My travel adventures so far this year have been limited to the great state of Texas. Not that I am complaining, it is a great state! It’s just I prefer to see myself traveling through Italy or jetting off to New York to catch a show!
Maybe that will be my life one day, but for now I am sharing with you my Texas travels to the beaches of Port Aransas, BBQ, and some history along the way.
The route from Austin to Port Aransas is filled with history. Every time we go to the beach we say we are going to stop and read the landmarks and visit the Spanish Missions that are still standing from the fight for Texas Independence. But we are always in a hurry and say “next time.” This year, we decided to stop since it was just me and my husband and we were not vetoed by any children!
First stop was the famous Smitty’s BBQ…delicious! We needed some energy for the road trip! Food before history.
This is the site of the surrender of the Texas troops to Santa Anna in 1836.
The site of the Spanish mission (Presidio La Bahia) with some of the original rock still standing from 1771. In many places, any structure that is 250 years old is considered “new”…but in Texas it is considered “ancient!”
A little food, a little history and now the beach. What a great way to relax…enjoying the lovely weather, breakfast outside and this view. God is good!
I love when it’s cold outside and I am inside with a blanket, a warm drink and a good book! During the month of February, this would be expected. However, since I live in Texas, I will settle for warm and sunny outside with a cold glass of pink lemonade.
I read a review online at The Book Review Directory. I saw that The Good Girl was recommended highly and I was ready for something new to read. It did take me a couple of chapters to really get into the book, but once I did, I enjoyed it and looked forward to reading each day.
The author, Mary Kubica, tells about a young girl, Mia Dennett. She tells of her life before and after she was kidnapped. She shares various points of view, telling Mia’s story as seen by her mother and her kidnapper. The chapters switch from past and present, which make for a more interesting read! I downloaded on my kindle for $7.99. It was worth the purchase! Let me know if you have read this book and if you have another great recommendation.
My oldest daughter, Hannah, loves to read. I mean she LOVES to read. When she was younger, taking a book away for the day was all the punishment she needed to stop any wrong behavior!! So when she recommends a book for me to read, I usually end up enjoying it immensely. She gave me three books over the holidays to read.
She had told me before about one of her favorite books by Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller. She told me several times how much I would love this book. I told her I would download it on my Kindle, but I never did. So that is why she ended up giving it to me for Christmas. Sadly, I still had a hard time getting started.
One evening I made myself just start reading…and I am so glad I did! The book shares various views of different characters and their involvement with the holocaust. While some of the book was hard to read, as it describes some of the horrors during this time in history, I like how she weaves in a theme of forgiveness.
The main character also loves to bake bread and by the end of this book, I found myself looking up homemade bread recipes! That may be my next challenge in the kitchen…Challah Bread!
You can’t beat a cold day, warm cup of coffee and a good book.
Here are the other two books she gave me. I read Sarah’s Key first. This book also spoke of tragedy during World War II. It is good for me to be reminded of this time in history. It makes me appreciate things in my life.
I will read Station Eleven next! Maybe reading in a comfy chair upstairs will keep me out of the kitchen downstairs! I am still on track with eating healthy in January, so I need all the help I can get!