It has been a while, that is for sure. It's been almost two months. I think that is the longest I have ever gone without posting, almost like Facebook.
To catch you up to speed, September was filled with heat. So much so that all we did was chili cook almost every weekend. And when we were not doing that, we relaxed.
We spend the evenings with the Grand Baby whenever we can and do a lot of front porch sitting late in the evenings.
Work has been very demanding and when I get home I am spent mentally and physically. I guess my age is starting to show through. It's getting harder and harder to keep so much on my mind. I have to let some things go to make room for others and unfortunately it has been the blog this last two months.
October started a new chili year and we put on our own cookoff the first weekend. I don't plan to cook as often this year as last for several reasons, but the main one is I am just tired. Last year we cooked over fifty times and even though Candy will probably do the same this year, I am not. I love chili cooking, but I love a lot more things just as well.
Last week Jessie turned 23. It's hard to believe I have a child that old. She is still in College Station working, but I think she may be coming home in January. What she is doing there is not what she went all those years to school and made all those sacrifices for. Candy and I are hoping she will come home and start her career up here a little closer to us.
Jessie is putting on her first chili cook off on the 24th in Pilot Point. I am sure she will not make that mistake again. It's a lot of work and with the politics involved here, it's a pain.
I have now lost 73 pounds and Candy about 60. With all the kids gone and being on the run most of the time, who needs to eat. Cooking is over rated and expensive anyway right? We can go out a few times a week, share a salad and a water and get out of there for under seven bucks. The rest of the times we just snack on fruit and veggies.
We are gearing up for our second trip to the World Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua at the end of the month. We will be staying for ten days, in a tent, in the desert. Now water, no plumbing, no nothing.
Now, you may think that is living rough but remember, I am a prepper so we will have hot showers every night in our shower tent, a toilet in another tent and a sleeping tent bigger than most third world homes with furnishings. I will be doing all Dutch Oven Cooking and living like a wild man. I am really not looking forward to it to be honest. Way too much work.
Other than that, the tiny home is still tiny and unfinished. The outdoor kitchen is still not completed and everything else has taken a back burner to chili. Maybe when it cools down some I will feel like working on it again. Just yesterday it was 96 degrees, this is crazy.
I promise, I will try and post more often.