I missed sunrise by about 20 minutes. However, I did capture the bright white ball of light in a sky loud robin’s egg blue.
We had poached eggs for breakfast. I haven’t made or eaten them in years. With all this moving of things. I found the poaching cups. So, I made use of them.
Ella washed and dried 3 loads of clothes today. I didn’t know we had that many clothes. I guess it’s time for me to winnow down my clothes again. The thrift stores can put them into hands of those who need them more than I.
While Ella worked on laundry, I spent time organizing and reorganizing the kitchen. Finding places for everything in a kitchen with no drawers (of any size) isn’t easy. Many things have been relegated to preparedness kits. Kits like those that helped us get through the recent polar vortex.
Our first bit of business for the day was to trade 63 pounds of aluminum cans for $18.90. The trip to and from Hill Country Recycling in Marble Falls made for an enjoyable outing and it helps to recharge the truck’s batteries. The money will go into the Grandies funds. The money will be used to support their various ministries.
We then went to our trailer at the Stocktank RV park. We loaded up the truck with more stuff to bringing to the apartment. Slowly we are getting the trailer emptied. Now we just need to find places for all of it.
On the way back through Liberty Hill, we stopped at Winkles for a spray can of white enamel. The used dryer we purchased had some rust on the top surface. A couple coats of paint and it looks almost good as new. Ella did two loads of laundry today. It had been a long long time since we had a washer and dryer of our own.
It began with clouds instead of sun this morning. With a forecast of mostly sunny, I was expecting more. It eventually lived up to that which was forecast.
The swimming pool ice is melting
Those footprints on the pool ice aren’t fresh — I hope.
My full length pull over face mask.
Notice the resemblance?
The fire department as well as the rescue unit arrived at the apartment complex shortly after noon today. We never found out what was going on.
We took a trip to the church, because Ella said we needed to pick up “our Lenten package.” She said Pastor Michel will be in the vestibule handing them out. I said that I doubted she was going to wait there all day. I don’t have her phone number, so Ella called. To no avail, ring no answer. While there we loaded the backseat of the truck with aluminum cans. We had collected them on the first Sunday in February but had no room in the truck. Tomorrow, if it goes as planned, we will take then to Hillcountry recycling in Marble Falls.
Then it was out to the trailer and loaded a smaller load to bring back to the apartment. We brought mostly kitchen and closet items in this load. Ella worked on clothing while I tried to take care of the kitchen. I washed all the dishes, skillets, etc. before putting them away.
Once again we were fed soup by some restaurant in the area. If you couldn’t tell by the chicken leg, it was chicken broth with veggies and noodles. Since it reached 72° today, I think we are out of the danger zone now. Eventually, folks will stop feeding us and that’s okay.
Some of the management staff were here today, even though this isn’t a regular office day. Since it’s been a week since any of them were here, maybe they wanted to see if the place was still standing.
Last night and again today, the fire department has been here. Last night the alarms in the apartment went off. We all (or most) gathered in the lobby to see what was going on. The firemen came and determined that it was a broken pipe in the sprinkler system. However, without water in the system, it was hard to discover exactly where the problem lay. That’s why they were back this morning.
They were here all day, going door to door checking on people. Asking if we have heat, water, food, medications, or anything else that we might need.
As of about nine o’clock, we’ve had some water in spits and spurts. Though it may not be necessary, I boiled several pans of water, just to be extra sure.
We were blessed with two eggs yesterday. Someone brought food and water to the apartments last night. With no oil or butter, I poached one of the eggs for myself. I opted to make a sandwich to add more bulk to breakfast. I took a bite and realized how tasteless the sandwich was without salt, pepper, or butter.
Then I remembered that when Jenny brought us hamburgers, there was leftover ketchup. Much better to have flavor. I will say it again, God is good.
The Kindness of Strangers
This is part of the pool water collection system. If I understood correctly, the firemen helped with this project also. Don’t hold me to that. My hearing isn’t that good. And I wouldn’t want the fire department to get into trouble.
Early this morning, Ella went to assist with our in-house food pantry. They were expecting more deliveries this morning. She was on her feet for several hours veggie switching to a job where she could sit. She was dividing loaves of bread into 4 slice Ziploc bags. That way someone wouldn’t take the whole loaf and leave others without.
I did not go to help, at first, because I was sneezing and snotting. My CPAP ran out of water during the night. That almost always leads to sinus headaches, sneezing, and a runny nose. Anyway, I didn’t think that I’d be too welcomed with my sneezing and nose blowing. Not during the time of Covid.
After I had my nose under control, I also went to the lobby to sort food. Knowing that some people hoard food. I repackaged chips, cookies, and snack cakes into individual-size Ziploc bags.
I alsocarefully made my way to Rudolf the Red Nose Pickup truck. I had an email from the HUM device in the truck stating that the battery was low and I needed to run the truck to recharge. I ran it for nearly an hour. That had the added benefit of melting the ice from the windows and doors.
Sunset with real sunshine. Of all the things we’ve been doing without, sunshine was what I missed most.
Q. Ella tell me about your cataract surgery, A. “It was far easier that I ever thought it would be. After the first eye was done, I was surprised at how Vivid the colors were. I spent a lot of time opening one eye and closing the other just to compare the colors between the two eyes.” Q. How long was the surgery on your eye? A. “I really don’t know. I think a half an hour. Maybe an hour at the most. It’s been 9 years.” Q. And how long between getting the first eye and eye number two? A. ‘I think it was three months but I’m not sure. I’d have to look at our calendar to see.” Q. How about wearing glasses before and after? A. “I wore glasses with coke bottle lenses. Now I don’t have to wear glasses at all, except for reading.” Q. Would you recommend cataract surgery to people who have cataracts? A. “Yes if they need it and don’t have any underlying medical reasons not to.”
This is as close to sunshine as we’ve had for a bunch of days now. We’re hoping to see more of it tomorrow. The forecast is for sun enough to bring us above freezing for the first time since Friday or Saturday.
We went out for a drive this afternoon. Well. Let me rephrase that. We went out for food today. But it ended up being just a drive.
The food pantries were closed and the grocers were either closed or had hundreds (not an exaggeration) of people waiting in line to enter the store.
We got into CVS but they were picked clean of food. Ella picked up a case of diet Dr Pepper. However, when I pointed out the line, that snaked around through the store, to reach the checkout, she decided it wasn’t worth it.
We Have Heat
At least we have heat when we have power. The service people got the heat working. They were missing a part but were able to by pass it for now.
When I made these “buddy burners” out of tuna cans, corrugated cardboard, and candle wax; I never envisioned using them like this. But I heated some survival chilli while the electric stove wasn’t available because of the rolling power outages. My improvised stove is the buddy heater under an upside down wok-type pan that I balanced on 2 cans so the wok wouldn’t smother the flame. The wok pan has a heavy gauge flat bottom that became the perfect heating element on which to set my pan of chilli.
Just as the chilli was done cooking over my improvised “stove”, the electricity came back on. As soon as we were done eating, I cooked spaghetti and put it in the refrigerator. That way I have another meal prepared if they take the power down again. Cold spaghetti is better than not eating, and if we have power, it can be microwaved. After the spaghetti was taken care of, I cooked a pan full of rice. We have milk and sugar to eat with the rice for breakfast hot or cold. If we have power, the rice can be served with some canned beef and mixed veggies.