Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
Chili Cookoff - Terlingua, Texas

Sunday, March 31, 2013

What a long month this has been...

I am so glad March 2013 is almost over and done with.  I don't know why it seemed to last an eternity.     One thing for sure I am glad I made it to Houston and removed that mailbox so those darn kids can go beat up on another one.

Since this blog also doubles as my Cyber Journal needed to document that I finally figured out it was not a hair, a mosquito, a spider, or a cotton ball fiber I was seeing out the corner of my right eye.  My long drive to Houston confirmed that I officially have a "floater" for lack of a better term.

I never thought I would have this so early on when my parents did not develop cataracts till their seventies...but what can I do? ...such is life :-(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Saturday

Got up very early (for me) as mother tends to have company drop by on Saturday's and today was not the exception.  We needed to go run a couple of errands and also take dad's old car for its weekly drive.

I did not feel like getting dressed up or putting on make-up so I just threw on something and grabbed my cowboy hat and big sunglasses.  Our first stop was the post office and as I was headed back to the car a guy stopped me and asked if I recognize him?  Before I could answer he told me who he was.

Well of course I did not recognize him he is big and tall now and the last time I saw him was like four or five years ago.  Apparently neither did mother.  His grandfather was a very good friend of my parents and he is the gentlemen that built their house.  I met this kid when he was six years old.

I was going to go to HEB and come back home but curiosity got the best of me and I decided to head out to the area parks to see how many more campers had arrived.  If you look at my posts and pictures from last year, it is evident that there has been a decline.  However, I would not know what to attribute this to.

These were taken at what I think is now called Star Park (don't quote me though) but back in my day was the State Park since it faces Highway 90.














These were taken at San Felipe Lions Park...









This was taken at Moore Park, this was the family that was having a cook-out on Thursday when we drove by but had not yet set up camp.


After satisfying my curiosity went to HEB and as I was waiting to merge with the line to exit the store a guy in a motorcycle waves at me, so I wave back.  Then the motorcycle gets out of line and drives up to us and when he smiles I realize it is Cliff my Del Rio blog reader.  I asked him how he knew it was me?  He said there aren't that many red Ford Fairmont's in Del Rio....jajajajaja :D

I do not think Mr. Ponce's grandson or Cliff would have recognized me if I had been in another vehicle.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

No Early Camping At Area Parks

I was pleasantly surprised that this year the police was keeping a close eye to make sure there was no early camping at the area parks for the Easter Day weekend unlike previous years making it more equitable for all area families to nab a spot as of 10:00 a.m. Friday March 29th.


I drove by three parks along San Felipe Springs and while there were people having cook-outs and perhaps laying an early claim to a spot, none had set up camp.  Perhaps if I bought our local newspaper with all their typos and misspelled words...much like my blog...I would know if they were threatened with a hefty fine because this is highly unusual.



This is my post from last year where you can see all the people that were already there on Thursday afternoon. Here is the link if you care to read it  http://terlinguadreams.blogspot.com/2012/04/early-birds.html

It has been a cloudy and muggy day and while it looked like we might receive some liquid gold, that never materialized.


I want to welcome some new readers to the blog roll.  They are Jose Ramon Santana Vasquez (from Spain),  Ruth McGee and Ray Grassman.  Thank you for reading my blog and please feel free to leave a comment.

The new Stripes has begun what I hate...having a different price for Credit versus a Stripes Card...two thumbs down!!




Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 2013 trip to Houston

When I think back when I lived and worked full time in Houston and drove to Del Rio every other week or sometimes more often after Dad got sick...it still boggles my mind.  I do not know how I did it, perhaps being 15 years younger might have a lot to do with it...all I know is it takes a lot out of me to make the same trip and we are not talking every other week but every other month or sometimes longer :-(

Drove over there on a cloudy day and that is always helpful.  Gasoline prices in San Antonio coming and going were steady.  Prices in Houston were surprisingly higher than in Del Rio if you can believe that!


Ran a lot of errands under the threat of severe storms, pea size hail and menacing skies but none of that materialized to my great relief, at least not in my side of town.

I am happy to report that this time around there was no vandalism to my house.  Here is a picture of the four BB gun pellet shots to my window from the January 2013 trip.


The phone books that are delivered to my house are usually a soggy mess that I have to toss in the garbage by the time I make it home.  I miss my broadband connection (but not Cricket) so I could get phone numbers to local places like the library.


For some reason the Del Rio library no longer carries IRS tax forms and booklets or for that matter any other place in town.  As you know if you have been reading me for a while... I file an extension every year and then forget about it until October... when I then run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get them filed before the October 15th final deadline.


Twelve years ago this was a one story small library and now it is a beautiful two story building.  This is the Barbara Bush Library.  With budget cuts to the Harris County library system the hours of operation have changed.  Having no phone books to speak of in order to call them, I am lucky I made it 15 minutes before they closed.  Happily picked up my copy of Form 4868.

The library is located next door to the Sheriff's department and when I spotted this vehicle it reminded me of Shoeless Joe, one of my blog readers and his PaT.  So John this pictures is for you  :)


It sure has been nice going home and not having to stress about mowing the yard, I do not know why I did not hire someone sooner or I would probably would still be there.

With my memory being what it is... needed to document that this time around I decided to remove my mailbox.  One less thing to have to worry about.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Errand Running

Been running errands non-stop since yesterday.  Hopefully I can squeeze in a trip to Houston before the end of the month.

Have also been having "issues" after I deleted some photos from my memory card and now it wants to copy ALL the pictures not just the ones I selected... that would not be a problem... but it is over 1100 images... :-(

If I ever make it to Houston I hope catch a special and buy me a couple more memory cards.

This morning I was picking up down limbs in order to fill up the trash container.  Mother and I do not generate that much garbage between the two of us to fill up the thing.  Anyhow it started raining hard so I ran to the front of the house since I had left the living room window open...it took me like two minutes because I was in the next lot...well I shouldn't have even ran, it was over by the time I went inside!

Hope some of you  were lucky and got some REAL rain or at least more than 2 minutes worth!

I can not believe I am saying this...but I am sleepy, and I think I am going to call it a night.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Stripes Opens in Del Rio, Texas

Needed to run several errands in town so loaded up mom's mini van and as I went to start it...it was dead...grrrrrrrr!!!  Yes, I know I have been saying I was going to buy a new battery but the mechanic insisted it was still good.  Last time we used it was Tuesday when we went to Mexico.  Folks procrastination  never pays, take it from me :-(


One of my errands involved a trip to the bank where I noticed that the new Stripes was now opened for business.  Asked the teller when it opened and she said today.  Went to check it out.


Gas was going for $3.48 but when I got to the pumps they had lowered it to $3.45.



They have a large eating area inside but when I asked if I could take a picture, they told me I couldn't. They have a lube center something I had never seen at a Stripes before.



I took the following picture exclusively for Billy Bob.  This guy had a long trailer that I could not even fit into the picture so I think "Sally da house" and "that jeep" could fit here.  You can't say I don't look out for you :D


Before Town & Country was bought out by Stripes you could get free air and water in all the pumps.  I hate to have to pay for something like this that should be free.  Since they pissed me off by not letting me take a picture inside, I will get even and tell you all to go to the Exxon by the Lake where air and water are FREE.


The other reason I took the above picture is so you could see how the temperature went from 93 when I arrived at the bank to 95 after I left Stripes.  Another bank up the road had a reading of 96 but I was not fast enough to snap a picture.

If you have been following Walter I have an update http://mylittlewalter.blogspot.com/

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A 94 degree Winter Day

Man it was hot today!  It went from a morning low of 61 up to a very warm 94 degrees this afternoon.  We officially set the heater on OFF today.

Spent my day doing some fine washables, putting away the clothes from my last trip to the laundromat, balancing my checkbook and cleaning up my room.

Right now as I am typing this it is 12:40 a.m. and it is still 70 degrees outside.  I cracked opened a window in the living room and I am getting some nice air circulation as it is 81 degrees inside the house.

Was asked if I bought a cake this time around on our March trip to Mexico.  I most certainly did... however I smashed the cake as I tried to make it fit inside my ice chest and the plastic top broke off and crushed some of the icing and strawberries...but rest assured that that did not affect the taste one bit :D



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

A very warm 92 degree day

On St. Patrick's Day weekend a lot of bikers come into town at the invitation of a local biker chapter. Some of them being my Terlingua friends that I have met at the Chili Cook-off over the years.  Decided I would see if maybe I spotted a few.


This afternoon was rather on the warm side, depending on which weather service you believe they predicted from 90 to 96 degrees.  As we passed IBC Bank it proudly displayed 92 degrees.


Did not spot anyone I might know so thought I would drive by one of their favorite hang outs while in Del Rio...Lorina's Cantina...but alas no one was there...Jeelbare, Sandy, Charlie, Pete the Meat, Wanda, Jeff where are you?

Being so close to the Exxon by the Lake...decided to go air up the spare that has been airless for heaven only knows how long and the price is right....FREE :)

This time I got dad's old car to go up to 65 mph.  We had the windows rolled down and  had a good breeze going on this warm winter afternoon.

Even drove to the main Port of Entry bridge to see if I spotted my biker friends but did not spot a single biker in the line to clear Customs.  If you are in town...send me an e-mail, call me at my Mom's or leave me a message here on the blog.  Would sure love to visit with you before you leave :-)



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Friday, March 15, 2013

March 2013 trip to Ciudad Acuna - Part II

As is customary I had to drive by Exchange Alley (a name I made up) so I could see what the going rate at the local exchange houses were and pick the one that was most favorable.





The Mexican Red Cross was having its annual drive and we were happy to support the cause.




In Mexico the great majority of pharmacies have a license doctor on premises if you have a  minor illness such as a cold, sore throat, minor scrapes etc.etc...you can be quickly seen and a prescription written out if the medication so requires it.  The cost is nominal depending on the pharmacy it can be from $30.00 to $50.00 Mexican Pesos that would be in the neighborhood of $3.00 to $5.00 American Dollars at the very most and assuming an exchange rate of $10.00 pesos to one dollar.  I am lazy I can not do math in my head so here is a rule I hope is helpful...Rule of thumb:  just move the decimal point to the left and you will be in the ball park.

Here is a list of services their in-store doctor provides sorry for the bad angle
but the other one I took was out of focus.

For the reader who asked about the price of Viagra,,,I have no idea what it sells for in Mexico
I got an e-mail asking if Mrs. Crosby's was still open.  For decades this was a very famous destination for American tourists. Unfortunately they had to close its doors when their clientele base the majority American citizens quit coming.


Wanted to take a picture of La Presidencia Municipal (equivalent of our City Hall) without the Christmas tinsel for Trouble (one of my readers) but I am sorry to say that they have not remove it yet :D



A few pictures of the Mexican side of the Dam








Hope you enjoyed your cyber trip to Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico and that you might consider coming to visit one or both sides of these border cities.