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Saturday, July 18, 2009

More Things You Might Not Know About Me

I know I haven't written anything in a while, I have excuses though! ;) I've been sick, the gov is harassing me, my garden is calling... Well, they are all true, I'll explain more in a future message, in the mean time, here is something fun I found on another blog and thought I'd post it here.

It's really a Monday Meme according to the blogger from whom I stole, er borrowed this meme, it appears to be an alphabet meme, I don't usually do memes, but what the heck, it's Friday, I don't have to "work" today, so I'll do this one now.

A - Age: 43

B - Bed size: Queen

C - Chore you hate: Emptying out the poop bucket (Humanure)

D - Dog's name: Pekoe Puppy Girl, aka Baby Girl, she is a 10 year old, long hair chihuahua

E - Essential start your day item: Checking email

F - Favorite color: Depends on my mood, I tend to like earthy colors

G - Gold or Silver or Platinum: Dirt

H - Height: 5'4"

I - Instruments you play: keyboard (piano, organ...), I haven't played in years though. I would like to learn to play the guitar someday

J - Job title: That's hard to say, I "work" at the Country store in the center of our tiny community, I work for food and fuel (not money), I essentially sit on the porch and talk to people, occasionally I ring up a purchase or help someone pump fuel, I don't know what that "position" would be called

K - Kid(s): Besides my chihuahua, I have one grown son

L - Living arrangements: 2 room sky castle (cabin), on a mountain side, in the high desert of far west Texas, 100% off grid

M - Mom's name: Mom, that's what I always called her

N - Nicknames: Queen of Stack and Mountain Babe

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: 2 times, both as a child, had my tonsils removed, had a nasty staph infection in my hip, nearly lost my leg, got the scar on my hip to prove it

P - Pet Peeve: The people who leave their outdoor lights on (when they aren't using them) all night, where I live there is an observatory nearby, all of the surrounding towns and such are required by law to keep outdoor lighting subdued, it's very dark here at night, most people comply with the darkness rules.

Another pet peeve is the tourists who come out here and drive their ATVs and 4 wheelers up and down and up and down and up and down the roads, it's usually very quiet out here, except during holidays and summer, the traffic goes from a couple of cars a day to a myriad of vehicles, too many to count... I have no problem with the locals or even the tourists using their ATVs and 4 wheelers to get to a destination, going from one house or property to the next, going to the store, going to the mailbox, it's the running back and forth a dozen times or more, all day long that bugs me, if they weren't so darned noisy...

My final pet peeve is the government telling us or anyone else how to live, leave me alone and I'll leave you alone, that is my preferred way to live.

Q - Quote from a movie: "Big Badda Boom", from The Fifth Element

R - Right handed or left handed: Right, somewhat ambidextrous, I do many things with my left hand

S - Siblings: 4 total, a younger brother (deceased), a younger sister, an older half brother and older half sister (deceased)

T - Time you wake up: My sleep schedule is varied, unless I have to go sit at the store to chat or have a "date" to go into town with someone, I get up when I wake up, I enjoy sleeping late, 10 am or later...

U- Underwear: commando, I do wear a bra but only if other people (besides Mountain Man Bob) are going to see me ;) I do have some modesty

V - Vegetable you dislike: I like veggies, I haven't met one I didn't like... let's say that I dislike mushy, cooked to death, canned veg, I prefer fresh

W - Ways you run late: Being on the internet, it is all too easy to lose track of time or have to get that one last thing in... and forgetting how long it takes to get into town, I always underestimate that

X - X-rays you've had: Dental, chest and hip

Y - Yummy food you make: I love eating and cooking, right now I'd say my favorite food that I make is homemade enchiladas, I even make the tortillas by hand, I usually make flour tortillas, the last time I made enchiladas, I branched out and tried making corn tortillas, it turned out pretty good, Mountain Man Bob declared that he likes these better than flour tortillas, time to stock up on corn masa mix

Z - Zoo favorite: I don't go to zoos, I have nothing against them, I just don't generally go, but if I have to say what my zoo favorite is, I'd say it's the petting zoo, I like getting "hands on" with the critters, I also love the smell of the animals, smells like a farm

That's about it, here's a video compilation of my own making, hope you enjoy watching it.


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  1. Wretha
    glad to see you are still here.
    Always enjoy reading your blog.
    It's nice to hear from someone who is actually living their dream.


  2. Hey, I see that Bob has poured a good strong lower level/foundation to your house. I guess money is tight, but you guys might want to consider Drystacking blocks as an alternate and quick method to put up some of the remaining walls. Unless, of course, if your current cement/gravel mixture still comes up cheaper. You probably have seen what this one has done: http://www.offgrid-desert-living.com/
    You guys could probably adapt some of their methods to your situation. Maybe you can do a 3:1 mix of cement and the fine dirt/sand you have there and use that to cover the blocks instead of the prepared mixture. Or you can use that same ratio to finish off the lower foundation walls and trowel it up.
    BTW, my wife says that you have nice fingernails!

  3. Texrican, thanks for the tips, it does come up cheaper to use our methods, Bob makes a soilcrete mixture using Portland cement and our local gravel/sand and soil mix, it is strong. Even if cement blocks are cheaper, it would cost too much to get them up here.

    Tell your wife thanks for the compliment :)

  4. Thats I nice bunch of different videos you got there Wretha. I enjoyed watching those. The tarantulas kinda give me the heaby jeabies. lol. But, they actually looked friendly.

  5. Frugal Canadian Hermit, thanks! Yeah, the tarantulas weird me out too, but in reality they are not aggressive, I don't see them out during the day very much, they are mostly out hunting at night.

  6. Thanks for all the information, my friend! Always nice to have a little moe knowledge of our friends!

  7. Hi - would be great to see how you make the tortillas. I've been trying my hand at making them without a press - and simply in a skillet. Works pretty well - though I think they're more like chapatis than tortillas.

  8. Changes, thanks for writing. I have a tortilla press, but I don't like or use it, it's a cheap one (don't bother buying a cheap one, it's not worth the trouble), it flexes when I crank down on it and will not make my tortillas thin enough for me. I use a rolling pin to make flour tortillas, when I made the corn tortillas, I used a piece of parchment paper and the rolling pin, I didn't care for how they turned out, with the corn tortillas, you really do need to use a tortilla press, so I'll get Mountain Man Bob to make one for me that will not flex when I crank down on it. :)

  9. Hey Wretha....luv the slide show and videos. Less than a month till my trip out to Dell City, tx to see my properties, can't wait. Hope all is well with you and Mountain Man Bob.

  10. Thanks Seth, all is well with us. :) Send me an email when you are close to coming out, the invite is still open. :)

  11. Wretha, Heads up
    that survey you did serves only one purpose, it is designed to get only one bit of information, question D, what is your dogs name ie it is the "what is your pet's name" on your banking, blog, email and social networking accounts for when you don't know your password. That is how Sara palin's and Obama's emails were hacked, the pets name is a very poor security feature.

    I am sure you are aware of that kind of stuff but just thought your readers should be aware of hacking tricks like that one.

  12. Anon, thanks for the tip, it's easy to forget that not everyone is honest, which is why the rest of us can get tripped up by these sorts of things.


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