Saturday, April 14, 2007

No harm done to our car by last night's storms in San Antonio, which was a big relief.

The TLA conference wrapped up today at noon, so off we went. First we stopped at Cheever Books, a surprisingly good antiquarian & used book store on Broadway near the Witte Museum. I found a memoir by Russell Kirk and a lit-crit about artist/writer Wyndham Lewis.

Then it was off to lunch at Paloma Blanca in Alamo Heights. What a fine Mexican restaurant that is, with an elegant decor and fresh, different food. We're definitely going back there the next time we visit the Alamo City.

On the way home we avoided I-10 and went via US 90-A. It was a splendid spring day, just windy, and we enjoyed a leisurely drive through some of the small, scenic towns of central Texas like Seguin, Gonzales, Shiner and Hallettsville. The wildflowers were unbelievable. We stopped at the historic Spoetzl (Shiner) Brewery, but unfortunately there are no tours on Saturdays.

It's good to be home.

Friday, April 13, 2007

So, Camille has been having an exciting time visiting her favorite authors at the annual Texas Library Association conference in scenic San Antonio. I drove in today and we had a lovely dinner at the Little Rhein Steak House.

Margaret is in Dallas for her spring Choir trip. We hear they suffered through heavy thunderstorms today as they prepared to leave for an evening event at Medieval Times. Those storms have passed according to news reports, but we're getting a dose of a related weather event here in San Antonio tonight. It'll be interesting to inspect the car tomorrow morning for possible hail damage -- it's REALLY raining out there right now. In fact, the hotel has lost its satellite signal so we have no TV at the moment.