Jun 19, 2011

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last few days.  I’ve taken no photos.  It’s not that we haven’t been busy, or that I haven’t had my camera with me.

Maybe it’s the incredible heat that has been with us for the last month or so (as of June 18 we’ve had 14 100+ degree days in Austin!).  And it’s still spring!  We are back on the lake, though, thank goodness.

Maybe it’s the work thing dragging me down… there’s sooo much to juggle, struggling with how to make progress by  the end of each day.

Maybe it’s all the things on my todo-list in my head that aren’t getting done.  We have so few commitments outside of ourselves and work, compared to other families.  But why is it I can’t seem to get all the stuff done that I want done?

Maybe it’s that my mind has been on my mom.  But the good news is that she is now back at home (her home), with drains/staples from the surgery removed.  And she has not needed a transfusion since the day before the surgery, which was about 6 weeks ago.  Which is amazing and fantastic and the best that we could have expected.

Well, for whatever reason, I don’t have any moments captured to post here from the last few days.   So I thought I’d post something to let you know I’m still here.  And even though I don’t have photos to post, I can post an update of what we’ve been up to.

On Friday, Monte put the sail on, which meant he had to lace the sail onto the new mast hoops  (that would have been a great picture).  He took Cupholder out for a sail in strong winds and she did great.

On Saturday, we headed out for the June Full Moon Raftup, in Cypress Creek Cove – Cupholder, Marty & Sue on Caribbean Hug, Robert & Robert on Voodoo, Jim & Teri on Island Time, and Kurt, Wally, Kevin on Dancer.   We got all settled in by about 7pm or so.  But the motor boats and their wakeboarders were buzzing around until after sunset.  So it was pretty churned up for a while.  We were able to finally cook dinner at about 9 or 10, when the wake died down.  We celebrated Teri’s birthday eve with a cake, Buckeye vodka, and iPod wars.  (That would have been a great picture)  A good time was had by all 🙂

On Sunday, the wakeboarders returned before 7AM, so we decided to head back very early.  We had a great sail in strong winds back to the marina, and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging on B-dock and floating.   Joe showed up.  Wiz was on Allegro.  We helped Lori rig her new main sheet block.  (That would have been a great picture)  Seems like all the other boats made it back from the raftup by 2 or so.  Monte and I were very tired when we got back home and didn’t get much of anything done so we gave in to the sleepiness and turned in.

Here’s to Monday and the start of a new week.  Let’s see if the funk lifts…

Apr 22, 2011


Yesterday afternoon a truck stopped at the house, a guy rang the door bell and gave Monte a flyer for lawn maintenance services.  The guy then got back into his truck and drove off… and did not stop at any other house on the street.  So, you can understand that I was especially happy that my weed eater parts came in the mail a few days early so that I could get busy on the edging and border weed whacking last night.   I couldn’t wait til work was over today to get out and mow the lawn, front and back.  THAT’S how tired I was of looking at our messy yard.

Ok.  So, I’m mowing in the back yard… turning a tight circle around a shepherd’s hook that’s holding some planters and a hummingbird feeder, and all of a sudden I noticed a couple bees flying around my arms.   Whoa!  Where did they come from?!   Oh,  I guess they’re with the rest of the hoard swarming the tip of the hummingbird feeder a foot from my head!!!!

That was a close call!     I don’t know if I’m allergic to bees, because it’s been probably 30+ years since I’ve been stung.  But, I’m REALLY glad I didn’t have to find out this evening.

You’d think I was happy to have gotten away unscathed the first time.  But, I couldn’t resist the urge to get a picture.   So, I dashed into the house, got my camera and went back in close for this shot.    🙂

Feb 4, 2011

One of the pipes that was frozen has broken. Cracked right at the hosebib out back. Water was spurting out into the backyard and running into the house…. water in the guest bedroom and bath. Can’t tell if it’s broken in the wall as well.

We’ve turned off the water to the house for now. We’ll have to wait till everything thaws out.

This is why I don’t complain when it hits 105 degrees in Central Texas. 😮

Jan 13, 2011


Our cupboards are getting a little bare, so last night on our way home we stopped at the nearby Tetco and picked up a gallon of milk.. AND $3 worth of lottery tickets.

I was so tired last night I forgot to check the nums… I actually ran across this ticket this morning, almost buried under the couch.

For the record… I did *not* win a bazillion dollars.

Maybe next time.

Jan 3, 2011

Spring has sprung.

We have been shut out of our garage for the last few days.   I went to Ann’s for my inaugural New Year’s game day on Saturday and when I came home the garage door could not be opened.  It’s a good thing all the cars were out of the garage at the time, or they would have been trapped there until we got it fixed today.

Turns out when your garage door torsion spring looks something like this picture, you need to get it replaced.   Monte toyed with the idea of fixing it himself.  But when the first hits on google for “Do-It-Yourself broken garage door torsion spring” brought up things like:  risk of death, maiming, danger, danger, danger, I looked for a local company to come fix us up.

Les from Cedar Park Overhead Doors came to the rescue today, and we were all set in under an hour.

I’m enjoying this first Monday of the new year… good thing it’s a vacation day!

Tomorrow…back to the grindstone.

Dec 18, 2010

Galloping Gertie.

I took a drive today to visit Brian, Gail, Josh and their friend Edgar.

To get from the peninsula side of Puget Sound to the Seattle/Tacoma side you can take a ferry, or you have to drive around the south end of the Sound.  The Tacoma Narrows bridge was built in 1940 to make that drive shorter.

This is a shot of the crossing today from the Gig Harbor side.   The old bridge is on the left.  On the right is a newer, twin span that was completed only several years ago.  Now each bridge carries traffic in only one direction.

The original span was completed in July 0f 1940.   It was the longest man-made suspension bridge in the US at the time, and the 3rd longest in the world.   Only four months later it had collapsed.   Let that be a harmonics lesson to all of us…

Here’s a youtube video with footage from November 7, 1940, the day the bridge collapsed in 40 mile an hour winds after pitching and swaying for over an hour.

Aug 23, 2010

Where's Mario?

So…. I have my regular appointment with my stylist/hairguy tomorrow that I needed to move out several hours.  I called the salon this morning to change the appointment time, and they informed me that Mario is no longer working there as of the day before last, and they had no contact info for him.  WHA?!  I’ve been going to him for 8 years (!)

Well, Mario called tonight to tell me that he’s got a new gig at the Sax 5th Ave salon in the Arboretum and so we’re on for tomorrow night.     Whew.

Unfortunately, this hairline shot that I took earlier today is the only material I have for the day. It may be an all time low for photo blog entries.  But, I’ll just call it a self-portrait shot.   🙂  One of these days (apparently not that far off)  I’ll just let it go all gray.

But not this week.

Aug 11, 2010

Werk sux

This week has been especially hectic with work — long days, and a seemingly endless stream of things I’m already behind on before I get started.

The fact that I keep waking up in the wee hours unable to get back to sleep doesn’t help much.

I can’t wait for the weekend.

Jul 21, 2010

Got gas?

When we bought this house 4 years ago (how time flies!) one of the “must haves” that it didn’t have was gas.  We love to cook, and we simply LOVE cooking on a gas range.   The house was all electric, and our bizarre built-in-the-70s-and-80s neighborhood doesn’t have natural gas plumbed to all the homes.   So, our only choice was to have a propane tank put in.

So, we cooked for 3 years on that old crummy electric range.  As a part of the big remodel last year, we had a small propane tank installed out back.  The nice gas company people said it should only need filling a couple times a year.  Since then we have been blissfully enjoying cooking to our hearts’ content on our big, bad gas range.

The only problem is that we’re not sure exactly when we’ll run out of gas.  The gauge that the nice gas company people put on our tank reads 70% full.  Problem is, it hasn’t moved for 6 months.  So, we think that it’s broken and that we really don’t know how much gas is in the tank.   So, we called the nice gas company people to ask them to come check the gauge and to please fill the tank.  Then, based on how much they put in, we’ll have a rough idea how much gas we burn through in a year and when we need to call for a refill.

The catch-22 is that the nice gas company people say that they use the gauge when they’re filling it to tell them how much is in the tank.  So they say they won’t fill it if it says it’s 70% full.   >:|

So, at the moment we are basically just waiting to see when we run out of gas.   I’ll keep you posted.

In the mean time, I went out to the tank tonight to take a picture of said gauge.   See, it’s showing 70%.    Then I noticed the small print that says “do not use for filling.”   That’s odd.    I guess we need to call the nice gas company people again….

May 19, 2010

Goody bag

Bleh!  Dental appointment for twice-a-year cleaning today.  One of my least favorite things to do.  But do it, I must.  At least this time they didn’t break off a part of one of my tiny teeth while cleaning them.  Sheesh.

I’m always glad to get out of there.   To make it seem like a festive occasion, they always send me home with a goody bag of dental supplies.   woo hoo.

May 12, 2010

Scorched earth

Well, let’s see.  It’s mid-May.  Temperatures have snuck into the low 90s only once or twice this year.   We’ve had so much rain in the Fall/Winter that the lake is full (yay!).

The Earth has a short memory, though, because things are looking very parched already in the way back part of the yard.

Let’s see how it looks after another, long summer of 100 degree temps and little rain.

Apr 14, 2010

Feeding a monster

It’s that time of year.  If you paid any Federal Income Tax at all for 2009 you are one of the 53% of American households that carry 100% of the tax burden (ref).

I waited until just about the last day to put mine in the mail.

The following is worth reflecting on this Tax Day Eve…

The 10 Cannots (William Boetcker, 1916)

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.