Photo of the Week       I guess I’m getting old. I literally had “too much fun” again last weekend, and I’d like to warn the writer of that silly song (I think it’s Daryle Singletary) that his day is coming!
       The papers were late getting printed last Thursday, and I had to skip a couple of meals to get my delivery route done by Friday afternoon. Complicating things even more was a Weakday Ministries interview that we videotaped Friday morning. Then there were several events to cover Friday night.
John Hallowell, Editor       Saturday wasn’t especially hectic, but it was about eleven hours’ worth of driving around taking pictures.
       My daughter and her amazingly energetic dog arrived last Saturday night, just as the week was ending, so my fun (and it really was fun) didn’t even slow down. We walked the dog, went out for a late dinner, walked the dog again, etc.
       One of Sunday’s highlights was a 2.2-mile hike on the new Devil’s Backbone trail at Inks Lake State Park (Pepper loved it). The water level in the lake is down right now (see page 8), but the trail and the scenery were great. The lake level should be back to normal when the park hosts its “Galentine’s Day Hike” on February 13.

       We got home in time to walk the dog again, but that evening Abby started to read my nearly-finished book. I took advantage of the silence to finish putting the last five chapters on pages, but it was LATE when we finally called it a day (there are some corrections to be made, but basically the book is finished, and I should get it sent to the printers this weekend).
       On Monday morning I had a little homework to do before giving a talk on railroads and Kingsland to the Highland Lakes Social Club, but FIRST we had to go and eat breakfast at the excellent new La Tequila Jalisco restaurant (it just opened on Monday at the former Storm’s restaurant on the Burnet County side of the Hwy 1431 bridge). I had a mushroom omelet that was absolutely delicious, and my daughter enjoyed her Barbacoa, too. We heartily recommend it.
       It was downhill from there. My lack of sleep was catching up to me, and my head was aching even after a mid-afternoon nap. Since then, it’s been a struggle to get this week’s paper done, but (as I type this column at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday), I’m feeling a little better. I think I’ll probably survive!
       I don’t celebrate much on Valentine’s Day anymore, but there are a couple of events that I’m looking forward to. I was really impressed last year by the Special Needs Prom at Hill Country Fellowship in Burnet, and I hope to get some pictures there on Friday evening. I’m also eager to attend the Valentine Shoes fundraiser at Genesis Lutheran Church in Buchanan Dam and the Father/Daughter Dance at the Church at the Epicenter in Burnet this Saturday evening.
       The Highland Lakes Quilt Guild’s big Quilt Festival will be held this weekend (9-4 on Friday & Saturday) at the Burnet Community Center on Jackson Street. Admission is $7.00, children under 10 are free. There will be all kinds of quilt-related activities, plus food trucks for your dining pleasure.

       I saw a flyer on the door at the Mambo Italiano Restaurant in Bertram, and I’m hoping sometime soon to hear Ken Kruse’s Sinatra tribute (“Frankly” Singing), 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
       A little more ominous-sounding is a program hosted by the Four Lakes Forum on human trafficking in central Texas. That doesn’t sound like “good news” to me, but if we could shut it down, it would be great news. The speaker will be Amanda Dukes, from the TX Dept. of State Health Services, and she will be at the Hidden Falls Club in Meadowlakes at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20. Please make reservations by sending a $15 check (to cover lunch expenses) to Four Lakes Forum at P.O. Box 1826 in Marble Falls (78654) by next Thursday (February 15).
       Auditions for “The Red Velvet Cake War” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, February 19 & 20, at the Hill Country Community Theatre in Cottonwood Shores. Adults of varying ages are invited to try out; find the theatre online for details.
       Time is running out to sign up for this year’s Master Gardener classes. Contact County Extension offices for details.
The AARP Smart Driver Course is being offered at Highland Lakes United Methodist Church (in Buchanan Dam) from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, February 19. Students may obtain a discount up to 10 % on their auto insurance. The cost for this course is $15 if you are an AARP member, and $20 if you are not a member. Please call 325-388-4187 to reserve your place in the class.
       The 12th Annual Soup Supper, to benefit Granite Shoals Christmas Outreach, will be held at Grace United Methodist Church (4007 Valley View Lane) in Granite Shoals on Thursday, March 1. The Bluebonnet Harmonies will debut their Spring program, Marvelous Melodies, Marvelous Memories at 5:30; soup and “fixins” will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and takeout will be available.

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