2020 February 07 Friday in Liberty Hill, Texas http://TomAndEllaJournal.WordPress.comell, I made it to sleep before midnight and slept straight through until my bladder demanded that I get up. That’s not too bad.o more below freezing nights, at least for the next ten days. Although it is not all sunshine and roses. Five out of the next ten days have rain in the forecast. I personally could do without the rain. However, the city water supplies, lakes, rivers, ponds, and stock tanks will welcome the refill.nother burnt orange pre-dawn with the sun just barely below the treeline.s the sun works it way northward, it will soon be behind that light pole that is in most morning photos taken from my deck. I could take photos without it if I got warmly dressed and walked a hundred feet or so to the south. However, I’m just not that ambitious. It’s just so much easier to step out on the deck and snap a picture.
Now for something completely different
MAKING A BUDDY BURNER
From Wikipedia: A Buddy Burner is a simple stove made from a can and part of a corrugated paper box. It is usually fueled by paraffin wax but other fuels, such as boiled butter, animal fat or diesel fuel, can be used. It is usually used for cooking but can also provide heat. To make a burner, you will need a shallow can such as tuna, lots of corrugated cardboard, pencil or pen, sharp knife or scissors, needle nose pliers, and a small candle (optional). You will also need melted wax. You may use canning wax (paraffin) or melted candles. DO NOT MELT WAX OVER OPEN FLAME!!!Use the can as a guide for the width of the cardboard strips.Cut the cardboard into stripsCut the candle the same height as the strips so that the wick will protrude above the stove top. It was a lucky coincidence that I could cut mine in two.Trim the cut candle so that the wick it’s exposed.Using the needle nose pliers, begin forming a coil of cardboard.Watch my video on YouTube where I demonstrate how to wind the cardboard and insert the candle. https://youtu.be/vK0Vgw2rTqMInsert the coil into the can and the candle into the middle. You are now ready to pour the melted wax into the can.Once again, do NOT heat the wax over an OPEN FLAME. The molten wax becomes quite volatile. Some people say to use a double boiler. However, because the wax is nearly impossible to get out of the pan on clean up, I would rather heat it in a disposable can sitting in a pot of boiling water.oday Ella and I attended a Valentine’s Day Luncheon at the Leander UMC where the 50+ meetings and game days are held. This is an annual event held on the Friday before Valentine’s Day. Since next Friday is Valentine’s, this was the Friday before. It was all fancied up with cloth tables clothes, table center pieces, hors d’oeuvres, food served in courses, and a fancy dessert of pound cake slices topped with mixed berries and whipped cream.fter the meal there was a game. A slideshow projected photos of movie star couples and we had to write the names of the couples, the name of the movie, and/or their characters’ names. I knew something about all of the movies except “An Officer And A Gentleman” which I’ve never seen.
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- *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!