Around Here

Thank you so much friends for your thoughts and prayers on my recent post about my cousin and father-in-law. They mean a lot to me. My father-in-law is still in the hospital but he’s doing better so that’s good. I’ve just been trying to stay in touch with my family and be there for my mom.

Over the holiday weekend both my husband and I had a bit of extra time off so we did go out for some drives to continue to see how things have been changing since the pandemic. My husband has been working on his photography and wanted to go to a nearby ghost town so we drove to Bartlett which is only about 1 hour from Austin.

I think I was surprised by how many trucks kept driving by the main street. We saw quite a few boarded up and empty buildings. While my husband was walking around taking pictures, I sat on a bench with a good book, coffee and my journal. It was so nice to not worry about the time and just enjoy the morning. I almost finished a book while we where there.

On the way home we stopped at Lark & Owl Bookstore in Georgetown. Such a charming indie bookstore. Isn’t the mural the best? Of course I had to take a picture (I was wearing a mask but took it off for the photo). I like that they have great selection of literary gifts.

I also had to make some purchases to mark the occasion and got There There by Tommy Orange, a super cute sticker and a boarding pass bookmark. We then stepped out of the bookstore into the Nightingale Bistro for brunch. Guys, this is the first restaurant I’ve gone to since the pandemic began! Ok, so we sat outdoors but still. Big moment!

We’ve also spent some time driving around Austin going to the downtown and the east area. We went to Easy Tiger where I got a delicious iced Mexican Mocha and we as they bake their own bread we had to buy a loaf of rye to take home. Seriously, I’m craving an iced Mexican Mocha right now as I’m typing this. We walked around a bit east Austin where there are old and new buildings mixed in and just so much to look at. There were lots of people out and about and it’s nice to see local shops thriving again. I especially love seeing the street art.

I love this mural because it made me think of lazy summer days by the water. As we were out around midday, I thought wouldn’t it be nice to find a quite place like this? A picnic basket, books and just hours enjoying nature.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on around here. Now it’s back to work but at least a short work week for me. Next up I have not forgotten that it is Paris in July so more on that in my next post.

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