when we headed to the COUNTRY!!

Some fields are brown with tiny green things coming up.....

while other fields are covered in green!!

When we turn on County Line Road, we know we are on the home stretch!

NOW just look at Louis Dean!!!
I told you he would be smiling and laughing!

It might be silly but I asked Louis Dean to stop the truck and let me take some pictures.
Ah, I breathed in the smell of the COUNTRY and sighed a deep sigh.
I'm IN the country!!

On County Line Road nearly to the ranch!

Louis Dean noticed someone had run off the road - and kept going!!

Coming in the gate!!

This is another favorite moment!
I'm always so happy to arrive and slightly sad when I leave.

I'm BACK!!!

Louis Dean unloads and I put up.
It takes about an hour to fluff up the nest and put all the groceries away.
The camper stays stocked with basic groceries and linens and such.
We store the chairs and bicycles inside the camper when we leave so we have to put them back outside. We also have a small freezer out on the deck and we plug that in and fill it back up.

THEN we put on our sweaters and poured a glass of wine and sit on the deck listening to the night sounds in the country,

Night Sounds and our First Sunset!

It just doesn't get any better than this!!


Deb said...

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Mummers AKA Summer said...

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BeachGypsy said...

Enjoy enjoy enjoy!!πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Linda said...

Hahaha! Just you take care of yourself while I'm gone!!

Carol said...

Being in the country is so much fun and so peaceful

Susie said...

Linda, So glad you arrived safely. Take care of each other. I know you will enjoy your stay. LD looked like he was saying good bye to bacon, at the store. Changing our diets is not easy. Certainly isn't fun. Summer is doing well enough to take a few days by herself and occasional check ins . I know you worry for her. Enjoy your time . Blessings, xoxo, love you guys, Susie

Vee said...

Oh, yes, he was smiling all right. What's not to smile about with the pantry filled, his lovely wife at his side, his trusty steed, and time at the ranch. All joys to you both!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

So glad you made it safely to your happy place. It really is calmer in the country!! We are heading out later today. I am having coffee and checking my blogs before I pack. My devotion this morning was about the saints who have gone on! Just what I needed today. God is so good!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Enjoy your time at the ranch!

Summer will be just fine, but I know you are happy about her being checked on!

Beth said...

Hi Linda, Glad you are out to your happy place! What a great place to spend some spring days! I love your hair, Linda. Enjoy!

Ginny Hartzler said...

YEA, you made it! You guys are so like us! We cannot do anything before noon. Then we are glad to get going, and glad to be back home. I had no IDEA that summer is in her fifties!!! This was shocking to me. She looks thirty. She looks so much younger, while having such pain, it has not aged her. But then again, you look younger too. I love the picture of you waving good-bye. We do not have a HEB, but there is a Wegmans about half hour away. Have a BLAST, as I know you will. You make it fun no matter where you are!!!

Kathy said...

I think you really need a break on the ranch. So glad Summer is well enough to leave alone, but glad Sherry will be checking in on her. It's always good to have someone near when you are not 100%. Have fun in the country!

Linda said...

Glad you're getting a dose of the country. Looking forward to the critter reports.

Gypsy Heart said...

Enjoy your time there and do some resting and relaxing!


Sandra said...

nothing like the sound of an idling diesel with a view of cows dining. loved it. ha ha on ma and pa kettle on the porch listening to night sounds. have fun, glad you are there to soak up the country