Things I miss about Texas

Texas sunset, complete with bug splatter

We crossed over the Louisiana line into Texas Friday night just about sunset–albeit a couple of hours later than intended. Considering this is the first long trip we have taken since my last trip to Texas in fall of 2019, we cut ourselves some slack. From here, we still had an hour to go…across the back roads from Tyler to Cedar Cove Ranch–where we have never been. Still, it was a reminder of how much I miss Texas sunsets. The sun does disappear from view in Mississippi, but because of the tree lines that surround our little hill and most of the “north hill country” where we live, I do not often see much more than a glimmer of orange through the trees, or shining on top of the pines across the road.

After 9 hours instead of the predicted 7 1/2, I was giddy with hunger and fuzz brain and felt like I was wired up to a light socket. I ate dinner standing up chatting and catching up with folks I have not seen since the funeral of Rand’s dad in 2016. The rest of the crew had eaten at the original supper time, but after Randy and I ate, we all journeyed outside to the fire pit and sat around in a circle telling stories and laughing as we caught up. The stars were so beautiful in the dark night sky–with no hint of city lights anywhere. The coyotes howled across the lake, which shimmered and sparkled in the moonlight, the sound of the gentle waves lapping at the dock and shoreline. It felt like home.

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15 Responses to Things I miss about Texas

  1. davidprosser says:

    They always sayThere’s no place like home and I can vouch for that being true. I’m glad you had a good weekend.
    Humongous HUGS

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  2. Katie says:

    Beautiful sunset! I agree – there really is no place quite like home.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I guess after living one’s life in a particular place for 52 years, one does get a bit attached to it. I was actually still 5 or 6 hours from “real home” but I was in Texas with family, so it felt like it. 🙂

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  3. Beth says:

    Yes, I know the feeling about not seeing the sunset as I also just catch a glimmer through the trees and rooftops of my neighborhood. Sometimes I go out and chase the sunset, one does need the serenity of the ending of the day in a burst of color. Sunsets on the road are the best! Enjoy Texas!

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  4. You captured sunset! I loved your last sentence, “It felt like home.”

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  5. Betty says:

    Beautiful sunsets! I can feel the warmth of sitting around the fire pit just from your descriptions. Sounds like you had a heartwarming visit!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Betty. Indeed it was. We all found it so memorable we plan to do it again in June. This is Randy’s family; I just married in, but it has always been like my second family. We enjoyed 2 nights around the fire pit, but Sunday night the winds came up and a thunder and lightning storm rolled in. It was what one might call a shocking crescendo to the evening. 🙂

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  6. janebye says:

    Beautiful words and photos. I’m so glad you got to replenish your spirits with loving family and the feeling of home.

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  7. Such beautiful sunsets!

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