Tag Archives: Rancho Roly Poly

Rule 5: Ashley Graham


Ms Graham is an old favorite here at Rancho Roly Poly

New roses at the rancho


Not more of our usual antiques, but the new Knockouts which bloom year-round in Central Texas. We have seven eight red and yellow ones alternating along the back fence.

All systems go for second round of chemo

Mrs. Charm passed her recent blood tests such that the doc cleared her to grocery shop for the first time in weeks. Good thing, too, as I was weary of trying to find all the brands she specifies. A real treasure hunt. I still doubt whole wheat blueberry waffles exist.

All systems are go for a second round of chemo on the 27th. Unfortunately it’s the second one where the hair generally falls out. It’ll probably be traumatic since she hasn’t seen her head since she was an infant and didn’t know what it was then. I am doing Web searches on scarves and other soft head-coverings. Any ideas?

Otherwise, joy has returned to Mudville (i.e. Rancho Roly Poly) as Mrs. C. actually has some energy, in spurts at least, between the usual bouts of lethargy. Probably the two recent get-well cards from her colleagues helped. I haven’t see so many notes and signatures since I graduated from high school.

And the cooked meals continue to arrive at least twice weekly with more than enough for leftovers. We like the homemade ones best, even the black-beans-and-rice health-food concoction the other day, but they’re all good. And free, too. Who could argue with free?

Butterfly Rose


Springtime in the back forty at Rancho Roly Poly.

Rains welcome

The thunderstorms overnight Tuesday into Wednesday were welcome in most places, except where they provoked trouble: power out for a few thousand homes, hail damage, street and creek flooding, emergency rescues, and at least one tornado.

The National Weather Service, whose Internet radar images always seem to go down on these occasions when they’re needed, lost them again right on schedule. Our tax dollars at work. At least they recorded a healthy five three inches of rain at their official downtown gauge (more than five inches out at the airport east of town). Got almost three here at the rancho, northwest of downtown.

Happy Halloween


It’s supposed to be a bat. Design had it hanging upside down, but Mr. B. convinced me to do it upright. So it’s a little droopy. Still, a fair approximation of what Pumpkin Master tools can do.