2020 March 14 Saturday

2020 March 14 Saturday in Liberty Hill Texas Welcome to our daily journal! Send Mail to: TomAndEllaJournal@gmail.com

Day one of being self isolated because of the corona-virus.

There is a steel-wool sky above us. My sleep monitor tells me that I slept seven hours and nine minutes including twenty four minutes of awake time. I am fairly confident that, if I was awake, I wasn’t asleep. Unlike Schrödinger’s cat, I cannot occupy two states of existence simultaneously, e.g. both asleep and awake at the same time.
The sum total should be, awake twenty four minutes and asleep six hours forty five minutes.

Life during the days of COV19

We are starting to limit our travels and in-person contacts. Partially this is a cost cutting measure as gasoline is our fourth highest expense, behind food, insurances, and housing and just about even with medications.

nd of course the other reason is to lessen the chances of contracting this virus. I am a prime target because of age (73), heart disease, and diabetic. Ella has age and asthma. So here is what we are doing.

  1. We are praying for devine intervention and / or medical breakthrough.
  2. We will attend worship service. If they are cancelled, I have dozens of sermons (mine that I have preached and others I have attended.
  3. We are no longer going to senior centers for meals.
  4. We will no longer attend the Over The Hill Gang*.
  5. We may not attend Grandies**
  6. Choir practice is also an unanswered question.
  7. We have already ordered our groceries online for pick up. But may go to home delivery.
  8. We currently have enough food on hand for several months if absolutely necessary.
  9. We have games, puzzles, books, TV, movies, and other forms of entertainment to keep us distracted.
  10. We have social media to keep us connected.
  11. And if worst comes to worst, we’ll do housework.

his morning we played several rounds of Rummikube. It had been quite a while since the two of us sat down to play this game. Ella beat me each time.

e also played Mexican Train Dominoes (Cutty’s rules). But we had to stop because it was too exhausting. I’m kidding. But we did stop to take naps.

received an email from Wal-Mart stating that the drinking water was unavailable, as were eggs, peas, corn, paper towels, and toilet paper.

stopped at two Dollar General stores on the way to Wal-Mart. Stop number one was a bust. I was able to get paper towels and Miracle Whip at store number two. After Wal-Mart, at Dollar General number three, I got two packs of paper napkins (read that as emergency toilet paper) and the last carton of eggs. Two of the eggs were broken so I got them for a discount.

n the way home, I videoed the drive to show the area where we live and give voice to some concerns. I posted it to YouTube and.

his was shortly after six this evening. That is the most sun I saw all day.

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Day 166 in Texas

  • *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)