Where, Oh, Where did the Summer Go?

| 11/3/2014 10:11:00 AM

Tags: Summers Gone, Texas Visit, Kayaking Again, Finishing Steps, Gardening Finished, Mother Earth News Fair, Nebraska Dave,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveGoodness, here it is November already. Where did this summer go? With the many unexpected things that happened not as much gardening was accomplished as I would have liked. My garden is all put to bed but more about that later. The weather here has been a 10 for fall beauty and longevity. The fall colors are still hanging on as long as it can. We have had a couple light frosts but not that season-ending killer frost yet. Old Jack Frost has been teasing us this year.

Bradleys birthdayMy daughter and I rented a car and took a trip to Texas to visit my grandson for his birthday.

We, my daughter and I, rented a Ford Fusion with Eco Boost to drive the 948 miles to Bandera, Texas. Cowboy capitol of the world. Seriously, it's supposed to be the cowboy capital of the world. I was not impressed. I didn't see one cowboy riding a horse all the time I was there. That's not to say that at certain festival times the town cowboy's up. We had a great time and got to spend two days with Bradley. One of the things we, Bradley and I, liked to do when he lived with me was to watch Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on TV. So thanks to Hulu Plus, a ChromeBook, and hotel WiFi, we got to catch up on the new adventures.

We decided to go to a movie in San Antonio.  My daughter is an avid movie goer and has an AMC movie card, which gets discounts and acquires usage points. The only AMC theater we found in San Antonio was in the downtown area. Once again my daughter was driving. This time streets were narrow, traffic was fast, and commercial trucks were big. All made for a white knuckle experience for her. Parking on the street was a lost cause so in the parking garage we went. The cost was $7 for the first hour and a dollar for each 30 minutes after that. The movie was "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."  It was a cute, humorous comedy of a family overcoming a bad day. I think all of us heaved a sigh of relief when we got back to the motel. The motel advertised an outdoor pool for patrons to use. That would have been nice but it rained most of the two days we were there, which greatly disappointed Bradley.

One more time of kayaking before the summer ended brought up against some challenging obstacles.

Old Dave kayaking

11/6/2014 9:30:30 AM

Hi Dave: The steps look great! Hope next year your garden fares better. We had an exceptionally hard early frost that even killed the plants in the greenhouse! We'll have to hit the TMEN fair in Topeka next year. I have relatives in the Emporia area we could visit at the same time.

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