We got to go back to my Grandmama’s home town and see all the fun family museums and gardens. One of my favorites is the rose garden where there are a ton of different kinds, including my favorite, the Audrey Hepburn (a hybrid tea rose):
Our first night there, we had a big dinner at my Uncle’s with smoked turkey and green bean salad and bread pudding. The next day I had some of the veggie leftovers in an “everything but the kitchen sink” salad.
We ran at a beautiful trail just a minutes from my Uncle’s, the Katy Trail. It was incredibly beautiful, bluffs, a river, tree-lined paths…pretty much the fall idyll of a running trail.
After the visitation my whole family went to my cousin’s restaurant. I got the southwest chicken salad which came with grilled onions and peppers, olives (my new obsession!), and a salsa dressing and a side of steamed broccoli. The waiter asked if I wanted the broc without the clarified butter (based off my detailed salad order…). I thought that was super nice of him! Since it was 9 at night and I was sooo hungry, I also snagged a few sweet potato fries from my brother and a few bites of spinach artichoke dip from my sisters’ appetizer.
The day was actually beautiful and the service was just perfect. My brother and I did a joint reading and we sang some of her favorite hymns-some of the last words she said were the lyrics to old hymns. My mom and 2 sisters and I all have gold-piece necklaces from Mexican pesos that my Papa got a long time ago. We thought it was an appropriate time to wear them.
After the services we had a lunch provided by the church in their fellowship hall. Amazingly, it wasn’t all rolls, roast beef, and pie (there were at least 6 different kinds). I loaded up on veggies and wasn’t hungry for another 6 hours.
On the long drive home yesterday we did make a special stop for Happy Hour at Sonic. So worth the long drive for that and the antics of my siblings in the car.