The old and the new.

We’re gonna do it.

The marine survey was scheduled for today.  I took the day off work so that I could be there with Monte for it.  The marine surveyor was fantastic.  He spent about 10 hours on the boat with us, inspecting virtually everything on the boat while explaining how everything worked as he went along.  He didn’t find much wrong, and no surprises.  So, pending getting the final report from him, I think we will be upgrading from our beloved, homebuilt wooden catboat that we’ve been playing on for the last 8 years, to a big-kid, plastic boat that we will be enjoying for the next 15 or so years.  🙂

Bathing beauty baby bluejay.

Baby jay in the bird bath.

We have lots of baby bluejays around the yard.  They take turns sitting in the bird bath and splashing.  This guy paused long enough for me to get a shot before he flew off.   It’s a bit grainy due to the zoom, but I’m posting it nonetheless.

Graceful.

Grace on the back of a sanitary silverware wrapper.

We buzzed over to Chuy’s for dinner tonight.  Since we live so close, we eat there often.  We have mastered the art of timing our arrival before the after-work happy hour and dinner rush.   🙂

Chuy’s uses those old timey wax paper sanitary wrappers for their silverware.  On the back they’ve printed multi-denomenational prayers of grace.   It seems so out of place in our world today.  But it’s a reminder for us to give thanks for what we have, and for what we are about to eat.

It also caused me to reflect on the dinner times from my childhood.   In my family, we sat down for dinner together every night.   No TV, no radio.  No books or newspapers at the table.  We said grace out loud, together.  We had to have a little bit of everything on our plate.  We had to clean our plate before we were finished (or we’d sit there as long as it took until we did finish), and we had to ask “may I be excused?” before we were allowed to get up, clear our place and leave the table.

Was that really that long ago?

May we all be a little more thankful for our many blessings.

Orange you glad to see another zinnie pic?

Zinnie in the garden.

The rains have been sucked up by very thirsty trees, flowers and lawn.  This is a shot of one of the zinnias in the garden — a pretty fiery orange one.

Come (rain) dance with me!

Rain at dusk.

It rained again tonight.  We got a good dousing this time.  I would like more though, so please do a rain dance for Central Texas and the rest of the country that is in dire need of it.

If you don’t have a rain dance of your own, then just dance with Matt.  It’s been 4 years since the last one, but he’s just released his latest Dancing video.  Check it out on youtube here.  I dare you not to smile.  🙂

Pizza night.

Pizzas 2-4

We made pizza for dinner tonight.  4 doughs.   I didn’t get a picture of the first one – with homemade pesto, olives, and parmesan cheese.  Delicious!  Pizza 2 was a margherita with homemade sauce with tomatoes from the garden, homegrown basil, and mozzarella cheese.  Pizza 3 was red sauce, proscuitto, black olives, onions and mozzarella, and pizza 4 was red sauce, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers, olives and mozzarella cheese.

The best part of pizza night are the leftovers.

Julie and I watched Wanderlust tonight.   You guys will just have to watch it and judge for yourselves.  🙂

TGIF!!!!

Just yer average sunset.

Sunset from the marina.

We went to the marina to take the 320 out for a sea trial.  It was a nice day.  Greg & Steve & Kurt came along. It sailed beautifully.  Nice boat!  We found some issues with the rigging that made lowering the main difficult.   We’ve got some homework to do now to see if it is easily addressed or not.

After the sail we floated off b-dock with joe, kurt and barbara.   Then dinner at Los Pinos.

This is a shot of the sunset, taken from the marina parking lot.  Even with the power lines and lights in the foreground it’s a beauty.

Happy July 4th!

Not a bird. Not a plane.

Wow, that was a fun raftup!  We got to the cove at about 5pm.  Rory & Greg arrived first on Sapphire.  Monte hooked them up with a stern anchor and a bow line to shore.  Then Lori & Dave arrived on Camelot.  Then Marty & Sue on Caribbean Hug.  Then Wally & Robert on Voodoo.

We cooked up some beef fajitas right before the sun set — it was so easy, using the pre-seasoned skirt steak from HEB, and the cast iron skillet was as good as a grill.   We’ll definitely have to bring those again.

There was a beautiful full moon – the Buck Moon.  I have not mastered the art of photographing a full moon on a non-stationary boat yet, so no good pic to post.

iPod wars raged into the wee hours.  I threw in the towel around 2AM.  This morning I woke up to the sound of Voodoo dropping off Rory & Greg.  They were just returning from a moonlight sail.  They apparently left at about 3:30 AM, headed for the dam.  They turned around at Sometimes Islands at about 6:30 and made it back to the raft-up by about 8:30.  Those guys stayed up all night long.   Crazy sailors!

We had a great day.   But we are pretty tired from all the fun and schlepping.

This is a shot of a dragonfly that was darting around behind Cupholder this morning.  I’m not sure why he hung around, but he stayed for an hour or two.

July 4th’s Eve raftup.

Yes, another zinnie shot.

I’m off of work for the rest of the week (YAY!).  We headed to the lake today for a raftup with friends in Arky south.  We’ve got the coolers packed, and the kayak on the trailer, and we’re off!

This is a shot of one of the zinnias out back.  They’re so pretty!

Viva la Roja!

Campeones!

We camped out at home today to recharge, and also to watch the Euro2012 championship.  Spain vs. Italy.  Marty came over to help us cheer on Spain.  España did not disappoint, winning 4 – 0 over a strong Italian team.

They have now won 3 World / European championships in a row.  It’s building up to be an exciting 2014 world cup in Brazil.

Moving on up?

Cupholder II?

We went to the lake today early, to finalize an offer we’ve made on a new boat.  It’s not a done deal – we still have to take it out for a sea trial and have a marine surveyor inspect it, but if there are not problems found, this may be our new ride in a couple weeks.

We have infinitely enjoyed sailing and playing aboard our unique, homebuilt wooden catboat for eight years.  We treasure the friends we have made at the marina in those 8 years, too.   We are not ones to make big decisions lightly.  But we recently decided to make a move up to a bigger boat, and this is the one that presented itself.    If it doesn’t work out, no biggie, we’ll wait for the next one that feels right.  If it does work out, I look forward to another 10-15 years of fun aboard this boat on our beautiful lake with our sailing friends.

I’ll keep you posted!

Happy Summer!

You lookin’ at me?!.

Here’s another gratuitous bird pic.  Well, same window.  Different bird.

I didn’t have a good shot of this guy.  For some reason, even though there are four feeding stations on this feeder, they always go to the one that is blocked when viewed through the window.   He did take a moment to peer around the side at me.  So, that ‘s as good a shot as I got this time around.

Today is the first day of summer 2012.   The solstice was about 10 minutes ago, actually.  So how’s that for getting in early?  🙂

I’m hoping that this summer brings lots of good times, there’s sure to be more lake fun.  And who knows what else.

I wish you a happy summer, too!