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Wow - we made the news today with a killer hour or so long storm that did quite a bit of damage around town.  We are blessed to have only had one tree downed (that is a tree along the road on the edge of our property).  Here's a short video of the back yard during the beginning part of the storm.

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It is raining ice here, and they are predicting snow later.  We aren't prepared for this type of weather here in New Braunfels.  I may ask Marcel to come get me from work because I'm petrified to drive in icy conditions.
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* The rain has me inside AGAIN....  argh!!  I did manage to get the mowing done and Roo's feet treated.  I massaged in a mixture of canola and orange oil hoping this would convince whatever it is that's irritating them to move on.  Here's a picture of us (doesn't he look thrilled?)

* For [personal profile] sahlah  (and anyone else interested)
These are the links to the two Zencast talks I felt deal with the monotony of life (at least partially).  You can listen directly from the site, or you can download to your Ipod from the sources listed on the main page (I use Itunes - you can just type in Zencast in the search bar and it will bring up all the talks.

Now - an Ekhart Tolle Q & A  September 11, 2005 - I listen to this over and over - he is awesome.

Just to be Alive is Enough - a talk by Gil Fronsdal of Audio Dharma August 19, 2007

* If this isn't a Red Flag that we've got a problem with caffeine in this country, I don't know what is.  They offer these shots of caffeine to add to your already caffeinated coffee along side sugars and creamers at my local convenience shop. 


Aug. 23rd, 2008 05:12 pm
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It's damp and yucky - torrential rain one minute - just muck the next.
I'm outta here.
Going to SA to finally see Dark Knight at the IMAX
By myself :-(


Aug. 9th, 2008 10:01 pm
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*  I got my estimate for Home Improvements today.  It wasn't pretty.  Siding (Vinyl - basic nothing fancy) whole house except back porch - $13,937 (this includes everything like window wraps and carport ceiling).   Replacing all my windows with the siding job $5,585 (but doing just the 6 I need most would be about $3,000).  This is a Home Depot installation.  He estimated payment of $106 for I think 88 months.... at 13.9% interest.  Not - I could put it on my credit card for 10% - but I'd get a home improvement or equity loan.  One thing I do have is excellent credit. :-)  Needless to say, back to the drawing board.  There's no way I can commit to that amount.  I'm going to get two more estimates - then rethink my plan.  I'll probably get some emergency siding put on the bad side of the house - then make a plan to save for the next year to pay for half of this in cash (or less if I can get a better quote)  I gotta say - while it was as bad as I expected, it was good therapy to do it.  I didn't turn into a stone and crumble into a million pieces when I saw the $$ amount afterall :-)

* The Main Mama Hen layed a torpedo yesterday.  Almost 3 ounces.  Here is a picture comparing it to what her competition is laying.  Today I got 8 eggs - all with good shells, so the embryo eggs hopefully are a thing of the past. I did pick up layer mash and oyster shell grit today though.

* Did anybody catch todays episode of God's Warriors on CNN?  They did the Jewish, segment, and it was enlightening (no pun intended). I'm glad to see this type of coverage. I was just glad to see someone put it out there - the fact that the settlements are basically illegal, that our government is sending billions of dollars to the settlements even when we officially condemn them, that all our congressmen and senators are afraid to speak out about what is right there out in the open for fear of being labeled anti-semite. 

* I found more cantaloupes hiding in the tomato vines.  When I try to grow melons I'm a complete failure.  I guess the trick is throwing out old moldy melon pulp and waiting for the bionic melon vines the following year.  I also harvested August tomatoes.  August tomatoes are better than no tomatoes at all.  See the dime in comparison with the cherry tomatoes - they don't get much smaller than that - and they are very sweet.

* Today the temperature was101F, so I got minimal stuff done outside.  I'm going to try and go to sleep now and get up super early so I can do some garden work.  Fall is coming!!!! - I have to get the garden ready for planting, and I want to finally level and laydown weed barrier around the perimeter of the garden (doubtful I'll complete that tomorrow with all the other things I have to do - but I can at least try).  I was wanting to see Dark Knight at IMAX tomorrow evening, but I don't know..... maybe I won't - such a long drive just for a movie.
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 A giant crack of thunder woke me straight up last night.  This sort of thing always happens when I go to bed late and need as many remaining hours of sleep as I can get.  Anyway, lots of rumbling thunder and rain.  As soon as it was light I checked on the chickens - they were huddled under the coop - they appear traumatized.  Once I came with greens to eat they miraculously recovered.  On my way back to the house I slipped in mud and landed on my bare hands and knees - nice.

I got a thing in the mail from the stimulus people saying I'm getting $600 and I'll have it by May 9th.  It's 300 more than I thought I was getting.  All of it going to finally pay off the credit card that I've been carrying a balance on for months.  When I had the big tree removed I had to put some things on the card to compensate - I've been carrying a balance ever since.  It's the first time I'd carried a balance in about 10 years.    

I rushed to work this morning forgetting to eat breakfast.  Thank you Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn! (I keep a box in my desk at all times - breakfast of champions).
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Thank you!  I love it.  It's awesome to get something in the mail from a friend - totally made my day.

It Rained Mud
Here in the San Antonio area it actually rained mud yesterday.  I'm not kidding - It was the weirdest thing.  I'll need to wash my truck now I guess.    

American Idol
It was Beatles week again. Nobody sucked.  Chickeezee was my favorite performance - he sang "I've Just Seen a Face".  Next favorite Brooke with "Here Comes The Sun".  Everyone else was good too.  I predict that Kristy Lee Cook will go this week unless the country fans all unite.  If that's the case then Ramiele will go.  Michael Johns hasn't impressed me, but he's really good looking and has chrarisma - so the ladies will probaby keep voting him in for a few weeks to come.

Coop Update
I worked on the coop yesterday.  Got the upper level entry door made (though I'm thinking it's going to be too small), the roof on, the latches on the side doors, and the "stairs" completed.  I'll post pictures tomorrow because I have so little time to get this journal updated and read my friends' posts.

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It froze this morning - 31F.  Winter's here I guess.  At least there was no rain, so the roads weren't icy on the way to work.  
I even had to go out and start my truck to get the engine warm before I drove it. 
According to weather.com it will be 70F by 3pm today.  That makes me chuckle.  
I hope my garden survived last night.  I got home so late from work I was too tired to go out and cover anything.
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Today I had a headache most of the day.  Jeez! - yesterday gas bubble - today headache.  I'm friggin' falling apart! :-)

I couldn't afford to sideline myself - there is just too much to do.

I went to Walmart and bought an electric chainsaw.  I require one now since the pile of limbs by the meadow tree is now big.  I was planning to hand saw the larger pieces into burnable size; however, there are too many and it's just too hard.  Anyway - got the saw home and used it to cut one piece and the bar comes loose (yes, I did read the manual before operating).  I took it apart and tried, with the help of the manual, to figure out what was wrong - no luck.  So, I brought it back and went to Home Depot and got the same brand (Remington) only the "deluxe" model for $20 more than what I spent at Walmart.  The deluxe model is self-oiling and has an easier way to tighten the chain.  I got it home, but it was too late to play with it - too much other things to do.  Tuesday!

Brought veggies over to my next door neighbor Gerry early in the evening.

Tonight around 9:30pm I was talking to my dad and the weather went crazy.  Temp dropped by about 10 degrees and winds kicked up.  Next came the rain.  I had to hang up so I could get the windows rolled up in the truck and let the dogs in.  I ran a bath and while bathing the power went out., so I spent the rest of the evening playing with the dogs in the dark.  Power came back on at around 3am - I woke up on the floor with the dogs lying around me, got up and turned all the lights off - then went to my bed.  It was a good night overall - I had fun hanging with the dogs with no other distractions.


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