Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday

I finished the cover for the wife's Kindle Fire.  I tried doing a filigree style this time.  Something I haven't tried before.  She likes flashy things so I thought this might work for her.  




If you look closely at the first two photos you can just make out a hint of red.  That is the filigree, where I cut completely through the leather and place a colorful material behind to shine through. Unfortunately the photo just doesn't catch it very well.  I like contrast so the turquoise thread was my choice for her.  She seems to like it, maybe she is just being nice.  I may try this again.  I like the look for certain things.

I am a Yelp reviewer.  I review  just about anything, from food to services etc.  I got some feedback from one of the places I recently reviewed.  They offered me a better experience to my full satisfaction.  I had dinged them twice.  This is a taco place.  I am very particular when it comes to tacos.  I think I know my stuff and what a taco should be due to the many years of eating them down here in this part of the State of Texas.  The biggest complaint I had was the price.  From near 4$ apiece to over 5$.  For a taco?!?!?!  Are you kidding me?  Two tacos and a drink and I am over 10$.  I don't think so.  Granted they are on the edge of the hoity toity part of Libtardville.  I guess I can't blame them for taking advantage of their situation.  I told them, thanks but I doubted they would lower their prices and increase the size of their tacos for me since that was my biggest complaint. 
Yes, they were rather small too, not even average size.  

I am pretty particular about my Tex-Mex food.  Libtardville has that going for it.  It is the home of Tex-Mex.  I don't care where you go, the so called Tex-Mex elsewhere just isn't the same.  Even in Libtardville we will get these chain's that think they know what they are doing with Tex-Mex.  Some get very popular, but if you look at the clientele they attract, you know right away it isn't authentic.  
Yeah, I always ding them pretty hard on Yelp.  Imposters.  

So what is true Tex-Mex to me?  The easiest way for me to tell is by their enchiladas.  The tortillas that are used MUST be the red tortillas.  If they are anything else, pass them by.  Yes, there is a significant difference.  The yellow corn or white corn tortillas will get so soggy it is like eating slop. The red will hold their texture and and actually give you something to chew instead of soup.  Also, this is a Libtardville invention.  If you see it anywhere else, they stole it or ar from here.  Puffy Tacos. They are exactly what they sound like.  The tortilla or shell has been fried to a puffy texture.  
You might have a choice of chicken or beef filling.  Sometimes you can get one of each.  If you are trying them the first time I would suggest getting one of each.  They will most likely fall apart in your hand before you are through, so resort to the fork. 

There will always be a side of rice and beans.  These can vary widely in quality.  Most places it is just an afterthought.  Anyway, for my tastes and experience it is the little 'hole-in-the wall' place that gets it right most of the time.  They probably use Abuelas recipes that have been handed down over years. 
Check the parking lots of those places, they will generally be packed and the clientele is what you would expect to see in an authentic place.  They sometimes look a little seedy, but that's OK if they are clean, and keeps the Yankees away.  Yeah, my definition of Yankee is probably different too.  It's pretty much anyone that is not a native.  Born and raised.  Yes, if you couldn't tell I can be very opinionated.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse

Underwhelming.  That is the word I would use to describe our eclipse viewing.  We were at Son#1's home as I mentioned previously.  My Mom was ready to leave about an hour and half after they arrived and it was only 30 minutes until peak eclipse time.  They always leave early at every event. Which always puzzles me since she likes to get out and socialize as much as possible and that doesn't happen all that often for them anymore.  We did convince them to stay through the peak anyway.

My Granddaughter was very excited about the eclipse.  Mom evidently spent a good deal of time teaching them about it and they constructed an eclipse viewer out of a cardboard box and other materials.  I guess you could say her anticipation was palpable.  Was she ever disappointed.  She got this hang dog look after a few minutes and it persisted until we left.  I tried to find out what was bothering her and her words were 'I thought it would be cooler than this.'  Yeah, me too.  We had 61% coverage here and I thought it would be significant enough to see some light change at least.  It didn't turn out that way at all.  I am guessing it would have to be in the 80%+ range to see a significant difference.  I tried to console her about it and she wasn't having it.  We will have a near full eclipse here in 7 years.  That is an eternity to a child.  She told me she would be 16 by that time in that same manner she had on her face.  I still tried to cheer her up and told her she would be a sweet 16 then. 
There was a faint smile that lasted a couple seconds.  Hopefully her disappointment didn't last much longer after we left.

The half moon shapes of the shadows of light filtering through tree leaves also was harder to see.  In fact we couldn't see it at all without a piece of cardboard laid on the ground to help define it.  The shapes were getting lost in the grass.  

Yes, I was a bit disappointed too, but it was great to see how much time the network news spent on the eclipse.  Something other then all the doom and gloom news for a change.  That, at least was refreshing.  

Happy Trails

Monday, August 21, 2017

Weekend

I am not really sure how to classify this weekend.  Kim had a pretty good day at the resort, but it was longer than usual and harder.  Consequently it has her down physically and that can last a few days. 
She appears to be better this morning, somewhat.  I am glad as she has planned brunch for my Mother's 85th birthday.  This will take place at Son #1's home.  So we will have to head over there in a few minutes in order to get everything accomplished.  I hope the traffic cooperates.  

I have been trying to have a meeting with my congregations' leadership for the past three months to ask some questions.  After 3 months it was sprung on me with little notice.  I was getting weird a vibe earlier and got a feeling it was going to be antagonistic which surprised me.  That part was at least a misunderstanding.  It was very trying but I had worthy support and I believe I acquitted myself in an appropriate manner and they got the message.  It was also a reminder that they are just men, like myself and can make mistakes and errors in judgement.  There are times when we all can learn something new or at least understand the other's perspective better.  I can't go into details, I put this here for my own failing memory.  The anticipation of this meeting was what made this whole weekend harder than usual for me and that affected the rib also.  

We will have only a 61% eclipse here.  That is enough to see that something is happening.  I understand that my Grandkids are very excited about it.  I assume we will still be at their house when this occurs around 1:00 PM.  It will be fun to watch their reactions.  I want to point out to them the shadows under the trees and how they look 'half moon' during the eclipse.  I have seen that a couple times and that to me is the most impressive thing about an eclipse.  The light filtering through the trees gets this weird half moon shape.  I have never heard it explained and I haven't 'googled' it either. No idea why or how it happens, I just enjoy the wonder of it.

I have a strange physical thing happening to me.  I have a slight tremor with fine motor skills.  I notice it mostly when trying to text on my phone.  My right hand has enough of a tremor that it makes it a little harder to accomplish.  If I am overly tired it is even more pronounced.  I guess most people have some sort of tremor to overly tired muscles at some point, that is what this is like.  I had gotten the weedeater going Thursday or Friday and the right arm felt strained.  It still does today and the tremor is noticeably more pronounced.  I think it is mostly due to the problems in my neck with all the compressed discs and pinched nerves.  I will need to mention this during a physical I have scheduled for next month.  No, I am not worried, so that is good.  Although it can play havoc with my leather work.  Fine detail will be a chore if it gets worse.  I already try to avoid heavy physical exertion with my arms/hands when I know I have leather to work.  Getting old isn't for pansies.

Happy Trails












Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pulled The Plug

I admittedly spend far too much time on the PC.  Much of it is spent on the book of faces.  About the time my Granddaughter was born my Daughter-in-law convinced me I needed to get on in order to see recent photos she would post.  How could I resist as I had in the past?  I got more and more caught up in FB over the years.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Over the past few years I let the political and other similar type articles become a major focus for me.  Almost everyday I would get to shaking my head over the idiocy I would see with those posts.  I already avoid network news due to the garbage they spew most of the time.  It has spilled over into the local news at times also.  No, I didn't delete my account yet, as I have a couple business pages I tend to.  I just will be not looking at my personal page.  

Lately, with all the antifa garbage and much more stupidity I just felt like it was time to take a break from it.  Yes, I found old friends and we stay in touch that way.  I will miss some of the interaction I had with them for the most part.  I decided it was better for me to get off for awhile, not only to keep my sanity, but to keep from reacting to something stupid by saying something just as stupid.  I don't need to be saying things in the heat of the moment.  I get misunderstood enough in normal life without adding that to the mix.  Text and typed messages and posts can be so easily misunderstood since they don't convey inflection and emotion and facial expression.  It can be bad thing, I have seen it happen in my work place.  I don't need my friends and especially my family being alienated due to a misunderstanding.  Yes, I could TRY to keep from posting responses to things, but sometimes the temptation to respond is much too great.  Especially when error or truth is involved.  I seem to always get in trouble with things like that, especially with my family.  I don't need that.  Well, not 'always.'  I just don't need to have them misunderstanding me even in the least.  

So, yeah, maybe I am surrendering.  Maybe I am just avoiding being a 'trigger' by being triggered. 
Sorry I couldn't resist using the latest catch phrase.  Call it what you will, I still have this outlet.  I am old and tired.  Yes, I worry about the world my Grandchildren will be having to deal with.  Things are happening so much faster now, I know I am behind the curve most of the time.  I just have to get a break from the crazies for a while.  

Happy Trails

Thursday, August 17, 2017

History

I have been a lover of history as long as I can remember.  Even before it was taught at the lower level of elementary school I was always asking questions about things that happened in the past.  We didn't get exposed to real history classes until 3rd grade, and that wasn't an official course, it was due to a teacher that had a love for all things Texas.  She taught some of the history of early Texas.  Yes, she was my favorite teacher and that is partly due to her love of history and Texas.

Consequently, get pretty wound up when I see the distortion of history to meet a political agenda and destroy the other opposing side or bait them into doing something to use against them and say: 'I told you so.'  I won't go into a lengthy discussion about the correct history they distort for their own purposes, it would fall on deaf ears.  The others that know the true history don't need to hear it again.  
This isn't a new phenomena, this distorting of history.  Almost every event in history has two sides and the one that wins generally writes the history.  It is then prettied up to justify many of the things that were done by their side.  The narrative changes to make them look holier than the defeated. 
Nothing will change that now.  It has gone on far too long and most don't want to know the truth, it would hurt their sensibilities and these SJW's would need to find another reason to be the jack asses they are.  Well, maybe not.  Most would adhere to the adage: 'Once a jackass, always a jackass.'  You have probably heard that applied some other way.  It is not always true for everyone.  There might be one or two that would actually change their stripes, but there will be 100 more to take his place.

I want to leave you with these quotes, that reveal the truth about the character of two people that opposed each other.

"In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but would acknowledge, that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country."

And then:

"I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races...I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and political equality.  And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be a position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

Which of these comments comes from a white supremacist?  Can you guess who said which?  Most of you probably already know.  Robert E. Lee wrote the first quote in a letter in 1856 while stationed in Texas, 5 years before the War of Secession. The second quote was spoken by none other than Abraham Lincoln in one of the Douglas/Lincoln debates just before the same war.

Who was the white supremacist?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nostalgia

Was feeling a bit nostalgic Monday.  That almost always involves cowboys from my childhood.





And then to a lament about days gone by



Happy Trails

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday

Hot weekend here, so I didn't get much accomplished.  I stayed inside with the AC mostly.  I did get started on a leather cover for the wife's Kindle Fire.  I am trying something new (to me).  Filigree is what it is called.  It will be easier to show you than explain it here.  So you will have to wait for pics when I am finished.

Last week I mentioned the rally in downtown libtardville.  The Libs that run the government want to remove a monument to the Confederate Dead.  I kicked around the idea of attending and was on the fence about it.  Other than the +100 degree temps that probably would have put me down I discovered there were several groups that were going to attend, not just the one I belong to.  Some that do things just to antagonize to make their point.  I don't agree with their tactics and don't want to be associated with them even by accident.  So I didn't go.  The city, in all their great wisdom granted a permit to a counter rally (Black Lives Matter) at the same time at the same location.  IMO they are just asking for trouble.  Maybe that is what they wanted.  Hoping the Far Right protesters would do something to the Far Left protesters so they could prove their point that they are filled with hate. Giving them more ammunition.  Yeah, open carry was going on there too.  I don't oppose open carry, but what's the motivation for that here?  Don't tell me that it is just to exercise your constitutional rights.  That isn't motivation.  What is the point in doing that at something like this other than to feed the fire of those on the left.  That would be news they could use to further their agenda.  

Other than one of the far left being arrested for violence (they wouldn't get specific) it was a peaceful rally with everyone chanting slogans back and forth.  I am thankful it didn't turn into a Charlottesville.  I really didn't expect that to happen here anyway.  The only way it would is because outsiders would have prompted it.  Some of those groups I mentioned were just that, outsiders.  It could have gotten ugly.  Will this rally have any effect?  Probably not.  The new mayor is probably farther left than Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans and we see what he did there with those Confederate Monuments.  I expect the same.  No rallies will stop that type of mind.

A lot of other things have been going on that I just don't have the words to chronicle it all.  It's been a trying day.

Happy Trails


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Traffic

Friday morning we had plans to do several things.  Visit a friend that just had surgery, have some breakfast tacos on our way and head over the next town for something the wife wanted.  Not a real big day but enough to keep us busy for a few hours.  Those few hours wound up being a little longer than anticipated. 

To get into the area we needed to go to, to see our friend and eat tacos requires a trip into town. 
There are really only 3 ways in that all parallel each other and only one is a major roadway (4 lane divided.)  That is also one of the busiest most hair pulling drives in our county of over 2 million.  It is something we have learned to avoid at the worst times.  We approached that road at about 8:45 AM, this should be on the outside edge of rush hour.  No idea what was going on but the highway was backed up to the area where we usually get on.  So we diverted to one of the parallel roadways.  I picked the wrong one.  Everyone else had the same idea.  We made a 180 to head to the other parallel roadway.  That was a drive in itself.  We finally arrived at the hospital about 2 hours later.  Yes we ate first so that took some time.

After our visit we headed out to the other destination.  It happens to be in one of the top 5 growing counties in the US.  It also sits on one of the major N/S interstates, IH 35.  No traffic jams this time but there was more traffic than usual.  

By the time we did that errand and started home we had to divert one more time due to traffic.  It felt like I had been driving forever by the time we got home.  All told it was probably 150 miles and more time than was planned.  I like to drive, but this day with all the many diversions and the overwhelming amount of traffic, I think staying home would have been a better idea.

No, it's not as bad here as maybe some places in Dallas and Houston, but for me, that has seen what it used to be and what it has become in just a few years, it's hard to take in the amount of growth we have seen.  They just started a 4 year major rebuild of the one major highway we use to get into town.
SMH.  We are making contingencies for alternate routes for various thing we do.  Some will work fine, others, not so much.

No, I'm not whining.  Lamenting, yeah, that's it, lamenting lol.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Catching Up

The wife has been doing pretty well over at the resort these last couple weeks.  She has even sold a few of my leather pieces.  This holster sold almost one year to the day I made it.


It had always gotten a lot of interest but no takers until this weekend.  I have made a biker wallet with the same pattern on it and it gets the same attention.


But it seems that since it is not black it is not as desireable.  So I made this one.


Black is much harder for me to make and thus I left of the webbing.  Then I made something for myself, which is actually very rare.  For my phone.



The leatherman scabbards I made for my fireman friend was apparently much more appreciated than I thought.  He sent me this photo.  Cool.


Then Sunday he gave me this.



A very cool coin from his Technical Rescue Squad.  This means a lot to me.  I was pretty much speechless.  The Fire Dept. there doesn't even have a coin of their own, but the rescue squad does and I have one.  It will go next to my 1st Bn 75th Rangers coin.  Both of my Grandfathers were Firefighters, so this means a lot to me.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rain

Yes, I said rain, and lots of it.  It's not all that unusual for this time of year but it is a week or two early.  We woke up to our weather alarms going off and telling us about flooding.  Surprised me since I haven't been paying attention to the news and weather.  We had plans to go to my parents today.  
However the rain is staying around for a while and part of the road over there has flooded.  The flooding is on elevated ramps that are around 100 foot in the air.


Not a good picture but those upper ramps are the ones flooded.

We have gotten 2.6 inches here at the house so far this morning with more on the way.  It is much needed here on the edge of the desert so I won't complain.  We will probably wait on going to my parents house.

Happy Trails

Monday, August 7, 2017

Libtardville

The big city to the South of me has joined in the fray against all things Confederate.  There have been a few minor thing previously but this is the big one.  They have finally fallen into line with the rest of the PC crowd.  Whether they have just finally gotten the courage to act since every place else is doing something to get in the news or it's the new even more left wing mayor and city council that was just elected in May.  There was a small rally with a local blm group.  Then one of the councilmen picked up the ball and then another.  The blm rall was pretty small, less than 40.


They spout the usual claptrap and get more press than anybody else because it fits the media agenda.  
The city council has already voted to consider relocating it.  This monument is over 100 years old. 
This monument was rededicated on the 100th anniversary (I was there for that) and there were about 100 folks attending that.  

This monument has been in this park, Travis Park, named after the Alamo hero that happened to own a slave.  So I would guess the next step will be to rename the park.  It only makes sense if you use their line of thinking.  Then any reference to the slave owners and traders that fought at the Alamo etc.  It can go on and on and on.

There is a counter rally planned for August 12.  There are groups from all over Texas planning to attend.  I know there will be more than the blm turnout.  I'm on the fence about attending.  I don't really believe that rallies and such have much effect in the minds of those on the wrong side of history and that control the government.  They will do what they want regardless of how many or times protestors show up.  This in the city that plans to fight our governor about their Sanctuary city designation.

We are as divided in Texas as the rest of the nation.  The big cities, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and Libtardville is blue, very blue. the rest of the State is red.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Can't Get Started

I have several 'honey-do's' that I just can't seem to get enough motivation other than to think, 'oh yeah, I need to do that.'  I have a couple small rooms that I need to paint, the hallway that goes into the bathroom I recently painted (several months ago).  The washroom is another and the one I most dread.  It has the washer and dryer that will have to be moved, a pantry that is freestanding and then the water heater and some huge overhead cabinets.  That one has been on that list a looong time.  It is really in need of new paint and a good cleaning.  I also need to regrout the shower in one of the bathrooms.  It is not a little grout either.  It's pretty extensive and it's big shower.  Not to mention the garage is a huge mess and needs to be addressed but that will have to wait for cooler weather.  It is just too hot in there for anything productive.

The wife talked with Son #2 the other day.  He will be buying an engagement ring shortly.  He will be heading to the city where his young lady lives over Labor Day and the plan is that they will be officially engaged.  I assume she will say yes as she has pretty much said yes already.  This will be the formality if speaking with her Father and getting his blessing mostly.  Yes, he knows it's coming.

With the exceptionally hot weather we are currently having my yard is looking pretty poorly.  Water restrictions don't help.  We are currently limited to one day a week and only for certain hours.  Not enough time to cover everything.  So I just hit the critical spots and hope the other spots can survive until it's their turn or we get a little rain.  It is still a couple weeks until real chances of rain return. 
But it's not a sure thing here on the edge of a desert.

Kim and I are both working on learning some leather braiding techniques.  We both notice that leather braided bracelets etc. seem to be more in vogue.  So we will try our hand at that and see how it pays off.  It should work well with some of my leather work also.  Kim made contact at the resort with a wholesaler.  She is very interested in Kim's work with jewelry.  This wholesaler likes the fact that Kim's designs are very unique, one of a kind items.  She bought a good amount of items from her with the possibility of more in the future.  This could be good for the off months when she is not working at the resort.

Well, I gotta get back at the leather for now.  See what I did there?  Put off the other stuff again.

Happy Trails

Monday, July 31, 2017

First of the Month

Lots of errands to run today.  Credit Union, Costco, grocery, leather store.  Nothing really fun for sure.  Spending money and time is about all it adds up to.

The garden is having some problems.  The heat, as I mentioned before has reduced production considerably.  Bugs are taking their toll on the remainder and now some sort of white substance has started appearing on a couple of the plants.  I will jerk out the plants that have the white stuff.  They were pretty much done anyway.  And speaking of heat, yesterday was the hottest day we have had so far.  I don't know the temperature officially, but my reading was 5* higher than any other I have had this Summer.  I had 101 when it is usually 95-96 on my patio.  I could feel it was hotter than we have had also.  We just limit any outdoor activity during those times.

Happy Trails

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday

Been a pretty busy day today.  Went and got my truck inspected and the oil changed then headed back into town to try and get that piece of glass I needed to replace the one I broke with the lawnmower. Yes, they had it ready to go and I got it installed and we are good to go.  Then I finished up the last wallet of three I have been working on.  A full day and it is just early afternoon.  

I woke up around 5 AM this morning and I had various aches and pains.  Not all that unusual except there was a new sharp pain in my hip joint.  I could hardly walk but made it to the Motrin and downed several of those.  I managed to get back to sleep after a bit and slept much later than normal. I guess I was making up for a fitful night of not sleeping well.  No idea what brought this new ache on, but I did without my usual exercise this morning just to give a little rest.  Maybe it is a touch of sciatica based on what I think I know.  

Tonight we head over to some friends house to say goodbye to a family that is relocating to another city.  Looking forward to the gathering but not the reason.  I can't talk much about what this family has been through and we shared their troubles and helped where we could.  This is a new a much more prosperous venture for them and I am optimistic.  The oldest son has just graduated high school and will be joining the Army shortly.  He could do worse by a long shot.  I think it gives him opportunities he wouldn't have had otherwise.  I hope I can keep my composure tonight.

Happy Trails

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Movie

I took in another movie.  That puts me at my annual limit of 2.  Actually I had no plans to go and then
Son #1 called and wanted to go see 'Dunkirk' and wanted me to go.  He knows my tastes and he probably knew his wife would prefer something else.  

This was a very different movie.  From what I know about Dunkirk and the time frame it seemed to be very realistic.  Not to mention I watched an interview with a 98 year old survivor of Dunkirk as he came out of the movie.  He was a very eloquent gentleman and was in grasp of all his faculties.  He got very emotional at one point while relating his thoughts.  He said it brought back so many memories of that time and it was very realistic.  So there you go.  

How was it different?  First off there were no major stars.  So there were no prima donna acting bits.
Also, how the story was told was different than most anything I have seen.  Each section of the story was told in real time and then they would tie back into each other.  Hard to explain but I don't think I have ever seen it done quite like that.  You had to pay attention.  It was pretty intense as you can probably imagine.  Not as bloody as you might expect either.  I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Grandkids were here for a night and that was enjoyable.  It got us out of our rut for a bit.  

A few other errands were attempted.  Yes, attempted and failed.  I went into town to get a piece of glass cut for the window that was broken.  They couldn't cut it since their tech was out.  They would call me the next day when they have it cut.  Didn't happen so I will have to wait until Friday.  Three days and two trips for a piece of glass.  While I was out at the movie I decided to stop for an inspection for my truck.  Again, no dice.  Their computer was down, until further notice.  So I will head into town again Friday and get the glass and an inspection along with an oil change.  I hope, fingers crossed.  

Happy Trails

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Out of Africa

The Sahara Desert has come to this part of Texas.  The skies are hazy with the dust that has travelled thousands of miles across the Atlantic.  It has played havoc with sinuses in these parts.  Fortunately I am not suffering from the onslaught of dust.  Not sure how long this is supposed to last.  This isn't anything new.  It happens most years.  It just seems a little heavier than most.  So we are assailed with the dust of Africa in July and the smoke from fires in Mexico in June.  Although this past June I didn't notice the usual haze and smell we get with the smoke.  It is much more bothersome than the dust as far as I'm concerned.  

I am still working on still busy with a few leather projects, mostly wallets the wife wanted for her inventory.  Of course wallets are the least enjoyable thing I do with leather.  But she is able to sell them so I comply somewhat grudgingly.  I also delivered the last leatherman scabbard, he was more than pleased.  I'm just glad to have things like that to do that can make others happy.  I also found a couple holster kits I forgot I had.  I think I will just keep those on hand for special orders.

I had to cut the grass in the back this morning.  It was getting out of hand.  But that is by design mostly.  I let the grass grow much longer than normal in this heat.  It helps it survive a little better.  
The shorter cuts tend to burn up this time of year, especially in the areas exposed to direct sunlight most of the day.  It also saves on water, and we are on increased restrictions just recently.  The yard for the most part is in pretty good shape considering the time of year it is.  I also hit something unseen in the tall grass.  I will be replacing a window now.

I think my garden is just about done though.  Stink bugs have invaded and they seem to affect the ripening process.  From what I understand they sting the tomato (I didn't know they had stingers) and the spot that happens refuses to ripen.  The tomato will eventually rot before ripening.  I will probably be jerking them out in the next week or so.  I will try to get the last few green ones off when they ripen.  I won't plant any Fall tomatoes this year.  I will let it go dormant and cover it to kill off the bermuda I can't seem to stop from growing in there.

Happy Trails

Monday, July 24, 2017

Human Trafficking

Yes, this is the big news down in Libtardville.  In case you haven't gotten the news about it, here is a link to the latest news.  Human Trafficking.  This isn't the first time this has happened here and most likely won't be the last despite the outrage shown by the local politicos.  If you will note in the article, the poor souls are called 'immigrants.'  That is the typical name used for anyone that comes over the border by the local news.  I am not passing judgement on those that died in the back of that truck.  I know there have been comments that blame the victims for their demise.  I haven't read the comments but I have seen some news that they have been made and it doesn't surprise me.  I cannot fathom the type of heart that would do that sort of thing during tragedy.  But it happens, all too frequently.  I think it is a very sad situation, those folks didn't ask to die in the back of an abandoned truck. 
Regardless of the reason they came here, wishing bad things on them is just abhorrent.  It's akin to laughing at those that have been less fortunate or have experienced a tragedy.  I have seen it with my own eyes.  It's not any different than those kids that filmed the drowning man and laughed about him dying and not trying to help or get help.  My mind cannot grasp that type of behaviour.  A special place in Hell awaits them.  I am guessing that the families of some of the victims will never know what happened to their loved one.  

What makes the coyotes (those that bring them across for a fee) leave these people in a locked trailer in 100* heat?  You got your $'s, what do you gain by leaving them to die?  It makes absolutely no sense.  Just unlock it and leave.

Don't get me wrong.  Things are really bad along our Southern border in regard to illegals entering along with the drug cartel situation.  It is much worse than we ever hear about.  It's part of the liberal approach to news.  They won't report anything that is against their liberal agenda.  Reporting the truth is a thing of the distant past.  No one really knows how bad things are due to this mindset.  Once they realize their mistake, it will be much too late if it isn't already.  

Quite a few people from this area used to frequent the border area, going across for a mini vacation and shopping.  It doesn't happen near as much as it did and for some, it has ceased completely.  Even those that had business on the other side refuse to go anymore.  It is just too dangerous for those that don't look like a local.  It's not just skin color.  You can tell by the dress and manner of speech, even if you speak the language fluently.  Just like you can tell when you are talking to someone not local to your area and from another State.  They definitely sound different.  If it is bad enough for us to stop going for fun, just think how bad it is for those that live there all the time.  Yes, the locals bear some of the blame for that.  But this has been a corrupt society from nearly the very beginning.  It is near impossible to change something like that within a lifetime.  Something that is expected and accepted as the 'way things are.'

OK, I don't know how I got here.  I think I'll shut up.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

More Leather

I delivered the latest Leatherman tool scabbard last night.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it.
Maybe just as well, I don't think it was some of my best work.  These scabbards seemed to be more difficult to make than most other things I have of similar size.  I think it mostly is I didn't have any pattern to base my cuts on.  So I had to do it as I went.  Consequently there were some details that didn't work as easily as you might think.  Thus I had more issues with how it turned out than I would have prefered.  If I had had more leather I would have made another one with fewer errors.  The Fire Fighter I made them for was very happy with how they turned out.  He was more than pleased when I gifted him the last one since it will be the one he wears at his job.  It was just a small thank you for what he does in his line of work on the rescue squad and being a Marine veteran of Iraq.  I truly admire this young man.

I bit the bullet and ordered a side of leather today.  It should last me a good while with as little as we are selling now.  But it is good to have on hand and will give me something to do when I get too bored and keep my hand in it.  I do notice my skills have slipped a little since I haven't worked with leather much lately.  I have a few ideas for some things that the wife may be able to sell at the resort. 
I will be looking for patterns for various things I have in mind while I am waiting on the leather to get here.  Since the summer is coming to a close and a huge fall off in the time the wife will spend plying her trade at the resort, this isn't the best time to have ordered leather and have new ideas.  It's what I get for procrastinating.

I have a cousin I rarely ever see that lives a good distance from me.  He is about my age.  He fell off a ladder.  I don't know many of the details but apparently he was using a chainsaw while on the ladder.
I am assuming he was trimming some trees.  The chainsaw hit his head and injured his skull and brain.  He isn't doing too well.  I am trying to keep up through the book of faces so information is only sporadic.  So if you can spare a good thought or prayer it is appreciated.

We made a trip down to my parents and took the DNA test for my Dad.  Mine and his will go in the mail today.  We had lunch with them and visited a while.  Then we had to hit the road early to try and beat the hellish traffic we have to go through to get home.  We still hit jams even though rush hour was still  hours away.  They live all the way across Libtardville from where we live.  It gets harder and harder to travel over there and back.  Consequently we don't make as many trips as we should.  I dread having to make an emergency trip some day and having to do it during rush hour.  It's best not to think about it.

OK, time to get back to some minor leather work, thanks for stopping by.

Happy Trails.

Monday, July 17, 2017

DNA

I am trying to finish up that leatherman scabbard today.  I received my order for some wallet kits this weekend so that will keep me busy most of this week.  I am on the verge of ordering a side of leather. The wife has been pushing me to do this for a few weeks, but I just don't want to spend the money.  I probably will bite the bullet some time this week and just order it.  It will last me a good while.  Even though things have been a bit slow with leather work, I wouldn't have the excuse to turn down work then.

I bought the wife a Kindle Fire during the Amazon Prime days.  It was on sale extremely cheap.  She has already used it some.  This is for a decidedly non-techie person.  Even if she doesn't use it much we aren't out much money and she may just use it once it a while.

I also ordered an Ancestry DNA kit for myself and one for my Dad.  These were on sale also, much cheaper than I have ever seen them.  Hopefully we can get an idea of our lineage.  I dabble with genealogy some and have hit several brick walls.  The most perplexing is my Dad's true Grandfather. The one we get our surname from.  We have little to no information on who the real one is.  It was kept hush hush in those days.  We will head over to my parents house on Wednesday and take the DNA kit for my Dad.  Not sure how this will work out.  Have been reading about DNA and elderly folks having trouble producing enough saliva and the test being invalid.  Plus, they send you a link for your results instead of a paper copy.  This will work OK for me, but not so sure it will be copacetic with my Dad.  I will have to navigate that for him and that hasn't always worked out well. Hopefully I can access it and be able to print it out for him.  However there is so much detail about types of chromosomes etc., that I know I won't even know how to decipher most of it.  I know it will be tough for him also.  We shall see what this reveals.  

It appears that Son #2 is on the road to matrimony.  Just when I had resolved for myself that it may never happen.  He is extremely happy and we are very happy for him.  This is all happening very quickly so it is a bit to wrap our heads around at this point.  I have to keep asking the wife to repeat things we have been told in order to keep it straight in my head.  She lives two and a half states away so we know only what he tells us.  It has been more than we expected coming from someone that is so private.  We met her once over a meal in a restaurant.  First impression is very good.  My Granddaughter met her also and made her thoughts known in no uncertain terms.  She wants more cousins to play with since it is only her and her brother on our side.  She has quite a few on her Mom's side.  Oh, and she said this to his intended.  She is normally very shy and reserved but got out of her shell where this was concerned.  It didn't scare the young lady one bit and she apparently thought it was cute.  

The tomatoes are still producing but have decidedly slowed down and there are only green ones waiting to ripen, no more new fruit/blossoms due to the heat.  If they survive the brutal month of August them we should see some blooms return around mid September.  We about sick of tomatoes at this point and have been giving more away than we are eating.  

Happy Trails

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Major Frustration

Yup, and I wasn't at all polite,  I am usually very polite and calm when I deal with people that are trying to do their jobs and will tolerate quite a bit of delay, slowness, things just going wrong for the person etc.  That all came to an end today.  

I have been having some trouble calling my parents.  We use nothing but wireless, no land line at our house.  Every call into town was long distance so wireless replaced that.  Yesterday I kept getting an error message when I called.  Then tried with the wife's phone and got through.  The issue was immediately forgotten.  I tried to call again today and same issue.  Tried with the wife's phone, no dice.  My wireless carrier verified my phone was working fine and that they couldn't connect to my parents phone either.  They use AT&T so I placed a call to AT&T to have them check if there is trouble on their end.  Simple, right?  Not even close.  40+ minutes and at least 11 separate connections and 2 continents (Mujiber and Hajigirl), I finally get someone that can at least speak to me in a language and accent I can understand back on US soil.  Yet they still wanted me to set up an appointment for a technician to show at their house that might or might not cost them $$.  Seriously? I just wanted to report trouble.  No, I don't have their account number.  No, I don't know their account password.  No, I don't know their favorite restaurant.  No, I don't know a 4 digit number that they commonly use.  How could I know their account details?  Just call their phone and see if you connect!  Check and see if you cut off service, they may have forgot to pay their bill!  Sheesh. Apparently you can't do any of that without those details.

There is much much more to this than what I mentioned and lots of aggravation and finally raising my voice more than I have ever to anyone that is a working person.  Some would call it yelling and much of it was repeating myself.  By the time I got off the phone I was in no mood to be very civil, to anyone.  I was even a little snappish with the wife and she didn't deserve that.

It appears that if you have AT&T Uverse like they do, if the modem has a problem, your phone will too.  It isn't the old land line, it is through the internet is how I understand it.  They tried rebooting on their end and it didn't work.  It will take a manual reboot of the modem and another gadget attached to the modem, it's not a router.  My wife finally got my parents on their cell phone, which is nearly a miracle itself, while I was getting worked up.  

We are going to have to get them to leave their cell phones on 24/7 jus in case of something like this.
Since they are reaching their 90's we need to be able to check on them and they need to be able to call out, which they couldn't do.  They thought the problem was on the other end.  Not turning the phone off goes completely against their nature.  They turn thing off every time they walk away from it i.e. the computer, even if they are returning shortly.  I think you can see how important it is for them to be able to get help at their ages.  Oh and they are fine, thankfully, but I still haven't gotten the message to them I wanted to in the first place.  No, they don't text either.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bits and Pieces

A lot of random things today.  Sorry nothing exciting.  The 'Rib' and I went out for a matinee movie yesterday and later that evening went to have a steak.  This was part of a delayed anniversary celebration for us.  She had to work on the actual day and our plans were to celebrate the next day.  
That also got postponed as our #2 Son wanted us to meet his lady friend.  The movie was fun and the steaks were great.  It turns out that a delayed celebration is just as good as on the real date.

The garden is still going great.  Still a lot of green tomatoes on the vine.  However it has gotten too hot for any new fruit to set and it has been for awhile.  I am also trying to stay on top of keeping the grass in my yard from turning into crispy critters.  So the water bill will be very high this month.  It usually is from June thru September unless we get timely rain.

I ordered a DNA test kit today.  It is something I have been curious about since various companies have been offering them to the general public.  The price was always too high.  However, the prices have dropped over the years as they develop them more and they also become more complex and accurate.  From what I have been reading, you almost have to have a genetics degree to make any real sense of them, at least for me.  But hopefully I can grasp some of the rudiments.  It will be interesting to see if the family legends of where we came from match up.  I am especially curious about possible Cherokee DNA.  However from what I have read, a majority of Americans that claim Native American DNA claim it is Cherokee for some reason.  I don't think this test determines tribe at all, just Native American DNA.  I don't think they have gotten that far along in development and have a data base large enough to draw from.  I was going to get one for my Dad too but the price deal would only allow me one.  

The wife is off to the resort to earn her keep.  Just kidding.  I am here alone and am trying to get motivated to start another leather scabbard for a leatherman tool.  I got some feedback from the other one I delivered and will make some considerable adjustments.  He is a Firefighter and wears this one at work and the things he has asked for will be for his specific job/equipment.  I hope to do him justice on this one.  He loved the other one and was wearing it when I saw him.  Great guy, for a Marine.  Just kidding, I hold all Marines, former or current with high respect.

Happy Trails

Friday, July 7, 2017

Relief

I went to see the doctor Thursday morning.  FNP actually as all I do is go there for blood test results to see if my cancer has returned.  (I don't know why they can't just call me with the results instead of having me come in and pay a 40$ copay.....oh wait.)  For some reason I had a nagging feeling about this trip, not fear or real worry, just a little trepidation that the news would be bad.  There was no reason for that at all other than I have constant lower back pain and that is one of the symptoms of have prostate cancer that has spread.  Let me tell you, if it has gone that far, it is too late.  It goes straight to the bones and there is no cure for bone cancer.  Oh and the results were all good.  Two and a half years out from the surgery and I have a lot to be thankful for.  And yes there was some relief at the news.

A couple posts back I mentioned my Son (#2) was taking a rare vacation to Arizona of all places during the Summer.  It wasn't really a vacation (yet it was a much needed break from work).  He went to visit a young lady.  When he came back he brought her with him to meet us.  Hasn't known her long but it's pretty serious.  We both like her a lot, not that it really matters what we think.  It is all so surprising to us and they seem to be a really good match.  No, he won't get advice from us about slowing down with our history.  If we did that, we would be huge hypocrites.  I got engaged to my wife after knowing her for all of three months.  The wife told her friends after meeting me, we weren't even on a date but at a party, she was going to marry me.  She was a high school senior and wasn't very worldly at all, pretty naive you could say.  They are both smarter and much older than we were so they don't need advice from us.  We just are going to enjoy the ride.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4th

This is not your usual Independence Day post.  In 2005 the wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in Washington DC.  We thought it would be a fun way to celebrate by visiting the capitol and hitting the Mall that evening and watching the spectacular fireworks.  While we were in the area I couldn't pass the opportunity to go up to Gettysburg.  It had been on my bucket list.  It is something I anticipated and built up in my mind more than I should have.  Every time I visit a War Between the States battlefield I make it a point to visit the Texas monuments if Texans fought there.  Since this anniversary of the battle was this week I will post a few photos I took while there.  No it won't be politically correct, so if that may offend you, too bad.   Consider yourself warned.

This is what I try do at every Texas Monument.  Posting the Colors.



Then a few other significant areas around the battlefield.

From Little Round Top


Little Round Top


Ole Pete (Gen. Longstreet) at the form up area at Pickett's Charge


And I restaged the fake dead sniper photo that is very famous.  Too bad I didn't bring my living history gear.  But they may have frowned on my bringing my 1853 Enfield.


And on July 4th we visited Arlington to pay respects to a dear friend



No disrespect was intended by posting the Battle Flag.  He was a hard core Rebel and asked that his coffin be draped with the Battle Flag.  A true Patriot and Army through and through.  He wanted to be called Colonel and we did.

And Finally Marse Lee's Home-Arlington House.






It was a memorable trip.

Happy Independence Day.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Surprise

The squirrel hit again.  We had some rain and I think it dispersed the soap too much so I will spread some more today.  We also had another visitor that Buster got after.  A young Armadillo was rooting around the shrubs in back.  I have to say this was a young Armadillo and was really nice looking, until Buster got hold of his shell as he went under the fence.  No, he didn't get hurt.  He was half way under when Buster got hold of the back of his shell.  He wasn't going to be able to pull him out though.  I have tried to pull several out of a hole by their tale just as they were going in. Never did get one even pulling with all my weight.  Those guys are made to dig in the dirt and they have very powerful legs/claws/paws made for digging.  So Buster had no chance.  He got away although with some marks on his perfect shell.  Hope he has learned to stay away sp Buster doesn't get lucky and get him by the head.  No, I am positive that is not what got into the garden.  

The Texas Hill Country has a lot of Armadillos.  But for some reason where we live I have seen almost none in the 30 years we have been here.  So seeing this young one was a complete surprise.  
This is just a stock photo, I didn't get one of our visitor.  He walked right by me not worried at all. They don't see very well and aren't very fast.  I should have just grabbed him a put him over the fence.


I finished a leather scabbard for a Leatherman tool.  The guy that ordered it wants a second. However I want him to try this one out for a few days to see if I need to modify it any.  The tool fits in there really tight and will only be tighter when on the belt.  It is based on a knife scabbard I made for the same person.  


It's different from what I would have normally done.  I would have put a loop on the back for the belt instead of this style.  It made it a bit more difficult to fit it correctly but I like this style more.  It will be more stable for such a tight fit since there is no keeper flap on this one.  

Happy Trails

Friday, June 30, 2017

Just Busy

It's been busy around here.  Leather work has taken up much of my time.  I get started on something and before you know it hours have passed.  Kim has been hitting it pretty hard at the resort and all the prep time that goes into that.  With all that going on it has become a chore to do the regular things that need to be done i.e. groceries, cooking.  Yes, cooking has become PITB.  With us being so busy we don't think ahead of time about what needs to be done for various meals.  Then we are sitting there asking each other what's for supper or lunch etc.  I try to share the load of cooking and especially when she is spending so much time at the resort, it's no fun to come home to face having to cook something.  We have definitely gotten in a rut with cooking.  We tend to have some the some old things over and over.  We could go somewhere but we try to limit how much we eat out.  It's to the point I have a hard time deciding what to fix.  Everything seems to be what we just had.

The rut we are in is spilling over.  We will celebrate our 42nd anniversary on July 4th.  We would like to go out for supper but the 'same ole same ole' has been the issue.  We can't decide what we will do and are bankrupt of ideas for something new.  The rut is getting deeper it seems lol.

The squirrels have left the garden alone since I spread some more Irish Spring in there.  I hope it's not a fluke.  We have been giving away tomatoes since there are too many to keep up with and we haven't taken the time to preserve some.  


That is about 3 days worth of harvest.  Then it will skip a day and then they seem to a have a large number ripen all at once.  They taste great and we have them at every meal nearly.

The youngest son has gone on vacation.  That is unheard of.  Since he is self employed and has been for about 15 years, I don't think he has ever taken a vacation.  Just too many deadlines etc. in his line of work.  Being free lance just doesn't allow for that it seems.  Until now.  He certainly needed a break that's for sure.

Back to the leather.

Happy Trails.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Respite

It has been much cooler here the last few days.  There have been scattered showers over much of the area and cloud cover.  So we have only been getting into the low 90's at the most.  However with the showers there is much more humidity.  We got 1.3 inches or rain yesterday, a little more than a shower and I am grateful for that and so is my landscape.  This should continue for the next day or so. 

I haven't lost anymore tomatoes to the squirrels but have to bugs.  We spread grated up Irish Spring soap bars throughout the garden.  It is something the wife found on google.  Not sure why I have so much bug loss this year.  I can assume that is a risk I take going fully organic.  No bug poisons are used.  The only thing I use is liquid seaweed.  It seems to have worked in the past.  This year, not so much.  Maybe I was just lucky in the past is what I really think.  I will need to look into other measures for the next garden.  Some sort of plant that might deter bugs etc.  I remember Marigolds had some sort of effect.  I will have to look that up.

I haven't been sleeping well at all.  My back has been acting up lately.  Not real sure what has set it off.  I suspect it is the small amount of leather work I have been doing.  It is the only thing that is different that I have been doing.  Although the bench at church seems to aggravate my neck.  I think it is a combination.  After about 5 hours sleep the pain is just enough to keep me awake.  I eventually get up in order to keep my flopping around from waking my bride.  Ibuprofen is my friend, but I try not to take it constantly.  But I may be more regular about it until things settle down with whatever is going on with my back.  Oh, don't get me wrong, the pain is tolerable and doesn't keep me from doing things, it's just a constant nuisance.  Maybe a couple days off from leather work will help too.

I was talking to my brother the other day about our parents and especially my Mom.  She seems so stressed out every time I see her.  There is one particular issue lately that has her on edge.  It involves a piece of property is all I can say.  My brother had the idea to buy it from her and relieve her of the problems that come with it.  I thought it was a great idea but had little hope that Mom would bite.  I was right.  She doesn't want either of us to have to deal with the problems.  I admire that but we are better equipped to deal with that at this point than she is, especially my brother.  He told me that his idea upset her so much he was sorry he mentioned it.  SMH.  Doesn't surprise me at all.

My little buddy that was supposed to move with his family to South Carolina was supposed to leave over a week ago.  I know they didn't but not sure why.  They were staying with some friends until they could leave.  The tropical storm was one reason that held them up as it was crossing their route in Louisiana.  We still haven't heard it they left or not.  The Mom had been stressing out big time over this move and had been having some real issues with getting things done.  It almost seemed like she didn't want to go.  We are trying to keep from stressing her more by contacting her about her status.  
She has refused every offer of help to get her packed up.  It's been very strange to say the least.  I hope we hear they made it soon.

I missed my lab appointment for a blood draw to check on the return of cancer.  I had to reschedule for this week.  This also affected the doctor appointment.  The doctor had no available appointments until Aug. 30.  They offered me to see his NFP or PA.  So I will see one of them again.  They had wanted me to see the doctor this time as it has been 2 years since the last.  I guess that will have to wait.  I hope my brain box keeps up with this next lab appointment on Thursday.

Happy Trails

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Squirrels

I hate 'em.  There were none of those furry tailed tree rats when we moved out here.  There were a few of those black squirrels we call Rock Squirrels.  I assume they came out here as we became less rural and more suburban.  How? I don't know but they seem to follow the expansion of folks that have moved out here over the last 15 or so years.  

My grandmother and grandfather loved those things.  They would even feed them by hand.  Their back yard was a sanctuary for squirrels and birds of every sort.  They had at least 3 feeders they filled everyday.  As a child I thought it was pretty cool to feed them by hand.  Now, not so much.  They are now a hated pest.  I won't go into detail about all the problems that come with having squirrels around.  But they have now crossed a line, my garden line.  I have never had any issues with any pests the 3 years I have been growing this current garden.  This year is different.  I have lost as many tomatoes as I have picked.  First it was the tomato blossom rot ( that has been corrected).  There have been loss to bugs of some sort, which is to be expected.  The loss to bugs has been more significant this year than the last two.  Not sure why that is.  I have taken a few steps to try to decrease that loss. 

I had noticed several large tomatoes had unusual marks on them that didn't seem to be bugs.  I think it looked like something tried to take a bite out of them and stopped about the time the teeth broke the skin.  We have had rabbits in the past but I haven't seen any in about a year.  It was a daily/nightly routine for me to let Buster out to chase one or two rabbits almost every day.  I think the feral cats have wiped them out.  Oh, Buster never caught any, they are just too fast.  After a while he would just chase them half heartedly.  They got to where they knew it and wouldn't even leave the yard.  Worthless dog lol.  Oh, and I have a 3 foot chicken wire fence that seems to have worked keeping them out of the garden.

I have found several big red tomatoes that have been eaten almost completely by something with teeth.  I have reached in the pick a nice looking tomato only to find more than half of it gone and a mess in my hand.  It has to be those squirrels.  I guess it could be a possum or coons but I would think they would eat more.  

So I am trying a new trick the wife found googling.  Irish Spring soap.  Grated up and spread around the garden.  They say the squirrels hate the smell.  It's cheap enough and allows me to remain organic.
We shall see.

Happy Trails

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Getting a Bit Warm

Yes it is.  The weather service recorded the first 100* day recently.  This isn't unusual at all, but the humidity has been pretty high along with it.  That same day I recorded just 94*.  I don't usually have that much of a difference in temps.  Maybe we had a bit more cloud cover.  There isn't a cloud in the sky today, despite the humidity.  My device is showing 61% humidity but I could have bet it was much higher.

It gets oppressive when it's like this.  It really makes the exercise I try to do much harder.  Today it felt like I hadn't done any before, I was struggling toward the end.  I think it's the humidity mostly.  I can't get enough oxygen while I exercise.  I don't know, I am too far removed from the science classes of my youth.

Father's Day was quiet.  The Son #1 had been trying to get me to come their direction and go to lunch etc. but I just wasn't motivated enough to drive that far and fight the crowds at a restaurant.  They get much to busy for my comfort level on these type holidays.  I decided I to just stop at Whataburger on the way home from church and then go home.  Son #1 and his family showed up later and it was nice.
I called my Dad and told him Happy Father's Day, he was a bit disappointed we weren't coming.  I promised him we would come Monday, and we did.  Bought him lunch at Denny's, a place I never would have chosen but he likes it.  Son #2 was a no show, just a text.  He chose that day to spend with my Dad.  

Kim starts working 3 days a week at the resort today.  Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 
Things have been strange on that front so was have no idea how successful it will be.  Have made a few leather bracelets for her and this Biker Wallet:





This has been keeping me busy for the last week.  I have another I will start on this week, plus a few other bracelets she wants.  Hopefully some of this will sell.

This work schedule the wife will be working pretty much hinders any fun things.  yes she has days off but those are spent restocking her wares and making new items.  It's just as as well, it gets too hot to do outdoor activities plus the fact there are lots more people in places we like to be alone at.  Yes, I am a getting more and more curmudgeonly. 

Happy Trails