Admittedly not as far away (four hours instead of traveling all day). Not on the East Coast (i.e. somewhere in New England). Not for as long a stay (3 ½ days compared to 10 days). The most important difference? Charley got to come with us. And that especially made it a delightful time away in Jefferson, TX.
We rented a charming VRBO cottage within walking distance of the downtown area and a nearby park, which Charley loved. He was a very good boy. On Friday morning we took him into a café, and he didn’t bark at anyone coming or going. We walked him around downtown during a Taste of Jefferson on Sunday afternoon, and he shared our ice cream. (It was incredible!) Charley has earned other trips after all the good behavior on this one.
One of my favorite places was the General Store. They had everything.
We visited the Museum which has a fantastic train display. Lots and lots of detail in this huge display.
This is a sign we saw outside the high school. Lord, have mercy!
And then we toured Jay Gould’s train car that he traveled around the country on for several years. Later a family of 4 lived in this thing also for years. It was beautiful and such craftsmanship. L pic is the berth. C pic is of the windows. R pic is Charley and the Atalanta Train.
There are lots of B & B’s. Here’s one decorated for Halloween.
Friday night we ate at McGarity’s Pub and Restaurant. Oh my goodness but their food was scrumptious. Bob had grilled salmon in a white wine sauce with green beans that must’ve just come off the vine. I had crab cakes with fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce and brussels sprouts with pancetta and a teriyaki sauce. Oh, my goodness! Yummy!
It was very nice to get away. But it’s busy times now.
Tuesday night, October 25, I’m leading a book study at church for WHILE THEY WERE WATCHING, a thriller by Alyssa Cole. The book tells the story of gentrification in a fictional New York neighborhood that I’m afraid is all too common. Whites moving in and buying up property and forcing out the blacks who’ve lived there for years and years. The women of our church have been making a conscious effort to hear the voices of people of color.
Saturday, October 29, I hope you will join me on Facebook for the Worth the Wait Party. You must follow the group. We’ll have 25 authors all of whom write romance stories about people in their 30s on up. As you know, my stories are about folks who are in their 40s and 50s. I expect before I stop, that age may actually creep up. Guess we’ll have to see.
I’ll be giving away an e-copy of COMPROMISE and a print copy of TRUTH BE TOLD. The heroine’s brother in TBT is the hero in my newest book, VULNERABLE, releasing Dec. 1. The heroine in VULNERABLE is the sister of the heroine in COMPROMISE. And a couple of Gift Cards. Please sign up and stop by. You’ll like this group. Let me know if you’re planning to stop by.
Hope to have the trailer for VULNERABLE soon. Way behind on edits. Will hit them hard after I finish with the book study. As always love to hear from you.
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