Monday, March 3, 2014

Time MARCH'es On

Been a good while since I took the time to do a new blog entry much less reading any other blogs. I'll try to catch up on blog reading soon I hope. For now it looks like this is going to be a long post since I've been putting off on blogging about a number of things for a long time.

First off I'm a BAD BOY and yesterday being Texas Independence Day slipped by me. Really no excuse for a true Texan to forget such an important date for our great state! The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by 59 people on March 2, 1836.



A good while back my friend and part time neighbor Leon Smith brought me the third electric fridge and it has sure helped a lot. The first one I'd bought I traded to Bigfoot for a full sized fridge, The desert got to that one and the compressor went out. It has made a good storage locker since then. Both of those had a real bad habit of causing the WiFi router/modem to cut out every time they came on though which in some cases it wouldn't reboot and I'd have to manually do it. Needless to say that was a real pain in the posterior. The one Leon gave me doesn't do that at all and has a good bit of storage and a decent sized freezer so I''m VERY happy with it!

The Foots brought me the above sign on their last visit down here and its on loan to the legion now. For now its displayed in one of the windows and looks pretty cool with the light shining through it. Unfortunately though there is some cool etching on it which can't be made out while its in the window. See the second photo to see that. Bigfoot's son Wess made it on his home made CNC machine and did a real fine job on it.

A while back I made a trip south and noticed I had a low rear tire so aired it up at BBMI before coming home. The next morning I had a flat on the rear, but it was on the opposite side. I have plug kits for tires and usually have good luck with them, but an examination of this tire made me come to the conclusion there was no way a plug would ever do on this puncture. That's a frickin railroad spike sized rock stuck through the tire and I could not get it out. Another perfectly good tire down the drain! ARG!!!

A bunch of semis are hauling gravel down south and once again when they start graveling 118 a lot of this will happen. This happened on the way back from Study Butte this morning when one of the chunks of gravel blew out of one of the damn semis as I went by it and this is the second major ding in the Jeep windshield cause by the graveling process. Unfortunately no one around here carries windshield repair kits so I''ll have to hopefully get someone going to Alpine to get me another kit and get this fixed before it has time to spread.

The Blue Bonnets and other wild flowers are blooming along 118 down south once again. I haven't notices any cactus blooming yet though so hopefully they don't know something that the wild flowers don't. (More COLD weather ahead?) At least we only had a low of 30 degrees last night where other parts of Texas were in the 20s. I've had all the damn cold I want!

Just a picture of weird clouds taken last night.





16 comments:

  1. So happy to see you posting once more, sure have missed you!

    That is a real neat sign Bigfoot's son made for you. Sorry about your tire as well as the ding on your windshield. I have yet to repair the one I got on my way there two years ago.

    The blue bonnets are beautiful and there is a good chance they might survive the next two cold days.

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    1. MsB, The tire thing sure didn't help since I'm trying to get the Jeep long distance road worthy again. I just got the death wobble fixed and now need 3 good tires instead of two plus a new muffler to get it where I can once again go to Alpine and Odessa.

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    2. What dimension those tires needed please ? (exact description) see if ones completely NEW never used might be good. thanks

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    3. Pablo, Ring brought me a couple of good tires so I'm now good to go on tires now.

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    4. great, best for you all there

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  2. I am a newbie follower. Hv had you bookmarked for some time. Found you from a comment you made on TFL by John Wells. Lived most of my life in Missouri but love to learn about the way of life in your part of Texas. Too old to live there now but still have young dreams. Good to see you back on blog.

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    1. Gene, there are some mighty old people living down here. I'm 66 myself and there are those much older here. Living here sure ain't easy though.

      Welcome to the blog.

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  3. Ok, now that TI Day has passed, remember on March 6 you need to tip one to Davy and the boys at the Alamo, and April 21, Sam Houston and his bunch at San Jacinto.

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  4. Glad to see you back. I check everyday. So did the Legion survive or are you going "independent?" Hows the cabin working out?

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    1. Yes Nightshift, the legion survived and looks like we are going to be OK.

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    1. SUERTE, I'll try to post a little more often, but that will depend on what happens around here and the legion.

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  6. Unc,
    Nothing to update here, or just no time to do it? Hope you're not getting the wind we are here in DFW.

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  7. Funny you should say that Dale. It was totally calm until I read this and then the HIGH wind hit.

    Congratulations Grandpa.

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