Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The warmth before the Artic blast

It turned out to be a beautiful, warm and sunny day.  Took my solar lights outside to get charged as the cold front arrives tomorrow and it will be cloudy, rainy and miserable for a couple of days.

I picked up all the things that might become projectiles in the high winds and even raked and bagged leaves in the backyard. Watered my plants and brought them in this evening.

Drove into town and filled up my gasoline tank at $2.19 per gallon.  HEB has had a packed parking lot for days now so decided to drive to the old HEB which locals affectionately refer to as "little HEB".  I was in and out in no time flat and scored two 1/2 gallon eggnog's which from prior experience go fast at the main HEB.

Stopped at our locally owned smokehouse, Hot Pit Bar-b-q...purchased three turkey legs for our New Year's meal... as you know my culinary skills are limited to nonexistent :-(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

Even though we lost tonight, I am not too upset about it.  Detroit is cold and we are not used to those God-awful temperatures.

We may even lose our next game to the New York Knicks next Tuesday. Does anybody know if each player gets their own hotel room or do they have to share one with a couple of guys?

GSG!!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December 2017 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - Mexico

My uncle had sent us a package after we got back from Houston but it did not arrive in Ciudad Acuña until after my mother's fall. We finally had a chance to go pick it up yesterday.

There was very little traffic going to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila but OMG the traffic heading back to Del Rio was backed up past the toll booths in Mexico!  Maybe December 26th was not the best day to head there but it is only going to get worst in the following days as more people who headed to Mexico for the holidays make their way back home.

I was hoping the line would go down but there is a cable channel on Mexican television that lets you look at the cameras at the international bridge and gauge the traffic flow.  It was evident the line was only getting worst.

I did make a stop at Aurrera but at the small one in the central part of Ciudad Acuña. The price of tomatoes remains high so the only vegetables I bought were papaya and a hand full of serranos. The high peso to dollar ratio is really affecting the pockets of the regular Mexican citizen. One has to take into account that the minimum wage in Mexico depending on the exchange rate fluctuates between $4.00 and $4.25 US dollars.  In Mexico, the minimum wage is not per hour but per day.

As expected when we arrived at the Mexican toll booths they were backed up. Some people were turning around but we had no other choice but to proceed.  It took us 2 hours 11 minutes to cross to the USA. You know how I feel about waiting in lines.

It pisses me off that we have two international bridges in Del Rio but the one at Amistad Dam closes at 5:00 p.m.  I think during high congestion holidays like Christmas, New Year's and Easter they should be open at least till 10:00 p.m.  However, I do not think the Department of Homeland Security is interested in my opinion.

I need to mention that there is one special lane called Express Lane (or something to that effect) this is for people who do not have anything to declare. They usually only have one lane open but today they had two. By the time I realized it, they was no way anybody was going to let me cut into the other lanes. I apologized to the officer whom I have to say was very understanding and kind.

We got back just in time because it started drizzling as soon as we cleared US Customs. Today was a cloudy, cold and wintery day. I am glad we went to Mexico yesterday as I do not think I would have wanted to go today.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.




Friday, December 22, 2017

A long day

Man, it has been a long day!  Got up at six this morning and have been going strong up until eleven o'clock this evening.  When I worked in the oil patch, I never knew what time I would get home.  Working 12 to 14 hour days were the norm.  At the time I thought those were long hours, I laugh at that thought now.  It is more taxing physically and emotionally now that I do not work...as in a paying job...but more demanding than I ever thought possible.

This afternoon mother finally got her MRI.  Actually, it was two MRI's...MRI Thoracic Spine...and MRI Lumbar Spine.  Her primary physician is on vacation next week so I have no idea when we will know the results. The good thing is that her pain levels are down and by default her intake of pain medication.

Yesterday I was happy to see regular gasoline going for $2.03 a gallon and inching closer to the less than two dollars a gallon benchmark. I was disappointed to see that the price had jumped six cents overnight to $2.09 per gallon.

It rained this morning but was still warm and humid. The cold front hit around noon, mainly it was the winds that made it feel colder.  The good thing is that our "winter" is about six weeks long.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Use it or lose it

I had a coupon for 10% off of my total purchase at Tractor & Supply that expires at the end of the month.  I would have normally used it by now but since my little strays abandoned me or somehow met with foul play, I have not had a reason to go back to the store.

I have seen several commercials touting the effects of O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream and decided to give it a try. I wash my hands a lot and just in the five hours I have used it, I am already seeing a difference. Will write a review at some future date.

While there decided to buy some Horse Pine Pellets...remember my post on making a cheap port-a-potty? I am trying to put a link to the post but Blogger is telling me it does not exist...grrrrrrrrrr...Yes, it does!

No, I did not buy them for that expressed purpose but in case water comes into the house as we are expecting rain and a cold front this Friday.

I give myself a treat once a week and indulge in moderation in the foods I would otherwise avoid.  Had another coupon for a free Whataburger that also expires at the end of the month. So headed to claim it...it was delicious!

Hope everyone has finished or is closed to finishing their Christmas shopping.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I think the Spurs want to give me a heart attack!  Tonight was another close game.  We were very fortunate to have won considering all the turnovers.

GSG!!!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blogger is screwing up!

I do not know what is going on with Blogger but for some reason three of my readers' comments were marked as Spam and Blogger did not post them.

My apologies to RedEyeMule, Rob, and Andy V.  I have no idea why you were targeted as at least Rob and Andy V,  frequently comment on this blog.

Only Gypsy and JO's comment made the cut.  If it wasn't because Blogger sends me an email for each comment made, I would have never known I had additional ones that went unpublished.

It was a cold, cloudy and miserable day today...in the 40's...and while some readers from up north may be laughing...to us in West Texas, that is considered to be cold!  It also rained which did not help matters.

We are supposed to have a cold front this Friday and many San Antonio television stations are toying with the word "snow"...as long as it is just a dusting, I am Ok with it.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sleepless in Del Rio

Here it is, way past 4:30 a.m. central time and I still can not go to sleep. So what is a person supposed to do to keep entertained at this god-awful hour?  Well, in my case, I like to listen to music from the 70's, 80's and 90's...music that when you look back...made me feel alive and brought so much happiness into my life.

Music not just from one genre but from multiple ones as my profile indicates. https://www.blogger.com/profile/09035993834877022676

I love how just one particular song can transport me back in time... to a far away era and undoubtedly...a much happier one or at least one not so complicated.  Back when I was naive and had no idea what the future held for me.  Thank you, YouTube!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The downside of living in a small town

Mother was scheduled to have an MRI this past Friday, we were about to leave when they called to let us know that the machine had broken down and a repair person was on his way from San Antonio but they could not guarantee it would be fixed that day. He tentatively re-scheduled her for Saturday.

First thing Saturday I called to make sure the machine was up and running but it wasn't. Was informed that they would call us sometime next week to re-schedule. Our local hospital is the only place in town that has said machine.

Monday the healthcare worker assigned to mother got on the phone as soon as she found out to try to schedule the first available appointment but surprise...the closest date she could book was in two weeks. This is when I miss living in Houston where there are hundreds of options.

Today I went to stock up on groceries as I try to avoid going to stores the week before Christmas.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Let it snow...

It has been cold and raining for two solid days.  I barely slept last night as I kept on getting up to check the kitchen for leaks, fortunately, we did not get any.

The "S" word had been in the forecast for areas northwest of us but I generally do not believe the weather people.  The alarm went off this morning but I have it far away from me so I can not reach it unless I get up. I have it set to a local radio station where I learned that it had snowed heavily in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila as well as other states and then crossed the border into Texas.

While Del Rio did not receive snow, Brackettville (30 miles away) and Eagle Pass (60 miles south of us), as well as other little towns in between, were lucky enough to see it.  I have a love-hate relationship with snow.  When I was going to school at Sul Ross State in Alpine, Texas it snowed a lot and I fell on more than one occasion.

However, snow is not common in Houston or for that matter Del Rio so I do not mind experiencing it every decade or so.  As I was watching the 6:00 p.m. news the anchors were very excited because it was snowing in Uvalde, Hondo and then moved into the northern part of San Antonio.

Then it started reaching other areas of San Antonio and it was snowing heavily. The official reading at the airport was 1.9 inches and everyone was excited including me!  Last time they had measurable snow was back in 1985...32 years ago.

Loved watching videos of little kids experiencing their first snowfall.  I did not experience mine until I was nine years old.  I will never forget back in high school when an exchange student from Africa started crying because she had never seen snow in her life. She was lucky as it took place in April and by that time it is already in the 90's here.

If it snows it will happen in the early morning hours so the chance of me seeing it are slim to none. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....:-)

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CRS vs I have no recollection?

Was talking to my friend Linda Lou who is 15 years older than I am. She can not believe that I can not remember people or events within our circle of acquaintances going back 25 to 30 years ago. Gee, am I the only one that suffers from CRS?  That or I have early dementia :-(

Speaking of lack of memory, my doctor suggested I try Ginkgo Biloba and I have been taking it for the past seven months and at least in my case, I have seen no benefits... so as soon as I finish this bottle...I am done!

Perhaps, rather than saying I suffer from CRS...I should say "I have no recollection"?  Then maybe more people could sympathize with my plight?

The trees have shed most of their leaves in the last two days when normally they don't until mid to late December. I think the fact that I did not water them this summer may have had something to do with it.

We are expecting rain late tonight and all day tomorrow. We really need the precipitation as it has not rained in weeks.  I am still conducting my experiment of being able to live off of my primitive rain catchment system.  Unfortunately, if I was living off grid I would have run out of water two weeks ago.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am so proud of my guys, in particular, the young talent. They played a fantastic game against the OKC Thunder that was winnable and could have gone either way. They played against the starters, not the bench players. Though we lost, it really felt like a win...our future looks bright!

GSG!!!