Wednesday, February 17, 2021

This Polar VorTEX(AS) Sucks! or My Bucket's Got A Hole In It!

This is going to be my story about the Polar VorTEX(AS) that Tony and I have survived so far. First off, knock-on-wood, T. and I and our 4-leggers are doing fine even though we now have no running water, because our pipes froze up a few days ago. Anyway, here is my story.

Last Wednesday, February 10th

 After Tony and I attended a super fun birthday party for our friend, in Kerrville, we went to the small H-E-B to stock up on supplies, because everyone at lunch had talked about the fierce polar vortex that was predicted to hit our area late Thursday afternoon.

So Tone and I stocked up on bottle water and about another week's worth of food, because the weather casters had been warning us about the severe weather maybe lasting as long as five days. And I was excited about it snowing here, because that rarely happens here and it is pretty.

                                                             Thursday, February 11th

Well, the polar vortex decided to come earlier than anticipated and by 11:00 that morning the temperature outside was near freezing and dropping fast. And I was so glad that we had stocked up on extra food and supplies. We were prepared or so I thought.

Friday, February 12th

Friday morning, it was in the lower 20's and around 8:00 when Tony went outside to warm up the truck before going next door to work, he came back inside and told me that a big cedar tree had fallen during the night and it was blocking our driveway and had damaged some of our fence.

So Tony and I put on our heavy jackets and gloves and went to work outside: removing the big, dead tree. Here are pictures that I took of Tony with his chainsaw, before he went to work cutting up the tree, so we could clear the driveway.

An hour and a half later, the driveway was cleared, so Tony went to work next door and I took this picture to show y'all how icy the trees had become before I went back inside The Cabin. 

Saturday, February 13th

Saturday was freezing cold and uneventful, except we started dripping our faucets, because we stayed in the 20's all day and it was getting colder.

Sunday, February 14th

Sunday morning the weather took a nose-dive. Tony went to work next door and by the time he was done working, the roads had gotten so slick he could not drive the truck home, so he had to walk home.

I was unaware about how bad the road conditions had gotten outside and while I was washing some dishes and looking out the kitchen window I saw Tony walking up our driveway and he was holding something in his hand, but I could not tell what it was.

When Tone came inside The Cabin he was holding a beautiful bouquet of red and white roses in his hand, and he said, "These are for you. Happy Valentine's Day. " And then he and bothI started laughing, because we both knew that he had not gotten me those pretty flowers. Because it didn't take a rocket  scientist, to figure out that sweet Sarah and Darlene, over at Escondida, had sent the leftover flowers home with Tony to give to me.

After I put the lovely flowers into a vas I heard the weather forecast which was not good. So Tony and I  decided it would be a good idea for us to store up some water, because our flowing faucets were hardly dripping a drop of water at full blast. 

So we spent about two hours drip-by-drip, filling every container and empty water bottles that we had, in case the pipes froze up. Here is a picture of the kitchen island covered in water containers.

I am so glad that we did that, because the pipes froze up during a rolling blackout during the wee hours of the night while we were sleeping. And that lapse of electricity turned off the heat lamp that we had inside the pump house. So when the power did come back on we did not know that the pump house lamp needed to be turned back on.

Monday, February 15th

Monday was totally miserable, because of the polar vortex. It got down to 6 degrees.

The electricity kept going on and off, we both wanted and needed to take showers, but we couldn't, etc. And even if we had wanted to go somewhere we couldn't, because our truck was stuck next door and it was too icy and dangerous for us to be outside anyway.  Plus we had gotten over 5 inches of snow!

Later that night, I was sitting in the dark, because we had no electricity and I was so bored I decided to get my "headlight" glasses that have lights on them for reading in the dark.

And those glasses were fantastic for reading or just walking inside the house. Even though I did scare Henry half to death when I accidentally woke him up. 

Tuesday, February 16th

Tuesday afternoon around 3:00, the temperature got up to 33 degree!

So, I asked Tony to please help me clean out our wood burning stove, because it was so full of ashes. And because our regular bucket (an old, stainless pot) that we normally use to remove the ashes and embers was outside—frozen solid in the ice. So I suggested that we use the other copper, decorative bucket that we normally use to store our kindling in. And that was a big mistake.

Tony filled up the copper bucket that once had belonged to my sweet mom) nearly to the top with burning embers and hot ash. When I handed him the pot holders to carry the bucket outside, he lifted it up the bucket and the whole bottom fell out onto the tile that surrounds our wood burning stove!

Thinking fast, after this unwanted, could-be dangerous event, I grabbed our metal kitchen garbage can, lifted the trash sack out and carried the can over to where the hot ashes were. Then Tony grabbed the fireplace shovel and began piling in the hot embers and ashes as fast as he could. And after that Tony carried out the garbage can and dumped the hot ashes and embers into a pile of snow that melted very quickly.

And the good news is: it didn't hurt, discolor or crack the tile. I took this picture of Mom's copper bucket after it had cooled down. And as you can plainly see I now can say, "My bucket's got a hole in it." (Sorry Mom)

To Be Continued..

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Great Advice!

 Well, believe it or not—I am posting again. But beware: this is a short post, because Gaby's cute, snail-mailed postcard, that she sent to us from Germany, arrived today in our mailbox.

Tony and I love Gaby and her daughter Xenia. Tone and I met these two great women many, many years ago, when they came out to the rescue ranch one Saturday to get a tour. Long story short, when T. and I met them we instantly fell in love with these ladies and became friends. 

So that day we gave Xenia and her sweet mom the grand tour, which included them meeting everyone of our dogs and Kinky. And since that day, we've kept in touch with them and every time that Gaby comes to visit her daughter and her family, in Texas—they make a point to come visit us or we meet somewhere, so we can get in a good visit.

Anyway, before I write Gaby a note and e-mail it to her I want to show y'all this great postcard, because I am planning on framing it and hanging it up, in my writing cabin. Here's Gaby's "great advice" postcard:

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Saturday, January 30, 2021

I'm On A Roll Here!

 Gosh, it looks like I am on a roll here with 3 consecutive days of new posts on my blog. I do apologize for not posting much this past, horrible year and the first month of this new year, but my excuse is I was too down to write in 2021 and the first month of the new year I've been concentrating on podcasting and all it entails. 

Anyway, I do have some exciting news to report. I now have a! I've needed my own website for years, but now with me podcasting on the horizon (near future), I hired my dear friend Pat Symchych, who did an excellent job (20 years) doing our Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch website, to help me. So I hope you will check it out  because I am very proud of it.

And the reason I decided to get my own website is because I can use it on my podcasts to direct people to my website and my blog, etc. And I want to thank Pat for all of the hard work it involved. "Thank you Pat! I LOVE it!"

During the time I was working with Pat on my website I spent almost every waking hour researching everything you need to know about creating and doing podcasting on the Internet and YouTube. And I am proud to say that I retained almost all of the information, so I could work on creating my podcasting site: 

The Cousin Nancy Show

I spent hours, days, etc. rewriting the information about my podcast and I spent way too much time coming up with the artwork that I finally decided to use. And I hope that you will check it out even though I have not done my 1st podcast, yet. (Trust me, I will keep you posted about that.)

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Friday, January 29, 2021

A Promise Is A Promise!

 Yesterday I promised to write about the dogs that we helped rescue and a promise is a promise, so here goes.

Last Saturday was a dreary winter day. It wasn't real cold, but it was damp and foggy. Around 5:30 in the evening, Kinky called me to tell me that a couple was there and dropping off two dogs that they picked up along the side of Hwy.16, because the big dog was wearing a Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch tag and a Rabies dog tag that was dated 2011.  "Nance, could you and Tony come over here and help us with this? I guess I could keep them, but I really don't have the room for them. Do y'all want to take them?...."

Ten minutes later Tony and I arrived at Kinky's Lodge. He and his sister Marcie were standing outside talking to the couple that had rescued the dogs and Kinky and Marcie had the two dogs on short leashes. 

After brief introductions Tony took off the dog's collar that had the tags on it and the other dog had an old leather dog collar, but there were no tags on it.

"These dog tags don't make any sense to me," I said. "First off, these are two very young dogs—not 10 years old or older. And I know for a fact that this female Great Pyrenees we never rescued her, because if we had rescued her I would have adopted her instantly, because I have missed Mama ever since she died....Something is not right here."

"Maybe, someone put their old dog's collars on these?" Tony said.

"Yep, that could be true too, Tone," I said. "And these two dogs could also be "Rain Dogs." Then I looked at the couple and Kinky and Marcie and explained, "That's a term shelters use when dogs get lost after a rain, because their scent is washed away...."

Thirty minutes later, it was getting dark and the couple and us wanted to leave, so Marcie offered to take care of the two dogs for the night, until we could hopefully figure out who they belonged to. "Kink, I need to talk to Tony first, but I might adopt that sweet Pyrenees if we can't find the owners. But it won't be tonight, because we need to go home and see if we can figure out who these dogs belong to....Marcie please take pictures of these dogs, so I can print them out and put them in the Old Timer and around town tomorrow morning."

After Marcie took pictures of the dogs and promised to email them to me immediately, I said, "As soon as we get home we're going to call the Old Timer to tell them we rescued these dogs and bring pictures in the morning."

"I can call them right now for you," the woman said, as she pulled out her cell phone and punched in the number.

When Tony and I got back home, I luckily found the notebook that I used for fast-cross-reference for our dog tags. "Tony! I found the dog tag match, but it doesn't make any sense. My tag records show that a woman named Terry ***** adopted a dog from us named Gracie in April 2011. And that makes sense, why the Rabies tag is also dated 2011. I have Terry's phone number and her cell number."

"I remember Terry," Tony said, "But I think she moved away to Houston about 3 or 4 years ago. I also remember that she was Andy's neighbor...." Then Tony went into his man-cave.

I called Terry's Medina phone number and it had been disconnected and the cell phone number was a  dead-end even though I called it twice to make sure.

Then I had an idea that might work. I looked up Andy's phone number and called him. "....Hi Andy, it is me, Nancy......I am sorry to bother you..." After filling Andy in on why I was calling he confirmed that Terry had moved several years ago and that he was sorry about not being able to help me with the dogs.

About five minutes after talking to Andy our phone rang and it was Andy. "Nancy, after talking to you I just remembered that Terry's daughter & husband still live across the street from where Terry's their phone number...."

After thanking Andy for his help I called Terry's daughter & son-in-law. When the answering machine picked up I began babbling about who I was. That I wasn't a crazy lady and why I was calling...and after about a minute the son-in-law picked up the phone, "Hello. Hello...."

I was disappointed after talking to the nice man, because he confirmed that Terry had moved, but he and his wife could not remember Terry ever having a dog and he was sorry they could not help. 

After we got off of the phone—I drank a glass of my cheap boxed wine to calm my nerves and then I went into Tony's man-cave and before I could tell him about my unproductive phone calls, he said, "I just found the owner's and I'm talking to her right now on FaceBook, because when we got home I put it out on Facebook about the lost dogs!...."

After Tony talked to the woman, who was anxious to pick up their dogs, they had agreed to meet Tony Sunday morning, in front of the Medina Children's Home @ 9:00, so they could follow Tony over to Kinky's ranch to pick up there dogs.

When Tony told me this, I suggested that he call the woman back and suggest that they pick up their dogs that evening. Tony liked my idea and so did the happy couple, because they had told Tone that their dogs had gone missing sometime in the wee hours of the morning.

As Tony threw on his jacket, as he walked outside, I was on the phone telling Kinky that Tony and them would be over there within twenty minutes and Kinky was more than thrilled about it.

About an hour later, 9:00, Tony returned home and told me how happy the dogs were to be reunited with their two-legged family. Then he and I drank a glass of wine to celebrate.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Only Doughbermans Allowed! or The Proof Is Out There!

I have been extremely busy working on my new website and trying to learn everything I can about podcasting and I am still learning more about podcasting everyday. And that is my excuse for not blogging much.

My dear friend Mari sent me these today and I want to share them, because I am still laughing. The first one is titled Only Doughbermans Allowed and the cartoon needs no explanation.

Not to brag, but last Saturday Kinky called me around 5:30 about this couple dropping off two dogs that they had just rescued, at his ranch and he and his sister Marcie asked for Tony's and my help. It is a long story and I promise to write about it tomorrow.

I would write about what's been going on tonight, but tonight I will be staring at my computer watching this exclusive History Channel Event on Zoom along with all of our friends/members in our AACC (Ancient Aliens Coffee Club).


Bizarre footage of people seemingly immune to lightning? Apocalyptic sounds in a man’s backyard? UFOs that split and dive underwater? Featuring clips of found footage, still images, and audio recordings from private citizens and public agencies around the globe, The Proof Is Out There uses the latest technology and rigorous authentication techniques to separate the fraudulent from the fantastic! A decorated team of experts, investigators, and skeptics will examine each video separately, and ultimately the viewer will decide. Join Tony Harris, Alexis Brooks, and Miguel Sancho in conversation with Alejandro Rojas to discuss their investigations and learnings. 

You won’t want to miss the engaging discussion! THIS Thursday, January 28 at 8:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT. FREE sign up now available!

And that is about it for tonight.

Y'all take care and keep on laughing! 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The Aliens Don't Want Us!

 The last two days have been great. I've been busy working on my upcoming podcast! There is so much for me to do it is almost overwhelming to me. But at the same time it is also very exciting.

Today my dear friend Eileen sent me this and I am still laughing about it.

Now, I must get back to work.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Good News!

 Happy New Year! I just wanted to let y'all know that Tony and I are fine (knock-on-wood). Tony and I have been so busy, because of work and several projects that we have going on. And both of our projects involve deadlines that we've set. 

The project that involves both Tony and me we set the deadline for the first week of February and I will tell you all about it when we have finished it. So, I guess you could say it is a secret for now.

The other project is "My Personal Project" and I am very excited about it and I have been spending most of my spare time working on it and that is the main reason why I have not been blogging lately. The other reason for me not blogging much lately is because I've been too depressed about what is going on in our country and the world.

Anyway, my personal project is not really a secret, because I have hinted to you, on several occasions that I am going to start podcasting. And little did I know how much I needed to learn about podcasting.

For several weeks I've been spending my time exercising more and then learning the ins and outs and tricks of podcasting, by researching and watching endless hours of tutorials on podcasting. And I have learned a lot and am very close to publishing my first podcast. So please hang in there with me for a few more days when I publish my very first podcast.

Oh, and the reason that I've asked you to wait a few more days, is because my new headphones set will be arriving Wednesday and I must get comfortable using them, before doing my first podcast.

Lastly, here is some good news.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!