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I can smell my hair as I sit here and type this -- and it smells like the deliciousness of of smoke and crackling wood.  It's that smell that transports you back to days of camping when you're sitting around making s'mores at night or drinking coffee around the fire in the morning.  I love this smell.

The Canadian, the Rotten One, MomE and I spent Thanksgiving on my Uncle's ranch with my Aunt and my two cousins.   It's beautiful, cozy, and a perfect place for family to sit around an old mission door table, stuff ourselves full, and celebrate...and of course, later curl up on the couch with a blanket and roaring fire (hence the yummy smell in my hair). 

Here are some photos -- apologies for the poor quality -- I took them with my phone at 6 am and it was absolutely freezing outside.  I was walking from the Bunk House to the Main House and trying to take photos and get myself to warmth as quickly as possible.


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Dacia on the steps of the bunkhouse
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Looking at the main house from the pavilion (we had some wonderful conversations on the porch drinking coffee after the cold front came through -- from 80 to 40 degrees in 1 hour!)
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The fireplace -- the source of the glorious fire that made me so happy.

We also learned that Dacia (the Rotten One) loves to follow anything.  My uncle took us on a tour of the ranch in a souped up golf cart (rugged wheels and the requisite Texas hunting rifle hanging off the back) and Dacia ran like a bullet following the golf cart around 80 acres of land. She decided to do this again later when my uncle and the Canadian went out again...when we returned home to Austin, this is what happens after running around a ranch for hours on end:
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Mama...I'm so tired from all the fun.



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