Here is the final photo in our road trip to Austin and back last weekend...........ALL of us, before the four of us headed back to the Concrete Jungle known as Houston.
After spending two weeks at The Hallmark with my dear friend Martha, it was time to move on.
On Tuesday, I relocated to my brother and sister-in-law's house for a couple of weeks, at least.
They were prepared for me as this was going to be where I stayed after surgery. Now that there is no surgery, it is just a nice, relaxed visit.
EVERY ex-pat, I presume, when making a trip to the USA, has some shopping to do. I had basically not even paid attention to my list since arriving. My list is not big, but there were many places I needed to go to get things like new pillow shams, fabric to recover the chaises on the downstairs patio, some new Merrill sandals and various other things.
Yesterday, my sweet sister-in-law and I took off at about 11AM with a list of five stores to go to.
She was driving and we headed to Sugarland. Yes, that is actually the real name of a suburb of Houston because there used to be a big sugar mill in that area. I was SO happy she was driving as
she knew exactly where to go and had a plan, as she knew what store was near to another, etc.
I figured we might make it through two, maybe three places. Me, of little faith. We got to all the stores and got everything on the list! It was unbelieveable. We were gone about five hours.
Two things surprised me. How many stores there are - mile after mile after mile. Also amazing is the number of restaurants, everywhere! Another interesting thing to see was the number of people
out shopping. We did not enter any store that was not full of people. People of every race and creed.
I had forgotten the diversity of Houston.
To top it off, everyone is very courteous and helpful. At least, that was the case yesterday.
Our last stop was at JoAnne's fabric to get outdoor fabric for the chaises. While waiting in line
we had a conversation with a woman who teaches quilting at that store. Then the woman who waited on us was a delight after we had waited and waited to be "waited" on!
at least thirty minutes away.
When she wanted my name and information, I gave her my card, which she promptly attached to her apron so she would not lose it. The rest of the fabric was ordered, and I have no doubt when we return to that store next week, she will be there and so will the fabric. Another six yards!
We DID stop midway through this shopping marathon to have barbecue for lunch. You cannot come to Texas and not have barbecue. So far I had had none. But, how we got to the restaurant was interesting. Annette, my sister-in-law, asked me what kind of food I wanted and I said "BBQ?"
She then put that word in her phone to find out where the nearest BBQ place was located! Then there was a map to get us there.............a GOOD reason to have a "fancy" phone! The BBQ was delicious as were the sides of potato salad and fried okra. Dessert was banana pudding. Yup, no doubt, I'm in the Heart of Texas!
The weather here has been all over the place. From hot and humid to high 30's, windy, cold and raining. Today is the latter. When the highs in Houston in April are the high 50's, low 60's, that is considered cold. It makes me realize how predictable the weather is in San Miguel - usually sunny.
All kinds of fun and interesting things coming up in the next week. Who knows what I'll have to tell you this time next week?