Feral Hog Capture

3/9/13 Saturday at Columbus, TX (Colorado River Campground-TT)

I had a tummy ache, so started the day by sleeping in. Before we dashed to the Post Office at 10:00 am I did manage to start laundry. Then picked up our LED lights at the PO from Jirah. By 10:30 am we got back to the campground for the manager’s meeting. We learned a couple of interesting things. They have a problem with feral hogs (farm hogs gone wild-800 lbs) . These are not Javelinas (wild peccaries-80 lbs tops). They hired a guy to take capture them, but he couldn’t use any weapons. So he used 5 hounds to corral them, then he would wrestle the pig into his truck. He got 2 that way. The manager also shared that last year they had better camper nights because they were able to let the “pipeliners” lease spots on a monthly basis. They call themselves “oil field trash”, so the understanding is that they are not respectful of things and places. Our manager first told them we can only let members (TT) stay, but got permission to let them. He said he had a talk with each one when they asked to camp and he found that they were very well behaved! They really wanted to be able to stay here while they worked on the gas fields nearby.

After the meeting we enjoyed talking with a couple from Idaho/Oregon (Albany) who spend winters in Mississippi.

Once at our RV John tried to install the LED lights, but their wire connectors are not cylinders like the original ones, so since he was concerned about trying to fit them in, he’s going to wait until Monday when he can talk to Jirah and be sure they will work okay. He also fixed his bathroom sink stopper. What a pain!! He had to lay on the edge of a couple boards and look through piping…

Since I just wanted to lie down, we spent the afternoon watching taped TV shows.

For supper John grilled some H E B Fajita seasoned chicken thighs, sauted green pepper, onions. We had these with Borocho Beans. MM MM good! That chicken was so moist and flavorful!

As soon as the dishes were cleaned we walked to the Activity Center to listen to a TT couple sing and play lovely, familiar, soothing music.

Now that we were thoroughly relaxed, we settled in our chairs at home to watch Gonzaga play their first game in the Western Conference Tournament. This was also their first game as the #1 ranked team in the US! This must have made them nervous because they could barely hang on in the first half, ending it with only 1 point ahead. They pulled it off in the second half, though, and won by 18 points! Whew. As John said later, so glad they didn’t keep it so close the whole game – we’d have had a hard time getting to sleep. It was 11:30 pm (set for daylight savings time starting) as it was when we hit the sack.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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