Terlingua Dreams

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Chili Cookoff - Terlingua, Texas

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Health Fair that wasn't

Yesterday when I went to the P.O. Box noticed a lot of purple flyer's.  Curiosity got the best of me and was pleasantly surprised that a Health Fair was going to be held at the County facilities close to mother's house. We do not  have many and when we do they are usually held in town (we live in the county) and I end up finding out about them after the fact.

It was going to be held this morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. which is odd in and of itself since it is a weekday and most people are at work.  Mornings do not work for me as I have to help mother get dressed and serve her breakfast, wash dishes, etc. etc. but I made it at 10:30 a.m. only to find that most booths were gone because very few people showed up.

I was hoping to have them check my cholesterol to see if these pills the doctor prescribed are really working. The main thing though was to have them check my glucose level which I am really trying hard to lower as I do not want to become a diabetic.  Guess I will just have to wonder for a little longer or until I have time to go to Mexico for blood work.

We got a reprieve today and only reached 85 degrees (29 Celsius).

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Another Scorcher

While we did not hit the century mark, we tied a record set in 2002...99 degrees (37 Celsius).  I did not even go outside until 7:30 p.m. and that was only because I had to run an errand for my mother.

When I was heading back home, I noticed there weren't that many cars at HEB so decided to stop and pick up a few items I forgot the last time I was here.  You can tell this is Spurs country when the only grocery store in town has an almost vacant parking lot.  Lucky for us we won tonight.

I did not go water the trees till almost midnight.  Apparently a lot of people watched the game as traffic was heavy for a Monday night...especially at that hour.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

A nice warm 100 degree day

I got up early (8:10 a.m.) as I could not sleep any more...it was humid and hot.  We finally turned on the air conditioner and mom put on a sweater (she has a cold) and all was well.  Since I was already up decided an early morning trip to HEB was in order as I have not been able to go to Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila for our monthly grocery run.

Stopped at Stripes to check out their breakfast plates which are only $2.99 daily.  Had been eyeing  a Stripes coffee mug that will actually fit in my car's cup holder as my $1.00 Dollar Tree mug has given all it is going to give.  It sells for $3.99 and the first refill is free.

You might ask yourself "Belinda, I thought you did not like coffee?"  Well it is not that I do not like coffee... it does not like ME.  It makes me jittery, nervous and short tempered but if I do not drink it on trips out of town...I get very sleepy. I happen to be the sole driver in our household and I do not want to wind up killing us both.

Since I was all peppy decided to go to the laundromat and get that chore over with.  It was awfully hot especially since I was driving dad's car (no A/C).  It wasn't until this evening that I learned it had reached 100 degrees (38 Celsius).  Guess we turned that A/C just in the nick of time.

It is past midnight and I am still jittery from the coffee I drank more than 15 hours ago!  See what I mean by coffee not being my friend :-(

As a side note for the readers that prefer to send me e-mails versus leaving a blog comment...I have another change for you.  I do not know what the heck I did to my e-mail account terlinguadreams@outlook.com as I am not able to access it.  Until further notice please use terlinguadreams@gmail.com.  I am sorry for the inconvenience.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Night Sky

Want to welcome Night*Sky to the blog roll.  She is restoring a rare 1970 American Leisure Time Industries Caboose travel trailer and writes about the journey to live in it full time.  You can check out her blog here http://nightskyandprairiewind.blogspot.com/


Thank you for your preference and feel free to comment to your heart's desire :-)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cactus and more Mesquite trees...:-(

It seems cactus and mesquite trees just multiply daily at mom's house.


Mother wants this big old cactus gone...any takers?

Free to a good home or even a bad one :D


I am guilty of watering the cactus below.  It opens up a bright yellow in the morning and by the afternoon it changes color...at night, the flower closes back up.



Hope it wasn't as hot where you were at today.  We had a high of 97 degrees, that translates to 36 degrees Celsius.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Summer time temperatures

Summer time temperatures have me going nuts.  However, both yesterday and today had to go into town. Yesterday I drove dad's car...today forget it...I drove the one with air conditioning.


DEL RIO, TX
Weather Updated: Apr 24 8:06AM CDT
Thu
Apr 24
Partly Cloudy
Hi 
97º
Lo 
65º
CHANCE
OF PRECIP

0%
Fri
Apr 25
Partly Cloudy
Hi 
94º
Lo 
71º
CHANCE
OF PRECIP

0%
Sat
Apr 26
Isolated T-Storms
Hi 
95º
Lo 
69º
CHANCE
OF PRECIP

30%
Sun
Apr 27
Partly Cloudy
Hi 
96º
Lo 
67º
CHANCE
OF PRECIP

0%
Mon
Apr 28
Sunny
Hi 
96º
Lo 
63º
CHANCE
OF PRECIP

0%
Tue
Apr 29
Sunny
Hi 
92º
Lo 
58º
CHANCE
OF PRECIP

0%

Last night I was going to make a post but realized I had left my camera in the car and today heaven only knows where it is at.  When I locate it, I will update this post with pictures and current gas prices for my European readers.  Going price for unleaded gasoline...



Remember I had mentioned how much I liked coffee smoothies?  Well the darn machine froze over so I could not buy the Mocha one and had to settle for Vanilla...not bad and in this heat it sure went down good.


Tonight I watched the Spurs play against the Dallas Mavericks and it was not a pretty game.  If we keep on playing like this, we are going home in the first round of the playoffs.  I should of watched my Brazilian soap opera instead...a lot more exciting!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014 at area parks

Friday before heading to Lake Amistad decided to swing by the area parks and see how many people were already there.  I read last year they had enforced the no camping until Friday at 10:00 a.m. rule which is good because it gives others an equal chance to nab a prime spot.  This year it appears the same enforcement took place.

Sure beats a tent

Pictures at San Felipe Lions Park




 Moore Park



State Park








This year I noticed more port-a-potties, the suppliers are the same people that provide the service during the Terlingua Chili Cook-off . I believe the mother runs the Del Rio business and her daughter runs the Alpine, Texas branch.


Last night we finally got a good shower so hopefully the wet grass wont ruin it for the adults because when you are a kid rain events do not matter.  These pictures were taken Friday so I am sure more people set up camp after they got off work and on the weekend.  Since I knew I would not be able to come back...I took the pictures then.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A drive to Lake Amistad

It occurred to me that the last time I went to the lake and to the various campgrounds was back in November 2013 when I came back from Terlingua and almost ran off with Billy Bob...remember?  If you don't you can read about it here http://terlinguadreams.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-am-running-off-with-billy-bob.html

Yesterday I was curious to see how many people had come down for the Easter weekend so asked mother to come with me...she rolled her eyes and reluctantly came along.  Decided to check out Diablo East Marina first and the parking lot was pretty full with license plates from various states as well as Mexico.  Even a Border Patrol boat was in the water...pretty neat gig I would say.

For those new to blogging you can click on almost any blogs pictures (with a few exceptions) and the images will be enlarged.

Border Patrol

Idaho 

State of Chihuahua in Mexico

New Mexico
Next stop was my favorite campground at Amistad...Governors Landing.  As I was waiting to cross Highway 90 West I could see a truck heading east going at a very high rate of speed.  I don't know how he managed to turn at that speed as he was also hauling a big trailer and a boat.  I thought that was against the law in Texas.  Was even more surprised that he turned to go to Governors Landing as there is no way he was going to be able to fit all three things in the small campsites.

These cute dogs did not even bark at me.
I was sure glad this following campground did not have a car parked in front of it...as the speeding truck almost ran into me head-on but I was able to pull in here.  A Park Ranger vehicle then came up behind me and stopped them.


Went down to the picnic area but not too many people were here.  Saw a couple carrying their fishing gear and walk to the shoreline where more people were fishing.

Mexican State of Nuevo Leon

The lake levels looked low but it must be deep enough as there were a lot of boats out there.






 Many of the cactus were already in bloom.



Why is it that my mother dozes off but when I turn into San Pedro Campground she wakes up?  She absolutely hates this place!

Billy Bob tree
Barney of Old Fat Man Adventure Fame http://ofmadventures.blogspot.com/  was here a couple of weeks back and wrote of how dry everything was...hardly no shrubbery...he wasn't lying.  Only thing you see green is the darn mesquite trees...even the Billy Bob tree was looking sad.

Mesquite tree

There were only two places taken, the first one at the entrance by two tent campers and the second by the guy that I almost ran into head-on back at Governors Landing.  He did not seem to be in a good mood and was yelling either at his wife or maybe it was his daughter. In the Billy Bob picture you can see his camp in the background.


For Barney and Ed that have stayed at Broken Mill RV Park in the past...the place was full.  Either the Winter Texans have not left yet or a lot of people came down for Easter...or possibly both.





If you are interested in coming to Lake Amistad you will find plenty of room at San Pedro Campground...just stay away from the speeding guy.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.