The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

Grandparents Weekend

Angus came over on Tuesday night, Halloween, to spend the week with us while Steve and Helen headed off to Florida so Helen could race in the Ironman Florida Triathlon on Saturday. Halloween was kind of drizzly here this year but we still had trick or treaters. Angus needed a little Grandpa laptime.

Then there was a little Willy and Angus blanket time on the couch.

Friday night Angus and I drove up to Burnett to pick his kids. He was really excited to see them. Saturday was a very quiet day at home because Cameron didn't feel good. We tried a visit to the bookstore but it only lasted a half hour so we came home and Cam took a nap and finally felt better when he got up.

Sunday, we had a pancake and bacon breakfast followed by a trip to the Busby Flea Market per request of the kids. Back at home, the legos came out. Harley was very interested in the round green piece on the top of the blue container.

Very interested indeed. He made a play for it every time Morgan's attention was diverted.

Ah, success......but it didn't last long. Willy and Angus weren't interested. I'm not sure if Harley really wanted that piece or he just wanted the kids to pay attention to him instead of to the legos.

It wasn't a wild exciting weekend by any means. The weather was beautiful and I really wanted to take the kids camping but, considering the fact that Cameron forgot to pack any clothes to bring down and then was sick, we were much better off at our house. We found some clothes for him at his Dad's and he was feeling better on Sunday. This is what happens when you give your phone to your grandson so he can talk to his Dad on the way back to Marble Falls......actually there were 12 of these shots.  It was good to spend time together just grandparents and grandkids!

A Strawberry Shortcake Kind of Birthday

On a Saturday morning, Steve, Helen, Angus, Harley, and Willy went to the Pearl Farmer's Market. It was a beautiful day. After lots of walking, many admiring looks, and lots of petting, Willy is worn out. He climbed onto Angus's bed and zonked out before we left the parking lot. Angus is slightly miffed that such a little man takes up half his bed. Harley is on the floor checking things out.

Several days later, Mary Jane and I took Sage to the Gristmill Restaurant in Gruene for a birthday lunch. It was a nice day so we ate out on the patio. We stopped at HEB on our way to get a very, very small birthday cake as a surprise.......

But the Gristmill treated Sage to a huge strawberry shortcake with ice cream when they found out it was her big day (well, a couple of days late but).

So we put the candle in the strawberry and sent the chocolate cake home with her for later.

After walking around a bit after lunch, we stopped at our favorite coffee shop, the Gruene Coffee Haus. I think Sage enjoyed the day and so did we. Always fun to get together with friends.

Fredericksburg TX Flyby...Looking in Luckenbach TX

Here I am trying to catch up again. We headed towards Fredericksburg and Luckenbach in three vehicles.  Well, Dave and Steve rode their motorcycles while Helen, Angus, and I went in the car. The grandkids were along as well and they took turns riding with their Dad on the motorcycle. Cameron has ridden with his Dad before but it was a first for Morgan and I'm afraid she is hooked.

Dave, Steve, and Cameron were headed to the 15th Annual Harvest Classic Motorcycle Rally in Luckenbach. We took all the back roads going up and left them in Luckenbach while Morgan, Helen, Angus, and I went on to Fredericksburg.

Some of Steve's photo from the rally.

We were off to take in the Fredericksburg sites.

We had lunch on a patio at a little Italian place we had never been to before. It was delicious and they even had live music. Then we were off to people watch and check out a few shops.

I actually saw someone wearing these boots on a movie recently. That's taking snakeskin to a whole new level.

Morgan wanted to look in the Christmas shop.

My Pink FlaminGoes friends shouldn't expect to see this ornament as a prize at our next rally. It was very pretty and VERY expensive.....$60.

 The day passed way too quickly and we got a call from the guys to meet them back at Luckenbach for the ride home. We all had a great time.

Driving Tour of Historic Gonzales TX

"Come And Take It"  Gonzales fired the first shot for Texas Independence in the shadow of a homemade battle flag.  Gonzales mustered the only volunteers to answer Colonel William Travis' call for help from the besieged Alamo. The Immortal 32 as the brave men and boys that responded will be forever remembered in Texas history.

Gonzales was the rallying point for volunteers after the fall of the Alamo. In the face of Santa Anna's advancing Army, General Sam Houston torched the town as the women and children followed him on the Runaway Scrape from ashes to victory at San Jacinto. Gonzales rebuilt a city that immortalizes freedom and has stood the test of time.

At our tour of the Old Jailhouse, we picked up a guide to tour the city. Actually, you can hook up with a gentleman through the Old Jailhouse who will do the driving tour with you and provide all kinds of historical information as well as taking you to each stop. He doesn't charge but a donation would be nice as it will take an hour and a half. We didn't have time to wait until he finished the tour he was just starting then and didn't plan to do the tour this trip but we saw a site or two and got hooked. I don't think we saw them all but it was a fun tour anyway with Mary Jane navigating and following the guide while I drove. We did stop to take pictures.

Gonzales County Courthouse, 1896, designed by J. Riely Gordon on Courthouse Square.

Texas Heroes Square

Andrew Ponton

First Baptist Church of Gonzales

 Red brick house built in 1913 by banker O.B. Robertson. Looks remarkably like the courthouse.

The Eggleston House built by Horace Eggleston in 1845. It is the oldest standing structure in Gonzales. Dogtrot style log cabin. The Egglestons, their 5 children, and her mother lived in this house.

Frank Vrazel hous, 1925.

S.H. Hopkins House, 1911, designed by architect Atlee B. Ayres.

Charles Hoskins House, 1911. Designed by Atlee B. Ayres.

C.T. Rather house, 1892.

J.P. Randall house, 1898

Paul Levyson house, 1877.

The Alcalde Hotel, built in 1926 by Aref Droupy. Legend tells of visit by Bonnie & Clyde who escaped through second floor window as police approached. Elvis also stayed here in the early years of his career.

Belle Oaks

C.A.Burchard house, 1897

Everett Lawley house, 1921

Milton Eastland house, 1896

J.C Bright house, 1911. Originally built in the middle of the block, it was moved to the corner to make room for his daughter's house when she married.

James Patek house, 1926

J.J. Fouts house, 1902

1885, T.N. Matthews house, better known as the J.B. Wells residence. Barns and servant's quarters on grounds. Built of Florida long-leaf pine shipped through Indianola.
 W.J. Bright house, 1885. Walls of the original log cabin are contained within the walls of this house.

 J.C. Bright house, 1898. Built by parents while bride and groom were on their honeymoon.

Dr. J.C. Jones house, 1885, remodeled in 1950.

R.S. Dilworth hous, 1893
J.W. Bailey house, 1897

H.W. Matthews house, 1911

 1910 built by lumber-man George Ewing

J.F. Miller house, 1901, in process of restoration. This house and property take up a block.

Solomon Joseph house, 1893

E.S. Atkinson house, 1884

 T.J. Pilgrim house, 1877. Pilgrim was one of the pioneers of Gonzales, starting the first Sunday School in Texas.

Solomon Joseph house, 1900, Original location of Suzann & Almaron Dickinson house.

29 September 1835, the "Come and Take It" cannon was buried in the George Davis fruit orchard to hide it from the Mexican army. Two days later it was dug up, mounted on a cart, and fired at the Mexican Army....the first shot of the revolution.
Mary Jane and I did this driving tour with me driving and taking pictures while she navigated. We definitely didn't get all the historic sites on the driving tour. Hopefully, I got the pictures properly labeled. They do have a guide for this driving tour and I'm sure you would get a lot more historic information. Check at the Jailhouse. I would take advantage of the free tour guide if you have the time.