My Return

It has been quite a while since I posted on either of my blogs. I thought I should probably give an explanation as I start writing once again. Over the last few months we have had the great pleasure of hosting some family and friends in our home. These times have been filled with joy, laughter, food, swimming, and exploring our city as much as the restrictions of the virus have allowed. For me, it has been a time of great happiness.

The visitors began with a visit from my oldest son, his female friend, and their two dogs. They traveled across the southern states to arrive at our home a bit worn out and definitely ready to get out of the car. I also had the privilege of meeting a new grand-puppy and seeing once again the other grand-puppy which they had on their last visit. We spent a nice amount of time in our pool. One of the dogs enjoyed swimming with us but the other one did not find the water inviting in any way. My son even cooked an outstanding meal for us on the grill one night. Many of the places which I would have taken them were closed due to the virus, but we still explored a lot of the city, and they were able to see some of what makes the metro area so wonderful. They were able to spend ten days with us before heading back home to Florida.

After my oldest son left, I thought we would not be hosting anyone for a little over a month. Much to my surprise, my youngest son and his girlfriend showed up at our door the Friday before Father’s Day. He had worked out the surprise with my husband and I guess had been planning this all for a few weeks. Once again, we had a great time enjoying the pool and seeing sites around the city. At this point, some places we wanted to see had opened up with restrictions, including Six Flags Over Texas. We were able to also go visit the National Soccer Museum which pleased my son who had been active in soccer throughout his childhood and high school career. It was another enjoyable week and like with my other son, I was sad to see them leave.

The day after my youngest left, I picked up a friend at the airport. He is the son of one of my very close high school friends and wanted to get out of Iowa. We had been talking about his visit for a few months, so I was excited to greet him at baggage claim. Throughout his ten days with us, we had wonderful talks while spending time in the pool. He is going to school in hospitality management, so we went to see one of the premier hotel and convention centers in the metro area. I was amazed at how it looked and all the amenities available for someone who was staying there. It even had a huge fountain which I truly enjoyed. His background also included working for an airline for a period, so he loves airplanes. We went to the Pioneers of Flight Museum located at Love Field. The collection is not a huge one but seeing the planes throughout history, even including space flight, was a lot of fun. On his last night with us, we went out to one of our favorite restaurants where they bring endless amounts of food and meat to your table. Again, I was sad when I took him to the airport and sent him back up north.

As you can tell, I have spent a large amount of my summer spending time with some wonderful family and friends. I have enjoyed showing them the city which we now call home. My time in the pool has grown tremendously. The conversations and sharing of ideas has truly enriched me. However, I have not been able to find a lot of time to sit and write. My limited writing time led me to not post over the last couple of months. Now I am back though, so I hope you will continue to read my blogs. You can expect a couple of posts a week. As always, I enjoy your comments and input.

A Week Away At Home

You may have noticed that I have not blogged in about a week. There was a good reason for this. I had the pleasure of having my youngest son come to visit during his spring break. Of course one of the reasons he chose to come visit is that temperatures here averaged twenty to thirty degrees warmer than back in Iowa where he attends college. I hope the other major reason is that we have not seen each other since our move at the end of December. Whatever his true reason may be, I was more than excited to have him visiting.

Last week was filled with opportunities for me to show him a little about our new city. This was not his first visit to the area. He had been here while he was in high school for a national convention of an organization in which he was a member. They had been able during that visit to tour AT&T Stadium but saw little of the rest of the area. I tried to give him a flavor of the area. Each day we explored something different.

Here is a general breakdown of our week:

  • Friday – arrival and introduction to our new home
  • Saturday – Attended the “World’s Only St Paddy’s Day Pickle Parade”, had a birthday celebration dinner, and went to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
  • Sunday – Hiked the trail at Eagle Mountain Lake
  • Monday – Visited the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards and watched the longhorn cattle drive and toured downtown Fort Worth including Sundance Square
  • Tuesday – Visited TCU, walked through the stadium, and then went to the Star which is the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys and adjacent entertainment area
  • Wednesday – Went to the Fort Worth Zoo
  • Thursday – Spent the day at Six Flags Over Texas
  • Friday – Visited the Fort Worth Science and History Museum, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum, and walked around the campus of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center

We were on the go pretty much all week, not including little stops along the way and a lot of eating out.