2020 August 26 Becoming a Texan


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I love a cool morning when I can open the door. This morning we were up at 6 and out the door by 6:45, so the door wasn’t open for very long.The forecasters did a good job of guessing today’s high temperature at 91°. As of five o’clock that forty percent chance of rain has not materialized. Though it might still happen overnight.Liberty Hill is about 200 miles, as the crow flies, from the gulf coast near Houston. So we could well get some moisture from hurricane Laura within the next couple of days. Unless the jet stream drags it all to the east. Not wishing the destruction that Laura may cause on anyone. However, we could sure use some rain in this slice of paradise.

The sun never quite made it to sunrise until we were parked in a grocery loading spot at Wal-Mart. But we got to see some colorful predawn sky.We were at Wal-Mart at about seven thirty this morning to pick up (drive up) groceries. The 7 to 8 time slot is reserved for at risk folks, which we are. There was only one other vehicle there at that time. We were in and out in no time.From there we went to Sticker Shop to have the pickup inspected. Unfortunately our vehicle insurance was issued in Iowa and we had to have proof of Texas insurance.So we sat in the parking lot while contacting Progressive’s customer service. I give them 5 out of 5 stars for the ease with which they handled the transition from Iowa based auto insurance to Texas insurance. Everything was then emailed to me. The time for the changed policy to arrive in my email took about the same time as I had spent on the phone.While awaiting the email, it was back to Wal-Mart to get Ella’s meds. By the time we received her medications, the updated info from Progressive arrived on my phone. Texas does accept electronic proof of insurance. That made it simpler than if I would have had to print a copy for them.Once I had proof of insurance, it was back to the inspection place. Unfortunately, Rudolf didn’t pass. He has a cracked driver side taillight lens.O’Reilly’s auto parts was along our route, so I stopped. I was quoted a price of $84.00 plus tax. However, I was also told that they would match anyone else. I sat in their parking lot and found it online at nearly half their price but with $10.00 shipping. I went back inside and showed them the price. They matched it. They were out of stock in that location, but would have it this afternoon. I will go back tomorrow, get the lens, install the lens, go back to the inspection place, show them the replaced lens, and get the “passed inspection” sticker or whatever.Once Rudolf has completely passed inspection, I can then apply for Texas license plates.The next step is to get Texas drivers licenses for Ella and I.I was thinking of changing our banking institution also. Ella pointed out what a hassle that would be for changing all of the automatic deposits and withdrawals and getting new cards. Nope, I’m happy to continue with the credit union in Iowa.

By the way, that’s a stock photo and does not represent our actual financial situation. 😀

My supper: Life, blueberries, and previously frozen strawberries.

  • Ella wrote: It’s been quite a confusing and emotional time for me. Our AC hasn’t been working. We do have portable units to get us by. The kids, all six, tell us it’s time to move into an apartment. Everything is so up in the air. Covid and months shut in at home. No trip back to Iowa for the summer, no seeing family and friends. Now it’s time to sort through our storage that holds the remains of our former lives. Some will end up in the trash, some to go to the kids, some to go church or goodwill and some we take with us. It’s not going to be an easy job.

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