2020 February 22 Saturday

2020 February 22 Saturday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.commailto:TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.comight after midnight, I went to sleep and slept straight through until about quarter after seven. “Let me have men about me that are fat, Sleek-headed men and such as sleep a-nights. (Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, act 1, scene 2) I am a fat, sleek-headed man who, on occasion, sleeps a-night.orty two degrees is better than thirty two degrees and partly cloudy is better than completely cloudy, so it’s a good day. It’s a good day for saying, “It’s a good day!”t was also a good day for a sunrise photograph. Now, I’ll admit that I adjusted the color slightly but it sure is pretty.Wash day has come again! As I think back to my childhood, I remember what a big deal things like “perma press and wash and wear” were. Just imagine never having to iron clothes ever again. Why haven’t we developed clothing that never needs washing? Levi’s CEO and President Chip Bergh first hit headlines in 2014 when he admitted he hadn’t ever washed his decade-old favourite pair of jeans. (Read more here) I wonder if we should be doing more spot cleaning and less drowning our clothing in chemicals, detergents, and gallons of water. I don’t have a answer, just questions.f you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7″ you should read it first for a1 fuller understanding.(Go to “2020 February 14 Thursday”)

Originally published November 2011
Now we are left with the possibility of moveing all of our belongings from the RoadRanger (RR) to the HitchHiker (HH) when we had planned to only move a portion of them. Then we needed to make plans to either tow the HH to Texas AND BACK or to purchase yet another different RV.There are other options also such as renting a place to stay, abandoning the idea of moving with the seasons or …. ? We’ll just have to see what God has in store for us.For now we are settled in for another Iowa winter in our new home, the HH. We have already had our first snow of the season. One to five inches of very heavy, wet snow that took down trees and power lines as well as snarled traffic with accidents.

I had written earlier about the unpleasant surprise we had when we went to move our RR fifth wheel and how that was causing us to rethink our plans. Since that time we have been looking (mostly online) at fifth wheels and travel trailers.Ella found an older Excel at Plaza RV in Bondurant. There were lots of photos of the trailer and it looks like it is very similar to the RR in size and layout. The biggest difference is the placement of the entrance door. The Excel’s is near the rear of the trailer (like the HH’s) instead of in the middle like the RR’s.That day, being a bright sunny day, (but bitterly cold) we decided to drive over to the dealership and take a look at it in real life.The battery was down and the slideout was in, and the baggage door locks were frozen shut, so we didn’t see it quite as completely as we’d hoped.

I told the salesman that we were not ready to buy and that we’d check back in the spring. If it is still there, we’d be interested.The salesman said that if we’d take it now, he’d knock $1,500 of the price. I said I did not want to have to store it until spring. He said he’d store it for us. Darn! Now we had to decide what to do.
(to be continued)

captured some nice looking photographs before the sun disappeared for the night.

t looks like my plan to lose weight by not changing anything may be working. Grin.Remember you can also email me. mailto:TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.com

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  • Day 144 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 February 21 Friday

2020 February 21 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.commail to: tomandEllajournal@gmail.com‘m really excited about the New domain name and email address.Not quite six hours of sleep. But okay I’m back to waking at five o’clock, which had been my “normal” time to wake for years. Now our I can just get to sleep earlier.espite all of the recent rains, we are still in a drought.
So far, Texas has seen relatively little change in drought conditions since the beginning of the year. As of last week, more than half the state, or about 53.4%, was experiencing some degree of drought, but the winter rainfall in Austin is only about a half-inch less than normal. (Quoted from Austin Statesman)ven though I was awake and moving at five o’clock, I fell into the YouTube black hole and missed getting a photo of the sunset. If you really need a sunrise photo here is one from February 14th. Today’s sunrise would have nearly exactly like the forteenth’s.ecause Ella and I didn’t get around until later today, we skipped breakfast and went to the Georgetown senior center earlier than usual. As it turned out, we were the first ones (other than staff) to arrive.y the time lunch was served,there were about a dozen folks at the centere stopped at the Wal-Mart store inn Georgetown before coming home. We were out of milk, both the regular refrigerated and the shelf-stable, ultra pasteurized milk. Though it does not NEED to be refrigerated, I like to keep at least one cartoon refrigerated “just in case.”

IN THE BEGINNING part 7

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(Go to 2020 February 14 Thursday)

Originally published November 2011
We recently purchased the second RV, a 2001 Hitch Hiker. We intentionally purchased a smaller fifth-wheel (30’) because it would be easier and less expensive to tow to Texas. Since we would be living in the Hitch Hiker (from now on referred to as HH) for only about four months of the year, it would not have to have all of the storage space that the RR had. We did chuckle to ourselves that the trailer we bought to take to Texas is a full four season and the one we were leaving in Iowa was only a three season. Little did we suspect the changes that were in store for us!
We purchased the HH and made arrangement to have the RR moved from our seasonal site at Cutty’s. The Road Ranger (RR) was going into storage so that we could give the HH a good ‘break in’ period. The plan was to live in the HH through another Iowa winter, spring, summer and fall before heading to Texas. That would let us become accustomed to the trailer. The reality of what happened was; the slideout on the RR refused to slide in. Upon examination, it was discovered that a corner portion of the slideout had suffered water damage and ‘dropped’ several inches. It may be repairable. However, since the RV is twenty years old, the cost is likely more than the trailer is worth. The Cutty’s maintenance staff was able to tow it (with the slideout still in the “out” position) to the on site storage area.(to be continued)

ep, I’m trying to lose weight again. And by “trying” I mean, I hope I will loose about fifty to sixty pounds without me doing anything different in my life.The local Lions Club. Had a fish fry fundraiser this evening at the former American Legion Hall in Liberty Hill. So shortly after the groceries were put away, Elsa and I went into town for supper.aking the long way home, we stopped at the Liberty Hill “Mall” (Dollar General) which had gone through a face lift of sorts. Most of the clothing was gone. A vastly expanded frozen food section and a new (small) fresh produce area are the biggest changes that we saw.

hat is either the sunset over a live oak or a burning bush. What do you think? Should I go investigate?

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  • Day 143 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 February 20 Thursday

2020 February 20 Thursday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.comine hours of sleep? I told you I was tired. Really, I think I truly did need the sleep. I try to turn my restless mind off at night as I lay in bed. However, it races along, swerving from one thought to another.ast night I took a couple Tylenol PM before retiring, to ease the pain in my right shoulder. It obviously helped, I slept for nine hours. I might just do it again tonight.orty degrees that feels like thirty three. Did I mention that our tree’s buds are beginning to open? It will not be long until the flowers bloom and the bees buzz in our little tree.s advertised, it is cold, wet, and overcast. And it appears that tomorrow will be a rerun with, perhaps, a little less dampness.lood clotting factor two point three. ✔ Vitamins sorted (taken with breakfast). ✔ Weight, two hundred ninety seven. ✔ All internal systems nominal. ✔eorge Forman ready to prepare our breakfast. Yes, we have a celebrity cook at our home.his is my favorite way to toast English muffins. Although, since I butter them before toasting them, they are technically speaking, fried.

Throw back Thursday to February 13, 2013

This morning I came back from coffee and sat down in the recliner and went to sleep. I woke up about 10:30 and Ella and I walked up to the rec hall to check the mail. I received a note from the VA reminding me of the appointment on the 21st. I then went online to the VA health net and entered my stats from this morning and answered a questionnaire about my weight and activities.
I then sat back down in the recliner and went to sleep only to awaken with a real need to go to the bathroom. That is how the rest of my day has gone (it is now after 8 p.m.) Recliner to bathroom, to recliner … repeat. I must have picked up some ‘bug’ at the VA the other day. So I guess the good news is … I did get something out of my visit to them the other day. Grin

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  • Day 142 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 February 19 Wednesday

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orty five degrees at daybreak that did reach the predicted high temperature of forty seven.

vercast sky, drizzle and occasional rain was how the day began.

he Grandies** weekly Wednesday meeting was held, as usual, in the Over The Hill Gang* building.

hen the meeting party pic Grandies** was over, Rex, Blanca, Bill, Karen, Ella, and I played a game out Fast Track. It is even more fun to play with six people in teams of two. Ella and Bill won.fter Grandies**, Rex, Blanca, Bill, Karen, Ella, and I went to Hobo Junction for lunch. The Three men ordered the daily special: chicken fried steak. That was the whole reason that we went there. Oh okay, also we enjoy each other’s company.

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IN THE BEGINNING part 6

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go to “2020 February 14 Thursday”)

Originally published November 2011

For the next couple of years we made the resort our home base. However, we also were able to volunteer as camp hosts at a couple of Corp of Engineer parks around Saylorville Lake. We both were still working full time (though we were both doing temp work).

In the years since then we have both retired. Ella was tired of waiting for new temp jobs to open. I had a heart attack that made me even more aware of how quickly things can change. Since retiring, we have done more work camping and some part-time jobs.
Now that we qualify for Medicare it will give us more freedom to travel without worrying about whether our insurance will be honored. Our plan is to travel to the Austin Texas area for the winter of 2012-2013 and then return to Iowa for the summer months. However, we’ll see how those plans work out. They have already gone through some revision. The original plan was to purchase another RV to take to Texas. We would then leave that one in storage in the south and return to Iowa and live in the RoadRanger.
(to be continued on “2020 February 20 Friday”)

dreary sky to end a dreary (though fun-filled) day in Texas

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  • Day 141 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 February 18 Tuesday

2020 February 18 Tuesday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://www.tomandellajournal.comI slept but had a bizarre dream. It begin with me driving a stake truck. (I never have) However the truck was driven from inside the box so there were boards blocking my vision. I had to stand up to drive. In the odd mechanics of a dream, I was able to stand straight up in the cab and reach all of the pedals and steering wheel.was driving in a small town with rolling hills, much like one in which I grew up. Going down a hill was when I discovered that there were hardly any brakes on the truck.ith the sudden changes of scenery that happens in dreams, we were in the middle of nowhere. We descended into a huge construction site. There was a tall concrete pillar that indicated an interstate highway bridge was being built.ext, without a break in continuity, we were riding horses up and out of the work zone.e came to a primitive campground and were once more in the truck. I decided to stop and ask for directions.gain the scene jumped, to the inside of a library. We were now on bicycles and riding down a narrow staircase which had no handrails. Also,there were small children going up the stairs as we were going down.n elderly lady in a blue dress was getting up, from behind a desk, to leave. I remember she had an amazing gold necklace, though I don’t remember what it looked like.asked for directions to get back into town. Her directions were too complicated to understand. I asked if she was going that direction and could we just follow her.hat’s when I knew I was dreaming. Because I would never have asked for directions.t is not often that the day begins already at the high temperature for the day. I think “it’s all down hill from here” applies. Don’t you?e didn’t eat until after Ella’s visit with the urologist. The appointment was for ten. We arrived at about quarter to ten. We were out of the doctor’s just before eleven. Results on Friday (?)

ou can tell by the photographs that we had lunch at Dairy Queen. Ella had chicken and dumplings/noodles and a strawberry malt. I had a hamburger (mustard and pickles only), fries, ice tea, and peanut buster parfait.e were home, had taken a picture of the sky (photo above), and sitting in our recliners before our alarms told us that it was noon. Why do or alarms go off at noon? Several years ago we had a visiting preacher asked that everyone stop at noon and say the Lord’s prayer. We have continued to do so every since..IN THE BEGINNING part 5

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3, 4” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go back to post “2020 February 14 Thursday”)

This was Originally published November 2011
For the next couple of years we made the resort our home base. However, we also were able to volunteer as camp hosts at a couple of Corp of Engineer parks around Saylorville Lake. We both were still working full time (though we were both doing temp work). In the years since then we have both retired. Ella was tired of waiting for new temp jobs to open. I had a heart attack that made me even more aware of how quickly things can change. Since retiring, we have done more work camping and some part-time jobs.

Now that we qualify for Medicare it will give us more freedom to travel without worrying about whether our insurance will be honored. Our plan is to travel to the Austin Texas area for the winter of 2012-2013 and then return to Iowa for the summer months. However, we’ll see how those plans work out. They have already gone through some revision. The original plan was to purchase another RV to take to Texas. We would then leave that one in storage in the south and return to Iowa and live in the RoadRanger fifth wheel. (to be continued

rizzly rain and an overcast sky daybreak through to day’s end. It was sixty six degrees this morning and forty six degrees at bedtime. More, real rain, is predicted for tonight.
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  • Day 140 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 February 17 Monday

2020 February 17 Monday -Presidents Day- in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.com

ou may have noticed that the “WordPress” has been dropped from the URL. Yep, the domain name is officially ours.

nterestingly, it both shows the sleep starting at eleven twenty-seven and the thirty-seven minutes puff awake time. I don’t think it should show it both ways. Either I was asleep or I was not. It seems silly to add it and them subtract it. Right?

arm, cloudy, and dense fog alert. I concur. The view from my deck looked cloudy and foggy. At the same time it felt remarkably warm for mid February.

ince it is Presidents Day, all of the senior centers are closed. We had nowhere to go and all day to get there. That gave Ella the opportunity to beat me two out of three games of Fast Track.

The sky at noon when it was seventy four degrees outside and inside. That is why there is a fan in the doorway. Before long, the door will be shut and the air conditioning started. For those of you in locations with snow, freezing rain and below zero temperatures, I’m sorry. Consider this as a reason to join us in Texas.

nce it reached eight degrees outside and eighty five inside, it was definitely time for the air conditioning.

IN THE BEGINNING part 4

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2, 3” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go to post “2020 February 14 Thursday”)

Originally published November 2011

Our dream had been to retire to amobile lifestyle’. I envisioned it being something like, waking in the morning and flipping a coin to decide if we were to travel left or right, forward or back. We were still several years from being able to retire but we were beginning to live a version of the dream.

Our friends and family were concerned for us to the point that when we said we were going to live in the RoadRanger during the winter they asked, “Won’t you be cold?” To which we replied, “I don’t know, ask us again in the spring.” Well, thanks to following the advice of other full-timers, we made it through that first winter with only minor difficulties. And, “No” we were not cold. We learned to use foil-backed foam insulation to skirt the trailer. We also learned to use 40 watt ‘trouble lights’ to provide just a little heat behind the RV refrigerator. (Unlike household refrigerators which use a compressor, RV refrigerators rely on evaporation and must have heat to work.) We learned to use plastic film to cover the windows. We learned how to depend on the fresh water tank for water and how to keep the water lines from freezing. But most of all we learned how beautiful God’s world is in the winter.
We watched the leaves on the trees around the lake turn from green to bright fall colors and then to abandon the trees for the winter. We watched the sunlight sparkle so brightly on the lake that it almost hurt your eyes. We watched the geese and ducks invade and then leave as they passed through to warmer areas. Gold finches changed to their drab green fall color. Rabbits, raccoons, deer and hawks became the winter time entertainment replacing the song birds of summer. We discovered that the winter sun shining on snow and ice mimicked the sunlight sparkle of the summer lake. We discovered how little we needed for us to be happy.

(to be continued)

he sun, at its setting, made me forget the lackluster, fog and cloud shrouded beginning of the day.

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  • Day 139 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)

2020 February 16 Sunday

2020 February 16 Sunday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.com

Brahm’s Lullaby

ullaby and goodnight,
With lilies of white
And roses of red
To pillow your head
May you wake when the day
Chases darkness away,
May you wake when the day
Chases darkness away.

Lullaby and goodnight.
Let angels of light
Spread wings round your bed
And guard you from dread.
Slumber gently and deep
In the dreamland of sleep,
Slumber gently and deep
In the dreamland of sleep.

oing for a high temperature of seventy four. However, it over shot the mark and landed on seventy eight degrees. The mercury topped out at eighty five inside. Even with the door open and a fan oscillating, it was too warm for yours truly. I shut the door and started the air conditioning. Once it was down to seventy five inside, the a/c went off and the door was once again open.

There was a little color in the sky this morning. However, I never actually saw the sun, which remained shrouded in clouds until midday.

astor John Saint’s sermon this morning at Cross Tracks Church, Liberty Hill, Texas was “You Have Heard It Said”

fter the worship service, we went to our Sunday school class. We have just begun to study Adam Hamilton’s book “Making Sense Of The Bible.” Having just read the introduction and the first three short chapters, I can already tell that I’m going to love this book.

e needed a few essentials to restock our refrigerator and pantry. That meant a trip to the Wal-Mart in Cedar Park. While there I topped off the truck’s gas tank.

y the time we were dove at Wal-Mart, it was past noon and time for lunch. Golden Chick was on or way home so we went through the drive-up. We brought the food home and ate here.

esterday evening we received a text from the RV park owner that the yards would be mowed on Sunday. We were asked to make sure that everything was picked up before the mowers arrived. I brought our two camping chairs up on the deck a and found a few scraps of trash that went into the trash. Today, when we returned from our travels, the site head been mowed. There really isn’t much grass, the ground is too full of rocks for much to grow. However the recent rain has caused some straggly looking weeds to pop up. Now they’re gone.

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IN THE BEGINNING part 3

If you haven’t read “The Beginning Parts 1, 2” you should read it first for a fuller understanding.(go back to 2020 February 14 Thursday)

Originally published November 2011
The next year we bought a membership with Cutty’s Des Moines Camping Club which is a members’ owned resort in the Des Moines area.

The campground is over eighty acres of gently rolling sparsely forested hills with an eleven acre fishing lake in the middle. The resort has amenities such as: two outdoor pools, wading pool, eighteen hole miniature golf, western play village, giant slide, playgrounds, basket ball courts, horseshoe pitching areas, sand volley ball, shuffle board and tennis courts.

Cutty’s is much like the small towns in which Ella and I grew up. There is a general store, café, laundry facilities, RV parts store, repair shop and a large “main street” meeting area where there are all types of entertainment every weekend during the camping season. One of the biggest attractions for us was the large clubhouse which remains open year around. The clubhouse has in indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, exercise room, showers, and laundry.
(to be continued)

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  • Day 138 in our Texas home
  • *The Over The Hill Gang, (3307 RR 1869) Any area senior 50 years or older is invited to join for fellowship and a meal every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The first meal is free; afterwards, individuals are asked to donate $6 for their meal.
  • **Grandies welcomes those 50+ every week with friendship, games and a ministry to connect to others. As a special part of their ministry, Grandies sign and send greeting cards with inspirational messages to those serving in the military, the sick or homebound and church members celebrating happy milestones like birthdays and graduation. Since this ministry started, more than 3,300 cards have been sent!

In the summer, Grandies also work to make available snack packs through Operation Liberty Hill for children who may not otherwise have enough food without a school in session. Additionally, they provide meals at Vacation Bible School. and host bake sales twice a year to raise funds for their important works.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m.
Currently meets at the OTHG building (3307 RR 1869)