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Anniversary Weekend

08/22/2017 15:49:48 PM

This coming weekend the wife and I will be celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary. We will be taking off work Friday and Monday to make it a four day event.I gave her a choice of several different locations we have not seen. For instance, ...

We Fish

08/12/2017 16:55:55 PM

The Temperatures in Canada were from 38 degrees in the mornings to 62 during the hot part of the afternoon. And they call this their summer.I have been to a lot of places I did not want to return from. The Canada fishing trip ranks at the top ...

Final Preps

07/10/2017 07:26:41 AM

This week is all about the final preparations before my Canada fishing trip. I will be heading off to Hatchet Lake in Saskatchewan Sunday spending a week with some guys from work.My company sends a few guys every year to give them a much needed ...

Where To Begin

04/19/2017 15:26:24 PM

I know it has been awhile, but my life is anything but normal.I will update y'all month by month NovemberI left off with the house burning last Thanksgiving. The insurance came through and we were able to pay the house off. The problem was there ...


12/07/2016 12:24:22 PM

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving two weeks ago. It was a roller coaster here. Let me explain.  Wednesday night, day before Thanksgiving, around 11:00PM I awoke to my wife saying the house was on fire and we needed to go.Okay first thought, ...

Another One In The Books

11/15/2016 10:48:23 AM

 Another World Chili Championship is in the books. Another World Chili Championship is in the books. For two out of three years we both placed. Believe me when I say it humbles me to be able to do such an extraordinary feat. There are chili ...

Fishing, Hunting, Family and Chili

10/24/2016 10:11:00 AM

Get you a cup of Joe, sit down and read a while, this one is going to be long one. A lot has happen in the past few months. Life just keeps getting bigger and better.I know I have stopped blogging for a while and the main reason is, I just don't ...

Fishing Is The Cure All

04/12/2016 14:16:00 PM

This is a special time of year. It's the time when the fish are spawning, the trees are leafing out, the grass is greening up and the wildlife is waking up from the winter slumber. And, it's the time of year to get sick.

No Winter

03/28/2016 15:47:00 PM

And here I was all worried about another hard winter.It never snowed, it never iced up and we were not stuck in the house for days on end.All that has happen the last two or three years and I was not looking forward to another one. This year, ...

Herding Cats

01/27/2016 15:02:00 PM

Herding cats would have been easier than having the family come over to paint the house last Sunday.Everyone showed up Saturday night and sat around the fire, lied to each other and drank a little beer. I blew up air beds and opened the camper ...

Small Window

01/22/2016 08:59:00 AM

I might have a small window this weekend to get a little painting done on the tiny house.I have been planning this for the last three weekends, but the weather "made" me go cook chili instead. The same for this weekend as well. All the plans ...

I Just Didn't Like It

01/15/2016 15:05:00 PM

Being they have upped the chances of rain even more for this weekend, painting the tiny house is defiantly out of the question, plus my help decided to go out of town.I bought the materials to trim out the 4X6 posts on the front porch so at ...

Check Another One Off The List

01/12/2016 13:43:00 PM

It's kinda funny on how you have a place pictured in your mind and a burning desire to do a particular thing, but once you see it and do it, it's very disappointing. Lets take for instance Mt. Rushmore. I have been told the pictures really do ...

No More Room

12/21/2015 08:53:00 AM

This weekend the wind was high and even though the temperature was pleasant enough to work, the brisk Southern breeze made it too much to get much outside work done. So we worked inside the house.

Where's The Fish

12/14/2015 11:42:00 AM

After this weekend the official total rainfall here in North Texas is 59.5 inches. I am sure we have had more than that up here where I live, but "officially" I don't have a clue.The creeks are up out of their banks making my Crappie holes ...

It's Alive

12/11/2015 08:10:00 AM

I sent the wife to go and look at that stove I was talking about in the last post and when I got home it was in the back of the truck.It ends up being a 1941 Chambers, Model B. I also found out there is a cult like following on the internet ...

That Was A Close One

12/09/2015 09:41:00 AM

Long Weekend

11/29/2015 10:57:00 AM

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.This was a long and rainy weekend. We broke the all time record on the wettest year here in North Texas. With over ten inches in the past four days, it would be an understatement to say most outdoor ...


11/20/2015 07:59:00 AM

I was able to get back to work on the tiny house this week and I can tell you one thing, I was right.I told Candy we should not move into the house until it was complete because if we did, it would never get done. Being in the camper gave me ...

Back To Work

11/17/2015 09:02:00 AM

I had a good year, Chili year that is but now it's over. I took a year off of everything and did nothing but chili cook, at least it seems like it.The first week of November I spent my one week of vacation in the Terlingua desert, in a tent ...

Still Sitting

10/16/2015 15:18:00 PM

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 ...

Sitting Still

08/31/2015 09:38:00 AM

Sometimes you just need to sit still, think, daydream, reflect, reevaluate your goals and then move forward. It all depends on how much you have to think about, it may take just a few moments and sometimes it may take a day or two, but this ...


08/25/2015 15:30:00 PM

For my daughters graduation, I sent her and my wife on a little cruise. She has worked so hard these past 4 1/2 years and deserved getting away for a few days.

Excitement Is A Understatement

08/19/2015 09:52:00 AM

Even though it was hard scheduling the family with all the events and everything that goes with it, we made it through. All it really mattered was Jessie having her day.

It Is Finished

08/12/2015 13:57:00 PM

A little over four years ago I did the hardest thing I have ever had to do as a parent, drop my oldest daughter Jessie off at college. Like it was only yesterday, I remember the terrified look on her face as we said our goodbyes on the campus ...

Banjo Picking

07/29/2015 13:18:00 PM

This last weekend we were at a fish fry, barn party where my youngest daughter Kylee preformed in a band, her very first song along with her banjo.Now how cool is that?

What Else Do You Need?

06/24/2015 13:14:00 PM

I hope everyone had a great Father's Day. Even with a broke back and in constant pain, I had the privilege to spend a few hours with my girls before they were gone and on their own way once again.With Kylee working all the time, Jessie away ...

Full Time

06/17/2015 17:07:00 PM

I didn't want it to happen, but I knew it would. We are now living in the house full time even though it is not done.This weekend we had a big push to get it livable with A/C in the whole house. We got the insulation done in the Kitchen/Living ...

It's Not Much

06/05/2015 09:54:00 AM

The rain has stopped, for now, and the water levels are going down slowly. The sun is out along with the humidity, the ants, the mosquitoes, the flies, the bees and the flees. The temps have jumped from the mild 70s to the mid 90s in one week. ...

A Nice Little Time Saver

05/31/2015 18:53:00 PM

I have always said someone should invent a tracker for my keys, well they did. I was sent this little devise to use and review and I like it. For all those times I misplaced the truck keys and spent countless hours looking for them. Now I don't ...

Baby Rebecca

05/28/2015 08:29:00 AM

One year ago today my heart was given to anotherMy how time just rolls by. To Hannah,If there is one bit of advise I can give you, it is, don't blink. If you do, it will be over just like that and all you will have to look back on is a blur. ...

When It Rains It Pours

05/26/2015 13:48:00 PM

I hope everyone had a great and safe holiday weekend.I know we needed it, but I think we have had enough rain for now. From the Red River to the Gulf, the center of Texas is washed out.

A Must See

05/20/2015 10:14:00 AM

Another Wall Hanger

05/04/2015 09:27:00 AM

Candy and I met up with our oldest daughter Jessie at a little town right outside of Austin for a chili cookoff. Marble Falls is a beautiful little town with a slow rolling, lazy river splitting it into. I could see myself going back one weekend ...

Best Of Both Worlds

04/27/2015 08:52:00 AM

Just A Little Proud

04/22/2015 07:47:00 AM

Yup, that's my wife right there, the new Texas Ladies State Champion.What a great weekend we had cooking chili down near San Antonio. This right here made it all worth it.Until next time,Jerry

Sleeping Arrangements

04/08/2015 12:52:00 PM

This last weekend was a huge push to get the bedroom completed.I think we are just tired of the cramped space in our camper bedroom where as soon as you get out of bed, you are touching a wall and the ducking and dodging of getting through to ...

A Month Ago

03/31/2015 11:26:00 AM

I actually could not believe it has almost been a month since I last posted. I think this is the longest I have ever taken off.We have been cooking chili almost every weekend here and there. It's kinda been a hit and miss on making it in the ...

Old Man Winter

03/05/2015 10:44:00 AM

He came in late this year. So with nothing to do here in Texas, we went off for the weekend.


02/19/2015 11:22:00 AM

Here is a sneak preview of what the bathroom is looking like.We set the toilet last night and finished the inside plumbing. It sits off to the right of the tub.This weekend I will build the shower curtain rod and get that installed but tonight ...

Play and Work

02/09/2015 10:34:00 AM

I guess that's how my weekends go, one day for play and another for work.Saturday we cooked chili down in Irving. 61 cooks showed up and 7 of those were the raining word champion and the other six were ex champs. Among the other folks there, ...

A Little Bit Of Both

02/02/2015 10:29:00 AM

We finally got a little work done on the House, but first.....Two weekends ago we went to College Station and cooked some Texas Red Chili with Jessie.Our best friends and their daughter came with us and we had a great time. Neither me, Candy ...

I Said I Wouldn't

01/19/2015 10:36:00 AM

But I didPeer pressure is something else. I was going to work on the house this weekend because the weather was going to be nice, but I didn't. I didn't want to cook chili because I had too much to do, but I did.Our Chili Family are among some ...

Nothing To Say, Except......

01/12/2015 12:20:00 PM

Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans, All about that chili, 'bout that chili 'bout that chili, no beans

Taking It Easy

12/29/2014 15:00:00 PM

I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year.We sure did, I can tell you I am blessed more than I should be.I had five days off and I was looking so forward in getting a lot accomplished on the house. ...

Two Men And A Baby

12/22/2014 08:58:00 AM

Okay, two old men and a young lady to be correct.And we got it done.

In The Dry

12/16/2014 13:41:00 PM

For the last two weeks we have been doing what we could on the house. The one problem is, the little house just keeps growing.

Building Party

12/01/2014 11:39:00 AM

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I know we sure did.The weather was great, a little windy but other than that the temps were right on. Thursday was the traditional Thanksgiving we always have. I am not selling it short by no means, ...

A Little More

11/24/2014 13:07:00 PM

We have been working on the Tiny house off and on as the weather cooperates. It has been cold or rainy this past week so work on the house was slow.The center section is almost done. The bottom floor is all framed up and ready for the siding.This ...

Low Budget Operation

11/11/2014 11:30:00 AM

Even though we are making progress on the tiny house, this low budget operation is taking too long. For every board we nail up I can see two more needed which means more time and more money.The floor is done and the walls are going up. After ...

We Made It Back

11/05/2014 18:15:00 PM

I would not call sleeping in a tent for five days in the middle of the South Texas desert a vacation, but it was close enough.Candy and I traveled the eleven hours to the World Championship CASI Chili Cook Off in Terlingua Texas. It is one of ...

Phase 1, Part 1 - It's A Start

10/20/2014 08:05:00 AM

We decided not to cook this weekend and work on the house. I am glad I did because next weekend we will be spending it getting ready to travel to the World Championship Chili Cookoff for a week.We got the floor between the buildings framed in ...

Time To Get Busy

10/13/2014 11:08:00 AM

We finally got our buildings moved in and set in place.

It's A Chili Thing, You Wouldn't Understand

10/06/2014 12:31:00 PM

The weather could not have been any better.Saturday morning it was 43 degrees, the windows of the camper were open, the fan on high. She was cold, I was in heaven.This is chili weather, nobody argued that. The first weekend of the new chili ...

A Quick Two Weeks

09/30/2014 08:28:00 AM

Wow! It has been two weeks and I haven't posted one thing. It sure went by quick.Here is a quick recap of what we have been up to.We made the trip to College Station for my oldest daughter Jessie's Ring Ceremony.She got the Gold!!!! When the ...

Going Out In Style

09/16/2014 14:59:00 PM

Last weekend we did a two day cook off in the little town of St. JoThis was our last cook off of the Chili year and what a way to finish.Our year runs from October 1st to September 30th. In that year you can cook at as many cook offs as you ...

It's About Time

09/12/2014 08:12:00 AM

Finally, I think summer is over.Three days ago it was 101 degrees and today it's only going to be a high of 73. Also a little rain came in with the cold front so it's twice as good.Tonight we are loading up for a weekend of Chili cooking in ...

Chugging Along

09/08/2014 07:31:00 AM

Even though things are quiet in my neck of the woods we are still chugging along.It's been hot, too hot to really get excited about much. I have seen hotter Texas summers, but when it's hovering right at the century mark every day it's still ...

Dreams Do Come True

08/19/2014 15:07:00 PM

We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have ...

Tiny House Progress

08/18/2014 09:08:00 AM

Next weekend we will be moving our trailer to the place where we are building our Tiny House.First we had to get electricity, got that. Then we had to run the water, got that done Friday night. Then we had to install a septic system, done Saturday ...

It Was A Long Way

08/04/2014 09:43:00 AM

We drove 5.5 hours to cook chili, now that is dedication.Out of the 36 cooks, 20 or so were form the Great State of Texas, and Texas took home the first place trophy again this year. Among the 36 were 5 world champions and almost all of the ...

Lets Get Out Of Here

07/31/2014 08:35:00 AM

"What are the plans for the weekend?" Candy (the wife) asked me a couple of days ago."Lets just go!" I said back."Go where?""Lets just get out of here for the weekend"Final preparations are being made to head to Joplin this weekend for the Missouri ...

It's The Simple Things

07/28/2014 12:36:00 PM

The average house in America is 2300 square feet. Just forty years ago it was 1000. The average house in Europe is still at 1000 square feet while in Spain it is only 924. The smallest apartment in Manhattan is 78 square feet and is rented out ...

Home Is Where She Is At

07/18/2014 13:21:00 PM

Here is my home,Just for a little while hopefully.It's like camping every day!Alright, it's not really that fun but it's a change of pace and completely different than what I am accustom to. I have neighbors all around me and I can watch them ...

It's a start

07/07/2014 16:51:00 PM

Over the past week we have been moving more stuff out of the house and yard and storing it in the barn or over at my dad's.We also started on the tiny home we are about to build by installed the corners posts for the yard andstaking out where ...

Some Say I'm Crazy

06/23/2014 13:05:00 PM

It's all about that little sound in the back of my head, you know the one, the internal time clock that is telling you, "You need to start doing something about retirement and fast"That sound has always been with me, but as I get older it keeps ...

The Last One Across

06/10/2014 08:05:00 AM

Two beautiful women have walked in this gown before her, and now my wonderful daughter Kylee had the honor of being the last. I've watched her grow and mold herself into the woman I look to everyday, one of my best friends, a woman of love ...

Great Weekend For The Ford Girls

06/09/2014 10:34:00 AM

I wondered what it would be like to be those people.You know those folks that show up and people say, "Oh crap, now we don't stand a chance."All through my Competition Chili Cooking career I have met, and cooked against the best in the world. ...

She Is Here

05/29/2014 11:07:00 AM

Finally, It's On The Way

05/26/2014 12:04:00 PM

It's all about Cooking Chili and Family. It has been that way for a while now. Candy, Jessie and myself just got back from a great two day chili cookoff in Durant OK. On top of that it was the new camper's maiden voyage. We had a really great ...

I Like It

05/12/2014 11:38:00 AM

I like Mothers day just about as much as all the other holidays because it brings the family together. It was March since I had all my girls together with me. So what if it takes a made up holiday to do it.Jessie (mid right) is home from college ...

My Little Buddy

04/28/2014 14:33:00 PM

I don't think I have ever told the wife, "I'm going out with the guys." or "I'm going to go hang with my buddy."The reason why, because she is my buddy. We do everything together. If I had a guy buddy then he would only be a friend because the ...

Busy Is An Understatment

04/21/2014 17:29:00 PM

A few months ago I posted about how busy these couple of months were going to be, well I wasn't kidding.The saving grace is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Just Life

04/07/2014 13:56:00 PM

First off I want to congratulate my oldest daughter Jessie for winning 2nd place at the chili cookoff we were at this weekend.Yes, the student has now become the teacher. I only got 7th place with my chili and my beans only made 4th. Candy's ...

Chasing My Tail

04/03/2014 11:55:00 AM

At the begging of the winter I do as we all do and winterize everything outside.Among all the other things I did to get ready for the freezing months, it also includes draining all the irrigation lines and draining the bathhouse. No matter how ...

Turn Out The Lights.....

03/25/2014 13:59:00 PM

The party's over. They say all good things must end.I don't know the rest of the song but it is fitting for the occasion.Due to the weather, we ended up moving the whole thing over to my Dad's barn. It took three days to set up and all day Sunday ...

18 At Last

03/21/2014 08:26:00 AM

Tomorrow is my youngest girl Kylee's 18th birthday party. This has been in the works for 18 years, to have the last one of our daughters become an adult. Candy and I are done raising kids.That does not mean we are done being parents, it just ...

Cow Town Chili

03/16/2014 08:28:00 AM

Yesterday was a blast.I cooked with my wife Candy and oldest daughter Jessie while the middle girl and some other family members came by for support.Hannah is getting so big and I felt my grand daughter move for the first time yesterday. The ...

I Have Fought Tougher

03/14/2014 10:53:00 AM

I got my butt kicked this last week, it put me down for seven days. I have fought tougher, but I can't remember when. His name is, "The Flu"Back in October I got my shot just for that reason, but a different type of flu found me out, type B.It ...

Another Round Of Ice

03/04/2014 13:01:00 PM

This weekend cooking chili in Oklahoma was kinda nice. It was my birthday weekend and it was good to get away, even if it was for only a day and a half.The thing about cooking competitively in Oklahoma is that I am from Texas. Everyone knows ...

Back to Chili

02/27/2014 11:35:00 AM

This weekend is back to chili cooking. We took a couple of three weeks off due to the cookoffs were so far away. Plus I was getting behind on some chores at the house. Well, nothing has change, I am still behind on my chores and the cookoff ...

Tamale Party

02/24/2014 16:26:00 PM

Everyone in my family and group of friends love to cook. When we cook we have a party. We have a party for any reason we can think of. Sounds fun? Well it is.This weekend all the women folk in the family and their friends got together over at ...

One Of Those Weekends

02/10/2014 15:15:00 PM

The Chili Cookoff we had planned this weekend canceled. I wasn't too disappointed through. We have been cooking a lot this past month and needed the break anyway.So I spent all weekend cooking at the house.It was cold, wet and windy all weekend. ...

I Don't Want One

02/05/2014 15:10:00 PM

It's kinda funny the things you hear in the office.I have been at me new job a total of four months now. I spend about three hours a day in the office before heading out to the field. Most of the time my head is down and I am concentrating, ...

Hell Of A Ride

02/03/2014 10:43:00 AM

This weekends Chili Cooking travels was one for story books. The wife wanted an adventure and she sure got one.We left Friday at noon and drove the 7 1/2 drive to Rankin TX. I have never been that far West before and now I can say I have.Remember ...

See Ya

01/31/2014 13:21:00 PM

And were off!Headed to Rankin Texas for a huge chili cook off. Wish us luck.I will leave you with a view from my job site.Yup, that's DallasSee ya on the flip side,Jerry

Old Time Cooking

01/27/2014 17:30:00 PM

This weekend Chili Cooking in the city of West down by Waco turned out to be a bust. It was a quick two hour drive down there with high expectations and a long two hour drive back empty handed. We didn't even make final table and my beans that ...

Scratch It Off The List

01/19/2014 18:49:00 PM

I read an article the other day on the top sixty things to do in Texas before you die. I guess you could call it a Texas Bucket List.Just by living in this great Republic and without realizing it, you could scratch off almost half of the items ...

A Slow Weekend

01/12/2014 08:29:00 AM

This weekend has not been very exciting. As a matter of fact , it has been slow.The rains have been here the past three days leaving a muddy mess outside where if I was wanting to do something I really couldn't except if it was in the shop.Yesterday ...

I Got Wood

01/07/2014 12:39:00 PM

One of the best sights I have seen in a while. All that hard work these past two weekends is paying off right now, the house is warm.So much wood, it has overflowed the wood shed, the house is full and there are two more piles almost as big ...

Another Piece Of The Kitchen

01/03/2014 10:49:00 AM

Just as I scheduled, another piece of the Outdoor Kitchen is close to being completed.This is the Fire Trough. It sits next to the Cajun Microwave and it will be where the fire is started and burns down. It's where the coals will be shoveled ...

We Brought It In Right

01/02/2014 13:01:00 PM

It was all about the family Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a bunch show up New Years Eve night to hangout by the fire and bring in the new year.We burnt everything that wasn't nailed down. Needless to say, I'm out of old pallets and scrap wood ...

Not So Young Anymore

12/30/2013 13:14:00 PM

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I know we sure did.It was a busy one, that's for sure. We had another wedding this weekend, some friends of ours married off their son. We jumped in and helped them out as much as we could. I took some ...

I Made It Through

12/23/2013 10:34:00 AM

First off I want to say a huge thank you for all the comments, thoughts and kind words everyone sent this way. I also want to thank the ones who sent me very heartfelt and personal e-mails. I will respond as time allows. You folks mean so much ...

The Hard Parts Of Being A Daddy

12/20/2013 15:15:00 PM

I can tell you with certainty that I have enjoyed being a daddy. My three girls, Jessie, Hannah and Kylee have been my breath, my drive and my inspiration for so many years now. I have enjoyed every memory we have created together, every moment ...

Rocket Stove

12/20/2013 11:17:00 AM

Here is the rocket stove I have been wanting to build. I finished it last night and fired it up. It works great and it will be used to cook on this weekend. Before I got too excited, I set it up in my shop to see how it all fit together. It ...

Under A Hundred

12/16/2013 13:27:00 PM

I have a book that is full of projects. Some are finished in the design stages and ready for construction and others are just a simple idea wrote down waiting to be worked through.This book is filled with some costly projects, some cheap ones, ...

Worst Yet

12/08/2013 09:30:00 AM

I can remember snow, I can also remember ice. Just two winters ago we had record breaking snow fall.Every year we usually have a day or two of ice and that shuts most everything down for a couple of days, but we have never seen anything like ...