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Sourdough and Post It Notes

Prime Pantry to the rescue

Prime Pantry to the rescue

It has been 8 weeks since I did a supply run. The last time I took Tuco the Dog to the vet as a matter of fact.  Things are getting a might slim in the pantry around here.  2 eggs left, no onions, the fresh veggies long gone, plenty of bacon though which means I am not totally bereft.  Thank  goodness for Amazon Prime Pantry.  A man wasn’t made to live long without peanut butter, Nutella, tuna fish, TP and frosted pop tarts.   Prime will send you 40lbs of dry groceries for $5.99 shipping if you are a Prime member.  I can’t fire up the big ass Suburban for that. Bettin’ I can make it a couple more weeks now.  Found a loaf of sourdough bread from back last fall in the bottom of the freezer.  It had fared pretty well in the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System bag.  Found some chili and ham hock soup too put back the same same way so I am a long way from eating gulag gruel.

Work Post It:  My supervisor dropped in Monday and got out of his Chevy HD with a handful of papers in his hand.  I figured it was no bueno and I was right.   Things are tough down here in the Puckerbrush and that cuttin’ knife was bound to come ’round my way sooner or later.  Took a $12/day pay cut, loss of employee status and company health insurance.  I ain’t sayin’ I was even the least bit surprised because it is what it is.  I was cuttin’ a big hog in the ass month after month and I knew it couldn’t last.  You roll with the flow in the oil patch and when things are fat you put a little back; at least the smart ones do.  Them that was living pay check to pay check when it was rollin’ big used to like to stop in and show  me iPhone pics of their latest toys.  I wonder how that is workin’ out now?? Suck it up Bucky.  There ain’t no snivelin’ in the oil patch!

Vela Von resistant - so far

Vela Von resistant – so far

The worst part of the whole scenario is I think 2015 was just a warm up to the carnage of 2016.  Many of the oil companies were rollin’ on with hedges that will  (or already have) expired. The credit lines are gettin’ tight and when the bankers say nada mas; you shut everything in, send the equipment to auction and head home.  Gonna be plenty of that this year. I am happy to have a job – every day!

Piddlin’ Post It:   One of the dog mods Vela Von did to the NO Princess Palace was to run through the bottom screen on the screen door like it was buttah.  A puppy is gonna be a puppy and that is just a fact Jack.  I ordered up some special pet proof screen wire and one of those roller wheel screen tools.  Gotta say it turned out good.  That wire’s as tight as the head on a banjo.

The other thing I been foolin’ with is the OTA free TV signals floating around just for the takin’.  I do splurge when I am working and get DISH primo channels and I decided to maximize that enjoyment this year by adding an external hard drive to the DVR.  So far I have recorded over a terabyte of favorite movies and saved them for viewing when things get skinny at the Secret Hideout.  While I was pokin’ around learning about that, I ran across the fact my DISH receiver will hunt up the OTA channels and display them right on the program guide along side your DISH shows.  Who knew??????  I tried it out and sure enuff I got  about 35 stations out of San Antone with the stock Palace antennage.

Motorized HD OTA TV antenna

Motorized HD OTA TV antenna

But you know that is just not good enough, right?  I had to order up a special HD TV antenna that looks like it sprouted off the Millenium Falcon to do it up proper.   Motorized and with a remote control, it advertises it will pick TV signals out of the air from places up to 150 miles away. We are gonna see.  Laredo is 109 miles or so to the south and I want advance notice when the Cartel  pushes across the river to take over this southern corridor.  Takes me a bit to get all my bowling equipment up and ready.  I got to get a pole for it to go on and that is in the works.

 

Puppies Don’t Smoke Post It:  At some point in the last week, Vela Von realized there is good stuff on or around the dinette.  She also put 2 and 2 together and realized when that dinger goes off, the dinette is often unattended.   There at first, when the dinger chimed, she would rush to the screen door to see what was up.  That is less fun now since she can’t poke her head plumb through the screen and check stuff out.  Now, she eases over toward the dinette when it clangs, waitin’ on me to vanish out the door.  Puppies isn’t stoopid.   Most likely, when I came back in, she would be on the floor chewin’ on her latest theft.  The DISH remote,  camera case and my little notebook were Top 3.   Oh, the ear hole piece off my Miracle Ear got chewed up as well.  Well sir, I came back inside late in the evening one day this week and there were smokes scattered and tattered all over the floor and she had one danglin’ out of her mouth in the dog imitation of a redneck former beauty pageant queen who now sported more tattoos than teeth.

Vela Von ignoring me - totally. A habit females develope around me

Vela Von ignoring me – totally. A habit females develop around me.

It was funny as hell but for the fact that nicotine is bad juju for baby dogs.  I had no idea if she had swallowed one or ten cigs but I didn’t have any time to wring my hands and fret it.  Thank God for the interweb and a well stocked medicine cabinet is all I gotta say.  1 ml of hydrogen peroxide per pound of body weight will make a pupster throw up – and RIGHT now!  I almost felt sorry for the little Hell Bitch as she heaved her guts out over and over.   The info said either she would be good to go or plumb poisoned in 4 hours time so I watched her mighty close for the next few hours.  This little pup is proving to be brutal tough.  She took it all in stride and an hour after the cleansing I came back in the Palace to find her perched right in the seat of the dinette – good to go!

I did locate the ear piece off my Miracle Ear in the blow by.  It wasn’t salvageable.  I just hope the little thief likes loud ass TV.

Payin' our respects

Payin’ our respects

Mud Butt Puppy Post It:   (unrelated to the cigarette episode)  I feed Vela Von some good grade vittles.  Better’n me sometimes.  I spike her dry kibble with some high dollar supplement, pureed organic sweet potatoes and some canned primo left over Tuco food.  A few days back, I noticed she was passin’ gas that would make my head swim and eyes water.  Now, I crate the pup at night and she has done good since that very first night.  When the deadly gas come on the scene, I had started adding a little Alpo Gravy Steak sumthin’ sumthin’ to her dry food.  Tuco the Dog loved that stuff  and I had near to a case left.  Along about 2am she woke me up cryin’ like somebody was roastin’ her alive  and I just had a inkling we needed a trip outside ricky tick!  Sure nuff, she had the drizzlin’ shits and we spent the next 24 hrs goin’ outside about every 20 minutes seemed like.  This one is all on me and I feel bad about givin’ a baby dog such rich food.  Shoulda known better and I have mended my ways.  Hat’s off to BFF Cait for advising me to feed her plain oatmeal to right the ship.

You know folks I joke about it and all but I watch this pup with the eagle eye,  worryin’ over much she is gonna get sick and leave me too soon like Tuco the Dog did.   I just can’t help it.  Sorta like back in the day when I would go in and check on BFF Cait every single night after she went to sleep to make sure she was breathin’. Crib death scared the bejesus out of me.   Christ on a cracker, that was 28 years ago!  Seems like just last week…………

 

End Note: Get It While You Can by Danny Barnes from the Dirt on the Angel cd.

All you oil patch whiners listen up!

 

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6 comments to Sourdough and Post It Notes

  • ken

    VV sounds as if she has fun, even if you don’t. Ya gotta love something that looks at you as if you are the one that hung the moon. Liked the snowmag3ddon post when you included 5he “ever vigilant” picture. Those guys fight for the posting.

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  • cyndi

    I didn’t realize you had gotten a GSD puppy!!!

    Have you had one before? They’re the best. I’ve loved all my dogs. The difference in the breeds comes down to the GSD’s integrity; and their ability to read your mind before you even know what you’re thinking. When the hell days over (3 years or so?) Well, you’ll see.

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    • Andy

      First GSD for me Cyndi. I got her based on the success BFF Cait had with hers.

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  • Nancy from South Georgia

    “…the drizzling shits…” OMG I am still snickering over that particular phrase. Poor little thing!

    She is a GORGEOUS GSD and I know she will make you proud. They’re wonderful, intelligent, loyal dogs

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  • Vince

    Dang Andy, you sure can come up with some good music!! Never heard of Danny Barnes til now.

    Give the ALPHA a scratch-n-pat for me. She sure is a purdy dog.

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    • Andy

      Check out “Wasted Mind” By Barnes as well. He mentions an oilfield whippin’ in that one. 🙂
      Me and the pup are good. All my days are full now and seem to pass in the blink of an eye

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