Wednesday, December 28, 2022

We're Back!

 Hello My Friends,

I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and survived the brutal temps that happened pretty much all over the country!  Even in TX!!

Our flight last Wed (12/21) was thankfully uneventful and actually really pleasant.  Fletch and I were separated and my seat mate was the nicest woman.  I read a tiny bit and knit even less, but had a wonderful conversation with her.  Colin picked us up at the airport and took us directly to our AirBnB.  A very funky place.  I did not take any inside pictures, but here are a couple of things on the patio (didn't spend time on the patio as it really was not patio weather!).

Unfortunately, the space was pretty dark.  We even moved a lamp downstairs from the sleeping loft, but there was not sufficient lighting for me to see to knit!  After unpacking a few things, we drove over to C&M's apartment to wait for Mailing to get home from work.  It was wonderful to see the grand-kitties again:

(Talbot has always enjoyed being on top of the well as inside it!!)

We had dinner outside at Suerte that evening (with heaters) - an amazing Mexican restaurant.  I forgot to take pictures of food, but here's the drink I had - lol

That is a delicious eggplant dip behind my drink.  

Thursday Colin came over early and he and I took a walk in the neighborhood.  At this point, the weather was still nice.  The neighborhood of East Austin is interesting.  Lots of varied houses and landscaping.  We saw this guy on our walk:

Mailing drove over around 10 and we went to Book People (what an amazing bookstore), Whole Foods (to get some things for the AirBnB) and Waterloo Records (very cool record shop).  By the time we came out of the shops to walk to the car the temperature had dropped noticeably - like at least 25 degrees - and had gotten very, very windy.

When we woke up Friday morning, the temperature was 14 degrees with a real feel of minus 6!  Not at all what we expected in Austin.  Our AirBnB host texted asking us to leave water dripping in the sinks.

Mailing's parents were flying in that day, but would not get in till the afternoon.  We took off to go to the Blanton Museum of Art on the UT campus.  There was a wonderful exhibit going on:  "Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America."  Here are some pics from that exhibit:

This one is for my spinning friends - look closely and you will see that she is spinning!  (And that frame!!)

Amazing fabrics and stitching.  We also walked around the balance of the museum which is filled with so many wonderful works of art.  Then we went to lunch at an Argentinian place Buenos Aires Cafe  and the food was so freakin' good.  I had some soup and a lentil stew that was to die for.

Bonnie and Zhongren arrived safely (just a little late) and after checking in to their hotel, they walked over to the apartment.  That night we ate at a local brewery Central Machine Works for some good beer and pizza.

Tomorrow I'll share some more, but for now, I think this post is long enough and has sufficient pictures in it!!  Thanks for reading.


  1. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a great time, except for the frigid temperatures. The food sounds delicious; Justin often says that he misses real Mexican food from when he was in TX. And I love the museum exhibits! I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more from your trip.

  2. Oh, what a wonderful trip to last until you see them again!

  3. I’m glad you had a great time and missed the nightmare of cancelled flights. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more of your adventures.

  4. Glad you had a good time and didn't have travel issues (hopefully). I was in Austin for a few days for a job interview (got the job, but didn't accept it). The hosts took me to dinner at a pork place near campus. It kind of cracked me up that they didn't even ask if I was vegetarian or vegan or had a religious restriction on eating pork, it was just "you're in Texas, you'll eat pork." It was delicious.

  5. What a wonderful trip! I've never been to Austin but I've been to San Antonio. It was a really beautiful city with so much to see and do.
    I was worried about you when I saw all the people stacked up in the airports around the country. That was some crazy weather. I'm so glad it's warmed up here a bit. I could use some snow but I'm sure going to enjoy this breather from that insane cold.

  6. The garment in that last photo is A-mazing. So beautiful.

    Glad the trip all went well. Now the countdown begins for the kids coming back "home".

  7. I'm so glad you were able to take your trip with the kids too! Such a treat these days when it's hard to get together with family. I'm glad you made it home safely too. I've only driven through Austin before with no stops along the way.
    Happy New Year.

  8. Welcome home. It sounds as if you had a wonderful time in spite of cold temperatures. If you are anything like me, it is fun to go visit but also good to come home.

  9. Sounds like a really nice trip. But cold!! Glad you're back safely.

  10. Welcome HOME!! I am so glad you arrived safe and sound and it sounds like you had an incredible week (well, not the bitter cold, but at least you did not miss out on what the rest of us were! LOL)

    I bet that Mabel is so happy to have you back though! XO

  11. Welcome back, Vera! I'm so glad you had a great time - and no hitches in travel - despite the very cold weather. I thought about you in Austin as I heard about the weather there . . . Can't wait to hear more about your adventures! XO

  12. What a relief that your travels were easy! I'm sure you did not go to Texas expecting the weather to be that cold, and I hope you had some appropriate clothing. The museum exhibit looks very interesting and like it was right up your alley. Looking forward to hearing more@

  13. Gorgeous exhibits at that museum. I wish you had had more TX-like weather, but seeing some sights and your kids' home were the important things.

  14. What fun! Love seeing the cats again - they are so majestic!

  15. I am so glad you were able to go see the kids!!