Well, I’m settling into my new house just outside of Lubbock, Texas in a small town called Ralls. I’m tired but real glad to be here. It’s absolutely wonderful to finally live near my son and youngest daughter and three of my grandkids. Last week I attended my five year old granddaughter’s Pre-K graduation ceremony and went to her T-ball game. This is a picture of the two of us. Those kids make me laugh. If you’re feeling old and useless, try hanging out with a group of five year olds. That’ll make you young again. Or send you running to the nearest mental hospital!
I may be crazy but I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.
I became so isolated after the death of my husband and with no family near. So now I feel like a parched piece of desert that’s only now seeing rainfall. I want to drink my fill.
Everything here on the South Plains is much different from North Texas where I lived. The ground is very flat and they don’t get a whole lot of rain. Cotton is king. Life in general rotates around fields and fields of cotton.
Ralls is no exception. This is a sleepy little town of 2,000. We have one small grocery store, a convenience store, and a Dollar General in addition to a bank and post office. It’s going to take some doing to get used to not having a Starbucks right around the corner. Yikes! But all joking aside, I wouldn’t trade what I have here for all the Starbucks in the world. I’m grinning like a big old dumb mule that’s gotten into the corn mash! And there’s always the big metropolis of Lubbock (population 260,000) twenty miles away whenever I get the yearning where I can find anything in the world.
In this part of the state Texas Tech University reigns supreme. Everywhere I look I find T-shirts, hats, and a ton of other merchandise bearing the red TT. These folks are quite committed to their Red Raiders I have to say. There’s school spirit and then there’s undying loyalty and love for a school. This is serious business here. Guess I’ll have to get busy and buy my Red Raider memorabilia so I can blend in.
Lubbock also boasts the Buddy Holly Museum which honors the early rock and roller and other West Texas musical talent. Buddy Holly is their favorite son though and always will be. They have a big celebration each year to commemorate Holly’s life. He’s another thing they’re very serious about here.
Then there’s the National Ranching Heritage Center which covers 14 acres and is a part of Texas Tech. It features 36 restored historic structures that were brought here from original sites throughout the state. The buildings tell the story of men and women who settled the West and recreates ranch life from 1780 to 1930. This will be one of the first places I visit. I’d heard about it for years but never got a chance to see it. I’m sure it’ll be the subject of a future blog just as soon as I can. Be watching for it.
Another place I can’t wait to visit is the American Wind Power Museum. It has over 120 rare, fully restored and functioning windmills. It’s one of the largest collections in the world.
The Silent Wings Museum here pays tribute to the WWII U.S. Combat Glider Program. It has one of a very few fully restored WWII gliders.
So, as you can see, there are lots of things to do. I can see I’ll be very busy for a while.
What are your plans for the summer? Going to do anything exciting? Lord, I hope you’re not planning on moving but if you are I hope it’s to be with family!
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