Thoroughly Modern Filly ?!

Decisions, decisions!!

LG flip phoneThere were two days remaining on my TracFone BUT almost 1500 minutes. I seldom use that phone because the CARE Facility Director wants all the CARE residents to have–and use–the Great Call Jitterbug phone with 5-Star. I make–and receive–so few phone calls. Repeat: Decisions, decisions. After hours (and days) of agonizing about what I should do. ZTE Zepher smart phoneI purchased the one-year plan (again) and four hundred minutes. How will I ever use all those minutes?? The only solution: Purchase a Smart Phone. I’m a traitor to my previous stance; I’ve said (for years) that I don’t “need” and don’t want a Smart Phone. However, in the interest of “saving” fifteen hundred minutes, I shelled out “X” amount of dollars.

In the CARE Center, many of my “senior” friends and neighbors sit around–with their “smart” cell phones–checking the weather, etc., etc., visiting web sites, etc., etc., and/or playing games on their phone. (I have more important things to do–at home–in my “yarden.”) Those same senior friends and neighbors take pictures that frequently show up on the Escapees CARE Facebook page. Question mark small blackI’ve relied on my wonderful Canon camera. Is it time for me to take some photos with my phone?? Is it time for this old filly to use twenty-first-century electronics??

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Postscript/afterthought: TracFone is not a favorite topic. Several years ago, I had a very negative experience that I advertised widely in the media. Today I had an argument with myself about “discard” or renew. It took a lot of research; I visited many web links. I needed assurance the phone I ordered would work at my location. Last time, TracFone insisted on sending a phone that only works with the AT&T network (matched to my zip code). At CARE (and vicinity), we can’t access AT&T but a Verizon tower is at the edge of the property. Here is one site (of many) I consulted because network codes are difficult to determine (by design?)

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Exclamation mark red in a circlePulling hair out9:30 PM: Buyers remorse!!

Screaming and pulling my hair.

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Postscript, Monday, July 25th:Cancelled

God is good !!

God is good to me!!

Fan blowing on panelYesterday, I asked a dumb old lady question: “If I position a fan so it blows on the panel, will it keep the breakers cool so it won’t pop off?” I was told: No, that wouldn’t help because the air-conditioner is pulling over twenty amps (which exceeds the twenty amp breaker). Well, “dumb old lady” thought the fan was worth a try. The air-conditioner ran all night (so I slept comfortable), and has been fine all morning. It’s 11:30 and the breaker hasn’t “tripped” since yesterday. Hallelujah!! Stick figure with PLAN blocks(The A/C is “sick” so I still plan to order a new unit.) ~~ You ask: “What does God have to do with it?” Answer: “My Heavenly Father is taking care of His child.” His angels are keeping the A/C running.

Internet searches !!

Clocks twelve clocks with various timesHour after hour, I’ve been searching the Internet for the best price for air-conditioner replacement.

Exclamation mark in red with eyes and armsWhen convenient for David, we’ll attempt a decision. Any way I look at it, this will cost about $1,000.00. ~~ The price of comfort in South Texas heat and humidity.

Men working

Men workingThere’s activity in my big “side yard.”

Smiley face with four emotionsIt’s going to happen: Four new RV sites adjacent to four existing RV sites. Four unhappy residents!!



Survey equipment transit

Preparing sites one and two

Preparation for sites three and four


Stakes marking the street


With another RV very close to my feeders, will the birds still flock here for their banquet?? Will the Hummingbirds still feast at the feeder and sample the nectar in my flowers?? Will the Bluebirds nest in the bird house??

Sad yellow bird

Angry red bird

Unhappy Blue Bird

Angry chicken

Melted like butter !!


Melt down


Poor old air-conditioner finally died. It kept me cool last night. Because my handyman, David, was due at eight o’clock, I turned the A/C off when I got up. Seemed like the sensible thing to do!! ~~ An electrician (“Woody”), and an RV repairman/handyman (David) worked their magic but the thirteen-year-old A/C didn’t respond!! Guess who is melted like butter? ~~ I’ve begun a search, on-line, for new replacement and (not surprisingly) RV A/C is expensive. Even more expensive if I purchase from a local RV dealership!!

Temperature at nine

Temperature at ten

Temperature at twelve noon

Temperature at three


Since I started this message (at three), I’ve watched the temperature climb to ninety-nine degrees. I expected to see one-hundred degrees but a cloud passed over and the temperature dropped down to ninety-seven. >>>>>Oops!! Three thirty-three PM and the breaker tripped and the A/C fan stopped.<<<<< I hoped I could survive with fan on A/C and two small fans strategically located in the living room of my trailer home. ~~ My CARE family will provide for me. I can sleep in the CARE multi-purpose room tonight?! >>>>>Reset breaker at 3:33 but it clicked off again at 3:49.<<<<< But (like the words of  a Christian chorus “I’ll not be defeated!!” (You haven’t heard the last of this story.)

Temperature at fourHouston TV meteorologist started the late afternoon news with the statement “Add ten degrees to the recorded temperature” (for “feels like”).Weather map at four-eighteen

Temperature at seven

Thermometer with hot, hot, hot

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Postscript, Friday, July 22, 2016: Slept in my own bed last night. There are four fans moving hot air around.

Temperature at five AM

Temperature at seven AM

Temperature at nine AM

Temperature at eleven

Temperature at one PM

Temperature at four

Temperature at seven PM

Melt down

Gratefully grateful !!

Hummingbird at the feederYesterday, grateful for rain; day before, grateful for air-conditioning. Today, grateful to be alive, healthy and capable of working in my “yarden” (my coined word). I started early… and completed the project started yesterday. I’m grateful the Hummingbirds found their way back to my feeder. I’ve planted so many flowers specifically for Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees. Specifically: Cape Honeysuckle, Mandevilla, Butterfly Bush, Bee Balm, Hummingbird Cypress Vine, Hummingbird Trumpet Vine, Yellow Butterfly Vine, and (most recent) Hummingbird Bush. ~~ Recently, a friend gave me a Fig tree that needs to be transplanted into one of the large containers. Several plants still in small “nursery” containers need to be transplanted. **But** I’m “driven” indoors by ten o’clock (due to heat and humidity).

Ready to plant

Hummingbird Bush

View from my patio

Two new containers

Five plants need TLC

Lantana and three others

Temperature at nine-thirty


A/C postscript

A/C off at three-fifteenWhen the breaker tripped in the box, and the A/C shut off, I retreated to the CARE Center. After several hours, after supper, I returned… and turned on the A/C. Question mark small blackWill it continue to cool my trailer home this evening and all night?? 


A/C on at six-forty

Sensor in the sun