2020 September 21

Monday

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  • It was a nice rainy cool morning that stayed a nice rainy cool day.

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  • Travel was the word of the day. In an attempt to receive Ella’s SSA Letter, we drove into town, where we could access a stronger cell signal. For some unknown reason, though we have made three attempts to do this through the website (as I so easily did), each time the message was “unable to complete for this social security number”. The task was eventually done by phone and automaton. In 7 to 10 business days, it will arrive in the mail.
  • It was around 1:30 and I was feeling peckish. I remembered that, though Hobo Junction was closed, The Junction in Bertram was open and they serve the same chicken fried steak. Yum.
  • There were a couple of apartment places in the Liberty Hill area we wanted to check on. The first one had a sign on the office door that said the manager was sick and didn’t know when the office would reopen. A rather pessimistic woman with a walker hinted that she thought that the manager was looking for another job and would never come back.
  • Off we went in search of the next apartment complex. Ella’s phone announced, “You have arrived,” while we were surrounded by nothing other than ranch land.
  • I asked Google to find low rent apartments near Bertram, which is fairly close to where we are living now. The search came up with 3 possibilities. So Off we went.
  • All three were in Burnet, which is about twenty miles from here. We spoke to the manager of two of the complexes. Prices are within our range. No 1 bedroom apartments are available but one 2 bedroom may be opening soon. We took paperwork to complete. There isa $20 filling charge which gets us on the list.
  • 80+ miles and 2+ hours later we returned home.

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2020 September 20

Sunday

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  • It was a great night to sleep with windows and ceiling vents open to let the cool air blow across us.
  • Before getting out of bed this morning, I finished writing and piercing posting a sermon on ArmchairSermons.com and on Cutty’s Non-Denominational Worship Group Facebook page.

Here I am all dressed up for church.

John and Dawn attended with us. We then went home* with them for ham and beans and cornbread muffins. *Home was their trailer at a nearby KOA.

We had a good size group of kids at Cross Tracks Church today.

  • Dawn and John said their goodbyes today. They had planned to go on down to Corpus Christi. However, with the tropical storm/hurricane blowing around in the gulf, they decided to head back north tomorrow morning. They will continue sightseeing along the way.
  • We were in need of Gasoline So, on the way home from J&D i filled Rudolf’s fuel tank at H.E.B.
  • Once home, it took us no time to lay down for a nap.

The remainder of the day was spent in mindless, time sucking drivel on Prime Video and YouTube.

Who can tell me the name of these tiny flowers? They look like miniature lilies.

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2020 September 19

Saturday

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  • Ella’s post: Here I am 7:30 a.m. and awake. I tried to turn off all my morning alarms but somehow I missed one for 7 a.m. we did get a good night’s sleep.

  • We got back home at 6:30 last night and by 7:30 We’re unloaded and in bed. Now today I’ll start unpacking bags and sorting clothes. We had two house of clothing so we didn’t have to carry them back and forth. Now it’s time to combine and get rid of some. Time for work before pleasure.

  • My most time consuming choir chore for today was sorting and combining spices from two homes. That took way more time than paring down underwear and socks to 14 each. The rest will be donated to our local food pantry/thrift store, Operation Liberty Hill.
  • My phone has a broken screen. Interestingly, it cracked under the screen protector and while in a hard sided phone case. It dropped and landed just perfectly on a corner. The impact caused a series of fractures radiating from the corner.
  • With phone in hand (or pocket) we went into the Verizon store. I was told that I needed to go to a website (Asurion) to file an insurance claim.
  • This was new to me. With previous problems, the Verizon staff did all of this for me. Oh well, things change. It was a simple process that ended with me spending$200.00. Why did I have insurance, if I basically ended up buying a rebuilt phone?
  • We also checked into changing phone plans to lower our bill. As it turns out, in 4 months our phones will be paid for and we cram cancel the service on my tablet, without paying a penalty. That will save us about $80 a month.

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2020 September 18 Home For Good

Friday

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  • Powdered eggs and pancakes from a just-add-water mix. Yes we need some perishable foods. I’ve ordered eggs, milk, bacon, cheese, and a few other items. We’ll get them between 11 & 12 today. Also picking up prescriptions at same time.
  • Ella worked at unpacking, sorting, and finding a place for her clothes that came out of the Iowa RV.
  • I spent the morning combining and repackaging dry goods (flour, sugar, various beans, etc.) This left us with a lot of empty Gladware containers.
  • Together we did dishes. I washed. She dried.

  • We did some traveling today. We started with the 18 mile trip to Wal-Mart for groceries and meds. While there, we got a message that John and Dawn were in Liberty Hill and eating at “Hell or High Water Brewery”, a micro brewery and eatery.
  • As soon as we were done at Wal-Mart, we headed back to our RV.
  • In the meantime, John and Dawn explored some of the slights in Liberty Hill.
  • After they arrived at or trailer, the four of us went to Lampasses. Their navigation system took them on some backroads that I had never seen before.

  • In Lampasses we stopped and got a tour of an apartment.
  • Then we went down to Burnet on the way to the highland lakes area.
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  • From there we headed toward Kingsland, with a stopover at the Llano Slab.
  • We then drove past what is left of Granite Mountain, a solid dome of pink granite.
  • Then through Marble Falls. The falls, for which the town its named, are no longer visible because they are under Lake L.B.J.

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2020 September 17 2:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m

Traveling Thursday

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  • od bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 16 Loading Day

Wednesday

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2020 September 15

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  • Today’s sun looks just like yesterday’s.
  • We were back at Cutty’s about 7:30 this morning. I fixed some bacon and eggs. We ate outside at the picnic table. I gathered limbs and twigs from our site and the neighbor’s and burned them in the outdoor fireplace. Just tidying the yard.

Some friends came by this morning to say goodbye.

  • Keith and Joey are now Cutty’s members. Tom and Ella are not.
  • Joey and Keith now own this trailer. Ella and Tom do not.
  • I may also have found someone to continue the Sunday worship services at Cutty’s next season.
  • Kara came out a short time before we left for Audrie’s.
  • Jason and Audrie invited us for grilled Iowa chops, sweetcorn. and baked potatoes.
  • Audrie drove us back to Linnea’s just before our bedtime.
  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 Monday 14

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Cloudy, foggy in Carlisle this morning, as we were getting ready to go back to Cutty’s. Up at 6:30 and on the road about 7:15. At cutt Cutty’s before 8.

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This is this morning’s sunrise over Iowa. It’s hard to tell if the sun is in clouds, fog, smog, or smoke.

  • I can’t tell what it’s happening with these piles. Larger? Smaller? Or combined?
  • Our great nephew Tyler came out to haul away landscaping blocks. I had them around an outdoor fireplace. John took a load of them earlier. I had two styles, John did not want the second style but Tyler did.
  • Keith brought his fiancee, Joey, offer today. The trailer has been signed over to them. They also have an appointment, for tomorrow, with the Cutty’s sales staff. They understand that the seasonal site does NOT go with the trailer. They’ve also been told that storage sites and seasonal sites have a waiting list.
  • Tomorrow we will relinquish our Cutty’s membership.
  • Ella posted: This has been a very busy trip for us. The crew emptied two storage units in a half day before moving on to the trailer and shed.
    Everything is packed, except for what we need for the last couple of days.

    We’ve gotten rid of our trailer. It will be moving on to other members of our family to enjoy.

    We’ve seen 5 nieces, 3 nephews, 3 children, 3 grand kids, 6 great grandkids, 2 sisters, 1 sister in law and her husband. 1 son and daughter in law brought us north and another daughter joined us here, helping us clean out things.
    We visited with some friends.

    If you got lost in that list, that’s ok, we have felt a little lost a lot of the time.
    Son, John will be carrying more stuff south, Arik and Jenny have already transported some boxes when they went home to Texas.

    We’ve been at Cutty’s today visiting friends and finishing up paper work and more.

    Everything is packed except what when need to eat tomorrow and Wednesday. We have a pile to give away, a pile to give to family and the pile with the last of our stuff.

    Gee, we’re tired.

I will add an amen to that.

  • We went back to Linnea and Rob’s in Carlisle to spend the night.

The sun in the evening looked a lot like the sun in the morning.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 13

Sunday at Nathan’s

And at Audrie’s

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e spent the night at Nathan’s. I got to visit with him and the great grandkids — mostly Henry.

  • Shortly after two, Audrie came after Ella and I. We then went to her house until 7:30 when we were shuffled back to Linnea and Rob’s. I’m becoming discombobulated. Everyone is making plans for us. Without transportation of our own, we are be shuttled around.

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2020 September 12

Saturday

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We woke after sleeping all night in our recliners. All together a good night. Although I was awakened often by Ella poking me with her finger. She claimed I was snoring.

John, Brandon, and Nathan came in the morning and hauled more stuff to John’s. There it will be loaded into his fifth wheel trailer. I’m beginning to dread going to our Texas home with all of this. Unless we move directly into an apartment, I don’t know where Ella expects everything to fit.

Um, I don’t know. these two.
Krista, Russ, James

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  • od bless and g‘day.
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