2020 August 02 KSSP, OLH, Cans

Sunday

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Eight years ago, on July 30, 2012, Ella was standing next to a single corn plant that was twice her height. We did not plant the corn. It grew from seeds from the bird feeder. It never produced an ear with kernels.

This afternoon (2-4) was drop off day for food for the Kids Summer Snack Program, Operation Liberty Hill (food pantry), and aluminum cans. Louine, Charlotte, Ella, and I sat under the worship center awning and accepted the donations that people dropped off. This it’s to be a monthly ministry. We are just getting it started. It wasn’t a large turnout, but anything is better than nothing, right?

Ella and I will go through the cans, pulling off pull tabs (for Ronald McDonald charities) and crushing cans to sell for the aluminum. The “can money” helps support Grandies’s various ministries.

The remainder of the day was spent in peaceful contemplation … of TV, YouTube, puzzles, and games.

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2020 August 01 Changes

Saturday

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It’s hard to believe that it is the 1st of August today. In a normal year we would have been in Iowa for the last 3 months. We would have been spending time with our family and friends up north. And we miss them. However, with the state of the world as it is, we decided to not risk our lives by traveling and being in contact, along the way, with people of unknown health.And even though we’ve remained in Texas during this time, we have mostly been isolated from our family and friends here also. The Corona virus has caused us to make changes and adaptations beyond our norm. We no longer go to senior centers, and clubs that we normally would be attending while we were in Texas.The way we shop has been drastically changed. Instead of going to stores and sorting through the selections, we now purchase online, for pick-up or delivery. Our travel has been shortened to short distances except for an occasional 70 mile drive to recharge the battery in the truck. Even during those times we avoid contact with other human beings.I‘m still hearing people talking about getting back to normal. I do not believe that we will ever return to the way we were doing things just a few months ago. We will adopt a new normal as we go forward during and after this disease has run its course.I relate the changes to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. After that horrible day, things in our world changed forever. To those born after that event, the normal that they grew up with is not the normal that preceded that day. So will our world be changed forever by this disease. Those being born from this date forward will grow in a world markedly different than the world before.We played several rounds of Fast Track today. Then we switched it up and played two rounds of Rummikube. This was the big excitement in our day today.
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2020 July 31 Happy 113th

Friday

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This morningsky reminded me of a lion fish.My mother, Mary Iola, was born on July 31st 1907. My grandfather, Aldo, was 40 years old and my grandmother, Berths, was 32. Mom married my father Clarence Edgar Williams, August 19th 1929. They had four children in 16 years, Kenneth, Maryann, Earlene, and myself.Mom died September 4th 1994 at the age of 87. She outlived her parents, her husband, six brothers, two sisters, and two of her children. Today she would have been 113 years old.Mom was a big woman, standing 5’10”. By the time I was old enough to remember, my sisters and brother had moved out to their own homes and my father had died. That means that my mother raised me on her own.When I was four years old my father died, Mom told me that I was now the man-of-the-house. I took that seriously. I got my first regular job (and social security card) at 14. I delivered newspapers, the Register in the morning and the Tribune on the afternoon.Mom was full of wisdom that flew in the face of most sayings. You no doubt have heard “don’t kick a man when he’s down.” Mom’s advise was “kick a man when he’s down, if he’s a real man, he’ll get up.” Again, you’ve probably heard, “Anything worth doing outs worth doing right.” Mom’s version was, “Anything worth doing we worth doing was worth doing wrong, because nobody gets it right the first time.” The next one is credited to Mark Twain, “Put all your eggs in one basket. Then guard that basket.” He may have said it first, but Mom said it often.She also told me that she’d be ashamed to hear I’d started a fight, but proud to hear I’d finished it.

I miss you Mom.
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2020 July 30 Laundry Day

Thursday

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Yummy homemade breakfast sandwich.

This morning we gathered up our dirty clothes and headed into Arik and Jenny’s to do laundry. On the way through Liberty Hill, we drove around the church to see how the renovation was coming. They have a new metal roof on the south side of the east wing and underlayment on the north side of the east wing.

THROW BACK THURSDAY

A little church on the prairie

In 1854 two pioneer families started a little church in the settlement known then as Old Liberty Hill. The site was on Bryson Hill, one and a half miles west of the present church.

Liberty Hill Methodist Episcopal Church South had five charter members: John T. Bryson, his wife, Amelia Bryson, their daughter, Hulda Bryson, Anthony Smith, and his wife, Amanda E. Smith. Two visiting Methodist preachers, Josiah Whipple and William Monk, were the first to serve this community.

A one room log cabin was built in the Bryson pasture and was used as a church and a public school house. This building was located just south of a stock tank near the present site of the Liberty Hill Cemetery.

In 1870 Captain T. S. Snyder, a pioneer cattleman and his son-in-law, John T. Bryson, donated two acres of land where Cross Tracks Church is currently located. Construction began on a two-and-a-half-story building. Upon completion the building was used for public school classes, Sunday school and worship. This small, original chapel still stands.

Over the years Cross Tracks has grown and evolved. In 1905 the two upper floors were removed, the choir and pulpit space was enlarged and three memorial windows were installed. In 1916 two wings were added to accommodate a growing Sunday school.

The Fellowship Hall, completed in 1993 and destroyed by fire May 2019, evolved from a tabernacle with a granite gravel floor and posts supporting a skeleton roof covered with cedar boughs, which was erected in 1913. The multi-purpose worship center was constructed in 2014.

In 1985 the United Methodist Church Commission on Archives awarded our church a plaque designating it “United Methodist Historic Site No. 158.”

Since its beginning the church has had four names: Liberty Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, South; Liberty Hill Methodist Church; Liberty Hill United Methodist Church and, as of August 20, 2016, Cross Tracks Church.

Information from http://crosstrackschurchumc.org/about-us/earlyhistory

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My weight going the wrongway.INR right where it should be. Yay!

2020 July 29

Wednesday

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It reached 96° today. However, late in the afternoon, some wind came through (27mph gusts) at the temp dropped quickly to the upper 80s.Ella leading us in our daily devotion from the Upper Room. We do this nearly every day.We played a game of Fast Track after breakfast. Ella didn’t just beat me, she brutalized me. All of her red markers are “home”. I had one in home and one that had moved seven spaces.The RV techs came to examine our air conditioner today. Not good news. The compressor/cooling unit needs to be replaced. They will check for parts and prices. I will ask them to price replacing the parts and prices vs replacing the entire ac unit.We have another possible option, if the price is prohibitive. There is space in the living room where we could mount a window air conditioner through the wall.

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2020 July 28 Making a Spectacles of Myself

Tuesday

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The first stop this morning was Burger King inside Wal-Mart. There are no booths at which we may sit. They’re all blocked off. We stand in a corner and eat.

Our second stop for the day was for me to get my eyes checked at A+Eye Care inside Wal-Mart. I was the first appointment for the day. I arrived a few minutes ahead of the receptionist who was a few minutes ahead of the doctor.

I placed my chin and forehead onto the first machine, which took pictures of the interior of my eyes. Then on to the second machine for puffs of air onto the eyes. Them into the next room. Read the bottom line. Which outs better one or two, of or two?

I need a slightly stronger prescription for both the near and far portions of my bifocals.

Near and far” made me think of Sesame Street’s Grover running back and forth demonstrating near and far.

Third stop on our list was shopping for frames and ordering glasses inside Wal-Mart. Yes, the new glasses will look nearly identical to the old pair. I like the aviator style glasses. After all, Santa flys his own aircraft.

Ella got a hair cut while I was picking frames. She didn’t need a haircut she just needed somewhere to sit. 😀

The fourth stop was to pick up groceries OUTSIDE Wal-Mart. Easy peasy. Pull up and park, tell the app that I’m in spot number 2 and it’s a gray vehicle. Or comes a Wal-Mart employee pulling a wagon stacked with blue totes. They load the sacks into the back seat. “Have a nice day.” And we’re on our way home.

Once home , we totted everything inside and put it away.

Lunch was a tuna sandwich and slices of kiwi and tangerine.

Then it was nap time.

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2020 July 27

Monday

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Yesterday I woke with an itchy rash on my right hand. This morning it’s slightly swollen and I have this sore on my finger.

Stopping at dollar General for Benadryl and Cortisone salve.

Unique building in Bertrum

Driving through the Texas hill country

Lake LBJ and cactus

TODAY’S VIDEO

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2020 July 26

Sunday The Lord’s Day

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While in bed this morning, we attended two church services. Union Park United Methodist Church, in Des Moines Iowa, started at 9:30 and was sermon and scriptures only. Cross Tracks Church in Liberty Hill, Texas, started at 10 and was a full service music.At the head of our bed is the best place to get a cell phone connection. That’s why we were in bed for both of those services through Facebook.We had steak, potatoes, corn, and dried pitted plums for lunch. The potatoes and corn were cooked at the same time in the instant pot.As the steam was releasing from pressure cooking the potatoes and corn, I started the George Foreman grill heating. Once it was hot, I grilled our steak for 3 minutes. It came out a very nice medium rare. I had seasoned it with salt, pepper, and soy sauce. Before grilling, I trimmed the band of suet from the beef steak. As the steak cooked, it smelled so good, as did the corn in the instapot steam. The colors looked so pretty on the plate, red potatoes, golden corn, and perfectly charred steak.The oh-so-good pitted plums were part of a “care package” sent from our granddaughter.I told Ella the only thing wrong with the steak was, I didn’t have another couple in the refrigerator.While we were eating lunch, a brief rain shower passed through. I’m not sure where it came from or where it went. It didn’t show up on radar. Do you suppose it was flying under the radar? Stealth rain?We had a huge supper of toast. Okay, I guess it wasn’t that big after all. However, with a larger lunch, we didn’t feel the need to have much for supper.
.As long as we were at the table eating our toast, we broke out the Fast Track game.God bless and g‘day.

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2020 July 25 What Got Your Goat?

Saturday Think It’ll Rain,?

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Yesterday’s post was titled “Battling the Sun”. Well, look at the sky … I won!!! And, looking at the ten day forecast, Sol will not be showing his face for awhile.As reported by CBS News, Hanna was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane Saturday as it continued to barrel toward Texas, becoming the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the National Hurricane Center.And some of those tons of water, that Hanna is sucking out of the gulf, will be blown our way.

CNN reported that “Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s and CVS vowed not to endanger their employees by asking them to enforce a mask policy.

I‘m sorry to say that an unenforceable rule or a non-enforced rule are not rules, they are suggestions. The sign on their front doors should read something like “Masks are required for entry into this establishment. This rule strictly enforced! Unless you refuse and then, well, come on in any way.I honestly understand that these retailers do not wish to endanger their employees, or risk litigation, by requiring them to enforce the “No mask, no entry” rule. However, some employees are paid to do just that, they are called “Security.” Rather than a “Greeter” at the door, post an honest-to-God security person to enforce the rule … or do away with the rule. It can’t logically go both ways. No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask – NO SERVICE.

Be safe – Be Considerate – Wear A Mask

Our caladium is looking healthier. I don’t know if it’s due to being moved into a shadier spot, or because Ella has been watering it more often.We had visitors this morning. The groundskeepers arrived to do some trimming of the bushes and around the edges of the roads and fence rows.They are very diligent workers who just put their heads down and get to work. Plus they need no supervision. In fact they ignore any attempt to be supervised, or guided in any way.

TODAY’S VIDEO

Inactivity occupies all our time now days. It’s our new hobby. The best thing about this hobby may be how cheap it is.There are absolutely no supplies to buy. There’s no need for knives, needles, or pliers; no strings, chains, or ropes; no glues, brushes, or paints. No need of special shoes, Do Gi, or yoga pants; no crouching crow, high patting horse, or bow stance to learn. We don’t need clubs, bats, or balls.Wow! If I total all the things I DO NOT need, I can probably buy the one piece of equipment that I really need … a recliner!

RAIN VIDEO

The only green is around this tree, that I’ve been wateringElla posted:

It smells so good. Fresh rain is so nice especially when it’s so dry and crunchy brown.

I’m sure she didn’t mean we had dry and crunchy rain. It was the grass that was, and still is, dry and crunchy.Ella continued:

We’ve been awaiting for a good hurricane.* We finally have it. I think we want to hold on to it (rain) for a while.

*See July 22nd’s post about a “Good hurricane”.

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2020 July 24 Battling the Sun

Friday

Be safe – Be Considerate – Wear A Mask

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The sun appeared big and bright this morning. My camera reacted to the brightness by darkening the sky. Usually I remember to apply a filter that corrects for the auto adjustment. However, I forgot today.

This extra layer of insulation that Ella and I put up this morning, made a noticeable difference in our inside temperature today.

TODAY’S Video

This evening, or late afternoon, we walked up to check our mailbox, which was empty. On our way back we stopped to visit with one of our neighbors, who has a tiny house that she’s been working on for several years. She invited us in to see what new things have been done in it. I did not have my mask with me and was uncomfortable getting to close. Ella had her mask in her pocket but didn’t think to wear it. Ella went on in and did a full tour. I went in only far enough to see the restroom. then I went back outside.

When we arrive home, Ella said she wanted to purchase some elastic to replace the hair ties that were on the masks that our granddaughter sent us. So, we loaded into Rudolf the Red-nosed pick up and went to Dollar General, looking for elastic. We did find the elastic. We also found a loaf of bread, candy bar, an ice tea, and a soft drink.

Every since the summer solstice on June 20th, the sun has been working its way Southward in the sky. I notice it more in the Western sky than in the Eastern sky. Perhaps it is because the western sun is now setting in a more or less open horizon, rather than behind the live oak trees.

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