2020 December 16

Wednesday

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For the first time that I can recall, the Weatherbug reporting station was not Liberty Hill Middle School. For some reason, unknown to me, it choose the fire station in the next town south of Liberty Hill, Leander. It is a little over 12 miles via the road, though probably closer as the crow flies. The middle school is slightly over 6 miles by road and only slightly closer via flying crows. I can only assume that the station are three middle school was in operable at the time.Even the sun appears cold this morning. It’s possible They I’m allowing my own feelings to enter into my assessment of the sun’s power to generate heat. It outs cold enough that I wore a Jean jacket over my t-shirt this morning.Our neighbor, John, among other things is a musician. He has been asked to perform this Saturday at a Library Hill city park. He has asked and received approval for me to appear as Santa during the event. Other than saying, “Ho Ho Ho merry Christmas,” I don’t know what I will do..http://armchairsermons.com My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted most Sundays 10 AM central time

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2020 December 15

Tuesday

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Foggy again this morning. So, once again I left a little earlier and took the slower route to the mall. I’m glad I have a key to the staging/storage area. It takes a little time to transform into Santa. I’m usually just about ready when the photography staff arrive.

I really liked these two little girls’ poses

Isn’t this a charming little letter that Paisley brought to Santa?

I ordered groceries for pick up this evening after work. Ella also had medications for pick up. I also filled up with gas before heading home. Actually it was the truck that was filled, not me.

Ella helped carry groceries from the truck to the trailer and then finished preparing potato soup and hot rolls for supper.

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2020 December 14

Monday

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I’m glad that the wind finally gave up or moved on. It was howling and shaking the RV long into the night. What it left behind was some below freezing temperatures. We’ve been here before and know what you do. We open the lower cupboards (where the water lines live) and leave a faucet slowly dripping. Moving water is less likely to freeze. We are repeating these safeguards tonight also.

After the last couple of days of back to back Santa visits, today was kind of boring with only a handful of photos. I did help a grandpa and grandma with a surprise for a three year old.

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2020 December 13

Sunday

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The drive into work took a little longer due to fog. I chose to go through town and avoid the toll road. I know that some people will still do 75 mph (at least) even in fog and I’d just as soon not be on the same stretch of highway with them. The fog had mostly lifted by the time I reached the mall.

Four hours later I did take the toll road home. You saw that wind advisory at the top? Those 45mph gusts were no joke. That nice square box I built on the back of the pickup was a perfect surface for those winds to slam against.

Santa’s dressing room this year. The best I can say about it is – it has a door. Not every dressing room that I’ve had in the past could boast of a door.

We had a good steady flow of visitors to see Santa from noon to 2:30 then it slowed down

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2020 December 12

Saturday

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The east mall parking lot, near Dillards women’s store, is full because of the farmers market. I had to park further from the entrance. I’m using a cane but at times like these, I think I’d use a walker, if I had one.Santa hit the floor a running this morning. A steady flow of children from 11 o’clock to 2:30 came through the set. I couldn’t even get a sip of water between visits. It left me very thirsty and when I had a chance, I drank the whole bottle dry. By the time my day was done I was frazzled and even my frazzle was frayed.Ella had prepared a good supper of steamed potatoes and peas with hamburger steaks.I digitized some letters to Santa from this year. I really enjoy the pictures that children draw. And, yes. Santa reads every letter.http://armchairsermons.com My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted most Sundays 10 AM central time

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2020 December 11

Friday

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It seems odd to this Iowa-born person to awake to 62° in the middle of December. I still expect freezing temps and knee deep snow. Instead it’s 62° and raining.We arrived at the dentists’ office slightly before they opened.And waited for the lights to go on and the door to be unlocked. The rain on the windshield adds a special sparkle to the lights, doesn’t it? It took less than 10 minutes to have Ella’s dentures adjusted.We had time to drive through Sonics, pick up breakfast, and head back home. And there was still a abundance of time to relax before going to work.Speaking of sparkle, we have one of these rotating laser gizmos pointed at our Christmas tree. It adds some motion to the scene.A second machine is outside and pointed into a tree. The tree is still full of leaves, which make a prefect canvas for the light show..This seemingly was a day for tiny tots to visit Santa for the first time. And I couldn’t hold any of them.http://armchairsermons.com My NEW sermons blog Armchair Sermons. Sermons posted most Sundays 10 AM central time

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2020 December 10

Throwback Thursday

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.Ella asked me to take her teeth to the dentist this morning. She also asked me to bring them home after work. But the dentist said that he needs her mouth to be present for the fitting. So tomorrow, before going to work, I’ll take Ella to her teeth..Sometimes, when the photo with Santa is set for landscape mode, Santa it’s decapitated or chopped in half (in the photo not in the flesh). I don’t know if it is a system error, operator error, or ineffective training. But aren’t those girls cute?On a somewhat related note. Someone posted a photo, on Facebook, of a mall Santa asleep in his chair. I’ve never done that but I’ll admit that, with traffic so slow this year, it can be pretty boring. When things are slow, I’ll walk out into the mall a little ways and wave at people and do some echoing Ho Ho Hos. Basically, I remind people that Santa is in the house.2020 is such a strange Santa season. No sitting on Santa’s knee. No hugs, fist bumps, or high 5s. And for me and most of my brother’s in red, those times with the children are the real reason we chose to be inhabited by the spirit of Saint Nicholas.And in fairness to the unknown Santa performer, some if these guys are there from mall open to close, which may be 12-14 hours 7 days a week.

Throwback Thursday

This was Iowa December 10, 2009 and was our 2nd year living full-time in our RV. That is a six foot drift against our door. We had to have people shovel a path to the door and them shovel the door way open so we could get out.

Any question as to why we now live in Texas? I didn’t think so.

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2020 December 08

Tuesday

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Psalms 130:6 My soul waits for the LORD more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

Walking in sunlight all of my journey

Over the mountains, through the deep vale

Jesus has said, I’ll never forsake thee

Promise divine that never can fail

Heavenly sunlight, Heavenly sunlight

Flooding my soul with glory divine

Hallelujah, I am rejoicing

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine

Shadows around me, shadows above me

Never conceal my Savior and Guide

He is the light, in Him is no darkness

Ever I’m walking close to His side

Heavenly sunlight, Heavenly sunlight!

Flooding my soul with glory divine

Hallelujah, I am rejoicing

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine

In the bright sunlight, ever rejoicing

Pressing my way to mansions above

Singing His praises, gladly I’m walking

Walking in sunlight, sunlight of love

Heavenly sunlight, Heavenly sunlight

Flooding my soul with glory divine

Hallelujah, I am rejoicing

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine

Heavenly sunlight, Heavenly sunlight

Flooding my soul with glory divine

Hallelujah, I am rejoicing

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine

Songwriters: Cook / Zelley

With no contact between Santa and his guests. It is hard to add “personality” into the photos. Here are some that are so much better than the perfectly-posed, ankles-crossed, hands-in-lap, smile-for-the-cameras, standard pose.

Quite often, I try to mimic the pose of the guest

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2020 December 07

Monday

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Ella went to the dentist again this morning. She was scheduled for a possible root canal. However it proved unnecessary and a temporary crown was applied instead. She will return in January for a permanent crown.

Homemade broccoli cheese soup sure did taste good for lunch. Only problem is, I made too much. I’ve been feeling pretty good about my ability to make enough for two without adding leftovers to the refrigerator. Today I made enough for three generous servings.

Ella said she may cook some macaroni and use the leftover broccoli cheese as sauce for the pasta. That sounds good. I’m a real fan of repurposing leftovers rather than regretting them.

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Barry Gribble came knocking on our door this afternoon. We met him our first year at Cutty’s Camping Club in Iowa. He and his family are from this general area of Texas. He has moved back to Texas from Iowa and is living on his brother’s ranch. He has been driving past here for some time now. Today he decided to stop and say hey. It it’s nice to see someone that was part of that camping club experience. We attended his wedding way back when and now he’s going through a divorce. He is also starting a new job and getting on with his life.

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2020 December 05

Saturday

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Though the sun was having some trouble finding its way through the clouds, it was a beautiful start for the day.

After breakfast, we had time to play a couple round off Fast Track before I left for work. Both games were very close. Ella won the first game and I won the second..It was a steadily busy day on the Santa set..IF YOU ENJOY OUR JOURNAL, LIKE, COMMENT, AND/OR FOLLOW
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