Monday, August 4, 2008

Weekend Gadabout

My girl cousins and I met in Brenham, Texas, Friday for a weekend of girly time. We’re all within 10 years of age of each other so we have loads of memories to reminisce and laugh about. Our parents were big on playing jokes on each other, but when we tried to play jokes on them, they often backfired. For example, my cousin Anna hid my mother’s false teeth one morning. It was funny to her, but my mother didn’t see the humor. My mother in a tiff was not a pretty sight. Anna said as my husband and I left for our honeymoon, my step-father came barreling into the kitchen with the news, “Linda left her birth control pills in the bathroom.” She said my mother was out the door yelling, “Linda Gail, Linda Gail.” She always used my full name when upset. If she was in a good mood, my name was ‘Lucy Lou.’ This was a story I’d not heard before.

Our first stop in Brenham was the Blue Bell ice cream plant. Saturday we toured Washington on the Brazos where the Texas Declaration of Independence was penned and signed. It was also the first capitol of Texas. They have a wonderful museum with artifacts depicting the lives of the area Native Americans, the Spanish Conquistadors, and the early settlers.

From there we went to Windy Hill Winery for a tasting. I’m not a wine connoisseur but found several I really liked, especially their port. It’s a very small operation but promising. We drove to Independence to see where Baylor University was first established and then to The Rose Emporium to view almost every variety of rose you can imagine plus numerous other plants. We’d have stayed longer but it felt 103 degrees in the shade. Our last stop for the day was Pleasant Hill Winery. We passed on the opportunity to stomp grapes. On a cooler day we’d probably have given it a try. Would you believe Texas has about 200 wineries now?

We ended the evening by watching the movie “A Good Year.” Is that fitting or what? I think our next get-together will be during a cooler season. We had a great time and I came home with several ideas for stories. Thanks for listening to my rambling.


Texas Bluebells near Independence


Ciara Gold said...

And did you stop at the smallest church in Texas. It's on the scenic route that goes through Independence. I love that area of Texas almost as much as visiting Fredericksburg.

Linda LaRoque said...

We did see a little church but didn't stop. I'm sure I'll be going back and will be sure to stop then.

Have you ever toured the painted churches near Hallsburg? That is on our list to do. I've heard they're beautiful.