Trip to Llano was just that, a real trip

Bill and I had a great (if busy, for us) weekend, even missing all the really bad weather.

We did get rained on several different times, but we were already home when the flooding and tornados were going on.

At our South Texas Press Conference in April, I was winning bidder for an overnight getaway to Llano, a silent auction prize.

Since we were going to Fredericksburg on Saturday, we decided to leave a day early and enjoy our free night in Llano.

It included an overnight stay, a dinner and a gift certificate to a really cool wine bar on the Llano square.

I don’t know whether you’ve been to Llano lately— we hadn’t and it is really an interesting place to visit.

We had seen on Keenan Fletcher’s facebook page that there was a fiddle workshop and a concert at a local coffee shop that night by the Western Flyers from Dallas.

After our BBQ dinner, we went to the concert where a beautiful female was playing the amazing fiddle, a young man played standup bass which you hardly ever see anymore, and a fun guy handled guitar and vocals.

It was wonderful! Keenan, daughter-in-law of Michelle and Randy Fletcher of Rockdale, was there but didn’t get to play her “fiddle” because she was busy in the coffee shop.

The Fuel Coffee Shop is a coffee and sandwich shop during the week and on Sundays serves free food to about 200 hungry people, no questions asked.

They also like to bring live music to Llano and donations from this helps with their Sunday meals.

I wanted to visit some of the attractive shops the next day and Bill (no shopper, he) went along with it and even said, “Was there somewhere else you would like to go?”

This led me to believe he had been visited by The Aliens again and they had stolen his body, but he has seemed to be okay since that time.

On the Llano-to-Fredericksburg trip, the wild flowers were just beautiful.

Not bluebonnets and paint brushes, but coreopsis and gaillardia mostly and they were almost nonstop along that 30-minute drive.

I had to visit Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg after seeing all those beauties and I bought a wild flower mix to plant in our lot next door where some wild hogs have “kindly” plowed up the ground for us already.

You know the old saying, “When life gives you wild hogs, plant wildflowers!”

On Sunday morning, we particularly enjoyed the real reason for our trip— grandson Will was being confirmed into the United Methodist Church of Fredericksburg.

The church there gives each member of a confirmation class a beautiful quilt, handmade by a group of members, to wrap them in love.

I think that’s a wonderful sentiment and remembrance of such an important time. I love that idea!

We left for home shortly after that and were so glad we did because of the weather that has been all around us and, thankfully, we just missed it on our trip. We did notice the Llano River was a high as we’ve ever seen it.

It even held off on Memorial Day morning for the beautiful ceremony at the VFW Hall where Bill played with the Communities in Concert Band and then the sky opened up and it rained and thundered all afternoon.

I could hardly enjoy my afternoon nap!

We’ve had some wind and water damage here in Rockdale, but when you see the destruction in other places, it makes us very grateful for our safety and prayerful for those who aren’t.

I do believe more rain, and who knows what else, is on the way, so do be careful, everyone!!

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