Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy and Lucy Scope the New Neighborhood

We are now at our new home in the Austin area. Lucy and Twiggy are adapting quite well. There are some differences, but I’ll let them explain.

“Lucy. What are all these little crispy things on the ground?”

“Leaves, Little Potato. The trees around here shed in the winter.”

“I thinkย walking on the road is harder than the sand. Where is the sand?”

“We don’t have a beach here, Little One.”

“How come I smell water then?”

“Yeah, I smell it too. Let’s go a little further.”

“Twiggy look. Do you see what I see?”

“I’m still wondering about those bushes I saw move.”

“Look over here, Twiggy.”

“Wow. That is water.”

Twiggy and Lucy

“Do you suppose there is a beach there?”

“I don’t know. Hey Boss. Any beaches around here?”

“We’ll have to explore, Lucy. I really don’t know.”

“Lucy look. A person in a truck.”

“Calm down, Twiggy. You’ve seen them before.”

“Now here is something you haven’t seen before. A yard full of deer.”

“OMG, Lucy. They are huge. Can we chase them?”

“What? And drag the boss behind you. I don’t think so. I’m worried that they are gathered in our side yard.”

“Do they eat dogs?”

“No just plants. I think we should just leave them alone though.

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  1. That was some exploration, John. Where do the deer come from? Is there a big park nearby?

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    1. There is green space all around. The herd is in our yard every morning. Thank you, Suzanne.

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  2. Looks like they have a lot of new experiences ahead of them. How was the move?

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    1. The move went well. The two guys we hired in Port A did not show up, so our neighbors pitched in and loaded the truck. The unload went well except I tore off the side view mirror or the rental truck on a wall on a narrow street. Other than that all was good.

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      1. Sorry about the no-shows and mirror. At least the rest went well. How are the furry ones doing in the new place? Seems they miss the beach.

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  3. A little peek at the new neighborhood! All the best folks!!

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    1. Thank you, GP. Looking good so far.

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  4. All new scents for the Dynamic Duo. Wait until they have to deal with hot pavement. I’m sure they will become neighborhood celebrities.

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    1. OMG. We can’t wait for the hot pavement period. Means a 6:00 AM walk or late late. We have to keep Twiggy off the hardscape since she pulls so much that she grinds her paw nails to nubs. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Looking forward to more of Lucy and Twiggy’s big adventure, John. I hope you’re enjoying your new home.

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    1. We love it. Jill. It is so different from our last one. It is made of concrete and full on contemporary. All one floor is a bonus as well.

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  6. They are on a brand new adventure, replete with leaves, macadam and deer. On that last count, I’m sure they’re going to have plenty to say about their new neighbors in your walks to come.

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    1. And the neighbors will have plenty to say about them too. The deer drive Twiggy up the wall. She is in full attack mode.

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      1. Hahaha! She is a fierce huntress who backs down from nothing and no one.

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      2. True. Thanks, Marc.

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  7. I”m glad the girls are adapting to the new place. A river isn’t the Gulf, but I love watching rivers, maybe the girls will like that. Deer will certainly get their attention.

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    1. Ha haha. Attention is an understatement.

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  8. Do they eat dogs? Ha ha. I love it. Wait until they come across raccoons.

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    1. We need to get them fenced in before they meet up.

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  9. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a fun walk. The pups will love exploring, and with the water so close, they’ll feel at home. Did you bring your golf cart?

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    1. We sold the cart with the house. That water is the Colorado River. Not sure where the access is. Thanks, Gwen

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  10. So many new things for the girls to explore!

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    1. So many. They have an overload going on. Thanks, Teri

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  11. Glad you arrived safely and are settling in. It seems Lucy and Twiggy are going to get to see a lot of new sights! And how nice that they already found water. A nice blend of the new and the familiar.

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    1. They are doing well. Thank you, Staci

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  12. Moving always brings unexpected complications. The dialogue of your pets, of the best. Very entertaining. Now comes the adaptation.

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    1. Thank you, Mac

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  13. Dogs and deer … sounds like a winner. What’s that body of water down at the end of the street?

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    1. Thatโ€™s is the Colorado River, Andrew. Thanks

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  14. Wow! So much more to explore. I hope there’s sand near that water. I had no idea that deer were native to Austin. I hope they don’t destroy your garden, John.

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    1. Not sure about the sand but we will keep looking for a playground

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  15. The new neighborhood looks good with the terrain looking a bit different from the flat beach and deer instead of sea gulls for the girls to chase. I am glad you will have a little water near you. All the best to you in Austin!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. This is Hill Country for sure.

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  16. Real deer? Wow, Lucy and Twiggy are in for a treat. No UPS man can compete with real live deer! And I love that you’ve got water nearby. Glad you’re all adjusting to the new locale, and how cool is it that we get to enjoy it with you?!?

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    1. Aw. Thank you, Debbie. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. Looks like a pretty area!

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    1. It is. The birds are awesome too. Thank you, Becky

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      1. Yes, there are some good things about Texas that I’m still getting to know, after being back here for about 3 years.

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      2. Having lived all over it is one of my favorite places. Thanks, Becky.

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  18. Most definitely new surroundings for the fur babies to adjust to. And deer in the yard!! Wow! Awesome, John!

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    1. Twiggy wants to chase them. Thank you, Jan ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks, Billy Ray. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  19. Totally Cool! ‘Looks’ like a lot of smells – sniffing, rolling, chasing…. a beautiful place!

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly ๐Ÿ˜

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  20. โ€œDo they eat dogs?โ€

    A vital question whenever one ventures into a new environment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. So true, Greg. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  21. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I’m glad you are out exploring the new neighborhood. Looks like a nice place with some nature surrounding you. My dogs do not like it when deer come for a visit either. I look forward to more exploring and hope you are all settled in.

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    1. Thank you, Denise. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. The girls are going to have a lot of exploring to do, and so many stories to tell. I’m already thinking of the water as a bit of a mystery waiting to be discovered ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the photo with the deer. We sometimes have them wander into are yard too, but it’s infrequent enough that it always gives me a start.

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    1. These Deer are here every morning. Real bark-a-thon. Thank you, Mae ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. LOL! I can just imagine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Congrats on the new place, John! This move took me by surprise, but it’s totally logical. And Austin is one cool burg.

    You’ll probably learn to despise those deer though. They’ll devour all your plants and look adorable doing it! ๐ŸฆŒ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ˜ก

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    1. We had tons of deer in Marin when wel lived there. The politics of our new home is similar to Marin too ๐Ÿ˜€

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  24. Congratulations on the move, John. I think your dogs are gonna love it.

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    1. Thanks, Rob. I think so too.

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  25. I laughed at your Marin/Austin connection. I lived in Berkeley for three years, and it was interesting in any number of ways. I’m sure that the girls will do their part to keep Austin weird. That’s a fine looking cenizo bush in the front yard, too — it’s one of my favorites.

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    1. I have to look up a cenizo bush. We have to ID waht we have. There is a mountain laural in the back. I used to love the name Bezerkely. Thanks, Linda.

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      1. The cenizo also is called the barometer bush. It has some unique qualities, which I wrote about here. You’ll love its flowers.

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  26. Looks like a great neighbourhood, John. Lovely to see you all settling in.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie.

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  27. I’m so in my own story of selling and stuff, I am late to the party!
    So the move went well besides the hired guys not showing? What is UP with that?
    The girls have lots to discover so lucky us… we will as well!
    Hope all is well and that you are settling in – and that Twiggy gets used to the deer!

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    1. I think a big tall fence will take care of the deer problem. Thanks, Dale. (You are never late. Just delayed)

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      1. That just might work…
        Right, delayed! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      2. Yup. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  28. John, you & the doggies are having quite an adventure in the new surroundings. Glad the move went well even though the moving men didnโ€™t show up. Enjoy settling in and exploring! ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽถ Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine. ๐Ÿ˜

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  29. The deer are beautiful but will eat your wntire garden. Enjoy your new home John.

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    1. We are fencing in. Thanks, Cheryl.

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  30. Welcome to your new home John and I am sure the girls will settle soon and will have made friends too. At least you have the Colorado on your doorstep….we did some rafting in that direction and this sites shows you where and when and they take dogs too by the look of it…and if you get a little thirsty.. they do brewery and winery tours too….https://atxcursions.com/ Your new home sounds perfect.. hugsxxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit, Sally. I would love to do the river tour. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  31. It’s a beautiful neighborhood, John. Great choice. Don’t work too hard unpacking! Have a satisfying Saturday. Mega hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Teagan. Super Saturday to you.

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  32. Looks like a great neighborhood with plenty of open space, not wall-to-wall condos. I hope the pups will be happy there … and you, too, of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I think we will be happy.

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  33. I just love the way those two talk. โ€œWhat are those crispy things?โ€ Theyโ€™re the best. The neighborhood looks wonderful. Thanks for giving all of us a view. Can Lucy and Twiggy walk along the water?

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    1. We don’t know about walking along the water as yet. We have to check it out.

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      1. Hope itโ€™s a possibility.

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  34. New smells, new smells! Your walks are probably twice as long as I imagine they have to sniff and resniff their new turf ๐Ÿ˜‰ I loved hearing about your new place from their point of view. You know, I thought the deer were fake at first. Now i’m really jealous … I’d love to have deer in my front yard every morning ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. If you like flowers then deer are a curse. We don’t have anything they like in front.

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      1. Iโ€™ve heard that about deer. We have weeds. I would be happy if they ate our weeds ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. See that’s the problem. They hate weeds. Never touch them.

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  35. How wonderful for you to have moved to another lovely neighborhood. I’m glad your fur babies are enjoying their walks and exploring. I have a love/hate relationship with deer. Last year they ate my tulips – bulbs and all. When my sons were growing up we lived in a house that had 4 beautiful and very large pin oaks. The deer would eat all the acorns (a plus since I love barefootin’). Our neighbor called us one evening and told us to look out our front window. There were 25 deer in the front yard crunch-munching on acorns. The rest of the oaks were in the backyard which was surrounded by a 5-foot fence. Those deer just hopped right over. I hope your fence is higher.

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    1. Yes, our fence is will be six feet. We have lived with deer on and off for quite a while. In California we had a beautiful Manzanita tree that a buck used to rub off the antler velvet. One spring he came a rubbing and the rains had undermined the tree. To his surprise and ours the tree fell over never to be the same again.

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      1. Oh, how sad. In our current house, they have decided my flower garden and shrubs are a smorgasbord.

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      2. Of course they have. I hope you didn’t post an All You Can Eat Buffet sign.

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      3. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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