Amarillo by mornin'
Up from San Antone
Everything that I've got
Is just what I've got on.
When that sun is high
In the Texas sky
I'll be bucking at the county fair
Amarillo by mornin'
Amarillo I'll be there (George Strait)
Standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona
It's such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord
In a flatbed Ford
Slowin' down to take a look at me. (Eagles)
You don't know me
but you don't like me.
You say you care less how I feel.
How many of you who sit and judge me
ever walked the streets of Bakersfield (Dwight Yoakam)
Just about a year ago
I set out on the road
Seekin' my fame and fortune
Lookin for a pot of gold
Things got bad things got worse
And I guess you know the tune.
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again. (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Today we traveled from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Barstow, California. The online map I used predicted that the trip would take 9 hrs but it took closer to 11. We made one diversion stopping near Grants, New Mexico at the Sky City casino. We wasted a 20 dollar bill each. I like to play the slots but it doesn't take long to apply the brakes when dollars leave my wallet.
This leg of the trip was especially tiring for me because of the condition of the highways. Although
crews were repairing various stretches I thought the suspension on my car was going to sustain serious damage from the rough pavement. Is it the economy that is keeping the states from repairing their infrastructure? This may be my last road trip. Not only am I getting too old to enjoy it
A fight to the finish is what finishes a marriage. That's because over the course of married life, people supply their spouses with precisely what's required to finish them off. The question is not who can win, because anyone can win if they're willing to go far enough--if they're willing to win at the cost of love and respect. The question is who can resist the temptation of winning. If your marriage is healthy, you are fighting to restore the balance of power. You are fighting to find out what's worth fighting for...and you will find out that what you are fighting for is the marriage itself. What matters most to a marriage is forgiveness, and forgiveness doesn't come for free. You have to fight for it.
The few potatoes that have grown in our garden are now being eaten by Colorado Potato Beetles. Not to be discouraged we went to town today and bought pepper, tomato, and herb plants and all the seeds we will need for the garden. It's a gamble. If it pays off we'll eat good this summer.
I think we have caught and relocated all the squirrels. We still had the trap on the roof just in case a straggler happened by. This morning a Cardinal was in the trap. The nuts we used as bait proved to be just too tempting for him.
This is an unusual spring. By now we usually have our garden planted. So far we have only put in potatoes and they are just beginning to peek out of the ground. It's been too cold to garden. It's not just a continuation of winter but extremes of temperatures are inhibiting not only the growth of plants but of our usual joy at the arrival of spring. Each spring we get a break on our utility bills as it gradually warms and the need for heating the house wanes and the summer heat has yet to require the use of air conditioning, but we find ourselves heating the house in the morning and turning on the air conditioning in the afternoon. Thunderstorms pop up in the warm, humid afternoons only to leave a layer of frost in the mornings. The people who doubt the existence of global climate change probably don't live in the country.
Here are some photos I've collected in recent weeks:
This squirrel has invaded our attic. Those pesky critters will
do much damage to your home if you allow them to remain. They will
chew the insulation off wires potentially causing fires and will even
chew into PVC pipe. In the lower left of the picture is a humane
trap which I'm using in an attempt to capture the squirrel and relocate
to a new home miles away. He doesn't seem too interested in being
caught so I have my .22 rifle at the ready. I would prefer not to kill
him but one way or the other he is going to leave the premises.
White Breasted Nuthatch
Show Gracen a box and she will crawl into it.
Grand kids enjoying Nana's fried chicken, mashed potatoes,