2020 August 01 Changes

Saturday

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It’s hard to believe that it is the 1st of August today. In a normal year we would have been in Iowa for the last 3 months. We would have been spending time with our family and friends up north. And we miss them. However, with the state of the world as it is, we decided to not risk our lives by traveling and being in contact, along the way, with people of unknown health.And even though we’ve remained in Texas during this time, we have mostly been isolated from our family and friends here also. The Corona virus has caused us to make changes and adaptations beyond our norm. We no longer go to senior centers, and clubs that we normally would be attending while we were in Texas.The way we shop has been drastically changed. Instead of going to stores and sorting through the selections, we now purchase online, for pick-up or delivery. Our travel has been shortened to short distances except for an occasional 70 mile drive to recharge the battery in the truck. Even during those times we avoid contact with other human beings.I‘m still hearing people talking about getting back to normal. I do not believe that we will ever return to the way we were doing things just a few months ago. We will adopt a new normal as we go forward during and after this disease has run its course.I relate the changes to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. After that horrible day, things in our world changed forever. To those born after that event, the normal that they grew up with is not the normal that preceded that day. So will our world be changed forever by this disease. Those being born from this date forward will grow in a world markedly different than the world before.We played several rounds of Fast Track today. Then we switched it up and played two rounds of Rummikube. This was the big excitement in our day today.
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2020 July 27

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Yesterday I woke with an itchy rash on my right hand. This morning it’s slightly swollen and I have this sore on my finger.

Stopping at dollar General for Benadryl and Cortisone salve.

Unique building in Bertrum

Driving through the Texas hill country

Lake LBJ and cactus

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2020 July 23 Prayer Chain

Thursday

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It was a truly lovely sunrise.

We just heard this morning that two of our friends are in need of prayer. Neither of them want their names given because of privacy issues.

Friend one has tested positive for Covid 19. He is asymptomatic. However, before being tested, his daughter and granddaughter had spent the weekend with him. Now all three are quarantined.

Friend two is a dear sweet man who had been suffering for months with disabling gout. When finally persuaded to go to the doctor, it was also discovered that his major arteries are severely blocked. Because of other health issues, including being diabetic, they are unable to operate. The prognosis is he has 6 – 8 months to live.

Please pray for these men and their families. Pray for healing or strength to get through it. Pray that God’s will be done.

For lunch I made creamy potato soup. Watch TODAY’S VIDEO.

THROW BACK THURSDAY

This portion was originally published July 23, 2016,

Which was Christmas in July at Cutty’s Campground in Iowa. “I dressed as Santa so kids could get their photos taken with me.

Even though I have a lighter weight suit for summer use, it was still plenty warm. It’s hard to say who had more fun, the kids or I.

In the evening, I went on three hayrack rides around the park with the kids. I wore red shorts, red t-shirt, the Santa jacket (open), and the Santa hat. We tried singing Christmas songs but the tractor was too loud. We all just waved at the campers as we went past.”

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2020 July 22 ILL WIND

Wednesday

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Too cloudy to see Venus or Mars this morning.The darkness before the dawn.

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The tropical depression developing in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine sometime on Wednesday. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer says there are hurricane watches in Florida cities along the Gulf, with the possibility of storm surges and flooding. –NBC News

The first year that we wintered in Texas, they were in a multi-year severe drought. Sitting for coffee with a group of fellow RVers, some snowbirds and some Texans, the topic of the drought was brought up. One of the Texans said, “We need a good hurricane.” I commented that I’d never heard those two words put together before.He explained that a big storm in the gulf could bring much needed rain into Texas. That would make It a “good hurricane.” “It is an I’ll wind that blows no one any good.”*Looking at our futurecast, there may be just such a good hurricane coming. Now I just hope the winds and waves prove to not be destructive elsewhere while bringing moisture our way.God bless and g‘day.

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‘it’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good’. This is first recorded in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:

“As you be muche the worse. and I cast awaie.

An yll wynde, that blowth no man to good, men saie.
Wel (quoth he) euery wind blowth not down the corn
I hope (I saie) good hap [luck] be not all out worn.”

2020 July 21 No Longer Eye to Eye

Tuesday

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Awash in whites, greys, and blue, rises the sun in golden hue. It was a bit of a lyrical morning.For lunch Ella made a chicken and dressing casserole from leftover boasted chicken, stovetop stuffing, and cream of chicken soup.I no longer see eye to eye with my glasses This morning, I called and made an appointment for an eye exam (really, they will check both eyes, but “eyes” exam sounds strange). And then, I hope, new glasses with which to see the world. Not rose colored though. I i eye eye aye aye, grammatical stuttering.For an afternoon treat we drove through DQ. We weren’t alone in choosing this time this activity. It was double hearts (points) day, which may have had some bearing on the decision.The predicted 30% chance for rain never materialized. The forecast high of 88° was surpassed by an actual high of 91°. It was still nice enough to spend a short time sitting out in the afternoon shade.God bless and g‘day.

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2020 July 20 Venus

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Venus the most feminine of the wanderering stars in the early morning sky. Ain’t she pretty? Our sister planet. But But does she call or write. Nope. She seems so inhospitable that we’d rather visit Mars.Several countries and Elon Musk are planning manned expeditions. But those in the know, know John Carter of America beat them to it two centuries ago.Anyway, isn’t Venus stunning in the pre-dawn sky?

The definition of planet, since the word was coined by the ancient Greeks, has included within its scope a wide range of celestial bodies. Greek astronomers employed the term asteres planetai (ἀστέρες πλανῆται), “wandering stars”, for star-like objects which apparently moved over the sky.

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2020 July 19 Rest

Sunday

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We attended Cross Tracks Church through Facebook Live again today. They were still struggling with getting the audio out over the live streaming. But It worked well enough to hear the sermon.I‘ve been longing for an “old fashion” donut. It was nearing one o’clock (closing time) when we arrived at the drugged through. I asked for a half dozen apple fritters (for Ella) and a half dozen old fashion for me. She asked if she could substitute out they were out out those. Yes. Ella ended up with four fritters. I have zero old fashion. However I think we ended up with more than a dozen pastries.After purchasing treats, we went to Dairy Queen where I ordered a hamburger. Then next door to Golden Chick for Ella’s chicken.


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So exactly how did we vent the two portable AC units? This is how we vent the good air from the bedroom.

The AC in the living room is vented out this window.I‘m afraid that’s it for today, gang. It was, after all, a day of rest.

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2020 July 17 Santa?

Friday

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For some reason I really like this vertical light streak..This is the least that I’ve weighed in a long long time. I know the reality is that I will bounce back up from this new low. I pray that I don’t bounce as high. Also that my next downward turn will move me lower still.Statistically, my ideal weight should be 160 pounds. So, 120 to go, right? Maybe, but 240 was the weight I felt my best at. That’s the weight for which I’m aiming.Once I’ve reached that goal, then … well … then we’ll see if I feel like dropping another 80 or not. I’ve got to say, I never liked being the skinny kid that I was.

Oops! Yesterday was Thursday. Thursday is Throw Back Thursday and I completely forgot about it. So I’m doing Throw Back Friday. And the memory I’ll share actually covers many years.

It is difficult to tell who is having more fun.

Our member owned campground in Iowa has Christmas in July every year. As Santa, I enjoy Christmas any time of the year.

Christmas, even in July, wouldn’t be complete without Christmas yard displays. The campground is no different. There are three prizes awarded for the best displays. There are crafts and photos with Santa. Then to close out the day, hayrack rides.

On a related note, I signed my Mall Santa contact today. It is a much shorter season this year, November 20 through December 24. I’m still waiting to see what safeguards will be in place. And there’s always a chance that government bodies, the mall, or the photographers might shut it down.

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2020 July 16 all caps day INR RV AC

Thursday

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Long before the sun rose in the east, the moon appeared dragging Venus behind. Poor confused Venus. Part of the year she is the evening star but now she shines in the morning sky. By the way, I did not take the bite out of the moon. It was like that when I found it. And the same with that vanilla sandwich cookie in the package. It came that way from the store. Don’t look at me like that.

The sun was roused from bed, still wrapped in golden silks, as befitting his royal personage.

But soon Sol stood naked and alone in the sky. What need has he to be clothed, for no mortal eye can gaze upon his radiant glory?

We are half way through the month that is halfway through the year. I’m not sure how I feel about that. How about you? What do you think or feel about having half of this year gone?If I thought that the worst part of the year was behind me, I’d be rejoicing. But I’m just not sure that’s true. Every time that “the powers-that-be” have declared it safe to go back in the water, great numbers of people are eaten by corona sharks.

Whoever trusts his own heart is a fool. Whoever walks in wisdom will survive. (Proverbs 28:26)

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Number one son was back on our roof today. He was unable to locate any obvious problems with either the compressor or the breaker panel.He, Ella, and I also discussed the time, in the not too distant future, when our life of living in decades-old RVs will cease to be sustainable. As they and we age, they will require more and more maintenance and we will become less and less able physically and financially to perform the maintenance.Our kids (on my side) had a conference call discussing what they thought was best for us. We also need to hear from the council of kids on Ella’s side.The time must come when we will need to chose one home base. Maintaining two fully stocked households is draining our meager resources. That may also mean moving from our RV to an apartment.

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2020 July 15 Up On The Rooftop

Wednesday

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I only had three hours of sleep overnight. For some reason I was unable to get to sleep until after one thirty and them woke around four thirty. I will try to catch the Sandman and beg him to throw sleep in my eyes.

“Mr Sandman, someone to hold (someone to hold)
Would be so peachy before we’re too old
So please turn on your magic beam
Mr Sandman, bring us, please, please, please
Mr Sandman, bring us a dream” (Songwriters: Pat Ballard “Mr. Sandman” lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.)

Good morning Sunshine. I see you are wearing your mask. Good for you. Way to show concern for all of us below. By the way, if you feel the need to take a day off, that would be fine. Rain could cover for you.TODAY’S VIDEO also see a master gardener at work.My son, Arik, had a day off from running his restaurant, so he chose to come and sit on our RV to enjoy the sunshine. (tongue in cheek) He brought with him a tool to straighten bent a/c fins. He achieved a minor victory. The A/C worked in excess of 30 minutes before it tripped a breaker. That’s about 4 times longer than it was previously.Just so you know, I never did catch the Sandman today. Not even a quick nap.See y‘all again tomorrow. Stay safe. Remember, we love you.

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