Sunday, November 30, 2014
2014 - Day 334/31 - Sunday...
The same with leaves. No leaves on the trees or shrubbery or ground out here on the edge of nowhere. They are all in the pool. Don't believe me? Ask Denny!
And don't get me started about chicken sh*t.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, CRICKETS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
2014 - Day 333/32 - Saturday...
After sleeping late, I made a pile of eggs for me and Jody, and then I headed into Austin to run some errands and do some other secret stuff. Just stuff. I did go to the office to check things out. Okay, I also did a little bit for the economy today. Did some small shopping. Something that has never happened before, happened today. I was taking bales of hay out to the cattle this afternoon, and I cold not get the first bale off the hay fork. I had to peel that sucker off like an onion. There is hay strewn from one end to the other out there. The second bale cooperated as was expected, but you never know what is going t happen out here. After that, I gathered up Jody and we went back into Georgetown for lunch, cam home and we both went down for naps.
Tomorrow is chicken coop cleaning day, and more fence work.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, HAY BALES, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Friday, November 28, 2014
2014 - 332/33 - Friday...
After the fence stuff, Jody and I went into town to run some errands, and we then went to Taylor to buy some cattle feed and had lunch at the bar-b-cue place (Vencil's) by the rail yard. Good pulled beef (I think, I just eat what they put in front of me) and a diet-Coke. Perfect. We got 500 pounds of cattle feed, 200 pounds of chicken feed (trying a new brand), and then another stop at HEB before we headed home and we both went down for naps.
The new bull calf (Giblets) is looking fine in the back pasture, and that is good. This is a picture of one of our other neighbors cows, they were all gathered up around the front fence when I was unloading feed and checking meters.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, FEED, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
2014 - Day 331/34 - Thanksgiving...
Deeds, Actions, Changes, STRAY BULLS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
2014 - Day 330/35 - Wednesday...
It seems we now have two cats hanging around the house. I was back in the lab late this afternoon and happened to glance out the door t see a grey cat looking back at me. I think we were both kind of surprised at that, I know for sure I was. A little while later, there was Barney hunkering down beneath one of the tables out on the back patio. I wonder how many cats we will end up with. I guess it was inevitable that, if you have one cat (okay it is not like Barney actually belongs to us) you will most likely wind up with another cat. Where will this end? Where do these cats come from? I know we live on "Abandon Your Animals Boulevard", but this is getting just (maybe) a little bit out of control.
And the coyotes are having a party across the street. Survival of the fittest out here on the edge of nowhere!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, CATS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
2014 - Day 329/36 - Tuesday...
I have a few things on my list that I will get checked off tomorrow, and then it will be four days of sleeping late and taking it easy. And then there is the first half of next week...
Deeds, Actions, Changes, EASY IN, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Monday, November 24, 2014
2014 - Day 328/37 - Monday...
I was super happy to go and visit my dear DEAR friend Emily today and have lunch with her. We sat in the restaurant and gossipped and laughed and laughed and laughed! It was a blast, and I do not want to wait that long to go visit again. Right about now she and her boys (all
three of them) should be enjoying some pie and collapsing into sugar shock. What could be better than that?
I actually did get a lot of stuff done today. Stuff, not work. I got very little work done at all. Just stuff. I expect to get more stuff done tomorrow.
Oh, an I have decided on the theme for February (traditionally the theme month on the blog). February, 2015 theme: Who can I blame?
Deeds, Actions, Changes, EMILY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
2014 - Day 327/38 - Sunday...
Congratulations to a job well done!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, EMPTY BOWL, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
2014 - Day 326/39 - Saturday...
Tomorrow will be the actual event, come on out if you get a chance and buy a bowl (hand made by local potters) and get some soup, listen to some music, have a nice time. All the weather is supposed to be done soon after midnight, and it is supposed to be a beautiful day! I will be easy
to spot, just ask for the "trash man".
Deeds, Actions, Changes, RAIN, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Friday, November 21, 2014
2014 - Day 324/41 - Friday...
I am pretty darned happy that today is Friday, even though that also means a dearth of television programming. I think I will be able to keep myself busy. Speaking of rain (see above), it is supposed to rain overnight and for most of the day and night tomorrow. BUT, Sunday is supposed to be a beautiful day. That will work out because that is the day of the annual Austin Empty Bowl Project. Every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, folks line up around the building to get a hand made bowl, some bread and soup, and listen to some local music. This year will be no exception, and it is always a great event. We have been long-term sponsors of the event, and continue to do so. If you want to know more, go to http://www.austinemptybowl.org/ and find out all about it. On Sunday I will be volunteering as the TRASH MAN, and I have to tell you, I do a pretty darned good job!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, TRASH MAN, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
2014 - Day 324/41 - Thursday...
I made it home this afternoon, and shortly after I happily in the house, it started to rain. That is not supposed to happen until Saturday, but there it was. Last I looked, there was 0.06" in the gauge, and it has rained a little bit since then.
And finally, just in case you are having a hard time finding that perfect gift for that man or woman in you life who has everything, this is for you! I am stealing this word-for-word from the Bartlett Tribune-Progress (Serving Central Texas Since 1886): Public Notice - Historic Bridge Available. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announces the availability of a historic eight box concrete culvert for relocation and preservation in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties. The bridge is located on County Road (CR) 115 (signed Colorado Street) at Willis Creek located in Granger, in Williamson County.
The bridge was built in 1925. It consists of eight concrete boxes measuring eight feet by six feet. It has an overall width of 32 feet and a clear roadway width of 20 feet. THe total length of the bridge is 70 feet. Technical difficulties and substantial costs associated with relocating and reconstructing the bridge should be anticipated.
Limited financial assistance is available to help with relocation costs. The Austin District of TxDot will be accepting reuse proposals until August 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Monica Swensen at (512) 832-7181.
Marketing this bridge to a responsible party is required under Title 23, U.S. Code, Section 144.
There you have it, even if it is too late to get it (according to the deadline published in the paper yesterday).
Deeds, Actions, Changes, INTERESTING, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
2014 - Day 323/42 - Wednesday...
Reports of Austin losing its' weird are highly exaggerated.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, CELEBRATING, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
2014 - Day 322/43 - Tuesday...
Deeds, Actions, Changes, SIRI, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Monday, November 17, 2014
2014 - Day 321/44 - Monday...
Today was a really good day for a Monday, even though it was a Monday. And there were lots of meetings to attend, back to back. 10 til 4:30. But there were lots of significant advances made and for all those accomplishments, I am proud. On the way to work there was this beautiful sunrise. It was a lovely sight, since we have been days with clouds and drizzle. We are all glad we don't live in Seattle, because we (here on or near the edge of nowhere) cannot tolerate too many days without sunshine. I guess the folks in Seattle feel the same way about drizzle. They can only go so long without it. What do you think Melody?
Tomorrow is another full day, as is Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will welcome a little bit of some scheduling opportunities, and next week looks pretty wide open, even if there are only three days in the work week!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, SUNSHINE, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
2014 - Day 320/45 - Sunday...
It was one of those days, nothing bad happened (see above) and nothing sad happened (see above), but it was cold, drizzly, grey and windy. Just the perfect day for working outside an doing stuff that would be better done on a day when the temperature was closer to 70 degrees, with a light breeze out of the north and an occasional cloud just to block enough sun so that you don't begin to glisten. But no, it was as I previously said, but I did (along with Miguel) what needed to be done, and was pretty much finished by noon. I have also been able to keep the fire in the stove and that is nice. I thought you might like seeing this wet spider web that I photographed before it was (regrettably) destroyed when we had to take hay to the cattle. Spiders are not known for their good sense in choosing a locale for their homes. I often wonder if tragic endings like this one are reported on the spider-new channels as a really big storm that came through and destroyed the dwelling. Do spiders need big-wind insurance, and if so, what are the premiums like. I think it might be really bad for fire-ants, because I wreak havoc on those at the drop of a hat.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, DAMP, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
2014 - Day 319/46 - Saturday...
But I digress...
It was a quiet day on the edge of nowhere, I made it into Bartlett this morning and bought two hay rings for the cattle, two bags of bird seed (I am going to try and grow my own birds, Jody is not in favor of it, but I am going to give it a shot) and two bales of cedar shavings for the girls. We had a guy come out and replace the garage door opener, and I tried following the directions that were provided to me by the manufacturers help desk for the NEW weather station, and that did not work, either. Perhaps we are not destined for a new, advanced weather station. It has been dribbling from the sky for about the last five or six hours, just a fine mist, I would not expect there to be any recordable accumulation, but you never know. Another two or three cold nights, and back up into the 70's by next weekend.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, THE ANSWER IS NO
, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Friday, November 14, 2014
2014 - Day 318/47 - Friday...
A good day today, all in all. Got lots of work done in the office, got lots of good things accomplished at the board, and pretty soon it will be time for bed. Except it is Friday night, and that means there is a real lack of choice on the tube.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, COLD, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
2014 - Day 317/48 - Thursday...
Having arrived in Houston yesterday with no overnight kit and no hotel rom, I think I survived pretty well. Before leaving the office yesterday, I was able to scrounge up a tooth brush and a disposable razor, so I thought I was pretty well set. It was only after I completed my shower and was drying my hair that I remembered that I also was not endowed with a brush or a comb. SO...I adopted the look of one of the three stooges for the day...or maybe a combination of them all (except for the one with no hair, with apologies to David and a plethora of other friends). And I made it through the day pretty much unscathed and arrived home on the edge of nowhere (because that is further than the middle of nowhere) all safe and sound.
Tomorrow will indeed be another day.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, NUT-LOCKER (OFGS), Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
2014 - Day 316/49 - Wednesday...
Beginning: According to our super-duper thermometer, we did not get below 37 degrees overnight. On my drive to work, there were no readings below 35 degrees. It is supposed to be colder tonight, but I am not expecting a hard freeze. I packed for an overnight trip to Houston (I have to take a class tomorrow), and forgot a few important items. To begin with, we could not get the garage door to go down last night, so I released it and closed it manually. Today, I got it up but could not get it to go down again, so that was a challenge. Further into town I realized that I did not remember to pack my overnight kit, but I could endure without it. I found a tooth brush and a razor in the office, so I am all set. I was scheduled to do a KVUE Midday Interview, and that went well; this is a photo of me and Andrew, the KVUE Producer that I have had the honor of working with all year, a really rewarding experience. That was the beginning.
Middle: Not much to report, nothing really worth noting.
End: I made I to Houston at about 6:30 only to arrive at the Hotel to find out I made reservations for tomorrow, not today. I am not kidding. Oh, and there was no room at that Inn, and they were unaware of any available rooms in the area, since they had been trying to find accommodations for others (they were over-booked).I eventually found a room, and I expect that I will look back at this some day and laugh. But probably not tomorrow. Or any time soon.
My class starts tomorrow at 9 a.m., and I expect to leave about 7:45, just in case.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, GOOD, BAD, UGLY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
2014 - Day 315/50 - Tuesday...
First day back to the office after being out for almost a week, and it was pretty darned busy AND productive. I like productive, that is always better than just being busy. I made good progress on several fronts, including teaching a quick "Know Your Code" class at the Austin Board.
Try to stay warm!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, CHILI/CHILLY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Monday, November 10, 2014
2014 - Day 314/51 - Monday...
Aside from the information I received at the Annual NAR Conference, and the networking with colleagues and the observations of the NAR Directors (again) in action, I also had the opportunity to visit a few places I lived while I was living in New Orleans, and last night (for the first time in almost three decades) I walked the Quarter with my friends Barb and Steve. We visited the Hotel I used to work at (How are you today Sir? Not as good as you!), did even more laughing and cutting up, and I had a really good Seafood Platter at Café Pontabla on St. Peter Street, home of the WORST. KEY LIME. PIE. EVER! Did you know pedi-cabs charge by the block, per person. That was an awakening! I should have been keeping up.
But, overall, it was fun, educational, motivating and totally worth it. But I am glad to be home!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, HOME, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
2014 - Day 312/53 - Sunday...
Crazy. We meet with boards, committees, task forces, PAGs, and each other, and at the end of the days, we are exhausted and spent. Perhaps that is why it is so easy to smile. Smile and laugh. Laugh and tell secrets. Connect. Connect and understand. Understand and go forward. Share.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
2014 - Day 311/54 - Saturday...
Today could have gone either way; I had a really great day, but there were other things that made me really reflect and think about how lucky I am. I have professed to this journal many times that I consider myself to be the luckiest man in the world, and that is a true fact.
My friend Steve was very kind to me today, and took me to view a couple of my old haunts here in New Orleans. Some were not affected at all by the Hurricane (Katrina) and some wee destroyed and are still not inhabitable. It was NOT the hurricane that devastated this city, it was the breach of the levy system AFTER the hurricane that flooded many parts of the city, and still there is no concrete answer as to why that happened. SO...this is a photo of the apartment I lived in before I bought a home in Now Orleans East...the home has been re-built since my last visit about four years ago, but this apartment (which was a very nice place) is just now beginning renovation. After the flooding, the property stood vacant for years, then it was a home for vagrants (really?) and maybe even homeless folks, but ultimately for some reason it was set afire...maybe someone was trying to stay warm. But I have really fond memories of this place, and this is what it looks lie as on this afternoon. My friend Steve took me on a tour of my old residences in the Crescent City, and it made me really realize how lucky I am. I did not live here when the hurricane hit, and I was happily ensconced in Austin with the love of my life when this devastation occurred, but this is the reality.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, REALITY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Friday, November 7, 2014
2014 - Day 311/54 - Friday...
10. I may or may not have laughed my ass off today.
9. I may or may not have had some key lime pie today/tonight,
8. I may or may not have told the best dirty joke of the day.
7. I may or may not have listened to what OTHER folks thought were really funny jokes.
6. I may or may not have learned what a "hoo-hoo" is or is not.
5. I may or may not have had an in depth discussion about the gaseous properties of flour.
4. I may or may not have determined the differences between curtains, ashtrays, pizza pies and Volkswagons.
3. I may or may not have been a "walk-on" in a movie being filmed in New Orleans.
2. I may or may not have laughed deliriously for the first time in a long time at jokes that were not funny.
1. AND I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE MADE FRIENDS WITH THE COUPLE AT THE NEXT TABLE AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO "PAY IT FORWARD".
It is all up for you to determine...
Deeds, Actions, Changes, MAYBE I DID, MAYBE I DIDN'T, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
2014 - Day 310/55 - Wednesday...
It was a good day in New Orleans, here for the National Association of REALTORS® annual conference. Tomorrow is when the real meat of the conference will really begin. Today was just a couple meetings working up to the committee meetings, educational courses and networking. My first meeting is at 7:30 tomorrow morning, and it goes pretty much through the entire day, and I will be beat by the time it is over. BUT, there are always really good ideas and notions to take back to our own association when all is said and done.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, BUSINESS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
2014 - Day 309/56 - Wednesday...
I got to the Hotel in New Orleans about 5 o'clock this afternoon, and I have not left the room, but I have made some great accomplishments in answering e-mails and getting a little bit of work done! I have no idea what the local television channels are, and I am freezing. BUT, I love the bed side lamps. They are beautiful (a little bit commercial) and very nice heavy (maybe) crystal. Not sure if they will fit in the suitcases but I can ship them. They are really nice!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, LAMPS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2014 - Day 308/57 - Tuesday...
It is supposed to rain all night tonight, most of the day tomorrow and into tomorrow night. I am scheduled to head to New Orleans tomorrow afternoon, so that should be interesting. I expect the rains will follow me, and maybe I will see the sun again on Thursday or Friday.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, DARK, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Monday, November 3, 2014
2014 - Day 307/58 - Monday...
I had white bread for dinner tonight. Of course, it was accompanied by a few other things as well. The Lutheran's (one of the three sets) in Walburg celebrated their Wurstfest tonight, always on the first Monday in November. I think this is our sixth Wurstfest, having closed on this house in October of 2009 (we think). This year was MUCH better than last year, so we are happy with that. I tell you, they have it down to a science and everything runs very smoothly. The only challenge is that you have to go inside and sit down to eat if you want dessert. That just seems wrong. Another set of Lutherans will be having their Chili Supper on November 11th. I have never noticed that they had a Chili Supper before, but they now have a sign outside the church, so they are promoting it. I think we will try it if the have a drive through-working.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, WURSTFEST, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
2014 - Day 306/59 - Sunday...
1. any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, as F. americana, of North America, and F. atra, of the Old World, characterized by lobate toes and short wings and tail.
2. any of various other swimming or diving birds, especially the scoters.
3. Informal. a foolish or crotchety person, especially one who is old.
Take your pick; it was either me in the tank this morning while I was feeding the cattle, or the little bird like creature that I photographed as shown here. Honestly, my money is on the bird!
This being Sunday, it was farm chore day. Also, this being November 2nd, it was set your clocks back an hour day. The latter was really not paid too much attention to, except for the fact that I expect I will be getting into bed tonight at 7p.m. instead of the usual 8p.m. But the chores got done. I get two bales of hay out t the cattle, after staring down Mr. Speckles and getting him to move from one pasture to the other. He was the only longhorn in the pasture where I wanted to put the hay, so I took the Polaris about fifty feet from the gate, stopped and proceeded to trim my finger nails. Curiosity got the better of him and he finally walked over (after about 15 minutes) to see what in the hell I was doing. He did get a nice head rub out of the deal. I also got the chicken coop cleaned out, and they are all set for this coming week.
A bunch of happy animals!
Deeds, Actions, Changes, COOTS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
2014 - Day 30/60 - Saturday...
The low temperature this morning (at least the one I saw live and in person) was 43 degrees. Not too shabby, and I resisted Jody's pleas (not really) to turn the heater on. I did manage to stay in the bed until about 7 o'clock, and then it was a sprint to have some coffee, read the paper, make a pile of eggs and get to Berry Creek Park by 9a.m. to get the first load of firewood for the season. We like getting firewood from Berry Creek, it is nicely split pecan wood, great for the wood burning stove. I had mentioned to Jody last week that I needed to make arrangements to get a load of wood, and suddenly it is nippy outside. This is a picture of a little lizard that was moving really sluggishly in the cold temperatures. He was perfectly happy to be slumbering among the firewood and was not really that happy to be awakened. I put him in a safe, out of the way place, so I expect he is doing just fine at this time.
I showed property this afternoon, and had an equipment malfunction, that Chris came to my rescue to help. Actually, the malfunction was not in the equipment, it was with the equipment operator. I forgot to take the adapter for my key (that works with my new huge tool). I stopped at the AT&T Store in Georgetown and they were totally useless. I walked in and told them I just needed to buy an adapter. Instead of telling me where their accessories were (they are in TWO different places which make totally perfect sense) they spent 15 minutes looking on their iPad to see if they had one in stock. I finally found one set of the accessories and sure enough, they did not have one. They then made a broad, sweeping gesture to another wall in the store and said that I might want to check there, but that according to their iPad, they had not had one in six months. BUT, ANYWAY... Chris came to my rescue and I am very thankful to him for continuing to make me look good in spite of myself!
I have begun the ritual of setting the clocks back one hour. This is actually one of my favorite things to do. I am not that thrilled to set them forward one hour, but I am all over setting them back an hour.
Deeds, Actions, Changes, SLEEP, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!