2020 May 28 Fourth Time’s a Charm

Thursday

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I asked if it was going to rain. This was the answer:

“Synopsis The upper-air pattern from the CONUS westward across the northeastern Pacific will remain one characterized by split flow and cut off lows, albeit with a amplifying trend beginning in this period. The Ozarks-area cyclone and attached trough are forecast to devolve into a weakening, open-wave perturbation. By 12Z tomorrow, the resulting shortwave trough should extend from the lower Ohio Valley, northern MS, northern LA and southeast TX, somewhat in phase with a convectively induced/enhanced vorticity maximum over northeastern MX. This will occur as a northern-stream trough – evident in moisture-channel imagery from the MB-ON border to the Dakotas – pivots to the James Bay region, Lake Superior and the upper Mississippi Valley. Strong synoptic scale ridging will shift eastward across the AZ, the Great Basin and northern Rockies.

At the surface, a low was analyzed over east-central IA, with diffuse, quasistation ary front across eastern MO, central AR, and southeast/south-central TX. A secondary cold front was organizing from the low southwestward across southwestern OK to northwest TEXAS and southeastern NM. The secondary front will overtake the northward-retreating leading boundary over south TEXAS this afternoon and evening. An extensive area of at least marginal, lovalized severe potential is evident from the interior Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf States and southeastern NM, with a northward break, then in parts of the central Rockies in low-level upslope flow. This discussion will focus on two relative concentrations of severe threat within the broader swath. TX near Rio Grande Widely scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop today over the western and northern parts of the outlook area. Thunderstorms regionally will be forced by a combination of lift from surface heating, the southward-moving baroclinic zone, and orographic forcing over the Big Bend region and northern Coahuila. Additional convection is possible this evening farther east as the frontal zone impinges on richer inflow-layer moisture. Large hail and severe gusts will be the main concerns. Height rises are expected as the Ozarks cyclone/trough weaken and move away from the area. Nonetheless, associated northwesterly flow aloft and strong directional shear will persist, despite weak low-level winds. This will contribute to 30-40-kt effective-shear magnitudes, though the lack of more robust low-level flow will limit hodograph size. Steep mid level lapse rates, along with some moisture return through an air mass affected by prior days’ convective complexes, will combine to yield MLCAPE in the 20003000 J/kg range across much of this region. More-robust moisture return is probable this evening over south-central TX and the lower Rio Grande Valley, which will be available to any convection that can develop a new

flow, in support of convective organization. Weak low-level winds and lack of stronger buoyancy will be limiting factors.”

Okay, so, is it going to rain? I think some of those words are made-up gobbledygook.

  • In 1952: Dwight Eisenhower elected President over Adlai Stevenson by wide margin; Republicans gain control of White House and both houses of Congress. Korean conflict continues as truce attempts fail.Princess Elizabeth of Britain coronated queen upon the death of her father, King George

Korean conflict continues as truce attempts fail.Princess Elizabeth of Britain coronated queen upon the death of her father, King George VI.

  • And I started kindergarten.

I posted (reposted) this on Facebook May 28, 2016.

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2020 May 27

Wednesday

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It was a wonderful start to the day. But it turned ugly later on.

GRANDIES

Once again we drove the six miles to the Cross Tracks Church campus, so that we could have better cellphone connections. Again the attendance via Zoom was low. We are debating whether to continue the zoom meeting, or to just send out emails. I vote to continue with Zoom. There may be a connection with email, but there is no synergy.Speaking of email, I received the greeting and opening prayer, that will be my portion of this coming Sunday’s worship service.The participants will gather at the church chapel at nine o’clock, for a quick rehearsal, before the live broadcast at ten.Once Grandies was over, we drove to Harbor Freight in Cedar Park to pick up a can crusher. Having used it only one time, I doubt it will be used with any frequency.It it’s nearly impossible to be used without being fastened to a wall. We live in an RV. RVs are not known for having sturdy walls. It will most likely be mounted to a post on the deck. I can’t imagine that either of us will go outside to use it. I will continue as I have always done. I set the can on the floor and stomp it flat.I did mount the can crushed on the deck. It is firmly attached to a four by four post. I seldom drink anything from an aluminium can. It’s unlikely that I’ll use it, unless many bags of uncrushed cans are donated this coming Sunday.In addition to mounting the can crusher, I also worked briefly on the pickup topper.Then the weather turned ugly. That’s why there is no sunset photo tonight.Here is a video of today’s adventure.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 May 26 Sixty Four Pounds

Tuesday

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.If you don’t know the back story about these pop cans, go to yesterday’s post. That way I don’t have to repeat everything said then.This morning, Ella and I worked at removing the pull tabs (see yesterday) and crushing (by hand) four of the twenty plus bags of aluminum cans.We could have done more but, after four of this large bags, we were too pooped to pop. We had worked at it for about three hours.Having been crushed, the former four bags now fit into two.At that point, we loaded those two bags into the truck and also added our own four smaller bags of crushed cans, and headed toward Marble Falls.We drove through KFC for some lunch. Once in Marble Falls, we stopped at a small park to eat. Notice the marble picnic table and seats. What else would you expect in a place named MARBLE Falls?That entire truck load of cans weighted sixty four pounds and netted Grandies $16.00. The prices for aluminum must have gone down.Seventy seven point two miles later, we were back home. It was time for a nap.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 May 25 Laundry – Not by Hand

Monday

Memorial Day

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Ahhh, a cooler morning and a much lower predicted high. The weather person tricked us a little with that seventy six forecast. In fact it reached seventy nine. A pleasant for-sitting-outside day.Not much of a sunrise. Nor was there much sunshine throughout the day. It was all filtered through multiple layers of cloudsYes, we had wind, lightening, thunder, and more importantly, rain. It was reported that we received between one and one and a half inches overnight. Whatever the amount that fell, the amount that accumulated in the water harvesting tub caused the tub to bulge and crack a tiny but on one side.For Ella’s breakfast I made something that is a cross between a blintz and French toast. I mixed softened cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. After removing the crust from four bread slices, I flattened them, and filled them with the cream cheese mixture. After coating them with softened butter, they were rolled in sugar and cinnamon and browned in the griddle plate of the George Foreman grill.I didn’t eat them,because I’m really not a fan of sweets, however Ella liked them; and that was the whole purpose of this exercise in culinary art..Yesterday I wrote about all of the bags of aluminum cans donated and delivered to us at the church campus. I showed a photograph of the rear of the topper held shut with strapping. This morning I undid the straps and let stuff fall out, so that I could try and give you a better idea of just how packed full it is.I removed four fifty-five gallon barrel liners from the truck so that I could show the depth of how full the topper was. I still don’t think you can get a real clear idea off how many cans there are. I may unload everything and photograph it, using Ella as a measuring gage.For lunch we went to Leigha and Adam’s. BBQ ribs done in their Instapot, then into the oven for a short time. They also had two wonderful salads (pasta & broccoli). And before you ask, yes, we maintained social distancing.After lunch we played a game of Fast Track. They also graciously allowed Ella to do our laundry. We had very little clothing to wash, but there were two sets of queen size sheets that needed cleaning. It was nice to sit and visit.I wanted a family photograph of them. However, Emery was being a toad and not cooperating. In the top photo, she is lying on the floor while wrapped in a quilt.Speaking of Emery, she will be returning to gymnastics soon. I’m not sure how that is supposed to work with maintain a safe and sanitized surface on which to practice.On the way home, we stopped at Parker’s for perishables like bacon, eggs,and milk.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 May 24 We Got Canned!

Sunday

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That it’s going to be a large front for a “slight risk” storm, covering about 1500 miles.Along about eight o’clock, the sun made a feeble attempt to shine. However the clouds, once more, overpowered Ol’ Sol and forced him into submission again.Today, being Sunday, means worship and Sunday school. Even though both worship and Sunday school are now online only, Ella and I still go to the church campus on Sunday mornings. We sit under the awning (bottom left in the photo) where we can get a good strong cellular service and/or WiFi.I tried to record the service but failed and I have been unable to find a recording online.I also didn’t think to do a screen shot of our Sunday school class as we gathered via Zoom.

GRANDIES

Our Grandies group sponsors and supports the KIDS SUMMER SNACK PROGRAM through Operation Liberty Hill. Knowing that some homeless children (yes, even in our community) and children in lower income families, rely on the free school lunch program for what may be their only meal of the day. When school is no longer in session, it may be a HUNGRY few months. So the summer snack program was established to meet that need.These are most of the people helping out today. People would drive under the awning (yes we had to move) and volunteers would take the donations (practicing safe distancing and masks) and place them inside the church vestibule.Later, those items were loaded into a van belonging to one of our members. She then took them to Operation Liberty Hill for distribution. We will repeat this next Sunday as well.This was posted on Facebook:

“A gigantic “thank you very kindly” to each of you who delivered snacks foods today in support of Grandies’ drive-through snack collection for OLH! Ya’ll are something special, and may the Lord bless your giving.”

Another ministry/project of the Grandies group is collecting aluminum cans. Texas is a no-deposit no-return state. Grandies collects these cans from members, friends, and anybody else we can find. We then take them to a metal reclamation center in Marble Falls (a thirty to forty mile drive) and sell them. I believe we may average about $15 every six months or so. No, it isn’t much, but it is a service and the money goes to support our various ministries.Now that you have some background about the cans; today, along with the food for the kids, we asked people to bring their cans. My pickup topper is crammed as full as I could get it with trash bags full of cans. Plus the back seat of the truck is also piled high. It may be Tuesday when Ella and I take the First Load to the redemption center.It was a long day (6 1/2 hours) for these two senior citizens so we ordered a pizza for pick up on our way home.The first drops of rain have fallen.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 May 23 Not Preaching

Saturday

In Liberty Hill, Texas

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At seventy six degrees, before daybreak, it appears as though it is headed toward another too-hot-to-go-outside day. It topped out at eighty nine about three thirty. That’ll do.“Sunrise” was a study in grays this morning. I have to keep checking to see if the charcoal rubbed off into my hand.

B-o-r-i-n-g

What are y’all doing to escape the everyday sameness? I love the game Fast Track. But even that becomes repetitious after a while. Netflix, Prime video, and YouTube are running out of things that interest me.I‘m reading a couple of books. For Sunday school, I’m reading Adam Hamilton’s “Making Sense of the Bible.” I’ve read a lot of his books and this is my favorite.I need to find an new science fiction series of books. Any suggestions?This will be the first Memorial Day Sunday, for a long, long time, that I haven’t preached. Memorial Day through Labor Day I normally preach at Cutty’ s Des Moines Campground. Not only am I not preaching, we aren’t even in the campground. We’re staying in Texas until I feel safe to travel.Well, despite all the sunshine during the day, sundown looks a lot like sunup did.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 May 22 Drive to Honolulu

Friday

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It was breezy this morning which felt nice with the cooler weather. I’m a little concern because it appears that WeatherBug hasn’t a clue about what today’s high temperature will be.

Though the sunrise was again spectacular, Sol quickly became lost in the spectral gloom. By midday the sun had returned with only occasional clouds causing a shadow to drift across the land

As I descended from the porch, I noticed the dampness on the steps. That must mean that it had rained. I was surprised because I never heard it. Though Ella later commented that she Thought it had rained.

Checking the rain tub, I confirmed that we had a light rain overnight. About half of the water in the tub was already there before any rain. It was water dropping from the air conditioner unit on the roof. The a/c has been getting a workout over the last several days.

I could have gone back for seconds this morning … if somebody other than I was cooking. What a tlugh life, huh? Hungry enough to eat, but too lazy to cook more.

Lunch was beef roast, seasoned rice, and green beans. I’m becoming good at cooking several separate things at the same time in the Instapot.

Every since the Wall Street Journal reported, last fall, that President Trump was interested in purchasing Greenland from Denmark, I keep seeing it popping up on the web. And yes it’s true that since the 1800’s the United States has repeatedly tried to purchase the huge island.

I never realized how large it was until I saw the above map with it superimposed on the U.S. That got me to imaging “What if”. What if it we’re possible to tow the island and add it to our coastline? East Coast? Fill in the Gulf of Mexico? West coast? Yes! How about placing it between California and Hawaii? That could make Hawaii part of the mainland. Wow! What if we could drive to Honolulu? Grin!

Once it had warmed to ninety degrees, we thought we should take our daily walk to the mailbox and around the driveway back to home.

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