Right Neighborly

The weekend found us returning to Cedar Hill State Park, this time to a site near the water’s edge. After enjoying a tenderloin steak grilled to perfection along with roasted potatoes, charred asparagus, and sauteed mushrooms and onions, we settled into a viewing of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” The 2019 biographical drama, starring…

Presidents' Day Weekend

When Jon was a young boy growing up in Illinois, the state observed two individual presidential holidays in February: Lincoln’s Birthday, on February 12, and Washington’s Birthday, on February 22. Beginning in the 1960s, efforts were made to join the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America’s most famous…

A Cosmic Camp-Out

We knew we were in for a treat this weekend, with the Snow Moon at its zenith on Saturday night. But we weren’t prepared for the celestial show that awaited us. On Friday and Saturday, we witnessed spectacular sunsets and moonrises, as well as moonsets and sunrises — all from our new favorite perch overlooking…

Reflections on MLK Day

Once again, MLK Day found us camping out, but due to unforeseen circumstances. We had planned to take Cloud 9 in to the repair shop for a dryer fix, but that had to be postponed until next weekend. And we thought we would have to take Maya in to the vet each day for a…

It's Always Something

In the 1970s, comedienne Gilda Radner introduced us to Roseann Rosannadana, a commentator on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment who always ended her routine with the line, “It’s always something,” which was a favorite expression of Radner’s father. Later in life, Radner chose the catch-phrase as the title for her memoir, which dealt with…

A Way for the Weekend

Jon’s supervisor asked about our plans for the weekend, and he told her we were headed to one of our favorite backyard campgrounds. She asked why do we stay so close to home when there are so many great destinations just a few hours away. Well, considering we start most weekends on Fridays at 5…

Mele Kalikimaka

OK, we didn’t spend the weekend in Hawaii, but with comparable temperatures, we felt as though we did. The “land where palm trees sway” may be “green and bright,” but North Texas was just as warm and wonderful on a mid-December weekend. We enjoyed roaring campfires, Date Night al fresco, and long walks under starlit…