Veni. Vidi. Vino. 

Girls night out!   It’s been months since all of us were able to make it.   It was…. lovely!

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GNO.   

It’s been busy here for the last month or so.  We had several nieces under our roof and at the lake with us this past week, which was a joy for me.  Good visits, good fun and lots of laughs were had.   But they are now back in their respective places living their exciting young lives.  As for me, I’m committed to relaxing for the rest of this week.   Last night I joined some friends for girls’ night out at Alcomar in south Austin.   I enjoyed it. 

 PROs:  Tasty tapa-ish seafood dishes.  Happy hour from 3-6pm every day.  And their own parking lot on S 1st! 

CONs: wine not included in happy hour.  

Blues on the green.  

Tonight we made it to the last concert in this year’s Blues on the Green free concert series at Austin’s lovely Zilker Park.   Bright Light Social Hour was the headliner.   We joined Lori and Doray, who have made it to every show this year. They’re professionals; they have the parking/tailgating/setup thing down.  We got downtown early, went for a swim in Barton Springs Pool and then headed over to the Great Lawn to set up our chairs and share some nibblies before the show.  


    I enjoyed the night very much.  Temps were in the 80s!! How lucky was that?!

    Yes, we CAN!

    I helped my friend, Lori, unpack boxes from her recent move to a new home in South Austin yesterday.  The first thing we unpacked were the wine glasses, because she greeted me with a can of wine, one of her latest finds, a lovely rosé made by The Infinite Monkey Theorem, an urban winery that’s located just down the street from her new place.  Kinda fun and not bad!  I can see this on the boat in my future.  🙂

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    Empty nest.  

    Not ones to miss a taproom visit opportunity, we left an hour early to take Fran and family to the airport, stopping in at the Live Oak Brewing Company right across the highway from the Austin airport.  It sure beats the cellphone lot!

    Back home, the house is sadly quiet.  Except for Keeto asking “who’s here?”  We await our next visitors!

    Colleen sent me these cute wine glass charm birdies.  We tried them out last night.   Cheers!

    Meat-o-rama. 

    My sister and her family are visiting us for a week.   We are having more fun than six people should.  We tubed the San Marcos River today, and hit the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood for dinner on the way home. Delicious.  


    Photo credit to Fran.  🙂

    Welcome back, Celis!

    We attended tonight’s Grand Opening for the new Celis Brewery.  Celis opened in 1992 producing award winning local craft beer.   Sadly, it closed in 2000.  But the original founder’s daughter worked hard to make todays re-opening of  Celis Brewery a reality, 25 years from the original brewery’s birthday.  Cheers!

    The birds and the bees.

    The hummingbird feeders are getting quite a lot of traffic these days.  Between the bees, the hummers and the finches, they’ll empty one of these in a day.   I had just refilled this feeder and by the time I got back into the house, these two had already stopped for a drink.

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    Hummingbird Nectar
    1 part sugar : 4 parts H2O
    Bring to a boil for several minutes.
    Let cool completely.   You can refrigerate any extra for a week or so.
    Probably shouldn’t leave in the feeder for more than a day or two.

    Sunday brewery touring, resumed.  

    We took a break there for a while from our taproom exploration.  But we’re back.  First stop, 4th Tap Brewery Cooperative;  have a nice flight!


    Next:  Oskar Blues Brewery; good tunes, too.  I learned a new word here:  zymurgy.  See, it’s an educational tour. 

    We stopped for dinner along the way, but finished at Austin Beerworks:


    We are in training for Fran’s visit…. 🙂