Archive for November, 2012

Fall colors

Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 11:10 am

Fall colors have finally hit Texas.  They’re not as vibrant here as I have seen elsewhere, but at least we have some color.   Not looking forward to winter, but I’ll survive it.

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Houston again

Posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at 6:56 am

Headed back down to Houston (and back) today to bring Helen home from the hospital (again).  Not quite recovered from TRD, but what the heck, not much choice in the matter.

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Dish receiver in the living room (big screen) went down yesterday morning.  Losing the saved movies, but I guess I’ll survive it.  Only a couple that I  haven’t watched, and I’m sure they’ll come around again.  I think I have the list figured out.  Swap out next week, new unit arrives probably on Monday/Tuesday.

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Got most of the recovery work done from TRD, house, kitchen, yard, garage.  Barn needs a little work arranging, floor in the living room needs buffing (by hand), and  the back room (minor) are all that’s left to handle.  The party food is stored, most of it in the freezer.  No room left over for more.  The property is pretty much set for winter, a few minor tweaks left, but not that much effort needed.  Hopefully, it will be a restful season.  I need the break badly.

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My tolerance for Skybeam is drawing to a close.  I’m about ready to issue the ultimatum, get us decent internet service or lose us and our money.  2k/s upload is a travesty for high speed.  It’s put up or get lost for them.  I’m not dealing with this trash service any longer.

Day 13 of 12

Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Everyone finally packed up and left.  Numerous spontaneous naps, not for long, but getting comfortable is  dangerous to my consciousness.

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The party was a big success.  Food was superb and plentiful, nothing was rejected by the palette.  I discovered the tequila lime turkey recipe, which is surprisingly delightful.  Music was good and fun.  I played with Doug and Ellen and others (Alicia, Bianca, to name a couple) for a long set.  I was also sound man for several  sets.  Parking and camping worked very well.

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I am pretty well set for the rest of the winter as far as heavy work outside.  Watering in the greenhouse, caring for animals, and seeing to Helen’s needs is going to be the winter routine.  That is going to leave some serious time for indoor endeavors.  But for now, I think I’ll get myself a little rest.

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Great party.  Time to crash.

Day 5 of 12

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 7:15 am

The body is protesting, and I slept without waking last night from the physical tiredness.  But the property is, for the most part, ready for the horde that is known as TRD.  Today is the last day that can be dedicated strictly to rest and rehab.

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The twelve days runs from Thursday Nov 8, starting with the Thursday Jam, through Monday Nov 19, which is the Monday after the finale.

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Thursday Jam was small, but it did kick off the week and a half of mayhem.  Friday was spent in Austin for Helen’s blood check, which proved good enough to skip transfusions.  Work began on cleanup of the house.  Saturday and Sunday was the work party, cleaning the barn, garage, and landscaping.  An attempt to clean up the grass burs in the field was attempted, but it wasn’t entirely successful because of impatience on the part of some of the workers.

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So, the greenhouse is set for winter, which is good because we’re having some cold nights this week.  Tonight is forecast for freezing.  The property is set for the party.  And I have three medical runs this week, two to Austin and one to Houston (biopsy).  The rest is getting ready for the coming weekend of wonderful madness.  I hope to reach day 11 intact.

Shifting focus

Posted on Sunday, November 4th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

TRD approaches.  Work in prep will soon be in progress.  Time to take a deep breath and relax, as the hard chores approach.  My body needs some more recovery time.

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The greenhouse has been loaded for the winter.  A couple more plants to go in, but everything else is inside, capable of going awhile without rearranging.  There will be some shuffling, but by and large, it’s set up properly with Helen’s approval.

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Had a big jam on Thursday, lots of fun.  Compound folks, Doug, Dennis, and the usuals.  Had a good time.

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No driving to Houston this  week.  Wheeeeee!  Spending time in Austin medical facilities, but the drive is much easier.

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Been eating pretty well.  Made a large batch of lima beans; turkey, bacon, gouda sandwiches; potato soup; and opened a carton of Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream.  Life has been good in that regard.