Monday, April 20, 2015

We Have a New Tenant!!

We have a new tenant in the double-wide mobile home we rent out. The lease was signed on Saturday. Time to break out the champaign!! Unfortunately, we still have work to do from the mess we found after the last tenant was evicted. We now have about two weeks to get the work done!.

Yesterday, we took w walk on the Andy K. Wells Hike and Bike Trail in Killeen. A few years ago, when we visited this park, the trail was very well maintained. Since then, they have added a bridge and a section of trail between Rotary Park and 28th Street. Unfortunately, the groundskeeping has been lackadaisical- the walkway needs to be edged, fire ant mounds border the trail, stands for water dispensers have neither water coolers nor cups, there are bare spots in the lawns and depressionis in the lawns that hold standing water. Given the other issues, I was surprised that there was only a little trash anong the path.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Really? During Rush Hour?

Another foggy morning, I am on my way to work and guess what? Someone just has to move this oversized tank. It got hung up trying to negotiate the turn onto US 84 in McGregor, Texas...

Back and forth, back and forth, again and again. They were trying to maneuver the tank through the intersection without hitting any of the signs, poles, traffic lights and other obstructions. We sat there and sat there, seemingly for hours. It was only about twenty minutes: it just seemed like hours!

Why couldn't they have moved it late at night or very early in the morning and try to avoid the traffic backup??

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Just a Little Fog at Sunrise

This morning, we had a little fog to make life more difficult. It's already after sunrise and you cannot see across the East Pasture...

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Little Things Make Me Happy....

When I pulled into the parking lot at work this morning, I looked down at my dashboard and saw:

The car that the dealership wanted to dump so badly that they gave us a great deal on it just proved its worth!

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Friday, March 06, 2015

We Had a Little Winter Weather

We had a little winter weather overnight. Yesterday, it snowed! The roads were a sheet of ice. By late afternoon, the roads had mostly cleared, but not all of the ice had melted nor the water had dried. Overnight, it froze again.

When I left the house this morning, the yard was a sheet of ice. It was so thing as to be invisible in most places, but it sure was slippery! Along the north side of the house, I found some remnants of the sleet from Thursday:


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mother Neff State Park

On this Saturday, after the farmer's market, we decided to visit Mother Neff State Park. Mother Neff is one of the oldest Texas state parks. Isabella ("Mother") Neff donated the land in 1921.

Several years ago, it was severely damaged by flooding along the Leon River. This is the first time we visited it since it was repaired and reopened.

The first thing we noticed was the new entrance and ranger station. This is significantly up the hill from the old location. This spot used to be and undeveloped part of the park.

We stopped at the Ranger Station and flashed our season pass to get in. We picked up a map:

As this was our first "real" hike of the year, we selected a loop of new trails with little change in elevation:

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day

Today was a beautiful day. After the farmer's market closed and we packed up our booth, we decided to do something different - we decided to take a walk.

Oh, yeah... I guess I should mention: we have been setting up a booth at one of the local farmer's markets. We have been selling handicrafts and farm-fresh, brown eggs laid by free-range, naturally-fed chickens. We cannot call the eggs "organic" because to legally use this term, we have to fill out a long application, submit to numerous annual inspections and, of course, pay an annual fee to the US Department of Agriculture. To be able to sell eggs legally in Texas, we already have to undergo an annual state inspection and pay an annual fee.

We decided to take a trip to Lampasas, TX and walk through their park along Sulfur Creek.

Back when Lampasas was founded, it was known for its mineral springs. People traveled from far and wide to bathe in the city's famed sulfur-laced mineral springs. The remains of these facilities have been upgraded and improved over the years and still provide the municipal swimming pool.

We started from the pool, heading east along the south bank of Sulfur Creek. This bridge across the creek marks the current end of the trail. If you look along the banks to the east, you can see the remains of the trail continuing on. We crossed this bridge and returned westward along the north bank.

As we approached our starting point, the trail crosses the pseudo-suspension bridge. This bridge is a replica of the original suspension bridge that was originally built on the same spot. The current bridge is a solid self-supporting structure. The towers, cable and suspenders are just for decoration, making this bridge look like the original.

And, here we are, home in time for another beautiful sunset...

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