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The Farm was WONDERFUL...

November 27th, 2006 (04:11 pm)

Benjamin's Family was just fantastic.
And oh my heavens the FOOD.

I was in a food coma by 7PM and fast asleep, on Thursday...
(woke to start the drive at 6AM after I had gotten home from work at 2AM, so I was beat!)

I saw my very first LIVE armadillo, saw him several times actually
throughout the weekend, rooting around in a wide open nearby field...
So I named him Jeffry.

(skidspoppe asked me why, when I was describing my weekend,
and I told him he just looked like a Jeffry.
Skids allowed as how that was quite reasonable.
Ben didn't ask.
There are some things he has simply come to accept. He would wave and hollar:
HEY JEFFRY!!! each time we saw him. ^_^)

East Texas has REAL TREES!!!
Red and gold and orange and browns....real TREES with leaves.
The landscape was out of a picture book. Did not feel like Texas at all.
Their land is gorgeous--fields, meadows, forest and a little river...

I saw deer EVERYWHERE!
Ben and I rescued a raccoon!!!

Ask me about Harp'n Pigs!

Friday we went for a ride in his Brother's 1941 Ford convertible (oh dear, what was it?)
on a "RUM RUN" for Mojitos. (There are lots of dry counties in this part of Texas,
Longview is in one of them) Ben and his brother Frank and their friend Tom and I! I got
to sit in the RUMBLE SEAT!!! Ben got to drive it home...Too much fun! I also finally got
to see Ben's Classic 2 seater MG that he has been talking about--CANNOT wait
until that is in our garage.
Rather, cannot wait until that is OUT of our garage
and I am in a scarf and cat eyed shades in the passenger seat. ^_^

Thanksgiving was spent at Ben's brother Frank's wife Maria's sister Ester's house.
(*whew* that's a mouth full!) A house full of Familia and FOOD and Laughter. I just
fell in love with the entire family. I wanted to sit and listen to Maria's mother tell stories
for DAYS.

On Friday the whole Family got together AGAIN at the Farm house and a spread of
fajitas with all the PROPER fixin's was rolled out by Maria and her mother and her
sisters... I chopped a few onions and peppers--and then just stepped back in awe. They
had obviously done this before. *grins* Frank grilled up the meat on his brand new
birthday "toy"--a grill the size of my last apartment.

Ben's three little nieces were ADORABLE. But I must say, the youngest found a special
place in my heart. She liked Miss Ginger to sit with her and read. We took turns reading
books to each other and discussing the pictures. I have not met three more charming
and well behaved young girls in forever. Bright, happy, polite and beautiful. Such well
rounded children are rare these days.

Frank and Maria have much to be proud of.

I cannot thank Ben's Mum enough for inviting me...Deleese, I needed that.
You and your Family are truly remarkable people. Such a joy to be around.
Thank-you so very very much.

Just three days out there made a world of difference in me...
Being under a different sky, listening to the sounds of nature at night as I fell asleep?
Oh there are so many more stars than I remembered.

I saw Benjamin thrive in his natural habitat.
He seemed to grow three inches. Seemed taller, more alive somehow.
That place, wow, the space the air the sky the water...WELL WATER IS DELICIOUS!!!

I was reminded of all the things I am Thankful for.
It was a wholly enjoyable and much needed vacation.

Now...Benjamin's birthday cake is done, and I must head to Lovejoys.


Posted by: beatnik sidearm (beatnikside)
Posted at: November 27th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)

What about ... Harp'n Pigs?

I feel like Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters," asking about "the Twinkie."

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Grasshopper Mouse!

Okay imagine a twinkie the size of...no no no that's not it...

Okay, me and Ben were out on one of the "Four Wheelers" this huge machine that now passes for a horse in most parts of this part of the world--when servicing a large chunk of land?

And I asked what the huge cages were for, traps, that I kept seeing near the water? Those are for wild pigs, said Ben.
Harpins? I asked.
What??? he asked.
Harpins, you know, wild pigs?

He howled with laughter and we caught air over the next leaf covered hump of earth on the path. I held on for dear life, and waited to find out what was so funny.

You mean javelina maybe? No baby, these are just feral pigs. But they are a bit dangerous...

he paused for a moment.

'Specially them with the harps.
You can hear 'em coming, but it doesn't matter.

For the rest of the weekend he would pick on me and my Harp'n pigs. Stop suddenly--as if to listen for the dangerous plucking of their strings.

He allowed as how if we could catch one, we would make it play for us before we ate it.

*head in hands*

(It should be mentioned that I do not eat pork, and this is a source of great great harrassment from my ham lovin' man on a near daily basis to begin with.)

Posted by: Organizational Anarchist (napalmgod)
Posted at: November 27th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)

Armadillos creep me out. They're like two-foot-long doodlebugs (pillbugs). Creeeeeeeeeeeeeepy. Plus the whole "Leprosy" thing.

Lemme know if Ben needs advise on the MG..

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)

So Ben wasn't yanking my chain about the leprosy thing???
I thought he made that up...

I would LOVE a huge Doodlebug!!!

Will do on the MG, but it's his baby.
I doubt he will be seeking advice. *GRINS*

DOOOOOOOOODLE BUG, now I want a huge one!
I would name it Alice.

Posted by: Public Joy Killing Birthday Gang (bloodlossgirl)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)

The leprosy thing's totally true. And icky.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Boy Of Steel

Eewwwwwwwwww! I am going to have to google this eventually
aren't I? Oh well, just got called in to work on my day off...



I went to bed at 3AM, and got up again at 6AM to get Ben off
to work--and now.......

Oh well, makes me look good.

*slams her coffee and jams*

Posted by: the Dachshund's Sweatpants (bollix)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)

Tops on my list of places to visit when I come to Austin: Lovejoy's.

Also Taco Shack, Uncommon Objects, and Room Service.

Well Water sounds scary. But I will take your word for it.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Cup & Lip

Oh my Dear...
You simply must must must come visit!!!

I know all those places and agree.
When are you coming???

And well water tastes a bit like good mineral water.
A slight saltiness, nearly unnoticeable but there without
the bubbles of the nice Italian stuff.

It tastes like water that hasn't been violated.
It tastes the way I think water is supposed to taste.

Posted by: the Dachshund's Sweatpants (bollix)
Posted at: November 28th, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)

Bill and I will be in Austin from the 21-23.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 29th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)


Posted by: the Dachshund's Sweatpants (bollix)
Posted at: November 29th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)

I just berated him for not telling you. We are staying at a hotel but I think he's planning to spend lots of time hanging out with you. I dunno. He's planning the whole thing & I'm just sitting back. My only stipulation was that I get to eat breakfast at Taco Shack and get my hair cut by Anna the Hair Genius.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 30th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)


Can't wait!
The two of you need to come to Opal's too, ya know?


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