Terlingua Dreams

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The extra mile

I have been putting off pulling the plug on Dish TV and Internet. First because of the NBA Finals, then the NBA Summer League and now because my Colombian Series (no longer called telenovela) begins its second season next week.

I tried to make a post two days ago and kept on getting disconnected, what gives?  Being only three days into the new billing cycle I learned that I was already out of data.  I was furious, how can this be?  It is not like I am on my computer all day, I even turned off WiFi on my cell phone. I unplug my modem and router after I turn off my computer or tablet just in case someone hacked my WiFi password which I doubt since I had Dashlane choose one for me and they are very secure.

Called Dish and got a nice young guy who told me that since I do not go online on a daily basis when I do, Windows 10 runs updates in the background that eat up a lot of data. He asked me what I used my computer for and I told him, blogging and e-mails.  He was excited to learn I was a blogger as he was one as well but his blog was in Phillipino. He asked for my blogs name and I gave it to him. He offered to give me 5 GB's. Suspiciously. I asked him on account of what? He replied, just to be nice. Asked him how much it was going to cost me and he said it was free for being a Dish customer. I secretly think as mad as I was, he probably thought I was going to dump Dish right then and there.

Actually, I have no problem getting rid of my Internet service as I can go to the County Library. The problem is my addiction to basketball, foreign soap operas, HGTV and CNN.

Stopped at the local MetroPCS store to inquire about their cell phone plans that will let me use my phone as a hotspot. They are my current cell phone service provider, I am on the $30.00 plan that gives me 1 GB of data. I like them because I am not tied down to a two-year contract...you know how I hate commitments of any type.

The service guy upon learning why I wanted more data offered to give me 2 GB's for the same price but it did not take, the offer had expired. I did thank him for his good intentions. I will mull over if I want to pay $60.00 for 8GB, seems a bit on the high side.  It made my day that two employees were willing to go the extra mile to satisfy a customer. Kudos to both!

I went to Ross to purchase a Universal Tablet Mount so I can clip my tablet to just about any surface, raise it or lower it without having to hold it.  I have seen them online but with the cost of shipping and handling, it was cheaper to purchase it here. I could not believe that I waited 20 minutes in line just to check out. They only had one cashier and a bunch of unhappy customers. The guy in back of me was pretty irate. Had it been any other item, I would have walked out.


The store that sells Betty Boop stuff is close by so paid them a visit.  I found three things I could not live without but.....shhhhhhhh...do not tell my mother.....:D

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am still hot under the collar about the Spurs not matching The Orlando Magic's offer of 20 million for Jonathan Simmons. The guy is great and he is just going to get better. He is my second favorite player after Kawhi Leonard. I wish him the very best and I hope the Spurs do not live to regret it.

This afternoon NBA TV was showing Hardwood Classics that was replaying Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Spurs and Miami Heat.  I guess I am a glutton for punishment as it is a series I will never forget. It took me four years to put it behind me and here it was rearing its ugly head today and like an idiot I watched it!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thunderstorms

I recall the late Ben in Texas saying that weather forecasters had the only profession where you could be wrong most of the time and yet never lose your job over it...how right he was. Yesterday, they said we would be having showers this afternoon but on today's forecast, they revised it to only a 10 percent chance.


Looking up at the sky told me that the probabilities were a lot higher than ten percent. Had to make a mad dash to get my clothes off the clothesline before they got soaked.


Thursday it also rained, I would later read that northern Val Verde County by Comstock and Langtry, Texas received over six inches!  So glad we only had a light shower in the southern part of the county.

I did not do too bad this afternoon, I harvested a little over 100 gallons of liquid gold in my primitive rain catchment system.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.                            

Happy Birthday Linda Lou!!!

Today is the birthday of a very dear and close friend of mine Linda Lou, alias Baby Doll, whom I have also referred to in this blog as my friend the former beauty queen.

We will not go into her numerological age or mine for that matter but our friendship goes back a little more than three decades.  I have often mentioned that I used to be a Disco Duck and that the 70's was my era. When Disco died a little bit of me died alongside with it.

When a chapter in your life closes another opens and sometimes it is even more amazing than the former. It was the 80's and I decided I wanted to get in touch with my Tejano roots. Tejano music like the name alludes was born in Texas and is basically Mexican songs that our parents grew up with but with a new and updated sound.

I met Linda Lou in a unique Tejano night club in Houston, Texas.  I say "unique" because unless someone specifically told you about it, you had no way of knowing of its existence. They did not advertise, it was just word of mouth something different for that time and period. Once you went there, you fell in love and you did not want to share this well-kept secret with anyone except your closest friends.

There were many Tejano venues at the time, some quite large that accommodated some of the better-known bands of the day, like Little Joe y La Familia, Mazz, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, Freddy Fender and so many others. This little club could not afford bands of their caliber, but you often saw the aforementioned relaxing and having a drink for they too wanted to check it out.

While now divorced Linda Lou was in good terms with her ex-husband who was a local high school band director and musician who was often invited to sit in with big name as well as local bands.  He knew them all and by default so did she. So many musicians had crashed on their couch or been to their home after a gig that we usually got into events free of charge.

Sorry to go into so much detail but with my CRS who knows if in the not too distant future I will also forget how I met her!

Going out with her was always an adventure, you never knew who you were going to meet or where you were going to end up at. Often told her that we were creating memories for our golden years at the nursing home.

Linda Lou always did things big.  I remember arriving at her apartment after one of her infamous birthday parties and not finding a single parking space. There were people in the courtyard and on the stairs leading to her apartment, people we did not know. Of course, she had invited them all to her party and the word had gotten around. I told her "You are aware that we do not have enough beer or food to go around?"  I do not remember how that turned out...sometimes it's good to suffer from CRS!

Linda Lou, you know that I would be there celebrating with you if I could. Maybe in five years in what will be your milestone celebration, I can say present and help build those anecdotes.  Have a great birthday Baby Doll!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dollar Tree / Library / San Antonio

I am having a hard time finding anything but the new spiral energy efficient light bulbs even in Mexico. While I like their low watt consumption I have never found that they live up to their supposed longevity ranging from 7 to 11 years. The most I have ever had one last me is two years. It is a shame that I have a bunch of the old fashion ones in Houston that I could sure use here.

Went to Dollar Tree hoping to find some to no avail. While there I noticed an older couple loading their shopping cart with what seemed to be like 20 or more 18 count egg cartons.  Asked the gentlemen if those also sold for a dollar and he replied: " Yes, Sweetheart...you better get you some before they're all gone"...I must admit that put a smile on my face...it has been a long time since someone called me "Sweetheart." I had no idea Dollar Tree sold eggs. I did buy them but only one 18-count carton.

I am so tired of the Val Verde County Library not being finished after more than two years of renovations, at least not on the inside.  The new computers have not been installed and they have no control as they did previously on how long people use them.  I do not have a printer and needed to get directions to the new installations where the former Uvalde doctor and associates have moved to.


The one positive about the library is that it is always nice and cool. It was 98 degrees outside but a refreshing 69 degrees inside.  I almost did not want to leave!


After Googling the directions,  I decided that they were too complicated and I wanted no part of I-10 West or US 87.  My comfort zone is I-410 North going to the Medical Center and I-410 South returning to Del Rio. I inputted the former address as a starting point and got directions that even I could follow without ever having to go the route they wanted me to.  All I had to do was stay on Fredericksburg Road.

Monday morning we left early as I gave myself five hours to allow for traffic or other mishaps. The new facilities are beautiful, the patient drop-off/pick-up area was better than the former site and best of all I did not have to go up four levels to park in a very congested parking garage.  This location has ample parking space and best of all it's free.

Mother was ushered early to get her labs done and we only had an hour wait which in and of itself is amazing for this doctor.  I sometimes whine about long waits but I want to say that in his case, he is well worth the wait or we would not have followed him to San Antonio.  Of all the doctor's my mother has seen over the years this doctor, as well as her Primary Physician (who is not a doctor but a PA), are our favorite.  She hit the jackpot with both.

I was glad to see that gasoline prices are holding steady.  Hondo, Texas had the distinction of having the lowest gas price between Del Rio and San Antonio today at $1.93 per gallon for regular unleaded. I filled up in Uvalde since I like to stop at Stripes at $1.95 a gallon.


On a side note the only place I saw blooming purple sage was in Uvalde, Texas.



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Ciudad Acuña / Machete Freerider

Though I would never recommend going to the beauty shop on a Friday in Ciudad Acuña, mother wanted to have her hair done as she had an event this weekend.  We got a late start to begin with but the beauty shop Gods were looking down on us. We arrived just before the masses descended on our hairdresser's salon.

Met a lot of nice ladies. One had just arrived from Midland, Texas and demanded that her sons take her to Claudia's as it had been six months since she was last here. One young lady was going out for the first time with a guy she liked...oh yeah, date night...how quickly one forgets!

Even though I was last here on June 26th in those eleven days our groceries had dwindled.  I had to buy more rabbit food (lettuce and carrots) serranos, melon, papaya, bananas, yogurt smoothies and sweet bread for my mother.

They had a special on carrot cake at Gutierrez only $20.00 pesos, which is less than $2.00 USD but amazingly I exercised self-control and passed on it.  I forgot to take my camera so I was not able to document the trip or today's exchange rates down Exchange Rate Alley.

I had never been in a store when the electricity goes out so it was a first today, it did not take long for their backup generator to kick in.  When I was checking out they went out again and this time the register froze.  It was a good thing we did not buy a lot of things as they had to check to make sure everything had been scanned.

With the long 4th of July weekend barely behind us, there were no long lines heading in or out of Mexico so I had the opportunity to ask the ICE officer a question on behalf of a fellow reader.

Machete freerider -  You had a good question and I did not want to answer it in the old thread just in case someone else might find the information useful.  With regards to whether you could cross the Texas border using your new enhanced Florida driver's license instead of a passport...the answer is YES, but it must be the "enhanced driver's license".

As to the border feed you had watched online, he stated that ALL persons crossing back into the US from Mexico must have their documents scanned. That includes passcards, passports, enhanced driver's license, green cards or visas. He suggested that perhaps the feed was of Border Patrol checkpoints much like the one coming out of Terlingua in Alpine and that being on US soil you do not have to present your documents unless you are not a US citizen or the officer suspects you are lying about your immigration status.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A complicated day

I had intended to make a blog post last night but we had such a busy and hectic day that I fell asleep watching my nightly telenovela. You know I am tired if I can not stay up for that!

Funny how people give advice but do not follow it, myself included. I have often told people if at all possible to pre-register at the hospital.  This past Friday it was in the three digits and I did not want to go out in it. Wrongly assumed that it being a long holiday weekend there would not be that many people come Monday.  How wrong I was...I should not assume anything!

We were there at 7:45 a.m and the waiting room was already packed. It took over an hour to be called to be registered (there is that darn word again). Lucky for us the Radiology Department only had a one person wait and the procedure did not take very long.

With the cataract surgery and other eye issues she has been experiencing, we had put on hold mother's driver's license renewal. While she no longer drives she has a license for identification purposes. She decided she would just get a regular State of Texas ID.

My goodness, I had no idea how difficult it would be to go from a driver's license to a state I.D. I could understand if it was the other way around. You have to prove that you have been a resident of Texas for at least 30 days, you have to have two government issued I.D.'s which showed her physical address versus the P.O. Box which is our official mailing address. She needed two utility bills in her name and would not take her water bill because it is in Dad's name and he had to sign off on it. I explained to the clerk that he was dead and she has been paying for it all these years!

We had to make two trips to bring back all that is required including her voter registration and US passport. Another problem was that in an effort to control our mail clutter I signed her up for e-billing. The lady clerk did help me with that as I have no idea how to get into the utility website, download the current bill and then e-mail it to DPS from a computer, much less from a cell phone.

The Optometrist office is just down the road from the DPS station, I wanted to see why they had not refilled her prescription. A sign on the door answered my question, they are closed for a week.

It was 100 degrees so decided to treat her to a sundae and me to an iced coffee. The coffee tasted awful so had to buy me an ice cream cone to get the terrible taste out of my mouth. Oh, what a complicated day it was!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Riding around Del Rio

I was curious to see how many people were camping at the Amistad Recreational Area on this long 4th of July weekend, so off we went. The motels we passed on the way appeared full.

The first thing I noticed even before we got to the city limits, was the increased law enforcement presence and it was that way all the way to and from the lake. My first stop was at Diablo East Marina, was disappointed at seeing the low water levels but that did not keep people away, the parking lot was full. It must be fun to have a boat and take it for a spin. Would you believe I have never been on a boat at Lake Amistad?

Headed to my favorite campground Governors Landing and it was almost full, there were only two or three campsites available.  Most tents I saw were the regular nylon ones and with the gusty winds, I bet some will not make it through the weekend.

Governors Landing has a separate area for day use and it was packed to capacity.  I could not even find an available parking space so I could stop and take a couple of pictures.

Decided to head to San Pedro campground to photograph the Billy Bob tree and perhaps get him to leave a comment or at the very least get him to make a blog post...are you listening, Billy Bob? I am sure I am not the only one that misses you :-(


What would be my surprise but to find that the campground was closed!  Don't ask me why...I don't buy the local paper...so I have no idea.


We went to several area parks along San Felipe Creek and people were out in droves.  They were bar-b-qing, swimming, tubing, listening to music and generally having a good time.


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Takata airbag recall

The Takata airbag recall has been in the news for some time and I knew my car was in said recall but it wasn't until last month that I received an official notification from Toyota. I take this very seriously as it has been well documented that several people have died or been severely injured. The propellant in these inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high humidity and fluctuating high temperatures the kind of weather we have in Del Rio.

Last week I made an appointment with the local Toyota dealer to have a new airbag installed on Wednesday. I must say that they tried to pressure me into having other services done at the same time they fixed the recall item. They so wanted me to get an oil change and a tire rotation. Informed them I had not gone over 5,000 miles yet since I had it performed and that was when they had noticed I needed new tires. He looked it up and could not even find that I had bought tires from them a few months back, which I might add was not a pleasant experience. It took them days to get them from San Antonio and I was the one on their back as they would not return my calls. This dealership has gone from mediocre to outright BAD! This is when I miss living in Houston they have multiple Toyota dealerships and they value their customers because they know we have a choice.

I knew I was in for a long wait so I took my tablet to pass the time. Their free WI-FI was not even working so reluctantly used the data on my cell phone.  After an hour the lady in the service department informed me that the connection with Toyota was down so they could not put in the new airbag as it had to be "registered" before they could do so. Where have I heard that word recently?

She had no idea when the connection would be up and running and did not want me to wait.  I replied that I had cleared my calendar in order to have this taken care of.  Told her if the line came back up I would be in the area and could come back, even gave her my cell phone number something I do not like to do. No call back to the cell or to the house not even to re-schedule another appointment. Lousy customer service.

To cheer myself up I went to the discount store that has a lot of Betty Boop items at a fraction of the cost of retail. Found me an overnight bag which I will use when we go to San Antonio as I have to carry a lot of stuff that does not fit in a regular purse. Bought mother a couple of things too so, in the end, I ended up spending more than it would have cost me to get an oil change and tire rotation.


Told mother that if the airbag deployed and killed me, I would leave her a rich woman. Though knowing her, she would never sue them.  I do have a burial fund as I do not want to be cremated and hopefully, my uncle would see to it that my remains are buried at the Terlingua Cemetery.  At least there I would be assured that someone would light a candle for me on November 2nd which is when El Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grocery run to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México

While I have gone to Ciudad Acuña recently, the last real grocery run trip I made was back in March http://terlinguadreams.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-2017-trip-to-ciudad-acuna.html

I like to go on Tuesdays but Monday was the only day available as we have other appointments and commitments this week.On this trip, I headed to the north part of town where they have the larger or newer versions of the stores that are located in what is considered the central or downtown area.

I hit the four main stores...Bodegas Aurrera, Gutierrez, Merco, and Soriana. Took two ice chests and came away with enough groceries for a month. Not being Harvest Tuesday, I did not find any super bargains but the prices were reasonable and half of what it would cost in the USA.  Have to watch the budget after the unexpected cost to replace the A/C.

I have had a bottle of Kahlua for about 10 years and I finally finished it. Trying to keep cool, I have been having ice cream with a shot of Kahlua for dessert, it sure makes for a nice treat. Decided to splurge and purchased another bottle.

$147.00 pesos divided by an exchange rate of  $16.70 equals
$8.80 USD. then add $3.75 for Texas Liquor Tax
and a bottle ends up costing $12.55 USD

Dollar to Peso exchange rates continue to be stable.  Here are today's rates down Exchange Rate Alley:


You will have to click on this photo to enlarge it, as this was the most I could zoom in with my cheap camera...sorry!


I have often been asked if I fill up my car in Mexico, the answer is no. While they are an oil producing country they have to refine their product in American Refineries and is sold as Magnum with the price tag to match. The gasoline that is refined in Mexico is not very good. Mexicans with visas fill up in Del Rio, it's cheaper and they get a better product. Besides, it is sold in liters and the math would be horrible to process in my CRS mind!


I did not head into México until close to one o'clock and there were long lines going to the USA. I was afraid I would have to endure the same fate but by five o'clock those lines had diminished and I only had a two car wait.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Heat / Deceit / Thunderstorms

Summer arrived just a couple of days ago and I am already sick and tired of it.  In the West Texas desert the heat wave starts early, we are lucky to have two or three weeks of Spring and then boom...the temperatures soar. I really should not complain when I know that Arizona, Nevada, and California are having record setting temperatures much higher than Texas.

It is always a challenge to get mother to let me turn on the A/C as she is always cold. The electric bill is larger in the winter than in the summer because she insists on it staying at 80 degrees.  When I finally turned it on, it was apparent there was a problem so I called the service technician.  He did not have very good news for us.  The coil was leaking in three places and it would cost $2,650.00 to replace and 2 to 3 weeks to get it as it had to be ordered from the manufacturer.

Called another company for a second opinion and they gave us an estimate of $2,200.00 and 2 weeks to get the coil. They told me that my unit was not registered with the manufacturer otherwise it would have had a 10-year warranty and not the 5 years it had.  That really made me mad because even though I have selective CRS for some things, I do not for others. I vividly remember going to their office to pay for the unit and the lady giving me the paperwork and telling me "I have already registered your air conditioner with the manufacturer."  I remember it as though it was yesterday because I had no idea you had to do this.

We bought the Goodman to replace the first unit that lasted 30 years of heavy use.  I can not believe we only got six years out of it.  Now the company that installed it said it no longer sold Goodman because they broke down very frequently.  I remember going with it because of the price. A saying my father often quoted came to mind "Lo barato a veces sale caro" alluding to the fact that inexpensive things, in the long run, end up being costlier.

The first company was trying to stir me to a new RUUD unit but when I went online the reviews were terrible and after learning my cheap unit was not even registered after saying otherwise we decided to purchase a new unit from the second company.  I had never been quoted three prices before, cash price, Paypal price, and Discover Card. So much for saving up for my Derksen storage shed :-(

We were under severe thunderstorm warnings yesterday but they did not arrive until 1:00 a.m. so once again I was up making sure water did not get in the house.  We are expecting more rain this evening.

To my delight every day I have gone into town this week, the price of gasoline has gone down by a penny. Today regular gasoline was selling for $1.97 a gallon.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 2017 trip to San Antonio - Updated

Woke up at 5:15 a.m. only to find that mother was already up and about.  In a way, it was good and in another not so great. I had told her I was going to set the alarm for 6:00 a.m. so I could jump in the shower and have time to bring the car around and load it up before waking her up.  In a perfect world, I had planned on leaving by 8:00 a.m. but since my life is far from it, we left at 8:20 a.m. and I did not get to eat breakfast.

My poor mother has been having so many eye issues. Not even when she had her back problems four years ago that required two surgeries did we go to San Angelo as often as we have been going to San Antonio to treat her eyes. This was supposed to be the last visit of her follow-up care after the cataract surgery she had back in February but the doctor wants to see her again in a couple of months.

There is a store in Del Rio that sells discounted Betty Boop stuff but all the larger sizes are the first to go. Have been wanting to stop at one of their San Antonio locations but to exit the freeway during rush hour traffic and then try to get back on has impeded that. Saw that they had a location on Fredericksburg Road close to the Medical Center and against all odds found it! Too bad they only had Extra Small and Small...I do not think I have been that size since I was in Elementary or Junior High...jajajajajaja :D

Not all was lost because, on the way back to South 410, I spotted a Target!!!  I LOVE TARGET!!! It was the Balcones Heights location that I came upon by accident a few years back. However, on that occasion took I-10 West by mistake and ended up close to Welfare, Texas. This time around I did not get lost. Loaded up on paper goods and could barely close the trunk. Think I am good for another six months. I even got a free five dollar store card with my purchase.

Uvalde, Texas once again had the lowest gasoline prices between Del Rio and San Antonio. The Stripes close to Walmart had regular unleaded for $2.03 per gallon. On our way back home Walmart had lowered their price to $2.01 per gallon.


I also stopped at the Derksen Portable building lot when I spotted a neat looking cabin that resembled a house. It had two large rooms and an entry way.  It did not have a price tag but I called the next day and I believe she said it sold for $17,995.00 or close to it...darn this CRS!


This is the back side, it was actually quite large.


May have to call back to verify the price and size.


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


NBA Corner

All I can say is thank God the Finals are over and done with!  I had never dozed off in any Finals games like I did during the first two. I look forward to October when I can once again enjoy seeing my Spurs play.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A good report

Went to see the doctor Tuesday, she was very happy with the results of my labs. I have been off Statins for six months and she wanted to see if I would be able to keep my cholesterol levels down without medication.and I managed to do that.

My glucose levels also went down even though she cut my dosage in half on my last visit. She, therefore, took me off the medication...yeah!!!

I am back down to just taking my blood pressure pill. High blood pressure runs on both sides of my family and I am ok with having to take this medication for the rest of my life.

It has been raining daily and my nerves have been on edge, I do not want a repeat of last week.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


NBA Corner

I can hardly believe the NBA Finals start tomorrow.  I have not decided who I am going to root for, I disliked both equally during the regular season.  However, after the dirty play by ZaZa on Kawhi Leonard, I have come to deeply dislike the Golden State Warriors.

The only bright side is that now I will be able to do what I could not during the regular season or the playoffs and that is to enjoy a nice cold beer :)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Outrageous fees for Lab work

My doctor will not give you your lab orders until almost close to your appointment date. Her staff said this is because most patients tend to lose them so to call a week before. That is exactly what I did last Monday. Had to call them on Tuesday and again on Wednesday before they finally had them ready. I was pretty pissed off because on Wednesdays I buy a lunch plate from this lady that I have mentioned on prior blog posts. I wanted to eat it without it affecting my lab results, in particular, my cholesterol test. So no dice had to save my plate for another day and settle for yet another salad :-(

It is a good thing I went early to Val Verde Regional Medical Center as it takes longer to fill out the paperwork than it does to get your labs done. I was given the bad news that as of January 2017 they no longer offered labs at $40.00 each for people like myself that do not have insurance.

The doctor had never ordered five tests before, I will ask her when I see her but I think her nurse messed up. To make a long story short they came at a cost of $1,197.32 but if I paid using a credit card they would give me a 50 percent discount and it would only cost $598.00 ...she told this to me with a straight face! Are they crazy? Do I look like a millionaire?  Told her I would have to go talk to my doctor because there was no way I could afford this with or without their generous discount.

That is exactly what I did but of course you only get to talk to the staff as she is with patients. They told me I did not have to get the test I was questioning but I needed the other four.  I had already made up my mind to have them done In Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico whether they liked it or not but she was agreeable.

Went home to pick up my passport and off I went on my unplanned trip to Mexico. The price for all five tests was $1,365.00 Mexican Pesos at an exchange rate of $17.00 pesos to one US dollar $80.29.  By crossing the border I saved $517.71 US dollars.

It takes three hours to get the results so decided to treat myself to a trip to the beauty shop. I have been tinkering with the idea of highlighting my hair but chickened out at the end. She did give me some soft subtle ones and I am happy with them. Haircut, dye, style, facial wax and tip came to $500.00 Mexican Pesos for a US dollar equivalent of $29.41. I think I made out like a bandit on both instances.


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bailing water

It got very dark around two o'clock this afternoon, it looked more like 8:00 p.m.  It did not take long for it to start raining cats and dogs. The leak in the kitchen that sprung up last year but had not leaked since started up again.  The fireplace another culprit started leaking as well but we keep two containers in there in case it rains and we are not home.

The thunder and lighting began so I went to my room to watch TV knowing fully well that the signal would go out anytime. I barely slept last night and I got up early this morning, so decided to take a nap. Just then a bolt of lightning hit and the rain came down even harder. Decided to go check the leaks and then went to what was originally a reading room for my father but that since his passing has become a catch all room.

All of a sudden I see water on the floor, lots of water but this room has never had a leak and I do not see one in the ceiling.  Then I see that the water is coming in through the window.  I panicked trying to think what exactly I had in the boxes that were getting wet.  Where are the towels? Oh yeah, they are in the trunk of my car in the garage. I then accidentally tripped over a bag of horse pine pellets I had forgotten I had. If you are not familiar with horse pine pellets it is used to make the chore of cleaning stables easier.  I truly believe my dad had a hand in me stumbling into it. I spread it around and the water was easily absorbed.

I went outside and started bailing water to keep additional water from coming in. The rain was cold so I came inside threw on a heavy sweatshirt and put on my rubber boots. I was soaked from head to toe when I finished but felt a sense of accomplishment to have adverted a tragedy, well at least a tragedy in my book.

Three hours later it began to rain again!  The windows are almost floor to ceiling and this had never happened before. Tomorrow I am going to buy some sand and some more horse pine pellets. It is almost 2:00 a.m. but I am afraid to go to sleep.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Spurs Corner

Who would have thought that the second oldest player in the NBA, Manu Ginobili would be the highest scoring Spurs in Game 3?  I love you Manu, I have finally come to terms with Game 6 and 7 of the 2013 Finals.

If our luck was not bad enough we lose another player in David Lee :-(


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Where does the time go?

I can not believe we are 16 days into the month. Where does the time go?  There was no way I was going to go either to a grocery or a big box store this past weekend so went today.  We were practically out of everything since I have not had a chance to go shopping to Ciudad Acuna.

Went to Walmart and loved that they hardly had a crowd. I guess most people spent a pretty penny on mother's day presents this past weekend. They had a mark down on flowers to clear them out. A dozen roses were going for $2.00 and $3.00 certainly not what they originally sold for.

The last time I turned the car A/C it seemed to be in need of freon but today it worked just fine. Hope it was just a fluke.


Spurs Corner

What can I say?  I am disgusted and appalled at the dirty play by Zaza Pachulia but not surprised. He is a dirty player and has a history of trying to injure other players in the league.  Last year when he played for the Dallas Mavericks he was trying to take Kawhi down by forcefully pulling on his arm which could have dislocated or broken it.

I am glad Kawhi is going to get a chance to rest until Game 3 but this certainly changes the dynamics of this series.  Now is LaMarcus Aldridge's turn to step up to the plate, this is going to be the most important playoffs series of his career.

Go Spurs Go!!!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Expensive medication / Spurs rose colored glasses

It has been in the 90's for the past couple of days. Have not turned on the A/C because mother has been coughing and I do not want her to get sick.  At night I open the windows and close them in the morning so the house stays cool.  It helps that we have several shade trees and strong winds that do not seem to want to subside.

Got up early so I could go pick up some medication at HEB. Last week the doctor ordered an eye ointment but insurance would not pay for it, asked how much it would cost if she paid for it...$240.00 he said...called the eye doctor back and asked him if he could prescribe a more affordable medication.  He did so Thursday and HEB never filled it. Today I went to see why and the pharmacist said she could have it ready in an hour and a half.

Not wanting to have to drive back to town went to have breakfast at Chik-Fil-A and took advantage of their free WI-FI.as I killed time. The first and only time I have been to this fast food chain was twenty years ago in Houston.  I had no idea they had a children entertainment area like McDonald's. There were a lot of screaming kids, do not think I will be back unless I use the drive-thru window.

Gasoline prices have gone down some. Stripes was selling regular unleaded for $2.04 per gallon if you paid with their credit card or $2.07 if you paid with cash or another credit card.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am so sick and tired of national media disrespecting the Spurs.  All I heard after the game Thursday night and all day Friday had to do with Harden. Not a single sports show or sports analyst gave the Spurs any credit for having won without two key players and on the road.

No one is giving us any chance in this series against the Golden State Warriors.  I beg to differ and think we have a good chance. I may be accused of having Spurs rose colored glasses but I take the Spurs in 7.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 2017 trip to San Antonio

Got up at 4:51 a.m. so we could get an early start for our trip to San Antonio.  Rain was predicted in the morning but glad it did not come to fruition.  We had overcast skies all the way and it made for a very pleasant drive.

We had an appointment with the ex-Uvalde, Texas doctor for whom we usually have a long waiting time. In case we could not make it back in time to watch Game 5 between the Spurs and Rockets, I packed an overnight bag so we could stay at a hotel.

Fortunately, we were able to get out of San Antonio before rush hour.  We stopped in Castroville for a bite to eat as I did not want to heat up dinner when we got back to Del Rio.  Figured I would miss the first half of the game but it does not matter how we start the game but how we end it and boy did we end it on a positive note!

Gasoline prices keep on creeping up. Uvalde, Texas had the lowest price between Del Rio and San Antonio. I filled up at $2.11 a gallon for regular gasoline.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I absolutely LOVED watching the game last night.  Manu Ginobili turned back the hands of time.

Turns out I did not miss out on watching the first half as they rebroadcast the game. Stayed up until the wee hours and relished every minute of it though I only had three hours of sleep the night before.

GO SPURS GO!!!!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Walmart Vision Center / IHOP

We had not had a chance to order new eyeglasses for mother after her cataract surgery. We did not fill the prescription in San Antonio to avoid a return trip to pick them up. Not to mention that they were way too expensive at that high price clinic even using her own frames.

In Del Rio, we do not have many options so we ordered them from Walmart Vision Center. The tech told us that being that she had had cataract surgery on both eyes Medicare would cover a portion but it would take a week for them to authorize the payment.  Had I known that out of $149.00 they only approved $39.20 I would not have even bothered.

They called yesterday to let us know that they were ready but there is no way I was going to Walmart on a Saturday.  We went early this morning only to find that they did not open until noon. Decided to go have breakfast at Chik-fil-A where we have never eaten before.  Was surprised that they are closed on Sunday...how odd!

Went to IHOP instead where I really do not like to go as it is always packed.  I have not been able to find my camera in days so took pictures with my phone but I am having a heck of a time downloading them to my old computer.  I swear I should be banned from using any kind of electronic gadgets :-(

As we waited for the Vision Center to open decided to use their WI-FI to watch the soap opera I missed Friday only to get a message saying my "authentication failed".  I just can't catch a break!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am very nervous in anticipation of tonight's Game 4. Perhaps all the coffee I had at IHOP might have a little to do with it too.

I am so disappointed that the Toronto Raptors got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Was hoping they would split the series like they did last year. I was rooting for Cory Joseph a former Spurs.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Three days off

Got an e-mail from a friend of mine congratulating me for the Spurs advancement to the second round of the playoff.  They remarked that I now had three days off to relax...not really I replied, I now have to catch up on all the things I put off because I also follow other teams and stay up late to watch the rebroadcasts.

Got up early Saturday and was the first person at the laundromat. I used two Maxi machines which is the equivalent to four regular loads, so I did eight loads and that was just mother's stuff, have to make some time to tackle my own.

The winds have been fierce and we actual had a cold front move through the area which I am really enjoying. Last night I watched the Fiesta Flambeau Parade on TV.  This is the biggest night time parade in the world, maybe one day I will be able to be there in person.

KSAT12 has been covering Fiesta events all week. I love to see young and old having such a good time and they all have a smile on their face. People were sending tweets which appeared on the screen but since I don't know how to Tweet (sad, I know) I could not let them know how much I enjoy it.

With the winds the Internet has been spotty and I was dreading having to go to the library to make a payment. I briefly considered downloading the App but I am scared to death to make a payment from my cell.

Have been checking my multiple e-mail accounts and I unsubscribed from many publications, I seriously do not have time to read all that stuff.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am glad we beat Memphis in 6 and did not have to have a game 7.  Tomorrow we face the Houston Rockets of which most of my friends are fans of.  It is not going to be easy but I have confidence in Pop and my Spurs. May the best team win.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This is the time of year where I disappear for a while

This is the time of the year where I disappear for a while.  If you are new to this blog, I am an NBA fan...to be precise...I am a Spurs fan.  I absolutely live for the regular season, the playoffs, semi-finals and of course the finals. My mother calls me a "marimacha"...that is Spanish for a tomboy, jajajajaja :D

I am also a big Colombian soap opera fan but even they have to take a back seat to my Spurs...Ok, to "Our Spurs" or Andy will claim I am getting "possessive again"...he may have a point!

I always try to answer all the comments that are posted on my blog and I will continue to do so, even though it may take me just a tad bit longer during this time.

At noon I went to pick up two plates from my new lunch plate provider on Wednesday.  This week she offered Tacos Tapatios as well as baked chicken with rice, beans and potato salad.  I am glad she decided to quit Stripes and go into business for herself, she is a good cook.

Yesterday, mother's nice neighbor across the street (the one with the rowdy step-son) mowed along the fence line on the street side.  We always write him a thank you note or personally thank him but I have not had a chance to do so this time around.  He will never know how much we appreciate it because in case you are wondering...I have not pulled the weeds yet :-(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Camping along the banks of San Felipe Creek

I had intended to stay home but remembered that during the Easter weekend camping is allowed in area parks along the banks of San Felipe Creek (the source of our local drinking water supply), so dragged mother along (she does not care for camping) and off we went.



I like seeing families with their kids camping and having a good time.  It will make for some great memories and I am sure these kids will keep the tradition going with their own families.




I would love to post the pictures I took today but for some reason, I am not able to access them from this computer...where is my TWC (tall weathered cowboy) who is computer savvy?



I am going to try to upload them to my other computer and see how that goes...:-(



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

Glad we were able to get a win tonight but can not help but remember how badly we beat the Clippers on the first game and then they came back and blew us out of the water.

That is why I am keeping a close eye on them and was glad they got beat by the Utah Jazz tonight :)


Friday, April 14, 2017

This is exasperating

I am as sick of complaining about my worthless DISH internet service as I am sure you are about having to read about it.  Running out of daytime data only two weeks into my monthly plan is exasperating but even more so having to put up with half the speed of an already slow service.

I want to make a new post with pictures but at these speeds, it would probably take me a couple of hours.  At peak congestion times it just drops me. I can't even open up e-mails with attachments.  We have been experiencing winds in the 20 mph range and light rain something that would not typically affect other ISP but it affects worthless DISH....grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

Web Acceleration Client Error (504) - Suspected Satellite Link Outage
The satellite link was not operational when the last web page request was made. Possible causes for this include recent changes in weather conditions or equipment problems in the Network Operations Center. Trying again at a later time may result in restored service due to either improvements in the weather conditions causing the service outage or rectification of a network problem in the Network Operations Center. If this problem persists, please contact your service provider for additional assistance.

This week I made sure I stocked up on everything we needed. It being Easter weekend the only two grocery stores in town HEB and Walmart will be jammed packed with screaming toddlers and their cellular phones in hand parents paying more attention to their devices than to their kids...No thank you...I plan to stay home.

For my European readers, I am sorry I have not been doing a good job of reporting the gasoline prices. I filled up at $2.19 a gallon for regular unleaded earlier this week.

I was in HEB when I saw this lady that looked familiar but I could not remember from where I knew her, thought perhaps I had gone to school with her.  Ran into her down another aisle and I asked her if she knew me.  Turns out she used to work at Stripes (a convenience store) and she would serve me the lunch plates I often buy.

I apologized because I did not recognize her out of uniform and the head cap they have to wear. To make a long story short she now makes plates out of her house on Wednesday and she fixes one of my favorites...chiles rellenos...which I have not eaten in at least a year.  Bought her two plates and even mother who never finishes a complete meal ate it all!  It was quite delicious and she now has herself a new customer.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

What can I say?  As if I needed, even more, exasperation and stress in my life!

I tuned in to watch the last game of the season only to find that it was blacked out in this area when that has never been the case before. Was hot under the collar and called worthless DISH to find out why.  After 15 minutes on hold, I hung up.  It turned out to be a good thing as we lost and I got to see my soap opera at its regular time rather than having to wait till midnight for the rebroadcast.

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 2017 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México

Several of mother's friends have been hospitalized recently both in Del Rio and in Ciudad Acuña. From mom's house we are closer to the Mexican Hospital than we are to the Val Verde Regional Medical Center, so off we went.

I am surprised that the new toll booths have taken so long to be built.


 From this picture it looks like they should be completed soon.


Do you know than in Mexico they offer free immunizations?  My doctor told me I should get a tetanus shot but yes...I am too cheap to pay for one :D


However, they only offer them in the morning at this hospital...guess I might have to pay for one in the USA after all...:-(


Not knowing that we were going to be making a trip to Mexico anytime soon, I went grocery shopping Wednesday.


Decided to stop at Gutierrez anyway and stock up on yogurt and smoothies.  Of course mother went wild in the bakery department.


I bought some baked chicken in the parking lot.  This time they gave me a lot more corn tortillas and pico de gallo than the other day. Then again it being Thursday they did not have as many people as they do on Harvest Tuesday.


The dollar to peso ratio has become more stable. Here are some exchange rates down Exchange Rate Alley..




At the International Bridge, we had a seven-minute wait.  The lady agent did what I think other agents should do...she sent the car in front of us for a second revision and did not hold up the line...kudos to her!


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



Cyber Journal Note

Alejandro Rios, Sr. died Saturday, April 1, 2017

Aurora López passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017 she was 56 years old.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Barricaded

Saturday night another round of strong thunderstorm moved into the area.  I lost the TV signal at 12:20 a.m. and decided to go to bed.  I woke up in the middle of the night and turned around to see what time it was only to see the alarm clock was blank...yep, the power had gone out sometime during the evening.  Got up to check on mother and saw that it was 6:00 a.m.


The electricity did not come back on until 11:32 a.m.  I later learned that it was a very heavy storm and that 5.49 inches of rain had fallen in the area. I had been busy in the yard all day...No, I did not pull weeds...I raked leaves and filled four 52 pound dog food bags with them, trash and rocks. I was so tired I did not hear anything or rather I heard it but it was like in the distance.


Why rake leaves and not pull weeds?  In heavy rain the leaves float down to the main gate and get stuck there.  Maybe I will tackle the weeds after it all dries out?


There was an early Spurs game on Sunday (Utah vs Spurs) so decided to pick us up something to eat. I did not get far as the entrance to the sub-division was barricaded due to the high water.


It used to be worst until they fixed it two years ago but I guess 5.49 inches of rain was a bit much for this mini dam. I parked the car and walked the bridge to take a few pictures.  This is known as the "Duck Pond" and serves as the unofficial zoo for the area.


You will always find people with children coming to feed the ducks. This one guy was very boisterous but I had nothing to offer him.


I guess this person is lucky their truck did not get carried away by the current.


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sleep with the window open kind of weather

The weather has been perfect for sleeping with the window open.  There is a nice chill in the air in the early morning hours until the dogs start barking at the kids walking to the bus stop and I have to close them.

Mother is always cold, it is no wonder the electric bills are a lot higher in the winter than in the summer.  I know I will have the same annual discussion of when to turn on the air conditioning. This afternoon it is supposed to reach a high of 93 and it is not the first time we have been in the 90's even in February.

I have been trying to make it to Home Depot but have not been able to do so, it will have to wait until next week.

Barely two weeks into the new cycle and I have already exceeded my Anytime Internet usage allowance. I did not even have a chance to research how to keep videos from playing when I open a webpage.

I believe it was Gypsy who asked what Dish would offer me to renew.  They are offering to renew my contract at the same "low rate" as new customers. For the past three months, they have been rolling over my Off-Peak (2 a.m. to 8 a.m.) data to the new cycle and even so I have gone over my limit.  I am not going to sweat it, I will probably swing by our newly remodeled library and blog from there.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am reluctantly going to watch tonight's game...I do not have a good feeling about it.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lightning Show

The first storms that hit the area were in northwest Val Verde County and did not reach Del Rio. It mainly affected Comstock, Texas a town 30 miles northwest of us. The lightning show began around 9:45 p.m. and it goes without saying that we lost both Dish Internet and TV signal.

The telephone rang at 10:40 p.m. it was the City of Del Rio warning that we would be hit by severe storms in a few minutes and to check their Facebook page.  That would be fine and dandy if I had an Internet connection...grrrrrrrrrr...calm down Belinda, you only have one more month left on your worthless Dish contract!

We got hammered pretty good by rain and winds. I was afraid the lights might go out so I had my solar lights handy but it never came to that.  There was so much damage in Rockwall and north Texas. The same storm system is fixing to hit the Greater Houston area, hope my poor house holds up.

All this rain is only going to make the weeds grow and in case you are wondering...no, I still have not gotten to them.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am so looking forward to tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors.  I am still on a high after the spanking we gave Lebron's Cavaliers on Monday. It was possibly one of the best defensive games we have played in a while and a true delight to watch.

Go Spurs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The things I will do to avoid yard work!

I have often said that if I ever win the lottery, the first thing I would do would be to hire a gardener. No thoughts of a new house, my dream highway frontage lot in Terlingua, a new vehicle...a gardener would be the first thing on the agenda.  Funny because I do not even play the lotto!

I have been doing everything to avoid that nasty task.  Yesterday I even sat and watched some show about some woman who once weighed 450 pounds and the ordeal she has gone through to now be a size 4 (that episode is sometime this week).

From what I can tell, I think her youngest daughter had a reality show of her own or something like that.  I can not believe the amount of profanity coming out of everyone's mouth including the kid. Their eating habits are terrible even I who have never had a child know better than to feed children junk food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Did I bother to change the channel?  No, anything is better than yard work!

Thursday we had strong wind gusts and of course, the darn Internet went down.  I am so sick of DISH...tried in vain to bring it back up so I just disconnected the darn thing and did not turn it on until this morning.

As you can see the only thing I have been up to lately is doing what I do best....procrastinating.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Trip to the Beauty Shop - Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, México

If it was up to mother we would go see our favorite hairdresser every two weeks. Being that we have a tight agenda that is not possible so decided to humor her and took her yesterday.

We are now sporting shorter haircuts as temperatures have been in the mid to high eighties and will continue on that pace into the foreseeable future.

Being that Tuesday's are Martes de Cosecha (Harvest Tuesday) we made our way to Gutierrez. Picked up the usual papaya, melon, bananas, cilantro, serranos, tomatoes, yogurt, cheese, sweet bread, bolillos and some low-fat milk.

The bargain of the day were tomatoes. They were selling for $3.90 Mexican Pesos for a kilo. $3.90 divided by an exchange rate of $17.60 equals .22 American cents for one kilo divided by 2.2 lbs brings the final price to .10 US cents a pound.  We bought 2.92 kilos or 6.424 pounds for $11.39 pesos or .65 US cents.

On our last trip, I was lamenting the fact that I did not buy some baked chicken that the Gutierrez personnel bar-b-q on the parking lot.  I decided I would buy some today for dinner.  First I asked to see how big the chicken was since the price was remarkable one chicken for $20.00 pesos ($1.14 USD) or three for $45.00 pesos ($2.56 USD).

It wasn't a whole chicken but a hindquarter and it came with five corn tortillas and a big serving of Pico de Gallo.  A meal that feeds two people for $2.56 USD is a real bargain and we still have one hindquarter left for today or tomorrow.

March 21st was the official birthday of Benito Juarez one of México's most revered ex-president's but being that México has followed in the United States footsteps, it was celebrated Monday so people could have a long three day weekend.

The traffic around banks, municipal and state offices was very heavy.  It, therefore, came as a surprise when we were heading back home that there was hardly any traffic on either side of the bridges.  We pulled into an empty customs lane and were on our way in less than two minutes.

I want to take this opportunity to thank my readers and fellow bloggers for all the nice e-mails you have sent me regarding my dizzy spells.  I had not had the opportunity to go online until today but I promise to personally answer every single one of them but it may take me a while.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Maybe it wasn't a good decision...

When I first wake up I am fine, serve mother breakfast and then do my morning chores. I use "morning" literally as we are not early risers.  After about an hour I either get a headache or start feeling dizzy.  I feel like I had partied the night before and now was paying the consequences.

In my mission to only pick up the bare necessities on my last trip to the grocery store before those darn kids drove me to become even battier than I already am, I forgot a couple of items.  A headache or no headache, I had to make another trip.  All my life I have suffered from headaches but for some reason once I made the decision to quit the workforce they diminished in intensity and occurrence. I say this because it is no big deal for me to be productive and out and about while still suffering from one.

I made the rounds to several stores but at Dollar Tree, I began to feel dizzy once more and had a great desire to toss my cookies...so another store I had to run out of :-(

I sat in the car for a long while but it was hot and even lowering the windows did not help so had to turn on the A/C.  Decided to head to the park where there are plenty of trees and I would not bake in the car.  On the way there I saw there was plenty of shade at Domino's Pizza so pulled into their parking lot.

A lot of thoughts went through my mind, what if I was having a stroke or a heart attack?  What if I passed out on the way home and ended up involved in a car accident?  Who would take care of my mother?  I know, I can be dramatical at times. Maybe going out today was not a good decision but I had no choice.

Just then I received a text message from my best friend saying she had just read my blog and that she too had experienced my symptoms and in her case, it had been diagnosed as dehydration.  I know I need to go to see the doctor but she will probably order a bunch of tests and then I see dollar signs everywhere...but it has to be done.

The weeds get taller by the minute but I never made it to Home Depot.  Somewhere in all these boxes, I have some string for the weed eater but I rather buy another roll than keep on searching for it.  I really, really need a storage shed.

If I were inclined to believe the weatherman, they are saying it will be 87 degrees today, I guess we are going to bypass Spring and head straight into summer once more.  I have to ponder on that too, as my body can not tolerate the hot Texas summers anymore but it will not be today.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dizzy Spells / No Storm / New Speed Limit

I used to complain about slow internet speeds but now that I am out of data, I am lucky a page even opens before I give up.  This is really ridiculous, glad my contract is up next month. I have cable and Internet bundled, therefore I can not make any changes until the Spurs win their sixth NBA Championship...then it's good-bye Dish!!!

I have not been feeling well lately.  I have been having dizzy spells and when I lay down I feel like the ceiling is spinning...you know kind of when you were young and drank too much...but no drinking going on now.  I only got nauseous one time, the first time it happened to me back on Sunday, March 5th and then again when we were in San Antonio on Tuesday, March 7th.  Sorry, I go into detail but this blog also serves as my cyber journal.

Both times, I took a blood pressure reading but it was not particularly high like it tends to get on some occasions.  I am off Statins and they cut in half the medications for my high glucose levels. The only thing that comes to mind is it being nerves or stress.  I am hoping it goes away as I have no desire to go to the doctor.

I had been waiting for days for the storm that never came.  While the weather reports only had a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain, the threatening skies said otherwise.  The dogs were out of food and we were out of groceries.so off I went.


It completely slipped my mind that Del Rio schools were on Spring Break. HEB was a freaking nightmare with kids running and screaming while their parents only seemed to focus on their cellular phones. Got the bare basics and ran out!


As I was putting the groceries in my car this pretty Calico cat came to greet me. She was very friendly, I have seen her here before. I had nothing to offer her though she did not seem hungry.  I just hope some kind stranger gives her water.  I will have to make me a note to start caring some with me. I usually only do that when I go to México as there are so many strays and while they will find some food who waters them?


As I entered the sub-division I noticed a brand spanking new speed limit sign sporting a 30 mph limit. Ran into the crew that was putting them up. Glad they saw fit to raise it from 25 mpg.  A little too late for me but at least I got off with a warning.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

No Internet / AARP / San Antonio

It seems that each month I am running out of Internet GB's sooner and sooner and NO, I do not plan on purchasing additional capacity.

Warning

You have exceeded your plan’s Monthly Anytime Usage Allowance and as a result your download speeds have been greatly reduced. If you would like to increase your Monthly Anytime Usage Allowance for the remainder of this Current Usage period, you may do so by purchasing additional capacity below.

Actually, I ran out last week but since we had to go to San Antonio decided I would use the free internet at the hotel that being an AARP member affords me.  Surprise, as of March 4th, they did away with special benefits to AARP members like late checkout and free internet. In its place, they instituted an across the board 10 percent discount to seniors.

What is this world coming to? No late checkouts, no free internet, no Spurs games, no Telemundo...looks like I am going to have to find me another hotel chain...grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

That is unfortunate as I had finally learned how to arrive at this location and to the three doctors offices that we frequent in the Medical Center without getting lost. So I ended up lugging my heavy laptop for nothing. I could have tapped into their Wi-Fi but I was not going to pay for the privilege. Mother is right, I am a "centavera" (Spanish for penny-pincher) jajajajajajaja :D

I finally made it to Target and got to use my $5.00 discount card. We were already packed but I managed to free up some space for huge rolls of paper towels, and other paper products I bought. Schlotzky's is located in this shopping center so off we went for a late lunch only to find a sign saying they had moved to Potranco Road...so goes my luck!

Asked around found Potranco Road but did not find the new location so left San Antonio with a heavy heart and an empty stomach.  I usually take stuff for mother to eat but not for myself. Who cares about cholesterol, saturated fat, carbohydrates or high glucose levels when you are in San Antonio?

We stopped at Dairy Queen in Castroville and had a great meal, we even had snow cones for dessert. I have always liked this little town, in particular, its small and well-kept cemetery. Yes, I know I am strange but what do you think finally sold me on Terlingua?  Its historic cemetery of course.

Good night,  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

Arrived in Del Rio just in time to catch the Spurs vs Sacramento Kings game last evening. For a while there I could not believe the score, thought perhaps my glucose levels had gone through the roof and I was seeing things.  Glad we got our act together and pulled a win!

Though I was very tired, I stayed up to watch the Golden State Warriors drop three in a row...man, I love basketball :)


Saturday, March 4, 2017

March 2017 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México

If you have been reading me for a while you know that when I go grocery shopping to Ciudad Acuña I like to go on Tuesdays as they have great one day specials. However, due to prior commitments we were unable to do so until this past Friday.

Mother eats a lot a fruit and yogurt and I eat a lot of salads and tomatoes.  While a 16 oz container of cut-up papaya, pineapple, melon or watermelon used to cost $2.50 at Walmart, they have gone up in price and even in HEB they now sell for $4.98 a container.

I bought some papaya and melon for a fraction of that and cubed it myself and that pretty much covered both the American ($3.75) and the Mexican ($1.59) depending on exchange rate tolls.

While the prices were not over the top bargains, they were reasonable and much lower than what I would have to pay here at home. Tomatoes were $10.90 a kilo (.28 cents a lb, bananas $12.90 (.33 cents a lb), serranos $20.90 (.54 cents a pound), lettuce $8.90 a head (.50 US cents).

$10.90 divided by an exchange rate of $17.60
equals .62 US cents divided by 2.2 lbs the equivalent
of a kilo brings the cost to .28 US cents a pound
                                   
Mother likes sweet bread, I bought her 8 pieces for a total of  $55.80 pesos ($3.17 USD).  Also bought 8 bolillos at $1.50 pesos a piece for a total of $12.00 pesos (.68 US cents)

All this was purchased at the downtown Gutierrez, the grocery store that I like because it has shade canopies to protect your vehicles from the harsh summer sun-rays. Actually, here in West Texas, it can get warm even during winter. Thus far this year we have had about two or three weeks of winter.

                                     

I spotted this neat van in the back section. It would make a great camping van.

                                  

I wanted to purchase some baked chicken as you could not beat the prices but mother looked at me and said chicken again?  Oh well, the things I have to do to keep mother happy.

One baked chicken $20 pesos = $1.14 USD
Three baked chickens $45 pesos =  $2.56 USD
                             
I have been looking for Arriera hot sauce made by Costeña. The only place that carries the regular size is Aurrera (owned by Walmart) on the north part of the city.  Decided it was worth my while to drive there as I really enjoy eating it.

Glad we made the trip because they had a lot of $5 pesos (.28 cents), $10 pesos (.57 cents), $15 pesos (.85 cents) and $20 pesos ($1.14) specials.  Bought 12 small yogurt containers for $3.00 pesos each (.17 cents), large drinkable yogurt $36.00 pesos ($2.05 USD) for a six-pack.

Turkey hot dogs are expensive at HEB but in Mexico I can buy the extra large size that comes with 20 pieces for $23.90 ($1.36 USD) they gave me a choice of a free package of bacon or tofu sausage both of which I had to turn down as you can not bring pork back to US and tofu just did not sound appetizing to me.

I also scored the large size sugar-free gelatin for $6.90 a box (.39 cents), a 10-liter container of water for $20.00 ($1.14 USD), and a four pack double roll of toilet paper for $15.00 pesos (.85 cents), three rolls of paper towels for $20.00 pesos.

A package of turkey ham for $21.40 ($1.22 USD) and the regular size package of Oaxacan cheese for $28.00 pesos ($1.59 USD). Dishwashing liquid for $15.00 pesos.

These are some currency rates down Exchange Rate Alley in Ciudad Acuna.





The return home was a breeze there was no traffic what so ever as evidenced by this picture. The yellow paint on the barriers indicates you are still in Mexican territory.

                                     

When we got to American Customs I had to stop before proceeding as mother was trying to locate our passports. You will seldom see an empty lane as we did today. We got a very nice agent who send us on our way with a smile.

                                  
                                     
However, the lines to cross to Mexico were backed up to the Del Rio toll booths and beyond as they tell me happens on weekends.  The people that sell their wares were now selling to the people going to Mexico instead of the other way around when they sell to the folks heading back to the USA during weekdays.




I have been trying to make this post since Friday but I have to write my post on one computer and then go to my laptop to be able to upload pictures and I somehow lost some photos in between.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

If you are a fan of the Spurs or just plain like basketball this week has been a nail bitter.  The past three Spurs games have come down to the wire. Yesterday's game, as well as tonight's, went into overtime.

I knew my team would pull through tonight because the other team was young and not used to dealing with the pressure of putting away a team at crunch time.  I have to tip my hat off to them, they lead most of the game.  Though we were tired from playing a back-to-back.  I believe the Spurs arrived in San Antonio at 1:00 a.m. from New Orleans.

I so enjoyed watching both the GSW and the OKC Thunder lose their respective games on Thursday. I even gave up my telenovela to watch them and that is something I only do for my Spurs!

Monday should be equally exasperating when we meet the Rockets.

GO SPURS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!