Today is America’s birthday. Happy Birthday, America!
To celebrate, I bought some flowers to make a red, white, and blue bouquet…
…I let the kitten sleep on my hand while trying to blog…
…and I prepared an American Flag Pie!
You can find the recipe here, on King Arthur Flour’s website. Since I could not find rhubarb, I only used strawberries.
I wish all my American readers a very Happy Fourth of July, and to all a nice day!
Last Thursday, March 2, marked the 181st birthday of Texas. On March 2, 1836, Texas became a republic:
On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico.
The day was a gorgeous day. It started on my way to work with a gorgeous sunrise—one of the several reasons why I like leaving for work early, the other two being beating traffic and being more productive.
I also had to be in Austin early that day because I was attending a House committee hearing. The Texas Legislature is in session this year and it makes traffic downtown, both by car and on foot quite chaotic some days.
A funny thing happened on my way to Austin. I was on Enfied Rd, getting closer to 15th St, and I was trying to find a radio station that played music (and not a radio host babbling about the latest People Mag survey or any other subject with little importance). Then I heard the first notes of a familiar song… yet my brain needed a second to process the information: I was driving to work in Austin, Texas, USA, and, yes, this was Sylvie Vartan’s “La plus belle pour aller danser” that was playing on the radio as I arrived on top of the hill with the gorgeous view to the Texas Capitol which is the corner of Enfield Rd and 15th St.
To file in #KeepAustinWeird
The day was a beautiful one and went its course with people wishing themselves a Happy Texas Independence Day. Texans are very proud of their heritage and their state, and for good reason.
I went home in the evening and stopped for some barbecue at my favorite BBQ joint, It’s All Good BBQ. I also had the pleasure of witnessing the sun setting on the 181st birthday of the Lone Star State the only way it could set in the great state of Texas, with grandeur and a bit of drama.
Did I mention I love living in Lone Star State? Happy belated birthday, Texas!
We’re staying in Johnson City to go to Pedernales Electric Cooperative, an electricity distribution co-op. Their headquarters in Johnson City has been decorated every Christmas for the past 25 years:
More than 1.2 million LED lights will brighten up our office building and the surrounding oak trees.
Unfortunately, my pictures for this year were not very good. So here are a few more from 2014.
2016 Advent Calendar
Today, we are going about an hour and a half west of Austin, to Johnson City.
This city of 1,656 inhabitants, according to the 2010 census, is the hometown of former President Lyndon Johnson. When Christmas comes, this little city turns into a wonderland of Christmas lights, to the delight of children and adults!
2016 Advent Calendar
Everything is bigger in Texas. We’re pretty serious about that. And the Four Seasons Downtown Austin got the message.
The hotel has unveiled its Gingerbread Village, all-edible gingerbread houses representing, this year, children stories and nursery rhymes.
Books, Cupcakes, and Cats Chasing Chipmunks 2016 Advent Calendar
Can you believe that we are already in December? I certainly can’t. The past couple of months have been a little rough on my side (more on this later) and to be honest, I am quite okay with 2016 ending soon. But in the meantime, we’re entering a beautiful season so let’s all falalalala together!
A few years ago, I had created an Advent Calendar when I was in New York City, sharing one Christmas-themed picture each day of the Advent. In memory of the Advent calendars of my childhood, I have decided to do it again this year with Austin. If you’d like to know what Austin looks like at Christmas time, stay tuned!
Today, we are going downtown Austin, on Congress Ave, to admire the window of a super cool store: Wild About Music.
They sell everything Austin, music and… cats. Yes, because one of the best parts of the store, it’s its resident cat. Meet Jeffrey!
I really like this store because it has a real local feel, you can find a lot of gifts to bring back from Austin that are original, and of course, if you love music (and cats), it’s a must see!
Wild About Music
615 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day!
Whether you are traveling to see family, are joining in a Fourth of July party…
…or participating in the reading of the Declaration of Independence, I wish you all a good time.
The few pictures posted in this post were taken during a Fourth of July party I attended two years ago in a small community in Central Texas.
And this is part of my menu for today:
Wishing you all a Happy Fourth of July!
I had planned to write a more elaborate post to end the year, but time is simply missing, so instead of rushing something, I will write what I wanted to write next year now… which actually is just in a couple of days (literally).
I’m flying back to Texas to start the New Year there :-)
I wish you all a very festive New Year’s Eve and an excellent New Year 2016, filled with happiness, health, and what your heart desires!
See you next year!