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.

God 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 10

Throwback Thursday

at Cutty’s Des Moines campground

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Once again it rained all night and all of the day. I’m told that the rain is desperately needed

Almost 27 years ago this young couple said “I do!” If you notice, the cake topper is Mr. and Mrs. Claus kissing. It was the day after Christmas, which is when we could get most of the family together.

Even then, we were old enough that we sat for the receiving line and opening wedding gifts. Many things in our lives have changed; houses, homes, cars, trucks, and trailers. We no longer have kids (biological or exchange) at home with us. Incomes and jobs have come and gone. However the “I do!” still stands firm.

This it’s my niece Kathy, who has gone to be with the Lord. Being that she was only three years younger than I, she was more like a sister. I miss her.

We went to Linnea and Rob’s to spend the night. She is taking us to Ella’s dentist appointment on the morning and then to get certified copies of our birth certificates. We need those so we can get our Texas drivers licenses.

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2020 September 09 Trash Gone

Wednesday

at Cutty’s Des Moines campground

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  • Mary and Hazel came to visit this afternoon. They treated Ella and I to lunch at Pizza Ranch home of the Best Chicken in America ® . They also brought a large folder of old family photos.

  • Including this one is Ella and I from many moons ago.
  • Marvin Keith came by this afternoon and hauled away all of the trash. I feel do much better having that burden taken care of.
8:30 p.m.
  • The rain is traveling a diagonal path to the north north east. That means that it has just left our Texas home and is headed toward the Iowa trailer. Thank you God that it didn’t rain while we were clearing out the two rental storage units or when sitting outside sorting through things at the trailer. But it has rained nearly non-stop since then. I still have some OUTSIDE things to do before we leave this gone forever.
  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 06 In Iowa

Sunday at Cutty’s Des Moines campground

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It has been eleven months and eight days since I slept in our bed in Iowa. It still felt like home. I slept well for a little over six hours and then I was fully awake
It maybe going to be sunny later — but right now at 7 a.m. it it’s completely overcast.

  • Today was also Linnea’s births birthday. John hosted a party at hits place. Lots of family, good food, swimming, water balloons, and just sitting and visiting. A Moore relaxed ending of the day than the beginning.
  • We still have a gigantic amount of stuff that was brought to our trailer for further sorting, donating, and trashing. I’m so glad that the storage units are empty and gone! Instead of spending another $150.00 this month, we will be getting a small refund…
  • I also have a repair job ship that our awning kids properly supported. More on that tomorrow.
  • I’m tired and it is 11 o’clock. Do. I’m going to sleep now.

  • God bless and g‘day.
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2020 September 03

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Repost from October 12, 2013

We have arrived at our winter home, Shady Oaks Riverside, at a little party noon.

  • The trip down was interesting and we spent nights in several different parks on the way to here. (See the video which is a compilation of the short clips I posted on Facebook on the way down)

    We did not arrive unscathed. Hmm does that mean we’ve been scathed? Now I’m gonna haveta look up ‘scathed’ in the dictionary. Okay now back on topic.

    We lost the outside vent behind the refrigerator on the way down. We noticed that at our first stop for gasoline. Ella stepped out of the truck and said, “Tom, there is a big hole in the trailer where all the gas stuff is.” That scared the heck out of me until I saw that it was just a missing vent cover. Somewhere along the way, the force of the air blowing into that open space also blew off the top refrigerator vent. (They are both on order at a local RV store)

    Monday night we spent a free night at a campground that we located by using the book “Free Campgrounds”. There were sites with water and electric. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that the site I’d chosen was not one of the ones with water and electric. Oh well! We were only spending the night so that wasn’t a big deal. Most everything we have runs on 12 volts from the ‘house batteries’ or on LP gas. We discovered that the house batteries were weaker than I thought and ran out of power at night. Without the electric power, the furnace would not ignite nor the furnace fan runs. It was a cold, cuddle-up-close sort of night.

    Tuesday night we spent at Kaw Lake outside of Ponca Kansas. We paid $18 although I think that since it was the off season, we might not have had to pay at all. Wednesday morning we were closing up the trailer and getting ready of leave Lake. I had closed the slide out and then realized that the furnace was still running (it had gotten down to the upper 30s over night). The furnace controls are on a wall that is covered when the slide out is brought in. So, that meant I had to send the slide back out. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. In fact, nothing happened except the noise of the hydraulic pump running. The pump is supposed to open the slide, but it didn’t. Nothing to do about it while on the road…so on the road we went.

    Wednesday night we spent in a state park (sorry, I don’t remember the name at the moment). We had a full hook up site (30 amps). It was $28 per night plus $5 per person per night … $38 for those lacking math skills.

    Thursday we arrived at “Shady Oaks Riverside RV Retreat” at a few minutes to noon. We were introduced to the park and its rules and then driven around to look at available sites. We chose site 34 and I had Ron park the Hitch Hiker II on that site. The reason I had someone else park the rig was because to get into the site it had to be back down a hill and around a corner into a somewhat tight spot. I’ve been known to take half a dozen tries at a pull through spot.

    I plugged in the electricity and attached the water and sewer hoses. Ella hollered from inside the trailer, “How do you turn the electric on?” I told her that it was on. She assured me that it wasn’t. I double checked that the plug was secure and that the switches on the power pedestal were in the on position. Then I checked the Hitch Hiker’s circuit breakers and reset all of them. Nothing worked. We hollered at Ron and he brought his multi-meter to check the circuits. Hot to ground showed we had power. Hot to neutral showed we didn’t. Terry came to help and took the plug apart and said it looked okay.

    Next he took the pedestal apart to verify that everything was okay in it. Then he opened the circuit breaker covers and checked all of them. He determined that it had to be a broken neutral wire somewhere between the pedestal and the breakers. We manually inspected all twenty five foot of the shore line cord. Then after spending some time trying to figure out the route that the wiring took from the power cord to the breakers, He rechecked the plug. Yep! That’s where the problem was … in the first place checked. The neutral wire had come loose from the terminal. The terminal was rewired and everything worked.

    With that problem solved, these two men, that I had just met, spent several hours working to get the slide-out problem solved. Rod had the phone number to NuWa (manufacturer of the Hitch Hiker) programmed into his phone along with the name of the service manager. (I’d call that a God Sighting) I called and talked to R.V. (yep! He goes by is initials R. V. and works in one of the largest RV manufacturing plants) He had us check several things to determine if it was and electrical problem (it wasn’t). And then had us switch the hydraulic hoses to see if pushing the “in” button would move the slide out (it didn’t). His conclusion was that it was a bad seal in the pump.

    Terry had the name and number of a local RV repair and I called. No one was answering which was probably by now an after hours call. The next day a called and spoke with Larry and Ron at Hill Country RV. I was able to order the missing covers for the refrigerator 818881(remember those?). And he is checking on the price and availability of a new pump.

    Well, that is enough for this posting. I’ll post follow ups later.

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2020 September 02 Louine gone

Wednesday

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We were sprinkled on. The rain passed us by. As I looked out the door, I saw individual wet spots, where raindrops had landed, on the porch. 🎶Mercy-drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead. There shall be showers of blessing–Precious reviving again; Over the hills and the valleys, Sound of abundance of rain.🎶

There Shall be Showers of Blessing by D.W. Whittle 1883

Almost immediately after taking the above screenshot, the 40% and raindrops disappeared from the image on the screen.

Today as of 2 o’clock here is what I’ve accomplished:

  1. Washed (by hand – as always) dishes,
  2. prepared and eaten breakfast,
  3. sacked up the trash (tomorrow it’s trash pickup day),
  4. read some bible sections,
  5. watched some YouTube,
  6. started clearing out over a thousand unread emails on a Yahoo account I haven’t used I years (more on that below),
  7. washed more dishes (from breakfast),
  8. thought about (but not decided) what to have for dinner,
  9. and worked on our blog.

Wow, that sounds busier than it was.

  • About that Yahoo account, I had forgotten all about it, until I was moving my auto insurance from Iowa to Texas. The insurance representative on the other end of the phone said, “I will send some documents for you to sign. I have your email as ******@yahoo.com.” I stopped her there and gave her the email account I actually use. So today I opened the yahoo account ( how did I ever remember that password?) and began three process of deleting emails. Their system will only allow deleting 30 old emails at a time. Interestingly, over the years, many of those messages were from the auto insurance company. I hope that they weren’t important because I deleted them unread.

  • I was back to working on budget entries again today. Every time I try to build this spread sheet, I find a new item to add. But the more I’m doing the spreadsheet, the more insight I’m getting also.
  • This afternoon we found out that our friend Louine Noble died. Yesterday she has quadruple bypass surgery. The report that came back was that all went well with the operation. However, today she was in extreme pain and then her blood pressure dropped and she passed away. Ella and I and many of her friends just can’t quite believe that she is gone. She leaves a very large hole in our community. She was involved in (a driving force in) so many aspects of her church and community.

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