Saturday, August 10, 2013

What's a tarp?

Finally getting home after a trip to Houston to meet up with a gentleman who had a welding machine on Craigslist ... and we took our time after we picked up the welding machine.

And - we had to find a tarp to cover it as a pretty good rain storm was coming up on us quickly...and the welder was in the bed of the pick up.

SO.... John dropped me at a Gucci Academy store to run in and get a small tarp while he went to find gas...(we were getting the "low fuel" indicator beeps at the same time)...

When I walked into Academy...the "greeter" ..a very nice young man said "Welcome to Academy!"...

I asked him "Do you know where the tarps are located?"

In which he replied "What's a tarp?" ...

Shaking my head.....

I commented "And you work for Academy?"

"Yes mam!" he cheerfully replied.

Wait! Here's the good part! It took 5 people to assist me...5.

One other young man asked me "How big is a tarp?"

SERIOUSLY?

Walking fast up and down the aisles I found them myself...
Still shaking my head...and quickly made my way thru the check out and out the door. John was just pulling up...perfect timing and it was only just starting to sprinkle.

With the tarp secured I made my next quick stop at a Whole Foods right next door, snagged a gallon of Real Milk and we were on our way home.

Think I should send Academy corporate a customer service message? Their service was excellent...nice a polite....but ...Academy employees not knowing what a tarp was much less where it was?

Or just blow it off as ......

Your comments are welcomed!

An entire litter....in the house.

Wow that's a lot of fur....wait, that's not 1....that's ....2, no, there's another set of ears...that's 3!

Total count so far? 5.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Possum in the pantry!

So tonight while I was looking for things to share..just about to head to the back...thru the door to the home office walks this baby possum... he just stood there.for a while then went behind the door...

Grabbing a towel to throw over it... he managed to make his way to the bottom shelf of a book case...that's when Chuckie decided to investigate ...and the baby possum hissed...

And we know there is still a baby in the pantry. Hoping the trap gets it...

John remembered that there was a grown possum dead a couple of days ago in the road in front of the house...

So guess what we've inherited? Apparently a litter..

While Granny Clampet might have been thrilled we are

#nottohappy

There's Two??

Late breaking news......

I just found the baby possum. OR his brother/sister.

In the pantry. While I was fetching something....

It HAS to be a different one. There is a door between the main house and that area of the house that stays shut. In fact we lock it at night and when we leave and only go thru it when we head to the pantry or the laundry room. Generally we are in either room for a second or two but we close the door behind us.... we keep it closed off...

That area of the house has a mud room (hall) that comes in off the garage...with a walk in pantry to the left and a laundry room / full bath room to the right.

I am betting...it's a different one. Or the same one who found his way into that part of the house by going out of the house and finding his or her way into it again....

Haven't caught him/her yet. Dinner takes priority.

This should be a very interesting weekend.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trying to catch the possum....

Baited with French fries and ready to go!

I also bring the last few bites of dog food in the bedroom for Chuck to munch on before bed. John was encouraging him to eat it gone "before the possum gets it.."

It was quite funny...

Diinner on the Farm - Fresh Blackeyed peas


Dinner on the farm:

Freshly shelled (not dried) blackeyed peas with ham we scored at the farmers market in Luling we told you about....with steamed Kale and jasmine rice.

For dessert - watermelon. One of the sweetest I've had in years....thanks to the lady at the farm stand who went "a-thumping" when John requested the sweetest one in her stand.

Actually it was more like a firm "pat-pat" on the side. She was awesome and indeed had the best selection and was very nice....

This is the VERY BEST time to go to the Luling farmers market... watermelons galore, fresh peas in abundance and their home grown tomatoes are huge!

And we recommend the lady at the first market space... she was very nice...

If you live close....head on over...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It's always something!

Oh my gosh.. the things that happen around here are endless....

Yesterday I came home feeling tired....but willing to stay awake to take care of things....It's much too hot to start the tiller, even at 7-8pm. Darn heat advisory! None the less there are things to do inside....

I did choose to head to the bedroom to take some much needed time to just....read. I am reading a great early historical account of this area the Texas Coastal Bend. My what problems the early settlers had. If they weren't killed and eaten by the Indians they suffered the heat, mosquitoes and disease.

Then we went to sleep a little earlier than usual...only to be awaken by another baby possum who was tooting around in our bedroom. Cute little fellows they are but not at 4:30am. They are curious and very near sighted and tend to bump into lots of things. Thunk is a better description!

And to top it off....we couldn't catch him. I wasn't in any mode to move dressers around at 4:30am. It's fine. Either he went out on his own OR he'll be caught tonight. I think these babies are getting in through a tiny opening in the bathroom. We'll fix it this weekend when we're sure the little critter is out. And then we'll find other curious openings somewhere else in this house.

John got the small animal trap out and dusted off.

Picture this: small animal trap in the bedroom that is likely to go off in the wee hours of the morning. heh. That's life here.

For dinner we made some ham salad. John boiled and peeled a dozen eggs today and of course we had ham left over from last weekend when we cooked the black eyed peas. I'll chip off most of the ham tonight and freeze it but leave a liberal amount on the bone for this weekend to cook the cream peas we also picked up last weekend.

Hope your week was great.... I'm ready for the weekend!