Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WHAT'S NEW?

Well, I'm trying very hard NOT to become an all grandbaby, all the time blog. It's hard. Especially when the only other epic event that happened this week is something I can't post about right now. So I guess you'll have to settle for this.


That's Miss Guinness, our grand dog.We are taking care of her while her mom and dad are on their honeymoon in Hawaii. That epic event I mentioned may have had something to do with her, but we're not tellin'. Don't worry Mom and Dad. It definitely wasn't her fault!

Monday, May 23, 2016

THE VISITOR

Caught a glimpse of this guy from our upstairs bedroom window the other day, perched by our water tank down the hill. He stayed in that same position, not budging, for the longest time!


From that distance, and with his head turned, I thought for sure it was one of our little foxes, though I was surprised to see him out in the middle of the day. The ones we have around here are greyish brown, not red.

It wasn't until I downloaded and enlarged the photos that I realized...


it was just a kitty cat, lookin' for lunch!
  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

OUR LITTLE MAN

Apologies in advance for the poor quality of my photos, but I was waaay too absorbed with the subject, to pay much attention to technique!

Meet Calvin, our little man...



  

Saturday, May 21, 2016

OH HAPPY DAY!

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for A MIRACLE! Our first grandbaby, Calvin Louis Sanders, was born yesterday at around 9:30 PM -- strong, healthy, and absolutely beautiful. The new little family came home from the birthing center at around 4:00 AM, and have been sound asleep ever since. Will be back soon with more details, maybe even a picture or two!
  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY BABY

Until my sister-in-law Priscilla had her first child, I'd never heard of Lamaze or La Leche League. Dear Pris was a bit of a renegade, you see, as everyone in my family bottle-fed their babies, wanted all the drugs they could get during delivery, and couldn't imagine why anyone would actually want their hubbies to be in the delivery room with them, to see them in such a state! Hospitals were slow to get on board with the new programs, however, and when Priscilla opted to have her second child at home with a midwife, our parents really thought she had lost it. Me? Well, I thank my lucky stars every day that she was there to pave the way for me and my daughters, for it is due in large part to her and her renegade compadres that we now have places like the Austin Area Birthing Center, where Little Goober will be born!


Miss Alexis invited Hubby and I to meet her at the birthing center yesterday, for her now-weekly-appointment with the midwife, and to take a tour of the facility. To tell you the truth, I was a bit blown away!

All but one of the birthing rooms was actually in use, but the one that we did get to see -- the Austin Music themed room - was absolutely fabulous. Turns out, it's the one Lexi and Nate listed as their top choice.





There's also a big walk-in shower in the restroom, where expectant mothers can sit on a balance ball with warm, soothing water raining down on them.





Love those little packets of smelling salts, taped strategically around the room!

Then there is this lovely waiting area for families, with tea kettle, where John and I will be hanging out.



I even got to hear Goober's strong little heartbeat while I was there! Best of all, the midwife says we are 70% effaced, with everything progressing exactly as it should be for an arrival on or around her  due date this Saturday -- and, she'd be very, very shocked if we went more than one week past. Woohoo!

Monday, May 16, 2016

N'AWLINS STYLE

One of my buddies here -- a friend I met on my blog who later moved here and became my friend in real life -- does freelance marketing. Her clients are great little businesses such as charming boutique hotels and wineries. That means we occasionally get invited to join them at some really fun events, like this one celebrating the grand opening of Hotel Flora and Fauna, and this pig roast out at Hye Meadow Winery.


Yesterday, we were fortunate enough to be invited back to Hye Meadow, this time for a N'awlins-style brunch -- four courses, each with a different wine pairing.



Le Menu:


Grilled Veggie Cheese Bread
Seafood Gumbo
Cajun Stuffed Chicken and Cheesy Hashbrowns
Beignets
It was all très, très bien! In fact, the only thing that would have made it better would have been for me to remember to take a lactose pill before chowing down on all those cheesy bits!
  

Friday, May 13, 2016

SIGNS OF SAN MARCOS

Hubby and I were in San Marcos (home of Texas State University) a while back, when he decided to stop into a little barber shop on the square. I had no idea how long it would take, so I told him I'd just wander around the square 'til he called me. First place I came to was the little cigar shop he's been going to for years, Hill Country Humidor, and I couldn't resist snapping pics of a couple of their signs.



That second sign, which was a common sight in the late 60s/early 70s, was rather humorous, considering the shop was owned by an old hippy! Hubby and his best bud Toad loved hanging out in there, smoking a cigar and gabbing with the fellow, who was quite a character. Sadly, he passed away not too long ago.

A few steps past those, I found other interesting signs.



This little cafe has anchored the square for as long as I can remember, and is the spot where we always took Lex out to breakfast when we came to visit her while she was in college. She even helped paint their windows with Christmas decorations one year!


The Root Cellar is a little basement cafe just off the square, which the Muses and I like to frequent whenever we are in San Marcos. (Their pesto burger is to die for!) Well, unbeknownst to me, they have opened a bakery cafe as well, right on the square!


Unfortunately, I'd only made it down one side of the square when I got lured into a great shop called Paper Bear. And, I'd only made it halfway through that when Hubby called to say he was ready. Guess I'm gonna have to make another trip back before long.

Favorite sign of the day? This one!