November 12, 2018

E.A.S.T (east austin studio tour) 2018

shark art east austin studio tour

We took the kids out to visit artist friends on the East Austin Studio Tour. Stunt double for #2 son found some shark art he really liked by Brian Maclaskey.  

bulleit bourbon east austin

EAST sort of reminds me how SX was years back. We found free beer, whiskey, Tito's... the people were out and enjoying the artsty party atmosphere.  

crescent city soul revue austin band  

We caught some live music at Zilker Brewing. Darth Vader sat in with the band.  

zilker brewing austin  

blanco river wimberley texas fall 2018  

Kat and I made a run to our cabin in Wimberley. A layer of dust has settled on things down there as we don't visit frequently.  

river rapids owners wimberley texas  

shady llama beer garden wimberley tx 

We stopped at the Shady Llama beer and wine garden while we were down there. The llamas were somewhat interested.  

shady llama beer garden wimberley r12 


strahan and the good neighbors at ABGB 

Doug Strahan and the Good Neighbors  at ABGB was a good time Sunday after Costco stop.

Did I accomplish anything this week?  

airstream plympic rivet repair replace 

I replaced a bunch of popped rivets in the Airsteam, and patched a small hole in the skin.  


I nearly finished welding up a gate that will connect the front and rear path I've been working on for so long. I think I'll weld in the hinges this morning after I publish this entry.  

camp live oak eanes westlake austin  

The most notable event, #2 son went off to camp. This is sort of a rite of passage for kids finishing their last year in Elementary School. Our kids don't do "sleepover" events with friends. So the trip to Live Oak is really their first time spending the night outside of the house (not with a close family member). Kat was trying to prepare him with so many last minute things, snacks, drinks, ink pens.... He kept trying to refuse "Mom, I don't need that. They feed us, they told us NOT to bring water bottles.... When would I have time to draw?".  It reminded me of trying to leave Popo's house (Kat's Mom). She's often urging us to take food or random items as we're trying to exit. Once Popo tried to give me a surplus Army life raft, "I can't even fit this in my luggage" got me out of the raft. I finally agreed to take a surplus military mess kit as it made her happy for me to take something. And just this morning I whispered to #2 son "just take the pens!, it'll make her happy". We can all rest assured that he will be well prepared at camp should he need to take notes or sketch something.

November 05, 2018

The sidewalk end, HEB trip #2.

bee cave road sidewalk west lake hills november 2018

We rode the bikes to HEB again this weekend. It was a success! The sidewalk is just a bit more complete. At least they did move the portapotty out of the way. We limited our grocery shopping to the ONE item we went for. This afforded a more stable basket load for the ride back. No spills on the way home!

bee cave road construction november 2018 

This last little stretch is all that remains without sidewalk.  


Kat woke up motivated to get rid of extra rice. She decided 0-musubi would be a good lunch rice dish. The too much rice problem has been solved. The salmon with scallion and sriracha mayo was pretty good!

vintage bmw 2002 fps 

I'd like to get the 1972 BMW 2002 back as a fun driver. I've come to terms with the fact that I'll never be able to spray silver auto paint to a satisfactory level myself. Common knowledge also dictates that the mechanicals should be sorted before paint. I'm putting it back together for now. I've compiled a list of a few upgrades, then we will have a pro finish the silver paint.  

vintage bmw alpina paint scheme fps wheels 

souther heights brewing austin ipa kettle sour jam session 

We stopped by Southern Heights for their 1st anniversary party. The Jam session raspberry kettle sour was good. I typically don't go for fruited beers, but this balanced the fruit and tart well . 

3way ipa fort george hazy modern times brewing 

Aaron finally sent us a care package from Oregon! Some friends assembled for a beer share and Indian food made from an Instapot. It was a good time for sure.  

Eanes Carnival #14, the LAST one.

eanes carnival 2018

I have attended the Eanes Elementary Fall Carnival fourteen consecutive times. They tried something new this year, the carnival was after school on a Friday instead of a weekend. One obvious result was there were fewer parents available to volunteer. Lines were LONG! It took twenty minutes just to pick up the wrist band. Some games had no adult attendant at all.


Once we got the wristband to play games, he wanted a shaved ice. 

eanes elementary fall carnival 2018  

Another line.... 

eanes kona ice 

eanes jomp house carnival 

He eventually wore himself out and we walked home from our final Eanes Carnival.  

November 01, 2018

Spooky Meatloaf for Halloween

spooky halloween zombie head meatloaf

I don't think Kat has ever really eaten meatloaf. Until recently, I know she'd never made a meatloaf. She surely doesn't like scary or gory things. Yet, she made this meatloaf for Halloween this year.  

spooky zombie halloween food meatloaf head 

We took it to our usual Halloween party with friends in Lost Creek. The spooky zombie meatloaf head was a huge hit, and tasted good too.  

inkling splatoon haloween 2018 

#2 son was Inkling, from the game Splatoon. 

sad mime of west lake hills texas 78746 

I was a sad mime.  

DDH Ghost in the Machine Parish IPA halloween 

Kat was Ghost In The Machine, Double Dry Hopped Ghost! 


The daughter was a happy pirate girl.  

purge halloween costume austin tx lost creek 

#1 son refused to get into costume, one of his friends joined us for Trick or Treat. There was a break in the rain and we were treated to an amazing sunset.  

fall foliage austin texas red bud island 

We do get a few Fall colors here in Austin/Westlake. This is the low water crossing by Red Bud Island. The water is still murky and flowing fast with all flood gates remaining open.  

October 29, 2018

Challah if you got to...

Every once in a while, Kat gets bitten by some kitchen bug. She's highly motivated now that's she's found a series of instructional videos that are in Chinese and metric.

She's also honing in on her bread making. She had been making Challah using the easy Ziploc bag method. She's found she likes the traditional method better. We have a kitchen stand mixer so it ends out being even easier than the Ziploc bag bread.

homemade challah bread 

challah bread austin westlake 78746 

She devoted most of her Sunday to the kitchen making Chinese brownies (neither real brownie or fudge but somewhere in between), two loaves of Challah, a ginger chicken and mushroom rice dish, and a salt and pepper tofu dish. I try to just stay out of her way (outside of cleaning the pots and pans). I will need to find something to occupy myself while her weekends are focused on this new cooking hobby/skill. I did make French toast from the fresh baked Challah.

challa bread french toast  

October 28, 2018

Sidewalk to the grocery, attempt #1

We are finally getting a sidewalk from our home to the local HEB (grocery store). We may be a bit early, but we made the first journey to get an avocado using the bikes.

sidewalk to HEB west lake hills tx 

There were a few obstacles and incomplete sections... 

sidewalk construction bee caves road west lake hills texas 2018


Nobody had told us it was ready for us to use... 

heb needs a bike rack westlake tx 

HEB could really use a nice bike rack...  

bee caves road west lake hills construction zone 2018 

more obstacles on the way back. Somebody might've had a minor tumble, but I was good and refrained from taking pics. I helped pick up the groceries.  

west lake hills sidewalk bee cave rd 

We made it home... just a slight bit of mud to push through at the end... OK, so maybe we'll try this again when they are really done.

We managed to get out on the East Side to catch Mente Clara  

mente clara jazz austin revival coffee 

bohemian jazz men of austin texas east side 

aluminet solar cloth

I removed the aluminet solar shade, that was fun (sarcasm) 

hill farmstead susan in austin tx 

I had my last Hill Farmstead Susan at a friends house while we enjoyed this amazing Fall weather.  



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