Jun 4, 2010

Mexican train

Tonight Jen joined us for dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant.  Afterward we came back to the house for a visit.

Rob and Jen introduced us to this domino game called Mexican Train.   Not sure why it’s called that, but it’s fun.   Monte won several times and I think Jen and I both won one.

This was one of the more impressive set of trains we built.

Choo choo!

Jun 3, 2010

Zinnies

The rain has been kind to my gardens.  This is the patch of zinnias that Monte planted from seed in February/March.   They are clearly benefiting from all the time  Susanne spent during her visit in December  to weed, compost, till and prepare these flower beds.  They’re feeling the love.   Thanks Susanne… you’ll have to come back soon and see them in person.

We’ve already been cutting blooms to enjoy inside the house.   I love fresh flowers!

Jun 1, 2010

Pizza to go

Tuesday.  Busy day.  Meetings starting in the wee hours through the day.   Hair appointment at the end of the day.   I’m going to pass on the cooking thing tonight and decided to pick up pizza from the 2nd best pizza joint in Austin 🙂

Portabello and proscuitto rocks.

May 31, 2010

Climbing vine

Happy Memorial Day.   After two days on the lake it’s nice to lay low.   I had work stuff I needed to get done today, but found time to talk a walk out back and water the flowers.

This is a shot of the morning glory that I planted from seed.   I got this garden obelisk several years ago and have tried to grow a climbing, flowering plant on it several times in the past, but each time it has died.   This one seems to have legs and I like to go out in the morning to see the blooms.

I didn’t get a flag pole mounted for this year.  Hopefully I can do that before the 4th of July.  For now, though, on this Memorial Day, let me just leave you with this:

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.  It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.  It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

– Charles M. Province, US Army

May 30, 2010

Red-winged blackbird

This morning I took the kayak to check out the cove.   I also brought a fishing pole with me, but there weren’t any fish interested in playing along.

In the coves on either side of Arkansas Bend we always find red-winged blackbirds.   They have a signature trill, and you usually hear them long before you see them.

While I was kayaking, there were several flying back and forth between shrubs on either side of the cove.  Every time I would slide up close to one to take a picture, he’d fly across the cove.   So, I’d quietly paddle across to try again — and the same thing would happen.   After about an hour of this, I packed it in and headed back to the boats for a swim.

Afterward, I was very pleased to see that I did get a couple of pictures of the birds after all, though all a tad grainy due to the zoom.    This picture was the best of them.   I caught a shot of this guy in the middle of our little game of keep-away-from-sheila,  as he was flying away from the shrub.

Not fast enough blackbird!

May 29, 2010

First raftup

Ahhh, a 3-day weekend!   This is the weekend of the Turnback Canyon Regatta, a 2-day race up the lake and back.  We had talked about cruising along and spending the night up the river.  But as it turned out this morning there was no wind.

By noon the racers had already motored by the marina, sails down.   So, we decided to go to the South Arkansas Bend cove to raftup with Marty, Sue, Lori, Dave and Jake.  Doray and Tom came out to float with us for several hours, too.

Even without the wind, today was as an absolutely great day.  Temps in the 90s;  water temp over 80;  a full lake.   A perfect combination for an afternoon of floating.   We brought the kayak, so everyone got a chance to explore.

Arky south has great sunset views.   This is a classic.

May 28, 2010

My lovely hibiscus

After being out of town all week, I was looking forward to check out the garden and flowers.   So, I took a walk out back with my morning coffee and my camera.   There are so many pretty blooms.

There are 3 hibiscus plants along the back of the house and they always put out a ton of blooms.   This is a picture of a Rose of Sharon — hibiscus syriacus.   Google tells me this is the national flower of Korea.    That’s nice, but I like having it here in Central Texas.

May 26, 2010

Somers geese

Another long day.  The IBM site here in Somers sits on a huge, wooded piece of property.  For as long as I’ve been coming here there have always been large flocks of Canadian geese and many deer all over the property.

I took this picture as I was leaving the site at the end of the day.   The geese were heading down to one of their ponds for happy hour.

I went to dinner at a nearby Indian restaurant with a team of IBMers.  Around the table were 2 Americans, 1 Canadian, 2 Indians, 2 Koreans, 1 German and 1 person from Taiwan — a very enjoyable evening.

Now I must say goodnight so I can finish the presentation that I have to give first thing in the morning.

May 22, 2010

First float

We headed to the lake for a sail today.   It was very windy out, but Ryan and Mary both tried their hand at the helm and did great — first time sailing for both of them.

We anchored up in Arky south and took the first dip in the lake of 2010.    The lake temperature is about 73 degrees, and was a bit chilly for the first 5 mins or so, but it was great to be at waterline again.  🙂

Lori, Dave and Jake showed up a bit later on Camelot.  And Marty & Sue tied up to them on Caribbean Hug.    It’s beginning to feel alot like summer!