Dinner in the rear view mirror. 

We had a fun day! Julie collected 7 souls to go sailing with us on an amazing sunny & breezy day on Lake Travis.   We sailed to Volente and then anchored in arky north, on the way back, for several hours.  Back to the dock by sunset.  We grabbed dinner at P. Terry’s on the way home.   Overall:  awesome!

Nectar macro.

A macro view of the nectar oozing out of some lilies that I brought home the other day.   If I was a bee I’d be pretty excited about it.  🙂

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Sooo, in the process of googling what that part of the lily is, I found waaaay too much information.   But I’ll summarize by saying that I believe the central prong-like thing sticking out is the pistil, and the end of it is its lady-part, called the stigma, and the nectar it is oozing is there to catch bits of pollen from the worker bees as they fly in and out.   There you go – botany lesson of the day.

First world problems. 

We went to Kurt and Barbara’s Oscar watching party Sunday night – complete with red carpet, paparazzi, and bubbly.

At the beginning of the night, we each had a ballot to fill out with our guesses for winner of each category.  Then we marked which ones we got right as the night went on.  I got 7 out of 24 right.   Not bad having only watched 2 of the nominated movies.  But then my hopes were dashed as the best picture winner mixup unfolded.  And my score fell to 6 out of 24.  Sniffle.

But I took the blow with grace and poise.  Life will go on.  Somehow.

🙂

Must be that time of year.

We’ve had ample early warning that Christmas is coming.   I went into a Home Depot store at the end of September and they were already filling the entire store with Christmas decorations.  Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone.  So, it must be close.

We went out to lunch today, and this little paratrooper greeted me on the sidewalk outside the restaurant, having landed there recently.  I had to take a second look, but it’s Frosty!  A little shaken up, but I think he’ll be alright.  Must be one of Santa’s early reconnaissance forces.

Time to start decking the halls!!!

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Birdies above. 

At home I am feeling the absence of the little birdies and squirrels lately.  They started making themselves scarce about the same time a hawk was spotted swooping around the trees in our yard.   Hopefully this won’t last long. 

In the mean time, I was thrilled to see a flock of 20 or more Monk Parakeets flying around the Lamar & 51st street area as we headed home from dinner tonight.  We stalked them for a while but didn’t get a great shot. 

This is a picture of them near one of their nests.   I count 16 or so in this shot.  Kind of reminds me of a musical scale with the birds as the notes. 

Out on the town.

Last night we celebrated Laura’s birthday by going on a wine bar crawl downtown.  We had picked out 6 or so places ahead of time to stop in at for appies and drinks during the night.  We made it to 5 of them!  In crawl-order:  Prelog’s, Irene’s, True Food Kitchen, La Condesa & The Secret Bar at the W Hotel.  A good time was had by all.

I especially liked this overhead light fixture at La Condesa:

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Seen on a building along one leg of the crawl…. i agree 🙂IMG_0559 (1)