Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Heat / Eclipse Sunglasses

We have been experiencing three digits temperatures for a while. It makes me lethargic and takes away any kind of motivation to tackle the weeds and vegetation due to the heavy rains we have received. I am now having to deal with the mosquitoes generated by said rains. Though on the positive side it has made the purple sage bloom like crazy all over town.

I contemplated driving to the lake to take pictures as I am sure the purple sage blooms are hardier there because the northern part of Val Verde County has received considerably more rain than the City of Del Rio or for that matter the Southern part of the county where we live. But like I previously mentioned, the heat even in an air-conditioned car makes me lethargic.

I  have to admit that after nine years of living in Del Rio, I have finally fallen victim to the small town mentality that thinks that driving the ten or so miles to the lake...is too far...imagine that!  I am sure my Houston friends will die laughing when they read this as I thought nothing of driving from Northwest Houston to Pasadena, Channelview, Deer Park or the City of South of Houston on a whim.

The last time I was at the library they were giving away special eyeglasses to view the upcoming eclipse so decided to take them up on it before they run out of them like they have in San Antonio at the events where KSAT12 has held such give aways.

I can not believe that now that I actually have a fast internet connection, this is only the second time I go online since I got it.  I do not know if to blame my Fibromyositis, my laziness or the hellish temperatures for my lack of energy.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Good-bye, good riddance!

I should have done this a long time ago but I finally gave DISH the boot!  I hope to never have to decry my new Internet Service Provider, only time will tell.

I hope to soon be able to catch up with the blogs I follow now that I have no more data caps.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Heavy downpours / No Electricity

The skies got dark and thunder and lightning made themselves present around 6:30 p.m.  My mother only has one show she watches and that is the Lawrence Welk Show on PBS. Informed her that with our worthless Dish satellite that goes out at the slightest hint of rain or wind, she would probably miss it.

True to form we lost the signal and soon after the electricity went out at approximately 6:50 p.m. We were hammered by strong winds and heavy downpours. Once again we got so much water in such a short period that had it not been for the fact that I used mulch bags to dam up the windows where the water got in the other time it would have been a repeat performance.

Unactivated horse pine pellets

This time I could not go outside to bail water as there was lighting involved. The house got hot fast and it brought back memories of the two weeks where we suffered without air conditioning. After the storms passed, the neighbors began to congregate outside in their effort to keep cool. With the storms gone, I had to go bail water once more.

I only had half a sack of horse pine pellets but they certainly came in handy.  If you are not familiar with them, they are used to facilitate the clean up of horse stalls and soak up horse urine. In my case, they soaked up backed up water,

Once wet the horse pine pellets look like vomit

By 9:00 p.m. the neighbors across the street had their electric service restored. Our side of the street and the neighbors in back of us stayed without electricity.  To make matters worst, since I seldom use my cell phone it had not been charged in days and the battery was down to 20 percent.

In an effort to contain our mail clutter, I signed up mother for e-bills on most of her utilities. Thankfully, I remembered that I still had the bills I had to present at the Department of Public Safety so Mom could get a Texas ID card and was able to report the outage. The service tech said it would not be until midnight, so we went to bed early.  At 3:55 a.m. I felt the cold breeze of the A/C hitting me in the face. We were without power for nine hours and I still do not know why. With no more internet data available and speeds worst than dial-up will have to wait until someone fills me in.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

The return of Mata Gatos

For those new to my blog or to my readers that have been with me for a while but had not heard me mention Mata Gatos (Spanish for Cat Killer) in a while...he used to be mother's handyman, a sort of jack of all trades and master of none.

His regular job is being a school bus driver but during the summer and Christmas vacations, he would come to mother's to try to do side jobs. That would not be bad if he was at least average at fixing things but that has never been the case.

Even mowing the lawn proved difficult for this man.  He would do the front yard leave and not come back for weeks to do the back yard. I finally got so sick and tired of him, I decided to keep up with the yard myself. The last time I saw him he showed up wanting to mow the yard but thankfully I had Walter and Dulcinea (the neighbors horses) grazing and Pedrito (my little stray) barking at him, so I sent him on his merry way. The header picture for my other blog, Walter's World was taken the last time he came.

Fast forward to Thursday afternoon when I heard a lot of racket coming from the front yard.  I looked out the window and he was cutting the front yard using his weedeater.  I only go into town once or twice a week so to deter salespeople I use a heavy chain and lock on the main gate.  Would you believe he brought a ladder to climb into the property...he has some gall!

This man did not call to tell us he was coming, he just showed up unannounced to mow a weed infested yard that no one hired him to do. I was livid, even my calm, cool, and collect mother was visibly upset.  I needed to go into town to run an errand but I was so upset and afraid of the demons that would be coming out of my mouth if I had a conversation with him that I decided to pretend that we were not home.

Funny that he would show up at the beginning of the month when he knows my mother receives her Social Security check. He even brought his wife along to help him as his kids like many Del Rioans, myself included, got the heck out of Dodge as soon as they graduated from High School.

He has yet to call to inform mother how much she owes him for a job she did not request. We will eventually pay him but he is going to have to wait because I seriously doubt this was Pro Bono.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Out of data...again!

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I am so sick and tired of running out of data even after the nice Dish guy gave me an additional 5 GB's after I blew by my monthly allotment in 3 days.  I hope to soon be able to ditch them and hopefully, you will never have to hear me moan and groan about this issue again....yeah!