Having not been to Texas in eight months, it was still a shock and surprise how many things had changed in my absence.
Friends have moved, but did leave a forwarding address. Life certainly is all about change isn't it?
My main purpose in going up at this time was threefold. One was to be at my daughter's house when she
had some eye surgery to help out in any way I could. Two was to be at my oldest granddaughter's graduation from college as well as my daughter's graduation from another college and third was to spend time with my grandson as the anniversary of my daughter's passing was May 19th.
All of the above, along with visiting family and friends was accomplished. It was a hectic time.
As I mentioned in the last post, the weather cooperated for the first five or so days. During that time, we, Sue, Vandy and I were in Galveston eating outside every chance we had. Seafood, oh my. Shrimp and crabmeat and snapper. YUM. However, my left food began to swell and it was so painful that it was
difficult to walk on it. What the heck? It never occurred to me that it had anything to do with seafood until this past Monday when someone said they have gout and when they eat seafood the same thing happens to them. I need to read up on gout and figure out why I now that to think about. Me, who loves seafood! Oy vey.
see Cedar Lawn, a lovely area of Galveston where Sue and Vandy used to live. The above photo is of Sam
Macio's house that was designed by the same architect who designed Frank Sinatra's home in California. They, the story goes, were big buddies. It's a long and intriguing story. Sam Macio is a relative of Tillman Fertitta who owns many restaurants, hotels and casinos.
we don't have lawns here in San Miguel, I take great pleasure in seeing the expanse of green grass.
Especially since I no longer have to maintain that kind of a lawn.
He is 16 and such a delight to sit and have a conversation with. He didn't want his photo taken but
then I finally asked the waiter to do so and he did let this photo happen! What a wonderful thing to
watch him grow into a young man with dreams and aspirations. I know Jennifer is so proud of him as are all of us.
and was having so much fun by not giving it back. What a darling little guy. I was SO SO happy to get to see him again.
The story continues, because in a way, Sherra, is responsible for my business success. At some point, she asked me to serve on the Board of Directors of her firm. I did. She and her husband were investing in a new restaurant that was going to open called Cyclone Anaya's on Richmond. They asked if I would go and look at the building as a possible decor package. It ended up that it became more then that and was my first restaurant project that lead to work all over the USA with El Chico and Rio Bravo among others!
Sherra had forgotten all about that until I reminded her at our luncheon. We laughed about the fact that neither of us could or would have believed at our paths or successes back at the beginning.
One of Julie's friends surprised her by putting these balloons on the front doorstep for her. What a nice surprise.
Mexico, so far. I'm so so proud of her and the way she thinks and conducts her life.
This is just some of the activities on the monthly excursion to Texas. In addition, of course, there was shopping, seeing other friends and other stories. All can wait for another day.
None of the above would have happened if Sue and Vandy, Amanada and Patrick, Bill and Annette and my daughter Julie and son-in-law Rich had not had me staying with them. Thanks to all for another Month of Memories.