SUNDAY January 31, 2021
“Some days I amaze myself.
Other days, I put my keys in the fridge.”

I don't know about you all but since the pandemic "sprint" has turned into a marathon I'm finding comic relief in the simplest and sometimes embarrassing circumstances these days. Laughter keeps me in a good mood much of the time and I find myself sharing "oops" moments now with family and friends that a year ago I'd have kept firmly under wraps.

Things like finding my keys in the fridge and getting in the wrong car at the grocery store are now welcome opportunities for a good laugh. My last such opportunity came a few days ago while I was playing a virtual murder-mystery game with a couple of friends. Fairly late one evening I texted them about the murder — unfortunately that text went in error to my local city manager/police department. Luckily he didn't send a squad car right away. I noticed the error about a half hour later and got the whole situation cleared up. He simply replied, "LOL" (Laugh Out Loud). Happy my mistake brought him a good laugh as well.

We all need fun in our lives. Whether it's virtual or safely managed in person, we have some good ideas for you in this issue and lots more in our eMagazine. Read about a great getaway at Relax and Wine Down cottages on the grounds of Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards. Camp out with some delicious Frito pie, go trout fishing with the kids, or look into building a barndominium.

Whatever you do, make sure to include lots of laughter along the way.
— P.A. Geddie
TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA. Kids and adults alike enjoy an annual event sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that includes a morning of fishing for the sometimes elusive trout. Kids' Trout Fishing Day takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 6 at locations around the state. Free to participate, no license required, and guests are allowed to keep all they can catch of the 1,250 or so rainbow trout stocked by TPWD. One of the prime locations is Bridge Bob's Pond at Mineola Nature Preserve. Find more details HERE. Photo by Diana Orey.
DESTINATION COUNTY LINE
Three luxury tiny homes tucked into a corner of the vineyards of Los Pinos Ranch near Pittsburg offer a wonderful getaway destination. Read this article about staying in this Tuscany-feel kind of place with delicious food and wine and nearby attractions.
THIS TIME OF YEAR
"Jac" who runs a Facebook page called Traces of Texas with 782,633 people following, recently told a story about converting some German students on a tour of Big Bend. They brought fancy equipment and dehydrated food and he brought several cans of Wolf Brand Chili, along with some shredded cheese and Fritos to make the perfect Frito pie. Needless to say, the Germans were impressed.

Wolf Brand Chili is a staple in many households still today, more than 125 years after it began in Corsicana, Texas, in 1895. That's where 16-year-old Lyman T. Davis appeared on the downtown streets, and began selling his "ranch" chili from the back of a wagon next to the Blue Front Saloon.

Although no one knew it at the time, Davis was beginning an odyssey that led to the foundation of a company destined to become a Texas and Southwest legend. By the early 1920s, the chili’s reputation had spread and Davis began canning it. His pet wolf, Kaiser Bill, was selected to grace the label, and that’s how Wolf Brand Chili got its name.

Its famous trademarked slogan is, "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili? Well, that’s too long."

The Texas Legislature declared chili as the official state dish in 1977. Learn more about Wolf Brand Chili at www.wolfbrandchili.com.
LIFESTYLE
Barndominiums are popping up everywhere, including the Upper East Side of Texas. They are not necessarily less expensive than other projects. Durability and long-term maintenance are perhaps the best reasons why people are choosing them over conventional homes. Click the headline link to learn more about them.
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