Same place, different companions. This time, however, the Muses made sure I forked over the moolah to get into the Matisse exhibit. Worth every penny! The lady with the cast on her leg is Outdoor Woman's friend Helen, who had a bad fall a month ago and has been pretty much housebound ever since. She was so excited to be off on an adventure! Fiber Woman was there as well, but she tends to get lost in her own little world as soon as she enters an art museum, and we were unable to round her up at photo time.
Fortunately, we managed to find her in time for dinner at, you guessed it, Luxury!
I passed up the Mexican Dog this time and went for the Chicken Curry. Excellent!
On the way home we just happened to pass a Trader Joe's, which is why I didn't make it home until almost 10:00 PM. But, my-oh-my, what a day it was!
The highlight of the day? This:
This is where Helen lives, out on Fischer Store Road, but there's more to this house than meets the eye. If you've been reading this blog for long, you've probably heard me mention cohousing communities more than once. That was my original plan for how we would live once we finally moved to the Hill Country. We did find a group who had actually bought property between Wimberley and San Marcos but, for some reason, their project never got off the ground, nor did I find any others in the area. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that Helen and two other couples had built their own tiny cohousing community!
She and these friends from church -- all living in San Antonio at the time, but all wishing to retire to Wimberley -- bought about five acres and designed this complex of three individual apartments connected by a large central screened in common area, sort of dog-trot style.
You enter through these double screen doors to find lots of comfy chairs, a large shared dining table, and a backyard terrace overlooking a gorgeous view.
On the downside, Helen's apartment happens to be the one at the top of those stairs, which has been a major ordeal since her accident, despite the chair-lift her son installed. On the plus side, she has oodles of help close at hand, whenever it is needed.
I'm thinking, perhaps, it's time to revisit this idea -- just in case there have been any new developments here in the area since last I checked.