April 5 – 11

Howdy family and friends. This is Tom of Tom and Ella Journal dot com. this is a recap of our journal from April 5th through April 11th.SundayApril 5th

Day 24 of us being self isolated.

it is another drab gray morning. As i write this It is a chilly forty eight degrees. Predicted high of sixty one. Reached sixty two. It looks like it will stay in that neighbor over night.Breakfast of toast, egg, bacon for Ella and sausage for me. http://armchairsermons.com\n©2020om.

Side note: if you see the word “puff” in a post here, and it doesn’t make any sense, it is because auto correct is forever changing “of” into “puff”. I try to catch it when I proof read, but if I miss it, you’ll understand.

This is the third week for our church service being online. There were still some glitches, but each week they’ve added a new element. Soon we will have it all figured out. Our Church always has communion communion on the first Sunday of the month. This month, with everyone in isolation, we couldn’t have an “official UMC communion“, but we could have a “love feast.”Lunch was Chicken thighs, green beans, and creamy rice. Lip smacking good, if I do say do myself.

Monday April 06Looking through the very dense fog toward the East at the rising sun. It’s right there. You see it, right? No. No. A little to the left. Ah you missed it.The view to the South is just as foggy. The far hills have ducked of sight. Don’t take it personal. They are very shy hills. Sometimes they even disappear behind clouds of cedar pollen. No kidding. When the cedar and juniper are pollinating, it drifts like smoke through the valleys.The Western view is probably the foggiest direction at the moment. A couple of yard lights are trying in vain to fight their way through the mists. Just try to hang on until sunrise. Oh … right. No sunrise.We broke with tradition and took a point 26th of a mile morning walk. And it did not involve checking the mail box. we took our walk that took us down to the abandoned stock tank General Store. Perhaps abandoned is the wrong term here, unused would be more correct.I love the old time look of the , rough cut siding. Each section of the lap siding still has the contour of the log from which it came. having never been painted or stained the wood has weathered to a nice silvery Gray.This building isn’t quite as old as it appears. It was built in the late 1990s with the idea of making it appear like real old western frontier general store. it has a squared-off false front that makes it appear to be taller than it actually is, just as many old western town buildings appeared.Lots of yellow weeds and pink flowers, I think the pink may be primroses.A small patch of blue bonnets and more yellow weeds. Texans go bonkers over blue bonnets. They run out into a large patch of flowers, plunk their baby down for a photo op. Folks, there are rattlesnakes out and about. THINK.Pinto beans and rice with smoked sausage and carrots for lunch.The dishwasher is broke. No, we have no machine that’s broken. It’s me. I’m broke.I Found a mask that’ll cover my beard. I stuff the bill of my cap into the neck of my shirt. That way the crown covers my mouth and nose. And it doubles as a hat. How great it’s that? Just kidding.My truck’s HUM device (think aftermarket Onstar) anywayHUM notified me that the truck’s battery was in the yellow zone. So we went for a 55 drive to charge it. We were still in isolation. It just was a rolling isolation.http://armchairsermons.com

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Day 188 in Texas

Day 25 of us being self isolated.

April 07

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ith humidity of 100% it got to be only stinky fairly soon. And doing laundry by hand got its to sweating soon enough.

aundry day again ~ or still. This was things not laundered earlier. We made good use of that rainwater we captured. And today, we made good use of the sunshine and breeze.Ella posted:

Today has been a good day. It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining and it’s up to 80°. It’s just right for washing and drying clothes.

We had rain water to wash in. Since the tub was outside and too full to move, we pulled out an ice chest to use for rinse water. I sat in a lawn chair, so I wouldn’t have to lean over. We also put the drying racks close by.

We didn’t have nearly as much to clean today, having done washing last week.

I hope to wash again on Monday. If we keep up, it won’t be bad.

It makes me feel good to accomplish this. I know my grandmother washed this way most, if not all, of her life.

Yesterday’s drive through the Texas hill country video finality uploaded. So fasten your seatbelt we’re going for a 30 minute ride, up and down and around.

took the rice and bean mixture, that was yesterday’s leftover, added some taco spices and served it on tortillas with cheese and salsa. That made for a quick lunch and used the leftovers.

also baked a loaf of bread today. That’s right, on the day that it reached 87°, I baked bread. Yes, the air conditioner has run almost all day. Since it’s still 85 degrees at 7:30 in the evening, I suspect it will run all night also.

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Day 189 in Texas

Day 23 of us being self isolated.

April 08

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eventy one degrees at six o’clock in the morning. No overcast dove colored sky today. Going to be close enough to tickle ninety degrees on the toes.

early clear and touched with gold in this morning’s heavenly vault. And getting ready to. burn.

ornpone for breakfast. I’m trying to vary our breakfasts with the means of our limited larder. I know, traditional ‘pone is made with white cornmeal. I did mention the finite selection of our cupboards, right? I may make biscuits with either pepper gravy or sausage gravy one morning soon.

ednesdays are Grandies meeting days. Even with social distancing, we decided to wear our go to meeting t-shirts, even though we couldn’t go to a meeting. Look how tiny Ella looks. It must be a trick of perspective. She’s further from the camera than I am.

ometime around three o’clock the temperature reached ninety four. I said this morning that it would be close enough to tickle ninety degrees on the toes. It appears I was wrong. It got. close enough to bite it on the ankle

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Day 190 in Texas

Day 24 of us being self isolated.

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hat a beautiful morning! Seventy two degrees and a gentle breeze, that just barely moves the leaves. This is the kind of weather I would vote for on a year ’round basis. Who is with me? Write the National Weather Bureau and demand that they that they maintain a constant seventy two all year. And … and … no snow … except Christmas Eve and Christmas morning! Grin.

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atmeal with raisins sounded perfect for breakfast. However, I forgot the raisins. Ella, echoing her daddy, calls it oatmeal with bugs. I will just have to add the bugs next time.

he back counter in our RV has become the drop zone for stuff for which we don’t really have a designated home. The chore de jour was to find hidey holes for all those sundry items. You can believe that it took over an hour, with the two of us working together, before we ~ called a timeout.

We had a “real” meal for lunch. Roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, and the last of the cornpone.

e had a severe thunderstorm pass through. It couldn’t stay long, had business elsewhere I reckon. The wind came first, like a herald before the king. There were no trumpets but I’ll grant you this, there was plenty of blowing.

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Beginning to end the rain lasted about a half an hour. the wind never let up and the rain was falling sideways. I was surprised that we even managed to capture six inches of rain. I was surprised any of it hit the ground at all. So much debris we blown into the tub, that I dumped it. We should have more rainfall before Monday’s laundry day. And perhaps no more rubble will get into the tub next time.

nce the storm had passed over, we went for a walk to check on the mail box. Seemed appropriate since this is Passover. Chag Pesach Sameach!

Our neighbor seems to have damage to their awning and freestanding canopy.

thought she was trying to sit in my chair and missed. But she said she was backing up and tripped. Ella was also congratulating herself for only falling twice this year. I didn’t point out that we’re less than a third of the way through this year.

From 2018

THINGS NOBODY TOLD ME ABOUT GROWING OLD

GROWING OLD

Nobody said it would be this difficult and sometimes painful to just to get dressed in the morning.

Nobody explained that one third of my income would be spent on doctors, medications, and supplements. And that was after the insurance had paid.

I don’t recall anyone explaining about the mysterious “traveling” pain that would move from body part to body part.

Who would have thought that retirement could be so tiring and busy?

There are bits and pieces of me missing more everyday, hair, teeth, eyesight, hearing, and memory.

Speaking of memory, there’s the panic when I forget something … did I just forget or is it dementia?

Also that social filter in your head, that keeps you from saying what you really think, gets weaker and less effective every day.

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Day 191 in Texas

Day 25 of us being self isolated.April 10Welcome to our daily journal. Share it with a friend. www.TomAndEllaJournal.comAudio journal https://www.spreaker.com/user/12220003

weak attempt was made by Sol to shred the fabric of the ashen blanket that was spread overhead this morning

e broke our overnight fast with French toast. The French do not call it French toast, you know. It is, as translated, “lost bread,” because it is made from stale bread, though I’m not sure how you can tell when French bread has gone stale. It always seems that way to me. After all, even the French call it a stick. But that may be because of the shape, rather than the texture.

or lunch I made some beef stew with dumplings. For the dumplings, I followed a recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com. I won’t do that again. I use a biscuit recipe and the dumplings come out fluffy not like the lump of dough that these were.

ormally Ella and I walk to the mail together. However, today I received notification that my VA prescription had been delivered. Ella was napping. Therefore, I walked there by my self. Later in the afternoon, both of it’s went for a walk around the Stocktank.

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  • ©2020 Thomas E. Williams

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