Terlingua Dreams

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

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Sage is Blooming

There is nothing more beautiful here in the desert of West Texas than when the sage blooms.  It is a glorious spectacle.

I was awaken to the sound of thunder along with a show of lighting around 2:11 a.m. The first thought that came to mind was the memorial weekend crowd camping at Lake Amistad.

Around noon I convinced my mother to go driving around with me to the different campgrounds with the excuse that I wanted to take pictures of the sage.

I was so surprised that there was absolutely NOBODY at the Spur 277 North or at San Pedro Campground, and only one RV at the secluded campground on highway 90 West which exact name eludes me at the moment. The only campground that had people was my favorite Governors Landing.

Made me wonder if last night storms drove them to hotels or if they even came at all.  Yesterday I treated mom to a strawberry sundae at Dairy Queen and there were a lot of tourists so hopefully they are still around.

When we got home Walter was waiting for us!  Gave him some water, which he promptly drank.  After we finished our Long John Silver’s special meal of two for $10.00 which I must way was quite tasty we went outside to take some pictures.  Walter had never seen my Mom before so I think he got spooked and quickly retreated to his corral even though I kept on calling him back.

Hopefully he grazed on plenty of grass before we got home and had a full tummy.
Billy Bob had to include a picture of your tree, look how much it has grown
since your last visit!

May you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Recycling Wednesday

I was finally able to make it to our local recycling center.  Funny I used to take stuff to Houston to recycle and now it is the other way around.  The Houston recycling centers are a bit far from my house while the one in Del Rio is centrally located.

Could not help but think of Ginger and Frann when I saw blue wine bottles someone had discarded as they both were collecting them to incorporate in their Terlingua homes.

They had a bunch of televisions.  When I discarded mine this center did not exit.  I had to take it to the city dump, get in line behind the trash trucks, then ended up getting a flat.  I swore it would be the first and last time I would ever go there and so far have kept my promise.

Had not blogged since I basically wasted two days waiting on my propane provider.  I do not know what is happening to him but ever since he switched employers it is like he doesn’t give a darn about his customers.  Used to be able to call him and he would be here within the hour or I could count on him to deliver that same day.

Bunch of old computers too

Called him early Monday and he said he would be here and if not he would call me…sure he called me at 5:10 p.m. to let me know he had ran out of propane and could not make it but he would here on Tuesday.  He made it all right but at 3:42 p.m., which pretty much shot my day to hell.

I swung by the post office today to mail off a very important package, which true to my procrastinating ways needed to have been mailed off in April.  I am marking the date as this is not just a blog but my cyber diary…as we all know about my CRS syndrome!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Grazing Sunday

Mom woke me up to tell me to get my camera that the neighbor’s horse was in our property.  Reluctantly I got up and scrambled for the camera.  She had just looked out the kitchen window so she had no idea how long he had been here.

This is one of the horses of her neighbor that I have blogged about before.  He always has his poor horses in the sun with little water or whatever water there is, it is hot.  About two months ago he finally got rid of two of them and now he just has this one horse that is pretty big and whose rib cage you can easily see.

I often walk to the fence that divides our property and talk to him so he knows my voice, I do not know what his name is but I call him Walter.  I was so glad to see him grazing as it will minimize the lawn I have to mow as I have yet to hear from the person I called to come trim the trees and cut the grass (weeds).

When the owner’s son came to get him I told him that he could stay since I had plenty of grass for him to eat and it would also help me by not having to mow it.  He agreed and I spent the rest of the day watching him graze, giving him water and making sure he did not eat what he was not supposed to.

Can you believe I forgot about the solar eclipse?  Do not think we were able to view it here as there were some clouds and I never saw it get dark…maybe the next one?

Another great icon of my time has passed away.  Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died after a long battle with cancer today at the age of 62.  Only three days after the legendary Donna Summer left us.  It is indeed a sad day for us fans of Disco and 70’s music.

This butterfly had beautiful colors that my cheap camera was not able to capture
what appears to be black was actually royal purple.
Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Slept In

For the life of me I could not go to sleep last night or rather this morning, so it is no wonder I slept until 1:30 p.m. and only because I smelled mom’s cooking and got hungry. 

After the incident with the “worm” I have not gone back to the laundry room/storage room/tool shed nor do I plan to.  I keep my weed eater, cords, and garden tools in there so decided to hire someone else to do the lawn.

Friday morning I called one of mother’s acquaintances that trims trees and mows lawns for a living and left him a message.  I cannot believe he has not had the courtesy to return my call.  Will give him until Monday then I am calling someone else.  In case you are wondering NO, I did not call Mata Gatos (mother’s yard man that never finishes the job).

I used to watch Saturday Night Live back in 80’s and 90’s when they actually had a funny cast.  I will watch it now and then but seldom do I watch the whole thing. Tonight they had the season finale with Mick Jagger, while not a fan of his…it was not bad.

Oh yeah, just a reminder to not forget to watch the solar eclipse tomorrow if you are so inclined.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Heat is Here to Stay

If you have been reading this dribble you know I usually wait till late at night to do my post. Yesterday I did a post early in the day something I do not normally do but the circumstances warranted it.

Besides being in shock over Donna Summer’s untimely death I also had to take my mother to her doctor’s appointment yesterday.  The reason I had gone online to begin with was to check out this week’s specials at the Del Rio HEB so we could swing by afterwards.

I get all the Houston local grocery store ads via e-mail and it just kills me to have to pay the Del Rio prices for the same exact thing.  Sure wish we had other groceries stores to choose from.

We have had the air condition off since the rains began and the temperatures became tolerable.  However, when we got back home yesterday the house was an inferno, so the A/C had to be turned on this time for the rest of the season.

It was so nice and cool that I slept like a baby and forgot to make my post.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Queen of Disco - Donna Summer passed away

I have just heard the sad news that Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco passed away at age 63 from lung cancer.  Coming of age in the 70's and being a self proclaimed disco duck, I loved her music and to this day still listen to it.

A fan created this site as a tribute if you care to check it out http://www.donna-tribute.com/

Thank you for your music and the memories.  May you rest in peace Donna Summer.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Was it a Worm?

Lately some of the blogs that I follow have had a similar theme…snakes or critters inside their home or in their yard.  As you know I have a terrible fear of snakes and rats but it seems where there is one there is the other.

When Dad was alive he had a bathroom built outside for when his male friends came over.  While it is a functional bathroom we mostly use it as a laundry room and tool shed.  Went to get the ladder and pruning shears when I saw a dark brown worm about three inches long about the length and width of a crayon and let out a scream!

That “worm” sure moved fast.  Needless to say I quickly got the heck out and now I am afraid to go back in there.  I cannot even bring myself to google information, as I know I will be greeted with a picture of a snake and I will never be able to go to sleep.

Those of you that know about snakes, can you tell me how big snakes are when they are born?  Are snakes hatched from eggs?  The thought of there being a mother, sisters and brothers is a little too much for me.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams…I will be having “worm” nightmares.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012

It sure was nice and cool this morning but I think the air conditioning will be coming on again in the next couple of days and will stay on.

I have been trying to upload my pictures from my computer to Photobucket but with this slow Cricket connection it has taken hours.  Gave up and canceled the upload.  Think I will go to McDonald’s, which has a faster internet connection than the local library, and where I wont be limited to 20 minutes.

I have spent almost all day trying to catch up on the blogs I follow but it is taking a while to read them all.  Wow, guess I did not realize how much we write on blogs and how much information I am behind on.

The rain is officially over for this area.  Hope it all dries soon because I have to call the propane guy as we are dangerously low but I have not wanted to call him so the truck wont leave ruts in the back yard.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Saved by the Rain?

I got back to Del Rio last Monday and that night we had a wicked storm and it seems like it has been raining almost every day.  Mind you I am not complaining I am grateful for the rain and also because after working my tail off for two weeks I have been able to take a week off to relax before I have to get serious and start my dreaded yard work among other things in my to do list.

Today we had another strong storm system come through and we expect the last of the rain to come to an end by Tuesday…so guess my down time has come to an end.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Took the Day Off

Everyday I have been going here and there and when I have not I have been working around the house.  I really needed to mow the grass but I just could not bring myself to do so today.

Decided to take a day off and just relax and basically do nothing.  I need to hurry up and wrap up things here so I can get back to Del Rio where once again Mom’s yard awaits me.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bargain Hunting

One of the things that I miss most about not living in Houston is the great deals that can be had here as opposed to where I currently reside.  The reason being that there is so much competition here be it from grocery stores, sporting good stores, clothing stores, etc. etc. you name it and it can be had at a much lower price and usually in just as good or better craftsmanship.

Yesterday I went back to .99 Cents Only Store and today I hit CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s who had great deals on Revlon lipstick (for Mom and I).   Walgreen’s was cheaper by almost a dollar but CVS had the shades I was looking for, so I won’t complain.

Then I hit Joe V’s…you might be asking yourself…what the heck is Joe V’s?  It is owned by HEB and it is their discount grocery store in Houston.  By now it is probably in other big cities but Houston was the first city in Texas to have them and the store by my house was the first store to be opened here.

They have daily specials located as soon as you walk into the store that is kind of warehouse looking and they only take cash or debit cards…no credit cards in order to keep their prices low.  They carry the HEB label Hill Country Fare.  For example you can buy a can of HCF green beans, corn, peas or mixed vegetables at their regular HEB store for .59 cents a can but at Joe V’s they can be had at 3 cans for $1.00 every day.

All these items can be had at 3 for $1.00 at Joe V's

You can buy bacon for $1.47 but if they happen to have it as a daily special you can purchase it for $1.00.  As you know when I was born the “cooking fairy” skipped me so I only do very simply dishes.  I purchased a 16 hotdog bun package for .98 cents where as in Del Rio they sell the 8 bun package for $1.00…they don’t even carry the 16 bun one or if they do, I have never seen it.

Remember I did a post on Nopales (cactus) when I last went to Mexico?  This vegetable is one of the best you could possibly eat especially if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis or digestive problems just to name a few.  Last month when I was here they had a Lent special on 15.5 oz jars at 3/ 1.00 guess they bought a lot and I was able to purchase more at the same low price.  Call me “crazy” if you may but I purchased $20.00 dollars worth…yes that is 60 jars worth, which is a bargain when you have high cholesterol and regular medication (Crestor) sells for close to $200.00 for a 30-day supply.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.