Terlingua Dreams

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

Sunday, December 27, 2015

I must have been a naughty girl... :(

Hi readers, hope everyone had a great holiday.  I must have been a naughty girl this year...again...since Santa forgot to visit me once more :(

Did not do anything special, just stayed home.  I overheard mom tell my uncle that she wanted to eat Bacalao (cod fish) a traditional Christmas dish in some Latin American countries.  Since I had some in the freezer, attempted to make it for our Christmas dinner.

I have made it before after watching countless YouTube videos but I do not know what happened this time...it was awful!!!

We have had absolutely beautiful weather in the 80's.  That is up until this morning.  We had high winds, sleet, and snow flurries.  Called my nice Houston neighbor to inquire about the tornado warnings and weather in my neighborhood...but she was asleep at noon and again early this evening.

Garland Girl, hope you and your family are alright.  Thought about you when I watched the news.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Spurs Corner

I do not know how I could call myself a Spurs fan, when I forgot to watch the game last night! Good thing we won.  Why did I not forget to watch the game against the Houston Rockets?  Now, that was forgettable!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Hoping to stay home till after Christmas

The only reason I drove to town Friday was to pick up mom's medication and pay the water bill. Since I was already out and about I decided to go to Walmart.  I must have picked the perfect hour as believe it or not I did not encounter any mob scenes.

Checked out computer prices but I did not see that they have been discounted...at least not the model I have my eyes on.  Oh well, maybe in January or February when the tax stuff goes on sale?

Been asked why I want a big desktop instead of a laptop.  The reason is so I can show Mom the pictures our family sends. That and the fact that neither one of us has good eye sight anymore.  I would like to set it up in a dedicated area and get her more involved in its use.

Mexico turns off its analog signal at the end of the year.  Other cities like Mexico City did so last week. Along the Texas / Coahuila border I am still using my old TV.  Andy, in case you are reading this have a seat...I still use my VCR to tape shows....jajajajaja :D

Needless to say there were a lot of people from Mexico buying up HDTV's at some very reasonable prices even with the high dollar exchange rates.

Mexican news reported that International bridges have long lines both ways.  This particular reporter was in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua across the border from El Paso, Texas.  The lines to cross to the USA were taking up to FOUR hours!  There is nothing I need or want that badly to endure a wait of that magnitude.

Was hoping not to have to go to the store until after Christmas but two light bulbs of the "curly type" that claim to last anywhere from 7 to 9 years...ended lasting a mere two years and 3 months.  What a rip off!  Then again what is a few burnt out light bulbs?

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Turned the table on the Doc

We had a 3:00 p.m. doctor's appointment in Uvalde, Texas today.  Anticipating that we would have our usual two to three hour wait and the fact that it gets dark by 6:00 p.m. I decided it might be a good idea to spend the night in Uvalde.

On our last visit he still had a room full of patients when we left and I fully anticipated the same scenario this time around.  I decided I was tired of waiting hours and did not arrive until 4:12 p.m.

What would be my surprise but to find only two people in the waiting room.  We were called within 15 minutes of arrival, saw the doctor and were out the door by 5:00 p.m.  With enough daylight we made it home shortly after sunset.

I think perhaps the holidays had a lot to do with it?  Actually, I do not know that for a fact but it sure felt good to turn the table on the doctor for a change :)

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

An early but productive day

Yesterday I woke up very early (for me) as something kept nagging at me...and it wasn't my mother...jajajaja :D

The telephone had been out since Sunday. I made an online appointment which was confirmed TWICE by Verizon via e-mail...it stated that the arrival time would be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

I took out the trash early and opened the gate in preparation for their afternoon arrival as I was also going to head down to Stripes to buy breakfast.

All the neighbor dogs started barking and I heard the motor of a heavy vehicle...sure enough it was the phone guy!  Went outside to greet him and to let him know that I had an afternoon appointment and that my mother was asleep.

He stated that he could come back in the afternoon if I wanted but he was more than sure that he would not need to come inside the house.  With that cleared up, I told him to go ahead.  Sure enough the problem was at the pole, the wear and tear on the cable had snapped the line.

In reality it was a blessing in disguise as it wasn't even 9:00 a.m. and the problem was solved. Decided to take advantage of this and tackle the dreaded trip to the laundromat.  I spent a little shy of four hours there.  You do not know how good it felt to strike that off of my To Do List.

Once again I can not wish you a good night and Terlingua Dreams as it's morning...so have a great day instead.

Spurs Corner  

We are playing so good!  With a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter Pop is emptying out the bench and showcasing the talent and future potential of these young players.

Go Spurs Go!                          

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Spruced up campgrounds

It had been a while since I had visited the Amistad National Recreational Area campgrounds in particular San Pedro.  I am happy to report that it has been spruced up. For one it has new signs.

They grated graded the roads (is that the correct terminology?)

They have also been busy trimming the trees

However, they did an awful job on the Billy Bob tree!

They still need to mow your yard Billy Bob...as usual your camping spot is all lonesome.

This is where I wish you a good night and Terlingua Dreams but I fell asleep watching TV last night and did not do my post. Have been up since 6:00 a.m. an oddity for me :D

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Cholesterol laden food / No phone service

I can not believe a whole week has gone by since my last post.  As usual I have been busy with doctor's appointments...for a change it was me who finally went to see one.  Not because I wanted to but because you have to go see the doctor twice a year or you risk no longer being his patient.

Actually, I have not seen the doctor...just his nurse practitioner.  No big deal as she is only treating my hypertension but she did warn me that next time I would have to have blood work done...dang! Just like the Mexican doctor I see in Ciudad Acuna...all my evils will be coming to the forefront after that!  Better enjoy the next three months before I can no longer eat or drink anything.

Good bye pizza, hamburgers, fried chicken, menudo, barbacoa, and cholesterol leaden food at Stripes.  Good bye drinking beer or a glass of wine as I take in a Spurs game (a tear rolling down my face).

My leg has also been giving me a run for my money.  The NP (nurse practitioner) asked me if I wanted to be placed on Gabapentin or Lyrica...WTH...I told her neither!!!  For one, Mom has like 180 pills of Gabapentin and she might have taken two or three at the most.  Lyrica?  Really?  My nice Houston lady neighbor that takes or has taken every pill known to man...told me that she was unable to purchase hers because it costs $274.00 a month...that is a WHOLE lot over my budget!

Today I was moving things around in my room trying to streamline all the gadgets and cords and give myself a little more breathing room...when I unplugged a 4 prong 42-year-old phone thingie and now the telephone has no signal...dead as a doorknob!

I know all of you all out there are saying...so what...who still has a landline in their home?  We do! Needless to say my mother is not too happy about it, especially since this week we have two doctor's appointments and we will perhaps be spending one night out-of-town.  Guess we will be without telephone service for at least a week.  So, if you are trying to reach us and the answering machine does not pick up...you know why :(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Reminiscing along historic Sourth Del Rio - Part I

It has been a long time since I have had the chance to go riding around.  I decided to drive to historic south Del Rio.  This is where we lived when we first moved here. Though the house no longer exists..it was nice to see the other homes with new owners as their original owners passed away a long time ago.

When I first started this blog I often mentioned our "ex-mechanic"...well I used to call him something else but I can no longer do that, as we just learned he passed away two months ago. His shop closed down a couple of years ago, he blamed the federal government as they constructed the new International bridge offices and cut him off from his customers and the old road to Mexico.

Behind this fence, it is still US soil for about a third to a half mile.
 That is how far the RIo Grande River and Mexico are located

This is the border fence across from his shop.  It is not even a mile long along this stretch of Frontera Road.

Here you can see the International Bridge in the area reserved for the inspection of 18 wheelers and commercial vehicles.

Even though we are in December the trees are still holding on to their leaves.  There was this big grayish truck with blue and red lights on this now cul-de-sac.  I, of course did not take a picture of it...though it surprised me as this area is usually patrolled by official Border Patrol and not undercover vehicles...but what do I know?

One of the churches that was most impacted by the street closing was Faith Mission.  Their church goers would simply clear customs and walk half a block  In my day there was no Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries (there still isn't) or other charity to donate to.  If you had something to donate you brought it to Faith Mission and many including myself still do.

When we moved here from Austin, Texas in the late 60's there was only one Border Patrol Headquarters located along Hudson Drive which is now called Qualia Drive in honor of the owners of the oldest winery in the state of Texas...more on a future post.

It now sits empty on some prime real estate.  Though there were two vehicles parked here, they were not official Border Patrol vehicles.

In some ways it makes me feel old, as I remember landmarks and people we knew that lived along this stretch that are no longer with us.  Like the Arranaga's, the Urby's, the Gonzalez's, the Cantu's and the Lira's.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

An on time appointment

Ordinarily when we have an appointment in San Antonio I tend to go the day before, locate the place and then find a hotel nearby. Unfortunately, that would have meant getting on the road Sunday with all the Thanksgiving Day crowd making their way home.

Been having a problem with the low tire indicator, keeps lighting up, stays on for a few days and then goes back to normal.  Could not chance it and went to get it checked out, glad I did because all the tires needed air.

We arrived at the doctor's office at 11:55 a.m. an hour and 20 minutes before our appointment. I was shocked when they called her name at 12:40 p.m.  Getting to see the doctor before your appointment time?  Incredible!

The local ophthalmologist's office had printed out driving instructions for me which I very much appreciated.  Problem is that the print is too small.  Decided to put a empty box of Kleenex to good use and made me flash cards.

I don't know how I always manage to get lost when I am coming back to Del Rio. This time I took I-10 West and was heading to Boerne before I stopped and got directions...needed to have been headed to I-10 East...go figure :(

Would have loved to have stopped at Target and Academy but we needed to get back before sunset as I have poor night vision.

Filled up in Uvalde, Texas and using my Stripes pre-paid card saved .03 cents a gallon for the not too shabby price of $1.699 per gallon.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.