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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Well they finally did it, it's now officially against the law to send cigarettes or tobacco through the mail, under any circumstances. This was quietly signed into law by our fearless leader (who can afford to buy smokes at full price) on March 31, 2010. According to the written law, they weren't going to enforce it for 90 days from that day, I don't want to incriminate myself so I'll not say anything about ordering cigarettes from overseas after that date. I sent a very nice email to the company I had been buying from alerting them about the new law, I thanked them for being there and always taking care of us, I apologized for the fact that I would not be doing business with them any longer, thanks to TPTB.

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At the risk of one of the alphabet fed nanny-government putting me on on one of those "lists", chances are I'm already there for daring to circumventing the economy and writing about it, I have to say to TPTB, just how long do you think you can push us around? Just how long to you think we will sit idly by and allow you to take one freedom after another away from us?  This great nation, the USA, was founded on freedom, personal freedoms, freedom to worship (or not) as we please, and BTW, it says "freedom OF religion, not freedom from religion", leave the 10 Commandments in the courthouse, to those who would be offended, LOOK THE OTHER WAY, no one is forcing you to become Christian, don't try to take away MY RIGHTS to worship IN PUBLIC and no matter what you do or wish you could do, you can NEVER change the fact that this country was founded upon God. 

We have the right to come and go as we please, to live and thrive without government intervention, to earn a living and be happy. Freedom to own firearms (for protection from criminals, including those in elected and appointed office). We have the RIGHT to all of those things and more, we even have the right to screw up from time to time, we don't need the government dictating what we eat, how we enjoy ourselves, how we relax, and much much more. Just BACK OFF before your fingers get bitten off, Damnit! I didn't start this blog to be political, you have forced this upon me, you pushed and pushed and I'm quite frankly tired of it, this corner is getting pretty tight and I'm running out of room to back away from you. I'm tired of the various alphabet agencies visiting my blog, if you are just an employee who is personally interested, then visit on your home computer, and leave me alone while at work.  This does not include any branches of the military, I have great respect for those serving in the military, I know I have several people in the military who visit me, you are quite welcome to visit any time you want.
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Oh, this is supposed to another way to keep minors from buying cigarettes, BS I say! It's all about the money, the taxes the feds weren't getting because of people buying from Native American reservations and buying from overseas, this is going to put a big hurt on the Native American cigarette suppliers, not to mention the pocket books of millions of poor Americans. Since this was done so quietly, I have to wonder how many people who don't know about this new law, will find out about this new law the hard way, with a knock on their door from the ATF, or if they are lucky, just a threatening letter in the mail. I understand that ignorance of the law is no excuse, but damnit! When something has been legal, then it's made illegal under the cover of darkness, with no fanfare, no announcements, nothing to alert anyone that this has happened, the fact that it was done is major BS, the way it was done should be criminal.

BTW, if you want to see which Representatives approved it and who apposed it, go here:
Yeah, I'm pissed, but now that it's a done deal, like it or not, I have to go forward. Yes, I would love it if PB stopped smoking all together, it would be better for his health and better for our pocketbook, but until he decided to do that, my job is to find ways to supply him with what he needs without hurting us financially.

One way is to grow my own, I have a bunch of tobacco seedlings started now, of course there are no guarantees that any of that will work out in the long run, I'm giving it my best shot, the biggest problem is the time it takes, it will be at least 3 months before I can even think about harvesting the leaves, then they will need to be processed. I ordered a book all about growing your own tobacco, you can read my review here.

Another alternative that is still legal, for now. is e-cigarettes. I know you must have heard about this. I had been looking at this for quite some time, but couldn't get PB on board to try it. Honestly, all the ones I had read about came from China, and that, quite frankly, scared me. With all the problems about products coming out of China full of toxins and outright poisons, there was no way I was going to buy something like e-cigarettes that originated from China.

About a month ago, a friend told PB about an e-cigarette that she had been using and seemed to really like, they also have a great deal on a starter package, right now it is under $30.00 with free shipping. I was surprised when PB told me about this, surprised because he had never been interested in this sort of thing before. I quickly ordered the starter set before he could change his mind! (grin).

It arrived in pretty short order, but so far PB hasn't tried it. I am going to prompt him to give it a go soon, he will be running out of the cheap overseas cigarettes eventually and I want to know for sure if he likes these or not, if he likes them, then I need to go ahead and order more cartridges. When PB and I were talking about using these e-cigarettes, he told me that he would consider stopping all together, and that these might be the way for him to do it. I nearly teared up when he said that. This has been my dream for him for many years, but I refused to nag him about it. The most I ever "nagged" about it was several years ago, for Christmas, I purchased nicotine patches, steps 1 and 2, I gave them to him and said that he didn't have to use them, but they would be available if he wanted them. The boxes were put in the bottom drawer in the bathroom and every now and again, I reminded him that they were still there.


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Unfortunately he never used them, they have long since expired, I don't know where they are now. But with the positive nod toward these e-cigarettes, I have high hopes. Even if he doesn't stop, if he would use these instead of real cigarettes, it would be cheaper and healthier for him. I pray that this works.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

One More Radiator

I had an "encounter" about 3 years ago with an elk cow while driving my truck at about 50mph. Fortunately the damage was not severe and I was able to drive home. It did rearrange some of the front end of my truck, my air conditioner condenser was ruined and it pushed my radiator about 4 inches back toward the engine.

My original radiator wasn't damaged to the point where it wouldn't work, PB did some work to corral the things up in front that were no longer properly attached where they should be. The repair lasted quite a while, then last January my radiator finally sprung a leak and had to be replaced.

Now, fast forward to this week, Tuesday to be exact, I was heading to work, I stopped by the mailboxes by the main highway, it's a near 6 mile drive to get that far. I saw a friend there, I hopped out to speak to her and check my mail. About 10 minutes later, as I was about to get back into my truck, I noticed green fluid dripping from under the front end.

That meant only one thing, I wasn't going to work that day. I pulled a U-turn and went straight back to the SkyCastle to get PB. The leak wasn't major so I didn't lose too much fluid, but I definitely wasn't going to be driving around west Texas, especially in the heat we are having right now.

I couple of phone calls later, I had another radiator lined up 2 towns over and scored a ride with a friend to go pick up the parts. I will admit that it was nice to be riding in big truck with air conditioning! Some day I'll fix mine, but for now, I'm just not willing to part with the $$$.

I spent the rest of the day watching about half of my neighborhood working on my truck, it truly was a group effort! I greatly appreciate my neighbors/friends, they really come together when it's time to help. The photo shows 3 of the 4 men who worked to get my new radiator installed.
It was Darryl, Dale and PB, Rex showed up later, everyone had a part in working on the truck (Thanks everyone!!!!). The reason the first and second radiator failed was because of the frame that holds the radiator secure had broken at the bottom (from the original damage caused by the elk), it allowed the radiator(s) to move and rubbed a hole in the bottom. A bit of reconstructive surgery on that part and I don't expect my radiator will move like that again.

It was imperative that my truck be running by the end of the day, I had a "date" with my glasses boss the following morning at 8:30 in the next town over. We had some work to do in a couple of stores and he was coming from Lubbock, I couldn't bow out of it.

Fortunately, I was able to get on the road the following day with nary a drip, the gauge read in the perfect range (it's the upper gauge)

I feel very blessed to have a great hubby (PB) and great friends. I did have to rearrange my jobs for the week, but got everything done with no problems. Now it's time to enjoy the weekend.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Memorial Day, family and heat!

Holy moly it's hot! OK, I really can't complain, much, our summer is honestly pretty mild, and the heat doesn't last that long, about a month to month and a half, then the rainy season hits and just like that, summer is over. And it's "dry" heat, being in the desert, there isn't much humidity which makes the heat we get much more bearable... And the fact that it almost always cools off at night is a plus. In fact, it often gets cold at night, so I am able to sleep well.

One of the ways I escape the heat is to go under the SkyCastle, being partially buried underground, it's cave like properties means it's cool during the heat of the day, I can't wait for that space to be finished so we can spend more time down there.

I had a visit from my daughter, her husband and 2 of my grands over the weekend, it was nice, though I wish it had been a bit cooler during the day. We didn't do a lot, mostly just visited. They live less than 2 hours away so it's not difficult for them to come out here. We had a BBQ on Saturday evening and we all went to church on Sunday.

Another fun thing we did was we went scorpion hunting. I have several UV LED (blacklight) flashlights, the scorpions light up like a kid's cheap glow in the dark toy. My daughter and I found 3 scorpions near the SkyCastle then later all of us found a couple more of them at the neighbor's house.

I spent Monday recooperating from the visit, I enjoyed it, but I also need my quiet time. I am about to go to sleep, I have a rather lite week at work this week, a nice change from the insane schedules of reset season. Next week picks back up again.

I hope everyone had a thoughtful and enjoyable Memorial Day. I am ready to get back into my semi-regular routine 😊

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