Monthly Archives: August 2016

Better Luck Next Time

The bats at the Congress Avenue bridge are something to see. So we've been told. We bought this book shortly after we moved to Austin.  It's a great little book for newcomers, or even those who have been here a while and want to check off all the bucket-list things they've already done. From iconic pizza to scenic spots, this is the list - 100 Things to Do in Austin - before you D-I-E.   Maybe we should stop at 99. There's something about this title that bothers me.  It's a troubling combination of positive and

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On the Hunt – for the Perfect Sunday Morning Cinnamon Roll

Sunday mornings and cinnamon rolls go together like a covered wagon and a woman in a bonnet. But here's the thing.  I bet no bonnet-wearing woman ever flung a good cinnamon roll out of a covered wagon. I could be wrong...I just can't envision how she could have done it.  A great cinnamon roll just ain't all that easy to make.  (I like to say ain't sometimes.)  I grew up on the sound of the Sunday morning whop - as in, whop open a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.  In 10 minutes, while the hot rollers were still cooling in my

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Only a Day (Trip) Away

Tomorrow Tomorrow I love ya,' tomorrow You're only a day away.                                   -- Annie One of the themes of Annie's life is that she's hopeful for a better tomorrow...and tomorrow is only a day away. We can make it through a whole lot of "stuff" when we stay hopeful for tomorrow. When it's Thursday, Friday is just around the corner, and when it's midnight, morning is on the way.  There's always hope for a bright and glorious tomorrow! Speaking of a day away, how about planning a little road trip?

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That’s Funny, I Don’t Care Who You Are…Unless You’re Us. (an evening at Shady Grove)

No one has ever called me a dumb blonde.  From time to time, that shoe just almost fits, but I prefer the word ditzy.  It's ok to be a little ditzy, and there can be some advantages. Ditzy blondes may not always understand ditzy blonde jokes; therefore, they are never really offended by them.  That's an advantage.   Also, it seems that ditzy blondes are married to very kind men.  Maybe they secretly feel sorry for us and feel as though we can use their help. And then there's this: Ditzy blondes never take ourselves too

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What to Wear to Church in Austin

Matthew 6:28-31 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?' I wouldn't really say we worried about what to wear to church when

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What I Learned About LBJ Made Me Wish I Had Known Lady Bird

If it's true at all, it's true about Lady Bird Johnson.  She was surely the phenomenal woman behind a successful man.  I wish I could have known her. Now, I dearly love my new Ivanka Trump perfume - and I even wore a bright red Make America Great Again cap to work for crazy hat day (which, I'll have you know, was an extremely b-r-a-v-e thing to do!). So, yes, it's probably obvious that I'm a big ol' fan of Mr. Trump, but I respect the office of the president, no matter who's sitting in the chair, dadgum it.  (I like saying

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From Ding How to Wu Chow

This whole business of eating out, I mean, regularly eating out, is something our kids do without thinking, but something most overfifty-ers did, well...without. When my mom married my step-dad, we started having roast and fried chicken for Sunday lunch instead of beannie wiennies (I may be embellishing a tiny bit here, but only a tiny bit - lol), and for my Mamaw's birthday every February 26th, we celebrated at this Chinese place on the Boulevard.  That's where Chinese restaurants were located.  It had a large sign situated in

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One Big Austin Surprise

If I could teach the world to sing... No, that's not it. If I could wish upon a star... No, that's not it, either. OK, if I could save time in a bottle... Nope. How about this one: If I could persuade the whole world to believe... That's it.  If I could persuade the whole world to believe in Jesus, that would be IT for me. That would make me so happy! But, here's the thing. I can't. What I can do is this:  I can tell you my own story of faith in Jesus Christ, and I can also point you to a place where you can

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4 of Austin’s Great Family Photo Ops – and a fun idea

If you're like us, when family comes to town, you do three things: hang out together, eat and take pictures. We love it when friends and family come to see us in Austin, and we always try to scope out a little something new to enjoy with them.  We've toured the Texas State Capitol  and enjoyed day trips to hill country hot spots.  We've taken our guests to wine tastings, shopping at the Domain, pedicures, and movies.  But since, most of the year, the weather is so nice, and the scenery is so splendid, we have grown pretty fond of

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We’re Moving Downtown! – Part 3 (we did it!)

Have you seen the movie, Bucket List? It's about two strangers who meet in a hospital room, decide to leave (against their doctor's advice) and strike out on an adventure together, checking off a list of things they want to do before they "kick the bucket."  It's a fun movie, and it's definitely made its mark on our society, because now, when you just say, "bucket list," everyone knows exactly what you mean. Here's the thing.  I've always felt just a tad guilty for even saying "bucket list." It seems like it elevates earthly

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