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September 28, 2016

A quick trip to Vermont for labor and a few Fall colors

The insurance co. asked me to install some handrails at the house in VT. I'd already planned a quick trip up to see some of the Fall foliage. I ended up spending most of my time laboring. My duties ranged from replacing 9V batteries in smoke detectors, installing a Wi-Fi extender... and drilling holes for anchors in the granite block out front for handrail installation. That stuff is hard as a rock! I went through several masonry bits and spent hours on the hammer-drill. It was not an easy task.

I did manage to squeak out a couple hours for sightseeing and a quick bike ride. All pics were taken with an iPhone 6. I was a bit early for the peak Fall colors, maybe next year...

lamoille valley vermont fall 2016 


Joe's Brook Vermont fall 2016 


Joe's Brook VT fall 2016 


lamoille valley hardwick vermont vt fall 2016 


LVRT Hardwick Vermont VT fall 2016 


September 19, 2016

Two sides of table, coming up!

A guest at the house in Vermont suggested the blue room was too sparse. He specifically suggested two chairs, and two bedside tables.

mcm side table modern

I've made the two bedside tables, mostly from extra materials. The legs come off and the two tables will fit together to comply with carry-on luggage regulations.  


Now I just need to pack them up and take them to Vermont.  

Pierre Koenig and Gerald McCabe case study house 21 stereo 

September 12, 2016

Lederhosen and river soakin', Fall arrives to Texas Hill Country (Tesla X edition)

tesla x and airstream in the texas hill country with lederhosen

We lured another Tesla to our Wimberley camp. A Model X no less. 

oktoberfest real ale blanco tx

It was an Oktoberfest themed 20th anniversary party at Real Ale Brewing in Blanco TX. 


lederhosen at the real ale brewery oktoberfest 20th anniversary party  

heady topper in the blanco river wimberley texas 

We spent the hotter portion of the afternoon soaking in the Blanco River. I still have a few Heady Toppers left from my last Vermont trip.  

in the blanco river with my alchemist heady topper

and in BBQ news... We tried Terry Black's Barbecue 

Terry Black's BBQ Brisket Austin TX 

The brisket was good. I don't think it's better than Rudy's, but in the same range of goodness. Not quite as good as Franklin, but pretty close. We had no line to wait in and it's pretty near to our home.  

September 06, 2016

Blanco River recovery, Sept 2016 and a few sweets.

We put in some extra labor on Labor Day. We are still cleaning up our cabin on the Blanco from the floods of 2015. Kat shoveled mud off the patio while I worked on the floors in the screen room. I'm not sure the cabin will see the same utility it once held for us. That's OK, we have an airstream.

blanco river september 2016 wimberley


Labor Day is when we hope to see the Summer heat start to wane. It was 103 if you consider the Heat Index. We cooled off on the banks of the Blanco. Some of the Cypress trees are starting to recover. We did find a shady spot. The water was crystal clear.  

It's hard to imagine that the flood level of the Blanco was over 40 ft above normal. All those trees were completely under water, along with many homes. Many new homes are being rebuilt, some on stilts. Many are much nicer than the homes that washed away last year.  

blanco river wimberley sept 2016


blanco driver sept 2016 


While in Houston, Kat and I dined at a Portuguese restaurant. It was not that good, but the glass of Port we had at the end of the meal was enjoyed. We came home and bought a Port from the same maker, but it was not as good. We obviously had the ten y.o. tawny at the restaurant. We hatched a plan to get rid of the mediocre Port, PORT CAKES!

Kat made THREE different Port cakes. We never did all agree which was the best. My mom and #2 son also made a fresh Peach Cobbler to add to the evening sweets...  Yes, we went to bed with a tummy ache. 

trio of port cakes

The daughter also likes to make treats... 

maple cupcakes 

She made these Vermont Maple syrup cupcake. I think she enjoys making them as much (maybe more) than she does eating them. She's mastering her craft with the Russian (pastry) tips.