Terlingua Dreams

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

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Great Weather / HEB Haul / Power Outage

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In my last post of exactly a week ago I mentioned cooler temperatures coming our way. They were wonderful and even allowed me to sleep with a soft fleece throw. These were last night's Texas temperatures on the 10:00 p.m. news...a wonderful 74 degrees both in Del Rio and Houston.

I have the A/C set at 82 degrees and this past week it has not even triggered the unit to come on...so I am very pleased about that as it will save us money!

I do not know if it is a good thing that I follow a lot of Financial Channels on YouTube. They usually also endorse Prepper channels of their preference many of which I subscribe to. I already suffer from chronic insomnia and have for decades...now I can't sleep from all the information I absorb from said channels and wonder how really prepared I am for when the economy tanks and drags us to a Depression worse than the one my grandparents and parents lived through.

Even though it was Friday morning and I never went to sleep on Thursday, I dragged myself to HEB to stock up on more preps before our currency is severely devalued as most if not all YouTube Financial Channels tell us...note...I said YouTube Financial Channels as the mainstream media is keeping this from us.

With all this stress it was nice to be greeted by this Día de Los Muertos ofrenda altar.

It relaxed me and I almost bought a candle before reality made me snap out of it...I can not eat a candle better I spend my money on provisions...but a cute candle nevertheless.

Remember I was whining on my October 9th post about how expensive a 5 lb bag of potatoes was at $2.67 in comparison to a 15 lb bag that was selling for $3.47? Well, today I really have something to whine about...that fifteen-pound bag is three dollars more...grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

I checked out a lot of items mentioned on Prepper Channels but that I do not buy such as sugar and baking powder since I do not know how to cook...much less how to bake.

On Pinterest, I learned that you can kill ants using Corn Starch but after I took the picture I got distracted and forgot to buy it :-(

Bought some HEB brand cereal...

This Mango flavor is new but I am not a fan...though I probably should have bought it anyway...beats starving to death!

I have no idea where my last bottles of Tabasco Hot Sauce are so bought another one...

Stocked up on a lot of cans of tuna...

Chunk Chicken Breast was cheaper here at HEB than at Walmart.

I still have cans that I bought for $2.00 each during the pandemic and look at the price now...

The same goes for canned Diced Tomatoes I purchased the ones in my stash for .88 cents each back in March and they are selling for $1.36 now.

Since I have no room or the budget for real potatoes...I purchased boxed mashed potatoes which should last me longer :-D

I debated whether or not to buy Powdered Milk but talked myself out of it since I know it would be cheaper in Ciudad Acuña. For those readers new to my blog Del Rio, Texas is a border town with neighboring Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México.

I also debated whether or not to buy liquid eggs for hopefully my upcoming trip to Terlingua. I have never bought any before and since I do not have a camping stove I am better off just buying regular eggs and boiling them before I head there.

Decided to buy my favorite paper towels while they are still affordable at $17.98

Bleach is expensive that is why I buy mine at The Dollar Tree or in México. I guess HEB noticed that and now has their brand for the same price as Dollar Tree...$1.25 each

Even before the pandemic bleach was expensive and it has not gone down these are HEB brands...name brands like Clorox are even higher. Clorox has factories in México so I can buy them much cheaper there.

I spent almost $200.00 dollars but hopefully, it will be my insurance against inflation, a disruption in the food supply chain, or a World War III scenario.

The price of gasoline went down once more to $3.099 for Unleaded and $4.559 for Diesel. By the time I left the store, the lines at the pump were long so I will fill up this coming week.

Friday evening/Saturday morning I was editing my photos around 12:15 a.m. when out of the blue the power went out. As soon as the internet was restored it would go out again so in disgust I just shut down the computer. At around 2:10 a.m. the power went out for good and it was not restored until 5:20 a.m.

The weather was wonderful and most people did not have their A/C on, there was no wind or storms so I have no idea why this happened. It had been a while since the last outage but I suppose this is going to be the new norm?

Now I am going to sound like the YouTube Channels I watch...leave a comment and let me know how the prices in Del Rio compare to where you live.

Today's Aunty Acid hit the nail on the head for me. I know worrying is silly so I am poking fun at myself...but I am still worried 😔

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid


  1. Building Back Better.
    Thank God we are NOT in a recession (according to Slow Joe).

    1. I vividly recall when George W. Bush denied the country was in recession during his administration.

  2. Maybe you should slow down on watching all these YouTube channels, I'm not saying things are going to get tough but these guys are scaring people into maybe making really bad choices!
    Your stocking up isn't a bad thing just be careful of what your buying. If buying boxed foods you have to think of bugs getting into the food which would cause the food item to be thrown away, I buy the mashed potatoes in the pouches and I can get 3-4 meals out of the left overs, Liquid eggs must be kept cold so unless you have a really good cooler for camping don't bring them, do the hard boiled ones as you said. Yes the price of canned chicken has skyrocketed. But looks like you HEB store has some really good prices compared to Walmart! We don't have them here. I was with my daughter this weekend and stopped at the Family Dollar and they had huge pkgs of paper towels and I believe TP, I'm kind of fussy about my TP but giving some thought to maybe grabbing a couple pkgs of each.

    If you have been buying boxed foods you can always buy glass jars to store the food in and add a bay leaf or 2 to the jar, if your worried about the directions for cooking just cut out the instructions and tape it to the jar. Just a little tid bit I learned a while back. I bought the jars at Family Dollar but you can find them just about anywhere.
    Hope you don't think I'm being pushy but these are just things I have learned the hard way!

    1. OOPS my first line where I said things are going to get tough I meant things are going to get tough but not so tough that these guys are causing people to panic.

    2. For my sanity, I had to dwindle my YouTube Channel viewing. I am down to two financial and one prepper channel but sometimes I skip the prepper one as well.

      The boxed items I buy like cereal, cookies, and chips I keep in plastic containers. I have a lot of glass jars from when I used to eat pickles and when mayonnaise came in glass jars now they come in plastic jars but I still use them for rice, pasta, lentils, and powdered milk. I remember reading in your blog that you used bay leaves in your rice so I started doing the same. Good idea on cutting the directions and taping them to the container. You know I always value your opinion.

    3. Thank You! I like to pass on useful tips that I have learned along the way especially of they keep out reserved foods safe from spoiling.

  3. Well. I don't watch the same stuff. Truth is, I don't watch anything. Anywhere, cable news, streaming, you tube. Oops I do watch you tube, this guy: https://www.youtube.com/c/1bike1world

    1. Sometimes it's best not to watch anything but as you know I am a news junkie and have to watch my cable news shows. I did make a concession and gave up the Sunday morning political ones.

      Went to look at the channel you reference and liked it, as you know I love cats. My favorite one is Penny the talking cat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5riZSEKSSY


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