Making a House a Home in Dripping Springs, TX 3/22-26, 2019
Jerry and I just got back from a trip to visit his sister, Jill Chunn and her husband, Gerald. They have a home in Colleyville, near DFW, and one in Dripping Springs, closer to Austin. Jill’s 2 sons, Jesse and Evan, and their families live nearby-is, and we spent 4 glorious days touring the area in Gerald’s new Ford F150. Every inch of their home in Dripping Springs is a work of art crafted by Jill with Houzz.com, You Tube, Goodwill and her keen sensibility. Her energy for it is boundless. They are making Dripping Springs their primary home and will make a full transition from Colleyville over the next 1-2 years. Bravo!
Here are some shots of Jill, Gerald, Jesse, Courtney, Perri, Zach, Kelli Pearl, Evan, Shelly, Peyton and Jackson…plus wanderings in the hill country of Texas.
Nashville – May 30 – June 5, 2018
Jerry and I traveled with Sam and Doreen to Nashville. Doreen started the whole thing with a health care conference in Nashville at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, so we four went early for food music and family. We stayed at a VRBO house on 19th Ave. South near Vandy/Belmont/Peabody, walked for coffee to Hillsboro Village, shopped at the Kroger’s near the old Army Navy Surplus store on 21st, and enjoyed sitting on the side porch in the cushioned giant swing.
Nephew John Wilson planned a family and friends picnic in Centennial Park and we had an after-party at our rental Sid, Margie, Jeff, Joyce, Lynn, Fred, Cathy, Hunter, John, Ali, Do and Sam, MM and Chuck. We tested Southern cooking at Monell’s, The Southern and Husk as well as a Sports bar where we bumped into Lee McKnight! We listened to music at Bobby’s Idletime, Station Inn, The Southern and The Stillery.
We visited Belle Meade Mansion, Percy and Edwin Warner Parks and walked around Radnor Lake. We 4 wandered through Franklin, toured Carton Mansion and Civil War site and museum, and the Scales/Ratcliffe Graveyard visiting Charles Kaline’s home (The old Ratcliffe place) on Lewisburg Pike. And we visited Fisk University’s art gallery.
It was Mary Margaret’s birthday on June 1st so we 4 went to Columbia, met up with nephew, Chuck Grigsby, and MM, and wandered around town and over the Duck River bridge, with dinner at MM’s apartment.
After Doreen and Sam headed on, Jerry and I picked up Chuck and MM and we drove to Lynnville and Daddy’s land on Pickens Road to see her new barn and hang deer repellent-dipped rags around their garden.
AND we stayed two nights with Ali and John at Ali’s skinny-house, wandered the neighborhood and sat on her beautiful rooftop deck! John took care of us generously!
Fabulous, full and fulfilling trip and it is great to be home and time to get the garden in! Thank you All for making it so.
Love, Sara and Jerry
There are a lot more photos of our adventures in Dropbox.