December 2014 update

Well, since August we have been busy training our new puppy Lexi! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES She is a Australian Shepherd and is now 6 months old and full of energy!  In November we went to CA for Thanksgiving and to visit our  family members on MJ’s side.  We had a nice time, but it re-enforced why we moved here to TEXAS just more!  The traffic, people, congestion and overall crowds just make you want some peace and quiet like here!

Came home and did some of the yard Christmas decorating for the holidays, hung some lights, got the tree out and got into the sprit….

We had a community Christmas party 2 weeks ago, very nice, lots of people this year!

Doing a little outside trimming on some of the local cedar trees to see if I can get them reduced to fewer numbers here!

Not much else going on, Kim & Tim will be having Christmas at their places and Stacey & Diego will be flying Christmas Eve for 4 days to visit.  Would be nice to have them all here, maybe next year?

Anyway, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all.  Be safe smart and happy for what we have………

August 9 2014 update

Well, it looks like our summer heat week is here! Temps are going to hit the low 100’s for about 7-9 days! So far this year we only had about 3 days of 100 which is really good for us and way below the 2011 year when we moved here when we had 90 days of over 100 degrees. That was a hot year. Been doing little except doggie sitting and trying to train the pooch most of the days. Finally decided that we would keep her name ( Lexi ) .

Trying to get some things done early in the morning when it is cool, MJ’s garden has been good this year we have had several large watermelons, acorn squash, beans, snow peas and we have some pumpkins now planted.

Grass is turning a little brown even with the water from the rain barrels I put on it so guess I will just water it less and water the plants more.  We are down to about 2200 gallons of water in the last tank so hoping for some rain to fill both tanks up and wet the place down good.

Haven’t been very social in the past 2 months, doggie is kinda keeping US on a short leash with all the house training and obedience training we are trying to do. 

Not much else going on so will post more when things change, hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy…..

June 2014 Update

Well, Spring has come and gone now, we had a fairly cool spring with some light rains.  The water tanks are full for the yards and summer is now here.  Over the last few months things have been pretty quiet here, we worked on the garden and have a good crop of various food items growing well.  Our tomatoes are really doing well this year, and we have 3 large water melons so far. There are about 6 Acorn squish growing, some peppers (mild ones) and our potatoes look like they have cratered now.


All the Weather people say we are going to have a hot and dry summer, but I don’t think it will be as bad as our first year here.  Hopefully El Nino will arrive in September and bring the much needed rain to all of TEXAS and fill up our lakes again that are in much need of water.


Last week I was looking on Craigslist for a doggie, found a Australian Shepherd (female) that was about 7 weeks old.  We took a 2 hour drive on Friday down to McDade to check her out. We decided that she was a good fit for what we wanted, and got her.  The drive back home took us 3 hours because we had to stop at Pet smart & Wal-Mart to get doggie things like food, toys, bed etc.  She slept almost all the way home. First night she slept thru the whole night, then next night she woke up at 0230 and wanted to get out of her crate! I got up around 3:30 and stayed up from then on while holding her in the chair trying to get some extra sleep.

Yesterday we went over to Carl & Sue’s house for a party and took the pooch with us! There were about 19 guest there and they all loved here and she was pooped by 8:00 so we left.  Around 10:00 it was bed time for all of us I put her in her crate in one of the bathrooms with a radio playing quiet music, a dirty shirt of mine and some toys.  She slept the entire night! Happy Dance!

Seems like the pooch is doing pretty good for such a young age, take her out to potty and she goes on demand! Forgot what it was like to have a little one in the house! Darn dog has more toys and crap than I do already! Trying to keep her mellow during the day with brief periods of play time, then she naps.  She seems really smart, and has a nice personality just about all the time.

Here are some photos of the new family member……..



March 3, 2014 Update

Been a while since last entry here, not busy just not a lot going on.  In January we decided to take MJ’s mom from Midland and bring her here to Bertram to be in a care facility! Well that was a fiasco! Ended up making 2 trips to Midland in 4 days. One trip got me a ticket for speeding 7 mph over the limit in the middle of nowhere…. We finally got all that resolved and her settled into the place.  She was there for about 3 weeks, then passed on.  The rest of February was taken up with arrangements and trying to replace our worn out Infiniti I35 with 222k+ miles on it and started smoking on the way back from Midland in the middle of no place and in the dark!

We looked for weeks at replacement cars, test drove a lot, researched a lot and almost gave up! We looked at the VW Passat TDi and while we were there we test drove a used 2012 Infiniti M37. Anyway to make a very long story about how we finally decided to get that car we did get it! Lovely car, lots of extras, heated seats, heated steering wheel! XM, Navigation, Bluetooth, Tire monitor system and goes down the ROAD REALLY FAST! Zoooooooooom….Just gets low gas mileage 18-23! Darn…..


It has been dry for about 2 months with little rain, today it spit on us for about 30 minutes, lots of fog and cool days.  It is now 33 deg at 1:20 PM on Sunday and is expected to get down to around 25 by 9:00 PM tonight! Burrrr……That kind of cold freezes the pipes! Which I have to fix when it warms up!


Other than the above we have not been active in much anything else so all seems quiet here.  Maybe one or more of the kids will come and visit!  Anyway hope you all are doing well……

Update for January 2014

It has been a good past few months, In October we went to CA for Turkey day with some of the family and spent a week there with the kid. Over Christmas she came here to visit us for a whole week. Had a great Christmas, got a really nice fish finder, sweater and emergency NOAA radio!

Now it is 2014 and we are experiencing some nice cool weather, got down into the high teens last week, now back up in the 60’s.  The cedar trees are exploding with cedar pollen which does make some people feel like they have the flu! Hasn’t bothered us yet and hope it doesn’t!

We got HOGS Today! 7 hogs were in the trap today! the guys tried to shoot them with cross bows but that only made them angry so we ended up pop’n then with the cannon! One broke thru the heavy gauge metal fence and that let one out, tried …to pop it on the run but way to fast. Gave one to the pool maint guy who was there helping us load them into the truck, and took them over to the remote burn site on the property for the critters to feast on! Got a medium one that wasn’t too badly shot up and took that one home and butchered it! That process for me as a beginner took about 2 hours! I’m slow and since it was my first pig I wanted to make sure it was done clean as to not taint any of the meat. Now we have about 30 pounds of fresh pork that went into the freezer for ham products & to go on the BBQ with apple juice and brown sugar glaze on it! Here are the pictures of them in the pen and in the truck…

We will keep trying to trap them, seems like we have at least 30+ of them roaming over the area so we need to eradicate them from here.


August update 2013

Well, the month started out great and HOT! Kim and the kids flew down from Idaho for a long weekend.  We went to the Longhorn Caverns, the wild animal park-zoo down from Marble Falls, then over to the LBJ Ranch and saw his car collection.  We did a little swimming in the community pool here and enjoyed the visit.  The kids entertained themselves outside by stomping on grasshoppers! Kim got stung by a tiny scorpion inside the house! (First time someone got bit here).






We finished the back patio and think it looks really nice now.  We have been working in the garden getting it ready for fall. We have a variety of pumpkins, hot peppers are going great! I made 2 batches of salsa pepper sauce and it is pretty good for the first time. peppers-1We have had a little rain in August, just not as much as we wanted or needed, maybe September will be better. The heat in August was in the high 90’s-100’s for many days so we started things early and ended early to be inside in the heat of the afternoons.

We are now up to 125 Scorpions we have found at the house(Not including the ones in the yards!) And about 5 Centipedes !(Big boy’s 6”+) .critterjar

July 28, 2013

Well here it is the 3rd July we have been in Texas!

This month as been good to us, we have had over our monthly average for rainfall about 1/2 of an inch!  things are nice and green all over. This past week we took a short (650+) mile road trip down to Corpus Christie and some of the beach front towns there to see what the Texas coast looked like. Very impressive, lot’s sell for $30k right on the beach! Just have to pay a $1M for flood and hurricane ins. beach-1 Nice little towns reminded me a lot of California’s Newport Beach areas with big (I mean Texas Big) houses, canals with boat lifts and lots of shops to spend your hard earned $$$ in. Weather was ok, lots and lots of wind, temps were in the 90’s and humidity was high. We liked Rockport Texas a lot…

We took the ferry over to Port Aranses! You can drive on the beach there right out to the water!flatbeach-1

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We only stayed overnight and drove back Friday.  Late Friday night we got a downpour of 1/2 inch and a lightening show that lasted for hours.

Getting ready for Kim & the grandkids visit late this coming week! They will be here for 5 days with us…

Stay tuned for more from Texas Hill Country!


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