When I'm not off roleplaying, I've been keeping pretty busy lately in the yard with Lana. Last year we attempted to plant a garden but we really just weren't prepared for numerous things. This time around we planned. We drew out a flower bed, constructed it, then decided we needed another. I dug out last year's Ghetto Greenhouses and started planting seeds. We weeded, tilled, sweated, and even painted and planted the fiberglass ball pots I made. I have to admit, I absolutely love it. I get to plan stuff like flowerbeds, fiberglass plant containers, concrete pots, play in the dirt and watch stuff come to fruition. To make it even better, it's become something of a family activity.
The weather is starting to warm up and I have to say I'm looking forward to sweating it out this year. I foresee lots of trips to the Houston Garden Center, Maas Nursery and Lowe's. It hits that sweet spot the same way trips to Office Depot and Nan's Games and Comics does. For those really hot days there's always a pit stop at the local Snow Cone Shop to help us cool down.
For those that don't know, I loooove snow cones but I am picky. They have to have real shaved ice. No exceptions. I remember on the weekends as a kid, when my dad was stationed in Hawaii, we'd pack up in the car and drive out to the beach. I loved playing in the sand, boogie boarding and snorkeling, but I always looked forward to the drive home. We always stopped at this little snow cone shop on the way home. It was just a little shack on the side of the road but they served real shaved ice and they'd even put a scoop of ice cream at the bottom. It was heavenly. I've never forgotten those salt-water sweaty evenings covered in sand, eating a snow cone. I remember wearing my brand new Gremlins hat, basking the glory of an awesome day with my family.
Since then, I'm always on the hunt for a good snow cone shop. I even went so far as to get my very first job at a snow cone shop, The Flamingo Chill. I hadn't been back in years but I hear Oscar, the guy who owns the place, is doing pretty damn good for himself. I worked their the first few years they were in business and remember the place fondly. I had a great boss, he paid me more than well, and I could have almost all the free snow cones I could want. I even remember talking him into selling his snow cones with a scoop of ice cream at the bottom. I do believe it was one of the first places in Houston, if not the first place, to offer that. Anyway, it's a great place run by good people you'd be proud to call friends.
So if you're ever there, ask for Oscar and tell him Alex said hi and thanks for everything. :D
Now I want a snow cone. Grab me a tamarindo with picosito while your there, will ya?
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