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 their 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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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.

TODAY’S VIDEO

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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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