Thursday, August 4, 2011

"My Little Town..."

Okay, so this is not the town of our postal address, but it's the town we go to when we run 'into town'.  It's where we go for gas and groceries - or at least pass through it on the way back home from points further out like Dallas.  (Yes, I blanked out some of the names and street signs - I'm not big on sharing locations on the web...)

In my little town, there's a Dairy Queen, of course (every little American town must have one). 
And a Sonic Drive-In too.
Or if you're not into fast food stuff, you can always go over to the Corner Cafe (or a few other similar places) and fill up on good old-fashioned home cooking (chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, okra, cobbler, and iced tea are standard issue down here).
This is the only real clothing store in town (unless you count Family Dollar and Dollar General for shorts and tees).

In my little town, the grocery store has been known to sell deer corn feeders and hog traps come fall.

You can go into the town square to do some small-town business and see some lovely older buildings.



And at any point, a semi might pull through the square hauling round bales of hay.

In my little town, the local oil and lube place displays a flag in one of their service bays
and posts photos of local service men and women in their waiting area.
And displays 'welcome home' messages to them on their billboard when they return from duty, and offers discounts to veterans.
In my little town, a cute cowboy wearing a Jesus shirt will let you take his picture for a smile and a hand-shake and will be happy to tell you a little about his dog.
And he'll tell that dog (who sits as close to him in his pick-up as his girlfriend did back in high school) to look at the woman with the camera.



Now we have a little of the 'dead and dying' here too.






Seems our 'Home Town's Secret Garden' is being cited for high grass and weeds.

But all in all, it's a pretty nice place to be near. 

The End.
A butt and boot shot for Jill and Michaele who I know are fans of cowboys.  ;)

123 comments:

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love the First National Tea Room and Gifts! Buy ten lunches and get a free toaster?:@)

Ellie said...

That's a great post. Pictures of cowboys, lovely buildings, I love to see what other towns look like. It all looks so different from Scotland. Thanks for sharing with us.

Ginger said...

Love your little town! Thanks for the tour! I love the old buildings etc. A lot of people don't stop to really look at treasures like these.
We have a few small towns like that around where I live too. Just love 'em!

Jennifer said...

Looks alot like my town. Gotta love lil towns. But I do wish we had a walmart in town, lol Love the last pic. ;)

Kim said...

Great little town but could you please send me that cowboy...... Cute! ;)

georgettesullins said...

You've captured Anytown, TX perfectly. Had to smile broader and broader with each picture.

Roan said...

Now around these parts, we call your small town a big city. We have a Casey's General Store, which is our only gasoline supplier. We have a cafe called The Fillin' Station, which once was an actual service station. If you need lawnmower parts, welding, or a lumber yard, you're in luck, otherwise, get on the highway. Oh, we do have one grocery store. It has 3 aisles. ;)

Roan said...

Oops, forgot to comment on your photos. You have some great architecture there. Love that door with the iron gates, and the pup framed by a lasso, but my favorite is that last shot. I do miss hats, boots and jeans on those cowboys! Kind of made me miss that one I left behind when I moved away...nah! He turned out to be a rat. ;)

Mama-Bug said...

What a great little town! Love the photos of the older buildings. Cute cowboy too!!!!

wildcatsthree said...

we pass through a couple "little towns" on our way back home from the big city where we shop - ours has a Mello Creme that is out of this world for turtle sundays. Loved the pics of your dog too.

Manzanita said...

You've got one of everything, I would say. More than one of everything means choices and choices give me a headache. So your town is just right.
Never heard of Sonic. I remember Bealls from living in Florida but none here.
I guess cowboys are cowboys anywhere. The same here, for cowboys, pickups and their dogs. They would make their date sit in the back and the dog in front. Cute.

Karen said...

Charming town, you've got what you need. We don't even have a grocery store!...

I tried to figure out where you are, couldn't do it... came up with many texas towns that have similar venues :-) So, good work.

Mary said...

Love the Butt!!! I blame Pioneer Woman for the liking of the butt shots.

Love your town

MarieElizabeth said...

I would so have to go check out that tea room...and maybe the cafe, 'cuz I love local places like this!

Mom of M&Ms said...

there are three reasons that I live in Texas, besides the politics and the schools.. Sweet Tea, boots, and cowboy butts. LOL

and I am going to that cafe they next time I am near there. Maybe Saturday.

was the guy stuck on the cell tower near you??

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Your little town actually has more than mine. We do have a Subway (the fast food chain) - but that's it!

LOL on the cowboy butts - does he read your blog?

ksdoolittle said...

Ah, yes, a typical Texas town!! Some have more than one Dairy Queen! And cute cowboys. Once again, you make me miss living in Small Town, TX, USA!

Snappy Di said...

Boots and butts... that's what it's all about isn't it? Nothing more to life than that. LOL

Jan n Jer said...

Small town USA...love them...great shots n nice tour! One of my fave things to do is get off the beaten path and take the scenic rt through small towns.

Jan n Jer said...

Forgot to mention that I love the pic of the dog in the truck...so cute how the lasso frames his face! Oh n the cowboy!!! WoW!!!

Coloradocasters said...

Great photos and love the taste of local flavor. Long live small town America.

Samantha said...

Sadly, T, I think our town can out-small town you! We don't even have a DQ! I have to cross the river into another state to get a BLZD ;)

Montanagirl said...

Love this post. Sometimes little towns have so much charm...this one sure does, esp. that cowboy!

Dina said...

At least you have the most important thing, A Dairy Queen. Blizzards are my favorite.

Κωστής Τζαγκαράκης said...

Simply love your little town.
Costas

Sandra said...

count me in on the fan of cowboys, love love cowboys and this is a nice looking one. of course he was trumped by his DOG since dog's rank just above cowboys, and cows just below cowboys. thanks for sharing all the architecture, great shots and a beautiful little town. i would love to eat in the little restaurant in the second shot.

Texan said...

Great post, I am pretty sure I recognize this little town :O). This cowboy is pretty cute, but of course I think my cowboy honeyman is cuter with his hotty self. tee hee :O)

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Tex I miss Sonic so much and I love the picture of the dog too! I am still praying for rain for you guys each and every day! Hang tough like only a Texan can!
Tina xo

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

Nice lookin cowboy & a cowboy's best friend! =)

Gone Country said...

I like your 'little' town! It's much bigger than ours... we don't have a DQ or a Sonic. Wait, that's probably a good thing! Great old buildings too!

Thanks for the tour! I like the picture of the dog looking at you and framed by the ropes hanging from the rear-view mirror!

lisa said...

As long as it's got a DQ, I'm good!!
These are wonderful photograph of what looks like a wonderful town.

Have a great weekend!

Snapper II said...

Absolutely fantastic Post.
Every town should have a DQ.
the photo of the Balcony is my favorite.

Susan said...

Wow... I love that Dairy Queen Triple Chocoholic!!! That would be my first stop ;-)
Those older buildings are just charming - such style. I especially love the round window corner of the Bank.
I admire the local oil and lube man, so nice to read what he does.
Didn't mind seeing the cowboy either ;-)
Great post!!

City Life to Ranching Wife said...

Fun! I'm jealous of your DQ!

ellen abbott said...

what? No Palais Royal?

Looks quite a bit like my small town. Trucks with hay bales, yes, but more often trucks with grass. Lots of the farmers have switched over to St. Augustine sod.

Angela said...

Does your husband know that you are driving around taking pictures of handsome cowboys and their butts? :)
Thanks for the "Eye Candy" this morning! hehehe

I think the old bank in our town looks like the old bank in your first picture. I'll try to get a picture of it next time I'm out just to see.

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Sharon said...

DQ? I don't even know the closest burg that has one. Sonic is about 25 miles away. Love all the old buildings! Pretty darn big town if it has a clothing store!

The town (HAH!) that my mail comes to, has one little diner, a gas/convenience store and a post office. Period. That's 9 miles away!

Nice clear shots of the doggy framed by the ropes!

Farm Girl said...

Well what is not to like? It all looks so lovely and I love little towns. I love the brick and the signs. I mean, it is Texas after all, The land of the free, not at all like Commie California. :)

Dmarie said...

*chuckle* thanks for taking me along on your tour. gotta love the shot of the dog circled by the rope. and your last shot is too funny!!

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful tour of your little town! That cowboy is cute - and so is his dog!

Deb said...

love the tour....love the cowboy butt....Ginger rides like that next to my son....so cute when they pull in every morning...
and little britches on the other side in is car seat....

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...love this post ...so much like most small town areas across America ,but with the local culture being the difference ...
Nice Cowboy though : }
We don't have them he'a...we got Lobstamen : }}!!

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

A tight butt, boots and cowboy hats... we all love them, don't we? Perfect!

I loved this post. The town is perfect - who needs more?
Love ya!

Sylvia K said...

Fun stroll through your lovely little town! And it does look like Texas!! Great captures for the day! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Buttons said...

Oh I do like this. It is not too much different than here except for the flag, the cute cowboy the valvoline and other signs. I love the Diary cream see you later have to go to town. I have a craving. B

don said...

A fabulous series of "that town" with the groceries and much more. Impressive place with all kinds of interesting stores and places to eat. I'm now hungry for cobbler! ;-)

EG Wow said...

Sounds like a neat place to shop for groceries. :)) Glad you took your camera!

Flora said...

Love the look of your town!! It's my kind of place....Except we don't have cute Texas cowboy's roaming around...but we do have cowboys...LOL

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was nice. I enjoyed the tour through your little town. And I thought you only went as far as the Ace Hardware store. I liked the painted reflections in the store windows. Neat idea. Here's another neat idea...next time, pictures of a cowgirl please. Hair in a braid would be an added plus. Thank you.

pattisjarrett said...

Only in Texas will one find a rope dangling from the rear-view mirror! lol Love seeing the sights, the architecture, cowboy...and that little balcony.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Theresa... Love seeing your 'hometown' (or the one near to you)... Our little town has some of the same things (DQ, Sonic, etc.).. We also have a Walmart AND a KMart... Wooooo!!!! And we have a Ryan's.... How 'bout that????

Hugs,
Betsy

Frank said...

Thanks for sharing some views around 'town'.

Kamana said...

For my last breakfast in America, I decided to go with the chicken fried steak on the menu having been told by my friend that it was a must. so i order and i was completely surprised that it wasnt chicken ... i honestly thought the "chicken" in the name implied that it was poultry, not beef. Just another of the "strange" american things I am learning! But it was lovely all the same!

Robin said...

T, thanks for the tour! Great shots!
We have a DQ in our little town too!

Louise said...

OK, you have a lovely town, but, you can send that cowboy up New York way any time. Just look at that smile!

I'm glad to see that, in spite of the drought, the farmers are getting some hay off of the fields. And, that ironwork balcony is so beautiful. I can imagine sitting out there on a cool evening (ok, not right now) and enjoying watching life passing by.

Paula said...

Girl, you are such a hoot. You just HAD to throw that poor cowboy's fine bee-hind in there, didn't you? *grin*
Love your little town... it looks "homey".

Bob Bushell said...

Shot after shot, it is quite big town. And the buildings, they look good and stable.

Susan said...

Ok, yummy cowboy! You have to introduce me!!!!!

Feral Female said...

What a great little town you have there! Man I wish we had a DQ in our tiny little hamlet.

NicoleB said...

That's a beautiful little town!
Thanks for the tour and the smile that Cowboy and his dog put on my face!

Evelyn S. said...

I'm so glad you posted these photos ...and your fabulous narrative! I live in a small town, but it's obviously smaller. No DQ or Sonic, although there's a DQ 20 miles away in the larger small town. Lots of cowboys and dogs here, too. Maybe I'll think about photographing them. LOVE this post!

Clint said...

Tell the truth---I know darn well you stopped in at the DQ for a Blizzard in that bad Texas heat.

Debbie said...

oooohhhh i love me some good ole fashioned DQ, we don't have one!! we have all the new stuff like cold stone creamry!!!

it's a really cute town, nothing like where i am.

pick a favorite....that's easy, that is one fine cowboy!!!

Barb said...

What an awesome little tour or your town! thank you! I really like the addition of the 'dead and dying' - just keepin' it real!

Winchester said...

I love the last picture of the dog. I like how the rope is hanging from the rear view mirror.

Fjällripan said...

Great post, how interesting to see how you live. The houses and everything looks so different.

Have a nice day :)

Andrew said...

A wonderful tour T.
Looks like a lovely friendly town you live near to, all you need to enjoy a country lifestyle... It's nice that you are proud of where you live...
I love my home town but will reveal something that changed the world in the next few days...

Pricilla said...

Small towns are a dying breed I fear

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for the tour of your town.It looks like a place I could feel at home in.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Oh the memories I have of NE TX! Great shots - love that lariat framing the dog in that pickup. I remember Brookshires, Sonic, Braum's, Winn Dixie, Piggly-Wiggly, and so many more. I lived in a tiny college town but worked as a student teacher in a slightly larger town nearby (N.E. of Dallas). Have a wonderful day!

Anne McCormack said...

The posted citation on the Garden shop is the best. Oh, wait! the rain gauge is the best!

KAT said...

thanks for sharing the interesting town pics...OK,.. I'll admit i like the last one of the cowboy butt
KAT

Lois Evensen said...

What a lovely place. I just love the look and personality of small towns. We have more and more been seeking out local restaurants, too.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

You just did a pretty good job of describing the town we go to when we go to town! I'll bet everyone waves when you're out driving whether they know you or not. I love small towns and this from a city boy up til 7 years ago.

Candy C. said...

Yep, looks like my little town too, complete with cute cowboys riding around with ropes and dogs in their trucks! :)

Margie said...

Now this is what I call a tour! A true small town. I love Texas. Have a dear friend there, but she is a big town type of girl. Born and raised in Houston, self made. Loves the rodeo, cowboy boots and horses, not necessarily in that order. Cowboys rock! Glad I stopped by for a spell! Awesome!

Madge said...

Oh my gosh... 76 comments!?! Wow! I love the Christian Cowboy and his Y2K shirt (that's been around a while) and his cute dog... thanks for your visits, I enjoy each one. :-)

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Catching up on your so many wonderful blogs. Your dogs are just beautiful. Your squirrel seems so entertaining. Love seeing the changes around your ranch. You capture it all so wonderfully. My town is even smaller then yours. But I love all that brick that is used in the south. Hope you are not roasting to much. Oh and I do love your cowboy shots.

Adam Tilt said...

Great post. It's everything I imagine a small American town to be.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Too darn cute (and not just the cowboy ;>)~ thanks for the tour of your town -- was there a grocery store? I must go back and check that out (got my priorities)?

James said...

This is a wonderful post that brings a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. I'm smiling because of the great memories I have of Texas towns just like this one and the wonderful people I met. I'm sad because I can't get in my car and drive for little while and end up in a town like this.

BTW I know what town this is but it seems like you want to keep it a secret so I won't tell. It was an hour drive from where I used to live. :)

bon bon said...

still flirting, i see. good to know things never change. ha!

i have to say, your town is a large compared to mine. we got our first stop light maybe five years ago. no DQ, but we do have an old-fashioned A&W with carhops that serve you in your car! it closes during the winter though. :o(

(had to smile at your texas rain gauge. wish that thing would fill a few dozen times for you...)

edenhills said...

What a wonderful tour! Looks about as American as you can get!

Teresa

Ruta said...

Thanks for the tour...I loved the cowboy and his dog!

Kathy said...

Your town looks like somewhere my camera would like to visit.

Farmchick said...

Hey now....I like that butt and boot shot myself!!!! I can relate to all of this except for those hog traps :)

wayside wanderer said...

Cowboys are always a welcomed sight. A friend and I headed up the highway today for a little smaller town fun. And I meant to take a picture of where we had lunch. Dang it.

Joe said...

Every town must have a DQ!!! Bet you're seeing a lot of the hay trails rolling through.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Very lovely. Don't you just love the architecture in towns? It makes me wonder about the time when the buildings were brand new and how they looked all dressed up. :)

Chatty Crone said...

There is a song called and This Is My Town - I thought about this when I read your post - This Is Your Town - and it's a good one.

Andy Wilson said...

Excellent photo essay.

Ms. Becky said...

THANK YOU for the tour of your town. it's small town America and beautiful in every way. even the vacant buildings. and that cowboy isn't bad either. TWG, you've got it going on.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Great shots of your town and the people and dogs who frequent it. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I LOVED LOVED LOVED the tour!! This is exactly the kind of place I love to visit, and almost the like the town I call home!!!

missing moments said...

I'm still stuck on "hog traps" .....

JaneK said...

omg, I'm in love with your little town. How awesome. And the cowboy ain't bad either. Big fan of some cowboy hiney in some nice jeans....

Randy said...

Love the dog shots! Now I have a craving for a Chocolate Dipped Cone!

Paula said...

We have DQ here and one in the town west of us and one in the town north of us. Sooo what did we do today?? We drove in the triple digit heat to San Antonio to eat Wendy's berry almond salad and drink thier berry tea.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Oh the love between a cowboy and his dog!!

Love the old buildings! I'm glad that they're still standing and haven't been torn down for "progress"!

Tricia said...

Hey TWG,

I googled 'partridge pea' & by George, I think you're right... thanks so much & I guess armadillos aren't the only thing migrating north.

Fresh Garden said...

Nice post! Wonderful town!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice tour of your town. Like the dog in the Ute shot ("Ute" being Australian for "pick up"!).

I wonder how many places look like that - good to see that a bank has been recycled into a cafe - seems like a step in the right direction if you ask me!

Cheers Stewart M

PS: you are no where near as glad as me that the light in my pictures is not a wild fire!

SquirrelQueen said...

It looks like a great little town, kinda reminds me of my hometown. I love the refection you caught in the bank's windows.

Joop Zand said...

Very nice to see these lovely pictures from your little town, your ranchhouse is also very good.... picture has a nice reflection.

warm greetings from Holland, Joop

Tammy said...

I could hang out there for a while :)

I love the old archetecture and the little texas touches (the cowboy hat, the lasso, and the truck loaded with hay).

I would definately stop at the corner cafe'

Genie said...

I never thought anyone could so many comments...106 now...AWESOME! You really do have a huge following. That tells you just how wonderful your photography is. I adore your little town, and your Texas guy model is the cutest with that HUGE smile. The shot that really hit home was the hay truck. I am always wondering just how much all those bails must way as I see them driving down the road. Do not think they would be allowed in Lexington, though. Out by our place they are everywhere. g

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Tex I LOVE this post and I think your Little Town is darling AND Little Town Cowboy ain't bad either. Neither is his truck!! Dang I am last on these comments. We been busy and I have not been able to play on the computer!

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Oh and your little town is BIG CITY to us!

Michaele said...

Okay - I may be the 109th comment her but I LOVED this post. Not only the GEORGEOUS cowboy with the collie and the rope and the clean truck and the fine..um..shoulders, but I adore seeing photos of other towns. You really captured the feel of this town. Now if I could just capture a feel of...um...nevermind.

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Comment1 said...

Looks lovely!

Marissa ♥ said...

What a cute little town! I love some of the buildings you photographed.

(Would you believe my local town is even smaller?) LOL

We do have a DQ, Dollar General & Family Dollar and a Rite Aid Pharmacy. But you will miss it all if you blink or sneeze as you go through the town. hahaha

Rose said...

I had a wonderful time seeing your town...small towns are just so nice.

Margaret said...

The Corner Cafe is the place where I would hang. I love small towns...

Becca said...

I love your little town, thanks for sharing. I would love to live in a smaller town like that some day, I'm tired of the big city Vegas thang.

Allison said...

Oh gosh, me too! I am a FAN of cowboys. I'm always telling the Russian that Swiss farmers are simply no match for American cowboys. I'll take a Levi's-clad cattle rustler any day. ;)

Thanks for the last shot!

And for the nice tour of your adorable little town. That just made my day! It looks like your home is sweet and unpretentious and as friendly as they come!

Yoohoo Texas!

forestwalk/laura k said...

yikes! i was getting a little dizzy here...scrolling all the way down!

cool pictures of your town...
i like when we travel around and get to see some of the 'old towns' with the older brick buildings...and signs! such character!! thanks for the ride!

barbara l. hale said...

Looks like just the kind of place I like to visit. Great portrait of your town.

Jill said...

I was so relaxed taking this tour of your wonderful little town and then BAM! HELLO COWBOY! Thanks for sharing him with us. You didn't happen to give him our blog addies, did you? ;)

heyBJK said...

That's my kinda town! Love places like that! Reminds me of some small towns in northern MI. Wonderful pictures, T! Those older buildings have so much more character than the modern structures. I'd love to eat in that cafe, too!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Love it!! What a fun post!!! Sweet place...I love small towns. :) And...is there really a person alive who isn't a fan of cowboys? :)

trav4adventures said...

LOVED the tour of your little town! I'll have to do that sometime...and I REALLY enjoyed the butt shot!

madrassi said...

Wow it was great tour your town Tex! The places and building are lovely captured through your lens. I just love living in a small town like this and its really clean and healthy living at these place than crowded cities.

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