2021 March 01

One if the treasures rediscovered during the move. This is a pair of Ella’s glasses. I doubt Coke bottles used glass this thick. This was before plastic lenses and “feather weight” glasses. And long before the surgery which allows her to go without glasses.

My bride had to make a trip through the Easter candy aisle. She is addicted to Peeps. Those chicken shaped marshmallows coated in yellow sugar crystals heave a hold on her.
Meanwhile I purchased some antifreeze. Rudolf the Red Nose pickup has a leak. I haven’t found it. I hope it’s a hose and not the radiator. And then it was time to pick up my medication.
My 2nd prescription was approved by the insurance company today. But the one I picked up yesterday was not. The two prescriptions always go together. They are for the same medicine but different dosages. Which makes me curious(er) as to why it was declined yesterday – but paid today.

We stopped at Goodwill on the way home from Wal-Mart. Ella wanted to look for a bookcase. And she found one big enough (I think) to hold the remainder of our books. She done good! What’s that? Oh, you want to know what she paid? $20. She did real well! Once I lugged it over the patio railing and slid it into place, I dusted the top half and Ella the lower half. We have a lot of books to shelve. Ella has a system that I don’t understand. So I just try to stay out of the way.

February Automobile Health
Wiring/no alerts
Coolant/no alerts
Power Train/no alerts
Mechanical/no alerts
Electrical/no alerts
Alternator/no alerts
Battery/one 📢 alert

2021 February 27

Saturday, February 27, 2021
This is the way it looked all day. The fog was predicted to clear before noon. However, the first hint of sunlight was just before sundown.

I loaded the truck with trash and drove it to the dumpster this morning.

We worked on emptying boxes and finding spaces for things.

Our mail had found or new address
STEPS: 3751 1.7 miles

2021 February 26

Friday, February 26, 2021
Grey and overcast that didn’t change alli day.
Another benefit of the move. We found the waffle plates for the George Foreman Grill.
Another not so much a benefit puff the move. It’s coming in faster than we can find places to put it.
More stuff and more stuff. Lord, help us to get some of this into the hands of those who need it more than we.
Taking a break from it all.
I’m getting the kitchen work area organized the way I like it. A little island of order amidst the chaos.
We gave up on the idea of having Wal-Mart deliver. They’ve cancelled the order for the forth time. I understand that there was dangerous weather. I understand that many things are out of stock and the supply line is backed up. What I don’t understand id’s why they allowed is to think that the order could be fulfilled in the first place. And why we weren’t notified of the cancellation until a full 24 hours AFTER the delivery schedule. THAT is just bad customer service.
Picked up prescriptions for Ella and me. I paid full price for my prescription because the INSURANCE COMPANY decided that it was too soon too refill. My DOCTOR didn’t think it was too soon. And my empty pill sorters didn’t think it was too soon. Evidently the indifference people know better than the doctor and I.
We stopped for gasoline before leaving the Wal-Mart parking lot. $2.29 for ethanol blend. That’s the highest price that I remember seeing in our area.
Because Wal-Mart had no distilled water, which we use in our CPAP machines, we stopped at the nearest drugstore. It so happens that CVS was closest. Unfortunately, they were empty of distilled. I was directed to the Baby Department where I found two gallons of Baby Water. Profited water with minerals added for taste. That is the exact same water that is in the bottled drinking water. I should have checked the price. It would be interesting to see how much people are spending for the word “Baby” on the lable. At any rate, purified water with added minerals is the opposite of what we need for the CPAPs. We need water that is free of the short of things that are added to baby and drinking water.
Since neither Wal-Mart nor CVS had distilled water, we drove on down the road to Walgreens. They had water, so Ella purchased 2 gallons.
Upon returning home we found two more three-drawer cabinets had been delivered. That brought our total to four three-drawers. I remastered them so that we now have three four-drawer cabinets.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 February 25

Thursday, February 25, 2021

It was wear-a-jacket weather in the Texas Hill Country. But we need not fear of it become freezing rain and snow. The polar vortex has returned to its natural habitat.

If there had been hash browns, this would be an all American breakfast, for sure.

Heather met us at the trailer this morning. She and Ella worked at packing, lugging, and loading things from the trailer into her SUV. A few items made it into the truck’s backseat also.

I tackled clearing out the shed. This is the BEFORE photo of the area toward the west shed wall.

This is the same area AFTER removing three trunks and a large box.

This is the area toward the east wall of the shed BEFORE moving many boxes and large trash bags of treasures to the truck.

This is the same area AFTER loading the truck as full as it could be.
I know it doesn’t look like I’ve accomplished much. But trust me, this it’s the third pickup load moved out of this shed.
At one time it was neat and organized. That was before moving our things from Iowa. I couldn’t believe this little rusty metal could hold it all.
Now I believe it was all the things stored in it that have held up the roof and walls. The landlord said that the shed is going to be scrap, as soon as we’re done with it.

This is the apartment with some of the stuff moved in but not put away. We only unloaded Heather’s vehicle. Ella and I didn’t have the energy to tackle the load in the pickup. Besides, I was unable to park near our patio. No way could we have carried those trunks and boxes from where I had to park.
Later in the afternoon, a parking spot opened up right next to the patio. However but that time my bride, having reached her limit  called a halt. I was glad she did.

Our Yahtzee game was found among the piles of stuff. You know what that means, right? Right, we played a game of yahtzee.

While waiting for bedtime, we played a game or two off Fast Track.

STEPS: 4592 2.0 miles

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 February 24

Thursday, February 24, 2021

We got a couple of games in after breakfast and before the day was officially stated

Liberty Hill Dental was our first stop today. And an expensive stop it was – and that was only the first installment. I really was not ready for the “sticker shock” Our getting her teeth fixed. It’s a good thing that I enjoy kissing her expensive mouth

After Ella was done at the dentist, it was to the the trailer and another truck load of stuff to moved to the apartment. It is amazing to new that, though the apartment is more than three times the size of the trailer, I don’t know where we are going to put all this stuff

That was it for the day. Not very exciting, I know. It was also very wearing on two old bodies. There will be more trips tomorrow. Heather will be there to lend a hand and a vehicle.

As the sun descends in the west.

The moon rises in the east.

I’ll cut back a couple milligrams of my blood thinner meds. That should get me out of the dagger zone.

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 February 23

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I missed sunrise by about 20 minutes. However, I did capture the bright white ball of light in a sky loud robin’s egg blue.

We had poached eggs for breakfast. I haven’t made or eaten them in years. With all this moving of things. I found the poaching cups. So, I made use of them.

Ella washed and dried 3 loads of clothes today. I didn’t know we had that many clothes. I guess it’s time for me to winnow down my clothes again. The thrift stores can put them into hands of those who need them more than I.

While Ella worked on laundry, I spent time organizing and reorganizing the kitchen. Finding places for everything in a kitchen with no drawers (of any size) isn’t easy. Many things have been relegated to preparedness kits. Kits like those that helped us get through the recent polar vortex.

Our groceries delivery, that was scheduled for between 3 and 4 today, hasn’t happened by 9. I gave up, locked up, and went to bed. It’s been cancelled twice. That’s understandable considering the recent weather which ain’t ‘Fit for Man nor Beast(Quote from WC Fields’s 1933 Mack Senett short ‘A Fatal Glass of Beer’.)

STEPS: 3236 1.4 miles

2021 February 22

Monday, February 22, 2021
Another sunny start to the day.

Our first bit of business for the day was to trade 63 pounds of aluminum cans for $18.90. The trip to and from Hill Country Recycling in Marble Falls made for an enjoyable outing and it helps to recharge the truck’s batteries.
The money will go into the Grandies funds. The money will be used to support their various ministries.

We then went to our trailer at the Stocktank RV park. We loaded up the truck with more stuff to bringing to the apartment. Slowly we are getting the trailer emptied. Now we just need to find places for all of it.

On the way back through Liberty Hill, we stopped at Winkles for a spray can of white enamel. The used dryer we purchased had some rust on the top surface. A couple coats of paint and it looks almost good as new.
Ella did two loads of laundry today. It had been a long long time since we had a washer and dryer of our own.


©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 February 21

Sunday, February 21, 2021

It began with clouds instead of sun this morning. With a forecast of mostly sunny, I was expecting more. It eventually lived up to that which was forecast.

The swimming pool ice is melting

Those footprints on the pool ice aren’t fresh — I hope.

My full length pull over face mask.

Notice the resemblance?

The fire department as well as the rescue unit arrived at the apartment complex shortly after noon today. We never found out what was going on.

We took a trip to the church, because Ella said we needed to pick up “our Lenten package.” She said Pastor Michel will be in the vestibule handing them out. I said that I doubted she was going to wait there all day. I don’t have her phone number, so Ella called. To no avail, ring no answer. 
While there we loaded the backseat of the truck with aluminum cans. We had collected them on the first Sunday in February but had no room in the truck. Tomorrow, if it goes as planned, we will take then to Hillcountry recycling in Marble Falls.

Then it was out to
the trailer and loaded a smaller load to bring back to the apartment. We brought mostly kitchen and closet items in this load. Ella worked on clothing while I tried to take care of the kitchen. I washed all the dishes, skillets, etc. before putting them away.

Once again we were fed soup by some restaurant in the area. If you couldn’t tell by the chicken leg, it was chicken broth with veggies and noodles.
Since it reached 72° today, I think we are out of the danger zone now. Eventually, folks will stop feeding us and that’s okay.

Some of the management staff were here today, even though this isn’t a regular office day. Since it’s been a week since any of them were here, maybe they wanted to see if the place was still standing.

Walked 1.7 miles today

©2021 Thomas E Williams

2021 February 20

Saturday, February 20, 2021
Today’s breakfast provided by God through godly people.
Isaiah 58:10-11 If you give some of your own food to feed those who are hungry and to satisfy the needs of those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will become as bright as the noonday sun. The LORD will continually guide you and satisfy you even in sun-baked places. He will strengthen your bones. You will become like a watered garden and like a spring whose water does not stop flowing.” God’s economics goes counter to the economics old Man. With God you give and then receive.
The sectional Couch arrived today thanks to Jenny and Heather. Arik was here to help with the unloading. As soon as the couch was in, they left to get the washer a nd dryer.
Jenny and Heather (that’s her bottom up) got the sectional assembled, with a last minute assist from Arik.
Arik got the washer and dryer alli hooked up and ready to begin cleaning clothes.
Some stuff has moved from trailer to apartment. Not everything. Big things have migrated with the help of Jenny, Arik, and Heather. Actually, I’m amazed at the amount that was moved today. With the washer, dryer, and sectional couch.

Every room is cluttered as we try to find a place for everything

Went to the trailer and loaded two trucks with things to bring to the apartment.

©2021 Thomas E Williams