Tuesday, April 14, 2015


With the aforementioned funeral, I forgot to  explain about the rabbits.  This should be short.
Last week I was preparing to mow the back yard.  In doing so, I usually make a trip around the yard with the pooper scooper to save me problems later.  About 7 feet from the back porch I scratched on the surface when all of a sudden something came out of the ground and ran past me.  it was a baby rabbit.  Another one came flying out and jumped off the wall heading north.  I never found that one again.
I moved all my dogs into the house except Oscar who was way off playing with his ball.   Getting my wife and a box we collected the one rabbit plus another from another hiding place.  I took them and shoved them back down the hole.  Another one ran out of the hole and over the wall.  Oscar suddenly decided that it was fun and ran the entire yard to kill the rabbit.
All done, the dogs came back outside.   Several moments later I hear his screaming noise.  Running, I took another baby out of Greta's, the snake killer, mouth.   Down the hole.   Seeing it was a problem, I dug up a doggy cage and put it around the rabbit hole.
We have not heard nor seen any rabbits since then.   Surely by now, mama rabbit has moved her kids.  surely.


Sirius radio dock delivery

My wife's cousin's wife died last week from ALS. We made a quick trip to Lubbock, spending the night with our son Roger and family. Other than the funeral and the driving, it was a nice trip. Saw my #2 grandgirl bunt a ball and make it to first base before a sandstorm rolled in and stopped the game.
Anyhoooo, when I was in Lubbock last week for the funeral, Roger helped me order a portable radio speaker dock for my portable Sirius radio. I had been wanting one for a quite a while. C'mon, why pay for the service if you can't listen to it all the time?
Went online to Best Buy. There were problems. They messed up the order. First of all, there were no products in Lubbock -- but, (2nd-ly) they could ship it to Fort Worth where I could pick it up on my way back to Corsicana. Good plan.
Naturally, before I left Lubbock I got an email it could not go to Fort Worth. I called customer service and rescheduled the radio to be shipped to Corsicana - at an extra charge, of course, guaranteed delivery on the 16th.
Drove home. I had an email that the delivery date would be extended out for about 2 or more weeks. Now, I just couldn't handle that since we are planning a short trip in the next couple of weeks - It could arrive any day and just be left on my door step for how long? So I called customer service again (I believe it is Dave Ramsey that calls it customer No-service). Different Girl answered. This lovely girl on the phone said the product was in Fort Worth waiting my pickup ... and had always been scheduled to do so. No matter what I explained to her, she just couldn't get it down. Is this related to minimum wage?
Canceled the order - reordered online - paid extra shipping - it is coming with
guaranteed delivery tomorrow, Wednesday, the 15th. Guaranteed. Below is the online tracking info - which is why I am sending this email. I thought it was interesting. Look where the radio comes from.
Finally, while it may be in Mesquite for today's delivery, that won't happen. Mesquite will have to ship it to Corsicana who will deliver it tomorrow evening, late.
I know these things.
Here is the shipping info - I found it interesting.
Mesquite, TX, United States 04/14/2015 7:53 A.M. Out For Delivery
04/14/2015 7:40 A.M. Arrival Scan
DFW Airport, TX, United States 04/14/2015 7:04 A.M. Departure Scan
04/14/2015 5:44 A.M. Arrival Scan
Louisville, KY, United States 04/14/2015 4:54 A.M. Departure Scan
04/14/2015 2:06 A.M. Arrival Scan
San Diego, CA, United States 04/13/2015 7:16 P.M. Departure Scan
04/13/2015 2:57 P.M. Arrival Scan
Honolulu, HI, United States 04/13/2015 6:45 A.M. Departure Scan
Honolulu, HI, United States 04/12/2015 9:59 P.M. Origin Scan
United States 04/10/2015 10:04 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS
I should have just flown out there and picked it up at the store. That radio has logged more air hours this week than I have logged during my entire (albeit a sheltered one) life.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Indian shawl

THIS will be the 2nd try to upload the shawl - I figured out what I was doing wrong on the previous page.  Not that you care to hear - so nevermind.   See this garment?   I like it.  I will write about the rabbits on another page sometime.  Explanation of this is in the previous bloggy.

Indians - rabbits - and etc.

This will be another experiment to start.  I want to upload a movie I made with my camera.   I don't know if it will upload and run.  

first an explanation.
Trader's village in Grand Prairie hosts an Indian pow-wow each year.  The Indians gather and compete in dancing plus maybe other stuffs.  You can go for free.  This year it happened about August 22nd I think - might have been September.
Their costumes  are just great.   So here is a try at downlo === no, uploading a very short movie showing some dancing.

 I got greedy and uploaded 3 at the same time.   As I type, the top 2 did not work.  Maybe later in time it will.  Focus is lacking I see.
This event does things to raise money to offset the cost of travel for all their folk.  They take donations for the drummers; they take donations for the dancers; they take donations for anything that seems to work.
Raffles:  they have many raffles.   One of these had a shawl as the prize.  The women dancers walk in a big circles - should say dance in a circle - wearing these shawls.  Some are quite beautiful.   I bought tickets for more than one event - raffles - because the entire show is free and I appreciated the festival.
Who knew?  We won one of the raffles.  It was the one that I wanted to win.  Bright red cloth and handmade decorations.  below is a photo of it - then, without my wife's blessing - a photo of her modeling the shawl for my camera.  So it is upload time again.  Maybe this time the top 2 movies will upload also.  We'll see. 
okay it won't work.
so I will post this and try again with a clean slate.  I want you to see the shawl.

Friday, April 3, 2015

this week (s)

Here it be Friday - another week has about expired.  I am sitting here typing away as I await the grass to dry out just a tad - then, it will be off to mow the front yard.  Yesterday, I mowed the back yard (fenced-in area) and the stuff near the waterfront - which in itself is a poor description.  The lake has come up some but it is still 100 feet from my retaining wall.   The day before I weed-et the front and back yards but not the waterfront.  (weed-et = used our weed eater, known as the "Terminator")

Probably on Monday I will do all the shore - it bothers me to work down there when it is the first time of spring.  Explain:  I never know where a snake hides.  When the grass and weeds have just started to push up and I let it go too long, the varmints take refuge in tall stuff.  I suppose they are waiting for a mate to slither past.  More than once I have spooked a critter.  It bothers me.  It is a job that must be done.  So, maybe, perchance, if, I will tackle it on Monday.  Hopefully, it will be a Good Monday.   As of now, I am tired of this pink background and am going into settings.

Oh right, the yellow background is superior.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us.  We made a motorhome excursion to La Grange, TX to visit their quilt museum - I believe they proclaim  it to be the State quilt museum.  It is nice.  Lots of quilts and friendly ladies running the show.  No photographs of course.  Why they would allow photos is beyond me.  It might help to promote the museum - but, no photos.   You can take photos of the outside of the building, which I have done in the past and will not do this time.

Our daughter Christine is a quilt buff as is my wife.   She drove down from Round Rock to spend some time with us.   We-all signed into a La Grange RV park planning to stay there 3 days ... even had reservations.  The lady running the place lost one of our nights.  We moved out 2 days later and moved into a skuzzy place near Columbus ... it wasn't that skuzzy but lacked paved streets.  We were lucky it didn't rain.  A lot of these small RV parks are home to families and single guys who work hard all day long and relax in the evenings.  A small RV is an excellent home for a guy who enjoys drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette in the evenings.  It can become quite a community for transient workers.  

Walking the dogs in La GRg I met a gentleman who had his motorhome for sale - 45 ft model, diesel, etc.  He told me to make an offer.  I didn't.  His projection was $550,000.  Not in my league for sure.  I love the way he threw out the number --  it is five fifty.   I suppose I am somewhat jealous I cannot throw out big numbers like that with such such such casualness.   "Oh, it is just 

The same guy volunteered that I drive down to Columbus if I wanted really good Mexican food. We ignored his suggestion of course and went down the street to a place.  Adequate food.  When we had to move to Columbus, we took his suggestion and went to LA CABOS.   As he said, this was really good Mexican food  (Tex-Mex for some).  Next time you are through Columbus, turn south on that road and find the place - bit expensive but good.

Part of this trip was a side adventure to Round Top and their running flea market.  It seemed to go on for miles and miles.  We picked a spot and parked.  I'd guess we walked over a mile up and down the highway venturing into different tents and houses.  Can't say we bought anything.  One lady had 5 old RV trailers she had refurbished for sale.  The prices were reasonable = her refurbishing was simply gross.  Proud she was.   A guy would have to go in and re-do everything she fixed.  Why couldn't she fix it up right the first time?

There is an area called Marburger Farms - see website - that is upscale in relation to the rest of these places.  Marburger opened a week later so we could not walk through.  Sad, to me.

It is time to close.  We have been home a couple of days and our lives have not slowed down.  I am suppose to return a phone call to a guy for the last 2 days, and it has not seemed appropriate to do it yet.  I have a stone about the new system of car inspections installed by Texas.  It will wait.  Time to mow the yard.  But first a photo or two from my files ----- (these are experiments to see if I can download -  upload properly)
#1  Oscar and a ball

Now I will try to upload 2 photos at the same time.   Liesl waiting for Christmas and a photo we took in 2013 of our 5 doxies and Christine's 2:   back row is our Fritz (RIP)  and Wesley (RIP). Front row is my others:  L to R  Bruno,  Liesl,  Oscar, Christine's Olllie (a smooth hair)  and Greta on the end.  Experiment over.     Isn't Liesl sweet under the tree waiting for Santa?