Thursday, September 13, 2018

Small update on life

This ancient oak has weathered many a storm, and I shall weather this one.
Some of you out there have been wondering where I've been.  Well, life has turned somewhat chaotic of late, and we have decided to sell our home, and downsize.  Most of my time lately has been spent packing the house up into storage units (again!), and cleaning and painting anything that doesn't move!

As things progress, I will try to keep folks updated when I can.  And if you have my regular email, you're welcome to email me.  Take care, my friends!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Rain at last!

It's been a hot, dry summer here.  Not unusual in Texas, but this week we caught a break.  Since Wednesday, we have had 1.75" rain, most of that falling today.  If the current band of rain would just drift about ten miles east, we'd probably get another 2-3"!

Still, the Silverado Sage is blooming like mad, a good indicator of rain incoming.  I'm both ecstatic over the rain, and the cooler (relatively speaking) temps.  I find I am secretly hoping for an early Fall.

My current home project is to get some of the rooms here repainted.  We had originally thought to go with a shade of blue, but since we decided not to replace the laminate, we changed our paint plan, and are just using the regular Navajo White color which is already in most of the house.  It's simple, attractive, and I already have a couple gallons of it.





Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hard to believe it's August in Texas!

After the unexpected and much needed rainfall this week, where we got almost an inch, I was surprised to step outside in the dawn, to find it actually COOL!  Yesterday dawned at 67*, and today was even better!  66*F, and much lower than normal humidity!

Since the summer solstice has come and gone over a month ago, I feel I can safely say, Winter Is Coming!  Oh, I know this mild glorious weather won't last long, a couple of days at most, but it is the hint of days to come.  And it gives hope to those of us who live in the South, that one day, perhaps soon, we will enter the second season of the year, Not Air Conditioner Season!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Indy turned 7

Indy on adoption day

Indy now.
My eternal puppy, Indy, turned approximately 7 yesterday.  By most accounts that makes him a new "senior dog".  His true birthday is unknown, being a rescue from the Collin County kill shelter.  However, we rescued him on June 8, 2013, so that became his birthday for all intents and purposes.  At the time we got him, we were told he was around 2 years old.

The Monkeys persuaded me to take Indy, and Shiloh, who with an adoption/birthdate in mid January, never gets to go to DQ for ice cream.  (too darned cold in January even in Texas!)

Shiloh looking cute
So I loaded up the kids and the two dogs into the truck and off we went to the local DQ.  

Indy knew right what to do with HIS ice cream!  He dove right in, and started tongue-polishing that serving dish.
Gee, Indy, that went quickly!  Happy Adoption Day, ya big lug!
Shiloh wasn't so sure what to do, despite being the Dairy Princess.  Eventually though, she decided it was a treat, and despite Indy trying desperately to steal her soft serve, she finished it without assistance.
I AM the Dairy Princess!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Weekend musings

More storms popped up here late yesterday afternoon.  Not a lot of rain at the casa, but in town there was minor flooding.  Of course, town has minimal runoff infrastructure, so it always floods if it rains.  But the cloud-to-ground lightning was impressive!  I'm glad I had the foresight to put Indy in his Thundershirt and give him 1.5 K9 Calming treats before the storm got to the house. 

Lots of work to do today around the place.  Yard needs mowed if it dries out enough.  House needs swept and vacuumed.  Time to slay the regenerated Laundry Monster.  Chickens and chicks need time in the chicken tractor too.

Then there are the town errands on payday.  Time to get more chicken & chick chow, grease for the mower transmission, steal DH's car to get new tires on it while he is at work, and groceries to feed three teens and the two of us for a couple more days.

On the bright side of things, the Santa Rosa plums are turning a lovely shade of red.  I just hope the birds and squirrels don't ruin my harvest!  Otherwise, it might be squirrel stew for dinner!

I'm still slogging away at my 187# lifts for the Lifting the Stigma Challenge. (www.liftingthestigma.co.uk)  Currently at 4505 reps to go.  I am hoping to have time today to get another set done on this.  I know I'm probably losing strength on my other lifts, because this challenge is wearing me out on the days I do it, but it is the first time since I started lifting, that I've prioritized volume over adding weight to the bar. 

Our unexpected wheat "crop" is almost ripe!