Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
Día de los Muertos - Terlingua Cemetery

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.