Can’t Help It. Had a Good Weekend.

I’ve learned that cheerful posts don’t get as many hits, but, too bad. I had a really nice weekend, and I can’t change that fact. We didn’t go far, but it was quite relaxing in Lago Vista, Texas, capital of the North Shore of Lake Travis.

As I mentioned before, Lee and I spent the weekend at the condo where I showed you all the deer and flowers, along with our business partners, Carol and Russell. We hadn’t spent much time together in person lately, so this was a much-needed time to relax, reflect, have fun, and plan.

A fish powered by a lower brass instrument. Just right for a Pisces musician.

And we did! We chose going to thrift shops as out first “team building” activity, which was a lot of fun. I liked the fish sculpture.

We had to bring our own champagne, but that wasn’t a problem.

Later, we had a celebratory dinner after our “big meeting” where we decided to move forward in a new direction with our real estate redevelopment business. We went to Broc’s, an Italian restaurant in Lago Vista, where we were absolutely charmed by the crooner singing 60s standards, a family with a toddler as cute as my son Kynan was at that age, and the whole family that owned the restaurant celebrating the owner’s 70th birthday.

This guy was quite good and not too loud. I also cove the grape lights for our wine room.

This place had surprisingly good food. Lee couldn’t stop talking about the alfredo sauce he had. We all tasted it and agreed, it was both light and creamy, with a side of buttery. And their red sauce was such a wonderful combination of flavors that I bought a pint to cook a dinner for Anita, Declan, and Rylie (the younger son and his partner) on Wednesday.

Relaxing with no

Today we sat on the patio and talked and laughed and had ideas. We decided we need to do that more often, since we come up with great ideas when we are relaxed and not under pressure to accomplish this or that or meet deadlines.

Russell got the pond working at one of the houses we looked at. It was a nice size and had a huge workroom.

The next team-building event we did was drive around this area and practice evaluating houses for sale. We did see some interesting lakefront homes that just needed updating to be great.

We figure the family who owned this house had to be a lot of fun. Also they had a pool table in the dining room and a big collection of playing cards at a table with a lake view. They probably know how to relax!

And we were impressed by the small newer houses that are going up. It’s nice to see the area developing a mix of high-end and affordable houses out here.

That’s a kitchen with a lake view. Ah.

The best house we saw is on top of a hill and just about the most pleasant floor plan I’ve ever seen. It was fancy but tasteful and calm. If I ever was able to live by a lake, it’s how I’d like to live. It’s up high with a great view but far enough from loud boats and yelling people to have peace and privacy. That’s been my dream most of my life.

I would accept this pool.

But, no complaints about my cattle tanks and meadows. Life is fine. I think I’m over the hump of the confusing and hurtful times.

This is Buddy, just after running up to me to say hi. He likes Ritz crackers and carrots.

And deer tongues are so soft. I’ll miss Buddy the teen stag and all his friends. Sometimes I feel like Ellie Mae Clampett the way all the critters just love me.

This poo guy has a hurt leg, but seems pretty content. It was nice to just enjoy him and not worry about whether he was dinner material.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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