2020 August 31

Monday

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Before sunrise and already 80°. That doesn’t bode well for the communing day

Waiting for Yajaira (yah-hi-ra) to complete inputting all of the data so that my truck can be licensed in Texas.

  • A sign of the times. Ink pens used once and then isolated until they can be sanitized and returned to active duty.

The collected cans from the Sunday afternoon drop of. Testing comfortably in the back of the truck awaiting crushing and transporting to the aluminum reclamation center.

  • We had two large bags and two small bags that needed tabs removed and the cans crushed. Ella was working on those when I returned home. She had also been in the shed working. I sat down outside and crushed one large bag of cans before stopping to affix the license plates. We cooled down a little, inside. Then finished the last of the cans.
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  • Rudolf the red nose pickup is officially a Texas truck. The next step is to get our Texas drivers licenses.
  • We were too hot to be hungry. So, for lunch we had mac and cheese, hot dogs, and mixed veggies. I slaved over a hot instapot and microwave for minutes.

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2020 August 30

Sunday

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“HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…*WHAT…Heat index values up to 110 expected, along with air temperatures of 103 to 105 degrees.”

  • When we left home this morning we did not return until after 4 this afternoon. We had church (I was liturgists today), lunch, and then received snacks for the kids summer snack program and food for the food pantry plus aluminum cans and their pop tops.
  • Our Grandies group collects aluminum cans and sells then for the metal. The money helps support our various ministries. The ministries continue even though we haven’t met as a group for several months now. I’m glad to know that the “good we do” continues even when we are forbidden to assemble as a group.

  • The first bags of cans were waiting for us as we came out from worship this morning. Two large bags of crushed cans plus one small bag of cans.

For lunch we sat under the canopy at Sonics. Ella had a burger, tater tots, sends a diet Dr.Pepper. I had a hotdogs, tater tots, and a vanilla Coke slushy.

  • After we finished eating we took a drive to and around Lousy Hill Manor apartments. The office was closed – it is Sunday after all. But I was hoping that they would have some brochures. Nope!
  • From there we went to park under the entrance awning at church. It wasn’t long until Charlotte West arrived with a key to the church. We sat inside and waited for donations for the Kids Summer Snack Program, Operation Liberty Bill Food Pantry, and aluminum cans for Grandies ministries. Bill and Karen Kennedy also assertive to help.
  • We collected 8 to 10 cartons of snack items and about the same quantity of bags of aluminum cans many of them crushed. Wanda Lack also brought us a second can crusher. Now we can go twice as fast. The other bags of cans, Ella and I will detab and crush.
  • Oh joy! The heat advisory has been extended through tonight and until 8pm tomorrow

..HEAT ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT MONDAY…* WHAT…Heat index values up to 112 expected. High temperatures ranging from the upper 90s to 106 degrees.

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2020 August 29

HEAT ADVISORY

Sat 3:58 AM to Sat 8:00 PM

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 358 AM CDT Sat Aug 29 2020

You know that it is going to be a rough day when the heat advisory starts at three fifty eight in the morning before the sun even rises!

Saturday

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  • High around 103° with heat index of 110° and Ella says we need to straighten out the short, metal shed in our yard. Sure. Why not go ahead and climb into the oven?
  • As it turned out, we did NOT do anything about the shed today. The time spent at Jenny’s (see below) took longer than expected.

Another indicator of a rough day would be that I didn’t go to sleep until 1:56.

  • Homemade blueberry muffins with breakfast. There, I’ve used the last of the blueberries! I have a fear of letting fresh produce be forgotten and go bad in the refrigerator.
  • Fairly soon after breakfast, we went into Jenny’s. She had printed a form for me, so that I can apply for a Texas license plate for the truck. I filled out the form and had her double check it. The first available appointment date was for November 2nd. We took it. However we will go for a drive and make an in person visit, on the chance of getting in earlier.
  • We can’t apply for Texas drivers licenses until the truck has Texas plates.
  • While we were there. Ella attended a funeral online. Her live-in babysitter, that was kind of life an older sister, had passed away up in Iowa. Because of the pandemic, many more t-hings are setting up virtual attendance.
  • Ella wrote: Family members do not always join the family by birth. Betty became a member of ours when we three sisters were little and school buses didn’t go to all rural homes. Betty lived with us, attended school and helped our mother.


  • When Betty started her family my mother got to experience her first “grandkids”. We lost, heaven gained Betty this week. I request prayers for her family and ours.”

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2020 August 28 Pancakes

Friday

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What a pale sky. That hot sun has burnt all the color from the sky. It’s so hot that I’m surprised it doesn’t leave scorch marks as it moves.

..HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING…..HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM CDT SATURDAY…

* WHAT…For the first Heat Advisory, heat index values up to 111. For the second Heat Advisory, heat index values up to 108

  • Oh goody. It’s going to feel cooler tomorrow. Instead of 111° it is going to feel a refreshingly cool 108°!

I mixed up some buttermilk pancakes with real blueberries.Once the griddle plate in the George Foreman grill was good and hot,I poured all of the batter into the griddle. Why bother making individual 4″ pancakes, when I can get it all done at once?Cooking with the lid closed cooks it faster an leaves a decorative pattern.Once flipped, look how nice it looks.Now is the time to cut cut it into two.Blueberry pancakes with strawberries on top, now that’s a breakfast treat!Another long day spent better organizing the tracking of our finances. I have to say, it is depressing at the least. Why did the call it a FIXED income when it looks BROKE to me?Trying to find less expensive cell phone service — without giving up all the features we have with Verizon.

  1. Unlimited talk

  2. Unlimited text

  3. Real honesty-to-God unlimited data — that doesn’t slow down after a certain amount of data — or certain times of day.

  4. Use phone for Hotspot

  5. HUMx diagnostic device which can check our car’s health from our phones. It will detect issues and email us. Since the HUMx includes a speaker device — which enables Bluetooth hands-free calling, Crash Response, and NumberShare. Plus, a mobile 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot. We can connect to a mechanic for advice. There it’s also roadside assistance. There it’s also roadside assistance.

I don’t want this to should like an ad for Verizon – remember, I’m trying to find something less expensive – but I’m striking out.Anybody have a service like that which is cheaper???? Really, seriously. Help.Still 97° that feels like 100° at sundown. I pray for those who have no air conditioning.
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2020 August 27 THROWBACK THURSDAY

Thursday

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It reached 97° that felt like 100° today. By 5 o’clock it had begun to cool – 96° that felt like 99°.

The sky was very turbulent looking asst daybreak. I fully expected the thunder storms to overtake us. But they seemed to have past us by.Delicious homemade corn chowder for lunch. Ella had been asking me to make this chowder for about a week now. Today she took matters into greet own hands (somewhat). She peeled a potato and opened a can of corn. I cooked some bacon, shredded the potato, added the liquid from the can of corn, some chicken soup starter, and some milk. I would have preferred to use sour cream. However, the sour cream was well past usability.

THROWBACK THURSDAY

As I’m wondering how Santa is going to navigate the coming covid covered Christmas season, I was reminiscing about past visitors to Santa’s big chair at the mall.

Nov. 9, 19 –Today a group of 10 to 12 high school age girls came to the mall in some unique cosplay outfits. At first only two of them came onto the set. However I finally convinced the others to come in also. Then I said they really needed a photo to commensurate this momentous gathering. They weren’t too sure until I said, “It’ll only be a couple dollars apiece.” Now the trick was to get all of them into the frame of the camera, which doesn’t have a wide angle lens. However, with a little crowding and a lot of giggling they got their photo.” I with I had a copy of the photo.

Speaking of photos, I really like this one of Mrs. Claus planting a really good kiss on Mr. Claus, back in 2013.

I went to O’Reilly Auto Parts and picked up the taillight assembly. I sat in the parkinglot and replaced the cracked taillight. Then back to the inspection station and received a “PASSED”. One step closer to receiving a Texas licence plate and driver’s licence.
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2020 August 26 Becoming a Texan

Wednesday

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I love a cool morning when I can open the door. This morning we were up at 6 and out the door by 6:45, so the door wasn’t open for very long.The forecasters did a good job of guessing today’s high temperature at 91°. As of five o’clock that forty percent chance of rain has not materialized. Though it might still happen overnight.Liberty Hill is about 200 miles, as the crow flies, from the gulf coast near Houston. So we could well get some moisture from hurricane Laura within the next couple of days. Unless the jet stream drags it all to the east. Not wishing the destruction that Laura may cause on anyone. However, we could sure use some rain in this slice of paradise.

The sun never quite made it to sunrise until we were parked in a grocery loading spot at Wal-Mart. But we got to see some colorful predawn sky.We were at Wal-Mart at about seven thirty this morning to pick up (drive up) groceries. The 7 to 8 time slot is reserved for at risk folks, which we are. There was only one other vehicle there at that time. We were in and out in no time.From there we went to Sticker Shop to have the pickup inspected. Unfortunately our vehicle insurance was issued in Iowa and we had to have proof of Texas insurance.So we sat in the parking lot while contacting Progressive’s customer service. I give them 5 out of 5 stars for the ease with which they handled the transition from Iowa based auto insurance to Texas insurance. Everything was then emailed to me. The time for the changed policy to arrive in my email took about the same time as I had spent on the phone.While awaiting the email, it was back to Wal-Mart to get Ella’s meds. By the time we received her medications, the updated info from Progressive arrived on my phone. Texas does accept electronic proof of insurance. That made it simpler than if I would have had to print a copy for them.Once I had proof of insurance, it was back to the inspection place. Unfortunately, Rudolf didn’t pass. He has a cracked driver side taillight lens.O’Reilly’s auto parts was along our route, so I stopped. I was quoted a price of $84.00 plus tax. However, I was also told that they would match anyone else. I sat in their parking lot and found it online at nearly half their price but with $10.00 shipping. I went back inside and showed them the price. They matched it. They were out of stock in that location, but would have it this afternoon. I will go back tomorrow, get the lens, install the lens, go back to the inspection place, show them the replaced lens, and get the “passed inspection” sticker or whatever.Once Rudolf has completely passed inspection, I can then apply for Texas license plates.The next step is to get Texas drivers licenses for Ella and I.I was thinking of changing our banking institution also. Ella pointed out what a hassle that would be for changing all of the automatic deposits and withdrawals and getting new cards. Nope, I’m happy to continue with the credit union in Iowa.

By the way, that’s a stock photo and does not represent our actual financial situation. 😀

My supper: Life, blueberries, and previously frozen strawberries.

  • Ella wrote: It’s been quite a confusing and emotional time for me. Our AC hasn’t been working. We do have portable units to get us by. The kids, all six, tell us it’s time to move into an apartment. Everything is so up in the air. Covid and months shut in at home. No trip back to Iowa for the summer, no seeing family and friends. Now it’s time to sort through our storage that holds the remains of our former lives. Some will end up in the trash, some to go to the kids, some to go church or goodwill and some we take with us. It’s not going to be an easy job.

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2020 August 25

Tuesday

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The temperature topped out at 98°. It was still 93° at sundown. A nice day to stay inside. However, I took two walks today, one with Ella and one without.

  • Breakfast of pancake, egg, and bacon. In reality this was our lunch. Our feet didn’t hit the floor until after ten this morning. I took a sleep aid last night and slept for nearly nine hours
  • We took a walk around the park. While out, we stopped and talked to the Stocktank’s owner about our plans to move into an apartment and move out of our RV site. If need be, when the time comes, we can moves the trailer into storage until we are rid of it.

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I slept!

2020 August 24 279#

Monday

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  • A golden pre-dawn

Overnight lows in the low seventies would have made for a nice night to have slept with the bedroom window open … if it had not still been in the nineties when we went to bed.

  • Seventy one degrees still this morning made it great for opening the door. I placed the fan in front of the door to bring that cool air inside.

  • With the cool air blowing inward, it seemed an appropriate time to bake biscuits and eggs in the convection oven. Plus bacon and sausage pin the George Foreman griddle

  • Who would have thought that a Whataburger would be this busy at 2:30 on a Monday afternoon?
  • Supper was with Arik and Jenny so that Jenny could help us set up a better budget. It appears that it isn’t so much a budget problem as an income problem. Without the income from working at Cutty’s this year and the uncertainty of the Santa season, which at best case will be only 28 days. At worst case, it just won’t happen.
  • We have plans in motion but they are kind of dominos. We have to knock the first one over before dealing with the second. And so on.

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2020 August 23

Sunday

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  • Ol‘ Sol has definitely progressed southward. He is now coming up behind those power poles. Soon he will be over to the pole on the right side of the picture.

  • Wow! Look how cool it was this morning. I couldn’t wait to open the door. It reached a high of 93° and remained in the 90s until after sundown.

  • We began attending Cross Tracks Church live through thier Facebook page. However, Ella received an important phone call this morning, (more about The call below) which interrupted the live streaming. We went back later and watched the video. If you would like, you may view it HERE. My take away from the sermon was, get right with your neighbor to get right with God.
  • (The call) was John calling from Iowa to speak with Ella about when and how much or how little help he my be with clearing out the storage units. He has arthritis in his back and it has really been bothering him lately. He said he would not be able to be there Sunday, but would be there Monday (which is Labor Day). I’m assuming that he will need to be back to work on Tuesday, which HAS TO BE our last day.
  • Tuesday the 8th is the last day that we have paid for the units. Plus Arik and Jenny have to be back to work in Texas, which is a thirteen to fifteen hour drive.

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2020 August 22 Shabbat

Saturday

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  • We are not Jewish but today should count as Sabbath for us. We hardly set foot outside today. I say “hardly” because after breakfast (see below) we sat outside in the shade and read some more of Adam Hamilton’s book, “Making Sense of the Bible”. We then took time to discuss what we’d read.

  • The weather was a little rocky early this morning. It has been awhile since we have had rain and even longer since we’ve had a real rip roaring thunder boomy storm.

  • This is a graph of my night’s sleep. Or rather the lack thereof. Which it’s one reason that I didn’t do much today. By “not much” I mean I worked on gathering information for a budget.

This was my breakfast.

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