Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Catch Up

Even though I've been busy doing things, I have neglected to document my activities.

A couple of weeks ago we visited with Toby's sister. She was in Austin for a couple of days for some sort of motorcycle thingy with her husband.

It was a nice visit and even though I have met her before, this was the first time I had a conversation with her. In Skye's words, "Daddy's sister seems like the only sane one in his family". I had to agree.

I can't believe the camera queen (me) didn't even get any pictures of the event.

Me and Skye have been taking afternoon hikes through the park. This is her trying to get a pic of a red dragonfly we spotted.....



Skye braved the first swim of the year. It was cold!!!!


Yes, I am obsessed with taking photos of this old homestead....



A beautiful sunset....


Toby and I took a hike through Walnut Creek one day....




Another lovely sunset....



Part of the reason my blog went on the back burner was because I've been incapacitated for the past couple of weeks. I managed to trip over a large ant mound while cutting the grass and badly sprained my wrist. Luckily, it wasn't my dominant hand, but you never know how much you use both of your hands until you have use of only one of them!


This is "cat". It showed up at our house one day and stayed. I tried to find it's owner, but no one claims him. I usually hate cats, but this one is the most chill cat I've ever met. Bo even tried to eat him for a snack one day, but he showed Bo who the boss was with a huge slash on the bridge of his nose. That hasn't stopped Bo from coming back for more though...


Toby and I hike in the downtown area a lot because it's the most convenient hiking area for us. This week we hit the Johnson Creek Trail....



There was a lot of opinionated graffiti.....



 Heading into the tunnels was kind of sketchy....




They called this area a "park", and even though it had some nice grassy areas nestled under shade trees, it just didn't feel very "parky" being butted up right next to very noisy and busy Mopac Hwy.



More graffiti...





This windmill was a nice little stop....






Not sure.....






Bo's not been feeling well for a few weeks. He's an old man now, and has a bit of arthritis in his bones. Mama's been giving him extra love and treats.....


That's about it for now. This week will be spent prepping for our trip to Alabama next week. I always have such a love/hate relationship with traveling to Alabama, but I'm hoping it will be a fun trip.




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lake Austin

Today, Toby and I aimed to venture new territory on our downtown walk. We parked under the Mopac Bridge and headed up Lake Austin Boulevard.

Pretty much all we saw was....Lake Austin Boulevard..


It was a nice, but rather boring walk, so I passed time taking pictures of pretty things, like this yellow blooming tree. We have a few of these in the greenbelt behind our home. They are beautiful with their spring blooms, but are pretty much bare the rest of the year....


There was also an abundance of Mustang Grape vines. Mustang grapes are edible, but they are more tart than sweet, so not as popular as concord grapes.....


We also walked by a community garden. I love the idea of a community garden. There's one nearby my house that I've been meaning to check out....


Hi, big guy.....


It was a rather hot day, so I was breaking out in a sweat. When we walked by Deep Eddy Pool it really looked inviting, and even better there weren't thousands of little urinating curtain climbers in it....



We walked along the Lake Trail back to the car....



It was a good walk and relaxing day. It was also nice being out and not pressed for time to get back home, because Skye has a license now and had taken our extra car to run her own errands.

I've slightly gotten addicted to watching Rachel Ray in the afternoons. Most of her meals are full of wheat products and high in calories, but I've learned a few cooking tips I didn't know from watching her show.

This morning, I took some time out in the kitchen to try out some new things I wanted to try. Since we don't eat wheat products, we miss things like crackers for dipping, so I tried these cheese "chips" I saw on Pinterest. Just 3 ingredients of Parmesan cheese, thyme and nutritional yeast. They were very good. Toby and Skye liked them too. I had to refrain from eating the whole batch myself....


I also had some tofu in the fridge that I needed to make before the expiration date. I'm not a fan of soy products, but I will buy organic tofu every once in awhile. I've always had a problem getting the moisture out enough for it to cook crisp and not mushy. I read somewhere you can put it in the oven and dry it out a bit before you cook it, so that's what I did. It turned out delicious and had a very "meaty" texture instead of the mushy texture I usually get.

Again, I had to refrain from eating the whole batch.....


As opposed to yesterday where I was pouring sweat, it was very unusually cold today, so I didn't venture outside except for our morning walk.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Freedom Rings at Sixteen

After months of classroom hours, lectures, videos and all the hoop jumping Texas requires for you to obtain a driver's license, Skye finally reaped her reward. She is now the proud owner of a State of Texas drivers license....


In turn, her freedom means my freedom. Gone are the days of taxi driving or random trips up to Sonic at 8:00 pm because somebody gets a craving for a half price slushie.  No, I won't miss that at all. I've waited for this day for a very long time!

Matter of fact, I plan on utilizing HER services with that forgotten grocery item off my list or simple errand that I just don't feel like getting out of the house for. I've become quite the homebody in the past couple of years. I much prefer puttering around in my yard, the greenbelt, or crocheting as opposed to fighting Austin's horrid traffic nightmare that I believe had to be spawned directly from Satan himself. Mama's gettin' too old for all that nonsense.

With the warmer weather, Skye and I have been enjoying sitting outside in the evenings. There was a nice sunset last night....







Last fall, Skye planted some seeds from the small Halloween pumpkin she bought. We had forgotten all about it, until we spotted these nice yellow blooms a few weeks ago. Looks like we'll have some pumpkins this fall, as long as the animals don't get to them first....



I also spotted this moss that looked to have seeds growing from the top of it. I don't know much about moss other than it needs really specific moisture conditions before it can grow......


 Skye was invited to an Easter Egg Hunt by some neighbors to a church near us. Skye was the oldest one there, but she seemed to have fun with it anyway. Since she's never been brought up with religion, I think she was curious how the "other half" lived. 

I don't think she was impressed with her church folk observations and made note how Easter Egg Hunts weren't actually "hunts" anymore. They just throw all the eggs out in a field and yell, "GO". I guess that's all part of the everyone wins social game we have nowadays.