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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Tuesday - Houston

Through all this shit from this past weekend with Hurricane Harvey, we feel blessed. We still have our home. We didn't get flooded out or lose electricity or lose our roof or any of that crap. The good people of Houston, Port O'Connor, and Port Aransas were not as lucky. Many lost their homes, businesses and some, their lives.
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The call went out on Saturday for anyone with a boat to please get to Houston to come help. Complete strangers from all over Texas and the rest of the USA who could drop what they were doing, came together to help those stranded and yet they can't do enough. Resources are stretched to the limit, and people from all over are helping. Food banks, churches, and community centers are providing food and shelter. I saw people lined up ahead of me while I was waiting to give blood. Call centers raised money. It's unbelievable.
Everyone is helping. Except for one person. Yeah, I'm calling out Joel Osteen. You with the multi-million dollar house. A megachurch head pastor that rakes in over $50 million a week has closed the doors of his church to those who need shelter and help. You will pay dearly for your discretions you charlatan. You're a greedy bastard and I'm calling Karma to come bite you in the ass for what you have done. Even if you open the doors of your church today it will be too little too late for you. What Karma will do to you will be the worse thing ever.
Okay, I feel better now. On a lighter note. Did anyone see the story of Otis the dog?  Otis lives in Sinton Texas, about  26 miles north east of Corpus Christi. Everybody in Sinton pretty much knows Otis because he wanders around town. Well, Otis is really famous now. World wide, I'd have to say. Seems the picture that was taken by Tiele Dockens, above, has gone viral all over. Otis was walking down the street with a five-pound bag of dog food when she snapped the picture and posted it onto her Facebook page. According to the story, Otis was on his way home and he brought his own provisions. But you have to read the story. It's so cute. It shows the resourceful resilience of Texans.

Well, I have to go clean the outside of the house of leaves and hang my petunia baskets. It's still a bit windy here in Seguin but it's a cool clean wind. Y'all behave, do some good and have a great magical day. Tomorrow is Wet Dog Wednesday.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday - Meh

Harvey, what's left of him, is heading back towards the coast again. The weather guys say he's going to pick up power and head back into Texas towards Houston. As if those poor people don't have enough problems with flooding and heavy rains. I pray they can get through this.

For us, Harvey was like, meh. We only got 8 inches of rain since Friday night. The wind was like nothing, a puny 35 mile per hour gusts. We have leaves and pecans on the ground but that's about it. We never lost power. We did lose the internet this morning and phones but Spectrum got that up and running about 1:15 this afternoon. That's why I'm posting so late.

I forgot to take down my hanging baskets that hold my petunias. One of them fell, hook and all but the other I had David take down. We left them on the porch so they could get rain water. I did have to bring in my variegated ficus. It was blown over but not damaged. It's in a tiny 5-inch plastic pot and the ficus is like a foot and a half high. For us, we just vegged out over the weekend. David watched TV while I slept. On Thursday, I did everything like laundry, cleaned house and cooked 3 dinners ahead of time in case I felt bad from the weather, so I considered myself on vacation for the weekend. 

This is similar to what my neighbor has.
Our elderly neighbor neglected to take down his tent in his front yard and it was torn to shreds by the wind. He sits under it all day long. Just sitting there even in 100-degree heat. Strange old dude. I doubt he'll be sitting outside for a while unless he goes to Walmart to get another tent.

I'll wait until tomorrow to clean all the wet leaves off the windows and porches, etc. We still have lots of wind to contend with. I've been through worse wind in El Paso. During the windy seasons in the spring and fall, El Paso gets gusts up to 80mph. Blows you around a bit.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Religion in a Nutshell

Up Date 12:56 A.M.Sunday Morning

Well, what is left of Harvey is still churning. We're fine. Nothing was blown away here in Seguin. I can hear the bullfrogs going crazy near the river. The guys across the street are celebrating something or other. Could be a soccer win for Mexico or a birthday. The music is loud. It's still windy and I wouldn't call it really raining. We had a total of 4 and a half inches of rain. I'll post later in the morning. I'm going to bed.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Up Date

Harvey is now past Victoria and still moving up. We stopped getting any rain but the wind is pretty wild. Houston is getting more rain than we are. I'm betting this will be over by tomorrow. David says we should tie ropes around the puppies when they go outside to do their thing so they don't fly away. Lucy is following me everywhere. She keeps hinting for me to go lay down in bed on the heating pad so she can join me but it isn't happening today. I took my pain meds and I'm just vegging out. I have nothing to do but watch the weather go by. Oh, there went a cow. My, my.

Hurricane Harvey Update Saturday

I copied this picture of Harvey from radar. We are the EWX. It's 6 a.m. Saturday morning right now. Harvey is still moving up next to Victoria Texas. He's back down to a Category 2. We didn't get any wind to speak of until now also it started raining around 4 a.m. We have 2 inches in our rain gauge. Other than that, last night was very quiet.

Harvey lolly gagged east of Corpus Christi in Port Aransas for a bit then went back towards the coast and then turned around and bitch slapped Port Aransas a second time at 10 p.m. last night. He was a Category 4 then. There was quite a bit of damage reported to their courthouse and a few places completely collapsed. Some houses also collapsed. When it gets lighter today they will assess their damage. 

David just left to go grocery shopping. I doubt he'll come back with much. He said the HEB parking lot was packed yesterday at lunch time when he drove back to work. Oh, also yesterday, the city had crews working all over town cutting tree limbs away from power lines and such. Anything that looked like it would cause trouble was cut. They were still working last night at 8:30 on our street. That's something you don't see every day. I know in larger towns they don't really care because it would eat into their budget. There was also a message yesterday on the local radio station that if we hear the area sirens going off it's not for the usual test they have every Saturday at lunchtime. It will mean to tune into the radio station to hear what to do. It will most likely mean the river is rising and to move to the local shelters or bug out.

Well, I need to bring in my wind chimes before they fall. The wind is really picking up now. I'll keep y'all posted throughout the day.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hurricane Update

Harvey has reached category 4 and is slowing down. He will most likely do as I said he would and come on to land just east of Corpus Christi sometime after midnight. Just to let y'all know we should be fine. I'm not worried unless he stalls off shore and becomes a cat 5, then David and I and the puppies will bug out to Austin. But I think Harvey will die out way before that ever happens.

Hurricane Harvey

This is Harvey now. He's just off the coast mostly near Brownsville but he's heading for Corpus Christi. Harvey is a category 2 right now and will most likely be a 3 later. There's a black dot that I put on the map to give y'all an idea of where I am. The SAT next to it is San Antonio and the AUS just northeast of us is Austin. Right now there is an outer band hitting Houston/Galveston area. They're getting slammed and could get more rain and a higher storm surge than anywhere else in Texas.

David isn't worried. We have a Galvanized tin roof and storm windows so we'll be okay from any storm. If the Guadalupe river gets too high we have several ways out. If all else fails then we're fucked. But it won't get to that. We were around when the last hurricane hit and all we got was a little bit of rain and a puff of wind. So y'all don't worry, we'll be fine. I'll keep y'all posted over the weekend.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is still moving around in the gulf wondering where he can get the most bang for his buck. I starting having pain the moment he finished playing with the Yucatan. He's picking up steam and should be a category 3 Hurricane by tomorrow. So the closer he gets the worse it is for me.

Anywho, NOAA - National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, yeah, that's them, has made their computer spaghetti projections of where Harvey will hit this weekend.
sorry wrong picture

Okay, this is where Harvey is projected to land. In reality, NOAA is saying Harvey will hit Corpus Christi sometime Saturday early in the morning. He will move up near or into SanAntonio and then lolly gag around and then he might move back out towards the gulf again. Yes, he might. 
This is the projected path of Harvey. Coming up by Corpus Christi and then possibly
going to end up between San Antonio and us (Seguin). This could be interesting.
The Weather Channel has Harvey going all the way up into Austin but I don't think he will. He won't have enough energy to get that far. David says he's been living here all his life and he says Harvey will break down and become a tropical storm again. Most likely die out by Sunday. No matter what happens, I'm thinking we might get a little bit of rain this weekendweather 3.jpg

I'm all for the rain. Goddess knows it's been pretty dry here since July. Last night we had a thunderstorm and it produced enough rain to fill one of the water barrels for my plants in the courtyard. They were empty, dry as a bone yesterday. This morning the air is fresh and clean but the humidity is killer. 

Well, I have jeans to wash and then David should be home for lunch. Y'all have a magical day!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Game of Thrones Etc...

If you watch Game of Thrones and haven't seen the 6th episode then don't read any further, spoilers ahead. Daenerys lost one of her dragons to the White Walkers. Yes, the Night King threw one of his spears at Viserion and hit him in the throat. He immediately went into the lake or river or what ever and died. I felt so bad because I love Daenys dragons. Daeny rescued the hunting party and whisked them safely back to the wall. Then the Night King had his wights pull Viserion out of the water where he touched Viserion and he became a wight. I knew that was going to happen.
Now I have a few questions. The wights pulled Viserion out of the water with chains that looked like they were for a modern-day ship's anchor. They were perfectly formed links. Yes! Big mother fucking chains. Where did they get those chains? Like, do they carry them around just in case? Also, who attached the chains to Viserion? Wights hate water. 
Did anyone catch the eclipse yesterday? I did but I didn't take pictures. Yeah, it never dawned on me to get my camera and get a few pictures until it was almost over. I'm such a dumbass. I could have had some pictures. Anywho, did anyone notice the temperature change? We have a weather station here at the house and it showed an 8-degree difference. Yes! It went from 90 to 82. It was so cool. I noticed it right away and went to check the readings and watched it move down. Soooo cool! 
Somehow last night I hit the top of my left foot on the edge of our waterbed. Yeah, the wooden rail that surrounds it. We don't have the padded leather thingy that fits over the rail. David said I need to stop dancing in my sleep. But if I stop, how am I going to earn and save up my bail money? So now I have this really ugly bruise on the top of my foot and it hurts when I flex my feet during my exercises and when I walk. I told David it's time to either get the padding or buy some pool noodles.

Monday, August 21, 2017


It's finally Monday. Never thought I'd say that but yeah, I'm glad last week is finally over with. After all the scans and tests and eye exams and what not, I seem to be fine. Nothing turned up. My eye doctor said my retinas are great in both eyes and that the bright flashes are common for people that age like fine wine, the flirt. The CT turned up no evidence of stroke or tumors. It did show one great big thing but that was called my brain. David said it was a growth and it could be cancerous in nature and that many women have it.
I just finished cleaning house this morning. I kinda let it go over this past week because of all the tests and shit happening. I did do the laundry yesterday but for some reason, that was all I did. I didn't really feel well and today I went crazy and cleaned house like a demon on fire. Now I'm paying for it. I hate being tired all the time and having pain. It's hard on the body and mind. I sometimes wish there was a human body shop out there somewhere that would take me and fix my autoimmune problems and let me get back to my old happy life again. ~sigh~

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Funny

An Irishman who had a little to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over. 
"So," says the cop to the driver, "where have you been?" 
"Why, I've been to the pub of course" slurs the drunk. 
"Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite a few to drink this evening". 

"I did all right," the drunk says with a smile. 
"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?" 
"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Follow-up From Monday

I have had the bright flashes twice since the first incident. Once last night while in the shower and again this morning when I woke up. Like bright camera flashes. I've never had this before having a migraine ever, just the usual strange fuzzy sight problems. Now, I'm nursing a really bad migraine that is getting steadily worse by the second. I called my family doctor and told him what I'm going through. So, he set an appointment at the hospital for a CT scan tomorrow morning for me. If anything shows up, my doctor will call for me to come see him. Otherwise, I will be out of commission for hopefully just a few days. 


I had to show y'all what Lucy does to me for attention. Yes, this is also the sign of unconditional love from a dog. She has her little face on my elbow and she will keep it there until I pet her or start talking to her. 
Any sign of attention from me to her, be it touching or talking, is a delight for Lucy. She knows she is the center of my world and that I am wrapped around her little paw.
She is my taste tester for mashed potatoes, spaghetti noodles and if ground beef is fully cooked before adding herbs and spices.
She is my little shadow. Getting up and following me where ever I go except in the shower. Bath is a four letter word to her and if uttered in her presence, makes her slink for safety in a dark corner of the house where she shakes uncontrollably.
She will sit at my feet looking up at me with such huge brown eyes that I can't even begin to wonder how the hell does she make herself look so small and cute like that. How did she learn to be so sweet, then I think that maybe it was my unconditional love for her as well.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday- Just Normal Shit

Over the weekend, I experienced something that scared the shit biscuits out of me. It happened when I was getting up from my chair at my art table. I suddenly felt strange like my mind went completely blank and then I started having these "lightning flashes."  I kept looking around to see if the flashing was coming from outside like the reflection from a passing car in the sunlight, but nothing was going by. It was like three slow very bright flashes, then everything came back to normal. It felt like I wasn't there and then I was. David says it was aliens.

David was attacked by my rose bushes while mowing the grass on Sunday morning. Yeah, he has some really ugly scratches on his arms. He wouldn't let me treat them with a little alcohol. What a big baby. So, after I finish this, I'm going to brave the heat and go cut some straggler rose branches before they drag his body into the garden.
Okay, before I say what David calls Asian cooking, I'm going to apologize to everyone. Yes, because he can be offensive. This past week, I have been cooking my dinners separate from his and eating before he comes home. Crazy strange, I know but he hates "bow wow, meow meow," as he calls Asian cooking. I hate when he meows while I eat. He can be so disgusting. But the thing is, I dearly love making my own egg rolls, sweet and sour dishes from scratch, etc. I just hate the fact that David trolls me while I cook or eat my favorites. So I have to resort to eating before he comes home. He hates the idea of eating alone because we talk about our day and ideas for the weekend. He's getting tired of my dining preferences. So, I am through with my Asian food cravings for now and he's happy that I made dinner this weekend and ate with him in the dining room.

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