They Want Us Back . . .

After having a breakfast of the Buc-ee’s Sausage and Cheese Kolaches we picked up when we got gas last night, we headed out for Marble Falls about 8:45am.  We made a brief stop at Brandi’s to pick up the cooler with the perishables, since we had more room in our truck, and then we were back on the road.

Our first stop was in Brookshire about 80 miles down the route at the Flying J, with the second one at the Buc-ee’s at the Luling exit on I-10. These two stops are the same ones we’ve been stopping at for years, even in the RV.

About 10:30 I got a call on my cellphone that I didn’t recognize. It turned out to be from one of the supervisors with Marathon Oil that we had worked with this past summer. He wanted us to take over a gate for them, and sounded really disappointed that we weren’t gate guarding right now. Guess this bodes well for us getting another gate next year.

This stop was also where we left the Interstate and headed north on US-183. A little later we got on the new TX 130 Toll Road that took us on into the outskirts of Austin. The thing that really makes this Toll Road worth it is the fact that the speed limit is 85 mph. Nice!

Then we hooked up with SR-71 and headed west. This is where we ran into our first traffic problem. SR-71 starts out as a limited access 4 lane divided highway but deteriorates into a 2 lane road with a stoplight. This means that the traffic starts to back up at the light, such that it took us 20 minutes to go just a little over two miles.

But finally we were out in the country for the last 30 miles. We got into Marble Falls about 2:30 and first stop was Brother’s Bakery and Café. Brandi had called ahead to reserve a couple of their pies for our Thanksgiving, a pumpkin and a chocolate bourbon pecan. We know they’ll be delicious because Brother’s is the bakery that did Brandi’s wedding cake a couple of years ago, and it was great.

Then it was only about 15 minutes to our rental lake house. As advertised, it’s right on the water and really nice.


Jan and I got unloaded and then took it easy for an hour or so until Lowell, Brandi, and Landon showed up.

Since everyone was getting hungry, we all headed right back down the road to a place we saw on the way in, the Farm House Restaurant. And it turned out to be a really good idea.

The Farm House Restaurant has been famous in the Texas Hill Country for more than 30 years, and has hosted customers such as Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, and Tommy Lee Jones. We all had Chicken Fried ‘Something’. Lowell had steak and the rest of us had chicken. And we all agreed it is was some of the best Chicken Fried ‘Something’ we’d ever had.

Getting back to the house Landon played for a while before it was bath time. And since the two bathrooms here have only showers, Landon got his bath in the kitchen sink. He was a little unsure at first, but quickly decided he liked it.

Landon with Fig Leaf

I had to add the fig leaf to the photo to avoid any legal problems.

Watching Landon running around the house while Lowell and Brandi were trying to get him dressed and down for the night, really brought back memories for Jan and I.

When Brandi came back out of the bedroom, hot on Landon’s heels as he ran squealing down the hall, I told her that watching all this brought a phrase to mind. When she ask “What phrase?”, I said,

“Payback’s a Bitch!”

For some reason she didn’t think it was as funny as Jan and I did.


Thought for the Day:

Procrastination is (I’ll finish this later)



3 Responses

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Jan and Greg–enjoy those grandchildren!

  2. Thanks, Janna. And the same to you.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!
    On another note, it’s great that Marathon liked you guys so well that they called you and asked you to take a gate for them. We are sitting in Gonzales right now waiting for a new Gate….it was kind of nice the way it turned out though. We got to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner together without the “Call” of the Gate sensors…LOL.
    Enjoy your time with family…that is something I miss this year.

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