Browsing category: Texas Over 50

#1 – Moved to Dallas, The Home of Sue Ellen Ewing (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Finding people in the workplace who dressed up on Halloween was once pretty hard to do. Now, it's the norm. Our entire law firm did it when I worked in Amarillo. One person decided on the theme and divvied up the parts. After that, it was our job to follow orders and show up in a good costume on October 31. One year I got to be The Queen from Alice in Wonderland, which I loved. "Off with your head!" I practiced on the kids. The next year, they assigned me the part of the old aunt from Wizard of Oz, which I did not love

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#2 – I Read the Whole Bible (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Consistently ranking high on the list of New Year’s Resolutions for many people is one thing that not all that many of us ever actually complete. Read the Bible Through Ever since I was a little one in Sunday School and sang the familiar song, I've loved the Bible. The B-i-b-l-e, yes, that's the book for me. Thanks to those terrific teachers, we in the childrens’ ministry of the Baptist church learned our way around this magnificent book very early in our lives. I can rattle off all 66 books of the Bible like nobody’s

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#3 – A Big Reveal Times Two (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

For me, the last year was marked and defined all the way through with firsts of so many kinds of experiences. One First Topped the Others We tried new restaurants and enjoyed scenic spots we’d never seen before, but one of the year’s firsts topped all of those by a Texas country mile. It was The Big Reveal, a party for our friends Shaneen and David, who were about to become parents for the very first time. Why Didn’t We Think of That These reveal parties all over social media are such a great idea. After all, everyone

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#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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#9 – Sunrise at Palo Duro Canyon (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

Since I grew up in the Panhandle of Texas, you would think I had seen the sunrise over Palo Duro Canyon umpteen times. However, until a recent Labor Day trip from Austin to the small town where our daughter lives near that amazing geological marvel, I really can't remember ever having seen it at all. It's a Case Study I have a good friend who is a psychologist-type, and when we discuss things about people (including us) that are hard to understand, she's the first to sum up all the mystery with her hallmark comment. It's a

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#10 – I Made the Statesman (Top 10 Experiences of 2018)

#10 I Made the Statesman - Top 10 Experiences of 2018 Actually, it's not my first time to make the paper. Three of my classmates and I were featured in The Canyon News after we were elected as officers of our school's Future Homemakers of America club. Another time, our whole family was pictured in the Muleshoe Journal as the town's newest residents. But, the Austin American Statesman is like, bigger. The circulation of this historic newspaper must be at least a million or more times more than the others that mentioned the

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