Apr 4, 2010

Old Rugged Cross

Happy Easter!  We had another great weekend.   This one was spent working on the yard.    Lots of brush and yard bags at the curb to show for it.   We’ll be sore tomorrow, I’m sure.

One of Monte’s dad’s favorite songs to sing was The Old Rugged Cross.  He sat down to play that and a few other tunes for Easter from his Broadman hymnal.   Very nice.

Apr 3, 2010

Rock & roll

We decided to stay at home this weekend and work in the yard.   There’s much to do.   Monte worked on preparing the compost pile.  I cleared some old firewood, bricks and limestone that had been cluttering up a future flower bed along the fenceline near the shop.   This is a shot of my growing stone wall — a work in progress.   Everytime I find a limestone block I add it to the collection.

One of the stones I moved from the fenceline to this pile had a surprise under it…a tarantula.    My second one encountered at Deer Track, I must say.    Again, had I been thinking I would have grabbed the camera and gotten a picture of him, as it was a truly startling moment to remember.   However, Monte came over with Mr. Shovel and before I thought of it, the moment was gone.    It’s just as well.

My rock wall is much more pleasant to look at.

Apr 2, 2010

2 rocks nearest the sun

This week Venus and Mercury have been close together, setting right after sunset.   It’s pretty rare to see Mercury, and together they are a pretty sight.   Venus is the bright one.  Mercury is below it to the right.   This shot was taken 30 min after sunset about 2 miles from our house.  I was glad to get a shot with all the light from the city.

A Good Friday, indeed.

Apr 1, 2010

Fallen nest

We worked in the yard this evening.   In the way back,  under the cedar trees, I saw this fallen nest with a broken egg in it.   We’ve had some strong winds for the last day or so which may have knocked it down — or it could have been an animal.  I believe it’s a bluejay nest and egg.    They have many nests high up in the trees in our yard and they guard them fiercely.   Bluejays usually have 4 or 5 eggs at a time, so this one was either an only child or the other eggs have been snatched away.

Sorry to see this guy won’t make it.

Mar 30, 2010

Day's end

This is a wind spinner that was given to me by my friend, Doray.  At this time of the evening, the glass prism in the middle catches the sun as it sets through the trees in the backyard.   Behind the spinner you can see our herb garden, getting ready to pump out tons of basil, rosemary and other good things.

Mar 29, 2010

All grown up

This is a shot from today of the same bluebonnet that I photographed and posted here 2 weeks ago.   The bluebonnet field out back has really filled in and sprung to life.

Today marks the 3rd week since starting this photo-a-day endeavor.  Some say that it takes about 3 weeks to make something a habit.  I hope I can keep this one up.

Mar 28, 2010

Full worm moon

We wrapped up a Lake Travis Trifecta this weekend – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was too windy for us to go out today,  so we hung around the boat and played – a little fishing, a little kite flying, a little fending-off-boats-trying-to-dock-in-gusty-winds, and lots of fun with the other B-dockers that were out and about — Joe, Marty, Sue, Kurt, Robert, Tasha, Lori, Dave, Ann, David, Michelle and Tony.

At sunset we bundled aboard Cupholder to cruise up Hurst Creek.  I think we have a new record – 9 people (and 1 dog) on-board.

This shot is of the (nearly) Full Worm Moon rising over the creek.

Mar 27, 2010

Zyle road fireworks

It was a beautiful day today.   We made it to the lake for a sail before the winds got way too strong.   We anchored up with friends, Rob and Jen, and their friends from California, Karen and Tom, in Arkansas Bend.

B-dock was lively when we got back, we saw Marty, Sue, Kurt, Wally, Nick, Ken, Mike and Kathy.   Hibernation is over!

After the lake we caught up with Rob and Jen at their house for dinner for the birthday girl — had a nice time with friends, pizza and fireworks.    This is a shot of one of Rob’s specials.

Mar 26, 2010

B-dock sunset

What a day.   Very early day, lots of meetings.   After work we headed to the lake.   We saw Doc and Joe, briefly, when we arrived.    We motored all the way up Hurst Cove.   The lake is FULLLLL!      We saw some big garr fish – 3 or more feet long;  some turtles; a blue heron; and a little sparrow that had made a nest under one of the limestone ledges.   We turned off the motor and let the winds blow us out all the way out of the cove out to the recently discovered mooring ball fishing grounds just beyond the marina.   We tied up to the ball until sunset and Monte brought in a crappie.   Very nice!

Afterward we stopped by Caribbean Run to say hello to Michelle, Tony, Robert and Tasha.   I guess we missed Kurt while we were out and about.   I’m itching for the next raft-up 😉

This shot was taken as we were motoring from A-dock to B-dock.   Very pretty.    Happy Friday!

Mar 25, 2010


Oh, the annoying squirrels!    He won’t get too much to eat out of this feeder, though.   It has a spring loaded outside that slides closed under the weight of a non-feathered varmit.      It doesn’t stop them from trying, though.

I guess I’d sure rather have them out here messing with the feeder than in the attic.   About this time last year, we had 3 squirrels eat their way into the attic under one of the soffitts.   It took some work to get them out, but we finally did, and then we sealed everything up.

Which reminds me, it was a little over a year ago that we started work on the shop.