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free range organic grasshoppers and duck confit


Hopper is our house guest for three weeks.  his humans are in naxos (greece).  he came with a bag of store bought crickets.  after those were gone, the daughter harvested some austinmodhouse free range organic wild caught baby grasshoppers from the back yard.  he has eaten two today.  I think he is happy to add some variety to his diet.

burke chairs are done!

I am done with my burke chair restoration.  funny how we got these chairs, we had gone to the parlor to see KINGAIR.  there is a bunch of vintage MCM shops in that little strip shopping center.  we saw one beat up sad looking burke arm chair in the window of hogwild, priced at $20, as-is.  it was late and the store was closed.  the next day kat was still talking about that chair, asked me to go back and get it if I think I could restore it.  I put it off for about a week and finally did go buy the ONE chair.  the shop owner told me he had two more but would only sell them to me if I bought BOTH.  I declined.

kat urged me to go buy the other two as well.  I put it off once again.  eventually, we did return for them.  we shopped the store a while before we approached the manager.  another customer came in and stood in line behind us, waiting patiently.  soon as we made our deal with the manager the other customer moved to the door.  shop manager apologized and assured him" I'll help you you in a second".  the guy responded "I only wanted to buy those chairs they just bought".  HA!  we nearly missed the boat on that purchase.  anyhow, I couldn't fit the two chairs in the bmw so I left them there for two weeks.  hogwild was happy when I finally did get them out as they were getting tired of people trying to purchase them.  I am very happy to have them in our chair collection (yes, I think it is a collection once we have more seating than we really need and start to purhcase chairs compulsively).

ribbon garter snake of austin, texas 

this snake has set up a home around our tadpole pond.  he is so used to us that he doesn't move when we come near.  he is a non venomous ribbon garter snake.  kat wants to end his life.  my daughter is happy about him.


found the track on the floor near the kid's rooms this morning and just liked the look of it. 

sun burned garden

we are having a heat wave.  103 most days and 113 with heat index.  despite me soaking the garden bed boxes each morning, the cukes and the toms have some sunburn.  the basil is loving it.

I dropped my daughter off at a birthday party.  I came back for the p/u and found her like this....

you can see they are not afraid of color.  their house is painted shades of green, mostly chartreuse.  yellow and orange stripes are also part of the motif.  I applaude their courage to stand defiant against the cookie cutter mcmansionism that is becoming common in rollingwood.

PEI mussels

made our second visit to our new favorite restaurant, fabi & rosi.

white wine sauce

the mussels from Prince Edward Island were perfect.  the white wine sauce is not wasted with us. 

duck confit

the duck confit is worth making a special trip for.  at only $16, we will keep coming back.

it reminded us of our favorite neighborhood restaurant back in baltimore; henninger's tavern (disclaimer, if you open that link for henninger's I have NO idea what is up w/ the pink elephants and flying saucers, but I'm all for it).  it was a regular event for us to eat their mussels, caesar salad and a bottle of cline zinfandel for dinner.  glad to see they have not changed the menu much.

self portrait

bathroom mirror self portraiture



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