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!