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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Cluster headache / Dollar Tree / Walmart

I woke up this morning with a terrible cluster headache on the left side of my head. It was so painful I could barely move it. I used to experience severe headaches back in my working days but they ceased when I retired. It is very rare whenever I get one now.

I take a lot of medication so did not want to take any pain killers or even aspirins. Took my blood pressure to make sure it was not elevated and it wasn't so took two of my BP meds that I normally take in the morning.

I wondered if my pain was because I have been washing my hair at least twice daily as I come in sweating profusely from working in the yard.  By noon I had to take two aspirins and while it helped some I still have pain in my neck like arthritic pain. Last night I fell asleep in the recliner with the cool A/C blowing on my face, which might have also had something to do with it.

I had to drive into town to run a couple of errands this afternoon. I am so glad that I filled up a week or so back because prices have risen by .15 cents a gallon.

Stopped at Dollar Tree to pick up a couple of canned goods and noticed that they now sell ice. That is good to know in case I ever make it back to my beloved Terlingua as ice after Del Rio goes up exponentially in price. A seven-pound bag for $1.00 is a very good price.


I have forgotten to mention that the McDonald's at Walmart closed shop in March but I do not know if it was March of 2020 or 2021. There are two other McDonald's and while you can go through the drive-thru or go in to order they do not allow you to eat inside. I had stopped there last month for a soft cone but when I found out I would have to eat it in my car I passed.

This afternoon I splurged and bought my sugar-free ice cream now that I finally made some room in the freezer.  I also bought some avocados, it has been a long time since I have eaten one.



When I came out of Walmart the sky opened up and I got drenched the last thing I wanted was to get my head wet so I just threw everything into the front and back seat without putting them in the coolers I had brought with me.

This evening I decided to do an Aunty Acid as well as jokes for my married lady readers...enjoy!

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


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Saturday, June 26, 2021

Our summer plagues

Every summer there seems to be either a fly, ant, or hornet plague in this area.  As a kid, we used to call them wasps.  I had noticed a small nest forming by the outside kitchen door but did not give it much thought. That is the main door I use to go to the backyard where the greater part of my chores take place.

I was carrying a load to hang on the clothesline when I felt a sharp pain in my right shoulder blade...darn thing had stung me without me even provoking it...grrrrrrr!!!  I was livid but as usual, had no idea where I had placed the hornet spray that the cable guy had gifted me some time ago so had to go buy some. The wasp/hornets are also in the trees so I have to be careful as I go by a select few.


There is also a larger nest that made themselves at home in one of the cardboard boxes that the cats play in. They must have also learned their lesson as they no longer go inside it. The next day, they tried to attack me again, but they went for my eyes and face. Lucky for me I had my regular glasses and my sunglasses topped off by my face shield as people stop when they see me outside to inquire about our cars that do not even have a "for sale sign". These days nobody seems to be wearing a face mask anymore, not that the people around here ever did.

To add insult to injury the darn mesquite pods have started falling with the heat and wind.  If you have been reading me for a while you know how I feel about these suckers!  It is demoralizing to rake a bunch, pick them up only for another wind gust to come along and you have to start from zero.


Every morning I try to be outside by 6:45 a.m. to beat the heat as I water the trees in an attempt to save them as last summer several succumbed to the heat and drought. While it has been in the triple-digits I can not forget that last summer it was even worse at least we have been the beneficiaries of several rainstorms. 


In the early hours of last Tuesday, June 22nd I was awakened by thunder, lightning, and rain hitting the window. While KSAT-12 shows we received 1.73 inches, the Ciudad Acuña newspaper El Zócaló said Del Rio got 2.50 inches and electricity was out for 5 hours in various parts of town. Can you believe ours never went out? Not even a power spike!

I was able to once again top of my primitive rain catchment but now I have to get rid of a lot of it as next week more heavy rains are in the forecast.  I, therefore, have to go outside more often to water the trees and shrubs as I do not want to waste a single drop. This leads to another dilemma...how many times a day do I have to shower?  All last week it has been three times.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The best product I have bought in a long while

As you know I am not good with technology of any type in particular computers and cellphones. I am old-fashioned and much prefer our home landline telephone. Our home phones are old cordless phones that we have had for a while and whose battery packs do not last long.

I have also posted several rants on this blog with regards to letters and telephone calls that I receive daily from Spammers and House Flippers.  Last month after receiving 27 calls on a Saturday I finally had enough....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

I had been eyeing this five-pack cellphone system that has the capacity to block up to 1000 numbers. It filters out spammers and your telephone will not even ring thus you will not be disturbed or awaken if these darn spammers and flippers continue to try to reach you.

It also has a feature that I personally will never use but others might find handy.  You can connect your cellphone to this system and answer it from any one of the five cordless phones.

I am very happy with this purchase and in the almost one month that I have had it, it has not let a single unwanted call ring through.

On the weather front, ERCOT - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas that is responsible for managing the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers and that represents about 90% of the state's electric load has been asking users to conserve energy all this week.


You might recall they were responsible for the disaster that led to our February 2021 freeze where many people lost their lives due to the collapse of the electric grid.


With that horrible incident still fresh on the minds of many Texans we are now experiencing a generator shortage across the state. If you happened to have lived through that event do not forget to fill up your gas tank and freeze water bottles to help keep cool what you have in your freezer.

Last week I found out through El Zócalo (Ciudad Acuña's newspaper) that Del Rio had been on a "boil water warning" and neither we nor our friends knew anything about it. One of the water pumps had gone down and compromised our drinking water. So buy water as well to be on the safe side in case we lose power with these high temperatures and added pressure on the grid.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Early morning yard work / No breakfast

I was up early this morning and outside as soon as there was daylight watering the trees and dragging fallen tree limbs to the curb.  Being Sunday the neighbors slept in and there was very little traffic, I grabbed my shovel and took out the cactus bush that the person I hired three weeks ago neglected to do.

Last week I went to Home Depot to purchase some weedeater line or is it called string trimmer line?  My goodness, the price has certainly gone up!  I was going to simply buy another weedeater but due to my bad back it has to be a very light one and they did not have any. Noticed that they now carry more RYOBI products than other brands.

Maybe one of these days I will finally get around to assembling the electric lawnmower I bought four or five years ago...have I mentioned that I am a procrastinator?

Saturday I decided I would treat myself to breakfast at the Sirloin Stockade. I love breakfast but since I don't cook and with my high cholesterol levels I can only treat myself once in a while. I got there at 7:15 a.m. but there were hardly any cars. Someone was sweeping outside and I inquired if they were open, he told me they now open at 8:00 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m.  Decided there would be too many people at that time so passed on breakfast.

Walmart and HEB have the lowest gasoline prices in Del Rio. I mentioned in a prior post that Murphy Oil was building a new station so HEB had long lines. The prices in other stations range from $2.75 to $2.79 per gallon. Since I don't do lines I gassed up at $2.649 per gallon in a small store close to the house versus $2.629 at HEB.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Miserably hot...

It has been a month since the trash truck is now coming between 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. versus their previous hour of any time after one o'clock. I was outside by 6:45 a.m. as were the neighbors. It was cloudy and too many people heading to work for me to be outside picking up trash the darn litterbugs threw out their car windows since yesterday.

The humidity was awful so went to seek shelter inside in the air condition. As I was watching the 6:00 p.m. news on KSAT-12 I finally realized why it was so miserable outside. The humidity level was higher in Del Rio than it was in Houston.


These were the actual temperatures...


When I saw the heat index numbers I was incredulous...


It is not a typo Del Rio had a heat index of 114 degrees this afternoon. It is a good thing I do not plan on going anywhere in the next couple of days. I hope you all are having cooler temperatures where you reside.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

We traded the rain for triple digit heat

It has rained so much these past weeks in Texas that many counties including Val Verde have almost erased their severe drought status. These have brought other related problems including HUGE mosquitos, fire ants, and high levels of humidity.

I do not know if you recall that I bought several heavy-duty containers last year when Home Depot had a sale. I started using a couple of them to capture rainwater as my 32-gallon trash cans tops took a beating when we had that severe hail storm that damaged dad's old car.  I decided to use most of them as they have heavy-duty tops to seal off and protect my liquid gold from mosquitos trying to lay their eggs and also serve as a place for the cats to take naps.

It has been incredibly hot lately and the high humidity levels make it being outside almost unbearable. Notwithstanding I had errands to run yesterday and had to bite the bullet. Last week I went to mail some payments at the post office where we have our P.O. Box.  It was around 1:30 p.m. and when I pulled the handle to drop my mail it was so packed another envelope would not have been able to fit. Had no choice but to drive to the north part of town to the other post office where at least my mail has not been lost "yet".

I swear that Louis DeJoy thanks to the disgraced, twice impeached, one-term former liar-in-chief that appointed him last year as Post Master General with the finality of delaying and sabotaging the mail-in ballots for the 2020 election has caused severe damage to our mail service that will not be easy to reverse. I am still waiting on a credit card that was supposed to have arrived last week. Most people unless they are daily watchers of  The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC would probably not be aware of this as she is the only one that has covered this topic extensively.

While gasoline prices have stabilized since Colonial Pipeline was a victim of a ransomware cyberattack, there are now long lines at HEB because Murphy Oil (Walmart) tore down their station and is building a new one.


A gallon of regular gasoline is going for $2.629


Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.



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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

More stormy weather

Last night I turned off the computer and decided not to watch the ten o'clock news as we started experiencing strong winds, lightning, and thunder followed by 1.11 inches of rain. We also had two short power outages. The rain lulled me into a deep sleep that I very much needed and appreciated.

I finally got to talk to my best friend today as they had been RV'ing for a month. We talked for about two hours until her cellphone battery gave out. It feels great to get caught up as well as relive earlier times. We laughed and laughed as we remembered our late friend Ms. Lucille whom I did not know had her climb into the house via the bathroom window...I suppose I got lucky to only have been shoved through the bedroom window...:D

I was bracing for a Memorial Day weekend full of loud music, parties, and those dreaded fireworks. I can barely believe that NOT A SINGLE FIREWORK was popped in our neighborhood! Thank goodness Mr. Joe's rowdy drunk step-son no longer lives across the street.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


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