Roadtrip to Houston

We traveled south this week to visit our kin in Texas for the holiday.  It has been a long time since I have been on a twelve-hour, one-way road trip.  We decided to take the gas-guzzling Explorer for the extra room it would provide our back seat passenger, but it was well worth it.  You know if Molly is not happy, no one will be happy.

In the early afternoon, we decided to stop for lunch at some place other than fast food. We saw several great places to stop, but, of course, by the time we spotted them we had already passed the exit to get off the highway. After repeating this process for a few miles we decided we would get off at the next exit and take our chances of finding something.  At the end of the exit ramp we found ourselves in the left-turn-only lane so, of course, we turned left.  We immediately saw a sign directing us to “Historic Downtown and Dining.”  After about two miles we found ourselves in the middle of downtown McKinny, Texas, which was fabulous.

The town square was surrounded by blocks of small, unique shops with several dining locations.  The entire square was decorated for Christmas, and many people were strolling around shopping and dining on the patio of the small cafes.  We decided this was the perfect place for lunch, so we drove until we found a parking place then walked a couple of blocks around the square and settled on a place called Churchhill’s.

The food was very good, and the walk around the square was just what we needed after six hours in the car. I would have loved to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring all the little shops. During our next trip to Houston I might just schedule an afternoon there.

We finally made it to Houston after spending multiple hours in traffic jams in Dallas and north Houston, a total of fourteen hours in the car.  It was really only the last couple of hours that were difficult, but I was really stiff the next day.

Thanksgiving was fun with great food, games and lots of family time.

We took Percy to the dog park and walked on some of the trails.  Percy was determined to get a squirrel  even if it meant climbing a tree.

Friday was spent doing some shopping and taking in a movie, “The Descendants.” The movie was entertaining, but it was a little depressing.  Today we are going to an MU-kU watch party with the Houston Texas Tigers (the Houston chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association) then heading home.  It has been a great visit.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, eating good food and spending time with family.

Note: If this post looks more grammatically correct than normal posts it is because it was professionally proofed!!!  I think it might have actually caused her pain to read this.

Congratulations Kayla!!!

The first order of business today is bragging on my middle child who just found out she has passed all parts of the CPA exam, plus the required Ethics exam, on her first try!  Way to go girl!

No more studying for school,

or for the CPA exam,

or dressing Dakota up because you are so bored………

now only work, work, work,

but at least it comes with a paycheck!!

Congratulations Kayla!!

Jack the Brave….

I love stories of courageous animals and heard a great one this past week about a dog that I have had the pleasure of meeting personally.  Say hello to Jack Daniels (son of the recently departed Whiskey). 


Jack is a full bred boxer and owned by a close friend’s son.   He is also a brother to Bella, who is owned by my daughter’s in-laws.  Jack is a cherished puppy who has been known to have a steak grilled solely for him on his birthday.  He often gets to sleep over at his grandparents house and play with their dogs.

Jack also has two sister cats, one named White Kitty and one named Grey Kitty.  Here is Grey Kitty..

 A few nights ago Jack’s owner was on the second floor of his house and heard a late night knock on his door.  He was not expecting anyone at that hour so was slow to walk down the steps and answer the door.  Before he got there, he heard the front door being kicked in.  Jack was not slow to the front door at all.  He immediately started chasing and barking at the intruders. 

Jack’s owner, upon hearing the door being kicked in, opened an upstairs window thinking he might have to make a quick escape out the second floor if someone was coming in the first floor.  Much to his relief, from the window he could see the two would be burglars running for their life after encountering the unexpected ferocity of Jack protecting his house and his person.

 Way to go Jack!!!!

 Jack’s owner called the police and then called his dad to help him fix the door.  After all was secured, Jack’s owner decided to stay with his parents for the weekend.   As they were backing out of the driveway the headlights of the truck passed over the roof of the house and they spotted Grey Kitty sitting on the roof.  It seems that Jack’s owner had forgotten to close the window during all the commotion and Grey Kitty decided to have her own little adventure that night.  She was happily surveying the world around her from her high perch as cats love to do.

 Jack’s owner ran back in the house and upstairs to the open window.  After much coaxing and a little meowing, Grey Kitty decided to come back in the house for the night.

 I am sure Jack’s owner and his parents are thrilled that Jack is such a great protector.  People usually assume their pet will protect them in an emergency although they certainly never want to really find out.   For Jack’s family at least, they can rest assured that Jack the Brave will be there to save them from harm and Grey Kitty will serve as lookout.