Friday, July 15, 2016

Moon Walk

Here are a few pics of our walk downtown last week. We really didn't walk too much because it was an extremely hot day and our original motive was to grab a couple of items from the downtown Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and the medical supply store.

A little pup waiting patiently for his master outside of P. Terry's....


Paddlers enjoying the lake..


I love the design of  Pfluger Bridge, especially the spiral portion.....


Bike rentals...


Even though I have walked by this area a few times, it's the first time I ever noticed what appears to be a large picnic table and some lamp-like lights....


Today we headed to McKinney Falls. It's a beautiful state park and it's been awhile since I've been there.

Because of all the rock, I always feel like I'm on the moon...









We got out of there just in time for the bus loads of day care kids and scout campers.

Other pics from the week:

The teens enjoying a sunset swim....




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fun In The Sun

We had a successful July 4th celebration. We invited a few neighbors over for a swim and a fancy dinner of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

I was too busy having fun with my adult conversation/beverage to take make any memories via photos, but I did think about my camera when I saw this nice sunset....


In comparison to last summer, we've been having a good one this year. Our daily life stress levels are lower on the Richter scale. We've all spent a good bit of family time swimming in our pool this year. It was a lonely pool last year.

Today Toby and I had to run an errand in NW Austin, so we mixed in a little fun by taking a hike in and swim on Bull Creek.

Even though the annual drought has already began, our creeks are still flowing nicely from our abundance of spring rains...



 





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Toby spotted a lost tube, most likely left over from July 4th creek celebrations...


I've uploaded a couple of videos I took onto my YouTube channel. I've added this link for you to view or subscribe if you are interested in videos.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Architectural Walk

The past few months, Toby and I have been spending our free time with a walk downtown. We usually end up walking the same, familiar blocks each time we go, so I suggested we pick up a map of the downtown walking tours from the Welcome Center and map out or own self-guided tour. That way, we can cover the downtown area in a more organized fashion.

So, this week it was the West of Congress Avenue Architectural District.

It was a nice walk and very hilly so it gave us a good, sweaty workout. I only took a few pictures on our walk....




After a few miles of walking, we were hot and hungry and headed for lite lunch, and a Purple 'Rita.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Handiwork

I haven't posted any of my crochet work lately, so I figured I would take the time to do a little catch-up. Forgive me if some have been posted before, I've lost track.

This first one is an ongoing project. I'm using up my scrap yarn using the C2C pattern to make this blanket.


Star Flower hot pads.


A popular jelly fish project that was going around my crochet boards not long ago...


A hanging Mandala. I really wanted to hang this outside, but I'm scared the winds would tote it down the street...


Some spiral hot pads or coasters...whichever you like...


A boho hot pad. I love quirky and whimsical stuff...


This hot pad I made for my friend to add to their new home they are having built. It's supposed to be a surprise...hopefully she's been too busy to read my blog. If not, SURPRISE Robin!! :)


This one I just threw together one night to keep my hands busy.....


I came across these recent sunset pics too....




Today, I needed a small piece of ginger for a recipe I was making. While in Walmart, I just reached in the bin and grabbed the first small piece I saw and came out with a ginger polar bear.....



Saturday, June 25, 2016

Special Whiskey

For as long as I've known Toby, he's had this bottle of  JD Bicentennial Whiskey tucked away.


Over the years, I would randomly come across it and lustily ask him when we were going to drink it. He's always responded in the same way.....On a very special occasion.

The other day I was craving something harder than my usual nightly glass or two of wine. I tend to want to drink for self-entertainment when I get bored of my family or my daily, mundane routines.

I remembered the whiskey hiding away somewhere in the closet, and told Skye the story of the whiskey bottle. She asked me why we hadn't drank it when she was born. I guess she figured her entrance into the world was a special enough occasion to drink  the special whiskey.

In reality, there have been a few special occasions the whiskey could have been drank, but there it still hides, tucked away in the closet, sealed in it's original packaging.

At this point, I'm not so sure it would be safe to drink.

On another note, I want to tell you about something I got a little excited about recently.

For awhile now, I've been interested in wild edibles. My sister-in-law sparked my interested years ago, when she would come visit and point out different plant edibles growing wild, tell me the name of it, how it was used, and sometimes even sample it. I was intrigued because I like free food, and I'm always interested in adding extra nutrition into my morning smoothies.

Not long ago, I came across an article about purslane describing it's nutritional value and it's ability to prevent cancer. Many times I have picked these "weeds" out of my yard. The stuff grows like wildfire around here. Once I found out how special this "weed" was, I began to keep my eye out for it.

I walk out one morning, and lo and behold, there it is conveniently growing right in my garden!


The best part about it, is it grows fast and it's super easy to propagate it. I just pick some fresh off the plant every morning and throw it in our smoothies. I've become a very seasoned smoothie drinker. I add a little bit of everything...broccoli, purslane, parsley, basil, mint, celery, cilantro, tumeric, ginger, most any kind of greens and a dash of whatever fruit I have on hand to sweeten it up.

Now that the spring rains are gone, we've had some pretty nice sunsets recently.....





This little guy built his web right at our front porch exit. We have to duck, just to miss it when we walk out...


Now that Skye is older and not interested  in doing any of things Toby and I enjoy anymore, we've been taking the time to enjoy our weekly "dates" as a couple. We mostly love going downtown and walking around, then stopping in for a Purple 'Rita, or going to Elgin for their Sip and Stroll. Last week we went to Barton Creek to hang out on the flats....


I could have stayed here all day long. I much prefer the clean, crisp spring water than I do the ocean any day. There is no shame in Austin either. There were a couple of gals down there (most likely college chicks) enjoying the freedom of topless swimming.


Here's a little clip of the creek....


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Friday, June 10, 2016

An Event

Tonight we had an art event that was held at a beautiful wedding/event venue a few miles from our home called Terradorna .

It was hard to believe we weren't staring out into the beautiful hill country of west Austin. The owner told us it was the highest point east of 35. I'm a sucker for a nice view. The view was spectacular and the venue owners were pleasant company. I can see why their venue is such a success....











I was even able to sneak in a shot of the camera shy teen gal.....


On another note, I've gained some interest in making some short videos. A few weeks ago, I came across a short video someone had made of Central Park during their lunch break.

Even though I love photographs, I'm always more intriqued with personal videos of other cities and surroundings. It gives me more a feel of a place. So, I started uploading some of the short videos I've made. The files are too large to upload here on Blogger, so I've been uploading them to my YouTube channel.