October 05, 2015

Jazz, America's Classical Music, Piano recital

Our Piano instructor, Owen Summers, hosted a recital. He also played a song as he explained some elements of live Jazz performances. They did a demonstration on "trading fours"

All three of our kids also performed. This was #2 sons first recital. He was relaxed about it and did a great job.

piano recital 

piano recital future jazz man 

#1 son was having a bad day. This is the look he gives me if I'm caught taking his pic when he is not in the mood.


The daughter got back into the recital game after not participating for a while. She did great on Wonderwall (Oasis).

jazz student of owen summer austin

 kids happy hour at trace austin w hotel

After the recital, my favorite part of the weekend winding down, HH at Trace with friends who also had kids in the recital. All the kids did a great and deserved the meal with friends.

trace austin patio weather 

roasted bone marrow 


now, how about some jazz....

Blanco River Cabin Escape

Fall weather makes our place in Wimberley much easier to enjoy. Nights are cool enough that air conditioning is not necessary and meals in the screen room are pleasant.

But first we spent some time at the river...


fall shaddows on the blanco river wimberley oct 15 





blanco river fisher store road october 2015 

blanco river rapids happy hour 

Ya know... he spent way too much time on that iPhone anyhow...


Kat wanted shish kabobs for dinner, and they turned out great.  

sunrise wimberley fall 2015 


It was a beautiful sunrise too.

Meanwhile, back at Austin ModHouse... We're still working on a back yard entertainment area. This weeks project is nearly done...

stacked block planter wall 




September 28, 2015

Lake Day (Lake Travis)

#1 son was invited to go boating on the lake with friends. He'd never really been on a ski boat, but he couldn't wait to get in the water and go as fast as he could, for as long as he could.

tubing lake travis 












After a day speeding around the lake, we enjoyed the weather on the patio at Porter Ale House 

porter ale house sliders austin 

slider boy austin 

Strange Pilgrims and Rattle INN

jones center austin contmporary

We attended the Strange Pilgrims member's opening reception at the Contemporary Austin Enjoyed some beverages and food on the rooftop of the Jones Center.

austin downtown rooftop party 

sony 16mm f2 e mount selfie 

selfie taken with the sony e-mount 16mm f2, not as bad as I'd read.  

It wasn't all cocktails and cheese, we experienced the art too... 

strange pilgrims austin art  

A. Rains Austin Art strange pilgrims 

rattle inn eanes parents night out 

Closed the evening at the Rattle Inn for a school fund raiser.

More Strange Pilgrims the next day. Made #1 son take a break from his math HW to take in some art. He was skeptical, not so thrilled.  

strange pilgrims laguna gloria 

strange pilgrims laguna gloria austin 


strange pilgrims laguna gloria bubbles 

Then he found the giant bubble machine...  

strange pilgrims laguna gloria austin bubble machine 

They salvaged a chunk of bubble and rolled it away... 


September 21, 2015

Big Yellow Sun on the West


Ever feel like the big yellow Sun should just come down and swallow you up? 

swallowed by the sun 

Not much good came from the past week.  Testing a new pocketable "pancake lens" for the sony a5100, the 16mm f2 does not have the best reputation, but I got it cheap and it suits my purpose as being wide, fast and thin. (handheld selfie above, plenty wide)

deconstructed spicy tuna sushi 

Sometimes I put more effort into presentation, others I just dump it all into a pile. This week was clearly a pile week, but I put in the effort anyhow.  

mcm steelcase milo baughman style  arm chairs  

I don't need more chairs for sitting. We have more chairs than we do bottoms. But I attend the occasional estate sale where I find chairs that need homes. I consider this adoption more of a temporary, or foster home. They will be placed in forever homes early 2016. Unless the sun swallows me up before that time.


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