Thursday, March 19, 2015

Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail

Today Toby and I took our bikes to the Southern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

It's everything I'm looking for in a biking trail. Nice paved "roads" and some really good flat stretches with some equally challenging hills, one of which I named "Hell Hill". I also enjoyed the peaceful scenery along the way.

We only traveled about 7 miles of the trail but it's a pretty expansive trail that is in the works to be extended to Manor.

Here are some pictures from our day outdoors.....

Taking a break to check out the creek


A glimpse of downtown in the distance

Red Bud in bloom
Below is a picture of "Hell Hill". It was soooooo much fun going down!! Unfortunately I had to walk my bike back up a portion of it on the way back. It just felt like it was getting steeper and steeper as I went. Toby dusted me and was at the top waiting on me as I huffed and puffed my way to the end.

If you look closely you can see it spiraling its way down. I'm looking forward to going back and exploring more of the trail.

Lastly, here is a picture of a recent sunset....

At first glance, when I looked out my back window last night the clouds resembled mountains in the distance.....

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lovely Day

I haven't seen the sun much in the past couple of months so I was pretty pleased when Mr. Sun was staring at me upon waking this morning.

We had plans for an after lunch hike on Barton Creek Greenbelt with friends.

It was a little chilly with a little cloud coverage when we first arrived at the trail but it turned out to be a beautiful warm day by the time we finished our two mile hike along the creek.

The creek was running gloriously. It's not often we see it flowing so well. Too bad it wasn't hot enough to take a dip....

We all took some family memories....

Yes, it was a lovely day indeed.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Few and Far Between

I know my posts have been few and far between this year, but there's not been much for me to write home about.

The winter is a miserable time of year as far as I'm concerned so I prefer to spend most my time hibernating.

Aside from running errands with Toby, an occasional outing to the Blue Hanger with Robin, or our weekly get together with our homeschool clan not much else can be said for the past several weeks.

While I'm coiled up under my warm blanket on the sofa I have made use of my time with some crochet projects.

My friend Angela is expecting another little bundle of joy, so I have whipped up a few little items for her. I enjoy working on baby items because they are easy and quick to work up. Angela hasn't even seen them yet, so Angela if you are reading this, SURPRISE! :-)...

This was my very first attempt at a garment of any kind so I was pretty satisfied with myself. This dress will also include a pair of matching booties which I have not yet finished...

I had a request for a neon colored pin cushion from a friend in Alabama so this is what I came up with for her....

I had these hexagons left over from an abandoned project so I turned them into a hotpad....

I whipped this up one evening as a quickie project sparred by boredom. With it's ocean theme maybe I was longing for a little warm weather...

I had been wanting a spring wreath for my front door, but they are so expensive to buy. I also have a black front door so it's hard to find something that will contrast to the black. I got this idea that maybe I could make my own so I perused PINTEREST for ideas and this is what I came up with. I'm thinking of maybe adding a bird or a butterfly.....

This project was so much fun I'm thinking of making one for each season.

One of the few pictures I have been able to get these days of my teen.....

My boy Bo....

My morning green goodness. I attribute my good health to my morning walk/hike/run and one of these green smoothies. It may look gross but I can guarantee you I have perfected them to be quite tasty....or maybe I have just acquired a taste for them....

I snapped a picture of these scene on my way home from the grocery store one day. I loved the way the clouds blanketed the edge of the sky....

Here are a couple of pictures from our bike ride on Shoal Creek near downtown a few weeks ago. Although the scenery was beautiful, I didn't get but these two pictures because the terrain was terrible for my street bike and I struggled to stay steady. This would have been a great hike but I consider not much fun for a bike ride....

I'm patiently waiting for the weather to warm up.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Until He Takes A Wife

As my last offspring is making her way steadily into young adulthood I often find myself thinking about the person I have transformed into from the experience of raising children. I reflect upon all the parenting mistakes I've made along the way and the heartache and guilt as a result of some of my decisions and actions.  I also relish in the satisfaction of all the things I obviously did right, all the joy, love and equally so the frustration my children brought to me...and the patience, yes definitely the patience.

Having both a son and a daughter, I am one of those lucky ones that have been able to experience the different relationship aspects that each gender bring to a mother.

As they get older I consider the relationship I have with each one of them.

In just a short few months my 26 year old son will be "Tying the knot".

We've always had a close relationship BUT he has never been what one consider a "mama's boy" nor would I consider me to be an overbearing or jealous mother.

Now that he has taken a fiance there is a different dynamic to our relationship. It's completely natural that all of his emotional availability should go to his wife to be.

I know this is what happens, and quite honestly it's what I WANTED to happen for him. I'm happy for him because he has found someone to share his life with.

It makes me think of the saying, " A son is a son until he takes a wife, a daughter is a daughter for life."

Although I'm far from religious, here is another one I remember having to memorize for my Bible class in high school:

Mark 10:7-8 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

When a man gets married there is another woman he has to make happy, and as every woman knows a happy wife makes a happy life.

In other words, there is a new "bitch" in town. :-)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Spare Time

I'd like to say that I crochet in my spare time, but honestly sometimes I forgo things like laundry and cleaning toilets to manipulate those beautiful colors of string into works of art.

This is a soap holder/washcloth duo that I whipped up for a friend who makes homemade soaps. In turn I received some heavenly smelling soaps for my baths.

Before Christmas my cousin contacted me about making her a matching tree skirt for her white Christmas tree. I scrounged around my healthy yarn stash for the colors she was looking for and I yarned my days away until I finished it and presented it to her as an early Christmas gift.

This afghan I started from an inspiration I saw on Pinterest. Skye eyed it the whole time I worked on it so I gave it to her.

I'm a big fan of small crochet projects. I love the idea of starting something and finishing it up the same day. This little gingerbread boy was a nice addition to my tree this past Christmas.

This is another one of my Pinterest inspired projects. I LOVED working on this granny square cat because it was a little different than my usual creations.

While Lucas and Emily were here for Christmas Emily loved the striped afghan I had made for Skye and expressed an interest in having one for their sofa. I just finished it up the other day and plan to mail it out to them soon.

I plan on spending more time on smaller projects in the future just because I tend to get bored working on the same project for weeks at a time.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Zoo, a Bike Ride, and Some News

This week the weather has been warm and sunny so we took advantage with some outdoor activities.

On Tuesday we met up with friends at the Austin Zoo. We haven't been there in a few years and since it's a rescue zoo I don't feel so bad about spending money there...

Toby always enjoys talking to the animals....

We also road the train....

On Wednesday Toby and I took the bikes out for a ride along the Pflugerville Trail System. We rode approximately 8 1/2 miles along the trail....

A portion of the trail rambles along Willow Creek. With the recent rain, the creek was flowing nicely...

It was such a peaceful ride with plenty to see. I don't get many pictures when I'm riding because I don't like to stop my momentum on the bike.

And the news....

Lucas and Emily set their wedding date for April 25 so it looks like we will be taking a trip to South Alabama in a couple of months.

I almost have a sense of dread about the trip. I have never taken out the time to analyze my feelings about it, but every time I think about going to Alabama I get an anxious, sick feeling. It feels like I'm taking a step back in time.... like I'm scared I'll get stuck there and never be able to escape again.

The only thing that excites me about it is seeing some family members and watching my son get married so in that case I will make the best of it.