Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trip to Brewster County recently

Now we're back home dealing with the misery of getting this mobile home set up and ready to occupy soon. Newly discovered plumbing leaks, AC duct system needs further repairs, or total replacement.  Soft floor deck where prior roof leaks had been covered up and painted over by the pious "Good Christian" seller. (I thought I had learned better... to not deal with a Bible-thumper in a transaction. Been screwed every time in the past.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Our Tornado shed finally arrived.
11,000 lbs, monolithic poured concrete box. Precast roof.
3/8" thick steel door.
Only 6'x6' but at least it's a place to go when Mr Twister comes a knockin'.
Shipped down from Ohio or Illinois, or some Yankee state up there.

 Really ingenious shed off loading apparatus. Lifts up box on legs, truck drives out from under it, lets box down onto gravel pad (by me). He can shift box left/right ,and back and forth a bit to fine tune location.

Hitting the rock at about 16" down with auger anchors. But these only keep box from sliding or rotating. With me inside it'll be nearly 6 tons. More than three 1975 Cadillacs weigh. Well almost.

Now I guess we'll just sit around and wait for a tornado?


Monday, July 10, 2017

Mobile home arrangements

We've been busy all summer getting a used 1983 single wide mobile home set up on the spare lot next to ours. This will be a home for my wife's Mom who is getting up in age a bit and needs to be closer to us.
My wife insists we paint over that bright blue.!!

Trailer delivery was delayed by late spring rains, but finally did make it. Septic system install was also slowed by rains, but more so due to encountering hard rock. (Also ran the price up). When you hit a solid rock layer it changes the design of the system such that a large 4-5' deep pit, that is 25' x 30' in size, has to be dug out, then filled back with sandy select allow for proper percolating.

After septic finished and covered. Need grass seed now.

I now have 12 loads (15 tons each) of leftover hard sandstone rock piled at the rear of my 2 acres, to be used for all sorts of neato yard projects.(Not).

Water line is in the ground, water meter going in today. Power company overhead line feed nearly complete.

Just like buying a used car, an older trailerhome can have hidden issues. This one has a few roof leaks we found after some recent rains. New overlay metal roof going on next week. I just hope the AC is useable once we get that reconnected...if not I'll go with a couple of "mini-split" units to heat and cool the place. Much more efficient with electricity and less than half the price of a new central heat and cool system. And so whisper quiet you can hardly tell it's running. Heat pump units are only slightly higher than the cool-only units.

Still have front and back porch and decks to build. She says she "doesn't want a ramp", but we'll make accommodation for one to be added in future.

I found a nice used $250 propane tank on Craigslist, as this is a propane heated/hwh/range home. Just need to set it in place and connect it.

My wife has been removing loose kitchen wallpaper with plans to seal it and paint walls here. Just to brighten it up a bit.

Skirting will happen with deck building, not a requirement in my run-down neighborhood, but keeps out cold winter winds and critters.

One good thing...we are outside the City Limits of our little no building inspections or fees/permits to deal with. Only septic had to be permitted and inspected.

We've been trying to get away for a trip to Brewster County, but mobile home related stuff has kept that from happening. At least it looks like the hot assuming summer temps have broken out there, and the yearly "rainy season" has begun. (A bit sooner than usual, but not complaining!)

We sure miss spending cabin time out west, maybe we can zip down for a short trip soon? 


Monday, February 20, 2017

My Vehicle History ..46 yrs of car buying and selling

I have been a sucker and wasted money on cars since I was 16 yrs old. My first car was a 1951 Ford pickup that I bought with my own $$ for $165 in 1970. I drove that old flathead V8 for 3 years.

 This isn't mine but very similar, color and all.

Over the years since I have owned a crap load of vehicles and lost money on nearly every one of them. I started keeping a list a few years ago, and I don't know how to load an Excel file onto blogger so I just snapped pics and that's what you get. Hope they are readable.

Some guys are into golf, some hunting and fishing. Me? I blow my money on cars that I can't even work on. Not a mechanic here. never was.
I was a Caddy Freak for a long time, but prefer Lincoln Town Cars now. Caddies have become a rich guys sports car, hot rod in the last 25 years. What happened to those huge, smooth, classic, elegant road-hawgs of yesteryear? (see example of '66 Sedan DeVille below - not mine)

Here are a few old pics of my Cads from years past. From about 1981 to 1985.
Here is a plain jane, 6 cyl, 3 in the tree, Chevy half ton I had for a few years.
I'm down to 10 vehicles now. Only 4 of them tagged and insured to drive for now.

This is the one I really want to get back on the road. 1948 Packard. 327 Straight Eight with Overdrive.

Like Freddy Fender sings....."Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Retired and finally living the life with NO DALLAS COMMUTE..!!

Long time No blog, but guess I'll do a short one now.

Officially retired, sold our place in Aledo,TX.....a very hot market in DFW area. Put an ad on Craigslist and a few pics, had a cash buyer in 2 weeks, quick close. Bought a place about 35 miles further west near Mineral Wells, TX.
This is in the Texas Crosstimbers region. Hilly. Rocky. Oak Trees Galore. And tons of history with the Baker Hotel in nearby Mineral Wells. It's been sitting boarded up since the early 1970's....opened up in 1929 just before the Great Depression hit. Amazing building and facility. 14 stories and 400 plus suites. Many famous folks have lodged their...Presidents, Clark Gable, Tommy Dorsey, Lisa Minelli's mom ( brain fart here)....the Three Stooges.....and Bonnie and Clyde had a special room with a secret escape stairwell if the coppers rolled in.
I've figured out how to get access a couple times about 12 yrs ago and climbed to the bell tower . Mostly ravaged by vandals and thieves.

Anyway, wife is high school science teacher at small country town. Entire high school has about 105 students total. No football team, just basketball. She really enjoys the school, kids and administration.

I'll try to post pics in the next couple days, if I can figure out how to shift phone pics to the laptop.

Had a few calls from Dallas area apartment builders with high paying job opportunities, but regrettably I had to decline. With springtime just around the corner, I don't want to spend 3-4 hours a day commuting. I just fiddle with my bird feeders now.

Judy Garland....!!!! BINGO!!!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Trip to Terlingua..Last week

Made a quick week long trip out west last week, weather warm, but mostly breezy and nice.

Our previous trip found a back door with broken glass and ALL food items gone, along with some blankets, bedrolls, and tarps. Obviously just immigrants passing through needing survival stuff. Most of the canned foods were getting a little overall - no biggie. Except the busted out door glass. I just screwed some scrap plywood OSB over the opening and it was still in place when we got there last week. Nothing else missing or damaged.
This is the new doorway, exterior shot...shorter now. Not the previous 8' tall salvage door.

This one is standard 6-8 door. Less likely to flex during strong head on wind blasts. Still need to close up header opening in this pic.

Got to take a ride in a good neighbor's classic Falcon...nice, comfy, powerful ride down to Study Butte one morning.

This was the view from his place while we were munching on hot dogs one evening. Rains developing over Christmas Mtns but all  moved north it seems.

Small tin shack belonging to a feller I know pretty well.

Rain clouds and thunderheads brewing up many miles to the east one evening. Beyond Christmas Mtns I'm guessing.

Sunset at neighbor's place...but phone camera doesn't do it justice.

Oh, and I got to see Rhonda H of Badlands Texas fame at the Cotton Wood Store.! Too shy to request an autograph, I just blankly stared down at the peanut package display as she walked out.

Lotta bird life, honey bees.....quail coveys (covies?) this trip and a teenage cotton tail rabbit that was sighted several times around the place.

Last couple of days there were very windy...guessing 15-20 mph breezes. Couple of warm nights, but with a water bottle mister and a 12 volt Comfort Breeze fan blowing across me and hooked to a Walmart car battery on the floor.....not bad. It cooled off after midnight...and sometimes a good breeze was hustling through the place some/most of the time at night. (always leaving both doors and all windows open - in spite of Cone Nose threat - no bites this time)

Planning on a return trip in a couple of weeks. But it will be warmer then....will have to drag out the swamp cooler and get it shoved in a window for some heat relief. (sure does use the water though)

Noticed THREE NEW PORTABLE SHEDS on different land tracts that have been moved in down close to 118 along our road leading into our place. Crap...!!! This place is gonna get crowded..!! 10 yrs ago we had one neighbor nearby within 2-3 it seems there are 9.

Okay....see y'all later..!!