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.”


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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  • *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)