Thursday, December 8, 2016


Kathi and I drove into Austin yesterday to pick up our son, AJ and brought him to Georgetown to spend the night with us. On the way home we stopped at Catfish Parlour in Georgetown for another dose of fried catfish. I am glad we did, it was great again. I had a combination plate with catfish and popcorn shrimp and Kathi and AJ enjoyed just the catfish. Kathi had some cabbage and other vegetables. AJ and I stuck with sides of French fries and hush puppies.
Winter view across the lake

This is a look toward the woods behind us. I took this one so you could see the trees blowing in the breeze. Next time I may try a video. 
We spent the evening watching TV and later, AJ and I fell asleep watching old western movies. I woke up about 3:30 am and it was cold in our bedroom. It got down to 39 degrees on Lake Georgetown last night and too cold for our heat pump to work. Our propane heater is still not working. I am glad Kathi left a space heater for AJ and he had turned it on sometime during the night. He was wearing his coat in bed, so I guess he got cold turning on the heater, then went back to bed.
Today, I am colder. We ran a few errands and stopped at Joe's Crab Shack for lunch. Kathi and I shared a snow crab steampot and AJ had fried shrimp. We stopped for AJ to buy a pair of boots, then we took him back to his apartment. Kathi told me it would be colder tonight. Since it will be approaching freezing, I will have to add some heat to our utility cabinet so our tanks do not freeze and turn off the park water flow into our RV. Kathi and I have several space heaters, so we will be fine with the cold.
All the driving around Austin reminds me why we need more infrastructure spending. The roads and streets in Austin are pitiful – bumps and potholes everywhere. The city population is growing faster than the municipal government can adapt. There are new apartment buildings and new hotels being constructed all over the city. The traffic on I-35 keeps getting worse.
Hotel being constructed a couple of blocks from AJ.
The hard drive quit on my computer about three weeks ago and I have been using my backup computer since that time. It has an eleven inch screen and only 30 GB of memory. Dell and Microsoft both are trying to update my Windows 10 and almost as soon as I give them the okay, they tell me I need more memory. I think what I really need is a smaller version of Windows 10. The version I am using now is working for almost all my other needs, so I will keep what I have now on this computer. I am afraid if I try to fix the memory problem I will have two computers inoperable, so I will wait until my main computer is working again before I tackle this one
The major problem I have is no storage for pictures and no software to edit pictures. This bothers me because although my pictures are not always great, they are usually a better quality than I am able to produce with this computer.
My other computer is a Dell Inspiron 15. I use a blue tooth keyboard that suits my writing needs more than the flat keyboard on the laptop. I ordered a replacement disk drive and it will be here in a day or two and I can get back to my normal writing routine.
Keep warm.


  1. I have lots of things to say about this blog entry. I just can't keep my eyes opened. Definitely start using videos. I am disappointed to know your computer problems are so serious. You can use mine until you get yourself fixed up. You have to have a computer that does everything you need. More from me tomorrow

  2. Thanks for reading and making a comment, AJ.