Thursday, November 19, 2015

Relieving Stress

Quite honestly, most of the year 2015 has not been a pleasant experience for Toby and I, especially for Toby who has to bear the brunt of the challenges we have been facing. The fact is there is an ebb and a flow to life. The key is acceptance and hope for a better tomorrow.

“Your joy is divine and so is your suffering. There’s so much to be learned from both.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Trying to be supportive and positive, I usually point out how things could be much worse. My philosophical husband always responds with a heart felt, "They could be better too". The glass half full or half empty dilemma, I suppose.

I'm usually the one to plan our weekly activities, but today Toby requested we head to Lady Bird Lake for a walk. We both enjoy the amenities of the city, and no matter what state of mind we are in, downtown Austin has always been our happy place.

He apparently had a lot of stress to walk off.  Short of running, I could barely keep up with him on our 5 mile walk. I don't know how a man with such short legs can walk so fast. The conversation was flowing too, which made it a much needed walk and talk.

Along the way, I took pictures. Austin is such a photogenic city. I feel like I can never get enough pictures of downtown.

For lunch we stopped by downtown's Baby A's for some lunch and a much needed Purple "Rita. Behind us an older woman was crying because her husband had cancer and was in chemotherapy. As I said,  our problems could be worse.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

365 Days

I've missed a couple this week due to full overcast skies or rain. It's been a pretty cloudy week.

On The Farm Again

Today we met up with friends at the Crowe's Nest Farm. Today was a special tour day and since I LOVE the Crowe's Nest Farm and it's only minutes from my house, we once again showed our support for all they do in providing a sanctuary for injured animals.

Farmer Dave does a wonderful job of interacting with and educating the groups about the animals.

Mr. Tom the turkey

Hershey the cow

I was also super envious of their luscious looking greens....

It was a lot more fun this time with friends.

On another note, here is a small Christmas crochet project I finished the other day....

Monday, November 9, 2015

365 Days

If you read my blog you already know I love sunsets. For awhile I've had this idea to record the sunset every evening for one whole year. I had it in my mind to begin Jan. 1, 2016, but then I thought why not start at the beginning of this month??  So on November 1, 2015 I begin my photo journey of recording every sunset for a whole year.

Just so you know I've already failed miserably. There were a couple of days where it was rainy and/ or cloudy and it slipped my mind. A photo of cloud coverage is not all that exciting. That said, the challenge is for 365 days...rain or shine.

November 1, 2015

November 2, 2015

November 3, 2015 - almost an exact replica of the evening before
November 4-6 Rain and cloud coverage

November 7, 2015

November 8, 2015

Until next week.....

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bubbling Bull

The best time to head to the creeks is after a good rain. I love listening to the rushing sound of the water and watching it spill angrily over the rocks. So clear and crisp. I could pitch a tent and camp alongside it endlessly with the animals and vegetation....


It was almost warm enough to take a dip, but the water was frigid!!

We headed along a path on the other side of the creek we have not ventured yet. There was a rock ledge trickling drops of water as we walked under it....

We walked along the trail stopping along the way to play in the water.....

We found an entrance to the Bull Creek Preserve and headed back to the car via that path...

There was a viewpoint above the creek along the way....

More rain in the forecast this week. I'm looking forward to checking out more areas after the rain that are usually dry.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Daddy Daughter Bike Ride

My teen is no ordinary teen. While most girls her age want to go to the movies, hang out at the mall shopping with friends, or some other girly type thing, my daughter wants to drive go carts, motorcycles or any other motorized vehicles, play and watch vehicle related video games and Youtubes, and has been known many times to take things apart just to see what makes them work.

A few weeks ago she found out that one of the Youtubers out of Austin she watches was organizing a local Motorcycle (Bike) Meetup.

She convinced Toby to take her on his bike and talked about how excited she was about it for weeks as I cringed every time at the mention of it. Being on the back of a motorcycle with Toby is not what concerned me, it was riding a hundred miles alongside notoriously horrible Austin drivers on the back of said motorcycle. I trust Toby, it's the other drivers I don't trust.

I thought more than a few times to put my foot down and say no, but the unselfish part of me decided that I wouldn't let MY FEAR stop her from missing out on opportunity and experience. Live and let live is my motto and that includes my family.

I'm so glad I pushed my fears aside and let her go. Toby and her both had a good time and it was definitely some serious daddy and daughter bonding time.

Here is a picture of her and one of the Youtubers. She walked right up to him and introduced herself, chatted with him a bit and asked if she could have her picture taken with him.

Toby and Skye before they left out....

I know they had a good time but I was relieved to get them both back safe and sound.

Tonight's sunset. It was a beauty.....

Here is one from the other day...

This is one I took the other morning. This is the tail end of a storm moving out...