#4 – Study Buddies Got ‘er Done (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

This year goes down in the annals of family history as the one in which our middle reached her biggest educational goal. When it was all said and finally done, her sweet hubby threw the most amazing party, and we were a family bursting with pride. Especially me. My daughter and I had been study buddies for 10 whole years. She Was One of Those Who Knew When the highlights of her elementary school summers involved bandaging a little brother's cuts and scrapes, the family thought we might have a budding medical

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#5 – Water, Water, Everywhere (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

On Monday morning, October 22, 2018, our Houston-based daughter called to make sure we knew not to drink the water. Yeet! she said. The Pots Were On the Stove All of our cooking pots are on the stove, full of almost-boiling water, I assured her. We're fine. Ain't no thang but a chicken wang. We be good. Don't worry, be happy. All's well. It's all good in the neighborhood. Or so we thought. We Were Boiling Our Water Unprecedented flooding in the Texas hill country had precipitated a water-boil mandate from the City of

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#6 – Culinary Firsts (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Everyday Intentional Adventure One of the easiest ways to add adventure to your life is to find or create new culinary experiences. Here at Texas Over Fifty, you'll find plenty of encouragement to do just that. Culinary Experiences Can Be Big Texas Adventures For those of us who live in Texas cities, the chance to try something new in the foodie world is probably never further than up the street or down the block. Austin's restaurant culture has become world-famous, and Fredericksburg is in the top 10% of restaurant sales at

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#7 – Birthday on a Boat (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

When we moved to Austin from the Panhandle, we envisioned a lot of change, expected a little weirdness, and then we embraced the challenge of setting off from the familiar to the unknown. Armed with recommendations from the Pinterest boards of Austin's food and travel bloggers, we set out to enjoy restaurants like Clark's Oyster Bar and scenery at spots like Krause Springs. Against the backdrop of what we saw in those pictures online, we could easily insert mental images of our own selves, living our dreamy best life in the

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#8 – Mornings by the Pool in Austin (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

One of my favorite authors is Jan Karon. She wrote the most wonderful bestselling set of stories called The Mitford Series, in which the central character marries a lovely, petite woman with a glorious exuberance for life. If Cynthia thinks she likes something, what she says is that she loves it. The whole series is a joy to read, but I especially loved those bits of dialog when Cynthia blurted out her love for first one thing and then the next. It kind of bugs her husband who reserves love for things more important than

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