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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 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 pesos at an exchange rate of $17.00 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.


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


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.


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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

My wonderful Kodiak Canvas Tent

Ever since I used the following photo as my header picture, I have been getting a lot of e-mails regarding what I consider to be the best little tent in the world.

I do not think I have researched something as much as I researched finding the perfect tent for my annual trip to the Chili Cook-off in Terlingua, Texas.

It was important to me to be able to find a tent that was sturdy, held up to gale force winds, have room for me to stand up in but most importantly that I would be able to set it up by myself as I pride myself in being a self-sufficient person.

My research took me to the Burningman website http://burningman.org/.  If you are not familiar Burningman, it is an event that takes place annually in the Nevada desert during the Labor Day weekend.  They have to deal with hurricane force winds, white-outs and extreme heat and/or cold conditions.

It is here that I found how highly regarded Kodiak Canvas tents were.  I have back issues and can not carry heavy loads or the initial weight of the tent would have probably kept me from ordering one. However, if you separate the tent from the tent poles and heavy stakes, it was a doable weight for me and fit very nicely in my car since I no longer had Terlita (my camping van).

My tent is 8 ft x 9 ft the smallest they carried at the time.  I would have loved to have ordered the 10 ft x 10 ft tent but did not know how a few more feet would have affected its set-up.

This tent has steel poles both on the top as well as on the two sides poles.  It does not require guy lines but there are like 15 tent stakes to pound into the ground.  While that would not be a problem in the beach or your backyard, you need to take that into account if you plan to camp in a rocky location like in Terlingua, Texas.  The first time it took me almost five hours to set-up camp by myself.

This tent is rain proof and you need to set it up in your back yard and spray it with a lot of water to season it.

I bought mine from Competitive Edge Products whom at the time had the best price and at last check continue to have it http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/Kodiak-Canvas-Tents-6098-9-x-8-ft-Flex-bow_p_17.html

If you have any other questions please leave a comment or you can e-mail me at terlinguadreams@outlook.com

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I am becoming a habitual law breaker :-(

Well, folks, it happened again!  In the past six months, I have been pulled over three times, twice by the Val Verde County Sheriff's Department and once by DPS (Department of Public Safety) in Terlingua.

About four years ago I was pulled over by the Del Rio City Police for an expired inspection sticker, that marked my downfall.  It had been about twenty years since I had been stopped and living in Houston, Texas none the less.

We have had beefed up patrols for which I am very thankful for as people speed like crazy here in the county.  I just did not figure to be part of those people.  I was pulled over for going 32 in a 25 mph zone.

He was a young and very pleasant officer who after quickly eyeballing the inside of my vehicle inquired where I was headed.  I guess because I have yet to unload my car from our trip to San Antonio.  Thankfully, I only received a warning.

Have I learned from all of this?  You bet I have.  The time I was stopped for presumably not coming to a complete stop, what we commonly refer to in Texas as "A New York stop"...I now count to ten...then I proceed, no matter how many cars are in the back of me honking. That time I also escaped with a warning.

When I was pulled over for allegedly speeding on my second trip to the Chili Cook-Off this past November and given a hefty fine...I also learned my lesson.  I now arrive in San Antonio the day before, book a hotel room and go the speed limit or five miles lower.

My question is how many warning does one get before they write me a citation?  Did not think it would be prudent to ask this young officer, so will have to find out on my own.

Now for a complete change of topic.  I had been wanting to purchase a Yeti tumbler in order to keep my beverages warmer or colder on my multiple trips out-of-town.  Since I am frugal (actually Billy Bob told me I squeak, lol) I decided to purchase a Walmart Ozark Trail 30 oz tumbler which is much cheaper.

I have mainly used it for hot drinks like coffee but I had the opportunity to use it to pour the beer I purchased when we were in San Antonio as I was getting ready to watch a Spurs game.  Yes, I know it is silly for a middle age woman to sneak a beer in a tumbler so her mother won't yell at her...but you don't know my mother!

Well, this motel did not have Fox Sports Southwest nor Telemundo so I did not get to watch the game or my soap opera but I sure enjoyed a very cold beverage as I watched CNN.  On our way back home I decided to fill up my tumbler with ice cubes just to see how long they would last.  I forgot about it and it wasn't until I was stopped that I happen to remember my experiment.  Would you believe I still had unmelted ice cubes?  It was 93 when we arrived and yesterday it was in the 80's.  It earned the Terlingua Dreams seal of approval.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Cataracts / Barney / Internet Issues

Hi, folks!  Did you think I had finally found my TWC (tall weathered cowboy) and ran off with him? Wish that had been the case, but sadly No :-(

Actually, after seven months of thinking it over, mother finally agreed to have cataract surgery on her other eye.  We were in San Antonio for three days last week.  Tried to make a post using my tablet but that went nowhere.  My fingers aren't as agile as I would like.  I admire those people that can blog from their cell phones and other small devices.

Last Friday I went to visit fellow blogger Barney of OFM Adventures who is visiting Del Rio.  I think I went at a bad moment as he was asleep after having suffered a migraine earlier in the day. However, he is a very polite man and put up with me anyway.

We had a very nice conversation and tried to recall the last time we had seen each other.  It was in November of 2013 when both Billy Bob and Barney were at the San Pedro campground.  It was a funny post here is a link if you care to read it http://terlinguadreams.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-am-running-off-with-billy-bob.html

That evening I turned on my computer to make a post only to find that my Internet was down and that was before the winds and rain!  Called DISH but they could not come out until Monday or Tuesday but we had to go back to San Antonio for mother's post-op check-up.

I think I am going to start spending the night at a hotel so I will not be so stressed out trying to make it there on time and fighting traffic.  As a member of AARP I have already saved enough money on discounts to pay for this year's membership fees plus I also get a 2:00 p.m. check-out, which to me is priceless.

My mechanic was the one who turned me on to DISH, so I asked him where they had moved to, as I would like to see my soap operas and Spurs games on my tablet when I travel but needed help in setting it up. He told me the local dealer had gone out of business...well so much for that!

We got back to Del Rio yesterday afternoon to a warm and toasty 93-degree winter day.  I do not think we have even had three weeks of winter thus far.  Not that I want it to be cold but I sure would like the fleas to die.  Poor dogs are scratching themselves silly.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, February 13, 2017

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday it was warm and sunny and today a cold front came in accompanied by heavy rain and thunder...yep, Texas weather!

I am officially out of peak Internet GB's so I got up early this morning to do all I needed to do, online speaking using my Off-Peak GB's.  I have not noticed a slowdown but I have not logged out either.

I am a little worried about the dogs.  Tammie and Oscar were not here at 6:00 a.m. and Pedrito was sleeping in Tammie's bed.  I noticed that he did not have his collar with his red registration. That collar is hard to take off, it belonged to the only dog I have ever had in my life...he died twenty years ago.

It is not rare that the dogs would not be here but what is rare is that Pedrito was not hungry and he looked strange like he was afraid.  I do not think it had anything to do with the rain and thunder, he is used to that.  I examined him closely and it does not appear like he was in a fight.

I need to load the car as we have an out-of-town trip coming up but it will have to wait until the rain is over.  On the plus side, I was able to fill up my two 32 gallon trash cans (used only for this purpose) along with miscellaneous five-gallon buckets on my homemade rain catchment system. Could have probably harvested more but I am out of containers.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Spurs Corner

I was so upset yesterday I could not even discuss the game we played against the New York Knicks. Somehow I had a feeling this was going to happen like it did back...was it two years ago when Derrick Fisher was still their coach?

I am not upset because we lost a game, it happens and it will happen again...but to the New York Knicks?  They are one of the worst teams in the NBA.....grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

I was never a fan of the LaMurcos Aldridge trade, but what do I know?  I trust Pop but even he must be wondering why this very well remunerated player has not lived up to the expectations.  Kawhi can not carry this team alone on his back, he needs other players to step up and deliver!

Hope we play better this evening against the Pacers.  End of rant :-(

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Beautiful weather

One can not ask for better weather than the one we have been having here in West Texas. It has been sunny, in the low to mid-eighties even high eighties in the middle of winter.  It does cool off at night but we have not had a need to turn on the furnace.  A cold front should arrive this week but by a cold front, I mean temperatures in the fifty to sixty-degree range.

Yesterday I finally made some Caldo de Res (Mexican beef and vegetable soup) and used up all the vegetables I had in the refrigerator.  While it is not Caldo weather it felt good to eat something else that was not chicken or a salad.

Have you seen the AT&T commercial where the guy is sitting on the floor of his shower crying after having opened his Internet bill?  I know I complain about every ISP I have ever contracted but with good reason.  When I lived in Houston I had AT&T and I loved them...wish they served this area.

Got an e-mail from DISH saying I had used 90 percent of my alloted 5.0 GB Anytime minutes. Just checked and I only have 0.3 GB remaining but 4.2 GB of Off-Peak minutes.  Off-Peak is from 2:00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m.  They did offer to sell me 1GB for an additional $10.00...how considerate of them...grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

I am trying to finish this within the off-peak time slot.  I will either do a post in the middle of the night or early morning but I am not paying them any additional fees.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Utility Companies / Hospital / Mexico

I am a very light sleeper and the sound of heavy-duty trucks woke me at 7:21 a.m this past Wednesday.  It went on and on, so got up to check what was triggering this noise.  There were three electric company vehicles parked two lots down working on the transformer.

They left and I went back to sleep, only to be rudely awakened once more by the sound of machinery breaking the pavement...WTH?  It was not the Water Department but the Waste Water Department making repairs in the corner and once again closing off the street to traffic.

Gave up and got up when one of mother's friends called to ask if I could drive her to Ciudad Acuña. Her sister had been hospitalized the night before and she had just been notified.  She is a very sweet lady who like the majority of mother's friends, is a widow who lives by herself. Her children left Del Rio as soon as they could (kind of like myself) so she has no other family in town.

Was getting ready when the darn electricity went out.  What the heck is going on with the local utility companies lately and why our street? Lucky for us it came back after thirty minutes.

Mexico has socialized medicine, while it is not perfect it's better than not having insurance.  If you are a federal employee you are covered by the ISSSTE, if you work in the private sector you are covered by IMSS.

This ladies sister is a retired school teacher and in Mexico, school teachers are considered federal employees. I had not been to the ISSSTE installations in a long time.  They are building an addition to add more hospital rooms but it is still lacking in many respects.  I judge a hospital or doctor's office by the ease of access for a handicap person.  There were steps to climb to get in the front door and no hand rails, there was no wheelchair ramp...things you expect a hospital to have. Their public restrooms did not have the basics like toilet paper, soap and paper towels...sure hope the nurses and hospital staff have better facilities!

Hospital Ejeza, one of three private hospitals in Ciudad Acuña, has also undergone a remodel and it has and continues to be the premiere hospital in that city. When my father was alive he underwent surgery here as the cost was less than half of what it would have been in Del Rio. Many US citizens choose to be operated at this facility and Texas license plates far outnumber the Coahuila ones in the parking lot.

Hospital Ejeza is closer to mother's house than Val Verde Regional Medical Center (only hospital in Val Verde County) and in case I ever have a need for emergency medical attention...I plan to drive myself here.

The ISSSTE facilities are close to Bodega Aurrera (grocery store owned by Walmart) it is a small facility in comparison to their large installation on the north side of town.  While I did not buy a lot of things...I did save more than enough money to cover the cost of tolls and then some...you know how much I love bargains :-)

They borrowed a page from my favorite grocery store Gutierrez and put up shade canopies, which are a big plus in particular during the very hot summer months.

Across the street from Bodega Aurrera is another grocery store...Merco, the only grocery store in Ciudad Acuña when we moved to this border town.

Was glad to see that the dollar to peso ratio has gone down. This gives Mexican citizens the ability to purchase dollars at a better rate and come spend them in the United States. I apologize for the poor picture quality. You can click on it to expand it and see the exchange rate on the right side of the picture.

$19.30 Mexican Pesos to one US dollar - Compra
$19.70 Mexican Pesos to purchase one US dollar - Venta

The return to the USA was a breeze. I got in the lane with the least traffic, knowing fully well that the reason for this was probably due to a female agent manning the booth.  Had to pop my trunk open so she could examine my ice chest but it was no big deal, cleared customs in less than three minutes.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Telephone, Tires, Laundromat

Went online and made an appointment to have Frontier (telephone company) come to fix mother's landline using their chat feature.  I was offered a morning appointment which I rejected as we are not morning people.  I was told they would come out between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. to which I agreed.

While I have my cheap Tracfone it costs me money to use it, so I seldom turn it on.  To be on the safe side I turned it on that morning and it rang as soon as I did. It was the technician letting me know he was on his way. I told him I had specifically scheduled an afternoon appointment but even if I had not there was no access to our street as the water company had come to scatter asphalt where they had excavated to fix the water main break.  He told me he would call me around noon.

As is the case with most trades and service technicians, noon came and went and I was still waiting on him.  It only took two hours to repair the street so that was no longer an issue.  Called him around 3:30 p.m. and he said he was still tied up and might not be able to get to me.

In the meantime, I was trying to get in touch with Toyota to see if my tires had finally arrived and no one returned my calls!!!

I had secured Pedrito to the tree in front of the house as he tends to over do it in the barking department when he sees strangers.  I am in the kitchen when I see a guy walking in the backyard.  It was the telephone guy but not the one who was supposed to come, he had sent a replacement.  I go around front to find Pedrito sound asleep...some watch dog!

Tammie and Oscar were asleep by the kitchen door and if I had not awakened them when I opened the door, they would have kept right on sleeping.  More amazing, Tammie was not afraid of him and even went up to him wagging her tail. I have been feeding her for two years and she won't even let me pet her...what is wrong with this picture?

Mother was happy she can call her friends again and I headed to Toyota to see what was up with my tires. The lady told me she had called me several times but no one answered even though I had told her our telephone did not work and had given her the cellphone number...oh well, at least "Midnight" has new shoes.

I finally made it to the laundromat as I was tired of looking at the two large bundles of towels in the trunk. I really hate to go wash but this place is always decorated according to the holidays and has a lot of greenery (plants) that it almost makes you forget you are doing a chore.  It was nicely decorated for Valentine's Day.

While I presume most people watched the Super Bowl, I enjoyed binge watching Texas Flip and Move.  It amazes me how they have the vision to convert run-down properties into beautiful homes.

I got up early this morning 5:57 a.m. (very early for me) to answer comments and make a post but for some reason, Blogger was not allowing me to do so.  Anyone else have this problem today?

Here is where I would normally say "Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams" but being that it is morning...just have a Great Day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

No water, no access, no tires

Woke up to the very loud sounds of heavy machinery early yesterday morning.  It along with all the dogs down the street barking...ours included...finally made me get up to investigate what the problem was. It appears that a line busted very close to our driveway and they had to begin emergency repairs and shut down the water supply to the entire block.

That in and of itself was not a problem as I always have at least one 32 gallon plastic trash can (only used for this purpose) filled with water.  Actually right now I have more than that in storage since I am undergoing an experiment to see how much water I use during the fall/winter months for my future life in Terlingua.  More about that later...

I am glad we did not have a doctor's appointment or any other appointment that required we leave the house as our driveway was blocked with excavation equipment and piles of dirt.  They closed the street for the eight hours the repair took.

On the bright side, they did me a great favor as they mowed down some thorny shrubbery (yes, those darn baby mesquite) along the fence line.

On Monday I decided to tackle the chores that were most important:

  1. food for the critters
  2. buying my medication
  3. took my car in for servicing
  4. bought a bottle of dry wine

Now how many of you betted that I would not make it to the dealership?  Be honest, give me a show of hands :D

I am glad I went as per their service technician I was in bad need of tires. Like everything else in small towns they did not have it in stock and had to be ordered from San Antonio, Texas. They were to have arrived yesterday but never made it so I am hoping they get here today as tomorrow I have to wait for the telephone repairman.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Spurs Corner

Finally "Our Spurs" pulled off a very convincing win over the OKC Thunder last night.  I was able to savor a nice glass of wine to celebrate such stellar performance :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Back to my old procrastinating self

I am a procrastinator by nature but this...condition, habit...seems to escalate during winter months. While I can not say we have had a true winter (maybe a week) the temperatures have been low enough to ground me.

I am backed up in the laundry department and though I carry a load in the trunk of my car in case there is not a lot of people when I go by...I have yet to stop.

My car needs to be serviced and now that I finally found some coupons, they expire tomorrow. What are the odds that I will make it to the dealership?

Was hoping to make a trip to Houston this month and bring back my almost new electric heaters. By the time I go, I probably will not need them anymore.

Need to swing by HEB and buy some meat so I can make some chicken or beef caldo and use all the vegetables I bought last week in Mexico, as I am so tired of eating salads.

My mother always wants me to rake leaves and I have not done that either.  The few times the temperature has dropped to the 20's (twice) the leaves seem to have protected the weeds that are already growing and it is only January!  I know I need to get a handle on them or I will regret it later.

If you have been trying to call mother's house and it just rings and rings...the telephone is not working.  A week ago Saturday I got the scare of my life when I saw the lights on the cordless phones flashing late at night indicating someone was using it. We have one four-prong jack that connects our three landline phones and it is in my bedroom. Grabbed my gun and headed to the kitchen where we have a cordless phone that does not require a jack. Thankfully, there was no one there. Turned on the phone and you could hear a Mexican radio station which I suspect operates on the same frequency.

Disconnected the phones for the night but I had the same issue the following day. This time I only plugged in the corded phone to the four-prong jack.  This happened a few years back and they came and installed new wiring on the telephone pole.

Need to call them but I have to be here to let them in and I need to tie up Pedrito, that in and of itself is going to be quite a job.  So if you need to reach Mom or I...send us an e-mail.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Spurs Corners

What is happening to our Spurs?  Two losses in a row and a lackluster performance!  Though I have not had a beer since Terlingua, I promise if they win, I will make "a big sacrifice" and drink one or have a glass of wine (that is if I can make it to the store to buy some).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Martes de Cosecha - Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico

Last Thursday we made a trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila in order to go to the beauty shop. While I did manage to get a couple of groceries at Aurrera (owned by Walmart) they did not have a good selection of produce and the little that they had was expensive by Mexican standards.

A cold front and rain are on the way. Decided to take advantage of sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's and made our way back across the border.

The new toll booths are almost finished.  They relocated them for security reasons so they can be closer to new ICE and Homeland Security building.

If you have been reading me for a while, you know that I prefer to go to Mexico on Tuesday as grocery stores like Gutierrez, Merco and Soriana have lower prices on that day.  It used to be called "Martes de Frutas y Verduras" (Tuesday of Fruit and Vegetables" but it is now called "Martes de Cosecha" (Harvest Tuesday).

Was surprised at how many vehicles there were...many with Texas license plates sprinkled with some other states...Snowbirds looking for a good bargain?

I found excellent deals including the bargain of the day, tomatoes at $3.90 Mexican pesos for one kilo (one kilo equals 2.2 lbs).  To simplify this, let's use an example of $20.00 pesos to one US dollar.  3.90 Mexican pesos divided by 20.00 exchange rate equals .195 US cents.

.195 cents divided by 2.2 lbs ( the equivalent of a kilo) equals .0886 cents or .09 American cents per pound.  Now tell me that is not a GREAT deal!

I bought tomatoes, cilantro, onions, bananas, chayote, carrots, serranos, squash, papaya, and melon. Other food items such as Oaxacan cheese, turkey hot dogs, sweet bread, bolillos.  Non-food items at excellent prices...toilet paper and bleach.

$11.90 divided by $20.00 = .595 cents per kilo
.595 kilos divided by 2.2 = .27 American cents a pound

You will find better liquor prices at grocery stores versus liquor stores.

The same goes for beer...

A six pack of Bud Light goes for the US equivalent
of $2.98 

If you prefer to have a mixed drink at a local bar, they let you know up front how much they take your dollar for...

So how much is that in US currency?  The first number is the Compra number, which is how many Mexican pesos you can buy with your dollar. The second number is the Venta number which is how many Mexican pesos it takes to buy one US dollar.  For our purpose focus on the Compra figure. I used 20 to 1 ratio, had I had used the higher rate my bargains were even cheaper.

Here are some exchange rates down Exchange Rate Alley:

The line to return to the USA was just about the same as last week's but this time without cars being searched...12 minutes.

I have been asked in the past if there are some safe taxi companies to take you to Mexico. Yes, there are. To be fair all the taxi companies in Del Rio are safe at least to my knowledge I have never heard of someone having a problem with them.

Before they built the new ICE and Homeland Security building, the city offered free parking lots in case you wanted to walk across. Those are no longer available but you can park your vehicle in the taxi company's lot provided of course that you use them to transport you across the border. These establishments are open 24 hours a day.

There are two companies that have their installation close to the International Bridge...Border Taxi and Amigos Taxi.  However, most taxi companies will take you to Mexico.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.