Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
Governors Landing Campground - Lake Amistad - Del Rio, Texas

Friday, March 30, 2012

Finally Some Rest

I spent all day yesterday napping.  I slept through two of my soap operas, now that is being tired!

This morning I did try to upload my pictures to Photobucket but with this slow Internet connection it will probably be a full day event.

Yesterday the county guys came through with tractors and mowed the so-called shoulder. They did not do a very good job and instead their heavy tires made the ruts deeper.  I did a better job last week of clearing the high weeds with my shovel and hoe.

Which brings me back to having to do more yard work as the rains have made the weeds spring back up after only one week, sigh!!  The mosquitoes must have hitched a ride back to Del Rio with me because they are all over the place.

Mom’s washing machine has a burning smell to it after the first load.  Will have to get a service man to check it out but our agenda is pretty much full.  I do not want to go to a Laundromat but what choice do I have?  All I know is that it will not be today.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

Got up early because we had a doctor’s appointment in Uvalde, Texas. Yesterday on the way to Del Rio I tried to find the place but since I did not have the address and just a vague idea where it might be, I was not able to locate it.

Today it turned out that the office was right before my eyes, talk about being blind! While I drive by Uvalde every time I go to Houston, I am not very familiar with the town.  It has grown so much lately.  They have a Cancer Care Center that serves the nearby towns so people do not have to go all the way to San Antonio for their treatments.

Was envious when I saw that they are building a Walgreens. To some that live in a big city you might be saying what is the big deal about a Walgreens?  Well to us it is a big deal as there are no big chain drugstores unless you go to San Antonio, which is 144 miles from Del Rio.  At least now it will only be 70-mile drive to Uvalde.

We went to Applebee’s and had a nice meal.  Mom even had beef, now that is a miracle!

I am beat tonight so was planning on turning in early but that was not to be.  My close friends, acquaintances and even my enemies know that I love to watch foreign soap operas or telenovelas or novelas as some people call them.

If you know I am watching my soap operas why in the heck are you calling me if it is not IMPORTANT?  I love this neighbor lady but she calls me at the most inopportune times and keeps me on the phone for HOURS!!

 I have my mother to tend to and put to bed, even after reminding her of that she says “I’m not going to keep you very long” and then proceeds to tell me a story about people I do not even know!  Yet I have to take her calls because I am afraid it might have something to do with my house in Houston.

People PLEASE be considerate of your friends that have favorite shows.  You may not like what they are watching but be respectful of their preferences. Ok end of rant.

$3.69 for regular in Uvalde, Texas back in Del Rio, Texas it was $3.79 a gallon so filled up at their local HEB.
My computer is giving me problems again so I have not been able to upload pictures to my Photobucket account.  Will update my posts with pictures at a later time because if I try to do it right now, I may just shoot my computer and put it out of its misery!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams and not Houston neighbor’s nightmares like in my case :-(

Post for Tuesday - March 27, 2012

Monday afternoon I tried to re-mow the backyard but night fell before I could finish it. Whoever mowed the yard did a terrible job and since the grass was wet it sent gobs of grass that stuck to the windows and vinyl siding.  Had to rake a bunch of grass clippings to be able to push my little electric mower in the area.

I was planning on leaving early Tuesday morning but I decided it would be best to do as much yard work as I could so it would not come back and bite me in the future.  After my neighbors left to go to work I went to work on the yard.

Noticed that there was some white things in my front lawn that were not there yesterday. Upon further inspection they turned out to be baby mushrooms.  Got my garden tools and whacked them good.  Ms. Josie the nice lady in the HOA board told me that management people and a board member would be doing drive-by’s this week and I am going to do my best to avoid anymore “love letters” from them.

Left at noon and got to Del Rio at seven o’clock.  Had no other choice than to get everything down because we have a doctor’s appointment in Uvalde tomorrow.  Finished just in time before a strong storm moved into the area.  Sat in dad’s recliner and fell asleep so I could not make my blog post.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mosquitoes are live and well in Houston

Who ever thought we would have all these mosquitoes in March?  They have bitten me silly.  The mystery still continues as to who mowed my lawn but obviously it was someone that does it for a living because they just barely combed it and not like me that I cut it super short.  Last night I was re-mowing the front lawn and was attacked by the bloodsuckers.

The Town Crier seems to feel it was the man that cut my grass back in December.  I have called him numerous times, his granddaughter even gave me his cell phone but he does not answer and he has not set up his mailbox yet so I cannot leave a message.  Why won’t he take my calls?  Does he not want to be paid?

Have had so many things to do within this short time period that by late evening I have been too tired to do my posts and have just gone straight to bed.  It’s good because I have been able to get up early and even had time to have breakfast something I don’t usually get to do since I am not a morning person.

Breakfast early Sunday at Whataburger.  They have this great hot Ketchup that is available for only a limited time.

This afternoon I finally treated myself to a Patty Melt from Whataburger.  I was taking a picture of my food when the manager walked by and I asked her if she would take my picture eating my patty melt, and she told me that “company policy forbids her from talking pictures”…I thanked her anyway, oh well one would think they would want publicity for their meals.

The living room is full of groceries, paper products and so many other things that I do not know how I am going to cram it all into my sedan but I am sure I will somehow manage to do it.  If all goes well I hope to leave early in the morning.

Right now I am procrastinating as I have to go re-mow the backyard to keep it manageable but I am waiting for the sun to go down some.  I apologize to all the blogs that I follow for not visiting; will get caught up when I get back to Del Rio.

Want to welcome TroublenTX to the blog audience her blog is http://troublentx.blogspot.com/

Have a good evening.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams tonight.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Day Shot to Hell

I was so worried about the darn car battery I barely slept.  Triple A sent a lady to jump-start my car.  She ran three tests and told me that I needed to drive around for an hour without stopping so it could re-charge.  Just what I needed, to drive for an hour with no destination and at today’s high gas prices.

The thought of a drive to Galveston did cross my mind for a minute…but only for a minute as it was close to 1:00 p.m. and my return trip would put me smack down on I-45 rush hour traffic.

So where to go?  I-45 north seemed like a good choice.  Decided to pay a visit to Huntsville State Park, since it is an hours drive from my house.  I think the drought in this part of Texas is over, everything was green and thriving. Got to the park but they had an entrance fee so I turned around and headed back home.

Found a Shell station selling gas for $3.79 a gallon and decided to fill up.  Even though I had driven for two hours without stopping, I did not want to take any chances so I filled up with the car running.  I needed to go buy groceries that are so much cheaper here than in Del Rio but was afraid the car would not start back up.

My shed was broken into again, this makes four times that I know of…this time I decided to file a police report.  Got a really nice sheriff’s deputy but I was baffled that after he took my report, he walked over to a neighbor’s house and talked to the lady that answered the door.  Sure hope she doesn’t think I told him I suspected it was her, because I did not.  I do not even know her, but the Town Crier told me she has two worthless sons that do not work or go to school and that hang around in the now vacant house next to mine.

Sure hope tomorrow is a better day and that I can cross off many more things from my To Do List.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A mystery and a dead battery

Went to bed at 2:10 a.m. and woke up at 5:21 a.m.  Like I have mentioned before, it is hard for me to go to sleep when I have something to do or somewhere to go the next day.  Getting up early had its rewards as I was able to make it back home to Houston by 1:18 p.m. and beat the rush hour traffic.

The first thing I noticed as I pulled into the driveway was that my grass had recently been mowed.  This is so odd.  Remember back in February when I got a love letter from the HOA?  One of my neighbors mowed my front yard (my front yard is tiny) so if one of the board members went by it would look like the violation had been corrected.  However the next day someone came by and mowed both the front and backyard.  I called the HOA and asked if it had been them but they said it wasn't...then who the heck is mowing it and why?

Was almost finished unloading my car when my noisy neighbor came out...the Town Crier.  Man what a busy body she is, has to gossip about everyone.
Made  a stupid mistake in San Antonio.  Had cleaned the windshield with the dirty solvent they have at all the gasoline stations but it left it so streaked that I had  to clean it with my own solvent.  I guess I inadvertantly turned on the headlights (even though they turn on automatically).  When  I stopped at a rest area it kept on beeping at me but I could not find anything wrong.  When I got home it did the same but I just ignored it.

Was going to go get me something to eat but the car would not unlock or beep.  Finally got it opened with the valet key but the car was dead.  Hopefully it is just a dead battery and not something else.  Since it was already late decided I would call Triple A tomorrow after the morning rush hour to have them jump it.

Was hoping to be sleepy by now, but I had two cups of coffee and some hot chocolate on the drive down so I guess I wont be getting any sleep tonight either.  If you are one of those fortunate people that can sleep like a baby, you have no idea how lucky you are.

Today's Gas Prices:

Del Rio              $3.79
Uvalde               $3.69
San Antonio      $3.69
Houston            $3.83

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trip to Town

Went by the library this afternoon and there were only two people using the temporary computers, so the guy in charge told us we could exceed the 20 minute time limit as long as there were no other people waiting to use them.

The library uses Road Runner that I have always heard was super fast but actually it is no faster than my ISP that I am always complaining about.  I guess I cannot expect them to be like AT & T high speed Internet that I had when I lived in Houston, sigh!

Swung by the main post office and the building is starting to show its age, don’t know when it was built but it was here when we moved to Del Rio. Was glad to see that they put in a little landscaping and spruced it up a bit.

Went to pick up a couple of things at HEB and immediately noticed that the price of gas had gone up ten cents overnight, it was now $3.79. That’s what I get for not having filled up yesterday when I had the chance.

My CRT (Can’t Remember Sh*t) syndrome is getting worst or the gas prices adversely affected me.  Needed to go to the bank but it totally slipped my mind.  Didn’t remember until I got home, now you know why I don’t want to take any more cholesterol lowering medication.  They contain Statins, which affect your memory.  I don’t know what is worst to suffer a heart attack or stroke by not taking the medication or to take it and suffer from dementia.  Either way you look at it, it is a no win situation.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Computer Problems

I think my poor computer may be on its last leg. I cannot complain as it has lasted me eight plus years.  I keep on getting that dreaded blue screen.  It is slow to begin with so I wanted to download a program to help speed it up and clean up my hard drive at the same time. What I ended up doing was to make it worst.  I think it was Aros 2012 or something like that.

This program would not let me leave its website nor could I remove it.  I have a little netbook but I don’t have Word on that and I need it in order to write my post.  Actually the netbook does not have much of anything, I use it when I need to make a call on Skype or MagicJack but for that I have to drive into town so I can be close to the Cricket tower.

I went to the public library yesterday only to find that they were fixing the main computers. They did have a couple available but instead of the 30-minute limit these were only available for 20 minutes.  The library has high speed internet but for some reason they were super slow and there was no way I was going to be able to do a post within the time allotted so I decided to read some of my favorite blogs before I got booted.

Guess it makes you appreciate your home computer more when you can be on it as long as you please. So if you don’t see me around, you know why.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Farewell Sugar Bear

I have mentioned many times in this blog how the people I have come to meet at the Chili Cook-off have come to be more than Terlingua acquaintances and more like family.  Our little Terlingua family is comprised of all age groups, creeds, sex, ethnic origins, and diverse social economic backgrounds.

Bear and two other campmates the first year I attended the Chili cook-off
 In this desert environment no one cares what you do or are back in the default world.  They accept you for what you are at that moment in time and ask no questions.  Our only goal is to have a relaxing and enjoyable time in this beautiful and welcoming desert to which we return year after year.

On a prior post I talk about my first time in Terlingua http://terlinguadreams.blogspot.com/2012/01/in-beginning.html

Bear on the left, me and two other Terlingua friends

One person that made that first time memorable was Bear, a good friend of the guy who took me there.  When we got to their camp I was in shorts and a t-shirt and shivering to death as a cold front had moved in the night before.  He loaned me his insulated over-alls, gave me some hot coffee and made me breakfast.  Bear was the type of person who was always smiling and had a happy disposition, loved his country and wore his military fatigues proudly.

Bear in 2006

He took me hiking and showed me the layout of the land.  It being my first time I was not aware they sold t-shirts and I had left my purse in the car.  Bear bought me my first official Terlingua t-shirt and did not accept my money when I tried to pay him back.  I owe a lot of people my gratitude for that magnificent twenty-four hours in the desert but none more so than Bear.

Me with my first official Terlingua t-shirt

It wasn’t until I read his obituary that I found out that his real nickname was “Sugar Bear” and I can certainly see how fitting it was.  He was the type of guy who never met a stranger and would give the shirt off his back if you needed it.  He loved Terlingua and had been attending the event for more than thirty years. Due to health issues he had missed the past couple of cook-offs.  He always looked forward to next year and when we would say our good-byes his favorite phrase was “see you in 364 days because today doesn’t count.

Bear was buried today with full military honors at the age of 60.  May you rest in peace my dear friend.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Love in the Fruit and Vegetable Section

I do not know why when we have somewhere to go, I cannot go to sleep the night before.  Such was the case last night.  We had to go to the Betty Boop hating ophthalmologist for mom’s three-week follow-up and referral to the Uvalde, Texas eye doctor who will be removing her cataracts.

Have a lot riding on this appointment because once I know the date then I can make definitive plans to go home to Houston and take care of a lot of loose ends.  As luck would have it when his nurse tried to set-up an appointment it turns out that on Friday’s the Uvalde office closes at noon, so will have to wait till Monday to know the exact date.

Did you know Dollar Tree sells cookies from foreign countries such as Argentina, Poland, Canada, and Spain to name a few?  I am not much into pastries or sweets but my mother bought out the store.

We had to go to HEB to pick up a prescription and was glad to find that for a Friday they did not have as many people as one would expect which thrilled me beyond believe.  I do not like crowds…except for the chili cook-off in Terlingua.

While at the pharmacy mother ran into a friend of hers, who told her a mutual acquaintance of theirs had gotten married and was on her honeymoon.  She was a widow in her late sixties who ran into an old friend of hers of all places HEB.  I was witness to that re-encounter, was going say Hi to her but decided not to interrupt.  Guess there is still hope for me yet… need to start hanging out at the fruit and vegetable section.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Crossing Things off of my To Do List

The car indicator has been telling me my tire is low since last week but true to my procrastinating ways I waited until today when the tire pressure was 18 to get it fixed. They had a lot of customers but at least I can cross that off my list.

I have been meaning to write a letter but kept on putting it off. Can you believe it hurts my hand to write? I guess I have become so used to typing one and hitting the send button I have forgotten what it is like to do it longhand. It would have been easier to call them but as much as this person likes to talk it is cheaper to buy a stamp.

The only day I will go shopping at Wal-Mart is on Thursday but today I only got as far as the parking lot. Since last month that they moved their garden center to the parking lot, it did away with a lot of spaces. Add to that tons of people and cars everywhere, I decided to postpone my trip to next week.

$3.65 regular at HEB today

Went to Whataburger and there was a line almost to the door and as much as I wanted a hamburger decided this visit too could wait. I guess there must be a lot of tourists here with their families for Spring Break. I will not complain as Del Rio needs tourist’s dollars and we are grateful that they would choose our city for their vacation.

$3.65 regular at Stripes and pretty much all over town today

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Mesquite Trees are Blooming

Mesquite makes excellent wood for cookouts and a couple of logs last a long time around a roaring campfire in Terlingua.  However, seeing them bloom is not a happy occasion for me.

I usually cut down the mesquite by our fence line but have not done so in the past two years so the poor horses my heartless neighbor has will one day have shade.

For one it signifies the end of winter and secondly that sooner or later it will have pods and those darn pods if not raked in a prompt fashion only mean that more mesquite trees will start springing up.  Only if you have ever tried to clear these pesky trees off of your property will you understand how difficult that is.

There are so many new mesquite trees popping up.  Counted over fifty in this side of the property.

Last week I went to buy an electric weed eater and I have yet to assemble it.  Need to do that soon or the weeds are going to get out of control.  Have I mentioned how much I dislike yard work? Oh well, someone has to do it and I guess I’m the lucky one.

This Mesquite has been hit by lighting twice and it refuses to die.  Aren't I lucky?

I would like to welcome a new follower to the blog Big Bend Inquirer. He writes a very funny blog http://bigbendinquirer.blogspot.com/.

Good night.  May you all Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Daily Fix

Some people have a need for their morning caffeine, others for their daily nicotine still others for an afternoon or evening adult beverage (s) to relieve a stressful day.

My daily fix is laughter.  It is something that my body as well as my soul craves. Laughter relieves all my stress as well as my pent up emotions. If only for a while it helps me forget those pesky little problems we all encounter in our daily lives.

It is no wonder that I am a fan of Late Night as well as Late Late Night Talk Shows.  Sometimes I even have to question why I watch some of the ones that I do, that being because some can be so lame.  However, every once in a while they actually have a good show…go figure.

Tonight was one of those fortunate nights, at least in my humble opinion that David Letterman actually had a GREAT show.  It did not hurt that he had Will Farrell as a guest.  For all of you that have come to “know me” in the blogging sphere these past three years and three months…you know that I do not go to the movies, have not done so since the late 80’s.

After watching tonight’s show I think I would actually go see the movie Will Farrell was promoting “La Casa de Mi Padre”.  You know Farrell is funny…now imagine him not only speaking in Spanish but singing in Spanish as well…that is just a recipe for a hilarious movie.  You know how they always show a clip? Well I laughed till my side hurt, and that was just the clip, can you imagine the whole movie?

I would like to welcome Don’s Doin to the blog.  Thank you for signing on as a follower.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dark Shadows

Does anyone recall watching the series Dark Shadows?  I used to love that show.  As soon as I got out of school my cousin and I would run home to watch it.  We were kids in elementary school so we were little scary cats and needed someone else to watch it with.  Sometimes I would invite the neighbor kids.

For those too young to remember it was a series about a vampire named Barnabus Collins and his return to present day Collinsport, Maine as a descendent of Barnabus but in actuality it was himself.  When they ended the series in the Austin area, I was so disappointed even more so when someone in school told us that their cousin in some other state was still watching it.

I was so happy when in the 80’s they started to show the series in the Houston area.  This is when VCR’s first came out and they were bulky and expensive so I did not have one.  There was no way I could make it home in Houston traffic to be able to watch it so I would stay after work and watch it in the lunch room.

Even though there was still daylight and I was no longer a kid, it was still scary.  The Vice President would also stay late and he decided to play a joke on me by sneaking up behind me while I was watching it.  I screamed my lungs out and let me tell you if there is something I can do, is scream and very loudly.  His joke backfired and I ended up scaring him…he never did it again!

Then the Home Shopping Network bought out that channel and once again I was left hanging.  In the 90’s they showed it on the Sci-Fi channels but since I did not have cable I had my mom tape it for me.  She would forget to change the tape so I missed a lot of shows.  Yesterday I started to watch some of them and by golly, they are still scary and they gave me nightmares, lol.

It’s funny how some shows can trigger so many memories and take you back to another more innocent time and era.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Am I making too much out of nothing?

Last month I got an e-mail from an old friend and co-worker whom I was very close to and consider him like the little brother I never had.  When he was still single he had a falling out with his parents and came to live at my house for a while.  That is how close I was to him.

Like most people I have a special e-mail account that I only give out to very close friends and family members.  He knows this and even knowing this he forwarded my e-mail to a mutual acquaintance without my authorization or knowledge.

I got an e-mail from this person today and it really upset me.  I decided a long time ago that I did not want to continue my friendship with this individual and I told that to my friend in more than one occasion.  Why would he disregard my wishes?

Is it common practice to forward e-mails I consider private to your friends?  I feel like my privacy was breached and that he violated our long time friendship by doing so.

This is not the first time this happens, he did it to me five or six years ago as well.  He thinks the rift between this person and I is petty and wants us to be friends again…that is not going to happen.  When I choose to end a friendship or relationship, it is forever.  There is no going back.  I can be cordial to that individual but that is as far as it will go.  If I came to that decision I did not do so lightly, there is obviously a very good reason for me to have severed such ties.

What gives people the right to intrude in my personal life and tell me who I should reconcile with or not? At the very least I think he should of asked me if he could forward my e-mail knowing as he does how I feel about this person.  Am I wrong?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Missed Appointment

I cannot believe I missed my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday.  I cannot blame this on my CRS syndrome as I was cognizant of the fact that I had an appointment just wrote it in my calendar on the wrong day.  Was asked on another blog what CRS stood for when I made a comment.

CRS = Can’t Remember Doodoo (ok it’s another word but I’m being nice)

I learned my lesson a couple of years back when I took a day off to attend a doctor’s appointment and had to drive all the way to the Medical Center in Houston, fight traffic, pay to park and then be told that the doctor did not come in.  Pissed me off to no end that they did not have the courtesy to notify me.  Now I call to make sure my appointment is still on. 

I love my doctor but his staff is another matter.  They used to call to remind the patient that they had an appointment the day before.  Mind you I am not blaming them but what makes me mad is when they tell me that they DID call.  I hate lies especially when I was home and we do have an answering machine in case we weren’t and there is also the caller ID and no call was received.

Remember last month when I went to HEB to have my cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels checked and they all came back badly?  Well I have been doing a lot of research online and now I am not so sure I want to take cholesterol-lowering medications.  Besides being expensive they have a lot of side effects one of them is memory loss and another increase glucose levels, which can lead to diabetes.

Like Mom says, “medications cure one thing but bring on others illnesses”.  Need to do some more research.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico

The reason for the heavy military presence was because the next day Feb 24th was going to be Mexican Flag Day and they were practicing for the festivities while locals looked on.

The sign on the above picture says that Piedras Negras has the biggest Mexican flag in the country.  It was going to be flying the following day. Have never seen it but they say it is huge.

Soldiers practicing marching in the huge town square created by the ex-Coahuila governor and brother to the current governor.

To the right of the picture is the Catholic Church which also underwent remodeling during the plaza expansion project.

Not everyone is happy with the new Plaza or the closing of this street. You used to be able to turn left here and proceed to the church or El Mercado now you have to take a detour.

This is the Mercado - it looks empty but bear in mind contrary to popular believe it is not "siesta time" but when people close to go eat their main meal, usually between 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is the Mexican Post Office and Telegraph building

This is the office of my Mom's podiatrist.  We found her when we got lost looking for the ophthalmologist I go to who specialized in hard to fit patients.  It is well worth the 120 mile round trip to see her.

This is the medical practice of a Mexican Chinese lady doctor who specializes in alternative cancer treatments.

This is mom's podiatrist.

This is the route to Bridge #2 and across from Plaza de la Cultura.

Pictures taken at Plaza de la Cultura

These were behind a fence

Heading back to Eagle Pass on Bridge #2

Mexican toll booths, you can pay in Mexican Pesos or American Dollars.

Readers Questions and Concerns

I did a blog of our trip to Eagle Pass on February 23, 2012.  Since then I have gotten a lot of e-mails asking why I did not do a post on Piedras Negras (across the border from Eagle Pass) or at least post a couple of pictures.

My answer:  I had every intention to do a post but was having a lot of problems with my slow ISP as well as uploading pictures to Photobucket so I nixed the idea but by popular demand will post some of the photos I took.  However bear in mind that driving in Mexico is very different from driving in the US, you have to be on your toes because they weave in and out of traffic especially taxis and motorcycles.  I had to stop to get the shots I did or take them while waiting at a stoplight.

Some e-mails I received also questioned the safety issue involved when crossing to Mexico with the drug cartels and associated violence and if it was a wise decision on my part to do so.

My answer: Living along the Texas-Mexico border I am certainly aware of the dangers and while each of us have different tolerance levels or definition of what constitutes dangerous climates I have no problem going into Mexico but only in certain border towns like Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Presidio, Texas.  You would  NEVER catch me crossing El Paso into Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Laredo into Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas or other border towns in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Why just these towns?  Because I am familiar with them, I visit them often with the exception of Presidio, Texas but I would have no qualms crossing there either.  As a matter of fact Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila is considered the safest border to visit in Texas.  Hope that answers your questions if not feel free to e-mail me at msbelinda@hotmail.com or you can leave me a comment here on the blog.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Have been sleeping like a baby

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that I tend to stay up late at night not necessarily because I want to.  Part of it is because I am a night owl but mostly because for years I have suffered from insomnia.

When I was taking my cholesterol lowering medication one of the side effects was that it made me sleepy (in case you are not familiar with this type of medication you take it at night when your body tends to produce cholesterol).  Quit taking it when my doctor no longer gave out free samples of Crestor. I found out it would cost over $200.00 for a 30 day supply as I have no health insurance.

I am therefore happy to report that for the past three nights I have slept like a baby and have fallen asleep before midnight.  I don’t know if it was because I laughed like crazy during the late night show monologues that I had not watched in a long while and they relaxed me to the point that I fell asleep?  Will not question it, just grateful.  I apologize to all the blogs I follow for not having paid you a visit these past couple of nights but this is the reason why.

Was so hot Friday this vendor was inside the bank cooling off as he waited for customers in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila.

Mom wanted me to take her to the beauty parlor so her wish is my command.  She has been going to this beauty shop in Ciudad Acuna for years but the owner sold her business two years ago though the lead hairstylist is still there.  There was just something about the new owner that did not sit well with either one of us so we decided to look for a new establishment.

We have found it!! This is our second visit to this beauty shop and we really like her, plus she has excellent prices, an accessible location, parking and a great personality.  A haircut and style cost $60.00 Mexican pesos (yesterdays exchange rate was $12.00 pesos to sell dollars, $12.30 pesos to buy dollars) or the equivalent of $5.00 USD.  Mother and I are sporting new do’s.

Our new stylist and her daughter who turned six this particular day.

I want to welcome Dave who signed on as a follower.  His blog is Living Out Here http://livingouthere.blogspot.com/

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.