2020 August 21

Friday

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  • It reached 100° this afternoon Ann’s we still 89° at 10 p.m. It is going to take a rapid deep plunge to reach 72° tonight. And that small chance of rain during the day was a bust.

  • Today we drove 100 miles to recharge our truck batteries. This is pandemic related. Because we don’t drive as often or as far, we use more battery power starting the truck than we are able to put back into it during a short drive.
  • I’m so thankful for the HUMx from Verizon. Multiple times this year it has warned us that the battery was getting low. Once I ignored it and when I tried to start the truck, the battery was dead. Even then I was able to use the app to call for a jump start.
(I’m not paid by Verizon for this post … unless they see it and decide to throw some money my way. 😀)

  • Since we needed to go for a drive, we drove to Lampasses. We are considering moving from our RV to an apartment. One of the options is this complex in Lampasses. I don’t know if these are technically considered apartments.
  • A major drawback here is that it is about a 45 minute drive from Liberty Hill where we have established ourselves in the community, church, and activities. It would also be an hour drive, twice a day, for my Santa gig in Lakeline Mall. That would equate to about $25 in gas, at current prices.

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2020 August 20

Thursday

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We spent hours with Jenny and Arik filling out forms to apply to rent apartments. And that is pretty much all that we accomplished today.

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2020 August 19

Wednesday

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  • If only that 69° would come along at 8:00 p.m., then we would sleep with windows open and AC off.

  • Though I was awake at 7:00 a.m. and Ella around 9:00, we didn’t get out of bed until 10. It was just too inviting to lay there and read my emails and watch YouTube videos.
  • That is one of the dangers of not having anything that has to be done or anywhere we have to be. Entropy begins to grab hold of us. It becomes more and more difficult to pry its sticky fingers from our arms and legs.
  • I wonder if Sir Isaac Newton discovered his First Law of Motion while laying abed. And I’ll wager that Einstein came up with the general theory of relativity explaining gravity by noticing the way the bed deformed and warped around him as he lay upon it.
  • Who knows what groundbreaking ideas may come as I stay snuggled in my bed (with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head)? I don’t always lay in bed and think. Sometimes I fall to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep what dreams may come.
  • Enough! Enough I cry. No more thoughts of bed and sleep. Hypnos, recall your foul sons, Morpheus, Phobetor, and Phantasus. I am no longer entertained by their phantoms. It is time to rise from bed, for my recliner beckons.

  • Hamburger steak, baked potato, baked beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots for lunch.
  • Cheerios for supper
  • We spent a fair share of time collecting data to better organize our budget.
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2020 August 18

Tuesday

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The forecastThe reality – just am average August day in our corner of paradise.

  • Eight years ago I bought a tomato plant from Sam’s Club. I brought it home and planted it. It wilted, fell over, and was assumed dead. Then it rained. It stood up and took off growing. By the time it was done, it was half again the size in the photo. It had literally (and I don’t mean figuratively) hundreds of tomatoes on this single plant.
  • Very few had ripened before we left for Texas. We packed, I don’t know how many, boxes and paper grocery bags full of green tomatoes into the storage compartment of our fifth wheel trailer.
  • For several months, as they ripened, we were giving away tomatoes. We had 2 potlucks every month and you better believe that those tomatoes played a big part in whatever we prepared for the potlucks. The very last of them were used to make strawberry jam.
  • Never before and never since have I had that many tomatoes from a single plant. I think its “near death experience” triggered a response to reproduce as much as possible. So, gardeners, stop talking sweet talk to you tomatoes. Give Them a good scare and you too may have a bumper crop.

  • And this is why I HATE Facebook Messenger. Anybody and Everybody can send me çrãp. If you want to contact me, use Messenger+. Messenger+ connects through my phone number. My friends and family know that number. Anybody and Everybody doesn’t know the number. Problem solved.

LUNCH

  • I warmed some leftover roast beef, for which I made a thick savory gravy. I then sliced the last of the homemade bread from a couple days ago. Made some open-face sandwiches with the beef and gravy and topped with cheese. Opened a can of pork and beans and a can of mixed fruit. Lunch served quickly and with little mess, except for the breadcrumbs from slicing.

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2020 August 16

Sunday

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  • We attempted to”go” to church this morning by streaming it live. At first there wasn’t any sound. They fixed the sound, after a while. However, partway into the sermon, it closed the feed. Better luck next time.
  • Evidently, the computer received an update during the service and went through shut down and reboot. But I could be wrong because, as my mother uttered to say, “I’ve already told you more than I know.”

  • It reached 101° which wasn’t that great of a feat considering it only “cooled off” to 81° over night. The heat index reached 111°. The heat advisory is set to expire at 7 tonight. Perhaps it will get down into the 70s by tomorrow morning.

  • We are planning a road trip for September 5-9. Arik and Jenny will drive us up and back so that we will not have to stay in a motel.
  • The purpose of the trip is to empty our two storage units. For about 10 years, we’ve been paying to store things that we obviously do not need. However, Ella has emotional bonds to some out these things. Were it left to me, it could all go to Salvation Army or trash.

  • If you will be in the Des Moines area September 6, 7, or 8, stop by Capital City Mini Storage, 4455 Southeast Capitol Circle Grimes, IA and give us a hand – and carry away as much as you want.
  • Bring a truck, take stuff to keep, donate, or trash. Please. We only have a couple of days before we HAVE TO RETURN TO TEXAS. Arik and Jenny have to return to work.

  • This doesn’t look good for myself and other jolly old men in red suits. It also doesn’t look good for kids and parents. It doesn’t look good for malls, at all.

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2020 August 14 Rerun Sun

Friday

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🎶It goes while you’re here
I wanna tell you something
It’s that I love you girl
Yeah, and I wish we could run to the sun
And never come back
Yeah 🎶

(Songwriters: Chad Hugo / Pharrell Williams / Pharrell L Williams. “Run to the Sun” lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Warner Chappell Music Inc)

First, the weather report

It started out hot. The overnight temperature hovered just below the 80° mark for most of the night. About four in the morning, it “cooled” to 76° before starting back up again.I would gladly take the 89° temps from back in the middle of March. You can see from the HEAT ADVISORY below that its going to be a good day to stay out of the sun.Today, Saturday, and Sunday appear to be reruns of the last couple of days. Yes, folks, it is time for the summer reruns. If it would rerun a couple days fromThis is the book “Making Sense of the Bible” that our Sunday school class (F.R.O.G.) began studying back in March.And then the pandemic overcame us. It forced some changes, no more face-to-face. We meet on Zoom for a while. However, we are in an age group where many were unable or unwilling to use the technology. We tried mask-to-mask meeting with social distancing. That was not well received either. The short version is, we’ve suspended our class, for the foreseeable future.Since we will not be discussing the book (you remember the book thwart started this topic thread) with our class, Ella and I have been reading and discussing a few pages at a time. I’m liking it because we are talking about ideas with each other.UNO is a game that we haven’t played for a long long time. So today we brought out the deck and played. It is another game that is more fun with more people. For instance, skip and reverse amount to the same thing with only two people. But we had fun and it was a changed of pace..Ella needed a refill for one of her medications. That meant climbing into Rudolf the red noise pickup and heading to the pharmacy. The meds cost us $3.79. However, it was a 20 mile round trip. Rudolf averages between 11 to 12 mpg. However, to simplify the math, we’ll say 10 mpg. That would be 2 gallons of gas. Gasoline is currently $1.639 gallon. That equals $3.278, which rounds up to $3.28. Add in the cost of the meds and the REAL cost of her pills is $7.07.It would be s-o-o-o nice if ALL of our medications could be refilled at the same time, with maybe a 3 month supply. True, that would be a shock to the bank account every quarter, but it would really lower the per pill cost.At one time I was on a 3 month cycle with my blood thinners. However, that has gone back to a monthly prescription. All of my meds through the Veterans Association we for a three month supply and all ordered simultaneously.Life cereal with bananas and blueberries was what I had for supper. I think Ella had an apple fritter and called it a meal.See this lovely chocolate drop? It’s as hard as a rock. Actually it is a rock. I thought it was a quarter lying on the ground.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 August 12

  • Monday, August 10, 2020, a derecho (Inland hurricane) swept through states in the Midwest. It also created localized tornadoes and flooding.
  • Please pray for those who suffered loss.
  • Unusually powerful storms with winds exceeding 100 miles per hour ripped through parts of the Midwest on Monday, knocking out power for about one million customers, downing countless trees and utility poles and flipping cars. Three high wounds sped across several states within a few hours

Three high wounds sped across several states within a few hours

  • .
  • Many of our family and friends were effected by the storm.
  • Two deaths and countless injuries were caused by this fast moving storm.
  • In addition to homes, vehicles, properties, and business damaged or destroyed, 10 million acres of Iowa farmland was flatted Monday during the derecho. That’s going to raise the price/cost of corn and soybeans. Which will eventually lead we – the end consumer – to pay more for items containing those two items.
  • Think corn is just cattle feed? Did you know:
  • Gas and Oil.
  • Gypsum Drywall.
  • Adhesives.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Fresh Vegetables.
  • Wax paper and Waxed Cardboard.
  • Bio-engineered Bone and Gum Tissue.
  • Splenda and Equal.
  • And much more are made from corn?

Wednesday

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Yes. It reached 100° & 110° heat index
I caught the glow preceding sunrise. However, I got busy and missed the dawn. It would have just been a white ball of fire

  • Fast Track it’s a game of luck, strategy, and skill. It can be played with 2-6 players. With 4 or 6 players there is the option of playing partners.
  • Each player has a full deck of cards (including jokers) and 4 markers (commonly called “men”). The object is to get your markers out of the pre play spot, onto the start spot and around the board into hombre.
  • To move from the pre play area onto the start spot, player must turn over an ace, joker, or six.
  • Once on the board, all cards move you forward (clockwise) except the 4 which moves you backwards 4 spacers.
  • Face cards, aces, and jokers move you forward one space and give you another turn. Three 6 also gloves another turn.
  • All numbered cards except the 4 move you forward the number on the card.
  • You may not pass your own man.
  • If you land on a space occupied by an opponent you move them back to the pre play area.
  • Once a marker is in its home space, it it’s safe.
  • Now for the Fast Track. There are 6 inward pointing spaces on the board. If your move lands you exactly on a point, your next move moves you to the next point or points whatever the card’s value. If you fail to move the marker around the points, you loose that option and must travel the longer path.
  • In the very center of the board is a single spot. You can reach it by exact number of moves, unless you were on a point which require you to move around the points. The only way out of the center spot is by turning over a face card. You then come out to the point nearest your home.
  • I believe that is the full set of rules as we play it.
  • Now that y’all know the rules, come play someone – just call first so we can hide the clutter.
  • Lunch was a packaged beef and pasta – just add beef, water, and milk. Wait. What? That’s everything but the noodles and seasoning. I could have made that just as easily and tastier without the package.
  • Which brings up a personal peeve, package that promise “quick and easy”. When you read the directions which have you adding milk, butter, oil, meat, and more. That is when you realize the package only contains something like flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • I’m going to start selling dehydrated water – just add a cup of water, package contents, and stir. No cooking necessary.

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2020 August 11 Flee Fly Fo Fom

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  • It was still in the low 80s this morning. So, after breakfast, we sat on the porch and read the devotion for today. Eventually the sun on my back went out of the comfort zone and into the uncomfortable zone. That’s when I decided it was time to retreat inward and activate the air conditioner.

Photo from the web
  • Along with the fruit that we purchased yesterday, we also received a small cloud of fruit flies. I did not then, nor do I now, intend to raise fruit flies for fun and profit. Though some scientists study these tiny pests, I know if no nearby laboratories who are currently in the market for more specimens. So my options seem to be: (1) politely ask them to vacate the premieres, (2) forcibly evict them, or dispatch them to their Lord of the flies.
  • Having chosen the 3rd option, I then set about implementing that plan. My first method of elimination was to individually stalk and eliminate. Though this method was thoroughly satisfying, as it brought out that primitive man-as-hunter instinct, it was ultimately an ineffective method of eradicating the wee besties.
  • Having done exhaustive online research, (okay, I fell into some figurative rabbit holes and wandered far afield) I discovered that they can lay up to 500 eggs at a time. If that we’re not a disheartening enough statistic, from an egg that hatches in hours, to adult in 8 to 10 days. I nearly feel sorry for the little fly parents. Imagine going from the terrible twos to rebellious teens in a matter of days – with 500 children. <shudder>. But not sorry enough to live with their offspring and the offspring offspring and … well you get it.
  • So, what to do, what to do? I asked the smartest person I know, my Google Assistant. Magically a website was suggested, “10 Ways to be Rid of Fruit Flies.” Suggestions were along the lines of, get rid of the fruit and clean the house. I’m not about to do either of those radical things, so there. 😝 blllaaaat!
  • A second site says to put apple vinegar in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Then punch a few holes in the plastic. In theory the critters will be attracted to the fermented apple scent, crawl through the small hole and be trapped.
  • Evidently, like some humans, they don’t know how to get themselves out of a hole they’ve gotten themselves into. My concern is, if this only traps them, what am I to do with them? Drive them into the country and release them? Do flies have homing instincts that let them return to the place of their birth?
  • ANY SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME. ACTUALLY THE MORE BIZAARE, THE BETTER.

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2020 August 10 Truman Show?

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Monday a derecho (Inland hurricane) swept through 9 states in the Midwest. It also created localized tornadoes and flooding
Unusually powerful storms with winds exceeding 100 miles per hour ripped through parts of the Midwest on Monday, knocking out power for about one million customers, downing countless trees and utility poles and flipping cars as they crossed several states within several hours.

Two deaths and countless injuries were caused by this great moving storm.

In addition to homes, vehicles, properties, and business damaged or destroyed, 10 million acres of Iowa farmland was flatted Monday during the derecho.

Many of our family and friends were effected by the storm.

  • Awake at 4:30. Went back to sleep. Awake at 5:30. Went back to sleep. Awake at 6:30. Gave up. Got up. Made a fresh pot of coffee for my bride. Prepared pancake batter and left it to leaven until she was up and ready for breakfast.
  • I’ve been taking stock of dresser, cupboard, and fridge for the last couple of days. I transferred the reorder list to the Wal-Mart app and then placed the order for drive-up pick-up.
  • Soup for lunch. I added about a 1/4 cup or less of dry lentils, rice, and barley into the instapot. Then I added the juice from a can of stewed tomatoes. The tomatoes I diced before adding to the pot. A tablespoon of Italian herbs, a pinch of salt, a shake or two of seasoned salt. A teaspoon of black pepper, a heaping tablespoon of dried, powdered, mixed greens, and a tablespoon of beef flavored Better Than Bullion soup starter. Finally about an additional inch of water. Pressure cooked 20 minutes. Served with a dollop of butter.

  • A Wal-Mart grocery run this afternoon got our perishables restocked. We also topped off some other supplies while we we’re at it. I hope it lasts through the end of the month.
  • My eye glasses dipped a little too far into the bank account. More than I had planned on. Trying to conserve until next payday.

Does that sun look fake to you? It looks fake to me. It looks like the fake sun from the Truman Show. I’m checking for hidden mics and behind every mirror before bed. Hmm, maybe this self isolation is beginning to get to me.How are y’all doing? If you’re one who has been able to stay at work, or return to work, how has that process been working for you? If you have not been able to work, other than money, what’s been your biggest challenge? We’re all in this together. That is unless I really am trapped in an episode of the Truman Show.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 August 09 Bedside Service

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  • We attended several church services today — without getting out of bed. The best place in our home to receive a strong cell signal is on our bed. So here we stayed. We attended Union Park UMC at 9:30 and Cross Tracks Church at 10. Two totally different services, different scriptures and different messages. Both worth hearing.

  • I had a rough night. I was up and down with many trips to the bathroom. It was around 2,:30 when I finally managed to sleep. And then up again between 4 and 4:30. The chart above shows that I slept until 9. That isn’t accurate. I was awake from six thirty on. I just didn’t greet up then. Around 9 I was up to the bathroom. Then back to bed until the second church service as over at 11.

  • I didn’t eat breakfast. I started lunch shortly after getting out of bed. I pressure cooked a couple of frozen chicken thighs for about 10 minutes. I then put some seasoned and diced red potatoes into the pot. Once I had returned the chicken to the top of the taters, I pressure cooked them for twelve minutes. While that cooked, I cored and chopped an apple that I added to a stovetop stuffing mix prepared in the microwave. Which is where I also heated some green beans.

  • After lunch, we played a few games of Fast Track.

  • After washing dishes, I rested.

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