Friday, June 27, 2008

QUICK DRIP: Honor in tomatoes

An "honor system" self-serve produce stand has been set up outside the "coming soon" Main Street Deli.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Would that make us 6(a)?

Austin just made another top 10 list. This time it's Kiplinger's "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play". Austin makes the list at #6.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gateway to the New York Times #1 Vacation Destination

Earlier this month the New York Times listed their top"31 Places to Go This Summer". The #1 spot? The Texas Hill Country:

Who needs Europe? The Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France. Moreover, the region is speckled with 22 wineries ( that buzz with food and music festivals year round. And towns like Fredericksburg offer a taste of the Old World, with German-style biergartens and schnitzelhäuser."

We're already living #1, but if you're interested in the remaining 30, read the complete article here.

QUICK DRIP: Orgeron's For Sale?

The listing didn't identify Orgeron's by name, but we'd know those purple walls anywhere. Spotted on Craigslist:

Monday, June 16, 2008

Roadside Dog Sales

Yesterday, in the 100 degree heat, as we passed the newly scraped lot at 290 and RR 12 (future location of Walgreens), we saw a truck parked in the lot with a pen of “AKC” puppies for sale.

If “AKC” evokes words like “quality” and “prestige”, just keep in mind that registered, professional breeders probably aren’t camped out on a scraped lot on a scorching hot Sunday afternoon.

Our neighbors to the north including Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Austin have all enacted ordinances forbidding this very type of “roadside” sales of dogs to help reduce the number of animals adopted on a whim that later end up at the shelter after an owner reconsiders. The ban also seeks to reduce problems with unhealthy animals offered at a roadside sale where there’s little quality control, and it is not uncommon to get a sick animal.

For those who think you need to buy a puppy, please consider adoption from a local rescue group. Sadly, every year millions of dogs are euthanized in shelters around the country. These aren’t old, sick “mutts” who are just being put out of the misery, rather, many are ”AKC” purebreds and adorable little puppies.

If you’re looking for a certain breed of dog, go to and enter your zip code. Search results will direct you to information on dogs in animal shelters in and around Dripping Springs or wherever you live. You can also narrow down your search results based on size, age, and gender. You can find exactly the kind of dog you’re looking, and you’ll be saving a life.

As an additional note: For those of you who will only consider puppies, please open your mind to older dogs -- they sleep through the night! And for those who will only consider purebreds -- mixed breeds typically have fewer health problems brought on by years of purebred inbreeding.

Photo: The dog in the photo, a healthy, sweet chihuahua-terrier mix was rescued less than 24 hours before she was to be euthanized at a local pound.

Friday, June 13, 2008

QUICK DRIP: Gone Tamale? Rosie's Building For Sale

The Rosie's Tamale House site on RR 12 is for sale.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Burn Ban + Fireworks Ban In Effect

Hays County (that means Dripping Springs) is currently under a burn ban and the sale and use of aerial forworks is also banned. In short, you can't burn your trash and trees and you can't shoot fireworks into the air. Anyone witnessing a burn or fireworks being set off should report it immediately. A few sparkles in the sky is not worth the risk of your house or your neighbors' houses burning down. Violation of the fireworks ban is a Class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

When to Water

Driving through some of the local subdivisions yesterday, we were saddened to see lawns being watered with sprinkler systems in the middle of the day (in particular, we're looking at you house for sale by Amelia Bullock in Belterra that was also watering the street at 2:00 in the afternoon). This is such an irresponsible waste of water. Not only is it environmentally foolish, you're also not doing your lawn any favors by watering in the heat of the day when much of the water is lost to evaporation and when the winds are usually kicked up and the water just blows away. The best time to water is early in the morning, just around the time the sun rises. If you have a sprinkler system there really is just no excuse. Even if you can't get yourself out of bed to water, you can set you system to go off early-morning (around 5 or 6am).

Did you ever see Waterworld with Kevin Costner? The one where he has to drink his own urine because we've run out of water? Just saying.

A Funeral for Harrell's

In the event you haven't been at the intersection of RR12 and 290 in the past week, Harrell's Funeral Home is gone (but for a pile of rubble). Also gone is the Exxon next door. A couple of groups of the live oaks have been fenced off, but it looks as though a good lot of them will be taken down for the coming Walgreens.

Don't forget to shop local!