Friday, February 16, 2018

Old and New

February seems to be the time we stay home. It’s cold, wet, and generally
Tessellating Fish
dismal. All I want to do is make quilts or design bead work, or read – and find new local places to eat. This month has been no different. We haven’t ventured far from home, but we’ve experienced a few new places. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.





Friday, February 9, 2018

Elusive Elizabethtown

Coming from Denton I’ve passed the Buc ee’s and turned down highway 114 on more than one occasion. Off to the south of this highway I’ve
Highway sign
noticed a hotel, a gas station or two, and some apartments. What I didn’t know is that this was once the location of Elizabethtown, Texas. On a lovely, but cold and windy Monday Dave and I decided to go exploring.







Friday, February 2, 2018

Covering Coppell

Entry to Coppell
There are some towns that take you by surprise. I know that Coppell also has an excellent school district, and that the science program is particularly outstanding. It also has several interesting cemeteries, and some unusual places to eat.  I thought that Coppell was a town with a short history, but, as with many small towns, this is not the case.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tangling up Temple

This is the third year we’ve been to Temple for the Texas Bead Retreat
The Hub in Temple
and we’ve discovered another place to eat in this little town. While the old town remains relatively unchanged, except for some refurbishing, the area around this original spot is booming. The two previous blogs are Tempting Temple and Beaders on the Road. They have historical information and also some reviews of where we stayed and ate during those visits.





Friday, January 19, 2018

Angling around Annetta

Going down the road
One Friday we went looking for a new place to have Italian food. The restaurant we had heard about was closed so we ended up in Weatherford (see Way Back in Weatherford). We did find a good place for lunch, and in the process stumbled onto three tiny towns that seemed to have something in common. North Annetta, Annetta, and South Annetta lie in a line along Farm to Market Road.  It was a pretty day to discover a bit more about Texas history.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Off, Again!

So where are we off to in 2018? Lots of places!  Of course, we’ll visit
Winter trees
small towns in Texas. We’re planning to head in a more northward direction to see what’s happening in places such as Krum, Bolivar, Slidell, Era, and Rosston. I’m sure that there is lots of hidden history for us to discover. We’ll drive to these small towns, and it will be day trips. We’re not in danger of over packing for these jaunts, but on longer road trips, perhaps to Galveston (yes, I know that’s south), it’s hard to resist taking everything I might remotely want. For instance, I do like my own pillow, but do I really want to haul it around and risk leaving it in some hotel? Do I really need five pairs of shoes? What about that sack of snacks? The answer to these questions is a resounding NO!


Friday, January 5, 2018

The Best of What We Ate in 2017

As we’ve trotted around the world we’ve eaten at some fairly horrible
Texas-shaped corn bread
places, but these were greatly outnumbered by wonderful places. This blog is an amalgamation of all the places we gave a rating of four or more carrots. If you want to read about the places these restaurants are found, just follow the links to the associated blog. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews. Within the blogs are also loads of pictures and more information about the places the NearNormal Travelers have visited.