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Checking Out Austin

One of the very few places I have never been is Austin, Texas. I have been to San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Amarillo. For some reason, I haven’t been able to work out a trip to Austin yet and would love to go. In fact, from everything I’ve read about Austin, it sound like the perfect place for me to move and live out my retirement.

I’d like to make a quick trip out there and drive around the area with an Austin real estate broker to show me around. Maybe in September or October before the weather starts to get really cold..

Going to a new city with the idea of moving there is not the same as going there to be a tourist. If you are going to move there, you need to get familiar with the real estate in Austin Texas and get to know the neighborhoods, the shopping centers, the traffic patterns and other quality of life considerations.


Bees are always an issue this time of year. It seems that every time I turn around I’m finding new nests that are being built around the place. When I was a kid I was climbing a tree, a tall one mind you. I was all most to the top when I found myself surrounded by tons of bees that starting stinging me all over. In my panic I couldn’t climb down fast enough and half way down I fell from the tree onto the hard ground. My mother rushed me to the E.R. where I spent hours while they removed the dozens of stingers that they found all over my body.

Needless to say bees, wasps and hornets are not my favorite insects to deal with and I wish that they would cease to keep coming back to my place each and every year. What a pain, literally.


The one thing that I really do not like about this time of the year is the spiders and other critters that start making their way into the house. I even have a professional pest control company send a guy out 4 times a year to spray in and all around the house and I still have numerous spiders invading my space.

From what I understand, spiders are one of the hardest to tackle since they don’t absorb the chemicals that they use through their feet and legs like most of the other bugs that they spray and bait for. Spiders actually have to eat another bug that has been treated. I hate spiders.

spiders in the house

Spiders Invading The House

Favorite Comedy Show

Probably my favorite comedy show is an oldie — Gilligans Island. Featuring a relative unknown cast at the time, the adventures of Gilligan, the skipper Jonas Grumby, millionaire Thurston Howell III, Lovey Howell, Professor Roy Hinckley, movie star Ginger Grant and Kansas farm girl Mary Ann Sommers became great TV back in the 1960’s.

One of the best episodes involved the arrival on the island of a double for Mr. Howell. He had been heard selling off the stocks on the only communication device the castaways had — a portable radio. After washing up on the shore, nobody could tell the original from the fake. He had all of the mannerisms and birthmarks that even Mrs. Howell couldn’t figure out which one was her real husband. It wasn’t until the professor decide to test that handwriting that the imposter ran away from the others, somehow getting off the island.

This was a classic show and while occasionally silly, had a great interaction among the cast. It was also easy to watch since the characters inspired genuine care among the viewers.

NC Furniture

Taking a nice road trip down to North Carolina to take a look at all the wonderful NC Furniture that is so well known for their quality and affordability, was something that we all looked forward to back in the day. I wonder if we had had the Internet back then if we still would have made the trip every couple of years. I’d like to think so since it was always such a big-to-do. And there was certainly more involved then just driving down and back up again. We usually made it a long 3 day weekend, when one would come around for the entire family to take advantage of.

North Carolina is such a beautiful state any time of the year, but the fall is my favorite time to travel that way. The turning leaves and all their fall colors are breathtaking while driving up, down and around the mountains that take us to the various areas that we determined, far in advance, to seek out the glorious pieces of furniture that always made a great impression on us.