We spent the day at the lake with B-dock friends Marty, Sue, Koko, Kurt, Wally, Tony, Michelle, Dolly, Robert, Ace, Teri and neighbor Dave. The breezes were light but enough to sail out to Arky south and back. The water temp is a chilly 58 degrees (!) but it didn’t keep these young ladies from taking the plunge off the dock opposite our boat. It’s amazing that over the next 4 months or so the water will get about 30 degrees warmer.
We put a Chinese restaurant into the rotation tonight. Yummm. I was hoping for a really profound fortune to share here, but, well….you play the cards you’re dealt. Sounds good though. We’re going to the lake tomorrow and that will DEFINITELY be a social activity.
I think I’m going to have to get the hang of this “take a picture of a moment from each day” thing. The picture I should have taken, but didn’t think about it until they were gone, was of some people that drove up to the house after work today. We noticed a car pulled up in front of the house, and someone taking a picture. I went outside to get the mail and they introduced themselves. Turns out it was the guy that built and then lived in our house back in 1984, his wife and their daughter who was 1 year old when they lived here. We gave them a tour of the house and chatted with them for a while, then they went on their way. THAT is the photo I should have taken. I didn’t think of it. Instead, what you see here is a moment captured a while later, when we were out working in the backyard — dethatching St Augustine, growing our compost pile, and getting the herb garden bed ready for planting.
I worked a bit late tonight — too late to meet Monte at the lake after work. So, I settled in for some alone time with a glass of wine. I love candlelight, if you didn’t know that.
The ornamental pear tree in our front yard has started to bloom. First sign of spring! I love the color of the sky in this pic.
Monte gave me this camera at Christmas. I’ve been using it for the last month or two and love it. It’s waterproof to about 30′. It takes great pictures above and below sea level. I’m still learning about all the features it has.
Today I decided to create a photo blog – posting one photo that captures a moment from each day in my life – for a year. It’s a tall order, but if i can stick with it, it will be really great to look back on. I wish I had gotten the inspiration to start this photo blog back on Jan 1, 2010. But I didn’t get started until today. In the wee hours of this morning, I’ve gone back and filled in with whatever photos from moments I have taken already between now and the beginning of the year. And going forward I will try to post one moment from each day. Some will be ho-hum, some will hopefully be wonderful. I can’t wait to see what unfolds.
The damaged Echelon building off of Hwy 183 in the Arboretum — some a-hole crashed a plane into it a week or two back aiming at the IRS office. Tragically, he hit his mark and killed one man that worked there. Thankfully all the others in the building made it out ok — it could have been much worse. The camera was running out of battery, so this was the only shot I was able to take before it conked out. It’s a bit obstructed in this shot, but the big hole where the plane hit is at the bottom of the building just to the right of the post of the highway sign. Very sad.
Our first self-portrait with the new camera. Out for a chilly Saturday sail on Lake Travis. This photo was taken on our way back from Arkansas Bend. The lake is nearly full again (678′). Now we just need warm weather. When we got back to the marina we saw Teri and Jim, who were spending their first weekend on Island Time at their new slip on E-Dock. Yay, more people to play with!
The day after we came back from the BVI, it snowed in Austin. Big fluffy flakes. We got a couple inches.
One of the huge fans on the ceiling at the airport leaving Tortola. The blades on these things must be 15′ in diameter.
A classic. Trellis Bay on Tortola, BVI.
I wish this was not so blurry, but I took it rather quickly. My first picture of a hummingbird at a flower….taken in the courtyard of the Tamarind hotel on Tortola, BVI.
Can you see the flounder in the middle of the photo? How cool is that?! Taken while snorkeling at the Caves off Norman Island, BVI.
A pelican in the mangroves off Jost Van Dyke, BVI.