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The idea is conceived, the adventure ensues, the saga unfolds... On 5/9/2008, Sheila Steele Howard sent an e-mail to this blogmeister, inquiring about the possibility of advertising a TAG SALE that was to be held in the Ag Hall in Kenney, Texas on June 6 & 7. Click on this title or image to view more on this topic. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

A - The Kenney Agriculture Hall

A - The Kenney Agriculture Hall

Sheila asked, "Can I advertise my TAG Sale on the blog?"

The answer was, "YES, of course!!!"

Sheila's first advertising of the sale was in a comment in "Current Events" and it looked something like this:

Arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and desireable junk
June 6th and 7th; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Kenney Agriculture Hall which is in Kenney, Texas,
Halfway between Brenham and Bellville off SH36 on Loop 497

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B - A Place for Buffalo to Gather and Graze

B - A Place for Buffalo to Gather and Graze

I immediately picked up the idea and issued it as a general invitation through a lead in the main post:

"Put the date on your calendar - should be a fun place for buffalo to gather and graze. What do you think - shall we all plan to meet for lunch?!?!?!"

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C - Kenney Main Street

C - Kenney Main Street

This suggestion of a group of Milby Buffs gathering for lunch in Kenney gave Sheila cause for alarm, and she immediately sent the following message to me through an e-mail:

Karla,
Thanks for the promo on our tag sale but I need to warn anyone planning to "meet for lunch." Please bring a sandwich. Kenney does have a store that is sometimes open but they mainly have iced cold beverages and chips. Thursday nights they have a live band. We also have an area-famous Post Office. I have sent you pictures of Kenney so you will get a feel for the community. We are a little rural out here. Sheila


D - The Kenney Store

D - The Kenney Store

Here's a front view of that swinging Kenney Store. I like rural settings, I like country stores...

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E - Kenney Post Office

E - Kenney Post Office

And the post office? Pure nostalgia!!!

Undaunted, I replied to Sheila...

"I love it!!! This really is my kind of town, and my kind of adventure! I really do think we will make that trip, as we love rural settings, we love tag sales, and we'd love to see you!!! The live band sounds like great fun, but I'll still be in school that week, so it will have to be a weekend trek for Ed and me. I am glad to know about the food supply (or lack thereof). Are there any places to picnic near the Ag Hall?"

Sheila replied that there were lots of trees to provide shady spots in the parking area, but no picnic tables or benches.

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F - What's a TAG SALE????

F - What's a TAG SALE????

Perhaps you have wondered... as did many others...

WHAT'S A TAG SALE???

One can envision, as Ed did (and his idea was somewhat confirmed when we actually got to the sale) that they were selling packets of tags. These were on one of the sale tables, and Ed was delighted to prove his theory to me.

However, those of us who are more savvy (because we watch House and Garden Network!) know that a TAG SALE is just a fancy name for a garage sale in a different kind of setting.

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G - A Gathering of the Herd

G - A Gathering of the Herd

After a month of banter on the blog and a general e-mail solicitation, the big day arrived. Pictured here left to right are:

Sheila Steele Howard, our hostess for the event (I hadn't seen Sheila in 40+ years! Boy she looks GREAT, and her wit is still intact!!!)

Jody Bugg - despite the fact that she sustained a spiral fracture of her femur several months ago and is still on a walker, Jody ventured forth and joined in with the hilarity of the afternoon.

Karla Lofgren Davis - what a kick to celebrate our 46th anniversary in this manner. Ed was a great sport about the winding, dusty roads and got us there in fine style.

Doris Lentz Simmons - obviously Doris is an adventurer, as she spotted many places along the way to which she plans to return on another day. But THIS day she kept us in stitches with her stories and humor.

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H - Our Companions on the Adventure

H - Our Companions on the Adventure

My brother Randy Lofgren (Milby Class of 1958) and his wife Jeanine were our traveling companions. They love such an outing as much as we do. You can see we did not have to eat our lunches (picked up enroute) in the parking lot, as Sheila provided a nice table and chairs inside the hall.

Unfortunately, the only other Buffalo to visit the TAG SALE that day - Larry Smith with his wife Charlene, and her parents - arrived early, shopped 'til they dropped, visited with Sheila, and departed before we arrived.

FYI - thankfully, the hall was air conditioned, and we happily dropped our donation in the "AC Donations" jar that was provided on the counter.

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I - Buffalo Grazing

I - Buffalo Grazing

Lively conversation... peels of laughter... remembrances of younger days... and discussion of serious subjects accompanied the delicious lunch provisions, as we all attempted to get caught up on each other's lives. It was amazing that though we have had little or no contact through the years, it was truly a gathering of dear, longtime friends. It took absolutely no time at all to confirm that we are kindred spirits.

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J - John Howard and Randy Lofgren in Deep Discussion

J - John Howard and Randy Lofgren in Deep Discussion

Sheila's husband John provided Ed and Randy with a view of life in rural Texas as he knows it. Fascinating for sure!

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K - Oh yes, the TAG SALE

K - Oh yes, the TAG SALE

From time to time we caught a glimpse of something interesting that we had to investigate - it's certainly true that one person's trash is another's treasure!

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L - "You HAVE to go to the ..."

L - "You HAVE to go to the ..."

Ed was a bit taken aback when John said, "Ed, you have to go to the bathroom!"

Ed stammered and John went on, "NO, I mean you really have to see our historical bathroom!" ...Ed complied...

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M - The Historical Kenney Men's Room

M - The Historical Kenney Men's Room

Ed was not quite sure he had heard right. Did John say Historical or HYSTERICAL?!?!?!?!?!?!?

The old rusty bathtub that served as a urinal was definitely both!

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N - Our TAG SALE Loot

N - Our TAG SALE Loot

Doris will be redecorating her boudoir with the lovely chintz covered stool and trash can she purchased. The lamp will surely find a place on her vanity table. She also bought some jars of something deliciously preserved.

Ed got a big stack of books for a pittance, and I got some placemats and a Secret Santa gift for next year.

I think Jody resisted making a purchase, but Jeanine found an alarm clock for a song.

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O - Sad to Say Goodbye!

O - Sad to Say Goodbye!

It was sad to say goodbye to our friends when the time came to hit the road. My group was heading out to visit our cousin who lives nearby. They actually graze a BUFFALO on their ranch, which we felt we simply must see while on this trip. However, while we saw the fellow from afar, these beautiful longhorn steers were the only animals close enough for a good photo.

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P - Howdy!

P - Howdy!

This one was not a bit shy!!!


Q - The Ranch of Mike and Paula Little

Q - The Ranch of Mike and Paula Little

Cousin Mike (who attended Spring Branch High School in the early 60's and is now an attorney in Houston) and his wife Paula live near Bellville on this beautiful 290 acre tract of land. They say Houston is closing in on them, but they have enough land to graze a small herd of longhorns, run a half dozen horses, keep that one lone buffalo...and serve as a barrier to the invasion of city life.

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R - Life on the Ranch

R - Life on the Ranch

Paula (a former school teacher and a VERY gracious 'lady') is the ranch manager and chief horse stall mucker!

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S - A Mighty Big Pet!

S - A Mighty Big Pet!

While they do ride their horses (no longer breeding show horses) the animals are mostly just very lovely, very large pets. Jeanine made several friends while I was busy snapping photos. Paula is known by the vets in the area as a soft touch and they frequently give her a project to work on.

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T - Texas Ranch Life

T - Texas Ranch Life

We enjoyed a wonderful meal and several hours of reminiscing with our family before retiring to our accomodations nearby in Chappel Hill. This is a fascinating group of restored historic buildings collected on a 1800 acre working ranch - a great place for rest and recreation. Check it out at:

http://www.texasranchlife.com/

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U - The 1869 House

U - The 1869 House

We stayed in a wonderful example of an early Texas ranch house, called the 1869 house. We (two couples) had this beautifully decorated, antique filled two bedroom house to ourselves for the night. There were mud daubed bird nests under the eaves of the deep back porch and the birds awakened us with their flutters and scurries as they went about the task of feeding their babies whose hungry beaks poked frantically above the opening of each nest.

Over in the arena, across the way from our cottage, the wranglers were saddling up some horses to take other ranch guests for a trail ride. Who would want to do that on such a peaceful morning? We much preferred a leisurely breakfast and a stroll around the grounds nearby. At one point, the ranch owner (who is a renowned lawyer in the area) rode a horse over to us, tipped his wide brimmed hat, said, "Mornin' ma'am" and inquired about our comfort. Sheila had told us he was 'a bit eccentric'. (A judge had to reprimand him for dressing inappropriately for trial once - seems his chaps and spurs were disruptive to the proceedings.)

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V - Martha's Bloomers

V - Martha's Bloomers

Our wonderful country jaunt ended on Sunday afternoon as we enjoyed a delicious gourmet lunch near Navasota at Martha's Bloomers. I bought my first girly gift - a Raggedy Ann and Andy motif teaset - for the grand-daughter that will be born in October. We had just learned on Friday that "It's a Girl!". With two sons and three grandsons - this is special!!!

SO... if, when a gathering in Kenney was suggested you thought, "What fun could THAT be?" ...I hope we have proved you wrong. It was indeed a great time in every way!!!

Karla Lofgren Davis

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