Sunday, June 28, 2009

Newborn Fawn in my Parents Yard

Last night I went to dinner with my friends Ken and Nancy in Austin. We went to Garridos, a new restaurant owned by a former chef from Jeffreys. It is a very trendy taco bar. The food was good, it has a new patio overlooking Shoal Creek. But it was crowded and you had to valet park. Of course it was around 104 degrees in Austin today so we passed on sitting on the patio and ate appetizers and had drinks at the bar while we waited. The Mexican Martinis and Margaritas were fabulous. The appetizers were good, the oyster tacos were excellent. The beans were ok. Don't go looking to get full.

There was a Maserati parked outside. And it was very new.

We got back to my parents in Westlake Hills. Their house is about 10 minutes from the capitol but has a very rural feel to it. And the above picture is what we found when we pulled up. Obviously it had just been born and was waiting for it's mom to come back and get him/her.

Before I left for Austin to go to a wedding shower, I noticed Scarlett repeatedly going to the litter box. So I left a note for Bill and told him to take her to Dr. Rubio, our vet. So he did and she has crystals in her urinary tract so I'm glad he took her. We lost one cat to urinary problems.

The shower was for the fiance of the son of a friend. Way back a hundred years ago, my first job was at the Comptroller's office. And working for the state you got prescribed breaks. You had 15 minutes exactly in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon. We ended up with what is now known as "The Coffee Group". Funny thing is several of us do not drink coffee. So since the 70's this group has gone through some of us leaving the Comptroller, lots of marriages, divorces, children, grandchildren, losses of family members. But through it all, we have remained close and celebrate birthdays, weddings, babies, etc together. All the kids are friends even if they don't see each other much. This is the latest. We are very proud of Justin. He is graduating from The University of Texas (the only school) with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and is marrying Clare in 2 weeks. Another one of the kids Tray just became engaged to Becky in Belize a couple of weeks ago. He and Becky are both architects and Tray was given a free week stay in Belize at a house for a job well done. Becky sent out the cutest announcement saying: I went to Belize and all I got was ENGAGED. We are thrilled to have her as a member of the "Coffee Group" family.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Crave Cupcakes and Ms Shaylee

Yesterday on my day off I finally trapped the last kitten. Just call me Trapper Ellen. I already made an appointment at the Houston SPCA to take them. I emailed Bill to tell him I caught the last one and he begged me to keep the runt. We could not turn the runt in anyway because she only weighed 1.4 pounds. You have to be 2 pounds to be accepted by the SPCA. Here is a picture of the terrors, uh, darlings, that I turned in. I have no idea what sex they are. They are quite wild.

After I accomplished that mission, since I was just blocks from Crave Cupcakes, I had to stop. I got a vanilla on vanilla, espresso chocolate, red velvet and dark chocolate. I ate the espress last night and it was quite tasty. But the vanilla on vanilla was outstanding. Bill hasn't eaten the other two yet. I don't think we have to worry about Crave going out of business. It is located in Uptown Park and is always packed. A man walked in as I was getting my order. He asked what was good. He was just walking by and saw the sign and couldn't believe how much activity was going on. You can see the bakers baking and it is non-stop activity there. I still need to go on Sunday or Tuesday for the peanut butter and key lime cupcakes.

Here are a couple of pictures of Shaylee. Shaylee means fairy of the fields. She has the cutest face and looks like an elf. See the picture below. She is still very little and quite scared. She was so used to the other litter mates keeping her company and snuggling. She does purr quite loudly when you hold her. She is getting very used to be held. Bill put Keagan in there with her, and he immediately had her pinned down and had his mouth around her neck. We decided that she's too little for him still.

Keagan has quite the personality now. He is all over the place and thinks nothing of harrassing the bigger cats. Getting him to eat his kitten food is quite an accomplishment because he just marches over to the big kids food and starts chomping. He is now sleeping with us and everyone else at night. We put him in the bathroom in the middle of the night a couple of times and he howled. But now we have move Shaylee in there with all the toys and so we have to keep him out. We hope Shaylee's personality comes out soon. I was worried about Keagan the first day because he was so docile. He had also been fixed that day. He is no longer docile.