Second day of vacation was given over to prowling the area antique stores. My excuse was the need to buy a friend's Christmas gift, but I don't really need an excuse to go antiquing. I started in Elgin, where I found some cool Texas history books to add to my personal reference library.
Today I was inspired to paw through stacks of vintage sheet music, where I found some nice golden oldies.
The last piece I must admit was purchased because of the name of the composer. This is a familiar hymn, found in every Baptist hymnal under a slightly different name, but I thought it might be nice to frame this for display. I don't yet know that my McAfee line connects with his, but I've always considered Cleland an adopted member of the family.
After a couple of hours in Elgin, I drove leisurely toward Smithville by way of McDade and Paige and cut through the countryside on FM 2104 which takes you close to Grassyville, where my McAfee great-great grandfather once lived. When I got to Smithville, I indulged in the Chile Rellano plate at La Cabana (um, um good) and then headed downtown to explore their antique shops, because I still had not found the gift I was seeking.
I found lost ancestors to rescue. (By the way, someone finally claimed one of my Rescued Ancestors. A great-grandson surfaced to take possession of a lovely wedding photo.)And I found more great vintage music. I now have Just Because, You Are My Sunshine, Mom and Dad's Waltz, a couple of Jimmie Rodgers pieces and a special piece written to celebrate 150 years of Austin music. Cool stuff.