2020 June 28 Fly in the Ointment

Sunday

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Austin, Texas

I‘m a bit confused by why this Austin location gets the weather feed from Leander, which isn’t even the closest town.We attended church via Zoom without driving to Liberty Hill and sitting inn the church parking lot. The reason we have done that is because we get a better signal in town. Today, we have a perfectly fine signal here at Arik and Jenny’s. No need to drive to the church parking lot. There was one fly in the ointment that ruined a perfectly good solution to the going to church via Zoom. Echoes echoes echoes. Neither we, nor many of our friends, could understand what was being said. said. said. said.

Here is a video of today’s service.

.The bed is a little too high or Ella is a little too short.lThanks again for stopping by.

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2020 June 27 Life Guard Duty

Saturday

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Austin, Texas

The sky fluctuated today between overcast and hazy. Ella said she read that it was African dust. But the only thing I see about African dust in the Texas sky was from one year ago. I have no definitive answer.

The Bible in 50 words

“God made, Adam bit, Noah arked, Abraham split, Jacob fooled, Joseph ruled, Bush talked, Moses balked. Pharaoh plagued, people walked, sea divided, tablets guided. Promise landed, Saul freaked, David peaked, prophets warned, Jesus born. God walked, love talked, anger crucified, hope died. Love rose, spirit flamed, Word spread, God remained.”A friend sent this out in her email.

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Zeus inspected the pool to make sure it as safe for us. No sharks or alligators were seen, so it was deemed alright by the life guard.One final test of the water’s purity, plus a walk ’round by Bluebell and we were allowed in.At one point, Zeus walked the edge of the hot tub and licked the top of my head.

Ella wrote: 1st full day animal and house sitting.

Blue Bell has spent a lot of time crying. They know we’re ok but their family isn’t here. For the last few months their family has been here all the time.

We have our guard dogs at work even when we are in pool. They aren’t going to let grandpa and grandma come to any harm.

As it is approaching bedtime, both dogs are on the master bedroom. I’m not sure if they are there to protect us or for us to protect them.

Yesterday, I was doing some genealogy searches and found both of my parents obituaries. It was kind of a strange feeling. My father died when I was 4 years old and I truly do not have any memories of him. Because I was raised by a single mother, we had a very close relationship and I miss her still.

Today’s video

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2020 June 26 We Left Home

Friday

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Austin, Texas

Video log

We left home this morning. We driver tom Arik and Jenny’s to watch over their animals while the family went on vacation. We will be here for a while.Ella pointed out that their need is the size of our bedROOM.We went for a soak in the pool this evening.Sorry no photos other than the video, which accidentally loops and starts over. I’m new at editing video and don’t know how to fix it.

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2020 June 25 Sitting Bull

Thursday

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WeatherBug declares the morning air to be “partly cloudy”. Could be. I won’t know for sure until the fog lifts.Fog has surrounded us. It wraps us in lace curtains that shields us from the sun’s prying eyes and burning glare.

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”

Corrie Ten Boom (1974). “Tramp for the Lord: The Story that Begins Where The Hiding Place Ends”, p.12, CLC Publications
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

On June 25, 1876, Native American forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeat the U.S. Army troops of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn near southern Montana’s Little Bighorn River.
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June 2013: I woke in the night with severe back pain. With a history of heart attack, I choose to take the pain seriously and go to the emergency room at the VA in Des Moines, Iowa. Mistake number one. There were ERs much closer AND, if you think you may be having a heart attack, don’t drive anywhere ~ call 911.

At the VA they did an MRI and x-ray. It was not a heart attack, just muscle spasms. I was given muscle relaxers. I was also told that the tests showed a spot on my lung as well as one on my kidney. I was told that a VA doctor would call in the morning about those items.

After nearly two weeks of ME calling THEM, I finally got and appointment. The doctor looked at his computer (never at me) and said, “The spot on your kidney is benign and we’ll just keep an eye on your lung.” This is why I no longer go to the VA when I’m in Iowa.

.Something that most people would never guess about me, most of my life I’ve been an introvert, sometimes bordering on asocial. I wear the persona of a gregarious person, but under that mask, is still the young boy who was in speech therapy for stuttering. On occasion, when stressed, he again controls my tongue.

As a youngster, I would memorize speeches, poems, and parts from plays. When alone, I would practice saying them out loud.

In a college speech class I learned to organize my thoughts for an oral presentation. A good speech is much like music. If music was all one note, played over and over at the same tempo, it would bye only boring noise. I was shown how to change pace, volume, and inflection for emphasis and to keep the audience’s attention.Little did I know how that would be out help to me later on in life, when I began to preach.Watch Ella beat me at a game of Fast Track, and then say I cheat. We also explain the rules and show how to play..

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2020 June 24 Ugly Biscuits

Wednesday

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Pull up a chair, sit a spell.

Another cooler morning. Mostly cloudy translates to completely overcast and a short rain passing through.

It didn’t rain enough to determine if yesterday’s attempt to seal the holes in the awning worked or not.(See yesterday’s post)

The sky looked like soot filled smoke. Thank God that it only cloud and not smoke.

We had no bread for breakfast this morning. No bread equals no toast. So I mixed some biscuits together and dropped them by spoonfuls, as the instruction said. I usually make rolled and cut biscuits. For some reason I couldn’t get the dough to drop where I wanted it. Made ugly biscuits.

Bisquick biscuits seemed too dry. If/when I make then again. I’ll add some butter or oil to the mixture.

Even though I made biscuits, we seen out for breakfast at Sonics. Well, that’s not quite correct. We purchased food at Sonics but took it to the church parking lot to eat it.

While in the parking lot, Ella sent a message to our new pastor. Temporarily, she is staying at a church owned house, just across the street from the church. Pastor Michelle came over to talk. We sat at the picnic table and visited until she received a call from her daughter, so we left.

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Before leaving town, we stopped at Parker’s for essentials: bread, sugar cookies, and ice cream. Okay, you have your essentials and I will have mine.

The remainder of the day was much like every day lately. I’m sure that many off you can relate. Many people have chosen to behave as if Covid-19 no longer exists. We, on the other hand, have chosen to wait for re-run season or Covid2.0. To that end we ordered and received some paper masks. I know what many of you are thinking, “masks don’t work.”

You are partiality right. Unless it is a respirator type mask that has been fitted to your face, they offer very little, if any, protection for the mask wearer. These paper masks are to offer some protection to people around us, to protect them from us. Which is why I’d rather be around people wearing masks, that offers some protection for me. See?

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2020 June 23 On Track

Tuesday

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It was a little thundery this morning and a little wet. But it felt so good to have the door open and cool air blowing in. I’m sure that the ground was in need of more moisture.

I was up about 7 and started the coffee for my bride. I also filled the sink with hot soapy water and dirty dishes.

Then I lay down and read and worked on the blogs.

About 8:30 I came down stairs and washed the dishes that had been soaking. After a little while I heard Ella moving around sou started breakfast. However, when I realized she was in the shower, I quit making breakfast, she wasn’t going to be ready soon.

Eventually breakfast was prepared and eaten.

Fast Track was played several times throughout the day. It would be immodest to mention who won the most games.

When I opened the door this morning it was still raining. I noticed the water was dripping through the awning fabric directly above the door. The awning, like the trailer, is decades old. There were many little pin holes along the edge.

I used some rubber roofing compound to paint along the edge and over any other holes that I saw. Now, I just hope it has time to cure before we have more rain.

After the rain we sat outside in the cool morning air. My chair (the one Ella chose to not sit in) was wet. Therefore, I sat in a camping chair on the deck. The birds were singing, or at least the mockingbird was singing lots of bird songs. Other human voices could also be heard around the park. It was a nice day to be I the open air.

UPS delivered a portion of my prescriptions from the Veterans Administration this morning. In the mean time, we kept waiting for our Amazon order to arrive. About 6:30 I decided to try and track the order. That’s when I found the message below.

I went out and looked again. There was no sign of a package on the deck or the stairs. I checked the app again and found the photo below.

This delivery person couldn’t walk the additional 5 feet to bring it to the door? I’ll bet, when they were a kid, they are the one who threw the morning paper behind a bush to the side of the house! The other day I gave thumbs up to Amazon. Today, not so much. Not near the door and no knock of notification. No gold star for this delivery person.

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2020 June 22 “You Are Not Welcome H ere!”

Monday

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It was stool 80° at midnight and cooled to 75° by morning. It was cloudy overcast with no trace of a dawn. I didn’t bother with a photo.I slept nearly eight hours late-night with half in deep sleep. Even though I was fully awake at seven thirty, I lay a bed reading and didn’t actually get off the bed unto twelve noon. You could say it was a lazy morning.After breakfast (?) lunch (?), I went out and recovered the west facing living room windows. You may recall that quiet awhile back I had covered them. At that time, I said it was am experiment to see how well some cheap white duct tape worked. Well the end of the experiment was that the west facing bedroom window that had insulation held in place with a thin aluminum/Mylar tape is still in place. The windows with the white tape came lose.This morning I re-covered the other two and used the Mylar tape on them also. I didn’t think to photograph or video my working on this project. You will also notice that previously I had the white side of the insulation facing outward. That was done with an eye toward the Aesthetics. I thought that the white vinyl visually blended better with the outside of the trailer itself. However, for solar protection, I believe the foil-side out makes more sense. Telling that solar radiation, “You are not welcome here!”And, now that I was using the aluminum tape, it blended with the foil of the insulation as well.I am still reading Adam Hamilton’s book “MAKING SENSE OF THE BIBLE” I find his insights to be very clear and well thought out. Chapter 14 delves into the various concepts about the “inspiration” of the biblical writers. I have a friend who says and believes “God said it, I believe it.” I was once at the complete opposite end puff the spectrum. I believed nothing in the bible and dismissed it as fairy tales and morality stories. After I became a Christian, I struggled with the brutal, genocidal, militaristic nature of God in the Hebrew bible. It was hard to see the God of love and forgiveness in the New Testament as the same God from the Old Testament. How could these various writers, all inspired by God, portray Him so differently? Over time and by prayerful study, I came to an understanding that has been helpful for me. Hamilton’s book has been helpful in furthering my understanding. I encourage you to read it also.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 21 Father’s Day With Pie

Sunday

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.WORSHIP SERVICE VIDEOAfter church and Sunday school, we went to Adam’s for steak tacos and raisin cream pie (in my honor), plus blueberry pie (Adam’s favorite).In the evening I received phone calls from both Arik and Heather. I also received a text from Rob.All in all, a very pleasant Father’s Day.Some family members are difficult to get photos of and others are impossible.I forgot that I was still wearing my mask from Sunday school..On the way home, we stopped at CVS choir calcium calcium supplements for Ella.Then we took a very roundabout drive home to, hopefully, charge the truck battery.FATHER’S DAY VIDEOThanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 21 Father’s Day

Sunday

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..After church and Sunday school, we went to Adam’s for steak tacos and raisin cream pie (in my honor), plus blueberry pie (Adam’s favorite).In the evening I received phone calls from both Arik and Heather. I also received a text from Rob.All in all, a very pleasant Father’s Day.Some family members are difficult to get photos of and others are impossible.I forgot that I was still wearing my mask from Sunday school..On the way home, we stopped at CVS choir calcium calcium supplements for Ella.Then we took a very roundabout drive home to, hopefully, charge the truck battery.Thanks again for stopping by. Share this with your friends. See y’all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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2020 June 20 Waffling

Saturday

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  • 68° & light rain. Predicted High 91°. Morning Low was 67°

Cool and wet this morning. It only rained for a couple of minutes, just enough to settle the dust. This area of Texas hill country has had 17″ so far this year and only .03″ in June.By contrast, where our summer home in Iowa is located they have had 11.87″ of precipitation (some as snow) this year and .77″ this month. Miami, Florida has had 6.28″ in June and 29.22″ this year.

Waffles for breakfast!

Nothing much happened again today until we went to check on the mail. Ella wanted to take a short cut, so she could visit with a neighbor. We didn’t have masks so I was uneasy and kept dropping hints that we should get home. Finally I just left her there. I came home, washed hands, arms, face and beard. I then used an alcohol wipe. Once she was home, I told her to go scrub up.

We received 3 boxes from Amazon

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