What a beautiful surprise awaited my return from Houston. My bag from Leslie had arrived! Leslie most know postal workers with special powers to get it here so fast. Pictures do not do it justice - it is beyond adorable! And will match beautifully with the color that I'm wearing a lot of this summer. Leslie, thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents with the untalented masses. I shall cherish this bag.
Our trip to Houston was indeed bountiful. I had never seen watermelons being harvested straight out of the fields, but that's what was happening outside of Navasota. I went with Bick to Houston to visit his mother. She had a leather loveseat to give to him, as it just didn't fit into her new house - score one for Bick! Plus, it was time for them to visit. She is incredibly happy that he has made the decision to get sober - even at 87, I guess you never quit being a mother. They had a lovely time together. It was wonderful to see.
And speaking of wonderful to see - I got to meet Tena and she is just as you'd imagine - Warm, witty, wonderful and beautiful! We chattered like squirrels, swapping stories, our mutual love of cycling and more than a few laughs. After trying our hand at self-portraits, I accosted a motorcycle rider outside the restaurant to take pictures with both our cameras, but with my camera at least, it was a FAIL. So what you get is our self-portrait - a fabu picture of Tena and a very shar-pei picture of me! Real life meetings are wonderful and both Tena and I think we should schedule a Cycling Summit in Houston in the fall/winter! Thanks, Tena. Oh, and if you meet Tena in real life, let her pick the restaurant. She knows the good ones!
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Life is juicy - eat it up!