My attempt to make it to my 10 acres in Terlingua Ranch and make a go of living on it. From the start it hasn't gone good at all, but I'm hopeful things will turn around!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I've never been one to sweat a Friday the 13th, but the last one proved to live up to it's reputation! At about 3:30 AM I woke up and felt something lite on my hair so I grabbed and squashed it. When I turned on the light to see what it was I found it to be a Cone nosed Beetle. I guess at least part of that was a good thing because I got it before it had a chance to get me. Later I noticed that the screen next to the couch had partially fallen in and there was about an inch and a half opening for that beetle and all the other flying bugs to enter at will. I got that fixed so that was another good thing.
One of the members at the legion had told me about a free BBQ feed in Study Butte and wanted to know if I was going and if so he'd like to catch a ride. I figured what the heck and decided to go. My neighbor decided he wouldn't mind riding in to. At about 1:00 PM we loaded in the falcon and headed that way. No problem going and my neighbor stayed there and was going to ride back with his wife.
On the return trip the other two of us were going down the same very steep and winding S curve where I'd had one of the blowouts before and it was Déjà vu. Yep! Another blowout! This time I came real close to smacking the guardrail! As luck would have it it was one of the supposed to be 1 year old new tires that had only been used for two weeks. That was on the front and stock rims wouldn't fit on the front because of the disc brakes I'd added a few years back. That meant taking one of the larger rear tires on the mag and moving it to the front so I could use the small spare on the rear. That didn't work well at all because the tire I put on the front was so large that it rubbed the fender in even a slight turn. It also means that I have a tall tire on one side of the rear and a small tire on the other side which could cause problems with the mechanics of the rear end among other things. Further inspection of the other tire I bought in Odessa shows signs of weather rot and a bulge in the side wall. This probably indicates that the tires were much older than a year old.
The pictures above are by Robert (Bob) Dawson of his home down here. He is my nearest neighbor and good friend. He took what I believe is a storage building for an RV, put it up and built his house inside it. As you can see it is one heck of a house and built to be very energy efficient for this area. I'll probably add more pictures off and on along the way.