F I S H I N G

Today my husband took me fishing. This is our second fishing adventure. The first time I ever went fishing was with him on our anniversary in Banff, in my home province of Alberta. That was quite the adventure, we were up in the Rocky Mountains fishing in a National park and we didn’t catch anything. Today we went to Marble Falls just outside Austin, Texas and didn’t catch anything. But it was so much fun. We got our gear ready and stopped at the local Riverside Grille for some local eats. I had the catfish and enjoyed the sides of fries and mash more than the entree itself. But still a cool location in that the original structure was a textile mill making surgical gauze and other cotton goods.

We got some live bait from the local Thomas Bait shoppe and set out for a good spot. The funniest part of fishing I find is the casting and reeling. I couldn’t stand the site of the worms so I didn’t use the live bait. My husband got me a crappie magic tackle piece. Apparently there’s a fish called crappie out there! I thought that was hilarious!

So my crappie fish and I set out to catch some non-crapy fish but after three hours we were not successful.

On the plus side, I got my workout in! I set my fishing rod down while waiting for the fish and completed day three of @zalibhai 6 week challenge. I didn’t have weights with me so i improvised with some stones and did the best I could! It was awesome. The cold wind made my heart rate rise more and kind of doubled he workout!

Overall, it was a fun adventure and a nice way to spend Valentines weekend.

M U E L L E R

Sunday January 7th 2018, was a wonderfully fun day spent at Mueller Lake Park, Austin. My husband Daunish and I went to the Texas Farmers Market where we are almost regulars. I love farmers markets, there’s a lovely one in Edmonton, Alberta, called the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market where I used to go often. This was a sheltered market as the weather in Edmonton is a bit more unpredictable than here in Austin. You can expect all kinds of weather all within the same day, sleet, snow, rain, sunshine. You name it, it’s happened!

The Texas Farmers Market at Mueller is a long stretch of tented stalls selling a wide range of items from freshly baked breads, fresh farm produce, meats, and eggs, to organic lavender creams and homemade soaps. My favorite stands are the produce ones, where I gain inspiration for healthy meals to cook for the week. This time I came home with fresh turnip, beets, and heirloom carrots. I’m planning on making my grandmas recipe for a delicious East Indian dish of shaljam ghosht, meaning Turnips and beef, as well as using the beets and carrots in side salads for the week.

After the market we had a delicious brunch at Halcyon where Daunish had the Big “D” Benedict and I enjoyed the Veggie Monster egg skillet. Halcyon is a really fun place to have a meal or just grab a coffee. They have started to come out with small pastries such as mini banana breads and assorted muffins. They have a vibrant self seating system where you can sit at one of their shared spaces or at a table in the back. I used their space when I was studying for the NCLEX. I require a lot of natural light to keep me awake and alert, and of course the constant smell of coffee helps! This, Halcyon is a go-to location for me and now Daunish too!