2021 January 22

Friday, January 22, 2021

Slowly becoming brighter though not sunnier. However, by 4 o’clock the sun had full control of the sky once again.

Shredded potato soup for lunch.

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2021 January 21

Thursday, January 21, 2021

That is as close as the sun came before being swallowed by clouds

Potatoes, sausage, and egg all scrambled together for breakfast.

This morning found us at the local VA clinic to review the blood test taken last week. Everything was good and an improvement over my last visit. (see below) Ella was allowed in because she is my caretaker.

Speaking of health, the bottles on the left are Tom’s medications (one med not there because – out of it) bottles to the right are supplements that he takes on average 3 times a week. These are all lined up for the Humana doctor to examine as part of a yearly health assessment – today.

Ella also had her medication bag ready along with her supplements.

However, that didn’t go quite as planned. First, the doctor got lost. Second, after I found her and lead her too the trailer, she couldn’t get a signal on her pad. Ella suggested going to the porch of the Stocktank General Store. (Which isn’t really a store. In its last iteration was a food and music venue. But it has been vacant for several years.) Ella’s suggestion was done because we can get a WiFi signal there. Apparently, you can get a cell signal also, because the doctor was able to complete the exam of us.

2021 January 20

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

For my bride, I made stuffed French toast. Stuffed with cream cheese sweetened with powdered sugar and vanilla. I used two slices of raisin bread to sandwich the cheese mixture. It was then dipped into a mixture of pancake batter, pumpkin pie spice, beaten eggs and milk. For myself I made regular French toast.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

My answer, though it wasn’t technically a single trip, but a single event with many trips, was going into the military. During my service I made a lot of self discoveries. Partially because I was not stationed on a U.S. base, but a NATO base, I experienced some small slice of other cultures. This experience broadened my view of the diversity of human beliefs.
Ella’s answer was about a road trip we took to Washington state. It was during this long trip in a smallish car that we truly discovered how comparable we were. We had been friends for many years, but this was different. As close as I can describe it is the difference between “putting up with” and accepting and embracing. This trip really drew us together.

Another trip to the dentist
Sunset?
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2021 January 19

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Way gray day. May stay gray. Today okay? No way, too gray! Can’t stay to play. I’m away. Good day.

Diced Spam and potatoes coupled with toast and eggs made a right tasty brunch. Just stoaking our biomass furnaces for spending the day in the truck.

This is what I hear whenever I call our banking institution. “Your call is very important to us. We are currently experiencing longer than normal wait times. Please remain on the line for the next available Asian Thank you for holding. Please remain on the line and your call will be answered by the next available Asian. I know. I know! They must be saying “agent”. Every time I call I listen closely for them to say “agent”. But Every time I hear “Asian”. This is the same bank that, when I use the online app, it asks if I want savings or checkin. So, maybe it really is the next available Asian.

This was our first stop for the day. It really had little or nothing to do with the church. This is where we were able to pick up fresh produce like apples, tangerines, zucchini, sweet potatoes. bell peppers, romaine lettuce,and celery.

It was about 1:30 when we stopped at Burger King and Taco Bell. Tom wanted a burger and fries.

Ella wanted a taco pizza from Taco Bell. But surprise surprise! They no longer have taco pizza on the menu. Man it has been tough on Ella. First IHOP no longer has Stuffed French Toast. Now, no taco pizza.

Here we are, at Leander Church of Christ, in line with the other 55+ senior people to pickup non perishable food such as canned fruits, vegetables, and tuna. So much tuna!

Next stop was Wal-Mart to purchase more food. I think we are good for a while.

The headline reads, “DNI Nominee Avril Haines: “Intelligence is no place for politics, ever” I believe the opposite is also true. Politics is no no place to intelligence, ever. Of course, I’m only judging over the last 70 years. Things could have been different way-back-when.

We made a stop here to check on price and availability of an apartment. They were outside our price range.

It was slightly after five o’clock when we returned home. I got everything carried in. Then came the sorting: keep, share with neighbors, or donate to Operation Liberty Hill. By six fifteen we could retire to our recliners.

By the way – there was no sunset – just rain.

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2021 January 18

Monday, January 18, 2021
Martin Luther Junior Day
66° at 2 pm and some pretty strong wind gusts. Weatherbug reads 16mph but I’d estimate 20-25mph.

Not exactly sunrise, though astronomically speaking
the sunrise was long past.

It took until mid afternoon for the wind to blow the clouds away. Once the sun was out from behind those clouds, it shone warmly through the windows.

Ella’s answer was “right now”. The situation before us, moving into a apartment with no “backup plan”. For twenty years we have had a “bolthole”, a place where we could escape to, if something should happen to where we were living. Originally we had a house and an RV. When we moved full-time into the RV, we purchased a 2nd RV that could be on another location (Iowa & Texas). We are not now down to only one RV. But we OWN it and only rent a spot. If we were to loose the rented spot, we could move the RV. That offers some sense of security. Ella fears that, if we give up ownership, and rent an apartment and then loose the apartment, we have nowhere to go.

Tom’s answer to the question as to what caused the most stress and how it was dealt with was, “The end of my first marriage.” Without going into detail, the trust was broken. Though I offered forgiveness and trust that the same situation would not recur, when it became a reoccurring event, the trust was broken beyond repair. The marriage ended in as amiable a way as possible.

Fresh green leaves on or neighbor’s tree. It seems a little early to me.

Something was happening down at the goat pen. We walked down to check it out. We waited until the cement mixer had left, so we would not be in the way. There were two workers leveling the concrete in an eight by eight pad. They were contracted by a Well Products company. My educated guess is a new water tank will sit atop the platform.

We have had these Red Delicious apples for quite awhile. I really don’t care for them. Their thick leathery skin it’s just impossible to chew. Today, I skinned four of them and made apple dumplings out of them. I used a store-bought frozen pie crust. It didn’t stick together around the apples like a homemade crust. So, even though the dumplings open while baking, they tasted good. Now, what do I do with the remain five? (Just so as to not get snarky remarks – I know that the sixth one is a golden delicious.)

Got’cha! 😃

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2021 January 17

Sunday, January 17, 2021

The sun, like a giant cotton ball, is stuck in this Bush this morning

Now that is a good Sunday morning breakfast, right? Am I right? I know I’m right.

Pastor Michele’s new sermon series, “Following Jesus 101” started today.

A big Instapot full of Bear Creek “Darn Good Chilli” mix for lunch and freezer. It was a little too sweet and not not enough spice for my taste. However, for something that you pour into boiling water, it was okay. Seasonings can be added next time.

I had a hankerin’ for some cookies this afternoon. Using a cake mix, it wasn’t long before we had butter pecan butterscotch cookies.

Still playing Fast Track. We wish y’all could join us. The game ours much more fun with more people.

We also drew cards from our “Our Moments Couples”(R) deck. This was a surprise. I won’t ask y’all nor will I tell you our answers. I’m just glad that my bride and I shared the same one.

Same cotton ball sun. Different Bush.

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2021 January 16

Saturday, January 16, 2021

This morning’s sun climbing into a cloudless, though slightly hazy, sky.

Tom’s answers:
Rudolf the Red Nose Pickup,
our home,
our phones.
Ella’s answers:
Books,
home, 

How would you answer?
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I made a breakfast pizza (sort of) to break our fast. Bisquick dough baked in a pie-tin. Sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, and cheese topped it. Then heated until the cheese melted. Okay, okay. I know it was more of a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit than a pizza. Ella even called it a breakfast casserole. Whatever it was, I didn’t get a picture ’cause we ate it too fast.

2 years ago today Ella had a shoulder replaced with an artificial joint. I made no post that day. However, the following is the post from the day after.

2019 January 17 Thursday in Cedar Park, Texas. 53° and partly cloudy start to the day. We are at the hospital and waiting for Ella to be released.

Day two with Ella’s new shoulder. Neither of us slept long (3-4 hours) she however had deep sleep (thank you pain meds) and I had light sleep.

Yesterday she had very little (uncontrolled) pain. This morning was different and she called requesting relief. She has a line with a nerve block that will stay in until all of the medicine is gone, which will probably be sometime on Saturday. She had a bag under her left arm that contains the medicine. And, of course, the sling on her right arm.

It was approaching 12:30 and we were packed and ready to go, just awaited the “get out out jail free card” from the doctor. The physical therapist was in and instructed Ella in what to do and not do. She managed to dress herself with only minor adjustments from me.

It was about 3:30 when she was released. Ella was given 3 prescriptions which I took to the Wal-Mart pharmacy. It was a nice day (73° and sunny) so Ella elected to remain in the truck. The pharmacy could fill 2 of the orders but the third presented a problem. The way the script was written, Ella could take 12 pills a day. Wal-Mart’s policy only allowed 10 a day.

They contacted the doctor’s office but got no reply. They told me I could get it tomorrow. I told them that out was unacceptable. This was the pain pills that she would need to get through the night. I tried to get them to sell me just enough for the might. Couldn’t wouldn’t.

They tried a second time to reach the doctor. No response. I told them to keep trying and to call when they received the okay.

I went out to the truck and explained to Ella what was going on. I had just started backing out of the parking spot, when the pharmacy called. They had the okay and the meds would be ready in 15 minutes.

Ella needed to use the bathroom so she went in with me this time. We got the pills. (An aside from 2021 – remember when you could go shopping without a mask and stand packed together in a checkout line?)

Charlotte, a friend from church, called to say that she was bringing fried chicken to us as soon as we could get home. I had just finished unloading the truck when Charlotte arrived. It’s nice to have thoughtful friends.

Ella was more comfortable in the recliner than the bed. So we are sleeping in our recliners tonight.end of flashback

Today was a whole lot calmer than 2 years ago. We played Fast Track throughout the day. Had potato soup (from a package) at lunch and cereal for supper. (I suppose at some time in the distant future, I may start calling supper “dinner”.

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2021 January 15

Friday, January 15, 2021
Today’s actual high was 56° and though it was gutsy, I don’t believe that it came close to forty miles per hour.
As usual, we played many games through the day.

We had an insurance salesman come to talk to us about “Final Costs” insurance. It would be to cover the cost of our cremations. Ít was something Ella set up. I guess I should find out how much insurance we currently have.

I think Ella just really wanted somebody to talk with. After many months of near isolation, I think Jehovah’s Witnesses and door-to-door magazine sales people would be welcomed.

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INR Check 2.3

No sleep record because I did not sleep last night. I didn’t sleep until after four in the morning.

2021 January 14

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It was cool overnight but we decided to forgo the heater. It was plenty warm under the covers and snuggled up. Before leaving home, we opened the blinds and curtains to allow for solar heating.

We were on the road before sunrise today. Tom needed lab work at the VA clinic at 8:00 this morning. Ella waited in the vehicle, since she would not have been allowed in anyway.

The sun rose over the 183 toll road as we were driving.

Tom was about 5 minutes early for his lab work. And was all done by 8:15. That had never gone so fast or smooth. The nurse/tech hit a good vein on the first try.

Because it was a Fasting lab this morning, once Tom was done, the next stop was McDonald’s. Two sausages egg McMuffin combos at the drive through.

The next stop was for gasoline at Murphy USA, 201 Walton Way, in the Wal-Mart parking lot at 01-14-21 08:32. $39.19 later we drove around the corner.

We arrived at Wal-Mart Prescription Pickup nearly a half hour before the pharmacy opened at 9:00. That gave us time to eat our breakfast sandwiches. At 9:03 I called and by 9:10 we had the medication.

We went into Wal-Mart to buy antifreeze, holding tank treatment, and pads.
Then pulled to the north side for our Grocery pickup. By 9:45 We were loaded and on the way.

Since Wal-Mart did not have the earbuds that we wanted, we stopped at Dollar General. DG had the wired buds that Tom uses but not the Bluetooth earbuds that Ella uses. We may need to order through Amazon.

A house full of food and nothing to eat. Reminds me of the  rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.
Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”
“Pizza sounds good to me,” said my bride. We live where none will deliver. So off we go in search of sustenance, round of shape with molten cheese, piled high with spiced sausage and mushrooms freshly sliced. Anon we came upon a Domino red and blue, as game pieces ne’er are. Home again we came to sup’ and sip ’til saited we sat to stir no more, e’re the sun dipped low and a bed we go.

Between low in the afternoon sun and setting sun, many Fast Track games were won and lost.

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2021 January 13

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

62° was the predicted high for today. However, it reached 65° aground 3:30.
It became so warm inside, this afternoon, that we needed to open the door, several windows, and the ceiling vent in the living room.

The lens flair added a nice touch to an otherwise ordinary looking sunrise.

Our awning has been out for over a year. It has gone through rain, high winds, and this past week 3″ of wet snow. The rafters supports that we bought 15-20 years ago have been worth their weight in gold. Along with 4-5 tie-downs that were secured, not into the ground, but to the trailer itself, it has worked extremely well.

So, Tom, why put the awning away now? I’m glad you asked. It is to let the morning sun come through our large east facing window. The sun can give us a large amount of passive solar heat when we need it the most, in the chilly mornings.

While I was outside installing a new water filter and putting the awning away, Ella was busily filling documents and paperwork.

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Did you see that?  My HUM driving monitoring system gave me a 100% plus 2 points. I can only guess that the extra 2 points are for my good looks!