Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weight off my shoulders

As you know I am not tech savvy and much prefer finding a vendor using the yellow pages versus online. Without a current Houston Yellow Page directory decided to give Angie's List a try.  I started my search after 11:00 p.m. and was surprised someone contacted me almost immediately. Another sent me an e-mail and a third called me early in the morning the following day.

Hired a tree trimmer and the matter was taken care of.  One of the sons of the late owner got back to me and I let him know that what remained of the tree was in danger of falling into his house. I feel like I have had a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders even though it came at a price.

I have neglected to mention that my right leg is once again giving me issues and has for about two months now. Looked up the symptoms and it could be diabetes, or that my fibromyositis has graduated to fibromyalgia. The real diagnosis will have to wait until my next doctor's appointment.

This year spring has been a bit wacky in Del Rio.  We have had temperatures as high as 95 and as low as in the 40's at night.  What we have not had is rain and we sorely need it.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

If you are a regular reader you know that I am the type to see a glass half empty rather than a glass half full. Though we led the whole game I refused to let myself be sucked in only to be let down at the end.

We played a  great game and refused to be swept.  I have no expectations of winning the series let alone against the 2017 NBA World Champions but we lived to play another game.

Manu, Manu, Manu!!!

Go Spurs Go!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

You can skip this post...just venting...

When I lived in Houston, I worked 60 plus hours a week in the oil industry for well over two decades. I never phantom that after closing that chapter of my life, things would get even more stressful. How could that be?  I was leaving the big city for a small border town, I would live at my mother's home and could look after her.  An added bonus would be that I was across the border from Mexico where I could receive quality medical care at the fraction of the price of the United States.

Let me tell you...my stressful former life pales in comparison to my current reality.  It might seem like I am complaining...I suppose I am just venting.  I do not like to preach to my readers but I will only say one thing...please take care of yourself and your health.  If you are lucky enough to have a family, children and a spouse please do it for them. OK, I will get off my soapbox now!

A few days ago my lady HOA neighbor called and left me at least 15 messages both at mother's home phone as well as my cell phone.  We were in San Antonio as we had an early morning appointment and chose to stay overnight.

Those that know me are aware that I HATE cell phones.  I never turn mine on unless I have to make a call. After getting home and listening to all these messages from the same person and not knowing why she sounded so hysterical...I thought the worst!

Dang, my head started spinning and I felt like I wanted to pass out thinking the worst. All types of scenarios came to my mind...did they break into my house, did it burn down, is someone squattering on my property, was there a shooting?

The reality, by comparison, was less dramatic than my overactive imagination. My neighbor's tree fell on my driveway blocking it completely and narrowingly missing the roof over my garage.  I did breath a sigh of relief at least momentarily.  You see this house has been vacant for over a decade after the death of its owner.  He never had insurance when he lived there, so there is no reason to believe his heirs have one now.

Today my same lady HOA neighbor told me that there are other branches about to fall and if they do so it will be on my roof and fence.  I have no other choice but to bite the bullet and pay for something that I should not have to...oh well :-(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Erin Popovich, she was the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. My heartfelt condolences to him and his family.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Could my procrastination get any worst?

It seems all I do when it comes to doing yard work is to just look at the grass (weeds) grow.  I have a confession to make...two years ago I bought an electric lawnmower...I have yet to even open the box.  So if it's broken or missing any parts, I am out of luck.

I considered hiring someone to clear the lot of those darn mesquite trees, overgrown cactus, and other prickly desert plants.  However, I think the pesky white cat has her kittens somewhere in mom's yard and I do not want to harm them.

Her kittens must not need her as much even though they are only 18 days old as she is spending more and more time pestering me whenever I am outside.  She is not eating her dry cat food either, just nibbling on it but if I give her canned food she devours it...sorry cat, cans are expensive.

I need to go to the laundromat but I am tired of having to load and unload the clothes I carry in the trunk of my car in case there are few people when I drive by. That happened last week but with my, CRS forgot to bring the laundry detergent and dryer sheets...guess I will put that off for another day as well.

Today was a wasted day as the only podiatrist in town was going to try to fit in my mother but the call never came.  I needed to run several errands as tomorrow we have another doctor's appointment but those too will have to wait.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Spurs Corner

I am so glad we clinched a spot in the NBA playoffs though I must admit I did not expect the Sacramento Kings would give us such a hard time.

Congratulations to the Austin Spurs who won the 2018 NBA G League Championship.

Go Spurs Go!!!

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 2018 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México

If you recall my last trip to Ciudad Acuña was not as productive as I would have liked since I unknowingly went on a Mexican holiday.  This time I made sure to call the Mexican Post Office as well as the bank beforehand.

The package was shipped at a fraction of the cost that it would have cost my uncle if I had sent it from Del Rio. With that out of the way, we headed to the beauty shop as I had not been able to bring mother since she fell back in October.

We met Claudia a couple of years ago and since then mother has sent a lot of customers her way. She is very appreciative of that and treats us more like family than clients. When we met Claudia her little girl was around five or six and now she is a young lady.


The last time I went grocery shopping I found prices to be much higher than I remembered and Claudia confirmed it.  As you know I love my serrano peppers but the price is more than I am used to paying, however, it is cheaper than what I would pay at HEB.


On this trip, we only went to downtown Gutierrez as I like the shade canopies they have in their parking lot. They become even more important during the hot summer months,.


In México taxis are very affordable and they have several waiting to take you to your destination.


I have to give kudos to the city of Ciudad Acuña as they have installed new super big street signs with a built-in traffic light.


I have always wanted to take a picture of this old pick-up that advertises for the dental clinic where it is parked.


The lines to cross back to the United States where not so bad and they moved fast.


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.