Thursday, August 21, 2008

Green Coffee And The Happy Dance

Daughter Number 2 and I spent a pleasant afternoon yesterday at Starbucks entertaining Baby Loudon and entertaining Starbucks with his squeals and screams (happy ones--he is just learning he has a voice--no volume control). I usually watch him at her house, but we had to evacuate while the realtor showed it.

I am not usually a Starbucks advocate. I don't care for big chain business, and believe in supporting small local businesses. But, I have wanted to visit this particular Starbucks since they opened a year ago because of all the eco-friendly building that went into it. It has two rainwater retention tanks out front and the roof is covered with flats of natural wildflower/grass mix. I saw very little blooming, but I bet it's pretty in the spring. We may not get to see what it looks like in the Fall, as I have read that there are two stores closing in Austin and 56 in Texas, as Starbucks is forced to downsize. This is a picture taken from the upstairs window of Starbucks overlooking the roof of the building.
I am doing the happy dance because it has rained two days this week! The last I looked, the temperature was 86 today! It felt hotter than that because it is so humid, but it is certainly better than one hundred! I'll take it! When I took the pups for their walk tonight, the air was so nice. Not really cool, but pleasant. I felt like I could breath for the first time in months. It felt like Summer 's gripe has been loosened a little. It would be so nice if we were through with the triple digit days for this year. I can tell with the evening sun going down earlier than Fall is coming. Yay!


I finally got a battery for my camera, so hopefully I will be able to start taking pictures again. DH and I are going to Mexico next week, so don't know if I will be able to post before we leave or not. I am wanting to take my camera with me so I can get pictures if I can just remember to do so!





9 comments:

Eve said...

Nice, interesting pic. I am not a starbucks fan either. I hate paying that much for coffee. I'm not cheap but thrifty.
I can't wait to see the pics of Mexico. They are so colorful there.

dreams and decor said...

I'm enjoying reading through your blog, which I found tonight via Nola at Alamo-North! I don't go to Starbucks often, but when I do, I love to get the green tea frappucinno with a little drizzle of raspberry syrup on top--it's awesome! (without the cream on top--too rich!)! We got rain here (Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex) this week, too! My plants are loving it! Patti

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Hello, Dreams and Decor! It is nice to meet you. I checked out your blog, and loved it. I am going to check out the quilting place in Waxahatchie. It also reminds me of a funny story about a cabin we stayed at there!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Eve, I love Latte`s, and especially this time of year, iced. I am like you though--the thought of spending that much money sends my "Thrifty Genes" into spasms! My favorite coffee shop in Austin's is Ruta Maya. I buy their coffee and make it at home--almost as good. I am nervous about going to Mexico. How do you say, "Where is the bathroom"?

Wendy said...

That Starbucks really is leading the way, with a rooftop garden. I think that's neat! I love Starbuck's lattes. Yeah, I know, they are overpriced, but I buy them once in a while for a treat. I like the atmosphere of a coffee place and a bookshop.

You are anticipating the fall weather and I am dreading it. Fall is such a melancholy time of year here in Canada, with flowers dying and leaves falling off the trees and cold, cold, cold. But, I guess I can't change it so...

Have a wonderful time in Mexico! Hope you can take some pics.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Wendy, Weather is so relative, isn't it? We feel about our summers the way you probably feel about your winters! I dread the summer months, and by August, I am just trying to survive until October and the cooler weather comes.

So glad you visited, come back soon!

Rose said...

Wow, I've never seen a rooftop like that before. I love Starbucks coffee, but I don't usually stop there except when I'm in "need" of a special treat. Actually, since McDonald's upgraded their coffee, I'm just as happy with that.
Glad you got some rain and some cooler temperatures. I love fall, as long as it doesn't slip into winter too quickly.
Have a wonderful time in Mexico!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Rose, I thought it was so neat that Starbucks was trying to have a more naturalized impact on the landscape.

I love the whole coffeehouse scene, and have to be careful to limit my treats to myself. :-)

Thanks for the good thoughts on our trip. I am a little nervous with all the warnings we have had concerning this trip. We will be driving to a small town north of Mexico City. The trip will be about 13 hours, and it's not like we are going to be insulated in a tourist area like Cancun. Even so, I am excited about seeing the "real Mexico". I hope to have some good stories to blog about as soon as we get back!

Cheryl said...

I to like to support local businesses but I must say that is my sort of Starbucks....the roof is great, good for insects....

Enjoy your holiday, have a wonderful time