2020 May 20 There and Back Again


In Liberty Hill, Texas

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  • 7 months 20 days since we returned to Texas.
  • 66 days being self isolated.

Again this morning, the color is burnt from the sky.

This mouthy little mocking bird sits up here every morning. Then he goes through every song he knows.

According to The Cornell Lab’s All About Birds, one theory (of why mocking birds sing the songs of other birds) is that if a female prefers males who sing more songs, a male can top his rivals by quickly adding to his repertoire some of the sounds around him. Possessing a diverse assortment of songs may indicate he is an older male with proven longevity and survival skills–good traits to pass on to offspring. An older male may also be more experienced in raising young or may have access to better resources. According to one study on the Edwards Plateau in Texas, mockingbirds with the largest repertoires have the best territories, laden with foods such as insects, wild grapes, and persimmons.

A nearly colorless sky this morning because of haze in the air. There are fires between Marble Falls and Burnet approximately fifteen miles directly to our west. There is another fire near Spicewood about fifteen miles south southwest.

Our weekly Zoom Grandies meeting was very light on attendance. I realize that we are in an age group where some are technology challenged and some have neither computer nor smart phone. However there are more of us who do use techno-gadgets than there are who don’t. So it is disappointing that so many chose to not participate.

Stopped at Parker’s for some perishables, including a frozen pizza for lunch. I’m so thankful for the convention oven which both heats and cools off quickly.

Eighteen mile drive into Cedar Park for Ella’s prescriptions at Wal-Mart. The drive up (and Park) system works very well. Especially considering they have no drive up window.

And then twenty-four miles back. We drove a few extra miles to allow more time for the truck battery to recharge.

Including a stop at Dairy Queen, a sandwich and tea for me and a Butterfinger Blizzard for Ella. This was our very early supper.

Now, if I can just avoid snacking until breakfast tomorrow. That will qualify as a long intermittent fasting. I’ve been attempting to do this intermittently anyway. I’ve dropped from 300+ to around 288 +/-. No, no, hold the applause. When you start out where I did, I’ve only lost 6-7% of my original weight. I could (almost) get that all back with a single trip to Cooper’s BBQ. I need to loose closer to 20% of my starting weight. Which I’m trying, slowly and healthily, to do.

It cooled down to ninety one by four thirty.

Here is the meaning of our logo.

Plus all of those arrows symbolizing both inward and outward growth.

Thanks again for stopping by. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. We love you.

  • God bless and g’day.
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  • ©2020 Thomas E. Williams

The pandemic has stricken some 1.3 million Americans. And killed more than 82,000.Texas has 48,693 coronavirus cases and 1,347 deaths.

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