Monday, January 2, 2023

Happy New Year! 1/2/23

Hello and Good Morning and Happy New Year!! 

How are you and how were your celebrations?  Our weekend, of course, was quiet.  Fletch and I are both on the mend and will finish up our Paxlovid prescriptions tomorrow morning.  Our symptoms vary day-to-day.  I experienced more coughing than Fletch; he experienced a worse runny nose than I did.  We both thought our sense of taste was diminishing Saturday night, but Sunday morning that was fine.  I'm still a bit on the tired side (there was one night I slept 11 hours, got up and did a few things and then had a 2 hour nap!!), but overall am pleased with how we fared our first (and hopefully only) bout of Covid.  Thank you all for your well wishes and all the healing juju you sent our way.

I'll wrap up talking about our Texas trip in this post.  Kind of picture heavy, so be warned!

Saturday morning (still a bit on the chilly side) we all had a late breakfast at a restaurant in Austin.  After that the men went off to see Avatar (which they all enjoyed - all 3+ hours of it!).  Mailing, Bonnie and I took off on our own adventures:  first we drove to Franklin's to pick up all the BBQ Mailing had ordered for Christmas day.  Luckily she had ordered and we were able to pick up.  Others who had not ordered were waiting in line - folks get in line hours before the place opens...almost tailgating - chairs, coolers with beer, etc.  After that we went to the Blue Genie Art Bazaar

This was just your typical neighborhood bazaar:  soaps, candles, jewelry, tee shirts, etc.  Some of the stuff was interesting, some not so much.  After that we drove to a park Mailing had heard about and walked a 3-4 mile loop.  I was exhausted by the time that was done!  But, it was time to meet the guys and take in the Bullock Texas State History Museum (and I will say the history of TX is extremely violent!).

Christmas Day dawned sunny and bright.  We had a lazy morning at the AirBnB and then walked over to C&M's (about a 15 minute walk) late morning.  We had some gifts and then some of us took a walk along the River Walk.  What a pretty trail.  There were lots of people out and about walking, running, biking, etc.  Early on our walk we spotted a beautiful hawk sitting on a low branch alongside the trail.

Up near the dam and Lady Bird Lake we spotted a lot of turtles.

Colin & Mailing often spot green parakeets along this trail, but none were to be seen on Christmas Day.  There are a lot of pretty and interesting murals along the trail.

The BBQ for dinner was delicious.  There was turkey, pulled pork, sausage, brisket and ribs.  And, of course, sides:  potato salad, cole slaw, pickles, etc.

We watched a movie and called it an early evening - Monday we headed to San Antonio!

First up was Tower of the Americas which was pretty impressive.

You can see from the sky what a gorgeous day we had!  And, San Antonio was mobbed - so many people.  Compared to it, Austin felt like a ghost town!  We ended up having lunch at a place along the River Walk in San Antonio.  Though the air was a little chilly, we opted to sit outside to eat.

Next up was the Alamo.

Next up we took in the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.  So many of the plants were covered due to the severe weather of a few days before, but there are several greenhouses and the displays were gorgeous.  I liked this little structure:

Our last stop before an early dinner was the San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden which was so, so beautiful.  We didn't have much time there as it was closing by 5, but we walked a bit.  This structure was so gorgeous

We had an early dinner and headed back to Austin.  Bonnie, Zhongren, Fletch and I had an early flight back to PHL Tuesday morning.  Our flight was delayed, but only by half an hour.

Overall, it was a wonderful trip with a whole lot of walking!  Thanks for coming along on my trip!

Hoping today finds everyone stepping into the New Year with joy and optimism.


  1. I'm glad you and Fletch are recovering without too many dire symptoms. It's a shame you finally got covid, but your antibodies will be increased for a while now. And TX looks like it was really fun, with lots of good food and plenty of walking. It would be lovely to see things blooming on your next visit!

  2. I am so glad you and Fletch are on the mend!

    Texas, however, looks amazing... especially through your eyes! What fun... and how appropriate that you saw turtles there! :)

  3. Happy to hear you are on the mend! I have an awful feeling 2023 might me our year to finally meet Mr. and Mrs. Covid. We are getting a bit too comfortable out and about so it's just a matter of time I fear. We don't think it's possible to avoid it forever.
    Right after Mom died we took Dad on a road trip to San Antonio. He always wanted to see the Alamo. It is such a beautiful city. We loved the River Walk and the missions. Never saw rain like we saw in Texas. It was truly buckets coming down.

  4. I'm so glad you're feeling better and resting as you need. That's really the best thing for you.

    Your trip sounds fun and like you didn't let any chilly weather stop you from doing things. So smart to order in for Christmas dinner! I liked seeing all the photos of such interesting sights and happy faces. Happy New Year, Vera. Rest and get wholly well very soon.

  5. You and Fletch sound like Dennis and I with covid. I'm still falling asleep if I sit down in the afternoon to knit. I'm so glad you're feeling better.
    Your trip photos are great! So many fun things to do in Texas. How wonderful that all of you enjoy being together and sharing things with each other. Even covid! How is Zhongren feeling now?
    Happy New Year!

  6. The little shed/structure at the botanical garden would be a fun and perfect playhouse! I’m glad you had a good trip and we’re able to see so much of the area with Colin’s extended family. My COVID cough lingered long after I tested negative. I can’t imagine how COVID hit those who weren’t vaccinated.

  7. You had a very full holiday. Hope everyone is getting over their Covid without too much trouble.

    Happy New Year to you, Fletch and of course, Miss Mabel!!!

  8. it's sure nice to be on the mend! Looks like you had a wonderful visit-the Alamo was a great place to visit-we went in 1998 when my son grad from AirForce basic training!

  9. Glad you're feeling better! Thanks for the photos! I had no idea that San Antonio was a day trip away from Austin!

  10. Well that's a herd of turtles!! Glad you had such a nice trip, and that you're feeling better.

  11. It looks like it was a wonderful trip; I'm just sorry you brought back COVID as a souvenir, though it sounds like you got lucky with a mild case. I hope you can keep taking naps as you need them and feel back to 100% soon!

  12. Happy New Year and I'm so glad to read that you and Fletch are on the mend! Your trip looks wonderful and epic, thank you for sharing it with us.

  13. Happy New Year! Glad to hear you're feeling better. Looks like you had a great time in Texas!

  14. merry Christmas and happy New Year. I'm sorry you both are unwell and hope you are well when you read this comment :)

  15. Your trip looks like it was just lovely - family, some nice meals, and a little Texas sight-seeing and sunshine. I'm glad you had a good time and an uneventful flight.