« March 2019 | Main | May 2019 »

April 29, 2019

Big Bugs, mudbugs (crawfish)

twins laguna gloria sculpture garden

It was a wonderful Spring day for a picnic. We met friends at Laguna Gloria to enjoy a spread of cheeses and meats out in the sculpture garden.  

laguna gloria picnic 

Then we made our way to Zilker Brewin for crawfish and ska/punk bands.  

zilker brewing spicy boys crawfish & ska/punk  

The crawfish were a good size and well prepared. The bands brought all the energy to the stage. I especially enjoyed Hans Gruber and the Die Hards (video at the bottom)   


It was a great day for sure.  

Yuliya Lanina  

We attended an opening at the Gray Duck Gallery for Yuliya Lanina - Misread Signs 

The back room contained three screens/projectors to fill the room with an animated feature.

Yuliya Lanina | Misread Signs Gray Duck Gallery Austin


I found a cedar tree that fell down from the neighbors yard, into ours. We also have a situation with trees falling at our home in Vermont. What is the universe trying to say to me?  

ginger beer homemade 

Summer is just around the corner. I've started the first batch of Ginger Beer.  

April 22, 2019

Easter Eve Cameron Hughes Wine tasting

While we are still enjoying mild Spring weather, we had friends over for dinner and wine.  




cameron hughes wines 

The original idea was to sample several of the nicer Cameron Hughes wines side by side. We ended up opening a few non CH wines as well.  


Perfect weather for screen room dining.  



dripping candle wax 

Eggstravaganza (Smithville) and Wild Basin Easter

Kat was looking for some sort of Easter Egg hunt for #2 son. We had happened upon a poster for one while we were in Smithville the previous weekend. So we got the kids up and out of bed, and hauled them to Smithville.

first UMC Smithville eggstravaganza 



It was a beautiful day at the First United Methodist Church. Pastor Cindy was very welcoming and made sure to introduce herself to us. It's a small town, we were the new faces. 

smithville tx fist united methodist church prayer garden 

We visited the prayer garden and story time.  

eggstravaganza first umc smithville 

The kids were quite excited about those eggs once released.  

micklethwait craft meats bbq smithville 

We took the kids to Micklethwait for brisket. #2 son added one pin to their map for West Lake Hills, he added another for Wimberley. He was disappointed there was no Vermont to place our third pin.  

wild basin austin canyon view 

We enjoyed a second Egg Hunt at a friend's house over Wild Basin. The day was wonderful and we were thankful to spend a couple hours enjoying the breeze and maybe some wine.

wine over wild basin on easter sunday 

grumpy teenage boys after the easter egg hunt 

Surly looking teenage boys enjoying the spoils of a successful egg hunt.  


April 15, 2019

Big Beef and a few beers...

We finally bought the BIG tenderloin. We were able to get three big meals, two of which included guests.

beef tenderloin from costco 

We don't usually eat that much beef. But I do love a good tenderloin. We enjoyed a 2011 Turnbull Black label Cabernet from Oakville with our tenderloin steaks. We ate so well last week!

epic beer share 78746 

We had a beer share with friends on a windy but beautiful day. It was a great deal of fun.


BBQ daytrip to Smithville, Micklethwait

porsche 951 micklethwait smithville tx

I've been told that Micklethwait BBQ is as good as Franklin, but far less hassle. It's been available from a food truck in Austin for a couple years. They've now opened a real restaurant style location in Smithville. It took us about 45 minutes to get there.  

micklethwait bbq smithville


three meat plate at micklethwait bbq 

$17 for three generous meat portions and two sides! With tax and tip it came to just $21. It was more food than the two of us could eat. Kat had plenty left to have lunch for today.  


It was all delicious. They had free Lone Star as they don't yet have a lic. to sell. You can also BYO for now.  

restore smithville texas  

Kat and I took some time to stroll through downtown Smithville. I've heard a lot about it recently, this was our first time there. The downtown has several art galleries and antique shops. We found a juice bar and bought locally grown tomato from a farmer's market. It was a wonderful afternoon.  

April 08, 2019

The Stepdog came to visit

 goji the chin at zilker brewing

Goji was in town for the weekend. He spent an evening with us.  


We picked him up at the Zilker 4th anniversary party. Their special release, Four on the Floor, was a good beer.  

zilker four on the floor ipa 4th anniversary party 

He was so happy to be back here and the kids enjoyed spending time with him. He knew all his favorite spots. Goji ran straight to the media room and curled up with us as we watched The Good Place.  

strangeland brewery 78746 strange land ipa 

I got a tip that Strange Land Brewing (close to the house) doesn't have a current lic. to sell beer at this location. They are pouring for free. We ran up for a quick sampling.  

new bike trek 3 series 

#2 son has moved up to a larger bike. I picked it up at an estate sale. This should hold him a few years...  

pipe portraiture 

I took so many pictures of pipes this weekend. I imported and layered the images in my drawing program on my ipad, and converted to a sketch. This is for another school project.  

design 1 acc homework  

Pinthouse is my favorite place to do homework.