Views of the Neighborhood – Potpourri

Since not much is happening in Lakeway this week, I thought we would just take a bike ride and check up on a few things. I’ve still ordered catering from Dee Dee’s Thai food truck in Austin. Our entertainment is Allman Brothers.

Menu

Pad KaPow – Spicy stir-fried pork sauteed in our homemade chili paste, with fried Thai basil & fried egg. Comes on jasmine rice, a side of chili fish sauce, “pik nam pla,” & sliced cucumber.

Laab Moo – VERY SPICY!! North-eastern style minced pork cooked in our slow roasted herbal chili rice powder, Thai herbs, mint, lime, onion & cilantro. Served with sticky rice & sliced cucumber.

Om Gai (Stew) – Spicy rustic herbal chicken in our homemade chili-paste broth, with dill, lemongrass, spring onion & Thai basil. Served with sticky rice.

Tofu Stir-fry – Tofu, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms. Stir-fried in our homemade chili paste, Northern Thai sauces & spices.

Som Tom (Papaya Salad – Original) – Fresh green papaya salad bashed to order with cherry tomatoes, green beans, Thai chilis & peanuts in our tamarind fish sauce. Served with sticky rice.

Isaan Som Tom (Fermented Pungent Papaya Salad) – VERY SPICY! Pungent, funky papaya salad with our house fermented fish sauce & salted crab shell (“Puu Plaa Raa”) with Thai chilis bashed to order. Served with sticky rice.

Moo Ping – Single order is snack size with two sweet & savory pork skewers, marinated in our special sauce for 48 hours. Served with a small side of sticky rice & tamarind-based dipping sauce. Eat with your hands! To make it meal size, double the order!

Pickled Salad – Light and refreshing vegetable side dish. 8oz container.

Mango & Sticky Rice – Mildly sweet Thai dessert. Sticky rice massaged & soaked in coconut milk overnight w/ sliced ripe mango and a coconut milk drizzle on top.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the post today, Michael.

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  1. It’s so wonderful to see living with nature, John! I can’t imagine that this is so harmonious, because here in the rural area our citizens are already annoyed by a few wild pigeons. Now you even have freely available weapons. highest respect! Thank you for these beautiful impressions. I wish you a nice Sunday! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you Michael. We don’t like pigeons either. 😁

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  2. Sorry I was peddling so far behind. I must have eaten too much of the Mango & Sticky Rice! You found some great photos, John. I do prefer the untrimmed Texas Sage. I envy you living with the deer, but if we had them here, they’d just get run over!

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    1. s you can see we have to be careful. Still some get hit which is a shame. Thanks, GP

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  3. Love the photos, John. Texas sage and Mexican bird of paradise are among my favorite flowering plants.

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    1. Mine too, Joan. Thanks and have a super Sunday.

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  4. Great tour today, John. I’d like to see some deer around our neighborhood. The only time I see them is when they run in front of my car on my early morning commute to work. Wishing you a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. That is not the best way for deer to behave. Our deer at least understand the danger and tend to wait until a car passes. I hope you have a peaceful Sunday, Jill

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Lovely tour, John. In Branson, deer were often in our yard, and I miss them. In our new location in the high desert, there are herds of Pronghorn. They look like deer and have a similar grace. What would we do without the natural world to bring us into awe? Happy Sunday to you! 😊

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    1. You are so right, Gwen. Happy Sunday to yu as well. 😊

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  6. Lovely photos, John. We have a lot of deer here in our neighborhood and a few bobcats, too. 😳 That Texas Sage is stunning, especially untrimmed….

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    1. I’d love to have a bobcat here. Thanks, Lori

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  7. The first Texas Sage bush looks kind of like a skull or some kind of monster head. Even nature is preparing for Halloween.

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  8. The deer are clear to see.
    They seem to have taken over the neighbourhood already. πŸ™‚

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    1. They have been here forever. We live with them.

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  9. I love your late summer blooms and fawns! Thank you for the spin around the neighborhood.

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    1. My pleasure, Liz. Thanks for coming along.

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      1. You’re welcome, John!

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  10. Wonderful views of the neighborhood. Glad the heat isn’t keeping you inside there.

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    1. No. I ride no matter what.

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  11. That was a lovely lunch and ride, thank you. I’ll take the untrimmed. I love nature when it is left to go wild πŸ™‚ Excellent song choice, as well!
    Happy Sunday, John!

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  12. Mmm, tofu stir-fry. Delicious. What a nice tour to go with it! Ramblin’ Man brings back so many memories!

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    1. Many for me too, Noelle.

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  13. I wish people would drive with regard to the deer here.

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    1. Your country roads just invite deer disasters. You would think more would be worried about the damage to cars. of course, a pick-up with brush guards has no such worry.

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      1. Of course, it’s all the roads through the wide open country here, but I was especially thinking of Lower Crabapple Road directly at our house. A lot of people come racing downhill and the do not slow down at the city limits.
        As to brush guards: we have one on our truck too, because one cannot always avoid hitting a deer.

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  14. Such a lovely neighbourhood for you and the deer. I must admit, I prefer the untrimmed bushes better. Thai food and the Allman Brothers, life can’t get any better.

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  15. John,
    Thirty feet off our deck is the forest preserve here in β€œCrook” County. We see a lot of deer mostly in the winter when the leaves are off the trees. Lots of coyotes too – everywhere. In my driveway in the street, etc. Wild turkeys come in too and walk around. Our pond brings in many ducks, Canadian geese and even herons. We enjoy them all
    Glad the rain brought out some flowers.

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    1. Thanks Tom. Those preserves are a good thing.

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  16. It was so fun to see all those deer enjoying the neighborhood lawns, John. I love that. And the untrimmed Texas Sage is glorious. Thanks for the bike tour and the wonderful sights. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Diana

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  17. Lovely views of your neighborhood, John! A little rain helps all the plants, especially the sage. I prefer them untrimmed. I had a little trouble keeping up with you as I walked. Afraid couldn’t manage a bike, it has been too long. I might run into a deer or a mailbox And I love the monster house. Have a good week.

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    1. I should have offered a ride on my handlebars. Oh wait, that would be twice the danger. Thanks, Jo 😁

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  18. Lovely pictures of flowers, John

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    1. Thank you, Robbie.

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  19. Another lovely view of the neighborhood, John. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Nice to change things up and take a bike ride (probably better for the environment than bus fumes, too!) I love the Texas sage … and the vinca and the crepe myrtle! I think it’s a bit early for Halloween decorations, but I’ve spotted a few homes here with a similar urgency to rush the holiday. At least it’s not Christmas decorations, right? Lovely tour — thanks for letting me tag along!

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    1. Always happy to have you, Debbie. The bus is all electric so no fumes. I love all the plants too. Yes it is too early. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  21. MY KNEE! I fell off my bike and scraped it.
    What else is new? Hope it scabs up quickly.
    I’m a bit shy of Thai, although the tofu without sauce and spice sounds good.
    Wish we had deer, here.. you know in the hood.
    Good news, the mice are all gone. HπŸ™„wever, there is a bit of a πŸ€ issue in the back yard and alley. πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«
    Apparently the πŸ€ issue is a big deal in TO right now. They have mushroomed as a leftover effect of Covid. Prolific construction of high rises and digging up roads has uprooted their homes. Outdoor restaurants have attracted them and they have dug new homes in those communities. I am surrounded by restaurants where I live, at least 12 within 1 block either way.
    πŸ‚πŸ‚ (now #3.) Geez, I hope that rat doesn’t work it’s way up!

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    1. The rat seems to a place in your emoji network. Good to see the ox rise in popularity. Sorry about your knee. That is not a fun thing to do. I hope it heals quickly. If I were there I’d put a Sponge Bob band-aid on it. That will cure anything. πŸ€— πŸ‚ 🩹

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      1. Damn rat. I used the word. If I use the emoji, it will climb the ladder of success!
        Thanks for the Sponge Bob job, John! πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹ that should put it up higher!

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      2. Always up for a Sponge Bob Job, Resa.

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      3. Hehehe! You devil! xo

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      4. Yeah! Tasmanian style!

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      5. indeed. Gold old Tas. Twiggy’s bad dog name is Tasmanian Devil

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      6. Yes see there is a connection

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  22. Hi John, the untrimmed sage looks a lot better. That’s like forsythia – always looks better if you just let it grow. Thanks for sharing these colorful pictures – a great day for a bike ride πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree, Barbara. Thanks.

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  23. I Love, Love, Love all the deer!!! I much prefer the untrimmed Texas sage to the trimmed one … I am not a fan of British flower gardens where everything is trimmed and in perfect rows, much preferring the natural look! Fun bikeabout through the neighborhood, John! Thanks! (P.S. Thai food and my ulcer are not compatible, so I brought my own egg sandwich with me this time)

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    1. I like the natural look too. An ulcer is not a fun thing. Best wishes on that.

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  24. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Looks like a pleasant outing. One of my good friends lost his mom this week. She lived a full and adventurous life for 93 years. I just read a piece from her a few days ago in the senior news about a biking trip she made with a girlfriend (they were young women at the time) from Portland to San Francisco on a one-speed bike.

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    1. Sounds like a great adventure. Mine is a one speed cruiser. Hills are tough.

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  25. Love that Texas sage – so pretty. There’s a house around here that starts early with a Halloween countdown in July. They never really take down all the decorations, but I sure love how it looks. I should take a pic to post on my blog.

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    1. You should. It would be fun to see.

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  26. Nice, John! So many deer! Sometimes it’s good to just ramble and take in the beauty. πŸ™‚

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    1. That is true, Tim. Thanks.

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  27. How do people feel about the wandering deer John? Just wondered if they tend to snack on all of those beautiful plants?

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    1. Most people plant things the deer don’t like and it works. Everyone loves the deer. Thanks, Lynn

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  28. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Fun bike ride. Gorgeous flowers and I never tire of seeing deer. Got me in the mood to pull out the Halloween decorations, never too early πŸ™‚

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    1. I wonder why that is about Halloween

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  29. It looks like it was a lovely ride through the neighborhood! The Deer are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Deborah

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  30. Ooo…I want the Mexican birds of paradise. I trim my bushes, but after seeing the blooms on the untrimmed, I might rethink.

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    1. Yes let them go

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  31. Wonderful stroll, dear John! Thank you! A curious man will always find curious things around. The world changes every day. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes curious is the way to go. ( at least for me) Thanks, Maria.

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      1. ☺☺☺🍻🍀🍀🍀 Movement is our life! Indeed, dear John!

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      2. I would say movement, beer and shrimps. 🀣

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      3. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Three main stones of life, dear John!

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      4. Ha ha ha. 😁

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  32. Wait! Where’s the Pad Thai? You left me with only sticky rice and iced tea, lol πŸ™‚

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    1. There is a Pad Thai equivalent. Sticky rice is delicious.

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      1. Lol πŸ™‚

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      2. 😊 Of course, this one will burn your mouth out

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      3. Oh no! Lol πŸ™‚

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  33. The Monster Mash, the fantastic grub, the Texas sage, the Mexican birds of paradise and the deer. AND the Allman Brothers.

    Who could ask for anything more?

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    1. It is all there, Pilgrim. 😁

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      1. You are the master event organizer.

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      2. Why do I hear calliope music?

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    1. Thank you for sharing

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