Aug 29, 2010


Spent the day trying to make headway on the work-front.  I had the local public radio station, KUT FM 90.5, playing in the background to keep me company.   An Austin staple — lots of great, homegrown music and regular radio programs.  Check out their live stream here.

Aug 28, 2010

You lookin' at me?

We got an early start on a much needed deep clean of the house today.  Later in the morning Monte was outside sweeping the patio when he told me that there was a praying mantis on one of the patio chairs.  I grabbed my camera and started taking a bunch of closeups.  The contrast is a bit poor because this bug was pretty much the same color as the chair.

This shot was taken a couple of seconds before he (she?) lept the few inches of space between it and the camera and hung on to the lens.   It’s a good thing this Canon D10 is shock-proof as well as waterproof because I proceeded to scream and drop the camera.

Nothing like a close encounter with an insect to get the blood flowing…

Aug 27, 2010

Morning has broken

Sunrise this morning was at 7:05.   I watched the sun creep over the house into the back yard, lighting up the trees as it went.   The light at that time of the day is beautiful.  I took this shot about an hour after sunrise.

As I waited for the sun to hit the birdhouse, Cat Stevens’  Morning Has Broken kept running through my head.  Here’s a youtube link if you want to hear it for real.

Aug 25, 2010


It got down to a chilly 79 degrees last night, which is putting me into an Autumn state of mind.  For as hot as it gets here in Austin, when Fall decides it’s finally ready to appear the weather sure changes very fast.   That won’t be for another month or so.   Even so, the big Red Oak in the front yard is loaded with acorns.   The squirrels are going to have a big year.

Aug 20, 2010

Gulf coast dreaming

I think it’s time to plan a trip to the coast.   Maybe that’s where we’ll go when we take off a week at the end of September.   We’ve made many trips down, mostly visiting Port O’Connor, Rockport, Port Aransas and South Padre Island.

I enjoy looking for shells on the beaches.   On one trip I found this lightning whelk shell.    One of its more unique features is that it is a “left-handed” shell… its spiral is counter-clockwise and so its opening is on the left.   It’s actually the state seashell of Texas.

But, I digress….

We aren’t headed to the coast this weekend, but we will be out on the lake.


Aug 16, 2010

Live oak leaves

A most welcome, brief rain shower opened up over us at about six o’clock tonight.  The winds whipped up, blowing many leaves off the live oaks in back and off the red oak and ash in the front yard.   It seems impossible to keep the patio clear.

This is a shot of the mat outside the back door, full of (dead) live oak leaves.  Seeing all these leaves reminds me that fall is just around the corner.

Crazy central Texas weather…

Aug 15, 2010


We spent the afternoon cutting and bundling up dead branches from several trees in the yard.  Hard work on a hot day.  This dragonfly kept landing on this same little twig on one of the cut branches.   The detail on his wings reminds me of a Frank Lloyd Wright window/glass design.

Aug 14, 2010

Wind, sun and sky

Though another scorcher in Austin today, being out on the lake made it enjoyable.

The restaurant at the marina had its grand opening today, and we did our part to check our the menu and drinks.

Our 12 year old great-niece Amanda lost her fight tonight against aplastic anaemia and the side effects of 2 marrow transplants.   Praying for peace and blessings to her parents, grandparents, sister and brother.

Heaven has another angel.

Aug 10, 2010

Oh Danny boy

Even though it sits right next to the chair in my office, it’s been a long time since I’ve picked up and played my guitar.  I took a few minutes today to tune it, and play a few songs.

Today is my Dad’s birthday.   He would have turned 80 today.   Well, actually, August 10th is the day we thought was his birthday for the first 70 or so years of his life.    Some discovery of paperwork a few years back  indicated his birthday was really August 4th.  But having been born in a rural Ireland county back in the day, there might have been a delay in his birth actually being recorded.

ANYway.   This is the day I still think of as his birthday.   And so, whereever you are Dad, slainte!

P.s. I played Danny Boy for you.  Hope you enjoyed it.

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