Apr 11, 2010

Camelot crew

Wrapping up the psycho-killer reunion weekend, we headed to the lake today.   We took Cupholder out.    On our way out of Hurst Cove we saw Joe and Ken & Chris and their grandkids.

Lori and Dave took Camelot out with Wendy, Denyse, Lisa and Laura on board.   We sailed a bit and rafted up in Arky south cove for several hours.   On the way home we tied up to Joe on the mooring ball for a bit and fed the fish.

It was a good end to a fun weekend.

Apr 10, 2010


We went to a reunion of sorts at Lori’s tonight, of some of the folks that worked and played hard in Boca in the early days.    Simply could NOT keep these people from dancing (or whatever you’d call it).   Saw Lori, Dave, Rudy, Jake, Eric, Laurie, Doray, Tom, David H, Wendy, Denyse and Lisa.  Had a blast.

Apr 8, 2010

Lone paintbrush

In the wayback, the bluebonnets are doing great.   I think they’ve hit their peak, though, and will start to fade over the next few weeks.

When we sowed the bluebonnet seeds last year, which we harvested from behind the IBM 900 buildings, we also collected indian paintbrush seeds, along with some red poppy and a bunch of other wildflower seed.    The bluebonnets have really taken hold, but the other wildflowers just haven’t shown up — with the happy exception of this one (1) indian paintbrush which I was very excited to find.   It’s one of my favorites.

This is a shot of my lone indian paintbrush against a backdrop of bluebonnets.   Maybe next year I’ll have a dozen.

Apr 4, 2010

Old Rugged Cross

Happy Easter!  We had another great weekend.   This one was spent working on the yard.    Lots of brush and yard bags at the curb to show for it.   We’ll be sore tomorrow, I’m sure.

One of Monte’s dad’s favorite songs to sing was The Old Rugged Cross.  He sat down to play that and a few other tunes for Easter from his Broadman hymnal.   Very nice.

Apr 3, 2010

Rock & roll

We decided to stay at home this weekend and work in the yard.   There’s much to do.   Monte worked on preparing the compost pile.  I cleared some old firewood, bricks and limestone that had been cluttering up a future flower bed along the fenceline near the shop.   This is a shot of my growing stone wall — a work in progress.   Everytime I find a limestone block I add it to the collection.

One of the stones I moved from the fenceline to this pile had a surprise under it…a tarantula.    My second one encountered at Deer Track, I must say.    Again, had I been thinking I would have grabbed the camera and gotten a picture of him, as it was a truly startling moment to remember.   However, Monte came over with Mr. Shovel and before I thought of it, the moment was gone.    It’s just as well.

My rock wall is much more pleasant to look at.

Apr 2, 2010

2 rocks nearest the sun

This week Venus and Mercury have been close together, setting right after sunset.   It’s pretty rare to see Mercury, and together they are a pretty sight.   Venus is the bright one.  Mercury is below it to the right.   This shot was taken 30 min after sunset about 2 miles from our house.  I was glad to get a shot with all the light from the city.

A Good Friday, indeed.

Apr 1, 2010

Fallen nest

We worked in the yard this evening.   In the way back,  under the cedar trees, I saw this fallen nest with a broken egg in it.   We’ve had some strong winds for the last day or so which may have knocked it down — or it could have been an animal.  I believe it’s a bluejay nest and egg.    They have many nests high up in the trees in our yard and they guard them fiercely.   Bluejays usually have 4 or 5 eggs at a time, so this one was either an only child or the other eggs have been snatched away.

Sorry to see this guy won’t make it.

Mar 30, 2010

Day's end

This is a wind spinner that was given to me by my friend, Doray.  At this time of the evening, the glass prism in the middle catches the sun as it sets through the trees in the backyard.   Behind the spinner you can see our herb garden, getting ready to pump out tons of basil, rosemary and other good things.

Mar 29, 2010

All grown up

This is a shot from today of the same bluebonnet that I photographed and posted here 2 weeks ago.   The bluebonnet field out back has really filled in and sprung to life.

Today marks the 3rd week since starting this photo-a-day endeavor.  Some say that it takes about 3 weeks to make something a habit.  I hope I can keep this one up.

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