It is that time of the year when I head north of the border to see family, friends and the city that was home for thirty-four years.
It's always a whirlwind affair. Houston is so big that if you are in the area around NASA where I and my children lived for seventeen years, you are over fifty miles from the other side of Houston! To say it is spread out is an understatement. Here in San Miguel, one can walk from one side of town to
the other in about forty minutes!
The whirlwind is always fun. The last two years my trip was to be there for my oldest granddaughter's graduation from Texas A&M. Then last year was Hannah and Andrew's graduation from high school in Kingwood.
This year it is the graduation of my grandson, Christopher, from Clear Lake High School. There will be one more graduation, when Emma graduates, and then it will be quite a while before Matilda and
Sebastian, who are here in San Miguel get to that age.
I'm thrilled to be able to be with Christopher for his graduation and to catch up on what his plans are
for his future. At one point he told me he wanted to go into robotics. This past year he built a drone from scratch. He is VERY detail oriented. It is very exciting that the whole world is open to him and
his dreams as it has been to all of the grandchildren.
Then there is seeing all of the rest of the family in one way or the other. Here are a few photos of the big celebration and the time spent with family last year.
The agenda for thisupcoming trip is exciting. First, when I land and get a rental car, I'll head to my dear friend Martha's house. We met twenty-five years ago through the Houston Culinary Guild and a delightful friendship has grown. Martha is a food historian. She has traveled worldwide in pursuit of more knowledge about the subject of food. Her knowledge is extensive and enlightening. Even at her age of somewhere in the mid-80's, she is always busy going somewhere or doing something. She is a treasure to know. A true Southern woman. I call her my Steel Magnolia.
My plans continue when I head back inland toward Clear Lake to spend a couple of nights in that area so I can be near my grandson for his graduation. During that time a dinner party has been planned to see friends. One is a realtor who helped me find a house to buy after my husband died in 1978! We have been lifelong friends.
Then I head to Austin to spend time with Jessica and to check out her new living accommodations along with seeing where she works. I'll be there for a few days.
Who knows where I'll be after that. By then we're at about the 8th of June. I'll only have six days left. It's hard to plan that far in advance, but I can't wait to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law and all the grand kids. Whew. No, I haven't forgotten my brother and sister-in-law either. OR my nephew Ryan and his wife Lacey who are expecting another baby. They have two precious boys now and it's exciting to wonder who the addition to the family will be.
so many memories.
I am definitely a lucky lady to have the life I live. The family I love. And the friends who enrich my life.
See you on down the road.