In July, I flew to Austin, Texas for Melanie’s birthday! I also wanted to meet Mudskipper, the capybara who doesn’t like water.
Mudskipper is about 6 months old and thinks he is a cat. He doesn’t like to swim and loves cat food. His cat isn’t allowed outside and so he pines by the window instead of grazing, swimming, or destroying the garden, the favorite hobbies of many capybaras.
We went out to the big town of Buda to plan Melanie’s party, drink beer, and listen to music, not necessarily in that order.
I stayed with Coral, Melanie’s daughter.
Melanie’s friend Carol flew in from Southern California. She stayed at
Mudskipper’s Melanie’s house.
Turn around so we can see that cute nose!
Coral has a brand new house near Melanie’s. It is both big and beautiful!
It has interior details like a round vestibule and stone arches.
The party planning continued for days on end. Carol and I shopped and shopped and then shopped again.
Coral has a great party house. Too bad I didn’t get any actual party pictures.
I don’t have quite enough to do, so I am putting together a little landscape plan for Coral’s back yard.
So far all I have created is a basic plant list and a rough concept sketch. I’ll spiff the sketch up a bit, finish the plant list, and throw some labels on it . . . in September. Landscaping is expensive, and the best time to plant is fall, so there’s no rush. Still, it’s fun to have a plan.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .
Skip doesn’t like water much, but he does love his kitty. He is 100% capybara, though, and eventually his love of water will prevail.
I understand that since this trip, Muddy is already starting to appreciate his wading pools.
On the way home, I adopted some pets at the airport.
I’ve already lost one. Responsible Pet Ownership