Woo hoo! Today is the first day of Spring! The equinox occurred at 12:32PM today. You wouldn’t know it, though, because a cold front blew in early this morning with thunderstorms, dropping temperatures to the 40’s and 50’s today, and into the 30’s tonight! Crazy Central Texas weather. You’d think we’d be used to it by now, but I am REALLY ready for Spring.
This afternoon we bundled up and took a brisk walk through the neighborhood. This house is a couple of blocks from ours. They dress this gargoyle up for holidays — Santa at Christmas, a ghost at Halloween, beads during Mardi Gras, …
I love our neighborhood. It is very rustic, but right in the middle of things.
I’m happy that we are here and the work on the house is finally done.
TGIF! I had a pretty busy day and worked late, so I was left with little interesting material from the day to capture for posting. I really do want to try to keep this capture-one-moment-per-day thing going, so this one will have to do. When working from home, this is pretty much the scene. Speakerphone on the desk to the right. Fridays are a mixed bag for me but I’m always incredibly glad when they’re over. I’m looking forward to the weekend!
I enjoy watching the birds in the yard. We have many different kinds: blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, little bitty ones, hummingbirds…. We have several blue jay nests high up in the live oaks in the back yard. They are on guard right now because they have babies in the nest. They’re very noisy when people or animals get near their trees. I got this shot as the sun was setting tonight. Had to use the digital zoom, so it’s a tad grainy — pretty, though!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! After work, I took a walk out back to survey the new wildflowers, budding trees/shrubs, and the herb garden we planted over the weekend. These little patches of clover caught my eye. They’re not the real thing, but they are close enough. I haven’t found any with 4 leaves yet.
For dinner we had a bit of homemade shepherd’s pie and a pint of guinness / harp. Tonight my family called for a remote group toast over the phone – to the day, and to my Dad. Slainte!
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
For the last 2 springs we’ve collected bluebonnet seed from many of the fields nearby and scattered them in our backyard (the way-back part by the shop). Last year we got the first crop of our very own bluebonnets back there. We carefully staked each one as we came across it so that we wouldn’t step on it. THIS year there are too many plants to stake, and some of them are huge. We’re going to have a beautiful field of them. I can’t wait. This is a picture of one of the first blooms. There will be many to follow. I love the bluebonnets.
Last night we sprang ahead for Daylight Savings Time. There are many things I love about DST, one is that we can play 9 holes in the late afternoon and finish before sunset. So we hightailed it over to Maurice Williams on this fine Sunday afternoon and walked 9. This shot is from the green at No 5, which has a good view of the new, changing skyline of Austin. It’s been a long time since we played. I hope we can sneak away after work a few times to play before it gets insufferably hot. Afterward, as we do after every round at Mo’ Willy, we stopped by the Posse East near the UT campus for chicken tacos and a pitcher. It was a good day.
We spent the day at the lake with B-dock friends Marty, Sue, Koko, Kurt, Wally, Tony, Michelle, Dolly, Robert, Ace, Teri and neighbor Dave. The breezes were light but enough to sail out to Arky south and back. The water temp is a chilly 58 degrees (!) but it didn’t keep these young ladies from taking the plunge off the dock opposite our boat. It’s amazing that over the next 4 months or so the water will get about 30 degrees warmer.
We put a Chinese restaurant into the rotation tonight. Yummm. I was hoping for a really profound fortune to share here, but, well….you play the cards you’re dealt. Sounds good though. We’re going to the lake tomorrow and that will DEFINITELY be a social activity.
I think I’m going to have to get the hang of this “take a picture of a moment from each day” thing. The picture I should have taken, but didn’t think about it until they were gone, was of some people that drove up to the house after work today. We noticed a car pulled up in front of the house, and someone taking a picture. I went outside to get the mail and they introduced themselves. Turns out it was the guy that built and then lived in our house back in 1984, his wife and their daughter who was 1 year old when they lived here. We gave them a tour of the house and chatted with them for a while, then they went on their way. THAT is the photo I should have taken. I didn’t think of it. Instead, what you see here is a moment captured a while later, when we were out working in the backyard — dethatching St Augustine, growing our compost pile, and getting the herb garden bed ready for planting.
Monte gave me this camera at Christmas. I’ve been using it for the last month or two and love it. It’s waterproof to about 30′. It takes great pictures above and below sea level. I’m still learning about all the features it has.
Today I decided to create a photo blog – posting one photo that captures a moment from each day in my life – for a year. It’s a tall order, but if i can stick with it, it will be really great to look back on. I wish I had gotten the inspiration to start this photo blog back on Jan 1, 2010. But I didn’t get started until today. In the wee hours of this morning, I’ve gone back and filled in with whatever photos from moments I have taken already between now and the beginning of the year. And going forward I will try to post one moment from each day. Some will be ho-hum, some will hopefully be wonderful. I can’t wait to see what unfolds.
The damaged Echelon building off of Hwy 183 in the Arboretum — some a-hole crashed a plane into it a week or two back aiming at the IRS office. Tragically, he hit his mark and killed one man that worked there. Thankfully all the others in the building made it out ok — it could have been much worse. The camera was running out of battery, so this was the only shot I was able to take before it conked out. It’s a bit obstructed in this shot, but the big hole where the plane hit is at the bottom of the building just to the right of the post of the highway sign. Very sad.