The crazy lady running around the Historic District this morning wielding a camera and singing “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree” (poorly) was me. I had a list of photos I wanted to take but I had to stop when I saw the yellow ribbon tied around an old oak tree. Do you ever see things like this and wonder about the significance? Who is coming home? What is their story? Is it a soldier coming home? Is it someone who has just been gone awhile?
I’ve been seeing a lot of the District in the early morning hours as I’ve been trying to get ready for a 15K in February. Have you ever had a friend that you just can’t say ‘no’ to? After running 4.8 miles in the corporate relay in December, I was all fired up for the Hot Chocolate race in February that only offers a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 15K (9.3 miles). I have a friend who’s a runner and she talked me into running my choice of routes. As February approaches, I’m reconsidering my choice of the 15K. While I chew on the idea of 9.3 miles, I’ve been running anywhere from 2 to 4 through the District a few times a week.
This is one of my favorite houses to run past. They’ve got a motion sensitive light on their porch that comes on as I go by. It’s also especially picturesque with the morning sun coming up behind it. I think that it is still under construction.
A street over, there are a couple of men who have been making a lot of progress on this historic home. They had just put the porch on this morning. It has so much character and they are really bringing it out.
There’s a lot of construction downtown too. The Convention and Visitors’ Bureau has moved back into downtown and have quite the cozy looking setup over by The Pub and across from The McKinney Wine Merchant. I’m so glad to see them out front and center where people can find them and they can be a real presence in the community.
I had thought that they were going into the Boyd building but that building, over on Louisiana, is still under construction. This picture was taken this morning and it seems that they look even further off from completion than they have in the past. The construction workers were out in force though and working hard.
Just down the alley, back on Virginia Street, the site that was formerly Aparicio’s can now officially be called the Sidestreet Cafe even though the Cafe isn’t open yet. They’ve taken down the old awning and are in the process of doing facade work. They’ve got their name on the windows and boxes inside.
A few blocks away, the old post office on Lamar street has been long gone for awhile now and work is swiftly progressing on the new youth ministry building that is taking its place.
The workers have been there every morning and this is going up fast. It’s another one that is pretty in the morning light.
On the next street over, Tennessee Street, Benividez Shoes is gone and the storefront there is being stucco’d. I just noticed this this morning so I haven’t even heard any rumors about what is going in here.
South on Kentucky, behind Longhorn landscaping, there is a three-story office building going in. There is a sign up in front of it advertising for office space.
It is at the corner of Davis and Kentucky, across the street from public parking, Spoons, and Cafe Malaga. I’m betting this is going to fill fast once it is completed.
The new townhomes on Tennessee Street are coming right along. They are supposed to ultimately look like the old brownstones in the Northeast.
More townhouses are being built further up Tennessee Street, across the street from Diggin’ It. I don’t know if they are going to be made to look like historic brownstones but I’ve heard rumors that they will be on the high end.
That’s the news for now. Don’t forget … the Krewe of Barkus dog parade is coming up February 10th!
And, to whomever is coming home to the house with the yellow ribbon, welcome home! It is nice that we get to share in your celebration, whoever you are and whatever your circumstances.
Until next time,