Wednesday, January 13, 2021


 After trying everything we could think of for days, Honey and I actually got appointment confirmations yesterday to get the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.  We had registered by phone with the Harris County Health Department, and on line on a State of Texas site.

I got an email yesterday morning from Memorial Hermann with a link to sign up, so I did.  A few minutes later, I got a second email, identical to the first, and tried to sign Honey up but it would not let me change the name.

At that point, Honey is getting aggravated.  She retired from Memorial Hermann, but can get no information from them on the phone, and she is convinced that since I used our generic, family email address for both of us instead of her personal email address that she will never be notified - and it is all my fault.

After learning that the shots were only being offered to recent patients, we finally realized that our recent colonoscopies were done at a Memorial Hermann facility, and my invitation had nothing to do with anything we had done via the county or state.

All of this had taken several hours and multiple phone calls.  Then I got another email invitation and it was addressed to Honey.

I had set my appointment for Friday at 10:00 a.m. Amazingly, although several hours had elapsed since I had registered, we were able to set Honey's appointment for 10:01.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I'll See Your Fog and Raise You...

 I really like David Paul on Channel 11. A local boy, born and raised in Houston, he likes cold weather more than he should, but otherwise he's a pretty darn good weatherman.

Last night he was all excited about the possibility of ice fog here this morning - a phenomenon where fog is made up not of tiny water droplets but tiny crystals of ice.  As he described it, it is not quite as rare as the second coming but about on par with seeing the aurora borealis in Puerto Vallarta.

Well, morning came and our temperature was below freezing, there was frost and some fog - not much, visibility was probably a couple miles.  I suppose it was ice fog, but I wasn't impressed.  Paul's description had made it sound a lot more interesting.

Then I noticed something truly unique.   Frost had formed on both the top and the underside of our porch roof and about ten o'clock it began to melt.

Skies were blue, the sun was out, and it was raining only on the inside of our back porch!  

Monday, January 11, 2021

Blizzard of 2021


OK - that's a tiny bit tongue-in-cheek, but local weather folks went a little nuts over the possibility that there might be snow in Southeast Texas yesterday.  All the local stations sent newsfolk North and West until they could send back  video of people making snowmen (snowpersons?) and having snowball fights.

There was significant snow in Central Texas, and it came as close as Northwest Harris County, but here at the Boggy Thicket we had rain - cold, drizzly, windy, miserable rain.  
It is possible that there were a few snowflakes mixed in about eight o'clock - we did have about a half inch of white slushy stuff on the gas grill.  Whether that was snow or sleet or frozen rain is anybody's guess - I sure wasn't going out there to check - not in the cold, drizzly, windy, miserable rain.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

If You Can't Say Anything Nice


I haven't posted anything in the past several days.  Mostly because I (almost never at a loss for words) couldn't think of anything I wanted to say.

Our country is in turmoil and it may get worse before it gets better.  

I still cling to the hope that we can and will survive, but nobody is listening to the calmer voices among us. Only the most outrageous on the fringes of both parties seem to be able to get their opinions heard.

I wish there was some adult out there who could tell them all to shut the Hell up.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Covid Unmasked


We've all had several months of experience wearing masks now.  

I say all, but every time I go to the store, I see at least one family wandering around with their faces uncovered.  Almost as bad is the large number of folks who wear their masks over their mouths but leave their noses uncovered.

I know masks can be hot, and they do restrict your air intake.  Don't ask me how I know, but they also let you know when you need to brush your teeth or at least pop a breath mint!

Wearing a mask is a pain, but taking one off can be downright hazardous. Even with the limited social contact I've had, I know of two women who have lost earrings while removing a mask and at least two men who have yanked hearing aids out of their ears. 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Fair Warning


For those of you breathing a sigh of relief because we finally made it to the end of 


just remember that next year will be 


Friday, January 1, 2021

Sixty Sixtieth

 First off, Happy New Year!!

My high school graduating class - Alvin, Texas, class of 1960 - held its 60th reunion yesterday. 

There had been plans for an in-person get together last spring, but Covid killed that idea.  Yesterday was the last possible day to do a 60th, so we got together via Zoom. I tried to save a screen shot, but it came out like this ---

Probably just as well.  Who, other than the participants, would want to see a screen full of old people?