Terlingua Dreams

Monday, January 31, 2022

Reading old blog posts / Propane delivery

Can you believe it is the last day of January 2022?  I have not gone anywhere since my last outing to HEB and I am very happy to be able to stay home.

I went back to the early days of my blog and started reading it since I am back to being an insomniac.  I am so glad I started this blog as there were things I had completely forgotten about and it brought back many pleasant memories.

I had hoped that Pico would have gotten their act together after one year since their merger but they are just as bad as before. The same silly girl manning the phones and them not calling to let you know they are on the way even though I requested it. Glad I did not have anywhere to go as it took them three days to make the delivery.

The last time I placed a propane order was on March 2021 a month after the Texas freeze. The price has gone up...$3.05 a gallon if you bought more than 75 gallons...$3.15 if you bought less.

We have had two sunny days and unlike San Antonio and Houston lucked out as the rain bypassed us.  However, we are expecting a cold front to hit us late Wednesday night and it could bring winter precipitation.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Aunty Acid



Thursday, January 20, 2022

Surge in Covid cases / Cold Front / Grocery Run

The Covid numbers keep on going up in Del Rio as well as in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México. The cases are so out of control they had to open a third testing kiosk. It is so discouraging that after two years of this pandemic we still have not learned to avoid family gatherings during holidays or to mask up.

Yesterday Wednesday, January 19th it was 84 degrees, as I am typing this it is 42 with a feel like of 31 degrees with wind gusts of 27 mph. I knew it was going to be cold for the next couple of days so I made the decision to go to the post office as well as HEB.

I had so many things to do outside that time got away from me so I waited until after 6:00 p.m. when in my estimation there would be fewer people...I was wrong!  I have never seen the line at the pharmacy drive-thru be so long. It has two lanes but one must have been out of service as there were no cars in it and the other lane had at least 14 cars...you know me and lines...I avoid them!

I went inside and while there were only two people in front of me one lady took forever due to problems with her insurance carrier. By the time I knew the line in the back of me had grown considerably. I wore two good-quality masks and a face shield.  I was glad to see more people masked it was 75/25 in favor of masks.

Since by the time I began grocery shopping it was 6:45 p.m. I do not know if some of the shelves that were empty had to do with people stocking up for the upcoming bad weather, supply chain issues, or worker shortages.

As usual toilet paper was scarce.


How do prices in your area compare?


They did have plenty of paper towels in stock...



Soups...


Pasta aisle...


Who knew there was organic ravioli?


Cold cuts were in low supply but I still managed to score my Turkey Jumbo Franks for $1.28 a package.


I have not bought turkey bacon in at least three years, that changed today as I could not believe the price of only $1.49



HEB brand cookies have gone up very little in price so I bought a few...



Abel in Austin - I was able to find cans of menudo but I almost did not see them as they were in the bottom shelf way in the back.  Picked up four because I was afraid to kneel down and then have to ask for assistance to get up.


I do not think I have tried this brand before (CRS) but when you don't cook you take what you can get.


There was no shortage of hot sauce...




They had reasonable prices on eggs...a dozen large eggs for $1.42 a carton


I read that there was a shortage of mayonnaise but I found my favorite brand Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil on sale for $2.98.


What did go up was Olive Oil...


My buggy at checkout...



I only went to pick up one prescription and to purchase milk, bread, eggs, and bananas but you all know how that goes...I ended up spending $122.90.

By the time I left the store, it was dark. While I had my night vision glasses I was able to drive home just using my new regular ones.


I got home just before the cold front hit Del Rio so I only got down the important things and left most of my can goods in the car.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams and bundle up!


Aunty Acid



Monday, January 17, 2022

52 mph wind gusts / More Covid Cases / Tragic news

I went to bed early on Friday only to be awakened around 2:00 a.m. by wicked winds. I was ready though I had packed two suitcases and our important papers and placed them in the car in case the power went out or the roof blew off, we could go to a hotel.


All-day Saturday the winds blew like crazy they got to 52 mph but at least it was not as bad as in some other cities in Texas.

This weekend I decided to take a break from the internet, perhaps I should have stayed away from cable television as well. My DVR is 93 percent full...I do not know why I bother to record programs that I then do not have time to watch. That is my one gripe against Spectrum...they do not offer unlimited DVR recording like YouTube TV does.

I did not go online until this evening and of course, checked El Zócalo for news first and was shocked at what I saw as it had only been posted 1 hour earlier. Upon reading it I immediately went to the online edition of  830Times (a webpage that masquerades as our newspaper) and saw they had posted the news today and updated it with a picture of the victim.

I am still in shock to have read of something that just does not happen in Del Rio...a 12-year-old boy was killed when some individuals shot up his house in a drive-by killing him. https://830times.com/news-del-rio-boy-dies-in-drive-by-shooting/

I can not imagine what deranged individuals did this and the police still do not have any suspects. My heart grieves for his poor parents and family. Del Rio is growing too fast and we are starting to have many big-city problems.  

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.




Friday, January 14, 2022

Waiting the arrival of strong winds / Record Number of Covid Cases

The entire State of Texas is awaiting the arrival of strong winds in the early morning hours of Saturday. We are expecting wind gusts anywhere from 40 to 50 mph. My Houston electric provider sent e-mails today making us aware of possible power outages once the winds enter the state.

Per Telemundo this evening these are the expected wind gusts for tomorrow.


My plantar fasciitis pain has been unrelenting but I don't want to go see the woman podiatrist as she is young, lacks experience, and I do not like her bedside manner, add to that the increase in Covid cases...I think I will just stay home and suffer for a while.

Once again had to get the Covid numbers from El Zócalo (the Ciudad Acuña newspaper) and they were not what I wanted to see. In the past four days, Del Rio has reported 823 new Covid cases bringing the total positive cases to 1,273. That figure does not take into account a little over 200 tests that they are still waiting on results.

https://www.zocalo.com.mx/reportan-823-nuevos-contagios-de-covid/


If you have not had a chance to read the comments on my previous post or Shadowmoss's blog https://shadowmoss.blogspot.com/2022/01/saying-goodby-to-another-long-time.html#comment-form  it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of fellow blogger David Smith also known as Tffnguy from Terlingua, Texas.

The person that notified me did not leave their name but I take this opportunity to thank them as well.

This is going to be a very cold and complicated weekend weather-wise not just in Texas but in all the United States. Please stay home if you can and bundle up.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Aunty Acid



Thursday, January 6, 2022

HEB grocery run / seesaw in temperatures

The temperatures have been spring-like yesterday Wednesday, January 5th we missed breaking a record high by one degree. It was a very comfortable 82 degrees.


I had to go pick up a prescription at HEB and couldn't help but notice the signs at the pharmacy announcing they were out of Covid tests like in most of the nation.


I had run out of milk, individual salads, bread, and was down to my last two boxes of cereal from the stash I bought back in April 2021 so made a grocery run.  I usually buy HEB store brands that I find to be just as good as the national brands.


If your store has its own national brand, how do HEB's prices stack up?


Fortunately for me, my Turkey Jumbo Franks have not gone up in price they remain at $1.28 a package.


The same goes for my salads, bread, milk, and avocados.


Just a short story about avocado prices...my neighbor in Houston was complaining that avocados were no longer 5 for $1.00 at Joe V's (HEB's discount store) they were now 4 for $1.00...are you kidding me, woman?  That is still a super bargain price!  I would be more than glad to pay that price any day...in Del Rio, they continue to sell for .78 cents each.

They had a variety of slices of cake but thankfully no carrot or red velvet cake, so I was not tempted.


Here is my buggy at the checkout counter.



Gasoline was going for $2.739 a gallon for unleaded gasoline.


This evening temperature is supposed to dip below the freezing mark.  It is currently 43 degrees. This is the time of year when we experience a seesaw in temperatures.

Good night.  May you have Terlingua Dreams and bundle up!


Aunty Acid


Saturday, January 1, 2022

On the first day of 2022 we set a new all time record high

I was outside since early morning raking, picking up trash, hanging clothes, and ironically preparing for the frigid temperatures this evening would bring, and frankly, it got rather warm.  I would later learn that Del Rio set a new all-time record high when it reached 89 degrees this afternoon.

Even at 10:01 p.m. this evening it was a warm 74 degrees in comparison to other parts of Texas where the cold front had already passed.


Today I made another trip to Stripes to pick up some dinner plates. I had never seen shrimp cooked like this so picked one up with a side of red rice and beans, and a flour tortilla...


Along with half a chicken plate with red rice, green beans, and its accompanying flour tortilla...


I have no idea why the food pictures are looking so tiny...😕...BTW all lunch and dinner plates cost $5.99 plus tax much cheaper and healthier than a greasy hamburger and I do not have to drive to the north part of town to get it.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


Aunty Acid