A pleasant December Sunday

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Cool, but sunny.  High 68

STEPS:  11,595

After our traditional Sunday morning grits and eggs breakfast while watching CBS Sunday Morning, I took my hike.  I went a bit farther to make up from my laziness on Saturday.  I usually hike a big square around some fields.  The first 3 legs this morning were fine, but the last leg was right into the fierce NW wind.  I was almost bent over with the brutal wind.

A new Airstream has moved into Retama Village.  This one is brand new – a 2020 and is much bigger than ours.  Theirs is 33 feet; ours 25.  I chatted with the owner a bit to welcome her to the neighborhood. 

Many of the residents here are excellent artists – painters, quilters, photographers, woodworkers, bead and jewelery makers, and leather artists.  Today, several held an “art walk” where we could stroll through their courtyards, all masked up, to look at their goods.  I bought some very nice hand-painted cards from one artist.

Then, we visited our friends.  George is trying to improve his chess skills, so he played a few games with our friend.  They have a beautiful backyard, including this nice poinsettia.

This photo popped up as a Facebook memory today.  Five years ago, we visited a Chinese couple in San Francisco whom we had met camping.  They took us all around Chinatown for shopping and eating.  It was a terrific experience.  Meeting new people is one of the best things about traveling.

DINNER:  Another night off from Jacques.  I made fish tacos with some frozen mahi mahi.  I topped the tortillas with the fish, salsa, sauteed green peppers and onions, and Mexican cheese.  Side was a butternut squash.  Muy bueno!

PHOTOBOOK:  “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel.  A bit strange, but compelling.  It traces the lives of several different people whose paths cross along the way.  4 stars out of 5

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