Saturday, March 24, 2018

What to Think

I really don't know.  I have stopped trying to figure out what goes on in the head of the President.  His latest action to sign that bill that had things he was against iand said he would veto, is disappointing but not at all surprising.  IMO he has become part of the swamp he promised to drain.  Also the turmoil and turnover in his administration is troubling, however that also doesn't surprise me.  His mercurial personality is hard to gauge and I am sure many of those that have left or been fired are victims of that trait.  What's next?  I am afraid to ask.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


I know most everyone in this area of Texas is aware of what has been going on in and around Austin with that crazy bomber killing and injuring several people.  Then it happened very close to me in Schertz at a Fedex facility.  They seem to have located the jack wagon and he did us all a favor and went to meet his reward by blowing himself up in his car.  The investigation is ongoing to determine whether anyone else may be involved.  I pray this is the end of it.

I had 6 month doctor check up for my diabetes today.  Everything was very good.  Finally seem to have hit the right combo of drugs to keep it in check.  The only issue was the twenty minute trip took close to an hour to get there due to the traffic.  This was on the alternate route that avoids the bad traffic.  I was 5 minutes late (that never happens and it drives my blood pressure up when I am).  The wife may have to go back and see the doc again if she doesn't improve over the next day or so.  She has really been slow to recover with this viral infection.  The continual coughing is wearing her out.  I know folks that have broken ribs from coughing.  We sure don't need that on top of everything else.

I think I am going to enter a contest on leather carving.  They will have well known leather craftsmen judge and offer critiques.  I really want the critiques more than anything.  Being self taught and nothing more than a hobbyist, I take those type opportunities every chance I get.  I don't care a flip about winning.

Happy Trails

Monday, March 19, 2018


Snot.  It is what is going on here.  It is very persistent with both of us.  K is now on an antibiotic and apparently now has 'pink eye' too, I assume the germs from her hands spread to her eye.  I have no infection but the residual is doing a job on me.  Coughing, hacking etc.  On top of that my back has been acting up.  It hurts to cough.  Sheesh. 

A friend has approached me about a couple leather holsters he wants made.  I generally use kits for these as I don't keep the heavy leather on hand since I don't use enough to warrant a purchase.  So I started browsing the suppliers website to see what was available.  Few kits were showing up, but now what I use for almost all the ones I use.  They had plenty of conceal carry but nothing else.  It got my conspiracy mind to working.  No, I don't think that is what is happening, if so why wouldn't all others be removed.  Maybe they just don't sell enough of those to warrant carrying them.  I have some patterns that will work, so now I have to consider buying the right leather I would need for these pistols.  I hate to do this, it will drive my costs up and my price will be much higher.  Not the way I want to operate doing this for fun and friends.  I will keep looking and may go by the outlet and see if they have some on hand that aren't on the website.  

This is not the way I wanted this week to start.

On a good note Spring is in full bloom here.  The Mountain Laurels are at their peak, the Bluebonnets and other wildflowers are slowly making their appearance.  The peak is probably going to be the end of this month or early next month.  We should be well enough to hit the byways for some photos of all the goodness they provide.  We both need a day trip as a break.

Happy Trails

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday Evening

We are both still a bit under the weather.  K even sought help from our doc and got some meds.  She was afraid she was getting the flu and didn't want to mess around with it.  It turns out it is a viral infection so not really much they can do but treat symptoms.  She seems to be feeling better after almost 24 hours of meds.  

I have also been trying to learn the ropes of my new insurance with medicare.  So I have spent more than normal amount of time on the phone, getting accounts set up and various meds via mail order.  It appears they will save me some money but I think they have made some errors in my coverage.  I'm sure I will find out at the most inopportune time.  Speaking of insurance.  The wife has a cancer policy with AFLAC.  She was filing some of her claims and called them to verify coverage.  She found out that she put me on that policy years ago and had forgotten.  So we can file everything related to my cancer surgery with no time limit.  That is such a great blessing for us.  It will help with some of the medical expenses we have now.

With both us under the weather, we had to postpone a dinner engagement/celebration Son #1 wanted to have at a fancy steak place.  He says it was because we all had a really tough year and just wanted to celebrate with us.  Son #2 and wife were included.  I won't go into all the details of the rough year, most of it has been put up here but not all.  This was a gift to the family to all of us.  So we get to try again next Friday evening.  I looked at the menu of the place he wants to take us.  I can't even pronounce some of the things they have.  Might be fun to try some new things.

I got a call from my brother that Mom had been taken to the ER by our cousin.  She is 85 and in very good health but at 85 you never know.  She went for a pneumonia vaccine a couple days ago and the injection gave her an infection/cellulitis.  She is home and is in good spirits.  

We have been kicking around the idea of changing Buster's dog food.  He is a senior dog at almost 14 and we have had him on a weight control food.  Since he has been on that food his fur has gotten very frizzy and has no shine like it did in the past.  So we figure he may not be getting everything he needs to help with that and his old age.  Since he is a VERY picky eater it is always a challenge to find a food he likes.  Found one first try.  Went to a doggy 'bakery' and told them about him and they recommended one.  I just hope it works out well for him.

I am still waiting to get out to the garden and get my tomatoes in the ground.  Hopefully I will feel well enough to do it Saturday.

Happy Trails

Thursday, March 15, 2018


I am usually about a day behind on this blog. 

This morning when I woke up I realized I have a doctor appointment next week.  They need me to have blood work done prior to the appointment, so I headed over as soon as I was ready.  They were packed, wall to wall.  It is a very big waiting room.  I would have guessed spring break had brought most of them in to avoid missing school.  Yet there wasn't one child.  I had to stand for about 15 minutes before the room cleared enough to allow me to sit.  The wait was longer than usual just for a blood draw.  All this without having had my breakfast or more importantly coffee.  I had to be fasting.  Not a good start to the day.  At least the traffic wasn't too bad.

I also woke up with a bit if a sore throat and a headache so I was guessing I might have contracted what K has now.  Yet I don't think it is that, more of the minor type sinus flare up I am experiencing more and more these days.  So all the ambitious plans I had today for the garden and other things just went out the window.  

I tried out a new recipe with some of the venison I had processed.  When I got the meat done most of it is ground meat.  They offer to add a little fat so it isn't so dry and hard to cook.  Venison is notoriously lean.  I had forgotten what ratio of fat I had added before.  So when they asked me a percentage I went with the 20% that I usually get with regular ground beef.  Yeah, I know but it tastes and cooks so much better than the 90-10 stuff.  They also asked me what type fat, pork, beef, or tallow.  What? Pork, in hamburger? Isn't that sausage?  I asked about the tallow since I don't have any experience with it.  They said it was a higher quality beef fat.  Well OK then, gimme 20% tallow.  I think I overdid it a bit.  The ground meat now looks much to fat and there is a LOT of grease now.  Much more than regular 80-20 ground beef.   SMH, it tastes fine, but the grease, sheesh.  I will most likely have to mix with some extremely lean beef to get it where I want it.  Lesson learned I guess.  Tallow seems to be even fatter than fat if that is even a thing.  At this point I think 5% would have been plenty.  They offered no help, my bad.  

Oh, and the new recipe just didn't 'pan' out very well since I was short a few items and subbed a few things.  Probably ruined that recipe for me now lol.

Missed another chance at one of the pesky squirrels.  They have ESP or something.  I hate those little tree rats.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Odds and Ends

Garden prep has been going on.  Got it uncovered and the dead grass removed, also added some bone meal to try and prevent that tomato blossom rot I have been fighting.  From what I read it is caused by a lack of calcium.  I need to get some more tomato plants.  I have three tiny ones.  Two are of a new variety I have never tried before.  They are Pineapple Tomatoes.  They tell me they taste like pineapples.  I will probably stick with the Florida Hybrids, I know the squirrels like them.  The squirrels have become a bigger problem than I was expecting.  They also ate all the Bluebonnet plants I put in the ground and won't stay off the bird feeder.  I can't seem to catch them unawares enough to dispatch them.

I also spent some time trimming up dead vegetation that was left from the several hard freezes we had this year.  It appears that most of the things in the large pots are completely dead.  No sign of life even down close to the base where I trimmed.  Unless they come back in a few months they will not be replaced most likely this year.  

K had planned a girls day out today with the Granddaughter and the new daughter in law.  The Granddaughter and her Mom are butting heads over her clothing.  So K was taking her out shopping for new clothes instead of Mom.  The Granddaughter is 10, but has strong opinions about her mode of dress.  No, it's not that she wants to wear what we would consider unacceptable clothing (revealing), it is just a style and color difference of opinion.  So K has offered to do this to help out and also spend girly time with her.  It cracks me up that my Granddaughter is so outspoken about this yet very quiet most of the time.  A Mom and daughter thing I guess.  However, K has come down with some sort of fever and sore throat.  So she will have to postpone the trip.  She must have picked up a bug from Son #2 when we saw him Friday.  He has had the same thing over the weekend.  Not what we wanted for sure.

We have also been dealing with a couple of medical providers' billing that went awry.  K inadvertently mixed up a couple checks to two separate companies while she was paying multiple bills one day.  Although the checks were made out to the other company with account numbers and amounts, they still cashed them.  No one can explain how that happened.  We will get a refund of the difference but they say 8 weeks, even though we only had 3 weeks to pay the bill.  If we cashed a check that wasn't ours, we could be charged with fraud.  We pointed this out to them and said they would try to expedite the process.  Yes, we admit our mistake but the time frame is unacceptable.  They also claimed they have two more bills that have come in.  Unusual since everyday she was hospitalized has been billed.  We are not sure that this is right and they have not been submitted to our insurance.  I think it was a ploy to keep the money as long as possible, in the eventuality they may have more bills.  But it is NOT their money or choice to do that with.  We have not called the other company yet.  Maybe we should turn them over to a bill collector.

Happy Trails

Saturday, March 10, 2018


We are getting some satisfaction from Panasonic in regard to our microwave.  They called me to tell me they determined that the problem would cost more to fix than the microwave cost us.  They offered a full refund.  So we headed out last night to track down a new one.  It is now up and running.
The wife and I had a little discussion about how much we 'depend' on a microwave.  I changed the wording to away from being 'dependant' to it being a convenience we have become dependant on.  That is NOT how she sees it at all.  She insists that we are 'dependant' on it.  To illustrate her point, she said she would rather do without her stove/range than the microwave.  To me that is a bit silly but I shut up at this point.

Spring is trying very hard to get sprung here.  It is much later than recent memory has recorded.  We can usually count on seeing some early blooms of Bluebonnets and the Mountain Laurels.  Not this year.  We have had so little sunshine all the new blooms and growth have been delayed.  I expect to see some explosions of color this week since the forecast calls for more sunshine.  I'm fine with that.  Hopefully we can take some excursions soon and get some great photos.  I have new routes to check out this year.

Today (Saturday) I have a lot of things I may do.  Yet I am sitting here in front of this computer goofing off.  I need to service my lawn mower, get the weed eater running again with some new fuel mix.  I have bone meal to put in the garden plot to see if that helps with the tomato blossom rot, they say it is caused by a lack of calcium.  First, though I need to uncover the plot and then mix up all the soil and get any dead grass out.  My office is a total mess, the floor is pathetically furry from a long haired dog that sheds constantly and leaves his DNA everywhere while he rolls on his back dislodging even more clumps.  Both vehicles badly need washing after all the misty foggy weather we have had over the last 3 months.  I'm sure there is more but I am already tired thinking about it.
There's always next week.

Happy Trails