Terlingua Dreams

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San Felipe Creek at Del Rio Rotary Park

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Storms / Trip to town

We have had several severe storms this past week. While the rain is very much needed, we could do without the strong winds, thunder, lightning, power outages, and thankfully only pea-size hail.

We had a strong thunderstorm this afternoon but at least the power did not go out like it did on Wednesday. Just like then, I lowered the A/C to 75 degrees in case it did...the house would be cool...this is going to cost me!

The strong wind gusts have done a number on the trees, there are branches and limbs everywhere.  If you have been reading me for a while you know I HATE YARD WORK!

Friday, May 22nd I had to go pick up the mail at the P.O. Box as I was waiting for this year's insurance premium (Houston house) as I have a bad feeling that we are in for a heck of a hurricane season. While it had arrived the Flood Insurance which is billed separately had not.  Even though my house was not flooded during Hurricane Harvey or any prior storm before it...one never knows what catastrophe awaits with climate change.

I left early in the morning to run my errands and not seeing many cars at the main HEB stopped to get the items that are not usually carried at little HEB.  Filled up on pre-packaged salads and large containers of organic triple-washed spinach.

Happy to report that the darn "beer smugglers" had not made their presence felt yet. The beer coolers were well stocked and I took advantage of that. With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, the meat was going fast. Chicken was selling for $1.29 lb which is not bad since it usually sells for .99 cents a pound.

Noticed eggs had gone down to $1.49 a dozen for medium size but it was not the HEB brand.  However, name brands and larger quantities were still expensive. I still have not used the eggs I bought at Dollar Tree two weeks ago but will boil them soon now that I can eat them with my salads.

They are still out of Lysol disinfecting wipes but they did have some generic ones. They were well stocked with toilet paper as well as paper towels. While I did not need some...I went ahead and bought Charmin Ultra Gentle...one never knows when will be the next time it will be available.

This is selling for $12.97 at HEB
wonder what other parts of the country are paying for it?

Stocked up on canned goods, pasta, and cereal.  Since it was early there were not that many people and I am happy to report that they were all wearing masks!

I needed some items from Dollar Tree.  I think the lines are over and done with since the Governor decided to open up the state of Texas. I walked right in to buy what I needed and what is cheaper here than at HEB...like canned mushrooms, minced garlic, dishwashing liquid, frozen vegetables, as well as frozen fruits for our oatmeal and cereal.

I did buy a flex tub for $5.00 (remember I mentioned that they now carry items costing more than a dollar) so I can soak my fine washable until I work up the nerve to go into a laundromat. With my insomnia, I stay up late at night reading many blogs (that I do not comment on) I remember reading one where a couple bought a small portable washing machine for their RV but I will be darn if I remember which blog it was as he was going to post his review. If anyone knows which blog it is please let me know as I spotted it in someone's sidebar.

I must say it took me longer to wipe down and bring in all my purchases than it did to actually shop for them.

Today we had a low of 73 a high of 96 with a heat index of 100 degrees.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid Saying of the Day


  1. Just curious as to why you hold on to your Houston house. Taxes, insurance, maintenance costs, etc. Not trying to be nosy, as it's your business.

    1. The short answer would be that I am more emotionally attached to my material possessions than the average person...my house, my cars, my stuff.

      However, the answer goes a lot deeper than that. While living in a small town is nice it does come with its pitfalls...the main one being access to quality medical care.

      My parent's health issues brought that to the forefront. There are very few specialists here we are usually referred to physicians in San Angelo or San Antonio both towns being three hours away.

      While I can drive my mother there who is going to drive me when my turn comes? If I have to for some reason undergo a surgery who is going to take care of me? I am an only child and I made the personal decision to not have a family early on in adulthood.

      I will one day have to move back to my house as I consider Houston home. I have many dear friends who more than friends are the family I chose. Their children are like my nieces and nephews and their offspring are my grandchildren.

      I am sure if I ever needed them they would be more than willing to drive me to the hospital if I was in Houston.

      It sucks to get old and that dear Bigfoot is the long answer.

  2. Glad you were able to get all your shopping done.
    Maintaining Two Households can really eat away at your resources.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. I am also glad I was able to get everything on my list so I do not have to leave the safety of Mom's house.

      The way I look at it is that if I was living in Houston I would have to pay for that anyway.

  3. When I met her my wife she had a small washing machine, this one.
    It worked really well, not big but unless the comforter needed washing we never had to go to the laundromat. She found it used & it lived outside the RV on a small pallet with a cover.

    1. Thank you for that link Rob. It has some pretty good reviews. It states it is lightweight but never mentions how much it weighs. The most I can lift is 20 pounds.

  4. It's good to be prepared for anything and everything these days. Sounds like you were able to stock up on lots of things. Next time I am in a store I will check the price on that tp.
    I saw some reports of huge hail in Texas last week. So scary! And I agree about predictions of hurricanes this year. It has been a strange year for weather and we aren't half way through the year. We have not been over 60* here yet and barely above freezing at night. No rain yet to speak of.

    1. I was fortunate to be able to find everything on my list and that most things aside from beef and eggs...prices have remained reasonable...I will certainly be curious to know if the price we are paying for Charmin is the same nationwide...though I doubt it. HEB has done a wonderful job of clamping down and keeping prices from skyrocketing.

      I have to admit I am rather worried about the upcoming hurricane season that is why I ventured out after only two weeks since my last trip into town because I need to have my insurance coverage in place.

      I hope your area will soon be the beneficiary of much needed rain.

      Stay safe Ms.Penny!

  5. Oh I wish I could remember which blog I read about that cute washing machine on. I bookmarked the machine, not that I needed one, but because I thought it was so great and my friend in Mexico might get one. Maybe it was Our Newell Adventure. Never mind. I'm not sure at all.
    Very glad to hear you got stocked up. And easily enough. With masks around. VERY FEW HERE. Argh.
    One thing I have noticed over the years, when rain comes to Del Rio, along with storms, they make their way here....over miles and miles, and we get some rain. It arrives in the middle of the night. So I still check the radar to see how things are going down there. Next time you're picking up tree limbs, etc. you can think, well, upwind from this one, somebody benefited. Not that that will do you much good.....I myself wouldn't find that a great comfort!

    1. I will try the blog you mentioned on one of my sleepless nights...if that blogger wrote a review it should be easy to find. I have been eyeing for years a pink washing machine at Bodegas Aurrera (owned by Walmart) in Ciudad Acuña. The downside is that it weighs a lot and I do not have a pick-up truck to bring back to the USA and they do not deliver.

      That is why I got so excited when I saw that little portable washing machine. I have a full size washer and dryer in my house in Houston and I do NOT want to buy another set for Del Rio...it is a lot easier to just go to the laundromat.

      I am sorry to hear that masks are not prevalent in your town. I do not know why something as important and lifesaving is being politicized...just the times we are living in...I hope Karma bites them in the ass...grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

      JudithK, while I am glad you are the beneficiary of rains in Del Rio...you are right...It does NOT bring me much comfort when I have to do my much dreaded yard work :-(

      Thank you for making me laugh this evening it is appreciated :D

    2. I'll keep checking to see which blog. It was a LITTLE thing. Not needing mighty lifting, as far as I can recall.....Hpe you're having a calm night tonight. Looks like it from here...

    3. Yes, it was a little thing! I still have not had a chance to go blog hopping to find it. It's OK though the flex bucket is working out and will have to do for now as I do not feel safe receiving packages at this time either.

      We do not expect any more storms until Wednesday or Thursday.

  6. Those little washer can be a real saver and they will be fine for you and your mom. If they won't deliver maybe you can borrow a dolly from someone.

    I sure miss my Charmin. When my daughter found some tp it was northern god how I hate that stuff. I have stocked up on some items also and I am trying to find a small freezer to keep in my shed. since this all started they have raised the prices and really everything is sold out when it comes to the smaller freezers. Glad you stocked up because we know this crap is going to come back.

    1. While I had researched smaller portable washers I had never seen such small washing machines that did not require separate hook-ups.

      I do have a dolly but unfortunately it is my house in Houston so it does not do me any good.

      My Mom is a true Charmin fan. I do not have a preferance for toilet paper brands but I can not live without my Viva paper towels. I suppose different priorities apply to different people.

      I think buying a small freezer would be a great idea in your case as you are an avid cook and freeze your meals. You are right this crap is going to be around for a long while and we better stock up while we can.


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