Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Many moons ago, when I first moved up here full-time and started blogging about our adventures here, a local chef and cooking instructor left a comment on one of my posts. She said she enjoyed reading my blog because it reminded her of what it felt like when she first moved to the Texas Hill Country -- when everything was new and exciting, and she could not wait to explore it all. I remember feeling sad that she had somehow lost that fervor, but couldn't imagine it ever happening to me!

One of My Early "To-Do" Lists
Back then, I was all about learning to live "The Good Life" -- making my own cleaning products, hanging my laundry on a clothesline, cooking with real food and getting to know the people who raised it and grew it, maybe even growing a bit myself, and, in the process, finally finding a tribe who cared about the same things I did. Most of all, I was obsessed with exploring my new environment and having adventures as often as possible!

So, I got a bit melancholy a while back, when I realized how long it had been since we'd taken a day-trip just to go splorin', and how set in our routines we had become. Whatever happened to that girl in my early blog posts? Well, she's ten years older, for one thing, and came close to losing her hubby several times. Our kids turned into adults who married and started families of their own. Change is inevitable, no? But, often, change is just what you need.

Remember this grandma journal I made at Lucky Star Art Camp last fall? Well, ever since Lex announced that we were to be grandparents, I've been jotting down notes about fun things that my friends do with their grandkids -- things like High School Debbie's Grandma Camp, and my BFF's list of rainy-day activities.

Which led to thinking about other things I want to do with Little Goober some day, like taking him to the Blue Hole, or going over to Outdoor Woman's house to gather some eggs, so we can cook together.

And, it was as I was transferring all these notes over to Mima's Journal that I suddenly realized something. I was once again feeling that same sense of exhilaration and anticipation that I used to feel in those early days! Why? Because I knew I would be seeing it all again as if for the very first time, through HIS eyes.


LaNell said...

How fun! Let the blog and adventure continue.

Hill Country Hippie said...

Thanks LaNell! How did you end up using your little notebook from Kelly's class? Can't wait to hear about your adventures at camp this year!