There is no update on the Bobcat Lair this week. We realize you’re very disappointed. But, once again you can blame the bureaucracy in Austin for a project delay! We had to turn the power off, to install new electric meters and finish the electrical upgrades to bring the house to code. Then we had to wait to have it inspected. The good news is that it passed inspection. But, the electric utility folks took their time turning the power back on, so we lost a week of work. Oh well, what’s another week, right? Oh, wait, all our things are racking up storage fees while we wait for the house to be finished. Grr.
To make up for a lack of progress, here are some of the cardinal flowers that are blooming near the house. The landscaping in the neighborhood leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least. It looks like it’s mostly the original plantings, faithfully maintained by a landscaping company, but not improved on (note that the house is not a condominium, but the neighborhood home owners pay a fee to maintain the grounds and pool). In the photo of the Bobcat house at right, you can see one sad shrub. It has a couple of friends, all that remains of what once was a photinia hedge around the edge that faces the main street. The hedge was not trimmed properly, and when plants died, they just pulled them up. What to do, when the homeowner association maintains the yard, not you?