Terlingua Dreams

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

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Our first power outage since the deep Texas February freeze

These past two days we have been having wonderful temperatures in the '60s, gray skies, and today even light showers. This afternoon I was in the middle of a telephone call when the lights went out at 1:25 p.m. for no apparent reason.

I fully expected the grid to go down sooner rather than later after our Texas February deep freeze. I actually thought that would have happened two weeks ago when for two consecutive days we broke area records...one day it was 102 and the next 103...many air conditioners were put to work on those days. Today it was 64 degrees not exactly air conditioner weather. The power came back on at 2:47 p.m.

This evening I am having yet another problem with Blogger as I type this a new format or box has sprung up on me so I have no idea how this is going to turn out. 

As I hit Preview Button before I post it, it has crammed everything together though I typed this in five separate paragraphs. I just do not have the time to figure this out...maybe it is also happening to others? Tomorrow summer begins in West Texas we will be in the '90s into the foreseeable future.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid Saying of the Day


  1. I'm surprised that the power grid in your area has not been updated over the years. Of course Common Sense doesn't work in big business.
    I haven't had any problems with Blogger lately.
    You have the same Spam that I had. It's gone now.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your Summer.

    It's about time.

    1. Texas has its own power grid and it does pretty much what it wants. If our ruby red legislature can not even force them to winterize the grid to prevent what happened in February 2021 they are not going to care about the grid in a sleepy border town that has been marginalized for years.

  2. I guess it's back on since you were able to post, sure hope it doesn't happen when the temps rise again. Keep frozen water bottles in the freezer so if the power stays off for a longer period the frozen bottles will help the freezer stay colder longer.

    I is bone dry here and some moron is shooting off fire works were the weeds are tall and crispy dry

    1. We were lucky that the power only went out for an hour and twenty-two minutes but more importantly that we had cool temperatures.

      I have the City of Houston and Harris County Emergency Management to thank for all I have learned to get prepared for an emergency since being close to the Gulf of Mexico, Houston is always getting hit by some tropical storms or different magnitude hurricanes.

      Having frozen water bottles in the freezer was the first thing they taught us. I implemented it when I moved to Del Rio precisely because of constant power outages.

      I usually do not have much in the way of meat in the freezer but this time I still have the ham and turkey that I bought back in Thanksgiving and that I need to protect until my uncle can finally come to Del Rio.

      I swear there are idiots in every state. Who shoots fireworks when it's bone dry? Is there any way you can call the authorities? Unfortunately, since we live in the county they are allowed but thankfully at least for now, no one is setting them off.

    2. I called once and they said it isn't against the law. OK then lets wait until the desert catches on fire. It is still quite open around here lots of tall dry weeds. This town is pathetic

    3. You must live in the county like we do since in most states if you live outside of the city limits they let you set off fireworks the only exception being if we are under a burn ban which we are both because of the drought and the high winds.

      I dread Memorial Day next month now that our Covid-19 cases have gone down significantly there will be big family get-togethers and those dreaded fireworks...grrrr!!!

  3. We are lucky to have very few power outages. Now if someone could do something about our phone and internet outages!
    The infrastructure in this country is in sad shape everywhere. It just boggles my mind that we keep electing crooks who pocket that money and do nothing to improve ageing infrastructure. Speaking of which, what do you think of Matt McConaughy running for govenor? Can't be as bad as Abbott, I suppose.
    We have had a few precious drops of rain. It is just scary dry here. We have been having a lot of deer in our yard. I think it is connected to the drought we are experiencing.
    I am considering taking a break from the radio show for a couple of weeks. We have a rather deranged woman who is calling in with some bizarre nonsense. I have some experience with covert narcissism and this woman is textbook. Best to stay as far away as possible to keep from getting involved in her drama. I am quite surprised she hasn't been blocked. I am still getting fan mail, so I know people enjoy my contributions. It is a dilemma.
    I have read on some other blogs that some people are having trouble with the blogger changes. You aren't the only one.
    Stay safe, my friend.

    1. Our infrastructure is in pitiful shape all over the nation and now that President Biden wants to do something about it the GOP instead of embracing it and working in a bipartisan manner with the Dems...would rather tank it.

      While I like Matthew McConaughy and he is certainly more liked than Greg Abbott, I don't think politics is his strong suit. I would much rather see Beto running for governor.

      Why is it that some deranged person always tends to ruin everything for the rest of us? I wonder why she has not been blocked? Hopefully, she will leave on her own or you all could lose listeners.

      On the blogs that I read no one has mentioned having trouble with Blogger. Glad to know I am not alone.

      I do not know if SNL is live this evening but if it is I will certainly be looking for the cat eyes you mentioned in a prior post.

      Be well and stay safe amiga.

  4. Hm. I got curious. The company that DELIVERS the electricty to my house is Oncor. The company I buy my electricity from is Champion. Two different deals. I like Champion. And Oncor has been OK with me, but I'm not sure I have any choice there.....I looked it up, and it seems like the delivery company for your area is AEP. You'll know who you get the actual juice from. Whatever your bill says, and there'll be a charge from AEP.
    Anyway, all this to say, if you want to holler at someone it's one of those two, whoever you're buying it from and AEP. Unless Del Rio has a whole nuther thing going on.

    1. AEP serves this area but we get our bill from CPL Energy. I signed my mother up for paperless statements on practically everything to avoid paper clutter.

      I have not seen a paper statement in years and I just tried to log into her account but it is saying I have the wrong password.

      Thank you for looking into it but I don't even call them when the lights go out since we have electrical phones. I relegate that duty to the neighbors.

      From what I have seen in the San Antonio area (where we get our news from) all they do is pass the buck around and no one takes responsibility for anything.


I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thank you for your readership.