Friday, July 18, 2014

I remember you, June...

Can you believe it's almost August? 

Can you believe I haven't posted anything here since early summer?

Poor neglected blog.

I'm going to slow things down and mosey back in time, via some of my favorite shots from June.

Most are from our morning walks, which start pretty early. We haven't had many 100 degree days, 
but even the 90's are too hot for Max these days.

June is when the Mountain Pinks decorate the roadsides. 
But they aren't the only wildflowers in the Hollow.

We were blessed with rain this summer. 
See the raindrops left on these yucca petals?

 Rain spills down the hills around us, 
creating huge ruts on our dirt roads, 
so Tom and Daniel spent a morning digging and stacking rocks 
to divert the water down to the culvert below. 

In June my nephew brought us a treat - my great-niece. 
She is truly a little doll, inside and out.

We didn't notice until I took the photo and zoomed in close that there's a tiny "pearl" in the middle of this star-shaped plant. 
Anyone know what this is called?

Would you believe Belle is 4 years old now? 
She still acts like a puppy, though, and has the energy of two.

It's funny to me that we say everything in Texas is bigger, yet we call this Lake Austin.

Would you believe a friend's sister lives with this view every day?
I felt blessed just getting to visit and see it once!

More from our early morning walks. 

My friend Leslie turned 55 this month. 

When you've been friends with someone for 40 years, 
you better hang on to them, because they really do know too much about you!
I'd hang on to her anyway. She's a sweetheart.

Speaking of hanging on, this little guy kept me company one day when I was working at home.

I ate my first Torchy's Taco in June. 
I'm ready for another one!

Visits to my house are an adventure for my mom...and impossible without my sons to help maneuver her wheelchair up and down our inclined rock path. 
(Don't take your legs and lungs for granted!)

I gave blood for the first time in more than thirty years in June. 
Then wondered why I hadn't done it sooner. 
No big deal!

I'm glad I chose to be part of Keller Williams Realty for many reasons, 
but one of them is their attitude that we're family. 

Our market center plans fun things for us to do together, 
including a happy hour at the Oasis restaurant on Lake Travis, 
where we watched the sun set.

I told him I just had to take his picture. 
He was cool with it.

I spotted this in a new home I was touring. 
I hope I can find one in a store.
(I'd say I'd make one, but I know better.)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Another Day at the Office

Now that's a hard worker!

I like these next two that reveal a teeny co-worker at the bottom of the thistle.

For song of bird, and hum of bee; For all things fair we hear or see, Father in heaven, we thank Thee! 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fence, a la Texas

Holy cow!
It's been more than a month since I published a post here.
I can't believe it!

I've had some ideas for posts, but that's as far as they got. 
Just ideas. 

Between working my real estate gig, some photography shoots, my mom's trip to the emergency room and subsequent gall bladder surgery, the days have just flown by.

I have managed to post at least once a week over at Long Hollow, but I do feel bad that I've neglected this one so long.

I'm grateful to TexWisGirl over at The Run*A*Round Ranch for her weekly Fence meme, which made me go searching for some of my own fence photos...

Well, you can see there's not a lot of variety when it comes to fences in my neighborhood. 
I think an old barbed wire fence is a piece of art, so I don't mind.

But this beauty bordering the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin is my hands-down favorite.

Click on the image to see more 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Birds of a Feather...

...don't always just flock together.

I noticed the robins and the cedar waxwings liked to hang out in the same trees.

Sometimes the robins flew solo, though.

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wrens have always been one of my favorites, and not just because they love to eat the insects around the house.

They are just so chubby and cute.

"Who you calling 'chubby'?"

A splash of cardinal red always brightens a gray day.

Add the backdrop of a blue sky and even the memory of a gray day disappears.

Sparrows aren't afraid of anything.
This one seems to be daring me to come closer.

It was pure luck that I came upon this couple in February,
and even more luck that I was able to snap their photo.
I was trying to get closer to the waxwings, and there these two were, right on my path.
I'm guessing they are a type of goldfinch.

(I'm grateful I have blog friends who will correct me if I'm wrong!)

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. Barrie