Thursday, September 28, 2017


My poor kiddos had a rough week. Little Goober was on the tail end of a long-lasting head cold when he suddenly took a turn for the worse, getting all wheezy and coughing up gunk. Lex took him to their pediatrician early the next morning and we were all shocked to hear he might have a mild case of pneumonia. The doc prescribed some antibiotics, but they didn't seem to be helping, and by that evening he had a "barking seal" cough and was really struggling to talk and breathe. Lex called the doctor back and was advised to take our sad baby on over to Dell Children's Hospital, where they decided the poor kid actually had croup, which is viral, not bacterial.

They ended up keeping him overnight and gave him some steroids and a couple of nebulizer treatments. Any idea how hard it is to get a toddler to keep a mask over his mouth and nose? On the plus side, the more he screamed and wailed, the more of the treatment he was sucking in. By morning he was much, much better, 'tho his parents were a good bit worse for wear!

We gave them some time at home to catch up on their rest, then went over to take them some dinner, and to see for myself that my baby was OK. He still has a really raspy voice, but his spunk is finally coming back and, though I'm ashamed to say this, sick baby snuggles are really some of the best, are they not?

Then came the treat part of the week. A good while back Hubby surprised me with tickets to a concert he knew would set me all a-quiver, and which was to be held at the beautiful old Paramount Theater in downtown Austin. We began our special date here at La Traviata Italian Bistro, a longtime Congress Ave. favorite we had just never got around to trying.

Loved this prosciutto and parm appetizer served in crisp endive boats with a drizzle of truffle oil.
Calamari Puttanesca for me and something with meatballs for Hubby
Just my kind of place -- my hubby knows me well!

Then it was just a short walk down Congress to reach our ultimate destination...

And, judging from the number of rhinestone cowboys and gals we passed along the way, all headed in the same direction, we had a feeling it was going to be a full house!

I think this old theater -- the same one where we saw Postmodern Juke Box with the kids a while back -- is one of the most beautiful ever.

Primping Stations in the Ladies Room

Still a Cutie!
The place was packed, and it ended up being one of the most fun concerts we've ever been to. What a performer! Not only does he still have an amazing voice range (perfect for the occasional Roy Orbison ballad), smooth dance moves, and a great sense of humor. He also, judging from all the swooning women in the audience, still manages to exude hotness as well!

Interested in having a fun date-night yourself? Check out these upcoming performances by a couple of Wimberley's own!

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Sarah Jarosz

Now I'm off to check on baby Calvin again. Catch ya later!


Monday, September 25, 2017


 It's been one heck of a weekend. It started on Thursday, and it's still going! First we went to take care of little Calvin while mama went to the dentist.

Calvin And His Babies
Calvin introduces Papa John to Daniel Tiger -- the only screen time he ever gets.

By the time we got home, my sister Carolyn and niece Stephanie were there at the house waiting for us, and ready to party! The girls and I spent all day Friday in Fredericksburg where, in case you didn't know, you can actually get a traditional German dirndl dress...

for your dog!

On Saturday we celebrated Austin-the-son's birthday at the infamous Texas Chili Parlor in Austin-the-town.

El Camino Parking Only!
So Much Interesting Stuff For a Little Pirate To Look At!

This place was featured in the Quentin Tarantino grindhouse movie Death Proof, which is why there's an autographed photo of Kurt Russell just to the left of that festive buck.

The next day we celebrated sister Poodie's birthday at yet another example of Austin's wonderful-but-disappearing weirdness, Full English, where we had high tea.

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and the girls will be heading home today after lunch. It was fun while it lasted!