Countdown to Texas

    Four days to Texas
    Amarillo bound
    Can’t wait to see my baby
    When I hit that dusty ground.

    Goin’ home, after years gone by
    Goin’ home, tryin’ not to cry
    Tears of joy and happiness
    When my baby’s by my side.
    Goin’ home.

    Three days to Texas
    I can feel it drawing near
    Like a hot blast of air
    And a cold Budweiser beer.

    Goin’ home, after years gone by
    Goin’ home, tryin’ not to cry
    Tears of joy and happiness
    When my baby’s by my side.
    Goin’ home.

    Two more days to Texas
    Amarillo here I come
    Where the air smells of cattle
    And cowboys get work done.

    Goin’ home, after years gone by
    Goin’ home, tryin’ not to cry
    Tears of joy and happiness
    When my baby’s by my side.
    Goin’ home.

    One last day to Texas
    Back to my country roots
    I’ll put aside my flip flops
    And don my old black boots.

    Goin’ home, after years gone by
    Goin’ home, tryin’ not to cry
    Tears of joy and happiness
    When my baby’s by my side.
    Goin’ home.

    And now the wheels are touching
    a runway on the plains
    broad prairie sweeps around me
    It’s different, but the same.

    I’m home, after years gone by
    I’m home, tears start to fall
    In my baby’s arms I’ve finally found
    My home.

     

    Palo Duro Canyon–a must visit in the Texas panhandle
      
    Historic Route 66 runs through Amarillo
       

    Favorite Things

    Julie Andrews sang about her favorite things in “The Sound of Music.”

    Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
    Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
    Brown paper packages tied up with strings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
    Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
    Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
    Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
    Silver white winters that melt into springs
    These are a few of my favorite things

    When the dog bites
    When the bee stings
    When I’m feeling sad
    I simply remember my favorite things
    And then I don’t feel so bad

    Granted, songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein were trying to rhyme, but there’s no way schnitzel with noodles would’ve made favorite things list. Truthfully, only the kitten whiskers would make it into my top ten.

    So, what are my favorite things? And, can I rhyme them?

    Nana’s Favorite Things

    Folks with kind faces and grand kids with kisses
    Star Wars on TV and zombie near misses
    Wine poured in crystal and the joy that it brings
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    Tex-Mex with salsa and hot melted cheeses
    Football on Sundays and trips to the beaches
    Going to Vegas and laying down kings
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    Reading a good book and napping on weekends
    Fire pits in autumn and dinner with good friends
    Old jeans with edges frayed into strings
    These are a few of my favorite things.

    When the scales say
    What do you weigh?
    When my wrinkles show
    I simply remember my favorite things
    And then I don’t feel so low!

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    “Seriously? Schnitzel? Noodles?”