For the last week and a half, Monte and I hosted his family’s bi-annual reunion. We started out with a big 3-day weekend, enjoying reconnecting and having fun at the house and in the backyard with 21 of our relatives that came from pretty much every corner of the country. Then, for the next week, ten of the family that could stay longer, came to stay with us at the house. We packed it with as much food and fun as we could. It was really a special, wonderful time. Sailing, floating, cooking, cornhole, grilling, bimini ring game, barbeque, card games, geocaching, karaoke, low-country boil, gardening, sno-cones, sightseeing, even taking part in our neighborhood’s 4th of July parade. Over the last few days, our party dwindled until it was just four of us yesterday. We set out for the lake and sailed to Starnes Island to anchor up and watch the fireworks show. It didn’t disappoint. We squeezed every bit of fun out of the time spent with everyone.
Today we said goodbye to the last two revellers. It’s just our flock now. The house is quiet.
I leave you with two shots from the fireworks last night — here’s to family!
I took a walk around the hood tonight to hit my step target. And I came across this little lady who was very wary of me. I said hi, took a picture and kept moving on down the road. I’d like to think that she has a similar snap of me.
I was introduced to cake pops recently, when a friend brought a dozen to a party. They are an excellent sweet treat. This weekend I took a stab at making a batch myself. Here’s how they turned out:
I did a little research beforehand, googling a few recipes and how-tos. This is the one I picked to guide me, and pretty much followed it exactly. I made one modification – I detest frosting-in-a-can, as its main ingredient is partially hydrogenated fat. I bought a powder mix instead – which was basically powdered sugar, really. I just had to add butter and a bit of milk. And it worked great for the frosting. I mixed up half a box (i.e., about as much frosting to cover half a cake), on the advice of the how-to that I was following. And it worked fine.
I bought pure white Wilton candy chips, and added food coloring. I have to say that the “dipping” phase is still a mystery to me. No matter what I tried, the candy coating was always the consistency of frosting. I tried both the microwave method, as well as the double boiler method. It was still very thick. So I couldn’t really “dip” the pops. I spun them through the coating and had to smooth with a knife most of the time. No matter, though, they turned out fine.
Some people recommend buying floral arrangement foam to use as a stand to hold your cake pops. I asked Monte to make me a few stands with wood scrap he had laying around in the shop. They worked great.
I took this photo last weekend on the lake, right before the last bit of seemingly relentless rain storms passed. It has an ominous look to it – fitting for how I’m feeling today.
Have you heard tales of bizarro things happening when the planet Mercury is in retrograde (which happens a couple times every year)? If not, you can read about it here. Well, Mercury has been in retrograde since May 18, and will be through June 11.
Here’s a short list of things I’m writing off as Mercury’s doing during this period of retrograde:
– historic flooding (since around the 18th……hmmm)
– the docks at our marina have broken in places due to the flooding and storms, so the dock our boat is on Is in limbo, unable to be brought back to shore for the time being
– our anchor rode snapped unexpectedly while pulling up the hook 2 weeks ago
– I found a bat in my office at work yesterday (the Mexican freetail kind, not the Louisville slugger kind)
– the sewer drain at the house up and died last night (freakiest – and grossest – of all)
And we still have almost another week of this. Have you any bizarre happenings to share?
Today the lake is lapping close to 665′. How amaze-balls is that??!!! The forecast has settled down enough for us to plan a night out. And it is amazing. The lake is up 45’+ and we are anchored up in a cove we could only look at on maps 2 weeks ago. Thank you! Kurt & Kevin joined us a little while ago. Who else is in?!!
We headed out to the lake yesterday. The rains have FINALLY been falling over the basin that flows into Lake Travis. We have been watching the LCRA lake levels like kids in a candy store. The lake is up to over 648′ today! which is up about 25′ from where it has been stuck for the last few years. We still want more – 30 more feet and brimming would be nice – but boy was it thrilling to see. I actually felt my heart rejoice. :)
Our marina has moved half of its dock back to shore. All of the ramps for the letter docks are floating. And one of our boat ramps is usuable again. We went for a sail with Kurt and Kevin. We saw alot of debris in the water. And alot of these….. balls of red ants floating in the lake. Beware folks, you do NOT want to swim into one of these!
We anchored in our cove and spent the afternoon marvelling over how great it was to finally have our lake back. :)