Awesomeness in Austin

Austin is starting to feel like home, even though I know it is a temporary home.  There are so many fun and interesting things about Austin.  So this post is not about food or a recipe but some of the bits of life I have loved these last few weeks.  Being content with your home (and that doesn't mean you finally have granite countertops and dual vanities as House Hunters suggests!),  and finding the small things in life that make you smile add up to being happy, which is what it is all about anyway! 

I saw these signs on the bathroom doors in a really cool store called Treehouse, which is a home improvement store, focused on "green" living, environmentally friendly/sustainable practices.  It has things like rain collection systems, chicken coops as well as low VOC paint, flooring, etc.  These made me laugh. 

Barton Springs Pool is a spring-fed, 3 acre swimming pool that is edged in grass, has a big diving board, but sadly the water is cold, only 68 degrees!

Barton Springs pool

Barton Springs pool

You can't take dogs there, but where the pool connects into Barton Creek which flows into the Colorado River, there are a couple of places where you can swim and take your dog. 

Beau and  friend

Beau and  friend

There are usually a bunch of dogs there, with assorted kinds of owners….students, retirees, hippies, people like me.   Funny the dogs all immediately check each other out and then play together.  The grown ups say hi and that is about it.  Wonder why the dogs socialize better than we do? 

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There is a really great coffee shop/craft beer hangout walking distance from my apartment.  Radio has Stumptown coffee, a slew of good beer, a taco truck in the parking lot, lots of outdoor seating under a couple of huge old trees, grass with lawn chairs, lots of twinkly lights.  It seems almost all of these casual kinds of places are dog friendly…water bowls included.  Tom, Beau and I walked up there on Saturday night.  It was perfect. 

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A fish taco for Tom, a veggie filled quesadilla for me, and some craft brew.  The weather was perfect, there were no mosquitos, and the people watching was great.  Two  4-ish aged, barefoot little girls played in the grass, twirling, jumping, laughing….surely times they will always remember. 

Radio

Radio

Walking Sunday morning, we discovered this little enclave of turtles…..I have never seen so many together.  There were probably 20 turtles of all sizes there, including two little babies, that someone had found on the path and relocated to a rock at the edge of the water. 

And this goose!  There are a couple that live along the banks of this part of the Creek. 

We had brunch at Red's Porch after we played at Barton Springs.  With three porches, garage doors that roll up around the dining room, great music, and really good food (a big cheddar biscuit for me, some brisket hash for Tom), this one will definitely be a favorite. 

Although the picture isn't great, this pancake from Kerby Lane is one I will crave in days to come.  It was apple whole wheat, with big chunks of apple and that cinnamony, nutmeg flavor of fall. I will have to try to recreate this one at home!  (served here with tofu scramble and a house-made vegan sausage patty!)  Delicious! 

And last but not least…..I have a little companion that sits with me while I work on the computer.  Yes, I will sit on the edge of the chair to give him enough room! :) 

Domino

Domino

Thanks for endulging me with a few random things that are making me happy these days.