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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wednesday Part Two - "Enchanted Springs Ranch"

One of our big nights was at "Enchanted Springs Ranch" for an "authentic" Texas barbecue. 
 
We were met by one of the ranch hands and promptly got our picture opportunity!
 
 
This is a real live longhorn, and that's no bull!
 

 
Artificial Cemetery





 
I imagine some people have their weddings here!

 
There were covered wagon rides hitched to a tractor.  The driver explained how years ago, the rich ranchers would go on safari in Africa and bring back exotic animals such as elk, African deer and zebras.  One brave zebra had to check us out.
 
 
I guess the ranch was "cute," but it was on the cheesy side.  I am more into authenticity.  This was more like a tourist amusement site, with buildings made to resemble an old town.
 
We had dinner in the barn.  They then had a line dancer who was instructing those who were interested.  She was quite endowed and every time they had to stomp, "everything" shook!  My hubby said "oh, so that is why guys like line dancing!"  They also did the Chicken Dance and Macarena.  It was "get drunk and dance at a wedding music" as my husband called it.  I was not drunk, just cold and not feeling well.
 
The highlight was when our one little couple, Lloyd and Carole went out on the dance floor.  As I told you, Carole has Alzheimer's and went out to the floor with her arms outstretched.  Lloyd followed and took his wife where they did a polka!  Unfortunately, no one was able to get a picture of that, but it was quite touching.



4 comments:

Gert said...

Wow, that still sounded like fun! (Tourists or not, but understand authenticy...I think it has a deeper meaning) Awww bless that couples heart. It is just moving to see isn't it?

Have a good day..

NanaDiana said...

I have a feeling that last dance was the highlight of that whole night for you. I am not much into those "touristy" type places either. xo Diana

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is so sweet. At least you can say you have been to the place,

Linda said...

I love these photos, and I smiled at your comment beneath the first photo. I love those long horns!