Monday, May 11, 2009

Rhythm of the Ranch

Out in the rolling hills of the Central Texas landscape sits the Double M Ranch, an oasis of creature comforts and real Southern hospitality. This is the home of my parents, Max and Glenda.

My mother is the best cook in Coryell County, and she exudes a welcoming spirit and a hearty, infectious laugh. This weekend we were treated on Saturday to a moist, delicious meatloaf lunch with perfectly mashed potatoes, a zucchini medley, homemade cornbread and fresh watermelon. To satiate our sweet teeth, Mom had an apricot tort and a Darn Good Chocolate Cake, along with Blue Belle Dutch Chocolate and Mocha Madness Ice Creams.

The menfolk retreated to their napping spots after lunch and they were not seen or heard from for a few hours, while the women lasted a bit longer by cleaning, chatting and putting off the inevitable nap. That’s just the way it is at the Ranch – great food, a stylish comfortable country home worthy of any decorating magazine, clean country air, peace and quiet. A body can’t help but leave the stresses of city life at the welcome mat.

For dinner, Mom fed us a sweet, country ham and corn-on-the-cob with leftovers from lunch. After church on Mother’s Day, Mom served us a tender roast with rice and brown mushroom gravy, along with green beans and mushrooms, salad, dinner rolls and watermelon. We delved into the Blue Bell Ice Cream again, and once again, the men drifted off to Z-Land in the afternoon.

Mom and I sat outside on the front porch, with my two nieces, Cassie and Corinne, watching the hummingbirds at the feeder. The ceiling fan was on, which cooled us. The moment was brief, though, as my nieces got a case of the Giggles. All it took was one look at each other and they were off again, laughing and giggling, unable to stop.

Then, I saw a long lizard scurrying across the grass and pointed it out to them. The two girls both squealed and ran after him. Corinne and Cassie cornered the lizard on the sidewalk, not sure what to do next. But, that ol’ lizard was one step ahead of them. He changed directions and ran toward me and Mom, but Cassie blocked him. He skidded and slowed as he turned back toward the grass and then high-tailed it into the shrubs to safety. After all that running around, it was time for a “lenomade”, as Cassie pronounced it.

What a wonderful, Mother’s Day weekend in the country at the Double M Ranch just livin’ on Texas Time.

Enjoy the Journey, Y’all!

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