Thursday, December 1, 2016

Brain Box is Fried

There appears to be little between my ears these days worth mentioning here.  Yes, I could go on and on about the crap that is happening all over the world, but it gets me tight in the jaws and I don't need that.  Blood pressure needs to stay as low as I can keep it.

Blood was drawn today for my doctor appointment next week.  December 3 marks 2 years since my surgery.  Hopefully the good news will continue, however I think I am as prepared as I can be for bad news.  As I understand it, when prostate cancer spreads/returns, it is in the bones.  There is no cure for that.  It can take a long time for it to eventually take it's toll, with much pain.  So, I want to emphasize how important it is to get yourself checked, regularly.  It could just save your life, no one is invincible and hating doctors is a stupid excuse.  You owe it to your loved ones, if you care for anyone at all other than yourself.  It isn't ALL about you regardless of what you think.  

The Christmas decorations have gone very slowly.  The lights I like to use have developed issues.  I have just enough to use the way I prefer.  Now one string works less than half way through.  I found a broken wire and missing light sockets.  No idea.  I had to rearrange my method and it looks skimpier than usual.  This may be my last year doing this.  I don't see these being sold in stores anymore.  I did find some online, but for 20$ a strand.  Not gonna happen.  The tree we use has lights in it already. 
Only one strand now works.  They will all be removed and other lights will be put up by hand from here on out.  The wife won't buy into not having a tree at all.  We are the only ones that see it, until the Grands come on Christmas eve.  They have helped decorate the tree the last couple years, which is a big deal for the wife, but this year we are not sure they can get here in time to do that again.

We hope to get out sometime here in the near future to some of the smaller surrounding towns.  There are several that take considerable pride in how they decorate during Christmas.  This is a holdover from my childhood.  We would pile into the car and drive downtown or the neighborhoods that were known for great light displays.  We both still enjoy that.  I will try to get a few photos and hope they turn out well enough to post a few here.

Happy Trails.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Honey Do's

Yes, today's agenda consists of almost nothing but honey do's.  Christmas decorations are getting taken out of storage.  At least 6 totes full.  The wife really goes all out with her decorating, what ever the season.  Especially Christmas.  This will include setting up the 'fake' tree which requires moving around a couple pieces of furniture, a chair and a small table.  I will also put lights up outside on the house.  I do that for me.  Outside Christmas lights have been a 'thing' for me since I can remember. 
No one seems to enjoy them as much as I do.  The few times I didn't get it done I missed them.  I just hate getting up on that ladder to reach the highest par of the roof line.  I get a little nervous on high reaches on a ladder since I fell off one a few years ago and broke some things, on me.  I usually get all this junk out the Friday after Thanksgiving, but a football game I wish I hadn't watched got in the way and I completely forgot about doing it on Saturday.  I am usually one of the first getting the lights up outside, not this year.  I was reminded about it when we drove home from church Sunday evening.

The wife is gone again, over to the youngest son's to help him with things at his place i.e. hanging pictures and I don't know what else.  I think she is feeling a bit worried about him.  His bad luck I wrote about a while back seems to continue. This time it may be his own fault.  Sorry I can't say more.  She went to my parents on Friday to look at the new house and give help with ideas on how to redecorate that and see what 'upgrades' they may want/need.  

Saturday she was back at the resort trying to earn a few dollars.  Business has been very slow for her. 
She has only worked 2 days since August.  Hopefully this season will allow her to work a bit more than she has so we can buy a few gifts for others.  We will refrain from buying for each other as has become the trend.  That new TV was costly enough.  

I haven't said anything in a while about the events that caused me to begin this blog.  This will be the 2 year anniversary of my surgery for cancer so now seems like the appropriate time.  This week I will have to get some blood drawn before a doctor visit next week.  They will be checking to see if there is any indication of a return of the cancer.  At some point, these checks will move out to yearly instead of every 6 months.  I am not sure we are at that point yet.  I don't expect any negative report.
As far as my current condition is regarding the results of the surgery, I seem to have hit a point of status quo.  Nothing is changing on how things work down there, not worse, not better.  It can get frustrating at times but it most certainly could be worse and I am thankful it is as good as it is. 

The libtards are just so nutty, it amazes me they can't see or don't seem to care about their dupicitous natures.  They freaking drive me nuts.  I hate to even talk about the crap they pull, so I won't.

Happy Trails

Friday, November 25, 2016


Well it's all over but the left overs.  We have way to many this year.  Two small turkeys with all the trimmings.  Why two turkeys?  If you are new here, I previously talked about doing this since I wanted to try smoking a turkey for the first time.  It was a free turkey so I wasn't real worried about losing it if I messed it up.  The other turkey was going to be a back up for that reason.  The smoked turkey turned out much better than I expected.  Very smokey flavor and aroma.  Although just a bit drier on the white meat than it should have been.  The smoked turkeys I have had in the past, all commercially done, have been very moist.  That is what I was shooting for.  However, this was a hit. 
I polled everyone at the table, which they preferred.  It was a resounding reply for the smoked.  My oldest son doesn't even care for turkey said it was the best turkey meal he has ever had.  He ate like it too, having several helpings.  I guess this will be the way from now on.  We will cut it back to one turkey though.  Sent leftovers home with everyone and still have 2 one gallon zip lock bags of turkey.
Most will be frozen for later use through the coming months since you can't find turkeys in the stores after Christmas.  Mmmm turkey sandwiches.

Today I will watch some college football and hope my team pulls out a win on the last game of the season, and become bowl eligible.  From being a promising year with high hopes it has become a disaster to say the least and the coach is under fire.  He may not last till the bowl game if they get one.  Too bad, while I thing the coach is a great man and has high principles and conducts himself with class, the results have not met the expectations of the deep pocket boosters.  The win record always outweighs the character of a man I'm sad to say.

I hope your turkey day was satisfying in every way.

Happy Trails.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What To Do

We are both just sitting here today wondering of we should be doing something more constructive.  It is a bit unusual that we don't have any plan for the day, even if it is something very small.  We have not been real busy but there has been something almost everyday that has occupied us for a while.  

Sunday was my Dad's 89th birthday.  This visit turned out better than most.  He can get irritated at the slightest thing and you never know what it might be.  Yes, it did happen, but I managed to ignore it for the most part.  I have to do this for my sanity and that of my mother.  I honestly don't know how. she has done it all these years.  Anyway, my grand-kids came also and brought the people that take care of them.  My youngest son found time to come also.  He had replaced his truck with a used Explorer, so we got to check that out.  Looks like he made a great deal and it is only one year old with very low mileage.  Still has manufacturer warranty on it.  Seems he caught a break for a change.

I have half a notion to start smoking the turkey today since there is nothing on the agenda.  The weather seems to be closing in and rain is predicted.  I am not real keen on the idea of running back and forth to the smoker trying to keep a fire going for 10 hours.  Maybe tomorrow will be better, I need to check the forecast.  It appear tomorrow will be better, today has thunderstorms predicted.

If I don't get back to this before the holiday I want to use this opportunity to wish you a happy one. Enjoy the time with your friends/family, life is fleeting.

Happy Trails.

Friday, November 18, 2016

No Photos

We did take a quick trip into the hill country Thursday after all.  However it was quicker than usual and there just wasn't much 'color' in any trees to make for pleasant photos.  It was a dud of a trip due to other factors also.  

Friday we were supposed to have a strong cold front move in.  It did, around Noon, with some wind and temps dropped about 10-15 degrees.  It was already in the 80's.  They are predicting lows of 34* by Sunday morning.  Unless this cold front is packing more strength that hasn't quite arrived, I don't believe it will happen.  Either way, it's still nice to have some cooler drier air that is already here.  I will most likely get out my roll of plastic sheeting and cover the tomato plants to try and induce the current crop to ripen.  Tomatoes stop the ripening process at 50*.  The clear plastic will act as a mini greenhouse and allow some more of them to get ripe before any freeze shows up.  

We usually have Thanksgiving lunch at our house with our kids, grandkids and my parents.  The same will happen this year Lord willing.  I have wanted to fry our turkey in the past, but the wife has better sense than me about it.  We would only use it once a year and then it would sit, in the way most likely.  The expense for something like that just doesn't work out.  I have tried to get others to go together and fry a bunch of turkeys all at once and split the cost of the oil etc.  No dice.  So I have decided to buy two turkeys this year and I will try to smoke one while Kim bakes the other.  I have never smoked a turkey, so we will have a back up in case it goes wrong.  I have smoked a lot of meat in my life and after these many years I have perfected my technique.  This is a whole different game. I hope it works out great since smoked turkey tastes soooo much better IMO.  The store had a free turkey if you bought a spiral cut ham.  That's the one I will use to smoke.  Messing up a free one will be easier on the budget.  The other expensive turkey will get the traditional treatment.

Happy Trails.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Plans Foiled

We had wanted to head down to Padre Island today and enjoy the surf.  But the great weather we have been having is now gone.  It windy and cloudy and cooler than would be comfortable sitting on the beach.  So we are sitting here pondering where we will go if at all.  Maybe the Hill Country just for a change of scenery.  The walls are closing in a bit.  

I have been in front of the computer the last 2-3 days trying to recover photos and documents that I lost when windows crashed on me.  I have gotten some software that finds things like that.  However, I had no idea how many times one picture can show up on your computer as a lost file.  I assume it is from 'caching' photos that have been opened or viewed previously.  There were over 200K photos recovered.  A lot of them are just repeats and corrupt files.  So I have been trying to weed those out. The ones I saved also have to be culled for repeats and then put into appropriate locations to help me locate them again.  I wound up deleting quite a few that 'looked' like I had seen them previously.  Oh well, I don't care at this point.  I recovered very few documents, at least I have recovered quite a few photos.  Going digital with photos is convenient but has it's hazards.

Hopefully if we head out somewhere I can get a few worth photos to post here.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


The weather the last couple days has been near perfect.  Cool mid fifties in the morning and upper seventies for a high with not a cloud in the sky.  The Chamber of Commerce couldn't be happier with this weather to greet all the tourists that inundate the city near me.

I don't have much of interest to say today so I will post a few photos I have taken over the last week or so.  I love this time of year.

The butterflies are everywhere, these are Queens, not Monarchs.

Dawn a few days ago

This guy is still running around chasing does with a weird hat

This one was intent on the ladies and paid me no mind

Last night's super moon, brighter than I have ever seen it.


Oh and the drain on the washer is clear, the Liquid Plumber appears to have worked.  Three loads and no overflow.

Happy Trails