Day 225, Friday, August 13th, 2021
Terrible Dinner, Good Company
Anna and I had a few errands to run last Friday and since we got a late start, Curtis was able to join us. After we finished our errands, he suggested we go out to eat since Anna is still having a lot of anxiety about restaurants. It’s good to push her some, especially when she’s with me and Curtis, since we can reassure her and give her all of our attention. We chose Rodriguez Restaurant y Cantina since it was nearby and we had only ever eaten there once before shortly after they opened. Needless to say, this was not their best night. Just about everything that could go wrong did, including poor service, mediocre food, overcharging, and a bone in the chicken quesadilla. They handled things so badly that Curtis and I both left 1-star reviews on Yelp and Google which we rarely ever do. Anna did really well though and that’s what is most important. And we got Tipsy Cow for dessert! Disregard Curtis’s goofy face, he’s been doing that a lot lately when I ask him to be in pictures. Big dork!
Day 226, Saturday, August 14th, 2021
I was checking the mail and look what caught my eye! This orb weaver spider spun its web across the front of the community bulletin board. I thought the view from the side was exquisite. They are gorgeous spiders!
Day 227, Sunday, August 15th, 2021
All Lined Up
Hanging out in the yard with Anna and the dogs, I noticed the cicada shells lined up on the tree… one, two, three, all in a row. We are having a bountiful year of cicadas and their noise at night is part of the summer tapestry of sound. They always make me think of Cricket, mom’s Shih Tzu that passed away last year. Cricket loved to eat cicadas!
Day 228, Monday, August 16th, 2021
LED Lights from Jenny
One of Dominic’s birthday gifts from his big sister, Jenny, was a set of LED lights for his room. He had been asking me very nicely for 2 weeks to help install them and I finally had time to do it on Monday. He was a huge help too. I wanted to get a shot of the lights to show Jenny. I love that he’s got his fairy lights under his bunk and these cool LEDs around the top of his room. Makes me want them around the whole house!
In a Blue State of Mind
I swear I’ve been having more fun changing the light colors than Dominic! He also has an Alexa controlled light in his lamp, so he can make the LED lights around the top the same color as his lamp. Here he was going for a blue motif. I love how it makes the whole room look supernatural! Can you see him playing on his computer?
Day 229, Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Curtis, Anna, and Dominic took me out to lunch at my favorite Tex-Mex place, Casa Garcia’s. I got to wear a sombrero and everyone sang to me. And I got sopapillas! My mom made me vanilla cupcakes with homemade chocolate frosting (and a small 2-layer cake too). My mother-in-law sent me the most gorgeous arrangement of house plants. Curtis’s big gift to me was a flying lesson (see tomorrow!). I am so loved and so very grateful for my family.
Day 230, Wednesday, August 18th, 2021
Over the years, Anna’s been super into airplanes which has led to all of us learning a lot more about flying. I really enjoyed our flight a few years ago for Anna’s 18th birthday (which I’ve not shared those photos yet!). Curtis’s coworker took us up in her 6-seater airplane and Anna got to be copilot. For my birthday this year, Curtis got me a 1-hour Discovery Flight with the Texas Aviation Academy. It was amazing! Ian was my instructor and he had me sit in the pilot’s seat. He took off then handed the yoke to me and I flew for about 40 minutes. We flew up to Canyon Lake, I did a few laps around the lake then headed to San Marcos. Ian had me follow IH35 back to New Braunfels then he brought us in for a landing. If it weren’t so expensive, I’d take lessons to get my pilot’s license (about $4K to start and an average of $10K total). It was awesome.
Day 231, Thursday, August 19th, 2021
This leaf is from one of the houseplants in the arrangement that Judy gave me. I’ll work on identification but I love the design of the leaf with the red veins and light green background. The dark green parts remind me of feathers!
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