As you are most assuredly aware, this is the day AFTER the debates. This is going to be one of those events that you will ALWAYS remember where you were during the debates! "Where will you be during the debates?" No more clarification, everyone will know what that means! Enough about that. Pay attention, please, I NEVER go into politics on this blog OR on my Facebook page, NEVER. Just remember that. As I expected, as soon as I published the journal last night, the photos that I sent myself THREE times last night, finally appeared in my e-mail. This morning. my devices said it was 56 degrees again, but I think it was cooler, the news weather peeps said it was 48 in Georgetown. All I know is, it was lovely, cool and not very humid at all. I had an 8 o'clock zoom, then I took off in to Austin, and got back home about 3 o'clock this afternoon. I stopped on the way home to get my sofa cushions...they are better than the original cushions, not sure how much better, but just let it be said, I could probably stuffed them with dollar bills and achieved the same level of comfort for what they charged to replace the foam. Whatever. I guess (again) that you get what you pay for! No zooms tomorrow until mid-afternoon, so I will talk it slowly in the morning, and get motivated at about 9 o'clock. They are baling hay in the front field right now, and I will see if I can provide you with a count tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
My journal entry is being posted later than I had intended this evening, because I could not get the photo I wanted to use to download. I have no idea, sometimes, sh*t just happens. It is, after all, 2020. So, I went on to public domain photos, and downloaded what I thought was appropriate for this entry. The deal is, this morning when I got up, it was a lovely 56 degrees with very low humidity. It is supposed to be cooler overnight tonight, just by a degree or two, but we will take what we can get and be happy about it. With the cooler weather, the air conditioners are not running, and I am watering the pot plants every other day instead of every day. Resources and energy savings are always nice to have, the energy being my lazy butt energy, since I don't need to get off my aforementioned butt to water the pot plants! I went into the office this morning, and got back home in time for a two o'clock zoom meeting. Tomorrow I have an 8 o'clock zoom, and then I will head in to the office after that. I need to make an appointment to get my windshield replaced, but it is not on top of my priority list, since I can't see the rock chip and cracks from inside the car. Out of sight, out of mind. I still have not got the sofa cushions back yet, tomorrow will be two weeks, and it was supposed to take less than one week. I wonder what in the hell have they done to my sofa cushions?
Monday, September 28, 2020
The news says that traffic in Austin is back to 80% of pre-Covid volumes. I have been enjoying the commutes that I make, and have not had too many problems. This afternoon was a little bit different than recent experiences; there was a wreck on the southbound side of IH-35 (thankfully I was on the northbound side), and traffic was literally backed up for miles. Tens of miles! Southbound traffic was rerouted to the service road, and it was just pure, total chaos for the southbound folks. I have a couple nice pictures of sunrises and clouds, but I thought I would regale you with a picture of the wreck. I don't really think you can grasp the extent of it, because the debris was scattered over about 3/4 of a mile...lots of mess. I did not see anything on the news about it, but I have to admit, I really did not pay that much attention to it, either! Otherwise, it was not a very bad day. I had an appointment to got a rock chip fixed on my windshield, and they said they can't fix it, I need a new windshield. That will be two new windshields in about three years (in December) for this car. I honestly do believe this car is a rock magnet going down the expressways.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
It was kind of a busy day, lots of this-and-that stuff done. I got up this morning and had some coffee and read the (e-edition) paper. I went out in the backyard with the girls and gave myself a pedi. Lounged around doing nothing of any consequence, and I headed off to Costco at about eleven o'clock. On the way home, I stopped at the HEB and did a little bit of grocery shopping, then to Tractor Supply for chicken feed. The girls are supplied with plenty of dog food, the chickens have a fresh supply of food, and I have a fresh supply of food. Overnight, we are supposed to have some gusty winds, and a cold front is due by early tomorrow morning. The overnight low one day this week is forecast to be in the FORTIES, and then back up a little bit; highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Bring it on! The only thing that could make it better would be if we could get some more rains. I expect a second cutting of hay this week, too, which will be good. I don't have enough cattle anymore that I need the hay, but I can sell what I don't use. The neighbor that got the pears last week brought me a jar of canned pears...not jelly, not preserves, just canned pears. They are really delicious, but the canning process did not make them any softer...they are still hard as rocks. But delicious!
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
We have two pear trees out next to the driveway, one is a year older than the other. The older pear has born fruit for at least the last two years, but as far as I am concerned, the fruit has not been edible. It is hard as a rock. The pears on the tree look lovely, but again, they are hard as a rock. Our neighbor took a bunch of the pears and canned them, and they brought me a jar, and they said they are delicious. I will give them a try one day this weekend. So, as I was eating dinner this evening, I (for some reason) started thinking about dispensing with one of the three refrigerators we have at this house. We have two refrigerators inside the house, one in the garage and a chest type freezer is also in the garage. At this stage in my life, even I think that is one refrigerator (at least) too many, so I am thinking about giving one of them away. I will let you know how that works out. I don't have any firm plans for the weekend, but I do know for sure that I need to go into Taylor and stop at the Taylor Feed store. I need advice on how to rid my chickens of mites. The fact that they have mites does not seem to bother them at all, they look like someone has been plucking their feathers, but it has not hampered their egg production, either. I think they are beginning to molt as well, and just seasonal stuff (I think) is causing their egg production to slow down. I also need some chicken feed and some flock blocks for them, and then I may wander somewhere else, just for the hell of it. The weekend plans are fluid at this point!
Thursday, September 24, 2020
What a nice day this was, today. Very moderate temperatures, worked from home, hardly went outside at all (but it was lovely when I did), and I got a good bit of work done. I had a nine o'clock zoom meeting this morning, and then I had the day pretty much to myself. I looked all business-like on top, and party on the bottom. That is really the only benefit to zoom meetings, you don't really need to get dressed up. Just don't pick your nose unless you turn off your video. You would be surprised how many people DO NOT take that into consideration. One of the BEST things that happened today is that, through the wonders of technology, I was able to attend the installation of my friend Kim (Kimmish) as the incoming President of the REALTORS® Association of Lincoln (Nebraska), and it was great. Through our various associations and meet-ups, we get to be friends with folks all across the country. It was really a fun installation, and I know is going to continue to make her association a star in the REALTOR® universe!
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
It is officially the first FULL day of fall, and it has been a pretty good day to be a cat in central Texas. I had not seen Barney in a couple days, but this afternoon I saw him taking a rest in the grass next door. The rains have certainly greened everything up, so it was a perfect place for him to take some Barney time. There was just a trace of rain today, but we are not going to complain about the 7.7" we have received so far this month. I don't think there will be much more this month, but we have had enough to get us through comfortably until next month. I tried to make appointments for the girls to get beautified, but the beautiful parlor said they are making appointments three weeks out. I guess I should have made them appointments for the next time the last time we were there. So, instead, I am taking them to the vet on Friday for them to get a bath and be groomed. In my (self-serving) opinion, that is much more reasonable, and maybe the real problem is that I am just being unreasonable. I get my hair cut on Friday as well, so we will all be beautified on the same day.I also expect the girls will come out of it looking a lot better than I will, too.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
There is not much I can say of a negative nature about the 7.65" of rain that has fallen on the Edge of Nowhere so far this month. I has most likely NOT helped the trauma that the bigger trees have suffered in the drought and extreme heat we lived through earlier this year, but I certainly has not hurt. The flora that surrounds the house as well as the grasses and pastures are lovely and green. I have not surveyed as to whether the tanks have risen any, but I have my doubts about that. From what I can see of the neighbors tank, it may have come up a little bit, but we are not complaining. Again, I would really be happy to complain about rain, but I doubt that will happen this year. I made it into the office about 9:30 this morning, and everything was good. I had a couple meetings, and got some other things done, and headed for the house at about 12:30. I stopped at the grocery on the way home, and spent $70 or $80 on groceries, and I have really nothing to show for it. Some pre-made meals, a box of wine, some HUGE green grapes, a half gallon of skim milk, and two donuts. I am trying my best to cut back on crap, but the donuts called out to me, and I could not help myself. On Saturday, I noticed a rock has chipped the windshield, and so I was trying to make an appointment with Safelite to see if they can fill it instead of replacing the windshield. The first try was not successful. At one point, the person trying to make the appointment said that a 'live' agent would be joining the call, and I let asked her if she were 'dead.' It was important for me to know, because, even though I speak to dead people A LOT, I have never had an 'in-person' discussion with a 'dead' person. It was not appreciated on the Safelite side, and that attempt to make an appointment soon ended unsatisfactorily. I got home, tried again, and I have an appointment for next Monday. Mission accomplished!
Monday, September 21, 2020
This was a perfect day for a hundred-car pile-up on IH-35, both going in to Austin and coming home from Austin. There were periods both ways that I could not see anything in front of me, and many people were acting like it was an ordinary day. As I have professed many times in this journal, I drive (frequently) like an old granny, and I drive particularly old lady like when it is raining. If you think that is bad, it is even worse when it is raining and it is dark outside. All-in-all, though, everything turned out alright, I did not see any wrecks either direction, so that is a positive note. I got in to the office, and did one zoom thing, and I left at about 12:30 so I could get home in time for my 2:30 zoom. It took a little bit longer to get home, but I made it with plenty of time to share. So far today, we, at the Edge of Nowhere, have received just at an inch of rain, and we expect some more overnight and into Tuesday. Tomorrow morning will be kind of slow, I can take my time going in, and leave to come home a little bit later. And that is about all the news that is fit to print!
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Apparently, another of my fetishes is vacuum cleaners. I can easily identify the locations of no less than seven vacuums in the house or garage, and they all work. No sense in keeping crap that does not work or only works perfunctorily. I vacuumed my usual paths today with my new little canister vacuum that took me a long time to locate on the world wide web. It gets great reviews on the web, but every place I tried to order from was sold out. I ordered the vacuum and extra vacuum bags from one place, the vacuum was sold out but they sent the bags. Somewhere a computer is scratching its head over that one. Anyway, I finally procured the vacuum and it sat on the dining room table for about two months. Then it migrated to the floor in the dining room, and tonight I actually plugged it in. I like it a lot! It reminds me of an old Jack Nicholson movie, and if you don't know what that means, you just need to figure it out for yourself. I took another little drive this afternoon, this time to Belton, and I figured out some back roads to get there. There was NOTHING to stop along the way for, but when I got to Belton, I did get to see parts of their downtown and older residential areas. Very nice indeed. I need to find a path that I can drive back and forth on that will afford me places to stop, shop, look, and this and that. Maybe Brenham next week. I wonder how far that is? Hmmm. About sixty-five miles one way. Could be worse. Maybe there will be something BESIDES Blue Bell.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
I am very happy it is Friday. No particular reason, but I am happy about that. I closed on the re-finance of the house today, shaved eight years off the mortgage term, and my new interest rate if 2.25%. I am pretty happy with that. If you need a referral for a pretty good mortgage guy in Austin, just let me know. After the 10 o'clock closing (it took about 20 minutes, I did not need all the explanations), I made it in to the office in time for my11:30 zoom and my 1 o'clock call and my 1:30 call. Then a couple of us headed to an estate sale (we like estate sales on Friday and we haven't been in a couple months), and it was really the most disappointing estate sale we have been to in a long time. I am hunting for cuckoo clocks and old wall clocks that chime (they don't have to keep time, just run and make noise), and there was a cuckoo clock in the list of items, but it must have been sold before we got there. Did I mention that this was also the CREEPIEST estate sale we have ever been to? It was. There had to have been, at a minimum, 2,500 dolls inside this house. I am comfortable saying that I believe that to be a conservative number. There were dolls EVERYWHERE! All manner of dolls, and the display case photo of these bride dolls was at the top of the stairs. Wall-to-wall dolls. None of us bought anything, and we will try again next week. In the meantime, I am now fetishing for a 'Chucky' doll, 'Bride of Chucky' doll, and/or creepy-ass dolls like that. Keep your eyes open and let me know what you find.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
I don't like this at all. I was not given the option to post on the old format, so I am stuck with the new format.It is okay, really, except for loading the photos to the journal entry. Maybe I will happen upon it accidentally in the near future, just about the time they (who are they, by the way?) decide to change it again. But, the bottom like is, this is a free service I am using, so I guess I have no real right to complain. I made it through the day, the clouds looked really promising, but so far, very little (and I mean that literally) rain here. I was coming home from Round Rock and it poured down, but less than 0.05" in the gauge. More than a trace, but just barely. The clouds looked promising, and there was some really neat lightning, like three blots at a time, but no rain. I will go in to Austin tomorrow and get some stuff done in the office, and hope to be heading home by early afternoon. I had a lead on a showing (through one of those syndicators) but he said his wife was not convinced on the neighborhood, and that is okay. Better than not hearing back or showing something that the prospects are really not interested in. As you can see, I still haven't got the hang of inserting the photos...Boo-Hoo...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
I am not at all comfortable with this, but I am going ahead with it any way. The site I use to post my daily journals has adopted a new format. They tried to get me to change over a few months ago, and I refused, and chose to stay with the old format. They tried to get me to move the the new format last night, and I chose not to do it. They are beckoning to me to change to the new format again tonight, so I am giving it a try. I am not particularly good with change. Not all change, but usually not comfortable with change to technology that I have grown comfortable with. BUT...I am not yet kicking and screaming, and I will just see how this works before I start. It is the weekend eve, and I am happy about that. The past work week crammed five days into four, and it is over now, so next week I can pretty much relax. Lots of zooms, but again, next week will be kind of slow, comparatively speaking. The recent rains (there was none today) have donewell by most of the in-ground plants, and these lilies are blooming very nicely. Now I need to put my head down and think of something to do this weekend.