Cold & rainy in San Antone.

Baby sister Bonnie with a cactus bonnet.

Last weekend, my four sisters and I descended upon Texas for my older sister’s 60th birthday. (I know it’s impossible, but decades happen.)After six months of unrelenting sun and heat, those big Texas skies opened up and it started raining. And freezing.

No problemmo. My sisters are hearty souls from the Northeast & Colorado and not about to be denied this Girls Weekend Out, so we carried on with our maniacal tourist agenda. (And I got there 2 days late).

Saturday, it was poblano & pumpkin tamales at the Pearl Farmers Market Tamale Festival...

The San Antonio Museum of Art along the River Walk...

Mariachi Mass at the San Fernando Cathedral...

(And afterwards, an awesome impromptu rock version of the Nutcracker by The Invincible Czars on the Square.)

Dinner at the Zuni Grille on the River Walk.

Then on Sunday, down to the 4 glorious Spanish missions south of town.

Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and lovely Espada...

...and the ancient Aqueduct from the 18th century.

Then it was south to my cousin’s 100-acre ranch in Devine Texas, with my 95-year old Aunt Carolyn in attendance.

Farmgirl/Sisters Bonnie, Mary Lou, Kathy, Susan, Cousin Nancy

Feeding the goats, chickens, bunnies, cows and horses. Eating wild hog. Then back to San Antonio for more Riverwalking.

Don't hold back on the decorations, just throw everything on!

Next morning, up at dawn for The Japanese Tea Garden. The Witte Museum. And the Botanic Gardens.

Forty-eight hours of cold, gray, wet fun in a city that seemed to be one, big, beautiful festival just for us.Happy Birthday, Mary Lou, we love you!