Archives for: April 2008

Never having lived in new construction before, I didn't realize what a target our neighborhood would be for door-to-door salespeople. Before we even moved into the house, I began a regular practice of checking the front door for fliers, business cards… more »
Yes, that's right. Roadrunners are real birds, not just a cartoon character that is smarter than a coyote that walks on two feet. And Ronak not only saw one at his workplace, but had his camera phone with him, so that elusive bird was finally captured… more »
Combine wind and a lake fountain. Add sunshine. And what do you get? A beautiful dancing rainbow display! Here's a movie of the rainbow in the fountain: Fountain Rainbow. more »
The wind was really blowing as we walked around the Cedar Park Town Center Lake last Sunday. Here's a movie of the beautiful effect the wind had on the lake fountain: Fountain in the Wind. more »
At first I thought I was seeing a Great Blue Heron, soaring across the sky. It was about the same size, but it was bright white. After consulting my Texas bird book, I realized it must be a Great Egret. Here's a movie of the great, white bird we… more »
During our walk around the lake at Cedar Park Town Center, we saw a variety of birds: black vultures, mockingbirds, red-winged blackbirds, scissor-tailed flycatchers, a kill deer, a great egret, and others who were too fast to photograph and identify.… more »
We really wanted to take a drive out into the Hill Country to see the wildflowers last week. We've been enjoying them as we drive around town, and we knew they must be hitting their peak in the country side. But we just didn't have the time for a leisure… more »
Who wants to mow when the weeds are as pretty as these? Yes, these wildflowers have sprung up in our yard with others. I'm not one of those people who will kill the grass if I have to in order to eliminate the last dandelion invader in the lawn… more »
Can you believe our old apt charged us $50 for a strong smell? The only smell we left it with was the same smell it had when we moved in!! And I'm sure they'll rent it out to the next people with that exact same smell! They always have to find something!… more »
We haven't purchased a lawnmower yet. With the cost of gas prices and the noise of gas mowers, we've been researching, researching, researching alternatives. Our lawn isn't very large, so we thought a push mower might possibly get the job done with mi… more »
Well, we've gotten through our second storm in the new house. It's scary when they come at night - even if you know they are coming. Something about being woken up by hail pelting against the window or flashes of lightning with pounding thunder or wi… more »
The finished island in the living room where we built it. But it looks so much better in the kitchen where it belongs. Sorry you missed it, Brian! more »
Just when we thought we were past the hardest part...'s time for Ronak to flip the entire island upside down, so we can attach this attractive butcher block top with hinged drop leaf. (Do you see the error we made in this picture? The hardwa… more »
Time to break out the drill and start putting in those missing holes. If only we had realized this sooner, so I didn't have to climb inside the island to drill the holes. There were several steps that went toward completing this drawer. Ron… more »
Since inventorying the parts took over an hour, we had a feeling assembling the island would take us quite some time. We read the instructions several times out loud at each step, because 1) our minds tended to wander during the run-on sentences;… more »
Two areas of the house were lacking in storage space: the kitchen and the master bathroom. For the kitchen, we decided to purchase an island that would not only give us more space for cooking utensils and pots and pans, but give us additional counter… more »
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In 2007, we moved to Austin, and this blog chronicled our adaptation to Texas life: festivals, wildflowers, and bats - oh my! Then we had a baby, and that changed everything, so now, we blog about where to buy organic food, what parks are fun for babies, which exterminator is taking care of our scorpion problem. (You know, the usual parental concerns.)


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