I’ve just returned from a week of sailing down the Texas Gulf coast from Galveston to Port Aransas and back. Monte and I joined Mike to crew for Lori on a shakedown cruise on Trident as she prepares for her cruising life later this year. The week flew by, with the drive to the coast, 2 days of boat projects in Kemah, then anchoring overnight off Galveston Island’s Moody Gardens before sailing in the Gulf of Mexico for 450-ish nautical miles roundtrip, including an overnight watch while sailing each way, and a two night stay at Port Aransas Municipal Marina, and back again. It was a fun trip – lots of laughs, sun and wind. The weather was very different from February when we sailed across the Gulf – much calmer seas and weather this time, and MUCH hotter.
Sky on fire. Burgers on grill.
We spent the morning working on the flower beds along the front of the house. This little guy hung around, feasting on bugs in the dirt – flirting less than a foot away most of the time – an adorable Eastern Phoebe.
Tom and Doray hired Monte to build a dining room table for their new home. We delivered it yesterday, and since it’s about an hour away, we stayed overnight to play a bit, too.
The table is beautiful, a live-edge walnut table.
After setting it up, we made stops at Real Ale Brewery and Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery for some celebratory libations.
So many good brews to choose from.
Pretty good rum at Cypress Creek Reserve Rum. Doray and I enjoyed their White Texan, while Monte sipped on a pour of their aged rum.
We took a boatload out to watch fireworks on Lake Travis tonight. A good time was had by all.
A pretty sunset:
And one shot of the fireworks:
What a fun night to enjoy with friends.
It’s hard to believe that 2018 is half-lived already, this first day of July.
The Saharan dust has arrived, making the Hill Country very hazy, this is one view from FM 620 looking out over Steiner Ranch.
And it is HOT! Lake Travis water temp is 83 degrees F, and the air temp is 20 degrees hotter. The only way to beat the heat is to get out on and in the water.
We enjoyed a fun weekend on the lake. Saturday, we floated and visited with Sue, Marty, Kurt, Gordon, and Margaret, and slept on the boat. This morning we gathered below to watch Spain’s loss to Russia in the knock-out round of the World Cup, and then went for a sail in nice winds.
We’re back home and worn out. I’m looking forward to more Fourth of July lake fun next week.
I saw a white ceramic boot at a thrift store last week. It gave me a flash of inspiration; a vision of what it could be. It would become a colorful planter. Yes. That’s it. I brought it home.
First, I drilled a drain hole in the bottom. Slowly and carefully with my Dremel tool.
Then I popped over to Michael’s craft supply store for paint. I have a lot of acrylic paints, but I wasn’t sure what kind would work on already glazed ceramic. After shopping a bit I found one that sounded like it might.
Craftsmart multi-surface paint pots; you let dry for 72 hours and then bake in the oven.
I also grabbed a pen to help outline the design. I thought it would be easier than using a paint brush.
I chose a clear acrylic glaze spray-on finish to seal it from the elements.
I used rubbing alcohol to clean the surface first. I sketched a design on paper to plan it out. Next I drew it on the boot. Pencil worked great on the shiny finish. Then I let loose with color. I was trying to mimic Mexican glazed pottery designs, though not with real kiln-fired glazes. I was extra-pleased that it didn’t crack in the oven. After it cooled I sprayed on the glaze. Voila!
Now to get a lovely flowering plant.
The World Cup matches begin today. We cut the cord a couple of years ago, but will not be denied live coverage. Thank you, over-the-air Telemundo HD TV channel!
The USMT didn’t qualify, so I am all in for España. They play tomorrow.
Monte, Keeto, and I headed for the lake today to beat the heat. Soooo nice.
I joined Lori & Doray downtown yesterday for a morning pedicure, brunch, and a walk about downtown. This is the new library downtown, we were going to go in, but it wasn’t open yet. I guess we should have had one more round of mimosas to kill time. 🙂
We were treated to a visit yesterday from our long-time pinochle buddies and newly moved-to-the-hills friends, Tom & Doray. We took the opportunity to pop over to our nearby bar hangout for dinner and cards.
The guys kicked the ladies’ butts. Next time…. 🙂
We are dog sitting for Julie, who is out of town. Blake is a beautiful dog, and a perfect houseguest and fur-buddy. I’m enjoying our daily walks. Now, if I could just teach her to talk….