Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
2019 CASI Chili Cook-off - Terlingua, Texas

Thursday, June 27, 2019

What is going on...yet another power outage!

This was definitively not an early rise day.  Though I was awake, my arms and back ached so I did not get up until eleven o'clock and could have stayed in bed even longer.  That is the problem with procrastination...sooner or later you pay the price times two.

Got an e-mail notification that my order was ready for pick up at Walmart.  Briefly considered going to pick it up. Concluded that it could wait until tomorrow.  Decided to have an early dinner when the lights went out at 4:51 p.m.  I was livid!

WTH is going on?  This time I was ready...the cell phone was charged...I had the correct number to report an outage not just in one room but in several. I had just finished bringing in the charged solar lights and this week I had frozen even more water bottles as well as 64 oz Apple Juice containers.

I was the first person to report the outage in my area per the individual who took my report.  After a while it got stuffy so I opened up the kitchen windows as we had SE 9 mph winds with gusts of 16 mph.

Turned off or disconnected the power strips to protect my electrical equipment as well as the air conditioning.  At 6:30 p.m. the electricity came back on after 2 hours and 19 minutes.  It lasted all of maybe 10 seconds when it went out again but not before I heard several transmitters blow.

At 7:02 p.m. the electricity was finally restored.  So today's outage lasted 2 hours and 51 minutes and I have NO idea what caused it.

I was too stressed out by the events so decided to make the trip to Walmart after all.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Completed my chores early

Rolled the trash can to the gate this morning since I was too tired to do so yesterday afternoon. Was surprised that it was in the '70s. Decided right then and there to head to town before the temperature went up.

First stop was the car wash, I honestly can not remember the last time I wash it.  From there headed to HEB hoping that the price of gasoline had not gone up.  To my delight...it had not was still selling for $2.249 a gallon.  When I arrived there were only two cars, by the time I left all the pumps were in use.


At Stripes, it was selling for $2.28 with a Stripes card and $2.31 if you didn't have one.


Though I could have shopped at this HEB decided to head to Little HEB instead.  Got the items I needed and was shortly on my way to the Post Office to pick up our mail. Was home by 10:30 a.m. High-temperature today was 92 with a heat index of 101 degrees.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Yard work is NOT fun...:-(

I was unable to go to sleep until after 4:00 a.m, so it isn't any wonder that I had to drag myself out of bed to do my morning chores and then force myself to pick up all the limbs that litter both the front and back yard after Friday's storm as tomorrow is trash day.

Last night it rained again and the backyard was once again a slippery muddy mess.  When I do yard work I wear jeans, a long-sleeved t-shirt, rubber boots, garden gloves, and my hat.  It reached 96 degrees today but I knew if I took a break I would NOT get back to it so stayed outside until 3:30 p.m. though I had not eaten.  I am so glad I got that over with!

I had no idea there were so many wasp nests everywhere as well as cobwebs. Though I was a sweaty mess I am glad I wore my usual attire or the mosquitoes would have made me more of an unwilling blood donor. At least they were limited to my face and neck.

I had every intention of driving to town to fill up my car but after I took a shower I was much too tired...will have to tackle that tomorrow or not.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Lower gas prices / Fly ribbon / Dollar Tree

Though I am not a morning person I am getting up early to beat the heat and humidity while taking care of my morning chores.  There are so many branches that fell during the Friday storm that I still need to pick up before trash day.

Had to run errands in town but got a late start.  As I drove by HEB was surprised that gasoline had gone down to $2.24 per gallon, that was not the case at Exxon, Stripes or Murphy Oil (Walmart).

I think I mentioned before that Del Rio has a fly, mosquito, and wasp epidemic...those suckers are everywhere.  I know I have fly ribbon from back when Walter (ex-horse of a neighbor to the south of mother's house).  Unable to locate it I went to buy some more at the dollar store...boy has the product gotten smaller...everything at the Dollar Tree has gotten smaller.


A couple of months ago I kidded that the Dollar Tree needed to change its name to The Three Dollar Store because with all the proposed tariffs on Chinese goods nothing is going to cost a dollar in the future.  I thought perhaps I had dreamt this but I actually saw a commercial for a store I had never heard of before...Five Below Store.  I suppose it is like the 99 Cents Only Store?

By the time I headed home I presume word had gotten out that HEB had the lowest gasoline price in town and there were LONG lines...you know my rule...so I went on my merry way.

The high today was 96 with a heat index of 104 degrees.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Without Power for 14 hours 50 minutes...

The 6:00 p.m. news yesterday afternoon mentioned that there was a "possibility" of evening showers but there was a good chance that they would not materialize.  Around 8:35 p.m. the winds started blowing but not bad probably about 25 mph followed shortly by thunder and lightning.

Decided to write my blog entry early when all of a sudden the lights went out at 9:10 p.m.  I could not understand why as the thunderstorm was not that severe yet.  Then the winds started whipping up, the rain began beating on the windows and all hell broke loose.

Today, I would learn that the wind speeds got to 60 mph while at Laughlin Air Force Base they reached 70 mph at the height of the storm.

Thank goodness I had charged my solar lights so at least we had some sort of illumination.  The only thing I miss about having a real landline is that they actually ring during power outages.  While "technically" we still have one...it does not work without electricity since it is bundled with  Internet, cable and telephone service with Spectrum.

I would later find out that the City of Del Rio Emergency Management System did a robocall to all the residents at 9:39 p.m.  My question is WHY until then?  By now the storm was over! 

At 9:46 p.m. the outside street lamp...that WE pay for as there were no street lights when we first moved here...came on as well as the lights to all the neighbors across the street.  I could not see the lights on our side of the street as my family owns several lots and with all the rain we have experienced recently along with the growth it was impossible to see beyond my lot (adjacent to my parent's property).

I signed up mother for paperless billing a couple of years back to cut down on the paper clutter so had no actual bill to look up a number to report the outage to.  Decided to Google it only to find out that my cellphone battery was very low.  The number they gave me would disconnect me as soon as I inputted my area code.  Wished CPL had referred me to their parent company AEP who is the one that actually handles these matters.

To make an already long story short...and after multiple calls...the lights came back on exactly at twelve noon today.  It took 14 hours and 50 minutes for us to have power.

I was exhausted and after taking a two-hour nap with the A/C turned down to 72...once the power was restored...I felt a little better.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Bad Lab Report

Got up early as I had a doctor's appointment this morning.  I already knew it was going to be bad because I go to Ciudad Acuña for my labs and had seen the results.  I keep a daily log of my blood pressure readings.  In a nutshell, my cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and glucose levels are all elevated and need to be addressed.

I have had high levels of cholesterol all my adult life and high blood pressure runs in my family. She gave me the option of trying to lower my cholesterol on my own or with medication and frankly I am tired of trying to reign it in alone so asked to be put on medication.

She doubled my BP dosage from 50 mg to 100 mg and while my A1C has gone up it does not warrant medication yet. I also have to exercise...that is easier said than done :-(

The heat has been stifling it got to 101 with a heat index of 109 degrees.

It was so hot I did not stop to fill-up...perhaps I should have since with this Iran drama prices certainly are going to increase.  Going prices in Del Rio today...

At HEB

At Exxon...



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pinterest / Decluttering

Got up at 8:00 a.m. and started my morning chores.  I have been trying to read pins on Pinterest but that site is so confusing, seems like they send you pins upon pins of the same thing.  I even pinned a guide on how to navigate around their webpage and I am still confused.

I finally got tired of carrying my dirty linens in the car in case there are a few people at the laundromat but with all the rain it is going to be a while so unloaded them.

One of the reasons I wanted to read my Pins is because I am trying to declutter my closet as well as my room.  I did clean out the closet but ended up with a bunch of clothes I need to donate on our next trip to San Antonio provided I can get off the freeway and it is not rush hour.

Have wanted to go into town but by the time I finish my chores, it is either too late or too hot.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Blaring music / Good night's sleep / Rising cable bill

I can not believe that I have already gone through 3 cans of bug spray and one 4 oz jar of The Dollar Tree version of Vicks Vapor Rub.  Those pesky mosquitoes are something else. 

The temperatures have been high and there is so much humidity.  I am only going outside to feed the boys twice a day.  Yesterday there was so much bad weather in the state. Fortunately, it skipped us. Hope my readers in those areas were not affected.

Saturday I was so tired when the step-son of mother's nice neighbor began with his blaring music early in the afternoon.  I laid down after dinner for a couple of minutes and did not wake up until 10:35 p.m. and the music was still going on.  Finally, his mother or his wife made him shut it down at 11:45 p.m.  

I went back to sleep and believe it or not I was able to sleep until 8:30 a.m.  It has been a LONG time since I have slept for twelve and a half hours...my body needed the rest.

I was so proud of myself for troubleshooting the cable box in the kitchen or I was going to get rid of it now that my bill went up an additional $8.05 to $168.02 monthly.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Congratulations Toronto Raptors!

My sincere congratulations to the Toronto Raptors for winning the 2019 NBA Championship!

I think I might have even forgiven...well, at least "momentarily"... Kawhi Leonard.  So Kawhi congratulations to you as well for being named the 2019 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.

I take my hat off to those Golden State Warrior fans that stuck around to witness the presentation of the trophy and did so with class.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Edith González - 1964 to 2019

Woke up early to get a head start on my chores as tonight is Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals and I plan to watch it.  The phone ringers will be silenced and the computer will be turned off.

I am glad I got a lot done as I had the television turned on when I heard the sad news that Edith González a beloved Mexican actress had lost her battle to ovarian cancer and succumbed to this vicious disease early this morning.


Not only Mexico is in mourning but all of Latin America and other countries where her telenovelas and movies were viewed, which were many.


Characters from some of her telenovelas

Her daughter and only child from a previous relationship is her spitting image even more so when she was a baby.

Constanza and Edith
Her widower and only husband has stood faithfully by her side since she was diagnosed three years ago.


Edith was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México on December 10, 1964.  She leaves behind her widower, her daughter Constanza, her mother (who also lost her husband to cancer) and a brother.


Your loving fans and country will never forget you.  You will live on through all the cinematography you left behind.


Rest in peace Edith.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Thrilled to leave the house

I can not remember the last time I was so thrilled to drive into Del Rio proper.  My first stop was Tractor & Supply to buy the boys food.  When I got to the parking lot I started moving stuff from the car to the trunk to make room for my purchases.

All of a sudden a white truck hauling a long trailer parked sideways longways behind me and a man with a cowboy hat and yellow colored glasses (the type Marvin Zindler used to wear but his were blue tinted ones) got off and made a beeline towards me...WTH?

I guess he saw my puzzled look...then he said...don't you recognize me?  Then it hit me that it was...Pollito!  He looked taller like he had lost weight was dressed in a clean outfit with a brand new cowboy hat and "those yellow glasses".

He said my weeds were getting high and he could mow them next week.  I again for the umpteenth time told him that I wanted to wait until everything was dry because I did not want more ruts!  He was with a younger guy who was headed inside the store and he followed him as I kept on moving more stuff to my trunk.

It was a good thing that when I came back out he was gone.  Headed to the P.O. Box and it was crammed full that is when I realized it had been a week since I was last here.

Ran more errands and had planned on stopping at the Sirloin Stockade for lunch but when I got there the parking lot was full.  There is no way I am going to stand in line for anything...with the exception of perhaps a Los Lonely Boys concert.

Today we had a high of 91 and a low of 73 degrees...each day from now on it will be getting hotter.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cabin Fever / New lane for trailers / Re-Opening of Amistad Dam Port of Entry

A cold front arrived Monday bringing down our temperatures to the '70s both yesterday and today.  Woke up to rain again this morning. Would have been nice to enjoy these unusual low temperatures for this part of West Texas but we are overrun with flies, mosquitoes, and wasps making it impossible to spend any time outside.

I am beginning to experience cabin fever. Have not left the house in days. First, because it was too hot, then we got a lot of rain and if I drive the car out of the garage/carport to the front gate I am going to make rut marks which I will then have to fill in. The last thing I want to do is add more things to my To Do List.

Supposedly the rain will end tonight and tomorrow we will be back up to the '90s which are the normal temperatures for this time of the year.

Forgot to mention in case anyone is planning a trip to Ciudad Acuña / Del Rio...that they have made the right lane coming back to the USA...exclusively for trailers and 18-wheelers.  So stay to the left because no one is going to let you cut in.

The hours of implementation will be Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Saturday's from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



In case you are wondering why I mostly post newspaper articles in Spanish, it is because the Del Rio News-Herald our local newspaper does not hit the newsstands until 3:00 p.m. while El Zocalo an excellent newspaper from Ciudad Acuña has theirs available for sale by 5:00 a.m.


Glad I did not go the day it went into effect as per this article it generated
a bottleneck that backed up traffic to Ciudad Acuña and it took more than
two hours to cross the International Bridge.


When we leave early for San Antonio I often see El Zocalo's delivery trucks as far away as Uvalde and Castroville, Texas.

A magnified copy of the article.

There is also good news, they have re-opened the Amistad Dam Port of Entry after "We the People" complained to our Senators and they wrote a letter to CBP (Customs and Border Protection) urging them to re-open it.



Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Too many weather events

I do not recall so many weather events taking place in one year. I went back and read some of my prior year's posts but not being a daily blogger I either did not document them or they were few and far between.

We are currently under a severe thunderstorm watch. It has been miserably hot today at 3:37 p.m. it was 101 with a heat index of 110 degrees per The Weather Channel. Though there is relief on the way as a cold front system is moving in that will bring temperatures down to the high 70's and mid-'80s on Monday and Tuesday, while also bringing even more rain to this normally desert area.

Yesterday was also miserably hot so I left the weed eater, extension cord and other gardening tools outside. Waited until late this afternoon to put them away. I had forgotten that I had opened the windows in dad's old car, it was a good thing I noticed it or I would have had a big clean up event on my hands.  It is hell to have CRS... :-(

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Saturday, June 8, 2019

Using a shed as a home

The other day I spotted the back of what I thought was a shed.  Upon further inspection, it turned out to be a shed about to be a home for someone.  While using sheds as homes is all over YouTube I had never seen it personally.


It had two windows on both sides for excellent cross ventilation and two windows in the front.


Water had been connected to the home but not electricity for now.  Will be keeping an eye out as they progress.

Got up early to feed the boys and to get my morning chores out of the way before the dreaded heat descended upon us. The high today was 99 with a heat index of 108 degrees.

Decided to take advantage of it and hand washed a couple of my good sweaters so I can put them away for the season.  Noticed that the weeds by the clothesline had grown a lot with the latest rains so I took out my underused weedeater and whacked away.  Unfortunately or perhaps, fortunately...I ran out of string...see, I can be positive at times :D

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



Friday, June 7, 2019

Hogwash to Studies!!!

How do you all feel about the new study that just came out saying that eating white meat is just as bad for you as eating red meat and does NOT lower your cholesterol levels?  I feel deceived!

Then the most recent study that you could drink all the coffee you wanted as it would not be harmful but could actually extend your life?  They apparently did not study people like me...I drink one cup of coffee and get nervous and jittery. Hogwash to both studies!  I feel that if it is done in moderation one has nothing to worry about.

I try to eat more chicken and fish than red meat except for one day a week when I allow myself to eat what I want.  With that study in mind...why eat chicken when I really love beef?  So earlier this week I headed to Dairy Queen and had a Steak Finger Country Basket.


I only ate two or three fries (those I know are bad for me) and the rest I took home to share with my boys.


I have been so tired lately that I have actually been able to sleep (albeit not at night). Glad I got a lot of things done because this weekend we are expecting temperatures in the 100-degree range with equally high heat indexes. Today we reached 102 degrees. I do not plan to go anywhere this weekend unless it is a true emergency.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


2019 NBA Finals

Tonight's game should be "interesting".  Love hearing all the so-called experts chiming in with their two cents.

I do not favor any particular team, will just have to wait and see who wants it more and/or who is less hobbled.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Deluge / Disinterment / Horse Pine Pellets

I had barely closed my eyes to go to sleep when the heavy rains began accompanied by thunder and lightning it must have been around 2:15 a.m. I say "must have been" because the power went out as is a common occurrence anytime there is a thunderstorm.

This deluge was different as the intensity did not vary and it was coming down in sheets.  It was leaking in the usual places where I already keep buckets close by.  Electricity came back on and the telephone rang around 5:00 a.m. a robocall from the city alerting us to the fact that we were under a flash flood alert as it had already rained more than three inches and more was on the way.

We ended up with 4.75 inches and Laughlin Air Force Base received close to 8 inches.  Both the front as well as the backyard were a lake.  I do not know why the boys did not go to the garage or the little shed to seek shelter from the rain as they do during the winter.  They were by the kitchen door getting wet...silly cats!

It did not dry out until the afternoon when the sun came out.  My old pulverized horse pine pellets that I used to cover the ruts and bury the snake floated away.  I was not happy to see that the darn snake had been disinterred and that I had to once again deal with it.  Where is my tall weathered cowboy to deal with things that frighten me?  Had to drink me a beer to give me the courage and another one to calm my nerves after I finished the deed.

I still had not finished shoveling the old horse pine pellets so I could lay some fresh ones down.  If you are wondering why?  We live downhill and when it rains water ponds behind the kitchen. If you are not familiar with horse pine pellets...you lay them down in stables and it makes cleaning up a snap.  In case you did not know horses...when they urinate, they urinate a lot...horse pine pellets absorb this liquid and also eliminate the smell.

This evening and around the same time period as last night we are expecting more storms.  Starting Thursday the temperatures will be the high 90's to low 100's.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



Sunday, June 2, 2019

Snake / Yard Work / Water Catchment

Began my day early as I wanted to tackle a portion of the backyard where the cats have been getting into a lot of stickers and where I usually park my car in order to unload groceries since it is closer to the kitchen and the nosy neighbors can't see what the heck I am bringing in.

We have not had much sun until today so the first thing I did was take my solar lights outside to be charged.  For those new to my blog...I am deathly afraid of snakes...I HATE THEM!!!  I can not even Google anything about them because a snake image will always pop up no matter the webpage and it traumatizes me.

I know it was the cats that killed it since this "baby snake" was dead, had a couple of ants eating it but for good measure, I pounded it with my shovel, moved it to where I was filling in the ruts covered it with dissolved horse pine pellets and as an extra measure of precaution pounded the dirt some more.


Early Saturday morning I was headed to HEB. I was opening the gate when a white truck came to a screeching halt and then went in reverse...it was Pollito...wanting to know when I was going to call him to do the yard.  Told him after the rains of this week pass and once the ground dries as I do NOT want any more RUTS.

After getting rid of the "dead snake" I went to put on my rubber boots, grabbed my trusted garden shears and began snipping away at the weeds after spraying myself silly with mosquito repellent. The mosquitos are everywhere including inside the house and Daddy Long Legs and his cobwebs are doing little to trap them.


I cleared an area big enough for my car and a little more but the pictures did not turn out very well. I filled in the ruts with almost sand like horse pine pellets that have been exposed to a lot of rain these past months.

Paquito was my supervisor this afternoon

Here is part of the debris I cleared and of course Paquito, Nico, and Sonny had to play in it and then mark it...Darn cats!!!



It appears "the boys" were worn out from watching me work so they took a nap...

Paquito napping by the 32-gallon water catchment
containers and the 5-gallon bucket.

Nico and Sonny sharing a hug as they napped completely
 exhausted after having to watch me do yard work.

I moved some more of my rain catchment around to three and five-gallon buckets as we are expecting rain all this coming week and I need more room in the 32-gallon containers I have dedicated for that purpose.


It has been hot and humid it reached 90 today with a heat index of 95 degrees.  I hope I can get some well-deserved sleep tonight.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

I would like to thank my faithful readers...

I would like to thank my faithful readers for all the e-mails inquiring about my absence from the Blogosphere. Just wanted to reiterate that I am fine.

A big thank you to the readers that always try to put a positive spin to my crazy posts but by now I think you must know that I am the type of person that looks at a glass as half empty rather than half full I respectfully ask that you do not try to change my essence.

If you are new to my blog, perhaps you do not know that "I go away" during the NBA finals.  While my beloved Spurs may not be in the Finals, I am a die-hard NBA fan.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



2019 NBA Finals

KSAT12 in San Antonio, Texas had a poll last week regarding what San Antonians and their local viewing area (Del Rio included) thought about the 2019 NBA Finals...

1)  Anyone but Kawhi

2)  The Golden State Warriors

3)  Do not care...Go Spurs Go!!!

If you are a long time reader...I think you can guess what MY response would be!