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Summer fun with friends in Austin, Houston and Canyon Lake

Dining at Spanish Flowers with great friends, just like old times!; Becky is now retired and doesn't miss work at all

Dining at Spanish Flowers with great friends, just like old times!; Becky is now retired and doesn't miss work at all

Always a fun time with this group despite them beating me at dominoes yet again; I thought I'd finally won until Bob went out on the last round to beat me by 3 points

Always a fun time with this group despite them beating me at dominoes yet again; I thought I'd finally won until Bob went out on the last round to beat me by 3 points

Visiting at the end of July may not have been the smartest decision but at least the water was refreshing; conveniently, since I flew in and out of Austin, I managed to snag two trips to Bob and David's!

Visiting at the end of July may not have been the smartest decision but at least the water was refreshing; conveniently, since I flew in and out of Austin, I managed to snag two trips to Bob and David's!

Residents of Austin have included Renee Zellweger, Drew Brees, Janis Joplin, Andy Roddick, Carly Fiorina, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Cronkite, Ciara, Sandra Bullock and O'Henry, who was born in Greensboro

Residents of Austin have included Renee Zellweger, Drew Brees, Janis Joplin, Andy Roddick, Carly Fiorina, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Cronkite, Ciara, Sandra Bullock and O'Henry, who was born in Greensboro

I've known Dan Garza for 30 years so catching up is always fun; Matt was in Austin for a long weekend from Atlanta before he starts a new year at Oglethorpe University teaching theater

I've known Dan Garza for 30 years so catching up is always fun; Matt was in Austin for a long weekend from Atlanta before he starts a new year at Oglethorpe University teaching theater

Bob and David graciously invited us out for a day on their boat; their business continues to thrive with most customers ordering their beautiful glass pieces year after year

Bob and David graciously invited us out for a day on their boat; their business continues to thrive with most customers ordering their beautiful glass pieces year after year

I joined Lee and David in riding the Screamer; you just had to hold on and adjust your body weight to anticipate the waves

I joined Lee and David in riding the Screamer; you just had to hold on and adjust your body weight to anticipate the waves

Lee's sister's house was close to the Barton Creek Greenbelt so I wanted to see Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls; unfortunately, without rain for several weeks, there was just standing water and no waterfalls

Lee's sister's house was close to the Barton Creek Greenbelt so I wanted to see Twin Falls and Sculpture Falls; unfortunately, without rain for several weeks, there was just standing water and no waterfalls

David and Bob recently bought a condo in Wimberley to add to their real estate empire; they hope to find a renter who wants to ultimately buy the place from them

David and Bob recently bought a condo in Wimberley to add to their real estate empire; they hope to find a renter who wants to ultimately buy the place from them

Lee and Matt sampling the best of the Austin food scene; here they are getting ready to enjoy Amy's Ice Cream

Lee and Matt sampling the best of the Austin food scene; here they are getting ready to enjoy Amy's Ice Cream

This was Bob's first time water skiing in a couple of years and he was a tad rusty; I didn't get a photo of his dismount which involved several front somersaults in a pike position followed by a huge splash

This was Bob's first time water skiing in a couple of years and he was a tad rusty; I didn't get a photo of his dismount which involved several front somersaults in a pike position followed by a huge splash

The raccoons are very polite and will take the dog treat with their paws; sadly, a bobcat is in the neighborhood and has killed a couple of the raccoon pups already

The raccoons are very polite and will take the dog treat with their paws; sadly, a bobcat is in the neighborhood and has killed a couple of the raccoon pups already

David put the rest of us to shame with his water skiing despite his hip replacement; he coached us on proper technique and seemed very comfortable on the water

David put the rest of us to shame with his water skiing despite his hip replacement; he coached us on proper technique and seemed very comfortable on the water

Austin is the fastest growing city in the US and the 11th most populous with 980,000 residents; the central business district has the tallest condo towers in TX, with The Independent (58 stories) and The Austonian (56 stories)

Austin is the fastest growing city in the US and the 11th most populous with 980,000 residents; the central business district has the tallest condo towers in TX, with The Independent (58 stories) and The Austonian (56 stories)

Bob and David have plenty of hummingbird feeders which stay busy all day; the average lifespan of hummingbirds is 3-5 years

Bob and David have plenty of hummingbird feeders which stay busy all day; the average lifespan of hummingbirds is 3-5 years

Bernie and Chuck's dogs Wolfie and Abby were intrigued by Bob and David's dancing and wiggling dog; the dogs were excited to see all of the wildlife on the estate

Bernie and Chuck's dogs Wolfie and Abby were intrigued by Bob and David's dancing and wiggling dog; the dogs were excited to see all of the wildlife on the estate

Canyon Lake was created by damming the Guadalupe River in 1964; the lake is 35 miles NE of San Antonio and 40 miles SW of Austin

Canyon Lake was created by damming the Guadalupe River in 1964; the lake is 35 miles NE of San Antonio and 40 miles SW of Austin

Bob and David regularly feed this mama raccoon and her kids dog treats; they come up to the doors or walk up the ramp to the deck to be fed

Bob and David regularly feed this mama raccoon and her kids dog treats; they come up to the doors or walk up the ramp to the deck to be fed

We had a gorgeous day out on the lake and avoided the heavy weekend traffic; there is plenty of new development in the area including a nice grocery store

We had a gorgeous day out on the lake and avoided the heavy weekend traffic; there is plenty of new development in the area including a nice grocery store

Hummingbirds hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest; to conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate

Hummingbirds hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, which vary from around 12 beats per second in the largest species, to in excess of 80 in some of the smallest; to conserve energy when food is scarce, and nightly when not foraging, they can go into torpor, a state similar to hibernation, slowing metabolic rate to 1/15th of its normal rate

This was the best I could do water skiing; my weak right leg just wouldn't stay in front of me so part of my body went one way and part another

This was the best I could do water skiing; my weak right leg just wouldn't stay in front of me so part of my body went one way and part another

Matt is an associate professor of theater at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta; he received Oglethorpe's teaching excellence award in 2017

Matt is an associate professor of theater at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta; he received Oglethorpe's teaching excellence award in 2017

There wasn't much to see snorkeling except these small perch although I did see ducks and turtles near the marina; thanks to lots of rain in June, the lake is full

There wasn't much to see snorkeling except these small perch although I did see ducks and turtles near the marina; thanks to lots of rain in June, the lake is full

Maxine and I went to see to the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, which featured all of his great music; Maxine is making a difference teaching English as a second language to adults in Houston

Maxine and I went to see to the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, which featured all of his great music; Maxine is making a difference teaching English as a second language to adults in Houston

Libby has the saddest puppy dog eyes; Libby and Chuy are 9 years old now and loving having Mike and Gary home during the day now that they are retired

Libby has the saddest puppy dog eyes; Libby and Chuy are 9 years old now and loving having Mike and Gary home during the day now that they are retired

Bob and David have plenty of deer on their property which eat the corn and dog biscuits put out for them; there were small foxes wandering nearby with all of the animals interacting peacefully

Bob and David have plenty of deer on their property which eat the corn and dog biscuits put out for them; there were small foxes wandering nearby with all of the animals interacting peacefully

Bob didn't have the best experience water skiing this time; amazingly, Bob doesn't need surgery on his hamstring so their plan to visit Spain in September wasn't ruined

Bob didn't have the best experience water skiing this time; amazingly, Bob doesn't need surgery on his hamstring so their plan to visit Spain in September wasn't ruined

Libby and Chuy can watch the action outside from their window seat; the Houston Museum District has 19 institutions visited by 8  million annually

Libby and Chuy can watch the action outside from their window seat; the Houston Museum District has 19 institutions visited by 8+ million annually

The dog treats are pretty dry so the mama raccoon needs water to wash them down; Bob and David have had several generations of raccoons that they've adopted

The dog treats are pretty dry so the mama raccoon needs water to wash them down; Bob and David have had several generations of raccoons that they've adopted

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