Mindy Obenhaus
Big Changes
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Change is inevitable, or so they say. Yet, many times, we try to avoid change. We like the status quo, even if it’s not perfect, because change is usually accompanied by uncertainty and the unknown is always scary.

Well, recently my family made one really big change. Actually, it was the fulfillment of a dream. You see, since before my husband and I married, we’ve been coming to his family’s ranch in south-central Texas. It was our getaway. A respite from the craziness of life in the city. A place to relax and regroup.For years, decades even, we’ve dreamed of how nice it would be to live here. But there were jobs and the kids schooling to consider, so those dreams were set aside.

Until last month.My husband retired and our youngest child graduated from high school. We were free to act on our dream of leaving the suburbs to go rural. Though we definitely had our fair share of trepidation.

Still, we pressed on.Once the moving truck showed up, there was no turning back.Welcome to the camphouse. Have you ever tried to cram 2000 square feet worth of stuff into 900 square feet? Of course, the welcoming committee was here to greet us when we arrived.Not all of which were that inviting.We don’t have snakes like this one in the burbs.

Luckily, our oldest boy did not inherit his mother’s fear of snakes.But he’s not the only one having fun. The four-legged members of our family are having the time of their lives.However, all of that exploring can be very exhausting.I suppose it’s a small price to pay for another day in paradise.Oh, but this is not where the story ends. This is just the beginning of the Obi’s Big Move to the Country. You know that 900 square foot camphouse I mentioned? That’s only temporary. And we hadn’t even settled in before we were on to phase two.This house was built by my in-laws back in 1975. It was their dream house.

Now it’s time to make it ours.

Over the next few months, we’ll be turning this Mexican-style hacienda into the Texas ranch house of our dreams. And I’ll be chronically the transformation right here. So I hope you’ll grab a glass of ice tea, put your feet up and join us on this journey.

Until next time…


Round Top Antiques Fair Wrap-Up – Spring 2015
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Road to Round Top

Yes, it’s antiquing and junking time in Texas. Well, it was anyway. But if you missed it, don’t worry. Come late September/early October, we’ll be at it again.

In case you’re wondering, I’m talking about the biannual event that takes place in and around the tiny town of Round Top, Texas, population 90. People come from all across America–evidenced by the Saturday morning line of traffic above–to buy and sell wares during the week-and-a-half-long event.

My oldest daughter and I decided to make a long weekend of it, so on our way, we stopped at Magnolia in Waco, Texas. If you’re a fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, you know the place I’m talking about.MagnoliaThis place is awesome. And kind of crowded. Seems we’re not the only ones who love that show. Good thing Chip and Joanna Gaines will soon be moving to a larger location.

Finally, we made it to the main event.

Technically, we spent most of our time in Warrenton as opposed to Round Top. You see, this is ranching land. Which means there are lots of fields broken up by these little hamlets you’d likely miss the rest of year. Miles of fields are transformed into mega malls for treasure hunters.Vendor Tents at BridgeVendor Tents3Vendor Rows

You never know what you might find.

Need a grand centerpiece for a table?

Need a grand centerpiece for a table?

Or a unique chandelier?

Or a unique chandelier?

Antique furniture.

Some antique furniture, perhaps?

Maybe wall art is your thing.

Maybe wall art is your thing.

Or simply inspiration.

Whatever the case, you just–Display2Keep…Display4Looking.Zapp Hall2

You might even find some things you didn’t even know you needed.Blinged Out Hunting Trophy Jar of Wasp Nests

But that down-home hospitality will bring you back again and again. Round Top Street4Lawmen on HorsebackAre you into antiques or junking? Perhaps you like crafting or DIY projects and are always on the lookout for inspiration. Then antiques weekend in the place for you. You can learn more about Texas Antiques Weekend at http://www.antiqueweekend.com/indexmain.html.