2020 November 23 Day Off

Monday

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I awoke with sniffles and sneezing. Fortunately, Santa doesn’t go back to the mall until Black Friday.

I suspect this is going to be a very different Black Friday than in years past. Many retailers have been offering “Black Friday” deals all month long in an attempt to diminish the crowds on Friday. A lot of stores are only allowing a certain number of customers access at once time.

Social distancing, masks, and aisles marked for one way traffic are certain to be ignored by some shoppers, but I expect most will follow the new guidelines. At least I hope they will.

The fact that many people are out of work because of workplace Covid 19 restrictions means less money to spend on non essential items. There will be less travel and smaller gatherings – in many cases no gatherings of people not living in the same home.

Yes, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are sure to be very different indeed

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2020 November 21 Ella’s B’day

Saturday

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Another overcast foggy morning. The prediction is for clouds for the whole week ahead and rain next weekend. I’m not sure how “needed” the cloud are, however dry Texas can always use the rain.

Actually, on my way to work, there was a brief, light rain.

I, Santa, do have a chance to interact with the children – some what. They have to stay 6 feet away but I can still visit with them and get their Christmas gift wishes. It is working better than I thought it would, but not as well as I had hoped.

I even had a chance to have interaction with 2 special needs “kids”. Those are always closest to my heart.

Unfortunately, I am contractually forbidden to share some things about what happens on the set. Therefore these posts may be short through November and December.

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No tracking from the fit bit because Santa doesn’t wear a watch while “on duty”.

2020 November 15

Wordless Sunday

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Today 81° – 69°
Yesterday 78° – 56°Average 69° – 51°
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2020 November 11 Veterans Day

This it’s VETERANS DAY. Find a veteran or currently serving person and thank them for three service. I am a veteran of the Viet Nam era, but I have no”war stories” for you. Most of my military time was spent babysitting missiles on a NATO site in Europe. Then, for the last part of my enlistment I worked in the orderly room. Hear this disclaimer — I am not now nor have I ever been Radar O’Reilly.

Lazy-do-nothing sort of day all day until choir practice in the evening.

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2020 October 25

Sunday

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Santa Claus Chronicles suit was my choice to wear to Trunk or Treat this afternoon / evening. It was requested that I come dressed as Santa.

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  • Mrs. Claus and I in the Cross Tracks Church parking lot.

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The sun sat before the T&T event was completely done.

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This Covid-19 isolation has realty screwed and skewed my sleep patterns.

2020 October 16

Friday

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It was a might chilly over night with both bedroom windows open along with the ceiling vent.

I’ve seen butterflies that look like leaves, but here is a leaf that looks butterflyish.

Today was a Memorial Service for Lou, a friend of ours.The rest of the day was spent watching unpainted wood dry.

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2020 October 10

Saturday

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For some reason I didn’t think that I was taking as many morning pills as my mouth could hold. So I’ve added biotin, vitamin C, and fiber tablets to my morning routine. Believe it our not, I can take them all at once. I’m not as hungry in the morning as I once was.

A couple couple of years ago I bought a pair of black cowboy boots. Just to be clear, the boots are black not the cowboy. They were $25 at Goodwill, the boots, I mean. Forget about the cowboy. Let me start over. For $25 I bought black boots at Goodwill. The heel came off one boot, which made me walk like John Wayne. Not wanting to limp/shuffle/saunter like a cowboy legend, today I took the boots to be re-soled (they came from Goodwill so they had already been re-sold). For $85 the boots could have new soled. Bless their soul. For another $20 they will be deep cleaned, soaked in lanolin, and be polished and buffed. (I asked for a chair so that I could be deep cleaned, soaked in lanolin, and be polished and buffed, but that is not a service that the Shoe Hospital provides. Pity!) So, my $25 boots will become $100 cowboy boots. Now, back to the black cowboy – fun fact – By the Smithsonian’s count, 1 in 4 cowboys was black.

And that is how to make a short story long.

We spent most of the afternoon with Jenny as she helped us with budgeting and filling out applications for apartments. Ella also did our small load is laundry. Very productive afternoon.

Once home, we gathered our mail from the box. Amongst other things, we received our Texas drivers licenses. It is the worst photo I’ve ever seen. My skin tone looks like something out of the Simpson’s.

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2020 October 04

Sunday

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Nope, that’s not the sun. It’s the moon from very early this morning.

From home we attended online church.

From two to four we were at the church building, collecting food and aluminum cans, as people dropped them off.

From six to seven thirty, we were at the church building again. We gathered to start a new bible sturdy.

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2020 October 02

Friday

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Dispite the cloudless sky, it wasn’t full on sunshine either. There was a thin haze all through the day. Or perhaps that was just the brain fog from bring too long away from our friends. Out this keeps up much longer (and I’m afraid it will), we will have to have someone stop in a couple times a day to wipe the drool from our chins.

Okay back to the weather, it reached eighty one degrees this afternoon. That’s all I have to say about that.

This is not my photo

I made a version of chilaquiles for brunch today. My version included shredded ham and grated potatoes.

Ella spent some time today sorting through her clothes. Some “end of the season” clothes were removed to the shed. Mine, however, remain in a pile on the floor. I had sorted mine earlier and carried a lot of them to Operation Liberty Hill. But then Ella presented me with more that she had brought from Iowa (and hidden them away from me). I managed to find room for most of the additional items. However, while we were at Arik’s, she washed a couple weeks worth of laundry. That has added to my over abundance of clothes. I’m going to need to once again pull all my clothes out of the closet, add the pile from the floor, and resort into “keep” and “donate” piles.

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2020 September 29

Tuesday

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We were up at 5:30 this morning so that we could make it to Pflugerville department puff public safety. We were on a quest foot Texas drivers licences.

The sun rose behind a water tower in Pflugerville this morning

Here we are standing in the standby line, while those with appointments we straight in.

We arrived at Pflugerville at around 7:45 this morning to stand in the “standby” for drivers license. About an hour later we made it into the building. Getting registered through a computer was more complicated than necessary. First you were required to make an appointment and then reenter the same information over again to check in. Must have been designed by a government employee! Then we were given several paper documents to complete, which once again duplicated some of the information. Then we waited for our numbers to be called.

That went very quickly, as did the process with a live person. Temp licences in our pockets with “real” licenses to arrive in a few days.
WE ARE TEXANS.

I took a nap and discovered a better use for the cheap paper masks

On my walk back from gathering the mail, I encountered this dead bird. How did it die? The wing appears bent at an odd angle. Did that happen before or after death. Was it an encounter with a vehicle or a predictor? Perhaps a child with a BB gun who knew not the value of a life, even a small life. However, like Poe’s raven, he spoke never more.

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